DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation says Iowa may make immediate use of $9 million in Federal Highway Administration emergency relief funds to repair roads damaged by flooding.Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced the emergency grant on Friday.The money can be used to begin short-term repairs while further damage assessment for long-term repairs takes place. The money is allocated for federally eligible highways and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic eventsU.S. Sen. Charles Grassley says the money will help get roads reopened in southwest Iowa.Heavy rain and rapid snowmelt in March resulted in widespread flooding that closed many primary and secondary routes as well as interstate routes.Damaged federal-aid routes include Interstate 29, Interstate 680 and U.S. Highway 34.
A female teacher from Forest Hill High School in West Palm Beach has been arrested after an investigation found that she had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.27-year-old Kimberly Charles was arrested earlier this month after the nearly year-long investigation found some truths to the allegations.According to the report, authorities began investigating Charles in May of 2019 after a school board employee saw Charles with her head in the student’s lap as the 17-year-old caressed Charles’ head in a classroom.A sibling of the victim also told investigators that they witnessed Charles kissing the victim on the lips while they were in a car on Christmas of 2018 and another incident where Charles was in the victim’s bed with her breast exposed while the victim was next to her.Authorities say the victim eventually admitted to the sexual relationship with Charles and to sending explicit videos through Snapchat.The teen told authorities that she met Charles in her junior year but says they did not start dating until her senior year. The victim described their relationship with the teacher as a “normal relationship.”Charles is due in court on Friday morning on charges of sexual activity by a person over 24 on a victim 16 or 17 years of age, and lewd offenses against students by an authority figure.
It’s the long weekend, and that means the RCMP will be out in full force. The Fort St. John RCMP will be conducting road blocks throughout the area. They will also be patrolling for speed, seat belt compliance, and looking for impaired drivers. The RCMP say those are the top three factors to fatalities and serious injury collisions.Extra officers have been called in to enhance enforcement initiatives. – Advertisement -Motorists can expect minor delays as a result of the road check stops.Last year, police caught speeders, people driving contrary to restrictions on their license and open alcohol in their vehicle.They also found numerous improper mechanical hookups between vehicles and towed trailers. As a result, many of these vehicles were forced to be left at roadside.Advertisement The RCMP recommends people to check all mechanical conditions on trailers and hookups before the weekend begins to ensure safe travels. As well, being intoxicated while driving an All Terrain Vehicle is a criminal code offence, regardless of where the vehicle is being operated. The RCMP will be monitoring ATV activity in the area.
Can intact blood be preserved for 15 to 45 million years, give or take 50 million?The latest soft tissue discovery gets the Darwin storytellers hopping:Fossilized Tick Reveals Perfectly Preserved Red Blood Cells (Tia Ghose in Live Science): “A blood-engorged tick that was trapped in amber at least 20 million years ago contained perfectly preserved red blood cells, likely from a monkey.”Monkey business produces rare preserved blood in amber fossils (Oregon State press release): “Part of what makes these fossils unique, Poinar said, is the clarity by which the parasites and blood cells are preserved, almost as if they had been stained and otherwise treated in a laboratory for inspection.”The alleged “monkey business” refers to grooming, which the storytellers assume that unidentified primates were engaged in. The unseen primates, “among other hosts,” must have been around during the alleged time frame of 15 or 20 or 30 or 45 million years ago, depending on the storytelling source. These unseen primates must have been engaged in some unobserved grooming, when one of them might have removed the tick and flicked it into sap oozing from an unseen tree. Tia Ghose outlines the reasoning:The red blood cells were too big to have belonged to most mammals; the size ruled out everything but dogs, rabbits and similar creatures or primates. However, rabbits and dogs did not live in the region at that time, while paleontologists have recovered numerous primate fossils dating roughly to the same ages. So a primate is the likeliest host for the tick — and primates are known for grooming each other.The open-access paper in the Journal of Medical Entomology provides the bloody details. What is author George Poinar’s feeling about the amazing preservation?Due to the preservative qualities of the fossilized resin (Poinar and Hess 1985), not only were the fossil erythrocytes preserved intact, but also intra-erythrocytic pathogens resembling extant members of the families Babesiidae and Theileriidae of the Order Piroplasmida.Poinar’s 1985 paper, page one of which has been scanned by Taylor & Francis, says that resin possesses two features that preserve biological material: (1) ‘antibiotic qualities’ able to ‘retard or destroy’ bacteria and fungi; (2) “the ability of resin itself to preserve the tissues of embalmed organisms.” That sounds circular; that is the very ability at issue. Poinar and Hess point to Egyptian mummies as evidence that resins preserve tissue. But Egyptians used myrrh, not resin. Myrrh has other ingredients. Moreover, Egyptian mummies were not completely embedded inside a resin shell.If resin’s antibiotic qualities only retard bacteria and fungi, then a clock starts ticking (pun intended). Tens of millions of years seem ample for retarded fungi and bacteria to do a number on luscious red blood cells. If, on the other hand, resin can destroy bacteria and fungi, it can also degrade red blood cells, it would seem. Even so, the proteins will degrade in tissue over time even without the help of fungi or bacteria. Internal motions within the molecules should burst bonds and render proteins unrecognizable, given enough time. These decay rates should be measurable. A 2011 paper estimates a maximum age of 200,000 to 700,000 Darwin Years for collagen to decay to 1% of its original abundance — and collagen is one of the toughest proteins.If tree resin has such preservation qualities, couldn’t that be tested in the lab? Couldn’t a tick engorged with blood be dropped into liquid tree sap and examined after a year to measure decay rates? Wouldn’t it be better to have some actual measurement data instead of assertions by evolutionists that things can last millions of years?Here’s a five-year science project that a citizen scientist or creation laboratory could undertake. Collect six ticks that have just fed on blood from the same mammal. Embed them in separate droplets of tree sap, and put them in identical vials simulating a plausible environment for ticks. After a week, check the protein condition of the blood in one of the vials. After one year, check the protein condition in another vial. Continue each year thereafter. Graph the results. If the decay rate falls on a line, it should be possible to estimate an upper limit for preservation.If any readers know of similar published measurements, please leave a comment and link. The Darwinians are escaping prosecution by storytelling (see ‘impersonating a scientist’, 9/30/2007 commentary), claiming that soft tissue can last essentially forever. Time for the labs to get busy on the forensic investigation, so that the CEH police can start making arrests. (Visited 126 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
17 February 2012 More South African youngsters are completing grade 9 – from 80% in 2003 to 88% in 2010 – and more are successfully completing their grade 12, with over 24% now qualifying for university entrance, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Friday. South Africa has also doubled grade R enrolment from 300 000 in 2003 to 705 000 last year, with over 12-million learners now being accommodated in the country’s schooling system. “We have built a relatively stable schooling system that has extended the right to basic education … we are set to fulfil the Millennium Development Goals on expanding access to education,” Motshekga told a media briefing in Cape Town.New school buildings for the Eastern Cape She announced that contractors had been appointed for the construction of 49 schools in the Eastern Cape to replace mud structures which have been partly blamed for the high learner drop-out rate in the province. There are 126 mud schools in the Mount Frere area alone, with Motshekga saying it would take the country more than 20 years to address the backlog. This is despite policy improvements by government, including the implementation of the Accelerated School Infrastructure Delivery Initiative, which had overseen the construction of 1 648 classrooms and the provision of sanitation and electricity to more than 700 schools countrywide. To improve universal access to education, Motshekga said the department had made inroads in ensuring that free schooling and school meals reached as many poor schools as possible. Currently, over eight-million learners in more than 80% of public schools were benefiting from the no-fee policy, the majority in the Limpopo, Free State and Eastern Cape provinces.Provision of workbooks, textbooks The department had also made progress on the provision of learning and teaching support material. Over six-million workbooks and 24-million books in all South African languages were distributed to schools this year. Motshekga raised concerns about the high number of drop-outs in the country’s schools, which she attributed to poverty and poor academic performance. Poor teaching and school and ineffective school management were also to blame for the high drop-out rate. During his State of the Nation address last Thursday, President Jacob Zuma urged teacher unions to ensure that they worked with education officials in ensuring that teachers were well-prepared, calling for a focus on the so called Triple T – teachers, textbooks and time. “Processes are being finalised to evaluate principals and deputy principals, inaugurating a new era of performance agreements, accountability, sound school management and the accruing benefits of quality teaching and proper use of time,” Motshekga said. Source: BuaNews
Four persons, including two Pakistani nationals were sentenced to death in the Rampur ‘terror’ attack case by Additional District and Sessions Judge Sanjay Kumar Singh on Saturday. One person was awarded a life sentence, while a sixth accused was given 10-years rigorous imprisonment.Additional government counsel Amit Saxena said those who had been awarded capital punishment include Imran Shahzad, who hails from Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, and Mohammed Farooq from Pakistan’s Punjab. Sabauddin from Bihar’s Madhubani and Mohammed Shareef from Rampur were also given the maximum punishment. Two others were convicted under Section 302 (murder) and Section 121 (waging war against the state). The judge said that the accused attacked the CRPF camp in 2008 without any provocation with AK-47 rifles and hand grenades. On Friday, the judge had held six of the eight accused ‘guilty’ in relation to the pre-dawn attack on January 1, 2008, in which seven jawans and a civilian were killed. Two accused, Kausar Farooqi and Gulab Khan, were acquitted by the court for want of evidence.
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Story Highlights Many teachers in the primary and secondary institutions are not deemed fully equipped and qualified The Ministry of Education is reporting an increase in the percentage of passes recorded in 25 of 35 subjects sat by Jamaican candidates in this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.Some of the subjects include: Caribbean History which recorded a 75.1 pass rate compared to 73.9 percent in 2012; English B – 80 per cent compared to 74.2 in 2012; Building Technology (construction) – 84.5 per cent as against 73.2 in 2012; and Food and Nutrition – 91.7 per cent pass rate compared to 89.4 per cent last year.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, who outlined the details during a media briefing at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices on Monday, August 12, said, of note, is the nearly 12 per cent increase in passes recorded for English Language.This, he pointed out indicates nearly 63.6 per cent or two-thirds of the students who sat the exam, passed. The Minister further noted that although 1,100 fewer students took the exam, 2,500 more students passed compared to 2012.Rev. Thwaites advised that this year’s Mathematics results were nearly five per cent higher than the passes for 2012. This, he noted, indicates a 42.2 per cent increase in the number of candidates who successfully sat the subject in this year’s examinations.Despite this, he said the Ministry was not satisfied with this year’s results of these “core subject areas” deemed imperative for economic growth and development.Research, he informed, “has shown that mathematics attainment is the single most reliable education factor which is directly linked to economic growth and development.”Rev. Thwaites also voiced concern that many teachers in the primary and secondary institutions are not deemed fully equipped and qualified to effectively support the teaching and learning of mathematics.A 2011 Ministry census showed that only nine per cent of mathematics teachers in secondary institutions are fully qualified to teach the subject to Grade 11. The census also showed that 40 per cent of mathematics teachers at the secondary level were trained in other specialist areas, while 39 per cent of teachers at the primary level lacked mathematics certification.Rev. Thwaites said this year’s CSEC Mathematics results did not catch the Ministry flatfooted.“We were not pleased by the results last year, and since then we have been working assiduously to complete the review of the….2003 National Numeracy Policy,” Rev. Thwaites said.He stressed that the policy’s guidelines, scheduled to be implemented in September, are pivotal to the Ministry’s efforts in addressing the state of mathematics education in Jamaica.Key standards that the policy seeks to establish include: contact hours for teaching mathematics at all levels of the education system; qualifications required to function as a mathematics teacher; and requirements for the continuous professional development of mathematics teachers.The results of the CSEC examinations will be posted on the Caribbean Examination Council’s website www.cxc.org as at 10:00 pm tonight (August 12). The Ministry of Education is reporting an increase in the percentage of passes 63.6 per cent or two-thirds of the students who sat the exam, passed