Anti-bullying film premieres ‘Breaking The Silence’ is first step to sustained…

first_img ×Helping Gigante cut the celebratory cake are Freeholder Anthony Romano, NJ State Police Sargent 1st Class Gregory Williams, and Jane Clementi. Helping Gigante cut the celebratory cake are Freeholder Anthony Romano, NJ State Police Sargent 1st Class Gregory Williams, and Jane Clementi. The Hoboken Historical Museum hosted the premier of anti-bullying activist and accredited film maker Frank Gigante’s “Breaking the Silence” on May 11.Gigante’s film was inspired by the deaths of countless teens who were bullied to the point of suicide. Ultimately, Gigante said he wants to build a movement that inspires victims to speak out rather than turn to self-harm.“I started the project after a spiritual vibe that pushed me to start researching to find the growing number of suicides on account of bullying,” said Gigante. “I am hoping to tell a great story as well as possibly saving a life with my message.”In attendance were Joseph and Jane Clementi who created the Tyler Clementi Foundation after their son, a Rutgers University student whose sexual preference was exposed by his college roommate, took his own life.“Anti-bullying laws are incredibly important, however; I also believe that using creative outlets, like film, are equally important in bringing awareness about this epidemic to the masses” said Jane Clementi prior to the film.After the audience was seated, Anna Mancini performed a violin overture in dedication of Tyler Clementi with vocals provided by “Soprano’s” actor Artie Pasquale.After the end of the event Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano awarded Gigante a Hudson County seal in recognition for his work as an anti-bullying activist.Gigante announced he will launch a GoFundMe campaign to help make a full length picture to raise awareness. He said he also plans to continue making anti-bullying feature films as well as producing children’s books and animations.last_img

Website bakery resource goes live

first_imgThe Bakery School, a web-based online resource tool, went live on 31 May.The site, set up by fomer bakery tutor Jean Grieves and retired baker Albert Waterfield, contains 40 modules, divided into three main categories – ingredients, processes and methods and problem solving. Each module gives detailed information, complete with diagrams and photographs, and includes a multiple-choice exam, as well as a printable certificate.It aims to provide in-depth knowledge in areas including ingredients, techniques and processes and has been designed so that employees can maximise the potential of their workforce.An annual licence for the site – which includes one password and username – costs £250. Multiple rates are negotiable. Profits will be reinvested in the business, and further modules developed.last_img

Behind the measles outbreak

first_imgInadequate vaccine coverage is likely a driving force behind the ongoing Disneyland measles outbreak, according to calculations by a research team at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Boston Children’s Hospital, a Harvard affiliate.Their report, based on epidemiological data and published online by JAMA Pediatrics, indicates that vaccine coverage among the exposed populations is far below that necessary to keep the virus in check, and is the first to positively link measles vaccination rates and the ongoing outbreak.The researchers — led by Maimuna Majumder, a research fellow at HealthMap, and John Brownstein, HMS associate professor of pediatrics at Boston Children’s — examined case numbers reported by the California Department of Public Health and current and historical case data captured by the HealthMap disease surveillance system.They estimate that the measles vaccination rate among the case clusters in California, Arizona, and Illinois is between 50 and 86 percent, far below the 96 to 99 percent necessary to create a herd immunity effect.Measles is highly contagious. It’s estimated that an infected individual in a population fully susceptible to measles will spread the virus to between 11 and 18 additional people. This number is called the virus’ basic reproduction rate, or R0. In a population where at least some individuals are immune to measles, the virus spreads from person to person more slowly. The rate of spread in an immune population is called the virus’ effective reproduction rate, or RE.Using case data, R0, and measles’ serial interval (the length of time for each successive wave of transmission to follow the one before), Majumder and Brownstein calculated that the virus’ RE in the Disneyland outbreak is between 3.2 and 5.8. From there, they calculated the vaccination estimate.The researchers are quick to note that their estimate does not reflect vaccination across the United States, in the state of California, or even among the population of Disneyland visitors at the outbreak’s start. Rather, it reflects the vaccination rate among the exposed populations in each cluster of cases linked to the outbreak so far.“It’s as though you took everyone exposed to measles in the areas with case clusters, put them in a room, and measured the level of vaccine coverage in that aggregate population,” said Majumder.Using the same data sources, the HealthMap team has separately released an interactive model illustrating how differing rates of vaccine coverage could affect the growth of a measles outbreak over time.The model, available at, puts the effects of vaccination into stark relief. If a population is fully vaccinated against the virus, the model predicts that one case of measles will give rise to only two additional cases over 70 days. By contrast, if only 60 percent of a population is vaccinated, more than 2,800 cases will occur over the same time period.“Our data tell us a very straightforward story — that the way to stop this and future measles outbreaks is through vaccination,” said Brownstein, a digital epidemiologist and co-founder of HealthMap and VaccineFinder, an online service that allows users to search for locations offering a variety of vaccinations, including the MMR vaccine that protects against measles.“The fundamental reason why we’re seeing the number of cases we are is inadequate vaccine coverage among the exposed,” he said.“We hope these data encourage families to ensure they and their loved ones are vaccinated, and help local public health officials in their efforts to control this outbreak.”This work was supported by the National Library of Medicine.Adapted from a Boston Children’s news release.last_img

Champlain College graduates its first MBA online student

first_imgCathy VanYperen has made history at Champlain College. The Clarendon, Vt., resident is the first to graduate from the Colleges online MBA program.In just under two years, VanYperen completed her coursework on weekends and evenings through the online program, while she worked and taught at Castleton State College. With her new masters degree on her resume, she was able to become a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor of business administration at Castleton.”While working full time and teaching part time, there was no way I could go to a classroom for my MBA,” she said. “Taking a virtual program meant that I could do my classwork at night or on the weekendsat my convenience.”Prior to becoming a full-time professor, she worked for 12 years in sales and corporate communications at Hubbardton Forge. She said that she started integrating her MBA classwork into her “real” work right away. “I’ve been using my MBA since I started the classes,” she said.VanYperen said that being a student offered more benefits than the obvious. “It helped me both in terms of knowledge and teaching methods,” said the professor. “I always talked about my MBA program in my classes and my students benefited because I had more empathy and had learned ways to explain things more clearly.” Management, business writing and business case studies courses are among those that she teaches.VanYperen had previously earned a MSA degree from St. Michael’s and a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in Texas. “The last time I was in school was 1990, so I was refreshed with this program,” she said.VanYperen will share her experiences in November with new Champlain MBA students as they gather for a graduate student summit on campus. The next online MBA courses start on November 26 and February 25.last_img

What Are the Benefits of Recycling?

first_imgRecycling and re-use have many environmental benefits, including reducing the amount of waste we bury in already overcrowded landfills and burn in polluting incinerators, like the one pictured here. Photo: iStock/ThinkstockDear EarthTalk: Recycling can be a somewhat time-consuming task; so can you please provide some benefits of taking the time to separate my trash?–– Joseph Jiminez, Houston, TXRecycling, which turns materials that would otherwise be incinerated or become landfill-clogging waste into valuable resources, has become second nature for many Americans. As many as four out of five U.S. households already take the time to separate recyclables from trash. Those hold-outs not yet willing to bother should consider the benefits to their household and society at large.First and foremost for consumers is saving money. Many municipalities across the U.S. today don’t charge customers for curb-side pickup of recyclables but continue to charge for garbage pick-up, so recycling is a way to reduce a household’s overall waste expense. Otherwise, consumers who collect large amounts of recyclables may be able to find a local company willing to buy them in bulk. Some municipalities operate drop-off centers where consumers can trade in aluminum cans and other scrap metal (copper, steel, etc.) for cash. Yet another way to recycle and make some cash is to sell your old stuff in a yard sale. Likewise, shopping at yard sales and second-hand stores will also prevent the manufacture of new items altogether.And there are many benefits to recycling beyond each household’s own bottom line. Recycling saves resources. By recycling paper we save oxygen-providing, carbon-sequestering trees from the axe. By recycling plastic, we save petroleum, contributing (however slightly) to national security. By recycling metals, we take a bite out of energy-intensive mining. And recycling anything saves large amounts of energy and water that would otherwise be expended in making new goods from virgin materials. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adds that recycling “protects and expands U.S. manufacturing jobs and increases U.S. competitiveness.”Yet another benefit of recycling is reducing the amount of waste we send to overcrowded landfills and polluting incinerators. At the other end of the consumer loop, buying products made out of recycled rather than virgin materials is another way to save money, as they are often less costly and just as good quality.Beyond recycling, reducing our consumption of goods that are heavily packaged (often with materials not recyclable themselves) is another important part of any effort to spare bulging landfills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. And the re-use of materials that would otherwise end up in landfills is yet another way to conserve resources. It’s not difficult to think of many ways that used boxes, packaging, paper and plastic bags can be re-purposed to extend their usefulness and spare the garbage (or recycling) man. Also, composting food scraps—either at home or as part of a community effort—helps reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators.With world population still growing and developing countries now fully embracing an American-style consumer culture, recycling and other waste reduction techniques take on an increasingly important role in efforts to protect the environment. Indeed, there’s no time like the present to step up reducing, re-using, recycling and composting. To find out where to recycle just about anything near you, visit the Earth911 website, where you can search by entering your zip code along with the item you’re looking to unload.CONTACTS: EPA,; Earth911,® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine ( Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: Free Trial Issue:

Chile Modifies Drone to Communicate with Isolated Areas

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo January 26, 2017 A team of students from the Chilean Naval Polytechnic Academy modified an unmanned aerial vehicle, or drone, to function as a satellite communications link to reach areas that are hard to access or which have been hit by natural disasters. The initiative is the result of Project Cóndor. According to a Chilean Navy press release from December 24, 2016, the purpose of the plan is to establish an aerial communications bridge based on a platform designed to link portable communications equipment on different frequencies. Project Cóndor was born when the beach in Socos de Tongoy, Coquimbo, west central Chile, disappeared after the tsunami of September of 2015. The tsunami severed communications with security committee personnel for a few hours, preventing the command-and-control unit from directing the response-and-rescue operation in the affected region. “Faced with this challenge, I decided to look for an alternative technology – a drone swarm that could work simultaneously with IP [Internet Protocol] technology. This way the authorities don’t have to wait for a [reconnaissance] plane to pass before linking up and continuing their natural disaster work, like in Tongoy,” Ensign Nicolás Montes, a student of electronic naval engineering at the Naval Polytechnic Academy and Project Cóndor leader told Diálogo. According to the Chilean Navy, the drone model chosen by the four students can fly between hills and in ravines without much difficulty. This more than doubles the normal operating range of commercially available portable equipment and eliminates the lack of visual communication, which is a limitation of VHF and UHF equipment. The hexacopter uses batteries with four cells in series, has a flight range of 20 minutes, and can fly for up to 4 kilometers in that time frame. It has a maximum speed of 25 meters per second and can return to its takeoff point when the battery is low. Its communications system has a range of 3 kilometers without a bridge and eight with it. It also can carry the almost 700-gram weight of the telecommunications module without any problems. Chile has faced severe flooding, forest fires, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and tsunamis throughout its history. “All of these disasters have contributed to the development of state-of-the-art technology to provide solutions for emerging needs,” engineer Carlos Escobar Zepeda, director of the Technology Center of the School of Engineering at San Sebastián University, Chile, said to Diálogo. “In this sense, the drone can be very useful to provide communication to isolated areas or when catastrophes leave conventional communications channels without a signal,” Ensign Montes added. “One of the most important factors in almost all emergencies is communication. Thanks to that, the armed forces and other governmental institutions can act quickly and in a coordinated and effective manner.” “It is not so crazy to think that communications during emergencies could be taken over by drones by simulating what a satellite does around the planet,” Escobar added. “It will be essential to have equipment with that kind of versatility.” The Chilean Navy will be able to use this new communications tool in UHF transmissions between warships. The use of drones will allow for extending the communication range among ships, increasing the tactical monitoring area, reducing enemy detection capacity, and maintaining the navigation capacity of the group. “Drones are very economical. Since they don’t need a pilot, their cost is reduced significantly, and they do not put the lives of troops at risk during their missions,” said Escobar. “The use of drones is increasing and their uses are becoming more and more diverse.” Starting in March, the young participants will direct their efforts towards modifying fixed-wing devices and aerostats with much greater autonomy, in addition to the drone swarm. “When we achieve the culmination of Project Cóndor at the end of 2017, it will be a great result for our institution,” Ensign Montes said. Project Cóndor could make a great contribution to the country, both in the Armed Forces and private sector. “This type of aircraft, which is becoming smaller and smaller, more and more versatile with very powerful cameras, and even quieter than before, has changed the way that government and private-sector institutions carry out their work,” Escobar said. Drones have served many different functions, including controlling contraband smuggling; illegal immigration and drug trafficking in Northern Chile; and basic, close-range reconnaissance and surveillance. They also have helped to increase productivity, reduce costs in the mining and agriculture sectors, and survey wooded areas prone to fire, as well as to establish contingency or security plans in those areas. In addition, drones can function read more

Unai Emery says Arsenal fans have been unhelpful at times this season

first_imgEmery says the fans haven’t been helpful at times this season (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has called for patience from Arsenal fans amid turmoil at the club after the axing of Granit Xhaka as captain.Arsenal play Leicester City in Saturday’s late kickoff under a cloud following Xhaka’s outburst against supporters at the Emirates and the subsequent fall-out.Emery has struggled for consistency this season and Arsenal have managed just one win in their last five Premier League outings. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Nov 2019 7:51 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link305Shares Comment Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Unai Emery says Arsenal fans have been unhelpful at times this season Xhaka reacted furiously to his treatment by Arsenal fans (Picture: Getty)‘Then also, Xhaka’s circumstance. But the team, inside, they are strong.‘The players are working very well and I think they have a big commitment to work every day and to progress and to keep improving.’Arsenal are six points off fourth spot, currently occupied by Chelsea, and the trip to the King Power Stadium is the Gunners’ final game before a two-week international break.MORE: How Brendan Rodgers has turned Leicester into what Unai Emery said Arsenal would beMORE: Unai Emery explains reasons why Arsenal have struggled this season Leicester v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:06FullscreenLeicester v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conference is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.A defeat to Leicester will give Arsenal a mountain to climb to secure Champions League football and Emery suggested the fans’ fury has not helped his players.ADVERTISEMENT‘I think, for the supporters, they have seen that their team needs more to improve to achieve the best results,’ Emery said.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I can and I want to say to them: they must have patience.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘In some circumstances they did not help us but we are trying to achieve the best emotional balance with the players.‘The Ozil circumstance with Kolasinac, the Koscielny circumstance.‘Remember that if he was here the captain would be Laurent Koscielny and that would give us no problem.last_img

Eased COVID-19 restrictions spark huge Brisbane sale

first_img The sale above $3m includes a block 1.09ha of prime riverfront residential land. The sale could virtually be covered by land value alone.Other big sales made just before lockdown, or in the early stages, include 14 Sutherland Ave, Ascot (pre lockdown $13m), and 5B Quarry Street, Hamilton (early lockdown, circa $4m). 80 Cubberla Street, Fig Tree Pocket, has 60m of river frontage.A riverfront home has sold in Brisbane for what is believed to be the Queensland capital’s highest price since COVID-19 restrictions were eased.The six-bedroom home at 80 Cubberla Street in Fig Tree Pocket sits on a massive 1.09 hectare (10,900sq m) block and has more than 60m of river frontage. The home was built in the 1960s.The property was marketed at more than $3 million by Josephine Johnston-Rowell of Johnston Dixon. The agency’s chief executive John Johnston yesterday confirmed the sale.“The property was aimed in the $3 millions and that’s where it sold,” Mr Johnston said.The price is believed to be the highest fetched by a Brisbane property since the pandemic restrictions were eased. 14 Sutherland Ave, Ascot, sold just before lockdown for $13m. 5B Quarry Street, Hamilton, (one of two units) sold during early lockdown for circa $4m, with 5A currently on the market.The Fig Tree Pocket deal was struck and went unconditional last week, days after June 1, when restrictions were eased to allow 20 people at open homes and auctions.More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days agoThe buyer had expressed interest in the property since it was first marketed in The Courier-Mail Realestate Magazine late last year. MORE: Coronavirus sparks surge in holiday unit makeovers Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Spectacular sky homes hit the Gold Coast market Given the Fig Tree Pocket home is post-war it could potentially be removed, with council approval, for an even more substantial home.“There are very few quality properties on the market,” Mr Johnston said. “The buyer was identified when we advertised the property through The Courier-Mail at auction previously and with the V-shape recovery in the market, the buyer has felt compelled to again show their hand.”“We’ve had multiple people try to buy it before auction and post. This buyer hung in there, went cool when the virus first hit but now that the sky seems to be clearing very quickly, they reaffirmed their genuine interest in what is a landmark riverfront property.” The home was being sold for the first time since the owners built it in the 1960s.Stage one of Queensland’s relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions was on May 15 when 10 people were allowed at open homes. Stage two came into effect on June 1 with 20 people allowed. Stage three has been set for July 10, when up to 100 people will be permitted at open for inspections and on-site auctions. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img

I will no longer send players to Man Utd – Raiola

first_imgMino Raiola has declared he will no longer send players to Manchester United. He told The Telegraph: “The club that he had the most direct contact with him was United. “They spoke to him the most. Everybody had the chance to talk to him in person. We let that happen especially when he knows Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. “Clearly he [Erling Haaland] felt that at this moment it was not the right step in his career. There is nothing against Manchester United or Ole. “He chose Borussia Dortmund ahead of them and other clubs and I’m very happy because he is going to the club he wanted to go to and that is best for him right now.” Pogba has constantly been linked with a move away from Old Trafford after he revealed in the summer he was seeking a “new challenge”. But ahead of the winter window, Raiola insisted the 26-year-old is focussed on fully recovering from injury and will remain a Red. Though the agent warned results must improve to keep his client in a United shirt. Asked whether sees Pogba staying in Manchester until next season, Raiola told Sky Sports: “Yes I can, but in a club that I hope fights for the league and hopefully the Champions League. “Is that strange? Am I the only one that’s worried? Is the owner not worried? I think that everybody that is in love with Manchester United is worried about that. “I’m worried about that for my player. I’m not a fan of Manchester United but I have a very direct interest. “As long as Paul is in Manchester United, he wants to win trophies with Manchester United. That’s the kind of player he is and he will not act differently. Read Also:Europa League: Manchester United draw excites Okereke “Like Ole’s saying, it’s a work in progress now this club. He’s says he’s working on a team for next year. Let’s hope that it goes well for him because the world needs Manchester United on the top. “Clearly they are not where they think they should be.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The World7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBehind-The-Scenes Selfies From 10 Popular MoviesWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There? Loading… The super–agent is upset that fingers have been pointed at him from within Old Trafford over the deal that took whizkid Erling Haaland, 19, to Borussia Dortmund. United pulled out of the pursuit for Haaland as they would not agree to a sell–on clause that would have given Raiola control of any future transfer fee if he left Manchester. And Paul Pogba’s agent has now attacked Old Trafford chiefs and claimed he will flat out refuse future business with the club. Raiola told Italian outlet La Repubblica: “Today I would no longer bring anyone there. “They would also ruin [Diego] Maradona, Pele and [Paolo] Maldini.” Raiola revealed he had a bust up with legendary United manager Sir Alex Ferguson after Pogba stood up to the no-nonsense Scot. And the agent blasted the current United set-up as “out of reality” as he hinted his World Cup-winning client could do with a move back to Serie A champions Juve. Raiola explained: “For Pogba I fought with (Sir Alex) Ferguson. “Paul was the only one to say no to him, he never digested this and he took it out on me. “But now Pogba’s problem is Manchester – it’s a club out of reality, without a sports project. “Paul needs a team and a club, one like the first Juve.” United boss Solskjaer – who coached Haaland at Molde – travelled to meet the striker’s camp on December 13. Raiola vows he gave Solskjaer an equal chance to get his fellow Norwegian to the Theatre of Dreams – but the player had his heart set on Germany.last_img