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Parsons Awarded Army Cybersecurity Contract

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Parsons has been awarded the technology initiative contract for Deployable Defensive Cyberspace Operations (DCO) Infrastructure (DDI) in support of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. The work is being performed through the Consortium for Command, Control, Communications and Computer Technologies (C5) under an Other Transaction Agreement procurement. C5—a nonprofit organization composed of defense contractors, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and academic research institutions—offers a uniquely rapid, cost-effective, and collaborative acquisition vehicle to advance the Army’s operational cyber capabilities.Parsons is pleased to support the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology in the critical area of defensive cybersecurity,” stated Mary Ann Hopkins, Parsons Group President. “Our cyber experts are working closely with the government to ensure the continued superiority of the nation’s military technology.”As part of the Army’s global mission in cyberspace operations, DCO within key cyber terrain is conducted by a maneuver defense force that offers commanders quick reaction, cyber defense reinforcement, and security enhancement capabilities. This defense force consists of Cyber Protection Teams that operate within friendly networks and are organized to perform one of five key cyber defensive mission functions: mission protection, discovery and counter infiltration, cyber threat emulation, inspection, and cyber support.Parsons’ effort includes developing physical hardware/networking models to evaluate the technical feasibility of a DDI capability. The DDI prototypes are defensive cyberspace weapons systems that enable real-time protection of critical systems within a specified operating environment, driven by the capability to detect and remove anomalous threat activity. The solution aligns with the C5 emerging software and hardware technology objective and is directly relevant to Army DCO weapons systems.Parsons has delivered cybersecurity services to U.S. government customers for more than 30 years to protect the nation’s most sensitive information and critical infrastructure. Its service offering includes systems engineering and integration, information assurance, and full-spectrum cyber network operations products and services.Parsons, celebrating more than 70 years of growth in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries, is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on infrastructure, industrial, federal, and construction. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, please visit faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment Business News Parsons Awarded Army Cybersecurity Contract From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, January 25, 2016 | 11:23 am More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News center_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 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. Business News Subscribe HerbeautyHere Are Indian Women’s Best Formulas For Eternal BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Boundary layer halogens in coastal Antarctica

first_imgHalogens influence the oxidizing capacity of Earth’s troposphere, and iodine oxides form ultrafine aerosols, which may have an impact on climate. We report year-round measurements of boundary layer iodine oxide and bromine oxide at the near-coastal site of Halley Station, Antarctica. Surprisingly, both species are present throughout the sunlit period and exhibit similar seasonal cycles and concentrations. The springtime peak of iodine oxide ( 20 parts per trillion) is the highest concentration recorded anywhere in the atmosphere. These levels of halogens cause substantial ozone depletion, as well as the rapid oxidation of dimethyl sulfide and mercury in the Antarctic boundary layer.last_img

Racial bias investigation launched after high school wrestler forced to cut off dreadlocks

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(BUENA, N.J.) — Accusations of racial bias are being made after a high school wrestler in New Jersey was forced by a referee to cut off his dreadlocks or forfeit his match.Buena Regional High School wrestler Andrew Johnson, who is black, was told he could not compete with long hair at a meet in Atlantic County on Wednesday. Johnson was wearing his usual headgear and covering, but the referee said it was not in compliance with rules by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).Visibly distraught and being comforted by teammates and coaches, Johnson had his dreadlocks sheared off by a trainer. He returned to the mat and ended up winning his match.The NJSIAA and the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR), a department in the state’s attorney general’s office, have both launched investigations into the incident.“DCR generally becomes involved only if the matter is not properly investigated or remedied by that initial investigation,” Sharon Lauchaire, director of communications for the Office of the Attorney General, said in a statement provided to ABC News on Friday. “DCR was notified this afternoon of an incident involving an NJSIAA official and a wrestler from Buena High School. Because the incident involved an NJSIAA official, DCR has opened an investigation.”The referee, identified by Philadelphia ABC station WPVI-TV as Alan Maloney, will continue to be allowed to referee as an investigation into the incident continues, but he won’t oversee any Buena Regional High School matches, according to the school district.“The superintendent of the Buena Regional High School District spoke with the NJSIAA assistant director and stipulated that, although the investigation into the matter is ongoing, the assigned referee will no longer be permitted to officiate any contests that include any Buena Regional School District student-athletes,” Buena Regional School District Superintendent of Schools David Cappuccio Jr. wrote in a letter addressed to “community members and concerned citizens.”Johnson’s act of cutting off his dreadlocks right beside the mat was captured in a video that has now spread across the internet and garnered widespread anger. The video of Johnson having his hair cut by a trainer was first shared on Twitter by SNJ Today Sports Director Mike Frankel. The video had 8.97 million views as of early Saturday.Frankel called Johnson the “epitome of a team player” in his tweet.The rule states, “If an individual has hair longer than allowed, it must be contained in a legal hair cover that is attached to the ear guards. The wrestler opting to wear a legal hair cover must wear it to the weigh-in procedure.”Maloney, who is white, has a history of racism, according to WPVI-TV. Maloney was accused of using the N-word by a black referee at a referee get-together in 2016.Maloney did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News.“His hair has always been like that, so for them to now bring it up is out of line,” Johnson’s classmate, Maylin Bauza, told WPVI-TV. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written bycenter_img December 22, 2018 /Sports News – National Racial bias investigation launched after high school wrestler forced to cut off dreadlockslast_img read more

Dean, College of Science & Mathematics

first_imgRowan University is seeking an innovative and entrepreneurialleader to serve as the Dean of the College of Science &Mathematics (CSM). The Dean will lead the development of a newvision for CSM in collaboration with faculty, staff, and studentswhich advances the University’s mission to provide access to anaffordable, quality education for a diverse student body, to createnew knowledge to serve humankind, and to serve as an economicengine for our region and the state of New Jersey. We seek acandidate who will lead the CSM community in our scientific,technological, and educational response to society’s challenges insustainability, climate change, and social and environmentaljustice.As the chief academic and administrative officer of CSM, the Dean’sresponsibilities include: (1) oversight, enhancement, anddevelopment of high-quality undergraduate and graduate programsincluding stackable and micro-credential programs; (2) expansion ofthe college’s research endeavors; (3) recruitment and retention ofa diverse faculty and student body and promotion of an inclusiveenvironment; (4) fundraising, development of new revenue sources,and budgetary oversight; (5) alumni relations, and (6) enhancingthe visibility and reputation of the college. The Dean will workclosely with the Provost and fellow deans to support RowanUniversity’s distinctive identity, while moving towards Carnegie 1research status.The ideal candidate is an exceptional and inspirational leader thatvalues transparency, honesty, and integrity. The successfulcandidate will possess the following: The College of Science & Mathematics enrolls nearly 4,700undergraduate and graduate students in the Departments ofBiological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, ComputerScience, Mathematics, Molecular & Cellular Biosciences, Physics& Astronomy, and Psychology. Further information is availableat The position begins July 1, 2021. The salaryis competitive and commensurate with qualifications andexperience.Review of applications will begin on December 14, 2020 and continueuntil the position is filled. Applications must include: 1) letterof interest, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) a vision statement addressingplans for research growth, academic education, diversity andinclusion, sustainability and social justice, 4) full contactinformation for at least five references. All applications must besubmitted through our online applicant tracking system.Inquiries only may be directed [email protected] University invites applications and nominations for theposition of Dean of the College of Science & Mathematics. Rowan University is a R2 Carnegie-classified Doctoral University(High Research Activity) with approximately 20,000 students. Itsmain campus is located in Glassboro, N.J., 20 miles southeast ofPhiladelphia, with additional campuses in Camden and Stratford. TheUniversity comprises seven academic colleges and five schools—theWilliam G. Rohrer College of Business; the Henry M. Rowan Collegeof Engineering; the Ric Edelman College of Communication andCreative Arts, the Colleges of Education, Humanities and SocialSciences, Performing Arts, and Science & Mathematics; theCooper Medical School of Rowan University; the Rowan UniversitySchool of Osteopathic Medicine; the Graduate School of BiomedicalSciences; the School of Health Professions; and the School of Earthand Environment—with an Honors College that spans acrossdisciplines. Rowan is one of three public universities in thecountry to offer M.D. and D.O. medical degree programs. Theinstitution is also home to the South Jersey Technology Park, whichfosters the translation of applied research into commercialproducts and processes, the Ric & Jean Edelman Planetarium,Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park & Museum, and the VirtualReality Center. Rowan has been recognized as one of the top 100public universities in the nation by the U.S. News & WorldReport.Rowan University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative ActionEmployer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration foremployment without regard to race, creed, color, national origin,age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership orcivil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression,disability status, liability for military service, protectedveteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypicalcellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusalto submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected bylaw. For the complete Rowan University non-discrimination andaffirmative action policy see: A terminal degree in one of the College’s disciplines or arelated field from an accredited institutionAn established record of excellence in teaching, scholarship,and service appropriate to the rank of Full Professor with tenure,including a sustained and successful externally funded researchprogramDemonstrated commitment to broadening participation ofunderrepresented and underserved groups in STEMExperience in fundraising and skill at social networkingAn approach to instruction and mentoring that focuses onpreparation for the careers of tomorrowOutstanding leadership, communication, and interpersonalskillsExperience with strategic planning and new programdevelopmentAn understanding of faculty needs, with a view towardsenhancing pedagogy, research activity, growth, andcollaborationA broad vision, incorporating the environmental and societalchallenges and opportunities that lie ahead, that promotes academicinnovation, private sector integration, and communityengagement.center_img Rowan University is committed to assisting all members of the Rowancommunity in providing for their own safety and security. TheAnnual Security and Fire Safety Report is available on theDepartment of Public Safety website at: you would like to receive a hard copy of the Annual Security andFire Safety Report which contains this information, you can stop bythe Department of Public Safety Office, located at Bole Hall Annex,201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028 or you can request thata copy be mailed to you by calling (856) 256-4562 or 4506. Thereport contains information regarding campus security and personalsafety including topics such as: crime prevention, public safetyauthority, crime reporting policies, fire safety, disciplinaryprocedures and other matters of importance related to security oncampus. The report also contains information about fire statisticsin Rowan University Residential Facilities and crime statistics forthe three previous calendar years concerning reported crimes thatoccurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or propertyowned or controlled by the University; and on public propertywithin, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.This information is required by federal law, Jeanne CleryDisclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime StatisticsAct or “Clery Act” and is provided by the Rowan UniversityDepartment of Public Safety.All positions are contingent upon budget appropriations.Advertised: Nov 6 2020 Eastern Standard TimeApplications close:last_img read more

Packaging watch

first_imgAs part of Marks & Spencer’s recently announced £200m, eco-friendly Plan A, it is pledging to reduce the use of packaging by 25%. In addition, packaging will be made from sustainable materials or recycled sources, such as cardboard, glass and plastic.The plan sets out to restrict the range of packaging materials, including sandwich and bakery packaging, to ones which are easy to recycle or compost, so customers do not have to throw rubbish away. These include using four types of plastic derived from corn starch: PLA, PP, PET and PE.Other plans include printing symbols on packaging to make it easy for customers to recycle or compost. It will also reduce the use of carrier bags by 33%, all of which are made from recycled plastic.”We are calling this Plan A because there is no Plan B,” said M&S chief executive Stuart Rose (pictured above). “We will become carbon neutral, only using offsetting as a last resort. We will ensure that none of our packaging needs to be thrown away. We will clearly label the food we import by air. Regional and local food sourcing will be a priority and we will trial the use of food waste to power our stores. We will do this without passing on the extra cost to our customers.”This is a deliberately ambitious and, in some areas, difficult plan. We don’t have all the answers but we are determined to work with our suppliers, partners and government to make this happen. Doing anything less is not an option.”Each month, British Baker reports on developments in packaginglast_img read more

Assessing the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on correctional institutions

first_imgThis is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.Across the country and the world, communities are working feverishly to measure the coronavirus pandemic’s impact — struggling with shortages of tests and depleted health care capabilities to gauge the numbers of the infected, the sick, and the dead.Accurate data is the first vital step in understanding the scope of the problem and developing and calibrating the best response. But, as the world moves to lockdown and social isolation, what is happening to the approximately 2.3 million people behind bars in the United States and to the tens of thousands who work in those facilities — line officers, administrators, nurses, therapists, doctors?Harvard Kennedy School Professor of Public Policy Marcella Alsan and Harvard Law School Professor of Law Crystal Yang have teamed up with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) to conduct the first detailed survey on the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the country’s prisons, jails, and juvenile detention facilities. HKS discusses their groundbreaking work, what it tells us about the spread and treatment of the disease among some of the most vulnerable populations, and how this valuable data can guide practitioners and policymakers.Q&ACrystal Yang and Marcella AslanHarvard Kennedy School: How did you both come to find yourself working with the NCCHC as the pandemic struck?Crystal Yang: Marcella and I are both economists who are interested in using policy to improve outcomes for vulnerable and underrepresented populations. We have been collaborators for some time on issues at the intersection of the criminal justice system and the health care system. We each bring a complementary skill set to the table, with Marcella’s dual training in medicine and economics and my dual training in law and economics. Prior to the start of the pandemic, we had partnered with the NCCHC to better understand the unique health care needs of incarcerated populations and the role that health care standards and accreditation can play.Once the pandemic struck, we were gravely concerned about the impact that COVID-19 would have on inmates, correctional officers, and health care staff. But we quickly realized that nationwide, real-time data did not exist. To address this data deficit, we quickly worked together with our partners at NCCHC (including CEO Deborah Ross and Brent Gibson, their chief health officer) to develop high-frequency surveys in order to assess the needs and preparedness of correctional facilities across the United States in dealing with the pandemic.Gibson notes: “This partnership has been extraordinary, and I don’t use that word lightly. The Harvard team is as responsive and knowledgeable as any I have worked with in my nearly 20-year medical and public health career. The tools and expertise they bring have made this whole effort possible.” “As the pandemic continues to spread, policymakers should implement criminal justice policies that can protect the health of inmates and correctional staff without endangering public safety.” — Crystal Yang Prison education at Harvard HKS: What are you finding?Marcella Alsan: So far, we have collected data from more than 320 facilities housing approximately 10 percent of the country’s inmates across 47 states. While not necessarily representative of all correctional institutions, the results nonetheless are vital for policymakers responding to the pandemic in their own states and communities. NCCHC has assured me that even this level of response is extremely encouraging, as correctional programs are not always willing to share information.In terms of specifics, we found that, between the initial survey on March 25 and the latest follow-up on April 3, the number of reported COVID-19 cases among participating correctional facilities increased rapidly. The highest number of reported cases was among correctional staff — including health care staff and correctional officers. Specifically, the number of COVID-19 cases among staff increased from 136 to 245 among approximately 100 facilities that consistently reported on a daily basis. During the same period, the number of cases among inmates increased from 32 to 67 among approximately 100 facilities that consistently reported. In addition, there were two reported deaths among correctional staff.Combining the survey data with COVID-19 case data from The New York Times, we found that states that have been especially hard hit by the pandemic, such as Michigan and New Jersey, are also locations where correctional officers are more affected. At the state level, reported correctional staff cases are also correlated with reported cases among inmates. In addition, about two-thirds of facilities stated they had adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) and 60 percent said they had access to lab testing. Correctional administrators and frontline staff underscored that these levels, though slowly growing over time, are still insufficient to protect both staff and inmates from disease spread. In prisons, a looming coronavirus crisis Judging a book The formerly incarcerated, activists, and academics convene to discuss University’s programs, ties center_img HKS: What are the key takeaways for health care delivery in correctional facilities?Alsan: What’s striking to me about these findings so far is that correctional staff are also at high risk, either because of community exposure or exposure in the facilities themselves. Therefore, keeping visitors out is unlikely to be a failsafe method to prevent infectious spread. Staff also need to have access to protective equipment and testing. In addition, many of the facilities surveyed recounted they were screening inmates using the only method they had readily available: temperature and symptom screening. Since COVID-19 can be transmitted asymptomatically, it would be much safer to empower all facilities to screen people using rapid lab tests. We also have anecdotal evidence that it may prove challenging for staff to practice social distancing in a correctional institution. NCCHC has assembled some practical guidance that will be helpful in addressing this.HKS: What are the key takeaways for the criminal justice system?Yang: Our findings suggest that as the pandemic continues to spread, policymakers should implement criminal justice policies that can protect the health of inmates and correctional staff without endangering public safety. Qualitative comments from participating facilities in our survey indicate a range of sound responses to the pandemic, including releasing medically vulnerable inmates, limiting pretrial detention for individuals charged with nonviolent or misdemeanor offenses, quashing nonviolent minor arrest warrants, and increasing the use of summons in lieu of arrests for nonviolent offenses.Alsan and Yang are faculty affiliates of the Kennedy School’s Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy. They are both economists. Alsan also has degrees in medicine and public health, and has held hospital fellowships in global health equity and infectious disease. Yang served as a federal prosecutor and is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Related For D.C. writer Clint Smith, a prison reading program confirms the power of fiction to drive ‘radical empathy’ Harvard professors call for reducing populations, warning of rapid spread amid crowded conditions and large numbers of older inmates with chronic conditions last_img read more

“Cloud-like” – Is Your Data Center Ready for the Plunge?

first_imgCloud is just about everywhere and in most companies’ strategies. However, getting and moving to cloud doesn’t always happen as quickly as we hope. The larger your infrastructure is, the more detail is required to plan and migrate while minimizing disruptions to daily operations.But is cloud, specifically public cloud, the best approach for every need, every application, and every company? Or is “cloud-like” a better route?As IT administrators evaluate their cloud options, they may find a number of criteria to support moving to public cloud. They may also find some aspects that are not so favorable. Security, data ownership or data lock-in, flexibility, choice of platforms, available applications, and so forth -– these are some of the key aspects to consider when moving from an on-premises environment, and which may prevent you from fully migrating certain applications, data, and policies to public cloud. But you still want all of the benefits that come with cloud.Enter “Cloud-like”A cloud-like approach could mean evaluating different options to obtain public cloud benefits – such as scalability, economics, flexibility, manageability – but without some of the risks or downsides you have discovered about public cloud for your business, infrastructure and workforce. Perhaps your IT organization knows that running certain workloads with on-premises servers will always provide faster results than cloud instances. Maybe IT also believes that maintaining the data close to compute/servers and not incurring data transfer costs or lock-in will reduce latencies and budgets over the long term. Or it could be that IT really wants to secure data and meet in-region compliance requirements for data privacy, for example, without risking data migration to or in the cloud. Unique scenarios indicate a cloud-like approach could benefit IT as they engage in hybrid IT models.Let’s evaluate servers in a cloud-like approach. To leverage servers in this scenario, a consumption component must be considered to deliver cloud-like economics. This can include approaches like metered consumption or pay-as-you-go, without embarking on buying servers. This approach would also mimic cloud, paying for CPU cycles when needed.Another aspect is how to ensure servers can scale in performance to tackle real-time burst demands for processing data. An expanded capacity (“bursting”) option could be useful.And with servers and data on-premises, businesses can experience cloud-like flexibility while reducing risk of outage or breaches while keeping latency low.Dell Technologies Flexible Consumption for Dell EMC PowerEdge servers enables cloud-like aspects as described prior. This solution from Dell Financing Services can enable you to get the technology you need today to drive business outcomes and predict your IT spend. One of the Flexible consumption solutions include Flex on Demand, which helps you address business requirements with payments that scale up or down to match your usage.*Deliver a similar, “cloud-like” experience on-premiseNot only does Flex on Demand provide a consumption model which is cloud-like while giving you the servers you want with all the bells-and-whistles and full management by Dell, but Flex on Demand also helps IT scenarios such as:Datacenter extension – whether consolidating colocation or hosted operations back into the domain to reduce costs or seeking to support additional workloads for a set period of time (months to years), IT can readily reduce external factors and maintain full control over operations without management overhead.Secured, fully independent environments – ideal for in-region or country requirements to support global privacy, security, compliance standards, servers in a Flexible Consumption program are fully isolated but fully manageable to support global business needsMixed workloads and mixed volatility – real-time, demanding, volatile and retail applications often push servers to maximum operations for a short time before settling back to a normal cycle. A dedicated Flex on Demand approach separates this strain from your infrastructure, and provides the right-sized server choices for your workloads, allowing for these bursts of activity as they appear.With Flex on Demand, IT has an additional consumption approach to obtaining the best PowerEdge servers for their applications, and in a cloud-like economics fashion.Now you have more choices to select the best compute nodes for your business needs. AMD-based PowerEdge servers with Flex on Demand provide new configurations for deployments including web front-ends, cloud hosting servers, and other high-demand, high-transaction environments. Furthermore, Flex on Demand is also available for Dell vSAN ready nodes, further extending the value of cloud-like consumption into your operations model. Learn more about PowerEdge servers and Flex on Demand here.Flex on Demand is a key offer and part of the larger Dell Technologies on Demand portfolio, enabling innovative, consumption-based payment solutions. For more information, learn more about Flexible Consumption here.* Payment solutions provided and serviced by Dell Financial Services L.L.C. or its affiliate or designee (“DFS”) for qualified customers. Offers may not be available or may vary in certain countries. Where available offers may be changed without notice and are subject to product availability, applicable law, credit approval, documentation provided by and acceptable to DFS and may be subject to minimum transaction size. Offers not available for personal, family or household use. Dell EMC and the Dell EMC logo are trademarks of Dell Inc. Restrictions and additional requirements may apply to transactions with governmental or public entities. Flexible Consumption: At the end of the initial term customer may 1) extend original term or 2) return the equipment to DFS.last_img read more


first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaEach year, the Georgia 4-H Youth Technology Leadership Team tries to award 50 computers to Georgia students who apply for them. Thanks to a State Farm service-learning grant, the computers this year will include modems, printers and speakers.Through the Need-A-Computer program, the 4-H technology team has awarded more than 400 refurbished computers over the past 11 years, delivering them each December. “I love to watch kids’ faces light up” when they get a computer, said Nicole Batten, who judges the applications. Batten is tech support engineer for Intuit, an Athens, Ga., company that designs money-management software like TurboTax and Quicken.The $25,000 State Farm grant will help the Georgia 4-H Foundation improve access to higher education for Georgia students, too. It will allow the technology team to purchase a mobile lab and hold free Internet education classes statewide. The classes will teach students how to effectively use technology and about Internet and social networking safety and cyber bullying.“Georgia is a high-need area with 91 of our 159 counties declared in persistent poverty,” said Cheryl Varnadoe, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H specialist who leads the technology team. “We feel that this grant opportunity will allow many youth and families a new start to reaching their dreams for the future.”Students who own a computer and learn basic computer technology have the tools to reach higher education, she said.“Over 60 percent of today’s jobs require knowledge of technology operations,” she said. “Working with underserved youth … will help close the achievement gap for many youth.”The Georgia 4-H Foundation was one of 73 applicants from across the United States and Canada chosen to receive a State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grant. More than 500 organizations applied.The youth advisory board is made up of 30 students who award and oversee the grants to organizations. Grants range from $25,000 to $100,000 and are evaluated by how well they utilize service-learning to address driver safety, environmental responsibility, financial literacy, access to higher education and disaster preparedness.Georgia 4-H delivers programs that provide educational and life skills opportunities to more than 200,000 students each year. For more information, visit read more

New Mexico utility moves up carbon-free goal, reaffirms San Juan coal plant closure

first_imgNew Mexico utility moves up carbon-free goal, reaffirms San Juan coal plant closure FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Albuquerque Journal:Public Service Company of New Mexico says all its electric generation will be carbon-free by 2040, five years earlier than required under the state’s new Energy Transition Act.PNM President, Chairman and CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn announced a plan to accelerate its clean-energy goals Monday afternoon during an event at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, members of the state’s U.S. congressional delegation, and local and state officials attended the event, timed to coincide with Earth Day.The Energy Transition Act, which the state Legislature passed this year and the governor signed into law, requires New Mexico’s public utilities to derive 50 percent of their electricity from renewable resources by 2030 and 80 percent by 2040, followed by a transition to completely carbon-free generation by 2045.PNM said it has since realized it can achieve those goals five years early, Vincent-Collawn said at the event.Coinciding with the announcement, PNM released a general overview of how it plans to achieve the goals. It reaffirmed previous commitments to completely shut down the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station outside Farmington in 2022 and pull out of the nearby Four Corners Power Plant by 2031. That alone will cut emissions by more than 70 percent, according to PNM.Starting in 2028, the company will also begin closing natural gas plants around the state, with the last ones shuttered by 2040. It will replace lost generation with renewable resources like wind and solar, and possibly geothermal power.More: PNM to be carbon free five years soonerlast_img read more

China county in lockdown as fears grow over second wave of virus

first_imgJia county in central Henan province said in a social media post Wednesday that it was tightening restrictions on villages and residential compounds, and was not allowing people to enter or leave their homes without the relevant authorization.Employees will also need permits issued by their companies in order to go to work, and vehicles can only be used on alternate days depending on their number plates.The latest rules were introduced after a woman who visited Jia county tested positive for the deadly virus following interactions with an asymptomatic doctor during her visit.Although new cases have dwindled in China and its central Hubei province at the epicenter of the outbreak, concerns have been growing over a fresh wave of infections from overseas or asymptomatic carriers. The country has in recent weeks started publishing data on a growing number of imported cases — mostly returning Chinese nationals — and on Wednesday started releasing figures on asymptomatic cases.On Thursday, the National Health Commission reported 55 new asymptomatic patients, and it now has 1,075 asymptomatic cases remaining under medical observation. Of this number, 226 were imported.Concerns over a resurgence of the deadly pathogen in China have led to a choppy return to regular life, with some cities re-introducing restrictions after easing rules.Top tourist attractions in China’s financial center Shanghai closed just weeks after reopening, including the Shanghai Tower — the world’s second-tallest building — and indoor attractions such as the Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Ocean Aquarium and Madam Tussauds.Over the weekend, Chinese media reported that Sichuan province shut entertainment spots such as karaoke venues again as well, after a brief reopening. A Chinese county of around 600,000 residents has gone into lockdown after a woman who visited the area tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring concerns over a second wave of domestic infections.The tightening comes as China reported 35 new confirmed cases on Thursday, drastically down from the peak of the crisis.But they were all imported, bringing the tally of such cases to 841 and adding to fears about infections brought in from overseas.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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