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John Muir and Cal Poly Pomona Alumnus Miguel Reyes Joins College Access Plan Board of Directors

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Required fields are marked * College Access Plan (CAP) (www.collegeaccessplan.org), a Pasadena nonprofit that provides free programs in college preparedness and success, has had the honor of supporting thousands of students who attend Pasadena’s public schools as they reach for their college dreams since 2006. CAP is proud to announce that Miguel Reyes has joined its board of directors. Miguel graduated from John Muir High School in 2011 and from Cal Poly Pomona in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. CAP’s board recently voted to include a permanent position for an alumnus/a of its programs, and Reyes will be the first to fill this role.As a Muir student, Reyes always stood out academically and graduated as his class Salutatorian. He was very active in the Engineering and Environmental Science Academy and was a member of Muir’s championship solar boat team in 2010. Forever a proud Mustang, Reyes is particularly interested in sharing how the exceptional opportunities afforded to him as a PUSD student and the college readiness support provided by CAP through its after school drop-in program at his high school helped to set him on the path to his current success as an engineer at California Steel Industries. Reyes believes it is fitting that CAP will be his first foray into board service and says he is eager to “bring a student perspective as well as give back to my community and the amazing CAP family.”Board Chair LaWayne Williams, Senior Director of Community Relations for the Tournament of Roses, says, “Miguel’s participation is one of those wonderful ancillary outcomes of the work that CAP does. Having someone on our board who knows the programs, has benefited from them, and who understands the current needs of students from the city he was raised in will allow CAP to continue to evolve.”CAP Executive Director Mo Hyman adds, “Miguel brings a unique perspective to our board, not only as a former Mustang and CAP participant, but also in terms of his professional experience — he’s the first engineer we’ve had on the board, which helps diversify of our expertise and encourages us to reflect on the full array of our students’ backgrounds and interests.”Reyes is not the first alumnus/a to join the CAP team. Elena Arellan, 2012 Muir graduate and 2016 graduate of University of Redlands, is a member of CAP’s staff as Program Assistant. A third alumni participant, Rebeca Souza, 2013 Blair High School graduate who is set to receive her bachelor’s from Humboldt State University this spring, has committed to CAP as an Americorps VISTA member and is set to begin her term of service this summer.About College Access PlanCollege Access Plan is an independent 501c3 nonprofit that prepares underserved students to succeed in college. Through partnerships with PUSD, PasadenaLEARNs, Lake Avenue Community Foundation, Learning Works Charter School, and other local agencies, CAP provides no-cost college readiness advisement and topic-specific workshops on site at high schools and middle schools, through program partnerships, and to PUSD graduates that attend college. This year, CAP will serve 1,300 students who aspire to Dream Bigger about their futures.For more information, visit http://collegeaccessplan.org/ First Heatwave Expected Next Week Education John Muir and Cal Poly Pomona Alumnus Miguel Reyes Joins College Access Plan Board of Directors From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, April 17, 2017 | 3:59 pm Business Newscenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Educate Together Model favoured by Cllr Shortt

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first_imgNewsLocal NewsEducate Together Model favoured by Cllr ShorttBy admin – July 12, 2011 672 WhatsApp Advertisement COUNCILLOR Tom Shortt favours the use of the Educate Together model of school patronage.He was responding to a call from the Diocese of Limerick for professionals to take up vacant positions on school boards.At present just two schools in Limerick use the Educate Together model, but Cllr Shortt holds the view there is room for growth.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I have believed for over 25 years that the Educate Together model of patronage of primary schools is the more realistic and appropriate model which acknowledges and accommodates changes in Irish society.“The model recognises diversity with regard to religious belief as no one religion is promoted in the classroom. In essence, there is freedom of religion for families. Children can attend denominational instruction after normal school hours”.The Labour councillor said professionals are needed on school boards, with religious domination of education on the wane.Cllr Shortt, an art teacher at Scoil Carmel on O’Connell Avenue, has served on the board of management of the multi-denominational Limerick School’s Project.“It is a huge responsibility. You may not see the Board of Management, but it is very much how a school operates”.He has been an increase in social capital in recent times, and the call made by the Diocese of Limerick, he added, would appeal to people.“There is an enormous amount of voluntary work involved in running a school.“The expertise of a professional, like a solicitor or an accountant, would be of major benefit.“Should schools be moving towards a more multi-denominational ethos? Should the ethos of schools be re-examined? These are questions we need to look at.“I think it’s a refection of the times we live, and opens up the broader issue of governance of schools.“This shows a changing climate in the country and we need to recognise that religious practices are changing”. He favours the multi-denominational format.“I was very involved in getting the multi-denominational movement off the ground in Limerick.“Many are advancing the Educate Together project at the moment”.According to him, the Educate Together model offers a lot.“This experience prepares children to participate in the modern Ireland which is both pluralist and multi cultural, and is a practical way of teaching them to respect people of other religious and cultural backgrounds as equals.“It also encourages greater democracy with greater parental responsibility and involvement in the running of the school. The seats on the boards are filled entirely by parents and teachers. In my opinion, parents should consider this model”. Twitter Printcenter_img Linkedin Email Previous articleTina’s fundraising heads to €1m markNext articleArchitect – peopled streets draw people in admin Facebooklast_img read more

COVID-19 surveillance remains lacking in Indonesia

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first_imgIndonesia is in a race against time to contain the COVID-19 outbreak as patients overrun health facilities and medical workers are overwhelmed, but primary efforts to break the chain of transmission are still far from expected, epidemiologists say.Testing, tracing and isolation are key to containing COVID-19. But these measures remain weak in Indonesia, largely because of limited testing capacity, an insufficient number of COVID-19 tracers and people’s reluctance to open up to these workers.On Oct. 7, a total of 44,212 specimens from 32,167 people were tested, according to the Health Ministry. On the same day, the ministry recorded 142,213 suspected cases. No data is available on the number of probable cases. Suspected cases are those with acute respiratory illness who have recently traveled or been exposed to a confirmed case, while probable cases are suspected cases with severe symptoms clinically consistent with COVID-19.Both still have no laboratory evidence, but probable cases also include those with inconclusive test results.Indonesia currently has 376 laboratories with a combined testing capacity of around 40,000 specimens in a day.Masdalina Pane of the Indonesian Epidemiologists Association (PAEI) said that having a high number of suspected cases on the waiting list for diagnostic tests would definitely delay contact tracing, quarantine and treatment. She said health authorities should reduce testing turnaround times and deploy more tracers or use more volunteers for COVID-19 surveillance. “Having no conclusive diagnostic status is a big problem. But if the capacity of labs remains limited, [health authorities] should make priorities on who to be tested — preferably probable and suspected cases with severe symptoms and they should get the lab results within 24 hours,” she said on Wednesday.COVID-19 testing in Indonesia is at 70.13 percent of the World Health Organization (WHO) benchmark of one per 1,000 people per week, according to the government’s COVID-19 spokesman Wiku Adisasmito on Tuesday.Read also: Contact tracing the missing link in Indonesia’s battle with COVID-19On Thursday, Wiku said the main reasons why to date Indonesia had yet to meet the benchmark were the limited number of tracers and supporting facilities, difficulties in reaching out to all contacts due to Indonesia’s vast and scattered regions, as well as persistent COVID-19 stigma. Wiku called on local health authorities to strengthen the role of Puskesmas and the public to report to health authorities about their history of contact with confirmed or suspected cases.“We need the help of people to report their own history of contact with known cases,” he said.A WHO situation report on Indonesia, published on Oct. 1, reported that a survey of 259 surveillance workers in the country found that 65 percent of respondents said they were able to trace close contacts of more than 80 percent of confirmed cases.The report said, based on a focus group discussion with surveillance-related stakeholders held in East Java last month, the main issue that was still looming over contact tracing was the stigma surrounding COVID-19. Limited numbers of traces was another problem, the report said.Masdalina suggested authorities strengthen the role of community health centers (Puskesmas) as they are the most capable to perform tracing adequately.Puskesmas are the backbone of public health across the nation, particularly in remote areas. But as they struggle with a lack of tracers, Masdalina urged them to recruit local residents to help with tracing efforts.“Local communities usually have appointed their own health volunteers, who can be trained and help Puskesmas with contact tracing, rather than deploying people from nowhere and who have no basic knowledge on this,” she said.Indonesia currently has 376 laboratories with a combined testing capacity of around 40,000 specimens in a day. (JP/Swi Handono)Epidemiologist Dicky Budiman from Australia’s Griffith University said efficient reporting and data collecting of tracing results also matter much — otherwise, containment would fail and cases would continue to multiply.For many health surveillance workers in the country, tracing is laborious work, as 86 percent of the workers surveyed revealed they still used paper-based methods, while only 9 percent used locally developed applications, the WHO report said. The remaining 5 percent did not document the procedure.Maulidiya Muliawati, 23, a health volunteer at Puskesmas Grogol Petamburan in West Jakarta, said she was primarily assigned to promote health awareness. But lately she has been helping surveillance workers to input data due to a heavy workload in contact tracing.“It took me around 2.5 hours to input data from around 30 questionnaires into one platform,” she said recently, adding that the work for surveillance officers requires them to input data into at least five different platforms, including on a website and a spreadsheet.“It could be hundreds on busy days,” she added.Due to the manual work, the WHO report said “it is important to develop a national-level electronic system to uniformly monitor and evaluate contact tracing across the districts”.“There is no other way [to contain COVID-19] than improve testing and tracing capacity […] We could have found more [people infected with the virus] with a more effective process,” Dicky said.Topics :last_img read more

Holiday on home soil appeals to retirees living at Halcyon Glades

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first_imgDavid and Pam Slight enjoy caravanning. Picture: Renae Droop/RDW Photography“Lock and go’’ might top retirees’ real estate wishlists, but as the Grey Nomad trend continues to grow, onsite caravan storage is also becoming a sought-after commodity.Halcyon Glades at Caboolture is among the over 50s communities with secure caravan and boat storage onsite, and joint managing director Bevan Geissman said it was a feature gaining popularity.The community comprises 217 homes, a swimming pool and leisure facilities, and also has an area for 60 caravans and boats.“There’s been a real upswing in residents seeking secure caravan storage in the past five years,” Dr Geissman said.He explained that in the wake of the global financial crisis, many Baby Boomers had chosen to holiday overseas, but as the Australian dollar’s value plunged, a holiday on home soil was far more appealing.“They stay home, travel more and enjoy all the same things as they would overseas, but in their own backyard,” he said.Dr Geissman noted an unexpected benefit of onsite caravan storage was that it added an extra level of interaction within the community. “It’s become a bit like a work shed where people come together to work on their vans,” he said.As a result, Halcyon will further accommodate the trend in future developments by offering storage at more of their new communities.David and Pam Slight bought a home at Halcyon Glades almost two years ago and said caravan storage had sealed the deal.“Before we lived here, we were renting out our family home and living in our 22-foot caravan while travelling and working,” Mr Slight said.Halcyon Glades offered them a different option where they could downsize, have their van on hand and also enjoy the community’s resort-style facilities.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago“It’s great because your van is securely stored and there’s power and water available,” Mr Slight said.“When it’s time to go away, you can bring it up to the house to load up, and when you come back you can unload.”After travelling much of Australia, the Slights have their next trip scheduled for later this year when they’ll head to the Northern Territory and return via the coast of Western Australia.In the interim, Halcyon’s gated community will give them peace of mind about the security of their home.Halcyon Glades is located just off the M1 at Ardrossan Rd, Caboolture.New two and three-bedroom homes are currently available from $409,000 in the lifestyle community.last_img read more