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LSCPA faculty, students approach virtual education with creativity

first_imgAvailability & flexibilityFlexibility is not a word nursing programs are noted for.“Because we’re running a nursing program, there’s a high level of personal responsibility that you can’t slack on,” said Deborah Lawson, a vocational nursing instructor. “You can’t graduate a bunch of nurses who don’t have their act together. But if a student is having problems, we’re making exceptions.”Guillot said she assisted one student who lacked a computer by checking one out of the library and getting him a free Internet connection offered by Spectrum.Two students were on 15-day lockdown at their plant jobs when schools restarted in late March and she helped them catch up.Lawson said her department had accepted late assignments on occasion from students who had encountered difficulty uploading their papers and presentations.“When I left the campus, the best instruction I got was that we make our assignments very clear so the students knew what was required of them,” Lawson said, “and that we be accessible, flexible, personable and compassionate.”Stamey, an Upward Mobility instructor, said many of the 50 LVNs in her program are being called upon to work more hours than ever during the ongoing health crisis.“People I know who are not with the school are saying to me all the time, ‘You must be taking a vacation,’ because campus is closed,” Stamey said. “I’m working harder now than I ever have. And for our students, this course is challenging already, but add to that their employers – hospitals – are wanting them to work as much as possible, plus they’re trying to keep up with their schoolwork and they’re having to teach their own kids at home.“We’re trying to be as compassionate as we can. But at the end of the year, they’re going to have to pass the state board exams.”Judice, the host of YouTube’s Dr Judice: EnglishProf, reminded students recently they are within a month of the Spring 2020 finish line.“English may be more conducive for this medium than other subject areas are,” she said, looking back at the change. “My students have accessed their classes, done the work, and for the most part I believe they are doing as well as they would have done face-to-face.” “I’m pretty proud of how well this has come together for my classes.”LSCPA announced on March 13 it was extending spring break for students another week while its employees prepared to move all teaching onto the Internet.The backbone for the move was an educational software system called Blackboard, one that has been adopted by 75 percent of all U.S. colleges and universities and many public school systems.“Some of my instructors knew Blackboard from teaching online,” said Sheila Guillot, chair of business and industrial technology. “They knew how to convert their materials online. Faced with the challenges of an almost entirely online teaching experience, students and instructors are becoming creative and adaptive in order to finish the Spring 2020 semester.English professor Dr. Michelle Judice said the rapid mid-March transition from classroom teaching to online instruction caught everyone by surprise.“Some of my students were scared and skeptical in the beginning,” Judice said. “But, as I bluntly told them, so was I, and I reassured them that we would figure it out together. I promised I would try my hardest but they had to do their part also. “Show your work” has taken on a whole new meaning at Lamar State College Port Arthur.For cosmetology students, they demonstrate 90-degree haircuts on family members who are self-quarantining from the COVID-19 virus while another family member films the process. Finally, they upload the video to their instructors who watch it in their homes and grade the work.A nursing student goes online to show the proper way to change a bandage and start an IV, using a teddy bear. “I had nine of 20 instructors who had never taught online, so we showed them how to change their classes to Blackboard classes, how to upload videos. Our Process Technology instructors had never been online. We spent that week videotaping them. My faculty took to it like ducks to water. They have rolled with the punches getting everything online for the students.”Blackboard is far from the only online technology platform being used to shorten the distance between classroom and students.“You’ve got Zoom, Loom, YouTube, Google Teams and Skype, and all these organizations have been very helpful,” says Julie Stamey, instructor for Upward Mobility, a year-long nursing program that allows Licensed Vocational Nurses to move up to Registered Nurses.“We’re using every available program that’s out there,” she said.Morgan Chaddick teaches Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning to students seeking a one-year certification or a two-year associate’s degree.He also runs an HVAC company in Starks, Louisiana, just across the state line.Online teaching is new to him.“Blackboard used to be something extra you could do. Now it’s our whole survival kit,” he said.Chaddick has been challenged because teaching students how to safely work around high voltage electric lines is not something he can assign as a homework project. And they can’t get to his lab.“My students hate this [separation]. They love being in class. We have the same group of students, normally, for four semesters. They become friends and now they miss the camaraderie,” Chaddick said. “It’s very important to keep them motivated. I call and text message them several times a week. I say, ‘We’ll get back to a normal flow, but right now, let’s just power through this.’ As soon as I hang up, you can see they go online, watch the videos, do the assignments. I can tell how many times they click and access stuff. Keeping in contact is kind of a simple thing.”Availability is one of the tenets that President Dr. Betty Reynard and other administrators have preached to their teachers.last_img read more

Fingerprints sometimes lie

first_imgIt still surprises me that when you say you were a defence lawyer (nb never a criminal lawyer) how many people ask how you could defend people you knew were guilty. The great thing about defending professional criminals was that in the teeth of the evidence – caught on camera, the swag behind the fireplace, a written confession and fingerprints all over the bank counter – they would still try to explain it away. Mysterious identical twin brothers; verballed up; minding a bag for a man with red hair called Jimmy whom they met in a pub; police brutality – perm any three from four. As for the fingerprints, my clients used to shy away from ever saying these were planted, going to the most extraordinary lengths to explain, however improbably, that their fingerprints had been found in the wrong place. In fact they might have done better to allege they had been planted. As long ago as January 1938 David Pearce was accused of breaking into a club pavilion in Surrey. The evidence against him was that of his co-accused and a fingerprint. In his defence, Pearce demonstrated how a print could be taken and planted. He produced a small mirror and pad of a plastic substance into which he pressed the finger of a warder. He then pressed the substance on the mirror producing a perfect print. He was acquitted. Now fingerprints are regarded with some scepticism. ‘Nothing is foolproof’ said an American prosecutor after one recent debacle. ‘Anything that has human involvement has to be questioned like any other evidence in a criminal case.’ Think of the latest magic bullet, DNA. At least professionals, even after an acquittal, never admitted their guilt. I can recall only one man doing so. Accused of a bank robbery he swore blind he was innocent, weeping and begging, swearing on a number of relatives’ lives, some of whom were already dead. He was acquitted and then triumphantly told me afterwards that indeed he had not been the man across the counter as the police alleged, but had in fact been the getaway driver. Curiously, he was killed in a road accident a few months later. When I heard of this I thought of Steinie Morrison, convicted of the murder of Leon Beron on Clapham Common, who always maintained he had been verballed. When he heard of the death of the inspector in his case he remarked: ‘I had become convinced there was no God but I think I shall alter my opinion after this.’last_img read more

Jonathan Rea and Kawasaki are 2017 WorldSBK Champions

first_imgRea is the first rider to score three successive WorldSBK championships Jonathan Rea and Kawasaki are 2017 WorldSBK Champions 12th win of the season for Johnny Rea and KRTcenter_img Jonathan Rea and Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) are 2017 WSBK champions after blitzing the field in Race 1 at the Magny-Cours Circuit in France, with two rounds and five races to go.Rea charged into the lead from pole positioned and pulled clear of the pack, and continued to put the hammer down throughout the 21-lap race in treacherous wet-drying conditions. This latest win gave him the 12th victory of the season, making him the first WorldSBK rider to win three successive titles.Jonathan Rea charged to an excellent victory at the Magny-Cours circuit in France on Saturday to secure a historic third consecutive WorldSBK title, crossing the line over 16 seconds ahead of second placed Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati), with Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) finishing third.It was a truly gritty ride from Rea’s teammate Sykes as the Yorkshireman returned to action with a third place result, having had surgery on a finger injury less than two weeks ago – after a Portimao crash. Sykes completed the podium after just losing out on second place to Melandri in the final stages of the race.Five seconds off the rostrum positions was Leon Camier who had another excellent ride for MV Agusta Reparto Corse. Another 19 seconds back on his compatriot Camier was Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) who rounded out the top five.Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia) and Leandro Mercado (IODARacing) were sixth and seventh respectively, whilst Davide Giugliano (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) was the eighth rider home.Early in the race there was a crash for Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team), which also saw Xavi Fores (BARNI Racing Team) go down, but remarkably Dutchman Van der Mark fought back to finish ninth, ahead of Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati).Race 2 at the Pirelli French Round will get going at the 4.411km Magny-Cours track at 7pm Malaysian time on Sunday.–Ads–last_img read more

Suspect in ’05 slaying turns up in Indonesia

first_imgA fugitive suspected of killing his wife and burying her in their Rowland Heights back yard has been found in Indonesia, authorities said Tuesday. David Lam has been on the run since 2005. Sheriff’s Homicide Detective Ty Labbe said Lam was being brought back to the United States on Tuesday night on a FBI warrant for fleeing to avoid prosecution. “We’re waiting for him to come,” Labbe said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Lam also has a warrant for murder in Los Angeles County stemming from the September 2005 killing of his wife, Susan. FBI Special Agent Scott Garriola said he found out Friday night that Indonesian police arrested Lam in Batam island. He didn’t know details of how long Lam had been living there and what he was doing when captured. Susan Lam had been missing for two weeks before deputies found what looked like two graves in the 2600 block of Doubletree Lane on Sept. 22, 2005. Her remains were unearthed the next day. Coroner’s officials said she had been strangled. Her relatives, who last talked to the 49-year-old woman on Sept. 11, 2005, had reported her missing. David Lam took a leave from his job at the Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens within days of his wife being reported missing. Investigators don’t know yet the motive behind the slaying. However, FBI officials said David Lam is believed to have a gambling problem. The couple filed for bankruptcy June 10, 2002, according to public records. In 2005, detectives said he was last seen leaving Singapore on a ferry to Indonesia. Batam island, where Lam turned up, is part of the Riau Archipelago and is about 12.5 miles away from Singapore. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

SA ready for Rea Vaya

first_imgThis Rea Vaya station in Johannesburg will start operating at the end of August. Commuters will now have affordable, safe transportation in and around the city. School children will also benefit immensely from the BRT system as it will cover a number of stops around the city. (Images: Rea Vaya)Khanyi MagubaneSouth Africa’s transport system is set for a major boost when phase one of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system comes into effect on 30 August in Johannesburg, Africa’s leading economic hub.Named Rea Vaya – meaning “we are going” in township slang – the project will start operating at 23 of its 27 stations across greater Johannesburg.About 3.5-million trips are made in the City daily. Of these, 47% are made by public transport including minibus taxis, trains and busses.The system, however, has not been upgraded or improved over the years, resulting in public transport becoming increasingly unreliable and unsafe to use.But, according to Head of Transport in the City of Johannesburg, councillor Rehana Moosajee, the current state of transportation in the City, and the country as a whole, will soon be a thing of the past.“Johannesburg’s commuters will have a first taste of their own world-class public transport system.“We must never forget that BRT is … for the elderly and school children to travel safely, for mothers that need to reach their children speedily and for people with disabilities to have access.”Phase one A, will consist of a main route, known as the trunk route, which will run from the Regina Mundi station in Soweto to Ellis Park East in Johannesburg’s central business district.Supported by four complementary routes, the 143 busses included in the roll out plan will make stops at several key places in the City including University of Johannesburg’s Doornfontein campus, the fashion district, the City’s cultural hub Newtown, the City library and the Johannesburg art gallery.At a media briefing on the progress made on BRT, Moosajee revealed some facts and figures of phase one A of the project;25.5km of dedicated lanes have been constructed, which will serve an estimated 69 000 passengers on a daily basis.3 300 jobs were created during the building phase of Rea Vaya.It’s expected to generate R158-million (US$20-million) in its first year of operation and will use a smart card system, which passengers can reload at approved vendors’ kiosks.One of the attractive features of BRT is its affordability. Bus fares will range between R8 ($1) for a full trip using both the trunk and complementary routes, and R3 (39 cents) for the complementary routs running within the city.Buses will arrive at stations every three minutes during peak hour and every 10 minutes during off peak hours.SA transport new lookThe BRT system is part of the South African government’s plan to overhaul the public transport system in the country, ahead of the upcoming 2010 Fifa World Cup and beyond.BRT has been designed on similar types of public transport models developed in Columbia, France, Australia, Equador and Brazil.In the countries where the system has been tried and tested, BRT benefits cited have been its efficiency and reliability, its friendliness to people living with disabilities and the elderly, as well as its decreased energy consumption and vehicle emissions.Cape Town, Pretoria and Port Elizabeth will also be rolling the BRT system concurrently, and in Cape Town, the system is expected to be operational in March 2010.Roping in the taxi industryOne of the biggest challenges in rolling out the BRT system has been the resistance from the minibus taxi industry, currently Johannesburg’s majority means of transport.The taxi industry’s concerns have been the anticipated major job losses and collapse of the industry when the new BRT system is implemented.  The industry is also concerned with how the new system would fall in line with the government’s taxi recapitalisation programme, which is already underway.The taxi recapitalisation programme, approved in 1999, was set up to reduce the number of old vehicles on the road, as well as introducing a new non-cash based system.Government partnered with the industry to remove old, unroadworthy taxis by offering operators a “scrapping allowance” to replace ageing and unsafe minibus taxis with newer models.According to a survey conducted in 2000, there were approximately 126 000 taxi vehicles in South Africa.Most of the vehicles were at least 10 years old and no longer fit for road use as public transport.Government had planned to spend R7.7-billion ($56-billion) over seven years to finalise the system.In the wake of confusion over the future of the taxi industry, on 24 March, Johannesburg was brought to a standstill when taxi drivers staged a major protest against the new BRT system.Taxis blockaded major highways around the City, causing traffic standstills on various key roads to and from the City.In the wake of the unprecedented move by the taxis, President Jacob Zuma pleaded with the council that Rea Vaya should be put on hold, to give the new administration a chance to acquaint themselves better with the project and the grievances of the taxi industry.Fortunately, significant progress has been made with the industry, represented by the National Taxi Association, Top Six and the Greater Johannesburg Regional Taxi Council.After a steering committee was set up, both the City of Johannesburg and the steering committee have been able to reach some agreements with regards to the future of the taxi industry in Johannesburg. Local taxi operators have now been offered a stake in the new bus operating company as well as a stake in the station management companies.Some taxi drivers will be employed as bus drivers, as well as station managers.Those previously in the taxi industry will also have the opportunity to invest and own companies linked to the BRT system.Do you have any comments or queries about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at: [email protected] articlesCape Town’s new bus systemNew infrastructure for the 2010 Fifa World CupFirst glimpse of the GautrainUseful linksRea Vaya City of Johannesburg Scrap Taxilast_img read more

Google Widens Search Lead, Prepares to Make Search Even Faster

first_imgsarah perez Tags:#Google#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img In March search giant Google grew yet again, taking the top position in U.S. searches with 63.7 percent of the search share. But this time, Google didn’t steal market share from all its competitors – it only stole from Yahoo, Ask.com, and AOL. Microsoft’s share actually grew last month. Of course, they didn’t grow by that much, but when you’re fighting Google, every step counts. Meanwhile, Google continues to experiment with search technology in an effort to make searches faster because they know faster searches means more of them.Google: Still Growing & GrowingAccording to new data from comScore, Google dominated the search market once again with a 63.7 percent share of the 14.3 billion U.S. searches in March, an increase of 0.4 percentage points over February. The number of searches increased as well – that 14.3 billion represents an increase of 9 percent from last month. Usually, when Google gains, it’s at others’ expense. This past month, that was still the case, with one exception. Yahoo lost 0.1 percentage point to fall to 20.5 percent and Ask.com and AOL lost 0.3 and 0.2 percentage points respectively, making their minuscule market share that much smaller (Ask: 3.8%, AOL: 3.7%). The one surprise from the data is that Microsoft’s search actually grew last month. They gained 0.1 percent in March, growing to 8.3 percent. In fact, they could even be called “the fastest growing” search property as searches on their sites grew 11 percent in March compared with Google’s ten percent and Yahoo’s 9 percent. Google to Speed Up SearchEarlier this week on the Google Analytics blog, Brett Crosby explained Google would be making a small tweak as to how the referrer code is passed to a web site from Google after someone clicks a link in their search results. Alex Chitu, a Google watcher who runs the unofficial Google Operating System blog, figured out what this was all about. It related to a search experiment Google was running back in February that displayed an alternative Google interface that was coded completely in AJAX. Chitu believed the change in the referrer code was necessary to fix an unintended consequence of the experiment – it had essentially shut off referrer traffic. Yesterday, Google spokesman Eitan Bencuya confirmed this was true, saying “we made this change so we can continue experimenting with different kinds of test results and not break links in the future.”Although a change to AJAX technology would only make searches milliseconds faster, those milliseconds add up, allowing people to do more searches, faster. And that would let Google grow even more, eating up percentage points along the way. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Nuance Introduces PaperPort Anywhere

first_imgdavid strom Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… If you own a scanner, chances are you are using Nuance’s Windows-based PaperPort software, the tool that has been bundled with scanners for more than 20 years. Today the company introduced version 14 of the venerable utility, a new iOS app and a cloud-based scanning solution called PaperPort Anywhere. What is interesting is how Nuance has taken a piece of desktop PC software that has been around so long and incorporated these more modern innovations, to make a powerful way to leverage how we work between cloud and desktop programs and enable users to more closely tie in cloud storage with their desktop files. Anywhere has three different accounts: free, $10 or $25 a month that vary by the amount of cloud-based storage (one, 10 or 50 GB), and per-document file size limits (500 MB, one or two GB). By way of reference, a ten-page document will be 5 MB when scanned and compressed. You can store any digital file, just like Dropbox or SkyDrive, as well as take scans and move them to this repository. The display of files in your cloud drive can show you thumbnails of each document, as you can see in the screen shot below:But more importantly than just transportation, you can also search for keywords or text within the document easily too. The PaperPort software will synch the same folder structure that you have on your desktop, which is better than some of the cloud services that just limit you to a single synch folder. When you synch folders, their names are bolded on your desktop software to remind you.In addition to a link to the Anywhere cloud service, the newest version 14 of the Windows software (there wasn’t any 13 for superstitious reasons) includes the Nuance Cloud connector, which allows you to connect to over 20 different cloud-based services, including Amazon’s S3, Google Docs, Microsoft Live SkyDrive, Box.net and Evernote, among others. You can treat these services just like local desktop folders, such as drag and drop files from your desktop to the cloud, something missing from some of the clients for these cloud services. You can also scan a document and send it to these services too. There is also support for Windows 7 jump lists to improve navigation, and access to the Windows Context menu to be able to easily compress multiple documents. “Our users don’t have to leave our desktop to do tasks that they previously had to do on the Windows desktop itself,” says Jeff Segarra, director of imaging product management of Nuance. Nuance will also introduce downloadable mobile applications for iPhone, iPad and Android devices that allow users to access and send documents from PaperPort Anywhere. Again, this is similar to what the mobile clients on Box.net and others offer, for example. PaperPort v14 is available now in two versions for $99 for the basic version and $199 for the professional version, which includes PDF creation and some other tools. Upgrades will cost $99 for the Professional version if you are an existing Nuance customer, and available until the end of September.center_img Tags:#Announcements#cloud#news Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more

Decline in New Dengue Cases

first_imgDirector of Emergency Disaster Management and Special Services in the Ministry of Health,Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse, is reporting a reduction in new cases of dengue. “We have looked at our cases and up to the week ending October 27, we are reporting 2,448 clinically suspected dengue cases of which 404 were laboratory confirmed. We are watching these figures very closely, because for that week… we only had reports of 250 new clinically suspected cases. The week prior to that, it was at 488,” she informed at the Jamaica House press briefing. Dr. Bullock Ducasse assured that the Ministry is continuing its intensified activities in all communities island-wide, and in partnership with other ministries and agencies, to ensure that the outbreak is swiftly controlled.       “We are on a major effort to control the dengue outbreak. We are currently pursuing intensive activities in the main areas of public education, vector control, clinical case management, and of course, we are ensuring social mobilization so that the communities can be fully involved to assist us in reducing breeding sites. Also, we are having our teams out, dealing with reducing the larvae of the mosquitoes, and fogging and spraying continues island-wide,” she outlined. Giving an update on health services since the passage of Hurricane Sandy, Dr. Bullock Ducasse informed that 24 of the island’s 25 hospitals are now offering full services. She said the Annotto Bay hospital in St. Mary, the worst affected, continues to offer emergency and in-patient services only. “Therefore, we are not offering elective surgery but for those persons, who were previously scheduled, arrangements have been made to reschedule some of them – the more serious cases – at other hospitals in particular the St. Ann’s Bay hospital,” she informed. Dr. Bullock Ducasse noted that the assessments continue in terms of the damage and the needs, with estimates so far at approximately $160 million. The repair of the Annotto Bay hospital, which suffered major roof damage, takes up the lion’s share of the bill at $52 million.last_img read more

For Cong democracy in ICU when its leaders face probe says BJP

first_imgNew Delhi: In a jibe at the Congress alleging “political vendetta” behind the arrest of its senior leaders, the BJP on Wednesday said many of its own leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, came out “unscathed” in different probes, but for the opposition party “democracy is in ICU” when its leaders face investigation. In a series of tweets, BJP General Secretary (Organisation) B L Santhosh said when Modi was Gujarat chief minister, he submitted himself to the notices of probe agencies and came out “untainted”. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Home Minister Amit Shah, then a minister in Gujarat, also submitted himself to the laws of land and came out unscathed, he said. “Never was democracy in danger… Now Cong leaders are under scrutiny… Democracy gets admitted to ICU… There is a limit Congis… Nation understands you perfectly of late (sic), the BJP leader wrote in the microblogging site. Modi was questioned by probe agencies in cases related to 2002 riots in Gujarat. Shah was arrested in an alleged fake encounter case but was later acquitted. Modi too got a clean chit. Santhosh said Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa also got a clean chit after being tried on corruption charges. The Congress has sharpened its attack on the Modi government following the arrests of its senior leaders P Chidambaram and D K Shivakumar. Chidambaram was arrested by the CBI last month while the party’s Karnataka troubleshooter Shivakumar was taken in custody by the Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday. Both have been accused of money laundering, a charge they have denied.last_img read more