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MP Robert Halfon receives honorary professor title from Nottingham Trent University

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MP Robert Halfon, Chairman of the House of Commons Special Committee on Education, has been appointed Honorary Professor by Nottingham Trent University.

He visited NTU to meet colleagues and to hear first-hand the ambitions and achievements of the university in various fields.

The title of Honorary Professor lasts for three years and is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to their profession.

The nominations aim to recognize the importance that the University’s partners can have in the added value of teaching and research activities.

In this role, M. Halfon, who has chaired the Education Select Committee since 2017, will maintain a regular commitment to the university, which will involve him in delivering lectures and seminars to students.

Mr Halfon said: “Nottingham Trent is one of the great universities in our country, enabling our young people to move up the ladder of education and employment. It is an aspiration and achievement-driven university with a passion for vocational education and preparing students for the world of work – especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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“It is a huge honor to have been invited to be an honorary professor at the University and I look forward to returning in the near future.”

Nottingham Trent University Vice Chancellor Professor Edward Peck said: “I am delighted that Mr Halfon has accepted our invitation to become an Honorary Professor at NTU. He is one of the most influential and insightful contributors to debates on current practice and future education policy in the UK.

“His contributions will bring these topics to life for students and, in so doing, illuminate the opportunities and constraints of political processes.

Recipients have the right to use the title of “honorary professor” in any formal context associated with the university during their appointment.

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Providence public school’s latest attempt to tackle chronic absenteeism

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PROVIDENCE – The city’s public schools have long suffered from chronic absenteeism.

In the 2020-2021 school year, when COVID-19 disrupted learning for everyone, 59.4% of students in Providence were chronically absent.

An educator told members of the Johns Hopkins University researchers that “half of the children on our list go missing every day.” Another school told the team that “10% of classes are missed each day, with two to three delays on top of that. ”

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Johns Hopkins took a deep dive into the struggling school system in the summer of 2019, leading to the state takeover of the district.

This year, the district is trying something new: hire 21 community specialists, many of whom look like the students they serve, to reach families in more meaningful ways.

“We want to make sure there is a deep connection to the community,” state education commissioner Angélica Infante-Green said on Tuesday. “We want to understand what is going on with the families and bring them in. ”

She said research has shown that if students have an adult who really matters, it reduces students’ social and emotional stress by up to 50%.

This summer, community specialists joined with guidance counselors to make over 400 calls and over 400 home visits to families.

Acting Superintendent Javier Montanez has said in the past that schools will wait a week to start calling absent students. This year, he said, they started calling families after the first two days of school.

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These community liaison officers are not educators or counselors. They are members of the Providence community.

“They look like our students,” Infante-Green said. “They speak the language of our students. It’s a different kind of connection.

Terrell Robinson attended Mount Pleasant High School, where he is now the Senior Community Specialist. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY Robinson moved here at the age of 16 and played basketball for Mount Pleasant. He attended Rhode Island Community College but moved to Brooklyn to care for his mother.

The Community Specialist is Terrell Robinson, who works with youth and families at Mount Pleasant High School, to address chronic absenteeism.

A volunteer coach for the Mount Pleasant freshman basketball team, Robinson already has a deep feeling for the students that he now encourages to stay in school.

“It was a dream job for me,” he said. “I’ve been trying to get into Mount Pleasant for years. I connect with families and engage with children. They already know me from coaching. I want kids to know they have a caring system.

Robinson, 39, greets his students as they arrive in the morning and is a familiar presence in the hallways during transitions.

“Some of these kids, I went to school with their parents.”

Robinson already has big plans: forming small groups where students can share their frustrations with their education and make suggestions for improving it.

Robinson also plans to form a parent-teacher association and host town reunion-style events to make families feel welcome in the sprawling high school.

Marisol Lebron, Community Specialist at DelSesto College

Marisol Lebron, community specialist at DelSesto Middle School, is already making a huge difference for at least one family, who lost their home in a fire this summer.

Lebron was making one of several routine calls to families this summer. When she asked a mother if she needed anything, the mother told her that she needed a computer because her daughter had lost everything in a fire.

“I started asking questions, ‘Are everyone okay? “”

Lebron contacted his manager and the guidance office. She brought school supplies to the family and organized transportation from the new apartment where they lived with relatives.

“It’s amazing,” she said of the experience. “I am also an associate pastor in my church. This is what I was called for.

Raised in Puerto Rico, Lebron, 54, arrived in Rhode Island at the age of 24 and graduated from CCRI, where she studied to become a caregiver, a role she played with students with disabilities. special needs at DelSesto.

“I speak Spanish. I want families to see that they have a voice through me.

Linda Borg covers education for The Journal.

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University of Patna to Present CBCS at MU Level from Next Session | Patna News

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PATNA: The University of Patna (PU) will introduce a Choice-Based Credit System (CBCS) in all of its regular courses at undergraduate level from the next academic session (2022-2023).
A decision in this direction was taken at a meeting of academics and UP officials held on Friday under the chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor (VC), Girish Kumar Chaudhary. It was decided to start without further delay the necessary preparations for the implementation of the CBCS.
The VC formed a six-member committee headed by the Principal Professor of the Department of Applied Economics and Business, NK Jha, to formulate the admission order and examination regulations for the courses of the UG according to the CBCS model in light of UGC guidelines. The other committee members are Shankar Kumar (physics), Rakesh Ranjan (political science), Siddharth Bhardwaj (economics), Shekhar (geology) and Shobhan Chakraborty (English). The professor responsible for the PU IT unit will provide all technical assistance to this committee.
UP’s dean of student welfare, Anil Kumar, said the ordinance and regulations drafted by this committee would be submitted to the academic council and the university union for approval. “They will then be sent to Raj Bhavan for approval by the governor. If the regulations are approved by him, PU will become the first university in the state to introduce the CBCS and the semester system at the UG level, ”he added.
A detailed discussion on the revision of the UG and PG course curricula under the CBCS was held on Thursday at a high-level meeting at Raj Bhavan and the VCs of all universities decided to revise their curricula with a view to make them socially relevant.
In 2019, the Chancellor’s secretariat announced that the CBCS would be introduced at UG stadium in all colleges from the next session (2020-2021) and even embarked on the development of uniform ordinances and regulations. He had also initiated steps to revise the syllabuses of the UG in accordance with the CBCS. But the same has not materialized due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
PU had implemented the CBCS at the PG stage from the 2018-2019 session, but it could not implement the same at the UG level because most of the colleges were not prepared for it. However, some self-funded (professional) PU courses taught in different colleges have already introduced CBCS from the 2019-2020 session.
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Celebrate progress made in improving public school facilities

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Even with my children’s school days behind me, I can’t help but be enthusiastic at the start of each school year. Fall here in Gainesville always brings such a feeling of fresh start and renewal, if not even the cooler temperatures that come with the change of seasons.

This year more than ever, we need that fresh start feeling, and for our K-12 students and their parents, this school year has been anticipated like never before. While the pandemic isn’t quite over with us just yet, we were able to resume in-person learning in our county and one of the really good things I’m celebrating this fall is the progress made by the county school board. Alachua by improving our District-wide Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS) facilities.

Over the summer, I was delighted to witness three ribbon cuts, one for the brand new Terwilliger Elementary School and two for the major renovations – essentially resulting in new schools – at Howard Bishop Middle and Metcalfe Elementary. I think all of us who attended these events were just as excited as we knew our students would walk into these amazing facilities on the first day of school.

And while the improvements at these three schools are the most dramatic to date, teachers, staff and students across the district will notice their schools are more comfortable and better equipped to provide a better quality learning environment than they do. ‘previously.

New construction is getting attention, but the majority of the $ 125 million spent to date and the additional funds to come is being invested in our existing facilities, with classrooms, cafeterias, auditoriums, auditoriums, rooftops. , new and renovated classrooms (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and the safety and security work already carried out. Idylwild Elementary is in the midst of a major overhaul, Westwood Middle is in the design stage, and more improvements large and small are on the way.

A classroom at the newly renovated Howard Bishop Middle School in Gainesville.

What we can all be proud of is that this massive building effort is a direct result of our community coming together to identify a critical need and decide how to address it.

You may recall that in 2016, the Greater Gainesville House convened the Putting Children First Infrastructure Investment Initiative, or i3, led by a diverse steering committee tasked with identifying the most critical infrastructure needs. urgent issues of our community, as well as the funding options available to pay. needs.

After a year of meetings with government officials and community organizations, public forums and community presentations, the House voted in favor of the November 2018 Half Cent for Schools sales tax initiative to repair, modernize and expand the capacity of our kindergarten to grade 12 schools. The foundations for success had been laid, and with much more work from CSGA and PTA’s Alachua County Council, the ballot initiative was approved by a whopping 68% of our voters.

People walk through the media center on a post-dedication visit to the new Terwilliger Elementary School in Gainesville on July 28.

Over the duration of the surtax – until 2031 – the district will spend almost $ 500 million, which includes the projected $ 250 million the tax will generate.

Anyone who has tackled what appeared to be a simple home improvement project can appreciate how huge this planning and coordination effort really is, and see the progress being made – despite the pandemic supply and labor shortages – of work – is the best of the good news.

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But that’s not all the good news. ACPS is also working to ensure that small, diverse businesses (minority-owned, women-owned and veterans) are part of this community-wide transformation effort. Local construction companies Charles Perry Partners Inc., Scorpio Construction, and McCall Parrish Constructors documented small business and minority participation goals and targeted small businesses that have not always had the opportunity to be competitive. These efforts, along with the University of Florida’s Mentor-Protégé program, are helping our community grow.

Our children deserve nothing less than the best school facilities. Together we make it happen.

Eric Godet is President and CEO of the Grand Gainesville Chamber. He will be contributing to more Good Things Gainesville guest columns in the coming months.

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Professor Ripu Ranjan Sinha, appointed VC West Coast International University of Science, Technology, Management and the Arts – The Sun Nigeria

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From the Nwakaudu Charity, Abuja

Dr Rajat Sharma has been appointed Global Board Member and Vice Chancellor of Crown University International Chartered Inc Province of Santa Cruz in Argentina, Official Partners of Constituent Campuses in Africa, Asia and Associates worldwide

Professor Aremu revealed this to reporters in Abuja, through his senior special assistant on media and advertising, Emmanuel Daudu, over the weekend.

Professor Bashiru Aremu, while congratulating Dr Rajat Sharma on his appointment, revealed that Dr Rajat Sharma single-handedly has various international and national awards.

Highlighting spectacular things about himself, he said, Dr Rajat Sharma has creative, operational and results-oriented skills highly developed and proven in public service, management, business development environments. and in project management as well as in leadership.

“He has an eye for identifying problems, solving crisis situations with viable solutions,” he said.

Speaking further, he explained that Crown University International Chartered is a recognized global private research university in the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina, South America, which offers professional training and higher education. Founded in 2011, the University has partners in Ghana, Republic of Benin, Togo, Nigeria, Liberia, India, Israel, Saudi Arabia and other associates around the world. It serves as an autonomous global university, providing education and practical skills in courses taught at its main campus in Santa Cruz and on-campus study by 42 affiliated colleges around the world in 22 countries. Some of the academic partners are Bharat University in India, Mother Theresa University in India, University of Kara Republic of Togo, Ambrose Ali University, Nigeria, Kaduna State University, Nigeria, Shimla University in India and others around the world.

The institution is registered in the State of Delaware, USA, and has received Joint Global Accreditation Certificates and Acknowledgments from International Quality Assurance Agencies for Higher Education (INQAAHE), Standards Council (BQS), the International Association of Transnational Universities (IAU), the European Qualifications Framework (CEC), the Higher Education Accreditation Council (CHEA), the African Quality Assurance Network (AfriQAN) ) and many others.

Professor Aremu therefore urged him to continue his hard work and ensure that nothing is left out in the course of his duty.

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After hearing from the public, the school board committee will work on a draft policy on gender in the washroom | Local News

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After hearing public comment from more than 15 people at its meeting on Monday, the Vermillion School Board concluded that it still had some work to do when it came to developing a gender policy in schools. toilets for the school district.

Towards the end of the meeting, School Board President Doug Peterson summarized what the board needs to do in the coming weeks regarding the development of a policy outlining the use of the washroom for students and people of all identities. gender.

“What the board is going to do now is have tasked the policy committee to draft a text for review so that the board, in its discussion, can determine what the draft changes might look like.” policy in relation to proposed changes in practice or, alias, changes in procedure. , “he said.” I don’t want anyone to think this is the first reading of the policy. The focus of our discussion is on any policy change, we would make sure to make it known to the public so that he could see it in one meeting and as with all policy changes there would be two meetings.

“What we hope is that the policy committee can come back and at this meeting on September 13, we will have this draft text to begin consideration and discussion,” he said. “I think the goal is to have this language probably on the previous Thursday so that it can be released to the public through the (school district) website.”

The Federal Ministry of Education and the Civil Rights Bureau were expected to provide guidelines on gender policy in the washroom during August. So far that information has not been received, but if it arrives soon, Peterson said, it could provide guidance to the policy committee. Whatever happens, he said, the public will be notified so they can make their contribution again.

The issue became the center of attention when, in a special meeting last week, Superintendent Damon Alvey told council members that from time to time requests are received for students to use an opposite toilet. to their birth sex.

The school district has used standard practice to deal with gender issues regarding toilets, but it does not have a policy in place. This has raised concerns among some board members that the school district is unintentionally violating the civil rights of individuals due to its lack of policy.

With the notice that gender issues in the washroom would be discussed at Monday’s meeting, the town hall meeting room where the school board met had an audience of around 30 and the majority of people. gave their opinion.

Opinions heard by the school board were almost evenly divided, with some voicing concerns about the safety of their children if a student who identified as a person opposed to their biological sex – a student who identified as a female and wanted to use the girls’ bathroom, for example – was allowed to do so.

Others who spoke to the board spoke of the importance of ensuring that all students attending public schools in the district were not afraid to do so and were not required to adopt toilet practices. who would reveal to their peers the gender issues they wished to be kept secret.

Lindsey Jorgensen, the mother-of-one who attends the district school, told council members that she supports a change in practice and the implementation of consistent policies across the district.

“I strongly support that children can use the bathroom that matches their gender identity,” she said. “As the parent of a child whose sex matches the sex he was identified at birth, it would be impractical to ask him to use a separate bathroom.”

Jorgensen said his son also has a strong sense of empathy and would ask him why a classmate should use a special bathroom.

“It is not acceptable or good for their mental health to single out these children,” she said. “To support mental health, safety in our schools and ensure that everyone receives the same education, a change in practice and the implementation of policies are needed. I fully support the rights of all children. I just want to teach her (her son) not to look under the cubicle at someone else going to the bathroom.

Jakob Skelton, a father of three, two of whom are of school age, expressed concern about the discussion at the previous school board meeting “regarding the authorization of biological men in organic women’s toilets. This scenario, in our mind, should not be allowed.

“We currently have two daughters in the school system and therefore safety is our main concern for them,” he said, “above any feeling of injury or discomfort. Certainly we want everyone to feel safe. comfortable in school, but that should not take precedence over the physical safety of our daughters. ”

Skelton noted that current school district practices allow students who wish to use a toilet that is not their biological sex to use a single-cabin, unisex toilet. He added that he does not understand why this is not a viable solution.

“As a pastor, I am held and accountable to God to take care of our congregation and certainly all of our families and people of all ages,” said Harvey Opp, “and certainly as adults we have to teach and counsel the children. “

He added that children are not expected to make life decisions at their age, such as “changing” decisions that are irreversible.

“I have to keep the word of God and I think we are all responsible for doing it, really,” Opp said. “The word of God is the truth, and our government, even, has been founded on the basic principles of the scriptures, the truth.

In today’s culture, he said, the truth is denied and distorted.

“It’s kind of weird because you’re a school board teaching and counseling kids and now we’re wondering about something as simple as the biological truth a child is born with,” Opp said.

He said loving care and counseling is needed instead of a policy that can endanger and lead to serious consequences for people who have a problem “of getting transgender people into a bathroom that isn’t. not theirs. Loving advice is really what you need, not accommodation, so to speak, which is really detrimental. “

Mark Daniels, whose children include a transgender man who just graduated from the University of South Dakota and now works as a nurse in Sioux Falls, read a letter to the board at the request of a parent, like him, of a transgender person who attends a school in the Vermillion School District.

The author of the letter noted that “our daughter did not choose to be transgender or choose to be a girl any more than you or I explicitly choose not to be transgender or choose to be a boy” .

The author of the letter said that in virtually every way “our daughter is just like every other girl in her class.”

When going to the bathroom, the parent wrote, “Our daughter has been told that she has to do this thing differently from all the other children in her class and of course the other children want to know why.

“Her only choices seem to be to accept these subtle reprimands and accusations, ignoring questions from her classmates, or revealing one of the most intimate and personal things about her body to people she barely knows. “the parent wrote. “It’s not good.”

The parent wrote in the letter to the board: “We would like the change in gender affirming toilet rules in all schools to happen as quickly as possible and a consistent affirmative statement in all school buildings that transgender students. can use toilets corresponding to their consistently stated sex. identity.”

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President to inaugurate Mahayogi Gorakhnath University CM Yogi to become chancellor ANN

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New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind will inaugurate two universities in Gorakhpur on Saturday. Among these, he will inaugurate the Mahayogi Gorakhnath University. The University University, headed by Maharana Pratap Shiksha Parishad, an educational institution in the Gorakhnath temple, will be a milestone for students pursuing a career in medicine at Purvanchal.

Mahayogi Gorakhnath University was built in Sonbarsa. With MBBS, students will have the opportunity to choose from 30 subjects over the next five years. Nursing and paramedical courses are already underway. From this session, 100 places for the BAMS course will be available and admissions will start for the same. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will become its chancellor upon the inauguration of the university.

Major General Dr Atul Bajpai, vice-chancellor of Mahayogi Gorakhnath University said that the chancellor of the university is Mahant Yogi Adityanath. Dr Atul Bajpai has been appointed Vice-Chancellor and Dr Pradeep Rao is the Registrar. 600 children are already continuing their education at a nursing school run by Maharana Pratap Shiksha Parishad, a Gorakshpeeth educational institution on campus. The admission of 150 students to BAMS will be done in its session. Other professional training will be provided from the next session. 52 acres of land have been provided to this university. It will be expanded later.

Mahayogi Gorakhnath University Registrar Dr Pradeep Rao said Maharana Pratap Shiksha Parishad President and Former Vice Chancellor Professor UP Singh has been appointed Chancellor. Major General Dr Atul Vajpayee has been appointed vice-chancellor of this private university. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath wants to make Mahayogi Gorakhnath University an ideal university. Teaching will also begin with university admissions from this session. The preliminary draft of the university working committee has also been prepared.

Dr Pradeep Rao, Principal, Maharana Pratap PG College Jungle Dhusad, Gorakhpur has been appointed Registrar. Dr Rao said the working committee has eight members. Dr Rao stated that in addition, Dr CM Sinha and Dr SN Singh were appointed to the Working Committee on the recommendation of the Chief Minister. On behalf of the State Government, Deputy Secretary of Higher Education Brahmadev, on behalf of the university, Dr DS Ajitha, Principal, Guru Shri Gorakshanath College of Nursing, Professor Shobha Gaur of Deendayal Upadhyay University Gorakhpur B.Ed. are included.

Mahayogi Gorakhnath University will become the third university in the district. Regulation of land purchased for the university was approved at a cabinet meeting in March. A high-level committee formed by the government under the chairmanship of the vice-chancellor of Deendayal Upadhyay Gorakhpur University had inspected the university campus. The university was found to be completely compliant with government standards. At this university, which is set on 52 acres with state-of-the-art resources, students will have the opportunity to take market-oriented and professional courses. At the same time, researchers will also have a research center.

These courses will be offered by the university

University students can pursue studies in Nursing, Post Basic Nursing, BAMS, BHMS, BUMS, BDS, MBBS, BPharma (Ayurveda and Allopath), DPharma (Ayurveda and Allopath), BSc LT, BA / BSc Compound Science, BSc AG, BA Honors, BSc Honors (Math & Bio), BSc Computer, B.Com, B.Ed., B.Sc.-B.Ed, Ba-B.Ed, BPEd., Certificate of Para-Medical, BCA, BBA, Diploma and degree courses, Honors Shastri. The Gorakshpeeth, which has been shining the light of education in eastern Uttar Pradesh for nearly nine decades, has created a new and huge beacon in the form of Guru Gorakhnath University. The service and autonomy of education under the cloak of Indian nationality and culture will be its unique identity. Guru Gorakhnath University, to be inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind, will significantly symbolize the tradition of Indian knowledge under the leadership of CM Gorakshpeethadhishwar Yogi Adityanath.

In the area of ​​primary to higher and technical education, around four dozen educational institutions are run by the Maharana Pratap Board of Education, under the leadership of Gorakshapeeth. Yogi Adityanath, the current chief minister and leader of Gorakshapeeth envisioned an integrated university in the name of Guru Gorakhnath and also made it a reality. He had already started the Guru Shri Gorakshanath Nursing School in the field of medical education. Now the new university for specialized education of medical sciences with higher education options in arts, sciences, business and agriculture has been established.

BAMS soon available with a capacity of 100 seats

Guru Gorakhnath University, which is developing as a new model of vocational education, will start the BAMS course for 100 places from this session. It has also obtained recognition from the National Commission for the Indian System of Medicine. It will be managed by the guru Gorakhnath Institute of Medical Sciences, affiliated with the university. The admissions process for BSc and MSc Nursing, Post Basic BSc Nursing, ANM, GNM started here. From this session, the admissions process for the Diploma of Laboratory Technician, Diploma in Optometry, Diploma in Orthopedic and Plaster Technician, Diploma in Emergency Care and Trauma Technician, Diploma in Dialysis Technician and Diploma in Technician in anesthesia and intensive care will also begin.

As Chancellor of Guru Gorakhnath University, CM Yogi intends to deliver 30 new innovative and specialized courses, including MBBS, over the next five years so that the university can be raised to international standards. This multidimensional university of Maharana Pratap Shiksha Parishad is developing as a center of medical and paramedical education in addition to normal courses. All courses will conform to the demands of the present and future era, but will have a touch of Indianness.

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Arkansas reports more than 3,100 active COVID cases among students and employees of public schools

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Arkansas on Thursday reported more than 3,100 active cases of COVID-19 among students and public school employees in 173 school districts across the state, the Associated Press reported.

As most students started school last week for the new school year, the majority of public school students are under masked mandates imposed by districts. The Arkansas Department of Health has reported the 3,102 cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 100 active cases of COVID-19 among students and employees, each reported by the districts of Bentonville, Springdale, Rogers, Cabot and Fort Smith.

This follows the state’s COVID-19 figures a week ago, when just under 1,800 active cases were reported in schools.

“The increase in vaccines will reduce cases, hospitalizations and deaths,” Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

For more Associated Press reporting, see below.

So happy to see> 31,000 doses given with the number of 1st doses almost as high as the number of 2nd doses, but it’s never a good day when we have 32 new deaths from COVID. It represents the loss of neighbors and friends. The increase in vaccines will reduce cases, hospitalizations and deaths. pic.twitter.com/0RO4RVcyrG

– Governor Asa Hutchinson (@AsaHutchinson) August 26, 2021

Arkansas has reported more than 3,100 cases of COVID-19 among students and employees of public schools. In this photo, students attend a class at their elementary school in Berlin on August 9, 2021, after returning from summer vacation and amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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School mask requirements in Arkansas emerged after a Little Rock judge temporarily blocked a state law that bans mask warrants in schools and public places.

Meanwhile, a Lonoke County judge was due to rule on a lawsuit filed by some parents challenging the Cabot District schools mask requirement on Friday. Arkansas ranks fifth in the country for new cases of the virus per capita, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

Hawaii’s New Public Service Campaign Recalls 19th Century Disease Epidemic

As Hawaii grapples with an increase in COVID-19 cases, record hospitalizations and stagnant vaccination rates, a campaign of public service announcements is reminiscent of a 19th-century disease outbreak.

The campaign reminds native Hawaiians that when Hawaii was a kingdom, its leaders pushed people to get vaccinated against smallpox in the 1850s. Indigenous people in the state are hit hard by the virus.

Hawaii was once considered a beacon of safety during the pandemic due to strict travel and quarantine restrictions and global vaccine acceptance that have made it one of the most vaccinated states in the country.

But the highly contagious Delta variant exploited weaknesses as residents let their guard down and attend family reunions after months of restrictions.

Some Hawaiians say mistrust of the government resulting from the overthrow of the US-backed monarchy in 1893 is one of the main reasons vaccination rates are lagging behind.

A group of businesses and nonprofits on Thursday launched the public service campaign to reduce vaccine reluctance among Native Hawaiians.

Nevada Man Wins $ 1 Million Vaccine Jackpot Grand Prize

A Las Vegas-area man on Thursday won the $ 1 million grand prize to crown an eight-week COVID-19 vaccine jackpot program.

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak created the program to boost enthusiasm for COVID-19 snapshots.

The winners were presented by first name and initials at a live event hosted by the Governor at the Las Vegas Convention Center and assistants at the Riverside Gallery of the Sierra Arts Foundation in Reno.

The program called Vax Nevada Days was launched on June 17 with $ 5 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds. State health data showed the percentage of state residents vaccinated increased by about 10% between the time the prize pool was announced in mid-June and its end on Thursday.

Idaho’s COVID-19 cases rise as volunteers help with contact tracing

Idaho hospitals and public health agencies scramble to increase capacity as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise statewide. But many residents of the state don’t seem to feel the same urgency.

Volunteers are helping with contract research at the Central District Health Department, and health education classrooms are being converted to COVID-19 treatment units in northern Idaho.

On Thursday, some hospitals in Idaho narrowly avoided asking the state to adopt “standards of care in crises” – where scarce health care resources are allocated to patients most likely to suffer from it. benefit – in part through state-wide coordination.

Meanwhile, unmasked spectators sat side by side in the screening arena at Western Idaho Fair this week as children maneuvered cattle around the ring. In the West Ada School District, Idaho’s largest school district, 21% of students had officially “waived” the district’s mask requirement by the end of the first day of school on Thursday.

“Our forecast is bad, to put it bluntly,” said Dr. Frank Johnson, vice president of medical affairs for the St. Luke Health System.

COVID-19-related hospitalizations have doubled every two weeks since July 24, he said.

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Ana Aguirre, 50, who said she was showing symptoms of COVID-19, waits to be tested for the virus at Families Together of Orange County on Thursday, August 26, 2021, in Tustin, California.
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SYRIZA political confrontation on university bases and kindergartens ATHENS 9.84

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Political controversy over the number of students admitted to universities, as well as to kindergartens, after the suspension of the leader of the official opposition.

Mr Tsipras accused the government of “being extremely capable of making inequalities worse”, saying:

“30,000 fewer students admitted to universities.
120,000 excluding mass sports.
83,000 children – one in three! – excluding kindergartens and KDAP.

“The Mitsotaki government is totally incapable of putting out a fire, but extremely capable of aggravating inequalities and undermining public interest over private interests.”

Responding to government spokesman Giannis Oikonomou asserted that “figures for Mr. Tsipras have always been a reality-distorting tool” and added:

“Even before the basis for admission is announced, as a futurist, he announces figures on the number of children who will not enter the University. At the same time, this directly devalues ​​public vocational schools to which those who wish will have free access and high level vocational training.

“For daycares, the figures again contradict it. Of 155,684 vouchers in 2019 we have 167,031 in 20121. Mr. Tsipras does not know or hide that no request to participate in the program of nurseries, nurseries and structures for children with disabilities has been rejected.

He does not care about the need to reorganize mass sports programs with rules and transparency so that even more people can participate and, above all, really play sports.

For the government, the state exists to promote the good of the citizens for this and with targeted policies we fulfill the obligation of the state to provide every child, every young man and woman who wants what they need. for their prosperity and prosperity. “.

The SYRIZA response

In his response to government spokesperson Giannis Oikonomou, SYRIZA spokesperson N. Iliopoulos underlines:

“The job of the government representative is difficult. How to justify that in a year of pandemic thousands of students will be expelled from the public university for the sole purpose of increasing the number of private colleges? Can he also tell us how many children live outside kindergartens and KDAP, why does he seem to have forgotten somewhere in his answer?

As for the exclusion of thousands of children from mass sports, his response offends and provokes thousands of families by talking about the reorganization of programs.

ND’s long-standing relationship with the public sector is well known: plunder for the benefit of the few, bankruptcy for society ”.

SYRIZA president Alexis Tsipras has been denounced by the leadership of the Ministry of Labor for cheap opposition and huge lies. Respond to the official opposition’s allegations regarding the exclusion of 83,000 children from nurseries

Apostolos Chondropoulos, Dimitris Kostakos

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