Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Tamlin M. Pavelsky, is an Associate Professor of Global Hydrology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. By Tamlin M. Pavelsky, University of North Carolina at Chapel HillIn 1889, near the remote border town of Embudo, New Mexico, John Wesley Powell, the famous explorer of the Grand Canyon and second head of the U.S. Geological Survey, started a quiet scientific revolution.He knew that water would be increasingly important to the American West, but no one had developed a way to figure out how much was available. Powell set up a field camp with 14 students, three instructors, two laborers and a cook, and tasked them with developing the first gauge to measure how much water flows through a U.S. river.With their success, it was possible to know how much water could be taken out of the Rio Grande for irrigation without it becoming unnavigable or, worse, drying up entirely.More than a century later, the USGS operates more than 10,000 stream gauges around the country. They’re remarkably similar to that first Embudo gauge. Other countries operate thousands more.Today, hydrologists like me use the stream gauge network, along with similarly vast networks of sensors measuring rainfall, soil moisture, snow depth and other parts of the water cycle. These tools help show how much water is available to people and ecosystems and how that water moves from place to place.A team member working on the Embudo stream gauge project in 1889.USGSMoving to spaceIn the last 30 years, hydrology has run into a sticky problem. There are simply not enough sensors for the questions hydrologists want to answer.A snow pillow.USDA Natural Resources Conservation ServiceTry, for example, to measure how much snow is stored in a mountain range like California’s Sierra Nevada. This water is a critical resource for the state. The Sierra Nevada contains about 130 “snow pillows” that measure the amount of water stored in the snow directly above them. But the area measured by the sensors is something like 2 millionths of a percent of the total area of the Sierra.If you try to figure out the total water stored in the Sierras, you run into a methodological wall. There’s no good way to get there directly.This kind of problem crops up all over hydrology, from snow to soil moisture and rivers to reservoirs. Although putting out more sensors is an option, they are expensive to maintain, and it’s impossible to put out enough to measure an entire mountain range. A better option would be to measure large areas all at once.Starting about two decades ago, a small group of scientists suggested a new solution: What if they could measure the water cycle from space?The University of Saskatchewan’s Jay Famiglietti was one of these scientists. Much of Famiglietti’s work has used the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission, a pair of satellites launched in 2002. The satellites, nicknamed Tom and Jerry, chase each other around the planet and use tiny variations in the the distance between them to measure changes in Earth’s gravity. Many of these variations come from water moving around. GRACE tracks changes in total water storage across groundwater, the surface and the atmosphere.“[GRACE] paints a compelling picture, because it allows us to see the human fingerprint on water availability, and the climate change impact on water availability,” Famiglietti told me. Some of his work with GRACE has shown deep losses of groundwater in northern India, the Middle East and other places that could be vulnerable to future water shortages. The original pair of GRACE satellites went offline in 2017, but a new pair launched the following year.Artist’s rendition of the GRACE follow-on mission.NASAA golden ageOther satellites designed to measure specific parts of the water cycle came online at around the same time as GRACE, though they had some limitations.IceSAT, active from 2003 to 2009, measured the changing shape of glaciers and ice sheets, but its lasers had some technical problems that limited its lifetime. The Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission provided data on precipitation at low latitudes, but it worked poorly for snow and regions with strong thunderstorms. Scientists came up with improved ways to use data from passive microwave sensors, some of which were already in orbit, to estimate soil moisture, but they provided data only at relatively coarse scales.Starting in 2014, a new generation of satellites has offered improvements. The Global Precipitation Mission, a constellation of satellites, has substantially improved on TRMM.IceSAT-2, which NASA launched in 2018, has much better lasers than its forerunner. Dedicated soil moisture missions launched by the European Space Agency and NASA offer more finely tuned measurements than past sensors could.I am part of an international team that will launch the first project dedicated to measuring Earth’s most readily accessible water resources: rivers and lakes. The Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission is an active sensor that, starting in 2021, will send radar pulses down to Earth and measure how long they take to return to the satellite. Through finely tuned algorithms, SWOT will measure changes in the amount of water stored in millions of lakes and reservoirs around the world and estimate, from space, the amount of water flowing through most of the world’s major rivers.This NASA animation shows how SWOT will collect data over ocean and freshwater areas.With all these satellites, hydrologists will be able to track many individual parts of the water cycle using observations from space. The next challenge will be putting all of those measurements together in a coherent way. Each satellite has its own idiosyncrasies. Scientists are working to integrate all of their past and present data with computer simulations of Earth’s water cycle.Together, these observations can help better predict drought, track floods and inform the world about how climate change is altering access to water resources. For example, a suite of satellites showed that the world’s landlocked basins, already among the driest places on Earth, most notably the Aral Sea in Central Asia, are rapidly losing water.Space agencies are also designing new missions to cover parts of the water cycle that current satellites can’t yet adequately observe, like the snowpack in the Sierra Nevada. Estimating evaporation also remains a real challenge. Current methods produce very different global patterns, and the path toward new solutions for reliably estimating evaporation from space remains uncertain.Satellites have gone from curios on the sidelines of hydrology to central players in understanding the global water cycle. When John Wesley Powell sent 20-odd members of the new USGS to the banks of the Rio Grande, he likely couldn’t have imagined that, 130 years later, water scientists like me would be following in his footsteps using satellites orbiting hundreds of miles overhead. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSThe Conversation Previous articleGoodwill turns 60Next articleWho’d ah thunk it? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here
Jaehoon’s Jip-Soori / Moohoi Architecture StudioSave this projectSaveJaehoon’s Jip-Soori / Moohoi Architecture Studio CopyHouses•Seoul, South Korea Houses South Korea “COPY” ArchDaily photographs: Park Young-ChePhotographs: Park Young-Che, Courtesy of Moohoi Architecture StudioSave this picture!© Park Young-CheText description provided by the architects. From the old Korean residential zone, it is difficult to find one-story house. But even 42 years ago since this building has been built, there were a lot of one-story house. However, four-story apartment houses, which are also called as ‘multiplex housing’ or ‘multiple dwelling’ occupy most of residential zone. This is because people removed old houses and extended dimensions and then built new houses to make more profits from rent. Therefore the old houses are often surrounded by higher buildings. To solve this problem, new buildings could be constructed instead of old houses. However, then they will be disturbed by higher buildings around them. As a result of this, villagers will file a civil complaint to administrative office with the reasons of the prospect right and right sunshine are limited and village becomes stuffy. Therefore building new houses in the old residential zone in these days is more disadvantageous than people who have already built before. This house was that case. Save this picture!Courtesy of Moohoi Architecture StudioHowever, Jip-Soori(Korean term for revitalization of house) of old houses is never easy. The first reason for this is because of the word ‘being old’. If a house does not stand for up to 42 years, it would be difficult for people to understand. But when think of the time when a lot of new buildings had been built in a short period of time because of the society-economic situation and population concentration phenomenon, it is understandable then. Save this picture!Courtesy of Moohoi Architecture StudioAt that period, it happened more often that the more soils from the ground were used when make bricks rather than using cements or sands. As a result of this, the bricks which were used when built the houses in the past, were not strong enough. However, it was absolutely amazing that this house (That kind of bricks written above, were used ) had not crumbled for 42 years. Save this picture!© Park Young-CheBut this house was this caseBefore this house had been built, 42 years ago, living parents, husband and wife and their children together was normal life in Korea. But now it is not. Even though they wish to live all together like before, there is one thing that disturbs their wish. This is because of the structure of apartments located in Korea. Then I want to ask what if 3 generations have to live in the same house or they want to? For example if granddaughter, year in 9 who likes playing computer more than reading books and her little brother who always plays and runs around house, and grandfather who prefers ‘Yeo-gang’ more than modern toilet and loves gardening and poultry farming, have to renovate the ’42 years old house’ and live there all together after living separately for a long time. But this house was that case.Save this picture!Old Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lesseVolo 2014 Skyscraper CompetitionEventPassion House M1 / Arhitekt 11Selected Projects Share Architects: Moohoi Architecture Studio Area Area of this architecture project Jaehoon’s Jip-Soori / Moohoi Architecture Studio ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/418112/jaehoon-s-jip-soori-moohoi-architecture-studio Clipboard CopyAbout this officeMoohoi Architecture StudioOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSeoulHousesRefurbishmentWoodSouth KoreaPublished on August 21, 2013Cite: “Jaehoon’s Jip-Soori / Moohoi Architecture Studio” 21 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Photographs: Adria Goula Tamariu House / 05 AM Arquitectura ArchDaily Architects: 05 AM Arquitectura Area Area of this architecture project Year: Technical Architect:Planas-CasadevallStructural Engineer:GMK – Miquel LlorensEngineering:SJ12 Enginyers – Albert ColomerBuilder:Xiu CargolDesign Team:Julia Esteve, Laura RodrigoCity:TamariuCountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Adria GoulaRecommended ProductsDoorsJansenDoors – Folding and SlidingDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20Text description provided by the architects. On a highly sloped plot with the access on the upper side, we designed a compact house in contact with the street and the north side of the plot, freeing spaces on the south side. In order to get the best views, the volume spins its direction looking for the seaside front. The resulting house responds to the two main features of the plot: the perspectives on the sea and the hill slope.Save this picture!© Adria GoulaSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Adria GoulaOn the other hand, the lower floor is oriented following the hill direction in order to grant a better contact with the natural plot, creating at the same time a terrace on the main floor that gets wider as it reaches the south side. The final volume is resolved with an inclined eave tailored according to the land topography that preserves the general linearity of the house. This specific solution improves the interior spaces and their exposure to the sun. The living areas of the house are disposed around the fireplace, creating a sequence of double-height spaces oriented to south, bringing sunlight inside the house.Save this picture!© Adria GoulaNext to the dining room there is a nice outdoor space protected by a sunshade that fosters its outdoor life. In the bisecting line of the two main volumes we placed a spiral staircase that incorporates intermediate slabs of generous dimensions that becomes part of the programme. On the lower floor, the arrival of the stairs is used as a polyvalent space with an outdoor exit. In general lines, it is a house where both the exterior and the interior are designed to enjoy the Mediterranean climate, placing all the main spaces on the south side, in front of the seaside.Save this picture!© Adria GoulaSave this picture!ElevationSave this picture!© Adria GoulaComo una prolongación del interior una zona exterior protegida por una pérgola generando un ámbito muy agradable para hacer vida al exterior. En la bisectriz de los dos volúmenes principales que organizan la planta se sitúa una escalera de caracol que incorpora unos rellanos intermedios de dimensiones más generosas que forman parte del programa funcional.Save this picture!© Adria GoulaEn la planta inferior el espacio de llegada de la escalera se convierte en una zona de uso polivalente con una salida al exterior. Se trata de una casa donde la volumetría tanto exterior como interior está pensada para disfrutar del sol y las buenas vistas, liberando la máxima superficie útil exterior orientada al sur.Save this picture!© Adria GoulaProject gallerySee allShow lessYǏN Fine Jewelry Boutique / oddSelected ProjectsNova Pets Store / say architectsSelected Projects Share Save this picture!© Adria Goula+ 31Curated by Clara Ott Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/925350/casa-en-tamariu-05-am-arquitectura Clipboard Projects Area: 338 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2018 Houses Joan Arnau, Carme Muñoz Photographs Tamariu House / 05 AM ArquitecturaSave this projectSaveTamariu House / 05 AM Arquitectura Lead Architects: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/925350/casa-en-tamariu-05-am-arquitectura Clipboard Spain CopyAbout this office05 AM ArquitecturaOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookSpainPublished on September 25, 2019Cite: “Tamariu House / 05 AM Arquitectura” [Casa en Tamariu / 05 AM Arquitectura] 25 Sep 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
Lack of funding for training and development is the biggest cause of skills gaps in small charities, research from the FSI has shown.61% of 530 people surveyed in the FSI’s Small Charity Sector Skills Survey said this was the primary cause for skills gaps in their charities, followed by lack of time for employees to attend training, which was cited by 58%.Skills areas identified as having the poorest performance ratings in the survey included: fundraising, specifically raising funds from major donors (67%), online (66%) and businesses (64%), and engaging and working with businesses or companies (identified by 55%), strategic use of IT (49%), and impact reporting (48%).The survey also looked at the impact of skills gaps, identifying the biggest issues as: an increased workload for colleagues (59%), increased time to deliver work (46%) and decreased ability to take on new work (43%).Within fundraising, major donor fundraising (67%), online fundraising (66%) and corporate fundraising (64%) were the top three categories in need of most upskilling by small charities.Fundraisers were cited as the most challenging vacancy to recruit for, according to 28% of small charities surveyed, while salary (identified by 36%) was the most commonly cited barrier to filling vacancies.The FSI’s recommendations include:Government and other public funders should take the lead by demonstrating long-term commitment to affordable skills development and capacity building.Umbrella support bodies should invest in delivering high quality and easily accessible learning opportunities tailored to a diverse audience of learners.Trustees should understand the benefit and make a commitment to funding the development of skills within their organisationsTrustees and senior staff should actively seek out opportunities to collaborate with one another, which would contribute to ensuring their long-term sustainability. Melanie May | 16 March 2017 | News Advertisement 91 total views, 1 views today Tagged with: Research / statistics small charities About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. 92 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 Funding issues biggest cause of skills gaps in small charities says FSI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6
News to go further TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Follow the news on Turkey Help by sharing this information April 28, 2021 Find out more News Organisation May 20, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Key testimony from secret witness at 13th hearing in Hrant Dink murder trial April 2, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Important testimony was given at the 13th hearing in the trial of Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor Hrant Dink’s alleged killers in Istanbul on 10 May. A witness, whose identity was not revealed, identified three of the defendants as being at the scene of Dink’s fatal shooting outside his newspaper on 19 January 2007.Testifying that the main suspect and alleged shooter, Ogün Samast, was not alone, the secret witness said Yasin Hayal (one of the alleged masterminds) and his brother, Osman Hayal, were also there and that Osman Hayal also fired shots at Dink. The trial’s attention is now focused on these three men.The witness said he saw a man aged around 40-45 approach Dink and address him briefly, holding him by one hand. He then saw two other men approach and surround Dink. After giving a fairly detailed physical description of one of the men, the witness said he saw that he was holding a gun and appeared to be under the effects of drugs.“This person fired two shots at Dink, I remember it clearly,” he said. “I noticed that the other person was Ogün Samast. He also then fired two shots and shouted at the journalist, using the word ‘Armenian’.”Samast and Yasin Hayal dispute this testimony, saying it is not credible. Samast said he committed the murder on his own, insisting that: “Everyone knows that Yasin Hayal was somewhere else that day.”Two of the defendants were released after this testimony. Only three of the defendants are still in custody. They are Samast, Yasin Hayal and Erhan Tuncal, a police informer in Trabzon, Samast’s home town.Dink’s window, Rakel, was present at the 13th hearing as she has been at all of the previous ones, accompanied by her lawyers. Lawyers from the Paris bar association and a parliamentary representative of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) also attended the 10 May hearing.Reporters Without Borders welcomes the latest signs of progress in the trial but regrets that the court refused to hear testimony from foreign intelligence chief Sabri Uzun, who recently said he had not been told about the threats to Dink’s life as he had not been given the case files. He added that, if the proper procedure had been respected, Dink would still be alive. Uzun would not have been able to identify the killer, but his testimony would have drawn attention to the problems within the Turkish security services, which should have been able to protect Dink. RSF_en
RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Pinterest By News Highland – July 8, 2012 EAF Director says Rockhill House is a superb community resource Google+ Twitter Facebook The Director of the Earagail Arts Festival has described Rockhill House as an unrecognised gem. Paul Brown was speaking as the first two days of the 24th festival were based in the grounds of Rockhill House, which recently passed into the ownership of Donegal County Council, along with the former army base in Lifford.Paul Brown says the Rockhill events have been a huge success, and cement its new status as a significant community resource………….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/eafsun.mp3[/podcast] Newsx Adverts Previous articleElectricity supplies affected by Friday night sub station fire in DerryNext articleClosing statements due from defence lawyers in Michaela McAreavey trial News Highland Pinterest Twitter Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Facebook WhatsApp Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey WhatsApp Google+
Previous articleApproval for Killybegs Coast Guard station to go to tenderNext articleJamie McGrenaghan to be sentenced today News Highland News Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Google+ Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Twitter WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal festivals need more support – Cllr Barry O’Neill Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Pinterest By News Highland – February 11, 2011 A Donegal councillor is calling for more support for festivals in the county, psrticularly from the County Council and Failte Ireland.Cllr Barry O’Neill was speaking events in Donegal took two of the top three prizes at the National Festival AwardsBallyshannon’s Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival won the National Medium sized Festival Award, defeating the Galway Arts Festival and the Kilkenny Cats Laugh Festival among others.Meanwhile, Bundoran’s Sea Sessions collected the Award for Best Small Festival.Cllr Barry O’Neill, one of the organisers of the Rory Gallagher Festival says such events play a huge rol;e in attracting visitors, and that should be supported:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/barry1pm.mp3[/podcast]
Brad James August 22, 2019 /Sports News – Local Various Utah College Football Players Named To Senior Bowl Watch List Tags: Aleva HIfo/Bradlee Anae/BYU/Chris Wilcox/Darrin Paulo/Dominik Eberle/Francis Bernard/Gerold Bright/Julian Blackmon/Leki Fotu/Reese’s Senior Bowl/Tipa Galeai/Ty’Son Williams/Utah/Utah State/Zack Moss Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMOBILE, Ala.-Thursday, numerous representatives of BYU, Utah and Utah State’s football programs were named to the watch list for the Senior Bowl, an annual college football all-star game for seniors to show their skills before the gaze of scouts from North American professional football leagues.*all stats cited are those the athletes have amassed during the entirety of their collegiate careers to this point.Representing BYU on the watch list are receiver Aleva Hifo (108 touches from scrimmage, 982 scrimmage yards, six total touchdowns, as well as 29 kick returns for 598 yards, a 20.6 average per return), cornerback Chris Wilcox (7 passes defensed, 3 tackles for a loss), and tailback Ty’Son Williams, (184 carries, 865 yards,[4.7 yards per carry] one TD) who recently transferred from the University of South Carolina.Utah is represented by EDGE Bradlee Anae (16.5 sacks, 26 tackles for a loss), inside linebacker Francis Bernard (10.5 tackles for a loss, four interceptions, two sacks), defensive back Julian Blackmon (5 interceptions, 16 passes defensed, 4.5 tackles for a loss), defensive tackle Leki Fotu (3.5 sacks, 10.5 tackles for a loss), tailback Zack Moss (2,948 scrimmage yards, 24 total touchdowns) and tackle Darrin Paulo (26 starts in 39 career games for the Utes).Utah State is represented by tailback Gerold Bright (1,698 scrimmage yards, 18 touchdowns), kicker Domink Eberle (43-57 on field goals, 75.4 percent, 122-122 on PAT’s) and defensive end/linebacker Tipa Galeai (14.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, four passes defensed, 20 tackles for a loss, two interceptions at both Utah State and Texas Christian).
Home » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks Australia fined £11,200 after regulator receives complaints about its fixed fees previous nextRegulation & LawPurplebricks Australia fined £11,200 after regulator receives complaints about its fixed feesQueensland fair trading regulator slaps fine on hybrid agent and forces it to enter into three-year-long undertaking.Nigel Lewis7th March 201801,933 Views Purplebricks Australia has been fined AU$20,000 (£11,200) by the Queensland Office of Fair Trading (OFT) following complaints that it had misled customers about its fixed-fee offering, and not followed accounting and other business rules.OFT says it received “several complaints” about misleading claims both on Purplebricks’ website and within advertising.In a similar way that some consumers and agents complain about Purplebricks in the UK, it was claimed that Purplebricks was not clear that its fees were charged whether a property is sold or not.“Between November 2016 and June 2017, Purplebricks Australia Pty Ltd, entered into agreements with consumers who were not made aware of the terms of the fees charged,” a statement from the Queensland Office of Fair Trading says.“Consumers were also misled about additional services offered by Purplebricks, despite the agency advertising ‘low, fixed fees’ for their services when selling property.“Purplebricks [also] failed to fulfil some of its regulatory obligations about use of appropriate accounts software, use of a non-Queensland bank account and notification of substitute licensees and other places of business.”In a statement to Australian website Financial Review, Purplebricks’ CEO in Australia, Ryan Dinsdale (pictured, above), said his company had worked with the regulator to be “open and transparent” about its model, and that Purplebricks would “always act on feedback to ensure we display everything as clearly as possible”, he said.“Accordingly, we have agreed to make some adjustments to wording to improve clarity and understanding.”Purplebricks has entered into two enforceable undertakings with the regulator which will last for three years.“Queenslanders have the right to expect that real estate agents will make accurate and honest agreements with their clients,” said the Queensland OFT’s Acting Executive Director Craig Routledge, who also said he acknowledged Purplebricks had amended its website prior to the fine.“If real estate agents breach laws and industry regulations, the OFT will not hesitate to investigate and pursue if required.” Ryan dinsdale Purplebricks Australia Queensland Office of Fair Trading Craig Routledge March 7, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
Ocean City School Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor was honored by the Board of Education. School safety and security, always a topic of concern and interest to educators, parents and students nationwide, once again was a major topic at the Ocean City Board of Education meeting on Wednesday.The most recent incident to attract national attention, the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida, brought school security issues to the fore locally and dominated discussions here.“This is nothing new, this is something we take very seriously and something that is not just spoken about, but worked on constantly,” said School Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor. “Still, we must continually look at our procedures, the best practices of other districts to learn from their experiences, and to inform our community of everything we are doing. “Dr. Taylor, who earlier in the evening was formally honored by the Board for her recognition as New Jersey Superintendent of the Year, emphasized communication and coordination of all stakeholders was essential to the success of any security plan the Board would put into place.“In Florida, it seemed as if everyone had an answer, a piece of the puzzle,” she said,” but the puzzle wasn’t put together until after the fact, and of course that was too late.”Rich Wheeler, who moved to Ocean City from the Cherry Hill School District, urged the Board to deliver the highest level of security possible.In an effort to maintain not only transparency, but to prepare faculty, staff, students parents and the community at large for a possible incident, Dr. Taylor said Ocean City Schools have identified an additional comprehensive safety and security communications initiative and would share what could be made public at the March meeting.In an effort to maintain not only transparency, but to prepare faculty, staff, students parents and the community at large for a possible incident, Dr. Taylor said Ocean City Schools have identified an additional comprehensive safety and security communications initiative and would share what could be made public at the March meeting.With that, Board member Dale Braun Jr. said communications need to be made strategically as well. To be effective, he said, districts must share some but not all of the measures and policies.“You have to share some of your cards, but not all of the cards you are going to play,” said Braun, citing his background and experiences in the Philadelphia public school system. “The unofficial policy was to do what needed to be done and to apologize for it later,” he said, stating that transparency in security matters can sometimes be taken too far. “You show some of your cards, but not all.”Chris Straub, who graduated from Ocean City High School, is passionate about protecting the students.Braun and other members noted a new emphasis is being placed on the mental health aspects of these shootings and the importance of identifying issues both physically, such as increased security presence at school and outside events held on school grounds as well as providing at-risk students with the help they need to avoid the possibility of their taking violent actions.The idea he said was to spot red flags, act on them and take therapeutic and other steps in advance, before the problems bubble over and manifest in a violent incident.Ocean City is already ahead of the curve in this regard, Dr. Taylor noted.“We have a social worker in each school,” she said. “I’m not aware of any other district with that type of resource,” she said.No policies or strategies are foolproof, she stressed, however looking at school safety regularly and on an ongoing basis was key to minimizing the risks.“I cant say it strongly enough that people have to get involved and help us,” in the process she said.The top three finishers in the Colony Club Spelling Bee were honored at the recent meeting of the Ocean City Board of Education. From left are Ellie Wisham, Eddie Wisham and Elizabeth Herrera.“If you see something, tell an administrator,” she said. “If you hear something, tell an administrator. “Rich Wheeler and Chris Straub, both parents and youth coaches in the community, said “covert” measures were vitally important to school safety in the year 2018, and this would include the possibility of trained and armed security personnel inside the schools.“I don’t know that there are statistics showing how many incidents have been deterred” by armed security, he said, but that if it was even one, it was worth it. “This is not an issue that is going away.”Straub called the matter one of “grave concern” and cited Florida and other recent incidents for “failures of those charged with the safety and security of our students. “It’s not just a matter of policy. We can’t rely on policy. We have to keep all options on the table, and that includes armed (personnel) inside the school.”With these matters in mind, Dr. Taylor noted:Schools Business Administrator Timothy Kelley was in the midst of a comprehensive training program on school safety and security.The Board’s current preparations and plans for dealing with an in-school incident would be presented, the extent they can be, at the next meeting.No new ideas would be taken lightly or dismissed. “We need to think outside the box” to determine what’s best for Ocean City,” she said.She asked the Board to consider requiring a security presence not only at official school functions but also at events and activities by outside groups. At present, she said, this is not routinely done as it is at official school functions. As a result in the future, CCD classes, scouting events, city events and meetings of community clubs and organizations may be required to have security on site, she said.Keeping the schools safer internally through counseling at-risk students, expanding efforts beyond those already in place and taking measures into every area of the district’s physical plants. The efforts can no longer be limited to the Wellness Rooms in the schools, Dr. Taylor said.Students are becoming more involved in the security process and more taking more of an activist’s role. Students, as young as fourth graders, are getting involved in the processA “Dialog Meeting” for middle school age students would be held in Ocean City and hosted by its 8th graders at 6 p.m. March 5 at the high school. “This is their forum,” Dr. Taylor stated, but it was her hope the session would be well attended by community members district-wide.The Ocean City Board of Education honored Intermediate School students Christian Ganter who won the 7th grade competition and Eddie D’Amico, judged to be the top 8th grader in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Essay contest. Topic was “What Does Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of peace and justice mean to me, an intermediate school student.In other matters Wednesday, the Board honored students for the Middle School’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Essay competition, for the Colony Club Spelling Bee and for state educational achievement recognition.