When people think of television programs about Alaska, most will probably think of “The Deadliest Catch” or “Alaska State Troopers” or “Bering Sea Gold” or other similar reality shows. These programs portray the roughness, remoteness, dangers, and beauty of Alaska, and in some cases, they are pretty good reflections of reality. However, these reality shows also portray Alaska as very white, and this could not be further from reality.
Enter “Molly of Denali,” a new PBS Kids series that is different from the rest – not just because it is the first-ever national children’s show that features Native Peoples – but also because it is not a reality show. Ironically, however, this animated program is arguably the most real of all the Alaska shows. One way “Molly of Denali” is very real is through its characters, as they seem to reflect the racial diversity of Alaska more accurately. And I am hyped.
The lead character is Molly, a 10-year-old Alaska Native (Athabascan) girl who lives with her parents in the fictional town of Qyah. In their town, there are elders and other characters who represent the different Alaska Native groups. Then there’s the fact that the series was created by a team of mostly indigenous writers, producers, advisers, and actors. This reflects the reality that approximately 20 percent—or 1 out of 5—Alaskans are Native, the highest percentage of Native people in the country.
In addition to Native representation, the show includes characters of other racial or ethnic backgrounds, as reflected by some of the main supporting characters like Molly’s two best friends: Trini is Black and Tooey is Alaska Native and Japanese. The racial diversity of the cast was intentional, according to the show’s creative producer Princess 'Daazhraii' Lucaj (Neets'aii Gwich'in), as they sought to accurately reflect Alaska’s Peoples:
“Growing up in Alaska - I was a pretty transient kid going back and forth between no running water and running water places. In Anchorage we lived in Mt. View & Fairview and our neighbors were people from the Dominican Republic, Korea, and Mexico. In Fairbanks I had friends who were Filipino and from places like Guam. People don't realize what diversity we have in our state.”
As a Filipino man who is married to an Athabascan woman, and as a father to three Filipino-Athabascan (or Filibascan) children, one of the many things that excite me about the show is that one of the characters is a girl named “Vera Malakas” who is of Filipino-Athabascan heritage. (Note: Malakas is the Tagalog word for “strong.” So the character’s name almost sounds like she is “Very Strong.”) This is a reflection of the long history of Filipinos in Alaska, going as far back as the 1700s, and the long history of relationships between Filipinos and Alaska Native Peoples. This is a reflection of the reality that many Alaska Native-Filipinos (Tlingipinos, Eskipinos, Indipinos, Filibascans, etc.) exist and go back several generations. Many of them experienced marginalization and invisibility because of their heritages, and so to now have an Alaska Native-Filipino character in such a high profile show is a validation of their long presence and history in Alaska, but also a hope for a better experience for future generations of Alaska Native-Filipinos. Finally, their existence and experiences will be seen, acknowledged, and validated.
Another reason I am so hyped is because, as a psychological scientist, I know that a positive racial or ethnic identity is important for the well-being of children of color. Research has shown that children’s racial or ethnic identity begins to be shaped quite early in life – as early as age 3 or 4. Research also tells us that – in addition to what parents, immediate family, and one’s immediate community tells kids about their heritage – messages from the larger society also makes a difference in how kids feel about their racial or ethnic identity. One powerful way that we receive messages from the larger society is through media, and research tells us that when children see their race or ethnicity represented in media, their well-being is strengthened! However, the flip-side of that is also true; when children – particularly children of color – don’t see themselves in media, their well-being suffers.
E. J. R. David Ph.D.
Associate professor of Psychology at the University of Alaska Anchorage
Many schools offer long vacations between semesters and around holidays. But returning to school after an extended break can leave you filled with dread and anxiety. You're only going back to school - why is it so hard? If this question is something you've asked yourself, or if you could use some advice getting back into study mode, these skills will soon beat back your post-holiday blues and make school a breeze.
Easing into Your Return to Routine
Set goals for yourself.
A few days before you go back to school, take a pen and paper and write a list of personal goals that you'd like to accomplish during the semester. These goals might be social, intellectual, or physical, but by having something to work toward, you can relieve some anxiety about starting up again. Some goals you might consider:
Or, if you didn't have homework assigned over break, take some time to look over the last assignments you did in each class before leaving school. This will remind you of where you left off in class, and looking over homework can prevent you from forgetting to complete it.
This might be a teacher of your favorite subject, or a teacher who sponsors a club to which you belong. Ask if you might join this teacher during lunch to tell him about your adventures over vacation, or if you could work on homework in his room after school.
There may be a field trip in a week or two, or maybe your science class has a cool experiment planned - whatever it might be, chances are you have something to look forward to when you return to school. By making a list of these things, you can replace any fear you have of going back with excitement to return.
Take your time getting back into the rhythm of things.
There's no getting around it, you'll need some time before it feels normal going to school again. Don't be hard on yourself. This process can take a week or two, but coach yourself through your negative thoughts by saying things like:
Readjust your sleep schedule, if necessary.
Over the course of your vacation, you might have enjoyed sleeping in or staying up late. This might make it difficult getting back into your school routine. To reset your sleep schedule you should:
It's likely you'll still be adjusting back to your school routine when break is over, and pre-packing school supplies and choosing your outfit the night before can save you time and stress. Grogginess in the morning can cause you to take more time than you need to do these simple tasks, so ready your stuff before to make your first morning back as easy as possible.
Over three-million high school students are graduating this spring in the United States. Many of them will head to university in the fall. The transition from high school to college is a major one, and successful adjustment to college has lifelong implications.
College adjustment comes in different forms including adjustment to the academic workload of college, engaging in learning, and earning high grades. Successful adjustment also means experiencing a sense of belonging at college, making friends, and taking part in the social aspects of this time of life. Finally, students benefit from adjusting psychologically which means experiencing low levels of depression and loneliness and high levels of physical and mental well-being.
Much of my recent research is focused on the role family members play during the transition to college. Maybe you are about to make this transition yourself or have children who are about to leave the nest. This list is for you. If you know someone who is making this transition or know parents shepherding their emerging adult kids through this time, please take a moment to share this collection of research-based tips with them.
A recent article in EducationNext by Kathryn Baron titled “Serving the math whiz kids” resurfaced a longstanding debate about whether bright kids will succeed even if not challenged enough.
Jon Star says: “We’re obligated to do a good job for both” [referring to both students performing below standard and to whiz kids] but also that “high-achieving kids are going to succeed even if they’re not challenged enough.” I think Jon Star is saying we should help all kids, but that we should probably help those performing below standard more because they need it more.
In response, Jonathan Plucker says “the data don’t bear out the notion that bright kids will take care of themselves…the goal should be that every student continues to grow.” See this Twitter thread, where Jonathan greatly expands on his comment and discusses the broader context and additional research and makes a strong case for why gifted kids need to be challenged.
I understand where Jonathan is coming from because it is true that many neglected gifted kids from disadvantaged backgrounds are not developing their talent to their full potential. I have written extensively on this topic and even interviewed Jonathan and Scott J. Peters about their book on Excellence Gaps in Education.
However, I want to examine some evidence that might support the idea that bright kids are likely to succeed even if not challenged enough, because understanding where an argument is incorrect doesn’t just require rebutting it with other evidence or perspectives, it also requires understanding whether the initial statement is reasonably supported, and to what extent.
Intelligence or giftedness is a key variable in helping talented kids from disadvantaged backgrounds improve their social mobility. A large body of work by Brent Roberts and colleagues “discovered that intelligence was crucial to helping students who came from disadvantaged backgrounds to catch up to their more advantaged peers.” See my interview with Brent here about this large body of research evidence.
Gifted or intelligent kids end up as healthy adults in midlife. This is the finding of a large body of research longitudinally investigating how intelligence assessed when young predicts later-life health and aging. See this article reviewing work by Ian Deary and colleagues.
Gifted individuals, overall, end up as psychologically well-adjusted. A century of research on gifted kids shows that these kids end up academically and occupationally successful, as indicated by the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth led by Camilla Benbow and David Lubinski.
This does not mean that gifted kids will not also grow with challenge (they will) or that an important group of whiz kids from disadvantaged backgrounds do not need our help (they do, like all other kids, but especially in comparison to advantaged gifted kids).
Overall, it is important to acknowledge that gifted kids from all backgrounds do have a head start in life. They are, after all, “gifted.” However, that does not mean we should neglect them or that they could not be much more successful if we helped them.
The debate among U.S. education scholars seems to be about which groups of kids have a larger head start than others within the gifted population (poverty can derail whiz kids too), and whether gifted kids as a whole will be “okay” relative to kids who are much more severely academically challenged from the start (those with lower academic ability).
As Chester Finn recently argued, gifted education faces “clear and present” problems. Based on a representative survey of the U.S. public by The Institute of Educational Advancement, Finn concludes about gifted education that “there’s widespread complacency about the enterprise in its present form.”
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Want to skim through the paper while drinking your Starbucks coffee? You'll have to bring your own -- or read one on a phone app.
The sight of tables strewn with yesterday's news at the Seattle coffee chain is a thing of the past as well. Starbucks chain will quit selling The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Gannett papers like USA Today in more than 8,600 U.S. stores in September, citing "changing customer behavior." Starbucks has sold The Times since 2000 and other papers since 2010.
Indeed, the smells and smears of newsprint are in decline. While some papers are adding digital subscribers , newspaper weekday circulation has declined by more than half since its peak in the mid-'80s.
The Times says it is "disappointed" and the Journal confirmed that Starbucks is stopping print sales. Gannett did not immediately respond to questions.
This isn't the first time Starbucks has decided old media is too passe for its cafes. Remember CDs? Sales of those ended in 2015. No word yet if Starbucks is going to start selling records, which are trendy again.
The New York Post first reported Starbucks' decision to drop newspaper sales.
Australians are increasingly worried by the threat of home burglary and the subsequent emotional and financial impact of a break-in.The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) estimates that in the twelve months prior to its Crime Victimisation Survey 2009-10, 254,500 households were the victims of at least one break-in to their home, garage or shed and 203,700 households were victims of an attempted break-in.
The ABS reported that break-ins were down slightly on the previous year (in NSW and WA) or stable (in the other States). The survey found that in 10 per cent of the break-ins, the burglar was confronted by the householder and property was damaged in almost half (48 per cent) of incidents. Add to these findings US research that suggests that it takes an average of four months to recover from the stress of a break-in and it's clear there can be more to deal with than just replacing the stolen items.
With a few straightforward steps gleaned from police experience around the country, however, you can help protect your home and belongings from thieves.
1. All locked up
Police suggest many opportunistic thieves take advantage of unlocked homes. Even if you are going out for a short time, lock-up your house and windows. Locksmiths can provide advice on appropriate door and window locks, and key all the windows to a single key.
Also, ask your electricity supplier about locks for your power supply to prevent tampering, and keep your car locked. Police in Bundaberg, Queensland, for instance, have reported a case of a garage door opener stolen from a car, later used to burgle the owner's property.
2. Don't provide cover
Deter theives from targeting your house by ensuring a clear line of sight from the street. Cut back trees and bushes that obscure your front door, look into installing movement sensor lights and report broken street lights straight away. Police also suggest making sure your house number is visible for the fastest response if you need to call for help.
3. Upgrade your defences
A high number of victims (60 per cent) in the ABS research cited a door or window had been damaged or tampered with in attempted break-ins, so it pays to invest in strengthening these defences. A solid core door with a deadlock, for example, is harder to force, grilles and shutters prevent burglars from breaking in through windows, and a peep hole or lockable security screen can help keep burglars out.
4. Monitor all targets
Garages and garden sheds are often targets for burglars who can then use your tools or ladders to gain access to the main house (police even report wheelie bins used to smash windows). An automatic light, for instance, fitted to the shed or garage can be a useful deterrent, along with keyed locks.
5. Security doesn't take a holidayAsk friends to collect your mail and to stop junk mail from building up in your letterbox while you're away from home. A neighbour parking in your driveway can also help signal the house is not unoccupied. Other measures could include internal lights or a radio set on timers and organising for someone to mow your lawn.
6. Guard your keysMost people know not to hide keys somewhere about the house but are you also aware that lending your keys to tradespeople and acquaintances can pose a risk? Keys are easily copied and can provide burglars with fast, no-fuss access to your belongings.
7. Store valuables in a safeAccording to the ABS Crime Victimisation Survey 2009-10, money and jewellery are most often stolen in break-ins. Installing a small safe in your home is a relatively low cost way to protect those items.
8. Don't advertise valuablesBreak up packaging for expensive new gear before tucking it into the bin or recycling. Also, take a look at your house from the outside. With most thieves looking for cash, even a wallet or iPod left on your hall table can make your home a target. Speaking of valuables, police advise making an inventory of your belongings to have at hand in case of a break-in. Mark your property using an engraver or ultra-violet markers and take photos of precious, one-of-a-kind possessions.
9. Install an alarm or deter thieves with a dogAdd another layer of defence to your home with an alarm system. A barking dog can also provide effective security for your home. Even installing a "Beware of the dog" sign can make thieves pause before targeting your home.
Life after high school doesn't end. In fact, life begins once there's no more lockers, gym class, or teachers nagging you about homework. Once you become an adult, it is up to you to care about the decisions that you make to further your life goals. In terms of choosing the right career, it is important to consider the multiple education paths that you could explore, such as college, community college or trade school, or the military. You should begin planning for what's next by your junior year of high school.
1. Take a career assessment test in which you answer a series of questions designed to analyze your strengths and weaknesses. These tests also consider different personality types for each individual. While career tests should not be your main source of decision making, you can use them as a tool to help you decide what career might match your interests.
2. Think about your interests and hobbies. If you enjoy science, you may want to apply to college and pursue a career in engineering or marine biology. Write a list of possible careers that match your interests and your capabilities. If you find you are happiest when you work with others, jot down that you are a team player. In that case, you may want to consider jobs that involve people interaction instead of careers like computer programming or writing, which require more alone time. Speak to an adult you trust about your ideas and be willing to receive feedback.
3. Research the careers that you are considering. Write a profile for each, including job description, salary, educational requirements and job outlook. Realistically look at each profile and picture yourself performing the job duties. However, you have to consider all factors. For example, you may be able to picture yourself wearing scrubs and performing open heart surgery, but if you hate biology and can't imagine investing years in medical school, then it may not be a good idea to pursue medicine.
4.Narrow your options and look for a career with growth opportunities. While it is important to pick a career that will stimulate your mind, it is also important to be practical about the job market. If you decide that you want to go to college, you will need to pick a career that enables you to make a living after you graduate.
5. Jump into the first step of realizing your career dreams. If you have decided that you would like to pursue a career that requires higher education, do your research on applying to the college or program, including qualifications, application deadlines, tuition fees and length of study. If you have decided on a career that does not require higher education, start looking for ways to enter the field and gain experience. Speak to someone who already has your dream job. This person can provide a better picture of the pros and cons of the profession.
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If you’re interested in a career in the Hospitality industry but you’re not sure what jobs you could apply for when you graduate, here are a few ideas that we think you may like. Hospitality is a broad industry with so many exciting avenues to pursue.
Hotel Operations Manager
The staff who work in various operational departments within a hotel, resort or lodge are key to ensuring that every aspect of hotel operations happens, every day, on time and within budget. They manage staff, budgets, processes and more. They essentially are responsible for running the day-to-day decision making of the department they are working in. They could be Managers, Supervisors or line staff, depending on the size of the property. Here are some examples of operational departments you could work in, supervise or manage:
Essentially, an event planner is the person you turn to for assistance with organising, conceptualising, planning and executing an event on your behalf.
Event planners often come up with creative concepts for décor, space and food; help to secure good prices with vendors or suppliers of furniture, flowers, music, lighting and so on; put together a workable budget for the event, co-ordinating the planning of all aspects of the function from guest invites to paying the DJ or suppliers and finally, they oversee all processes from legal to financial and just about everything in-between.
So really, it’s a very busy, detail oriented job that requires a great deal of patience and a jolly good sense of humour.
Chef or Culinary guru
Line cooks or Commis are required to know and understand food safety rules and regulations and may work their way up the kitchen brigade.
They are required to know basic cooking styles and techniques and are taught how to prepare meals for a restaurant.
The Sous Chef answers to the Executive Chef but will also manage other members of the kitchen staff and is in charge when the Executive Chef is unavailable or on leave. As assistant to the Executive Chef, the Sous Chef is responsible for: Menu design; Cooking different cuisines (food types); Overseeing the kitchen team; Ensuring cleanliness and order in the kitchen; Management of food resources and inventory to ensure sufficient supplies; Management of suppliers to ensure quality standards are maintained. Read more here.
Training and DevelopmentIf you have a love for sharing your skills with other individuals, training may be a perfect avenue for you to pursue. Hotel trainers need to be experts in the fields in which they train staff, so a solid hospitality qualification backed up with consistent updates on new developments and trends within that sector is vital.
Trainers often train staff on site which means they are required to travel to various hotels to carry out training requirements. Trainers may also have to write their own training materials and may be assessed from time to time for standards and quality assurance.
ConciergeA Concierge (translated from the French word meaning ‘Keeper of the Keys’) is the person who ‘gets everything done’ when you’re staying at a hotel.
He/she is the person who gets you into a restaurant when it’s full, or books your transfers when you’ve forgotten, and so much more.
Concierges are very versatile – they can carry out a number of job roles, ensuring that guests have an amazing ‘overall’ experience.
Marketing, sales and mediaMarketing is one of the cornerstones of any business and helps not only to improve brand awareness, but gain market share and ultimately increase profits. Having a natural sales ability is essential to securing a role in this fast-paced division of the industry.
Sales individuals should be able to communicate well with people at all levels, have a strong network of contacts and be able to ‘close a deal’.
Marketing requires an understanding of different markets, different marketing mediums, budgets and how they all work together for increased profit and market share.
Food & Beverage or Catering ManagerA food and beverage supervisor or manager plans, organises, and manages the food and beverage supply for a hospitality venue such as a hotel or restaurant. They plan types and quantities of food and drinks needed during a particular timeframe, make sure the goods are ordered, delivered, and paid for, that the items are correctly used, and that the hotel or restaurant makes a profit from its food and beverage services.
The same principles apply for catering companies who often deliver food services off-site.
SommelierThe word Sommelier comes from French origins and has come to mean one that carries supplies.
So the first role of the Sommelier is to transport/carry the wine.
In modern day dining, the Sommelier needs to have a system in the cellar in which he knows and understands exactly where each wine is kept, rotated, stored and when it will be available. Another important role of the Sommelier is to pair the fine wines with the foods listed on the menu.
A Sommelier works with the senior kitchen staff to find suitable wines to pair with various menu items.
The Sommelier’s role is not always to educate the guest (most guests don’t want to be educated) but to guide the guest on their wine selection. Part of this is done when the Sommelier creates an outstanding wine list, and the other part is created when the guest is present and available to discuss wine choices with.
Financial or accounting rolesAccounts staff in the hotel industry keep a record of money out, money in and record all of these transactions on spreadsheets. Discrepancies need to be investigated, corrected and reported as to why they happened. They may also handle payroll, debtors, creditors and financial reporting. A Financial Manager is a hotel’s head honcho when it comes to money. He or she plans how to spend it, save it, and increase it. The Financial Manager basically controls the finances of the hotel or hospitality property.
Tour GuideA tour guide is an individual who takes groups of people or individuals to and from tourist attractions, explaining the culture, history and heritage of the site and providing as much information as possible to the guests as well as fielding questions. Tourist sites can include historical, cultural, culinary or religious sites as well as landmarks or ‘experiences’ that tourists seek out.
If you have any questions or you would like to know more about job opportunities you can explore in the hospitality industry, get in touch with us below.
KEEPING PLANT THIEVES AT BAY
Have you ever experienced plants being stolen from your garden? It’s more common than you might think. A study in Britain showed that, on average, one home in seven has something stolen from the garden every year. I’ve been a victim of plant theft myself, in fact many times.
My Unplanned Self-Serve Garden
The worst situation was at my previous residence: a ground-floor apartment in a low-income district neighborhood where buildings were chockablock and there was very little greenery. I was luckier than most in that the admittedly ramshackle building at least had a postage stamp lawn in the front and a somewhat larger one out back, plus it was next to a churchyard where I was able to borrow even more space.
The “front yard” became a flower garden. And along the garage, on the church’s property, I struggled mightily to remove 80 years of junk and weeds and grow a vegetable garden. What I wasn’t thinking was that both were in full public view and thus visible to any potential plant thieves.
They hit the flower garden first and most heavily. They seemed to assume that I had put in a self-serve floral buffet and would walk off with bouquets of blooms. That wasn’t so bad, as I was growing mostly annuals and most will rebloom when you cut them back. But sometimes they’d simply rip out the entire plant, snap the flowers off, and toss the plant to the ground, killing it.
I think very few people in the neighborhood had ever gardened and as a result, they didn’t seem to recognize the edible plants in the vegetable garden as something useful—after all, carrot and beet leaves don’t look like much!—and usually left them alone. Except for the tomatoes. Whoever was doing the stealing began collecting those as they turned red. I soon learned to harvest my tomatoes before they fully matured to beat the thieves at their game … but that meant I was not harvesting tomatoes at their tastiest.
The back yard should have been a haven, as it had a fence around it, but it was still in full public view, only feet from a popular footpath through the churchyard. Thieves did leave my in-ground plantings (bulbs, perennials, shrubs, etc.) totally alone, but would often walk off with any pots of new plants I had not yet planted. (I learned to store them out-of-sight in the garage until I had time to do so.)
They’d also snatch houseplants I’d put outdoors for the summer, pots and all. And not the ordinary ones, like spider plants and philodendrons, but collectors items: orchids, bromeliads, cacti, succulents, etc. I always felt that the houseplant thief was not linked to the others and must have been a plant collector. I used to scout windowsills in the neighborhood, looking for my lost plants, but I never did find them.
Personal Perspectives point of view for Plant Thief Experience Stories
My mother-in-law experienced plant theft a few years ago. She was standing at her kitchen window looking out at the lovely flowering bulbs in her front yard when a car pulled up. A man jumped out with a pair of clippers, swiftly clipped her flowers, and drove away. It happened in just seconds, as my mother-in-law gazed speechlessly at her now-bald bulbs. I kid you not. It was an obviously premeditated drive-by flower robbery!
From the stories of people who have had their plants stolen, I’ve garnered a few tips that will help you to prevent plant theft. (See also: Disguise Your Stuff to Prevent Car Break-ins)
1. Use Big Heavy Planters
To prevent people from stealing potted plants, pot and all, go for big, heavy planters that aren’t easy to move. While heavy planters won’t necessarily prevent a determined criminal from taking your plants, they can be a deterrent to the casual thief. Better yet, chain or bolt the planter to the ground. That way, even if thieves dig up your plants, at least you won’t lose that expensive planter!
2. Choose Flowers Wisely
Apartment Therapy had this great tip — don’t plant those rare bulbs in plain view in your front yard. Actually, don’t plant any expensive flowers where thieves might see them and be tempted. In the front yard, stick to low-growing flowers that are pretty but aren’t tall enough for cut flower arrangements.
3. Harvest Your Fruit
A fruit tree loaded with ripe fruit is very tempting to people who pass by. My husband’s grandparents had an entire tree stripped of ripe grapefruit. Somehow the thieves had managed to pick every single grapefruit, several hundred pounds' worth, and cart it off without being noticed. Harvesting ripe fruit in a timely fashion shows potential thieves that you care about your fruit tree and are keeping an eye on it.
4. Chain Plants Down
If you’re in the process of putting in some landscaping, and your neighborhood is known for plant thieves, consider weaving chain or cable through the roots of your trees as you plant them, and then connecting them either to other trees or to something immovable. Determined thieves might bring cutters, but chaining your plants down might discourage them a bit.
5. Get It on Tape
Catch thieves on tape — or at least fake it. Placing a fake security camera near your plants (but high up where thieves can’t reach) can be an effective deterrent. Alternatively, place a nanny-cam in your front window. Some people have also installed motion-sensor lights to good effect. Putting a few deterrents around your home can make your plants less appealing to thieves, who may then choose to look elsewhere for their loot.
6. Keep Ornaments Out of Sight
Flowers and plants are not the only targets for thieves. If you have a pretty dish, unique ornaments, lanterns, or candles sitting around on your front patio, you can be sure that these small items are tempting to unscrupulous pilferers. Keep them inside the house until you are ready to use them.
7. Put a Lock on Your Gate
If your backyard is fenced in, you might want to consider installing a lock on your gate to protect not only your backyard plants, but also your patio set and barbecue. Believe it or not, people have had plants stolen right off their back patios.
Have you ever had plants stolen? What tips would you recommend to prevent plant theft?
This stories was written by a writer Camilla Cheung from Wise Bread
For weeks, Aleister Black has been begging for someone on SmackDown LIVE to knock on his door and pick a fight with him. Finally, someone answered the call two weeks ago, and this Tuesday night, the WWE Universe will discover just who it was.
Who will step to The Dutch Destroyer at WWE Extreme Rules? Tune-in to SmackDown LIVE this Tuesday night to find out!
Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production: A Future Earth and Belmont Forum global scoping process
Future Earth invites you to contribute to research priorities and recommendations on Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production, as input to a Belmont Forum scoping process.
Future Earth and the Belmont Forum have recently developed a white paper on knowledge gaps and research priorities for Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production. The white paper outlines potential topics and priorities for research for transdisciplinary, multinational teams. Additionally, we are seeking input on approaches to be encouraged and avoided in the design of a funding call on this topic, as well as policy and action impacts, and key references.
We now invite the global community to review the white paper and give feedback in order to see if there are any missing pieces that have not yet been addressed. We invite feedback from both individuals and institutions. Feedback will be incorporated into a final version of the document that will then serve as input to a Belmont Forum scoping process for a future Collaborative Research Action.
The consultation will be open until August 14, 2019. If you have any questions regarding this consultation, including any technical problems, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Many families entertain and visit friends and relatives during the summer holidays. Parents should be mindful that while adults are catching up socially, children will actively look for alternative entertainment but unfamiliar places can be full of hazards.
Here are some tips to help you and your children of all ages enjoy a safe summer break.
When entertaining and drinking alcohol
The combination of summer, Christmas and the New Year provide plenty of opportunities to unwind and visit friends and relatives.
Keep watch on alcoholic drinks and make sure they are not left where small hands can reach them. Similarly, a bowl of nuts or an ashtray left on a coffee table can pose a major choking hazard for a young child. Cigarettes and butts can also poison children and cigarette lighters should not be left around where children can access to them either.
If visiting someone else’s home, be mindful that they may not have child proofed danger areas such as kitchens and bathrooms or garden areas containing a fish pond or a significant drop off the side of a rockery or hill.
Even bedrooms can be dangerous if pills, medications or small coins are left by the bedside.
Tips for a safe Christmas
Small Christmas decorations are particularly fascinating for young children. Make sure they are kept out of reach as they may pose choking hazards.
Christmas trees can also tip over when tugged and Christmas lights can pose an electrical hazard for young, inquisitive children.
If you live in NSW you might not be aware that stealing a plant from someone else’s garden is actually a criminal offence.
According to the Crimes Act 1900, section 520; it is an offence to steal plants or vegetables that don’t belong to you, or to destroy or damage them with intent to steal them.
In addition to stealing plants from gardens, it is also a criminal offence to steal plants from:
It is also a criminal offence to steal plants that are not growing, but that are being used, or that are going to be used, for food, medicine, dyeing or distillation.
This offence comes with a maximum penalty of a fine.
What penalty am I likely to get if found guilty of stealing plants from gardens?
Stealing or larceny offences come with a number of different penalties ranging from a good behaviour bond or fine, to a prison sentence.
The exact penalty you will receive for stealing plants from gardens or any other area will depend on the quantity of the plants stolen and their value, as well as a number of other circumstances.
While the maximum penalty for stealing plants that are growing is a six-month jail sentence, if you have good legal representation and it is your first offence, it is highly unlikely that you will get a prison sentence.
Some of the possible penalties you might receive include community service, home detention, a good behaviour bond, a suspended sentence or a fine.
A fine is the most likely penalty in most cases.
If you are convicted of any larceny offence it will show on your criminal record, which can make it difficult to travel in the future or work in certain types of employment, including security occupations, health care and with children.
Can I get a non conviction order for stealing plants?
It is possible to obtain a non conviction order for stealing plants from gardens.
A non conviction order is a finding of guilt without a criminal conviction.
The magistrate will take a number of different factors into consideration when deciding whether or not to give you a non conviction order, including your previous history, any mitigating circumstances that might have led to the offence, and the likelihood that you will reoffend in the future.
If you get a section 10 dismissal or conditional release order you will not get a criminal record or be penalised further.
Your criminal lawyer can advise you on whether you are likely to be able to get a non conviction order in your particular circumstances, and apply for one on your behalf in court; so you will not have to say anything.
What are the defences to a charge of stealing plants from gardens?
There are a few defences to theft charges, and these can include being able to prove that you had right of ownership of the plants or that the owner of the plants consented to you taking them.
If you plan to plead not guilty to a charge of stealing plants or anything else, it is important to speak to a lawyer who is experienced in criminal law, and who can advise you on the best way to run your case, and your best defence.
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To succeed in high school and college, you have to do your best at all times. But sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated, even when you really care about the work you’re doing. Here are five ways to stay on the right track.
1. Focus on High-Impact Activities
The key to success in school is staying focused on your course work. Make a list to get an overall picture of your workload before you start to tackle any of it. Then, make a plan. Although it’s tempting to do the simplest assignments first, those that take more time and effort to accomplish are probably the ones that you’ll learn the most from.
To determine what your priorities are, rank your assignments in the order of their importance. Then rearrange your time and devote more energy toward those that have the greatest impact on your course work and grades. For example, even though all homework assignments are important, studying for a midterm exam takes priority over writing a paragraph for English class. As you complete each task, think of it as another step on your way to college success.
2. Create New Challenges
Changing your approach can help you stay interested in what you’re doing. If you've been given an assignment similar to one you've done in the past, think about it in a different way. If you wrote an essay for a creative writing assignment last year, try a poem this time. For book reports, pick a history book instead of another biography.
3. Set Attainable Goals
If you're having trouble writing a 25-page paper for class because it seems like such a big job, don't focus on that final number. Break the paper down and consider each section of your paper individually. You can handle any project in small chunks.
4. Find a Social Support Network
Create a group of people around you who want to help you succeed. Mentors can be teachers or family friends who can give you guidance and help you develop new skills. Counselors can help you with planning your courses and starting to explore colleges. You can also reach out to friends and peers who can motivate you by listening and sharing ideas.
5. Acknowledge Your Accomplishments
Give yourself a quick reward when you complete an assignment or task. Take a walk, send an email, get a snack — whatever works for you. Then move on to the next project.
Your first job can help you build the skills and experience you need to progress your career or get your dream job.
Tips to use your current job to build your future career:
1. Be open about your career goals
Talk to your supervisor about your career goals. Ask about opportunities to take on new tasks that may help you meet your longer term goals.
Don’t worry if your current employer can’t offer you these opportunities right now. Think about how the skills and experience you are developing in your current role could be of benefit in future roles.
Focus on being good at your job. Potential employers will contact your current and previous employers to discuss your work ethic and performance at work.
2. Be proactive
Build your skills and experience by offering to take on new tasks and responsibilities as they come up. Don't act like any tasks are 'below' you.
3. Find a mentor
Try to find a mentor who works in your chosen industry. Use them as a sounding board for your career questions and aspirations. Also listen to their advice and learn from their experiences.
For more information, check out our article on Workplace mentoring.
4. Keep learning
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WWE has named Paul Heyman as Executive Director of Monday Night Raw and Eric Bischoff as Executive Director of SmackDown LIVE, newly created positions reporting directly to WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon.
In their executive roles, Heyman and Bischoff will oversee the creative development of WWE’s flagship programming and ensure integration across all platforms and lines of business. The creation of these roles further establishes WWE’s ability to continuously reinvent its global brand while providing two distinct creative processes for its flagship shows.
With more than 30 years of experience in the sports-entertainment industry, Heyman served as President of ECW from 1993 to 2001, securing pay-per-view distribution for the company as well as a national cable television deal with TNN. After his time with ECW, Heyman joined WWE’s Creative team and is widely credited with helping launch the careers of many current and former WWE Superstars.
Bischoff is a former WCW President and New York Times bestselling author. During his WCW career, Bischoff oversaw the signing of some of the biggest names in sports-entertainment and helped create and develop the nWo storyline. He was also instrumental in securing a television deal for WCW Monday Nitro on TNT and WCW Thunder on TBS. After WCW, Bischoff co-founded Bischoff-Hervey Entertainment, a production company that launched TV reality shows and mobile games.
Written by: John Anderson Smith - Blog Author & Writer
It’s absurd to lay all the responsibility for a child’s education at the feet of their school. Parents play a huge part in providing children with stimuli and experiences outside the confines of formal education. Yet as a society, we continue to act as though the only way to increase educational standards is to tinker with schools: to change the curricula, to make the school day longer, or introduce phonics tests to see how well young children are learning to read and write.
Since the publication of the landmark Coleman report in 1968, we have known that family background accounts for a large part of the gaps in academic achievement. We know that increasing parents’ interaction with their children’s learning is the best bet we have to improve their education.
It’s what happens in the home and the car, and everywhere else that children are during the 75% of their time when they are not in school, that makes the difference. Yet this information is constantly ignored. Everyone knows parents’ influence is there, but we still don’t know what to do about it.
Outreach from schools
The Welsh government has just published a new toolkit to help schools in the way they engage with parents. It makes the point that what will make a difference to children’s outcomes is not engaging parents with schools (though that might be a necessary first step), but rather engaging parents in the learning of their children.
Schools in England now have to prove to the inspectorate Ofsted that they involve parents effectively – a good and appropriate first step. However, as myself and colleagues have argued before, parent’s involvement with schools, such as attending parents’ evenings, is best when it leads on to involvement with schooling, such as helping with homework.
In a 2007 study, myself and colleagues asked more than 100 teenagers in England what they wanted from their parents and what would support their learning. The answer was clear: moral support. Secondary school students wanted to know that their parents cared for them and that their families valued education. As one student summed up for many others: “If they don’t care about it, why should you?”
If we really want to increase achievement, particularly for our students who struggle the most, then we need to look outside the school gates and start supporting their families as well. This means that schools need to consider their dealings with parents through exactly the same lens as they do their interactions with students: a lens of learning. What will help parents to help their children learn?
Showing you care
I suggest there are six points schools could follow to help support parents, which could increase achievement and narrow the gap between children from different backgrounds.
First, schools can support parents’ early work with children to get good habits established about valuing education. For example, changing the question from “what did you do today?” to “what did you learn today?” is much easier when children are in their early years.
Second, most parents readily read with and to their children, but they could do much more. If children are looking at weights and measures at school, for example, a simple note to this effect from teachers to parents asking them to discuss these ideas when cooking, can make a large difference to the child.
Third, schools should support parents’ active interest in their children’s learning. To do this, schools need to make sure that parents have information and suggestions that are clear and easy to understand and act on. And fourth, teachers can emphasise the importance of parents’ interest: it’s not about parents knowing the answers to homework questions, rather, what’s important is parents caring whether the learning takes place at all.
Reading with a five-year-old is one thing – supporting an A Level student is quite another. So fifth, schools should continue to support parents to have high aspirations and to stay engaged, particularly as children get older.
Underpinning all this, schools need to emphasise the value of learning in the home – this is my sixth point. To acknowledge this, we have to move the debate on from thinking that education and learning only happen in the classroom. Schooling takes place in school, but that is a subset of the much larger and more wide-ranging concept of education. For too long, we’ve seen home and school as dichotomous entities: we need to start seeing them as part of a continuum of learning for every child.
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What if, instead of sending bullies, mean kids, and disruptive students to detention, principals sent them to a meditation room, where they learned mindfulness exercises, relaxation techniques, and were encouraged to talk about the incident that landed them “in meditation?”
What if, instead of rolling their eyes (or claiming “I didn’t mean it that way”) students who mocked, taunted, and ridiculed their classmates (and those classmates who were hurt by/acted out in the face of such social aggression) were offered the option of doing yoga, practicing breathing exercises, and exploring the stressors that led to behaviors that shamed their classmates?
What if guidance counselors received training in these practices, and/or mental health experts in schools were qualified to provide mindfulness instruction to students? Or if schools partnered with mindfulness institutes like the Holistic Life Foundation to create programs that sent students who were socially and/or emotionally disruptive to a “time out” space—a room with essential oils, overstuffed pillows, yoga mats, and an ongoing loop of exercises that promoted mind-calming stress-reduction skills?
This is exactly what a handful of schools in the U.S. and the U.K. have begun to do. CNN reports that in West Baltimore, at Robert W. Coleman Elementary School, "meditation-interventions" have become part of the school culture:
"Into a room of pillows and lavender, an elementary school student walks, enraged. He's just been made fun of by another student, an altercation that turned to pushing and name-calling. But rather than detention or the principal's office, his teacher sent him here. "
MNN.com reports that in England, beginning the first week of February (Children's Mental Health Week), up to 370 schools will participate in a three-year trial involving mindfulness exercises, relaxation techniques, breathing exercises and student sessions with mental health experts.
Meditation has been shown to improve physical health, mental health, and overall well-being.
Its particular effectiveness addressing anger, anxiety, and even ADHD are increasingly well-documented. Mindfulness slows the breathing, and turns attention away from racing thoughts and toward the sensations of the body. Sitting quietly—in the here-and-now—students are encouraged to feel their feelings, and let them go; to allow thoughts and emotions to arise, and to watch them, without judging. As they become alert to various sensations in their body, and slow their breathing, they change their relationship with the stressors that have landed them in “meditation.” When students begin letting go of physical tensions, they begin developing the skills that foster self-regulation, and the perspectives that scaffold acceptance—of self and other.
The initial results have been overwhelmingly positive: Coleman has not issued a suspension in two years—the same amount of time they’ve been experimenting with teaching mindfulness and calming techniques to students. Their partnership with the Holistic Life Foundation (the “holistic me” plan) includes a 15-minute daily meditation at the opening and close of each day, a pillow-filled Mindful Moment Room where disruptive students will be sent by their teacher (or where students can voluntarily spend time), and after-school yoga classes. Other schools, like Visitacion Valley Middle School in San Francisco, which began its meditation program over a decade ago, have had similar results.
Although these results are not based on clinical trials, the schools that have served as laboratories are satisfied to allow the proof to be in the pudding. Their programming has bypassed the need for strict definitions and control groups, comparing current school climate, absentee numbers, and rates of suspension to those in prior years. To principals and teachers, this is sufficient evidence that mindfulness programming can have a positive impact on their students, which in turn has improved the climate of their schools. Bullying still occurs, but when it does, there are ways to address the dynamics in play before situations spiral out of hand.
If you are interested in exploring mindfulness programming in your school, resources include the Mindful Schools organization, which has been training teachers and facilitating mindfulness in US schools since 2007. In the UK, the Mindfulness In Schools Project has been providing teacher training in education since 2009.
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Parents used to be able to drop their kids off for the day knowing that they would be perfectly safe behind school walls.
But in the days of mass shootings, the rise of campus violence has brought the issue into the media spotlight.
From the shooting at Sandy Hook to the more recent violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, today’s climate brings up some important questions: Are children really safe at school? How can we make sure schools are a safe place to learn?
While there’s nothing that teachers can do that will put an end to gun violence, there are steps you can take to help keep your school safe.
As you start to get your classroom ready and prep for the upcoming school year, keep these classroom safety tips in mind. You never know when you might need them.
1. Know the Layout of Your School
Teachers need to know every detail of the school layout, classroom numbers, and hall names. You also need to have several exit routes in mind to get from your classroom to safety.
In the event of an active shooter, knowing these routes by heart will help you make split-second survival decisions.
Knowing the layout of the school can also help the administration establish some safety precautions. Having a buzz-in entry system, video surveillance, or security guards at all open entrances can help prevent the shooter from entering in the first place.
2. Teach as Far Away From the Door as Possible
Being a teacher is more than just a job–it’s a moral responsibility too. Teachers are often the first target of a school shooting attack.
Students rely on your guidance to keep them safe. In the event of an attack, they’ll look to you for help, so you need to buy yourself more time.
Place your teaching desk or podium further away from the door. The further you are from the shooter, the more difficult of a target you become.
3. Create a Natural Wall in the Classroom
Try constructing a barrier on the way into the classroom. Any kind of obstacle near the door will force an intruder to work harder to get in, which buys you and your students precious time.
This could be anything like a bookshelf, closet, or storage boxes that you stack along the door, creating a pathway to get inside. It won’t obstruct your students, but it will make things a lot harder for a violent attacker.
5. Invest in a Safety Device
The best way to ensure the safety of your students is to stop the shooter from getting inside in the first place. Locking the door can be hard to accomplish in a few seconds–especially under pressure. And not everybody has the authority to lock classroom doors during school hours.
Consider investing in a safety device that can lock down doors in seconds. It’s fast, error proof, and always ready.
Read more here about how to pick the right safety device for your classroom.
Keeping Your School Safe
When it comes to teaching, the safety of your students is your top priority.
As a teacher, it might feel like there’s nothing you can do to stop the threat of gun violence. Solving this complex issue isn’t on your shoulders–but there are some small steps you can take to keep your school safe in the event of a violent tragedy.
With these tips in mind, your students can learn in an environment where they feel safe.
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-Mr James Smith- Blog Editor
WWE Champion Kofi Kingston leapt over Dolph Ziggler and out of a steel cage to victory on Sunday at Stomping Grounds, then bested both Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens in consecutive matches on Monday Night Raw. But the champion did not have a moment to rest last night, as Samoa Joe crept up behind him and put Kingston’s lights out with the Coquina Clutch.
How will the WWE Champion react to this shocking sneak attack?
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At the first-ever WWE Stomping Grounds pay-per-view, Becky Lynch followed up her Raw Women's Championship victory over Lacey Evans by helping Universal Champion Seth Rollins overcome the nefarious actions of The Lady and Baron Corbin. Plus, WWE Champion Kofi Kingston repelled Dolph Ziggler inside a steel cage, Ricochet toppled Samoa Joe to become the U.S. Champion, Roman Reigns defeated Drew McIntyre, and so much more.
Drew Gulak def Tony Nese to win WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match
Tony Nese (c) vs Akira Tozawa vs Drew Gulak - NEW WWE Cruiserweight Champion
Raw Women's Championship Match
Becky Lynch (c) def Lacey Evans
Kevin Owen & Sami Zayn def Big E & Xavier Woods
United States Championship
Ricochet def Samoa Joe (c) - NEW UNITED STATES CHAMPION
SmackDown Tag Team Championship
Daniel Bryan & Rowan (c) def Heavy Machinery
SmackDown Women's Championship Match
Bayley(c) def Alexa Bliss
Roman Reigns def Drew McIntyre via disqualification
WWE Championship Match (Steel Cage)
Kofi Kingston (C) def Dolph Ziggler
Universal Championship Match
Seth Rollins (C) def Baron Corbin
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