Penn Harris Madison Schools cancel classes Friday, Monday, plan for e-learning Tuesday

first_img Previous articleThe Lion King performances at The Morris suspendedNext articleGov. Holcomb: Non-essential gatherings limited to no more than 250 people Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+ By Jon Zimney – March 12, 2020 0 593 Facebook WhatsApp Twitter (Photo supplied/Penn-Harris-Madison Schools) Penn Harris Madison Schools has canceled classes for Fri. March 13 and Monday, March 16 and is planning to begin extended E-Learning on Tuesday, March 17.PHM Schools issued the following statement on Thursday afternoon, March 12:Dear P-H-M Families and Staff,Based on Governor Eric Holcomb’s announcement released at 4:28 p.m. today (Read it here http://bit.ly/2W55KNH), all P-H-M students will not report to school tomorrow Friday, March 13 and Monday, March 16, 2020. These days will be recess days (no eLearning will be conducted on these two days). Students and families should be prepared to begin extended eLearning beginning on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.All P-H-M staff are to report to their normal work location at normal times on Friday, March 13 and Monday, March 16 to help prepare the district for extended eLearning days.More details to come for respective staff groups and families. Please be patient with us as we work through these details.Click to follow the rest of the area’s school closings CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Penn Harris Madison Schools cancel classes Friday, Monday, plan for e-learning Tuesday Twitter Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more

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Red Cross: 32 killed in motor accident in remote Uganda

first_imgKAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The Red Cross in Uganda says 32 bodies have been recovered from the scene of an accident involving five vehicles. The accident occurred Tuesday night in a remote district in the East African country’s western region. The local Daily Monitor newspaper reports that the accident occurred when a speeding truck rammed another vehicle on a section of the road that is being resurfaced. Other motorists ploughed into the wreckage. Lethal traffic accidents frequently happen in the region, where roads are often narrow and potholed.last_img

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Thornton cashes in at Dacotah Legendary

first_imgRicky Thornton Jr. won another Legendary 50 special for IMCA Modifieds at Dacotah Speedway, taking home the $10,003 victory on lucky Friday, July 13. (Photo by Tyler Hagen)By Mike SpiekerMANDAN, N.D. (July 13) – For the third consecutive year, the Legendary 50 at Dacotah Speedway brought the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic IMCA Modified Tour week to a close.And for the second time in those three years, the driver taking home the big check – this time $10,003 – following the 33-car, 50-lap main event was Ricky Thornton Jr.Thornton backed up his inaugural Legendary 50 win Friday night, leading the final 35 trips around the high-banked, 3/8-mile clay oval.“I knew I was starting around some pretty fast cars. I felt confident with my car and was ready to get the race started,” said Thornton, who took the initial green from the eighth spot. “We were good running the bottom the night before and that was where I wanted to run again.”Eddie Belec, Jason Wolla and Shawn Strand made up the front row of the three-wide start as the field of 11 rows charged to the green flag. Strand took the lead on the opening lap with Wolla and R.C. Whitwell in tow.Wolla powered into the race lead following a lap two while Strand, Whitwell and Casey Arneson fought for second.Arneson tiptoed around the low side, getting by both Strand and Whitwell. Thornton took passed Strand and Whitwell to take over third on lap 14.Two laps later, Arneson abandoned the low groove and Thornton capitalized to take the runner-up position. A caution erased Wolla’s lead and put Thornton and Arneson on his rear bumper for the restart.As the race resumed, Thornton easily took the lead from Wolla and led until the mandatory pit stop on lap 21.Thornton pulled out to a comfortable lead as the race resumed. A restart with 23 to go set up a thrilling battle for the lead between Thornton and Wolla. Wolla pulled even with Thornton using the high side of the speedway.Thornton’s lead was down to a half car length at the flag stand with 20 laps to go. Thornton then went to the high side to protect his lead, which allowed Wolla to cross over and take the inside. Wolla completed a slide job in turns three and four to briefly take the point, but Thornton came back around to lead with 17 to go.From there, Thornton steadily stretched out his lead in the closing laps as he went on to take the win.“I had an idea of what kind of lead I had. I could see both my crew guys signaling me. They told me to move up in both corners so I figured guys were coming,” said Thornton from victory lane. “I’ve really got to thank those guys. Without them, I probably would have just stayed around the guardrail and finished second.”“The first year [of the Legendary 50] we didn’t change anything so this year I figured I would probably screw myself if I made any adjustments. We just put fuel in it,” said Thornton of the mandatory pit stop.Wolla hung on for second over Hunter Marriott. Arneson and Tim Ward rounded out the top five.Ten states and Canada were represented in the feature field.Feature results – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 2. Jason Wolla; 3. Hunter Marriott; 4. Casey Arneson; 5. Tim Ward; 6. R.C. Whitwell; 7. Jeremy Keller; 8. Eddie Belec; 9. Tom Berry Jr. 10. Kelly Shryock; 11. Shawn Strand; 12. Ethan Dotson; 13. Justin O’Brien; 14. Kyle Brown; 15. Mark Dahl 16. Marlyn Seidler; 17. Dylan Goplen; 18. Josh Rogotzke; 19. Myles Tomlinson; 20. Zach Olson; 21. Steven Pfeifer; 22. Marcus Tomlinson; 23. Billy Kendall; 24. Travis Ulmer; 25. Jarrett Carter; 26. Les McLenehan; 27. Cody Peterson; 28. Lance Mari; 29. Drew Christianson; 30. Hank Berry; 31. Alex Stanford; 32. Jeff Taylor; 33. Aaron Turnbull.last_img read more

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Lily May wins Annika Invitational Europe

first_img20 Jun 2019 Lily May wins Annika Invitational Europe Tags: Annika Invitational Europe, Lily May Humphreys England’s Lily May Humphreys has won her third big title of the year with a wire-to-wire victory in the Annika Invitational Europe.The 17-year-old – who was immediately drenched by well wishers – was 12-under par after 54 holes, scoring a one shot win over the international field at Vasatorps Golf Club in Sweden.She’s the first English winner of the championship and she beat a field featuring the best female junior golfers in Europe. The 79 players represented 23 different countries and included five of the top-100 girls in the World Amateur Golf Rankings – including Humphreys, who is currently 26th.The win brings Humphreys a Ladies European Tour exemption into the La Reserva de Sotogrande Invitational hosted by Annika as well as coveted PING Junior Solheim Cup points.Humphreys opened with scores of 69 68 and held a three-shot lead as the final round got underway. Denmark’s Anne Normann chased her hard, shooting four-under on the front nine and drawing level after a fifth birdie on the 10th.But Humphreys moved ahead again with birdies on 14 and 16 and although Normann birdied the last, the title belonged to the English player.Humphreys said afterwards: “When Anne made three birdies in a row to get within one, the back nine became a bit edgy, but it was a fun day.”Annika commented: “Big congratulations to Lily May on the win and I look forward to following the future successes of all the players.”Humphreys adds this to the Welsh and Irish Women’s Stroke Play titles which she won earlier this season.Click here for full scoresCaption: Annika Sorenstam congratulates Lily May Humphreys (Image courtesy Annika Foundation)last_img read more

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Governor Inslee Proclaims April 16 Healthcare Decisions Day

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Providence Health & ServicesGov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed April 16, 2018 as Healthcare Decisions Day in Washington. The day recognizes the need for and efforts to encourage individuals to discuss and record choices ahead of time regarding future medical treatment — known as advance care planning — and to have those wishes honored.In honor of Healthcare Decisions Day — and to participate in the national effort spotlighting advance care planning on April 16, National Healthcare Decisions Day — Providence in Southwest Washington has planned the following events:Advance Care Planning Drop-In SessionApril 18, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Providence St. Peter Hospital, Executive Conference RoomApril 27, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Providence Centralia Hospital, Chapel Conference RoomInformal opportunity to get resources, discuss advance care planning, and complete advance directive.  Make use of free notary services and/or talk with Certified Respecting Choices® First Steps® ACP Facilitators. (Bring your driver’s license or other identification for notary services.)Advance Care Planning Workshop:  “Are You Prepared?”April 19, 5-6 p.m., Providence St. Peter Hospital, 200 RoomsApril 24, 5-6 p.m., Providence Centralia Hospital, Mother Joseph Conference RoomApril 26, 5-6 p.m., Providence St. Peter Hospital, 200 RoomsOne hour workshop helps you:Increase understanding of Advance Care Planning and documentsConsider personal choices for future health careKnow the characteristics of a good health care agentIdentify steps to complete or update ACP Documents (specifically Advance Directives)Sign up at www.provregister.org (sign up not required by requested for planning purposes).Providence has partnered with Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest (PNW), a joint initiative between the Washington State Hospital Association and the Washington State Medical Association, to inspire conversations about the care people want at the end of life. Honoring Choices PNW’s vision is that everyone will receive care that honors personal values and goals at the end of life.“Healthcare Decisions Day is an opportunity for us individually and as a community to consider the care we would want if we couldn’t make decisions for ourselves,” said Adams. “At Providence, we are proud to help ensure that our patient’s wishes and decisions are heard and documented”Key to advance care planning are advance directives, forms that allow individuals to name a person to make medical decisions for them if they cannot; state values, goals and preferences; and select specific treatment options. Completing an advance directive and discussing it with the named decision-maker and loved ones better ensures personal choices can be honored.For additional information about Honoring Choices PNW, visit www.honoringchoicespnw.org. National efforts around National Healthcare Decisions Day can be found at www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.last_img read more

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M’town Students Hoping Designs are ‘Shore’ Winners

first_imgBy John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – A group of art students at Middletown High School South have demonstrated their love for the Jersey Shore and the impact Super Storm Sandy had on their lives – and that could mean $50,000 to the school.Art teacher Christen Tummillo’s students have entered a contest, sponsored by the Vans sneaker company, using the shore and the destruction Sandy wrought as their theme. Now the students are among the semifinalists in the contest and the public can cast ballots online though May 13 for their favorite designs.Middletown High School South students and their teacherdisplay the designs they have submitted to a Vans sneaker design contest and are among 50 semifinalists. They are, from left, Nina Mitarotondo, Jesse Price, Amy Mader, art teacher Christen Tummillo, Taylor Franzreb and Meghan Heigelberg.Taylor Franzreb, a student in Tummillo’s Advanced Placement art class, said she and the other students wanted to convey on a pair of sneakers how they felt about the storm’s impact. “It was like a part of our broken youth and how it could be fixed,” she said.Ultimately, Tummillo and students in her advanced placement class and Art I student Jesse Price created a design depicting images of the damaged Seaside Park rollercoaster and a wrecked boardwalk with its stark image juxtaposed with an idyllic summer’s day.“We tried to capture bold elements of New Jersey,” Franzreb said.“That was the first (design) we decided on,” Tummillo said of the Sandy-related artwork. “The hardest part was narrowing down with what we wanted to put on to it.”The storm, “especially for high school kids,” had a real affect on them, the teacher said.The contest is Vans’ Cus­tom Culture shoe customization art contest, now in its fourth year. Students from schools around the country participated by designing shoes for four themed areas.The Middletown High School students’ designs have been selected as one of 50 semifinalists from 1,500 submissions.The public now can cast votes for the entries until May 13 by going online to www.vans.com/customculture/vote/.The vote will help Vans whittle down the selection to the five top vote-winning schools. The student finalists will be invited to New York City June 10-12 for various activities and for the final decision by a yet-unnamed panel of celebrity judges, according to the company’s website.The semifinalists are competing for the top prize for their art department. Tummillo acknowledged the $50,000 would go a long way to helping the department. Runners-up could win $4,000 “which would be great because we’re out of blue paint,” Franzreb said.The Sandy-themed sneaker was submitted for the local flavor category that requires participants to offer their take on their surrounding community, city or state.The other categories are art, music and action sports that Vans has determined to be sports without bats or balls.For music the students chose jazz; for action sports they selected paddle boarding; and for art, Price lobbied and won for his idea of zombies. “Zombies are very in,” Tummillo said.The winner will see their design used and marketed on a Vans brand sneaker, according to the company.The money would be great and getting their shoe design sold in a mall would be awesome, the students said.But they said there is something else a win would do. “It sort of validates what we do,” especially since the high school is competing against some prestigious art schools, student Meghan Heidelberg said.“There is extreme talent in our school here that is sometimes overlooked,” student Nina Mitarotondo said.Tummillo is obviously proud of her students and the work they have done. “I couldn’t be involved with better students for this,” she said.last_img read more

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MH370 search ends with a tripartite whimper

first_imgThe Australian-led search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is officially over after the governments of Australia, Malaysia and China ignored the recommendations of international experts and refused to extend it into a new 25,000 sq, km search area. Government ministers from the three nations jointly announced  Wednesday that the last search vessel had left the underwater search area despite 11th-hour calls for the sweep to continue.Not finding MH370 risks livesMisguided Malaysia walks awayThe decision was immediately attacked as irresponsible and a betrayal by a support group for families of victims of the tragedy.While the announcement left open the possibility the search could be resumed, it failed to specify under what circumstances this could happen.The remaining search ship, the Fugro Equator,  will now return to Fremantle to demobilise before heading back to Singapore.Before it left, the ship managed to conduct a limited search of the new area using an autonomous underwater vehicle equipped with sonar.A joint statement released by Australian Transport Minister Darren Chester noted the plane — which went missing with 239 people on board in March, 2014  — had not been located “despite every effort and using the best science available”.  Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai  and his Chinese counterpart, Li Xiaopeng, were also signatories to the statement. “The decision to suspend the underwater search has not been taken lightly nor without sadness,’’ it said. “ It is consistent with decisions made by our three countries in the July 2016 Ministerial Tripartite meeting in Putrajaya Malaysia.“Whilst combined scientific studies have continued to refine areas of probability, to date no new information has been discovered to determine the specific location of the aircraft. ‘’The Ministers paid homage to the commitment and dedication shown by the hundreds of people involved in the Australian Transport Safety Bureau-led search and noted it was an unprecedented challenge“Their tireless work has continued to improve our knowledge of the search area and has been critical in our efforts to locate the aircraft,’’ they said.They also acknowledged the enormous loss felt by the families.“We remain hopeful that new information will come to light and that at some point in the future the aircraft will be located,’’ they said.The decision leaves unsolved the mystery of what happened to the Boeing 777   — which disappeared while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing — and any lessons from its mysterious disappearance unlearned. It also ignores the call of global commentators and the recommendation of a high-powered team of international experts that the search should continue into a 25,000 sq. km zone north of the original search area.The experts identified the site as a potential site for the aircraft debris after reviewing critical new ocean drift data made possible by the discovery of wreckage from the plane. They recommended the search continue to exhaust the remaining high probability crash site options.The families of MH370 victims and Australian investigators also wanted to extend the search but the Ministers indicated the new information was not precise enough to warrant the additional $40 to $50m in funding.Family support group Voice370 slammed the decision and said a proposed tripartite meeting to work out what to do out about the search appeared to have been a smokescreen.“Expecting to determine the “precise location of the aircraft” before continuing the search is at best an erroneous expectation and at worst a clever formulation to bury the search, ‘’ the group said.  “Why would you need to search if you already knew the precise location of the aircraft?“In our view, extending the search to the new area defined by the experts is an inescapable duty owed to the flying public in the interest of aviation safety’’.Voice370 said stopping at this stage was nothing short of irresponsible and betrayed a shocking lack of faith in the data, tools and recommendation of an array of experts assembled by authorities.“We appeal to Malaysia, China and Australia to reconsider the decision to suspend the search,’’ it said.Chester is due to hold a media conference about the decision Wednesday morning but a spokeswoman said he was unavailable for comment Tuesday night.last_img read more

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Mane ‘n Tail Hair Strengthener 178 ml : I would recommend!

first_imgBought this solution and definetly do not regret it, it smells wonderful and it genuinely does make your hair experience so substantially much better,softer and silker in just the to start with use. Moreover doesnt maje it greasey at all would advise it :).This merchandise was for my granddaughter who is mixed race and requires something distinctive for her hair and she is really delighted with this.This has designed these kinds of a big difference considering that the 1st use. My hair is shiny and doesnt brake like it employed to.This leaves your hair truly soft just test not to spray it at the roots. The scent is wonderful and not overpowering at all. I will purchase all over again though the initial bottle will final ages.This product appears excellent, i use it with the main and tail shampoo and conditioner and also the handcream and cuticle product.Mane ‘n Tail Hair Strengthener 178 ml : I know there is a lot in the press about celebrities using this product. But like any product its great for some and not for others depending on your hair type. I have fine long hair and it made it heavy. I am just in love with this merchandise, in reality i adore all mane n tail products but this 1 is my favorite. I smells divine, like strawberry jam:) and the feeling of it in hair, it truly is gorgeous. I certainly feel its supporting my hair mend by itself, soon after abusing it with bleach and colour and warmth. My hair feels sturdy and nourished. My finishes, in advance of i started utilizing this would crack of simply with my fingers, they had been that harmed. Now, this is not the case, (touch wood), and i hope it continues to provide its function and hold my hair healthful and powerful. Consider it, you is not going to be unhappy.A will have to get to assistance damaged hair. 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I even now have to see the lengthy term influence still.Before applying this item my hair was slim and brittle but using this for about a month definitely strengthened my hair. It no more time feels frizzy and damaged but appears healthful and clean. I could not be additional happier with this solution and i will be receiving far more.I experienced quite broken hair from bleaching, it felt genuinely dry and tangled. Just a couple sprays of this for a several days built my hair sense so substantially more powerful, it minimizes frizz and has served mend a good deal of my split ends. Plus its smells excellent 🙂 would unquestionably recommend this product if you are having difficulties with harmed hair.Usually leave in spray is not always superior on my hair but this is fantastic together with its shampoo and conditioner.I have only a short while ago started utilizing this stuff so i are not able to say for sure how i truly feel about it just nonetheless but as it goes i am getting it very excellent. The initially detail i sense i should say is that it has a genuinely peculiar scent that i am not confident i will at any time get used to. It smells a little bit like soiled animals lined with the scent of strawberry. In some cases i am a little bit conscience when i put it on and go out as i experience like i scent like a farm. On the other hand in spite of this it can be essentially genuinely superior it leaves my hair sensation soft and manageable and can make brushing a good deal less difficult. I am not positive about the strengthening factor of it however as i however come across that loads of my hair falls out but getting stated that it is nevertheless early days.Also fantastic for moisturising scalp devoid of leaving it greasy if you are anxious about a dry flaky scalp like me.Truly good will invest in once more it has been terrific on my hair benefit for dollars excellent servie i found one thing thath is effective for me.Is a good go away-in conditioner and i do like the regularity of it. . With day-to-day use, it has remaining my hair gentle, and does not construct-up. This solution appears to be to accommodate my oily hair. Nonetheless i consider stars off since of it really is scent. It has the most foul medication strawberries odour. I will undoubtedly not be purchasing this product or service once more only because of to the revolting scent.I procured this merchandise for somebody and they advised me that this merchandise does fortify their hair and keeps it in very good condition, they are please with it and would retain on making use of it.This products makes my hair much better just like it claims. My hair feels lighter and it is shiny. This doesn”t make my hair greasy either so its wonderful cause i have fantastic hair and it can get greasy quickly with solutions in it.This is a brilliant spray, i have nodead finishes any more and my hair feels in wonderful ailment. Would advise on great hair that snaps quickly.My experience more powerful and seems to be a lot more shiny. It really is much better and i have fewer breakage. My daughter has began employing it as effectively. My wife enjoys running her fingers as a result of my hair but i will not permit her contact my hair with her filthy arms.For the previous pair months i’ve just begun utilizing the mane n tail items for my hair 🙂 it was already in fantastic issue – it was shiny, gentle and quite lengthy. The only negative point is that my hair broke very very easily which actually agitated me as i’ve been striving to increase my hair for the previous 2 yrs (it grows definitely slow). I have been applying this merchandise alongside with biotin and the mane n tail organic essentials shampoo & conditioner and my hair grows incredibly rapidly and no for a longer period breaks as considerably as it utilized to.My hair barely gets break up ends or breaks 🙂 it feels so a lot more more powerful and much healthier. An additional reward for this spray is that it smells like strawberries and cherries 🙂 helps make my hair odor so good.last_img read more

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Hawaii Tinkers With Its Solar Formulas

first_imgThe electric utility serving the Hawaiian island of Kauai is well on its way to replacing generating stations running on fossil fuels with utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) arrays that can handle a substantial part of the utility’s peak electrical load.The utility is in the process of completing a pair of 12-megawatt PV facilities at Anahola. When the second one is finished later this year, the facility will account for a sizable portion of the island’s total 78 MW peak power supply. On some days, the island’s solar arrays will meet 80 percent of the total load.It’s an enviable achievement for renewable energy. But as Peter Fairley writes in a post at the MIT Technology Review, the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative has learned that progress doesn’t come without some growing pains.The problem, Fairley explains, has been with the batteries that the utility installed to even out fluctuations in PV output. Current can drop by as much as 80 percent in less than a minute when clouds drift over the array, causing a variety of problems on the grid.The utility invested in lead-acid batteries, building a $2 million facility designed by Xtreme Power at a 6-MW solar facility that opened in 2012 at Port Allen. The batteries were capable of releasing 4.5 MW of electricity in short bursts, and the utility hoped they would eliminate some of the problems associated with lapses in power. That included a drop in the frequency of the alternating current on the grid to below the 60 hertz standard, a problem called “frequency droop,” which could damage electrical equipment belonging to customers.But the batteries degraded much faster than the utility had hoped. While they had been designed to last eight years, Fairley writes, they had very little capacity after just two years. A major Hawaiian utility alters its net metering rulesElsewhere in the islands, the state’s biggest utility, the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO), has proposed abandoning its existing net metering program by April and replacing it with a tariff system based on the wholesale cost of electricity.As reported at Greentech Media, the proposal to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission this week is a way of transitioning to a new distributed generation program by 2017. By then, HECO promises a system that employs smart inverters, energy storage, and other technologies and makes it possible for customers to make money from renewable energy systems.In the meantime, solar advocates probably won’t like what they hear.During this transitional period, HECO proposes to pay customers who sell excess power to the grid a rate based on the wholesale cost of utility power. According to Greentech Media, the credit would be calculated as the sum of the Base Fuel Energy Charge, which is taken from the price of fuel, and the Energy Cost Adjustment rate, which lets each island to modify the base charge due to changes in fuel costs and the price of electricity it has to buy from independents.This month, those credits would add up to about half the island’s average retail electricity costs, which range from 31.2 cents to 37.7 cents per kilowatt hour, the highest in the country.Even with the reduction in payments, HECO said, the proposed credits should be high enough to pay off a 5-kW photovoltaic system in five to nine years.HECO says that its net-metering payments have grown from about $19 million at the end of 2012 to $53 million by the end of last year. It claims that the existing net-metering rules force more costs onto non-solar customers, and makes the state less attractive for utility-scale and community-owned solar and geothermal projects, Greentech Media said.The utility is concerned that the relatively high percentage of distributed generation — more than 15 percent on some circuits — causes a variety of problems on the grid. It has been working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and SolarCity on research aimed at showing how programmable inverters will be able to relieve some of the problems. Lithium-ion batteries in a redesigned storage systemAlthough the utility might have tweaked the lead-acid batteries for somewhat better performance, other Xtreme customers were having problems, too, and the Texas-based company eventually declared bankruptcy.So the utility switched gears and chose a lithium-ion battery system manufactured by SAFT, a French company, Fairley says. The new batteries should be able to handle four to six times as many charge-discharge cycles as the lead-acid batteries, and the $7 million battery installation will be able to deliver 6 MW of power continuously and 12 MW in short bursts.The utility hopes that the increased capacity of the batteries will help ease the frequency drooping from the island’s other solar farms. Finally, when the PV facility at Anahola comes on line later in the year, there are times when solar output will exceed what the grid can carry. The batteries should be able to absorb some of the excess and distribute it at night.last_img read more

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Class App: Can Smartphones Make Students Pay Attention?

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology lauren orsini Ah, college — also known as “the most expensive wi-fi connection you’ll ever have.” The modern classroom is alive with the clicking of laptops and tapping of smart phones, and it’d be naive to think their owners are just dutifully taking notes. Enter a new breed of educational apps that aim to re-engage those same students via the smartphones that distract them. These student response apps run on students’ personal smartphones to turn class lectures into a two-way dialogue. Students can use the apps to participate in class lectures, discussions and even competitions, all without looking up from their phones.How They Can WorkJason Bazylak, a University of Toronto lecturer in mechanical engineering, teaches one of the largest engineering courses on campus, with more than 1,000 freshmen in stadium seating. To make participation less intimidating, Bazylak requires his students to download and use Top Hat in class. “It takes a lot of courage to raise your hand and shout out questions in a group that big,” he told ReadWrite. “I wanted to support the quiet students who might not speak up otherwise.”Top Hat lets Bazylak modify and tweak his lecture in real time. After each subject segment, Bazylak uses the app to text the class a multiple-choice question they can answer on their cell phones. If 96% or more of the class gets it right, he moves on to the next topic. If they don’t, he continues on the same topic until he’s certain the class has grasped it.The app also lets students text questions to Bazylak’s teaching assistant to help guide the discussion. Sometimes, his assistant simply texts answers back. If the question is a frequent one, however, he shares it with Bazylak for him to lecture on. Bazylak said these student driven questions end up compiled as a study guide before tests. I found Bazylak through Top Hat’s highlighted success stories page. The professor said he wasn’t compensated for his testimonial. This June, he’ll attend the Canadian Engineering Education Convention to present a paper on his use of the relatively new app. Saturated ResponseTop Hat joins a market saturated with similar products. Poll Everywhere claims to have 100,000 educators as customers, which just might make it the current market leader. eClicker Presenter delivers class results after every session. Socrative, still in beta, teaches through mobile games. All of these apps offer roughly the same functions, including options to present students with quizzes, polls, and discussion questions during class for real time learning and instantaneous feedback. All without requiring students or teachers to spend much — sometimes any — money on software or equipment.Top Hat, for instance, costs students roughly $20 a semester; Bazylak requires them to buy it the same way he might require purchase of a textbook.No Reply At AllMobile response apps aim to shift student in-class activity from raised hands to lowered phones. But they don’t do anything to minimize the original distraction. If anything, they might make it easier to get away with texting and gaming during class.It’s also difficult to tell if response systems are effective for student engagement. A 2008 study at the University of Toronto polled 715 students about whether or not they felt that response systems — that is, hand-held clickers; this was way before smartphones were as common as they are today — were effective for learning. About half didn’t think they helped. A cursory glance at dozens of related studies reveals similarly lukewarm results.Bazylak told me that while response apps work for him, they’re not a magic bullet. “It’s not learning in a box, it’s a tool,” he said. “Some lecturers aren’t as welcoming to questions as others. The tool is only as conducive to learning as the lecturer will allow it to be.”There’s another place where students can turn lectures into two-way discussions — the Internet, with its forums, wikis, message boards, and search engines that provide instantaneous answers to whatever students need to know. The bigger question raised by response apps, in fact, might be whether it’s the lecture hall itself whose days might be numbered.Photo courtesy of The University of Iowa Libraries on Flickr, CC 2.0 Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#App#education last_img read more

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