Plains News http://plainsnews.com/ Wed, 11 May 2022 19:37:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://plainsnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/cropped-icon-32x32.png Plains News http://plainsnews.com/ 32 32 South Ripley Elementary Named STEM School – Ripley Publishing Company, Inc. https://plainsnews.com/south-ripley-elementary-named-stem-school-ripley-publishing-company-inc/ Wed, 11 May 2022 17:25:48 +0000 https://plainsnews.com/south-ripley-elementary-named-stem-school-ripley-publishing-company-inc/
Excitement grew on Monday at South Ripley Elementary School as the news that the school had been named one of only 15 new STEM Certified Schools  - the only one in Ripley County. This announcement was made by the Indiana Department of Education. This means the school is a leader in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

“With now upwards of 100 STEM Certified Schools across the state, these schools are leading the way in helping our students explore, engage, and gain experiences in STEM fields,” said Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education, who was on hand Tuesday morning to help celebrate SRES. “I’ve directly witnessed several of these schools’ innovative approaches to inquiry –and problem-based learning, as they integrate STEM across their curriculum and engage families and community partners to help students build knowledge and skills that will serve them throughout their lives.” 

Dr Jenner said South Ripley was an ‘academic superstar you could see in action’ as she visited the school this week. “I’m so impressed with the people at the school and I can feel the energy radiating. I am proud of their work,” she told the Versailles Republican.

Throughout the building, STEM roared with students responsible for their learning. Intense academics taught included the MILO robot, video recordings that happen daily, and STEM activities throughout.

“This is a tremendous achievement for SRES. During a strategic planning session four years ago, our school board set the direction for our schools to achieve STEM certification,” said Rob Moorhead, Superintendent of South Ripley. “The SRES staff accepted the challenge and worked very hard to achieve this certification. The leadership of SRES administrators Ryan Lauber and Kris Wood, and the tireless work of the STEM team including Brett Miller, Sheena Speer, Julia Heidlage, Leslie Rennie, and Neal Herzog enabled SRES to become the first STEM-certified school in the county of Ripley.

Say Supt. Moorhead is proud, would be an understatement. He explained: “With an application rated ‘Exemplary’ by the IDOE, the SRES team scored 74 points out of a possible 75 in the STEM rubric. This certification demonstrates that our students are highly engaged in learning STEM concepts in the SRES curriculum, as we fulfill our mission to educate today’s students to become responsible citizens of tomorrow.

SRES Principal Ryan Lauber said, “South Ripley Elementary is extremely excited about pursuing STEM certification through the Indiana Department of Education. Our application was the highest-scoring application ever received, and the IDOE said SRES is a model for schools across the state looking to create a STEM environment for their students. The vision for this certification was established by our school board, and it was achieved through the hard work of our STEM committee. Teachers, students and parents in our community should be proud of this honor.

The administrators are quick to point out that this was a collective effort that included not only a large group of people at the school, but also the students and parents who also played an important role in ensuring that all takes place together.

According to information from the IDOE, the STEM Certified Schools program was established in 2015. It recognizes schools committed to teaching STEM disciplines beyond the classroom. STEM-certified schools exemplify a highly innovative approach to education, employing a lot of inquiry, project-based learning, community engagement, entrepreneurship, student-centered classrooms, integration into humanities and related arts and extracurricular STEM activities. For high schools in particular, achieving STEM certification requires increased intention and coordination in terms of vision, schedule, and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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Bodour Al Qasimi calls for the empowerment of women in publishing during talks with the First Lady of the Republic of Colombia https://plainsnews.com/bodour-al-qasimi-calls-for-the-empowerment-of-women-in-publishing-during-talks-with-the-first-lady-of-the-republic-of-colombia/ Mon, 09 May 2022 09:36:24 +0000 https://plainsnews.com/bodour-al-qasimi-calls-for-the-empowerment-of-women-in-publishing-during-talks-with-the-first-lady-of-the-republic-of-colombia/

Sharjah: Bodour Al Qasimi, President of the International Publishers Association (IPA), hailed the need for coordinated efforts to address the challenges faced by professional women in publishing today and to come up with viable solutions to strengthen empowering women in the industry during her recent visit to the Latin American countries of Colombia and Argentina.

IPA President met with María Juliana Ruiz Sandoval, First Lady of the Republic of Colombia, at the “Casa de Nariño” in Bogotá, and discussed successful women’s empowerment strategies implemented in both countries . Bodour Al Qasimi also shared the Kalimat Foundation’s most impactful initiatives that promote diversity in the Arabic publishing sector.

In her meetings with publishers and industry stakeholders during the visit, the API President reiterated the need for better practices in the publishing industry and called for giving prioritizing empowerment and training of women publishers to build capacity, address skills gaps and build strong and inclusive businesses. ecosystems.

In Colombia, the IPA President met with Diana Escobar, Vice President of Sustainable Development at Ecopetrol Colombia, and officials from the Regional Center for the Promotion of Books in Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLALC), to discuss the extent of collaborations in the training of women editors.

Bodour Al Qasimi also met with Her Excellency Angelica Mayolo, Colombian Minister of Culture, and explored opportunities for collaboration with IPA, particularly in the area of ​​diversity and inclusion, and thus strengthen the presence and role of women in the industry.

In Argentina, the president of API presented strategies to empower women in the publishing industry during a roundtable with Ana Maria Cabanellas, president of Grupo Editorial Claridad, one of the main publishing houses. Argentina edition.

During his meeting with member publishers of the Colombian Book Chamber, Bodour Al Qasimi discussed issues related to sustainability and explored the challenges of paper shortage and its impact on the publishing sector. During her meeting with Argentine publishers, the IPA President reiterated her support for the recovery and growth of publishing markets affected by the global pandemic and urged publishers to take advantage of opportunities for development and capacity building offered through the IPA Academy, which is now online. .

Bodour Al Qasimi also attended the opening ceremony of the Buenos Aires International Book Fair and visited the Bogota International Book Fair during his visit to the two Latin American countries.

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Zionsville Resident Reaches Yoga Warrior Semi-Finals Current Editions https://plainsnews.com/zionsville-resident-reaches-yoga-warrior-semi-finals-current-editions/ Sat, 07 May 2022 10:00:32 +0000 https://plainsnews.com/zionsville-resident-reaches-yoga-warrior-semi-finals-current-editions/

By Jackie Grigg

Zionsville resident Gretchen Clore discovered her passion for yoga early in life in a book by Beverly and Vidal Sassoon.

Zionsville resident Gretchen Clore has reached the semi-finals of the annual “I Am Yoga Warrior” competition. (Photo courtesy of Gretchen Clore)

As a child, she said she practiced yoga at home to help her cope with the difficulties of growing up in poverty and to cope with her father’s bipolar disorder. Years later, she worked with the OPTIONS program at Noblesville Juvenile Detention Center to help juvenile detainees defuse and find ways to find peace in their surroundings.

In 2014, Clore completed her 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher training through YogaWorks in Los Angeles. She then moved back to Indiana in 2018 after her mother suffered two strokes. His work as a yoga teacher allows him to transmit the same strengths that yoga gives him to others who seek to calm their brain, focus on their body and find inner harmony.

“I stopped fundraising and started teaching yoga wherever and wherever I could,” Clore said. “It was so good, so perfect for me and so, so happy.”

Clore is a yoga instructor for Carmel Clay Parks and Recreation and LA Fitness in Zionsville and Westfield. She participated in the annual I Am Yoga Warrior competition, raising funds for the Veterans Yoga Project. She reached the semi-finals before being eliminated. His cause has supported the recovery and resilience of veterans, military families and communities. The winner will be featured in “Yoga Journal” and win $10,000 cash.

Clore said she was definitely planning to come in again

Clore, a Crawfordsville native, said it was important to return to his family in Indiana.

“My father was already in a retirement home in Lebanon, and I didn’t want to miss any more time with my parents,” she said.

Clore is a parishioner at Traders Point Christian Church.

To learn more about the contest, visit iamyogaarrior.com.

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New eye drops can help older people see better | Kiowa County Press https://plainsnews.com/new-eye-drops-can-help-older-people-see-better-kiowa-county-press/ Fri, 06 May 2022 18:00:56 +0000 https://plainsnews.com/new-eye-drops-can-help-older-people-see-better-kiowa-county-press/

Almost all people begin to develop blurred vision once they reach their 40s and 50s. demaerre/iStock via Getty Images

Robert Bitner, Pittsburgh University of Health Sciences

When people reach their 40s and beyond, their near vision begins to deteriorate. For many people, increasing the font size on a phone or maximizing the brightness on a computer is the only way to be able to read text.

This condition is known as presbyopiaand it affects about 128 million people in the United States and more than one billion people in the world.

In late 2021, the United States Food and Drug Administration approved a new eye drop drug to treat presbyopia. Inasmuch as optometristI was skeptical at first. Before the release of these eye drops – called Vuity – people would need glasses, contacts or eye surgery to relieve presbyopia. But after learning how these eye drops worked, I realized that for many people they could offer an easier and safer way to see clearly again.

A diagram labeling the human eye.
The pupil and lens are two of the most important parts of the eye involved in focusing on objects. ttsz/iStock via Getty Images

How the eyes focus

Many parts of the human eye interact with incoming light to produce a clear image.

The first thing the light hits is the cornea, the transparent outer layer that initially bends the light. Next, light passes through the iris and pupil, which can shrink or grow to let more or less light enter the inside of the eye. It then moves through the lens, which further bends the light and focuses it precisely on the center of the retina. Finally, the light signal is transferred to the optic nerve at the back of the eye, for the brain to interpret as an image.

To produce a clear image, your eyes must adjust to the distance of an object. Your eyes do three big steps focus on objects close to your face: your eyes point to the object you want to look at, your lenses change shape and your pupils constrict.

Once you have aimed your gaze at what interests you, a small muscle in the eye contracts, which changes the shape of the lens to make it thicker. The thicker the lens, the more the light deforms as it passes through. At the same time, your pupils constrict to block some of the incoming light from other objects in the distance. When light bounces off an object and enters your eye, the rays of light in the center provide a clear image. Blocking light scatter by constricting the pupil helps sharpen the image of nearby objects.

You can simulate this process using a camera on your cell phone. First, point the camera at something in the distance. Next, move your thumb into the image, holding it about 6 inches away. Your thumb will start out blurry, but as the camera lens changes shape, your thumb will come into focus.

A diagram showing how the focal point moves when a person is presbyopic.
Presbyopia stiffens the lens of the eye, and when a person cannot bend their lens as easily, they are unable to focus incoming light on the correct part of the retina and images appear blurry. Bruce Blaus via WikimediaCommons, CC BY-SA

What is presbyopia?

Presbyopia is the inability of the eyes to focus on near objects, resulting in blurry images. This starts when people are in their 40s and progresses until reaching a plateau around the age of 60.

Researchers know that age is the main driver of presbyopiabut there is an ongoing debate about the mechanical causes at its root.

One theory suggests that as lenses age, they become heavier and cannot change shape so easily. Another theory suggests that the the muscles that pull on the lens become weak with age. I suspect presbyopia is probably due to a combination of the two. Whatever the cause, the result is that when looking at nearby objects, people’s eyes are no longer able to bend incoming light enough to direct it to the center of the retina. Instead, light is focused to a location behind the retina, resulting in blurred vision.

How do eye drops work

Remember that there are two main things the eye does to focus on near objects: the lens changes shape and the pupil gets smaller. Since presbyopia limits the ability of the lens to change shape, these eye drops compensate by reducing the pupil. Constricting the pupil reduces the amount of light scatter. This causes light entering the eye to be better focused on the retina, creating a wider range of distances where objects are in focus and allowing people to see both near and far objects clearly.

A diagram showing different depths of field.
Making the pupil smaller and letting less light into the eye increases the depth of field, making objects appear closer in focus – as shown in diagram a above – compared to a larger pupil and a narrower depth of field as seen in diagram b. MikeRun via WikimediaCommons, CC BY-SA

After you put the drops in your eyes, it takes about 15 minutes for the active ingredient, pilocarpine, to start working. Pilocarpine is a drug that was first discovered in the late 1800s and can treat conditions such as glaucoma and ocular hypertension. The effect on the pupils lasts about six hours.

Smaller pupils mean less light enters the eye. Although this is not a problem during the day when there is plenty of sunlight, it can cause difficulty seeing in low light conditions. Besides these disadvantages, the most common side effects of the drops are headaches and red eyes.

Presbyopia in the future

Vuity is currently approved for use once a day in each eye. One bottle will cost around $80, requires a prescription, and will last almost a month if used daily. For some people, it could be a great alternative or complement to glasses or surgery.

While Vuity may be the first FDA-approved eye drops to treat presbyopia, researchers are studying a number of other approaches. Some develop eye drops that include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to help constrict the pupil – similar to Vuity. Other teams are studying the drops that soften and reduce lens weight to promote easier focusing. Finally, some early research has shown that pulsed electrical stimulation of eye muscles can help strengthen them and improve people’s ability to bend their lenses.

The future of presbyopia treatment is exciting as researchers work on many potential ways to overcome this universal condition of old age. For now, Vuity – while not a magic bullet for everyone with presbyopia – is an innovative option and may be worth talking to your eye doctor about.

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Robert Bitnerassistant professor of ophthalmology, Pittsburgh University of Health Sciences

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Will new vaccines be more effective in fighting coronavirus variants? | Kiowa County Press https://plainsnews.com/will-new-vaccines-be-more-effective-in-fighting-coronavirus-variants-kiowa-county-press/ Fri, 06 May 2022 12:33:45 +0000 https://plainsnews.com/will-new-vaccines-be-more-effective-in-fighting-coronavirus-variants-kiowa-county-press/

Dozens of coronavirus vaccines are in clinical trials in the United States João Paulo Burini/Moment via Getty Images

Vaibhav Upadhyay, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Krishna Mallela, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

The first three coronavirus vaccines were granted emergency use authorization more than a year ago. To date, no other vaccines have been fielded in the United States – but that will soon change. More than 40 vaccines are in clinical trials in the United States, using a number of different approaches to protect people from the coronavirus. Vaibhav Upadhyay and Krishna Mallela have been studying the coronavirus spike protein since the outbreak of the pandemic and developing COVID-19 therapies. Together they explain which vaccines are in development and why certain vaccines should be better than those currently available.

1. Why are companies working on new vaccines?

One of the main reasons why new vaccines matter – and why the world is still dealing with COVID-19 – is the continued emergence new variants. Most of the differences between the variants are changes in spike proteinwhich sits on the surface of the virus and helps it enter and infect cells.

Some of these small changes in the spike protein allowed the coronavirus to infect human cells more efficiently. These changes have also made previous vaccinations or infections with COVID-19 offer less protection against new variants. Updated or new vaccines could better detect these different spike proteins and better protect against the new variants.

A number of vaccine vials on a production line.
Vaccines generally fall into four categories: whole virus vaccines, viral vector vaccines, protein-based vaccines, and nucleic acid-based vaccines. Andriy Onufriyenko/Moment via Getty Images

2. What types of vaccines are in preparation?

Until now, 38 vaccines have been approved worldwide, and the United States has approved three. There are currently 195 vaccine candidates at different stages of development around the world, including 41 are in clinical trials in the United States SARS-CoV-2 vaccines can be broadly divided into four classes: whole virus, viral vector, protein-based and nucleic acid-based vaccines.

Whole-virus vaccines generate immunity using a complete, albeit weakened, SARS-CoV-2 virus – called inactivated or attenuated. Currently, two of these vaccines are in clinical trials in the United States. Viral vector vaccines are a variation of this approach. Instead of using the whole coronavirus, they’re using a modified version of a harmless adenovirus that carries parts of the coronavirus spike protein. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a viral vector vaccine, and there are 15 other candidates in this category in clinical trials in the United States.

Protein-based vaccines use only the spike protein or part of the spike protein to generate immunity. Since the spike protein is one of the most functionally important parts of the coronavirus, an immune response that targets only this part is enough to prevent or defeat an infection. The United States currently has five protein-based vaccines in clinical trials.

Nucleic acid vaccines are currently the most widely used in the United States. They are made up of genetic material, such as DNA or RNA, which codes for coronavirus spike protein. Once a person receives one of these vaccines, their body reads the genetic material and produces the spike protein. This in turn generates an immune response. There are 17 RNA and two DNA vaccines in clinical trials in the United States Some of them use the genetic material of new variants, including updated versions of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

3. Will new vaccines be better than existing vaccines?

Moderna, Pfizer and J&J vaccines are based on the original strain of coronavirus and are less powerful against new variants. Vaccines based on new variants would offer better protection against these new strains than existing vaccines, and some are in development. Nucleic acid vaccines are the easiest to update and constitute the majority of variant-targeted vaccines. Moderna has already produced a vaccine that contains mRNA of beta and omicron variantsand some recently published clinical data shows it is more effective against newer variants than Moderna’s original vaccine.

Although it is important to update nucleic acid vaccines, some research suggests that viral vector or whole virus vaccines could be more effective against new variants – without the need for updates.

A model of the coronavirus.
Whole-virus vaccines use an inactivated, harmless version of the coronavirus – seen here – to produce a strong immune response. Alexey Solodovnikov, Valeria Arkhipova via WikimediaCommons, CC BY-SA

4. What are the benefits of whole virus vaccines?

Nucleic acid-based and protein-based vaccines use only the spike protein to produce an immune response. With a whole-virus vaccine, the immune system not only recognizes the spike protein, but also all other parts of the coronavirus. The other parts of the virus help to quickly generate a strong immune response that involves many branches of the immune system and lasts a long time.

Another advantage of whole virus and virus vector vaccines is ease of storage and shipping. Viral vector vaccines can be stored in common household refrigerators for months, sometimes years. In comparison, Moderna and Pfizer mRNA vaccines should be stored and shipped at ultra-low temperatures. These infrastructure requirements make whole-virus vaccines much more feasible for use in remote locations in the United States, as well as around the world.

5. What are the disadvantages of whole virus vaccines?

Whole virus vaccines have some disadvantages.

To produce inactivated virus vaccines, you must first produce a huge amount of live coronavirus and then inactivate it. There is a low but legitimate biological risk associated with the production of many live coronaviruses. A second disadvantage is that virus vaccines and inactivated viral vectors may not produce strong protection in immunocompromised patients.

Finally, the production of whole virus vaccines is much more labor intensive than the manufacture of mRNA vaccines. You need to grow, then purify and then inactivate the virus while carefully checking the quality at every step. This lengthy production process makes it difficult to produce large quantities of vaccine. For the same reasons, redesigning or updating whole-virus vaccines for future variants is more difficult than just change the nucleic acid code or a protein-based vaccine.

By examining the pros and cons of each type of vaccine, we believe that virus-based vaccines could play an important role in generating widespread and long-lasting immunity against a rapidly mutating virus. But easily updated mRNA or protein-based approaches that can be adapted to the latest variants may also be key to containing the spread of the pandemic. With vaccines of all types in the works, public health officials and governments around the world will have more tools at their disposal to deal with whatever the coronavirus brings next.

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Vaibhav Upadhyaypostdoctoral fellow in pharmaceutical sciences, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Krishna Mallelaprofessor of pharmaceutical sciences, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

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The Office of Faculty Development will host the first five-college publication day on May 17: UMass Amherst https://plainsnews.com/the-office-of-faculty-development-will-host-the-first-five-college-publication-day-on-may-17-umass-amherst/ Thu, 05 May 2022 19:13:17 +0000 https://plainsnews.com/the-office-of-faculty-development-will-host-the-first-five-college-publication-day-on-may-17-umass-amherst/

The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) will host Five College Publishing Day, a collaborative publishing event for neighboring academic institutions, via Zoom on Tuesday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to all faculty and Five College aims to foster connections between publishers and authors in attendance.

According to UMass director of faculty development Wendy Varner, the event serves both to mentor faculty in scholarly book publishing and to highlight the “abundance of new opportunities” available to the faculty given the rapid evolution of the publishing field.

The day’s program will begin with a panel discussion with publishers, agents and authors who will share their views on today’s publishing world. From there, attendees will have the option to choose from several morning and afternoon sessions on different areas of editing and writing.

Scheduled moderators and panelists have a wide range of editing experience within the five colleges and beyond. “We have a wealth of experience and expertise here at all five colleges, and I’m excited to learn from our neighbors and our guests,” said Mary Dougherty, director of UMass Press.

Publishing Day 2022 marks a revival of Five College cooperative events focused on the publishing industry. “I’m thrilled to see the return of Five College Publishing Day,” said Raymond Rennard, director of academic programs for the Five College Consortium. “It’s been almost twenty years since the last one, and the publishing industry has changed a lot for academics since then. This launch event has something for everyone, from publishing a first monograph to exploring alternative scientific formats.

This event is co-hosted by Amherst College, Five Colleges, Inc., Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in conjunction with Amherst College Press, The Common, the Massachusetts Review, and the University from Massachusetts Press. It is free and open to all teachers at Five College.

Program of events:

Welcome: Five College Publishing Day 2022

  • Michelle BudigSenior Vice President for Faculty Affairs, UMass Amherst
  • Ray FoxDirector of Academic Programs, Five Colleges Inc.

Round table

  • The state of the 2022 edition
    Moderators:
    Mary Doughertydirector, University of Massachusetts Press
    Jim Hicks, editor, Massachusetts Review; Associate Professor, UMass Amherst

Morning sessions

  • The first book: where to start?
    Moderator:
    Helene VisentinSmith College, Associate Dean of Faculty, Dean of Academic Development, Professor of French Studies
  • The Second Book: What Should I Consider?
    Moderators:
    Pawan DhingraAmherst College, Associate Provost and Associate Dean, Professor of American Studies
    Beth Bouloukosdirector, Amherst College Press

Afternoon sessions

Closing discussion

  • Moderator: Brian Halleyeditor, University of Massachusetts Press, UMass Boston

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A new period of heat waves is expected to start in northwest India from May 7, according to IMD https://plainsnews.com/a-new-period-of-heat-waves-is-expected-to-start-in-northwest-india-from-may-7-according-to-imd/ Thu, 05 May 2022 11:02:00 +0000 https://plainsnews.com/a-new-period-of-heat-waves-is-expected-to-start-in-northwest-india-from-may-7-according-to-imd/

Heat wave (Representative image)

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New Delhi: After a brief relief from the scorching heat of northwest indiaa fee Heat wave fate is predicted by the Indian Meteorological Department (EMD) in the region from Saturday. The IMD, in its weather bulletin, said that the northwestern part of the country will experience heat wave conditions from May 7, while the heat wave conditions will begin on Central India from May 8.

The MeT department said scorching conditions in isolated pockets over Rajasthan, southern Haryana-Delhi, southwestern Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha would prevail until 9 may. Maximum temperatures are expected to increase in most areas of the northwest and adjacent central. India compared to the previous week.

Notably, IMD’s forecast for a new heatwave came a day after several parts of northwestern India, including Delhi, received rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms. Wind gusts with a speed of approximately 50 km/h were observed in the national capital.

IMD has predicted rainfall in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and other hilly parts of northern India in the coming days due to western disturbances. The meteorological agency said: “Isolated light rain very likely over Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit-Baltistan and Muzaffarabad, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand over the next 3 days.”

Read also : Heat wave threat: effective ways to fight dehydration

Rainfall is also forecast over Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura over the next four to five days. Meanwhile, isolated to scattered moderate rainfall is highly likely over Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Sikkim and Odisha over the next few days.

Due to the trough over peninsular India in the lower tropospheric levels, the IMD predicted rainfall over the southern states of India. The MeT department said: “Scattered to fairly widespread light/moderate rain with thunderstorms/lightning/gusty winds most likely over Kerala and Mahé, southern interior of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Karaikal and rainfall activity isolated on the coast and northern interior of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana for the next 5 days.”

A cyclonic circulation extends over the southern Andaman Sea and its surroundings. Under its influence, a low pressure zone should form over the same region on Friday. For this reason, heavy to very heavy rains in isolated locations are very likely over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands from May 6-8.

]]> The precipitation is expected to bring relief from the scorching heat in several places. Cities checklist https://plainsnews.com/the-precipitation-is-expected-to-bring-relief-from-the-scorching-heat-in-several-places-cities-checklist/ Wed, 04 May 2022 05:35:04 +0000 https://plainsnews.com/the-precipitation-is-expected-to-bring-relief-from-the-scorching-heat-in-several-places-cities-checklist/

New Delhi: Amid the scorching heatwave, a pre-monsoon downpour can bring relief to people. While the majority of northern Indian states are sweltering under the high temperatures, some areas may find relief on Wednesday and Thursday as the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecasts isolated showers of rain ranging from light to heavy.

According to an IMD press release, southwesterly winds from the Bay of Bengal over eastern and northeast India in the lower tropospheric levels may influence fairly widespread rainfall over the northeast. of India, West Bengal and Sikkim over the next three days with isolated thunderstorms over the region over the next two days. According to the Met department, Kolkata is likely to experience heavy rain from Wednesday to Sunday.

It could also bring isolated heavy rains to Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, under the influence of the western disturbance, scattered rainfall with isolated thunderstorms are likely over the western Himalayan region on Wednesday and Thursday. An isolated hailstorm is likely over Jammu-Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand Wednesday. In Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is expected to experience heavy rain through Friday and thunderstorms through Thursday. In Uttarakhand, Dehradun will remain partly cloudy with the possibility of thunderstorms on Friday.

Isolated light rains with dust storms are also very likely over Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on Wednesday and Thursday. Chandigarh and Pathankot are expected to see rains on Wednesday.

Isolated to scattered rain with thunderstorms likely over Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana over the next three days. Chennai is also likely to have heavy rain on Thursday and Friday with clear skies from Saturday.

Isolated heavy rains very likely over Kerala-Mahe on Wednesday and over Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Karaikal on Thursday are also likely.

Meanwhile, an area of ​​low pressure is likely to form over the southern Andaman Sea, which could bring heavy rain to isolated locations on the Nicobar Islands on Wednesday and Thursday and isolated heavy to very heavy rain on the Andaman Islands Friday and Saturday.

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One in three departments expect to miss FY22 annual report release target https://plainsnews.com/one-in-three-departments-expect-to-miss-fy22-annual-report-release-target/ Tue, 03 May 2022 23:05:17 +0000 https://plainsnews.com/one-in-three-departments-expect-to-miss-fy22-annual-report-release-target/

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At least eight departments have warned that they will not be able to meet deadlines for publishing their 2021-2022 annual reports and accounts (ARA).

The admission, revealed by Permanent Secretary to the Treasury Sir Tom Scholar, was updated to members of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee. The senior official was answering questions about the latest cost estimates for fraud and error in relation to the departments’ coronavirus support programs.

Scholar said that for their 2021-22 reports, all departments were required to report on the impact of the pandemic on departmental goals, strategic objectives and priority results, and to provide an analysis of fraud and error of the Covid support programs.

But he noted that several departments had warned they were unlikely to be able to produce their main annual reports in time for the publication target before parliament broke for the summer recess at the end of July.

“We are back to an administrative deadline of June 30 for the placement of SCBAs,” Scholar said. “Eight departments have indicated that they will not get a laying date before the holidays for 2021-22 – partly due to legacy problems and delays in local government pensions. The Treasury is organizing forums to identify and resolve issues that may hinder faster reporting and will disseminate relevant advice when needed.

Scholar did not identify the departments involved. The Ministry of Education is a ministry that has historically struggled to publish its ARA in the summer, often due to conflicts between the accounting periods for schools and those used in central government.

The permanent secretary’s appearance came shortly before Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the government’s plan to create an ‘elite anti-fraud squad’ that would use the latest technology and data analysis techniques to pursue those who defrauded the business support programs provided at the start of the pandemic. .


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In response to questions from MPs about fraud and error in the Government’s Covid support schemes, Scholar’s letter repeated the estimates contained in the departments’ 2020-21 ARAs – most of which were published last year.

He cited HM Revenue and Customs’ estimate of an 8.7 per cent fraud and error rate in the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – commonly known as the furlough scheme. A total of £60.7bn was paid out under the scheme in 2020-21, after voluntary repayments were made.

In relation to the Covid schemes administered by HMRC, Scholar reiterated the Government’s plans from March 2021 to recover up to £1bn of fraudulent or incorrect payments through £100m invested in the Protection Force taxpayers, 1,265 people strong.

“The Taxpayer Protection Task Force is fully funded for 2022-23, and HMRC will continue to pursue risk on schemes for many years to come through its wider program of compliance work,” Scholar said. .

He added that the return on investment in recovering from Covid loan fraud was “much more difficult to estimate”, particularly in relation to the Bounce Back Loan Scheme for businesses, overseen by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial. Strategy.

“Collections for the vast majority of cases should be done by the lenders but in some cases, especially in cases of serious fraud, law enforcement will also have a role to play,” he said.

Although BBLS is supervised by BEIS and administered by the British Business Bank, its loans – up to £50,000 – have been made by retail banks, guaranteed by the government.

In January, Minister for Government Efficiency Lord Theodore Agnew quit his job in protest at what he described as ‘dismal’ oversight of the £47billion scheme by BEIS and BBB. Agnew went on to accuse the Treasury of having “no knowledge of or little concern for the consequences of fraud on the economy or society”.

The researcher’s letter cites BEIS’s annual report and accounts figures for 2020-21 which gave a range of errors and fraud of £3.6bn to £6.4bn for the loan scheme rebound. A National Audit Office report in December said £17billion of the total may not be repaid, although the figure is wider than fraud and error, also including legitimate borrowers who are not in able to pay.

Scholar’s letter said the police-led National Investigation Service had received an additional £13m in spring reporting last month to ‘double its capacity to investigate bounce back loans and fund new business of application”.

He said the BBB would receive £11million in funding over three years to bolster its fraud and insurance programme.

Scholar added that the BBB had commissioned a comprehensive, multi-year assessment of business lending programs, which is being conducted by London Economics and Ipsos MORI.

“The first report will be released this summer, subsequent reports will follow in 2023 and 2024,” he said.

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Ciara Huckby

It was easy for Ciara Huckeby to embrace the title role in “Antigone.”

“I really, really love how complex she is,” Huckeby said. “There’s so much fire in her, so much willpower to do what she thinks is right. She’s such a smart young woman, but you can tell she lets her heart guide her. She loves shamelessly and with such intensity, it’s overwhelming. I’ve never really had the opportunity to get into a character like this, having mostly done musicals, but I think I accidentally got hooked.

“Antigone” is an ancient Greek tragedy, the third chapter of the famous “Odeipus” trilogy. It focuses on Odeipus’ daughter, Antigone, in the aftermath of the battle for the throne, which leaves her two brothers dead and her uncle made king. Mud Creek Players presents “Antigone” at 6:30 p.m. May 5-8 in free outdoor performances at the Mud Creek Theater, 9740 E. 86th St., Indianapolis. In addition, an art fair will be presented on May 7 and 8 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Huckeby said it’s easy to forget that Antigone is so young.

“Having to step back and remember this is a teenager who lost her parents, her brothers and standing alone in this fight is tough,” Huckeby said. “You immediately want to take on this beacon of hope and honor the role she was meant to be, but you know this girl must be terrified.”

Nicole Crabtree

Director Nicole Crabtree, a Fishers resident, said she loved that Antigone was one of the first, not to mention one of the few, feminist portrayals in ancient literature and drama.

“I also love that the piece holds a very interesting and relevant conversation about the place of morality in politics and vice versa, and constantly reminds you that there are things bigger than you,” said she declared.

Fishers resident Nathan Terhune, who plays Kreon, said he admires Antigone’s determination.

“We see other characters wavering and shaking at different points in the play, but no matter what she’s going through, she maintains her love for Polynice,” Terhune said.

To learn more, visit mudcreekplayers.org.

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