Plains News http://plainsnews.com/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 03:35:02 +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 Light to moderate rain in the city and suburbs over the next 48 hours https://plainsnews.com/light-to-moderate-rain-in-the-city-and-suburbs-over-the-next-48-hours/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 03:35:02 +0000 https://plainsnews.com/light-to-moderate-rain-in-the-city-and-suburbs-over-the-next-48-hours/ Mumbai Weather Update: Light to Moderate Rain in City and Suburbs for Next 48 Hours | Salman Ansari/FPJ

Mumbai, its suburbs and parts of Thane, according to the Indian Meteorological Department, will experience light to moderate rain with cloudy skies for the city and suburbs over the next 48 hours. IMD also forecast a possibility of thunderstorms over time.

During this time, the temperature will be around 25 degrees Celsius to 31 degrees Celsius.

Over the past two weeks, the city and suburbs have experienced periods of moderate showers with occasional intense precipitation from cyclonic circulation.

Last Wednesday, the temperature in the city also dropped by two degrees Celsius due to prevailing weather conditions. IMD official KS Hosalikar said the drop in temperature is bringing cold air during the day and the nights are also getting colder.

However, the rain recedes; IMD has planned a monsoon retreat in and around Mumbai between October 5 and 10. Officials said the monsoon in Mumbai, Thane is expected to recede in the second week of October.

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Dove Cameron signs with Sony Music Publishing – Billboard https://plainsnews.com/dove-cameron-signs-with-sony-music-publishing-billboard/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 14:00:43 +0000 https://plainsnews.com/dove-cameron-signs-with-sony-music-publishing-billboard/

Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Dove Cameron signed a worldwide agreement with Sony Music Publishing (SMP). News of the deal comes just after Cameron won Best New Artist at the MTV VMAs and went viral with his queer pop anthem “Boyfriend.”

In conversation with Billboard, Cameron admitted that she didn’t expect the song to go viral. In fact, she “never thought it would end up on the EP if I’m being honest.” She casually posted a video of the unfinished demo version of “Boyfriend,” and to her surprise, it immediately took off, peaking at No. 16 on the Hot 100, No. 2 on Pop Airplay, and No. 4 on the all-genre Radio songs chart. For Cameron, who debuted on Disney Liv and Maddiethe success of the single released by Disruptor Records/Columbia Records cemented her adult music career and, more importantly, was a validation of her queer identity.

“It means the most to me,” she shares. “It’s healing for me to have this experience.”

Due to her victory at the VMAs, there is now speculation that the rising star could be a contender for a Grammy nomination in the same category. In conversation about the singer/actress, boss of the Disruptor Records label adam albert said of his work ethic, “[Dove’s] been in the studio every day and written so many amazing songs,” says Alpert, “So stay tuned.

Cameron said of the agreement with Sony Music Publishing: “I am so excited to join the Sony Music Publishing family where they continue to grow and support me as an artist and songwriter. With this partnership, I look forward to providing my fans with music that can become the soundtrack of their lives.

VP of Creative at SMP Thomas Kröttinger adds: “Dove is a brilliant songwriter – her creative authenticity has not only led to chart success, it has enabled her to become an important voice representing the LGBTQ+ community. We are delighted to welcome Dove to SMP, and we look forward to supporting her in this next chapter.

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Is the pandemic really over? | Kiowa County Press https://plainsnews.com/is-the-pandemic-really-over-kiowa-county-press/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 14:47:05 +0000 https://plainsnews.com/is-the-pandemic-really-over-kiowa-county-press/

Life is more normal now than it has been in years as people remove masks and social distancing. Stefan Tomic/E+ via Getty Images

William Hauk, University of South Carolina; Lisa Miller, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campusand Wayne Au, University of Washington, Bothell

of President Joe Biden statement that “the pandemic is over“the raised eyebrows and hackles of some experts who believe that such messages could be premature and counterproductive.

But for many Americans who have long since returned to pre-COVID 19 activities and are now forced to return to the officethe remark may ring true.

The problem is that what “returning to normal” looks like may differ from person to person, depending on the individual’s circumstances and by what criteria they judge the pandemic to be over. The Conversation asked three scholars from different parts of American society affected by the pandemic — public health, education and economics — to assess how “over” the pandemic is in their world. Here is what they said:

Public health: not all black and white

Lisa Miller, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

President Biden answered the question of whether the pandemic is over with a clear “yes,” but that’s not a black and white question.

It is true that thanks to generalized immunity to vaccines and infections, the United States is in a very different place than the country was even a year ago. But as an epidemiologist, I think the persistence of 350 and 400 deaths in the United States every day and hundreds of deaths per week in other countries of the world still constitutes a pandemic.

I understand the need Biden faces as a public figure to try to succinctly say where the country is and give some hope and comfort, but public health experts are still in a situation where no one can predict how the virus will mutate and evolve. These mutations may make the virus less dangerous, but it is also possible that the next variant may be more harmful.

Ultimately, whatever you call the current situation – COVID-19 still poses a significant and ongoing risk to the world. Pandemic or not, it is important to continue investing in the development of improved vaccines and to strengthen the preparedness of medical and public health systems. As COVID-19 drags on, the risk is that policy makers lose sight of these important goals.

The economy: back to a new normal?

William Hauk, Associate Professor of Economics, University of South Carolina

As an economics researcherI can talk about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy and its lingering effects.

And the good news is that the worst of the pandemic’s impact on the economy ended some time ago. After hitting a post-war high of 14.7% in April 2020 as the ravages of the pandemic took their toll, the unemployment rate was 4% or less for all of 2022. Notably, in the August jobs report, the total number of workers employed in the United States surpassed its pre-pandemic peak for the first time. .

While the labor market has largely recovered, there are still economic repercussions from the pandemic that the United States will feel for some time.

Supply chain challenges remain in some key areas, like computer chips. While we might have expected stronger recoveries in this area, geopolitical issues, like at war in Ukraine, continue to cause problems. As a result, a full recovery may not occur for some time and hamper efforts to combat rising inflation.

Finally, many Americans may be reassessing their work-life balance in the wake of the pandemic. Aggregate labor force figures suggest the ‘great quit’ could be rather a reshuffling. However, the rise of “quiet stop— the phenomenon of employees limiting their productivity and not going ‘over and above’ — may lead many to conclude that workers are not as intrinsically motivated by their work as they were before COVID-19.

So while the “pandemic” phase of COVID-19 may be over for the economy, the rise of a new normal could be seen as the start of an “endemic” effect. In other words, we are no longer in an emergency situation, but the “normal” we are returning to may differ in many ways from the pre-COVID world.

Schools: gaps exacerbated by the pandemic

Wayne Au, Professor of Education, University of Washington, Bothell

While it is true that public schools may have largely returned to “normal” functioning in terms of no masking requireda return to use high-stakes challenges to measure teaching and learning, and in person attendance policiesschools are not done with the pandemic.

The pandemic-induced trauma that many students have faced at home – through the death of friends and family members, the impact of a long COVID, the isolation and anxiety caused by job insecurity parents and unequal access to health care – lives inside of them as they attend classes today.

Many students need to relearn how to be with each other in person and in social and academic settings. In addition, students from low-income families are still trying to overcome the consequences of inequitable access to resources and technology at home during distance education.

The gaps in current educational outcomes are the same as before the pandemic and appear at the intersection of race, to classify and immigration. Similarly, the pandemic has exacerbated socio-economic inequalities in general, it has also deepened existing educational inequalities.

In addition, the pandemic linked to pressure on teachers and neighborhoods resulted in shortage of staff across the countrycreating increased instability for learning in schools and classrooms.

These issues have been intensified by the pandemic and could affect students – mostly from low-income backgrounds – for years to come.

The conversation

William Haukassociate professor of economics, University of South Carolina; Lisa Millerassistant professor of epidemiology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campusand Wayne Aueducation teacher, University of Washington, Bothell

This article is republished from The conversation under Creative Commons license. Read it original article.

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Weather update: Heavy rain and lightning kill at least 36 people in northern India https://plainsnews.com/weather-update-heavy-rain-and-lightning-kill-at-least-36-people-in-northern-india/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 07:22:00 +0000 https://plainsnews.com/weather-update-heavy-rain-and-lightning-kill-at-least-36-people-in-northern-india/

Hazardous weather has killed at least 36 people in northern India up to Sunday, 12 of whom died after being struck by lightning, officials said as they warned of heavier downpours in the next few days.

Mohamed Usman, 15, was on his friend’s rooftop in the town of Prayagraj when lightning struck on Friday night, killing him instantly. His friend Aznan, who has a name, was injured and is being treated in a hospital.

“As soon as he stepped on the terrace, lightning struck and he died instantly,” Mohammad Ayub, Usman’s father, told The Associated Press.

In the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, some 24 people have died after their homes collapsed in relentless rain, relief commissioner Ranvir Prasad said.

Officials said 39 people in the state had died from lightning in the past five days, prompting the state government to issue new guidelines on how people can protect themselves during a thunderstorm .

Lightning strikes are common during India’s monsoon season, which runs from June to September.

Colonel Sanjay Srivastava, whose organization Lightning Resilient India Campaign works with the Indian Meteorological Department, said deforestation, depletion of water bodies and pollution all contribute to climate change, leading to more lightning strikes.

Global warming has also increased the frequency of lightning strikes, said Sunita Narain, director general of the Center for Science and the Environment. A temperature increase of 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) multiplies lightning by 12.

There has been a 34% increase in lightning strikes across India over the past year, which has also sent fatalities skyrocketing.

India recorded 1,489 lightning fatalities in 2016, and that number rose to 2,869 in 2021, according to Srivastava.

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Author Linda Trinh seeks authenticity https://plainsnews.com/author-linda-trinh-seeks-authenticity/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 23:07:24 +0000 https://plainsnews.com/author-linda-trinh-seeks-authenticity/

In March 2021, my nine-year-old daughter was making “Stop Asian Hate” signs for a rally I was taking her to that was raising awareness about anti-Asian racism. As she tried to figure out this problem, one of her favorite activities was playing a multiplayer online game where she could care for virtual pets and hang out virtually with her friends IRL. At that time, my six-year-old son asked me not to put sticky rice with dried shrimp in his lunch anymore because his classmates made fun of this Vietnamese food. Along with this food drama, the activity that brought him the biggest smile was creating sets of battle mech building blocks.

I was writing what would become the Nguyen Kids series at that time. Watching my children and remembering when I was a child, it seemed like everything happened at the same time, the good and the bad, the big and the small.

To write engaging stories for young readers, my goal is to reflect children’s IRL experiences, which means writing about “all things.” My intention is to include siblings by doing what all children do – playing, spending time with friends, going on adventures –and situations (uncontrollable) that can make them uncomfortable and question themselves. Incorporating aspects of my Vietnamese cultural heritage is also very important to me, as culture is an identity factor. I strive to write stories that reflect the lived experiences and identities of certain readers and that are relevant and entertaining for all readers.

In the first Nguyen Kids book, The secret of the jade bracelet, Anne Nguyen, nine, deals with her ballet teacher who directs racial microaggressions at her. In Book 2, The power of the pearl earrings, Anne’s eight-year-old sister Liz is kicked out of school because her classmate behaves in a sexist way towards her. Unfortunately, children often experience these types of situations in their own lives, especially children from historically marginalized communities. For this reason, it was important to me to include themes of social injustice in each book in the series in an age-appropriate way and with accessible language and vocabulary.

Each book in the series is told from a brother’s point of view speaking in an unfiltered and immediate way. They are characters who make mistakes, speak negatively about themselves, no longer know how to act and have fears and regrets. They describe their emotional reactions, both immediate and persistent. Although some readers may not have experienced these kinds of situations directly, I hope they can relate to the feelings. Have they ever felt like there were knots in their stomachs, their palms were sweaty and they just wanted to go hide? Young readers often feel “disgust”—“Something’s wrong”/“I don’t like it”—without yet having the words to express it. I hope that reading about children who openly express these feelings will create a way to better understand unfamiliar and sometimes difficult experiences.

In all the books in the series, a child asks another child, “Are you okay?” as a way to reflect empathy. I read stories of kids bullying each other, kids being mean to each other, and siblings arguing. While these are authentic experiences for sure, it’s also authentic that the children are kind, that they are friends and allies, and that the siblings care about each other. It was important for me to show it. I want to write stories that convey everything – the range of emotions and experiences children have that are often not recognized by adults.

It’s a sad truth that the world doesn’t wait for children to reach a certain age or reach a certain level of development before traumatic events occur. So, as a parent, I crave stories that explore issues like racism, sexism, discrimination, and hate in a thoughtful way. Then my children may be able to recognize and begin to understand on their own how to handle these situations as they grow and develop. This is the power of stories. I appreciate how young readers are open and curious and feel deeply. As an author, I want to tell the stories that young readers will read and re-read, think and talk, and say, “I feel seen!”

Linda Trinh is a Vietnamese-Canadian author living in Winnipeg. The Nguyen Kids is published by Annick Press.

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A version of this article originally appeared in the 09/26/2022 issue of Weekly editors under the title: Write on “All things”

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Dunkey launches Bigmode, an independent video game publishing company https://plainsnews.com/dunkey-launches-bigmode-an-independent-video-game-publishing-company/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 23:07:41 +0000 https://plainsnews.com/dunkey-launches-bigmode-an-independent-video-game-publishing-company/

Video game content creator Jason “Videogamedunkey” Gastrow has established himself as one of the most popular video satirists, critics and essayists in the field. This week, the YouTuber added a new role to his resume: video game editor.

Gastrow, whose distinct comedic voice has earned him an audience of millions, will fund video games of his choice through newly formed independent game publisher Bigmode, co-founded with his wife and fellow content creator Leah.” Leahbee” Gastrow.

Dunkey, as the creator is best known, broke the news Wednesday on his YouTube channel. In a video, Gastrow recounted his own career as a content creator dedicated to showcasing “truly inspired artwork” in video games, while excoriating titles he described as “takes soulless money”. Gastrow said he was inspired to start Bigmode out of a desire to help create good indie games in a market he called “a sea of ​​mediocrity”, where quality titles are buried by subpar releases. mean.

“I’m not looking for creative control over your games, but I want to be involved,” Gastrow said in his video as an introduction to potential clients. “Bigmode will be about developing the games and the developers. We’ve put a lot of effort into creating the most developer-friendly contracts possible. I think we’re going to bring insane value to the table.[.]”

In the ad, Gastrow said he would be a good editor due to his decade-long experience as a game reviewer. He also assured his audience that his content would remain unchanged in the future.

If video games are today’s rock music, Videogamedunkey could be its Lester Bangs

Gastrow is the latest in a wave of influencers who have immersed themselves in game development. Gaming collective One True King has invested a minority stake in Notorious Studios, which is working on a fantasy role-playing game. Esports organization 100 Thieves is developing its own shooter. Controversial streamer Guy “Dr Disrespect” Beahm co-founded studio Midnight Society to develop a game with blockchain capabilities. (Before streaming, Beahm worked as a community manager and level designer for Sledgehammer Games).

However, few influencers have started posting companies. Gastrow joins Game Grumps (a YouTube collective that released “Dream Daddy” and “Soviet Jump Game”) as one of the few creators involved in delivering titles.

As a prominent figure in the gaming industry – Gastrow has 7.2 million subscribers and 3.5 billion views on YouTube alone – Gastrow’s unveiling of Bigmode immediately drew a mix of responses. Most of the talk has been about Gastrow’s lack of experience in game development: he has never created or published a game before.

“It’s exciting to have more publishers reaching out to new audiences – friendly competition between publishers is great for developers, potentially signals better conditions for teams, and creates a hopeful future for a more inclusive creative economy – especially when gamers are involved in the co-creation process,” Evva Karr, founder and CEO of video game consultancy Glitch, wrote in an email to The Washington Post. past, Karr has worked on strategic partnerships at Activision Blizzard and as a publishing consultant at Riot Games.

Yet, wrote Karr, “It can be difficult to balance a hands-off approach while having enough creative control to deliver the best possible game to gamers. It’s difficult to ship, sell, market games, negotiating with platforms, navigating distribution channels, and defending and doing well the teams that make them until you’re in the thick of it.

Video game journalist Danny O’Dwyer, founder of the Video Game Documentary Channel no clips, expressed his concerns about Gastrow’s new venture while wishing him the best. O’Dwyer tweeted that reviewing games does not translate into development capability and that indie developers are unlikely to work with an untested publisher.

“I’ll just say that I don’t know many freelancers who want an involved editor with no experience or industry representative,” wrote O’Dwyer. “To me, his value is in selling exposure on his channel. Must be interesting to watch.”

Indie game designer Dave Hoffman, creator of the musical puzzle title Mixolumiaechoed O’Dwyer in a more critical tone.

“Dunkey started a publishing house with the philosophy ‘I’ve played so many games that I know what makes them good and bad, so I’ll only publish the good ones’ about learning things at the hard.” tweeted Hoffman.

The video game review process is broken. It’s bad for readers, writers, and games.

Josh Sawyer, design director of Obsidian Entertainment studio Noted this lack of experience has not stopped many other publishers and developers. Jason Schreier, journalist and author of the books “Blood, Sweat, and Pixels” (about the difficulties of game development) and “Press Reset” (about the volatile corporate environment of the video game industry) joked that saying that Bigmode is not exceptional among game publishers.

“I can’t believe Dunkey started a video game publisher with no experience instead of taking the normal approach: get an MBA from Harvard, work at McKinsey for five years, then flunk between C suites for the rest of your life”, wrote Schreier on Twitter.

Both Jason and Leah Gastrow tweeted their thanks to supporters who had greeted Bigmode’s unveiling.

“The response to Bigmode has been amazing!” tweeted Dunkey. “Thank you very much everyone, we look forward to bringing you good things.”

The Bigmode website is online and receiving apps developers. Interested particles can specify publishing needs such as porting, marketing, localization, PR, and funding requirements. Notably, Bigmode rejects all projects that use non-fungible tokens (NFTs), cryptocurrency, or any other form of blockchain technology.

]]> Heavy rain likely over Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, UP and other states; check the full IMD predictions here https://plainsnews.com/heavy-rain-likely-over-chhattisgarh-madhya-pradesh-up-and-other-states-check-the-full-imd-predictions-here/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 21:37:01 +0000 https://plainsnews.com/heavy-rain-likely-over-chhattisgarh-madhya-pradesh-up-and-other-states-check-the-full-imd-predictions-here/

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New Delhi: Several states in India including Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana are expected to receive heavy rains over the next few days. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy rains will fall over Chhattisgarh, Vidarbha, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and eastern Rajasthan over the next two to three days.

Meanwhile, the low pressure area extends over northeast Madhya Pradesh and surrounding areas. “Yesterday’s area of ​​low pressure over the northwestern Bay of Bengal and the adjoining northern coasts of Odisha and West Bengal now extends over northeastern Madhya Pradesh and its environs. It is very likely to move west-northwestward over the next 2 days,” IMD said in its Wednesday weather report.

Heavy rains are forecast over several parts of eastern and western India. “Fairly widespread/widespread light/moderate rainfall with isolated heavy falls and thunderstorms/lightning very likely over Odisha and Telangana on the 21st; Vidarbha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Maharashtra and Marathwada on the 21st and 22nd and Madhya Pradesh on the 21st-23rd September 2022 ,” the weather agency said. Isolated very heavy rain is also likely over western Madhya Pradesh on Thursday.

Read also : Weather Update: Heavy rain likely over Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Vidarbha over the next 2-3 days.

Heavy rainfall is also forecast over several parts of northern and northwestern India, including Delhi. The MeT department in its press release said: “Scattered/fairly widespread light/moderate rain with isolated heavy falls and thunderstorms/lightning most likely over Uttarakhand and western Uttar Pradesh from 21st to 25; Haryana and Chandigarh on 21-22 and more Eastern Rajasthan and eastern Uttar Pradesh on 21-23 and likely moderate rainfall over Delhi on 21-22 September 2022.”

Meanwhile, isolated very heavy rains are also likely over eastern Rajasthan and eastern Uttar Pradesh on September 22. Heavy showers are also forecast over northeastern states including Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram over the next few days.

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Future Sells Publishing Catalog For Reported Eight Figures https://plainsnews.com/future-sells-publishing-catalog-for-reported-eight-figures/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 19:37:00 +0000 https://plainsnews.com/future-sells-publishing-catalog-for-reported-eight-figures/

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OUSD no longer publishes its COVID data https://plainsnews.com/ousd-no-longer-publishes-its-covid-data/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 23:32:20 +0000 https://plainsnews.com/ousd-no-longer-publishes-its-covid-data/

By Zack Haber

The Oakland Unified School District is no longer releasing data this school year to notify students, staff, parents and the public of positive COVID cases in schools.

“The district is responding to all positive cases that we are made aware of,” OUSD spokesman John Sasaki wrote in an email to the Post News Group. “However, in accordance with state and county guidelines, we are no longer aggregating and cleansing data in the same manner as last year.”

Over the past school year, OUSD, along with neighboring school districts, released regularly updated dashboards that informed the public of positive COVID cases both districtwide and in schools. individual. While the OUSD has retired its COVID dashboard, the Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryvilleand San Leandro Unified School Districts continue to update theirs.

In an email, Berkeley Unified School District spokeswoman Trish McDermott wrote that her district continues to “share our case count information with our community on our dashboard to inform their own choices regarding masking and testing”.

Spokesperson Keziah Moss wrote that the San Leandro School District has “continued to operate seamlessly with our staff and families.” Moss called the publicly available COVID data “useful for everyone as we monitor health and wellness in our schools.”

In an interview with the Post News Group, OUSD parent Innosanto Nagara expressed frustration over the removal of the dashboard and also questioned the adequacy of the COVID testing and data collection process. ‘OUSD.

“Without the dashboard, I have no idea how many students have COVID,” Nagara said. “But it’s not just the dashboard that’s gone. Basically, the whole monitoring, testing and reporting system is also gone.

According to Nagara, last school year her son was tested for COVID twice a week at the school he attends, Melrose Leadership Academy, but that practice ended.

“Before the start of this school year, our school sent an email saying you could come and take a test,” Nagara said. “And that’s all I heard about the tests.”

According to Sasaki, OUSD’s decision to remove its dashboard is “in alignment with” a resolution the school board passed on June 22. The resolution no longer requires the district to release its COVID data and ended bi-weekly testing at all schools. Although the district is still required to distribute take-home tests to students and house staffed testing centers, there is no requirement for the number of tests that must be distributed or the number of centers that must stay open. Sasaki says rapid tests are available for any symptomatic or exposed students. This month, OUSD has two to four test centers for PCR testing open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., roughly the same hours schools are open.

Board Director Mike Hutchinson, who introduced the resolution, told this reporter in a message that the intent of the resolution was to “reset the district’s response to COVID this year, so we’re in alignment.” with the state and the CDC and always have the flexibility to change if needed.”

“Fortunately, we don’t need the same level of testing or reporting as last year,” Hutchinson wrote. “It is good news that we have been able to scale back and modify our response to COVID.”

All elected trustees currently serving on the school board voted to approve Hutchinson’s resolution. Director Kyra Mungia, who was appointed to the board, had not yet taken office at the time of the vote.

In an email to this reporter, board director Sam Davis wrote that if he had been “an advocate for greater availability [COVID] data” during the past school year, he “saw no reason to put off” Hutchinson’s resolution for this year. Davis called collecting and reporting COVID data a “big lift” and wrote that “it doesn’t feel like schools should be burdened with doing this work when it’s not done for one. places where people congregate in large numbers, usually unmasked, such as bars, concerts and restaurants, in a way that probably contributes much more to community transmission than schools.

Board trustees Aimee Eng, Clifford Thompson and VanCedric Williams did not respond to multiple requests for comment on this story. Director Gary Yee did not respond when asked why he voted to approve Hutchinson’s resolution, but wrote in an email that he believed Superintendent Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell was true to her intent.

During public comments from a school board meeting on August 24, Dorothy Graham criticized OUSD for no longer publishing COVID data.

“How are families supposed to understand the spread of COVID in our schools and the risk to our students without data? ” she asked.

Graham is a former director of the Alameda Health Consortium and has over 40 years of experience in public health. She is also a high-risk COVID individual with a grandson who attends an OUSD school. In an interview, Graham said she felt OUSD was shifting its response from collective responsibility to individual responsibility. Like other districts in the region and nation, masks are now optional at OUSD. Grahams is critical of the district’s choice to no longer release COVID data when ending required masking could put more people at risk and feels it’s especially important now that people have access to COVID data so they can do informed choices in risk assessment.

“The data dashboard provided imperfect but vital information to understand where things stood,” Graham said. “You could see the spikes in the cases and know how urgent it was to test.”

As the OUSD school year began in early August, the CDC was saying COVID transmission was high across the Bay Area. It’s unclear how widespread COVID is now and if it poses less of a risk this school year. Vaccinations protect many people against the worst symptoms of COVID, but their potency decreases over time and more than 25% of college students and 45% of black college students are unvaccinated.

It is also unclear how widespread COVID is currently in Alameda County. Since last spring, private and public health institutes and departments have been saying that COVID case rates have likely become increasingly underestimated as home COVID testing is more available while government testing is less available. The increased ability to test independently has caused people to report their cases to health services less frequently. That of the county data dashboards currently show that the rates of reported COVID cases over the past four months have fallen sharply. They also show that COVID-related hospitalizations and hospitalization rates have increased sharply over the past six months or so. The county is currently administering testing at about the same rate as it did at the start of the pandemic.

Graham thinks few people talk about the OUSD-related COVID issues.

“I was the only person to mention the word COVID at the board meeting,” she said. “The voices you would expect to speak on this are not.”

Teachers, students, and the Oakland Education Association had been speaking out on COVID-related safety issues for the past two school years. Last January, teachers at OUSD protestedas did students, in independent non-union sickness and/or walkout actions calling for better COVID safety measures. AEO pressed the district and negotiated on security issuesand finally reached a security agreement this included the free availability of high-quality masks in all schools. This year, however, there have been no COVID protests. None of four ballots OAS released the word COVID in them this year, and its website no longer has a navigable page for COVID resources.

In an emailed statement to this reporter, OAS President Keith Brown wrote that “we cannot let our guard down against COVID.” Brown pointed out that the agreements made with the district last year have continued this year. These include providing classrooms with quality air filtration, providing substitute teachers in classrooms, and ensuring that “OUSD maintains a stock of high-quality masks and rapid tests”.

According to Brown, the OAS has also encouraged greater transparency when it comes to COVID data this year.

“Our security agreement sets the minimum, and we will continue to encourage OUSD to go beyond that,” Brown wrote, “including transparently reporting known cases.”

In the meantime, OUSD parent Innosanto Nagara and grandparent Dorothy Graham remain unhappy with the district’s COVID procedures and want more transparency.

“I feel like we sent kids out this year like COVID was over by district concerns,” Nagara said.

“I think they removed the dashboard very prematurely.” said Graham. “Why is it controversial? Publishing the data should only be common sense.

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City to see lull in monsoon activity, no sign of retreat https://plainsnews.com/city-to-see-lull-in-monsoon-activity-no-sign-of-retreat/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 16:35:14 +0000 https://plainsnews.com/city-to-see-lull-in-monsoon-activity-no-sign-of-retreat/

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has declared the possibility of a decrease in rainfall intensity over the coming week. The Konkan belt, including Mumbai, received a green alert (no rain warning) from Monday. However, the IMD assured that the monsoon has not yet receded.

The city has witnessed continuous moderate downpours as well as intense bouts over the past two weeks in Mumbai, Thane and adjoining areas due to cyclonic circulation. This favorable monsoon condition is likely to decrease.

“The weather over the coming week will start to get drier and the intensity of the rain will decrease. The moderate showers the city is currently experiencing will continue mostly for the next 48 hours, but will see a gradual lessening,” according to the head of IMD, Sushma Nair.

“However, it does not mean that the monsoon is retreating because usually the monsoon retreat starts from Rajasthan and then the rest of the country follows. The monsoon retreat has not yet started in Rajasthan, we don’t have therefore not yet declared a monsoon retreat for the city of Mumbai,” the official added.

On Sunday, the minimum temperature recorded in Santacruz was 23.8°C and the maximum was 30.4°C. The recorded relative humidity was 95%. Colaba experienced a minimum temperature of 24.2°C and a maximum temperature of 30.2°C with a relative humidity of 90%.

The city also had a good air day on Sunday due to rains and fast winds.

According to data from the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), Mumbai recorded an air quality index (AQI) of 10 on Sunday, while other cities like Delhi, Pune and Ahmedabad recorded an AQI of 34. , 22 and 42 respectively.

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