World Conference of Science Journalists 2019

first_imgWorld Conference of Science Journalists 2019 Deadline: 31 May 2018Open to: science journalists from all over the worldBenefits: travel and accommodation expenses will be coveredDescriptionThe next edition of the World Conference of Science Journalists will take place from 1 to 4 July 2019 in Lausanne, Switzerland.This biannual conference is an important opportunity for journalists covering science to come together as a community of professionals sharing many values and goals, despite the great diversity of the profession – and of course to build and sustain this community.Science journalists face many challenges: garnering attention for stories from editors and audiences; mas+tering complex tools, both conceptual and practical; seeking elusive truths from sources promoting their own agendas.EligibilityScience journalists from all over the world;Anyone with an interest in improving the quality of science journalism.BenefitsSession producers are strongly encouraged to find independent funding to cover travel and accommodation costs for themselves and their moderators and speakers (note: the conference fee, covering the whole program plus all social events, will be waived). In cases where such funding, fully or partially, cannot be secured, WCSJ2019 will cover travel and accommodation expenses (within the limits of its travel policy) for two to three nights in Lausanne for one producer as well as up to a maximum of 4 participants in the session. Once a session is accepted, specific funding needs will be discussed with the organizers.How to Apply?You can submit a proposal here using Submittable. No other submission channel will be accepted. You will need to have the following information ready:Names, affiliations, and contact info of the producer(s);A summary (600 words maximum) of what the session is about and what the audience will learn;The format you intend to use;The names and affiliations of proposed speakers, moderators, trainers, et cetera.For more information please visit the official website. Pocket Simple Ways How We Can Help Our Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic Reddit LinkedIn 0 +1 ← World Forum for Democracy 2018 Similar Stories How Volunteering Can Change You for the Better? Tweet Share 0 May 22, 2018 Published by Ivona Chatham House Common Futures Conversations: Join the Community IAEA Young Innovative Communicators Competition 2018 →last_img read more

LARC Board Issues COVID-19 Testing Update To Members

first_imgLARC News:The Los Alamos Retirement Community (LARC) Board issued the following message today to its members:For several weeks now, the Los Alamos Retirement Community has been conducting routine COVID-19 testing of its residents and employees. On July 5, we received notification of our first positive test, an employee who works at Sombrillo Nursing & Rehabilitation.In response to this, we have instituted strict resident isolation and other temporary measures recommended by CDC and CMS and implemented in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health.In addition to these precautions, we will test 100 percent of our residents and employees to determine whether there was any spread of the infection. LARC will issue an additional statement if there are additional positive test results.The LARC Board would like to praise the incredible work of its staff, who have been committed and proactive in their response to COVID-19, and continue to show up every day, selfless and determined to give their all to fighting back this virus for the good of our residents – true heroes.last_img read more

Libraries: A Love Story

first_imgThe original library building in Westhampton. Independent/Courtesy Westhampton Free LibraryOnce upon a time, a library was simply a place where books lived.But, as the years passed, and people became busier, and there was less time for reading and more distractions like color TV and so on, public libraries became stodgy and old, with musty books and old ladies who said “Shhhh!” a lot. At least, that was how some people imagined them to be.But then as families fractured, and teens became bored, and an aging population needed information, libraries became more than just a place where books lived. They became essential community hubs.Today, libraries provide everything from lessons in defensive driving, CPR, and English as a Second Language, to talks by experts and authors on every subject imaginable, to teen game nights and senior dance classes, legal forums and free internet, summer fairs and movie nights — and, of course, books.In a couple of generations, libraries went from being stigmatized as a hidey-hole for researchers and academics to vibrant centers bursting with culture, creativity, and conversation.And a few of the local libraries are getting some love from the government, just in time for the back-to-school crowd. Recently, libraries in Hampton Bays, Quogue, Southampton, and Westhampton have received state funding for construction and broadband infrastructure projects.New York State Public Library construction grants have been awarded to the Hampton Bays Public Library for $58,960; Quogue Library for $326,000; Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton for $12,777; and Westhampton Free Library for $357,731, according to a statement from the office of Assemblyman Fred Thiele.And it couldn’t have come at a better time. According to the New York State Education Department, the state’s public libraries are in urgent need of renovation and upgrading. More than 52 percent of the more than 1000 public library buildings in New York State are over 60 years old, some of them much older than that. Another 31 percent are more than 30 years old.Hampton Bays Library will use the grant for a roof replacement and lighting upgrades, while Quogue Library will apply the funds toward interior and exterior upgrades to increase energy efficiency, to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and to upgrade security. Rogers Memorial Library will also upgrade its security system with the grant.Westhampton Free Library is applying the funds toward interior renovations, and is looking at a grand reopening on Sunday, September 15, from 1 to 3 PM.The Westhampton Free Library Association opened its doors on Main Street on March 1, 1897, with a charter signed by Melvil Dewey, creator of the Dewey Decimal System, the gold standard in classification for libraries around the country.In 1906, property owned by Ralph and Laura Cutter was gifted to the library and the first building was erected at a cost of $3200.Then, according to the library’s website, in 1951, a gift from the Westhampton Chapel Society led to the erection of the Library Avenue building. Two extensions were added two years later, courtesy of the Judge Harold Medina Fund. Over the next 30 years, the library continued to expand to suit a growing community, with further additions and expansions, and then the purchase of the Library Avenue location in 2003 as a site for the library’s programs.But as it grew and grew, it also needed renovations. The library moved to a temporary location in September 2008 and stayed there until the new building opened on June 26, 2010. The Westhampton Free Library received its LEED Gold Certification in December 2010.The reopening will mark the culmination of the library’s interior design and expansion project. The project included the conversion of 2750 square feet of unused space within the library into usable space.Specifically, it includes an expansion of the children’s program room, new teen area and program room, new multipurpose room, new tween area, and reconfiguration of the main floor of the library to accommodate more efficient flow, new lounge area, group study, and a quiet study room.“We are thrilled that the project has come to fruition and are looking forward to celebrating with the community,” library director Danielle Waskiewicz said in a press release.The New York State Library and NYSED approved 251 construction projects for public libraries and public library systems throughout the state for around $34 million in capital fund appropriation.State aid for library construction helps local libraries and library systems to complete required renovations, create additions, update electrical wiring to accommodate computer technology, meet standards of energy efficiency, renovate facilities to provide full accessibility to library users with disabilities, and provide meeting rooms to accommodate community needs.“We are very much looking forward to our grand opening celebration. The new space that has been created as a result of the renovation project provides the opportunity for the library to offer even more programs to our community,” said Waskiewicz.And so, for several East End institutions, a new chapter begins. Visit to find out [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

Celebrities and athletes blast rioting and looting in Baltimore

first_imgBALTIMORE — While the celebrities and athletes empathize with the pent up emotion stemming from yet another unarmed black man being killed after a violent encounter with white police officers, they resoundingly and vehemently denounce the senseless and direction-less violence and looting exemplified on Monday night in Maryland.Two of the city’s most famous athletes, Ray Lewis and Carmelo Anthony, spoke out on the horror they witnessed on their televisions along with millions others.Lewis, the Hall of Famer and former superstar linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, implored those involved in rioting to “stop the violence.”“Baltimore get off the streets. Kids, go home. Stay home,” Lewis said in an impassioned video posted on Facebook. “You don’t have no right to do what you’re doing to this city. Too many hard-working people built this city. We put this city together, we put this city on our back. We’re with you. We know what’s going on. We know the problems. We know there was wrong done. We know we’re not getting the right justice. We know all these answers. But rioting in our streets is wrong — it’s dead wrong.”New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony, who was born in New York but spent the balance of his childhood in Baltimore, wrote a message on Instagram asking for calm and to “build our city up not tear it down.”“We all want Justice. And our city will get the answers we are looking for,” Anthony said. “My deepest sympathy goes out to the GRAY Family. To see my city in a State of Emergency is just shocking. We need to protect our city, not destroy it. What happens when we get the answers that we want, and the media attention is not there anymore? We go back to being the same ol Baltimore City again. If not yourself, then Think about the youth. How this will impact them. Let’s build our city up not tear it down.”Lewis, who has been hailed as a sports hero after 17 legendary seasons for the Baltimore Ravens that included a Super Bowl MVP award, admonished the children in the city to stay off the streets.“No way, no way this can happen in our city. Young kids, you’ve got to understand something. Get off the streets. Violence is not the answer, violence has never been the answer,” Lewis said. “… We don’t do nothing for [Freddie Gray] doing this. We know there’s a deeper issue. We know what the jungle looks like. But this isn’t it.”Lewis added: “I can’t come back home and this is it — kids can’t walk to the street. This is our future. Our future is in Baltimore — what we’re trying to build is in Baltimore. Too many babies paying attention to this craziness. And the sad part is, we’ve got young kids trying to tell us how they’re going to dictate our city. That won’t happen. We must change this right now. Stop the violence man. Go home. I’m telling you, go home. Whatever I gotta do, it will not happen on our clock. It will not happen on our clock.”Anthony said rioters should focus on “the real issues.”“Although, we want justice, let’s look at the real issues at hand,” the New York Knicks star wrote. “For example, When was the last school built in Baltimore? That’s just one example. I know my community is fed up. I’m all about fighting for what we believe in. The anger, the resentment, the neglect that our community feels right now, will not change over night. Continue, fighting for what you believe in. But remember, it takes no time to destroy something. But, it can take forever to build it back up.”Other celebrities, including the creator and actors on the mega-popular HBO series “The Wire,” also spoke out against the riots and looting that injured 15 officers, destroyed inner city property and led to the governor calling in the National Guard to restore order.“To my Beloved city Baltimore..I feel your pain,” tweeted actor Andre Royo. “Stand up..rise UP without breaking down! Discipline not Destruction. #VictorynotVictims.” Actor Wendell Pierce shared his dismay with what the rioters were doing. “Baltimore. These are not protestors. These are criminals disrespectful of the wishes of the family and people of good will,” he tweeted.The Wire creator David Simon’s stance is the same following Freddie Gray’s death. He strongly criticized the violent reaction on his blog:“But now — in this moment — the anger and the selfishness and the brutality of those claiming the right to violence in Freddie Gray’s name needs to cease.  There was real power and potential in the peaceful protests that spoke in Mr. Gray’s name initially, and there was real unity at his homegoing today.  But this, now, in the streets, is an affront to that man’s memory and a dimunition of the absolute moral lesson that underlies his unnecessary death.If you can’t seek redress and demand reform without a brick in your hand, you risk losing this moment for all of us in Baltimore.  Turn around.  Go home.  Please.”last_img read more

Cut by Browns, Haden signs 3-year deal with Steelers

first_imgThe Pittsburgh Steelers were more than happy to give the longtime Cleveland Browns cornerback a shot at all three.The Steelers signed Haden to a three-year contract on Wednesday night just hours after the Browns granted Haden his release.Haden, a two-time Pro Bowler, gives the defending AFC North champions an upgrade in the secondary in their bid to chase down Super Bowl champion New England.Haden’s deal has a total value of $27 million, said a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because financial details were not released. Initial talks between Pittsburgh and Haden were first reported by ESPN.The Browns cut Haden earlier Wednesday, breaking ties with one of the few fixtures for a franchise that has spent the entirety of Haden’s seven-year career rebuilding and then rebuilding some more.They don’t do that in Pittsburgh. The Steelers reached the AFC title game in January only to get blown out by the Patriots, with Tom Brady throwing for 383 yards and three touchdowns.Pittsburgh made taking a more aggressive approach a top priority and Haden is eager to prove he’s still an elite defender after two subpar seasons marred by injury.The former first-round draft pick has 19 interceptions in seven seasons, but has been limited to just 18 games the past two years. Haden’s signing adds spice to the season opener between the Browns and Steelers on Sept. 10.This is the second straight season the Steelers have taken on a former Browns defender late in training camp. Pittsburgh sent a sixth-round pick in the 2018 draft to Cleveland last August for former first-round pick Justin Gilbert. Gilbert never earned a starting spot, played in just 12 games and was released the day after the Super Bowl.The expectations will be considerably higher for Haden, who will get a shot to line up opposite Artie Burns.Ross Cockrell and Coty Sensabaugh have spent much of training camp vying for a starting spot, but both could take on lesser roles or perhaps even be out of a job entirely depending on what direction the Steelers want to go in when rosters are trimmed to 53 on Saturday.The Steelers took cornerback Cam Sutton in the third round of the draft and also have veteran William Gay and Mike Hilton in the mix, among others.Pittsburgh went 11-5 last season despite a middling performance against the pass. The Steelers finished 16th in yards passing allowed, 15th in interceptions and ninth in sacks, rankings they have said repeatedly during training camp need to improve if they want any chance at catching up with the Patriots.If Haden can recapture some of the form he displayed in 2013 and 2014, the Steelers could inch closer to ending New England’s vice grip on AFC supremacy.___AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this report.___For more NFL coverage: and PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Haden needed a job, a change of scenery and a chance at a Super Bowl. In this Aug. 21, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) walks off the field after an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)last_img read more

It’s back! …Courier’s ‘Men of Excellence’ Awards 2017 (Nominate a ‘Man of Excellence’ now!)

first_imgEditor’s Note: If you cannot read the questions and other information on the nomination form above, please refer to the information below, and E-mail the information and answers to —- [email protected] —- For questions concerning the 2017 Men of Excellence Awards, call managing editor Rob Taylor Jr. at 412-481-8302, ext. 135.Nominee’s InformationNAMEAGETITLE/POSITIONSCOMPANY/AFFILIATIONYEARS IN INDUSTRYADDRESSCITY/STATE/ZIPPHONE NUMBERE-MAILQuestionsDescribe specific accomplishments that demonstrate nominee’s excellence? For those doing the nominating, please provide your contact information belowNAMETITLEFIRM/ORGANIZATIONADDRESSCITY/STATE/ZIPPHONE EMAIL Email the above information and answers to [email protected] Click on image to fill out nomination form. How has the nominee mentored others?center_img Andy Williams famously sang, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”Little did people know that he was referring to the New Pittsburgh Courier’s “Men of Excellence” Awards…For nearly a decade, the Courier has bestowed honors upon local African American men who have exemplified extraordinary strength and commitment to their profession and to the community. They are fathers, leaders, executives, business professionals, educators, etc., and they belong to an exclusive society—A New Pittsburgh Courier Man of Excellence.FILL OUT FORM ONLINE AT: this Dec. 13 at the Fairmont Hotel, Downtown, the time will be right to induct another group of Pittsburgh-area men into this exclusive classification.Emmy Award winner Emmai Alaquiva. Curator/activist Paradise Gray. EQT supplier diversity manager Lance Hyde. Former Steelers star-turned business owner J.T. Thomas. Strong Cleaners owner Eric Strong. Classic Events! Executive director Ralph P. Watson.They’re just some of the men who have been named New Pittsburgh Courier “Men of Excellence.”“I am still honored and humbled as one of the personal/professional accolades of my career, receiving the 2014 New Pittsburgh Courier Men of Excellence recognition,” Watson told the Courier. “While it is always a great experience to be recognized, I remember leaving the event feeling empowered to continue the plight of civic engagement and inclusion for the underserved.”Thus, the nomination process has officially begun. To make a nomination, please adhere to the following guidelines: Nominees must be a male at least 21 years old who resides in the Greater Pittsburgh area; nominees must be active in his career or profession; selections will be made by the New Pittsburgh Courier Men of Excellence Selection Committee based on local African American business executive or entrepreneur, proven success in career/profession, positive role model, and demonstrative community service.Questions to be completed by those nominating include: Describe specific accomplishments that demonstrate nominee’s excellence; describe nominee’s community service activity/organizational involvement; and how the nominee has mentored others. Those nominating should include nominee’s name, age, profession, years in industry, along with nominee’s address, phone number and E-mail. Those nominating should provide their own contact information, as well. Photos of the nominee are not needed during the nomination process.FILL OUT FORM ONLINE AT: can also be sent via E-mail to [email protected] or via U.S. mail, “Men of Excellence,” 315 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Deadline for nominations is Monday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. Describe nominee’s community service activity/organizational involvement?last_img read more

Waitress accused of stealing $70K from ex-Steeler’s eateryhines

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — A waitress at a restaurant run by a retired Pittsburgh Steelers star is accused of stealing over $70,000 from the eatery.WPXI-TV reports Kimberly Cook was arrested Thursday on a charge of theft by unlawful taking from Hines Ward’s restaurant called Table 86.Cook is accused of taking cash payments from customers and ringing them up as gift cards at Table 86 in Seven Fields, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) north of Pittsburgh. Police say she pocketed cash from the fake gift card sales from August 2015 until last month.Cook is jailed on a probation violation stemming from a similar crime years ago. No attorney is listed.Ward was a wide receiver who played 14 seasons for the Steelers. He’s also been on “Dancing with the Stars” and had cameos on TV shows and movies.___Information from: WPXI-TV, – In this Jan. 11, 2009, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward, right, and retired Steelers running back Jerome Bettis smiles during an NFL divisional playoff football game against the San Diego Chargers in Pittsburgh.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)last_img read more

Liverpool’s Joe Gomez to have surgery on leg fracture

first_imgduring the Premier League match between Leicester City and Liverpool FC at The King Power Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom.Advertisement uzrNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsoj2nWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Er5f( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) p2Would you ever consider trying this?😱3sq39Can your students do this? 🌚6mcRoller skating! Powered by Firework It looks as though Liverpool’s injury problems in defence won’t be resolved easily. Joe Gomez is set to have an operation on the leg fracture he sustained against Burnley in December.Advertisement The youngster was substituted in the game when he was on the wrong end of a challenge from Burnley skipper Ben Mee. Jurgen Klopp never made the extent of the injury clear, and now the period of absence has been lengthened. Gomez was initially ruled out for six weeks, but that has been extended now. Liverpool still expect him to play before the end of the season though.Advertisement “Obviously being out for longer than we’d first hoped for is hard to swallow,” said Gomez. “It was an injury caused by an impact so I know it’s just a case of when it’s fully healed I’m good to go again.”The England international was enjoying a fantastic season before getting injured. He had made 18 appearances, many of which came alongside Virgil van Dijk at centre-back.Advertisement “It’s a blow for the boy and for us – because prior to the injury he was in such fantastic shape,” said Klopp. “He is too valuable to take any risk with, both for our present and future, so we get this procedure done and he comes back when he’s ready.”  Advertisementlast_img read more

Nelson Select teams off to compete in Provincial B Cup

first_imgThe three girl’s clubs compete in the U13, U14 and U15 divisions while the boys are up against teams from throughout the province in the U15, U16 and U18 categories.Each Nelson Select team plays a three-team-round-robin draw before the final games Sunday.There are eight zones in each division with each team playing one game from Thursday to Saturday before the medal games.The top team in each pool advances to play in the gold medal game.The second-place finishers in each division meet for the bronze.The final two teams play off in consolation round action.The Nelson Select teams represent the Kootenay Zone at the provincial tourney. It’s time to get ready for the big stage for a handful of Nelson Youth Soccer Rep teams.The squads begin quest for medals at the B.C. Soccer Provincial B Cups beginning Thursday in Aldergrove and Kelowna.Each team from Nelson — three in the girl’s tourney in Kelowna and three competing in Aldergrove in the boy’s event — enter the tournament seeded seventh.last_img read more