In this article, you learn about who we are, what we do and more. We have many goals in mind for the future and we hope to be able to complete a few this year. LAPS News: We have done many things already to help the environment, but with not a lot of funding, there’s not much we can do. We are just a group of kids who wants to help the environment. That is why we would like you to help us! Our goals are to make the environment cleaner, for instance, we are: We are planning on making the court at the middle school more eco-friendly by planting grass, trees, and possibly a pond. We also went to the Valles Caldera, to test the water. Watershed monitoring is important because it makes sure that water quality, fauna, chemical balance, and volume is sufficient for our wildlife. We have also gone to things like a recycling fair where they teach about recycling. We have planned many things but without your help, we can not do it. We do not know when you will see us again, but currently, we are focusing on having the whole club working towards a common goal. We are very serious about getting work done and helping the beautiful New Mexican outdoors. You can help in many ways, here are some examples: Anyone can spread the word about the right way to recycle and what you can recycle. If you’re interested in donating to our fundraising website, we are always in need of funding for these projects, you can donate at https://www.gofundme.com/f/los-alamos-youth-earth-team-fundraiser. Anyone can also help in their community and do things like pick up trash. You can help the environment if you do simple things. You might say “What is the Los Alamos Youth Earth Team?” … we are a middle school group that helps the environment and does projects that help the plants and animals around us.
Fears are mounting for Syrian human rights lawyer Khalil Matouk, who has been held incommunicado at an unknown location since his arrest last October, an independent human rights organisation has told the Gazette.A spokesman for the Gulf Center for Human Rights said armed men in civilian clothing detained the lawyer while he was en route to his office in Damascus.Matouk is a prominent human rights lawyer within Syria, where he is known for his work at the Syrian Centre for Legal Studies and Research.Over the past two years, at least 60,000 people have been killed in the conflict in Syria, with some 2.5 million displaced.
[av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]Friday, February 23, 2018Gilas Pilipinas’ Andray Blatche attacks the defense of Australia Boomers during their 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifier game on Thursday, Feb. 22. FIBA[/av_textblock][av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]MANILA – Gilas Pilipinas gave Australia Boomers a scare in the opening half before losing 68-84 in the 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers on Thursday at the Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne.Despite playing without star guard Jayson Castro, Gilas was able to stamp class early as it built a 30-25 lead on inside conversions by June Mar Fajardo and Andray Blatche, but Boomers countered with a run to take a 37-32 lead at the half.The Philippines was still in striking distance 39-42 following a basket by Kiefer Ravena but the Aussies relied on hits by Cameron Gliddon and Angus Brandt to pull to a 63-49 advantage.Boomers increased the lead further 71-50 early in the fourth quarter before Gilas tried to made its last stand to come to as close as 14 points. The Aussies went on a finishing run to raise the lead to 18 points.Gliddon led Boomers (3-0) with 16 points, including four 3-point conversions. Brandt added 13 markers while Mitchell Cleek and Kevin John Lisch had 12 points each.Fajardo was the lone bright spot in the Philippine team with 15 points while naturalized center Blatche had another subpar performance with 8 points and seven rebounds.Despite the defeat, Gilas Pilipinas head coach Vincent “Chot” Reyes still praised his players for their tough stand against the towering Boomers.“The good thing about this game is now we know we can take them,” Sports5 quoted Reyes as telling his players.Gilas will aim to bounce back from its first defeat in three matches in Group B when it plays host to Japan on Sunday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] Gilas Pilipinas’ Andray Blatche attacks the defense of Australia Boomers during their 2019 FIBA World Cup Qualifier game on Thursday, Feb. 22. FIBA [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” av-desktop-hide=” av-medium-hide=” av-small-hide=” av-mini-hide=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=”][/av_textblock][av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Gilas bows to Australia, 68-84′ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’18’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=” av-medium-font-size-title=” av-small-font-size-title=” av-mini-font-size-title=” av-medium-font-size=” av-small-font-size=” av-mini-font-size=” admin_preview_bg=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading]
E-mail: [email protected] Two days after losing three players, the Utah basketball team has added one with the signing of Misha Radojevic, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound center/forward from Belgrade, Serbia.Radojevic (pronounced MEE-shah RAH-doe-yeh-vic) will join the Runnin’ Utes with two years of eligibility remaining. He has been attending the Belgrade Polytechnic Academy the past two years.Radojevic has been playing basketball in the Serbian amateur leagues since graduating from high school. He currently plays for Tamis Pancevo and is averaging 12 points and nine rebounds per game.”I’m very excited and proud to become a part of such a successful program at the University of Utah and to be playing for the Utes next year,” said Radojevic, who made a visit to the campus in February.Radojevic will help fill the void left by Andrew Bogut who is turning pro and Justin Hawkins who is not returning for his junior season. He can play both the center position and the power forward positions vacated by Bogut and Hawkins.”We’re very excited to have Misha become a part of the Utah basketball family,” said coach Ray Giacoletti. “Misha is a tough, hard-nosed guy. He really understands the nuances of the game that are necessary to be successful. He’ll bring both experience and toughness to our front line next year.”Although the Utes still have one scholarship opening after losing three players, Hawkins, Jermaine Calvin and Jake Schmidt, earlier this week, Giacoletti has indicated the team won’t necessarily fill the spot.The Utes played one scholarship short of their limit of 12, which is one lower than the NCAA maximum due to penalties imposed to the Utah program by the NCAA two years ago.During the fall signing period the Utes signed four players, Shaun Green, a 6-8 forward out of Olympus High; Lawrence Borha, a 6-3 guard originally from New York, who is coming out of prep school in Moorpark Calif.; Ricky Johns, a 6-3 JC guard from New York and Johnnie Bryant, a 6-foot guard out of San Francisco. Besides the five signees, the other returning scholarship players are seniors Chris Jackson, Tim Drisdom, Bryant Markson and Richard Chaney, junior Jonas Langvad and redshirt freshman Luke Nevill.
WASHINGTON | Air traffic controllers are still working schedules known as “rattlers” that make it likely they’ll get little or no sleep before overnight shifts, more than three years after a series of incidents involving controllers sleeping on the job, according to a government report released Friday.The report by the National Research Council also expressed concern about the effectiveness of the Federal Aviation Administration’s program to prevent its 15,000 controllers from suffering fatigue on the job, a program that has been hit with budget cuts. And the 12-member committee of academic and industry experts who wrote the report at the behest of Congress said FAA officials refused to allow them to review results of prior research the agency conducted with NASA examining how work schedules affect controller performance.The FAA-NASA research results “have remained in a ‘for official use only’ format” since 2009 and have not been released to the public, the report said.The committee stressed its concern that controllers are still working schedules that cram five eight-hour work shifts into four 24-hour periods. The schedules are popular with controllers because at the end of last shift they have 80 hours off before returning to work the next week. But controllers also call the shifts “rattlers” because they “turn around and bite back.”An example of the kind of schedule that alarmed the report’s authors begins with two consecutive day shifts ending at 10 p.m. followed by two consecutive morning shifts beginning at 7 a.m. The controller gets off work at 3 p.m. after the second morning shift and returns to work at about 11 p.m. the same day for an overnight shift — the fifth and last shift of the workweek.When factoring in commute times and the difficulty people have sleeping during the day when the human body’s circadian rhythms are “promoting wakefulness,” controllers are “unlikely to log a substantial amount of sleep, if any, before the final midnight shift,” the report said.“From a fatigue and safety perspective, this scheduling is questionable and the committee was astonished to find that it is still allowed under current regulations,” the report said. The combination of “acute sleep loss” while working overnight hours when circadian rhythms are at their lowest ebb and people most crave sleep “increases the risk for fatigue and for associated errors and accidents,” the report said.FAA officials didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.The National Air Traffic Controllers Association defended the scheduling, citing the 2009 study that hasn’t been publicly released. The union said in a statement that NASA’s research showed that “with proper rest periods,” the rattler “actually produced less periods of fatigue risk to the overall schedule.”In 2011, FAA officials and then-Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood promised reforms after a nearly a dozen incidents in which air traffic controllers were discovered sleeping on the job or didn’t respond to calls from pilots trying to land planes late at night. In one episode, two airliners landed at Washington’s Reagan National Airport without the aid of a controller because the lone controller on the overnight shift had fallen asleep. In another case, a medical flight with a seriously ill patient had to circle an airport in Reno, Nevada, before landing because the controller had fallen asleep.Studies show most night shift workers, not just controllers, face difficulties staying awake no matter how much sleep they’ve had. That’s especially true if they aren’t active or don’t have work that keeps them mentally engaged. Controllers on night shifts often work in darkened rooms with frequent periods of little or no air traffic to occupy their attention — conditions scientists say are conducive to falling asleep.“We all know what happens with fatigue,” said Mathias Basner, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania medical school and the sleep expert on the committee. “The first thing you expect to see is attention going down, reaction time slows, you have behavioral lapses or micro-sleeps. … If you have to react quickly in that situation, that is problematic.”After the 2011 sleeping incidents, the FAA stopped scheduling controllers to work alone on overnight shifts at 27 airports and air traffic facilities and increased the minimum time between work shifts to nine hours.Another change was the creation of a “fatigue risk management program” for controllers. However, budget cuts “have eliminated the program’s capability to monitor fatigue concerns proactively and to investigate whether initiatives to reduce fatigue risks are providing the intended benefits,” the report said.Basner said the FAA was making no effort to determine whether there is a correlation between work schedules and controllers errors. For example, there were near collisions between airliners near Honolulu and Houston recently. Such incidents are usually the result of controller errors.The FAA and the controllers union have established a program that encourages controllers to report errors by promising they won’t be penalized for honest mistakes. The reports are entered into a database that the agency is supposed to use to spot trends or problem areas. But controllers are sometimes too busy to file reports, and the report forms don’t seek information on the controller’s schedule or other details that might be used to determine whether schedules are contributing to errors, Basner said.When FAA officials were asked about this, they indicated “they didn’t see the necessity to analyze the data that way,” he said.The committee also thought it was “a bit strange” that FAA officials wouldn’t show them their 2009 study conducted with NASA, Basner said.“You would think you would get 100 percent support, but we didn’t get it,” he said.Follow Joan Lowy on Twitter at https://www.twitter.com/AP_Joan_Lowy
This month alone, Republican Mitt Romney backtracked from a comment about his sons’ lack of military service. Rival Rudy Giuliani retreated from his suggestion that he spent as much time as Sept. 11 rescue workers at the Ground Zero site and was exposed to the same health risks. Democrat Bill Richardson stumbled over a question about whether homosexuality was a choice. All sought to skirt controversy by quickly explaining themselves. It is happening so often, “you’d think it’s deliberate!” quipped G. Terry Madonna, a pollster at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania. Joking aside, he said: “I don’t think you can go through this grueling ordeal and not find even the most seasoned politician who isn’t susceptible to misspeaking or a malaprop here or there. We’re seeing some genuinely real moments as these candidates are in the pressure cooker.” Chalk up the glut of apologies and clarifications to changing times. Candidates of all stripes have become extremely sensitive to the Internet era and painfully aware of video-sharing Web sites such as YouTube that allow images and audio to be posted online immediately. By Liz Sidoti THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Say what? The 2008 presidential campaign theme could be “Oops! What I meant was ?” Just about every Republican and Democrat has flubbed an answer to a question or made a borderline inappropriate comment – some so uncomfortable they make you cringe – only to take back the remarks or seek to clarify them later when under fire. At the same time, it has become routine for campaigns to send out “trackers” with recorders to capture a rival’s every appearance in hopes of catching an election-altering misstep to use in a television ad or Web video. “In the olden days, this wasn’t an issue because if you said something that could be problematic, you just denied that you said it,” said Jenny Backus, a Democratic consultant. “These days, it’s too easy to have cold, hard proof.” Typically, Republican and Democratic strategists say, candidates who slip up take one of two damage-control avenues. Some opt to stand firmly behind their comments and plow forward with their campaigns. They believe that apologizing or clarifying is a sign of weakness and that sticking to their viewpoints shows strength and projects self-awareness. The risk is that they can appear stubborn and unwilling to admit mistakes. More often, candidates decide to acknowledge their errors or explain their comments quickly. The hope is to take blunders off the table and blunt the effect of any attacks. But they also could appear as though they do not mean what they say and will change positions when they feel the heat. Regardless of which path they choose, strategists say, each situation must be handled individually, and candidates must strike a balance between being authentic and being willing to admit they are wrong. “I’d rather be who I am and make mistakes than come across as this very carefully scripted, totally handled person. I think people are so sick of that,” said former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Republican whose words sometimes have gotten him in trouble. “People will forgive me for a mistake more than they’ll forgive me for phoniness. And, if they don’t, then I’m not their guy.” Huckabee once referred to Arkansas as a “banana republic” and, on another occasion, jokingly attributed his 110-pound weight loss to spending time in a concentration camp. Among the recent gaffes, Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, defended his five sons’ decisions not to enlist in the military and said “one of the ways my sons are showing support for our nation is helping me get elected.” Later, the Republican said he misspoke, explaining: “I didn’t mean in any way to compare service in the country with my boys in any way.” Similarly, Democrat John Kerry endured crushing fallout when he said young people who do not study hard would likely “get stuck in Iraq.” Republicans seized on the remark. Days went by before Kerry apologized after cajoling by Democratic leaders in Congress. The episode virtually guaranteed that the 2004 Democratic nominee wouldn’t run for president again. The lesson? Watch what you say.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!