Education workers win strike

first_imgStrong, spirited strike solidarity between professors, adjuncts and students has proven to be unbeatable. Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) officials must have come to that conclusion before they signed off on a tentative agreement with the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties on Oct. 21 after a three-day strike.The state had proposed 249 changes to the contract with APSCUF members at universities in West Chester, East Stroudsburg, Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg and Slippery Rock. In September, the union filed an unfair labor practice, complaining that state officials were not negotiating “in good faith” over the many demands. (, Sept. 29)“We fought back virtually every one of [the contract changes],” said APSCUF President Kenneth Mash in announcing the settlement. “And the amount of love and respect throughout this from our students, you can’t pay for that with money.” (New York Times, Oct. 21)The first strike in the 34-year history of the state-supported university system was marked by student walkouts by hundreds of students at 11 a.m. on Oct. 19. Student marches, organized by the PASSHE Student Power Network (SPN), joined up with their professors and adjuncts on picket lines because “we all understood what the PASSHE administration was pushing, which were bureaucratic, cowardly measures that really sought to change the fabric of our state system education,” said West Chester University student Sabina Sisterovich.“The student turnout was also our response to a growing sentiment amongst higher-ups that young people are complacent and uninformed,” Sisterovich continued. “I think we showed that we are quite the opposite. We won’t make room on our campus for destructive, negligent and profit fueled changes, and neither will our professors.”WCU, with 17,000 students, is the largest campus in the state system totaling 105,000. Students there in SPN and SDS organized a caravan on the second day to Harrisburg, Pa., to confront PASSHE Chancellor Frank T. Brogan.Brogan had told a Philadelphia House committee last spring that PASSHE has about the same funding as it did in 1997, with about 13,000 more students. In the past eight years, 900 staff positions have been cut. (, April 18)On Oct 21, WCU picketers marched to nearby Westchester to confront Philadelphia Gov. Tom Wolf, a member of the system’s board of governors. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that he was “extremely disappointed” in the strike and warned of detrimental effects on the system for years to come, claiming the system has lost 12 percent of its enrollment since 2010 and faces a $10 million deficit. (, Oct 19)When Sisterovich asked the governor to join the picket line, Wolf replied, “You should really get back to class.”A big winAccording to PASSHE spokesperson Kenn Marshall, the tentative agreement includes raises and measures to save on health care costs. (New York Times, Oct. 21) While all the details for the agreement have not been made public yet, Ben Kuebrich, WCU professor on line for tenure, explained that he and everyone he’s talked to “feel good about the results — it’s a big win!”Instead of new rules demanded by PASSHE that would have amounted to a 20 percent pay cut, adjuncts reportedly will receive a raise of 1 percent each year.Kuebrich said the 59-hour strike made the union stronger because union members at each of the 14 campuses now feel a new sense of solidarity with each other.Among factors on why the strike was so effective is the inclusion of adjuncts alongside tenured professors in APSCUF. This inclusion is a major reason why the starting salary for WCU adjuncts is $46,610 (, significantly over the national average salary of $27,800 for adjuncts at most U.S. universities. ( is a teaching college, not a research institution, so students who hope to become teachers themselves someday felt an unequivocal comradeship with their striking professors.To the beat of drums, triangles, banjos and other musical instruments, picket lines at 10 sites on the WCU campus as well as a Philadelphia Center City location featured chants such as “Support public ed! You heard what we said!” and “Hey hey, ho ho! David Brogan has got to go!”Picket lines were immediately ended as news of the tentative three-year agreement was relayed to picket captains. The pact, which would run retroactively from the June 30, 2015, end of the previous contract through June 30, 2018, requires the approval of the PASSHE Board of Governors in Harrisburg. A legislative assembly of APSCUF members must also approve the new contract before its 5,500 members can vote on it. The ratification process could take up to six weeks.The Pennsylvania faculty strike may be a harbinger of more labor struggles at other U.S. university campuses.In August, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that graduate students who teach at private universities are employees with full rights to join unions, a sweeping decision that paves the way for student unionization on campuses nationwide. (Wall Street Journal, Aug. 23)And at Harvard University, dining hall workers have been striking since early October. That strike is the first by Harvard employees since 1983 and the first ever during the academic year.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Watching the Olympics

first_imgI will be watching the Olympics like a lot of you.  Wouldn’t it be nice if all we had to worry about was how good our American athletes would do?  Like everything else happening on a world stage, we have to worry whether some zealot is lying in wait to make a statement for his/her cause.  I guess the big push today is to involve women.  They seem to be able to infiltrate areas today that their male counterparts cannot.  You can be sure the Russian government will do everything they can to make the Olympic venues safe, but the real worry are those people coming to this area to view the games.  Most people who spend this kind of money want to experience more than the games themselves.  This means traveling outside the heavily guarded venues.  I’m sure those who go will say it was the thrill of a lifetime, but I am going to get my thrill in my favorite chair in front of my wide-screen TV.  If you go to Sochi, send me a post card!last_img read more

Science Writer Advocates Debate with Creationists

first_img(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The Darwinist monopoly on science has backfired, suggested Michael Balter in the Los Angeles Times in a Sunday commentary.  A human evolution writer for Science magazine (e.g., 09/09/2005, 03/04/2005, 11/12/2004, 02/27/2004, 02/15/2002), Balter advocated engagement with the opposition.  “A national debate over how best to explain the complexity of living organisms would better serve our children, and adults too.”    Balter is confident that “science” (evolution) would win such a contest, but cited several reasons why a national debate is necessary.  “Most scientists don’t want any debate,” he wrote.  To them, evolution has already won, and deserves a monopoly in science classrooms.  The success of the Discovery Institute in finding hundreds of scientists unconvinced of Darwinian evolution, added to the consistent findings of polls that the majority of Americans do not accept evolution, Balter argues, “suggests that scientists have won few converts during at least the last two decades – despite a 1987 U.S. Supreme Court decision banning the teaching of creationism in the classroom.”    The failure of evolutionists to win “converts” is only partly a reflection of the continuing influence of religion, he said.  “Yet it also implies that scientists have not been persuasive enough, even when buttressed by strong scientific evidence that natural selection alone can account for life’s complexity.”  Part of their lack of persuasiveness has been their very reluctance to engage their opponents.  It’s time for a change, Balter argues:Pro-evolution scientists have little to lose and everything to gain from a nationwide debate.  Let’s put the leading proponents of intelligent design and our sharpest evolutionary biologists on a national television panel and let them take their best shots.  If biblical literalists want to join in, let them.  Let’s encourage teachers to stage debates in their classrooms or in assemblies.  Students can be assigned to one or the other side, and guest speakers can be invited.  Among other things, students would learn that science, when properly done, reaches conclusions via experimentation, evidence and argument, not through majority view. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)To those who worry about injecting religion in science class, Balter said it’s too late.  “Religious faith and thinking are already in the classroom, as the opinion polls strongly suggest,” he wrote.  “And the courts should stay out of it because educators would not be required nor allowed to advocate a religious point of view.”    Balter spoke of a long history of “bitter debates between religion and science,” and claimed that after Darwin seemed to have refuted the arguments of William Paley, “Darwin’s theories were rigorously tested and criticized before they won over the majority of scientists.”    For these reasons, today’s evolutionists should not break tradition, but engage the critics.  “The best way to teach the theory of evolution is to teach this contentious history.  The most effective way to convince students that the theory is correct is to confront, not avoid, continuing challenges to it.”    Balter’s surprising declaration of support for “teaching the controversy,” a policy the intelligent design movement has long advocated, goes against the grain of positions taken by scientific institutions like Nature (see 04/27/2004).  He argues, though, that evolutionists should engage the debate with gusto: “Bring it on.”Anyone watching the controversy over evolution should see this as a major shift in strategy by someone pretty high up in the Science establishment.  It’s good that Balter wants this to be a debate in the open marketplace of ideas rather than the courts, and if the Darwinists are really willing to put their best arguments toe-to-toe with those of intelligent design, that would be a refreshing change.    Watch out for stealth tactics, though.  Incumbent presidents, for instance, have been known to rig debate rules to give themselves the media advantage.  We don’t want to see twelve Nobel Laureates go against Kent Hovind on national TV with a Darwinist moderator, and subject the results to biased editing the way the last episode of PBS Evolution rigged the contest, and have the Darwin Party announce afterwards, “So there.  There was your debate, and you guys lost.”  But the fact that Balter encourages this kind of debate in school classrooms and assemblies should preclude that, if his advice takes hold.    His history is flawed; Darwinism did not take hold because it was rigorously tested.  It won a huge propaganda blitz intentionally conducted by Charlie’s Four Musketeers (01/06/2004), Asa Gray, Thomas Huxley, Charles Lyell and Joseph Hooker, with help from Darwinist radical Ernst Haeckel on the continent.  It won also because leading Darwinists obtained power over publishing and gained leadership of prestigious universities and museums, where they controlled the curriculum and content.  Darwin’s own theory of natural selection went through a long period of eclipse after his book, until it was resurrected as neo-Darwinism more by consensus than by rigorous testing.  Creationism and design science has always been a strong influence bucking this current of usurpation by the philosophical materialists.    Balter is confident that “students would learn that science, when properly done, reaches conclusions via experimentation, evidence and argument, not through majority view.”  That would be a great lesson.  Currently, students are learning that “evolution is a fact because all scientists agree it is a fact.”  Balter believes that engagement will remove the claim that Darwinian theory is shielded from “challenges that, when properly refuted, might win over adherents to evolutionary views.”  When the views are compared, however, each Darwin convert is likely to be outnumbered by converts to the other side, based on the history of creation-evolution debates.  And if the Darwinists are finally forced to “reach conclusions via experimentation, evidence and argument,” it will be their downfall.  Balter may have unintentionally heralded the end of the Darwin Party Storytelling Welfare State.  Bring it on.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 22 | A $70,000 steer and a worthless crop tour song

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Fun and reflection in the 22nd episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, courtesy of AgriGold. Host Joel Penhorwood alongside Ty Higgins, Matt Reese, and Bart Johnson prepare for the Ohio Crop Tour coming up. They talk possible outcome for the fields in the next week. We also get to hear the much anticipated “Kernels on the Cob” parody song from none other than Ty and Matt. The fun piece comes towards the end of the podcast.With county fair season underway, the many wonderful stories and traditions that come with the time of year are evident, as well as the special moments that happen. Athens County Fair recently saw a number of local groups come together to raise over $70,000 in memory of Noah Cox, a young man who passed away before he was able to show at this year’s fair. Ty Higgins spoke with auctioneer Jason Langley on the matter and the community togetherness that honored Cox’s life through the sale.Dale Minyo has been busy at county fairs himself, seeing some of the same people year over year. He spoke with Jon Paulson at the Henry County Fair about ag education at the fair in this fun interview.Matt Reese spoke with Ohio Corn and Wheat’s Tadd Nicholson about a new expansion to the Poet Ethanol facility in Marion.All that and more with the whole crew in the Ohio Ag Net Podcast.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – August 9, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are dry today over the state. The past few days have been very difficult forecast-wise, due to seemingly plentiful instability, both ahead and behind a frontal boundary working into the eastern corn belt. Today we see a brief moment of stable conditions and a lack of any new moisture being introduced into the state. That should allow us to be dry and sunny in most areas, with temps near normal.Scattered showers arrive in NW Ohio by tomorrow morning, and then spread south and east through the day. We think action for Friday is mostly north of I-70, although we wont rule out a few incursions father south. Then, as the moisture continues to move for Saturday, we have scattered showers from I-70 south to the Ohio River. Combined rain totals for the event, both days, will be from .1″-.7″ with 80% coverage.We are mostly dry Sunday morning, but showers return for afternoon and evening. Rain continues through Monday and Tuesday, with totals for the period at .25″-.75″ and coverage at 100%. WE are dry for Wednesday as the moisture moves off south and east.Rain is back on Thursday with another .25″-.75″ over 90% of Ohio. We are continuing to take a very conservative approach to this system, but will point out once again that the European model still wants to develop a massive storm complex with a strong low, heavy rains and severe weather, particularly in the NW and north central part of the state. At this time, we still do not see any reason to ramp this up that far.After a bit of a lull, we have to allow scattered showers in for Friday and Saturday with only 40% coverage. These may bring up to a quarter inch of new precipitation, but we also think that if there is a weak link in the forecast, it is here…these could fall apart or just come as some clouds. We are dry for Sunday the 19th into the 20th. The map at right shows potential rain totals over the next 10 days.For the rest of the extended 11-16 day forecast period, we have scattered showers for the 21st through the 24th, a pattern very similar to what we are seeing now. So, overall, our forecast is wetter this morning, with no excessive moisture, but good chances for a majority of our forecast pattern. Our atmosphere is getting well primed to trigger these kinds of days. Precipitation will be scattered over the period, and there will be many areas that miss out on action day to day. But over the coming two weeks combined, we all get nice moisture, enough to continue promote good crop conditions, growth and development.last_img read more

QuickReader iPhone App Teaches You How to Read Faster

first_imgRelated Posts frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Who doesn’t want to read faster? Sadly, if you do a Google search for “speed reading,” a lot of the sites that come up either try to sell you very expensive software or feel like a scam. Currently, however, Apple is featuring QuickReader in its iTunes store, which brings a much-needed breath of fresh air to the world of speed reading apps. At its core, QuickReader is a fully featured e-reader app with a connection to Feedbooks, but the app is also a great tool for learning to increase your reading speed.While there are already quite a few speed reading apps for the iPhone, most of them tend to offer a very limited number of books (or expect you to copy and paste text from other sites) and often only flash word at you instead of helping you to read regular books and articles faster. QuickReader’s approach is different. Instead of flashing words at you at a set speed – which can quickly become very tiring – the app displays a whole page of text and then gives you visual guidance that drives you to read faster (the app supports speeds up to 4000 words per minute) and avoid excessive subvocalization. Tags:#E-Books#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Besides the basic e-reader features (change font, font size, page and text color), QuickReader also allows you to test your current reading speed and share your accomplishments on Twitter and Facebook.Getting BooksQuickReader allows you to download books from and thanks to its support for the increasingly popular OPDS e-books catalog standard, you can also add books from a number of other vendors as well. You can also copy and paste text from other iPhone apps. Sadly, thanks to the DRM-issues that are still plaguing the e-book world, you can’t use the app to read books from vendors like Amazon or Barnes & Noble.PricingQuickReader comes in a free edition with just a few books and without the ability to download more, as well as in a number of paid editions for $5.99, including three international editions that come pre-loaded with books in German, French or Spanish.iPad Version Coming SoonAs Patrick Thompson, the app’s developer, told us last week, he is also working on an iPad version of the app, which should be available later this summer. He also plans to make it easier for users to import DRM-free ePub texts.last_img read more

The Key IoT Security Questions You Need To Ask

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#authentication#Azure#Azure IoT Suite#Connected Devices#hardware#IoT hub#iot in action#IoT Security#Microsoft#security#top An Internet of Things (IoT) solution offers a multitude of business benefits from decreased operational costs to new revenue streams. But it also comes with a host of security considerations, including an ever-changing array of regulatory compliance requirements, demanding expert navigation and acute attention to detail.Below I’ve listed some of the critical questions to ask when deploying a secure IoT solution. To learn more about IoT security, be sure to register for the IoT in Action event in San Francisco on February 13.How secure are your things?For starters, the actual devices must be secure. In the next few years, a new wave of innovation will drive down costs and inundate the market with internet-connected devices in every price range, from electronic toys to manufacturing sensors. In anticipation of this, my Microsoft colleagues have identified The seven properties of highly secure devices. I have listed out each of these properties below, along with the fundamental questions you must ask:The hardware-based root of trust: Does each device have a unique identity that is inseparable from the hardware?Small trusted computing base: Is most of the device’s software outside its trusted computing base?Defense in depth: Does your device software have multiple layers of protection built-in?Compartmentalization: Are you using hardware-enforced barriers to stop failures from propagating to other components?Certificates-based authentication: Do your devices use certificates (vs. passwords)?Renewable security: Can the device’s software be updated automatically to a more secure state?Failure reporting: Do you have a solution in place to report software failures to the manufacturer?How secure are your connections? More to the point, when you’ve got a bunch of devices talking to each other over the internet, how will you safeguard data confidentiality and integrity? When choosing an IoT monitoring and connection solution, make sure that it is using industry-proven data encryption. Solutions like the Azure IoT Suite secure the internet connection between the IoT device and IoT hub using the Transport Layer Security (TLS) standard.Another question to ask is how you will prevent unsolicited inbound connections from wreaking havoc on your devices? Make sure that only devices are allowed to initiate connections and not the IoT hub. And speaking of the IoT hub: make sure that the one you’re using has the capability of maintaining a per-device queue – meaning that it can store messages for devices and wait for the devices to connect. For more on this topic, be sure to read IoT security from the ground up.How secure is your cloud solution?Is your cloud provider following rigorous security best practices? When choosing a cloud provider, make sure you pay careful attention to how they are handling the following areas.Network traffic segregation: Is IoT traffic segregated from other network traffic using an IoT gateway or other means?Monitoring: How is network traffic being monitored? How will you know if any credentials are compromised or if unmanaged devices are accessing your cloud services?Security controls: How well do you know your cloud provider’s SLA (service-level agreement)? Which security controls are being maintained by your provider and which will you need to address internally?Encryption and security key management: Does your IoT solution allow you to define access control policies for each security key? Is data in the cloud encrypted?Have you registered for IoT in Action in San Francisco, CA on February 13, 2018?These questions only scratch the broad surface of IoT security. To learn more about securing your IoT solution, register for this free, one-day event. You’ll hear from the researchers behind The seven properties of highly secured devices and see an IoT solution come to life before your eyes. You’ll also get insights into how Microsoft addresses IoT security through its Azure solutions. Plus, connect with partners who can help you bring your IoT solution from concept to reality. View the full agenda. Olivia Burgess Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T…center_img How Data Analytics Can Save Lives AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more

Korea ousts Gilas Pilipinas

first_imgIt was the first loss in four games for the Filipinos, who finished way short of duplicating silver medal finishes in the last two editions of the tournament by bombing out of the quarterfinals.Korea played with flawless precision all game and made the Filipinos look a shade of the team that humbled the Chinese, 96-87, last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Koreans advanced to take on 2013 champion Iran in the Final Four after Hamed Haddadi and Co. scored an 80-70 decision of Lebanon.Terrence Romeo provided the silver lining for the Filipinos with a 22-point effort in the second quarter, where he rallied Gilas to within eight points. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games NLEX, Blackwater unveil new faces in clash Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Photo from Fiba.comSouth Korea slapped yet another loss to continental rival Gilas Pilipinas, 118-86, ending what had been a promising Fiba Asia Cup campaign by the Filipinos in Beirut.The Filipinos ran right smack into the deadliest shooting display by any country in the biennial showcase as the Koreans hit 16 triples and shot at a 67-percent clip to silence a huge stunned crowd of OFWs at Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in the game that ended early Thursday morning in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

Gilas begins buildup with closed-door practice

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa WATCH: ’Emotional’ Hayward recalls how his family felt after horrific injury LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Chot Reyes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTwenty-one days before the start of the 2017 Fiba World Cup qualifiers, Smart Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes is going down to business as he is set to hold his first practice session behind closed doors.The outspoken mentor made the announcement on Friday afternoon as he begins his preparations for the pair of home-and-away games later this month.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Yes we will practice but behind closed doors. No Gilas player/coach will grant any interview in the meantime. I hope you understand,” he wrote on his Twitter account @coachot.Yes we will practice but behind closed doors. No Gilas player/coach will grant any interview in d meantime. I hope you understand #💪❤️FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout— Chot Reyes (@coachot) November 3, 2017 Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Players who were earlier named in the national team pool are expected to show up, especially those were part of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup squad which finished seventh place in Lebanon.Reyes is expecting a high turnout, especially with all 12 PBA teams giving the players the green light despite the impasse that has divided the Board of Governors in relation to the status of PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoHuddersfield boss Wagner: We score thousands of training goals

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Huddersfield boss Wagner: We score thousands of training goalsby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town boss David Wagner has called on his players to start converting their chances as they look to escape relegation this season.The Terriers have scored just four goals in their last six matches ahead of their bottom of the table clash with Fulham on Saturday.Wagner said: “In training it’s not about a lack of effort or attitude. In training they hit the back of the net thousands of times.”But in games it hasn’t clicked so far. This is the truth, but I think it is all about seeing the chance and taking the opportunity that is in front of you.”Recent results have affected our performances. In other games performances were on a very good level.”We defended well and created unbelievable opportunities but we didn’t score and this is the truth.”This is where we have to improve – we have to take steps to convert our chances, our performances and our ball possession.” last_img read more