80-Year-Old Dies From COVID-19, 27th Death From Virus

first_img139.8 0.5% 14 Active Cases 100.0% 16 0 3 0.8% Percent 289.2 Yes 15.6% Percent 3 137 50-59 83 2.7% 96.8 314.7 5 2 14728- Dewittville 11.34% NYS Fatality Rate: 4.86%US Fatality Rate: 1.9%Source: John Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker 12/9/2020Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) 197.4 4.2% 0 0 823 1 0 1 0 4 3 13 1630 1 CDC Image.MAYVILLE – An 80-year-old has died due to COVID-19 complications, the 27th related death from the virus in Chautauqua County.The county health department additionally reported 66 new cases of the virus on Thursday.Of the new cases, 24 are in Jamestown.There are now 415 active cases with 127 in the greater Jamestown area. The county’s seven-day average percent positivity rate is now 6.6 percent with 31 people hospitalized.Since the pandemic began there have been 3,123 cases recorded with 2,681 people recovered.A full breakdown of Thursday’s update is posted below:COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code of Residence 12 0 49.9 11.40% 14081- Irving 0 1.28% 50-59 24 14716- Brocton 9 275.4 12.30% 254.9 Total Deaths 0.9% 11 2 30 3.6% 90+ 1 0-19 34 741.4 0-39 335.0 3.11% 3 150.9 14710- Ashville 0.2% 79.01% 2 1 0.7% Symptoms Age Group 14138- South Dayton 2 90+ 13.03% 307.6 0.0% 0 9 203 3.0% 10 132 14782- Sinclairville 127 319.6 3123 77 394 0 1 14063- Fredonia 218.7 14738- Frewsburg 0.3% 14712- Bemus Point 486 0 14701- Jamestown 276.7 41 67 14 74 80-89 14733- Falconer Fatality Rate by Age Group 14769- Portland 2063 356 433 422 7 3 0 450 2.5% 14048- Dunkirk 1 14740- Gerry 3 Number 20.99% 95.8 364.2 45 1 3 0.00% 90.6 15 14750- Lakewood 0 23 0.5% 14781- Sherman 113 26.4% 14718- Cassadaga 29 0.7% 11 19.05% 14767- Panama 12.62% 5.00% 2.0% 23 7 90.9 4.4% 17 0.0 1 879.3 14736- Findley Lake Fatality Rate 7 465.9 47 14723- Cherry Creek 20-29 0 63 Symptoms Known 42 1.3% 14724- Clymer 1 3 0.7% 35 14.4% 3.5% 14775- Ripley 274.3 11.40% 24 492.6 14787- Westfield COVID-19 Cases by Known Age 97 3 143.6 2.1% 60-69 1 415 288.5 14784- Stockton Active Case Rate (per 100,000 residents) 30 0 14136- Silver Creek 0.4% 8 1.0% Number 2 595 0.4% 30-39 384 1.1% 0 Zip Code Percent of Total Cases  70-79 0.7% New Cases Total 23 923.9 14747- Kennedy 231.7 6.50% 14062- Forestville 7 3.45% 7 40 320.1 COVID-19 Cases by Presence of Symptoms at Time of Interview 22 4 3 2 28 1.5% 108 13 14726- Conewango Valley 27 14722- Chautauqua 2 1 14757- Mayville 2.4% All Ages 407 0.86% 123.2 290.0 0.47% 80-89 370.4 0.51% 1.4% 40-49 66 1 95 0.84% 13 Total Cases 70-79 2 14720- Celoron 40-49 No Age 4 60-69last_img read more

Overseas expats buying in QLD to escape COVID-19, political unrest

first_img1. Brisbane City 2. Surfers Paradise 3. Noosa Heads 4. Noosa5. Burleigh Heads More from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days ago6. Mooloolaba 7. Broadbeach 8. Coolum Beach 9. Southport 10. New Farm (Source: Realestate.com.au) 1. Queen’s Wharf Residences, Brisbane CBD2. Brisbane 1 South Brisbane, South Brisbane 3. Lot 923 Astor Street, Newport4. 21 Ironbark Ave, Park Ridge5. Halo, South Brisbane6. Magnoli Apartments, Palm Beach 7. 1/47 Lysaght Drive, Pimpama8. 116 Brookbent Road, Pallara9. Natura, Burleigh Heads 10. 14 Tranquillity Way, Palm View(Source: Realestate.com.au) 1. New Zealand2. United Kingdom3. United States4. Hong Kong/China 5. Canada(Source: Realestate.com.au) Aussie expat Sandy McFadden at the unit she has just bought in New Farm after returning from the United States. Picture: Annette Dew.QUEENSLAND’S reputation as a safe haven from COVID-19 and global unrest is fuelling a spike in inquiries for property from overseas expats. International searches for buying property on Realestate.com.au has jumped 22 per cent year-on-year, while local agents are reporting there is strong interest from Queensland expats, especially from Hong Kong.One Gold Coast real estate agent said the combination of COVID-19 and political instability had been a “call to come home” for many overseas expats.“They’re mainly long-term residents who have witnessed a lot of change and unease, and just want to come back to Queensland,” sad John Pirie, sales manager at Mantra Realty Broadbeach. An aerial view of the Surfers Paradise skyline on a clear day in Queensland, Australia.“There is also zn element of these expats seeing value in the properties available on the Gold Coast. For example, I’m selling high-end units for about $10,000 a square metre at the moment and I’ve got a client in Hong Kong who told me she had paid $60,000 a square metre.”Mr Pirie said the number of properties being sold “sight unseen” had also increased.“Buyers are very educated now, and measures such as online videos allow them to do virtual inspections from the safety of their own homes, rather than travel to see them first-hand,” he said.“While most of my business is in south-east Asia, I’ve been contacted by expats in the US who want to come home because they see Queensland as a safe destination.” Brisbane CBD featuring the Queen’s Wharf development under construction. Picture: Richard Walker.Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said there was strong anecdotal evidence many expats were re-evaluating their circumstances due to the coronavirus, and the low Australian dollar and record low interest rates proved an attractive value proposition.“It makes sense given how we’ve been impacted by COVID-19, it’s pretty light on,” Ms Conisbee said. “That means our economic recovery will be quicker. Also, the dollar is fairly weak, which makes Australian property more attractive.”Ms Conisbee said the majority of people searching for property in Queensland were based in New Zealand, the UK, the US and Hong Kong. REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee.She said beach locations Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast and Noosa on the Sunshine Coast were the most in-demand among overseas buyers.“Brisbane doesn’t see a lot of overseas searches,” Ms Conisbee said. “When people think of Queensland, they think of the beaches.”Tom Offermann, principal of Tom Offermann Real Estate, who sells prestige property in Noosa, said about 5 per cent of his buyers were from overseas, mostly Asian expats.“While the percentage is low, expat buyers typically have larger budgets and have made quite an impact to the value of prestige property,” Mr Offermann said. “Recent events in Hong Kong are likely to drive more expats to invest back home.” An aerial photo of Noosa’s Main Beach.Place Estate Agents managing director Sarah Hackett said a growing number of Hong Kong buyers were looking to diversify their portfolios and secure a home now for when they eventually returned to Brisbane. “I’m excited about (Brisbane’s) top-end market and what is to come,” Mrs Hackett said. “We are currently working with a number of buyer’s agents in Hong Kong to help secure opportunities.”Josh Cross of LJ Hooker Brisbane City Residential said he had been inundated with inquiries from expats since COVID-19 struck. Mr Cross said he had shown a number of Hong Kong expats through some of his high-end rentals, with many prepared to pay up to $1500 a week for an apartment.“I’m also actively finding a home for a couple and their daughter returning from New York who can’t wait to get home,” Mr Cross said.“COVID and political unrest are making them eager to come back. School catchments are important to them and I find they’re looking towards Bowen Hills, Spring Hill, West End. “Before COVID, it was all Melbourne buyers, which is still happening as well.“I’ve spoken to probably 20 people in the last week from Melbourne saying; ‘We’re selling, we’re done, we’re moving to Queensland.”His client Sandy McFadden has just bought a unit in New Farm after living in San Francisco on and off for more than 20 years. The cafe scene at New Farm, where expats are looking to buy. Picture: Annette Dew.Ms McFadden said she had been toying with the idea of investing in Brisbane and returning to the US in March, but decided to stay. “I have to say I am very, very pleased to be here during this period because Brisbane’s an amazing city,” Ms McFadden said.“My mother lives in Hervey Bay so I’ve been coming back and forth to Queensland for a very long time. “Things started getting crazy in the San Francisco Bay area, both politically and environmentally, so I’m very glad I’m here.”Ms McFadden said the only reason she could afford to buy a property in New Farm was because of the weak Australian dollar.Her only challenge has been finding work in her field of architecture, engineering and construction. QLD’S 10 MOST SEARCHED SUBURBS FOR PROPERTY BY OVERSEAS BUYERS THE TOP COUNTRIES SEARCHING FOR PROPERTY IN QLD QLD’S 10 MOST SEARCHED DEVELOPMENTS BY OVERSEAS BUYERS last_img read more

Guyana Jaguars four day practice game today

first_imgDEFENDING champions, the Guyana Jaguars will commence their final preparatory work for the Professional Cricket League (PCL) 2016/2017 season with a four day warm-up match set for today at the Everest Cricket Club ground.The teams will be led by current West Indies ‘A’ team player Vishal Singh and national player Christopher Barnwell.This match comes after seven rounds of competitive Jaguars three-day League Cricket played across the country, comprising eight teams with players from across the three counties.The back-to-back WICB/PCL Regional 4-Day champions will seek the treble when the Tournament commences on 11 November when Guyana take on Jamaica Scorpions at the Providence Stadium..In an effort to retain the title, Cricket Guyana Incorporated (CGI) has stated that the selectors are authorised to choose players from outside of selected franchise 15 on a “Pay For Play,” arrangement should the need arise.This, according to CGI, is to achieve the highest standards of competitiveness and professionalism throughout the seasons activities – in both matches and training.The two teams for the practice match will be without Paul Wintz and Steven Jacobs, both of whom are out due to injury, as well as Leon Johnson and Devendra Bishoo who are on West Indies duties.Additionally, Assad Fudadin, Veersammy Permaul and Ronsford Beaton are also excluded from the list as they are on duty with the West Indies ‘A’ team.Team A will comprise, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Rajendra Chandrika, Shemron Hetmyer, Vishal Singh, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Raymond Reifer, Anthony Bramble, Sherfane Rutherford, Clinton Pestano, Anthony Adams, Raun Johnson, Gajanan Suknanan, Jonathan Foo and Ashasya Persaud.They will be coached by Esuan Crandon while the Assistant Coach/Manager will be Julian Moore.Team B includes, Kandasammy Surujnarine, Robin Bacchus, Bhaskar Yadram, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Christopher Barnwell, Kemo Paul, Tevin Imlach, Seon Hetmyer, Romario Shepherd, Eon Hooper, Gudakesh Motie, Keon Joseph, Steven Sankar and Kevon Boodie,Team B will be coached by Michael Franco and managed by Clive Grimmond.last_img read more

“Now you see me” will be played this weekend at Wellington Regent

first_imgMovie Synopsis: NOW YOU SEE ME pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against “The Four Horsemen”, a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists. “The Four Horsemen” pull off a series of daring heists against corrupt business leaders during their performances, showering the stolen profits on their audiences while staying one step ahead of the law. (c) Summit/LionsgateRotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 50%. Audience review: 74% approval. This week at the Regent Theater: “Now you see me.” (Movie trailer is below). Movies ahead at Regent Theater:Coming soon:Next week (June 28): Man of Steel (Wellington gets destroyed in a fight scene!)July 5: Monsters University. Rated: PG-13, 1 hour 56 minutes.center_img When: Friday, 7  p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

YouTube Takes Filmmakers Straight to Video When Others Won’t

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts center_img Just to put the numbers into perspective, with its recent earnings from entering the online movie rental business, YouTube couldn’t even afford one minimum-wage, full-time employee. But it’s not a bad start, nonetheless, and the best news may be for the filmmakers themselves.When YouTube announced the move two weeks ago, we mused over whether or not people would be willing to pay for content, as is always the question. For a relatively quick, quiet test campaign, we would venture that YouTube certainly outpaced Newsday, with its 35 online subscribers.…A Whpoping $10,709.16The initial test, which ran for a brief 10 days, raked in $10,709.16 according to the New York Times’ Bits Blog. It featured five independent films pulled from the ranks of Sundance Film Festival, which received 2,684 views at $3.99 a piece. The 10-day test run was just the beginning, YouTube said on its blog, as the company will start to offer videos for rent “across different industries, including health and education … in the weeks ahead.” According to the company’s original announcement, content partners “can decide the price of their videos and the rental duration; they can decide when and where their content is available; and they can keep 100% of their rights.” This led us, of course, to wonder how much of a cut YouTube takes from the deal?While $10,000 is chump change for a company like Google-owned YouTube, that, or even one-fifth, is anything but for the independent filmmaker – especially for a distribution deal that retains all of your rights and decision-making abilities. YouTube Gets Into the Distribution BusinessWe spoke with Chris Dale, a spokesman for YouTube, and he told us that he couldn’t confirm the exact details of the revenue split, but would say that the content provided kept anywhere from 51% of the revenue to more than that. To quote him directly, he said that “the majority of the revenue share goes to the content partner.”While that may make it sound potentially less appealing, he did point out that this is an opportunity for distribution, on the filmmakers terms – something most filmmakers are unlikely to run across during an entire career.“In 2009, out of 9,000 films sent to Sundance, only 53 got distribution deals,” Dale said. “That tops out at only a .6% success rate. Given that, it’s important for filmmakers to have other options at their fingertips.”We tend to agree. He said that the filmmaker can decide on the pricing, ranging anywhere from 99 cents to around $20, but again wouldn’t confirm anything further on the split. The deal gives filmmakers a reputable locale to offer their product and a potential for income as well as exposure. We think this could provide an interesting outlet for smaller filmmakers who can’t afford the expenses of DVD distribution deals. It also puts YouTube in a good spot, both providing these filmmakers with an outlet, as they’ve always done, while providing them a source of income. mike melanson Tags:#news#web last_img read more

Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Jolts Passivhaus Owner

first_imgThe new policy is an about-face“Unfortunately, the terms of service and rate issue has become a few members’ personal interests versus all the other cooperative members’ interests,” Cooperative president and CEO Mark Pendergast told Energy News. RELATED ARTICLES Passive House in the (Wisconsin) WoodsPassive House in the Woods Opens Its DoorsPassive House in the Woods Goes Energy-PositiveBlog Review: Tim Eian The owner of a celebrated Passivhaus in Wisconsin will be making a lot less money for the excess electricity generated by his photovoltaic panels thanks to an about-face in policy by the local electric cooperative.GBA readers will be familiar with Passive House in the Woods, a 1,940-sq. ft. house completed in Hudson, Wisconsin, in 2010 and documented not only in a blog written by its designer Tim Eian but also in several news stories by GBA’s Richard Defendorf.Gary Konkol, who owns the house, has been notified by the St. Croix Electric Cooperative that he will no longer receive the retail rate for power generated by his 4.52 kW PV system. Instead, the cooperative is prepared to pay the “avoided cost” of the electricity, which is based on the cost to the utility of buying or generating the power.The policy change, which was announced in May, will have the effect of lowering payments to Konkol and other cooperative customers with PV systems from 10 or 11 cents per kWh to between 2.75 and 3.75 cents per kWh, according to an article that originally appeared in Midwest Energy News. (This change only affects the price paid for any PV power exceeding the owner’s usage.) Konkol’s house has been generating enough electricity during the summer to cover the cost of power during the winter, so he’s been paying only the $25 monthly service charge, due to rise to $28 in January.But even the new fee won’t be enough to cover the actual cost of providing service, which is an average of $40, Pendergast said. “If a member is not paying for any energy purchases, the other cooperative members must make up the revenue shortfall,” he said.The change of heart is a far cry from the cooperative’s original position. It waived the standard $2,000 hook-up fee when the house was constructed, and now Konkol is crying foul.He told Energy News that the original arrangement with the Cooperative was “verbal and implied” and that the cooperative’s board of directors should grandfather the arrangement even if no formal contract was signed.“It isn’t fair,” he said. “I would argue it’s the other way around, that we’re subsidizing the cooperative.” Similar conflicts elsewhereThe St. Croix Electric Cooperative isn’t the only one grousing about the impact of residential PV systems on the bottom line.In August, The New York Times reported on utility claims that a sharp increase in PV installations is shifting more costs to customers who don’t have any solar panels and ultimately will undermine their ability to maintain their distribution systems. California saw solar installations increase by 160% a year between 2010 and 2012, forcing the state to find almost $1.4 billion in revenue it was losing due to net metering.“If the costs to maintain the grid are not being borne by some customers, then other customers have to bear a bigger and bigger portion,” Steve Malnight, a vice president at Pacific Gas and Electric, told the newspaper. “As those costs get shifted, that leads to higher and higher rates for customers who don’t take advantage of solar.”The paper said Arizona and North Carolina electric utilities also want changes in rules on how much residential PV owners should be paid.In Arizona, the state’s largest electric utility, the Arizona Public Service Company, wants to reduce net-metering payments to less than half the retail rate, or add fees to pay for grid maintenance, according to an article posted at cleanenergyauthority.com.The Arizona Corporations Commission staff recommended this week that commissioners reject the changes and said the net-metering policy should remain in effect until at least 2016 when the utility’s next rate case comes up.In Wisconsin, the St. Croix Electric Cooperative was not required to seek approval from the state’s Public Service Commission for its change in policy. “The commission does not have regulatory authority over co-ops,” a PSC spokesman said.last_img read more

The Traditional University Lecture Is Dead

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#education#Hire Education#MOOC#University Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting selena larson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Related Posts This post is part of Hire Education, an ongoing series in which ReadWrite examines technological innovation in education and how it’s reshaping universities that are preparing students for a transformed workforce.Why pay thousands of dollars to sit in a stuffy university lecture hall as a professor drones away in front of bored students when you could instead take some of the world’s greatest courses online? For free?A handful of startups and university-backed nonprofits are starting to deliver on that proposition—one that could upend higher education, not to mention the plans of millions of students who are aiming to position themselves for employment in today’s digital economy. Of course, the trend is still in its infancy, with big challenges ahead where student retention, university cooperation and business models are concerned.But proponents of the online-education revolution aren’t shy about their ambitions. Sebastian Thrun, a former Stanford professor who co-founded the startup Udacity two years ago, reportedly believes that in 50 years, there will only be 10 institutions in the world providing higher education—with Udacity, of course, potentially one of them.Off To A Fast Start—Sort OfThis online movement is centered around “massive open online courses,” which go by the ungainly acronym MOOCs. These are typically college-style lectures reconfigured for the online student, complete with lecture video (of varying production value), assignments and interactive discussions. The aim is to provide instruction similar to what students can get in a traditional college atmosphere, only more cheaply and conveniently.Websites like Udacity, Coursera and the non-profit edX (founded in mid-2012 by Harvard and MIT) offer an array of programs taught by established professors at big-name universities. Students register with an email address and can begin taking classes on a rolling basis. There is no application process, and the thousands of students taking one class can get there in a few clicks.MOOCs are clearly starting to catch on. Traditional colleges and universities enrolled almost 20 million people in the 2011-2012 school year. Meanwhile, some of the new online programs—many of them less than two years old—already claim millions of students. Coursera, a startup founded in 2012 by yet another pair of Stanford professors, boasts of over four million people enrolled in its online courses.Many Begin The Journey, But Few Complete ItCompletion rates at MOOCs, though, are a different story.Michael Littman, a Brown University computer-science professor, taught a Udacity course on algorithms that enrolled 16,000 students while he was actively teaching it over the summer. Only one percent of online participants, however, completed the course in real time, meaning they kept up with Littman’s teaching schedule, interacted with him online and finished when he wrapped up the course.The numbers might seem low, but Littman proclaimed himself pleased with the turnout. “Even though it was a small percentage of students that completed the course, the total completion was still more than any students I’ve taught,“ he told me in a phone interview.MOOC proponents argue that such numbers are beside the point, since online courses allow students to work through class material at their own pace. Instructors, however, have no way of knowing if students completed the course after they finished teaching, or if they dropped out altogether.Stuart Preston, 44-year-old sales engineer for voice over IP products in Phoenix, Arizona, is one of those students. He’s currently enrolled in a Coursera computer-networking course taught by professors from the University of Washington. It’s his first MOOC, and he’s finding it hard to keep pace with the professors.“The class is on week seven, but I’m only on week three,” he said in an interview. “It’s easy to blow [off] a class with no direct personal accountability.”The Cost EquationThe effect of MOOCs on traditional colleges and universities remains hard to measure. Many top-tier universities have embraced online courses as a way to democratize quality education by making their lectures and coursework more broadly available, often to other less well known colleges. Not surprisingly, such efforts also tend to bolster their institutional prestige and to enhance the profile of star faculty members who create online courses, a fact that sometimes rankles at institutions lower on the higher-ed food chain.At San Jose State University, for instance, the philosophy department recently refused to use a social-justice MOOC created by Harvard philosophy professor Michael Sandel, complaining in an open letter than the move was “financially driven” and would lead to a “compromise of quality.” As the authors explained:[W]e fear that two classes of universities will be created: one, well-funded colleges and universities in which privileged students get their own real professor; the other, financially stressed private and public universities in which students watch a bunch of videotaped lectures and interact, if indeed any interaction is available on their home campuses, with a professor that this model of education has turned into a glorified teaching assistant.In April, Amherst College in western Massachusetts turned down an invitation to join edX in April after a faculty vote. Duke University’s undergraduate faculty likewise recently rejected an administration plan to develop online courses for college credit.Some state universities, however, are embracing MOOCs as a way of reaching more students. California State University, for instance, recently said it will offer 36 online courses to students enrolled at any of its campuses, allowing far more students access to required courses. (This year, five of the system’s campuses had more applicants for every major than it had slots available.) The University of California and University of Texas systems have implemented similar systems.Even at two-year community colleges, typically a low-cost alternative to four-year institutions, tuition costs have risen 24 percent faster than inflation over the past five years. That makes MOOCs more economically attractive for many students.“I suspect that we’re in a period of experimentation,” Littman, the computer-science professor at Brown, told me. “A lot of schools are seeing it as way for the intro classes to be taught. Those classes can be covered by MOOCs and then students can take upper levels with professors.”The Online Degree ComethIn one of the bolder moves, Georgia Tech—together with AT&T and Udacity—plans to offer an online master’s degree in computer science next year that it will teach exclusively through MOOCs. The cost for the program, which should run three years for most students, is expected to be just under $7,000; a traditional graduate degree would cost three to eight times that.Students who complete the program will receive a fully accredited masters degree. It’s a testbed in many respects, not least because it will weed out students who aren’t serious about completing their courses. One goal is to prove in an academic setting whether an entirely online education is not only possible, but also a respectable alternative to traditional classrooms.The program also aims to help address the lack of workers in science, technology and engineering fields. Applications are due in October.The MOOC Counter-RevolutionAnd yet not all is well in MOOC-ville.Earlier this month, Princeton sociologist Mitchell Duneier, one of the most prominent professors in the MOOC community, quit teaching his popular sociology course on Coursera. Duneier told Chronicle of Higher Education that his decision followed Coursera’s request to license his course to other colleges.“I’ve said no, because I think that it’s an excuse for state legislatures to cut funding to state universities,” Duneier told the Chronicle. “And I guess that I’m really uncomfortable being part of a movement that’s going to get its revenue in that way.”Other academics are working on alternatives to MOOCs that aim to take advantage of online technologies without simply creating centrally created, one-size-fits-all courses. One group of feminist scholars, for instance, has created a distributed online collaborative course—known, of course, as a DOCC.DOCCs aim to use online technology to enhance in-person teaching while also making the results available to online students. Instead of a single syllabus, or course of instruction, for all students, a DOCC is taught across classrooms at several college campuses simultaneously. Courses will vary depending on the institution, but each will use a common video presentation to set the theme for a given week; that video will also be available online. Online students get a dedicated discussion space for conversation, and professors teaching the DOCC will also hold office hours specifically for online participants.The first course created under the DOCC parameters is Dialogues on Feminism and Technology, a learning experiment with dialogue and lectures built around feminist discussions of technology and innovation. Institutions including Brown, Rutgers, Yale and a variety of art schools will offer the course this fall.“Schools, classrooms, and learners are very different,” Alexandra Juhasz, a professor at Pitzer and co-facilitator of the program, told me. “This is why we chose this model.”Shrinking MOOCs Down To SizeFeminists aren’t the only ones rethinking MOOCs. Last month, the California Senate shelved a bill that would have required state universities to offer more online courses for credit, following pushback from faculty unions and a series of amendments that shifted decision authority over online credits back to university faculty. A similar measure in Florida was also largely defanged following strenuous objection and compromise.Some MOOC providers themselves appear to be rethinking their approach, in part because it’s becoming clearer that many—maybe most—universities are not going to simply grant them the ability to offer courses for regular college credit. “Credits are the coin of the academic realm,” Russell Poulin, deputy director of a Boulder, Colo., higher-education technology cooperative, told the Chronicle of Higher Education. “And if that’s where the coins are, these companies are going to drive there.”As businesses, MOOCs are still mostly living on the largesse of their investors while they work out how to actually generate revenue. That’s not easy if your plan is to keep your offerings free.Both Udacity and Coursera raise some revenue by recruiting students on behalf of large companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook. MOOCs charge significantly less than traditional headhunters and have access to large pools of talent that demonstrate specific knowledge around topics these companies are looking for.A few MOOCs are licensing courses to educational institutions that want to supplement classes with video lectures. That’s a bit of a step back from the early, grandiose vision of sweeping away the existing educational system with free, best-of-breed courses on all subjects.But some MOOC pioneers are sounding a bit like folks who’ve had a recent encounter with gravity. “A medium where only self-motivated, Web-savvy people sign up, and the success rate is 10 percent, doesn’t strike me quite yet as a solution to the problems of higher education,” Udacity’s Sebastian Thrun recently told the Chronicle. Udacity, of course, sees a real business in offering technology and support services for online courses offered by universities.Photo via Collegedegrees360 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

You Are Your Dream Client’s Second Brain

first_imgIf there is information parity between you and your dream client, then what you know is unnecessary. What you know is redundant; it’s superfluous.Your dream client wants to work with someone who knows more than they do in that person’s area of expertise. They need someone who has the knowledge they are missing so that they can fill in the gaps. Your prospective clients want to work with someone with subject matter expertise in their domain, as well as the situational knowledge that comes from spending time helping people with problems, challenges, and opportunities like theirs.The dream clients you call on could learn more about your area of expertise if they wanted to. But they don’t because they believe you are supposed to be doing this on their behalf.If you aren’t reading newspapers, magazines, and journals (on or offline) to keep pace with the changes in all the things that might affect your dream client’s business, you aren’t going to be invaluable.Showing up without a point of view about your client’s greatest risks and threats and the real dangers they are facing makes you irrelevant. If you don’t have a irrelevanireel on the opportunities available to them, then you lack the ability to consult with them on what is possible. If you can’t provide information, experience, ideas, and recommendations, then you literally can’t be an advisor.You are the value proposition.If you aren’t a second brain for your dream client to count on to think through things in the areas you serve them, you are subtracting value from the relationship. Not knowing what your dream client needs to know means they have to either work to learn more themselves or work with someone who already knows more than enough to help.Your product isn’t enough. Your solution isn’t enough. Without you as a second brain, your value proposition isn’t enough.Get you some chops.last_img read more

Watch | Athlete Rameshwar Gurjar fails in SAI trials, says will try once again

first_imgRameshwar Gurjar gave his first Sports Authority of India (SAI) trial at TT Stadium in Bhopal on August 19. The 24-year-old did not qualify in his first professional test.Gurjar is an athlete who was seen in a viral video sprinting barefoot 100 meters in 11 seconds. A tweet by former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, brought the sportsman to the limelight. In the tweet Mr Chouhan had urged the Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju to lend a helping hand to Rameshwar.After Mr. Rijiju assured to put him in an athletics academy, SAI asked him to report at its Bhopal Centre. The athlete is also known as the Usain Bolt of Madhya Pradesh.last_img

Dragic, Ellington lead slow-starting Heat past Bulls

first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Jordan Spieth finishes with an eagle at the Australian Open The Heat started slow again in the third quarter, prompting Spoelstra to leave his second- and third-leading scorers, Dion Waiters (four points) and Hassan Whiteside (11 points, nine rebounds), on the bench down the stretch as the Heat pulled away after Chicago cut Miami’s lead to 83-81 with five minutes, 40 seconds to play.“I don’t think we look at it like Dion or Whiteside or Dragic,” James Johnson said. “We have a lot of weapons on this team. We have a lot of guys who could do it. We’re all trying to play our roles and master that.”Justin Holliday added 15 points for the Bulls, who lost their fifth in a row following an 0-4 West Coast trip.TIP-INSHeat: Whiteside (knee) was in the starting lineup after missing Saturday’s practice to receive treatment. … F James Johnson had at least five rebounds and five assists in a game for the fifth time this season. … Miami (10-9) exceeded the .500 mark for the first time since winning two of three to open the season.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Miami Heat’s Josh Richardson (0) drives against Chicago Bulls’ Kris Dunn (32) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)CHICAGO — Goran Dragic and the Miami Heat followed the lowest-scoring first quarter in team history with the highest-scoring one of the season to beat the Chicago Bulls.After scoring seven points in the first quarter, Miami had 38 in the second to take a 45-42 lead en route to a 100-93 victory Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Bulls: Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said he’s “hoping” G David Nwaba will return to practice on Monday. Nwaba (sprained right ankle) missed his ninth consecutive game. … The home game was just Chicago’s seventh of the season, tied with Toronto for fewest in the NBA. … Grant scored 62 points in Chicago’s past three games. His single-game high was 13 prior to this stretch.FROSTY FIRST QUARTERThe Heat shot 2-of-19 from the field in the first quarter but only trailed 13-7 because the Bulls managed to make just 4-of-24 shots, including 1-for-15 inside the 3-point arc.The 20 combined points were the fewest in any quarter in Bulls history.DESIGNATED SHOOTEREllington continued his hot 3-point shooting, going 5-of-8 behind the arc.The veteran reserve made multiple 3-pointers in each of the Heat’s past four games, going 20-for-35 in that stretch, and at least one in 11 straight. Ellington is shooting 44.2 percent for the season.UP NEXTHeat: At Cleveland on Tuesday night.Bulls: Host Phoenix on Tuesday night. Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments MOST READ Dragic scored 24 points, Wayne Ellington had 19 points and five 3-pointers off the bench and the Heat’s four reserves outscored their five starters. James Johnson added 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and fellow reserves Tyler Johnson and Kelly Olynyk scored 10 points apiece as the Heat bench produced 54 points to extend the team’s winning streak to three.Jerian Grant led Chicago with a career-high 24 points. Denzel Valentine had 14 points and career highs of 13 rebounds and seven assists.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“They (the bench) inspired the whole team,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We were looking for some kind of energy, some kind of separation. We understand that it was going to be a 48-minute game and they played some inspiring basketball, not only in the fourth quarter but in that second quarter. That’s what really changed the momentum and brought us back into it.”Ellington ignited the Heat after the 2-for-19 first-quarter from the field, scoring 10 points and hitting three 3-pointers as Miami shot 68.4 percent in the second quarter.last_img read more