Chloe French brings a new twist to the Tlingit ceremonial bib

first_imgAlaska Native Arts & Culture | Arts & Culture | SoutheastChloe French brings a new twist to the Tlingit ceremonial bibJuly 11, 2018 by Rachel Cassandra, KCAW-Sitka Share:Chloe French adds beads to her felt bib. (Photo by Rachel Cassandra/KCAW)Bellingham, Washington-based Tlingit artist Chloe French recently was an artist in residence at the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka. Her work is inspired by Tlingit ceremonial bibs, but she adds her own twist to the tradition.Audio Playerhttps://kcaw-org.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/05BIBS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.A table at the Sheldon Jackson museum displays a number of her bibs.  French picks up a bib made of wool felt and has embroidery and beadwork outlining shapes of various animals.It has a dark background with bursts of color–orange, yellow, blue, red.“I collect the myths from around the Southeast,” French said. “One is a variation on the Raven steals the Sun, on this one, when raven steals the sun, the sun is in a bag, so when he flies out of the smoke hole, there’s no light. And he flies around and flies around and he lands on the bank of the Nass river and he calls to the people on the other side to come get him, and they refuse. So he throws the sun into the sky and the people on the other side of the river all turn into the animals of the pelts they’re wearing.”While visiting Southeast Alaska as a child, French was captivated by the Native work she saw in museums here.She remembers seeing a Chilkat robe and deciding that one day she wanted to make one. She wove one in 2008.She also noticed the ceremonial bibs. The traditional versions are usually clan crest designs. The decoration is dense beadwork – no applique like French’s work.“The ceremonial bibs, which are incredibly beautiful, are worn at special occasions and put away so if you’re not there, you’ll never see these bibs,” French said. “I decided I wanted a bib that you could wear anytime.”French has been making bibs for five years. She’s never worked on traditional bibs and there’s sometimes a little tension between French and strict traditionalists.“I do believe that for people who work in the traditional materials and only in traditional ways, that’s perfect too,” French said. “It’s wonderful. It’s just not what I’m interested in. I’ve always done my own thing. I’ve always been contrary.”French starts with loose stitches to hold the shapes in place — or basting down the felt shapes.“I start sewing them down and I’ll bead around the edges,” she said. “All of them are backed with fabric to cover up the stitches. And then usually I’ll decorate the edge with more beading. That’s the process. They take probably a month for each one to make.”For French, the contemporary aspects of her work also have a deeper significance.“We are not a gone, dead people,” she said. “We are as acquisitive as anybody else.”Share this story:last_img read more

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China, Yearly Allotment of Arrests of North Korean Defectors

first_img China, Yearly Allotment of Arrests of North Korean Defectors North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] SHARE News Facebook Twitter By Daily NK – 2005.02.01 10:00am RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News News [imText1]A Chinese security official of Yenji City testified that the reason why the number of arrests of North Korean defectors in China was the number it was in winter, was to make up for the “annual allotted number of arrests of North Koreans” This official said, “Arrest of North Korean defectors happens around the year but especially during the between end of the year of the Chinese New Year’s day, the number of arrests increases dramatically.” As for the reason, the official further stated, “the main reason for this phenomenon is to make up for the annual allotted number of arrest of North Koreans.”According to this official, the Chinese National Security Office sets each local police office a fixed number of ‘arrest of North Korean defectors.’ The numbers are added up at the end of the year, and in order to meet the number of arrest, they intensify security in order to arrest North Korean defectors around the end of the year through the Chinese New Year holidays. The number of allotted arrests per local police office is about five a month, sixty a year. The official explained that the police offices were not obliged to meet the allotted number of arrests but because they cannot ignore demand from the higher department and in order to receive better evaluation of work, all of them go out to arrest North Korea defectors.” The official further explained that the reason why the number of arrest increases during the coldest time of the year mainly is because the number of defectors increases starting in October when the Tuman River freezes and since there are many unable to get work, wander around during the winter. Local Police office, Set a Goal Amount of Fines Chinese Security Police have been intensifying security in three provinces in Northeast China – Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang – where they set a ‘Special Criminal Investigation Period’ from December until the Chinese New Year in mid-February. The special inspection is not only geared towards arresting North Korean defectors, but because there is an increase of criminal acts due to increases in unemployment during the winter, general security inspections are intensified where more North Korean defectors are arrested in the process. Especially during this period of special inspection, many activists working for North Korean defectors, including missionaries, are arrested as well. The Chinese official stated, “High Security Departments are setting local departments with goal amounts of fines because they can fine a high amount of money to the activists or missionaries caught for assisting North Korean defectors, which the method police choose to do.” ‘Goal Amount of Fines’ vary from a police office to another, but generally it is around 300,000 yuan per year. A person caught for assisting North Korean defectors are fined between 10,000 to 50,000 yuan. Lim Sun Hwa, who had married a Chinese man and now resides in a farm village close to Tuman River, testified to the current situation as, “Chinese police no longer consider North Korean women married to Chinese men as a big problem as before.” Since North Korean women sold by traffickers to the farm villages in China are considered as ‘property assets,’ when these women are arrested by the police, police are faced with mass protest of the villagers. However, the Chinese official said, “in order to meet the ‘annual allotted number of arrest of North Koreans’ women like those are arrested as well, as the last option.” News last_img read more

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GNP’s Objectives of Denuclearization and Peace
first_img SHARE [imText1]On the 4th, the Grand National Party North Korea policy Task Force Team officially presented a North Korea policy with the aim to “Construct a national community.” Following the February 13 Agreement, the policy towards North Korea saw a change from severe reciprocity to security and aid. On this day, the GNP held a joint meeting with national assemblymen and party members in Seoul, officially presenting their proposal “Vision of Peace on the Korean Peninsula” which was based on a denuclearized peace system and economic community. The new North Korea policy proposed to ▲ denuclearize the Korean Peninsula through the abandonment of North Korea’s nukes ▲ construct a unifying base to establish a peace system on the Korean Peninsula, ▲ mutual prosperity of the South-North through North Korean reform and ▲ resolve the humanitarian issue and establish North Korea’s economic independence. In particular, regarding the “denuclearized peace system” the peace vision argued it would hold Inter-Korea talks. Further, a “declaration of termination of war” would be looked into for the peace system. In relation to forming an economic community, economic missions will be established in Pyongyang and Seoul, including a measure to invite 30,000 North Korean students annually for training and education. As for a cooperative transportation and communication system, the personal exchanges and collaborations that were established according to the `92 Inter-Korean Basic Agreement will be implemented. First, North Korea’s broadcasting and newspapers will be received. Concerning the living conditions of North Korea people, 150,000tons of rice would be donated freely a year and free food and medicine would be given to people in difficult circumstances such as children, pregnant women and senior citizens. On the matter of community and human rights, cases regarding the reunion of 1st generation separated families, prisoners of war, the return of abductees and offering donations and goods will also be investigated. The proposal also incorporated establishing an archive base for violations on North Korean human rights and conducting liaisons with North Korean aid and dismantling political concentration camps. Further, the policy revealed that it would push to draft special measures prohibiting the forced repatriated defectors and obtaining the refugee status for overseas North Korean and also assist defectors in Mongolia, Russia or Vietnam to resettle down in each foreign country. In addition, urgent measures would also be implemented in preparation for North Korea’s sudden situations and mass-defection. Many agree that the North Korea policy presented on this day was extremely affinitive compared to the previous GNP’s strict reciprocity and denuclearization policy. This kind of change is not completely indifferent to the change in the current U.S. policy towards North Korea following the February 13 Agreement and further reasoning to maintain public image with the upcoming presidential election. Furthermore, it seems that the GNP’s new policy is trying to act as if it has not been greatly overpowered by the Sunshine policy towards the North. Rather, the GNP may lead the negotiations with the North through the “peace system” on the Korean Peninsula in accordance to the progressions of the February 13 Agreement. However, it seems that it will take an extremely long time to confirm this proposal in association to the measures taken by the candidates of the upcoming presidential election as well as confrontations with disapproving criticisms and hard line policies. There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Jeong Jae Sung – 2007.07.06 5:25pm News Facebook Twitter GNP’s Objectives of Denuclearization and Peacecenter_img AvatarJeong Jae Sung Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News News News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img
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Practitioners Urged to Attain Certification in Early Childhood Competencies

first_imgRelatedPractitioners Urged to Attain Certification in Early Childhood Competencies Practitioners Urged to Attain Certification in Early Childhood Competencies UncategorizedAugust 21, 2006 RelatedPractitioners Urged to Attain Certification in Early Childhood Competencies Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Assistant Chief Education Officer in the Early Childhood Unit of the Ministry of Education and Youth, Evadne Vennor, is encouraging practitioners to become trained in the levels one and two competencies in the Early Childhood Care and Development programme, which is being offered through the National Council on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET).“Training is integral to the whole development of the transformation in Education, hence the emphasis on our practitioners to be trained in levels one and two competences offered by NCTVET. The practitioners have access to training at certified institutions at HEART Trust/ NTA to attain certification in early childhood competencies,” Miss Vennor told JIS News in an interview.The early childhood unit is a partner with NCTVET, and the Early Childhood Commission has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to maintain standards.Miss Vennor said she considered the programme offered through the NCTVET as flexible, as people were able to access training fulltime as well as part- time.“Persons with or without early childhood knowledge or experience can access training. The benefits therefore are, capacity building, making them more marketable and with the Caribbean Single Market and Economy coming into play, they can work in any of the islands once they have the competencies,” she pointed out.She added that other benefits include achieving personal development, building self esteem and self confidence, and practitioners will also be able to meet the standards required by the early childhood commission in the education transformation.Another benefit of having levels one and two training in early childhood care and development, is that practitioners will be able to develop mastery in the involvement with children and improve the quality of their delivery.“It is useful to note that the early childhood commission will have oversight responsibility for the early childhood sector and that includes the early childhood unit. So our officers and our practitioners eventually will be deployed to the early childhood commission,” she said.“Hence the standards set by the commission will have to be met and one of the requirements is that practitioners must enter with level two certification from NCTVET,” she continued.Training is offered fulltime at accredited training institutions such as Garmex Heart Academy, Rockfort Heart Academy, Stony Hill Heart Academy and the Portmore Heart Academy. The period to complete the programme is dependent on the different modules the practitioner has chosen.“It will determine whether a person stays for a year or two years. If we look at a level one programme, which is designed to provide persons with broad based knowledge and practical skills, they have to complete the modules that will enable them to function in the assessment before they are certified. So there are several modules that they have to complete,” Miss Vennor told JIS News.Some of the topics covered in the early childhood training include child development, nutrition, child safety and record keeping.“With the early childhood commission having to regulate the early childhood sector, which takes in all age groups from zero to eight, it means that people will have to comply with the requirements of becoming certified practitioners,” Miss Vennor emphasised. RelatedPractitioners Urged to Attain Certification in Early Childhood Competencieslast_img read more

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Bumper breeding success in Upper Hunter raises hope for regents post fires

first_imgBumper breeding success in Upper Hunter raises hope for regents post fires Supported by Hunter LLS through the Australian Government’s Bushfire Emergency Pest and Habitat Protection funding, emergency initiatives have been activated to help reduce threats to the Regent Honeyeater in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area that was almost 80% burnt in recent unprecedented bushfires.The valleys on the edge of the World Heritage Area (WHA) contain some of the most important breeding and feeding habitats for the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater.The DPIE Saving Our Species staff and the Regent Honeyeater National Recovery Team convened to determine the potential devastating impacts for Regent Honeyeater earlier this year post the fires. Key threats identified included loss of potential breeding habitats to fire, impacts in unburnt refuges on breeding from competitor species such as Noisy Miners and subsequent loss or minimal flowering of primary feed trees from a combination of drought and fire impacts.Hunter Local Land Services supported BirdLife Australia and the Australian National University to conduct urgent Noisy Miner culling in one partially burnt valley in the Upper Hunter.“Noisy Miners, while a native species, are aggressive and territorial and are listed as a key threatening process for the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater,” said Lyndel Wilson, NRM Team Leader Hunter LLS.“They can exclude Regent Honeyeaters from breeding sites such as the remaining unburnt and partially burnt open valleys adjoining the World Heritage Area.“There is anecdotal evidence that burnt areas are also ‘opened up’ post-fire, thus making the habitat more suitable to miners.”Post-fire control of the Noisy Miner commenced during winter to reduce competition in an attempt to boost the honeyeater’s population numbers. This initiative was combined with a bold release of 20 captive-bred Regent Honeyeaters in the Lower Hunter, to also increase national Regent Honeyeater numbers post-fire in “likely” suitable breeding areas with available food source such as Eucalypt blossom.“This control program conducted over 1800 hectares of known breeding habitat has reduced the local Noisy Miner population by more than 80%,” said Lyndel.“This is a great result, and subsequently two pairs of Regent Honeyeaters with a total of five healthy chicks have been observed in the treatment area.”The adults of one pair were actively feeding chicks with insects, and nectar exclusively from local flowering Needle-leaf Mistletoe, growing on mature River She-oaks. Mistletoe is an extremely important food source for a range of woodland birds, but also creates suitable structures to build nests in too.“This is the result we were hoping for.” Lyndel.“We are working with experts in our region, in NSW and nationally through the Recovery Team and Local Land Services to ensure the right actions happen when and where they are needed to support this species and its habitats.“Having several breeding pairs in one valley, post bushfires and with key threats reduced, is the ultimate outcome for these bushfire response efforts.”Future actions based on post captive release monitoring results, and Noisy Miner control success are currently being investigated through Hunter LLS, with Birdlife Australia and the recovery team, with the ongoing support from the Australian Government. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Australian National University, Blue Mountains, bushfires, drought, Emergency, future, Government, habitat, Local Land Services, New South Wales, NSW, species, university, worldlast_img read more

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Palaszczuk Government ramps up health services in Gladstone

first_imgPalaszczuk Government ramps up health services in Gladstone Minister for Health and Ambulance Services The Honourable Yvette D’AthThe Gladstone community will continue to benefit from strong local hospital services with the transferred ownership of the previous Mater Hospital to Queensland Health.Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher today toured the newly named Gladstone Hospital West Wing, seeing the progress of work so far.“Investment in health for the Gladstone community over the past five years has been one of my main priorities,” he said.“With the addition of the Mater footprint we will be able to provide many more services locally and I am proud that the Palaszczuk Government has invested in the expansion of health resources for our region. “The provision of top-quality health care is a major priority for the Palaszczuk Government, and there’s no better example of this than our acquisition of the former Mater Hospital.” Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said the Palaszczuk Government’s record $21.8 billion health budget for 2020-21 includes $661 million for Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service. “The $661 million budget for Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service is up $10 million from the previous year,” she said. “We’re continuing to invest in improved local facilities such as Gladstone’s new $42 million Emergency Department, which is now providing first class services. “I want to pay tribute to the great work of the dedicated doctors, nurses, paramedics and allied health workers who serve the local community so well.”CQ Health Chief Executive Steve Williamson said he was extremely proud of the effort put in by staff to ensure this integration process was seamless for private patients.“I am delighted to see that the Queensland Government has completed this transition smoothly,” he said.“This opportunity means we’re able to provide more services, both public and private, right here in Gladstone.“We’re also working with other specialist healthcare service providers to offer options in the Gladstone West Wing.“The next phase of work includes fitting out the West Wing operating theatres and procedure rooms for use from early 2021 and planning for a new linkway between the West Wing and the main hospital campus.“The tender for the design works has just closed and is being evaluated. This phase is expected to take two to three months.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:acquisition, Australia, community, Emergency, Gladstone, Government, health minister, health services, healthcare, hospital, Investment, Minister, Palaszczuk, paramedics, QLD, Queensland, Queensland Health, resourceslast_img read more

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Healthy, cheap and easy meals

first_imgThere is nothing like a warm, home cooked meal on a chilly Colorado day. These recipes are not only crowd pleasers with minimal clean-up, but wallet pleasers as well!Sweet potato boats($1.86 per serving)Sweet potatoes are a fantastic source of fiber as well as vitamins B and C. This recipe is for a simple roasted sweet potato. However, you can dress it up or down for any occasion!  Add quinoa and spinach for a hearty dinner that will keep you full and help you focus on studying for midterms. If you have a sweet tooth, try adding peanut butter and semi-sweet chocolate chips for a guilt-free dessert. If you’re hosting friends with different tastes, make a roasted potato bar! Put out a variety of toppings and let your guests build their own sweet potato. Stuffed peppers($3.55 per serving)Stuffed peppers are a wonderfully customizable meal. This particular recipe calls for chicken and pesto as the two main ingredients. However, you can make it vegan by substituting chicken for tofu or seitan. It also only requires a mixing bowl and sheet pan to make, so clean up is a breeze, so you can get back to that show you’ve been binge watching. Sheet pan chicken($3.42 per serving)Doing dishes is about as enjoyable as waking up for 8 a.m. classes. Sheet pan dinners are perfect for those who dread dirty dishes because all you need is a pan, an oven and a little patience to make a delicious dinner! This sheet pan dinner calls for asparagus and broccoli but any vegetables will work with this sweet and savory chicken. Save extra money by using veggies that are in-season. Nutrition ResourcesNutrition Resource Clinic Nutrition Services provides free consultations with a registered dietitian for CU Boulder students for a number of nutrition-related concerns. Walk-in hours are available at the Rec Center on Tuesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. No appointment necessary – just check in at the Fitness and Wellness Suite on the main floor. Nutrition Counseling One-on-one nutrition counseling is available at Wardenburg Health Center and cover a variety of nutrition-related concerns. Schedule an appointment by calling 303-492-6280 or online through MyCUHealth. Dining Services Nutrition Students can schedule consultations with a registered dietitian to address concerns related to dining on campus. For more information, contact Lisa Whalen, RD at [email protected] Assistance If you skip meals or groceries due to lack of financial resources, CU Boulder offers a free food assistance program for students.Nutrition Buffs Join a student-run organization focused on career development, community outreach and healthy living related to diet and nutrition. More Health & Wellness Articles Breakfast for dinner($1.26 per serving)They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it might also just be the best type of food. Eggs are full of protein and so delicious! Plus they’re budget friendly. You can get a dozen eggs for about $2.50, which is about .21 cents per egg. Pair your eggs with these two ingredient banana pancakes for a full plate of deliciousness that will keep you full and provide important nutrients to keep you focused during study groups.last_img read more

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J&K administration approves setting up of Employees Insurance Society

first_img Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app EIS will serve as managerial and healthcare body for effective administration and management of health and insurance facilities and insurance benefits to around 2.95 lakh insured persons under the schemeIn a decision aimed at promoting the welfare of employees and workforce, the Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday gave its approval for setting up of an Employees Insurance Society for effective management of insurance facilities, an official spokesperson said.The Administrative Council, which met under the chairmanship of GC Murmu, Lieutenant Governor accorded sanction to the formation of J&K Employees Insurance Society (EIS) under the Employees Insurance Act, 1948, he said.Once registered, the EIS will serve as a managerial and healthcare body to provide for effective administration and management of health and insurance facilities and insurance benefits to around 2.95 lakh insured persons under the Employees” Insurance Scheme, the spokesperson said.The decision will help to increase the number of insured persons to nearly 6 lakh.According to the spokesperson, the EIS will have the mandate to formulate policies for code of conduct, capacity building and other training programmes for medical and para medical staff.Besides, it shall undertake measures to generate awareness among the employers and the employees so that more and more employees and workers can be brought under the scheme, he said.The scheme is being implemented by the Employees Insurance Corporation through the Labour Department, the spokesperson said.It will cover industrial workers and their families, other establishments like shops, hotels, restaurants, transport and newspaper, cinemas, educational institutions (public, private, aided) run by individuals, trusts, societies, private hospitals and nursing homes etc, he said. Read Article The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” News Related Posts Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Share WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha By Press Trust of India on February 6, 2020 Employees Insurance CorporationEmployees Insurance SocietyJammu and KashmirLabour Department J&K administration approves setting up of Employees Insurance Society Comments (0) Add Commentlast_img read more

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Super Bowl ads serve up politics – and an escape from it

first_imgHomeBusinessSuper Bowl ads serve up politics – and an escape from it Feb. 01, 2020 at 5:00 amBusinessNewsSuper Bowl ads serve up politics – and an escape from itAssociated Press1 year agoadspoliticssuper bowl MAE ANDERSONAP Business WriterAmericans weary of a seemingly endless barrage of political news may be looking for a respite as they settle in to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday.They won’t get it, although the real-world interruption should at least be brief.For what may be the first time, national politics will invade the one of the biggest TV events of the year. Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg and President Donald Trump have shelled out millions of dollars to broadcast campaign ads during the game, when nearly 100 million viewers are expected to tune into Fox.The political intrusion may have been inevitable. Not only is the U.S. in the middle of a presidential impeachment trial, Super Bowl Sunday falls right before the Iowa caucuses on Monday and the State of the Union address by Trump on Tuesday.In good news for the weary, however, those ads will likely be the exception of the night. Most brands are taking extra care to steer clear of politics, instead aligning themselves with celebrities, hit songs, and nostalgia to guarantee the widest appeal possible while avoiding potentially divisive territory.“People are just fatigued with the polarization of society,” said Peter Daboll, CEO of Ace Metrix, which measures advertising effectiveness. “Advertisers are trying to take a little more centrist approach.”WILL POLITICS STEAL THE SHOW?Bloomberg released his ad on Thursday. It focuses on gun violence and portrays Bloomberg as someone willing to take on the gun lobby.The Trump campaign released one of two 30-second ads that touts wage growth and lower unemployment rates. “The best is yet to come,” Trump says in the ad.The very presence of national campaign ads during the Super Bowl is unprecedented, said Charles Taylor, a marketing professor at Villanova University. January is usually too early for national politics, given that the presidential election isn’t until November. But this year, “taking out a Super Bowl ad in this context can be viewed as a show of strength or signal of confidence,” he said.Most marketers, however, are taking great pains to not allude to the current political climate. Amazon is one exception, although its spot only makes oblique references to national affairs. In it, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi imagine life in different time periods before the Alexa voice assistant; in the ad, a newsboy says his newspaper has “fake news” and a Richard Nixon-like character asks his secretary to remind him to delete his tapes.Those who avoid politics will likely fare better this year, said Kim Whitler, a professor at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. “Gearing up for a national election, I think people are just exhausted from the heaviness of the news,” she said. “This is that moment of escape when people are looking to have a break from news.”ALL THE STARS COME OUTBrands are betting that seeing their favorite celebrities in ads will unite Americans this year. While celebrities are always a staple in Super Bowl ads, this year most advertisers seem to have shelled out for at least two stars if not four or five for their ad efforts.“There’s complete celebrity overload,” said Terence Scroope, vice president of Insights at ad data firm Unruly.A Hyundai ad pokes gentle fun at the Boston accent. “Captain America” star Chris Evans, “A Quiet Place” star John Krasinski, Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch and former Boston Red Sox David Ortiz discuss a “remote smart parking assist feature” in exaggerated Boston accents, ultimately shortening it to “smaht pahk” in Bostonese.Michelob Ultra has actor and wrestler John Cena coaching Jimmy Fallon as he tries to work out. TV host and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen and her husband, musician John Legend, define “young luxury” in an ad for Genesis, the luxury car brand spun off by Hyundai.Mountain Dew remakes “The Shining” with Walter White himself — Bryan Cranston of “Breaking Bad” — chasing Tracee Ellis Ross of “Black-ish” around a deserted hotel, though only to hawk the new Mountain Dew Zero Sugar.“It’s almost celebrity for celebrity’s sake,” Scroope said.POP CULTURE NOSTALGIASeveral ads also aim to play on people’s affection for pop culture and hit songs.Audi, for instance, has “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams belt out “Let it Go” from the Disney hit “Frozen” as she navigates a steamy day and bumper-to-bumper traffic to promote Audi’s e-tron electric vehicles.Doritos uses MC Hammer’s 30-year-old classic “U Can’t Touch This” to market its new Cheetos Popcorn brand. And Pepsi highlights a black soda can with the Rolling Stones anthem “Paint it Black,” updated by performers Missy Elliott and H.E.R.BROAD HUMORLighthearted and even juvenile humor is also back in a big way.In Little Caesar’s first Super Bowl ad, pandemonium reigns at the Sliced Bread headquarters run by “The Office” star Rainn Wilson after someone says Little Caesar’s pizza delivery is the best thing “since sliced bread.” An ad for Reese’s Take 5 candy bar uses visual gags for people who haven’t heard of the product. It shows office workers who are literally “under a rock,” “born yesterday,” “raised by wolves” and have their “head in the sand.” Cue groans here.“Advertisers realize that people are just exhausted and are just playing it safe,” said Steve Merino, chief creative director of ad agency Aloysius Butler & Clark. “They’re doing some lighthearted stuff. America needs it right now.”Tags :adspoliticssuper bowlshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLaughing Matters – Like a Death in the familyCrime Watch – Weekly arrestsYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson17 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter17 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 hours agolast_img read more

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In South Dakota, More Groundless Alarm about Academic Freedom

first_imgSouth Dakota’s HB 1270, proposed this year, was a simple, straightforward academic freedom bill. Unfortunately, it did not pass, but I would like to correct some misconceptions that came up in the House. The bill read: No teacher may be prohibited from helping students understand, analyze, critique, or review in an objective scientific manner the strengths and weaknesses of scientific information presented in courses being taught which are aligned with the content standards established pursuant to § 13-3-48.A  Danger of Lawsuits?The House Education Committee discussed the bill at length. I will address part of the dialogue, which I transcribed from the state’s audio of the hearing:  Rep. Erin Healy: I’m not quite sure who this question is for, but I’m just curious if this could cause any potential lawsuits, and if so, who would be the defendant. Would it be the district? Would it be the state?Mr. Brett Arenz (Department of Education): Yes, we would see potential lawsuits. There was a similar bill in 2017 and I think Associated School Boards testified that they would expect a number of lawsuits, and it would be against the school district that would be facing them. Healy: Follow-up question, where would that money come from? What fund would that money come from, from the district? Arenz: You know I can’t speak personally to the finances of a school district, but it would have to come from somewhere, likely from their general fund, taken away from instructing students. Healy: Would this hurt that school district if this lawsuit were to occur? Arenz: Yes, I think if funds were diverted from instructing kids that would be detrimental to the school district.Rep. Nancy Rasmussen: Could you give me two examples of what a teacher would actually say in a classroom that would cause a lawsuit? Arenz: There was some testimony from Dr. Harris about intelligent design. If I understood correctly he was saying that would be allowed. Well, there are court cases that intelligent design is just creationism by another name. So if you were to speak of intelligent design that could subject a school district to liability. Rasmussen: So give me an example, pretend I am a student and you are the teacher, what would you tell me that would cause me to go home and tell my parents and then they would sue the school?Arenz: I don’t have any specific examples, but generally I think it’s an issue of teaching personal opinions rather than scientific evidence. So if you were to teach your personal religious beliefs as they relate to an issue, that would subject a school to liability. Or if the school district were to terminate the individual for not following the curriculum, there would be a disagreement between the employee and the school district, as to a wrongful termination perhaps.Common MisunderstandingsBrett Arenz displays some common misunderstandings here about academic freedom legislation.(1) Contrary to his assertion that school districts should expect “a number of lawsuits,” Louisiana has had an academic freedom law similar to HB 1270 on the books since 2008, and Tennessee since 2012. Neither state has been subjected to lawsuits because of these laws. (2) When Arenz implies that the bill would authorize a teacher to teach “personal religious beliefs,” he ignores the clear language of the law. The bill only protects teachers when they help “students understand, analyze, critique, or review in an objective scientific manner the strengths and weaknesses of scientific information presented in courses being taught which are aligned with the content standards….”  There is nothing in this language that authorizes a teacher to present his or her personal religious beliefs. (3) He also gives an example about teaching intelligent design. But intelligent design is not in the content standards for the state, so this bill would not protect or encourage teaching about intelligent design. (4) Regarding terminating an employee who doesn’t follow the curriculum: This is no different from the situation under existing law. If a teacher feels he was wrongly terminated, he can challenge that in court.In sum, academic freedom bills like South Dakota’s HB 1270 are limited, proven legislation. The alarm that is habitually raised is groundless.Photo: South Dakota State Capitol, by Runner1928 [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons. Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Sarah ChaffeeNow a teacher, Sarah Chaffee served as Program Officer in Education and Public Policy at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. She earned her B.A. in Government. During college she interned at Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler’s office and for Prison Fellowship Ministries. Before coming to Discovery, she worked for a private land trust with holdings in the Southwest. 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