A ‘Wisdom Keeper’ Draws From A Deep Well Of Navajo Culture

first_imgEducationA ‘Wisdom Keeper’ Draws From A Deep Well Of Navajo CultureJanuary 17, 2016 by Claudio Sanchez, NPR News Share:Tia Tsosie Begay is a fourth-grade teacher at a small public school on the outskirts of Tucson, Ariz.Elissa Nadworny/NPRIn the Navajo culture, teachers are revered as “wisdom keepers,” entrusted with the young to help them grow and learn. This is how Tia Tsosie Begay approaches her work as a fourth-grade teacher at a small public school on the outskirts of Tucson, Ariz.For Navajos, says Begay, your identity is not just a name; it ties you to your ancestors, which in turn defines you as a person.“My maternal clan is ‘water’s edge’; my paternal clan is ‘water flows together,’ ” she explains. “Our healing power is through humor and laughter, and I try to bring that to my classroom.”The day we first meet, Begay is wearing a smile ear-to-ear and a plastic toy crown. It’s “King and Queen Day” at Los Ninos Elementary. The school serves mostly Mexican-American and Native American — Yaqui and Tohono O’odham — families, as well as a few children from Somalia.This morning, though, Begay is worried. The parent she’s been trying to meet with is a no-show, again. Begay desperately needs to talk to her about her little boy. He’s a smart child, “but right now, he’s about a year behind,” she says. “When I first met him, he was two years behind.”She suspects there are problems at home that are keeping him from doing well in school. He’s always late and has already missed too much school.By 8 a.m., kids are arriving, and Begay’s classroom quickly becomes a beehive of activity. It’s cluttered, but in a good way. Bookcases overflow with fiction and nonfiction books. One shelf is set aside for books about Komodo dragons, slugs and stink bugs, and a class favorite titled Why Do Animals Do That?On “King and Queen Day,” the whole class wears gold paper crowns.Elissa Nadworny/NPRForty-five minutes into the class, the little boy Begay is so worried about finally walks in, shoulders slumped, head bowed. Rather than embarrassing him in front of the class, Begay welcomes him warmly.“He already feels [down],” she tells me. “He transitions quicker if I just say, ‘I’m glad you’re here.’ ”Of the 25 children in her class, this particular boy is the one who’s testing Begay’s long-held conviction that no child is a lost cause, no matter how troubled he seems. It’s the unspoken pledge teachers start out with, says Begay.“When you go into teaching, you go in starry-eyed.” Back then, she says, she told herself, “Oh, I’m going to make a difference, do amazing things, light their fire. Then you realize, [your] kids are two years below grade level and time is passing you by.”Teaching was not Begay’s first calling. When she left the Navajo reservation in northeastern Arizona where she grew up, she thought about going to law school, or studying linguistics. She even considered politics, but none of it felt right. While still in college, Begay started mentoring kids. She thought she could give teaching a shot.In the Navajo culture, teachers are called “wisdom keepers.” They’re revered and entrusted with the young.Elissa Nadworny/NPRAfter earning her master’s degree in education from the University of Arizona, Begay got married. She had two children, taught for six years, then spent another five training other teachers.Now, at 35, she’s doing what she loves most: watching the proverbial light bulb go on in her students’ heads. Like this morning, when one of her kids who has struggled with English blurted out, “We need textual evidence!”Students file back to class after a music special.Elissa Nadworny/NPR“I was very excited about that,” says Begay. “I got goose bumps.”Begay wraps up the math, reading and writing exercises that have taken up most of the morning. It’s noon, time for lunch and the raucous pizza chant: “With a pizza in my hand, I’m gonna be the pizza man.” The kids love it.During lunch I sit down with Begay’s students and ask them what they like about her.“She never gets angry,” says one girl. A boy adds: “She’s funny and likes telling jokes, like the one she told the other day. ‘What do ghosts like to eat? Sbooghetti.’ ”Everyone laughs. I wince. Before we leave the table, the shy, quiet girl who’s been sitting next to me says almost in a whisper, “She teaches me when I don’t want to learn.”Begay is doing what she loves most: watching the proverbial light bulb go on in students’ heads.Elissa Nadworny/NPRHer comment stays with me. Later, when I share it with Begay, I tell her that I felt it was a very profound thing for a child to say. She agrees.“They don’t verbalize that to me,” says Begay. “But that’s what I strive for. I want them to enjoy school. I want them to feel like someone believes in them.”After lunch, Begay dismisses her students. Today is a half-day, and teachers at Los Ninos Elementary have all scheduled parent-teacher conferences for the rest of the afternoon.Begay walks her kids outside to dismiss them, but as they scatter, she realizes she forgot to hold on to that troubled boy in her class. She had planned to walk with him to meet his mom on the pedestrian bridge he crosses to get to school. But he’s gone.In the distance, she spots him in his little blue vest and paper crown, walking with his mother. Begay is really upset with herself. She knows this little boy needs help.Los Ninos Elementary serves mostly Mexican-American and Native American families, as well as a few Somali students.Elissa Nadworny/NPR“Based on what I know about the family,” she says, “within two to three years he’s going to drop out of school.”Its a terrible prediction.“Why would anybody allow that to happen, to have a child fail?” I ask.“I hope nobody would,” she responds. “I want them to say, ‘At least one person, Miss Begay, is there every day for me. Miss Begay is going to wonder where I am if I go missing. There will be one person looking out for me, and it’s Miss Begay.’ ”Begay and her students.Elissa Nadworny/NPRAs we walk back to her classroom, Begay wipes away her tears and says she’ll be back tomorrow to try again.And if necessary, she’ll be there the next day, and the next, and the next.Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.Read original article – January 12, 2016 4:59 AM ETA ‘Wisdom Keeper’ Draws From A Deep Well Of Navajo Culture Share this story:last_img read more

Sitka murder defendant to seek change of venue

first_imgCommunity | Crime & Courts | Sexual Abuse & Domestic Violence | SoutheastSitka murder defendant to seek change of venueAugust 12, 2017 by Robert Woolsey, KCAW Share:Defendant Reuben Yerkes, dressed in yellow scrubs, appeared in Sitka court via teleconference. Public defender Jude Pate advised the court that he planned to file a motion to change the venue out of Sitka. Assistant district attorney Amanda Browning appeared in person. (Robert Woolsey/KCAW)A Sitka man accused of murder will ask the court to move his trial to another town.39-year old Reuben Yerkes, a former clerk in Sitka’s Legal Department, is accused of shooting and killing his 28-year old girlfriend, Ali Clayton, in an argument in her home in the early hours of Saturday, May 6.Yerkes turned himself into Sitka police later the same morning.In an omnibus hearing on Thursday in Sitka Superior Court, public defender Jude Pate advised Judge David George that he planned to file a motion to change venue. Judge George gave him until September 29 to do so.Pate also asked the judge to schedule a bail hearing. Since his arrest, Yerkes has been held first in Sitka’s jail, and then was subsequently moved to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau. His bail was set at $500,000.Pate asked the court to schedule up to an hour to review the monetary posting, and to make an argument for third-party custodianship.George agreed and scheduled a hearing for 8:45 a.m. Thursday, August 31.Judge George also questioned Pate on other possible defense motions. In particular, whether he planned to file any motions over issues regarding Yerkes’ “competency, sanity, or diminished capacity.”Pate said no.George ordered the state to provide the defense with the complete results of its investigation by September 15.The defense has asked for access to the autopsy report, all physical evidence from the crime scene, a ballistics study, and the contents of computers, iPads, and phones owned by both the victim and the defendant.Amanda Browning, representing the state, agreed. She also supported the idea of allowing at least 12 days for the trial, which is scheduled for January 2018.Yerkes appeared in court via teleconference from Juneau.As with all prior hearings in the case, the Sitka courtroom was crowded with friends and supporters of Clayton and her parents.Share this story:last_img read more

PhRMA chief talks strategy — and he’s surprisingly optimistic about drug pricing reform

first_imgPolitics Washington Correspondent Nicholas Florko reports on the the intersection of politics and health policy. He is the author the newsletter “D.C. Diagnosis.” @NicholasFlorko Unlock this article — plus daily intelligence on Capitol Hill and the life sciences industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED GET STARTED By Nicholas Florko April 13, 2021 Reprints CEO Steve Ubl Matt Rourke/AP Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Log In | Learn More WASHINGTON — Steve Ubl, who leads the drug industry lobbying powerhouse PhRMA, has a bold prediction: Democrats might control the House, Senate, and White House, but Covid-19 has given pharma the advantage in the debate over drug pricing.It’s bold because there is not a single House Democrat who voted against H.R. 3, the ambitious Democratic drug pricing bill that the pharmaceutical industry detests.center_img STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. What’s included? About the Author Reprints What is it? Nicholas Florko [email protected] PhRMA chief talks strategy — and he’s surprisingly optimistic about drug pricing reform Tags advocacyCongressdrug pricinggovernment agenciespharmaceuticalspolicySTAT+White Houselast_img read more

In Pictures: 100 years and growing – Barrowhouse GAA celebrate centenary

first_imgHome Sport GAA In Pictures: 100 years and growing – Barrowhouse GAA celebrate centenary SportGAAGaelic Football Twitter Twitter WhatsApp In Pictures: 100 years and growing – Barrowhouse GAA celebrate centenary Previous articleTwo prestigious national awards for Portarlington-based business Polar IceNext articleAfter 54 years a new Garda HQ complex confirmed for Portlaoise LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results The enduring strength of the GAA was very much evident in Barrowhouse on Saturday as the small club on the Laois-Kildare border welcomed the good and the great of the GAA world as they marked the club’s centenary.Barrowhouse GAA club was founded in 1919 and have survived good times and bad in the 100 years since.On Saturday, GAA President John Horan visited the club to mark the occasion where he met club members of all ages and generations in a lovely event that captured what a GAA club means to its people.The GAA president took a tour around the club’s facilities and some of the younger members of the club played exhibition matches.Indeed the club facilities are something very much to be proud of – a fabulous playing surface on their main pitch came in for special praise; a spectators bank; floodlights; a very impressive training/juvenile pitch and a walking track around the perimeter of the grounds.There’s even a very impressive playground, which was put in place by the community in association with Laois County Council and the GAA club.Among those in attendance on Saturday were former GAA President, Laois man Liam O’Neill, current Laois GAA chairman Peter O’Neill and secretary Niall Handy, former Laois GAA chairman Gerry Kavanagh and a handful of other current members of Laois County Board.Barrowhouse GAA chairman Shay Phelan welcomed all in attendance and gave some of the background to the club’s history. Shay also explained that a publication detailing the club’s history is in progress.Liam O’Neill also gave a fine address, referencing the historical significance of the Barrowhouse community refusing to accept the closure of the local primary school in the late 1960s, instead a local committee opting to pay the teacher to continue working until the Department of Education decided to keep the school open.“A school gives an area a community,” said O’Neill, “and the GAA club gives it its identity.”Fondly remembering how he once travelled from his home in Trumera to referee a football match in Barrowhouse due to a lack of referees, he praised the hard-working club members for their dedication over the years.John Horan was also fulsome in his praise and wished the club success in the years ahead.After the formalities, there was refreshments all round as club members, neighbours, friends and GAA dignitaries mingled and the children mostly played on the pitches and playground outside.100 years is a mighty long time – and after reflecting fondly on the past, Barrowhouse now look with hope to the future.Our photographer Julie Anne Miller was on hand to capture a selection of photos from the day. GAA Pinterest By LaoisToday Reporter – 14th October 2019 center_img Facebook SEE ALSO – In Pictures: Portlaoise celebrate as their claim third Laois SFC title in a row GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSBarrowhouse Pinterest Facebook 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Price war to put pressure on revenue for U.S. discount brokers: Moody’s

first_imgJames Langton Yet, the credit-rating agency warns that these kinds of tactics “rarely lead to increased market share, resulting in reduced earnings and cash flows for all players.” In the short term, the positive impact of rising interest rates will mask the revenue hit from lower commissions. For example, the Moody’s report suggests that a 25-basis-point increase in the target federal funds rate should generate US$300 million to US$400 million of annual incremental revenue for online broker, Charles Schwab Corp. At the same time, the report projects that a recent cut in trading commission rates that Schwab has implemented will cost the firm US$300 million in revenue over the next 12 months. “Any brokerage firm that does not gain significant client market share will be worse off from the price war,” says David Fanger, senior vice president with Moody’s, in a statement. “However, our analysis of the firms’ disclosures shows that the boost to net interest revenue from rising short-term rates will mask the effect, though some fare better than others.” Middle-class investors catching Wall Street’s eye Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Intensifying competition for retail clients is driving a costly price war among U.S online brokers, according to a new report from Moody’s Investors Service Inc. Specifically, gradually rising U.S. interest rates is increasing the value of retail clients’ assets, which is, in turn, sparking a price war among U.S. online brokers to cut their equities trading commissions as they compete more aggressively for clients, which will pressure revenue, the Moody’s report says. center_img Many DIY investors shun advice as too expensive Surge in retail investors puts brokerage sector at risk: DBRS Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Discount brokerages last_img read more

RBC Insurance adds caregiver rider to disability plans

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter RBC Insurance, the insurance arm of Toronto-based Royal Bank of Canada, has introduced a “compassionate care” rider for select disability insurance plans, the company announced Tuesday.The Family Compassionate Care Rider (FCCR) “pays a monthly benefit and gives the insured the flexibility to take time off work entirely or work reduced hours” in circumstances in which he or she would need to care for a terminally ill or injured child or spouse, RBC Insurance says in a news release. Keywords Disability insuranceCompanies RBC Insurance LTD incidence rates to rise in 2018: RBC Insurance According to an RBC survey, two in 10 Canadians have had to take time off work to provide care for a loved one, and only one-third said they could comfortably afford the loss of three months’ income in such a situation.“Finding out that your spouse or child has been diagnosed with a terminal illness is devastating and the last thing you want to worry about is your finances,” Maria Winslow, senior director, life and health, RBC Insurance, says in a statement. “And while many Canadians have ways to protect their income in the event that they were to personally become sick, there has been no option for taking time off work to care for a loved one.” IE Staff 41477507 – file with focus on the text disability insurance and blur effect. concept of individual protection. Related news RBC Insurance clients to receive personalized support Fewer Canadians have disability insurancelast_img read more

Police charge man after posting online threats to Australian MPs

first_imgPolice charge man after posting online threats to Australian MPs A man has been charged after allegedly posting threats on social media last month about two Australian government officials.In December 2020, the Fixated Persons Investigation Unit commenced an investigation after comments made about Australian parliamentary officials on social media came under notice, which were believed to have been sent from NSW.Following extensive inquiries, police executed a search warrant at a home in the Tamworth suburb of Hillvue, today (Tuesday 12 January 2021), where a number of electronic devices seized for forensic examination. Three cannabis plants were also seized.A 58-year-old man was arrested at the home and taken to Tamworth Police Station, where he was charged with using a carriage service to menace/harass/offend and cultivate prohibited plant.He was granted conditional bail and is due to appear at Tamworth Local Court on Monday 8 February 2021.The Fixated Persons Investigations Unit was established in 2017 by Commissioner Mick Fuller to focus on the detection, intervention, and prevention of so-called ‘lone actor’ and ‘fixated person’ threats and grievance-fuelled violence across the state.Anyone with information in relation to fixated persons is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. People should not report information via our Facebook and Twitter pages. /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, cannabis, Commissioner, detection, Facebook, Government, investigation, New South Wales, NSW, NSW Police, police, social media, Tamworth, Twitter, violence, warrantlast_img read more

Ontario to expand electric vehicle charging network by 500 stations

first_img advertisement RELATED TAGSNewsAutomobile SalesAutomotive TechnologyBusinessCanadaCanadian EconomyChevrolet VoltClimatologyCoincident Economic IndicatorsConsumer SpendingEarth ScienceEconomic IndicatorsEconomiesElectric VehiclesEnvironmental Issues and ProtectionGlobal Climate ChangeNature and the EnvironmentNissan LEAFOntarioOttawaQuebecRetail SalesScience and TechnologySciencesTechnologyTesla Model STorontoWindsor (Ontario) ‹ Previous Next › The typical Canadian urban commute, however, is far shorter than the travelling range of many of today’s plug-in vehicles. See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending in Canada Ontario is building nearly 500 electric vehicle charging stations across the province with hopes they will encourage more residents to use electric vehicles.The provincial government says the network of public stations will help address “range anxiety” among electric car drivers who may be concerned about the distance their vehicles can travel compared to traditional vehicles.The full network of stations will allow electric vehicles to travel from Windsor to Ottawa, or from Toronto to North Bay, as well as in-and-around major urban centres. Stations will be placed at more than 250 locations including highways, workplaces and public spaces, and are all expected to be in service by the end of March next year. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The government says the $20 million investment in the charging stations comes from Ontario’s $325 million Green Investment Fund, which supports projects that fight climate change. Ontario provides up to $14,000 in incentives for electric vehicle buyers as it aims for electric cars to make up five per cent of new vehicle sales by 2020. It says there are nearly 7,000 electric vehicles currently on the roads in Ontario.“By investing in charging infrastructure that is fast, reliable and affordable, we will encourage more Ontarians to purchase electric vehicles, reducing greenhouse gas pollution and keeping our air clean,” said Steven Del Duca, Ontario’s minister of transportation.Ontario’s announcement on Wednesday comes after Quebec announced last month that it will greatly increase the number of fast-charge stations for electric vehicles along one of the province’s busiest highways.Electric cars are still a niche market, with less than one per cent of global auto sales. More than 21,000 plug-in electric vehicles have been sold in Canada since 2011. The Chevrolet Volt leads, followed by the Tesla Model S and Nissan Leaf. Together, they account for almost 70 per cent of EV sales.Widespread adoption of electric vehicles has been hampered by consumer concern over the availability of charging stations, the time required to charge electric vehicle batteries and the distance that can be travelled between charging sessions. Trending Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 A Chevrolet Volt EV being recharged Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca last_img read more

Mobile phone market set for lacklustre year

first_imgHome Mobile phone market set for lacklustre year Mobile Mix: Out with the old, in with the new Author Steve Costello AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 27 MAR 2019 Related Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Tags Previous ArticleDT opens door to 5G security talksNext ArticleShowfloor Interview: Comviva LG quits mobile phone business Outlook for smartphone sales bleak until 5G CCS Insight predicted mobile phone sales in 2019 will be limited to 1.8 billion units, a year-on-year drop of 3 per cent, in its latest forecast.The woe stems from issues including lengthening replacement cycles, weakness in China’s economy, and macroeconomic and political uncertainty in other major markets. The company noted high prices for flagship devices prove unpalatable to some consumers, and users are keeping mobile phones longer and considering second-hand devices.CCS Insight said it had expected sales to reach 2 billion units annually by 2022, but a new five-year outlook trims this to 1.9 billion until 2023.Marina Koytcheva, VP of forecasting, said: “Yearly sales of 2 billion mobile phones seemed so close just a few years ago, but might become a distant dream for the industry.”The company downgraded its expectations in almost every market, including India, where it expects more than 320 million phones to be sold in 2019. This is an increase of just 5 per cent year-on-year, taking into account a “disturbance in online retail in February” and a generally cautious mood ahead of an imminent general election.In key Western European markets, some 35 per cent of consumers intend to keep their current phone longer than their previous one, and CCS Insight also said it believes similar dynamics are having an effect in the US, where sales are forecast to drop 9 per cent this year.With regard to a potential driver for the mobile device market, the arrival of 5G, CCS Insight expects 5G phones to “get off to a slower start than previously anticipated”, before moving to an encouraging growth trajectory from 2020 and beyond.It expects 220 million 5G phones will be sold in 2020, rising to 930 million in 2023, accounting for almost half of all mobile phone sales. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back CCS Insightlast_img read more

Lakeside Resident Dies in Ferndale Glider Crash

first_imgThe Flathead County Sheriff’s Office released the name of the man killed in a July 8 glider crash in Ferndale. Douglas Sameit, a 61-year-old resident of Lakeside, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to a press release from Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry. Sameit was a retired airline pilot and held a Federal Aviation Administration Glider Instructor certificate, the release states.The second man involved in the crash, Gordon Schmidt, was transported to Kalispell Regional Medical Center via ALERT helicopter. The 70-year-old Washington resident and Bigfork summer resident was stabilized at KRMC then transported to Seattle for further treatment. According to Curry, Schmidt is the owner and operator of Wave Soaring Adventures Inc., which provides glider rides and instruction. The company was in its first season of operation in the Flathead. Schmidt is a glider instructor and an FAA designated pilot examiner for the certification of new glider pilots, according to the sheriff’s statement. The National Traffic Safety Bureau and the FAA are investigating the crash. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more