Categories: News,Reilly News 19Oct Committee approves Rep. Reilly bill to end mandate on education plan The House Education Reform Committee today unanimously approved legislation sponsored by state Rep. John Reilly to prevent homeschool and non-public school students who participate in courses at public school districts from being required to submit Educational Development Plans (EDPs).EDPs are academic and career plans mandated by the Michigan Department of Education, requiring students as young as 12 years old submit long-term career plans to their school districts. Allowing homeschool and non-public school students to make use of public school programs creates mutually beneficial relationships between these families and their schools. Requiring students to complete EDPs can erode that trust.Reilly testified in support of House Bill 4805 on Sept. 28, alongside both public school employees and homeschool activists, for a broad coalition of support for shared-time students.“I’m pleased, on behalf of thousands of Michigan families who homeschool their children, that the committee agreed this regulation was a bureaucratic overreach,” said Reilly, a member of the Education Reform Committee. “The EDP requirement would have been damaging to public school programs, in addition to the educational development of these students.”Oxford Virtual Academy administrators Janet Schell and Lisa Sullivan also spoke in support of Reilly’s bill on Sept. 28, with Sullivan stating “the Department of Education has not shared a satisfactory reason for these requirements.”Reilly emphasized plans are not beneficial for many Michigan students.“My concern is that mandating EDPs from students who are only using public schools to supplement their education simply discourages them from doing so,” said Reilly, of Oakland Township. “Whenever given the chance, we should stand for educational freedom and choice. This legislation is a step in the right direction.”HB 4805 advances to the full House membership for its consideration.#####
Cisco will use ANGA COM to highlight IP network transformation, Gigabit services, cloud-powered video, service agility and security.Cisco will use the show to highlight the cBR-8, described by the company as the industry’s first DOCSIS 3.1/CCAP platform, already deployed with 90 operators on three continents.The platform delivers throughput of 10 Gigabits per second downstream, and 1Gbps upstream.Cisco will also showcase its remote PHY work to take fibre deeper, with different configurations of shelves and nodes to suit different architectural/topological implementations already in the field. The company has also developed a range of analogue nodes and amplifiers designed for DOCSIS 3.1 upgrades specifically designed for the European market.Cisco will also highlight its work on cable-specific Software-Defined Networking (SDN) virtualisation and orchestration, including SDN capabilities on the cBR8, to enable service velocity and to simplify operations.Cisco will also show its Pro-active Network Maintenance (PNM) solution that the company says allows operators to reduce operating expenditure by proactively detecting any network issues within an accuracy of 10 metres..The company will also demonstrate its Video Quality Monitoring (VQM) solution that continuously monitors the user experience from signal acquisition to playout, to any end device over any network. Cisco has teamed up with Skyline, Mariner and Nimble to build the VQM solution.To address immersive 4K video and HDR (High Dynamic Range) encoding, orchestration of cloud-based services, and open media distribution for CDNs, the company will showcase its V2P (Virtualized Video Processing) line, which blends Cisco and third party applications across cloud environments.Cisco will also showcase connected home technologies including its HomeGuard whole-home cyber-security protection.Cisco’s JT Taylor, senior manager, video marketing, will take part in a panel session at the Congress on June 7 about recommendations and the RDK (Reference Design Kit), while Yves Padrines, VP, global service provider EMEAR, will speak at 10:00 on the June 7 on personalised television. John Downey will speak on a panel about DOCSIS 3.1 on June 8 at 11:30; and Adam Davies, product marketing manager for Cisco’s Infinite Video line, will be speaking on a panel about multi-screen technologies on June 9 at 2:45.Cisco will exhibit at ANGA COM on Stand H21 in Hall 10.2.
YouTube Red, the Google-owned video site’s paid offering, will launched in multiple markets internationally this year, according to chief business officer Robert Kyncl.Robert KynclKyncl, interviewed by French financial daily Les Echos, said that YouTube’s deal with Univeral Music last month gave it the licenses to distribute the Universal Music catalogue on both a free and pay basis globally.Kyncl said that while YouTube did not have a specific launch date penned in for France, this was a market that was “important for us”.Kyncl’s comments came as YouTube renewed agreements with French copyright collecting agencies SACD and ADAGP, enabling authors represented by the pair to continue to receive remuneration for the exploitation of their intellectual property by YouTube content creators.Google has also been in talks with music rights collecting agency SACEM. Kyncl said that other agreements would follow soon.Kyncl confirmed that YouTube was looking at “a better segmentation” of music and video on YouTube Red, which currently offers the entirety of YouTube content on an ad-free basis for a US$10 monthly fee, which could enable it to better compete with the likes of Spotify in international markets.However, he said that it was “not too late” to launch a product like the existing YouTube Red service internationally in a market that still had plenty of scope to develop.He said that the channel bouquets currently offered as part of YouTube Red in the US would not “for the time being” be offered elsewhere.In terms of original content, Kyncl said that YouTube would continue to focus on investing in talent that had developed a following on the platform. Investing in this talent produced an average increase in audience of about 30%, he said.Kyncl said that “more and more people are becoming video content creators” and compared the evolution of user-generated video to the way that digital photography had unleashed a wave of photographic creativity on the part of general user that had eclipsed professional photography’s share of the market.
“Extra time is taken by these nurses to ensure that all patients have as much information and education as possible on their condition and the treatments available.“Bridgeen, Alison and Caroline have a very special relationship not only with patients but also with the patients’ families.“The Renal Unit Home Therapies Team really deserve to win this award and we would encourage everyone to go to the website and vote for them.”Dr Bob Brown, Executive Director of Nursing at the Western Trust added: “Well done to the Alison, Caroline and Bridgeen on being shortlisted in this year’s RCNi Awards and I wish them good luck at the final in July.“As a team they go beyond the call of duty for their patients and their families and this is very apparent having been shortlisted in the ‘Patients Choice’ category.”Derry Renal Unit Home Therapies Team shortlisted in RCNi Nurse Awards was last modified: April 25th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: THE Western Trust Renal Unit Home Therapies Team at Altnagelvin Hospital have been successfully selected as finalists in the RCNi Nurse Awards. The team (pictured above), who are the only entrants from the North of Ireland, have been shortlisted for the Patients’ Choice Award. This is a category where the entrants are nominated by patients and the winner is decided by public vote.Voting is now open to the public and will run until Friday 8 June 2018. To vote, visit www.rcni.com/nurse-awards and go to the ‘Patients’ Choice voting’. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony being held in London on Wednesday 4 July 2018. On behalf of the Renal Unit Home Therapies Team, Alison Cairns, Home Therapies Nurse said:“We are totally delighted that we have impacted on a patient’s journey to the extent that they feel we were worthy of this nomination. Caroline, Bridgeen and I are truly humbled.”Joe McMonagle and his wife Carmel nominated the three nurses for their dedication and commitment to patient welfare and involvement.They said: “All three nurses have shown a passion to involve patients at the very start of their journey through kidney failure. ShareTweet AlisonALTNAGELVIN HOSPITALBridgeenCarolineDerry Renal Unit Home Therapies Team shortlisted in RCNi Nurse AwardsJoe McMonagle