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New high school puts focus on environment, climate change

New high school puts focus on environment, climate change

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A new high school in New Orleans is preparing students for careers in coastal protection and restorationBy STACEY PLAISANCE Associated PressJanuary 6, 2020, 9:53 AM4 min readNEW ORLEANS -- A new high school in New Orleans is preparing students for careers in coastal protection and restoration, anticipating a future with ongoing climate change and sea level rise. New Harmony High School opened in the fall of 2018 and currently serves about 100 south Louisiana students, including 14-year-old Mei Miller. She commutes 30 miles (50 kilometers) one-way from her home in Slidell, Louisiana, to attend New Harmony. Though just a freshman, Miller said, she already knows she would like to be an engineer working on renewable energy sources and coastal restoration. “I think that things like wind turbin
First female enlisted National Guard members graduate from Ranger School

First female enlisted National Guard members graduate from Ranger School

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Dec. 16 (UPI) -- The notoriously demanding U.S. Army Ranger School graduated its first enlisted female National Guard soldiers, the Army announced. Staff Sgt. Jessica Smiley of the South Carolina Army National Guard, and Sgt. Danielle Farber of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, completed their training at the U.S. Army Ranger School at Ft. Benning, Ga., on Friday. "My mindset going into this was to leave 100 percent on the table and never have a regret or look back and say, 'I should have pushed harder or I should have done something different,'" said Smiley, who serves with the Army Training and Doctrine Command. "My mindset today is that I did just that. I gave 100 percent. I did everything that I could, and now here I am." Smiley first applied for her state's Ranger/Sapper assessm...
Study: One-quarter of high school students use e-cigarettes

Study: One-quarter of high school students use e-cigarettes

Health
Nov. 5 (UPI) -- More than one in four high school students and one in 10 middle schoolers in the United States are vaping, according to the findings of a new government-led survey published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Additionally, the results of a separate analysis, published simultaneously, confirm concerns that the appeal of so-called e-cigarettes is based on the sweet-tasting flavors available -- with preference for mango, mint and fruit flavors. Manufacturers of the popular brand Juul last month were forced to suspend sales of their fruit-flavored products in the United States, five weeks after the Trump administration proposed banning them, over concerns they effectively encourage teen use. "The whole e-cigarette field is quite controversial," Jessic...
Facial recognition: School ID checks lead to GDPR fine

Facial recognition: School ID checks lead to GDPR fine

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A watchdog has penalised a local authority for trialling facial recognition on high-school students in Sweden to keep track of attendance.The Swedish Data Protection Authority (DPA) fined the Skelleftea municipality 200,000 Swedish Krona (£16,800, $ 20,700) for flouting a privacy law.The trial involved tracking 22 students over three weeks and detecting when each pupil entered a classroom.This is the first time that Sweden has ever issued a fine under GDPR. The General Data Protection Regulation, which came into force last year, classes facial images and other biometric information as being a special category of data, with added restrictions on its use.The DPA indicated that the fine would have been bigger had the trial been longer. According to technolog
Boys more likely to need help for ‘back to school asthma’

Boys more likely to need help for ‘back to school asthma’

Health
Boys with asthma are twice as likely as girls to visit their GP with worsening symptoms during the first weeks of the new school year, research suggests. It found a tripling of appointments related to "back to school" asthma in England.Being exposed to new viruses at school and a relaxed use of inhalers over the holidays could be factors, experts say.Asthma could turn into "a ticking time bomb" during the summer holidays, Asthma UK said.In recent years, there has been a sharp rise in school-age children with asthma being admitted to hospital in September, around the start of the autumn term.These increases, called the "back to school" effect, were also found in Scotland and Wales."Back to school asthma" is thought to account for up to a quarter of serious...