Feds fund test for lead in school water

HONOLULU — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an award of $222,000 in grant funding to assist the Hawaii Department of Health’s Environmental Health Administration (EHA) with identifying sources of lead in drinking water in schools and childcare facilities.

The State of Hawaii’s contribution to the project is an additional $696,000 from the technical assistance set-aside portion of the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, for a total project worth $918,000. Hawaii’s project will include testing the drinking water for lead at outlets used for water consumption at 106 Department of Education schools and at 229 Department of Human Services licensed and regulated child care facilities.

The selected schools include those serving younger children, schools with greater than 50% of students receiving free or reduced cost lunch and older schools built before 1988.

The selected child care facilities include those that were not previously tested in 2008 as part of

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Caldwell Recruits Ben Jaksich to Lead Caldwell Advance, the Firm’s Emerging Leaders and Advancing Professionals Recruitment Offering

In this newly created role, Mr. Jaksich will drive the overall growth, management and success of Caldwell Advance. Based in the NY office, he will also focus on the recruitment of emerging leaders and advancing professionals, with a concentration in private equity and venture capital relationships and a particular emphasis on technology companies.

“Ben’s experience both building and leading teams will be invaluable as we expand and grow Caldwell Advance,” said Chris Beck, chief operating officer. “His reputation in the market for strategic consultation and focused client service will be a great fit for our team.”

Mr. Jaksich joins Caldwell from a prominent professional search and staffing advisory firm, where he built and led their mid-management recruiting team and worked with growth stage companies on a wide array of projects ranging from team build outs to leadership and global management searches.

Mr. Jaksich holds a Bachelor of Science in

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Space travel can lead to new motor skills but impaired vision, according to a new study of cosmonaut brains

a man talking on a cell phone: US astronaut Jack Fischer smiles as a NASA medical staff member wipes his face shortly after he landed back on Earth in a Russian Soyuz capsule in Kazakhstan, September 3, 2017. Sergei Ilnitsky/AFP/Getty Images

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US astronaut Jack Fischer smiles as a NASA medical staff member wipes his face shortly after he landed back on Earth in a Russian Soyuz capsule in Kazakhstan, September 3, 2017. Sergei Ilnitsky/AFP/Getty Images

  • A new study examined the brains of eight Russian cosmonauts seven months after they returned from the International Space Station.
  • Their brains showed signs of new motor skills, but slightly weaker vision. 
  • For some space travelers, those changes could be long-lasting.
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Imagine you could throw the perfect bullseye, but you’d have to wear glasses to do it. That’s a trade-off some space travelers may unwittingly make when they venture off the planet.


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A study published Friday examined the brains of eight male Russian cosmonauts roughly seven months after they returned from lengthy missions to the International Space Station. The researchers discovered minor changes

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In Another Edtech Funding, Lead School Raises $28 million in Series C Round

The series C funding round is lead by WestBridge Capital along with participation from existing investor Elevar Equity, a major stakeholder and so far the sole investor in the company

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Education technology (Edtech) company Lead School has raised USD28 million in series C funding round lead by WestBridge Capital.

Existing investor Elevar Equity, a major stakeholder and so far the sole investor in the company, also participated in the round.

Founded in 2012 by Smita Deorah and Sumeet Yashpal Mehta, Lead School combines technology, curriculum and pedagogy into an integrated system (IS) of teaching and learning to improving student learning and teacher performance in schools. Before building the IS, the co-founders ran affordable schools, teaching middle school students. They rolled

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Struggling airlines lead U.S. planned job cuts in August: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. employers announced another 115,762 job cuts in August, led by struggling airlines as the COVID-19 pandemic weighs on travel and financial assistance from the government lapses.

Though the layoffs reported by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas on Thursday were 56% down from July, they lifted total job cuts so far this year to a record 1.963 million. The previous all-time annual high was 1.957 million in 2001. Companies announced 160,411 hiring intentions in August.

“The leading sector for job cuts last month was transportation, as airlines begin to make staffing decisions in the wake of decreased travel and uncertain federal intervention,” said Andrew Challenger, senior vice president at Challenger, Gray. “An increasing number of companies that initially had temporary job cuts or furloughs are now

making them permanent.”

The report followed news on Wednesday that private employers hired fewer workers than expected in August.

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SAP Supervisory Board Appoints Sabine Bendiek as New Executive Board Member to Lead Human Resources and Operations

WALLDORF, Germany, Sept. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that Microsoft Germany Management Board Chairwoman Sabine Bendiek has been appointed to join the SAP Executive Board as chief people officer and labor director in early 2021.

In this role, Bendiek will lead the Human Resources organization and people strategy for SAP. This includes attracting the best talent in the industry, providing a growth and learning environment for employees, and ensuring a consistent leadership culture to enable inclusion, accountability and agility.

“In Sabine Bendiek, we have found an exceptional executive who not only can drive a business-centric Human Resources function as the heart of our ongoing transformation, but also has deep operational experience,” said Professor Hasso Plattner, chairman of the Supervisory Board of SAP SE. “On behalf of the SAP Supervisory Board I welcome Sabine and wish her a very successful and smooth start to

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Developing Skills That Lead to Jobs: Designing the New Normal with a Four-Point Plan

As 2020 has brought a pandemic, an acceleration into the future of work and a recession, higher education needs somewhat of a reform to accommodate today’s diverse learner population.

Let’s play a game of Jeopardy. The category is Learn-and-Work Ecosystem for $200. The answer: pandemic, future of work, and recession. The winning question: What is the perfect storm of 2020?

Unfortunately, this is not a game. We’re in the middle of a perfect storm: the largest pandemic of our lives; a major acceleration of the future of work; and the biggest recession in decades. Employers, policymakers and credential providers must work together to design the “new normal” in our economic recovery. Whatever normal was, is no longer.

We must build better programs that accelerate the development of skills that lead people to jobs. Fortunately, technology is on our side. We can leverage the power and promise of technology,

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