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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High school equivalency test fees covered by CARES Act funding | Indiana News

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana will provide local adult education programs reimbursement for test fees for students who take the high school equivalency through Dec. 30, according to Marilyn Pitzulo, associate chief adult education, of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, in a news release today.

To qualify, students must be Indiana residents, currently enrolled in an adult education program, and have successful scores on a practice exam.

Funding is through the CARES Act and will cover up to $95 for the exam at test centers.

Local adult education personnel believe that additional funding will be a boost. At Indianapolis’ Wayne Township adult education, Christy McIntyre-Gray, program coordinator, is hopeful they will be able to increase the number of high school equivalencies.

“Many of our career training programs require the HSE (high school equivalency) such as medical and dental assisting and sterile processing as well as some CDL and computer training programs,”

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UF prof wins honor for smartphone-based saliva test for COVID-19

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A University of Florida professor and his industry collaborators won second place in a National Institutes of Health technology competition for a smartphone-based, rapid saliva test to diagnose COVID-19, along with two other diseases of major global importance: malaria and anemia.

A team consisting of Rhoel Dinglasan, a professor of infectious diseases with UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine and two others received one of six awards in the NIH Technology Accelerator Challenge, or NTAC, offered for the first time this year.

The competition was held to encourage the design and development of innovative diagnostic platforms for assessing two major vascular diseases, one of which had to include sickle cell disease, malaria or anemia. Other criteria included accessibility, low cost and the use of a mobile device or a portable attachment to the device.

Dinglasan’s team will receive $200,000 for their entry in the competition, which offered a

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450 Pizza Hut jobs at risk as it plots turnover rents in test of landlords’ appetite

Pizza Hut is to become the latest major UK restaurant chain to test landlords’ appetite for transforming the basis on which it pays rent as it unveils a comprehensive financial restructuring.

a close up of a sign: Pizza Hut Restaurants employs more than 5,000 people across Britain

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Pizza Hut Restaurants employs more than 5,000 people across Britain

Sky News has learnt that Pizza Hut Restaurants, which employs more than 5,000 people in Britain, is to propose switching to a turnover rent model, which would see it paying landlords based on revenue levels in each of its 245 outlets.

It later confirmed an intention to shut 29 of its UK sites, placing around 450 jobs at risk.

The proposals would be implemented through a company voluntary arrangement, making Pizza Hut Restaurants the latest in a string of big hospitality names to turn to insolvency mechanisms to reorient their business during the coronavirus pandemic.

a sign on the side of a building: Pizza Express is closing dozens of sites

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Pizza Express is closing dozens of sites

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Parents Concerned Over DOE Plan to Randomly Test Students

Jennifer Calderon says she’s already anxious about sending her three children back to school during the pandemic. So she says a new city policy allowing the Education Department to randomly test all students for cOVID-19 is unacceptable.

What You Need To Know

  • Under the deal to reopen school, teachers and students will be subject to random Covid testing beginning Oct. 1
  • Parents say they don’t object to the testing, but they do object to it being done in school when they’re not present
  • Parental consent is required. Children of parents who do not provide consent will have to learn remotely
  • The Education Department defended the program, saying it must take aggressive safety measures to keep students and staff safe

“You do not touch my kid without me there. That’s it. You do not,” Calderon said.

The DOE announced the policy last week as part of an agreement with the teachers

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Nordson Corporation Acquires vivaMOS Ltd., Adding Key Sensor Technology to Test and Inspection Business – Press Release

WESTLAKE, Ohio–(Business Wire)–Nordson Corporation (Nasdaq: NDSN) has acquired vivaMOS Ltd., which designs, develops and fabricates high-end large-area complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor (CMOS) image sensors for a wide range of X-ray applications. This acquisition builds on Nordson’s strategic objective to enhance its test and inspection capabilities for diverse end markets.

Based in Southampton, U.K., vivaMOS is a leader in its field for high-end large-area CMOS image sensors. The company was established in 2015 as a spinoff from the U.K.’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) with the aim of commercializing its X-ray image sensors. Its latest generation sensor offers a unique combination of speed, resolution and low-noise performance, enabling a wide range of X-ray applications.

“We have been collaborating closely with vivaMOS for several years, and we are excited about furthering our relationship and welcoming vivaMOS employees to the Nordson family. This acquisition gives Nordson differentiated and leading-edge X-ray sensor technology that will

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