Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Aviation Academy parents and students are upset that Newport News Public Schools may move the magnet program from its Airport location to the Denbigh Professional Park.

 Aviation Academy parents and students are upset that Newport News Public Schools may move the magnet program from its Airport location to the Denbigh Professional Park.

The School Board first heard the proposal at its business meeting Dec. 18. Students were notified earlier that afternoon at an assembly, and letters were mailed to parents that week. Among other things, parents said they're upset they weren't told sooner, a delay that they said damaged their trust.

"We feel we were in the dark," said Barbara Bahr, parent and co-president of the Aviation Parents Advisory Committee.

While the move won't happen unless the School Board approves, parents said they believe administrators are misleading its members, and they're afraid their pleas won't be considered.

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"There's so many questions, and I feel they've made up their minds already," Bahr said.

In a presentation to the board, the district's executive director of secondary school leadership cited opportunities for expanding both the Aviation Academy and the Point Option alternative education program, which is currently housed at the business park.

Under the proposal, Point Option would move to the former Strayer University property on Diligence Drive. Space would be added to the current lease at Denbigh Professional Park to accommodate Aviation Academy students.

School officials said the change would provide better facilities — the current building at the airport needs major repairs — and allow both programs to add more students in the coming years.

While the exact cost is unclear – parents have requested an itemized list – school officials said it would be a wash after factoring in expected savings for future utilities. The lease at Denbigh Professional Park would have to be changed and upgrades are planned in addition to adding space. The airport facility is currently on a month-to-month lease.

But students said they would rather have the dated airport building that allows them to be immersed in the aviation experience than move to the new location among medical offices on a busy road.

"Fix our roof. Don't give us a new building," junior Samantha Hetrick said.

Hetrick, 17, said the Aviation Academy is unique because students can watch planes take off while they eat in the cafeteria, walk over to the airport to discuss with experts what they learn in the classroom, and watch the president board Air Force One.

"That's a huge deal...when are you going to see that?" she said. "We're losing what makes Aviation, Aviation."

The specialized four-year program focuses on careers in engineering with an emphasis on aviation and computers. Courses prepare students for flying lessons and private pilot licensure.

Parents and students said they don't think the expansion will recruit new students as the location is what pulled them in.

"It was the wow factor," parent Robert Miller said.

Miller, like other parents, said one of his main concerns about the new building is security. The business park has several entrances where people come and go all day. The current location is not only secluded, but also has the advantage of airport security nearby.

Newport News Public Schools spokeswoman Michelle Price said she expects a security guard would be assigned to the Denbigh Professional Park. She said parents are welcome to tour the new facility at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Parents will have an opportunity to express their concerns to administrators at the Aviation Parents Advisory Committee meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the airport location. Price said administrators plan to talk to students Jan. 7 and 8, with a parent information meeting planned for 7 p.m. Jan. 9.

Price said the most important thing to note is that "it's not a done deal."

Following the meetings, and after reviewing the suggestions, ideas and input, the superintendent will make a recommendation to the School Board, she said.

The board is scheduled to vote at its next business meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 15, in the auditorium at the Newport News Public Schools Administration Building, 12465 Warwick Blvd.

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Two people were onboard.

The plane was landing when the Pilot lost control, and the plane flipped.

The Pilot Capt Steven Lesher said he's been flying since 1967, and it's never happened to him before Wednesday.

"I wasn't scared," said Steven Lesher. "Just one of those things that happens. We got into the snow, and it started coming up, and I thought, 'oh no,' and we ended up on our back."

Injuries turned out to be very minor. Neither passenger was taken to the hospital, but the plane will need repairs.

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Kingfisher Airlines to pay Rs. 14,000 to Flier for loss of luggage

Kingfisher Airlines has been asked by a consumer forum in New Delhi to pay a compensation of Rs. 14,000 to a flier for losing his luggage in transit from Srinagar to Delhi.

The South West District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum held that the airlines' failure to recover the baggage was a deficiency in its service.

"Failure to trace out the missing bag of the complainant admittedly reported on July 27, 2007 constitute deficiency in service on the part of opposite party (Kingfisher Airline)," said the bench presided by Narendra Kumar.

The forum, however, refused to grant the claim of over Rs. 48,000 sought by the flier, Delhi resident Chander Prakash, saying "it is unexpected of any prudent man to keep valuable jewellery in the baggage while boarding a flight when it is permissible to carry such valuable articles in a hand bag."

"We, therefore, do not find it believable that the missing bag of complainant contained any valuable jewellery, especially when there is no declaration filed on record."

In his complaint, Mr Prakash had said that when he arrived at Indira Gandhi International Airport from Srinagar on July 27, 2007, he found his bag missing.

He said he had informed the airline's officials and had also filed a property irregularity report, but his bag could not be traced out.

Kingfisher had contended in its defence that it had sent details of Mr Prakash's missing luggage to all-India tracer, but his bag was not found anywhere and even if it was assumed to be lost the airline's is only liable to pay Rs. 300 per kg.

The forum accepted the airline's contention that its liability in case of missing baggage extends to only Rs. 300 per kg and said that since the maximum luggage permitted on board per flier for free is 30 kgs, Kingfisher will have to pay Prakash Rs. 9,000 towards his lost bag and Rs. 5,000 as cost of litigation.

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Recession Babies may be more likely to be Teen Delinquents

A new analysis of data on U.S. teens born during the early 1980s ties slightly higher rates of adolescent smoking, drinking, arrests and thefts to macroeconomic conditions during the first year of life.

What was "striking for us was it basically went across all socioeconomic strata," said Dr. Seethalakshmi Ramanathan, the lead author of the study. "From a national level, it seems like everyone is affected."

Ramanathan's study focused on babies born around the time of the recessions of 1980-1981 and 1982, when unemployment rates around the nation ranged from 6.6 percent to 11.25 percent, but she said she wouldn't be surprised if the most recent recession also has a lasting impact.

"The mechanisms involved maybe different in intensity and severity, (but) based on the study it seems like there would be some effects," said Ramanathan, a researcher at State University of New York Upstate Medical University.

Earlier research has suggested that widespread economic strain might negatively impact kids in the short term.
One group of researchers found that the rate of serious physical abuse towards children spiked as the U.S. economy crashed in 2007.

To get some sense of how recessions might affect children long term, Ramanathan and her colleagues used a 1997 survey of nearly 9,000 children who were born in the U.S. between 1980 and 1984.

The questions asked about drug, alcohol and gun use, arrests, theft and other behaviors.
The researchers were able to determine the economic circumstances for the region in which each kid spent his or her first two years of life.

They found that some of the delinquent behaviors were more common among children who were surrounded by higher unemployment during infancy.

For instance, the teens were nine percent more likely to use marijuana if the region where they celebrated their first birthday experienced a one percent drop in employment during the early 1980s.

This means that instead of 20 out of every 1,000 kids smoking pot, the increased risk in higher unemployment regions would result in 23 pot smokers out of every 1,000 teens.
Such an increase nationwide would result in 115,000 additional pot smokers, the group estimates in its report, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

"That's a big number when you look at it," Ramanathan told Reuters Health.
The risks for being arrested, joining a gang, stealing, and using alcohol and tobacco also increased between 6 percent and 17 percent among kids who were babies in areas experiencing a spike in unemployment.
The findings held up regardless of whether the kids grew up in wealthy homes or poor ones.
"These results suggest that, irrespective of socioeconomic status, unfavorable economic conditions during infancy may create circumstances that can have an adverse effect on the psychological development of the infant and lead to the development of behavioral problems," the authors wrote in their study.
Assault, and the use of hard drugs or guns, however, were not affected by employment rates.
Ramanathan said it's not clear why certain behaviors were more likely in regions impacted by the recessions.
"People have talked about how economic stability can help parents invest in the child's development and how economic instability can affect family dynamics and the ability to be an effective parent," she said.
But she added that this is speculation, and more studies need to unravel the factors that are taking root in infancy and spilling out in teenage delinquency.
"We can't say high unemployment caused the effects. We don't know what the mediating factors are," Ramanathan said.

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Monday, 31 December 2012

Tu-204 of Russian Airline Crashed at Vnukovo Airport.

A passenger Airliner careered off the runway at Russia’s third-busiest Airport and partly onto a highway while landing on Saturday, broke into pieces and caught fire, killing at least four people.

Officials said there were eight people aboard the Tu-204 belonging to Russian airline Red Wings that was flying back from the Czech Republic without passengers to its home at Vnukovo Airport.

Emergency officials said in a televised news conference that four people were killed and another four severely injured when the plane rolled off the runway into a snowy field and partly onto an adjacent highway, then disintegrated. No
 collisions with vehicles on the major, multilane highway were reported.

The plane’s cockpit area was sheared off from the fuselage and the tail section partly torn away.

The crash occurred amid snow and winds gusting up to 15 meters a second (30 mph), but other details were not immediately known. A spokesman for Russia’s top investigative agency, Vladimir Markin, said initial indications were that pilot error was the cause.

The state news agency RIA Novosti cited an unidentified official at the Russian Aviation Agency as saying another Red Wings Tu-204 had gone off the runway at the international airport in Novosibirsk in Siberia on Dec. 20.   The agency said that incident, in which no one was injured, was due to the failure of the plane’s engines to go into reverse upon landing and that its brake system malfunctioned.

On Friday, the Aviation Agency sent a directive to the Tupolev company’s president calling for it to take urgent preventive measures.

The plane that crashed Saturday took off from Pardubice airport in the Czech Republic. Jan Anderlik, the director of the company that operates the airport, told Czech public television that the plane underwent a regular technical check before takeoff and no problems were discovered.
Prior to Saturday’s crash, there had been no fatal accidents reported for Tu-204s, which entered commercial service in 1995. The plane is a twin-engine midrange jet with a capacity of about 210 passengers.

The Red Wings airline is one of the holdings of Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev, who also owns the British newspapers The Independent and the Evening Standard.
Vnukovo, on the southern outskirts of Moscow, is one of the Russian Capital’s three International Airports.

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