Sightsavers And Their Fight To End Trachoma

At a TED Talk, the CEO of Sightsavers shared her mission to fight tracoma. Prior to Caroline Harper stepping onstage, most of the audience had probably never known of tracoma. Caroline said and did everything possible to get her message across.

Sometimes people respond better to visuals; it takes actually seeing something to grasp the magnitude of a situation. What did the audience see? Tweezers hanging around Caroline’s neck. Caroline stepped on stage with tweezers on her neck to show everyone in the audience what children and adults who live with tracoma have to carry with them every single day of their lives. No, the kids aren’t plucking their eyebrows; they are plucking their lashes.

When children frequently get tracoma infections but aren’t fortunate enough to receive the proper treatment, scar tissue begins to form beneath their eyelids, causing the eyelashes to invert and rub against the cornea. This constant unpleasant rubbing causes blindness in the most uncomfortable and most painful way imaginable. In an effort to combat the pain that they feel from this disease, girls wear tweezers around their necks to constantly pull out their lashes.

Doing this only provides temporary relief, however, and the lashes grow back worse than ever. Since ancient Egypt, people have been recording trachoma. No, they didn’t have laptop computers back then to keep files of everything, but they did have murals. The Egyptians drew very saddening pictures of their plight with trachoma.

However, there is hope for everyone battling trachoma because this disease is 100% treatable and even has a cure. With collaboration efforts, Sightsavers is working to end trachoma and the symptoms that go along with this terrible disease. One of the methods that Sightsavers and the World Health Organization is using to combat trachoma is the SAFE strategy, an acronym that stands for surgery, antibiotics, facial cleanliness, and environmental improvement.

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Sean Penn’s Debut Book: Honest, I Saved the World

Sean Penn has written a book. Not really a big deal since he has been writng scripts and screen plays for years. It is well written, if you compare it to the unabomber manifesto. Which brings me to Vogue, a magazine based on fashion and good taste, has decided to interview Mr. Penn about his book. Their slant is comically positive. Almost like interviewing Charlie Sheen about his views on feminist and agreeing how a bra size is a great bases to establish a woman’s value.

Vogue starts with the following question,”Aren’t you supposed to be in the middle of some whirlwind, barnstorming book tour?” Two issues here. First is the fact that they said BARNSTORM and not brainstorm. This could be because they couldn’t bring themselves to equate Sean Penn with having a brain to more like being a farm animal. You have to love those Freudian slips. Second is the crux of all his interviews: The Book Tour.

 

 

Sean Penn travels the world seeking out any political leader willing to listen to him. He believes that he is actually changing the world. These leaders of course agree to see the celebrity Sean Penn. They love the star quality, the limelight. But that’s where it ends. Sean Penn speaks, and they listen. It should be they speak and he listens. Then he would have a true story to write. Sadly he has chosen to write a book about a satirical character that goes around with a sledge hammer smashing the heads of eldery people and plotting the assasination of the President. Mr. Penn has no qualm with the fact that he has used this book to express his feels towards President Trump. Thus the “Book Tour” is more of a way for Sean Penn to get other people to listen to him and his ramblings.

 

Then comes the critique written in Running Lip with respect to Sean Penn and his book. They pulled a quote from the New York Times expresssing that the story was “cloaked in crazy.” Which makes clear sense since Sean Penn himself may be cloaked in crazy. He contradicts himself within interviews stating that the book shouldn’t be seen as his opinion piece but instead, “his own experience of his environment and the constant forces that influence society.” Which is to say, it IS his opinion piece. It is almost sad humor when one considers that Sean Penn, by expressing himself the way he has in and out of this book, is paralleling the same behavior of the President he has decided to condem.

 

In short Sean Penn’s debut book, “Bob Honey Who just Do Stuff”, has more to do with his venting then his writing skills.

Alex Pall Gets the Scope on Rockstars

The interview with Alex Paul, the lead of the Chainsmokers, talks about how the Chainsmokers become the Chainsmokers and what made them want to pursue a career in music full time. Paul talks about how the main hype of the Chainsmokers mainly started from the hit song Closer with the singer Halsey. Paul talks about how he is so different in the DJ world mainly because they have showmanship, instead of just hiding behind their music equipment, instead of just having a vocalist come and sing over their soundtrack. Paul goes into his upbringing about how he was a DJ for a hobby at first. While in college he did a couple of shows here and there, but nothing really major. His college friends were really into the DJ Avicii. Hearing and seeing this DJ was like a spark for Paul to start being more serious about his music.

Alex was so fascinated with the music scene that he had to get a taste himself to see whether this is the right choice for him or not. Alex lived in New York, where he was going to school at Syracuse. Andrew, the other member of Chainsmokers was from Maine and he was told about Alex through a kid who worked for Alex’s manager. Andrew came instantly and the duo started working together, almost like magic. The DJ duo already knew what they brought to the table, so they sat down grinding constantly to finally get a stride or a fanbase. Other hits they have made like Roses, and Don’t Let Me Down follow the normal flow of how DJs make music, which was just having a vocalist do the singing. However, having the DJ actually sing makes the Chainsmoker a unique duo that can not be beat.

https://www.allmusic.com/artist/alex-pall-mn00032572

Clayton Hutson Creates a Positive Experience for All Artists

When Clayton Hutson works with artists, he knows how to help them make sure they’ve got the best sound possible. He also knows there are opportunities he can use that will give him the best options possible for the shows he does. He likes going on tours with bands and singers because it gives him a chance to show off his talents while helping them make their shows better than they ever were before. Between the work he put into the shows and the opportunities he had to help people, Clayton Hutson knew what it meant to keep giving back to everyone who needed his help. There were many times that Clayton Hutson focused on things that would continue helping the artists and that’s how he made sense of all the opportunities he had for success. It was his goal of helping that allowed him to keep doing things the right way.

 

Even though Clayton Hutson spent time trying to show people how things would work and what they could do to make everything work better, he knew what the importance of helping people was. The important part was giving artists the chance to shine in different areas of music. No matter their genre or the things they did in music, Clayton Hutson can help them with the sound in different areas. He always wants people to see they have a chance at success no matter what kind of music they play.

 

For years, Kid Rock shows were great but the quality of the sound at them was not great. He didn’t have a sound engineer who knew how to do things right and that made it hard on Kid Rock. Clayton Hutson took over as the sound engineer and tried helping people see what they could do with music while they were at shows with Kid Rock’s music. It made sense for Clayton Hutson because he knew how to keep helping people and keep giving him things that would help the music get better. Even when Clayton Hutson made the choice to step in and offer more musical advice, he was helping Kid Rock. Learn more: https://about.me/claytonhutson

Rocketship Educations Map assessment success.

While the majority of schools use proficiency scores the majority of Nashville, Tennessee’s public schools are now using the NWEA measures of academic progress or otherwise known as map to see how much individual students have grown over the school year.

Over 7,400 schools and districts use Map assessments throughout the world including Rocketship Public Schools who’s been using the Map assessment since they opened their first school.

Where is proficiency scores are important they only tell whether or not a student is on a certain grade level. Map assessments show the growth of these students over a period of time instead of just where they ended up.

With the help of Map assessments the Memphis Rocketship public School was able to help 146 of their students achieve at or above average by the end of the year, when they all started below average. According to Rocketship Public school their children on average improved 1.35 years in math and 1.2 years in Reading within the last year.

Rocketship Public Schools is a group of elementary schools specifically designed for underserved communities with 85% of their students being low income households in the Bay area of California, Milwaukee, Nashville and Washington DC.

Rocketship public schools has a strong belief but every student deserves to dream and discover as well as develop their very own unique potential. The non-profit charter schools have a very strict set of values of authenticity, tenacity, Community, Innovation and excellence.

Founded in 2006 by John Banner and Preston Smith the the first non-profit charter school was opened in San Jose, California in 2007. After seeing the high success in state assessments with that first school over five years six more non-profit Charter Schools were added to the San Jose area.

In 2013 Rocketship Public School opened its first school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and in 2014 continued to expand into Nashville, Tennessee. Finally opening a school in 2016 in Washington DC.