Oakland County has announced [June 25, 2010] the launch of Michigan's First Urban Search and Rescue Task force.
Michigan Task Force 1--as it is called--will be utilized to aid the state in various disaster situations.
As the County Exec. L. Brooks Patterson explained " we only need to look back at the Christmas terror attempt
in the skies over Detroit to realize how necessary these squads are."
...the task Force has the ability to coordinate and conduct in the following manner:
a. locating, extricating,& providing on site medical treatment to persons trapped in damaged / collapsed
b. consisting of medical and fire personnel, structural engineers and canine handlers
c. serving Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Monroe, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties
d. also designed to respond to natural or man-made disasters-both intra & interstate levels
e. three or four years in the creation, this Michigan Task Force 1 is a Welcome & Viable use of the Great
First Responders right here in Michigan.
To see more: www.macombdaily.com / Friday June 25, 2010/ pg 6 A article by Dave Phillips ' Task Force first of its kind in state"
Congrats to ALL involved.
YOUR success is OUR security; YOUR total involvement is OUR source of Pride;
Let's hear it for Michigan Task Force 1!
...as the school year 2009-2010 comes to an end; some interesting stats are being shared with the residents.
a. in April 2006, Governor Granholm put into practice one of the most rigorous core graduation requirements
in the nation [at that time]
b. the Michigan Merit Curriculum [MMC] all students required to take 17 specific courses which included:
Algebra 1 &2. Geometry, Biology, Chemistry or Physics; these courses take effect with 2011's graduating class
c. challenges are present;
across Michigan only 31% of graduating seniors in the class of 2009 had met Math requirements
d . where the 2010 Graduating class comes down in % ratings is not known yet; hopefully soon so that the
graduating seniors of 2011 will be spurred onto success.
e. the sad figure of 25% drop-out / or did-not-graduate students if not included in above rates.
f. the equally disconcerting fact is that starting with June 2011--some students will leave their 4 years of
High School minus a diploma.
g. 80% of school districts have had to make changes to their curriculums to offer or extend places for these
Having been in the school systems here in MICHIGAN. OHIO, & suburban ILLINOIS, I concur that this is a massive undertaking; an undertaking that hopefully the Districts began in school year- 2006-2007.
I also know, first hand, of those students that will not master some of these advanced classes, thus leaving them in the sad category of no-diploma.
However, that being said, we must not let those who cannot do so dictate what many others can be expected or challenged to so do.
What we do with those less-academically geared [ NOT speaking of those who simply quit] is another challenge for all in the fields of Education and for EVERY Parent or Guardian in our state who live with these special students.
...a great Invention that a Grand Rapids researcher is submitting to the FDA for approval holds promise to many:
a. Jim Mason at the Van Andel Institute [ Grand Rapids] has devised a "joint cement" that is more durable than
what is used in present day surgeries
b. this is a fiber-reinforced cement to be used for joint implants.
c. in 2007-almost 814,000 hip & knee replacement surgeries were recorded.
d. If this is approved by the FDA, then many will see an improvement in such surgeries and in the related pain.
Jim Mason - a Mechanical engineer affiliated with the "Ortho X co. in Granger, Ind.- has perhaps presented the patient world of joint replacement with a game-changing & revolutionary product.
...this also will have economic effects as the product[s] go into production.
to view full article, see: www.freep.com / Sunday 13 June, 2010 / Sec A -pg 20 A/ article by Monica Scott /
Grand Rapids Press / " Innovative joint cement holds hope for economy,pain relief"
Stay tuned for More Michigan:
July features for & about Michigan.