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Following the development of Project STAR performance tasks protocol in 1996 and the first follow-up study with Project STAR performance task-identified students in 2002, The Center for Gifted Education at the College of William and Mary has just completed a two year research study with Project STAR identified students (the second follow-up study) in 2005. The purpose of this recent study is to analyze Project STAR student identification and performance patterns longitudinally and to study prototypical characteristics of gifted learners of five research prototypes (i.e., low income African American students, low income minority students, low income White students, high nonverbal, low verbal students, and twice-exceptional students) through in-depth interviews.
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- Performance task protocols identify more students from low income and African American backgrounds than traditional aptitude and achievement measures.
- Project STAR protocols appear to be identifying more students with uneven profiles with respect to verbal or nonverbal strengths.
- More students from low income minority backgrounds in this study qualified through nonverbal measures than verbal measures.
- Traditionally identified students outperformed performance task-identified students on state assessment test in English language arts and mathematics; however, the differences lacked educational significance (i.e., small effect size).
- Students with uneven identification profiles had achievement pattern consistent with their identification strength dimensions.
Based on an analysis of 37 vignettes of students under five research prototypes:
- Identification and participation gifted programs strengthened students' self-esteem, confidence
- Gifted learners of disadvantaged background tended to be strong-willed, looking forward to a better future via gifted program participation.
- These students, regardless of prototype classification, have clear preference toward one or more subjects.
- These students, more than their parents and teachers, tended to be sensitive to affective and social issues in their school lives.
- Overall, the benefits of identification and programming far outweighed negative consequences of such interventions in the lives of all of these students.
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What will a new school in Hampstead look like? Here's the latest.
Plans for a new K-8 school in Hampstead are moving forward with the architects offering an update at a recent Pender County Board of Education meeting.
Although the architects from Moseley Architects and Bordeaux Construction Company said they are still refining the design, they reviewed the steps they've taken so far.
Here's a look at the latest details on the school, which is set to open in August 2026.
What is the layout of the school grounds?
The school grounds have a circular road layout to help with the flow of traffic in and out of the school. This is to give easy access from one point of the school grounds to the next as there is one road that goes all the way around the entirety of the campus.
In the front of the school, there's a large parking lot with an entryway coming in from N.C. 210 and the bus parking lot enters through another entrance toward the back of the school with the athletic fields.
The athletic fields are a dual baseball and softball field and multi-purpose football field, which are located behind the building and behind the bus parking lot. There is additional parking next to both of the athletic fields.
What is the layout of the building?
The school will have two different wings and a central area. The central area will be for common spaces and the middle school is located on the northern side of the building and the elementary school classroom wings are on the southern portion of the school.
To keep the floorplan as compact as possible, the middle and elementary school wings were made into two stories. There will be two separate entry points as well since the building serves two different groups of children.
The design team chose the layout with wings because it allows for quick emergency response if needed.
The administrations for each wing are connected to the central area on each of their respective sides. The only real shared spaces of the school are the kitchen and the receiving area.
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What's the schedule?
The project is scheduled to be completed in three phases. The first phase is site clearing, which is set to be completed by May 1. The second phase is site grading with building pad pre-loading, which is set to be completed by July 1.
The building team said they would potentially be monitoring the grounds for up to four months, which could last until Nov. 11. This is due to having to bring in fill to bring the ground out of wetlands and to make sure it's settling well.
Phase three will start with advertising of construction bids as early as July 26.
Will the project fall into the budget?
The design team said there is a potential for a budget shortfall after calculating numbers following a preliminary geo-technical investigation.
The extra costs could come from the construction teams having to fill the building pad due to the land that is considered wetlands.
The schematic budget design states that the cost for construction is $116,795,726. The cost for the overall project development is listed at $129,547,525. There's a budget difference of $18,547,525 between the bond funds for the project.
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What are the next steps?
The value management process will start immediately and the design team is going to refine the design even more for April to reach the 60% set of documents.
The construction team will look at ways to bring the costs down and see if there's anything in the design can be sacrificed.
The design build team will also discuss alternate ideas with the board on bid day to get the budget down more if there are no extra funds.
The opening date for the school is projected to be August2026, and the design build team said they would be looking to finish the project at least 60 days before that.
Former Disney Channel star Bridgit Mendler announces new space project
Mendler pursued degrees from MIT and Harvard in recent years.
Bridgit Mendler, the former Disney Channel star of "Good Luck Charlie," is eyeing new horizons in her career.
The 31-year-old actress is venturing into the space industry with her new project Northwood Space, she announced on X this week.
Mendler’s multi-hyphenate career has included stints in television, music and now the science and engineering space.
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Mendler, who is the CEO and co-founder of Northwood Space, said the new project would focus on the transfer of data between earth and space , creating a data highway between the two arenas.
"We are designing shared ground infrastructure from first principles to expand access to space," Mendler said in her post.
"Northwood is building a data highway between earth and space. To meet the needs of today’s space industry, the one-lane rickety road for space data needs to adapt to a ten-lane highway routing continuous traffic across the globe," according to the company's site.
Mendler, her husband Griffin Cleverly and Shaurya Luthra founded the company in October 2023.
Mendler also announced initial seed funding of $6.3 million from venture capital groups like Founders Fund, a16z, Also Capital, Long Journey Ventures, BoxGroup and Humba Ventures.
"We have a lot of work ahead of us but that’s the fun part. If you like building quickly and seeing your work deployed in locations around the globe with real impact, we want you at Northwood," she said on social media.
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Mendler also included a link for open jobs at her company.
She rose to prominence in 2010 with her starring role in the Disney Channel original series "Good Luck Charlie." In the sitcom, Mendler played the older sister who dispenses life advice in video diaries for her younger sister, Charlie.
Mendler has released a studio album and soundtrack album titled "Lemonade Mouth," the Disney Channel movie she also starred in.
Beyond entertainment, Mendler has made great strides in the academic world as well.
According to Mendler's LinkedIn page and previous social media posts, she is pursuing a doctorate in philosophy from MIT and is working toward a law degree at Harvard Law School. The MIT Media Lab program lists Mendler as a director’s fellow.
Following the space company announcement, Mendler also took to X this week to share she had adopted a 4-year-old boy she had began fostering in 2021.
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Hawaii-based group empowers black community through education.
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- Feb. 19, 2024
COURTESY THE POPOLO PROJECT
The Popolo Project’s 2023 Juneteenth event, where descendants of those were were enslaved participated in cultural protocol to honor their ancestors.
Akiemi Glenn, founder and executive director of The Popolo Project, spoke at the organization’s 2023 Juneteenth event.
Akiemi Glenn, founder and director of The Popolo Project, began laying the foundation for the organization about 15 years ago in an effort to help Black people in Hawaii become more connected to their history, culture and identity. Read more
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Akiemi Glenn, founder and director of The Popolo Project, began laying the foundation for the organization about 15 years ago in an effort to help Black people in Hawaii become more connected to their history, culture and identity.
At the time, she had come to realize that while Hawaii had Black-serving organizations, all were part of larger, national organizations.
“The idea behind The Popolo Project is to have a space for Black people whose home is here in Hawaii,” Glenn said. “There was really a need for us to address the specific experience of being Black in Hawaii and a part of the Hawaii community at large.”
Glenn began her efforts with a blog she started during her years as a graduate student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. About five years later it had grown to become an established organization in the community, creating opportunities for Hawaii’s Black community to gather, celebrate and learn about their cultural identity and history.
“We host a number of spaces for Black people who are of Hawaii to connect with each other and learn, sometimes for the first time, that their experience growing up here is not a singular experience,” Glenn said. “That there are other people who can relate to what they’ve gone through.”
The Popolo Project features yearlong programming with events for people of all ages, Glenn said. Some of the questions the organization aims to address include what it means to be Black in Hawaii, and what it means to have deep connections to the state while often being perceived as being from out of state.
While such question are complicated, Glenn said one way she hopes to address them is by disrupting common social narratives through the creation of media.
A feature-length documentary that the organization has been working on highlights the story of Kamakakehau Fernandez, an African American man born in Little Rock, Ark., who was adopted by a family living on Maui. Fernandez grew up to speak fluent Hawaiian and is now a remarkable falsetto singer, Glenn said.
“Exploring his story and bringing it to screens around the world eventually will help us ask and answer some of those questions,” she said.
The Popolo Project also frequently works with other community organizations to increase their visibility, some of which include the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Hawaii People’s Fund and the Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture and Design. The Popolo Project also hosts cultural events on occasions like Juneteenth, which Glenn said is often a particularly moving experience that allows descendants of those who were enslaved to honor their ancestors.
Other events, such as the organization’s Black Futures Ball, provides an opportunity for the community to recognize and celebrate African Americans who are making important impacts in the state.
With February being Black History Month, The Popolo Project has been helping the Honolulu Museum of Art put on the Honolulu African American Film Festival, happening throughout the month. The organization is also supporting the development of an art exhibition there called “Forward Together,” which is currently up until September, Glenn said.
With the observance of Black History Month come opportunities to build shared context and memories surrounding Black history and culture within the community, Glenn added. Having such knowledge is not only empowering, but also helps people to make more informed decisions in the future, she said.
“Being interested in learning about Black history will really point us to the really amazing history of this place that has always included us but was not always very accessible,” Glenn said. “Being able to refer to a shared history is part of what binds the community together.”
To learn more about The Popolo Project and its upcoming events, visit its website at thepopoloproject.org .
Linsey Dower covers ethnic and cultural affairs and is a corps member of Report for America, a national service organization that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues and communities.
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The eight-week program will give participants who are interested in science and medicine real hands-on experience in research methodology and writing. Participants are placed in teams and matched with Duke faculty mentors to work on an original, hypothesis-driven project, originating as a one-page summary and culminating in a complete research paper. A goal of the program is to have every participant qualify for co-authorship on a peer-reviewed manuscript related to their team’s project.
The STAR Program is held at the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, N.C., which has organized educational and support programs for junior faculty, fellows, residents, and medical students as well as high school and college students. Participants receive a stipend to attend, which makes the program an option even for students who planned to work over the summer break (see below) .
Summer 2024 applications period is from Nov. 20, 2023 thru Jan. 05, 2024. There will be no extension.
The program will take place on June 24 to August 2, 2024.
Apply for the 2024 Duke Star Program
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In the first two weeks of the program, participants meet with their faculty mentors and develop a specific question or issue related to the uses and effects of a particular medication. The teams then perform a thorough review of the literature and develop an in-depth description of the research question. Participants who are 18 years and older will also experience clinical medicine firsthand by shadowing a physician on hospital rounds.
During weeks 3–8, the teams develop a thesis consisting of a description of the research question, aims, methods, figures/tables, results, and discussion for their specific project. Throughout this time, a medical writer provides tutorials on developing a scientific manuscript, a statistician provides lectures in applied statistics and works with students to analyze data, and Duke medicine and pediatrics faculty members give lectures on neonatology, antimicrobial therapy, and pharmacoepidemiology. The program also includes a medical ethics seminar on the responsible conduct of research.
To review progress and ensure the scientific validity of their work, program participants meet with their mentors weekly. At the conclusion of the program, teams do a formal presentation and complete a written thesis of their project. The papers are included in articles submitted to peer-reviewed scientific journals, meaning that the participants have the potential of having their work published.
Publishing research can be a critical step toward a scientific or medical career. It provides recognition from the scientific community and an opportunity to build relationships with others who are doing research in the field, who can provide feedback and offer ideas for future research. Publishing also provides the opportunity to get results out into the world. Even if research findings are groundbreaking, they will not make any difference if no one knows about them and cannot apply them to real patients.
Some examples of previously published articles by Duke's STAR program participants include:
- Impact of Gastrostomy Tube Placement on Short-Term Weight Gain in Hospitalized Premature Infants
- Medications and in-hospital outcomes in infants born at 22-24 weeks of gestation
- Surfactant Administration in Preterm Infants: Drug Development Opportunities
- Furosemide Exposure and Prevention of Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia in Premature Infants
- Predictors of Prolonged Breast Milk Provision to Very Low Birth Weight Infants
- Evaluation of Gentamicin Exposure in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Hearing Function at Discharge.
- Prevalence and safety of diazoxide in the neonatal intensive care unit.
- Association of Atrial Septal Defects and Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia in Premature Infants.
- Association between Furosemide Exposure and Patent Ductus Arteriosus in Hospitalized Infants of Very Low Birth Weight.
- In-hospital outcomes of premature infants with severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia.
- Risk factors for group B streptococcal disease in neonates of mothers with negative antenatal testing
- Effectiveness of Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factor in Hospitalized Infants with Neutropenia
- Rifampin use and safety in hospitalized infants
- Use and safety of erythromycin and metoclopramide in hospitalized infants
- Cefepime and ceftazidime safety in hospitalized infants
- Enteral feeding with human milk decreases time to discharge in infants following gastroschisis repair
- Safety of histamine-2 receptor blockers in hospitalized VLBW infants
- Early-onset sepsis in term infants admitted to neonatal intensive care units
STAR Program Faculty
The program capitalizes on world-renowned training programs in place at Duke University under the leadership of Danny Benjamin, MD, PhD, distinguished professor of pediatrics at Duke and deputy director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute. Other faculty in the STAR Program are actively involved in NIH-sponsored research in clinical pharmacology, therapeutics, trials, and pharmacoepidemiology. Combined, these faculty members have more than 200 publications on which trainees are listed as either first author or co-author. The team of instructors also includes a writing instructor, a statistician, and operations staff. View profiles of the instructional team members.
How to Apply
The Duke STAR Program applications period is from Nov. 20, 2024 through Jan. 05, 2024. Deadline to submit is on Jan 05, 2024 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Applications received with a date and time stamp of Jan. 06, 2024 or later will not be considered. High school and college students may use this link to apply to the 2024 STAR program .
- Middle and high school teachers, rising junior and senior high school students, preferably rising seniors, and undergraduates are encouraged to apply.
- No prior experience in research is necessary. Applicants only need to demonstrate strong academic performance and an interest in science.
- U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required for participation (per NIH policy).
- The STAR Program is committed to ensuring a diverse participant group. Consistently around 50 percent of the class is made up of underrepresented minorities.
A stipend is provided to participants, which makes the program an option even for students who planned to work over the summer break.
- College students receive $3,200.
- High school students receive $2,600.
- Teachers participating in the program are compensated $8,000 for the 8-week commitment
- The only costs associated with the program are housing and transportation. Participants are responsible for securing their own room and board.
Instructions for High School and College Students
- Completed application for high school or college students — The application is linked above.
- School transcript
- Two letters of recommendation provided by non-relatives *To be emailed by the letter writers. DEADLINE: Jan 05, 2024 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
- Essay “What I want to be, and how I’m going to make it happen” (300 to 500-word limit)
Instructions for Teachers
Teachers are a critical part of the STAR Program. Their primary responsibility is to create an open and collaborative learning environment and contribute life experience, collaborative skills, problem-solving skills, and content-based knowledge.
Teacher Application — 2024 Duke Star Program
- Completed teacher application — The application is linked above
- Curriculum vitae
- A letter of support from your institution plus one additional reference *To be emailed by the letter writers to [email protected] . DEADLINE: Jan 05, 2024 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
- Essay “What I want to be, and how I’m going to make it happen” (300 to 500-word limit)
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions may be submitted via email to STAR Program [email protected] . We regret that we are unable to respond to phone calls.
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The two tower of the 'Village' are great, but all the designs of the Medical Center are terrible.
909 said: The two tower of the 'Village' are great, but all the designs of the Medical Center are terrible. Click to expand...
The medical centre looks like a bunch of Quality St boxes stacked next to eachother, not good at all!
those are nice projects but I don't like The Medical one.
i removed first picture. i think second design is final.
http://www.m-2.ru/themes/default/message.asp?folder=1870&matID=19772 Japanese architect Kiyonuri Kikutake is working on new residential project for Mirax Group corporation. Mirax is planning to build it on the bank of Moscow-river on west of Moscow. There are two different versions currently considering by Mirax. First is tower over 70 storeys tall and second with less than 70 storeys.
i would have thought those 3 hospital towers would be linked by skybridges to make it easier to move patients around as for the towers themselves, they're not briliant but they're not bad either i like the other 2 projects more though
I'll withhold judgement on the three medical centre towers until I can see a better render.
some news, shortly Inteko announced project of business complex on west of Moscow. Setun' Hills is 24 hectares area where will be build 570 thousand sq m business center. This project estimated in $700-800mln. It was presented on MIPIM. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ RIGroup announced project of 100 thous sq m business complex near Krokus-City in Myakineno (main business center of moscow province on 66-68 kilometers of MKAD freeway, so called Moscovia-City. at least 1mln of sq m). Esitimated cost is $100mln ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Owners of WBD foodstuffs company announced project of business complex in Big City on territory of 4th moscow milling factory. Buying and moving factory to another placed costed them $100mln. Project of 1mln sq m business complex is estimated in $1bln. And in $1,5-2bln if with highrise construction. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Development investments in Moscow reached $25,2bln in 2005. It is 64,4% more than in 2004.
The towers of the medical center have the really nice look and I don't understand why the other guys don't like it
I really like the village development. it is amazing, how many towers are currently going up or being planned in moscow. no other city in europe can beat that.
very nice proyects for a great city !!
Coth are those 3 medical buildings going to be hospitals, If so I think they are going to be the highest hospital buildings in the world ?
Yes, possibly will be tallest if will be built. But i'm not sure this design is taller of 143 meters. However, only 37 thous out of 190 thous sq m will be for medical usage. Other will be rehabilitation center, recreation zone, kindergarten and apartments.
^well since they are approved I suppose they are going to build it ?
coth said: some news, shortly Inteko announced project of business complex on west of Moscow. Setun' Hills is 24 hectares area where will be build 570 thousand sq m business center. This project estimated in $700-800mln. It was presented on MIPIM. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ RIGroup announced project of 100 thous sq m business complex near Krokus-City in Myakineno (main business center of moscow province on 66-68 kilometers of MKAD freeway, so called Moscovia-City. at least 1mln of sq m). Esitimated cost is $100mln ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Owners of WBD foodstuffs company announced project of business complex in Big City on territory of 4th moscow milling factory. Buying and moving factory to another placed costed them $100mln. Project of 1mln sq m business complex is estimated in $1bln. And in $1,5-2bln if with highrise construction. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Development investments in Moscow reached $25,2bln in 2005. It is 64,4% more than in 2004. Click to expand...
The new scans help to understand better the project of the business centre and to consider better its basic details and advantages, but it would be desirable to learn more about the project Thanx for the scans coth…
Courchevelle said: Last project look awesome !! How far along are the two closer structures? Is it far from the Kremlin? Click to expand...
Skyman said: The new scans help to understand better the project of the business centre and to consider better its basic details and advantages, but it would be desirable to learn more about the project Thanx for the scans coth… Click to expand...
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Hold EIA reviews with villagers over Kudat silica sand mining project, Sabah govt told
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Local NGOs found that dark water was overflowing from the mainland to the beach during their fact-finding mission to Sikuati, Kudat. (Photo courtersy of Adrian Lasimbang)
KOTA KINABALU: An indigenous rights activist has called on the Sabah Environment Protection Department (EPD) to make public the environmental impact assessment (EIA) reports for the RM2bil silica sand mining operation in the northern Kudat district, some 130km from here.
Adrian Lasimbang said local and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as well as residents from the five villages affected by the China-based Kibing Group's project have been asking for the EIAs.
He said that while he had received copies of two EIA reports on the project’s silica sand mining, processing plant and bulk jetty at the proposed site in Sikuati, he was neither sure if they were authentic nor the final reports.
The Pertubuhan Suara Anak Sabah (Sabah Native Voices Organisation) president said there were many issues highlighted by NGOs over the project.
“We want to see if our concerns were included in the reports and if the conditions given by the NGOs were fulfilled by the company,” he said when contacted on Sunday (Feb 25).
“The villagers are also anxious because they are facing many issues because of the project, one of them mainly to do with not having access to Bangau beach where many earn their living from,” Lasimbang added.
He said the EIAs should be made accessible on the EPD website, especially for the convenience of the villagers who live in Kudat.
“I suggest that EPD conduct a consultation meeting with the villagers on the EIA review for better transparency,” he said.
In August 2022, residents from five villages in Sikuati, about 14.5km from Kudat town, held a small protest to voice their concerns that the silica sand mining and processing project will bring environmental harm to the idyllic Bangau beach as well as the surroundings near their villages.
The residents from Kampung Bangau, Andab Bangau, Andab Darat, Kimihang and Longgom Kecil had urged the Sabah government to intervene and put a stop to the project.
Mohd Mazza Azat - a member of the action committee formed to object to the project then - had said the villagers depended on the beach and sea for their income as many of them were fishermen.
He said the area was also a valued tourist destination for Kudat as it was considered a hidden beach.
In June last year, EPD director Vitalis Moduying said the processing plant had started construction and that every phase of the project was being assessed.
He said a total of four EIA reports had been presented to the department, two for the processing plant at Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park and two for the Sikuati mining site and added that the developers have complied with all regulatory requirements then.
Sabah Industrial Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Datuk Phoong Jin Zhe had in May last year also said all environmental concerns raised by villagers about the project have been recorded in the EIA study.
However, Lasimbang said that they found out the villagers are still troubled by the development near the beach and their villages.
He added that NGOs under the Indigenous People Network Malaysia (Joas) discovered this during a visit to the beach and in a dialogue with the villagers during a fact-finding mission on Feb 10.
“The villagers are worried over a stream that has emerged, with dark water flowing into the beach.I think there was an explanation over the situation previously, including by the Sabah Environmental Protection Association (Sepa), that the water was not polluted.
“But for me, open discharge to the sea, even if there were no toxins, especially when it is an unnatural flow can still affect the ecosystem,” Lasimbang said.
He added there was a mangrove swamp in the area which has a natural system where the water flow was controlled by the tide but that the water would never flow into the sea.
Lasimbang then said that satellite images of the beach from 2006 to 2020 showed the stream of dark water was not there but a 2023 image showed it had already emerged.
“Environmental NGOs should speak up about such issues,” he said.
Lasimbang then said that the villagers were not disputing the land because it was privately owned but they are disturbed that they may never have access to the beach again.
“They used to fish and search for molluscs and crabs but when you fence off the access, then they are worried.
“This is a foraging area and indigenous people have the right to use it under customary rights,” Lasimbang said, adding women folk at the villagers were also concerned about safety due to many unknown people seen there following the project.
Another concerning issue, he said, was whether the EIAs on the mining and operation took into account that Bangau beach was part of the marine biodiversity rich Tun Mustapha Park (TMP).
“This is a Totally Protected Area (TTP), so the effects by the project on it must be accounted for,” he said.
In July last year, state Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew said that initial finding by the EPD was that the dark water had overflowed from a natural pond outside the mining area into the white sand beach and sea due to heavy rain.
According to the department, the “dark water” may be a normal characteristic of the water in that particular area because of the soil type and its proximity to the mangrove area.
"I was informed by the EPD director that this is the natural colour of the water even before the sand mining project started. However, the EPD will further investigate the situation," Liew had said.
Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA) president Alexander Yee said that they were also informed about the possible pollution at the beach.
He said that environmental groups in the area had also checked on the alleged “pollution” and found that it was naturally occurring and nothing to do with the mining operations.
WWF-Malaysia had previously cautioned the state to tread carefully in developing the area, saying the silica sand mining project will have a negative impact on surrounding communities.
This was because the processing site will produce fine silica dust particles known to be hazardous to the human body with long-term exposure, the environmental watchdog group said.
The Sikuati coastal area includes part of the Kudat and Marudu Bay Class V Mangrove Forest in the north, adjacent to TMP’s preservation zone.
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BBC Unveils Mega 12-Show Drama Slate Featuring ‘Dear England' Adaptation Starring Joseph Fiennes, Aimee Lou Wood's Debut Writing Project & Rebecca Hall-Led Series From Element
The BBC has unveiled its biggest drama slate in years featuring a TV version of James Graham play Dear England starring Joseph Fiennes from The Crown producer Left Bank, Sex Education star Aimee Lou Wood's debut writing project and a Rebecca Hall-starrer from Poor Things maker Element.
Unveiled at a glitz London do for press and producers, the 12-strong roster, which features some of Britain's best and brightest talents, is the first from new Drama Director Lindsay Salt, who took over from A24's Piers Wenger 18 months ago.
Scroll down for the full slate below, which features an adaptation of Sherwood creator Graham's Dear England about the England soccer manager Gareth Southgate – the play of which has taken London by storm and recently transferred to the West End . Fiennes ( The Handmaid's Tale) will reprise his role as Southgate and Graham will pen the TV version, which provides a fictionalized account of the struggles and successes of England's soccer team and features actors playing major stars including Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling.
Dear England is Crown maker Left Bank's first BBC series since 2017's Pls Like and the Sony-backed indie has two on the slate, having also secured Liverpool-set drama This City is Ours, which comes from The Last Kingdom scribe Stephen Butchard and is about an organized crime boss who falls in love.
Elsewhere, Wood's Film Club , which she is also starring in and is produced by Gaumont, is the Sex Education breakout's debut writing project and follows two people in love without realizing it who take part in a film club each week. Wood, who is also appearing in White Lotus Season 3 along with another BBC show, Daddy Issues, stars and writes alongside Ralph Davis ( SAS Rogue Heroes ).
The BBC has attracted star power with BAFTA-winning Vicky Cristina Barcelona actress Hall leading an adaptation of Jordan Tannahill's The Listener s. Hall plays an English teacher who begins to hear a low humming sound that no one else can hear, which slowly drives her mad. Deadline revealed the show's development last March and Poor Things producer Element is producing with Janicza Bravo – whose past credits include Zola, Mrs America and Them – directing. Hall is also starring in James L. Brooks' next movie Ella McCay and Tessa Thompson's similarly-named helpline drama The Listener . Fremantle is distributing The Listeners and Film Club .
The British broadcaster has also greenlit a spin-off of Abi Morgan's popular legal drama The Split titled The Split Up , following the high-stakes world of Manchester's divorce law circuit where one family of lawyers, the Kishans, reigns supreme. The show comes from Ursula Rani Sarma ( Smother ) and is being produced by Chernobyl maker Sister's northern hub.
A24, for which Wenger now runs the London office , is adapting Kaliane Bradley's upcoming novel The Ministry of Time with Normal People scribe Alice Birch, and there are also greenlights for Baby Reindeer creator Richard Gadd, BAFTA-nominated Scrapper director Charlotte Regan and deaf writer William Mager.
The BBC has also thrown its weight behind Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson's Northern Irish police drama Blue Lights by greenlighting Seasons 3 and 4 before the second has even aired.
"I believe that the BBC is the only place that can promise true boldness and braveness in all our decision making," said Salt, who joined from Netflix in summer 2022. "In an era of caution, it's our time to shine."
Dear England – TV drama version of James Graham's play starring Joseph Fiennes, who plays England soccer manager Gareth Southgate.
Film Club – Aimee Lou Wood screenwriting debut about two people in love without realizing it who attend a weekly film get-together.
Lions – Richard Gadd series about a man whose estranged brother's arrival at his wedding leads to an explosion of violence that catapults the viewer back through four decades.
Mint – Darkly comic drama about three generations from Scrapper director Charlotte Regan.
Reunion – About a man who embodies the struggle of someone caught between two worlds, unable to fully integrate into the hearing world and shunned by the deaf community, from deaf scribe William Mager.
The Dream Lands – Coming-of-age Margate-set story with a twist based on Rosa Rankin-Gee's Dreamland penned by BAFTA-winner Kayleigh Llewellyn.
The Listeners – Rebecca Hall-starrer from Poor Things producer Element about a teacher who begins to hear a low humming sound that no one else around her can hear.
The Ministry of Time – A24 show about a newly-established government department gathering ‘expats' from across history in a time travel experiment.
The Split Up – Spin-off of Abi Morgan's popular legal drama following a family of divorce lawyers in Manchester.
This City is Ours – Liverpool-set romance from The Crown producer Left Bank and Stephen Butchard.
We Go Again – Comedy drama about three stubbornly optimistic siblings with a dark secret from award-winning writer Janice Okoh ( Sanditon).
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