Hillsides Education Center Introduces Social-Emotional Skills Development Program

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Herbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it The staff at Hillsides Education Center are looking forward to a successful 2014-2015 school year.What does GROWTH stand for?Hillsides Education Center (HEC) may have just started the new school year, but third grader Pablo*, 9, already knows the answer. “Generous, Respectful, Optimistic, Willing, Tenacious, and Honest,” he rattled off when asked.GROWTH is a new program HEC is launching for the 2014-2015 academic year that teaches students how to improve in four skill areas: tenacity, problem-solving, social awareness, and personal awareness. Students will be encouraged to set goals, complete tasks, grow their social-emotional intelligence, and create habits of self-reflection to help them reach success inside and outside the classroom.“Academic-based skills such as reading, writing, and math are very important, but so are social-emotional skills,” said HEC Director Ryan Eisenberg. “It is our job as educators to create students who are generous, respectful, optimistic, willing to try, tenacious, and honest with themselves and others.”During the first month of school, students will receive an orientation to become familiar with the GROWTH concepts. They will then be given individual plans based on their skill area needs. Their goals will be posted and integrated into the school day. As students make progress on their goals, they will be rewarded with privileges, such as an overnight trip or a celebratory dinner with staff.But the pay-off is even greater, said Eisenberg. “While we link privileges to GROWTH, the focus is more on students internalizing the importance of personal development.HEC believes in creating lasting change, and we think the GROWTH system will have a lifelong benefit to our students.”Also new at HEC this school year is a graphic design class. Students will be instructed on media design, T-shirt design, and animation projects. The school’s reading intervention program, Reading Rocks, is also being updated for the academic year with a software component that will more directly link the program with classroom lessons. Now in its second year, the reading program has been very successful. Out of 19 students participating in the program last year, four improved their reading by one grade level and five students by two grade levels. This year, HEC expects some 30 students will take advantage of the program.HEC is a K-12 therapeutic residential and day school that offers individualized education for students with social-emotional, learning, and/or behavioral challenges. HEC is one of four core programs of Hillsides. Hillsides, headquartered in Pasadena, is a premier provider dedicated to improving the well-being and functioning of children, youth, and families in need throughout Los Angeles County. For more information on HEC or Hillsides, please visit www.hillsideseducationcenter.org or www.hillsides.org. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Education Hillsides Education Center Introduces Social-Emotional Skills Development Program For 2014-2015 School Year From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 | 12:14 pm Subscribe Business News Community News Community News Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Overtime… ‘Spurs in Seven, take it to the bank!’

first_imgFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courier BILL NEAL  :10 By the next time you hear from me, I’ll be coming to you from “Tim-Buk-Tu”…that’s a place in Africa for all you Allderdice grads (Debbie Norrell…say what?). Anyway, I am starting to get the same feeling LeBron James is getting.  Yep.  It’s over!  That said, I will stay the course and stick with Tim Duncan and One Leg Tony Parker and trust that the Spurs will prove me to be the sports information genius you all know me to be.  “Spurs in Seven.”  Take it to the bank!  (Bank might be closed…so be it!):09 Speaking of Debbie Norrell…and I was if you missed it, try to pay attention here, I know I am in the right place when I show up and she’s there.  That spot was the backyard…wait check that…the Back Forest of Ernie Groover. And “The Grove Man” delivered big time. First of all, free food and plenty of it, that always works. Big ole white folks tent, D.J. Rich McCord, Jazz band. Beverages of all kinds for all kinds and a VIP list as big as the area we occupied. Two time Olympic Gold Medalist Roger Kingdom, “All Hail to the King.” Jerry Lopes, Don Patterson, Fred Crawford, the Vett Club, Warren Wilson Sr. & Jr., Debbie Hickman, Ron Hunt, Steve Snyder, Curtis Aiken and the list goes on and on.  Happy 60th and a great party Norma and Ernie Groover. You come in a tight third behind Debbie Norrell and Vince Neal.  Let that be your motivation!:08 I know we all…well, most of us anyway…want Tiger to win, and for a variety of reasons. But guess what?  Tiger you better get busy son.  The clock is ticking on you being the greatest of all time!!! Tick…tick…tick…:07 Hey, for all you doubters, I found “Dude’s” Top 10 Greatest NBA Players of All Time List. It’s Good. Not as good as mine, but pretty good.  (And like I said, he’s on vacation and has time to wait…I am just saying.)  See it next week.:06 Did ya’ll know Milton Raiford…excuse me, “Elder Milton Raiford” can preach?  I mean in your face, matter of fact, right now for real preach!  Is there anything this man can’t do?Top defense attorney in the state, firery community advocate, VIP level status, last, but not least, a humble and beautiful wife.  I ask, is there anything this man can’t do? Yes – there – is!  He – can’t – sing!  Aw c’mon.  If ya were at Petra Ministries for Fathers’ Day on Sunday, you know it…you just don’t want to say it.  But you’re thinking it! …(huge smile)…Brother Raiford, I love you man!:05 Serena Williams won another Grand Slam.  Not only is she the best in the world today, she just may be the greatest female player of all time!:04 Next to the last call for 14 and under boys middle school basketball tournament coming up in three weeks. Call the Champions at 412-628-4856 to get your team in.  Also get ready for the annual Armon Gilliam Memorial “Hard Work Basketball Camp” for boys and girls ages 8-16 coming up Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4 at the Penn Hills YMCA from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day.  Call the Champions at 412-628-4856 to register.:03 Yet another tip of the judges cap to my main man Dwayne Woodruff.  He will soon be inducted into the Kentucky Hall of Fame. Not the college…the state man. Now that’s huge.  The Judge is rackin the awards up so fast he’s going to have to add another wing on the estate.  (Opps, my bad. Did that already.) Congratulations Wood!:02 You like LeBron. Think he’s the greatest of all time? Tell you what I’ll do. Bring all your money to any gym on the planet and I’ll lock LeBron in the gym with Michael Jordan…then I am going to go spend all your money, while you and L. B. sit there and try to figure out what happened. I’ll tell you what happened! The mean and nasty in Jordan happened.  LaBron ain’t got the mean and nasty. Now run tell that. Or call me. You got the number.:01 The Pirates are for real I promise.  They just have to keep their Jolly Roger out of Atlanta. I predict a 92 game winning season.:00 At the Buzzer.  HHHEEERRREEE We Go.•Rick Cokely—great job with your youth mentoring program. “A Few Good Men.”  Keep up the good work.  It’s valuable and needed.  Let’s hope a few more good men step up for the next one.•Ernie Bey and the Pittsburgh Chapter of Mad Dads—another great Fathers’ Day event. Old School style. Hot dogs, burgers, kids playing kick ball, prizes and games and that back in the day music. Job well done Mad Dads.  Job well done!•Coming at ya the same way with a little different flavor, Harlem Nights Old School Par-tay, Friday, June 28.last_img read more


first_imgAs the “Official Ride of Santa Anita Park,” Uber and Santa Anita are once again “putting fans first” as Uber users can travel to and from The Great Race Place on any racing day and receive 50 percent off their fare.Fans using the Uber/Santa Anita promotional code 2016SANTAANITA can skip parking fees and with a maximum of $20 off each way, per visit, this is a terrific way to “go racing” from throughout the metro LA area.  The 50 percent discount promotion is available to fans for an unlimited number of visits through Thursday, Nov. 3.Uber, which has become a way of life for millions nationwide, offers everyday low prices utilizing a wide variety of available vehicles, from low cost models to high end luxury.  Uber drivers use their own vehicles and come from all walks of life and the Uber experience has been designed with safety and security as top priorities.Santa Anita’s 23-day Autumn Meet will run through Sunday, Nov. 6.  The two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships will come to Santa Anita for a record ninth time on Nov. 4 & 5.  For more information on live racing and Santa Anita’s 2016 Uber promotion, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

Redwoods guard Tule O’Rourke taking on bigger role as sophomore season goes on

first_imgEureka >> Coming out of Hoopa Valley High School, Tule O’Rourke was known more for his defense rather than a player who could score in bunches.He most certainly could be described as a pest, the kind of defender who wouldn’t mind getting up in the opposition’s grill whenever it was possible.Two-and-a-half years later and with plenty of early-morning gym sessions, O’Rourke has become more than somebody who can help his team win a game on defense.He’s become a two-way guard — not only somebody …last_img read more

Play Your Part episode 19: get involved

first_imgEntrepreneurs Sydney Madibo and Putco Mafani, as well as school principal Youssef Atcha, are guests on episode 19 of Play Your Part. Get involved with them, here:Sydney Madibo, an entrepreneur and public speaker, is a contestant on the reality TV show, One Day Leader. Madibo is a guest on episode 19 of Play Your Part, broadcast on 27 January 2018. (Images: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterSydney Madibo, the president of the student representative council at North-West University, is one of the guests on episode 19 of the Play Your Part TV series.The episode is aired on Saturday, 27 January 2018 on SABC2 at 18:00.Here’s how you can get involved with Madibo and the other guests on the show:Sydney MadiboMadibo was a mentor on the youth TV show, Future Leaders, following his win on the reality show, One Day Leader: Season 5.Contact detailsTwitter: @sydneymadiboFacebook: Sydney MadiboYoussef AtchaYoussef AtchaAtcha is the principal of The Leadership College in Manenberg, Cape Town. A private school, it is completely free for its learners, who are accepted on merit. Programmes for learners include community service, leadership development and entrepreneurial training.Contact detailsFacebook: The Leadership CollegeWebsite: theleadershipcollege.co.zaEmail: [email protected] MafaniPutco MafaniMafani is the station manager of Rhythm FM in the Eastern Cape. He is also the founder of public relations and events company Putcomafani Consulting. Over the years, the company has helped initiatives such as the Thamsanqa Project in Motherwell and the Cancer Association of South Africa, with fundraising and donations.Contact detailsTwitter: @putcomafani and @pmc_businessFacebook: Putcomafani ConsultingWebsite: www.putcomafani.comPlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 on Saturdays on SABC2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; orFind out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; orLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

What Happens When You Put a Plastic Vapor Barrier in Your Wall?

first_imgScenario 1: plastic on the inside, hot humid weatherI’m writing this article because one of our HERS raters came across a house in Charleston, South Carolina that had polyethylene under the drywall, on the interior side of the wall assembly. Polyethylene, often shortened to poly, is a Class I vapor retarder, which is usually what’s meant by the term vapor barrier. If you’re at all familiar with the climate in Charleston and understand moisture, you know that can’t be a good thing.I was there one day in June a few years ago and saw condensation on the outside of a window… at one o’clock in the afternoon of a sunny day. The dew point of the outdoor air was 78° F. The window had a single pane of glass. They were running the air conditioner, so the indoor temperature was probably 75 or below. Humid air hits cool surface. Condensation results. Now, imagine that pane of glass is actually a sheet of polyethylene. Next, imagine that a layer of drywall separates the poly from the indoor air. Then build a wood-frame wall outside the poly, complete with cladding and air permeable insulation in the cavities. Will that poly be protected from the outdoor humidity? Or will it, like the window I saw, be dripping with condensation?If it’s a typical wall, chances are good that water vapor in the outdoor air will find its way into the wall cavity, eventually finding the sheet of poly, pressed up against the drywall. If that wall allows outdoor air to infiltrate and the poly is below the dew point, condensation is the likely result. If those conditions last long enough, the condensed water will run down the poly, get the wood framing wet, and begin to rot out the wall.The truth, however, is that the water vapor in the outdoor air is rarely the source of moisture that rots out a wall. More likely is that moisture from a wet foundation makes its way up into the wall by capillary action, or bulk water from leaks around openings gets into the wall cavity. The presence of an interior vapor barrier makes drying out the cavity harder to do, though.Without poly beneath the drywall, water vapor hits the drywall and diffuses through to the drier (in summer) indoor air. By installing a sheet of poly there, you cut off that drying mechanism and water that finds its way into walls can stay there longer and do more damage. RELATED ARTICLES Do I Need a Vapor Retarder?Vapor Retarders and Vapor BarriersForget Vapor Diffusion — Stop the Air Leaks!When Sunshine Drives Moisture Into WallsSmart Vapor RetardersQuestions and Answers About Air BarriersQ&A Spotlight: Vapor Barriers Redux Joe Lstiburek Discusses Basement Insulation and Vapor RetardersJoseph Lstiburek: Air Barrier or Vapor Barrier? Scenario 3: plastic on the outside, cold weatherPlastic on the outer surface of a wall in cold weather could cause problems. The humid air is indoors. The cool surface is the sheathing, assuming no exterior insulation. If water vapor diffuses or infiltrates into the wall cavity and finds the cool surface, moisture problems can occur.Of course, you can have moisture problems here even without the exterior vapor barrier because of what Bill Rose calls the rule of material wetting. That is, warm materials dry more quickly than cold materials. If humid air from indoors finds cold sheathing and starts accumulating there, the moisture will stay there longer because it’s difficult to dry at low temperatures, even though the outdoor air is dry in terms of absolute humidity. A lot of people have heard advice about vapor barriers and vapor retarders. Many of them have walked away confused. A big part of the problem, I think, is that they’ve been told what to do — “Put it on the warm-in-winter side,” or “Never use one” — but they haven’t had the physics of what happens explained to them.In this article, I’m not going to get into the details of vapor barriers or all the possible scenarios of different wall assemblies and moisture loads. I’m simply going to explain what happens in a wall cavity with and without a plastic vapor barrier installed. It’s not just a climate issueWe can summarize the vapor barrier issue like this:A Class I vapor retarder’s job is to keep water vapor in humid air from diffusing through one side of a wall and finding a cool surface inside the wall.When a Class I vapor retarder is on the side of a wall where the dry air is (i.e., outside in winter or inside in summer), moisture problems can occur.A Class I vapor retarder reduces the movement of water vapor by diffusion. Holes in the vapor barrier that allow humid air through may allow a lot more water vapor into an assembly than the vapor barrier is stopping. Because of this, air sealing is more important than vapor retarders.If you’re in a place like Miami, where it’ll almost never be colder outdoors than indoors, a Class I vapor retarder on the outer surface of a wall assembly may be OK. If you’re in Maine and never use an air conditioner, a Class I vapor retarder on the inner surface may be OK. If you’re in a cold climate, however, and do use air conditioning, you need to be careful with interior vapor barriers like polyethylene. You could be creating the kind of problems I described in Scenario 1 above.center_img Scenario 4: plastic on the outside, hot humid weatherA vapor barrier can cause problems if it prevents drying to a drier space. In a building with air conditioning during hot humid weather, the drier space is indoors. The humid air is outdoors. Putting a vapor barrier on the inside, as we saw in Scenario 1 above, can lead to problems because any humid air that gets into the wall cavity is blocked from drying to the inside.If the vapor barrier is on the outside, it prevents the humid air from diffusing into the wall cavity and finding the cold surface on the other side of the cavity, the back side of the drywall. So, like a vapor barrier on the inner surface in cold weather, putting one on the outer surface in hot weather isn’t likely to have a moisture problem due to vapor diffusion. It doesn’t mean you won’t have a moisture problem, though, because moisture can get into the walls by means other than diffusion. Scenario 2: plastic on the inside, cold weatherIn cold weather, a sheet of poly on the interior side of a wall probably won’t cause any problems. The humid air is indoors, and the dry air is outdoors. The sheet of poly still cuts off drying to the indoors, but it keeps the water vapor in the humid indoor air away from the cold surfaces inside the wall. This is what building scientists proposed as the solution for walls that wouldn’t hold paint back in the early days of insulation. It didn’t solve the paint problem, though, because water vapor from the indoor air wasn’t the main source of moisture. Enhancing drying vs. preventing wetnessIf designers and builders want buildings to do their jobs properly and not fail prematurely, it’s important to understanding moisture. We know now that mid-twentieth century building science incorrectly ascribed magical properties to vapor barriers. Water vapor from indoor air wasn’t the source of most moisture problems. Bulk water from deficiencies in drainage planes, flashing, and other moisture management details caused most of the problems.Building science has progressed since then. We know that vapor barriers can cause problems, but we still have homes like the one in Charleston with poly in the walls. And we have $4 million dollar homes with poly on the walls, too. I saw the one shown in the photo below when Martin Holladay came to Atlanta last year. The photo was taken in the basement, and the kneewalls in the attic also were covered with poly.Our understanding now is that it’s generally more important for wall assemblies to be able to dry than it is to block water vapor with materials like polyethylene. In most cases, you’re fine with the vapor retarding ability of the materials already in your walls, and you don’t need to use Class I vapor retarders.Here’s what Bill Rose wrote in his book, Water in Buildings: “Given the fact that a very small percentage of building problems (1 to 5% at most in the author’s experience) are associated with wetting by water vapor diffusion, the argument for enhanced drying potential becomes much stronger.”In other words, the potential for creating problems is greater when you use Class I vapor barriers that prevent drying, so be absolutely certain you need one before going that route. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a speaker, writer, energy consultant, RESNET-certified trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard.last_img read more

How To Love Your Job

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Your job and your work may be very different things. Your job is something you do so that you can make money. You may not want to go to your job, but you might have to if you want to survive.Your work, on the other hand, is something you do to produce results. You might do your real work at your job, or you might do your real work outside of your job. But if you want to love your job, you have to treat it like it’s your work.Give Yourself OverIf you want to love your job, you have to give yourself over to it. It doesn’t matter what your job is, there is a way that you can make it something more. One of my favorite quotes of all time makes this point better than anything I might write.Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, “Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”That one quote explains what you need to do to give yourself over to your job. Your job is what you make of it.Do More Than Is ExpectedThere aren’t too many things worse than doing what is expected of you, especially if you are the recipient of that low standard. Mediocrity isn’t in any way sexy or interesting. How could it be exciting for you to create something mediocre?If you want to love your job, you have to do more than is expected of you. You have to take things up a notch or two. You have to surprise people. Doing more than is expected is going to require that you be resourceful and that you take the initiative. But it is worth it.Find New Ways To Be ValuableWe humans are novelty-seeking creatures. We like new and interesting things. We’re made this way. When you do the same things over and over again, you can allow things to become tedious. The way to keep this from happening is to find new ways to create value for the people you serve.What needs to be done that isn’t getting done? What new tasks could you take on? What are most of your peers trying to avoid? The more value you create, the more interesting and engaging your job will be. You will also find that the very act of seeking out new ways to create value is the surest recipe for being promoted into roles of greater responsibility—and the financial remuneration that comes with it.Inspire Others with Your AttitudeWhen people go to their jobs, they say things like, “I hate Mondays,” or “Thank God it’s Friday.” They also say things like, “I’m just living the dream,” a strong indication that they are bored, unengaged, and bring very little of themselves to their job. Hanging around with the crowd with the black cloud over their heads is only going to infect you with what they’re carrying.Instead of buying into the idea that your job is terrible, have some fun and inspire others with your attitude. When things go wrong, be positive in insisting you can solve the problem. Client unhappy about mistakes? Call them and tell them you are on it and that you own it. Being accountable alone will turn your client around.Look it’s not easy to do these things when you are surrounded by slackers, cynics, and burnouts. But either they are working to influence you, or you are working on influencing them. Raise your personal standard and pull as many people up with you as possible.If you can learn to bring your best self to your job, it will help you tremendously should you ever decide to hang up your shingle and do your work.last_img read more

a month agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson confident Zaha will find his best form

first_imgCrystal Palace boss Hodgson confident Zaha will find his best formby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is confident Wilfried Zaha will find his best form soon.The 26-year-old winger was a target for both Arsenal and Everton during the summer and is reported to have handed in a late transfer request in the hope of pushing through a move.After resuming domestic action following a late return from the Africa Cup of Nations, Zaha has so far failed to open his account for the new season or provide any assists.Hodgson said: “Very few people in our teams have scored goals, we’ve only scored three so it is quite easy to remember who the goalscorers were.”As for assists it is only three possible assists, so it is probably a little unkind to start saying ‘you are not assisting enough or scoring enough.”I would say that we expect a lot more from Wilf in terms of assists and goals and I think that we are going to get it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

16 days agoAgent of Real Madrid midfielder Valverde: He can play with Pogba

first_imgAgent of Real Madrid midfielder Valverde: He can play with Pogbaby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Real Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde can see him playing with Paul Pogba in the future.It’s been suggested Valverde’s emergence will see Real drop their interest in the Manchester United star.”Pogba is a fantastic player. In the future they can play together, but you have to be careful,” agent Gerardo Rabajda told Radio Marca.”The future is promising but Fede must keep his feet on the ground. He knows he got this chance but he has to stay calm and keep growing. He has proved on the pitch that he has status. He knows when to talk and when to be quiet. We are talking about a future Ballon d’Or winner.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Jane Goodall Speaks Out Against Shocking And Inhumane Treatment Of Primates

first_imgRenowned primatologist Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, has described the treatment of monkeys used in research as “shocking and inhumane”, calling for a phase out of their use at the earliest opportunity.Witnessing footage from an Animal Defenders International (ADI) investigation of the Biomedical Primate Research Centre in the Netherlands, the UN Messenger of Peace and Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute said: “The video I have just watched allegedly shows conditions endured by monkeys in a research laboratory in the Netherlands. We know today that monkeys, along with many other animals, experience not only pain, but also emotions including fear and depression, so the way they are being treated in the video is shocking and inhumane. It is my considered opinion that those involved in this kind of research on primates should consider using alternative procedures that do not involve experimentation on intelligent, sentient beings. This research should be phased out as soon as possible.”WATCH THE ‘BORN TO SUFFER’ VIDEO HERE.Europe’s largest primate facility, the Biomedical Primate Research Centre (BPRC) in the Netherlands breeds animals for its own use and other laboratories, collaborating with researchers in the UK and the US. Latest figures show that it has reportedly more than trebled its primate use, from 95 individuals in 2016 to 317 in 2017. The facility has some 1,600 primates; most of the macaques are kept in breeding groups of 20-40 individuals and when taken to be used in research for diseases are housed alone in small barren cages. At the end of the experiments they are killed.The video from ADI reveals: Throughout their lives the BPRC primates experience fear, confusion, restraint, routine suffering, injury and death, whether they are used in experiments or not Frightened into crush cages and sedated to be tattooed and tested, no matter how the animals struggle, there is no escape Baring their teeth and shaking the cage bars, primates show their fear of the workers and what is happening to them Although sedated, animals are still conscious and capable of feeling and react as routine procedures are performed on them Singing and dancing, workers show little respect for the animals around them In their groggy state, the monkeys risk injury when left unattended; disorientated animals struggle and fall as they recover from sedation Unable to cope with their unnatural environment, desperate animals lash out at their cage mates, causing serious injury The stress causes monkeys to suffer rectal prolapse When no longer of use, animals are killed in front of their cage mates.Since its release on International Primate Day, the findings of ADI’s investigation has caused shockwaves, particularly in the Netherlands where there has been widespread media coverage, questions raised in parliament and calls to close down the facility. The video has also been shown in the European Parliament at a meeting of the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals, where the use of primates and other animals in neuroscience research was discussed.After seeing the video, comedian Ricky Gervais stated: “To see these sensitive, intelligent animals born to suffer in this way makes me angry. It should make you angry too.”With such suffering inevitable where primates are bred and used in research, ADI is calling for their use to be phased out, as adopted in a resolution at the European Parliament 11 years ago, for which a timetable has yet to be published.As one of Europe’s largest primate users, ADI urges the UK to lead on this issue. The UK used 2,215 primates for research in 2017, seven times the number used in the Netherlands and nearly a quarter of the total number of primates used across Europe.Primates are used mainly to test drugs and typically endure force-feeding or injections of experimental compounds and full body immobilisation in restraint chairs during experiments. The side effects of compounds given to the animals, or simply the stress of procedures, can cause rectal prolapse, vomiting, blocked lungs, collapse, self-mutilation and death. Terrified monkeys are also used in brain research, which can involve electrodes and bolts being screwed into their heads – despite that non-invasive technology is already used with human volunteers.Due to species differences, tests in primates and other animals have been shown to produce misleading results – replacing primates with more sophisticated human-based techniques provides results which are more relevant to people.Jan Creamer, President of Animal Defenders International said: “Given the known species differences between primates and humans, there can be no scientific or ethical justification for continuing to use primates in this kind of research. The move to advanced scientific techniques is good for science and ends the suffering.”last_img read more