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first_img Express KCS Canary Wharf investor backs Songbird bid Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Thursday 18 December 2014 9:20 pm Share whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof A MAJOR shareholder in Canary Wharf Group has written to the board of its controlling company, Songbird Estates, urging it to accept the takeover offer from its Qatari suitors. US asset manager Franklin Mutual Advisers holds a seven per cent stake in the east London estate alongside Songbird which controls a 70 per cent interest.It has written to Songbird’s directors this week calling on them to accept the raised 350p offer from Qatar Investment Authority and Brookfield, or find a better offer elsewhere. Songbird declined to comment last night. It has rebuffed the bidders’ higher offer saying it “does not reflect full value”. Songbird shareholders Third Avenue, Madison and EMS Capital have come out in support of the bid. Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 50 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive Supplement When the policy committee of the European Central Bank (ECB) meet tomorrow, they’re widely expected to undertake the historic decision to embark upon full-blown quantitative easing (QE) policy.The central bank has already slashed interest rates and is buying billions of euros of private sector debt. QE is the last major weapon in Draghi’s arsenal – and here’s everything you need to know:What is quantitative easing? Typically, central banks generate growth and lift inflation in the economy by cutting interest rates. Low interest rates encourage spending by making it cheaper to borrow money and diminishing returns on savings.But the ECB’s main interest rate – which is languishing at -0.05 per cent – is already at a record low. This means the ECB must enact QE if it’s to re-ignite the euro area’s ailing economy.It will involve using newly printed money to buy the government bonds of the 18 Eurozone member states. Bond prices and their interest rates move in opposition directions, so while QE pushes up bond prices, it also brings down interest rates and consequently governments’ borrowing costs. It’s hoped this will have a knock-on effect on the interest rates of debt for households and businesses which are priced according to the government’s borrowing costs. What do they want to achieve (or why now)?Tumbling oil prices have pushed the Eurozone’s headline inflation rate into negative for the first time in five years.There are fears that – unless the ECB acts quickly – the region could be plunged into a deflationary spiral. This is when people delay spending on the belief there will be better deals around tomorrow, which dents demand for company’s products and services, prompting them to slash prices. After a while depressed demand becomes even more entrenched and eventually companies will start to cut investments, curtail hiring and even reduce wages.This would be bad news for the ECB, because prolonged deflation is a little like quicksand, and once you’re in it becomes very hard to get out.Why is it so controversial?Germany has been outspoken in its opposition to QE for the Eurozone.Firstly, it has argued there’s little chance a large-scale bond-buying scheme will actually work. It also argues that it will impose an unfair burden on the German taxpayer – as well as the tax payers of some other Eurozone countries. Under usual risk-sharing arrangements the 19 Eurozone countries share losses relative to the size of their economies – and Germany’s is the biggest.But this means that – if, say, Greece defaults – Germany could end up shouldering a sizeable amount of its debt. Finally, it’s worried a weaker Euro will lead peripheral Eurozone countries – such as Greece, Portugal and Italy – slowing down painful but much-needed structural reforms to their economies.So what will happen tomorrow?The general belief is that the ECB will give the Eurozone a watered down dose of QE, largely due to pressure form the Germans (for reasons mentioned above). A typical QE policy would involve the ECB buying bonds from the 18 Eurozone governments directly.However, Draghi is expected to say that those countries’ central banks should shoulder responsibility for any bonds bought, meaning financial risks aren’t distributed evenly between Eurozone members. The total amount is still expected to be pretty sizeable, with analysts and economists putting it anywhere between €500m and €1 trillion (although the former is much more likely).Bloomberg has reported that an ECB executive board proposal circulated among its governing council foresees asset purchases of €50bn a month until the end of 2016.How will markets react?Anything equal to or above what investors are expecting (which is essentially a full-blown QE programme worth at least €500m) will make the markets pretty happy. Investors will also want details of how it’s going to work (as they’ll need to be convinced it will be easy to executive).In such a scenario, bond and stocks prices would surge, as elated investors pile into these assets. But if the ECB disappoints tomorrow, there’s a chance Eurozone stocks could fall, as investors pull money out. This could happen through two scenarios – either the ECB simply reveals guidance rather than enacting QE – or it panders to Germany and presents investors with a pretty disappointing version of QE. Jessica Morris Show Comments ▼ Share How, what, when, where: Everything you need to know about the ECB’s impending quantitative easing announcement whatsapp Tuesday 20 January 2015 10:09 am whatsapp Tags: Mario Draghi People Quantitative easinglast_img read more

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first_img whatsapp Labour kicked off its General Election campaign today in London’s Olympic Park with Ed Miliband promising to cap the amount of profit private companies can make from the NHS at five per cent.The Labour leader promised that if his party won this May’s General Election it would put a stop to what he branded the”privatisation” of the health service. Any profits made above the five per cent cap will be returned for to the NHS. The default cap will apply to all outsourced contracts with a value of £500,000 or more. Miliband told the audience:For the first time, we will cap the profits that private health companies can make from our National Health Service. The standard rule will be a five per cent cap, because the money we pay for our healthcare should be invested for patient care, not for excess profits for private firms.NHS commissioners would have the ability to raise or lower the cap to deal with the specific circumstances raised by individual contracts. Commissioners will also be able to exit contracts early in the case of poor service.”Privatisation of the NHS is no longer simply out of step with our principles, it is out of step with the needs of the time,” said Miliband.The Labour leader added that he wanted to end private companies “cherry picking” easy cases. Miliband claimed the cap, combined with another £2.5bn, amounted to a double lock protecting the NHS.While the move may cheer traditional Labour voters it could unnerve New-Labour stalwarts who argued for greater private involvement in the NHS. The policy could also be viewed as more ideological than practical and reinforce the impression Miliband has dragged the party to the left.”This is a nonsensical proposal to solve a non-existent problem,” said Adam Memon, head of economic research at the Centre for Policy Studies. “The proportion of the NHS budget spent commissioning healthcare from private providers has increased by just one percentage point since 2010.”This is hardly evidence of wholesale NHS privatisation. More importantly, he should realise that firms delivering services and investing and innovating within the NHS can improve patient care,” he added. More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.com Jeff Misenti by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekFinancial 10See The Wife Of The World’s Richest BillionairesFinancial 10ComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteabley Show Comments ▼center_img whatsapp Friday 27 March 2015 8:13 am General Election 2015: Ed Miliband promises Labour will cap profits of private health companies Share Tags: General Election 2015last_img read more

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first_imgBiotech By Kate Sheridan April 9, 2020 Reprints Kate Sheridan A version of this story also appeared in STAT’s daily biotech newsletter, The Readout. Subscribe here.Biotech venture capitalists and their portfolio companies had a historic first quarter — but that doesn’t mean the industry is out of the woods just yet. Biotech venture capital had a record-breaking quarter, but isn’t out of the woods yet [email protected] Adobe General Assignment Reporter Kate covers biotech startups and the venture capital firms that back them. What’s included? GET STARTEDcenter_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. What is it? Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. About the Author Reprints Log In | Learn More @sheridan_kate Tags financeSTAT+last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Ex-employee accused in North Fort Myers business burglary June 12, 2021 Driver slams parked cars into Lehigh Acres home June 17, 2021 Future developments cause new Colonial congestion concerns June 10, 2021 NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. — A man was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after a single-car crash on US 41 yesterday, Dec. 23, officials said.The 32-year-old Cape Coral man was driving north on US 41 in the inside lane when he veered off the road, hit a traffic barrel and drove over an embankment, according to troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol.After going over the embankment, the Cape Coral man’s SUV hit a dirt pile on the side of the road and launched into the air, troopers said. The SUV landed in a ditch east of US 42.Rescue crews arrived to the scene and took the driver, who was in critical condition, to a nearby hospital. Advertisement Car splits in two after slamming into Cape Coral power pole June 16, 2021center_img AdvertisementTags: crashNorth Fort Myerstraffic RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementThe driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentslast_img read more

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first_img Pinterest Previous articleBoost for residents of one Laois nursing home as Covid-proof visiting booth installedNext articleIn Pictures: Mountrath Christmas Market goes down a treat Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Facebook Council Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 15th December 2020 Electric Picnic WhatsApp TAGSGarda Youth AwardsGirlTalkYouth Work Ireland Laois Facebook Pictured at their base in JFL House, Portlaoise are Elaine Boyle,Clive Davis and two of the GirlTalk group Annalee Dowling and Saoirse Culleton An Garda Síochána acknowledged over 180 young people who have made their community a better place to live today.30 Garda National Youth Awards for 2020 are being presented to over 180 outstanding young people throughout the country at a local presentation in their respective areas.Awards are been given to young people for doing such things as cleaning beaches, raising outstanding amounts of money for worthy causes and raising awareness on issues such as mental health.center_img Twitter And among them is a Laois group GirlTalk who were among seven winners in the Community Safety Award category.GirlTalk is a group of young women in Youth Work Ireland ranging in age from 15 to 20 years from all across Laois.The girls, which were represented by Annalee Dowling and Saoirse Culleton, were anxious to form a group that gave a safe space where girls from diverse backgrounds and minority status, such as young travellers, first generation Irish and members of LGBTI+ community, could have an empowering, supportive and encouraging space to develop skills, confidence and self-esteem whilst also having a safe space to discuss issues and topics relevant to their lives and times.Taking a proactive stance, the girls of the group ran in the women’s mini marathon and magnanimously donated some of their funds to other charities whom they felt need support.The group is currently working on a health and identity programme which will support themselves in their own self-development but will also reach out and empower other young women.All of the award winners are excellent examples of young people who give up their free time to help and support others.This is an especially strong message for all us at a time when we all individually and collectively across all age groups have to continue to work together to reduce the spread of Covid-19.This year, the Garda National Youth Award ceremony was postponed due to the coivd-19 pandemic.An Garda Síochána sought to still acknowledge all of the awards winners by hosting small local awards presentations and an online ceremony with the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, Acting Deputy Commissioner Anne Marie McMahon, Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, and football legend Mr Bernard Brogan.The online ceremony took place on October 29 which is being followed by local presentations over the next number of days.Speaking at the online ceremony, Commissioner Harris welcomed everyone, congratulated them on their achievements and explained how unfortunately plans to acknowledge their great work at a presentation in Port Laois could not take place this year.He said: “Obviously we would have all liked to gather as a community to celebrate your achievements but due to Covid-19 we are unable to do so.“We in An Garda Síochána still wanted to gather everyone just as a simply way of acknowledging the outstanding work that you have all done to make your community a better place to live.“The Garda National Youth Awards showcases the positive contribution you are all making in your communities. From An Garda Síochána’s point of view, the awards at national and divisional level are a great way for us to develop strong relationships with you and community groups in your area.“I hope that you are proud of your achievements. The work you are all doing in your local communities is fantastic and we in An Garda Síochána wanted to let you all know that you have our gratitude.“Since the pandemic began, young people have made an outstanding contribution to the countries efforts in stopping the spread of Covid-19 by doing things like making PPE and assisting those self-isolating.“I’m sure many of you are and your friends are some of this young people contributing and I again want to thank you for your efforts.”SEE ALSO – ELECTED: Laois County Board for 2021 confirmed following online convention Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date WhatsApp Home News Community Laois group triumph at Garda National Youth Awards 2020 NewsCommunity Laois group triumph at Garda National Youth Awards 2020 Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

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first_img TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Canadian banks to focus on growth, spending and buybacks after strong second quarter Tara Deschamps Canadian Parliament Building at Dusk PaulMcKinnon/iStock The head of the Bank of Nova Scotia is urging Ottawa to adopt a series of policy changes to help parents, businesses of all sizes and companies trade between provinces.Scotiabank CEO Brian Porter said Tuesday that he wants to see a top-up to the annual Canada Child Benefit and childcare expense deductions, the introduction of a grant for businesses to make capital investments and the elimination of interprovincial trade barriers. Keywords Banking industry,  Budget,  Canada Child Benefit Fed plays limited role in assessing climate risks for banks Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Speaking at the bank’s annual general meeting, which was held virtually for the second time because of the pandemic, he positioned his pitches as an opportunity to learn from the health crisis because “we have seen over the last year, the decisions we make matter.”“We have an opportunity today to pursue policies that ensure that Canada does not just go back to the pre-pandemic growth but achieves even higher and better growth for a sustained period,” he said.Porter’s ideas come ahead of the April 19 federal budget and he believes they would help grow the economy, increase the number of working Canadians and make the country stronger and more prosperous.First, Porter called for the Canada Child Benefit to be topped up by $5,000 per kid.In July, the maximum annual Canada Child Benefit reached up to $6,765 per child under age six and up to $5,708 for kids aged six to 17.Families already receiving the Canada Child Benefit also got a one-time $300 boost per child last year.On top of the benefit increase, Porter is advocating for a significant increase to the childcare expense deductions to allow parents to fully deduct the cost of preschool child care.Under the current rules, parents and guardians can claim up to $8,000 per child for kids under the age of seven and $5,000 per child for children aged seven to 16.While childcare costs vary across the country, Porter said increasing the amount to $20,000 per child per year should cover the cost of daycare in every Canadian city.It will also help keep women in the workforce, said Porter, because women are more likely to put careers on hold or abandon to raise children.“Providing greater flexibility to families to find childcare arrangements that are best suited for them is good for women, it’s good for families, and it’s good for the country,” he said.Porter also wants a one-time, matching grant for businesses to make capital investments in machinery, equipment, and intellectual property.The grant would help small businesses digitize, medium-sized businesses retool for efficiency and large businesses become more sustainable, he said.His final ask was for the elimination of interprovincial trade barriers — a longtime demand for the bank.“Let’s prioritize free trade between provinces and territories in the same way we prioritize free trade between countries,” he said.According to Porter, the International Monetary Fund estimates that complete liberalization of internal trade in goods can increase Canada’s GDP per capita by about four% per year. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, has said that improvement to the region’s security infrastructure, would be one of the major legacies from the staging of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007.“Many of the things that we have put in place we have been trying to do for the longest time. In fact, the Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (Edwin Carrington) has now said it is his firm belief that security must become the fourth pillar of the Community,” she stated.Miss Mottley, who is Chair of the Security Sub-committee overseeing preparations for the mega event, was speaking at a press briefing during the Sixth Meeting of the Bureau of the Council of Ministers of National Security and Law Enforcement, held recently at the National Security Ministry in Port of Spain.Among the achievements so far, is the establishment of the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), which executes a broad portfolio ranging from project management to research and resource mobilisation. Its overall objective is to enhance the individual and collective capacity of CARICOM member states to control crime and effectively participate in international counter crime and security initiatives.Ms. Mottley also pointed out that a memorandum of understanding on intelligence sharing has also been put in place. “The question of the establishment of an intelligence sharing network, CISNET, among Caribbean countries did not exist before this year,” she stated.In addition, she mentioned, security assistance among the countries in the region has also been facilitated. “We are able to provide assistance beyond the Regional Security System [RSS] countries. This [development] gives us the assurance that we can meet more of our domestic security concerns whether arising from man or natural causes in a more comprehensive way.”Meanwhile, she disclosed that amendments to legislation to allow for the landing of international troops, if there was a major emergency beyond the capacity of the region, was next on the agenda. “We could not have had that before,” she pointed out.Arrangements are also being put in place to deal with the Common CARICOM visa and the Single Domestic Space (SDS). “While these might have a Sunset provision, the truth is that it will give regional policymakers the opportunity to see how best we can address the issue of complete freedom of movement in an economic integration unit, because as you know, the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas limits it certain categories of workers at this stage,” Ms. Mottley explained.The implementation of these arrangements for the hosting of the ICC Cricket World Cup next year, she noted, would give the region the opportunity to test and adjust them.“We have a number of clear successes that will stay beyond Cricket World Cup and that will fundamentally improve the capacity of regional law enforcement to maintain order domestically, regionally and indeed will be an excellent companion to the establishment of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy,” Ms. Mottley argued.The ICC Cricket World Cup will take place between March and April, next year. Advertisements CWC will Improve Region’s Security Infrastructure – Mottley UncategorizedDecember 15, 2006 RelatedCWC will Improve Region’s Security Infrastructure – Mottleycenter_img RelatedCWC will Improve Region’s Security Infrastructure – Mottley RelatedCWC will Improve Region’s Security Infrastructure – Mottleylast_img read more

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first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail An estimated 1,100 students at six Lafayette neighborhood schools are experiencing hands-on, inquiry-based instruction in engineering as part of a new partnership between the Integrated Teaching and Learning Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Boulder Valley School District. The Technology and Engineering to Advance Math and Science (TEAMS) initiative involves students from the fourth to the 12th grade in a broad effort to improve math and science literacy and to increase the number of high school students who choose engineering or technology as a college path. Despite soaring U.S. college enrollments, the number of undergraduates completing engineering degrees peaked in 1988, with fewer graduates today than 16 years ago, according to the American Society of Engineering Education. African American and Hispanic students comprise about 30 percent of the university student population nationwide, but account for less than 11 percent of 2003 bachelor’s level engineering graduates. The participation of women in engineering also has stalled, accounting for just over 20 percent of last year’s graduates. “The overarching goals of the TEAMS initiative are to use hands-on engineering experiences to make the science and math already taught in fourth- through eighth-grade classrooms come alive for youth from an applied, real-world perspective,” said Jackie Sullivan, co-director of the Integrated Teaching and Learning Program. The initiative also promotes technological literacy to inspire Lafayette students to improve their educational prospects, Sullivan said. Supported by a GK-12 grant from the National Science Foundation, CU-Boulder graduate and undergraduate engineering students augment classroom instruction with hands-on, inquiry-based engineering lessons developed and tested to meet state math and science standards. The TEAMS initiative, coordinated by Cathie Williamson, expands on the goals of the existing Pre-Engineering Academy at Centaurus High School by expanding the teaching of engineering concepts to all students at Angevine Middle School and fourth- and fifth-graders at four neighborhood elementary schools-Lafayette, Pioneer, Ryan and Sanchez. The Boulder Valley School District established the four-year Centaurus Pre-Engineering Academy supported by the ITL Program in 2002 to create a unique and challenging learning opportunity for students, preparing them for a technological future. Now in its third year, Centaurus’ engineering magnet program enrolls a total of 140 students in grades 9 through 12. “We couldn’t be more excited about this partnership with CU engineering,” said Chris King, assistant superintendent of Boulder Valley schools. “The TEAMS initiative dovetails nicely with our broader initiatives to expand opportunities in the Lafayette area.” The ITL Program at CU-Boulder has been working with elementary and middle school students and teachers in a variety of programs around the state for the last several years. The program has provided grant funding and/or course credit to engineering students to develop lesson plans that use engineering to integrate math and science in a practical way that students can relate to everyday life. The ITL Program also has been leading a national initiative to create an online, digital library of pre-engineering curricula that could be used by teachers across the country. Elements of the TEAMS initiative launched in Fall 2004 include: ∑ Weekly engineering instruction by CU engineering teaching fellows in 20 sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade science classes at Angevine Middle School, enriching the current science and math experiences for some 600 students-and preparing them to take full advantage of the Centaurus engineering magnet program if they elect to do so in high school. ∑ CU engineering fellows making engineering come alive weekly in 16 fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms in four Lafayette neighborhood elementary schools-Lafayette, Pioneer, Ryan and Sanchez. The fellows assist BVSD teachers in delivering standards-based, hands-on engineering lessons weekly throughout the year to nearly 400 students in the upper elementary grades. ∑ New Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) clubs at Lafayette elementary schools, giving interested students a worthwhile after-school activity where their interest in science, engineering and technology can be cultivated. ∑ Summer engineering enrichment camps for elementary, middle and high school students to support and engage students throughout the year. ∑ Professional development workshops for K-12 teachers to assist teachers in introducing pre-engineering activities into their classrooms. The TEAMS initiative is intended to support and encourage Lafayette students to select more rigorous science and math classes in middle and high school, resulting in increased science, technology, engineering and math achievement and ultimately encouraging Centaurus graduates to pursue engineering, technology or science futures at the college level and beyond. Parents and teachers wanting more information on the program should call Cathie Williamson at (720) 771-0373. Published: Nov. 10, 2004 last_img read more

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first_img Published: March 28, 2005 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The Standing Committee on Research Misconduct at the University of Colorado at Boulder met Tuesday, March 29, to begin its work in reviewing the allegations of research misconduct related to Professor Ward Churchill. The agenda of the group’s initial meeting focused on procedural matters. The formal allegations, outlined March 24 in a report by CU-Boulder Interim Chancellor Phil DiStefano, will be forwarded to the committee this week. Among the procedural issues resolved by the group was the matter of naming a new chair to replace Professor David Pinkow, who recently asked to rotate off the committee for personal reasons. The new chair is business Professor Joe Rosse, who also serves as director of the Office of Research Integrity. Most of the initial meeting was devoted to an in-depth discussion on the issue of possible conflicts of interest or potential bias. Discussion will continue at the next meeting of the group. According to campus rules and procedures on research misconduct, committee members are expected to disclose any actual or potential conflicts to the committee. Committee members will address such issues as any personal relationships with the respondent or complainants, any contributions to the respondent’s works, involvement in prior evaluations of the respondent, and any public statements regarding the respondent. Possible conflicts of interest or potential bias in the Churchill case are expected to be resolved following further discussion at a future meeting. Under statutory requirement and university policy, all information related to committee proceedings must be kept confidential throughout the process. Once the allegations are received, the committee will not be able to provide detailed updates on its activities in the future. For more information, see the special report: Ward Churchill and the 9/11 Essay.last_img read more

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