Car insurer Admiral suspends special dividend on regulatory pressure

first_img The UK auto industry has issued a last-chance plea for a zero-tariff, zero-quota trade deal (Getty Images) Also Read: Car insurer Admiral suspends special dividend on regulatory pressure Monday 27 April 2020 10:51 am James Booth Video Carousel – cityam_native_carousel – 426 00:00/00:50 LIVERead More More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com However, it said it was “mindful of the call for heightened prudence from its regulators and has concluded that suspending the payment of the special dividend is appropriate at this time”. Stevens said: “We find ourselves in extraordinary circumstances, and it has been a very difficult decision to suspend the special dividend as we are aware of the importance and impact to our shareholders and staff. whatsapp “However, the board and I believe that this is the prudent and right thing to do at this time. We thank our customers, staff and shareholders for their continued support, and we remain committed to making decisions that are in their best interests in the long term.” Share Car insurer Admiral said today it would suspend its special dividend after regulatory pressure from the Bank of England. Car insurer Admiral suspends special dividend on regulatory pressure Admiral shares rose 0.9 per cent to 2,329p this morning. Admiral said it would go ahead with its standard dividend payment of 56.3p per ordinary share on 1 June, but said it would not pay its previously recommended special dividend of 20.7p per ordinary share. The UK auto industry has issued a last-chance plea for a zero-tariff, zero-quota trade deal (Getty Images) The insurer said it has “significant liquidity and a strong solvency position” and would be able to pay the special dividend “under normal circumstances”. Chief executive David Stevens said he and his wife would donate the proceeds from their ordinary dividend payments to charity. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp The UK auto industry has issued a last-chance plea for a zero-tariff, zero-quota trade deal (Getty Images) Also Read: Car insurer Admiral suspends special dividend on regulatory pressure last_img read more

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After criticism from scientists, Congress eases its pursuit of faster stem cell therapies

first_imgPoliticsAfter criticism from scientists, Congress eases its pursuit of faster stem cell therapies Tags Congressdrug developmentpolicyresearch Please enter a valid email address. Leave this field empty if you’re human: The changes have not mollified everyone. The advocacy group Public Citizen criticized the idea of allowing the therapies onto the market based on surrogate endpoints and then hoping the post-approval studies show that treatments actually work. Also, the group said, the regenerative medicine components were added to the bill late in the game.“To throw this provision into a large packet without having time to fully vet it and hear from experts in the field and from patient safety advocates is an inappropriate way to advance legislation like this,” said Dr. Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. “This is a field where we don’t know a lot about the value of these products and it would be best that we not create such expedited pathways until we have a better understanding of this field.”Temple, the president of the international stem cell society, said she and her colleagues were still reviewing the measure, but that in principle, the group was open to using accelerated approval for stem cell treatments as long as the FDA had authority over that decision and as long as the FDA had oversight over the post-approval studies.She said the stem cell field requires particular scrutiny because of the proliferation of largely unregulated “stem cell clinics” that claim to be able to treat everything from autism to heart failure. Critics say FDA regulations on stem cells need to be tightened, not loosened, if the agency is going to be able to push back on the clinics touting unproven and possibly unsafe products.“Many people recognize the promise of stem cell research, including the public, including patients,” she said. “Unfortunately, this had led to a springing up of clinics that are offering unproven therapies, and patients who are persuaded to go to these. And what we’re seeing are really negative outcomes.Temple added: “It’s very important to realize that stem cells are not like drugs. … You want to make sure that you’re really following whether or not the treatments are safe and efficacious.”Despite the improvements over the Regrow Act, Paul Knoepfler, a stem cell scientist at the University of California, Davis, said he was still worried that an experimental therapy would reach patients and that it would turn out not to work, or worse. While he opposed the Regrow Act, he said he has mixed feelings about the regenerative medicine components of the Cures Act.“Because Cures’ language pushes key requirements for data to be at the post-approval rather than pre-approval stage some unsafe, ineffective therapies would almost certainly get approved and go into patients in trials,” he said. “The billion dollar question is whether the potential risks or benefits would materialize more should Cures pass. No one has a crystal ball on this so it’d be a high-risk regulatory experiment.”The Alliance for Regenerative Medicine — a group of companies, researchers, and patient advocacy groups — had also opposed the Regrow Act, but Michael Werner, who cofounded the group, said the language in the Cures Act avoids the worst parts of the original measure.Werner, a partner with the Holland & Knight law firm, said the new regenerative medicine provisions would preserve the FDA’s approval standards and that the agency would work with companies pursuing therapies earlier in the process, offering meetings and faster review.“We think it’s a good thing,” he said. “It strikes the right balance.” Stem cell clinics hawking unproven therapies sprout up across US By Andrew Joseph and Sheila Kaplan Nov. 30, 2016 Reprints “This is very, very important for all aspects of medicine but certainly for regenerative medicine,” said Sally Temple, the president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research.The enthusiasm for stem cell-based treatments has been building for years. The cells, which can be found in tissues from fat to bone marrow, are the renaissance players in that they can develop into specialized cell types. As a result, doctors believe they can be used to replace damaged or dead cells. In small, early studies, scientists have found evidence that stem cells can help stroke victims regain bodily control and close holes in tissue.advertisement General Assignment Reporter Andrew covers a range of topics, from addiction to public health to genetics. Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. But so far, only a tiny number of stem cell-related treatments exist. As exciting as the field is, many scientists warn that therapies derived from stem cells may not be ready for prime time yet. They fear that permitting therapies onto the market without rigorous testing could harm patients. Plus, they say, patients and insurers should not have to pay for treatments that haven’t yet been demonstrated to be safe and effective.The Regrow Act was spearheaded by Republican Senator Mark Kirk of Illinois, who had a stroke in 2012 and said the bill would expand treatment options for people who suffered from strokes or had diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and diabetes. (Kirk lost his reelection bid this month to Democratic Representative Tammy Duckworth.)The measure would have allowed the Food and Drug Administration to approve stem cell treatments conditionally without the large final-stage clinical trials usually required of a therapy.In its current form, the Cures Act does not allow new stem cell therapies to forgo those Phase 3 trials, when many drugs fail. Instead, it says that regenerative medicine products, which include stem cell therapies, can be granted what’s called accelerated approval by the FDA.Under that program, regulators can green-light a therapy without waiting on a demonstrated clinical benefit. Rather, they can rely on symptoms or other measures — what are called surrogate endpoints — that might indicate the drug is working; a cancer drug, for example, could be approved if it shrinks a tumor, even if it hasn’t shown yet it extends survival.Treatments that go to market under accelerated approval are required to be studied further to ensure that they do in fact show a real benefit as they become available to more patients. The designation is typically used for therapies for serious or threatening conditions for which there are few or no treatment options, according to the FDA.center_img Andrew Joseph @DrewQJoseph About the Authors Reprints [email protected] Privacy Policy Tapping the brakes on an effort to speed new stem cell treatments to patients by relaxing regulations, Congress this week is considering a modified proposal that is attracting cautious support from the research community.Stem cell experts say they are still trying to tease apart how exactly the regenerative medicine sections of the 21st Century Cures Act, a behemoth bill that would expedite drug approval and increase funding for medical research, would affect the field. But a number of vocal critics of the original measure, the so-called Regrow Act, said some of their worries had been assuaged.And exactly how Congress handles the issue matters, they say.advertisement Embryonic stem cells are pictured through a microscope viewfinder. 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My Club & I: The Heath’s Dylan Kavanagh ahead of the Laois U-20 ‘B’ Football Final

first_img 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 28th November 2019 WhatsApp Twitter The Laois U-20 ‘B’ football championship final is on this Saturday in Mountmellick at 1.30pm.The Heath will take on Clonaslee in the final and ahead of the game, we caught up with Dylan Kavanagh.After captaining the team to Minor glory a couple of years ago, he is hoping for more success again this weekend.What’s your earliest GAA memory?My first GAA memory is when I went to a Laois match when i was four or five against Dublin. I immediately looked to play when I got home.Tell us a bit about the club?The Heath is a Gaelic football club. It was founded in 1888 and our colours are black and amber. We won 10 Laois Senior Championships, the last one in 1993.Because The Heath is a small area everyone at the club knows everyone very well. Everyone is football mad in the area and there’s always a big crowd down at the pitch for training and matches.What are the facilities like?The facilities are brilliant. We have a gym in the clubhouse and a big hall area with a kitchen beside it. We have three big dressing rooms.We also have two pitches – the main pitch at the front which is where we play most of our matches while the second pitch out the back is a good bit bigger. We are currently making a new juvenile pitch and installed new floodlights recently.Can you remember the first time you went to play with The Heath?I played in a blitz in The Heath, I think we played Ratheniska, Stradbally and The Rock U-8s. Can’t remember how we goton but that is the first memory I have of playing.What is your favourite memory while being involved?Lifting the Minor B championship cup in O’Moore Park is definitely my favourite memory. The whole team had the game of their lives that day and, after being hammered by O’Dempsey’s in the league match earlier that year, it was nice to get a bit of revenge.Making my senior debut against Graiguecullen in the league is another good shout. I scored the winning point but I didn’t know about it until one of the lads said it at the end of the game. That I will never forget.Dylan Kavanagh and PJ DalyHave you enjoyed much success in the underage grades so far?I won a Shield once or twice but the main one was the Minor B championship against O’Dempsey’s. It was the last minor championship before it changed to U-17.Who did you look up to in the club when you were younger?It would have to be Chris Bergin! He can kick a score from any angle and I’m really glad to be playing with him now. I’ve learned a lot from him already.What young player in your club would you say is one to watch out for?We have a lot of good young players coming up in the club but I’ll go for Jack Reddy. The lad would run all day and suites the wing back position perfectly.He’s very tidy on the ball too and always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Can score a worldy when he feels up to it too. He’s an animal in the tackle and well capable of playing wing forward also.Who is best trainer and worst trainer in your team and why?The best trainer would be James Whelan. He’s a very sticky corner back, never afraid of a 50/50 even in training.The Worst trainer would probably be Peter Monnelly who plays corner forward and he takes staying in the corner very seriously. He loves a chat with the corner back too.If you could do anything to improve the club, what would it be?The club facility-wise is great. I think the main thing the club is looking to improve on is going deeper in the senior championship.We’ve had a tough last two or three years fighting relegation. We know we have the talent to go far but it just hasn’t clicked lately. Hopefully with hard work this year and more and more young lads coming through we can push on.What’s the best and worst thing about being involved?The best thing about being involved with the club is playing football with people your close with. Which is everyone! Everyone knows each other in the area very well and we all get along.I think we have a nickname for nearly everyone on the team. The lads are great to work with. The banter is brilliant. We can be tough on each other but at the end of the day we play for each other. Some of the best highlights are when there is a clatter of us in Tracey’s bar. Some good ones there.The worst thing about being involved in the club is when you’re told to bring the runners to training – you know you’re in for a tough running session on the hallow on the golf course!SEE ALSO – Tributes paid as long-serving Laois County Board member departs Previous articleLaois GAA hit out at ‘unofficial’ calendarNext articleLaois woman named ‘CEO of the Year’ at annual Businesswoman Awards 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. 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Significant Changes in North Korean Inner Circles

first_imgNews Facebook Twitter By Daily NK – 2008.12.26 12:56pm North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img News Significant Changes in North Korean Inner Circles A source within the South Korean administration said on Christmas Day that while the possibility of North Korea having to face up to the absence of Kim Jong Il for any reason is not particularly high, but there have nevertheless been significant changes within the inner circle of the authorities. The source expanded, “It is commonly believed in South Korea and the U.S. that North Korea has made some significant changes to the inner circle surrounding Kim Jong Il, but there is no clear sign of that in the North Korean fundamental ruling system, in which Kim Jong Il still represents the core of authority.” The source explained that, “We evaluate even apparently minor changes as enormously important. Both countries are preparing scenarios to cope with possible situations that could be caused by these changes, regardless of the possibility of Kim Jong Il’s absence.” However, there was no specific explanation of what kind of “important changes” the government source had meant.Both countries acknowledge that North Korea may well be facing a midway stage somewhere between a state of emergency and ordinary times, instead of sudden and profound upheaval. The South Korean and the U.S.’ military authorities have established detailed plans to confront a possible six unstable patterns that could transpire in North Korea. Gen. Walter L. Sharp, Commander of the United States Forces Korea, said at a Christmas party for South Korean and U.S. generals on the 22nd that both militaries have been preparing extensively for a full-scale war against North Korea this year, and are ready to provide fully for several scenarios, like a state of unrest or a regime change.The possible six unstable patterns are a regime change, a civil war caused by a coup d’état, a massive defection of North Korean civilians, proliferation of WMD like nuclear or bio-chemical weapons, massive natural damage, and abduction of South Korean citizens by North Korea. Both military authorities have classified, specific and detailed plans to deal with the six patterns, derived from discussions of Operation Plan 5027. AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak SHARElast_img read more

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Reservists Stand Down after Mass Gatherings

first_img Reservists Stand Down after Mass Gatherings NewsEconomy There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea has returned to normal following a period of military mobilization. Upon the completion of mass gatherings organized to commemorate the third nuclear test on February 12th, all reserve forces have been stood down and laborers have returned to their workplaces.The order to adopt a state of heightened military readiness was handed down at the end of last month, after Kim Jong Eun convened a very public meeting of high-ranking military and foreign affairs officials to declare that there would be a strong response to UN Security Council Resolution 2087. The response came, as widely anticipated, in the form of the third nuclear detonation.A Yangkang Province source told Daily NK on the 18th, “There hadn’t been any military exercises related to the ‘preparation for combat mobilization’ since the nuclear test happened last week, and they lifted the military mobilization order for Worker and Peasant Red Guards and other reserve forces at around the time of Kim Jong Il’s birthday.”“Soldiers were ordered onto special guard because of the holiday [Gwangmyungsung Day, the anniversary of Kim Jong Il’s birth on the 16th], but they did stop referring to stuff like ‘strengthening our defenses against the US imperialists,’ which they went on about every day for the two weeks before that,” the source added. “Everything is back to normal, with the normal annual exercises and regulation guard patrols still on.”In most years, North Korea conducts so-called winter drills; military exercises that begin in December, end in March and involve both the regular military and all reserve forces. However, “Many reservists had started saying that since the combat mobilization was for the nuclear test, wasn’t it time to ratchet down the tension a bit,” the source added. “Now those cadres who had been overseeing the exercises from bunkers on-base have come out and are taking it a bit easier.”A state of combat mobilization is a regular feature of periods following a missile or nuclear test, and the subsequent implementation of international sanctions. These periods are not always formally ended by a second declaration; instead, they simply fade into insignificance. News Facebook Twitter AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) center_img By Daily NK – 2013.02.18 8:43pm US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again News News SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Much Focus on the Export Sector

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail With improved agricultural production and marketing now getting much focus from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the need for proper and efficient export facilities is essential.Against this background, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, toured the Plant Quarantine and Export Centre, at the Sangster International Airport on June 26, and met with a group of exporters at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) office, at Catherine Hall, Montego Bay, St. James.Dr. Tufton told JIS News that the tour was intended to make him familiar with the procedures at the export facility, adding that the Ministry is working to enhance the efficiency of the export process. He said that improvements are now being carried out at the export centre at the airport, which will result in a more efficient facility, and more storage space.“For us it is important, because as we grow more food, it is going to be important for us to ensure that we have markets for our foods, and those markets are not confined to Jamaica. It is very important that we get markets that are external; in fact, we have as many Jamaicans living overseas as here, and of course there are non-Jamaicans who want our produce,” he said.He emphasised that the Ministry is taking a very keen interest in ensuring that the export centre is efficient, to properly service both its internal and external clients.At the meeting with the exporters, the Minister took note of the problems being encountered by members. These include: difficulties being faced by exporters to Europe; the necessity for a one stop shop for information and certification in Montego Bay; infiltration and contamination of legitimate exports with contraband; inconsistent production by farmers; the fumigation of some agricultural products, causing them to lose quality and taste; and the early closing time on Fridays by Customs Officers working at the export facility.In his address to the exporters, he emphasised that agro-processing is fundamental to the sustainability of the agricultural sector. He said that once the levels of production have increased to where there is excess supply, then a way must be found to store, process and package the surplus.He cited the Jamaican Diaspora abroad, as a ready market for the export of Jamaican products. RelatedMuch Focus on the Export Sector RelatedMuch Focus on the Export Sector Much Focus on the Export Sector CommerceJune 28, 2009center_img RelatedMuch Focus on the Export Sector Advertisementslast_img read more

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The new Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R gets some GT500 bits

first_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS See More Videos advertisement Hey, if you’re going to risk stealing big bro’s things, it might as well be the good stuff. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Today we learn the latter has been snooping around in the GT500’s closet and nicked a couple of items.They’re good ones, too. In a change intended to enhance handling and steering responsiveness, GT350R refinements for the 2020 model year include a fettled front suspension geometry including a redesigned high-trail steering knuckle leveraged from the GT500.A new steering rack and recalibrated power steering control will also allow owners to attack track corners with more vigor.“It’s always been our plan to take the latest innovations from the GT500 program and strategically apply them across the Mustang lineup,” said Ed Krenz, Ford Performance chief program engineer. This is a quote that makes your author sit up and take notice, as any GT500 kit filtering down to the GT350 and even the mass-market GT is Very Good News.Elsewhere on the option sheet, GT350R will offer a Technology Package that endows the car with a banging stereo system and comforts like blind-spot monitoring and sat-nav. This will be useful to buyers who want the R’s ferocity but don’t wish to drive around in something equipped like a Moroccan prison.The GT350R is already a scalpel-sharp machine; these changes should focus its rage even more. Ford is smart to share the GT500’s toys. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. ‹ Previous Next ›center_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending Videos Everyone who has a cool big brother has stolen something from him at one time or another. Whether it was the Metallica tape out of his ghetto blaster when you were kids; or his gas-powered pressure washer now you’re adults, big bro usually has some cool kit to covet.This phenomenon is not limited to human siblings, apparently.Earlier this year, we learned the specs of Ford’s hairy-chested GT500, a car that serves as the leather-jacket-wearing big brother to the athletic GT350 and GT350R. RELATED TAGSFordMustang Shelby GT350Non-LuxuryNew Vehicles2020Fordgt350gt350rGT500MustangNon-LuxuryShelby Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending in Canadalast_img read more

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Antarctic Ice Shelves Breaking Up Due To Decades Of Higher Temperatures

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 6, 1999 Two ice shelves on the Antarctic Peninsula known as the Larsen B and Wilkins are in “full retreat” and have lost nearly 3,000 square kilometers of their total area in the last year, say scientists in Colorado and the United Kingdom. Researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder’s National Snow and Ice Data Center and the British Antarctic Survey attribute the retreats to a regional warming trend. The trend has caused the annual melt season to increase by 12 days to a total of 20 days over the last 20 years, they said. Satellite photos monitored by NSIDC show that the Larsen B ice shelf has continued to crumble after an initial small retreat in spring 1998. In a series of events that began in November 1998, an additional 1,714 square kilometers of shelf area caved away, said Research Associate Ted Scambos of CU-Boulder’s NSIDC. On the opposite side of the peninsula, the Wilkins Ice Shelf retreated nearly 1,100 square kilometers in early March of last year, said Scambos. Scientists looking at weather satellite imagery at that time suspected a breakup was underway and had their suspicions confirmed by radar satellite images. “The radar images showed a large area of completely shattered ice, indicating an ice front 35 kilometers back from its previous extent,” said Scambos. “The sudden appearance of thousands of small icebergs suggests that the shelves are essentially broken up in place and then flushed out by storms or currents afterward.” The British Antarctic Survey scientists had predicted one of these retreats, using computer models to demonstrate that the Larsen B was nearing its stability limit. With the small breakup observed last spring, the shelf had already retreated too far to continue to be supported by adjacent islands and shorelines. Scientists at both institutes expected the two shelves to fail soon, but the current disintegration is occurring at an even faster rate than earlier breakups gave reason to anticipate. “We have evidence that the shelves in this area have been in retreat for 50 years, but those losses amounted to only about 7,000 square kilometers,” said David Vaughan, a researcher with the Ice and Climate Division of the British Antarctic Survey. “To have retreats totaling 3,000 square kilometers in a single year is clearly an escalation. Within a few years, much of the Wilkins ice shelf will likely be gone.” Ice shelves are floating plates of ice that are still attached to continents and which form when large glaciers flow toward the ocean in polar areas. Where they are supported by islands and sheltering coastline, they can become stable, long-term features, said Scambos. Surface features on the Larsen B indicate that it has existed for at least 400 years. But as climate inches toward an average summertime temperature just above 0 degrees C — the melting point of water — the Larsen and Wilkins ice shelves have begun to disintegrate. The Larsen B ice shelf is currently about 7,000 square kilometers — about the size of Delaware. The Wilkins ice shelf is nearly twice that large, Scambos said. The British researchers, who have monitored the peninsula’s climate warming for decades, report an increase in mean annual temperature of about 2.5 degrees C or roughly 4.5 degrees F since the 1940’s. Both groups concur that ice shelf breakup is a direct result of local climate warming. According to Scambos, the recent warming trend has led to greater amounts of ponding melt on the shelf, weakening it. “Melt water at the surface acts to increase the extent of fracturing in the ice,” he said. “The weight of the water essentially forces the cracks open, so a relatively small amount of climate warming can destroy a large, centuries-old ice shelf.” The NSIDC is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, a joint venture of CU-Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Images of the Larsen B and Wilkins ice sheets are available at the following web sites: ** www-nsidc.colorado.edu/NSIDC/ICESHELVES/lars_wilk_news; ** www.nerc.bas.ac.uk; ** dude.uibc.ac.at/Projects/Larsen_Ice_Shelf.last_img read more

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CSEC Students Get Help in Mathematics

first_imgRelatedCSEC Students Get Help in Mathematics RelatedCSEC Students Get Help in Mathematics RelatedCSEC Students Get Help in Mathematics CSEC Students Get Help in Mathematics EducationOctober 27, 2011 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — E-learning Jamaica on October 26 launched its online mathematics textbook -‘Mathematics Enhancement Programme’ (MEP Jamaica) – which is intended to improve the success rate at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) level, by facilitating self-study and reinforcement of classroom teaching. The CSEC math preparation textbook also facilitates the delivery of the curriculum, and is divided into 10 instructional strands for teachers and students, with an extra revision strand designed for students. Speaking at the event, which was held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston, Deputy Chief Education Officer, Dr. Mary Campbell, said that according to the experts, problem solving and critical thinking skills are best developed through mathematics. Therefore, it is important that mathematics education is given primary focus, she said. She argued that, “life has progressed largely due to the roles played by mathematical methods in World War II, the Cold War, the space age, and the computer age.” “These created very necessary tools for mathematics. Mathematics in every country is now the most widely taught subject in schools and is supported by a cadre of teachers with high aspirations,” Dr. Campbell said. She emphasised that educators must equip students with the necessary skills to function effectively and efficiently, as the world is moving away from traditional methods of teaching, and is embracing virtual schools, distant teaching, and personalised teaching. Dr. Campbell said MEP Jamaica will provide the opportunity for teachers to upgrade themselves and improve their practise. Meanwhile, she noted that as the education system continues the transformation process, much more will be demanded from teachers. “There will be more accountability for students’ learning; the child must be the centre of the teaching process and curriculum development and implementation,” she said. MEP Jamaica extends beyond the CSEC curriculum to include topics that are important for mathematics mastery and comprehension, and can be used as an extension material for more advanced students, challenging them on specific topics. The new and free resource was developed by a team, which included: Head of the Mathematics Department, St. Andrew High School for Girls, and Senior Subject Co-ordinator and Mathematics Co-ordinator at e-Learning Jamaica, Dawn Thompson-Clarke; former Head of Mathematics Education at the University of the West Indies, Terry Tomlinson; former Principal of Campion College, Radley Reid; former Education Officer, Ministry of Education, Rosalyn Kelly; Mathematics teacher at Papine High School, Cadien Roxborough; and Head of the Mathematics Department at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE), Dr. Joseph Thomas. The e-Learning Jamaica Company was established in 2005 as a limited liability company, to implement e-Learning projects in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.  Advertisements By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

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Democratic sweep in California raises GOP suspicion

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BLOOD and STEPHEN OHLEMACHERAssociated PressA combination of recent changes in California’s election rules have lengthened the ballot-counting process and upended traditional voting patterns in a year that Democrats captured a string of U.S. House seats in the state.Suspicious Republicans have pointed a finger at the state’s dominant Democratic Party, suggesting the changes intentionally left Republicans at a disadvantage.Whether Democrats have a clear edge is debatable. What’s not is that vote counts in California now routinely stretch long beyond Election Day. A stunning five million ballots, or more than 40 percent of the overall total, were counted after Nov. 6. Some counties still are tabulating ballots.The stream of later-counted ballots strongly favored Democrats, reversing what initially looked like winning margins for Republican candidates in high-profile House races.In the former GOP stronghold of Orange County, Republican Rep. Mimi Walters ended election night with a 6,200-vote lead. But Democrat Katie Porter swamped Walters as the vote count continued, winning 58 percent of those tallied after Election Day on her way to defeating the two-term incumbent in the 45th District.In was a similar case in the neighboring 39th District, where Republican Young Kim was hoping to become the first Korean-American woman elected to Congress. But her healthy election-night edge over Democrat Gil Cisneros vanished when Cisneros claimed 56 percent of the later votes on his way to taking the seat long held by retiring Republican Rep. Ed Royce.Heading into Election Day Democrats had their sights on seven GOP-held seats in California. They have won six and their candidate in the seventh has declared victory as his margin increased with vote updates this week.When the new Congress convenes Democrats expect to have 46 of California’s 53 seats.  The GOP will have no members in Orange County, long considered conservative holy ground, and also lost their last foothold in Los Angeles County.Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday described California’s election system as “bizarre” in an interview with The Washington Post. Shawn Steel, a member of the Republican National Committee who lives in Orange County, wrote in The Washington Times that “Democrats know it’s easier to erode voter integrity laws than to stuff ballot boxes.”Republicans zeroed in on a change in state law that lets voters allow anyone to drop off their absentee ballot, rather than a family member as previously required. That has opened the door to what they call “ballot harvesting” by campaign operatives.Fred Whitaker, who heads the Orange County GOP, said in an email that an unprecedented number of ballots dropped off on Election Day in the county — more than 250,000 — was “a direct result of ballot harvesting … that directly caused the switch from being ahead on election night to losing two weeks later.”Democrats scoff at the suggestion of a grand scheme to skew the vote in a left-leaning state where Democrats hold every statewide office, supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature and a 3.7-million edge in voter registrations.Longtime Democratic consultant Bill Carrick said Republicans, despite their losses, have yet to accept that “nobody likes what they are selling.”Secretary of State Alex Padilla also dismissed suggestions of a political slant to the state’s policies.“Every eligible citizen should be able to easily register to vote … and cast their ballot and have their vote counted,” he said. “That’s what’s driven the policies that are in place.”As for the weeks of vote-counting, Padilla said it simply takes time to make sure every ballot is tallied in a state with 58 counties and 20 million registered voters.California has for many elections counted millions of votes after Election Day. There were mostly late-arriving absentee ballots and provisional ballots, which are filled out at polling places when a voter’s eligibility cannot be verified at the time.From 2010 to 2014, election officials counted between 25 percent and 30 percent of the state’s votes in the days and weeks after Election Day. In 2016, the number spiked to more than 36 percent. So far this year, 42 percent of the state’s votes have been counted since Nov. 6.In recent years, California has taken steps intended to encourage voter participation that have had the effect of extending the time needed to count ballots. In addition to who can drop off ballots, there are these provisions:—Mail-in ballots can arrive up to three business days after Election Day and still be counted, provided they are postmarked on or before Election Day.—California provides broad leeway to use provisional ballots at polling places, such as when a voter ends up in the wrong precinct or loses a mail-in ballot. After they are submitted, those provisional ballots must be verified.—When a voter’s signature on a mail ballot doesn’t match records, the voter must be notified and given time to fix it.Data compiled by the nonpartisan research firm Political Data Inc. underscores that Republicans usually vote first and Democrats later.The timing matters because California counts absentee ballots in the order they are received. Votes that arrive first get counted first, while those that get dropped off on Election Day get counted days and weeks later.Early voters, typically white, conservative homeowners, “know where they keep their stamps,” said Political Data’s Paul Mitchell, alluding to the state’s growing preference for mail-in ballots, which now account for most ballots.Later voters tend to be a more diverse group that includes more young people and renters who might have lost track of their registration, meaning they fill out provisional ballots at polling places that must be reviewed after Election Day.As for their politics, those younger, mobile voters are frequently independents and more likely to be liberal-minded, Mitchell said.Statewide, Democrats received a big boost from later votes.Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom won 59 percent of the votes counted on Election Day and 65 percent of the five million votes counted since then.In California’s farm belt, Republican Rep. David Valadao had a lead of more than 7 percentage points over Democrat T.J. Cox on Election Day, with double-digit leads in three of the four counties that make up the 21st District. But Cox declared victory this week after winning 56 percent of the votes counted after Election Day.The Associated Press had declared Valadao the winner on election night. However, the AP retracted its call on Monday, after Cox took the lead.AP deputy managing editor David Scott said the organization is looking closely at the changes in how California votes as the news cooperative prepares for the 2020 elections.“Any time we make a mistake, we spend a lot of time looking at the reasons why. We’ll do the same thing here,” Scott said.___Ohlemacher reported from Washington.last_img read more

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