Your Guide to the Most Interesting Things to Do This Week

first_imgUncategorizedYour Guide to the Most Interesting Things to Do This WeekWe planned your weeknights so you don’t have toBy Aliza Abarbanel – August 1, 2016475ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItThe perennial combination of Netflix and work fatigue is enough to keep anyone on their couch on a weekday evening, but with concerts, dance parties, and arts showcases happening around the clock, there’s no reason it has to be that way. Here’s your guide to the most essential events happening this week to help you overcome your case of the Mondays — or Tuesdays, or Wednesdays, for that matter.Relive the Glory Days of Punk Rock Monday, Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m. The legendary punk rock oral history book Please Kill Me turns 20 this year, and the Ace Hotel is throwing a free party to celebrate. Co-authors Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain will be signing books and leading a Q&A in the upstairs lounge starting at 6:30 p.m., followed by a DJ set from Howie Pyro.Get Composed at the Hollywood BowlTuesday, Aug. 2, 8 p.m. Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel conducts a collection of work from Argentina’s leading composers, including the world premiere of Lalo Schifrin’s Concierto de la Amistad. Geek Out With ScientistsWednesday, Aug. 3, 7 p.m. Scientists Amy Hofmann and Ingrid Daubar host a free evening of science and storytelling at The Last Bookstore on Wednesday with author Jessica Fox, NASA’s former storyteller. Learn about outer space and pick up copies of Fox’s Three Things You Need to Know About Working With Rockets after the talk.Get Plugged InThursday, Aug. 4, 8 p.m. The Arts district gallery and studio space Art Share L.A. opens its doors on Thursday for Mezcla Eclectic Nights, a free, community-focused arts and music showcase. This installment has an audio slant, with spoken word performances and music from Andrea Silva, The Letters Home, and El Joe of the River.Go Wild at the ZooFriday, Aug 5, 7 p.m. Exotic animals, craft beer, and live music come together for this adults-only event at the L.A. Zoo. With 50 breweries on hand to sample from — and unlimited soda for designated drivers — the live band karaoke is sure to be extra passionate. Previous article11 Tips to Master Scootering in L.A.Next articleThe Food Event 2016Aliza Abarbanellast_img read more

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Anglo American’s losses jump 161 per cent after $3.9bn asset writedown

first_img Billy Ehrenberg The figuresThe commodities slump has crushed Anglo American: the miner posted figures today showing it took $3.9bn (£2.5bn) in impairment charges in 2014 after it was forced to dramatically cut the prices of its assets.The pain didn’t stop there. With iron ore prices having halved in 2014 it was always going to be a tough 12 months: profits before tax dropped 115 per cent from $1.7bn to a loss of $253m. The loss for the financial year attributable to shareholders was greater still: a $961m loss in 2013 turned into a $2.5bn loss in the 2014 financial year; a drop of 161 per cent.  Why it’s interestingThe weakening Chinese economy has thrown many commodities companies under the bus. Yesterday Rio Tinto, the Australian miner, defied the conditions to pay out $2bn to shareholders through a share buyback. But Anglo’s assets writedown came as no shock: it warned in January it would have to impair the value of some of its assets, with coal and iron ore, two commodities for which China has a certain fondness.Some $3.5bn of the writedown came from just one iron ore project: Minas Rio in Brazil, which includes a 530km pipeline. Anglo has only just bought Minas Rio online.Anglo American saidMark Cutifani, chief executive of Anglo American, said:Despite the headlines of economic uncertainty and geopolitical tensions, the underlying fundamentals of our business – applying world class technical skills to world class assets – remain attractive over the long term. In the immediate term, I expect tough trading conditions to prevail during 2015, but we are determined to continue to build on our already very significant operational improvements, drive towards an effective and efficient organisation and culture, and to be unwavering in our capital disciplineIn shortAnglo is trying to cut costs where it can to ride out the storm: for example it expects to complete the Minas Rio project at $400m under budget. Nevertheless, 2015 looks set to be a very trying year, and commodities prices may set low for the medium to long term. Anglo American’s losses jump 161 per cent after $3.9bn asset writedown whatsapp Tags: Anglo American Company Friday 13 February 2015 2:39 am Show Comments ▼ whatsapp More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org Share last_img read more

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London has the UK’s weakest startup growth, with Nottingham, Bristol and Birmingham claiming the top spots for entrepreneurs

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News / ATSG flying after a great first half, despite the costs of landing Amazon contract

first_imgPresident and chief executive of ATSG Joe Hete said: “Our outlook for the last six months of 2017 remains positive as we complete the Amazon deployments and lease more freighters to other customers.“Our operational flexibility and broad service offerings keep us well positioned to support customers’ long-term and peak shipping season requirements.”In addition to the results, Mr Hete noted that ATSG would be delivering its 20th 767 freighter to Amazon this month, just 17 months after formalising its relationship with the e-commerce giant.This puts the carrier significantly ahead of Atlas Air – the other carrier servicing Amazon’s Prime Air operation – which currently supplies Amazon with six freighters.Atlas Air is also contracted to supply Prime Air with 20 freighters, over a longer period, but said during its own results announcement that this would not be completed by the end of the year.Mr Hete said: “Our total leased-aircraft portfolio has grown by eight 767s, as at June 30, compared with the same date a year ago.“Excluding the two 767-300s required to complete Amazon’s 20-aircraft order, our purchase and conversion commitments will yield 12 additional 767-300s extending through the first half of 2018.”To date, the company has signed, or is finalising, leases for nine of the 12 aircraft; while Mr Hete noted that “multiple” parties were in discussion with ATSG for the remaining three.The company is forecasting full-year, adjusted EBITDA of $260m, with expectations of a 28% EBITDA increase in the six months to December, year-on-year, when ATSG expects to dry lease an additional seven freighters, five 767s and two 737s.As with Atlas, whose pilots belong to the same union as ATSG subsidiary ABX Air, the carrier has found itself facing a backlash, as pilots claimed that delayed contract negotiations were resulting in increasing operational risks.Captain Rick Ziebarth, a long-time pilot at ABX Air and executive council chairman at APA Teamsters Local 1224, said the carrier’s results should not distract shareholders.“ABX Air pilots are proud to have contributed to another strong quarter, but these results shouldn’t distract shareholders from the storm brewing and intensifying operational risks,” said Mr Ziebarth.“After years of delayed contract negotiations, the same staffing and attrition issues that have plagued carriers across the industry are coming to ATSG.”Mr Ziebarth said unless “substandard contracts” were addressed, airlines would fail to retain and recruit qualified pilots to handle growing customer demands and mandatory retirements.“It is time for management at ATSG and ABX Air to abandon their ‘take it or leave it’ approach with pilots,” he continued. “They must work with us in good faith to address these challenges and help build a successful future for our company, its employees and shareholders.”ATSG has also announced it is setting up a joint venture with Precision Aircraft Solutions to develop an A321-200 conversion.321 Precision Conversions hopes to win approval in 2019. ATSG acquired conversion company Pemco at the start of the year. By Alexander Whiteman 08/08/2017 © Ivan Cholakov center_img The high cost of landing the Amazon Prime Air contract did not stunt ATSG’s growth in the first half, as it recorded a near-doubling of revenues and increased EBITDA of 17%.Revenues for the six months to June were up $137.2m (or 38.7%) year-on-year, to $491.1m, while EBITDA reached $121m compared with $103.8m in 2016.However, charges totalling $67.8m for the warrants granted last year relating to operating and lease agreements with Amazon, led to a net earnings loss of $43.7m.But steep trajectory growth, alongside a 64% upturn to $13.9m in adjusted earnings from continuing operations, excluding non-cash warrant-related items, indicated a positive half-year.last_img read more

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1979 Election Memories: The men in suits, the dealing in Donoghues, and Charlie McDonald loses out to Paddy Lalor for Europe

first_img Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role TAGS1979Charlie McDonaldFianna FailFine GaelJohn DalyLabourLiam HylandLocal ElectionsOliver J FlanaganPaddy Lalor Facebook Facebook Twitter Home News 1979 Election Memories: The men in suits, the dealing in Donoghues, and… NewsPolitics Previous articleThe story of the Laois man who played rugby for Ireland and was banned by the GAANext articleCan you name all the GAA clubs in Laois? John WhelanJohn Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country’s flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post, The Sunday Times and Prime Time. He is founder of Communicate Ireland a PR, public affairs, event management and media services company.He is the author of the popular camping blog, Vanhalla – Camper Heaven. Twitter Pinterest Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date 1979 Election Memories: The men in suits, the dealing in Donoghues, and Charlie McDonald loses out to Paddy Lalor for Europe SEE ALSO – 1985 Election Memories: A Fianna Fáil landslide, first woman elected, some big casualties, and losing out by just four votes By John Whelan – 21st March 2020 Pinterest News WhatsApp Thanks to the foresight, ambition and vision of Cllr Tom Keenan the local authority put in play plans for a new modern state-of-the-art purpose build HQ for the Council.Not one to play second fiddle to anyone, especially a government Minister, Tom Keenan duly officially opened the new County Hall when he cut the ribbon on the new complex on May 14, 1982.Mind you not all the important business of the Council was always conducted in the old courthouse or even the new County Hall.Donoghues Pub in the Market Square was the well-known rendezvous for councillors, officials, reporters and hangers-on alike in the aftermath of the monthly council meetings.Back row (l to r) Michael Nerney, Liam Hyland, Jimmy Cooney, John Hosey, Mick Lalor, John Moloney, David Goodwin, Bill Fleming, Eamon Rafter, Joe Carroll, Ned Kelly, Chris Horan, Jerry Lodge, Michael Frayne; Front Row (l to r) – Marty Rohan, Joe Dunne, Pat Phelan, Jim Phelan, Oliver J Flanagan, John Quinlivan, Tom Keenan, Jimmy Kelly, John Daly, Willie Mansfield, Seán Jacob and John J O’ Reilly.The meetings were held religiously on the last Monday of every month from 3 to 5pm, at which stage almost everyone would adjourn to the bar. The meetings were held on Mondays to facilitate the members of the Dáil and Senate, as the Houses of the Oireacthas do not sit on Mondays and this ensured that the TDs and Senators could attend.It was around this time also that the practice of Laois and Offaly being administered by a shared management structure came to an end with the tenure of County Manager and County Secretary, Paddy O’ Dowd and Jack Taaffe.Laois got its own County Manager and County Secretary in Michael Digan and John Quinlivan.One of the most respected and highly regarded officials of them all was a Stradbally man, John Kennedy, who did go on to serve his own term as County Secretary and Acting County Manager before his eventual retirement. He was an out and out gentleman.Pictured at the Portlaoise Fianna Fáil AGM in 1979 were Liam Hyland, Jerry Lodge and John Hosey who were all re-elected to Laois County Council that yearBack in Donoghues they got down to the serious business of the real exchange of information, tittle-tattle and the wheeling and dealing around planning, rezoning, housing allocations and the infamous Section 4s – a process whereby the elected councillors voted to ignore the advice of the County Manager and to proceed with the granting of planning permission.Very often it was as straightforward as granting planning permission to a son or daughter to build a house on their own family holding adjacent to their parents homestead.James Fintan Lalor Avenue and ‘Lucifer’s Highway’Sometimes it wasn’t so simple. The very land that County Hall itself is built on had been at the centre of a bitter Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) and legal battle between the Council and the local landowner and dairy farmer, Frankie Meehan.The land was initially acquired to facilitate the construction of the inner-relief road, James Fintan Lalor Avenue, as Portlaoise town’s Main Street was clogged up, just as Naas was at the time, with heavy traffic and lorries on what was a notoriously narrow street for two-way traffic heading to Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Kerry.However, it was subsequently rezoned and designated for preferential urban renewal tax status and witnessed wholesale commercial and industrial development, where the Laois Shopping Centre, Lidl, Aldi, Kelton House and Lyster Square and County Hall stand today.Deputy Paddy Power from Kildare and Senator Charlie Mc Donald fro Ballyroan both contested the first elections to the European Parliament in 1979. They are pictured here in Portarlington chatting to Alo Donegan ‘The Cycle King’ and Cllr Ned Kelly who was re-elected to Laois County Council in 1979.Frankie Meehan received a mere pittance, less than £30,000 for his entire farm on which all the development took place. Frankie and his family lost out badly and small wonder that he branded James Fintan Lalor Avenue, ‘Lucifer’s Highway’, a grievance that he took to the grave.Back in Donoghues it was brandy, half coronas, whatever you’re having yourself, drinks all round.In the 1977 general election Fianna Fáil had swept to power under Jack Lynch, thanks to his dubious 14-point manifesto ousting the Fine Gael-Labour Coalition government of Liam Cosgrave and Brendan Corish.However, in Laois, while Fianna Fáil were breaking all the records with poll topping performances from the likes of Liam Hyland (1,785) and Joe Dunne (1,062) the Fine Gael – Labour partnership held up extremely well with FG retaining its 12 seats to FF’s 11 and the two Labour councillors Jimmy Kelly and Ned Kelly holding the balance of power.Monica Barnes who contested the European Elections on the FG ticket in 1979 along with Charlie Mc Donald and Mark Clinton addressing a Fine Gael meeting in Henderson’s Hotel (now O’ Loughlin’s) in Portlaoise flanked by Deputy Tom Enright and Arthur Broomfield.It was to be their last hurrah and final time to do so as Fianna Fáil romped home with 14 seats and an outright overall majority next time round in 1985.But in 1979 it was still Tom Keenan’s Town, ‘My Town’, as he would say. He served continuously as Chairman of Laois County Council from 1978 to 1985. Generous to a fault, he held court in Donoghues. Brandy, half coronas, whatever you’re having yourself, drinks all round.While the head count for the parties remained the same following the ’79 election there was some notable changes in personnel.Newcomers to the Council in 1979 were John Daly, Seán Jacob, Mick Lalor and Willie Mansfield, all for Fine Gael and Mick Nerney for Fianna Fáil.Paddy Delaney and Chris Finnegan did not seek re-election and neither did Senator Charlie McDonald who opted not to defend his Council seat and to concentrate instead on trying to get elected to the European Parliament.Paddy Quinn lost his seat in Borris and in what was seen as a big shock at the time, Fianna Fáil’s Seamus Martin lost his seat in Luggacurren to John Daly.John Kennedy, Stradbally, Jim Cahill, Abbeyleix and Michael Frayne, Portlaoise, pictured officiating at an election count in St Mary’s Hall, Portlaoise.John Daly causes a shock in LuggacurrenThe defeat of Seamus Martin by first time runner John Daly who topped the poll, was a surprise to many as Martin was expected to retain the seat which had previously been held by his late father Senator JJ Martin.Ironically, Johnny Daly was to lose the seat in 1985 when Charlie McDonald switched from the Portlaoise electoral area to Luggacurren, merely to unseat his own colleague. But the seat returned to Timahoe once again when it was won back by John Daly’s son, James Daly in 1991 and held successfully for 23 years thereafter until 2014.In 1979 Laois was divided into four local electoral areas of Borris-in-Ossory, Luggacurren, Tinnahinch and Portlaoise which was a most unwieldy nine-seater spanning from Mountrath into Portlaoise, Stradbally and across over into Portarlington.The councillors returned in that election were:Borris-in-Ossory – Liam Hyland (FF), Jimmy Kelly (Lab), Jim Phelan (FG), Pat Phelan (FF), Seán Jacob (FG), Eamon Rafter and Willie Mansfield.Luggacurren – John Daly (FG), James Cooney (FF), Martin Rohan (FF), Bill Fleming (FG).Tinnahinch – Oliver J. Flanagan (FG), David Goodwin (FG), Michael Moloney* (FF), Chris Horan (FF) and Mick Lalor (FG). (John Moloney was co-opted on to the Council on the death of his father Michael during this term. This was the start of John’s successful political career as he was subsequently elected to the Council in 1985 and later to the Dáil where he served as a TD and Minister for State at the Department of Health until 2011).Portlaoise – Joe Dunne (FF), Jerry Lodge (FF), Joe Carroll (FG), Tom Keenan (FG), John Hosey (FF), Jimmy Buggie (FG), Ned Kelly (Lab), John J O’ Reilly (FG) and Michael Nerney (FF).Paddy Lalor who defeated Charlie McDonald to be elected to the European Parliament for the first time in 1979 is pictured with Charlie HaugheyFine Gael run five general election candidates and it worksCharlie McDonald served for a term as a Fine Gael TD from 1973 to 1979, the only occasion in which the party had managed to win three out of the five seats in Laois-Offaly.The Ballyroan man won the seat at the expense of Fianna Fáil’s Ber Cowen when Fine Gael’s unusual strategy of running five candidates paid off, as Oliver J Flanagan and Tom Enright were also elected with Cllr Tom Keenan and Cllr Johnny Butterfield in Offaly also on the FG ticket.Paddy Lalor and Ger Connolly were returned for Fianna Fáil with Mountmellick’s Thomas Culliton also on the FF ticket. Thomás was the school principal at the Rock NS.Thomás Culliton the Mountmellick Town Councillor contested the 1973 General Election in which Fine Gael took 3 out of the 4 seats in Laois-Offaly, with Charlie McDonald defeating Ber Cowen for the seat even though he was more than one thousand votes behind him on the first count.Charlie McDonald lost his Dáil seat in 1977 but was subsequently elected to the Senate. In 1979 he opted to forego defending his Council seat in the Portlaoise electoral area, in preference for his bid for Europe.Bizarrely, the two Laois men, based in Ballyroan and Abbeyleix, Charlie McDonald and Paddy Lalor were to go head to head again in the first ever European elections in 1979.On paper Charlie McDonald had the edge as he had served for six years as a nominee to the European Parliament. He later conceded that he didn’t receive sufficient support in his own Laois-Offaly base to mount a successful challenge for Europe.The count for the Leinster Constituency was held in St Kieran’s College in Kilkenny.The popular Fine Gael Minister for Agriculture, Mark Clinton (78,762) topped the poll and romped home, followed by Paddy Lalor (62,094) and Labour’s Liam Kavanagh (40,072) taking the third seat.Charlie McDonald finished off the pace with 24,875 votes and effectively lost his Council and European Parliament seat on the same day. Following his defeat in the 1977 general election Charlie McDonald contested four further general elections but he was never to return to the Dáil. He did however successfully retain his Senate seat on the Agricultural panel right up until 1993. WhatsApp Forty years ago in 1979 the first ever direct elections to the European Parliament were held in tandem with the local elections on June 7 that year.Back then the EU was better known as the EEC, the European Economic Community, which Ireland had voted to join in a referendum in May 1972.The custom of holding the locals and EU elections on the same day has prevailed ever since and has helped sustain interest and a reasonable turnout for both, 52% nationally for the locals in 2014.1979 was the last local elections in Laois in which only men were elected. That year was the last of grey suits only in the corridors of County Hall.In the next locals Mary Wheatley made history as the first woman on the Council in 1985, to be followed by Cathy Honan and Theresa Mulhare in 1991.Today the outgoing Laois County Council has four women members in the Portlaoise electoral area – Catherine Fitzgerald, Mary Sweeney, Caroline Dwane-Stanley and Pauline Madigan.There have been lots of other significant changes in the interim too as in ’79 Laois County Council conducted its business from a variety of offices scattered all over the place but primarily located in the old Courthouse, which today is home to the Dunamaise Arts Centre.Back then the Council shared the cramped and labyrinthine building with the Courts Service and the Midland Health Board. Electric Picnic Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Cross-border bank lending contracts in Q2: BIS

first_imgJames Langton Cross-border bank lending pulled back significantly in the second quarter of 2015, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) announced on Wednesday. Cross-border bank lending dropped by US$910 billion during the quarter ended June 30, the BIS says. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscancenter_img This is the first significant contraction in cross-border lending since late 2013, the bank says, adding that it more than offset the US$781 billion expansion in the first quarter of the year. Cross-border claims on advanced economies fell by US$918 billion in the second quarter, the BIS says, whereas claims on emerging market economies increased by US$45 billion. In particular, cross-border claims on China rose by US$36 billion during the quarter, the BIS says. “Despite this moderate quarterly increase, international bank lending to China lost significant momentum in the past few quarters,” it says, noting that lending to China contracted by 3% in the 12 months to the end of June. The cross-border banking statistics are subject to revision, and revised data is slated to be released on Dec. 6. Keywords Economic indicatorsCompanies Bank for International Settlements Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Leading indicators signal steady rebound: OECDlast_img read more

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Homeschooling on the rise in Clark County

first_img guestLabel 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all comments Homeschooling on the rise in Clark CountyPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Friday, January 24, 2020in: Youthshare 0 The National Home Education Research Institute ​estimates​ ​the homeschool population to be 2.3 million, with projected growth of 2 to 8 percent per year Jessica WilkinsonFor ClarkCountyToday.comVANCOUVER — Home-based education is the fastest growing form of education in the United States, according to a recent report​ ​from the US Department of Education (USDE), and Clark County is abounding with proof of such growth. Jessica WilkinsonJessica WilkinsonIn September 2019, the USDE’s National Center for Education Statistics published a report on School Choice and found the number of full-time homeschoolers almost ​doubled​ ​between 1999 and 2016, from 850,000 to 1.7 million.  Today, the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) ​estimates​ ​the homeschool population to be 2.3 million, with projected growth of 2 to 8 percent per year. While the number of homeschool students remains relatively low compared to that of public and private school populations, the USDE called the growth significant. By comparison, public school enrollment increased ​by just 1 percent​ ​during the same period and private school enrollment declined by ​4 percent​.  High School students are seen here at Glen’s Hands-On Gizmos Homeschool HUB studying biology together. Photo courtesy of Glen’s GizmosHigh School students are seen here at Glen’s Hands-On Gizmos Homeschool HUB studying biology together. Photo courtesy of Glen’s GizmosFor homeschoolers in Clark County, this comes as no surprise. Evidence is all around. From co-ops and “Friday Schools,” to one-room schoolhouse gatherings in the Historic Covington House and resource centers brimming with enthusiastic students and parents, the homeschool landscape in Clark County is becoming a homeschooler’s paradise.  Michelle Skundrick, a Vancouver homeschool parent of four, has witnessed this “phenomenal growth in homeschooling.” Skundrick serves as a Support Representative (SR) to local homeschoolers following a classical, Christian education program called Classical Conversations (CC). When she began her role as SR four years ago, the Southwest Washington Region of CC had three groups meeting regularly to support kindergarten through high school homeschool students.  Today, the region has eight CC communities, with over 90 in the state of Washington. CC students and parents gather weekly to review shared curriculum content in small classroom settings, conduct hands-on science experiments, celebrate fine arts, and practice public speaking. They also use their numbers to host free summer seminars for homeschooling parents and schedule field trips for special events at the Oregon Symphony, Ashland Shakespeare Festival, and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.  According to Skundrick, “More families are looking at their children as souls to be nurtured rather than products to be measured. Parents are choosing to walk alongside their children and teach them according to their natural abilities and passions God has given them.” Multiple resources createdAs the number of CC communities nearly tripled in Clark County, multiple resources dedicated to homeschoolers also sprang up. Glen’s Gizmos, founded by Joel and Roxanna Thomas in 2016, is a tutoring service specializing in Science Technology Engineering Art and Math (STEAM). They began as a mobile unit traveling to homeschool co-ops and events in Oregon and Washington, but demand for their services eventually led them to settle into a Vancouver storefront on East Evergreen Blvd.  Students of various ages work together on projects and in classes at Glen’s Gizmos at their Homeschool HUB facility. Photo courtesy of Glen’s GizmosStudents of various ages work together on projects and in classes at Glen’s Gizmos at their Homeschool HUB facility. Photo courtesy of Glen’s GizmosFrom 24 students last November to 160 enrollments this fall, Joel Thomas observed, “The homeschool movement is a fast growing movement, with families choosing to homeschool for a wide range of reasons.” So rapid is the growth, in fact, the Thomases plan to open a second Homeschool Hub in Newberg, Oregon in fall 2020.Families currently travel to the Vancouver HUB from Newberg, Hillsboro, and St. Helens, Oregon, as well as Kelso and Longview, Washington to help meet the academic and social needs of their children.“The HUB is a tutor center bringing encouragement, inspiration, expertise and resources which would  otherwise be out of reach for many families,” said Joel Thomas. With thousands of dollars worth of donated equipment, preserved specimens, and eight hand-picked tutors, parents agree.  Vancouver resident Susan Eyk has been homeschooling her son for six years and has enrolled him in science classes with the Thomases every term since she discovered their services two years ago. “We are so pleased with the content and atmosphere at Glen’s Gizmos. They meet a need for us by offering wonderful science classes with experiments and expertise that we simply are not able to provide at home. Furthermore, they give our son the opportunity to experience the benefits of a classroom environment — ​building friendships, learning in community, discovering how to be a healthy part of a group environment — ​while still enjoying the advantages of homeschooling.”  At just $12-16 per tutor session, homeschooled students at Glen’s Gizmos may take watercolor lessons from an accomplished children’s book artist, experienced art teacher, and homeschool parent, Kim Tener. Similarly, junior high and high school-aged students can enroll in a hands-on chemistry class with Dr. Bonnie Surmi, a passionate teacher and homeschool mother of three, who specializes in biology and chemistry.  For more information, visit www.glensgizmos.com or go to www.facebook.com/glensgizmos.Additional support availableBut STEAM tutors are not the only support available to local homeschoolers. The Firmly Planted Homeschool Resource Center (FPHRC) is a 27,000-square-foot facility that opened its doors off NE 112th Street in October 2017, thanks to the generosity of local businessman David Madore, owner of US Digital. Since that time, attendance has surged as parents drive from as far away as Salem, Hood River and Longview to take advantage of homeschool counseling, special events and a wide range of classes Monday through Friday, for parents and homeschoolers of all ages. Students, parents and teachers can all be seen socializing in the lobby of Firmly Planted Family’s Resource Center. Photo by Jacob GrannemanStudents, parents and teachers can all be seen socializing in the lobby of Firmly Planted Family’s Resource Center. Photo by Jacob GrannemanThe scene is anything but the stereotypical awkward homeschool crowd. Parents enjoy a cup of coffee and visit at the Raft Coffeehouse or discuss curriculum at the Headwaters Bookstore while their children enjoy a variety of affordable core classes such as math, biology, chemistry, writing and history as well as interactive music, dance and theater lessons, elementary and high school choirs, or physical education, among others. Private lesson space allows students to learn in a safe environment with experienced teachers who offer piano, violin, guitar and drum lessons, at competitive rates.  According to its co-founder, Heidi St. John, a homeschool mother of seven, speaker, author and popular podcaster, the nonprofit and faith-based organization of Firmly Planted Family started more than 15 years ago. Originally operating as First Class Homeschool Ministries, Jay and Heidi St. John started local co-ops to encourage and equip homeschoolers, which quickly grew to an affiliation of sixty co-ops around the country.“I have witnessed the tremendous rise in independent homeschooling since my husband and I started homeschooling 21 years ago,” said Heidi St. John, “especially in regions where parents find their input dwindling in public school curriculum and methodology. Parents are frustrated and searching for solutions.”  FPHRC fulfills a long-held dream of the St. Johns and provides a place for homeschoolers to find both instructional support and friends. “Every single day, parents enter the Homeschool Resource Center who are pulling their kids out of public school and looking for help,” said Heidi. “When they walk through the doors, they find classes, coffee and community- but more than that, they find hope. We are helping put parents back into the driver’s seat of their child’s education.”  On Jan. 18, 2020 FPHRC hosted an “All About Homeschooling Conference” in which parents could attend several workshops like “Homeschooling 101” or “Thinking About Homeschooling,” with Curriculum Table Talks available throughout the day.  The massive success of this cafeteria-style resource offering is likely why the city of Vancouver’s Firstenburg Community Center opened up registration to a secular homeschool co-op this September. Already into their third session of the year, homeschoolers at Firstenburg can choose from a variety of class options on Mondays and Thursdays, including Spanish, soccer, journalistic writing, and speech.For more information about Firmly Planted Family, go to FirmlyPlantedFamily.org.Benefits of homeschool servicesThe benefits of such a plethora of homeschool services extend beyond assistance for students and parents. Nadia Nelson, a May 2019 graduate of Warner Pacific University in Portland, has found full-time employment sharing her passion and musical talent with the next generation. A homeschool graduate herself, Nelson offers private music lessons as well as group instruction at the Firmly Planted  Homeschool Resource Center, Firstenburg Community Center co-op, and a private school in Camas. Students and their families have access to the ware-house-sized facility at Firmly Planted, as shown here. Photo by Jacob GrannemanStudents and their families have access to the ware-house-sized facility at Firmly Planted, as shown here. Photo by Jacob Granneman“Not ​only am I using my degree in music, which many said was unlikely, but I believe teaching is something I was born to do. I am grateful for the opportunity to do what I love and empower the next generation of musicians,” said Nelson.  In reference to her own upbringing as a homeschooled student in the Pacific Northwest, Nelson explained, “Homeschooling is all about thinking outside the box. Even though my sisters and I were homeschooled, we rarely stayed at home. We studied at the library, explored local museums, and went grocery shopping as a math exercise. I attended a few co-ops, where I met people who are still my best friends today, more than a decade later. Teaching at a co-op brings back wonderful memories.”  So, who can afford to homeschool or take advantage of such specialized resources and why do they choose to educate their children on their own? According to the USDE’s report, homeschooling grew steadily across all income levels, labor force categories, and ethnic groups since 1999. It also grew across all school ages, from kindergarten through high school, but especially for high school students. And, it grew among students with disabilities. ​34 percent​ ​of parents cited “concerns about school environment” as their reason for homeschooling, followed by a “dissatisfaction with instruction” and a “desire for religious instruction.”  The decision to homeschool is not without financial cost or sacrifice, however. The NHERI estimates homeschool families spend an average of ​$600​ ​per student annually for their education, not including the sometimes total or partial loss of income to remain available for home-based education. Class and supply expenses are not tax-deductible for homeschool parents in most states. Yet home-based education likely saves the American taxpayers over ​$27 billion​ ​annually. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates taxpayers spend an average of ​$11,762​ ​per student per year in public schools.  Clark County homeschoolers continue to find new and inexpensive or cost-free ways to gather for friendship, education, and adventure. A group called School at Home Adventures schedules field trips that are open to all local homeschool families. Regular game nights and forest hiking adventures are organized through Facebook groups and next month, a Vancouver chapter of Wild & Free will launch, as part of a larger, global network, which will facilitate free outdoor meetups for homeschoolers and nature lovers, regardless of age, religion, or curriculum. If the thriving homeschool communities and resources in Clark County are any indicator, home-based education, and the savings it offers American taxpayers, will continue to skyrocket. Jessica Hofer Wilkinson is a freelance writer, home educator and mother of three, and nursing home chaplain. She resides in Clark County.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Jackie St. Louis stepping down as Vancouver’s homeless resource manager Next : Protesters take spotlight at Hudson’s Bay-Kelso basketball gameAdvertisementThis is placeholder text guestLabel Name*Email*Websitecenter_img Name*Email*Website Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). 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Porsche adds performance GTS trim to new Panamera, including wagon

first_imgTrending in Canada advertisement Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Porsche releases new GTS Panamera Sport Turismo models  Handout / Porsche Trending Videos 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” See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever ‹ Previous Next › 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 center_img Both versions have been lowered by 10 millimetres, and the three-chamber air suspension has been calibrated with Porsche Active Air Suspension Management for even better performance. A set of 390-mm front brakes and 365-mm rear brakes keep stopping distances short as well.The sole engine option for the GTS is Porsche’s V8, a twin-turbo 4.0-litre mill producing 13 more horsepower and 73 more lb-ft of torque than the previous model to make 453 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque total. A spry 4.1 seconds to 100 km/h will ensure that all the stuff you have packed in the back rearranges itself.The Panamera GTS can reach 292 km/h, while the Sport Turismo is only a little slower, with a top speed of 289 km/h. Power is sent to all four wheels through the eight-speed PDK, and Porsche Traction Management (PTM). Rear-axle steering is also optional. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Porsche releases new GTS Panamera Sport Turismo modelsHandout, Porsche Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Porsche releases new GTS Panamera Sport Turismo modelsHandout, Porsche Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Porsche releases new GTS Panamera Sport Turismo modelsHandout, Porsche Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Porsche releases new GTS Panamera Sport Turismo modelsHandout, Porsche Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22019 Porsche Panamera GTSHandout, Porsche Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Porsche releases new GTS Panamera Sport Turismo modelsHandout, Porsche Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Porsche releases new GTS Panamera Sport Turismo modelsHandout, Porsche Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Porsche releases new GTS Panamera Sport Turismo modelsHandout, Porsche COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS As for the look, Porsche has blacked out the front end, the rear, and the side skirts to give it a more aggressive look; 20-inch wheels complete the sporty exterior. On the inside, Alcantara leather and anodized aluminum can be found everywhere; the steering wheel comes heated as standard and is also covered in Alcantara. You can have the interior GTS-ified as well, with custom tachometers, designer seams, and Carmine Red or Chalk GTS Logos.Another first for the Panamera GTS is the heads-up display, which projects all relevant information onto the windshield in full colour. RELATED TAGSPanameraPorscheLuxuryLuxury CarsNews We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. The Panamera GTS and Sport Turismo GTS are available to order now and are priced at $146,200 and $153,300 respectively. Expect them to arrive in Canada mid-2019. The GTS treatment has returned to the Panamera and the Panamera Sport Turismo for the first time for the current-generation four-door.The GTS trim was first made available on the Panamera in 2011, though then only on the sedan.Now you’ll be able to get your sport on with the Sport Turismo GTS as well. last_img read more

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Bob And Judy Charles Endow $1.5 Million Music Chair At CU-Boulder

first_imgCU-Boulder Chancellor Richard Byyny announced today that Bob and Judy Charles have donated funds to create a $1.5 million endowed chair at the University of Colorado’s College of Music. The new chair represents the second such endowment for the College of Music in the last seven months and the two endowed chairs are the first ever for the College of Music in CU-Boulder’s 125-year history. According to Daniel Sher, dean of the College of Music, this unprecedented support for endowed chairs is testament to the dedication of a large number of faculty and staff. “We’ve quietly been building one of the best music schools in the western U.S. and it’s very gratifying to see recognition like this in the form of faculty support,” Sher said. “Endowed chairs help us to attract the best teaching talent in the nation, and in turn, that attracts top student-musicians to our programs.” CU-Boulder’s master’s in Music program was ranked 20th in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s latest ranking of Best Graduate Schools in Music. Bob Charles, a native of Chicago, moved to Boulder in 1965 with his wife Judy to manage Boulder’s original McDonald’s restaurant on 28th Street. By 1969, he owned that store and had opened another McDonald’s on Baseline Road. In the early 1990’s, he operated 13 McDonald’s franchises and was heralded as “Burger Baron of Boulder County.” He pioneered and innovated the double drive-through concept, co-developed McDonald’s “happy meal,” and helped institute use of tray liners to promote community events, in-store events and in-store meal deals. “We feel very strongly about the value of a good education and have tried for years to support education at all levels,” said Charles. “Although many departments at CU have been part of our lives since 1965, it’s our pleasure and honor to endow a chair at CU’s College of Music. They are not only an incredibly hard-working and committed group of individuals, but both the faculty and students have provided us with years of great performances.” Charles received his bachelor’s degree in botany from Wabash College in Indiana. In 1962, he received a master’s in horticulture from the University of Arizona, where he served on the faculty from 1962-63. He co-founded the original Ronald McDonald house in Denver and participated in the development of the new Ronald McDonald House. He also founded the McPride program for at-risk high school students. Currently, Charles is a member of the music advisory board at the College of Music at CU-Boulder, where he created the Adopt-A-Student Scholarship program. Judy Charles, a second generation CU-Boulder alumna, received a bachelor’s degree in education in 1959. Judy served on the board of the University of Colorado Foundation, Inc. and participated on the search committee for CU-Boulder’s dean of arts and sciences. She has served on the Boulder YMCA Board, Boulder Country Club Board and is past-president of Chapter CZ of PEO. She served on the search committee for the superintendent of the Boulder Valley Schools and was a member of the Board of the Ronald McDonald House in Denver. The Charles’ past support for CU-Boulder includes internships for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the College of Business, Norlin Library and the CU Athletic Department. They have provided scholarships to McDonald’s employees and for academic achievement in the College of Business. In 1980, Charles was awarded the CU-Boulder Medal for service to the CU-Boulder community. Endowed chairs provide supplemental compensation and incremental assistance to distinguished faculty positions within the university. They help attract, honor and retain the best teaching and research talent to a university. Endowments also allow donors to transfer their private assets to public purposes with the assurance that their wishes will be honored as long as the university exists. “Endowed chairs are being sought for all schools and colleges at the university,” according to Myrna Hall, the University of Colorado Foundation’s vice president for development at Boulder. “Seventeen endowed chairs currently exist on the Boulder campus and we’re looking to double that number in the near future.” Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: June 17, 2001 last_img read more

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CU Professors Find 64 Percent Of Online Americans Use Internet For Religious And Spiritual Purposes

first_img Published: April 6, 2004 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Nearly two-thirds of online Americans use the Internet for faith-related reasons, according to a new Pew Internet & American Life Project survey conducted by two University of Colorado at Boulder professors. The 64 percent of Internet users who perform spiritual and religious activities online represent nearly 82 million Americans, according to Stewart Hoover and Lynn Schofield Clark of the CU-Boulder School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Among the most popular and important spiritually-related online activities measured in the national survey were: * 38 percent of the nation’s 128 million Internet users have sent and received e-mail with spiritual content * 35 percent have sent or received online greeting cards related to religious holidays * 32 percent have gone online to read news accounts of religious events and affairs * 21 percent have sought information about how to celebrate religious holidays * 17 percent have looked for information about where they could attend religious services * 14 percent have used e-mail to plan church meetings * 11 percent have downloaded or listened to religious music online * 7 percent have made or responded to online prayer requests * 7 percent have made donations to religious organizations or charities In sum, 64 percent of Internet users said they had done at least one of these things online and many had done more than one. This figure represents a substantially higher number of online faithful than the Pew Internet & American Life Project has measured in the past. The project worked with scholars from CU-Boulder to devise a new battery of questions to prompt Internet users’ recollections of the things they do online on matters related to religion and spirituality. “There has been much speculation about the impact of the Internet on religion, particularly as increasing numbers of Americans have been turning to sources other than their own traditions and clergy,” said Hoover, the lead author of the Pew Internet Project report. “The survey provides clear evidence that the majority of the online faithful are there for personal spiritual reasons, including seeking outside their own traditions,” Hoover added, “but they are also deeply grounded in those traditions, and this Internet activity supplements their ties to traditional institutions, rather than moving them away from church.” The survey found that two-thirds of those who attend religious services weekly use the Internet for personal religious or spiritual purposes. The report, “Faith Online,” says that those who use the Internet for religious or spiritual purposes are more likely to be women, white, middle-aged, college educated, and relatively well-to-do. In addition, they are somewhat more active as Internet users than the rest of the Internet population. “The online faithful are quite serious about their spiritual journeys, and they are committed to those in their social networks who accompany them on those journeys,” said Clark, co-author of the report. “Most of the online faithful describe themselves as spiritual and religious and that is a perfect characterization of their use of the Internet. They probe for information and network with others in order to enrich their spiritual lives.” * 28 percent of the online faithful said they had used the Internet to seek or exchange information about their own religious faith or tradition with others * 26 percent said they had used the Internet to seek or exchange information about the religious faiths or traditions of others Online evangelicals are a significant subgroup of the American religious landscape, according to the study. The study found them to resemble other Protestants in terms of their Internet behaviors in some ways, but to be unique in other ways. They are slightly less experienced in Internet use than other categories of religious affiliation. But they are more likely than others to engage in all categories of online religious activity. The Pew Internet & American Life Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts to explore the social impact of the Internet. It does not advocate policy outcomes.last_img read more

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