first_imgA crowd of more than 100 teachers, school leaders, children, parents, Allston-Brighton residents, and Harvard University officials recently gathered at the Harvard Business School to encourage support for the Gardner Pilot Academy (GPA) and honor Lisa Moellman, the recipient of the second annual Gardner Champion Award.GPA, located in Allston, serves 360 students from kindergarten through grade six, and plans to expand its program to the eighth grade in the next two years. More than 60 percent of its student body is learning English as a second language, and 85 percent of its students live at or below the poverty line.Eight years ago, Moellman and her colleagues at the Harvard Achievement Support Initiative (HASI) began a relationship with the school, offering teaching and learning assistance during after-school hours. “Lisa is all about connecting real research with real learning,” said Erica Herman, principal of GPA. “Her countless hours of consulting and professional development have made an immeasurable impact on the after-school program at the GPA — and on the children and families we serve.”After-school approachBelieving that a culture that emphasized professional development for teachers would improve scholastic practice and student achievement, the HASI team offered training to after-school staff. The team also supplied materials related to SmartTALK, a program that included a broad range of hands-on learning games and resources that helped students build skills in math and English language arts.Over time, these strategies and tools migrated not only into the daytime classroom, but into the hands of families during evening activities such as Family Nights that offered similar training to parents to support at-home learning.  The relationship successfully opened new doors and opportunities for professional development between Harvard and the school.“Lisa has been instrumental to our school in so many ways,” Herman said. “As a result of her work, we’ve been able to leverage lots of equal partnerships with Harvard, allowing us to access tools and processes like the [Harvard Graduate School of Education’s] instructional rounds. But she’s also a tremendous resource, friend, and advocate for the school. She’s been a true champion for GPA.”Herman said that helping teachers grow as educators was vital to GPA’s mission of continuing to explore ways to help students achieve. As a result, she said, “We value adult learning and professional development a great deal. Particularly since we’ve become a pilot school, we’ve really thought about where professional development fits in to that mission.”Making the roundsIn their continuing effort to seek out new avenues of professional development at GPA, school leaders attended “instructional rounds” training at the Graduate School of Education in December. (Based on the concept of medical rounds, instructional rounds bring external administrators and teachers into a school to provide feedback on the teaching practices they observe in the classroom.)School leaders also began working with Richard Elmore, the Gregory R. Anrig Professor of Educational Leadership at the HGSE, in incorporating GPA into its instructional rounds schedule.“It’s a challenge, because you don’t always know what you don’t know,” said Herman.  “We’re doing everything in our power to help kids grow, but it’s important to get a different perspective to help us learn what we need to do.“Really coming up with solutions to complex problems takes collaboration and it’s an immense amount of work,” she added.The right ingredients for success“When the GPA says they serve the whole child, the whole community, they do,” said Moellman after receiving the Champion Award. “The willingness to be open, to listen, to collaborate and truly partner is in the very ethos, heart, and soul of every person in that place, through the leadership, the student body, the faculty and the parents.”last_img read more

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageWASHINGTON – The FDA is authorizing three new Coronavirus antibody tests, which can indicate if someone is immune to re-infection.That brings the current total number of FDA authorized COVID-19 antibody tests to seven.This kind of FDA authorization carries a lower regulatory standard because it is under ’emergency use’ standards. That means while the benefits outweigh any risks, the tests do carry the risk of false positives and negatives.Patients who get results from one of these antibody tests should still follow social distancing guidelines. It also remains unclear whether antibodies indicate that someone is immune to re-infection.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo January 03, 2012 On December 22, on the basis of the bilateral framework agreement signed in 2004, the defense ministers of Brazil, Celso Amorim, and Peru, Alberto Otárola, signed a joint declaration on cooperation in the defense sector, the primary objective of which is “to strengthen our ties of friendship and bilateral cooperation, defining the aerospace and naval sectors as joint priority areas for investment and development in the field of security and defense.” The Peruvian minister affirmed that this declaration is another step toward developing the defense industry and in favor of the modernization of the Peruvian Armed Forces, especially, in this case, the Peruvian Navy and the Peruvian Air Force. This new document seeks to go beyond the simple buying and selling of material and equipment and to establish a horizontal cooperative relationship in defense matters, including associated logistical components. “For Peru and the defense sector, this is a very significant day. It represents a transcendental milestone in the development of our military industry and our new horizons with respect to the technology of our Armed Forces,” Otárola affirmed. In February 2012, the Peruvian defense minister will return Amorim’s visit with a trip to Brazil, where he hopes to achieve additional agreements to the benefit of the domestic defense industry. For his part, Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim affirmed that his country is very interested in regional cooperation in the defense sector and that along those lines, it has significant agreements with several countries, its most intense relationships being with Argentina and Colombia, but that it is united with Peru by historical ties and the relationship of good neighbors.last_img read more

first_imgCommittee and council appointments have been made for 2004-2006 in both the House and the Senate. There are 10 councils in the House, containing 35 committees. Additionally, there are four joint committees that are shared by both the House and Senate.Appointments to House committees and councils of particular interest to Bar members are:• Fiscal Council — Rep. Joe Negron, chair, Republican, Stuart.• Justice Council — Rep. Bruce Kyle, chair, Republican, Ft. Myers.• Civil Justice Committee — Rep. Mark Mahon, chair, Republican, Jacksonville.• Criminal Justice Committee — Rep. Dick Kravitz, chair, Republican, Orange Park.• Judiciary Committee — Rep. David Simmons, chair, Republican, Altamonte Springs.• Justice Appropriations Committee — Rep. Gustavo Barreiro, chair, Republican, Miami.• Rules & Calendar — Rep. J. Dudley Goodlette, chair, Republican, Naples.The Senate contains 24 committees in addition to the four joint committees that are shared with the house. Appointments to Senate committees of interest to the members of the Bar are:• Criminal Justice Committee — Sen. Stephen R. Wise, chair, Republican, Jacksonville.• Criminal Justice Appropriations Committee — Sen. Victor D. Crist, chair, Republican, Tampa.• Judiciary Committee — Sen. Daniel Webster, chair, Republican, Winter Garden. Committee appointments made in the Florida House and Senate February 1, 2005 Regular Newscenter_img Committee appointments made in the Florida House and Senatelast_img read more

first_img continue reading » 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A website is now available for credit unions wishing to make a claim to a portion of the Home Depot data breach settlement fund. Claims must be filed by Sept. 14.Credit unions can use the site to file a claim for part of the $25 million settlement fund. Claims can be both to request a fixed payment estimated to be $2 per compromised card and to request an additional award of up to 60% of documented unreimbursed losses experienced between Sept. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2014.CUNA, as well as leagues and credit unions, are among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, which stems from a 2014 data breach that compromised 56 million credit and debit cards.last_img read more

first_imgTrade war scenario Potential trade war between USA and ChinaPotential trade war between USA and EUItaly’s entry into the 2019 recessionBREXIT The USA has artificially initiated growth and such growth is not sustainable. There is a constant danger of recession. Healthy growth requires orderly trade relations with the two largest partners, China and the EU. China is also slowing growth under the influence of sanctions imposed by the United States. Climate change is further affecting the economy, especially natural disasters that cause huge financial damage. Climate change and all the above circumstances also affect tourism. That is why we have a slow flow of tourist travel reservations at the moment. Croatia is not the only one affected by this problem, but the fact is that more expensive sales are more expensive. Competition takes advantage of this moment of economic weakness and redirects tourist flows through a policy of low prices. Former losers like Egypt and Turkey are back on the scene again.  THE PROBLEM OF ITALY ITB Berlin Convention 2019 – ITB Future Day – Prof. Dr. Roland Conrady, Scientific Director of the ITB Berlin Convention, Worms University of Applied Sciences; Stephen Kaufer, Co-Founder, President & CEO, TripAdvisor: “CEO Keynote Interview” (ltr) twenty years without GDP growthin terms of GDP, Italy is at the very bottom of the EU alongside Greecewith the cessation of growth, Italy lost much of its share of the international marketThe Italian government does not want to cooperate with other EU member statesPublic debt growth because there is no GDP growth and the public service does not meet its needs from higher taxes PREDICTIONS The results of the research show that since the second half of 2018, the growth of the economy of the entire EU zone has slowed down. After a long period of growth, this slowdown delays planned investments, “slows down” consumption and creates fear of a new “2009” year. The following events give an additional feeling of insecurity: This year, the ITB Congress is taking place in a new space, a specially built congress center with halls that can accommodate 800 participants. The Congress has 105 thematic events, while 65% of the keynote speakers are from the field of top management. The congress is attended by 28.000 participants, and the main titles of the lectures and panels are “Future day”, “Destination day”, “ITB mice forum”, “ITB business travel forum”, “ITB young professionals day”, “ITB deep dive sessions”, ” ITB is a travel world day ”. Climate change and the challenge of sustainabilityThe future of mobility and new transport solutionsOvertourism and management measuresNew luxury, intangibles BREXIT In the event of a trade war between the US and the EU, the US would lose that war because although they import more goods than they export to the EU, exports of US services to the EU are significantly higher and the overall foreign trade balance is in the US. If the USA introduces customs duties on the import of goods, the EU could introduce special taxes on services from the USA, and this would affect significant digital platforms, Internet services, and the digital industry that exports its services to the EU. The USA would get the “thick end” there, but the tourism sector would also be at a loss.  However, the downsides of the Italian economy are: Slowing economic growth and “leaning” towards recession The ups and downs of tourist demand occur as one of the first consequences of global economic trends, and these trends are again the result of the conduct of certain policies of the largest players in the global economy. Therefore, to understand the direction in which tourism is moving, we must first understand the economic circumstances. These circumstances are read at the very beginning of the new trend, and it started in the second half of 2018. Prof. Dr.Dr.hc Clemens Fuerst, Director of the IFO Institute for Economic Research, University of Munich presented the results of their research. Research is conducted constantly, continuously. Among other things, each month the IFO Institute processes 10.000 surveys completed by key people in the industry.center_img From Berlin, from the ITB fair for HrTurizam.hr – Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinezic.com The Italian economy is ten times stronger than the Greek one and has its advantages: Now, why do the British complicate things? Because of Northern Ireland. The protracted bloody war between Ireland and Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom, respectively, has come to an end largely thanks to the removal of the solid borders between Northern Ireland and Ireland. After BREXIT, the border must be re-established between Ireland – a member of the EU and Northern Ireland, ie Great Britain – a non-member of the EU. An intermediate solution by setting a sea border between Northern Ireland and the UK is not realistic and could cause new political problems. It is predicted that BREXIT without an agreement would surely lead the EU and the United Kingdom into recession. So there is hope that this will not happen. CONDITIONAL BOOM USA AND OTHER THREATS Tourism is a reflection, a reflex, of overall economic relations The solution for Italy is either an increase in taxes or an increase in GDP, ie economic reform and the launch of new export potentials. If this does not happen, and the only thing that can happen in the short term, the tax increase will not happen, Italy will “slip” into recession. If the crisis deepens, according to the Greek scenario, there is a danger of refinancing Italy’s 300 billion public debt every year. With China and the USA, things look quite the opposite. China has a large foreign trade surplus with the US so in the event of a trade war China would be at a big loss. Therefore, there is hope that there will be no war and that these tensions will end with negotiations that must lead to a balance of relations. Photo: ITB Berlin The main topics that this year’s congress deals with through numerous events are: employment has steadily increased over the past twenty yearsItaly has no foreign trade deficitIt is fiscally consolidated The main question with BREXIT is whether leaving the EU by the UK will happen without an agreement or by mutual consent. The deadline is approaching the end of March and can be extended until the end of June at the latest. If there is no agreement then there will be difficulties in regulating mutual relations. Tourism will feel new barriers in air transport and a new border regime. The IFO Institute predicts that the tourism model will change in the near future for all the above reasons. The growth of eco-tourism and local, regional travel is predicted. France is also approaching the area of ​​recession, and Germany has a big problem with the car industry. In the case of raising customs barriers for the import of European cars to the USA, this situation could worsen sharply.last_img read more

first_imgNew Arsenal technical director Edu ‘already advising’ Unai Emery over transfers Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 26 Jun 2019 8:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link326Shares Advertisement Advertisement Emery is yet to make a signing this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are yet to make a signing so far this summer but they are confident of completing a move for Celtic’s Kieran Tierney.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Gunners are believed to be preparing an improved bid of around £18m for the Scotland international, though the Bhoys are holding out for closer to £30m.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal are also keen on Crystal Palace star WIilfried Zaha but Emery is working with a modest £45m budget this summer and will need to sell before he can fund a move for the Ivorian.The departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been mooted in some quarters, though it’s more likely that Mesut Ozil will be sold to raise funds.Zaha is believed to be keen on a move to the Emirates but Palace have agreed a deal to sell Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United and are unlikely to sanction the departure of another of their key players this summer.MORE: Tottenham set to complete Jack Clarke transfer as Leeds United star arrives for medical Edu is expected to become Arsenal’s new technical director (Picture: Getty)Incoming Arsenal technical director Edu is already working with Unai Emery over the Gunners’ moves in the transfer market, according to reports in Brazil.The former Arsenal midfielder is expected to be named the club’s new technical director after the completion of the Copa America, where he’s serving as Brazil’s coordinator.Edu has made it clear that he wants to focus on the Copa America before taking over a role at Arsenal but UOL Esporte claim that hasn’t stopped him from working with Emery.It’s reported that Edu has already advised Emery on Arsenal’s transfer dealings this summer and is taking an active role in the decision-making progress.ADVERTISEMENT Commentlast_img read more

first_imgP03/180 Dornoch Terrace Highgate Hill“From the moment you enter into (the) private foyer you realise this is not your typical apartment,” Mr Croft said. The property has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area that flows out through semi-frameless glass doors to the tiled balcony with city views. There is dark-oak flooring in the living areas while the kitchen was designed by chef Neil Perry and includes integrated appliances, bespoke joinery and marble benchtops. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 The apartment at P03/180 Dornoch Terrace Highgate Hill.THIS three-bedroom luxury apartment with exclusive garden courtyard, balcony and city views is on the market in Highgate Hill. Marketing agent Luke Croft of Ray White South Brisbane said the apartment at P03/180 Dornoch Tce was the last to be released in The Highgate, a boutique development with 35 residences.The property is on the plaza level, has a northern aspect and exclusive use of a garden courtyard. The master bedroom at P03/180 Dornoch Tce, Highgate HillThe master bedroom has a walk-through robe and a marble ensuite, with shower, bath and dual basins. The main bedroom also opens to the private courtyard. The two other bedrooms have built-in robes and the main bathroom is also finished in marble. The apartment has zoned, ducted airconditioning, high-end fixtures and fittings, and there is even a separate laundry with storage. The courtyard at P03/180 Dornoch Tce, Highgate Hill.The property is in the Brisbane State High School catchment and close to the restaurants, cafes and bars of Boundary St. The home is being marketed by Luke Croft of Ray White South Brisbane for $1.66 million. The balcony at P03/180 Dornoch Tce, Highgate HillThe Highgate development also includes a lap pool, spa and gym. “The grounds of The Highgate are an urban sanctuary,” Mr Croft said. “Its pathways lead you around the manicured gardens with Moreton Bay fig trees and terraced gardens. It is hard to believe that you are less than 2km to the CBD.”last_img read more

first_imgBermuda-incorporated Suezmax owner Nordic American Tankers (NAT) ended the first quarter of this year with a widened net loss year over year.The company posted net loss of USD 18.7 million in Q1 2018, compared to net loss of 3.4 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier.However, when compared to Q4 2017’s net loss of USD 151.4 million, loss was considerably narrowed in the first quarter of this year.Net voyage revenue decreased to USD 29.6 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2018, from USD 55.2 million recorded in Q1 2017.During the quarter, the time charter equivalent for NAT vessels was USD 11,200 per day per ship.“Going forward, prospects are good for NAT. The world economy is enjoying its strongest upswing since 2010. What is good for the world economy, is positive for NAT,” the company said.The company intends to replace the existing revolving credit facility with a new financing. The recapitalization program is expected to be finalized by the end of the second quarter of 2018. As explained, the recapitalization, when completed, should improve the company’s financial flexibility going forward.“NAT is well positioned when the tanker market improves. The historic average market rate for the last 25 years was about USD 30,000 per day per Suezmax vessel. Such earnings would give a free cashflow from NAT’s operations of about USD 160 million per year, which would pay back today’s market capitalization of NAT in less than 2 years. In contrast, a Suezmax vessel may trade for 25 years,” the company added.Earlier this month, NAT unveiled plans to sell two ships, thus reducing its fleet to 31 tankers.“This fleet adjustment must be seen in light of our three new vessels for delivery early July, end of August and end of October this year,” NAT explained.Currently, NAT fleet comprises 33 Suezmaxes — including three newbuilds — with an aggregate cargo capacity of 33 million barrels of crude oil.last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Aruna Quadri’s uncommon qualities stand him out, says Oshodi Quadri Aruna leads Africa to World Cup Aruna’s arrival attracted interest in Germany — TTBL The Chairman of the Council of World Table Tennis, Liu Guoliang, believes the setting of WTT would help Africa to create more global superstars like Aruna Quadri as well as afford the continent to stage one of the top events in the world.Speaking at the ITTF WTTF Webinar for Africa on Wednesday, the former Olympic and World Champion was excited with the setting up of WTT while hoping that Africa would embrace WTT with more super stars emerging from the continent. Guoliang said: “I am so excited with the WTT initiative and I hope that this is a good development for table tennis.“As a global sports, Africa is one of the continent that will ensure the success of WTT and our aim is to ensure we have more top stars like Aruna Quadri from Africa because he has shown to be among the most popular table tennis players in the world and we believe there are still many talents from the continent.”Guoliang, who is also the President of the Chinese Table Tennis Association, called for more support from Africa to ensure that WTT becomes a reality with the hope that the continent would stage one of the major competitions in the WTTF.He said: “I could recalled that in one of the Webinars we had in China recently, Aruna Quadri was part of it and one of the questions he asked was how Africa will be able to stage one of the top events in WTT, while he also hope that more Africans will compete in the WTT Grand Slam.“Aruna Quadri has raised a very vital question and we believe the fans and players are very important to the sport and that is why WTT will want to ensure that fans and players benefit a lot from WTT.” In his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer of ITTF, Steve Dainton, believes WTT would help the growth of the sport in Africa, while calling for more support from the continent.Dainton however acknowledged that there are plans to invest more in Africa, particularly in development and promotion of table tennis.He said: “I am aware that Africa is eager to be part of WTT and with the quality of players that have emerged from the continent, it is very important for the continent to embrace WTT with the aim of growing the sport and make it more commercially viable.“With WTT, events in the continent will be organised professionally, while the fans and players are the main targets of WTT.“We want to raise the profile of our players as well as give our fans something worthy for their interest in our sport.” WTT is the commercial and events company of the ITTF, which will be placing players and fans at the core of all its business to catapult table tennis to the forefront of global sports business.Tags: aruna quadriLiu GuoliangWorld Table Tennislast_img read more