CU-Boulder officials unveil $170 million athletic facilities upgrade proposal for CU’s Board of Regents

first_img Published: Feb. 20, 2013 Categories:AthleticsCampus Community University of Colorado Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano, Athletic Director Mike Bohn and new head football coach Mike MacIntyre today unveiled a $170 million, multi-year proposal to upgrade CU-Boulder’s football facilities before the Intercollegiate Athletics subcommittee of the CU Board of Regents at the board’s monthly meeting in Colorado Springs.CU will rely on $50 million in private support to execute the project, and a significant effort to raise funds from donors will now begin to support it. In addition, other athletic revenue sources will be used to finance this major initiative. “This plan represents a carefully conceived, strategic investment in our future in the Pac-12 Conference,” said Bohn. “It will position us to attract the best student-athletes in the nation. It will improve the performance of our student-athletes on the field and in the classroom, and it will enhance our fan experience.”The first element will consist of a new academic center that will boost student-athletes’ already substantial progress in the classroom. The new facility will provide focus for student-athletes by moving study areas to a new complex beneath the east stands, away from the distractions of the Dal Ward Athletic Center. Additionally, as part of the project’s first element, the north side of Folsom Field’s east stands will be supported against the shifting ground beneath it, improving safety for fans and visitors.The second element will significantly expand Dal Ward to consolidate football operations, bring coaches and student-athletes from a number of sports together, and provide more physical resources for all in one unified space.The third element of the plan establishes a permanent indoor practice facility adjacent to outdoor practice fields north of Boulder Creek, creating a year-round practice complex, easing traffic congestion off of Arapahoe Avenue with new streets and transportation enhancements, and forming a new plaza-like entrance to campus from the north. The plan also includes a study to redevelop family housing that now sits west of Folsom Street and south of Arapahoe. The university has for several years been re-envisioning the possibilities of a more modern family housing complex with greater appeal for residents and greater density to make more efficient use of space. The final element of the football athletics redevelopment project includes redevelopment of the Folsom Field west-side stands.Future enhancements not included in the initial cost estimate are planned at the Coors Events Center to further improve the student-athlete and fan experience there.DiStefano heralded the plan, saying it “balances equally our commitment to the academic success of our student-athletes, the comfort and safety of our fans and the long-term success of our combined coaching staffs.”“This affirms our institutional values, and positions us well as we move ahead in the finest conference in the country,” DiStefano added.CU President Bruce Benson said the project marks a bold new era of partnership with donors, alumni, fans and stakeholders.“Intercollegiate athletics is the front porch of the university,” said Benson. “This plan will help bring people from across Colorado and around the country together in support of CU, and it will challenge all of us as donors, alumni and fans to work together to make this vision a reality.”MacIntyre said the support from every level of the university – from fans and donors to the athletic director, the chancellor and the president – was gratifying to him and to CU’s other coaches and players. “This is a strong commitment to success by the president, the chancellor and the university as a whole,” said MacIntyre. “These facilities will represent to our current and future players the dual commitments to excellence, and to be successful year-in and year-out, at the University of Colorado.  The entire university community wants to sustain excellence in everything we do, and at the same time, keep moving forward. This commitment represents both of these desires.”Contact:Bronson Hilliard, CU-Boulder spokesperson, 303-818-7496Dave Plati, CU-Boulder sports information director, 303-492-5626center_img Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Alumna holds sweet gig

first_img Published: March 18, 2021 • By Helen Olsson As a CU undergrad, Jessica Dee Sawyer (ArtHist’03) studied the bold black lines of Piet Mondrian and Wassily Kandinsky’s striking use of color. When it came time to redesign the logo and packaging for Smarties, the beloved crunchy candy pellets that have remained unchanged since the 1950s, Jessica tapped into her background as an art history major.Jessica, along with her sister, Liz Dee, and her cousin, Sarah Dee, is co-president of the Smarties Candy Company, with factories in Union, New Jersey, and Newmarket, Ontario. (In Canada, the candy is called “Rockets.”) They are the third generation to helm the iconic brand.Jessica’s grandfather Edward Dee moved to the United States from England in 1949 and started the company, known then as Ce De Candy. Edward came from a family of candymakers, so Jessica is actually a fifth-generation candymaker.Michael Dee, Jessica’s dad, and Jonathan Dee, her uncle, are known to the current leadership as “the dads.”“I always wanted to work with my dad. And the dads always hoped we’d end up running the company,” Jessica said. “The dads had an unwritten rule that you had to work outside the company for at least a year.”“Our dads ran the company for so many years. We wanted to put our own stamp on it.’”Jessica spent that year working at the Denver Art Museum. But she was eager to join the family business, returning to New Jersey to work at the factory the next year. Liz and Sarah followed soon after in 2005. On-the-job training meant working machines, doing order entry and digging into research to understand the inner workings of the company.“We did everything. Sarah was driving a forklift. We would dig through the accounting files to figure things out. We asked a lot of questions,” Jessica said.Soon, each of them gravitated to the area they were most interested in, creating a division of labor. In 2017, they became co-presidents, with Jessica in charge of sales, HR, design and logistics; Sarah heading up production and operations; and Liz running food quality and safety and communications. “I got more involved in packaging and design and hired an in-house artist,” said Jessica. “Color was the thing I was most interested in and how it plays into packaging for brand recognition.”Since the company reins were handed over to the next generation, the dads have stepped back a bit, thorugh they remain with the company as executive vice presidents and still serve on the board. “They have offices on site,” said Jessica, “but for the most part work remotely.”Before Jessica’s grandfather died last year at age 95, he would come into the factory every day.“He’d give us a report from the floor,” she said. “He was our eyes and ears.” While the brand has added products, like tropical and sour flavors and a popular megaroll, the flagship product’s recipe hasn’t changed since 1949, when the first pellets came out of the presses (the original machine was a repurposed World War II gunpowder pellet press). Billions of rolls are produced each year, and the factory runs 24 hours a day.Still, the new presidents recognized the brand needed a makeover.“We like retro, but it was feeling a little bit too retro,” Jessica said.They studied the shape and twist of the plastic packaging — “We looked at so many twists!” — and added a tiny wink in the twist and in the “R” in the Smarties logo.“It’s like a smile,” she said. “Our dads ran the company for so many years. We wanted to put our own stamp on it.”Before the new generation took over, the company’s files were paper and stored in filing cabinets. The women overhauled the system by making files digital, creating an accounting system and hiring an IT person.They also added 2,000 solar panels on the roof of the New Jersey factory, next to the giant silo where some 50,000 pounds of dextrose is blown in each day. The solar panels offset half the factory’s energy usage.“We feel so lucky to do what we do every day and to work with family,” Jessica said. “The best part is knowing we bring joy to people.”Since the 1990s, Smarties has also had a heart-shaped candy in its line, and when the Necco company ceased production of its popular Sweethearts candy, Smarties Love Hearts filled the space on the Valentine candy shelf. The new presidents updated the sayings stamped on the hearts with “YOLO,” “On Fleek” and “Text Me.”In 2019, to celebrate the company’s 70th anniversary, Smarties added a gummy-like candy called Squashies to its line. With flavors like raspberry and cream, Squashies are made in England by the Swizzels company, which is, incidentally, run by the son of Jessica’s grandfather’s cousin.“My kids love them. I can’t keep them in the house,” she said.Sawyer lives in New Jersey with her husband, Donald (Hist’05), who she met at CU. They have two kids, Madeleine, 7 (“like the cookie”), and Theodore, 4, who act as taste testers for new products.“Kids are honest,” Jessica said. “They say whatever they want.”Jessica hopes the company will continue to remain a family business for many years to come.“We feel so lucky to do what we do every day and to work with family,” Jessica said. “The best part is knowing we bring joy to people.” Photos by Nick CabreraIssue: Spring 2021Categories:BusinessTags:AlumniBusiness Share Share via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via TwitterShare via E-mailShare via Google Pluslast_img read more

Banana and Plantain Farmers to Benefit from EU Assistance

first_imgBanana and Plantain Farmers to Benefit from EU Assistance AgricultureNovember 12, 2013Written by: Douglas McIntosh Photo: JIS PhotographerAgriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke (centre, seated), and Head, European Union (EU) Delegation in Jamaica, Ambassador Paola Amadei (right, seated), exchange signed copies of the $660 million (€4.73 million) EU-funded Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) contract, at Tuesday’s (November 12) signing ceremony at the Agriculture and Fisheries Ministry, Hope Gardens, in St. Andrew. Over 1,400 banana and plantain farmers will benefit from provisions under the four-year funding programme. Looking on is Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Donovan Stanberry (left seated). Others are (back row, from left): Chairperson, All Island Banana Growers Association (AIBGA), Grethel Sessing; British High Commissioner, David Fitton; Belgian Ambassador, Godlieve Vandenbergh; German Ambassador, Josef Beck; and Spanish Ambassador, Celso Nuño. RelatedLauriston/Thompson Pen 4-H Club Impacting Young Lives FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisements RelatedEating Local Produce Can Have A Positive Impact On Economy – Minister Clarkecenter_img Banana and Plantain Farmers to Benefit from EU AssistanceJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedGov’t to Upgrade Sugar Producing Communities Over 1,400 banana and plantain farmers, and other sector interests, will benefit from a $660 million (€4.73 million) European Union (EU)-funded Banana Accompanying Measures (BAM) special assistance programme, over the next four years.The programme, which forms part of the Government’s poverty eradication strategy, targets small farmers and other beneficiaries totaling approximately 3,000, in the banana growing parishes of St. Thomas, St. Catherine, Clarendon, St. James, Portland, and St. Mary, whose crops and, by extension, livelihoods have been affected by factors such as severe weather.They will be provided with assistance to enhance crop production and productivity.An initial sum of nearly $400 million (€3.6 million) is being provided in two tranches for inputs and interventions accruing to the beneficiaries. The remainder of the funds is slated to come on stream later in the programme’s implementation.Contracts for the provision were signed by Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, and Head of the EU Delegation in Jamaica, Ambassador Paola Amadei, among other stakeholders, during a brief ceremony at the Ministry’s offices at Hope Gardens, St. Andrew, on November 12.One of the contracts, valued approximately $200 million (€1.171 million), which was signed by the EU and the implementing agency, Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), covers actual implementation of the BAM, and makes provisions for the 1,400 beneficiary banana and plantain farmers, who are members of the All Island Banana Growers Association (AIGBA).The allocation will be used mainly to provide capacity building and technical assistance to the AIGBA; support the establishment of a commercial entity for the association; provide infrastructural improvement for AIBGA stores and facilities; and strengthen district branches into production clusters.The second contract for approximately $230 million (€1.9 million), signed by the EU and the Banana Board, earmarks grant allocations to provide technical services.This undertaking will entail: updating and transferring production, diagnostic and technology protocol; updating and delivering an extension methodology package; implementing a public awareness campaign; preparing an institutional and financial framework for future delivery of extension services; preparing a financial framework for the delivery of applied research and technology transfer services; developing and expanding nursery operations for the production of new and conventional banana varieties; and reinforcing the system for distributing the plant seedlings.The remaining $200 million (just over €1 million) will be allocated to the AIBGA in the form of a grant contract during the second year of implementation.Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Clarke described the provision as a “major investment.”He said the Government facilitates these interventions in the sector, “because we believe, soundly, in the future of the banana industry”, which he contended is the “mainstay of the socio-economic activities of thousands of Jamaican farmers and their families.”Mr. Clarke noted that the Ministry recently concluded implementation of the EU Banana Support Programme, which benefitted over 30,000 banana and plantain farmers and interests, in traditional banana dependent communities.Activities under that programme, he outlined, included: construction of roads, bridges, weather stations, and banana databases. Additionally, he said the programme provided institutional support to the AIBGA as well as new technologies and extension services through the Banana Board and RADA.The Minister pointed out that Jamaica’s food and nutrition security is continually threatened annually by hurricanes, drought, and floods, and the “spectre’ of climate change, with the banana industry among the sectors susceptible to these threats.“Projects funded by the European Union continue to assist us, not only to recover production in the affected areas in the wake of a storm, but also to strengthen the resilience of farmers against future shocks and provide them with the livelihood-coping strategies and more sustainable production methods ,” he said.Mr. Clarke expressed optimism that with the latest provision of resources, and the enhancement of the infrastructure, extension services, and management structure that they facilitate,  there will be increased production for both local consumption and for  export.“We hold fast to our commitment to move production levels to 100,000 tonnes over the next couple of years,” the Minister added.In her remarks, Ambassador Amadei said the BAM programme is designed to help Jamaica’s banana sector “adjust” to a changing global market.“Bananas and plantains remain important for Jamaica. It is essential for food safety and production as well as for income and livelihood. The EU’s involvement in the sector shows that we have been present during these changing times and have been able to respond to the specificities of the Jamaican banana industry,” she noted.Ambassador Amadei urged all stakeholders to take the necessary steps to ensure the banana industry’s long-term sustainability.Meanwhile, AIBGA Chairperson, Grethel Sessing, in expressing gratitude for the EU’s intervention, said the association is “fired up and ready to go.”“I offer my commitment to make the funds received via the BAM, work for the good of the industry and Jamaica, in general. Thank you EU…for the faith you have in the farmers of Jamaica and, moreso, the banana farmers. Thank you for your coverage, bold vision, insight, understanding, and for the power and reach of our actions,” Mrs. Sessing said. Story HighlightsOver 1,400 banana and plantain farmers, and other sector interests, will benefit from a $660 million EU programme.The programme forms part of the Government’s poverty eradication strategy.They will be provided with assistance to enhance crop production and productivity.last_img read more

Judges Urged To Be Efficient In Dispensing Justice

first_imgRelated18 Tertiary Students Receive Scholarships and Books Grants FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Eleven judges, who have been appointed to higher office, have been urged by Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla, to exercise efficiency in the dispensation of justice.“We must be mindful to avoid waste of judicial time and be sensitive to the fact that when litigants approach our courts to have their matters resolved, the expectation is (that) their cases must be resolved within a reasonable time,” Mrs. McCalla said.The Chief Justice was speaking at the swearing-in of the judges at King’s House in St. Andrew on September 14.The two men and nine women, who are to occupy various positions in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, were further urged by Mrs. McCalla to make use of the already available technology to improve service delivery to litigants.She indicated that a raft of measures have been pursued in an effort to reduce delays in matters before the court.These include: the Digital Transcription Pilot Project, to speed up the availability of transcripts needed for appeals; relocation of the Civil Registry and judges; and establishment of the high density filing system.Meanwhile, Governor General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, congratulated the judges.He said the appointments signal the trust that has been placed in their ability to maintain the high standard of integrity, which their roles demand.The Governor General also endorsed the call by the Chief Justice for efficiency in the dispensation of justice, noting that “justice delayed is justice denied.”Acting President of the Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Dennis Morrison, also congratulated the newly appointed men and women, and expressed confidence in their ability to discharge their duties.Hon. Justice Marva McDonald Bishop, who responded on behalf of her fellow judges, said that the words of encouragemen would provide motivation as they carry out their responsibilities. Advertisements RelatedErrol Johnson Officially Installed As Custos of St. Mary Judges Urged To Be Efficient In Dispensing JusticeJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaycenter_img Photo: Donald DelahayeGovernor General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (left) looks on, as Hon. Justice Marva McDonald Bishop, takes the Oath of Allegiance and the Judicial Oath during the swearing-in of judges at King’s House in St. Andrew on September 14. Story HighlightsEleven judges, who have been appointed to higher office, have been urged by Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla, to exercise efficiency in the dispensation of justice.The Chief Justice was speaking at the swearing-in of the judges at King’s House in St. Andrew on September 14.The two men and nine women, who are to occupy various positions in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, were further urged by Mrs. McCalla to make use of the already available technology to improve service delivery to litigants. Judges Urged To Be Efficient In Dispensing Justice Governor GeneralSeptember 15, 2015Written by: Chad Bryan RelatedCadets Help Raise Funds for War Veteranslast_img read more

Blog: What makes a city ‘smart’?

first_imgHomeBlog Blog: What makes a city ‘smart’? Blog: Telcos take stock of digital race at TM Forum Live Previous ArticleAfrimax raises $120M to boost African LTE presenceNext ArticleQualcomm pushes LTE/Wi-Fi convergence on Snapdragon 820 Blog Joseph Waring AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 SEP 2015 Blog: TM Forum DTW highlights ongoing challenges Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more center_img The term smart city, like the over-used 5G acronym, is tricky to define. Every so-called expert you ask has a different view. To date, there is no unified definition.Many talk of platforms and infrastructure as the cornerstone. For some the focus is on sustainability, both environmental and economic; others point to specific objectives like improving transportation, governance, health and safety.The head of Dubai’s smart taskforce, Aisha Bin Bishr, said she is working with the ITU on smart city KPIs with the goal of having standards nailed down in a couple of years. She said these will help give other cities a blueprint to follow.Not content on just being a smart city, Dubai has set the ambitious goal of being the “smartest city” by 2020.While there is no agreement on an exact meaning, a consensus is emerging on the fundamental elements required: data sharing, co-creation, engaging with citizens and integration.The was the view of officials from 16 cities who shared their challenges and successes at the Smart City conference last Saturday, organised by the TM Forum in Yinchuan, an autonomous region in northwest China.The two-day conference, which drew in about 250 people from governments, NGOs and private firms, had a high-level focus, looking more at vision and strategy, rather than case studies and implementation.Power to the peopleAlthough a few countries are taking a top-down approach, the more common view is that citizens are now driving smart initiatives, and as such, each city has its own unique objectives and strategies.The user is now at the centre of every application it starts, not the government, said Joost van Keulen, vice mayor of Groningen, in the Netherlands. “It’s power to the people, giving control to the user.”Cathelijne Hermans, from Amsterdam’s Economic Board, agreed, saying that it’s the new lifestyle for people, and governments have to wake up to the fact that people are driving the push for more efficient and sustainable civic services. “It’s hot and fashionable but here to stay.”AtlantaAtlanta CIO Samir Saini offered his tips on the smart city journey: “Focus on citizens’ pain points and leverage what is already happening in the community. He also suggests starting small with a “smart street” and then scaling up.Tapping existing resources rather than searching for new data was a common recommendation. See-Kiong Ng, programme director for Singapore’s Institute Infocomm Research, suggested focusing on the data that you already have as it can be costly to capture new data sets.Singapore is creating visual maps to look for traffic patterns and take steps to improve flows. See-Kiong Ng wants to move from looking at the past to prediction so it can avoid future problems. “We also need to break data silos to better serve citizens.”Van Keulen, however, pointed out that each city is at a different stage, noting that Groningen added sensors to its rubbish bins ten years ago. So the idea of a universal blueprint isn’t something that fits well with the realities each city faces.Paul_WilsonAttracting partnersPaul Wilson (pictured left), managing director of Bristol is Open, stressed the need to bring in partners. “We can’t do it alone. We’ve found ways to create IP around experiments that is shared between different companies. We want to scale up that model.”Bristol, a city of 600,000 people in west England, has built a wireless mile using 3G, 4G and certain experimental 5G technologies, which is controlled by an SDN (software defined network) using NFV. Wilson said it added a mesh network of connectivity using lampposts, which covers 99 per cent of the city and also built its own cityOS based on OpenFlow.“This allows companies to do IoT experiments across the city,” he said. “Starting next July, you’ll be able to get a slice of this network on a pay-as-you-go basis and you’ll be able to play with our city in all sorts of intriguing ways.”It plans to expand the network to nearby cities and open it up for others to innovate with the city. The aim is to move from data harvesting to being programmable where people can intervene in different aspects of the city. “Not just knowing what’s going on but to change it as well,” he said.It is moving towards city experimentation as a service.Among a number of IoT projects, he said, 11 companies are working on a driverless vehicle in Bristol.Cities are more healthyAccess to open data has enabled director of sustainability for New York’s transportation authority, Projjal Dutta, to find a strong correlation between the number of miles driven per person and a city’s level of obesity.“As you drive more you get more unhealthy. There is a high inverse relationship between health and driving,” he said.Dutta cited figures showing energy consumption per capita in New York at about the same level as in Japan and Germany. But in New York’s five boroughs (districts) – where public transportation is plentiful — it’s almost half the New York state level. In Texas it’s more than three times higher than NYC.Smart building initiatives are pointless in terms of energy savings if everyone in the building continues to drive to the office, he argued.Dutta complained that many smart mobility initiatives are designed for the elite. “You need sustainable mobility.” He gave the examples of a bike sharing programme in Guangzhou, China, that doesn’t require a smartphone or a dock, which can be full.But a bunch of separate projects don’t make a smart city. Lisbon’s director for economy and innovation, Paulo Carvalho, said it is looking at how to be more integrated and is working around sustainability, engaging citizens and improved quality of life.One area where there was no debate was the key drivers for making cities smarter: rapid urbanisation, pressure on resources, tighter government budgets and more demanding citizens who are increasingly always connected.The editorial views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and will not necessarily reflect the views of the GSMA, its Members or Associate Members. Tags Author Blog: What does digital mean for staff? Related Smart citiesTM ForumYinchaunlast_img read more

Web companies renew US net neutrality campaign

first_img Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 19 MAR 2021 Related Previous ArticleIndustry CEOs join Europe green digital initiativeNext ArticleGoogle loses payment, next billion users chief Federal Communications Commission (FCC)Net Neutrality California law pushes AT&T to end zero-rating Diana Goovaerts Home Web companies renew US net neutrality campaign Tags US coalition calls for FCC spectrum shake-up Author Seven web companies led by browser company Mozilla called on acting Federal Communications (FCC) chair Jessica Rosenworcel to reinstate US net neutrality rules, arguing it would boost investment in broadband services and applications.Along with Mozilla, ADT; Dropbox; Eventbrite; Reddit; Vimeo; and Wikimedia argued open internet regulations were “critical” and would “ultimately encourage greater long-term investment” in infrastructure and services.In a related blog, Mozilla chief legal officer Amy Keating explained Rosenworcel’s appointment as acting FCC chair offered a “new opportunity to establish net neutrality rules at the federal level”.Rosenworcel opposed the FCC’s decision to ditch net neutrality regulations in 2017: a legal challenge was dismissed by a court in 2019, but left the door open for individual US states to implement their own rules.The acting chair last month welcomed a Department of Justice decision back down from a fight against the state of California implementing regulations, a move AT&T this week blamed for a decision to end a zero-rating scheme covering video streaming.Alongside industry group CTIA, the operator previously argued the decision on such regulation should be taken by politicians rather than the FCC.And the regulator itself remains deadlocked in terms of political party representation, which could hamper the web companies’ calls for swift action. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back FCC moves on China Unicom blocklast_img read more

Join Mladiinfo Team! Open Call for EVS Volunteers!

first_img LinkedIn 0 Join Mladiinfo Team! Open Call for EVS Volunteers! June 15, 2017 Published by emaj Tweet Pocket EVS Slovakia – Sign for Media: Journalism Volunteering Program for European Deaf Badminton Championships Syncro EVS Daring 2.0 +1 Share 0center_img EVS in Finland Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. ← University Assistant at the Centre for Southeast European Studies Similar Stories Deadline: 18 June 2017Open to: persons aged 18-30, coming from Austria, Czech Republic, Portugal, Slovakia or SpainBenefits: accommodation, food and pocket money, travel and visa costs, health insurance, free Macedonian language lessonsDescriptionMladiinfo International as a web platform, informative center and a network, has developed the necessary capacities to enhance the educational potential of young people in Macedonia and abroad. By providing free educational opportunities for youth and offering them help, advice and support through the process of application, Mladiinfo International is having a direct impact on the lives of youth, empowering and motivating them for action. Mladiinfo International promotes active citizenship and critical thinking, where young people become shapers of their societies.Mladiinfo International – Skopje, Macedonia is looking for two enthusiastic EVS volunteers coming from Austria, Czech Republic, Portugal, Slovakia or Spain for an already approved project, in a period of 9 months, starting from September 2017. The main activities of the volunteers will include:Providing space for young people where they could be prepared for taking active role in the society;Empowering young people to take advantage of all the free educational opportunities at their disposal;Regularly creating, editing and updating the content on Mladiinfo’s well-renowned web platform;Contributing to the new Mladiinfo community building platform that will be launched in September 2017;Working on improving Mladiinfo’s online presence in its social media channels (Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram);Participating in other promotional activities of the organization and providing assistance in the organization of different events and projects; Communicating with young people from all over the world.CriteriaIn order to be selected as a future EVS volunteer and become part of Mladiinfo team, interested applicants should fulfill the following criteria:Enthusiastic young persons aged 18-30, coming from Austria, Czech Republic, Portugal, Slovakia or Spain;Willingness and readiness to work in a vibrant international environment;Good knowledge of the English language;Writing and editing skills;Basic knowledge of social media channels and marketing;Willingness to assist Mladiinfo’s team in its daily activities, thus improving the entire work of the organization;Excellent communication skills.BenefitsThe future EVS volunteer will have the opportunity to work with a very professional group of people, who already have gained valuable experience in project management, working and participating in many international youth projects. As part of your EVS, you will get:Free accommodation;– The volunteers will stay in an apartment in a walking distance from the Mladiinfo office;– Covered single room in a shared flat in a walking distance from our office;Food and pocket money;– 150 EUR per month;Travel costs covered;– Portugal and Spain – 360 EUR;– Austria, Czech Republic, and Slovakia – 275 EUR;Visa costs are also covered;Health insurance;Free Macedonian language lessons;Youth Pass Certificate after successfully finishing the EVS project;Personal and professional development in a multicultural atmosphere;Free space for creative expression and proactive work environment.  The volunteer will work 25-30 volunteering hours per week and will have two additional free days per month.How to apply?If you want to apply, please send your CV until 18 June 2017 at [email protected] submitting your application, please include the following information in the Subject line: Name and Surname – EVS in Mladiinfo International.Get to know Mladiinfo’s mission, vision and team on the following link.If you want to know more about Skopje, go here.See Mladiinfo’s working premises on the following link.For questions and inquiries, contact Vladimir Ilievski at [email protected] Apply for the ACT4FREEMOVEMENT Training Series → Redditlast_img read more

NetEase launches own digital distribution platform in China

first_imgNetEase launches own digital distribution platform in ChinaFever Game to focus on delivering affordable imported games from large and small developers Haydn TaylorSenior Staff WriterFriday 17th January 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareChinese game giant NetEase is carving itself out a piece of the digital distribution market, with the launch of its own platform Fever Game. As reported by Game Grape (via Google Translate) and confirmed by Niko Partners analyst Daniel Ahmad, Fever Game focuses on affordable premium titles. The only two games on the platform currently are TerraTech from Payload Studios, and Deep Rock Galactic from Ghost Ship Games for around $8.43 each. “Whilst not quite up to the level of Valve’s Steam or Tencent’s WeGame, the portal looks to offer Chinese gamers the ability to discover overseas indie/AA/AAA content that NetEase is publishing in China,” said Ahmad on Twitter. The service also promises better customer support, and will focus on offering Chinese players quality imported titles. Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Last year, NetEase went on a spending spree, and invested heavily in number of game studiosNot only did the publisher acquire a minority stake in Quantic Dream, but it also backed several indie developers such as Second Dinner, ThatGameCompany, along with Jumpship, Bossa Studios, and Behaviour Interactive. For a company like NetEase to pour money into indie development seemed uncharacteristic at the time, given its historic focus on mobile and live-service games, but the publisher’s longer-term strategy appears to be revealing itself with this new platform. For the record: Price of Deep Rock Galatic and TerraTech corrected from $1.30 to $8.43Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair An hour agoEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 3 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

What does solar have to do with the bankruptcy of the second-largest U.S. coal miner?

first_imgWhat does solar have to do with the bankruptcy of the second-largest U.S. coal miner?While there is little direct causation between the rise of solar and the fall of coal, GTM Research Director of Solar Research MJ Shiao notes that the fall of coal creates opportunities for renewable energy. January 11, 2016 Christian Roselund Legal Markets Markets & Policy Share On January 11, the second-largest coal miner in the United States announced that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the parent company and subsidiaries. Arch Coal’s bankruptcy is only the latest in a long series of losses for the American coal industry. Solar currently represents only around 1% of electricity generation, in both the U.S. and globally, and wind only around 4% in the United States. As such, renewable energy did not kill Arch Coal, or the U.S. coal market. GTM Research Director of Solar Research MJ Shiao notes that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations on mercury and other toxins, as well as falling prices for natural gas driven by the fracking boom, are the largest factors in the ongoing fall of the nation’s coal industry. However, there is a relationship between both solar and wind and the decline of fossil fuels. As there is no fuel cost for solar or wind, both can bid into competitive electricity systems with no marginal cost. “It plays into the wider electricity market, when you have zero marginal cost energy like solar providing electricity and reducing load, that is definitely going to have an impact on everything else,” Shiao told pv magazine. This impact can be seen strongly in Germany, where solar and wind have been driving electricity prices down, occasionally into the negative, with severe impacts on the economics of conventional generation and the nation’s electric power industry. If solar sustains its meteoric growth, researchers anticipate these effects in the United States as well. A 2015 study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that while high penetrations of solar will drive other forms of generation off the U.S. grid, coal will be the most impacted and the first to go (p. 182). Even if solar is not yet driving coal off the grid in the United States, coal plants shutting down represent an opportunity for solar and other forms of renewable energy. However, MJ Shiao notes that it is not a “one for one replacement”, and in the last few years natural gas generation has been the single largest source of new generation coming online in the nation, followed by wind and solar. “It is part of the same story,” explains Shiao. “One is not necessarily causing the other, but they are all intertwined. As coal continues its decline, that is an opportunity for solar and wind as well.”This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. 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EU thwarts French plastic bag ban — for now

first_img“The European Commission requested clarification concerning the decree on the bags. Brussels wants to approve a measure that concerns the free movement of these products,” Royal told Le Journal du Dimanche, a weekly newspaper.The law would start to be enforced on April 1, she added.On Tuesday, a spokesperson for Royal told Europe 1 radio that the Commission wanted the minister to specify the size, weight and type of bag covered by the law. The executive body also wanted to know whether the French ban could hurt businesses that make the bags.When Italy passed a law in 2013 banning non-biodegradable bags, Britain formally requested that the Commission block the law, claiming that it created obstacles to the free movement of goods in the EU’s internal market.Royal did not say whether the Commission was acting on the request of any member country.The EU has already passed a law aimed at cutting the use of polyethylene plastic bags by 80 percent by 2025. But France wants to move faster than European legislation, which would start to be enforced in 2019. Royal encouraged shops and supermarkets to start implementing the plastic bag measures from January 1, despite the absence of the decree.“The law is clear and everyone can respect it, without waiting for the publication of the application decree nor the application of sanctions,” said Royal, who is fresh from the success of hosting the world’s biggest climate change conference a few weeks ago.Only reusable or biodegradable bags, which cost more to produce, will be allowed in France once the ban goes into effect.Some large retailers in France, where an estimated 17 billion plastic bags for groceries and vegetables are handed out each year, already charge customers for plastic bags, but the law would go a step further. In 2013 Italy banned the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags, which often end up in oceans and hurt marine life.Despite the apparent lack of coordination, Royal added that the Commission “plainly shares the legitimate objectives of the project and supports the ambition of the energy transition law to ban non-reusable plastic bags as soon as possible.” The European Commission has thrown a wrench into France’s plans to ban single-use plastic bags by January 1.French Environment Minister Ségolène Royal wanted to publish a decree this month to start enforcing the ban from the start of next year. The ban, similar to one already in effect in Italy, concerns the type of plastic bag typically distributed at supermarket checkouts.But the Commission has asked for additional details on the French ban, delaying its implementation at least until April 2016.last_img read more