Foundation funds College scientists

first_imgThe Henry Luce Foundation and the Clare Boothe Luce Program awarded Saint Mary’s $240,000 to provide scholarships to students studying in the physical science fields. Starting in the fall of 2013, two students in chemistry, physics, math or engineering who exemplify high-performance skills in their disciplines will be granted the scholarship. It will cover their full tuition, room and board for their final two years at the College. “These scholarships are granted to women the committee believes will become academic leaders in their particular fields,” said Christopher Dunlap, associate professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and the project director of the Clare Boothe Luce program. “About four or five years ago, we had this scholarship program at Saint Mary’s. The program then had four recipients.” Henry Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., founded the not-for-profit to honor his parents who were missionary educators in China. The scholarship program was named after his wife, Clare Boothe Luce, the U.S. ambassador to Italy and the first woman elected to Congress from Connecticut. Dunlap said students must be U.S. citizens and have a grade point average of at least 3.5 to be considered for the scholarship. Those intending to pursue a career as a health care professional, however, will not be eligible, he said. “The students must be high-achieving individuals planning on going to graduate school,” Dunlap said. “After completion of graduate school, the student will hopefully take on roles of academic leadership, for example, teaching at colleges and universities.” Over the next few weeks, Dunlap, as well as his colleagues on the scholarship’s committee, will have more information about the application and scholarship ready for current sophomores to learn more about the program, she said. “Along with the application, students must receive a letter of recommendation from the faculty,” Dunlap said. “After the application process is complete, the committee will select who the recipients of the Clare Booth Luce Scholarship at Saint Mary’s.” Applications will be available in late January or early February and the selection process will be completed by mid-March. The math and chemistry departments will begin to target the current sophomores eligible for this scholarship over the course of the next semester, Dunlap said. She said the women who receive these scholarships will be involved in activities to encourage other young girls to pursue their education in science or mathematics. “This is a great opportunity for those women at Saint Mary’s looking to advance in academic leadership in the science and math fields,” Dunlap said.last_img read more

Watch Idina Menzel Sing Joni Mitchell & Talk Wicked Witches Going Commando

first_img Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 If/Then View Comments Idina Menzel Last time Frozen star Idina Menzel stopped by The Tonight Show she “Let It Go” and went viral; on December 15 the Tony winner was granting all our Holiday Wishes, soulfully singing Joni Mitchell’s “River” from her latest album. The If/Then headliner also revealed one of her favorite holiday traditions, which features a reminder of her Tony-winning turn in Wicked that involves wearing no underwear!?! Check out the videos below and then Menzel in person at the Richard Rodgers Theatre!last_img

Wood Mackenzie: Spain to lead new solar boom in Europe

first_imgWood Mackenzie: Spain to lead new solar boom in Europe FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Europe’s long solar winter has come to an end. After a multi-year period of depressed installations, Europe’s annual solar market is set to double over the next few years, and do so in a sustained manner, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie Power & RenewablesSolar projects now regularly beat onshore wind in competitive auctions in Germany, one of the world’s most mature wind markets. France has rebounded and is now seen as the most attractive place to build solar in Europe. Meanwhile, long-dormant Spain has rapidly transformed into a globally significant solar market, as well as a new hotspot for corporate renewables deals.Since the rise of modern wind and solar technologies, few markets have seen as dramatic and sustained a downturn as European solar. The sudden elimination of feed-in tariff programs for big projects nearly a decade ago in Germany and Italy precipitated a collapse in installations. In the peak boom year of 2011, Europe installed 22.7 gigawatts of new solar capacity — with Italy alone putting up a remarkable 9 gigawatts. That same year the U.S. installed 1.8 gigawatts. But the European market then crashed hard, slumping to a low of 7 gigawatts in 2016, WoodMac figures show.Today, however, Europe stands on the cusp of a gravity-defying rebound. WoodMac forecasts 18.8 gigawatts of installations in 2019, up from 10.7 gigawatts last year. By 2022 the market is expected to hit nearly 25 gigawatts, and remain above 20 gigawatts for the foreseeable future.And unlike the days when installations were driven by politically vulnerable subsidies, the European market is increasingly centered around competitive auctions and subsidy-free projects.“Europe has gone through the boom, been through the bust, and is now entering a third phase — which seems to be much more sustainable in terms of growth,” said Tom Heggarty, senior WoodMac analyst and author of the new Europe Solar PV Outlook 2019 report, in an interview.More: Spanish ‘gold rush’ helps fuel new European solar boomlast_img read more

Heart of Stone

first_imgGrassroots organizations like the Southeastern Climbers Coalition and the Carolina Climbers Coalition are gaining and preserving access to this treasure in a unique way – by buying it. This new film celebrates what many are calling a Golden Age of discovery and stewardship in the South. It’s a look at the miraculous mix of activism, generosity, and respect for tradition, in the Heart of Stone.Heart of Stone – HD from Andrew Kornylak on Vimeo.Hearts of StoneHearts of Stonelast_img

Brentwood Man Gets 25 Years for Trying to Join al-Qaeda

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Brentwood man was sentenced Monday to 25 years in federal prison after admitting last year to trying to join the terrorist group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, aka Ansar al-Sharia.Marcos Alonso Zea, aka “Ali Zea,” had pleaded guilty in September at Central Islip federal court to attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and obstruction of justice.“Marcos Alonso Zea presents a chilling reminder of the danger presented to the United States by homegrown terrorists,” said Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.Prosecutors said the 26-year-old man planned to travel overseas in order to wage violent jihad beginning in 2012, when he boarded a flight at John F. Kennedy Airport to London, with a stop on his way to Yemen, but British authorities returned him to the United States.He continued plotting along with his co-conspirator, 19-year-old Justin Kaliebe, who was later arrested at JFK airport while trying to fly to Yemen to join al-Qaeda. Kaliebe has pleaded guilty to similar crimes and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.Upon learning that he was under investigation, Zea tried to destroy electronic evidence on his computer, but forensic experts recovered it anyway. The materials included violent Islamic extremist materials, such as issues of Inspire, al-Qaeda’s English-language magazine.The two men are the third and fourth Long Islanders to be arrested for trying to join the global terrorist group since its Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The other two include Samir Khan, a 25-year-old Westbury native, who had been editor of that magazine when he was killed in a U.S. drone missile strike in Yemen in 2011. The first local resident known to join al-Qaeda was Bryant Neal Vinas, a Patchogue native who pleaded guilty to helping the group plot to blow up the Long Island Rail Road in 2008.last_img read more

LandSecs and the City

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Job-generating projects predicted to increase renters in Townsville’s property market

first_imgRenting. Istock. Townsville Bulletin Real EstateTOWNSVILLE’S vacancy rate could reach as low as 3 per cent before the end of the year as job-generating projects begin to ramp up.A report by local economist Colin Dwyer from DS Economics and commissioned by Townsville Rentals shows the vacancy rate has risen slightly to 4.9 per cent, but it was expected to tighten throughout 2018 and 2019.Townsville Rentals manager Mardi Williams said the softening of the vacancy rate was seasonal and probably due to tertiary students and transferees exiting properties.“Looking forward, the Townsville residential rental market will become tight when the vacancy rate reaches 3 per cent, that’s when a further 450 to 500 rental properties are absorbed,” she said.“This could occur in 2018 or 2019.“Townsville is likely to experience a decrease in rental stock in February and March as tertiary students return and projects ramp up in mid 2018, the rental market is likely to firm around this time.”The most popular home type to rent was a unit in postcode 4810, followed by a house located in postcode 4814, accounting for a combined 32.2 per of rental stock.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The report states that there are more than 100 local and surrounding approved projects, creating thousands of direct jobs.“These looming projects will attract many workers and their families from outside Townsville and drive demand for residential rental property. Some Townsville zones and product will perform better than others,” the report stated.“A rental vacancy rate of 3 per cent does not necessarily guarantee rising rents and better yields but it is a sufficient condition for this to occur.”Mr Dwyer said the Townsville rental market had improved significantly since he began collecting data in July last year.“In July there was 1647 homes available for rent in Townsville region with a vacancy rate over 6 per cent,” he said.“According to realestate.com.au, in the seven months to February 6, 2018, 343 rental homes have been absorbed.“The lowest vacancy rate experience so far this year was in October with a vacancy rate of 4.36 per cent.”last_img read more

UK roundup: Department for Work and Pensions, The Pensions Regulator

first_imgThe UK government has responded to a consultation on making technical changes to the rules governing auto-enrolment.The Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) was consulting on whether to exempt certain individuals from auto-enrolment after pressure from the industry over technical difficulties.In its response, the government has concluded workers, where auto-enrolment would breach their protected tax status, may be excluded, but only if highlighted by the employee beforehand.The department said it would construct viable options to exclude those who had given notice of retirement, but said it needed to consider further the practical implications of excluding those leaving employment. It ruled out, despite industry lobbying, exclusion for those with serious ill health, those working for a UK employer but living abroad and new starters, temporary or casual staff.It also concluded it inappropriate to exclude employees on the basis on employer size or sector.In another issue, the DWP has gone against general industry consultation in removing the protected status of defined benefit (DB) schemes, which belong to former public industries but have since been privatised.As contracting out ends in the wake of the new state pension structure, the option to allow DB schemes to change the level of benefits for members, to manage the extra cost burden associated with the end of contracting out, is available to all schemes, except these former public schemes.Despite the National Association of Pension Funds’ call for all funds and members to be treated equally, the government said it must stand by the promises made to former state workers at the time of privatisation.Finally, in its monthly update, The Pensions Regulator, has announced that almost 2.9m people had undergone auto-enrolment by the end of January 2014.They join the 7.8m people who were already members by the time their employer staged.However, the watchdog admitted that more than 3.6m employees had been left out of the flagship pension project since it began in 2012.The latest estimates have employee opt-out levels at around 10%.last_img read more

France promulgates law paving way for pension fund vehicles

first_imgThe vehicle will be governed by a regulatory regime compliant with the EU Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision (IORP) Directive.The details about the new vehicles, which are also being referred to as pension funds “à la française” – will be set out in a separate ministerial order.A draft of this is being discussed by the industry, IPE understands.A spokeswoman for the French finance ministry confirmed to IPE that the final ministerial order was due to be published in the first half [corrected from first quarter] of 2017.The idea behind the FRPS is to allow insurers to shift supplementary pensions into the new legal entity, freeing them from capital requirements under Solvency II.These are seen as favouring sovereign bonds to the detriment of return-seeking assets and economic growth, which the Sapin II law seeks to boost.The government has previously said that some €130bn worth of assets would be eligible for the transfer to FRPS vehicles.In France, the bulk of pension provision is on a pay-as-you-go basis, and, outside of that, pension provision is typically insurance-based.ERAFP, which runs the mandatory supplementary pension scheme for civil servants, sees itself as France’s only pension fund. A French law providing for IORP-compliant pension vehicles in the country has been promulgated, and the decree creating the pension funds is due to be out in the first quarter of 2017.Sapin II, as the law is colloquially referred to – named after the French finance and economy minister Michel Sapin – was officially published on 10 December, having been adopted in the country’s parliament on 8 November.A draft of the law was presented at the end of March.The omnibus legislation includes an article – Article 114 – providing for the creation of a new type of legal entity for pension provision, a “fonds de retraite professionelle supplémentaire” (FRPS).last_img read more

Diana Shipping Finds Work for Capesize Pair

first_imgGreece-based dry bulk vessel owner Diana Shipping has signed new time charter contracts for two of its Capesize vessels.The first charter deal was inked with Singapore Marine Pte. Ltd. for the 2010-built M/V New York.The gross charter rate is USD 15,500 per day for a period of minimum seventeen to about nineteen months. The charter commenced on June 7, 2019.The 177,773 dwt bulker previously worked for Hong Kong-based DHL Project & Chartering at a rate of USD 16,000 per day.Moreover, the second Capesize vessel will be chartered out by Diana to Germany’s Oldendorff Carriers.The gross charter rate for the M/V Boston is USD 15,300 per day for a period until minimum April 1, 2021, to maximum June 30, 2021. The charter also began on June 7.Constructed in 2007, the 177,828 dwt Boston earlier worked for Hong Kong’s EGPN Bulk Carrier at a rate of USD 17,000 per day.The employments of New York and Boston are anticipated to generate approximately USD 17.91 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charters, Diana said.Diana Shipping’s fleet currently comprises 45 dry bulk vessels with a combined carrying capacity of approximately 5.5 million dwt and a weighted average age of 9.26 years.last_img read more