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  • United States Steel Corporation Announces Senior Notes Offering

    first_img Twitter Facebook TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 Local NewsBusiness Previous articleRef Mike Dean reports threats as another red is overturnedNext articleInsights on the Hearing Aids Global Market to 2026 – Impact Analysis of COVID-19 – ResearchAndMarkets.com Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp United States Steel Corporation Announces Senior Notes Offering PITTSBURGH–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 8, 2021– United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) (the “company” or “U. S. Steel”) today announced its intention to offer, subject to market and other conditions, $500 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2029 (the “Notes”). On February 2, 2021, U. S. Steel issued a notice of redemption to redeem 35% or approximately $370 million aggregate principal amount outstanding of its 12.000% senior secured notes due 2025 (the “2025 Senior Secured Notes”). U. S. Steel intends to use the net proceeds from the Notes offering, together with cash on hand, to redeem the remaining approximately $687 million aggregate principal amount outstanding of its 2025 Senior Secured Notes and pay related fees and expenses. Credit Suisse, ING, BofA Securities, Barclays, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Truist Securities and Wells Fargo Securities are acting as joint book-running managers for the offering. The Notes will be offered and sold pursuant to an effective automatic shelf registration statement on Form S-3 previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Before you invest, you should read the preliminary prospectus supplement related to this offering and accompanying prospectus in that registration statement and other documents filed with the SEC for more information about the company and this offering. You may obtain these documents free of charge by visiting the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Copies of the preliminary prospectus supplement and accompanying prospectus for the offering may also be obtained from: Credit Suisse, 6933 Louis Stephens Drive, Morrisville, North Carolina 27560, Attention: Prospectus Department, [email protected], 1-800-221-1037 (toll free). This press release is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall it constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of any securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Words such as, but not limited to, “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “intends,” “plans,” “could,” “may,” “will,” “should,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements, including with respect to the offering described herein, rely on a number of assumptions, estimates and data concerning future results and events and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside U. S. Steel’s control that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in such statements. Accordingly, U. S. Steel cautions that the forward-looking statements contained herein are qualified by these and other important factors and uncertainties that could cause results to differ materially from those reflected by such statements. For more information on additional potential risk factors, please review U. S. Steel’s filings with the SEC, including, but not limited to, U. S. Steel’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and its Current Reports on Form 8-K. Founded in 1901, the United States Steel Corporation is a Fortune 250 company and leading steel producer. Together with its subsidiary Big River Steel and an unwavering focus on safety, the company’s customer-centric Best of Both SM world-competitive integrated and mini mill technology strategy is advancing a more secure, sustainable future for U. S. Steel and its stakeholders. With a renewed emphasis on innovation, U. S. Steel serves the automotive, construction, appliance, energy, containers and packaging industries with high value-added steel products such as U. S. Steel’s proprietary XG3™ advanced high-strength steel. The company also maintains competitively advantaged iron ore production and has an annual raw steelmaking capability of 26.2 million net tons. U. S. Steel is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with world-class operations across the United States and in Central Europe. For more information, please visit www.ussteel.com. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005430/en/ CONTACT: John O. Ambler Vice President Corporate Communications T – (412) 477-1719 E –[email protected] Kevin Lewis Vice President Investor Relations T – (412) 433-6935 E –[email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA PENNSYLVANIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: STEEL MANUFACTURING SOURCE: United States Steel Corporation Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/08/2021 07:41 AM/DISC: 02/08/2021 07:41 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005430/en Twitterlast_img read more

  • Gujarat HC Allows Employed Woman To Sit For AIBE; Directs Bar Council Not Insist On Resignation From Her Current Employment [Read Order]

    first_imgNews UpdatesGujarat HC Allows Employed Woman To Sit For AIBE; Directs Bar Council Not Insist On Resignation From Her Current Employment [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay9 Oct 2020 1:31 AMShare This – xThe Gujarat High Court on Tuesday (06th October) passed an interim order allowing an employed woman to appear for the All India Bar Examination (AIBE).The Bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice J. B. Pardiwala also asked the Bar Council of Gujarat to accept her application (for AIBE) and directed the Council to not ask the writ applicant to resign from her current employment.Background…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Gujarat High Court on Tuesday (06th October) passed an interim order allowing an employed woman to appear for the All India Bar Examination (AIBE).The Bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice J. B. Pardiwala also asked the Bar Council of Gujarat to accept her application (for AIBE) and directed the Council to not ask the writ applicant to resign from her current employment.Background of the CaseAs per the Bar Council of India Rules, no advocate enrolled under Section 24 of the Advocates Act, 1961 is entitled to practice under Chapter IV of the Advocates Act unless such Advocate successfully passes the All India Bar Examination (AIBE) conducted by the Bar Council of IndiaThe Bar Council of Gujarat, has framed the Bar Council of Gujarat (Enrollment Rules) under Section 28(2)(d) read with Section 24(1)(e) of the Advocates Act, 1961 (hereinafter referred to as “the Enrollment Rules”).As is mentioned in Rule 1 of the Enrollment Rules, a person who is otherwise qualified to be admitted as an advocate but is either in full or part-time service or employment or is engaged in any trade, business or profession is not to be admitted as an advocate.The Rule 2 of the Enrolment Rules requires every person applying to be admitted as an advocate, to make a declaration in his application that he/she is not in full or part-time service or employment and that he/she is not engaged in any trade, business or profession contrary to the rules of State Bar Council and of the Bar Council of India made under the Act.The Case of the ApplicantIn 2016, the writ applicant took up studies of law after a gap of 20 years since her graduation in Commerce and obtained degree of Bachelor of Laws during the period between 2016 and 2019.After getting a degree of Bachelor of Laws, the Writ Applicant applied for enrolment as an Advocate with a view to clear the Bar Council Examination and getting enrolment certificate.The Writ Applicant duly filled in the application form and also paid fees of Rs.16,600/- as required. The Writ Applicant also duly declared that she is in employment.The Bar Council of Gujarat, however, did not accept the form of the writ applicant.The writ applicant was told that the application was not accepted as the writ applicant had declared that she was in employment and that the form of only that person, who makes a declaration that she is not employed either in full or part-time service or employment and is not engaged in any trade, business or the profession can be accepted.The writ applicant also explained that unless she clears the exam and has the enrolment certificate, which is essential to continue in the field of advocacy, it is not possible for the writ applicant to give up her current employment and lose regular income.The requests, however, were not accepted. The writ applicant declared that she would not be engaged in two professions or services or employments simultaneously.The writ applicant further submitted that the aforesaid rule is manifestly arbitrary, unreasonable, violative of Article 14, 19(1)(g) and 21 of the Constitution of India. Hence, this petitionPrayers of the Writ ApplicantBy this writ application under Article 226 of the Constitution of India, the writ applicant prayed for the following reliefs before the Court:A. To issue an appropriate writ, order or direction and be pleased to quash and set aside Rule 1 and Rule 2 of the Bar Council of Gujarat (Enrolment) Rules to the extent they prohibit the admission of a person who is otherwise qualified to be admitted as an advocate, but is either in full or part-time service or employment or is engaged in any trade, business or profession, as an advocate:Alternatively, to read down Rule 1 and Rule 2 and declare that a person who is otherwise qualified to be admitted as an advocate, but is either in full or part-time service or employment or is engaged in any trade, business or profession, shall be admitted as an advocate, however the enrolment certificate of such a person shall be withheld with the Bar Council and shall lie in deposit with the Council, until the advocate, makes a declaration that the circumstances mentioned in Rule 2 have ceased to exist and that he continues to start his practice:B. That, pending the hearing and final disposal of this petition, the Court be pleased to direct the Bar Council of Gujarat to accept application form of the Applicant and permit the Applicant to take up the Bar Council Examination.”Court’s DirectionsWith the consent of the parties concerned and in the peculiar facts and circumstances of the case and also with a view to protect the interest of all concerned, the Court passed the following interim order.1. The writ applicant shall submit an application for enrolment on or before 09.10.2020.2. The interim order is passed only for the purpose of allowing the writ applicant to appear in the All India Bar Examination and this order shall not be treated as permission to the writ applicant to continue with both, i.e., her employment and practice.3. The Bar Council of Gujarat shall accept such application and shall not require the writ applicant to resign from her current employment.4. The Bar Council of Gujarat shall issue Provisional Enrolment Certificate to the writ applicant on or before 15.10.2020, considering that the online registration for the next All India Bar Examination closes on 17.10.2020.5. The respondents shall permit the writ applicant to appear in the All India Bar Examination, as may be held.6. The writ applicant undertakes that she will not practice as an advocate on the basis of the Provisional Enrolment Certificate issued to her.7. The writ applicant shall further undertake that if after the issuance of enrolment certificate and after passing of the All India Bar Exam, if she continues to be in full or part-time service or employment or is engaged in any trade, business or profession, she shall deposit her enrolment certificate with the Bar Council and shall not practice as an Advocate.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

  • Without Stringent Action, Malice Of Unauthorized Boards/Banners/Flags Can Never Be Rooted From Our Streets: Kerala HC

    first_imgNews UpdatesWithout Stringent Action, Malice Of Unauthorized Boards/Banners/Flags Can Never Be Rooted From Our Streets: Kerala HC LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK6 March 2021 4:56 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court on Wednesday urged the Election Commission to ensure no unauthorized boards, banners and hoardings are put up in public places. Expressing his displeasure at the inaction in removing these objects, despite 25 Orders, a Single Bench of Justice Devan Ramachandran stated, “There is no doubt that, unless the Authorities take stringent action, the malice…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Kerala High Court on Wednesday urged the Election Commission to ensure no unauthorized boards, banners and hoardings are put up in public places. Expressing his displeasure at the inaction in removing these objects, despite 25 Orders, a Single Bench of Justice Devan Ramachandran stated, “There is no doubt that, unless the Authorities take stringent action, the malice of unauthorized Boards/Banners/Flags etc can never be rooted out from our streets. This is evident because, in spite of the more than 25 orders that I have passed in this case, vested interests still to do what is prohibited. ” Opining that the upcoming state elections would only worsen the situation, the Court directed the Election Commission to ensure political parties refrained from erecting unauthorised hoardings, boards, banners, flags and other material in public places. “It is needless to say that the Election Commission has the competence and is at full liberty to put in place necessary mechanisms to obtain full compliance”, the Court clarified. In the course of the hearing, State Attorney K.V. Sohan, assured the court that all steps are being taken by district collectors and the police authorities concerned to remove the unauthorized Boards. The court-appointed amicus curiae, Advocate Harish Vasudevan, however, submitted, new boards continued to be placed in public places in Kerala and that no action was being taken by any Authority, emboldening the perpetrators to do further more. The Court also recorded the amicus’ further submission that even when officers entrusted with election duties tried to implement the directions, they were being obstructed by political parties. Stating that it was persuaded to issue directions to the EC in light of the amicus’ submissions, the Court, the Court issued orders and enjoined district collectors to place on record compliance reports. With this direction, Justice Ramachandran proceeded to adjourn the matter till 24 March. Notably, a Chief Justice-led Bench of the High Court in February had ordered that all the unauthorized arches, display boards, hoardings, placards, and banners with poles or frames, etc., fixed to and/or dug into the ground, which abut the highways, public streets, and pedestrian pavements, shall forthwith be removed. The Bench of Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice Shaji P. Chaly ordered thus while taking up a batch of petitions seeking a direction to remove the unauthorized and unwanted postures, advertisement boards, hoardings, cut outs, buntings, hangings, billboards etc., placed on public roads and streetsClick Hear To Download/Read OrderNext Storylast_img read more

  • Main Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday January 3rd

    first_imgMain Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday January 3rd:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/03news.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 By News Highland – January 3, 2020 Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Google+ Previous articleSlaughtneil seek result to reach first Hurling decider – Chrissy McKaigueNext articleConcerns raised over unfinished footpath in Gweedore News Highland center_img AudioHomepage BannerNewsPlayback WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday January 3rd Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

  • People

    first_img Comments are closed. Neil MacIntosh has been appointed group HR director for Dairy Crest. He willreport directly to group chief executive John Houliston. Dairy Crest is the UK’s largest dairy food company with around 9,000 staffand 21 manufacturing sites. MacIntosh will be responsible for all aspects of HRfor the group. He says, “My key focus will be developing the skills and qualities ofthe Dairy Crest team and helping the company achieve its objectives and fulfilits outstanding potential.” MacIntosh, who was previously head of HR at Pfizer, has a Masters degree inindustrial relations and is currently completing an MBA. His responsibilities include the operational and strategic management of HRas a business partner to the line. Projects include integrating the dairy andcheese businesses of Unigate, organisational and personal development, andsuccession planning. MacIntosh has high hopes for his new role, and aims to “establish HR asa business partner which has demonstrated the capability to help the businessto achieve its objectives and potential, a function that makes adifference”. This year has been an exciting one for MacIntosh. “It has brought ahat-trick of life events – marriage, relocation and a new job – each with a newset of challenges and opportunities,” he says. Curriculum Vitae 2001 Group HR director, Dairy Crest 1999 Head of HR, Pfizer 1996 Director of personnel, Napier University, Edinburgh On the moveDundas & Wilson, part of Andersen Legal, has appointed John McLeish  to the newly created strategic role of HRdirector for Scotland. McLeish joins from Lloyds TSB, Scotland, where he washead of human resources. He will shortly be returning from Harvard BusinessSchool, where he is completing a strategic human resources managementprogramme, which he believes will further enhance the skills he brings to theshared HR function at Andersen Legal and Dundas & Wilson. l After more than eight years as head of London Underground’s HRdirectorate, Ann Burfutt has decided to leave the company to develop a newcareer. Burfutt had planned to leave earlier this year on completion of thepublic-private partnership. But she agreed to stay to finalise the handover andwill leave at the end of this month. l Nigel Cook has been appointed group HR director for home improvements firmAnglian Group. He will be lead an HR team of 20 covering manufacturing andretail divisions employing 7,000 people. Before joining Anglian, he was UK HRdirector for car parts maker Collins & Aikman Inc. PeopleOn 3 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

  • England beckons for trio of scholars

    first_imgBy now, most College seniors are beginning to contemplate their post-undergraduate careers, trying to decide whether to apply for grad school, launch a job search, or both.Not Rebecca Panovka and Bianca Mulaney.Both were recently selected to receive Marshall Scholarships, which typically cover two years of tuition, research, and living expenses at a British university. They will be joined in the United Kingdom by Yen Pham ’15-’16, who recently received a Rhodes Scholarship in her native Australia.Rebecca PanovkaThe Quincy House resident plans to spend a year at Cambridge studying intellectual history and political thought before moving to the University of Manchester’s Granada Centre to pursue a film degree.Panovka, who is working on a joint thesis in philosophy and English, as well as a documentary she shot in South Africa over the summer on a Harvard Artist Development Fellowship, has plenty of experience dividing her time between scholarly and creative pursuits. For her, the two types of work “feed into each other.”At Harvard, she has served as editor of The Harvard Book Review and The Harvard Advocate’s 150th anniversary anthology. She has also interned for The Paris Review, Radio Open Source, and two documentary production companies.But working as a research assistant for Professor Maria Tatar the summer after her sophomore year, she found herself drawn away from literary studies and toward intellectual history. “I realized I was interested in not just the texts and ideas I was studying, but the context in which they arose,” she said.The Marshall Scholarship left her shocked and thrilled. “I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I felt so incredibly lucky.”Even better, she said, was that Mulaney — the other Quincy House finalist, with whom she’d prepared for the interview — was selected as a Marshall Scholar the next week. “What are the odds?” Panovka said.Bianca MulaneyThe scholarship will give Mulaney the chance to pursue her interests at the intersection of economics and health — she plans to study at the London School of Economics for a year before shifting to the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.“Through my experiences as an undergraduate, I have started to explore a few specific relationships: the contribution of health to economic development, and the economics of infectious disease, specifically the problem of antibiotic resistance.”The issue, which the World Health Organization has identified as one of the most urgent health threats of the next generation, involves both the prudent use of antibiotics and a question of economics, Mulaney said.“There are huge economic disincentives to pharmaceutical companies to develop new antibiotics. Antibiotics are cheap, and in most cases it’s inevitable that the drug will become ineffective with the evolution of resistance.”Another economic issue linked to antibiotics is agriculture. The drugs are often administered to livestock to prevent disease and try to accelerate their growth.“The interesting economic question is, how would the farmers’ productivity suffer if they were to stop using antibiotics, given the threat agricultural antibiotic use may pose to human health?” said Mulaney, who switched her primary concentration from molecular and cellular biology to economics so she could write her senior thesis on the topic.Mulaney first became interested in antibiotic resistance as a research intern in the Kolter Lab at Harvard Medical School. Later, pursuing health policy internships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and at the Wellcome Trust (for the U.K. prime minister’s Review on Antimicrobial Resistance), she started to see how economic thinking and health issues overlapped.Outside the classroom, Mulaney is involved in an array of campus activities, including tap dancing. She is the co-president of the Harvard Undergraduate Global Health Forum and co-chair of the Quincy House Committee.Mulaney agreed with Panovka that the process of studying together — encouraged by Quincy House fellowships tutor Ruthie Ezra — was invaluable.“What was really wonderful was how supportive we were of each other,” she said. “When Rebecca found out, I was thrilled for her, and she still took the time to sit down with me in the days leading up to my interview and grill me with practice questions. This is a very high-risk, low-reward process … and I think we ended up being more successful because we worked together.”Yen Pham ’15/16 has been awarded an International Rhodes Scholarship. She is pictured by Robinson Hall at Harvard University. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerYen Pham, Rhodes ScholarWhen she heads to Oxford next year, Pham plans to pursue two degrees — one in contemporary literature and another in film aesthetics — with the goal of exploring a topic she takes personally: the literature of migration.“Migration has been a huge force in my life,” she said. “My parents were refugees from Vietnam, and I moved from Australia to the United States for college, so that’s been a governing cultural dynamic of my life. It’s something I’ve always been thinking about.”The issue gained a literary dimension when she read the Willa Cather classic “My Antonia” as part of a class on the American novel.“I felt there were surprising resonances between that book and my family history, even though it is about a Bohemian family in 1800s Nebraska,” she said. “That got me interested in this topic academically.”Her desire to study film, Pham said, grew from her belief that the medium is arguably the most powerful for modern storytelling.“I’ve spent a lot of time studying literature, but I think film is an extremely important means by which we tell stories today,” she said. “In some ways, it feels like the more immediate, visceral medium, and it has the potential to reach a broader audience.”Pham said she is eager to join the community of dedicated scholars at Oxford and delve deeper into her studies.“The reason I applied was because I was excited to join this community of people who are, first of all, very intellectually serious, but who are also interested in using their skills or research to improve the world in some way,” she said. “That is something that is very important to me as well.”last_img read more

  • Spiders to the rescue

    first_img“We seem to have lost a fang.” File that under things you probably don’t want to hear in a workshop about spiders.Luckily, the aforementioned missing fang was made of foam, and was used to help a group of local 8- and 9-year-olds learn about the anatomy of a spider. The students, who are part of the Gardner Pilot Academy’s after-school program, were at the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston for a workshop titled “Spider Superheroes.”The program was created by Sarah J. Kariko, research director of Gossamer Labs LLC and an associate in Harvard’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and it was adapted in collaboration with the Harvard Museum of Natural History. It was funded in part by a grant from Creativity Garden, a nationwide project of the Association of Science-Technology Centers, which is supported by the Walt Disney Co.“Spider Superheroes” teaches students all about spiders, and some of the remarkable things they can do. For instance, the students learned that some spiders can jump long distances, dance, live underwater, balloon through the air, change colors, and sometimes even be mistaken for jewels.Spider superheroes at the Harvard Ed Portal <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJzZ6r-NGbs” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/TJzZ6r-NGbs/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Local elementary school students visit the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston for a workshop called “Spider Superheroes.” Producer and editor: Joe ShermanThough many people fear spiders, the truth is that they’re far more helpful than harmful.Students learned how spiders help to keep insect populations in check, learned about their extraordinary sense of touch, and learned how some spiders spin strong, intricate, complex webs that they use to catch their prey — webs they never seem to get stuck in themselves.The class began with students discussing what words they’d use to describe spiders: hairy, pretty, stinky, bold, gross, big-footed, cool.Their task was to travel around the world in their imaginations and meet some spider superheroes along the way. Then they were to come back to the Ed Portal and design their own superhero who could help them solve a real problem — or a challenge — of their own choosing.,During their trip, they “met” pelican spiders, scuba spiders, beautiful peacock spiders, spiders that performed nighttime ballets, and even ballooning spiders that covered Charles Darwin’s ship, the HMS Beagle, with gossamer silk off the coast of Argentina in 1832.When their travels were complete, the students got closer to various types of spiders, but this time live and in their exoskeletons. They looked on, some in trepidation and some in awe, as Wendy Derjue-Holzer, education director at HMNH, positioned a live tarantula for students to view.“Does she bite?” one student asked.“Not unless you’re a cricket. Are you a cricket?” replied Derjue-Holzer.“Noooo,” they giggled.“Do you know what tarantulas really like? They like to use their fangs to make cricket milkshakes. They don’t actually eat the bug like you would eat something. They stick their fangs right into the cricket, inject digestive enzymes, and suck out all the juicy bits. Delicious,” continued Derjue-Holzer.Remarkably, none of the 30 students seemed squeamish or frightened by the spiders (though 8-year-old Jeffery Blanchard did say that his mother would be scared). The students picked up the spiders’ cases, studied their movements, and made drawings. Eight-year-old Sean Quirk desperately wanted to see the tarantula eat the cricket. Much to his disappointment, she — yes, the tarantula is a girl — didn’t comply.Students took their observations and got down to business designing their own superheroes to help solve a problem. Some students created spiders to help clean up litter, spiders to help construction workers lift heavy objects, and even spiders to help them with their math homework.Quirk created a spider superhero that would “stop bad guys by putting them in a chair and weaving a web around them to tie them up until the police came.” He designed this while watching to make sure he didn’t miss any cricket milkshakes.Gustavo Moreira, 9, of Allston, made a spider that helped people stop smoking by using its legs to break their cigarettes.“We are so fortunate to bring Sarah and Wendy and their ‘Spider Superheroes’ program to the Ed Portal. The students were excited to learn about spiders, a creature we all come into contact with on a fairly regular basis. I think that when they left the two-hour class they had gathered enough information to understand how valuable spiders are to the environment, and for many children fear was cast aside and replaced by wonder!” said Joan Matsalia, associate director of Harvard’s Public School Partnerships team.“I hope today’s class helped some [of the students] lose their fear of spiders,” said Keyla Veloz, a teacher who accompanied the class to the Ed Portal. “Some of the kids have been learning about insects in science class, so the timing for us was really very fortunate. It was nice to have them come and make the connections and build upon what they had been learning in class.”You can learn about spiders and see the tarantula yourself by visiting the Harvard Museum of Natural History, which is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free to Massachusetts residents every Sunday morning from 9 a.m. to noon and on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m., September through May.last_img read more

  • Workshops

    first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaTo help landscapers better bid on and estimate the costs of their jobs, the University of Georgia is holding a workshop March 12-13 in Athens, Ga. UGA specialists will discuss landscape installation, maintenance and software programs they’ve developed to make running a landscape business easier.Participants will learn how to use Excel-based cost estimating and bidding spreadsheets developed by UGA faculty. Day one will focus on landscape installation cost estimating using Hort Scape software. Day two will focus on landscape maintenance cost estimating using Hort Management software. The daylong workshops will start at 8:30 a.m. each day in Conner Hall room 202 on the UGA Athens campus. The cost is $150 for both days or $100 for either day. The fee includes breaks, lunch, handouts and copies of the software. For more information, call (706) 542-2861 or visit www.hort.uga.edu/extension/programs/CEJBW/index.html.last_img read more

  • Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund launches new Farm to Plate Initiative

    first_imgThe Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) announced today that is has officially launched the Farm to Plate Initiative, has named a 15 member Strategic Planning Process Team and has hired Kit Perkins as the Initiative s project manager. The Farm-to-Plate Initiative aims to bolster Vermont s food system by quantifying market potential and pin-pointing critical bottlenecks, especially in processing and storage infrastructure and distribution systems so that more of Vermont s agricultural products can be enjoyed by Vermonters and throughout the Northeast, said Ellen Kahler, Executive Director of the VSJF.  She went on to say that, A ten year strategic food system plan, which will be one of the main deliverables from this initiative, will help determine where future investments should be made, thereby leading to more jobs and overall agricultural economic activity.During the 2009 Legislative session, Representatives Chris Bray and Jason Lorber, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) and Rural Vermont collaborated to secure passage of legislation (Act 54) which called for the creation of a Farm to Plate Investment Program.  The ultimate purpose of the program is to foster economic development and job growth in the farm and food sector. While Vermont is a strong agricultural state, we still purchase 97% of our food from out of state at an annual cost of $2.6 billion, said Representative Bray, who serves on the VT House Agriculture Committee. As we rebuild our food system, we will not only keep more food dollars in Vermont and strengthen our farm economy, but because these dollars circulate locally, we will also strengthen our entire rural economy.Will Patten, executive director of VT Businesses for Social Responsibility, added, “The Farm to Plate Initiative is the culmination of a series of VBSR discussions with our business members and with agricultural leaders that concluded that agriculture in Vermont could stop the hemorrhaging of hard-earned dollars and become an engine of economic development. We are thrilled that the Sustainable Jobs Fund is going to quantify this opportunity for Vermont.”The VSJF also announced that is has hired Kit Perkins, formerly of the Intervale Center in Burlington, to be the Project Manager for this new initiative.  Kahler said, we are very excited to have Kit Perkins join our team as she has nearly 25 years of experience in planning and community economic development and a deep commitment to and passion for agriculture in Vermont.   Besides her 4 years at the Intervale (2004-2008), Perkins was a founding member and trustee of Sustainable Seattle, where she helped author the groundbreaking document, Indicators of Sustainability. From 1999-2003 she served as Vice President with New Ecology, Inc. in Cambridge, MA.  Perkins earned a B.A. in urban planning with honors from the University of Vermont and a Master of Urban Planning and Design from the University of Washington.A 15 member Strategic Planning Process Team has also been named to assist VSJF Staff and Researchers over the coming year.  They will serve as an advisory board of the Initiative, focusing on how best to engage the broader agricultural community to provide critical content to the ten year strategic plan.  Process Team members include: Roger Allbee (Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets); Marie Audet (Blue Spruce Farm); Stacy Burnstein (Castanae Foundation); Megan Camp (VT-FEED); Guy Choiniere (Choiniere Family Farm); Eric Clifford (Clifford Dairy Farm); Paul Costello (VT Council on Rural Development); Brian Dunkiel (Shems Dunkiel Kassel & Saunders); Amanda Ellis-Thurber (Lilac Ridge Farm); Bill Schubart (formerly of Resolution, Inc.); Will Stevens (Golden Russet Farm); Ryan Torres (VT Community Foundation); Steve Voigt (King Arthur Flour); Tom Vogelmann (UVM College of Agriculture & Life Sciences); Enid Wonnacott (NOFA-Vermont).Members were selected for their deep understanding of the food and farm sector in Vermont and not necessarily for their organizational affiliation.Recently, the Farm to Plate Initiative was included as part of the agenda for a national webinar hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “We re receiving tremendous support from Vermonters, and because of the webinar, we re fielding calls from California, Maine, and across the U.S.,” said Representative Lorber, who serves on the VT House Commerce & Economic Development Committee.  “Other states want to craft similar programs that create jobs and strengthen their Buy Local movement as well.” Rural Vermont sees the Farm to Plate Initiative as a critical component to our goal of food sovereignty for Vermont and economic viability for its farmers, said Brian Moyer, the new executive director of Rural Vermont. A smoother road for farmers to bring their bounty to market will create a more stable and vibrant economy. Historically, this has always been true.Funding for this initiative is being made possible through Vermont ARRA stimulus funds, the Vermont Community Foundation, anonymous foundations, the John Merck Fund, and the High Meadows Fund.Source: VSJFlast_img read more

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