Harvard visits inspire Greenwood and Agassiz students

first_img“I’ve never seen a museum inside of a University,” said 10-year old Sabrina Ortiz from Boston Public School’s Elihu Greenwood Leadership Academy standing inside the Harvard Museum of Natural History, “Its amazing and inspiring me to learn.”She summed up the goal of the Harvard visit with those final words.Ortiz was part of a group of 30 students from the Greenwood who visited Harvard University for a multi-faceted campus experience as part of Step UP’s “Science Across the Semester.”  The fourth grade students spent the whole school day on Harvard’s campus April 12.  The mission: to engage in an authentic college campus visit where science learning is highlighted.Like any other Harvard college student, these BPS children enjoyed lunch in Harvard’s historic, wood-paneled Annenberg Hall, They sat on the green outside Annenberg and learned first hand what college life is like from Jorge Pozo, a graduate student at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, who also encouraged the students to achieve their dreams with his own personal story.They toured the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and later received four free passes to return with their families.  Then when they thought they had seen it all, the students took in the sights of the oldest college campus in the nation under the expert guidance of Harvard college students.“These exposures to college and campus science are a small example of what Harvard is doing through Step UP to support teaching and learning,” said Emily Barr, program coordinator at the Harvard Achievement Support Initiative. “It’s incredibly satisfying for us to watch their eyes light up  — to be part of an initiative that is providing opportunities for new experiences that will motivate these Boston Public School children.”The Greenwood field trip was one of a series of four Harvard Step UP visits on campus this April that gave 140 fourth and fifth graders at the Greenwood and Louis Agassiz Elementary Schools their first in-depth experience incorporating both college life and campus science.  Harvard participates in a range of early college awareness programs that bring a total of about 700 local children onto Harvard’s campus each year.Step UP is a collaboration among local universities and Boston schools that promotes student achievement. Harvard is a founding member of Step UP and has been offering after-school program support, learning materials, and professional development at the schools for the past four years.last_img read more


Dominica and Falkland Islands share a direct connection – Dr Honeychurch

first_imgLocalNews Dominica and Falkland Islands share a direct connection – Dr Honeychurch by: – November 16, 2011 Historian Dr Lennox HoneychurchHistorian Dr Lennox Honeychurch, on Tuesday highlighted a direct link between Dominica and the Falkland Islands at a cocktail reception held at the Fort Young Hotel.The reception was organized to facilitate the members of the legislative assembly an opportunity to share first-hand their experiences of managing the Falkland Islands economy and internal governance, but also the challenges they face in the United Nations for support for their right to self determination; the very principle enacted by the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica when choosing to become independent from the United Kingdom in 1978.Dr Honeychurch explained that through a library exercise the connection between Dominica and the Falkland Islands was discovered through a little boy.“The head librarian of the public library at Stanley in the Falkland Islands came up to Dominica to investigate a family who had been in Dominica and immigrated to the Falklands. She discovered this because the library in the Falkland Islands had run this little exercise for children who were participating in the library programs to come and write about where their families came from. This little boy wrote a very interesting piece saying that his family was the Bertrand’s; a well known family in the Falkland Islands and that was in the 19th century, they had come from an island in the Caribbean called Dominica”.Dr Honeychurch further explained that the Bertrand family was originally from France but due to the Edict of Nantes had to relocate to Geneva, Switzerland.The teacher, Joan Cameron who passed away two years ago in Argentina, discovered that the Bertrand’s owned the Geneva Estate in Grand Bay.“The Bertrand’s were from France originally and they were protestants, and there was an arrangement called the “Edict of Nantes” where protestants could continue to live in France, but in 1685 there was a revocation of the “Edict of Nantes” and the Bertrand family had to get out of France as soon as possible and they went to live in Switzerland on the banks of lake Geneva in the city of Geneva. When the British were selling land in Dominica, they came and they bought the land which was formerly owned by the Jesuits and they named their new plantation Geneva after Geneva in Switzerland. But by the 1820’s the fortunes of Dominica were declining, and this was a period of slump and they decided that they would go to the busy Falkland Islands…… they sold Geneva estate here in Dominica to the Lockhart family and then went down to the Falklands where there family still lives,” he said.Dr Honeychurch also lent his support to the members of the legislative assembly in determining whether they should retain their link with the United Kingdom.“I would like to support Mike and his other parliamentarians in the efforts that they are making because the key thing is self-determination. I’m the last surviving opposition member that went to London in 1977 to discuss the independence constitution of Dominica and we bargained for our constitution, we bargained for self-determination it was the right of the Dominican people to do so and I firmly believe that it is the right of the Falkland Islands people to decide where they want to stand and this is a key component of any nation’s decision making.”Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 254 Views   2 comments Tweet Sharelast_img read more


Eureka Loggers one win from league title after blanking Arcata Tigers

first_imgArcata >> It’s so close they can almost taste it.The Eureka Loggers girls soccer team played stout defense and made the most of their opportunities on Wednesday to blank the Arcata Tigers 3-0 and clinch at least a tie for the Humboldt-Del Norte League championship.If Eureka (14-1-1 overall, 12-1 H-DN) defeats McKinleyville in its regular-season finale at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Eureka, the Loggers will claim the outright league title, dethroning the Tigers, who have won the last five league …last_img


BarkingMad rehomes lost companions

first_imgAnimal professionals help BarkingMad where needed when it comes to properly managing and caring for animals that are either about to be rehomed or are currently in the care of their owners.  (Image: BarkingMad, via Facebook)By providing the link between the public and animal shelters around the country, BarkingMad facilitates the rehoming of abandoned and abused domestic animals with caring individuals and families.BarkingMad also functions as a central point where owners can be reunited with lost and found pets. Its network includes participating veterinary clinics and animal shelters throughout South Africa.The organisation is supported by members of the public and corporations, in turn allowing it to help animal shelters with the finances needed to feed and house animals waiting to be adopted, or waiting to be collected by their owners.Another key function of the organisation is helping pet owners to find new homes for their pets when they are no longer able to care for them because of issues such as relocation or illness.Animal professionals help BarkingMad where needed when it comes to properly managing and caring for animals that are either about to be rehomed or are currently in the care of their owners. This help is available for free to those who need it.By providing the link between the public and animal shelters around the country, BarkingMad facilitates the rehoming of abandoned and abused domestic animals with caring individuals and families.HOW TO GET INVOLVEDIf you’re looking for a new animal companion, you can browse through the BarkingMad list of animals on its website or visit the animal shelter on the network nearest to you to find a pet to add to your family.Similarly, if you have a pet you are no longer able to properly care for, you can contact the organisation via email at [email protected] or telephonically on 063 040 6071.There are other options regarding how to get involved. You can sponsor a pet at one of the homes to keep them healthy and fed; you can also volunteer your time at one of the shelters to walk the dogs or help in their rehabilitation and training.BarkingMad also has a range of merchandise for sale through the Pink Pitbull Trading Company. The proceeds go to supporting the various homes and facilitating the rehoming of the animals.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more


YouTube Expanding On-Demand Movie Service with Mainstream Hollywood Titles

first_imgAccording to a report from the Hollywood-tracking news outlet The Wrap, Google’s YouTube will soon be expanding its on-demand movie rental service to include mainstream Holloywood films. Major movie studios including Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Brothers and Universal are all said to be on board, as are a number of independent studios.The sources cited by The Wrap are “movie executives with knowledge of the deals,” but YouTube itself said it would not comment on rumor and speculation.An Expanded StoreA YouTube spokesperson would only say this, when asked about the on-demand streaming service:“We’ve steadily been adding more and more titles since launching movies for rent on YouTube over a year ago, and now have thousands of titles available.”The spokesperson is referring to YouTube’s store, available here at: http://www.youtube.com/store. The service launched last year, offering movie rentals for $2 or $3 dollars apiece. The files are available for streaming, not download, similar to the videos provided by Netflix or Hulu’s streaming services.Currently, there are only a small number of well-known titles in the YouTube Store. These are prominently featured on the site’s homepage, making the service appear more well-stocked than it actually is. But dig a little deeper and you won’t find much more to choose from, unless you like really B-to-D grade films and direct-to-video offerings. Launching in WeeksThe upcoming deal, which has now been confirmed by AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka as well, would change that. He adds that while Sharon Waxman’s report from The Wrap pinned the launch date as being “as early as next week or next,” he heard that the time frame was “weeks, but not months.”Those not participating in the current deal, Kaftka notes, are New’s Corp.’s Fox and Paramount, whose corporate parent Viacom is still suing Google regarding YouTube copyright issues and claims.Cloud Locker PlannedKafka also cited one source who said that this on-demand movie rental service was just the beginning for Google’s vision. In the future, Google wants users to be able to purchase movies and store them in an online cloud locker, a service that sounds strikingly familiar to the one Amazon itself just launched.But even if the service does launch as expected, the question many in the media are now asking is whether or not the business model is viable. Netflix, which offers streaming movies, not rentals and purchases, is booming, having nearly doubled its net quarterly profits from last year. It also added 3.3 million subscribers in Q1 2011. Would streaming individual rentals and purchases attract a large enough audience to make the expanded YouTube service a success? Or will consumers still choose Netflix instead? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… sarah perez Tags:#Video Services#web#YouTube Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


Owens Corning Buys Mineral Wool Manufacturer

first_imgOwens Corning is going into the mineral wool insulation business.The Toledo, Ohio, company has purchased Thermafiber Inc., a manufacturer of mineral wool insulation for residential, commercial, and industrial markets.Owens Corning already makes a variety of insulation products, including its familiar pink fiberglass batts, blown-in fiberglass, extruded polystyrene, and duct liner and duct board.Thermafiber has a single 145,000-sq. ft. plant in Wabash, Indiana, with about 150 employees. Owens Corning would not say how much insulation the plant currently produces.Thermafiber makes its mineral wool insulation from rock and blast furnace slag. It’s non-combustible, inorganic, and mold-resistant and has an R-value of about R-4 per inch, Thermafiber says. It is sold as loose fibers or formed into blankets or boards.Owens Corning said the purchase did not signal it was preparing to get out of the fiberglass insulation business. Mineral wood currently has a 4% share of the U.S. insulation market.Joe Ochoa, vice president and general manager, for Owens Corning Engineered Insulation Systems, said in a prepared statement: “Mineral wool insulation adds to our product portfolio and helps us to provide access to high-temperature commercial building applications.” The company said its short-term focus would be to take care of existing customers while it developed a long-term growth plan.Terms of the sale were not disclosed.last_img read more


World’s Tallest Modular Tower Opens

first_imgThe tallest modular building in the world, a 32-story residential tower, has opened its doors in New York City.There are 363 apartments at 461 Dean, part of a 22-acre development called Pacific Park Brooklyn that ultimately will include 6 million square feet of residential space and 6,430 units of housing. It was constructed at the intersection of Dean Street and Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn next to one of the city’s major transportation hubs.Half of the units at 461 Dean have been set aside for low- and middle-income families, with studios starting at $559 a month (two-bedroom units at $727), according to an article posted at Wired. Affordable housing in New York City is in such short supply that 84,000 people submitted applications for the 181 affordable units this summer. Housing was assigned by lottery.According to the project’s website, market-rate studio apartments start at $2,450; two-bedroom units start at $4,750 a month.The building was constructed to meet the LEED-Silver standard, but the developer did not list any particular energy-efficiency features, such as added insulation or extra measures to reduce air leaks. Teething problems for modular buildingThe building — developed by Forest City Ratner Companies and designed by SHoP Architects — was constructed of modular units manufactured at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and moved to the site by truck. The building was an important test of how modular construction could make urban housing more affordable, Wired said, with Forest City originally predicting it would be ready for occupancy in 18 months and cost 20% less than a tower built conventionally.It didn’t work out that way. Construction ran two years behind schedule as the manufacturer, Skanska, struggled to develop the 960 different modules that would be needed to complete the building. The site itself also posed problems because it was triangular in shape, which resulted in triangular modules and added construction complexity.“In an effort to show modular has endless possibilities, we probably went a little overboard on the complexity,” Roger Krulak, who oversaw Forest City’s modular business, told Wired.As problems mounted, Forest City sued Skanska. Skanska returned the favor by suing Forest City, and Forest City ended up buying the module factory from Skanska. It has since sold the modular operation to Krulak, who founded a new company called Full Stack Modular.Even though the 461 Dean experiment wasn’t as successful as developers had hoped, Forest City CEO MaryAnne Gilmartin said the effort will help others develop complex modular buildings in the future, Wired said.last_img read more


PierreEmile Hojbjerg apologizes for red card

first_imgSouthampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has apologized to the club’s supporters after picking up a red card during their 3-1 loss to Manchester City.The Saints hosted the Premier League champions at the St. Mary’s on Sunday, and Hojbjerg who leveled things for the home side at 1-1 in the first half, was shown a straight red card for a wild lounge on Fernandinho just before the end of the game.David Silva gave City an early lead in the 10th minute, before Hojbjerg pounced on a mistake by Zinchenko to equalize for the home side.However, two late first-half goals courtesy of an own-goal from James Ward-Prowse and a Sergio Aguero header ensured Pep Guardiola’s men picked up all three points.In a statement released on Saints’ Twitter account, Hojbjerg  said:💬#SaintsFC’s Pierre-Emile Højbjerg apologised after his dismissal against #ManCity this afternoon: pic.twitter.com/hVmUOUPychPremier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) December 30, 2018“I would like to apologise about my red card and letting my team-mates down.”“Sometimes my passion takes over my control, but I will work hard on this and I’m focused on coming back stronger.”“The support was great again and we must keep pulling together in one direction to reach our potential.”last_img read more