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LANGD Marketing Director receives award

first_img TAGSLake Apopka Natural Gas District Previous articleVelazquez faces two challengers in Seat #2 electionNext articleOn this day in history: Pearl Harbor bombed Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Florida Natural Gas Association honors LANGD’s Monica Marlow as Marketing Person of the YearMonica Marlow, Director of Marketing and Business Development for the Lake Apopka Natural Gas District, has been named Florida Natural Gas Association’s (FNGA) Fred Pryor Marketing Person of the Year for 2017. Marlow was officially presented with the award on November 30 at the FNGA Board and Committee Meeting in Panama City, Florida.For four decades, the FNGA Fred Pryor Marketing Person of the Year award has honored the accomplishments of natural gas marketing professionals who have excelled in encouraging the industry’s growth in Florida.  With ten years of experience in marketing and sales for the natural gas industry (in which she has worked for nearly two decades), Marlow was nominated by the Lake Apopka Natural Gas District to receive the FNGA’s highest honor bestowed to marketing individuals.“Monica’s huge heart and passion for providing natural gas to our customers drove my decision to nominate her for FNGA’s Marketing Person of the Year award,” said Samuel Davis Jr., General Manager and CEO of the District, and a member of FNGA’s board of directors. “She has continued to impress industry leaders through her contributions not only to our business, but to her community as well.”Marlow joined the District in 2013 and in just two years’ time was promoted to her current director position.  Under her leadership, the District’s marketing department has signed nearly two dozen residential developer agreements for subdivisions, with the potential to reach more than 2,000 homes with natural gas service.Ever-dedicated to promoting the benefits of clean, efficient and economical natural gas, Marlow has been an active member of several industry associations, including the American Public Gas Association and its research foundation, as well as the Florida Municipal Natural Gas Association.  Most recently, Marlow was appointed Vice Chair of FNGA’s Marketing and Sales Committee.Marlow also cares greatly for the betterment of her community, devoting time to organizations throughout Central Florida.  She is currently working with Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County, helping the organization fulfill its goal of providing affordable, energy-efficient housing.Lake Apopka Natural Gas District provides clean, efficient and economical natural gas service to more than 20,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Orange and Lake counties.  The District has been honored with the SOAR Silver Award by the American Public Gas Association for excellence in operations.  For more information on natural gas service for your home, business or vehicle, please contact the LANGD Marketing Team at (407) 656-2734 x307 or [email protected], or visit www.langd.org. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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All Black Tamati Ellison arm grabbing with Scotland’s Ryan Grant

first_imgThursday Nov 15, 2012 All Black Tamati Ellison arm grabbing with Scotland’s Ryan Grant Here is a quick look at an incident that Scotland fans were unhappy about this past weekend. The outrage came as it looked as though All Black Tamati Ellison grabbed and chicken winged prop Ryan Grant as they both dived for the ball early in the game. Grant ended up with his arm twisted in an uncomfortable looking position before Tim Visser and Cory Jane got involved. The two players separated and that was it, but fans tweeted furiously about it this week, including some to IRB Chief Executive Officer Brett Gosper.Gosper, who has taken some serious heat over what some view as a lenient one week ban for Adam Thomson for use of the boot, replied to the request for a citing saying: “Saw it. Understand. Apparently debatable it would warrant red card according to experts.”When this incident happened on Saturday many took to Twitter to share their thoughts on it, including former All Black and friend of Ellison’s, Toulouse flyhalf Luke McAlister.“Cheeky little bit of mma there @TamatiEllison #armbar” joked McAlister.However, if you watch closely you’ll see that it may not be as malicious as it appears, as Grant actually grabbed and held Ellison’s arm first (pause video around 21 seconds), which the All Black then tried to wriggle free from, and they both ended up in an awkward, dangerous looking position.Depending on which side of the fence you sit, you may still view it differently, but with only one angle and no complaints from Scotland, there was quite possibly nothing in it.As always, please feel free to share your opinion as a comment below.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error random Related Articles 445 WEEKS AGO Steve Hansen discusses Andrew Hore incident… 446 WEEKS AGO Italy vs Australia – Live stream 446 WEEKS AGO Catch up with Ken Cowen and School of Hard… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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M&S pledges to support local communities & raise £25m for charities with Plan A 2025

first_img Melanie May | 6 June 2017 | News  226 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis55 Tagged with: corporate Volunteering Plan A 2025 launched on 1st June – M&S’s Make It Matter Day – and will be backed by a marketing campaign that includes M&S’s first ever Plan A store take-over with every M&S window featuring a Plan A message and its 70 biggest stores hosting a welcome zone detailing what the store is doing to support its local community. M&S will report on Plan A 2025 progress every year in June and the commitments will be assured by independent auditors as well as M&S’s own audit team.Steve Rowe, chief executive of Marks & Spencer’s said:“Plan A 2025 will help us build a sustainable future by helping our customers live healthier lives, supporting the communities they live in and we source from and looking after the planet we all share. We believe we can engage all of our 32 million customers, 85,000 colleagues and 200,000 shareholders in the plan that becomes a mass voice for sustainable change.”“Through our UK-wide store network we are seeing more and more evidence that communities need support from partners, like M&S, to positively deliver change.“We’ve looked at what matters to communities, which are issues like access to work-place skills, social inclusion, support for mental health problems and believe we can play a key role and make a real difference to community life. We’re starting with ten so that we can learn, adapt and develop an agile approach that will allow us to support 1,000 communities by 2025.” Marks & Spencer has pledged to raise £25m for charities tackling cancer, heart disease, mental health problems, loneliness and dementia as part of its newly launched sustainability plan, Plan A 2025.Plan A 2025 builds on the first 10 years of Marks & Spencer’s Plan A, which has included raising £25m for Breast Cancer Now since 2001, and £10m for Macmillan.  As well as raising a further £25m for charities, the new plan aims to support 1,000 communities, help 10 million people live happier, healthier lives and convert M&S into a zero-waste business through initiatives such as making all M&S packaging ‘widely recyclable’ and ensuring all key raw materials it uses are from sustainable sources.Other commitments include:Colleagues worldwide completing one million hours of work-time community volunteering between 2017 and 2025A pilot programme to support communities in delivering positive, measurable change. Initially piloted in ten communities over the next two years, with M&S trialling a range of actions designed to tackle key issues such as unemployment, skill shortages, loneliness, poverty, and mental health and wellbeing. Successful initiatives will be rolled out to a further 100 locations by 2023 with learnings shared with 1,000 locations by 2025Making space available for community use in 50% of Clothing, Home and Food stores by 2025A new collaboration with Oxfam over three years focusing on the UK and India to develop a deeper understanding of the connection between sourcing practices and human rights impacts. Oxfam will report the findings independently, whilst M&S will develop a programme of actions and report annually on progress from 2018The ten communities M&S is currently in discussions with for the pilot programme are Birmingham (focusing on Handsworth and Handsworth Wood), Bradford, Glasgow (focusing on Easterhouse), Liverpool (focusing on Toxteth and Dingle), Derry~Londonderry, Merthyr Tydfil, Middlesbrough, London Borough of Newham, Norwich and Rochdale.To deliver initiatives within these communities, M&S will work with local councils and partners including Business In The Community, Royal Voluntary Service, The Silver Line, Power to Change, Frazzled Cafe and Neighbourly. Each of the 10 locations will have a programme of activities such as support for start-up community businesses through a partnership with Power to Change, investment in outdoor spaces, hosting Frazzled Cafes for those feeling stressed or in need of support, and grants to support food surplus charities to fund fridges and cool bags so they can redistribute fresh food.  225 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis55 M&S pledges to support local communities & raise £25m for charities with Plan A 2025 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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TCU looks to cut benefits for future employees

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Twitter Snow temporarily stepping down as honors dean Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ ReddIt + posts Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Two students joined harassment and discrimination lawsuit against TCU Campus NewsAdministrationNewsTop StoriesTCU looks to cut benefits for future employeesBy Robbie Vaglio – October 24, 2019 2909 Robbie Vaglio Facebook I am the executive editor of TCU 360 from Raleigh, North Carolina. If you walk by my desk in the newsroom you’ll immediately know I’m Post Malone’s biggest fan. I’m always looking for a good story to tell! If you have any story ideas, feel free to reach out! Go Panthers!center_img Linkedin TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history TCU wants ex-professor’s discrimination suit dismissed Linkedin Facebook printFaculty Senate Chair, Clark Jones (right) looks on as Chancellor Victor Boschini discusses TCU’s benefits package. Photo courtesy of TCU. TCU is developing a benefits package for future employees that will not be as generous as the existing one. Chancellor Victor Boschini told faculty and staff at a town hall meeting earlier this month that the current package is “too rich to be sustainable.” Boschini said the TCU Board of Trustees has asked him to prepare a package of options for them to consider instead. The university, with the help of a Faculty Senate committee, is examining all benefits including health insurance, retirement, and the tuition benefit. Boschini said compensation and benefits must be addressed because they account for more than 60 percent of the university’s operating budget. That budget is funded primarily through tuition and money from TCU’s endowment. Neither is growing at a pace comparable to the exponential increase in benefits. Nathan Grawe, an economist at Carleton College, has predicted a sharp drop in student population in the next decade. Boschini said in the coming years, trustees want to hold tuition increases to less than 4 percent.Boschini said peer institutions Baylor, SMU, Vanderbilt and Tulane have already restructured their benefits packages. He said he would like to maintain the plan for current employees, but noted that changes at Baylor, SMU and Vanderbilt included all employees – current and future. Cool receptionThe discussion was met with skepticism, concerns about losing top job prospects, and complaints that TCU’s benefits already lagged behind its peers. A compensation analysis done by members of the Faculty Relations Committee of the Faculty Senate argues that the compensation packages are not too rich, and members worry that the new salary and benefit reductions would harm TCU’s ability to “recruit and retain high-quality faculty members.”“I made the decision to come to TCU personally for the fact that there are outstanding benefits at TCU,” a faculty member in attendance at the Town Hall said. “I’m just concerned that our ability to recruit faculty and remain competitive in the future if we’re not careful with this.”The report also said that increasing faculty compensation is one way to accomplish TCU’s Vision in Action goal of strengthening TCU’s academic profile and reputation. The University Compensation Advisory Committee (UCAC) charge that benefits are “too rich” is in direct opposition to that and strengthening TCU’s workforce. “Our compensation packages need to be nationally competitive, not just regionally,” a representative from the Harris College of Nursing said. “I would say that we make sure that we continue to recruit and maintain our top talent across the board.”Others predicted the cuts would harm TCU’s culture and the relationship between faculty and administration. They said some employees are still smarting over cuts to retiree health benefits. In 2012-13, TCU’s shifted retiree health benefits from the university plan to a third party. The UCAC report noted that this “provoked a sense of frustration and betrayal from some in the TCU family” because faculty and staff were not consulted with prior to action being made. According to the minutes from a March 2013 Faculty Senate meeting: “The result was a firestorm of angst and objection, based on the perception that benefits were about to be changed for the worse.” Jack Hill, a professor of religion, also spoke out about the retiree cuts. “We get to 2013 and all of a sudden, we learn that benefits for retirees are going to be reduced and that fractured the trust.”“Now you’re talking about cutting benefits for new employees that we’re going to be looking in the eye five years from now, and that’s fracturing the trust.”Jack Hill, a professor of religionRising costsAlthough TCU has seen accelerated growth in tuition in recent years, Boschini said that can’t continue. The largest tuition increase in recent history was an 8 percent increase in 2012. Last year’s tuition increase was 4.5 percent. Boschini said the board wants to hold increases to under 4 percent.“This has gone up higher than the cost of living index and the higher education price index,” Boschini said. Chancellor Victor Boschini discusses employee benefits during the faculty staff town hall. Photo courtesy of TCU. Over the past 10 years, a 1 percent increase in tuition resulted in a $3-4.5 million increase in growth undergraduate tuition revenue per year. An additional 1,000 students would add $49.2 million in gross revenue at the current tuition rate. Healthcare costs paid by TCU have increased by 145 percent since 2010, from $11 million to $27 million this fiscal year. Nearly 6 percent of all employee salaries go toward health care premiums, Boschini said. There are 2,336 faculty and staff members at TCU.TCU’s tuition reimbursement plan is another factor that is driving costs. Boschini said the tuition reimbursement is the biggest benefit employees receive. The university spent $12.4 million educating faculty, their spouses, and children in 2019. This is projected to increase by $3 million over the next 10 years. “I think this is a great benefit and it encourages people to work here too,” Boschini said. Boschini said Vanderbilt and SMU implemented much harsher cuts for their current employees and neither has not seen a drop in applicants. TCU’s expenses are expected to surpass revenue in the future. Source: TCU “I would say Vanderbilt definitely equals us and they’ve experienced no drop or decline in their positions, but that’s just one,” Boschini said. Sean Atkinson, an assistant professor of music theory, said comparing us to Vanderbilt isn’t a good comparison because its total compensation is higher than TCU’s.The committee’s report said that TCU’s financial compensation is not competitive when compared with other universities that field Division 1 football teams, per the committee’s report. TCU’s full professor benefits in 2016 total $43.9 million, nearly $20 million less than Duke, the private university with the best professor benefits. The UCAC plans to meet to finalize its preliminary proposals Oct. 29. They are scheduled to present their proposal to Staff Assembly Nov. 5 and Faculty Senate is set to hear the proposal Nov. 7. Proposals will be finalized Nov. 12 and the Chancellor’s cabinet expects to hear proposals Nov. 19. ReddIt Previous articleThe Skiff: Oct. 24, 2019Next articleWhat we’re reading: Chilean protests continue in Santiago Robbie Vaglio World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ What to watch during quarantine Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

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Wife of jailed journalist criticises “humiliating” prison conditions and appeals for international support

first_imgNews Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Receive email alerts Relatives of Omar Moisés Ruiz Hernández were prevented from giving him medication, letters or magazines when they made a three-monthly visit on 13 August. They said he was being denied the treatment he needed for his high blood pressure. On the same day it was learned that the wife of Normando Hernández González had not been allowed to visit him. The prison authorities ruled without explanation that visits were had been suspended until further notice.Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta on 11 August ended a hunger strike he had started on 26 July to protest against his prison conditions. The same day he was moved from “Kilo 7” to “Kilo 8” prison in Camaguëy. His mother said the guards beat him as soon as he arrived at the new prison.At the beginning of August the wife of Alfredo Felipe Fuentes said he had lost 10 kilos and that she was worried about the poor nutrition, isolation and the state of his cell. The journalist is only allowed outside for one hour a day. He is suffering from high blood pressure and back pain. Organisation News to go further CubaAmericas Help by sharing this information September 1, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Wife of jailed journalist criticises “humiliating” prison conditions and appeals for international support May 6, 2020 Find out morecenter_img RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago RSF_en News Follow the news on Cuba Blanca Reyes, wife of jailed journalist and poet Raúl Rivero, has called for an international campaign to free her husband, who she said was being subjected to “humiliating” treatment in prison and was not allowed visits or given medical care. October 15, 2020 Find out more News Blanca Reyes, wife of imprisoned Cuban journalist Raúl Rivero, urged “all writers, artists, journalists, scientists and politicians” on 30 August to join a campaign to free him. She deplored the “psychological torture and humiliation” he was being subjected to in prison.—————————————————————-27.08.2004 – Raúl Rivero’s wife criticises “humiliating” prison conditionsBlanca Reyes, the wife of jailed journalist and poet Raúl Rivero, has voiced her anxiety about a “change in attitude” towards her husband on the part of the prison authorities.”They are trying to humiliate him in order to break him,” she charged in a telephone conversation with Reporters Without Borders, after he was deprived of visits and medication.”I do not understand, Raúl is a man of peace. In prison he is often the one to intervene with the other political prisoners to calm things down. I don’t want to believe the government is behind all this,” she said.Rivero was arrested on 20 March 2003 and sentenced to 20 years in prison for his writing. He is being held in Canaleta prison near Ciego de Avila (430 kilometres from Havana).”Journalists in Cuba suffer a double injustice: that of being jailed for doing their jobs and of being held in appalling conditions, subjected to constant harassment” said Reporters Without Borders. “The authorities use annoyances and humiliation to destroy those whose only fault is to think differently,” said the international press freedom organisation which is calling for the immediate release of all 26 journalists imprisoned in Cuba.With 26 journalists in its jails, Cuba is the second largest prison for the profession in the world, after China with 27. Twenty-five of them were arrested at the same time as around 50 dissidents in March 2003 during Cuba’s “black spring”. They were sentenced to jail terms ranging from 14 to 27 years. Reporters Without Borders has President Fidel Castro on its list of 38 press freedom “predators” worldwide.Raúl Rivero, denied visits and medication.Rivero told his wife on the phone on 26 August that he had recently had angry exchanges about prison conditions with a prison guard, whom he named as “Alexei”. The prison authorities told the journalist that he would be put in solitary confinement for five days before changing the punishment to loss of his next conjugal visit fixed for 11 September.Blanca Reyes said that on her latest visit on 19 August, she was for the first time kept waiting four hours before she could see her husband. The prison’s chief medical officer, Dr. Asdrubal, also told her that her husband would not be given the medication that she had brought for him.Rivero suffers from blood circulation problems and emphysema. The authorities have also for several months refused to hand over to him a pair of sunglasses that he needs, since the strong light in the cell had caused his eyesight to deteriorate.Blanca Reyes said the change of attitude towards him had started in May this year. She had on 1 July described the harassment of her husband by the guard ‘Alexei’. “He incites the common-law prisoners to shun me and threatens them with punishment if they don’t”, her husband told her. A week later he told her the harassment had stopped but that he was still not allowed to exchange letters with his wife.Constant harassmentLatest information obtained by Reporters Without Borders shows that the majority of the 26 jailed journalists are also suffering harassment and their state of health is precarious and in some cases serious.Nancy Alfaya said on 24 August that her husband, Jorge Olivera Castillo, had been moved from Guantanamo hospital to the prison infirmary at Aguica, Matanzas province that had neither doctors nor medicine. He is set to be sent to Colón hospital that she said has a very bad reputation. Her husband suffers from gastric and sight problems.The sister of Fabio Prieto Llorente said on 19 August that the journalist had been on hunger strike for eight days to protest against being moved into a cell with common-law inmates. Prison authorities routinely offer them privileges if they harass political prisoners. 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Syria : two journalists killed, eight wounded in Syrian war zones

first_img Amid intensifying fighting in recent weeks in Idlib and Aleppo, in which two Syrian journalists were killed and eight were injured, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) voices concern about the risks for reporters covering military operations in Syria and calls for every effort to be made to protect them. Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Syria to go further SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Protecting journalists Armed conflictsJihadism Organisation February 3, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Protecting journalists Armed conflictsJihadism News News News March 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts The latest fatality was Abdel Nasser Haj Hamdan, a journalist working as a photographer for the Binnish Media Office, who was killed yesterdayin the locality of Maarat Al-Naasan, in the north of Idlib province, while covering Russian and Syrian bombing in the area.Amjad Aktalati, a journalist who covered local military activity for his Facebook followers, was killed in Ariha, in the south of Idlib province, on 4 February. “The situation in Ariha is catastrophic,” he said in his last Facebook post.In recent weeks, the Syrian government has stepped its bombing of Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold, and a pocket of resistance in Aleppo.“When fighting intensifies, the first victims are local journalists,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “Our access to reporting on the ground depends on them because foreign journalists rarely go there. The authorities must to do everything possible to protect them.”Journalists who support the government are allowed to accompany the Syrian national army and enjoy some protection, but they too are exposed to danger. The victims have included RT Arabicreporter Wafa Shabrouney, who was wounded in Idlib when a shell left by the Jihadi group Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) exploded on 29 January.Four journalists – Al-Alam reporter Diaa Kaddour and her cameraman Ibrahim Kahil, Sama TVreporter Kinana Alloushand Al-Kawthar TV reporter Sohaib Al-Masry– were wounded by armed opposition gunfire in Aleppo on 2 February. Three journalists working for the Syrian state news agency SANA– Shadi Halwi, George Orfelian and Shareef Abs– were wounded in similar circumstances on 12 February.Syria is ranked 172nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria March 12, 2021 Find out more Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists News RSF_en Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law February 21, 2020 Syria : two journalists killed, eight wounded in Syrian war zoneslast_img read more

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Erika Shugart Selected as New Executive Director of the National Science Teaching Association

first_img Twitter Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 WhatsApp Previous articleLGSTX Services Wins U.S. Postal Service Contract For Orlando Sort CenterNext articleKaren Bowman of UJET Recognized as 2021 CRN® Channel Chief Digital AIM Web Support Facebook Local NewsBusiness Pinterestcenter_img ARLINGTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 8, 2021– The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all, today announced that Erika Shugart will become the association’s new Executive Director starting March 8. “We are thrilled that Erika will lead the NSTA team,” said Elizabeth Allan, NSTA President. “She has extensive experience leading a non-profit organization, and is a recognized leader in both informal science education and science communication. Erika is a bold visionary, and truly passionate about science and STEM education. She is exactly the right person to lead our nation’s science educators and to chart the future course of the association.” Shugart currently serves as chief executive officer of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), a professional society of more than 7,000 cell biologists worldwide. Prior to joining ASCB, she was Director of Communications and Marketing Strategy at the American Society for Microbiology from 2013 to 2016. During that time, she also ran her own consulting company, Erika Shugart Consulting LLC, which advised clients such as the Franklin Institute and Academy Health. Between 2003 and 2013, Shugart was Deputy Director of the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), where she oversaw the development of new digital media exhibitions, online experiences and programs, and conceptualized and managed the museum’s online presence, including its award-winning website. At the Marian Koshland Science Museum she also developed and implemented field trips and teacher professional development programs for middle and high school educators. Prior to joining the museum staff, Shugart directed the NAS Office on Public Understanding of Science, managing several projects including the article series Beyond Discovery. Shugart began her career at the National Research Council as an intern with the Board on Biology. She also worked at the Office of Policy Analysis at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (NIH). Shugart is an experienced non-profit manager and has been recognized as a leader in the field of informal science education. In 2010, she was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her distinguished contributions and leadership in public understanding and engagement in science. She was a Noyce Leadership Fellow from 2012 – 2013. In 2007, the National Academy of Sciences awarded her with an Individual Distinguished Service Award and she shared Group Distinguished Service Awards in 2004 and 2011. “It is an honor to be selected as the next Executive Director of NSTA. I have dedicated my career to improving the integration of science into everyone’s daily lives. I am passionate about NSTA’s mission to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning,” said Shugart. Shugart received her Ph.D. in biology from the University of Virginia. She is the parent of a seventh grader and a ninth grader, and enjoys visiting new places with her children, modernizing her very original, very retro 1960s era home, and exploring the outdoors. Shugart is also learning about ceramics, which reminds her about the joy and struggles of learning new things. About NSTA Founded in 1944, the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) is the largest organization in the world dedicated to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. A vibrant community of 40,000 science educators and professionals, NSTA is committed to best practices in teaching science and its impact on student learning. NSTA offers high quality science resources and continuous learning so that science educators grow professionally and excel in their career. For new and experienced teachers alike, the NSTA community offers the opportunity to network with like-minded peers at the national level, connect with mentors and leading researchers, and learn from the best in the field. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005089/en/ CONTACT: Kate Falk, NSTA (703) 312-9211 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA VIRGINIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SCIENCE OTHER SCIENCE PRIMARY/SECONDARY TRAINING EDUCATION SOURCE: National Science Teaching Association Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/08/2021 10:00 AM/DISC: 02/08/2021 10:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005089/en TAGS  Erika Shugart Selected as New Executive Director of the National Science Teaching Association Facebook WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

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Free compost being distributed in Derry and Strabane

first_img WhatsApp Free compost being distributed in Derry and Strabane Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows AudioHomepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – May 8, 2018 Twitter Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Previous articleMeeting called to secure the Lennon Festival in RameltonNext articleDale Gorman to leave Stevenage News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest People in Derry City and Strabane are beling offered free compost at local Recycling Centres for the next week, as a result of what is set to become an annual food waste recycling drive.Since the council introduced brown food waste bins in 2015, almost 24,000 tonnes of food and garden waste has been diverted from landfill, and recycled into compost, which is beinmg distributed this week.Nicola McCool is Waste Services Manager with Derry City and Strabane District Council. She says this initiative is the perfect example of a local circular economy in action………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/compost1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Pic – Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr Maoliosa McHugh pictured with Council’s Waste and Recycling Manager Nicola McCool, Natural World Product’s Daniel Murray and Lily Durkan at the launch of the free compost giveaway at local recycling centres this week. WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 last_img read more

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3 kids under 7 years old among family killed in murder-suicide at Delaware home, police say

first_imgWPVI-TV(PRICES CORNER, Del.) — A Delaware family of five, including three children under the age of 7, died in a “murder-suicide by gunshot,” police said.Troopers responded to the home in Prices Corner, Delaware, Monday night and found the five bodies — all shot dead — upstairs, Delaware State Police said.The husband, Matthew Edwards, 42, had a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.The other family members were identified as wife Julie Edwards, 41, a 6-year-old boy, a 4-year-old girl and a 3-year-old boy, police said.Their deaths have been ruled “murder-suicide by gunshot,” police said.Neighbors said they saw the family outside the home Sunday, ABC Philadelphia station WPVI-TV reported.“We’re kind of in shock,” neighbor Brian Covenko told WPVI-TV. “We were really friendly with them.”The Delaware State Police homicide unit is investigating.“There is no concern for safety in the surrounding area,” police said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Chicago teachers strike enters its second day

first_imgmaroke/iStock(CHICAGO) — Chicago Public School teachers took to the streets for the second day of their strike on Friday. Negotiations between teachers and the city’s school district are still underway, and while there appeared to be some progress, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) said they’re not close to reaching a deal. “They’re talking about class size. [Chicago Public Schools] is offering some discussion and that’s a first,” Chris Geovanis, spokeswoman for CTU, told ABC News Friday. “It’s very inadequate but it’s a start.” Teachers are fighting for smaller class sizes, more staffing and better wages. More than 25,000 thousands teachers hit the picket lines on Thursday after months of failed negotiation attempts.Classes in the nation’s third largest school district were canceled Thursday and Friday due to the strike. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) submitted a written proposal on reducing class size after all-day negotiations Thursday, according to ABC Chicago station WLS-TV. The details of the proposal were not immediately clear and CPS did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment.More than 1,300 classrooms are overcrowded, according to CTU, despite the district’s cap. Almost 25% of elementary school students were placed in overcrowded classrooms, with some kindergarten classrooms topping 40 students, according to the union. The union said despite “some progress,” some issues have not been discussed. Others issues, such as staffing shortages, have been discussed but not put “in writing in an enforceable contract,” according to CTU. Teachers are asking for ELL (English-language leaner) educators and more bilingual social workers. “Bilingual education services are chronically short of both educators and resources,” the union said in a statement.More than 300,000 students were enrolled in the city’s public school system in the 2018-2019 school year. Almost half are Latino, according to CTU. Teachers are also pushing for more school nurses, as most schools have only one nurse one day a week. CPS said their written offer would provide a nurse in every school by 2024 and double the social workers in schools. “Teachers and staff are invaluable to our schools, and our offers recognize that,” according to a statement from Mayor Lori Lightfoot, CEO of CPS Janice Jackson and Chief Education Officer of CPS LaTanya McDade. “Although we wish we could offer more to our teachers and support staff for their hard work and dedication, we believe our offers are fair deals that meet the needs of teachers, paraprofessionals and students, and keep the district on a path of success.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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