HKU Professoriate Recruitment (Engineering)

first_imgThe University of Hong Kong (HKU) is pleased to invite outstandingscholars to contribute to our thriving research agenda as well asto Hong Kong’s leading position in the region and beyond.We will recruit 100 outstanding academics in emerging fields withpotential for scientific and scholarly breakthroughs—above andbeyond our existing recruitment programme—to join HKU as assistant,associate, or full professors, on tenure-track or with directtenure.This is an open-discipline call. Strategic recruitment areas in theFaculty of Engineering include Sustainable & Smart City,Intelligent Infrastructure, Smart Transportation & Logistics,Infrastructure Technology in Construction, Smart Modular IntegratedConstruction, AI & Machine Learning, Robotics Technologies& Soft Robotics, Healthcare Engineering, Bioinformatics,Geriatric Electronics, Electric Transportation, InfoCommEngineering, Smart Energy Conversion, Physical Internet, MitigatingMega City Hazards and other emerging areas.As a high-performing university with internationally recognisedstrong global connections, HKU offers a stimulating and supportiveintellectual environment as well as a highly competitiveremuneration and benefits package. Locally and in the region, thereare many research collaboration and funding opportunities.For more information, visit ( Applicants are encouraged to apply by Jan 31, 2021 to ensureearlier consideration, but the search will continue until positionsare filled. To apply online, please complete applications with acover letter, curriculum vitae, research statement, teachingstatement, 2 or 3 most significant research publications, andcontact information for at least three references. We will startreviewing applications in late November, 2020 and inviteoutstanding candidates for interviews thereafter.Advertised: Nov 6, 2020 (HK Time)Applications close:last_img read more

Vermont among national leaders in high school AP testing

first_imgVermont high school students ranked 12th in the nation in advanced placement (AP) course testing. Vermont seniors posted a strong showing on the 2010 College Board Advanced Placement exams in several metrics, including fastest growth in number of students achieving college-level proficiency, the College Board announced today. The AP program offers high school students college-level courses in a variety of subject areas. In all, 2,126 Vermont students who graduated in 2010 participated in the AP program and took the exams. More students succeeded on the exam (1,460) than participated in AP 10 years ago (1,176). AP exams are scored on a scale of one (lowest score) to five (highest score). Sixty-four percent ofVermont exams taken by high school seniors were scored at three or higher, compared to 56% nationally. A score of three or above is considered demonstrating college level mastery of the content. Vermont is twelfth in the nation for the percentage of high school seniors scoring a three or higher on the AP exams. ‘Vermont students and educators should be very proud of these results,’ said Deputy Commissioner Rae Ann Knopf. ‘Vermont students had the highest average score in the nation on both the World History and Microeconomics exams. More students then ever are taking these college-level courses, and succeeding. This is crucial to their success beyond high school and to our success as a state and a nation.’ More Vermont highlights include:31.8% of all high school graduates participate in AP courses (national average 28.3%)21.8% of high school graduates took the exam and demonstrated proficiency (national average 16.9%)Vermont leads the nation in demonstrated success in Microeconomics (94.5%)Vermont has nearly doubled its successful completion rate (11.9% in 2001 vs. 21.8% in 2010) English AP courses were the most popular in Vermont and Calculus AB was second most popular.  The number of low-income students taking the AP exam has also risen. Nine percent of the students taking the exam were from low-income backgrounds, 93 percent of whom scored a three or higher. To see how Vermont compares nationally, please visit the College Board’s AP Report to the Nation, go to is external). More than half a million public school students nationally from the class of 2010 scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam during high school, nearly double the number of successful students from the class of 2001, and exceeding the total number of students from the class of 2001 who took AP Exams (see Figure 1). As research consistently shows that students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams typically experience stronger college outcomes than otherwise comparable non-AP peers, the data in this year’s report show how educators are enhancing the college readiness of our nation’s students by preparing them to take AP classes and succeed on AP Exams.To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click; is external)(Photo: is external) )”Over the last decade we’ve seen a remarkable increase in the number of high school graduates participating and succeeding in AP,” said College Board President Gaston Caperton. “The 7th Annual AP Report to the Nation highlights the successes educators have achieved in helping students from a wide variety of backgrounds gain access to, and be successful in, college-level AP course work. AP can level the playing field for underserved students, give them the confidence needed to succeed in college, and raise standards and performance in key subjects like science and math. We are excited that more parents, students, educators and policymakers are recognizing these possibilities.”The 7th Annual AP Report to the Nation Highlights:Nearly 17 percent of public high school students from the class of 2010 completed high school with at least one successful AP experience.  Though still underrepresented in AP classrooms, more minority students experienced success in AP than ever before.  More low-income students participated and succeeded in AP than in previous years.More students are succeeding on AP science and math exams today than took these exams 10 years ago.The top 10 states with the greatest proportion of their seniors from the class of 2010 having at least one successful AP experience were: Maryland (26.4 percent), New York (24.6 percent), Virginia(23.7 percent), Connecticut (23.2 percent), Massachusetts (23.1 percent), California (22.3 percent),Florida (22.3 percent), Vermont (21.8 percent), Colorado (21.4 percent) and Utah (19.2 percent). (See Figure 2 in the AP’s Overall Reach section of the report.)The states with the greatest five-year increases in the percentage of seniors scoring 3 or higher on an AP Exam were: Vermont, Florida, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Colorado, Georgia,Connecticut, Massachusetts and Washington. (See Figure 3.)Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick, whose state led the nation for the third straight year with the highest percentage of students succeeding in AP, said, “Maryland puts a great deal of emphasis on having the best prepared high school graduates, and the Advanced Placement Program is a key part of this effort. AP provides students with a high standard, which gives them a foundation for success in college and in their careers.”AP Offers Opportunities for Traditionally Underserved Students to SucceedOver the past 10 years, the number of traditionally underserved minority students graduating with a successful AP experience has more than doubled — Black/African American graduates with scores of 3 or higher increased from 7,764 in 2001 to 19,675 in 2010; Hispanic/Latino graduates with scores of 3 or higher increased from 33,479 in 2001 to 74,479 in 2010; and American Indian/Alaska Native graduates with scores of 3 or higher increased from 988 in 2001 to 2,195 in 2010. In addition, the number of low-income graduates with scores of 3 or higher has increased from 53,662 in 2006 to 84,135 in 2010 (see figures 7, 8 and 9 in the Opportunities for Underserved Students section of the report). Despite increases, Hispanic/Latino, Black/African American and American Indian/Alaska Native students remain underrepresented both in AP classrooms and within that group of students experiencing success in AP.Equity in AP will not be achieved until the diversity of our nation’s students is proportionally represented in AP classrooms as well as within the group of students succeeding on AP Exams. This year’s report shows how much progress each state is making toward that goal. Fourteen states have successfully eliminated the equity and excellence gap for Hispanic/Latino students. Although 16 states have closed the gap for American Indian/Alaska Native students and two states have closed the gap for Black/African American students, no state with substantial student populations in these demographics has eliminated these gaps. (See figures 10a, 10b and 10c in the Opportunities for Underserved Students section of the report.)”Students and educators routinely attest that exposure to AP’s high standards helps prepare students for success in college.  However, the likelihood of college success is significantly higher for AP students who score 3 or better,” said Trevor Packer, vice president of the Advanced Placement Program® for the College Board. “Accordingly, simply expanding AP course enrollments is not enough — this year’s report provides additional data points on exam performance that can help each state take a closer look at how well they are preparing all of their students, during the middle school and high school years, for the rigors of college-level course work.The College Board recently completed an analysis of every U.S. school district’s AP trends. Typically, as schools expand access to AP, the raw number of students who score 3 or higher increases, but so does the raw number of students who score 1 and 2. As a result, for some districts the percentage of 3s, 4s, and 5s may slightly decrease. On March 9, the College Board will announce an honor roll of districts that have succeeded in increasing the raw number of students scoring 3 or higher while simultaneously decreasing the number and percentage of students scoring 1s and 2s. This honor roll is intended to serve as a repository of best practices from which other districts can learn.”States with high percentages of exams receiving scores of 3 or higher, but who are serving a lower percentage of their high school population, should implement policies for making AP teachers available to a greater proportion of the high school population. On the other hand, states with high percentages of exams receiving scores of 1 or 2 should focus on the sort of middle school and early high school strategies that prepare a greater diversity of students for eventual enrollment and success in AP classes,” said Packer.AP Helps Increase American Student Achievement in Science and MathThe 7th Annual AP Report to the Nation shows that the number of students from the class of 2010 who succeeded on AP science and math exams exceeds the number of students who merely took these exams nearly 10 years ago. While 134,957 students in the class of 2001 graduated after taking an AP science exam, 143,651 students in the class of 2010 scored 3 or higher on an AP science exam. Similarly, 166,905 students in the class of 2001 graduated after taking an AP math exam, compared with179,193 students in the class of 2010 who scored 3 or higher on an AP math exam during high school.  (See Figure 11.)”Research shows that students who took AP math or science exams were more likely than non-AP students to earn degrees in particular physical science, engineering and life science disciplines ‘ the fields leading to the cutting-edge careers that can help preserve America’s competitiveness,” Packer said. “This correlation is particularly strong among female, African American and Hispanic students. Science and math educators deserve credit for implementing AP courses in these subjects as a way of expanding the pipeline of students prepared for the rigors of science, technology, engineering and math course work in college.”The 7th Annual AP Report to the Nation national report is available at is external).The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Through more than 30 college-level courses, each culminating in a rigorous exam, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both. Taking AP courses also demonstrates to college admission officers that students have sought the most rigorous curriculum available to them. Each AP teacher’s syllabus is evaluated and approved by college faculty from some of the nation’s leading institutions, and AP Exams are developed and scored by college faculty and experienced AP teachers. AP is accepted by more than 3,800 colleges and universities worldwide for college credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of successful AP Exam scores. This includes over 90 percent of four-year institutions in the United States. In May 2010, 1.8 million students representing more than 17,000 schools around the world, both public and nonpublic, took 3.2 million AP Exams.The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of more than 5,900 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success ‘ including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.For further information, visit is external).SOURCE The College Board NEW YORK, Feb. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

Board to meet in Jacksonville

first_img May 15, 2002 Regular News The Bar Board of Governors will take a final look at its proposed $29.6 million 2002-03 Bar budget — which does not raise membership annual fees — at its May 24 meeting in Jacksonville.The board, at its last meeting during the tenure of Bar President Terry Russell, also will nominate six lawyers for each of the 26 judicial nominating commissions and consider several ethics-related issues.The board approved the budget at its May 15 meeting, and will consider objections from members at the Jacksonville gathering, before making any final changes and forwarding it to the Supreme Court for review.The budget projects total revenues of $29.6 million and projects a surplus for the year at nearly $1 million. Annual membership fees, which were raised last year, will remain at $265 for active Bar members and $175 for inactive members.Included in the budget is $750,000 for President-elect Tod Aronovitz’s Dignity in Law initiative, which aims to improve public education and perception about the legal profession. Aronovitz plans to raise $200,000 or more of that from separate contributions from attorneys and law firms, including from a check-off on the Bar’s annual member fees form. (See story, page 1.)The new budget projects receiving almost $18.5 million from the Bar’s annual membership fees, up from almost $18.3 million for the 2001-02 budget. The Bar expects another $5.5 million from the sale of goods and services, such as CLE courses and legal manuals, which is down slightly from the $5.7 million expected in the current budget.On the expenditure side, the biggest item continues to be the Bar’s lawyer discipline program and other operations (including professionalism, ethics, and lawyer advertising) related to the regulation of the profession. Those are expected to take $11.8 million for 2002-03, an increase of about $500,000 from the current budget.A complete breakdown of the new budget was in an official notice in the April 15 Bar News. With the JNCs, the board will begin the second year of a new program that has the governor appoint all nine members of each of the 26 JNCs. The law, passed by the legislature last year, does have the Bar nominate three lawyers for four seats on each JNC. This year, because of staggered terms, the Bar will be making nominations for two seats on each JNC.The board expects to send the 156 names to Gov. Jeb Bush by June 1. The new terms start July 2.The board will consider several issues from the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics, including several advertising appeals and one ethics appeal. The review committee will also present a final draft on procedures for requesting an ethics opinion, which allows the board to issue an ethics opinion on its own initiative.The Professional Ethics Committee is also requesting permission to prepare an opinion relating to third party claims on funds held in trust by an attorney and on lawyers’ duties when a client seeks a second opinion.The board will also get an update on a potentially far-reaching technology project that could be a boon to Bar members. The Technology Task Force will present cost and content information for the proposed Bar-created Internet portal, tentatively called service would function similarly to Yahoo!, MSN, or AOL services in that when lawyers log onto the Internet, the MyFloridaBar page would come up. Based on a similar and popular service offered by the State Bar of Texas, Bar members could customize the homepage for their needs, getting legal research, news, e-mail, or communicating with their offices in an instant.Besides the JNC appointments, the board will select two lawyers to serve on the Supreme Court’s Professionalism Commission, and send the court three nominees for a vacancy on the Florida Board of Bar Examiners. Board to meet in Jacksonvillecenter_img Board to meet in Jacksonvillelast_img read more

Accusations Fly in Blizzard-burdened Brookhaven

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Snow plows clear the Long Island Expressway in Suffolk County on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.Residents in pockets of Brookhaven town were still waiting for their streets to be plowed out Tuesday, four days after a blizzard left the town buried under almost three feet of snow. In the mean time tempers have been rising and accusations flying as officials struggled to bring the community back to normal.“It took them three days to clean the Long Island Expressway, and that’s a straight road,” said Lori Anne Casdia, chief aide to Councilman Dan Panico, Brookhaven Town’s deputy supervisor, attempting to put the massive clean-up problem in perspective. “So you can only imagine what it’s like to do over 2,600 miles of road.” The town, she said, is “larger than the county of Nassau!”That geography lesson was small comfort to Port Jefferson Station resident Jeffrey Musmacher, who wasn’t able to leave his house until Monday. “I’m putting the blame on the town; I’m putting the blame directly on the leadership of the town,” he tells the Press. “We knew back in the middle of last week. We were prepared. We were ready. I made sure I had everything—apparently the town did nothing!”The town disputes that observation. According to a spokesman, highway department trucks were getting loaded with sand Friday morning and there was “no problem” with diesel fuel, despite some anecdotal reports to the contrary. The sheer intensity of the blizzard once it struck Friday afternoon, right before rush hour, proved overwhelming.“A regular pickup truck with a plow is not going to move that much snow,” says Brookhaven Town spokesman Jack Krieger, who’s also the deputy mayor of Patchogue. “You’ve got to get the heavy equipment in there.”The town ended up getting assistance from various New York State agencies as well as some equipment and work crews from the city. Nassau County sent some equipment and Suffolk sent 30 plows and 17 pay-loaders to help Brookhaven, according to a Suffolk spokeswoman.Adding political fuel to the blizzard response blame game heating up Brookhaven is the pending special election March 5 to elect a new superintendent of highways, which pits town council member Kathy Walsh, who switched her party affiliation from Republican to Independence and will run on the Democratic line, against Assemb. Dan Losquadro (R-Shoreham).Walsh was the acting town supervisor during Super Storm Sandy, after Supervisor Mark Lesko resigned to head Accelerate Long Island, a not-for-profit business lobbying group. The previous highway superintendent John Rouse was elected last November to be a Suffolk County judge. His deputy, Lori Baldassare, a Democrat, was not kept on when Ed Romaine, a Republican former Suffolk legislator, won the Brookhaven supervisor’s race.When the blizzard struck, Romaine was on vacation in Jamaica and the acting highway superintendent Michael Murphy was on medical leave. Newsday reported it was a “toothache,” and a source in town government told the Press that “nobody heard from him” after Friday morning.“You’ve got a supervisor who goes on vacation six weeks into the job,” said Ed Lenox, a former Republican committeeman in Brookhaven supporting Walsh in the special election, who was unable to leave his house in Selden for three days. “You’ve got a junior councilman, Dan Panico, who steps up but has no experience at all.”Brookhaven Republican chairman Jesse Garcia was not alone in defending Romaine’s being away. “The man has not been out of town since his son passed away three years ago,” says Garcia, referring to Keith Romaine, a town council member, who died when he was 36 and had just been re-elected to his second term.“Residents want service, not rhetoric,” said Garcia. “I’m not going to second-guess their decisions.”The problem, according to one former public official no longer connected to the town, was not in the highway department, it was the lack of leadership in town hall coupled with the “thought of authorizing millions of dollars in overtime” for weekend work cleaning up the storm. “If you don’t have a signal caller at the top that’s telling people what to do, then people are not going to make their decisions at the lower level because they’re going to be worried.”Overtime costs didn’t affect the town’s decision making, according to a spokesman.Walsh, who was the only elected official in town hall Saturday answering the phones at the call center, was frustrated with Brookhaven’s response to the storm.“What we need is to give our guys what they need, to be honest with the people, and, after this storm, we need to sit down and find out where things fell apart,” she said. “Right now the priority is to get these services out on the road where they need to be.”“I think the men and women on the street—the folks driving the trucks—obviously worked very hard,” said Losquadro. “But there was a tremendous lack of coordination.”Based on what he’d been told, he thought the town may have waited until the end of the weekend or the beginning of this week to contact outside contractors. “The town can’t handle something of this magnitude itself,” Losquadro said. “And by the time they reached out, those resources were committed elsewhere.”On the town’s highway department website, former superintendent Rouse, is credited for revitalizing “the Highway Department’s snow removal program, clearing our roads during the worst winter weather in decades. John significantly increased the number of contractors available for snow removal duty.” Now he’s a judge.“If he did all that, I would say he didn’t share it with the people who were left behind,” said Walsh. “I just want to let our employees know we appreciate all they’re going through because they’re getting the crap kicked out of them.”-With Rashed Mianlast_img read more

Historic opportunity in West End

first_img29 Mary Street, West End.A HISTORIC West End home with nine bedrooms that used to serve as lodging has hit the market.The 1920s home at 29 Mary St will go to auction on September 5.Positioned at the foot of Castle Hill, the home is crying out for a buyer with vision who could transform the house into a standout property.Keyes & Co listing agent Tess Sellwood said the home could either suit being turned into a dream home or kept as an inner-city investment.“It was originally bought out at Herveys Range and it has always had a hotel or lodging-style accommodation,” she said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“It could either be an amazing opportunity to update it into a residential home or keep it as quite a sharp investment because its returns are quite healthy as well.“It’s been positioned on the block beautifully for it to have views of Castle Hill.”The home is set on a 1214sq m parcel of land and has a two-bay lockable shed with two undercover car spaces.It was built in 1929 and has a large living room with fretwork and the original floors have been protected.The nine registered bedrooms all have airconditioners and there are two separate bathrooms which are currently male and female. The kitchen has been modernised with gas cookware and there is a laundry next to the original outhouse.The home is open for inspection from 2.30pm to 3pm on Saturday. For more information call Tess Sellwood on 0439 793 559.last_img read more

Foundations criticise dropping of proposed statute from EU work agenda

first_imgGerry Salole, chief executive of the European Foundation Centre (EFC), which represents 200 foundations across Europe and has advocated an EFS for several years, warned that foundations would continue to hold the Commission to account in finding solutions to serving the public interest across borders.He said: “This decision sends a signal that goes completely against the concept of building a citizen-led Europe. If EU institutions together cannot uphold a Regulation that facilitates public interest work by and for the citizens, they will have to find other avenues, with the sector, to address the issue.”If enacted, the EFS would remove the requirement for foundations operating in different jurisdictions to set up separate legal entities in each country, if they chose to do so instead via an FE.There would be a single set of rules for FEs, helping to reduce the costs and uncertainty involved in cross-border activities.However, the EFS would not replace existing national laws, but would be optional and complementary.In a statement, the EFC said: “The majority of member states are supportive of the policy objectives of the EFS initiative, even though member states could not see eye-to-eye on the EFS proposal itself.“The EFC believes the decision has more to do with the mechanics of policy negotiations (unanimity requirement) than with the policy proposal itself – its actual objectives and value.”Eight member states reportedly rejected the proposal tabled by the Italian EU presidency in November: Austria, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia and the UK. Some of these wished to see further changes in the EFS text, and three of the 28 member states said they doubted the value of an EFS per se.The EFC said: “Given the somewhat secretive character of the negotiations, it is difficult to assess which aspects of the text specific countries wished to alter, and which concrete proposals they put forward to do so.“Such questions should be addressed by way of negotiations, finding a compromise between the parties to achieve a common objective – i.e. facilitating cross-border philanthropic work in the public interest in Europe.”The EFC outlined several options to move forward.It highlighted the meeting of the European Parliament Legal Affairs Committee on 1 December, which discussed the EFS, the first time the newly-elected European Parliament (EP) had addressed the matter.The EFC said: “Overall, EP representatives from the various political groups who took the floor supported the EFS initiative, and wished to ensure its adoption.  “While some MEPs questioned the ‘secrecy’ of the negotiations at the Council and asked for clarification regarding the reasons put forward by a minority of member states to reject the proposal, they also believed there is still room for discussion.”The EFC said the enhanced cooperation procedure – where nine member states can choose to agree a piece of legislation between them – had also been suggested as another possible legal avenue.It said: “The EP has a consultative role in this specific field but cannot ‘co-decide’ with the Council.“However, it can give its opinion, and had already done so in 2013 in favour of the initiative.”Meanwhile, once the EP has voted on the Commission’s new work programme in January, the EFC will – along with the Commission – assess whether other legislative options are possible technically and politically at the EU level. If not, the EFC said it would have to review national regimes and their cross-border-friendly (or unfriendly) character, pushing for changes where needed.Alongside this, the EFC will continue working to facilitate tax-effective cross-border giving, monitoring the implementation of the European Court of Justice rulings on non-discrimination. The European foundation sector has attacked the decision to drop the European Foundation Statute (EFS) from the European Commission’s 2015 Work Programme.The EFS proposal, which establishes a constitution for a pan-European foundation (FE) operating across borders to support general interest causes, is one of 80 proposals that have been withdrawn from the Commission’s legislative agenda, published in mid-December.The withdrawal is permanent unless the Commission wishes to reopen the file.It can publish a new proposal or review the matter if it believes the political context has turned in a more favourable direction.last_img read more

Swimming pool windows add a unique touch to outdoor lifestyle

first_imgPool Windows constructed this beauty at Bribie Island. Photographer: Phill Jackson Photography Check out this pool at Castaways Beach, constructed by . Photo: Paul Smith PhotographyA range of pool windows is available including free top-edge windows and infinity-edge windows, corner windows and portholes.Mr Fogarty said pool windows were popular in highrise builds on the Gold Coast and throughout Brisbane.He said modern minimalistic-style homes or apartments often included pool windows as well as older style homes. “Swimmers can wave hello as they swim past and the calming blue water becomes more visible as it’s brilliantly exposed through the opening,” he said.“Some people have chosen to add them to bring light into lower levels of homes where the pool wall forms part of this area. We’ve also received feedback from some home owners who have found it can provide an extra level of safety for supervising children, as they can now ‘see through’ to lower areas of the pool to make sure kids are behaving and all is well.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago Pictured is a pool at Virginia which Pool Windows created. Photo: Peter Taylor Shotglass Photographycenter_img Pool Windows is an organisation comprising of professional acrylic pool panel fabricators and installers. Pool Windows (or underwater window) are a dynamic way to add both a functional and aesthetic feature to a pool. Pictured is a pool at Sunshine Beach. Photo: Peter Taylor Shotglass PhotographyUnderwater swimming pool windows are gaining popularity across the state, adding a unique feature to outdoor areas.Pool windows in rooftop swimming pools, new and old builds, as well as those in apartments and hotels are becoming more common.Queensland company Pool Windows Pty Ltd director Bevan Fogarty said the trend had taken off and in some cases helped add value to properties.“We believe it can (add value) but perhaps the most important thing to remember is that it should form part of an overall intelligent design, where the pool is both functional and aesthetically pleasing,” Mr Fogarty said.“Particularly we find that in homes with small or unusual shaped pool areas to work with, a pool that incorporates a pool window helps to soften the area and really create that connection between the pool and living areas.”last_img read more

Nearing winter season bumps Japan’s October spot LNG price

first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of Tokyo GasThe average price of spot-LNG imported into Japan that was contracted in October 2017 reached $8.2 as the winter heating season nears. The contract-based price rose 18.8 percent from $6.9 per mmBtu in September reaching an eight-month high, the data from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry shows.The arrival-based price has also shown an increase from $5.8 per mmBtu in September to $6.1 per mmBtu during the month under review, a 5.1 percent increase.Only spot LNG cargoes are taken into account in this assessments, excluding short, medium and long-term contract cargoes, as well as those linked to a particular price index.last_img read more

Sexualisation of children an issue that needs to be faced

first_imgStuff 28 July 2016 Family First Comment: Melinda spoke at our 2011 Forum on the Family. A great ally in the field. Well worth attending her upcoming talks in August in Wgn & Chch.Advocates for women and girls are calling on New Zealand to address its role in the global trade for females’ bodies.Australian advocate for women and girls Melinda Tankard Reist​, is touring New Zealand with Hagar New Zealand in August to speak on the objectification of women and sexualisation of girls.“It would be fair to say that NZ is facing the same challenges in regards to sexualisation of girls in media, advertising and popular culture as pretty much every other country in the West,” she said.The writer, speaker and advocate stressed that the eroticisation of children was driving exploitation.“When we post and style little girls to look more mature and older than they really are, when we ‘adultify’ them in advertising, this can contribute to providing permission to perpetrators to think that little girls are sexually interesting and sexually desirable.”Tankard Reist said the problem stemmed from a lack of respect and concern for the human rights of women and girls.“Add to that the desire to make money from their bodies and vested interests of those who stand to gain.”READ MORE: read more

New Dimension Theatre to stage another play this weekend.

first_imgThis weekend The New Dimension Theatre in collaboration with the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) will be staging a play entitled The Trial at the Arawak House of Culture.The play, entitled “the Trial” is written and directed by Steve Hyacinth and seeks to present a refreshing experience to the Dominican audience recounting the history and development of the DPSU.Secretary Treasurer of the Dominica Public service Union Thomas Letang says the play also sheds light on the struggle and challenges to get a union established among other informative matters.The play will be shown at the Arawak House of Culture this Friday Saturday and Sunday from 8pm and tickets cost $20.Dominica Vibes News Share Share Share LocalNews New Dimension Theatre to stage another play this weekend. by: – May 5, 2011center_img Tweet 21 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more