Ken Clarke blames Conservative attempts to imitate Ukip for loss in Rochester and Strood

first_img Ken Clarke blames Conservative attempts to imitate Ukip for loss in Rochester and Strood Ken Clarke, the famously pro-Europe Conservative MP, has said banning EU migrants from receiving benefits would be playing into Ukip’s hands.In an interview with the Murnaghan programme on Sky News today, Clarke said policies that sought to imitate Ukip would end up making Nigel Farage’s party more credible. What’s more, the former home secretary and chancellor of the exchequer said David Cameron’s approach was to blame for the loss of the Rochester and Strood by-election. I do think the tactics of the two major parties of government – the serious parties of government – of trying to imitate Ukip since then have actually made them more credible and has gifted them two by-elections.Clarke’s remarks came on the back of a report in the Sunday Times that David Cameron is considering the adoption of suggestions by think tank Open Europe that banning EU migrants from receiving benefits for at least their first two years in Britain would make moving to Britain a less attractive option.Clarke made no secret of his thoughts on the proposals, saying:What we mustn’t do is keep trailing all kinds of suggestions of things we can think of that might be nasty to Europeans on the benefit front. Sunday 23 November 2014 3:49 pm whatsapp whatsapp More From Our Partners Man on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comcenter_img Billy Ehrenberg Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likezenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoLoan Insurance WealthDolly Parton, 74, Takes off Makeup, Leaves Us With No WordsLoan Insurance WealthUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramUndoLiver HealthAdvertisement 1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthUndoDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinitionUndo Share Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img read more

General Election 2015: AstraZeneca boss Pascal Soriot distances himself from Conservative supporting Telegraph business leader letter

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Use caution: High wildfire risk on Saturday

first_imgLehigh Acres crews respond to propane grill fire June 2, 2021 AdvertisementRecently in Lehigh Acres, a Mylar balloon let loose in the area hit a power line and started a wildfire. You can read about that incident here.Saturday’s wildfire threat will be highest in the afternoon. That’s when winds will be strongest, temperatures will be warmest and relative humidity values will be lowest. Forecast data points to relative humidity values trending around or lower than 30 percent for a few hours in inland areas tomorrow, which is in the range worth watching for South Florida.  Typically fire activity is highest when these values are near or below 30 percent.   Red Cross responded to help 5 people affected by Cape Coral fire June 4, 2021 The Florida Forest Service is listing Lee County in the “very high” wildfire danger index level on Saturday, as a combination of stronger winds, generally dry soil, and lower humidity levels increases the risk of fires in the area. Charlotte County is listed as having a high risk of wildfires on Saturday, while Collier, DeSoto, Hendry, and Glades counties remain under the moderate fire risk category.  Florida Forest Service highlights each Florida county with a fire threat index each day. The threat scale ranges from low to extreme and is issued as a heads-up for people in the area to be aware of the risk of wildfires. People in our area can mitigate the risk of wildfires by not parking cars in grassy areas, using care when driving ATVs and grilling in the backyard, property extinguishing cigarettes, and tying up truck chains. But being aware of surroundings and things that don’t involve heat or flames is important this time of year as well.  AdvertisementTags: fireWildfire AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentscenter_img Fire crews respond to Corkscrew Elementary School June 3, 2021 Fire engulfs Golden Gate Estates home June 7, 2021 Our team at NBC2 will update you on the wildfire threat Friday at 11 and throughout the weekend on air and online.   RELATEDTOPICSlast_img read more

Most fund categories see red in June: Morningstar

first_img Sector Watch: Performance at home and beyond Keywords Fund performanceCompanies Morningstar Research Inc. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news Canadian fund sales exceeded $23B in February Sector Watch: Dodging potholes on the home frontcenter_img IE Staff All fund indices that track equity or balanced categories were in the red for June, as were most fixed-income indices, according to preliminary performance data for June and the second quarter of 2015 released on Friday by Toronto-based Morningstar Research Inc. The only positive performers among the 42 fund indices were in the four least risky categories—Canadian Short Term Fixed Income and the three money market categories—which all increased by less than 0.1%. The majority of indices posted losses between 1% and 3%. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media For the second quarter, 11 fund indices had positive results. Funds in the Greater China equity category were the best performers overall for the second quarter of 2015, consistent with the first quarter, despite steep losses in June. The Greater China equity fund index decreased by 4.6% in June, but its strong showing in April and May brought its quarterly return to a healthy 5.5%. The index remains the best-performing fund index in Canada by a wide margin for the year to date with a 22.1% increase. However, the fund index has significantly underperformed the Shanghai Stock Exchange Index, Morningstar notes, which is up 32.2% for the same period. The returns of funds in this category were hampered by their exposure to Hong Kong and Taiwan stocks, which had much more modest results. The fund indices that track the natural resources equity, energy equity, and precious metals equity categories were among the worst performers in June, with decreases of 4.1%, 4.6%, and 6.1%, respectively. For the second quarter of 2015, the precious metals equity fund Index ranks near the top with a 1.3% increase owing to its strong results in April and May, while the natural resources equity and energy equity fund indices are down 0.3% and 3.4%, respectively. The major diversified equity categories were all negative for both the month and the quarter, with results mostly in the middle of the pack. The U.S. equity, global equity, Canadian equity, and international equity fund indices were down 1.6%, 2.0%, 2.5%, and 3.1% in June, respectively, while their quarterly results ranged between -0.9% and -1.8%. Unlike the first quarter, currency movements were modest and had a limited effect on the performance of foreign equity funds in the second quarter, Morningstar notes. The Canadian dollar appreciated by 1.7% against the U.S. dollar and by 2% to 3% against most Asian currencies, but depreciated by 2.1% against the euro and 4.0% against the U.K. pound. Currency movements were in the 8-10% range in the first quarter of the year. Final performance figures will be published next week. last_img read more

Breaking down the BoC’s quantitative easing program

first_img Ontario unlikely to balance budget by 2030: FAO Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says While quantitative easing (QE) programs resulted in significantly lowered bond yields after the financial crisis, the Bank of Canada’s recently announced QE program likely won’t work the same way, says a report from CIBC Capital Markets published on Monday.QE programs act to lower interest rates by depressing term premiums on longer-term government bonds, as central banks buy these bonds and thus remove supply. Related news Keywords Monetary policy,  CoronavirusCompanies Bank of Canada In the last week of March, the Bank of Canada (BoC) announced a debt purchasing program with a minimum target of $5 billion per week. However, in contrast to the Fed’s QE program following the financial crisis, the BoC’s bond purchases are focused across the yield curve, not solely on long bonds, as Canada’s central bank aims to add liquidity to problem areas of the market.“So far, the [central] bank has purchased a majority of bonds at the short end of the curve,” the CIBC report said. “That’s a key point of differentiation between what the Bank of Canada is conducting and the standard definition of quantitative easing.”Even traditional QE would likely not be effective at lowering borrowing rates much, because research shows that direct effects of QE programs on term premiums in small open economies are relatively small.“Much of the movements in Canadian bond yields are dictated by those in larger economies,” the report said.Regardless of these considerations, lowering borrowing rates via QE isn’t the most important task for monetary policymakers, the report said.Instead, considering that yields on government debt fell dramatically ahead of the program’s announcement, “the immediate challenge is to see those prior declines transmitted to the private sector,” it said.That seems to be happening to some extent, with key funding markets showing fewer signs of stress and borrowing rates starting to drop.The report also considered the relationship between QE and fiscal spending, noting that, after the crisis starts to abate, large fiscal stimulus won’t push the BoC to raise rates. (In normal times when unemployment is low, government spending crowds out private investment, because central banks must raise rates to keep the economy from overheating.)Tighter monetary policy won’t be needed because the economy will be operating well below capacity — likely more than 4% below at year-end, CIBC forecasted.Key to kickstarting the pace of acceleration will be borrowers’ appetites, which likely won’t be great.“Even after the shutdowns, many businesses and households will already have taken on additional debt to weather the storm and will therefore likely be restrained in terms of spending and investment plans,” the report said.As such, more fiscal stimulus will be required to support economic recovery later this year — and that’s where the benefit of QE comes in.While Canada’s QE program likely won’t work in the typical way by significantly lowering longer-term yields, as well as depressing the exchange rate, it will likely be best suited for “keeping a lid on the government’s borrowing costs at a time when fiscal policy has the most scope to provide stimulus during the recovery,” the report said.Further details on the BoC’s bond-buying measures could be provided at its next rate announcement on Wednesday.In its latest weekly economics report, Scotiabank Economics said the BoC’s stimulus work is “by no means done as the pace of its actions continue to slip behind the Federal Reserve’s.”Among the options to apply more stimulus are “broadening targeted markets and firming guidance surrounding open-ended bond purchases while nevertheless retaining guidance that 0.25% is the effective policy rate floor,” the Scotiabank report said. (The BoC has said that its current overnight rate of 0.25% is the effective lower bound on rates.)For targeted markets, one option is to buy provincials, the spreads of which remain stubbornly high, it said. Regarding guidance for bond buying, Scotiabank forecast that QE could continue until year-end 2020 or mid-2021.If the BoC were to move forward with buying provincials and extending bond buying, “potentially hundreds more billions of dollars of stimulus could be added into the Canadian financial system in an effort to further force monetary stimulus through the cracks in the financial system,” the Scotiabank report said.For full details, read the reports from CIBC and Scotiabank. G7 tax pledge may be upstaged by CBDC work Michelle Schriver Share this article and your comments with peers on social media close up view of new 100 Canadian dollar banknotes fer737ng/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Readout from First Lady Melania Trump’s Visit to Children’s National Hospital

first_imgReadout from First Lady Melania Trump’s Visit to Children’s National Hospital The White HouseToday, First Lady Melania Trump made her fourth annual holiday visit to Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Trump continued this First Lady holiday tradition of visiting with young patients and their families who are unable to spend the holidays in the comfort of their homes. The tradition dates back more than 70 years.During this year’s visit, the First Lady read “Oliver the Ornament Meets Marley & Joan and Abbey,” by author Todd Zimmerman, to a small group of socially-distanced patients and their families in the hospital’s atrium. The reading was broadcast to the hospital’s 325 inpatient rooms so that children and their families could watch the reading from the safety of their rooms.Mrs. Trump also visited Seacrest Studios, where she led a holiday-themed round of bingo with the children. Bingo is one of the most popular activities at Children’s National and it has become a way to spread cheer to the children in an environment that seems less serious and more fun, and helps to encourage the young patients through challenging parts of their day. Mrs. Trump kicked off the game by reading the cards until patients announced “Bingo.” The First Lady interacted with the patients via phone and confirmed that each was the winner and congratulated them. The game was live-streamed to the patient rooms allowing children throughout the hospital to safely play along.Following her visit, The First Lady stated: “This is my fourth year visiting Children’s National Hospital during the holiday season and I was excited to be invited back this year to continue this time-honored tradition. This is one of my favorite events of the season and it was a joy to spend the afternoon reading a holiday inspired story and safely interact with the patients, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to find a safe way to spread a little Christmas cheer to all of the courageous and brave children at Children’s National. They are all heroes who truly radiate the spirit and meaning of the season.”Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the event was limited in numbers of in-person participants and all guests were required to wear face masks and adhere to social distancing. The visit followed the hospital’s mask protocols for public speakers, based on the District of Columbia health guidance, that wearing a mask is not required when a person is giving a speech for broadcast or an audience, provided no one is within six feet of the speaker. Throughout the holiday program, the First Lady was more than twelve feet away from others in the four-story atrium. Today’s visit, broadcast to 325 inpatient hospital rooms, followed these guidelines. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:children, coronavirus, District of Columbia, Donald Trump, environment, Game, Government, healthcare, Holiday, hospital, Melania Trump, Safety, season, Trump, United States, visit, Washington, White House, winnerlast_img read more

Morrison’s hydrogen spin is just more cash for coal & gas

first_imgMorrison’s hydrogen spin is just more cash for coal & gas The Australian Greens MPs22 April 2021As the Prime Minister pins all his hopes on technology to save his government’s complete lack of any climate policy, his financial commitment doesn’t match up to his marketing.In the wake of President Biden’s announcement of a $2 trillion climate infrastructure package, Scott Morrison has proposed a $539 million hydrogen and CCS hub spend to spruik his low emissions technology strategy, 3700x less in total and 290x less per capita than the Biden administration.Most of this funding will go to coal, oil and gas, the leading causes of climate change. Further, Morrison’s proposed spending still sees Australia fall well behind the rest of the world.The Greens are also concerned that Morrison still doesn’t understand the key difference between dirty ‘blue’ and ‘brown’ hydrogen which has very limited demand from export destinations with net-zero targets and zero-emissions green hydrogen with enormous potential.Green Hydrogen will deliver a massive jobs and export boom to Australia if we invest now, but on current spending commitments, Australia is set to lose out on what is tipped to be a $15 trillion dollar ($12tUSD) industry as rivals investments in green hydrogen development dwarf paltry efforts by the Morrison government.International comparison of government-led investments in Hydrogen:RankCountryCommitmentAUD conversion ($m)1South Korea$114 trillion won$141,0002Germany9 billion Euro$14,3103Spain8.9 billion Euro$14,1504France7 billion Euro$11,1305Japan$830 billion yen$10,4006Saudi Arabia$5 billion (USD)$6,5007Australia$346 million*$346*$346m includes $70.2m from 2020-21 Budget and today’s pre-announced $275.5m for hydrogen (including fossil-fuel based hydrogen) for the 2021-22 Budget“Under Scott Morrison, Australia is set to lose the green hydrogen race and miss out on jobs and billions of dollars in exports,” said Mr Bandt.“Scott Morrison is using public money to turn coal and gas into hydrogen. That’s not supporting green hydrogen, it’s a fossil fuel handout.“As Joe Biden demands countries including Australia lift their 2030 targets and phase out coal, this kind of spin won’t cut it and Australia will face international pressure.“This government’s obsession with coal and gas is about to cost Australia as other countries invest heavily in green hydrogen, giving them the edge as future markets open up.“With all our wind and sunshine, this is Australia’s competitive advantage to seize, but it is being lost.”“As our competitors and customers invest billions into the future, Australia is putting all its chips on yesterday’s technology while simultaneously saying technology will save us.’The Greens have also called on the government to support green metal production in Australia.“South Korea and Japan are in the top 3 of Australia’s export gas customers. Their green hydrogen development, together with their net-zero targets pose a direct challenge to ongoing gas sales. We’re backing the wrong horse.”“Our big export destinations will want green steel and aluminium, and Scott Morrison is locking us into coal and gas manufacturing. It’s economic vandalism that will kill thousands of jobs,” Bandt said. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Australian Greens, climate change, France, Germany, Government, infrastructure, Japan, Morrison, President, Prime Minister, production, Saudi Arabia, Scott Morrison, South Korea, Spain, technologylast_img read more

Gig workers protest in Sydney

first_imgGig workers protest in Sydney Food delivery workers will protest in Sydney today over low pay and lack of rights, following cuts to pay by Uber and a Fair Work Commission judgment yesterday stating that a Deliveroo rider was sacked unfairly.Protesters will call on the Federal Government to regulate the gig economy to address the low pay, lack of rights and safety risks. Uber pays as little as $5 per delivery while delivery riders and drivers still face sackings without warning or explanation despite yesterday’s Commission ruling.TWU National Secretary Michael Kaine said anger was palpable among gig economy workers.“Frustration is boiling among food delivery riders and drivers. They are furious that despite the deaths of fellow riders and the exposés of exploitation that Uber continues to pay poverty wages. They are furious that 24 hours ago the Fair Work Commission ruled yet again that riders have rights, yet the Federal Government has not said a word in response. Gig workers are taking to the streets today to demand regulation,” he said.“Uber paying riders as little as $5 per delivery is causing workers to struggle and to risk their lives to complete as many orders as possible to pay their bills. Deliveroo has boldly said it won’t accept the Fair Work commission’s ruling yesterday slamming its business model. These gig economy companies are trashing our labour laws and the lives of workers while the Federal Government stands by and lets them,” Kaine added.The TWU has written to Minister for Industrial Relations Michaelia Cash seeking an urgent meeting following yesterday’s Deliveroo judgment. Diego Franco had worked with Deliveroo for three years when he was sacked last April.The TWU also won a case in 2018 over the unfair sacking of Foodora rider Josh Klooger.A judgment is also pending over gross underpayment of Deliveroo rider Jeremy Rhind. In December Uber settled a case over the unfair dismissal of Uber Eats driver Amita Gupta, after hearings in the case during which Federal Court justices slammed the company over its sham business model and the elaborate way it tried to deny any link with its workers.Similar court cases across the world have sent shock waves through the gig economy, prompting governments to regulate the sector.​Working conditions impact on safety for workers, with five delivery riders killed while working between September and November last year.Menulog and Hungry Panda have moved to recognise rights of riders. Menulog said it will trial minimum rights and rates for riders while Hungry Panda reversed rate cuts and reinstated two sacked riders.Surveys have shown:· Food delivery riders earn as little as $5 per delivery· 70% say they are struggling to pay bills and buy food· More than one in three has been injured on the job, with the vast majority (80%) receiving no support from their company· Rideshare drivers earn an average of $12 an hour· 17% have been sexually harassed or assaulted by passengers· 85% said their wages had decreased while working in the gig economy· 36% had been involved in a car accident while working /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Commission, court case, Deliveroo, fair work, Fair Work Commission, Federal, federal court, federal government, gig economy, Government, regulation, Secretary, Sydney, Transport Workers’ Union, Uber, Uber Eats, underpaymentlast_img read more

Statement on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Bilateral Meeting with French National Security Advisor Emmanuel Bonne

first_imgStatement on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Bilateral Meeting with French National Security Advisor Emmanuel Bonne The White HouseToday, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met in Washington with Emmanuel Bonne, National Security Advisor to the President of France, to exchange views on a range of shared global policy issues. They talked about the upcoming G7 leaders meeting and NATO Summit. Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Bonne agreed to continue coordinating on global access to COVID-19 vaccines and supporting negotiations to address the tax challenges arising from globalization. They discussed our work to strengthen and modernize NATO, as well as counter challenges associated with malicious cyber activity such as ransomware, and terrorism. In addition, they discussed Russia, China, Iran, and the Sahel. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:China, covid-19, cyber, France, French, G7, Government, Iran, military, NATO, President, Russia, security, tax, terrorism, United States, Vaccines, Washington, White Houselast_img read more

Students create new CU-Boulder maps with ‘universal design’ to expand access

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail “We need to include all types of abilities across the board because everybody should have a fair shot at experiencing what’s on campus,” said Christianson. Jarad Christianson, a senior in environmental design, is pictured near the bronze buffalo statue outside Folsom Field that he included in some of the 74 campus routes he helped create for CU-Boulder’s new way-finding maps. The map project using universal design was part of Christianson’s coursework. (Photo by Casey A. Cass/University of Colorado Boulder) Categories:AcademicsScience & TechnologyArts & HumanitiesCampus CommunityNews Headlinescenter_img Published: Nov. 27, 2012 In a new set of way-finding maps, planters at the University of Colorado Boulder are more than decorative containers. The concrete vessels serve as directional prompts for people to navigate central campus.The bronze buffalo statue near Folsom Field is another cue used in the online maps, as well as references like “exhaust fan at 10 o’clock” to guide those who use their sense of sound to move about.Developed in part by Jarad Christianson, a senior in environmental design, the maps are “universally designed” and provide step-by-step routes in text and audio formats based on beginning and end points set by the user. Universal design is the design of spaces and tools such as the Internet to be used by people with all types of cognitive and physical abilities.“We need to include all types of abilities across the board because everybody should have a fair shot at experiencing what’s on campus,” said Christianson, who navigated campus on crutches a couple of years ago while recovering from an injury.The way-finding maps include directions for newcomers and visitors, cane travelers and guide dog users, and people with wheels such as wheelchairs, strollers and rolling luggage.Christianson’s part in creating the maps included scouting campus and creating 74 routes between classroom buildings and other locations. The project, led by CU-Boulder’s Disability Services, was part of a research assistantship in environmental design for Christianson. Students in a technical writing class, as well as a student advisory committee, map testers, and staff from several administrative offices also were involved.Christianson, who says he’d like to go into architectural practice after graduation, says the project has changed his perspective.“Being involved in viewing the built world and the natural environment from different perspectives has been really valuable in the way I think about design — visually, acoustically and with regard to textures,” he said.Over the next two years more projects like Christianson’s will be integrated into various CU-Boulder academic fields and coursework. Robert Boswell, vice chancellor for diversity, equity and community engagement and a professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, is leading an interdisciplinary team that recently received a $40,000 two-year grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for universal design curriculum integration.  Other team members include Meredith Banasiak, senior instructor of environmental design; Howard Kramer, lecturer on universal design for digital media; Matthew Jelacic, assistant professor of architecture; Clayton Lewis, professor of computer science; Michael Lightner, chair and professor of electrical, computer and energy engineering; and Melinda Piket-May, associate professor of electrical, computer and energy engineering.“This grant supports our commitment to enhance universal design across a variety of disciplines,” said Banasiak. “The enhancements can be made at many levels fostering inclusion as an aspect of multiculturalism and diversity on campus.”Not only will strengthening universal design make the CU-Boulder campus more inclusive, it will impact communities and help graduates in their careers, according to the grant recipients.“As part of the campus’s Flagship 2030 initiatives, our students and faculty are engaging more in the communities around them,” said Jelacic. “As we branch out from the university, going into public schools and working with senior citizens and other populations, having universal design knowledge will help our students be more effective as they go out and find jobs.”To access the maps visit http://www.colorado.edu/campuswayfinding. For more information about CU-Boulder’s program in environmental design visit http://academicaffairs.colorado.edu/envd/. For more information on CU-Boulder Disability Services visit http://disabilityservices.colorado.edu/.last_img read more