Highlands University School Of Education Offering $525,970 In Teacher Education Scholarship Funds

first_imgNMHU News:LAS VEGAS, NM – The New Mexico Highlands University School of Education is offering $525,970 in teacher education scholarships, thanks to awards from two New Mexico Higher Education Department programs.In its 2019 session, the New Mexico State Legislature approved $10 million for the Teacher Preparation Affordability Scholarship Act, with Highlands receiving $479,853.Also in 2019, the legislature approved $510,000 for the new Grow Your Own Teacher Act, with Highlands receiving $46,117.“With both these scholarship programs we want to recruit, prepare and support the next generations of teachers,” said Carmen Lopez-Wilson, deputy secretary for the New Mexico Higher Education Department. “These scholarships will help address the widespread teacher shortage in New Mexico.”The Highlands School of Education will post applications for the teacher education scholarships online in the middle of July at www.nmhu.edu/education. The scholarship programs begin in the fall semester 2019 and continue as long as legislative funding is available.Both programs offer scholarships of up to $3,000 per semester for eligible applicants to help pay for college tuition, fees and books. To be eligible for the Teacher Preparation Affordability scholarship, applicants must be New Mexico residents, be accepted to the Highlands School of Education or another state or tribal institution, and must complete FAFSA, the free application for federal student aid. The requirements for the Grow Your Own Teacher scholarship are the same with the addition of United States citizenship.The Grow Your Own Teacher program targets education assistants who are already working in New Mexico classrooms, giving them paid time off work to complete teacher degree requirements.“The Teacher Preparation Affordability Scholarship program prioritizes awards to English language learners, minority students, and those who want to teach in high-need teaching positions,” Lopez-Wilson said.Lopez-Wilson said she appreciates how the Highlands University regents, administration and School of Education are proactively using the scholarship opportunities to improve access and affordability to aspiring teachers.Rodolfo Chávez with Highlands University’s Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations, said the teacher scholarship programs will help stimulate people moving up the career ladder in education, and also help the New Mexico economy grow due to their increased earnings.“The Grow Your Own Teacher Act parallels a similar federal grant program called the 2+2 Career Ladder Teacher Licensure Program that Highlands has been implementing successfully for the last three years through the Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations,” said Chavez, who directs this National Professional Development federal grant.“At Highlands, we’re really going to reach out to the historically underserved communities such as Native Americans and Hispanics to encourage them to become our future teachers in the state,” said Sheree Jederberg, interim dean of the Highlands School of Education. “These future teachers will help better reflect the student population in the state.”Jederberg said it’s exciting for the Highlands School of Education to have the opportunity to work with these future teachers.“This teacher scholarship program allows students to come into our traditional teacher preparation program or our new alternative licensure program, a fast track to earning a teaching license for those with bachelor’s degrees or higher,” Jederberg said.Jederberg said a School of Education committee will review the applications and work with the Highlands Financial Aid Office to award the scholarships.last_img read more

DACA Saved, But Is It Here To Stay?

first_img Share The United States Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the Trump administration had acted improperly when the Department of Homeland Security tried to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. However, while many East End DACA residents celebrated the decision, the ruling makes clear that the DACA program can still be ended by the Trump administration if it follows proper procedures in doing so.Minerva Perez, the executive director of Organización Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island, cautioned on Friday, “DACA is not safe.”DACA was set up by executive order during the Obama administration, in recognition of the fact that many undocumented workers across the nation had brought their children with them when they had entered the country. By 2012, many of those children had grown up in this country and saw themselves as American. Under the DACA program, those eligible were allowed to register with the DHS. In return, the DHS would defer any deportation action or proceedings. DACA residents were issued Social Security cards, and pay weekly towards Medicare.“These are people we can only hope to have as citizens,” Perez said. She pointed out that DACA residents, who number about 700,000 nationally, with abut 122,000 residing in New York State, have a history of accomplishment in this country, including many who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.The Supreme Court decision describes the program as applying “to childhood arrivals who were under age 31 in 2012; have continuously resided here since 2007; are current students, or have completed high school, or are honorably discharged veterans; have not been convicted of any serious crimes; and do not threaten national security…”In January 2017, however, Trump became president. The new administration acted quickly to end the DACA program. According to the Supreme Court decision, they acted too quickly. “The dispute before the Court is not whether DHS may rescind DACA. All parties agree that it may. The dispute is instead primarily about the procedure the agency fol­lowed in doing so.”Then acting DHS secretary Elaine C. Duke laid out in September 2017 how DACA would be dissolved. “No new applications would be accepted, but DHS would entertain applications for two-year renewals from DACA recipients whose benefits were set to expire within six months. For all other DACA recipients, previously is­sued grants of deferred action and work authorization would not be revoked but would expire on their own terms, with no prospect for renewal.”Without DACA, all those who had registered with DHS would be vulnerable to possible deportation action.Advocacy groups, such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, sued the administration, temporarily preventing Duke’s action from taking effect.The court found by a narrow 5-4 decision that Duke “had violated the Administrative Procedure Act by failing to adequately address important factors bearing on her decision.” She had failed to follow the process dictated by the APA, the court’s decision said.The ruling makes it clear that DACA, which was created by the executive branch, could be undone by the president, if the proper process was followed. “Whether DACA is illegal is, of course, a legal determina­tion, and therefore a question for the Attorney General,” the decision reads.The decision was written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts. Roberts, normally a staunch conservative, had switched sides to join the four liberal justices in voting to block the administration’s action. The other four conservative justices voted to uphold the DHS.It is the second time in a year that Roberts has crossed over to side with the liberal members of the court for procedural reasons on a case with major implications for the immigrant community. In June 2019, Roberts wrote the decision in the case regarding whether to allow a question to be placed on the Census that is now being conducted, asking about the immigration status of everyone in the respondent’s household. In voting to reject placing that question on this year’s census, along with the four liberals on the court, Roberts did not question the Constitutionality of the Trump administration’s objective.Then, as now, it was just that they went about it without following the law.“DACA is not safe,” Perez reiterated. “They are going to try to find other ways to take away DACA.”Just as the Black Lives Matter movement is seeking legislative change to accomplish its goals, so too must the immigrant community and their advocates. Congress, she said, needs to codify DACA, and take it away from the whims of any president.t.e@indyeastend.comlast_img read more

REC comments on UK solar changes

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Hyundai Motor and H2 Energy sign joint venture

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Wilhelmsen Ships Service completes major project contract in Saudi

first_imgThe contract was awarded by one of the world’s largest cement producers and was handled by Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s Jeddah office. A complex operation involved road transportation of 160 km from Jeddah and 260 km from Yanbu.The Wilhelmsen Ships Service team, headed by Johan Ostnes, carried out a road survey prior to moving the cargo, ascertaining that the road was in good condition to take the weight of the heavy lifts.With the help of Saudi Arabia’s Department of Transport modifications were made at two junctions for the heavy lifts to be able to pass. According to the company the road surface was good – save for the last 10 km, which was dirt road and made for a challenging adventure.The cargo – consisting of tens of thousands of individual items – ranged from heavy lift items, some weighing up to 180 tonnes, to nuts and bolts and was worth a total of USD600 million.The transportation was carried out over a period of 18 months. The cement plant has commenced its initial test run and is expected to start production next month (September 2010). It will produce around 2 million tonnes of cement per annum for local use, as well as for export.last_img read more

Felbermayr starts HQ construction

first_imgCompletion of the headquarters is planned for the second quarter of 2021. From then, Felbermayr will relocate from its current site in the Wels industrial area in Voralpenstraße to Wels-Oberthan.The location will cover 100,000 sq m of space, including a 9,000 sq m workshop and accompanying halls.Some of the construction will be completed by Felbermayr’s construction services business unit, in cooperation with its transport and lifting technology division.www.felbermayr.cclast_img

The Jackson review – where are we now?

first_imgNow that the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Act has entered the statute book, I’m looking at where the government is up to in terms of the overall Jackson package of reforms for personal injury compensation. The foreword to Lord Justice Jackson’s review sums up its findings and recommendations with impressive brevity: ‘In some areas of civil litigation, costs are disproportionate and impede access to justice. I therefore propose a coherent package of interlocking reforms, designed to control costs and promote access to justice.’ This is the key to Jackson’s proposals – that they work as a cohesive package that will only achieve the overall aim if they are implemented in full. A piecemeal approach in which certain aspects are introduced whilst other elements are discarded or delayed will not deliver Jackson’s vision of effective reform. The government is now in the process of implementing the reforms, but Lord Justice Jackson’s statement back in 2009 belies the complexity of the process involved. Implementing the reforms calls for the introduction of primary legislation as well as a series of changes to judicial rules and policies. The legislative changes that LASPO brings in will take effect from April 2013, and there is still much to achieve in the next 12 months if the complete package is to be implemented in a cohesive way. This challenge is further compounded by the political and social importance of the reforms, which are almost certainly a ‘generational’ change, in that once they have been implemented it is unlikely that they will be re-visited for some years to come. There is therefore, every reason to try and get them right first time. This is true both for those in need of redress and for those who pay for the system – the insurance premium payer, council tax and business rates payers, taxpayers and for all consumers of goods and services where the cost of the current system is reflected. A once-in-a-generation opportunity The goal is to move the injured claimant back into the centre of the process and deliver compensation swiftly and in an efficient and affordable process that delivers access to justice for all – both claimants and defendants. It is about removing the so-called fat from the process by setting legal costs at a proportionate level to curtail the buying and selling of injured people’s details. Legislators and those who amend the Civil Procedure Rules must consider the detail and seek to clearly define the new procedure. For those who remember the period after the Woolf reforms, it is important that there is no re-visiting of the years of satellite litigation experienced then to determine the intent and meaning of the new drafting. Ultimately, the goal is to move back to a position where insurance is more affordable for all consumers – and especially for our young motorists to ensure that they have both social and work mobility. We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix a civil justice system that has become highly dysfunctional and enormously costly to the UK economy as a whole. The success of the reforms now depends on what happens in the melting pot of Westminster, but all parties have a responsibility to ensure that pressure is maintained on decision-makers to ensure all aspects of the reforms are implemented in a coherent way. Lord Justice Jackson’s recommendations briefly comprise the following elements: 1. Ensuring that the level of legal fees are proportionate to the nature and complexity of the case in question.2. Banning the recoverability of success fees and after-the-event insurance premiums.3. Increasing the level of general damages awarded in personal injury cases by 10%.4. Banning the payment or receipt of referral fees for the details of injured claimants.5. The introduction of qualified one-way costs shifting – the importance being the interpretation of the word qualified.6. Introducing fixed costs across all classes of personal injury claims.7. The investigation of a market software tool for the evaluation of pain, suffering and loss of amenity.8. Allowing contingency fee agreements or “damages based agreements”.9. Returning Part 36 to a hard-edged mechanism and further penalising defendants who do not accept reasonable offers to settle by claimants. Review of legal fees At the moment, the legal fees paid to many claimant solicitors are ultimately used to pay referral fees to acquire new cases and this in turn creates the market for claims management companies to operate in. Therefore the proliferation of claims management companies – so often referred to as a cause of the perceived compensation culture – is, in fact, a symptom of the excessive costs paid to the lawyers negotiating compensation claims. To deliver a more sustainable and affordable compensation system, a thorough review of legal costs in personal injury claims is required. This needs to cover not just Portal claims but cases outside the Portal and the Guideline Hourly Rate. In February, Jonathon Djanogly MP issued a consultation letter to stakeholders asking for comment and evidence to support introducing fixed fees in all personal injury accident claims up to £25,000 in value and on the horizontal and vertical expansion of the RTA Portal approach. The deadline to respond to this consultation is the 25th May 2012 and what happens as a result of this will be key to the overall effectiveness of any reforms. The level of the fixed fee will dictate the overall cost of the claims process, influence the behaviours of participants such as claims farmers, and provide consistency and predictability to those who pay for the system. It is important that access to justice is not impeded. The balance the MoJ needs to strike is to deliver a system in which those who need redress can access the right lawyer at the right price but that, overall, the process is affordable and delivers for all of society. For this reason, there is a strong argument for broadening the scope of the consultation. If there is any significant differential between Portal and non-Portal costs then this is likely to see claimant lawyers striving to exit as many claims from the Portal as is possible. Whilst the process must incentivise speedier settlements in a less adversarial environment, there must be no perverse incentives for lawyers to exit claims and litigate. The Djanogly letter is also careful to refer to accident cases on Employers and Public Liability (EL and PL) policies. Many see this as a missed opportunity as there is in fact no good reason why certain ‘legacy’ or ‘long-tail’ claims such as deafness and vibration cannot be subject to a fixed-costs regime and a more streamlined process which would see claims settled quicker and at reduced transactional cost. The position on costs reform has been somewhat overtaken by very recent announcements by government who have undoubtedly been agitated by extensive media coverage on the epidemic that is whiplash. The government have committed to consulting on medical reporting/evidence issues and more fundamentally, the limit of the Small Claims Track. Whilst we have yet to see this latter consultation paper, we understand that it will consider whether it is appropriate to increase the Small Track Limit to £5,000. This would represent significant change and would need to be considered carefully against the need for access to justice. Such a move may encourage the utilisation of DBAs allowed for in LASPO and that may ultimately become the landscape for pursuing lower-value personal injury claims. The costs element of Jackson, and the current and forthcoming consultation, is really the crux of the whole issue. It is not about reducing damages for the injured, nor about impeding access to justice – it is about delivering compensation and, where appropriate, rehabilitation at a reduced transactional cost. The process is capable of being streamlined and there is scope for all parties to improve their game in terms of handling. The injured victim deserves a better system but those who fund the compensation process should also get a better deal in terms of reducing cost, which in turn should be reflected in savings for the consumer across the board.center_img Certain of the above elements are incorporated in LASPO. These include non-recoverability of both ATE premium and success fees, Part 36, DBAs and referral fees. These clauses were subject to close scrutiny in both the Commons and the Lords and as a result of that process, the so-called Jackson Clauses were passed unamended save for one important revision tabled by Kenneth Clarke which places mesothelioma claims out of scope of non-recoverability of both the success fee and ATE premium. This is until a review is undertaken on the impact of these measures upon those who contract this terminal disease. The remaining measures proposed by Lord Justice Jackson are not steps that require primary legislation and will be taken forwards by the Ministry of Justice, Civil Justice Council and the Rules Committee. Because of the interdependency of the measures proposed by Jackson, all of the elements – not just those addressed in the LASPO Act – need to be introduced simultaneously if they are to avoid giving unfair advantages or disadvantages to either claimants or defendants. For example, the ban on recoverability of ATE insurance is dependent upon the successful implementation of qualified one-way costs shifting. Similarly, the banning of the recoverability of the success fee is linked to the 10% uplift in Pain and Suffering and Loss of Amenity damages which is intended to provide funding to the claimant to meet their solicitor’s success fee. Finally, on LASPO, there are concerns regarding the drafting of the referral fee ban. This is limited to personal injury claims only and to those who are currently regulated by the Financial Services Authority, SRA, Bar Council and the claims management company regulator. It omits from its scope credit hire organisations and other businesses including garages, body shops or rescue firms which are also known to charge referral fees as part of the process. These omissions, allied to the advent of alternative business structures, means that circumvention of the ban as drafted is a strong probability and that little is likely to change in terms of overall behaviours. In fact, the key to controlling the worst excesses of claims farming is to manage down the level of legal costs. In the RTA Portal model, a claimant lawyer currently receives £1,200 for processing a claim to settlement at the end of Stage 2. That lawyer may have purchased the claim for £800 or more. The lawyer is therefore left with £400 and is still able to make a profit. If the referral fee is to be banned then let us see a commensurate reduction in the fixed fee. Of course, the great irony in this system is that the claimant lawyer who bids the most to procure the case then has the least amount of money to actually investigate and press the claim. It also often ends up with a claimant having a lawyer based 200 miles away whom they never see. That is what many call access to justice in today’s form. In the LASPO debate in the Lords on 14th March, Lord McNally, for the government, predicted that the £1,200 figure will be ‘reduced significantly’. Jackson’s proposals Legislative change Steve Thomas is director of market affairs, Keoghslast_img read more

Local connections essential

first_imgEUROPE: ‘High speed trains can be and have been a catalyst for economic and social regeneration as well as bringing the people of Europe closer together — and quickly’, pointed out James Brathwaite, Chairman of the South East England Development Agency, addressing a conference in London to mark the conclusion of two EU-funded projects aimed at improving local access to high speed rail services.HSTintegration and HSTconnect had a budget of €50m, sup­ported by the European Regional Dev­elopment Fund through the Inter­reg IIIB programme. Both were aimed at adding value to the inter-city and high speed passenger networks in northern Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and southeast England through a series of local initiatives.Led by Seeda, the six-year prog­ramme involved 27 partners from the four countries. A diverse range of enhancement projects received funding, including the rebuilding of Aachen station, to which the partnership contributed €0·97m. It was also involved in the launch of connecting services between Maastricht and Liège for Thalys passengers. HST­integration raised €3m in ERDF funding for development of bus feeder routes to Ebbsfleet International station on the UK’s High Speed 1 (RG 11.07 p699). Seeda’s Head of Infrastructure & Planning Detlef Golletz acknowledged that the projects only required ‘a modest amount of cash’, but said they had the potential to act as catalysts to trigger much larger investments, not least by encouraging disparate bodies to work together more effectively, often across national borders. Golletz reaffirmed his belief that the two projects could pave the way for more substantial inter-regional rail investment in the years to come. In particular, he hoped to see spare capacity through the Channel Tunnel used by ‘Trans-Manche Metro’ regional services connecting southern England and Nord Pas-de-Calais. ‘Just because we have a bit of water in between us, we don’t see why that should be an obstacle’.last_img read more

NEOSI Chats with Fox Sports NFL Kickoff Host Charissa Thompson

first_imgNEOSI’s Matt Medley had a chance to chat with Fox Sports NFL Kickoff host Charissa Thompson on a variety of topics, including her start in the business, domestic violence in sports, the MLB postseason, and the company she’s working with – Biotrue. Check out what Charissa had to say in this one-on-one.Matt: So we’re here with Charissa Thompson of Fox Sports NFL Kickoff host, “Extra” co-host, also works for Fox Sports 1, so thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk with us.Charissa: Thanks for having me, thanks for including all my jobs. Sometimes I forget I do some of those things.Matt: I would too, so you started as an assistant in the Human Resources Department at Fox Sports, and now being one of the more prominent women in sports reporting, what advice do you give to young women pursuing a career in sports journalism?Charissa: Be willing to work anywhere. I am not equipped to work in HR. It’s probably an HR violation, in a lot of ways, but it was an opportunity in the sports department and so for me it was like as long as it gets me in the building, I don’t care as cliche as it sounds, newsroom, or cafeteria, or whatever, as long as you are close to where you want to be, be willing to do that. I tell a lot of girls a lot of times who ask like how they can get started, you kinda gotta be willing to move anywhere or do anything. So as the game changes and how people get in, and the numerous outlets you can now work for it still holds true that you gotta start somewhere. So I would say be willing to work in any department.Matt: Exactly, it’s all about getting your foot in the door at any job. So I’m sure that in your career you have across some stereotypes whether we want to admit it or not I’m sure it’s happened, How do you handle situations like that?Charissa: Yeah, that happens. I would say fortunately it becomes less and less as you continue to stay in this respected job. But yeah, of course there’s stereotypes. You know, “Why are you taking this job?” You’re either in this job because you “want to date the athletes”, or you just want to be the “Barbie on the sidelines”, or “you don’t really know anything about sports” I mean these stereotypes exist. I think for me the biggest thing, and I sort of live my life this way, is self-deprecation or just just owning the stereotype. If you say what everyone else is already thinking, it sort of diffuses the tension or the headline, right? Like “Yep, just here because I wanted to date an athlete.” Ha ha ha. Nope. Obviously that’s not why I’m here. Or I “don’t know anything about sports” but I’m still working in sports. I think addressing that these stereotypes exist and then quickly moving on, I always say women get a lot more opportunities in this field of sports reporting cause there’s not as many of us, but not a lot of them stay. So I think it’s once you’re given the opportunity it’s your job to stay there even more so than a man and show that you know more because that’s something that you’re gonna be up against. It hasn’t affected me too much so long as you can just kind of laugh at it and not worry about the “egg” avatar comments, as I always say.Matt: Yeah, and obviously you’ve worked very hard to get where you’re at. Over the past year there has been a significant amount of attention highlighted on domestic violence in sports, and especially the NFL and being a prominent woman reporter, how do you see yourself and other reporters like you when it comes to addressing these topics in sports and in reporting? Do you feel like you have the voice and the responsibility to make your voice heard on issues like that?Charissa: Absolutely I think that I have the voice and the responsibility whether I was in sports or not. I don’t know if you saw Terry Bradshaw’s heartfelt thing last week on the Sunday show in regards to Hardy, but there’s a responsibility for men and women I mean Russell Wilson has a whole “Pass the Peace” Initiative he does every year to end domestic violence, but as a woman in this sport when the whole Ray Rice thing happened or any of the other athletes that are brought up on charges, alleged or not. I did a roundtable with Pam Oliver and a couple other women last year, sort of throwing out our responsibility as women in the sport, like do we say we can no longer report on Ray Rice because of the accusations? No. I mean there’s a court system in place and the NFL is in place to handle those and make judgements on those punishments. That far exceeds our payroll. But there is a responsibility to bring awareness to it and have a no tolerance policy. Outside of sports this issue is rampant and I’ve had my own experiences in a couple of different things. So yes, there’s a responsibility, but also it’s a touchy subject. Pages: 1 2 Related TopicsCharissa Thompson Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. Matt Medleylast_img read more

BREAKING: Browns Trade Punter Andy Lee to Panthers

first_img nbodnar1 Related TopicsBrowns PunterCleveland BrownsKasey Redfern The Carolina Panthers just received a fantastic special teams player from the Cleveland Browns on this fine Monday evening. Punter Andy Lee was traded to the Panthers according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapport.The #Browns have traded P Andy Lee to the #Panthers, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 29, 2016The Browns sent Lee off to the Panthers along with a 2017 seventh-round pick in exchange for punter Kasey Redfern and a 2018 fourth-round pick. This information comes from the official Browns press release and is quite interesting.What I like most about this trade is that they will gain a fourth-round pick in two years. Might help, might not. We will just have to wait and find out.The punter they received is a 6-1, 204 pound athlete from Wofford. He originally was signed by Jacksonville as an undrafted free agent in 2014. Last season he spent time with the Chargers on their practice squad before signing with the Panthers.Cleveland may struggle even more on special teams if they have a punter that really doesn’t have much regular season experience. They received their draft pick and could realistically sign a veteran off of the street and dump Redfern. It will be interesting to see what goes down.last_img read more