Property firm Grainger achieves sales growth despite electioneering building

first_img Property firm Grainger achieves sales growth despite electioneering building Thursday 5 February 2015 8:27 pm whatsapp whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Express KCS PROPERTY management firm Grainger said despite the good start to the year, the company expects the months leading up to the election to result in a softer market on home sales as uncertainty weighs on market sentiment. The company saw sales in the four months to the end of January increase by four per cent since last September and a year-on-year increase of six per cent on new lets as well as an increase of two and a half per cent on renewals. The company has acquired, or exchanged contracts on £85m of residential property since the start of the year, comprising mainly market rented assets, located outside of London, which is expected to fetch an annual gross rental income of £6m. The company also announced it is appointing its senior independent director, Baroness Margaret Ford, as interim chairman for a period of three months after the initial appointment of Ian Coull was delayed due to medical reasons. Andrew Cunningham, chief executive of Grainger said despite some challenges: “There are a number of factors that continue to provide positive upward pressure over the medium term for the UK housing market, including the low interest rate environment, improving real wages, changes to the stamp duty regime and the continued supply-demand imbalance.” Share Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Our guide to What’s On at the Weekend

first_imgHome What’s On Our guide to What’s On at the Weekend What’s On Rugby Previous articleSchool of Food recruiting Laois candidates for an introductory Commis Chef programmeNext articleNew Portlaoise Library moves a step closer Siun Lennonún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Community WhatsApp TAGSCamrossMountmellickO’Dempsey’sSt Joseph’sTrumera Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Pinterestcenter_img By Siun Lennon – 8th February 2018 Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Twitter FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9Voice of the TownPortlaoise GAA are holding their ‘Voice of the Town’ in the Midlands Park Hotel at 7pm.Tickets are €20 and are available from Bosco’s, Martley’s, Peig’s, Hume’s, Midlands Park Hotel and Portlaoise parish centre.Mountmellick Drama Group production Mountmellick Drama Group are holding their production of ‘Lovers: Winners and Losers’ in Mountmellick Arts Centre at 8pm.Instrument funding for community groupsAn information session for instrument funding for Laois community groups is on in the Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, Portlaoise at 7pm. To book a place, call 057 8664033.SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10Laois footballLaois are taking on Waterford in the third round of the league in O’Moore Park at 7pm.O’Dempsey’s GAA Dinner DanceO’Dempsey’s will be celebrating Division 1A glory in the Heritage Hotel Killenard tonight at 8pm.Camross GAA Dinner DanceCamross are celebrating their Senior hurling success in the Racket House Country House Hotel tonight.Trumera GAA Dinner Dance And last, but certainly not least, Trumera GAA are toasting to their Intermediate hurling success at their Dinner Dance in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise at 8pm.SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11Colt GAA Family Fun RunColt GAA are hosting their family fun run/walk from Colt GAA grounds at 1pm.SEE ALSO – Laois First Dates sensation Scully set for another big TV performance Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Twitter Council RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Our guide to What’s On at the Weekend We’re back with our guide to What’s On at the Weekend and there are enough dinner dances in the county this weekend to feed the entire popluation of Laois!There is also plenty to go to besides dinner dances, such as drama productions, gardening demonstrations and high-affair sporting events.If you have any upcoming events you would like to be added to our weekend guide, you can email [email protected]laoistoday.ielast_img read more

Moment In Time: Parents Council Table Quiz in Rathdowney in 2004

first_img GAA GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Home We Are Laois Moment in Time Moment In Time: Parents Council Table Quiz in Rathdowney in 2004 We Are LaoisMoment in Time Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SEE ALSO – Moment in Time: A day in school in Barrowhouse in 2000 Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory TAGSMoment in Time Facebook Twittercenter_img WhatsApp By Bronagh Scully – 31st March 2019 Previous articleProperty Watch: Here’s what €150,000 will currently get you around LaoisNext articleLaois’s St Brigids crowned Leinster camogie league champions Bronagh Scully Twitter For this week’s Moment In Time, we look back on The Laois Primary Parents Council Table Quiz in Rathdowney Community Hall in March 2004.Pupils from Knock National School completed the double by taking both first and second overall placings, while Newtown National School finished third.The winning team received a perpetual trophy, as well as plaques and a free trip to ‘Roll ‘n’ Bowl.The annual quiz attracted over 90 teams of four from the various primary schools across Laois. Speaking at the time, Laois Primary Parents Council PRO John Reddin said: “We’re delighted with the reception that the quiz got from pupils and teachers from around the county.“It’s great for kids to get involved and we’ve had a lot of support from schools and business sponsors.”The quiz was formerly part of the Cadbury’s Annual Children’s Quiz, but lost Cadbury’s as its sponsor. As a result there was a disbandment of regional and national finals.The various sponsors who helped to support the quiz were sincerely thanked by by Laois Primary Parents Council.Alf Harvey was there on the night and he captured some great pictures.Check them out below: GAA Moment In Time: Parents Council Table Quiz in Rathdowney in 2004 Pinterest WhatsApp 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Battle for the last seat in Portlaoise set to go right down to the wire

first_img TAGSCaroline Dwane-StanleyCatherine FitzgeraldDom DunneDonal KellyJohn Joe FennellyMary SweeneyNaeem IqbalNoel TuohyPauline MadiganPortlaoise Municipal DistrictThomasina ConnellWillie Aird Battle for the last seat in Portlaoise set to go right down to the wire By Steven Miller – 25th May 2019 Previous articleLIVE BLOG: Follow all of our coverage from Day 1 of the Local Election countNext articleIn Pictures: Laois Ladies football club get on board with 20×20 drive Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results WhatsApp Home Politics Local Elections Battle for the last seat in Portlaoise set to go right down… PoliticsLocal ElectionsNews WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook GAA Pinterest Twitter GAA Facebook Twitter Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Naeem Iqbal (Centre) with supporters in St Mary’s Hall Brought to you in association with People First Credit UnionSix of the seven seats in the Portlaoise Municipal District are set to be won relatively comfortably – but the main point of interest will be who takes the final seat.Willie Aird and John Joe Fennelly are neck and neck as to who will top the poll, according to tallies and should be elected on the first count.Caroline Dwane-Stanley is in third place according to the tallies but like her Sinn Fein colleague Aidan Mullins in the Graiguecullen-Portarlington, her vote hasn’t increased since 2014.She will be safe, as will Noel Tuohy, who has grown his vote from the last time and will poll over 1,000 first preferences as will Catherine Fitzgerald and Mary Sweeney.But the real battle will be for the final seat where up to five first-time candidates could be in the mix.Fine Gael’s Thomasina Connell, running mate of Charlie Flanagan in the 2016 General Election, is currently leading the way. But just about.All five candidates are bunched up with less than 100 votes between them all.Pauline Madigan is the incumbent after being co-opted a year ago to fill the late Jerry Lodge’s seat.But she has a savage scrap on her hands if she is the hold off the challenge of her own party man, Donal Kelly.However, that’s just the start of it as Dom Dunne who quit Fianna Fáil over not being selected is right in the mix and drawing a lot of cross over support which will be vital as the transfers are dished out.Pakistani accountant Naeem Iqbal who has also put in a strong campaign cannot be written out of the script just yet either as he polled well over 400 votes and is ahead of Madigan, Dunne, and Kelly on the first count.The final outcome is impossible to predict and may have a few twists and turns in it yet, not to mention that it could be Monday before we know that final result.Stay logged on to Laois Today and we’ll bring every development to you as it happens. It promises to be anything but boring.Caroline Dwane-Stanley and her husband, Brian Stanley, TDMinister Charlie Flanagan, Martin Deegan and Niall Kavanagh in St Mary’s HallSEE ALSO – Fleming set to top the poll in Graiguecullen-Portarlington with Mulhall and Mullins also strongSEE ALSO – Goodwin in a fight for survival as newcomers Bergin and Clooney make a big impact in Borris-MountmellickSEE ALSO – Live Blog: Follow all of the drama from the count centre  GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Mt. Baekdu’s 3 Generals Worth a Mere $2.50?

first_img Mt. Baekdu’s 3 Generals Worth a Mere $2.50? News News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) SHARE News AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img [imText1]Recently, portraits of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Sook (Kim Jong Il’s mother) wearing military clothing are being sold at North Korea’s black market, Jangmadang. “Good Friends” a North Korea support organization, published a newsletter which informed that a portrait of the “3 Generals portrait” was being sold for 7,500 North Korean won (approx. US$2.50) at Jangmadang. The sale of the “3 Generals portrait” is actually prohibited. Then, how did portraits of the “3 Generals” end up on the black market? Is this a sign that the value of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Sook has plummeted to rock bottom? No way. In the past, this portrait of “Baekdu Mountains 3 Great Heroes” or otherwise known as the “3 Generals,” was distributed to North Korea’s elite class. However, as the power of money slowly took a stance in North Korea, the “3 Generals” somehow managed to appear in the markets. People purchasing the portraits are not the elite class. If a person visits the home and sees this portrait hung, they may get the impression that the household was closely related to the elite class. In other words, the home looks as if it has value or is important, hence the demand at the markets. The sale of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Sook portraits in North Korea is a political offense. If a person is caught selling any portraits, they may end up in a political concentration camp.However, as people thrive off trade and the value of money spreads throughout the nation, life continues abundantly as long as you don’t get caught. The fact that this item has appeared at Jangmadang just goes to show how much trade as prospered in North Korea. Further, the source and owners of the portraits are the elite and with a little investigation one can unveil the corruption that is occurring amongst the upper class. As a result, as long as you do not spread rumors about the National Safety Agency and affiliated persons, authorities let you go unnoticed. The painting is a family portrait with Kim Il Sung dressed as a Chief general on the left, Kim Jong Il dressed in a general’s outfit in the middle and then on the right, Kim Jong Sook dressed in a guerilla uniform. The “3 Generals’ portrait” first appeared in 1997 about the time of Kim Jong Il’s 55th birthday. At first, the painting was distributed to officers of power including elite officials, generals, courts and the national security and safety agency. The portrait was not presented to average households and hence the “3 Generals” gained its elite status. “We have the 3 Generals in our home” children would say bragging to others. Nonetheless, this portrait began to be sold on the markets illegally from 1997. This was a time where people died of starvation and Kim Jong Il went around proclaiming “Military First Politics.” Distributing the “3 Generals’ portrait” was all a part of Kim Jong Il’s propaganda for “Military First Politics.”[imText2]In the beginning, administrative officers bribed authorities with alcohol and cigarettes in exchange for the portraits. Factory managers would even exchange the goods in the factories and hang the portraits in their own homes. It was not too difficult to obtain the painting if you were closely affiliated to persons with any sort of power including the authorities, military or the government. Since then, it was common to see the portraits in the homes of the rich. This portrait worth 3,000won in `97 has now escalade to 7,500won following the July 1st economic measure in 2002. Sale of the portraits began at the place of manufacture Mansudae Art Institution (the national art academy, which is mainly creating works related to Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il). The moment rations were suspended, workers at Mansudae Art Institution began to produce extra portraits and badges of Kim Il Sung, and as a means of survival traded these portraits in exchange for food. With ties to relatives in the country, manufacturers sold portraits of the 3 Generals through the back door. In additional to this, it is common practice that badges of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are sold on the black market. There are many badges which vary according to class from badges in the shape of a flag (used by overseas North Koreans) to badges made for authorities and a special badge that was manufactured after Kim Il Sung’s death. One badge, sold for 1,000wonAt first the badges were distributed to elite officials and upper class and then slowly, more and more average citizens tried to obtain one. For example, in the mid-90’s it was rare to see the ‘couple badge’ in the country that it sold for 1,000~1,500won (approx. US$0.3~0.5) each. Accordingly, the cost of the badges has also been affected by market prices. Dealers who sell the badges appear at the black markets wearing a black jacket. The portraits are hidden beneath the jacket and buyers haggle with the dealer for a good price. However, not everyone likes the “3 Generals portraits.” A defector who recently entered South Korea said, “Only people who can afford the pictures are interested in buying the “3 Generals portraits.” Otherwise, the average commoner doesn’t care.” Nevertheless, what would happen if Kim Jong Il found out that the portrait of the “3 Generals portraits” were being sold on the black market? Furthermore, what would happen if he found out that the portraits were being sold for a mere $2.50? He would most probably make an order to close Jangmadang. If not for the living and trade of average commoners, it would be best for Kim Jong Il not to know this fact. It would be better for Kim Jong Il to be ignorant of this rather humiliating truth. NewsEconomy By Daily NK – 2007.06.11 4:02pm There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Facebook Twitter US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img

BoC announces key changes to its standing liquid facility

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The Bank of Canada (BoC) is making a series of changes to the margin requirements for its mechanism for providing routine overnight credit, known as the standing liquidity facility (SLF) The central bank announced on Monday that amid its ongoing review of the collateral policy for its SLF, it’s revising the margin requirements applied to certain securities that are accepted as collateral under the program. The SLF is the mechanism that the bank uses to keep the payment and settlement system running smoothly by providing secured, overnight loans to major payment system participants. The assets used as collateral for these loans are valued at market value less a margin, or “haircut,” to protect the bank from market risk. Under the revisions announced on Monday, the BoC will impose increased haircuts for securities at longer maturities that are issued or guaranteed by the Government of Canada, the U.S. Treasury, a provincial government, or municipality. The central bank will apply the same haircut to all securities within a given asset class and maturity bucket, provided the security meets the minimum rating requirement. It’s also creating a separate category for certain mortgage-backed securities and introducing a new maturity bucket. The revised margin requirements take effect on June 16. In setting these margin and collateral policies, the BoC says it manages its own risks, considers the implications for market functioning and the broader impacts on the financial system. When it comes to determining margin requirements, the bank takes a “through-the-cycle” approach, looking at historical pricing volatility and liquidity over a full market cycle. Separately, the BoC also published a draft proposal for moving to a modified auction format for any future issuance of ultra-long (50-year) bonds by the federal government. Comments on the proposal are due by July 10. The government has indicated that it may issue additional 50-year bonds in 2015-16, subject to market conditions. “Any future ultra-long bond issuance continues to be a tactical decision and is not considered to be part of the government’s regular borrowing program,” the BoC notes. James Langton last_img read more

Road works on Seven Mile Beach Road to start on 7 December

first_imgRoad works on Seven Mile Beach Road to start on 7 December Seven Mile Beach Road at Broken Head will be closed for approximately five days from 7 – 11 December 2020 while a section of the road is being sealed.Access will be maintained for residents although there may be short delays. Emergency vehicle access will be available at all times.Council is sealing the first 700m of Seven Mile Beach Road to the Kings Beach carpark as a way of controlling dust which is affecting some residents, as well as having an impact on native vegetation and wildlife.“Council received $336,895 from the NSW Government’s Fixing Local Roads program,” to do this work and we are very pleased to be able to get it done before Christmas and the busy summer holidays,” Phil Holloway, Director Infrastructure Services, said.“This road is the only public vehicle access to a number of areas in the Broken Head Nature Reserve and as the area gets more and more popular, so too do the number of cars using this narrow, dirt road and this is taking a toll on the sensitive natural environment as well as local residents,” he said.As part of the project Council is also doing drainage maintenance works and line marking along the road.Separate to the sealing of the first section of Seven Mile Beach Road, Council is also looking at parking and traffic management options for the Broken Head area with information and a survey to be launched on the Your Say Byron Shire shortly. /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:beach, Byron Bay, Byron Council, Byron Shire Council, council, Emergency, environment, Government, Impact, infrastructure, local council, NSW, project, Seven Mile Beach, survey, vehicle, wildlifelast_img read more

Alongside Trump, Uber feeling the fallout of its policies

first_img Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” If the 45th president of the U.S. decides to adopt another kid, he might as well make it Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. Oh, I know, what use does he have for yet one more squirrely, money-hungry, rules-are-for-other-people, thin-skinned sycophant?As you might have noticed, that country is at a turning point, and a pitch point, in history. Never before has such a spotlight been shone on the inner workings and inherent weaknesses of the system so many took for granted, regardless of which party was having a turn at the wheel.Now, with a merry band of plunderers kicking everybody else out of the room and bolting the door so they can play with all the toys, America will see just what President 45 is capable of unleashing, abetted by those happy to go look for kindling to add to fire that 45 prepares to play his fiddle beside. advertisement RELATED TAGSNewsAmerican Civil Liberties UnionElon MuskJohn F. Kennedy International AirportNew York CityThe White HouseTravis KalanickTrump HotelUnited States Trending in Canada The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Protestors rally during a demonstration against the new immigration ban issued by President Donald Trump at John F. Kennedy International Airport on January 28, 2017 in New York City. Trending Videos Uber’s reach is growing – and here’s why I’m worriedOver the weekend, when 45 unleashed yet another round of unconstitutional edicts barring Muslims from entering a country when they’d had prior clearance, leaving them stranded at airports (unless your Muslim country had a Trump Hotel, and then, hey, you’re cool), New York City Taxi Drivers Alliance staged a one hour work stoppage to JFK airport in support of the demonstration. You may have noticed those demonstrations; they happened all over the U.S. at every major airport. Hey 45, seems like every gathering is bigger than your inauguration was.Those taxi drivers formed yet another link in the chain of resistance to the tyranny forming to the south that isn’t even bothering to pretend it’s anything else. When a president, even a puppet one, signs off on made-up laws with no congressional or senate oversight and with no view to adhering to the law, he doesn’t get to be president anymore: he gets to be King.So Uber, of course, being made up of drivers who represent such a cross section of the cities they flourish in, did the only smart thing: it scabbed out those drivers. Instead of seeing a viable moment to stand in solidarity with millions around the U.S. (yes, millions, and wait until the science marches begin) its CEO, Travis Kalanick, instead saw an opportunity to profit. He promoted his service with a Tweet (“Surge pricing has been turned off at #JFK Airport. This may result in longer wait times. Please be patient.”), which he later apologized for. It was too late. The hashtag #DeleteUber dominated the social media sphere within minutes. And remember, that is the place that places like Uber live, and stumble. The actions of 45 have unleashed a sleeping giant of an electorate that perhaps realized too little, too late, but have realized, nonetheless. Many of us will be using economic sanctions of our own; we learned them from global governments, and they work. Like those that 45 is about to lift from his buddy Putin.I’m sure Kalanick is still just giddy from getting to be on the White House business advisory group (Elon Musk is another member) and maybe he’s just trying to impress Papa 45 that he’s got the stones. The problem of course, with a fascist in control, means you’re trying to impress a fascist. I hope others on that board have a more encompassing worldview than Uber.Lyft, on the other hand, Uber’s chief competitor in most markets, pivoted in an instant and made a million dollar donation to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Is it a business tactic? Sure it is. But Uber performed one kind of business tactic – side with those with money – while Lyft did another – side with those making history. I don’t actually believe Lyft’s action is any less about capitalizing on the situation as it unfolded, but it is savvier. Now if only all ride sharing companies treated their drivers more fairly, maybe even I’d stop ragging on them. Kalanick and Uber can backpedal all they like. I hope those who deleted them, keep them deleted. And I think they might. center_img But why am I picking on poor old Travis, again? Because it’s just too easy. Uber and I go back a long way; I’ve hated it since it launched, breaking rules, treating its drivers like crap, putting profits ahead of people at every single turn yet pretending it is an industry leader. It has a good cell phone application. That’s it. As a principled business, it left its muddy shoes on and marched right into your city. I’ve stood by my judgment all this time. I continue to.RELATED COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Update: In the wake of the overwhelming pressure applied following the #deleteuber campaign – according to the New York Times, more than 200,000 people deleted their account – Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced he was stepping down from the President’s Advisory Council. “Immigration and openness to refugees is an important part of our country’s success and quite honestly to Uber’s,” he said in a statement to employees. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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Instructors illuminate labs using universal design for learning

first_imgPublished: Aug. 26, 2019 • By Joy Adams Rachel Bowyer, a second-year PhD student in Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences (APS), has taken on a task that may seem insurmountable. She’s not only updating the entire 200-page Introduction to Astronomy lab manual; she’s making the assignments accessible to students with visual impairments.As the current Graduate Teacher Program Lead for APS, this endeavor is Rachel’s “legacy project,” a way to leave something lasting in the department. “It’s an interesting challenge,” observed Seth Hornstein, who teaches the Introductory Astronomy lecture and is the department’s TA coordinator. “We’re in a unique situation in that we’re trying to teach astronomy, which is a very visual field. At the same time we’re teaching it in a classroom, so we do a lot of hands-on and data-based things, and we want to provide the same experience and the same learning outcomes for students with disabilities.”In May 2019, Rachel attended a workshop on Universal Design for Learning (UDL), presented by ASSETT Teaching and Learning Consultant Joy Adams. UDL centers on three principles: 1) providing multiple means of representation, 2) offering flexible options for action and expression, and 3) incorporating strategies for promoting student engagement and motivation. Considering the principles holistically supports students with diverse abilities, skills, and interests, while helping to maximize their learning.Rachel immediately saw the potential benefits of UDL to her project. She scheduled a one-on-one consultation with Joy to work on updates to the spectroscopy lab, which seemed particularly challenging. “The subtitle of the lab is ‘Light and Color,’” she explained. “If we can do this with a lab that is highly visual and has a lot of moving parts, it will make it seem more achievable to re-develop other labs.” Because this lab activity covers “some really cool concepts,” Rachel also saw an opportunity to expose students to more of the science underlying those concepts, in hopes of boosting their engagement with the course.“The most surprising thing about the consultation was how figures and phrases could be reviewed intentionally to determine what exactly is being asked,” said Rachel. “We ended up with clearer, better questions in the end, even though that wasn’t the major issue with the lab.”Joy also helped the instructors proactively plan for formal accommodations. Rachel is preparing supplemental instructions that provide strategies for students to support peers with visual impairments by working collaboratively within their lab groups. Additionally, she is updating figures within the lab manual to include numeric values so that students are not required to rely on color perception to participate in the activities.“Joy helped us see that the answer is to evaluate the students not on ‘What color do you see?’ but their ability to reason through the situation to determine what color should be there,” Rachel observed. “If you design the lab in a way that they should be able to logically figure out what’s going on scientifically, they don’t need to know what the color is. It’s not only a good practice for accessibility but also for different types of learners.”Rachel was pleasantly surprised that the consultation focused more on adding options than taking them away. “I was initially concerned that we’d be told that we shouldn’t use visuals at all,” she explained, “but the consultation was more about how we can keep these things for the people who can use them as well as make them accessible to meet the needs of others.”Seth added, “Joy gave us suggestions at low, medium, and high-effort levels. The medium and high levels can be addressed lab-by-lab, but just doing the low-hanging fruit now gets us significant improvement. It’s a low amount of time to invest to get a lot of impact, and that took a lot of the stress out of making the lab accessible.”Rachel summarized her experience with the consultation, saying: “Overall, the real benefit was to make the curriculum more intentional, to get to the learning goals more directly, with fewer obstacles for students. Having someone who knows about UDL review the assignment makes me feel confident that the curriculum is doing its job rather than being busy work or an obstacle.”To schedule your own individual consultation, small-group presentation, or workshop on UDL, contact Joy Adams, ASSETT Teaching & Learning Consultant ([email protected]).Categories:blogTags:APSFaculty SpotlightUDL2019last_img read more

Four Separate Vintages of Pinot Noir Fermenting Now at Columbia Gorge…

first_imgReddIt Home Industry News Releases Four Separate Vintages of Pinot Noir Fermenting Now at Columbia Gorge WineryIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessFour Separate Vintages of Pinot Noir Fermenting Now at Columbia Gorge WineryBy Press Release – May 25, 2016 28 0 Facebook Email Pinterest Twitter Share Linkedin TAGSConsumerWhite Salmon Vineyard AdvertisementRare opportunity to Witness Crush over Memorial Day WeekendUNDERWOOD, WASHINGTON – May 25, 2016 – White Salmon Vineyard is currently fermenting four vintages of Pinot Noir from their Estate Vineyard on Underwood Mountain. The vintages, dating back to 2010, have been frozen for preservation by Brehm Vineyards. The traditional Harvest/Crush season runs August through October in the Columbia Gorge AVA. This is a unique opportunity to observe the wine fermentation process over Memorial Day weekend.“Freezing the grapes preserves the integrity of the fruit during long distance transport and/or long-term storage of unfermented grapes. It also creates an intercellular rupture that allows a slightly higher yield in black grapes and the release of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins color the grapes while maintaining the flavors and phenolics of the fruit,” said Peter Brehm, Proprietor at White Salmon Vineyard and Brehm Vineyards. Brehm Vineyard has been freezing and transporting frozen grapes for professional and home winemakers since 1974.“After thawing, the grapes came in at 40% whole berry which is ideal. Even the 2010 vintage that was harvested 6 years ago,” said Bill Musgnung, Winery Consultant at Winetenders.The four vintages of Estate White Salmon Pinot Noir are fermenting separately to illustrate the impact of weather on wine vintages. Typically when comparing vintages, the consumer has to account for the impact of aging. However, because these grapes were essentially frozen in time it provides a level comparison.Visitors are encouraged to stop by our tasting room over Memorial Day weekend to experience this unique spring crush. White Salmon Vineyard is located at 62381 WA-14, Underwood, WA 98651. Tasting room hours are Friday through Monday, noon – 6 p.m. and Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.About White Salmon Vineyard: White Salmon Vineyard’s 22 acres are primarily planted with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir along with a sprinkling of Malbec, Syrah, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Maria Gomes. The vineyard is located on the eastern slope of the Cascade mountain range on the bank of the Columbia River on a rocky bench 550’ above sea level within the majestic, cool climate region of the Columbia Gorge AVA. The soils were formed by volcanic activity thousands of years ago and the vineyard maintains three distinct soil types. These conditions, plus a carefully selected mix of clones, combine to provide a terroir for world-class grapes.Advertisement Previous articleLongoria Pinot Noir Chosen to Represent California At Global Wine EventNext articleAfternoon Brief May 25 Press Releaselast_img read more