WATCH LIVE: President-elect Joe Biden introduces key foreign policy & national security nominees

first_imgAdvertisementTags: Joe Biden 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 comments Florida minimum wage could increase to $15 even sooner once Biden takes office January 19, 2021 Here’s a schedule of the 2021 Presidential Inauguration Day events January 20, 2021 Advertisement Security increases around the state in preparation for the Biden Inauguration January 20, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementDC 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 comments Advertisement President-elect Joe Biden is scheduled to speak at 1 p.m. from Wilmington, DE., to introduce key foreign policy and national security nominees.WATCH LIVE: WATCH LIVE: 2021 Presidential Inauguration Day Coverage January 20, 2021last_img read more

Contribution of Laois to Concern charity to be recognised

Twitter Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ By David Power – 25th April 2018 Facebook Rugby Contribution of Laois to Concern charity to be recognised WhatsApp Twitter TAGSConcernLaois Pinterest Home News Community Contribution of Laois to Concern charity to be recognised NewsCommunity WhatsApp The contribution of Laois people towards Concern Worldwide’s work over the last 50 years will be celebrated at a special event in Portlaoise on Thursday evening.Ireland’s largest humanitarian aid agency marks its 50th anniversary this year and will launch its ‘50 Years Of Your Concern’ roadshow in Portlaoise on April 26.The evening, which aims to recognise the contribution of local volunteers, will be held in the Portlaoise Parish Centre at St Peter and Paul’s Church from 8pm and will include a discussion about Concern’s work past and present.Concern Worldwide was established in the Dublin home of John and Kay O’Loughlin Kennedy in 1968 in response to a devastating famine in Biafra, with people all over Ireland raising the equivalent of €4 million to send a shipload of vital aid to the war-torn country.The organisation now works in 26 countries, providing emergency response and working with the world’s poorest people to transform their lives.Concern’s pioneering role in the Irish aid sector was recognised by President Michael D Higgins with a presidential reception at Áras an Uachtaráin last month, with several long-serving Laois volunteers in attendance.Concern CEO Dominic MacSorley will be joined for the discussion by local woman Alice Culliton, who worked for Concern overseas for several years.Susan Finucane, a niece of founding members Fr Aengus and Jack Finucane and Concern’s Desk Officer for Burundi and Rwanda, will also be in attendance on the night.“Local communities have always been at the heart of what we do and we’ve been very lucky to have many loyal supporters in Laois who have been exceptionally generous over the years,” explained Richard Dixon, Director of Public Affairs with Concern Worldwide.Special“This event will give us a chance to recognise the special role that these volunteers play within Concern Worldwide and share stories that show the impact that those contributions have made all over the world.”The ’50 Years Of Your Concern’ event is open to all and those wishing to attend can secure their place by calling Luke Kavanagh on 01-4791309 or emailing [email protected] ALSO – Two Laois secondary schools scoop prestigious Mental Health Awards Previous articleGolden Car Wash in Laois Shopping Centre offers great deals for car wash service and valetNext articleFootpaths in local cemetery make it ‘dangerous to carry a corpse’ David PowerA journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for Independent.ie. His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Community Community read more

New Portarlington Business Association to be set up as tender issued for regeneration strategy for the town

first_img New Portarlington Business Association to be set up as tender issued for regeneration strategy for the town Facebook The move to set up a new business association in the town comes as Laois County Council have issued a tender request for the provision of an urban regeneration strategy.“Portarlington Town Centre is a historic place with its own distinct identity tied to the Market Square and the Market House,” said Laois County Council on the etenders website. “Laois County Council has recently taken a lease on the Market House and wish to use this position to catalyse the heritage led regeneration of the historic core of Portarlington. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Electric Picnic Home News Business New Portarlington Business Association to be set up as tender issued for… NewsBusiness A new Portarlington Business Association is to be set up, spearheaded by local Kildare South TD Cathal Berry who has an office in the town.The inaugural meeting of the Portarlington Business Association will take place tomorrow evening, Tuesday, August 25, at 7pm in Portarlington Enterprise Centre on the Canal Road in the town.The invitation is open to all business owners in the town but because of the current Covid-19 restrictions, places will be limited.It’s understood that new members will be able to be facilitated on a Zoom call also.Anyone wishing to attend can contact Karen Healy in Cathal Berry’s office by emailing [email protected] TAGSCathal BerryPortarlingtonPortarlington Business Association “Tenders are invited from suitably qualified and experienced companies to prepare a heritage-led urban regeneration Strategy for Portarlington  that will develop and deliver a vision for the future of the town supported by an action plan with a clear framework for delivering those actions(Layout, form and design).“The heritage led Urban Regeneration Strategy for Portarlington needs to consider a number of key components to ensure the proper planning of a successful strategy for the town centre of Portarlington.These components are:• A vision for the public realm and the historic Market Square, Main Street, Spa Street and French church street detailing how these can be central to the regeneration of the historic core of the town, leading to urban regeneration in the surrounding modern areas;• Appropriate conservation of the Market House (a protected structure RPS 113, NIAH 12900209) and its setting in the Market Square Area;• The creation of linkages from the Market Square and Main Street to adjoining amenities (e.g. River Barrow, People’s Park, Leisure Centre and playgrounds)and the possibility of links between the town centre and Derryounce Bog – Trails and Lakes and the Barrow Blueway;• Traffic management including proposals to look at potential for pedestrianisation within the town centre;• Connectivity with the Train Station and the development of the walking and cycling infrastructure within the town centre;• The potential for provision of enterprise and economic development within the town centre;• The area improvements which need to be created both in the built environment and in the hard and soft landscaping.SEE ALSO – Activity begins to return to Laois property scene with 60 homes recorded as sold in July By Alan Hartnett – 24th August 2020 Previous articleHeavy rain and strong winds forecast as second storm in a week poised to strikeNext articleGAA cancel all ‘Club+ Season Tickets’ and issue refunds Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. News Pinterest WhatsApp Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Electric Picnic Pinterest Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

2014 Catalyst Canada honours champions announced

first_img Access to capital, low trust in banks cited as barriers to Black entrepreneurs James Langton Additionally, Howard Wetston, chairman and CEO, Ontario Securities Commission, receives Special Recognition – Board Diversity Champion for his work advancing women to board leadership. “A long-term advocate of inclusive workplaces, he has been the driving force behind the OSC’s proposed rule amendments regarding the representation of women on boards and in senior management,” Catalyst Canada notes. Earlier this year the OSC proposed rule amendments that would require TSX-listed issuers (and other non-venture issuers) to provide disclosure of their policies regarding the representation of women on the board, their process to consider women when selecting directors and executive officers, the number of women in board and executive positions, and their targets for for female representation. The comment period for those proposals closed in mid April. Moore has supported and developed women and minorities at all levels of Chubb Canada, most recently bringing women’s representation in leadership up to 56%. Hirji has primary responsibility for implementing RBC’s diversity and inclusion strategy. Her accomplishments include the establishment of a Global RBC Diversity Leadership Council, oversight of the first RBC Diversity Blueprint, and creation of the Diversity Dialogues Reciprocal Mentoring Program, an innovative model that positions mentors and mentees as partners in learning about diversity. The five will be honoured for her commitment to advancing women and diversity and inclusion at The 5th Annual Catalyst Canada Honours dinner on Wednesday, October 8, at The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto. Keywords Awards,  Women,  DiversityCompanies Catalyst Canada Providing funding and inspiration for Black entrepreneurs Catalyst Canada will honour five Canadian corporate leaders for their ongoing leadership in advancing women and minorities in business, the nonprofit organization said Thursday. Marking the fifth anniversary of its awards, Catalyst Canada announced the 2014 Champions: Dean Johnson, president and CEO, Sodexo Canada; Ellen Moore, president and CEO, Chubb Insurance Company of Canada; Sharon MacLeod, vice president, personal care, North America, Unilever; and Zabeen Hirji, chief human resources officer, Royal Bank of Canada. center_img Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Feds should be ‘cautious’ and avoid overstimulation with upcoming budget: RBC CEO Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Education Ministry to Establish Parent Support Commission

first_imgRelatedEducation Ministry to Establish Parent Support Commission FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Education, Andrew Holness has announced that the Ministry will be establishing a Parent Support Commission which will liaise with substance abuse intervention institutions to provide information and support to parents whose children are victims of substance abuse.Mr. Holness was speaking on Thursday at the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) Public Forum on Substance Abuse and Youth at Eden Gardens,St Andrew. The Minister said that the intervention is part of a new thrust of his Ministry to ease the stress on parents whose children are trapped by substance abuse and who need help in coping.“The parents out there under stress. They don’t know how to identify the signs of drug abuse; they don’t know how to identify when their child requires special attention; and even when they are able to identify these signs, they don’t know where to go for help,” Mr. Holness observed.He added that through the Parent Commission an institutional framework would be established to deepen the network between Government and non-Governmental organizations involved in substance abuse intervention.“We have to put the institutional framework in place to use Government funding to partner in an effective and meaningful way with the agencies that are already on the ground. We also have to take advantage of the synergies and skills in these areas to tackle this problem”, the Minister said.Mr. Holness expressed alarm at the statistics coming from various surveys conducted by the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) in the island’s schools. A 2003 survey showed that 72 per cent of those interviewed had experimented with alcohol, while 26 per cent had smoked cigarettes, with 17 per cent smoking ganja.A 2006 survey indicated that children as young as eight were smoking cigarettes, with 28 per cent of adolescents also confessing to smoking cigarettes.The Minister told the gathering that he was eager to learn more about the problem plaguing the nation’s youth with a view to making a meaningful contribution to its containment. Also addressing the forum was the Executive Director of the NCDA, Mr. Michael Tucker, who disclosed that in the coming year, the NCDA would be focusing its efforts on increasing the provision of primary treatment services in communities, generating quantitative and qualitative data to inform the agency’s work and increasing its advocacy work for greater national awareness and intervention on substance abuse control. He also said the Agency would be re-establishing the community group network as a way of re-engaging communities in the fight against substance abuse.The Forum, which wraps up National Drug Awareness month, was held under the theme: “Monitoring the Future – What Jamaica’s Parents must do about Substance Abuse.” RelatedEducation Ministry to Establish Parent Support Commission Education Ministry to Establish Parent Support Commission UncategorizedDecember 2, 2007center_img Advertisements RelatedEducation Ministry to Establish Parent Support Commissionlast_img read more

HKUMed identifies rarely documented pharmacogenetic variants commonly found among Hong Kong Chinese

first_imgHKUMed identifies rarely documented pharmacogenetic variants commonly found among Hong Kong Chinese HKUMed identifies rarely documented pharmacogenetic variants commonly found among Hong Kong Chinese, highlighting the potential for personalised medicine (from left: Mr Mullin Yu Ho-chung, Dr Patrick Chung Ho-yu, Mr William Chui Chun-ming, Professor Paul Tam Kwong-hang, Dr Brian Chung Hon-yin, Professor Godfrey Chan Chi-fung, Professor Lau Yu-lung, Dr Lee So-lun, Dr Yeung Kit-san, Dr Clara Tang Sze-man, Ms Claudia Chung Ching-yan and Mr Marcus Chan Chun-yin).In the first and largest study of its kind among Hong Kong Chinese, a research team at LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong (HKUMed) has identified 531 rare and predicted deleterious variants in 108 pharmacogenes, among which 96 have never been reported in widely recognised databases. However, these variants were commonly found among Hong Kong Chinese, most of whom (93.6%) having at least one of them. Besides, almost all (99.6%) Hong Kong Chinese residents harboured at least one actionable pharmacogenetic variant, which may impact the effectiveness of drug treatment. This study, which demonstrates the potential of pharmacogenetics in personalised prescription of medicine for reduced risk of adverse reactions and enhanced drug efficacy, has been published in PLOS Genetics. [Link to the publication].About pharmacogeneticsPharmacogenetics is the study of genetic influences on variability of drug response. Genetic variants in enzyme genes determine the enzyme activities in human body, thus leading to variable rate of drug metabolism. When prescribed with the standard dosage, patients with high metabolism may find the drug less effective than expected as the drug is quickly broken down and loses its function. By contrast, drug remains active for longer in patients with slow metabolism. Blood concentration of drug in these patients may reach toxic levels, causing undesired adverse drug reactions. Over two million patients in the United States suffer from adverse drug reactions every year, incurring a considerable medical cost of US$200 billion1.About the studyThe HKUMed research team examined actionable and rarely documented pharmacogenetic variants using two sets of big data. One was the exome sequencing (ES) data of 1,116 Hong Kong Chinese individuals. Covering more than 20,000 genes, the ES data set of the largest Hong Kong Chinese cohort to date characterises a representative spectrum of every variant.Another set of big data was the anonymous drug prescription data in the Clinical Data Analysis and Reporting System database of the Hospital Authority (HA), the backbone of Hong Kong public healthcare system serving 7.5 million people in the city. Combining information extracted from these two sets of big data, this research provides reliable evidence for prescription decisions and medical resource management for the Hong Kong Chinese population.Utilising the largest Hong Kong Chinese pharmacogenetics database to date, the research team identified 531 rare and predicted deleterious variants in 108 pharmacogenes, among which 96 variants have never been reported in any genetic databases. Despite their rarity, 93.6% of the Hong Kong Chinese carried at least one of the 531 rare pharmacogenetic variants.The research team also evaluated 133 pharmacogenetics variants that are known to affect drug responses in patients. According to international clinical guidelines, these 133 pharmacogenetics variants affect the metabolism of 36 drugs. Consistent with other populations, almost all (99.6%) Hong Kong Chinese residents harboured at least one actionable pharmacogenetic variant, with a median of four. Nevertheless, the local spectrum of actionable variants was different compared to those of foreign populations. For example, when azathioprine is prescribed, local clinicians should consider defective NUDT15 alleles which is about 19 times more frequent in Hong Kong Chinese population than in Europeans and Africans. Defective TPMT alleles should be considered in Europeans instead2,3. This implies that the clinical application of pharmacogenetic guidelines should be customised for different ethnic groups.Pharmacogenetics for the peopleCurrent pharmacogenetic testing only investigates the genetic influences when high-risk medications are prescribed, or after adverse drug reactions occur. This means the patients could have been impacted before remedial actions are taken. To address this issue, the HKUMed research team recommends a pre-emptive approach, by which pharmacogenetic testing is conducted to provide actionable recommendations to the choice and dosage of drugs based on the genetic profile of each patient before prescription. This approach will help reduce the risk of adverse drug reactions and enhance drug efficacy.Clinical guideline recommendations associated with pharmacogenetic variants have the potential to be widely adopted in Hong Kong. According to the HA statistics, a total of 1,006,046 Hong Kong Chinese patients had received prescriptions of the 36 drugs that are affected by actionable pharmacogenetics variants in 2019, accounting for one-seventh of the local Chinese population. The research team estimated that 23.1% of the patients receiving the prescribed drugs have actionable pharmacogenetic phenotypes, which should have prescription adjustment according to the international clinical guidelines. Drugs with greatest pharmacogenetic impact include simvastatin (lipid-lowering drug), clopidogrel (antiplatelet drug), and ibuprofen (one of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). However, as the research findings showed, there are a substantial number of scarcely documented pharmacogenetic variants commonly found among Hong Kong Chinese patients. This indicates the potential to further develop personalised pharmacogenetic guidelines of medical prescription in Hong Kong to achieve higher drug efficacy with minimised risk of adverse drug reactions.About the research teamThis research was led by Dr Brian Chung Hon-yin, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, HKUMed; Dr Clara Tang Sze-man, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, HKUMed and Dr Yeung Kit-san, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, HKUMed. Mr Mullin Yu Ho-chung, PhD candidate from Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, HKUMed, and Mr Marcus Chan Chun-yin, MBBS Year 6 student, from Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, HKUMed are the first authors. Other contributors include: Professor Godfrey Chan Chi-fung, Professor Lau Yu-lung, Dr Lee So-lun, Dr Yang Wanling, Ms Claudia Chung Ching-yan, Dr Christopher Mak Chun-yu, Mr Jeffrey Chau Fong-ting, Ms Mianne Lee, Ms Jasmine Fung Lee-fong, Ms Mandy Tsang Ho-yin, Dr Joshua Chan Chun-ki, Dr Yang Jing and Dr Wilfred Wong Hing-sang from Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, HKUMed; Professor Paul Tam Kwong-hang and Dr Patrick Chung Ho-yu from Department of Surgery, HKUMed; Mr William Chui Chun-ming, Mr Andrew Li Wang-tat and Ms Chara Yip Yin-wa from Department of Pharmacy, Queen Mary Hospital.This study was supported by the Society for the Relief of Disabled Children, the Health and Medical Research Fund of the Food and Health Bureau, Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine – Enhanced New Staff Start-up Research, the Children’s Heart Foundation, and Mr and Mrs Edward CM Wong Foundation. /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:adolescent, anti-inflammatory, chinese, data analysis, Government, health, heart foundation, Hong Kong, Medical research, metabolism, paediatrics, public health, Queen, statistics, United States, university, University of Hong Konglast_img read more

IOM Strengthens Preparedness Efforts ahead of Cyclone and Monsoon Season in Cox’s Bazar

first_imgIOM Strengthens Preparedness Efforts ahead of Cyclone and Monsoon Season in Cox’s Bazar IOM– Cox’s Bazar, home to 900,000 Rohingya refugees, narrowly avoided Cyclone Yaas last week – the Bay of Bengal’s second major storm of the cyclone season that went on to do over USD 2 billion damage elsewhere in Bangladesh and India.As it has in the past, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is helping communities in Bangladesh prepare for and respond to the cyclones that are a feature of the monsoon by strengthening infrastructure, preparing for possible medical emergencies and providing cyclone preparedness training to dozens of new volunteers.“When the rains hit, an emergency situation will be inevitable,” said Manuel Marques Pereira, IOM Deputy Chief of Mission in Bangladesh.“It is crucial we work together now to mitigate the risks before the disaster occurs. We need to be able to respond swiftly and effectively during such crises.”Cox’s Bazar is one of the most disaster-prone districts in the country, subject to cyclones, monsoons, strong winds, floods, landslides and other natural hazards. These disasters can cause mass casualties, disrupt humanitarian access, and severely damage shelters and other as well as critical facilities.Special attention has been given to refugees currently hosted in the three camps gutted by a devastating fire in March. Close to 50,000 refugees displaced by the fire live in tarpaulin shelters on unstable slopes, which will quickly turn to mud when the rains arrive.More than 4.4 million people were displaced by storms and floods in Bangladesh in 2020, many of whom were pre-emptively evacuated and are unable to return home. These are the highest displacement figures recorded for Bangladesh since data became available in 2008.This year, IOM is assessing the risk of landslides, strengthening drainage networks, installing slope protection measures and upgrading key pathways.Landslides and mud could cause road closures and blockages of major drains and waterways so IOM teams and machines are on standby to help humanitarian and government agencies clear the debris to keep vital access routes open.They are also engaged in tie-down activities, preparing the stock of emergency shelter kits and supporting actors with site planning and shelter improvements. Protection staff stand ready to assist extremely vulnerable individuals, including women and children, who need tailored assistance or relocation support.Such catastrophes can result in acute medical emergencies requiring immediate first aid and resuscitation, trauma management, referrals and psychosocial support. Four primary health-care centres and six health posts have been supplied with mass casualty incident kits.IOM and its implementing partners have also trained and equipped 10 mobile medical teams and 350 community health workers to act as first responders, while 11 ambulances are ready to respond.In close collaboration with local authorities, IOM supports early warning systems for host communities. A total of 1,655 volunteers have been trained to respond to cyclones and 20 multi-purpose shelters have been made accessible for emergency evacuation.Thousands of refugees and host community members have received search and rescue and first aid training, with support from the Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defence Department. They will act as community focal points in emergency situations, spreading early warning messages and helping the frontline response.IOM and its partners have trained an additional 100 volunteers in each camp on cyclone preparedness and the flag warning system. The volunteers are now disseminating awareness-raising messages to community members and responding to community requests.“It is vital to inform and support our fellow community members, so they are ready to respond and protect themselves and others when the weather conditions worsen,” said Abdul, one of the volunteers.Additionally, masks and hand sanitizer are readily available, and personal protective gear – including search and rescue kits, first aid kits and life vests – has been provided to all volunteers in fire-affected camps. /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:Bangladesh, Civil Defence, community health, Defence, evacuation, first aid kit, Government, hand sanitizer, Humanitarian, India, infrastructure, IOM, migration, road closure, Rohingya, U.S.last_img read more

Staff Council Update: Ice cream treats bring smiles and fun

first_img Published: Oct. 5, 2015 The University of Colorado Boulder Staff Council held its annual Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, Sept. 16 in the Center for Community (C4C) courtyard. Around 700 staff members enjoyed a free ice cream treat courtesy of their Boulder Campus Staff Council. Music, a prize raffle, vendor booths with free giveaways and a visit from Chip to added to the fun. Staff Council sponsors a variety of events designed to honor Boulder campus staff throughout the year. Please be on the lookout for announcements about our upcoming staff breakfast in December.center_img Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img

Catch some hoops at conference games Jan. 4, 12

first_img Men’s home gamesThursday, Jan. 18CU vs. Washington State, 6 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 20CU vs. Washington, 4 p.m.Friday, Feb. 2CU vs. Utah, 7 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 7CU vs. California, 9 p.m.Sunday, Feb. 11CU vs. Stanford, 2 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 21CU vs. USC, 8:30 p.m.Sunday, Feb. 25CU vs. UCLA, 2 p.m. Categories:Sports & RecreationEvents & Exhibits Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Jan. 3, 2018 CU basketball is kicking off conference play at the Coors Events Center on campus! Come support the men’s team Jan. 4 and the women’s team Jan. 12.Plus, teachers enjoy discounted tickets at the Jan. 4 game for teacher appreciation—whether you’re a CU Boulder professor or a teacher in the community. Regular tickets start at $10 for women’s games and $15 for men’s games and can be purchased at the door or at cubuffs.com/tickets. Students and kids ages 12 and under get in free! Women’s home gamesFriday, Jan. 26CU vs. Oregon, 8 p.m.Sunday, Jan. 28CU vs. Oregon State, 2 p.m.Sunday, Feb. 4CU vs. Utah, noonFriday, Feb. 16CU vs. Washington, 7 p.m.Sunday, Feb. 18CU vs. Washington State, noonlast_img read more

Bringing Glass Back to Basics

first_imgBarry Hood’s latest evolution as a glass artist started about 14 years ago as he watched a string of molten glass burn through a 2-by-4 piece of wood at Pilchuck Glass School. The next day, he poured glass into a hollowed-out log he found outside, creating his favorite piece, “Earth Hart,” and began his journey using an experimental glass-molding technique. “The first one was so successful,” Hood said. “It’s pretty raw; there’s a huge amount of failure, which I really like.” Hood’s work is featured in the Hockaday Museum of Art’s newest round of exhibits. His show, “Flow,” as well as local metal smith Wayne Hammer’s intricate jewelry, will take over the museum’s main level from Jan. 6 to March 17. The museum is also featuring its first annual emerging artists exhibition, “Catch the Vision: From Dreams to Discovery.” There is an opening reception for all the exhibits scheduled for Jan. 13. In the newly repainted and reorganized permanent collection room, the Hockaday will feature the works of Montana artist Josephine Hale from Jan. 6 through Feb. 26. The latest installations are an indication of a new direction for the museum, one that may include more contemporary artists and opportunities to meet the artists responsible for the work. The idea is to give valley residents a chance to see a different facet of the Hockaday, said Liz Moss, the museum’s executive director. “We are going to bring in a variety of traditional and contemporary work,” Moss said. “I want to get people excited about coming here again.” Hood’s work is particularly eye-catching. His exhibit is set in a two-room installation at the museum, which has been transformed with dark walls and direct lighting to illuminate the art. The first room features pieces from his “Harts” collection. These iconic works are the result of pouring 2,300-degree glass into hollowed wood molds and letting it take shape. The glass burns the wood as it cools, a process that only stops once the oxygen is cut off. The resulting works are rough, strong, pitted, creased and entirely unique, giving them a life and a look all their own. “Big Red Sun Hart” by Barry Hood at the Hockaday Museum of Art. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. The shapes often resemble anatomical organs, and Hood labels them “harts.” “When I started working in this process, it became more of a collaboration with nature,” Hood said. “What happens is sort of beyond my control.” After the molding process, Hood takes the glass back to his studio in Helena and cuts, shapes, sands, smoothes and colors them. Then, if the piece is successful, he creates a stand for it. “It’s a pretty involved process,” Hood said. In the second room of the installation, Hood’s work takes on a different facet with some of his “Extinction” pieces. These pieces feature the outlines of leaves and branches in clear glass. Some have Braille poems engraved on their surface, which Hood said are from the 12th and 13th centuries. “We’re all blind. Most of us are blind to ourselves and we’re most certainly blind to the world we’re living in,” Hood said. The idea of using Braille was initially borne of condescension, he admits, but it evolved into an appreciation for humankind’s creativity. “To me, Braille represents the best that mankind has to offer,” Hood said. “They developed this system that allows blind people to read. That’s a pretty cool thing.” However, anyone interested in taking part of verbal conversation with Hood can attend the “Conversations with the Artists” event. It takes place at 4 p.m. before the opening reception on Jan. 13. Hood began working with glass in 1974 during his career in architectural etchings. He eventually got a degree in ceramics, and his University of Montana ceramics teacher, Rudy Autio, is a major influence on Hood’s art. Hood also spent 15 years in Whitefish during the beginning of his career and said he’s excited to revisit the Flathead. “That’s where my business took off and where I really had some wonderful times and created some really nice things,” Hood said. He said he hopes people come to see the exhibit at the Hockaday, and that it makes them stop and think. “If there’s no risk, there’s no art,” Hood said, later adding, “the best art is the art that involves the viewer.” For more information on the Hockaday Museum of Art and the current exhibits, visit www.hockadaymuseum.org or call 406-755-5268. last_img read more