first_img Under the proposals, consumers could seek payment holidays up until the end of October (Getty Images) Also Read: FCA proposes extending coronavirus consumer credit payment holiday Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsMoney PopThe 20 Most Valuable Collectible Hot Wheels CarsMoney Popinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.com The FCA is inviting responses to its proposals until 5pm on 22 June, and expects to finalise its guidance shortly afterwards.  FCA proposes extending coronavirus consumer credit payment holiday The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has proposed allowing consumers to extend a payment freeze on their credit cards by a further three months to support borrowers struggling financially amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Under the proposals from the markets watchdog, those who have not yet asked for a payment freeze on credit cards or for an interest-free overdraft of up to £500 could request one up until the end of October.  Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners LA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.com whatsapp “The banking and finance industry has a clear plan to help the country through these tough times and is committed to providing ongoing support to those customers who need it,” said UK Finance managing director Eric Leenders. Once a payments freeze comes to an end, firms should contact customers to find out if they are able to resume payments, and if so agree a plan on how the missed payments can be repaid, the FCA said. Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market datacenter_img whatsapp He added that the industry was looking forward to the guidance “being finalised swiftly to ensure both borrowers and lenders can plan ahead to ensure customers can have some peace of mind regarding the consequences of Covid-19 on their money”. The regulator said it would update its guidance on other forms of borrowing including motor finance, payday loans and pawnbroking soon. Friday 19 June 2020 10:03 am Banking industry body UK Finance welcomed the watchdog’s proposals and said it would work closely with the FCA to finalise the guidance. Tags: Coronavirus FCA “Where consumers can afford to make payments, it is in their best long-term interest to do so, but for those who need help, it will be there.” Under the proposals, consumers could seek payment holidays up until the end of October (Getty Images) The extension to the payment holiday, which was introduced in April, would also enable customers to ask for a reduced interest rate on any overdraft borrowing above £500. “The proposals we’ve announced today would provide an expected minimum level of financial support for consumers who remain in, or enter, temporary financial difficulty due to coronavirus,” said FCA interim chief executive Christopher Woolard.  Anna Menin Under the proposals, consumers could seek payment holidays up until the end of October (Getty Images) Also Read: FCA proposes extending coronavirus consumer credit payment holiday last_img read more

first_img High Court rules LCF bondholders not eligible for compensation Monday 29 March 2021 1:38 pm Last week Bailey admitted to MPs the FCA had not done enough to protect LCF’s victims. In response to written questions from the Treasury Select Committee, he said he may have made mistakes in choosing not to prioritise the products sold by LCF.  whatsapp “However, and with respect, we were disappointed that the bonds were then found not to be a “transferable security” for regulatory purposes meaning their issuance was not subject to FSCS compensation.  Our clients intend to seek permission to appeal the decision.”  “”We are pleased that the judge found in our favour that the non-transfer provisions of the LC&F bonds were unfair and unenforceable,” he said. The investment firm collapsed in 2019 leaving 11,6000 bondholders facing losses of up to £267m. The firm was regulated by the City regulator but the bonds were unregulated.  “It goes without saying that the Claimants and their fellow investors deserve the greatest sympathy for the plight in which LCF left them,” Mr Justice Bourne said. “Nevertheless, despite the force, lucidity and skill with which their case was advanced before me, the claim must be dismissed.”  Bondholders who lost millions when London Capital & Finance collapsed two years ago will not be eligible for compensation, the High Court ruled today.  The independent report by Dame Elizabeth Gloster found the watchdog had failed to properly regulate the firm.  Thomas Donegan, partner at Shearman & Sterling, which is representing a group of LCF bondholders said they were seeking permission to appeal. center_img The High Court agreed with the FCSC that the bonds sold by LCF do not meet the conditions for compensation.  Share The bondholders had sought a judicial review of a decision made by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme which rejected most of the claims.  Last year a damning report into the LCF scandal heavily criticised Andrew Bailey, former head of the FCA and now governor of the Bank of England,for failing to do more.  Angharad Carrick Andrew Bailey, former head of the FCA and now BoE governor (Getty Images) Also Read: High Court rules LCF bondholders not eligible for compensation whatsapp Andrew Bailey, former head of the FCA and now BoE governor (Getty Images) Andrew Bailey, former head of the FCA and now BoE governor (Getty Images) Also Read: High Court rules LCF bondholders not eligible for compensation Show Comments ▼last_img read more

first_imgCrime & Courts | InteriorState to Fairbanks 4: Say you’re guilty and goDecember 11, 2015 by Dan Bross, KUAC Share:Gov. Bill Walker addresses the 49th annual Alaska Federation of Natives conference in Anchorage. The AFN called on Walker to free the Fairbanks Four. (Photo by Mikko Wilson/KTOO)Supporters of the Fairbanks Four rallied outside the state courthouse in Fairbanks on Friday. The protest was spurred by a proposed settlement in the long contested case of the four Native men who claim they were wrongfully convicted for the 1997 murder of John Hartman.The settlement proposed by attorneys representing the Fairbanks Four and the state of Alaska would free George Frese, Kevin Pease and Eugene Vent. Marvin Roberts is already out on parole.The deal would also require the four men withdraw claims of innocence, and not pursue compensation for wrongful conviction.Superior Court Judge Paul Lyle issued an order Thursday canceling a scheduled Friday hearing on the agreement, questioning the legality of freeing men the state maintains are guilty, and wants the right to re-try if new information becomes available about John Hartman’s murder.Lyle’s order does not outright reject the settlement, but gives attorneys 10 days to justify or alter it, noting the potential for clemency or pardon. Tanana Chiefs Conference justice task force chair Shirley spoke against the proposed settlement at a Friday rally for the Fairbanks Four.Fairbanks Four Supporter, Misty Nickoli went on to challenge Gov. Bill Walker to step forward and free the men.The current situation follows a hearing this fall on post-conviction relief petitions filed by the Fairbanks Four. The five-week proceeding heard testimony from dozens of witnesses, including a former Fairbanks man and jailed for unrelated killings, who claims a high school friend, not the Fairbanks Four, killed Hartman.Judge Lyle has anticipated taking more than six months to review evidence before issuing a ruling in the case.Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Energy & Mining | Environment | Fisheries | State GovernmentSalmon initiative clears another hurdleMarch 16, 2018 by Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:The Yes for Salmon initiative has enough signatures, but the state Supreme Court still has to weigh in before it lands on the ballot. (Photo by Katrina Mueller/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)Sponsors of a controversial ballot initiative that aims to strengthen state law protecting salmon habitat say its been certified by the Alaska Division of Elections.The Yes for Salmon initiative reports it received close to 42,000 signatures, significantly more than required. The initiative will appear on the ballot either during the primary election in August or the general election in November, depending on whether the Legislature ends its session on time.“Economic development is necessary, but protecting salmon habitat is too,” Stephanie Quinn-Davidson, Yes for Salmon ballot sponsor and director of the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, said in a statement. “Promoting responsible development is something we can control and is the most important proactive step we can take to keep our runs strong. And now we officially have the chance to vote on this critical issue.”But a vote on the issue isn’t guaranteed. The state of Alaska claims the ballot initiative is unconstitutional and is challenging it in court. If the Alaska Supreme Court rules in the state’s favor, Yes for Salmon won’t be on the ballot.Many of the state’s biggest mining and oil companies are against the initiative, saying it threatens the viability of future projects like the Donlin Mine.“This misguided and poorly written ballot measure is ripe with unintended consequences,” said Kati Capozzi, manager of the group Stand for Alaska, in a statement. Stand for Alaska is a coalition formed to oppose the initiative. Capozzi previously worked for the Resource Development Council, an industry group.“We look forward to a robust discussion in the coming months so voters will learn that this proposed ballot measure is not what it claims to be,” Capozzi said.Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Kati Capozzi currently works for the Resource Development Council. Capozzi is working solely for Stand for Alaska, not RDC, for the duration of the campaign. Share this story:last_img read more

first_img6,174 Students Benefit from Empowerment Programme UncategorizedJuly 5, 2008 Related6,174 Students Benefit from Empowerment Programme Related6,174 Students Benefit from Empowerment Programme Related6,174 Students Benefit from Empowerment Programmecenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Some 6,174 students from 83 schools islandwide have benefited from the Student Empowerment Programme to complete their secondary education.The programme is an initiative of the Ministry of Education that seeks to provide opportunities for Grade Nine students who are performing below their grade level.Salomie Evering, Deputy Chief Education Officer in charge of Curriculum and Support Services, told JIS News that the students selected for the programme performed significantly below their grade level, scoring 30 per cent and below on the Grade Nine Achievement Test (GNAT).She explained that the Student Empowerment Programme’s participants are placed in classrooms with no more than 25 students, depending on the availability of space. Some schools, however, have smaller numbers in these classes.“We advocate for no more than 25 students to a class, and usually we try not to place a few of them in a regular class where they are at a disadvantage,” Mrs. Evering explained.The programme, which places emphasis on strengthening the student’s literacy and numeracy skills, is an intensive one-year intervention that follows an initial student assessment.“One of the first things that is done by the specially selected teacher is the assessment of the students. Although they have come with scores on mathematics and language, the teacher will still want to get an idea of what are some of the other challenges that the children are having,” Mrs. Evering pointed out, adding that the assessment informs the teacher’s plans and practice for the year.In addition to literacy and numeracy, the students are given instructions in other subject areas, such as integrated science, social studies, information and communication technology (ICT) and at least one vocational area, including music or physical education, so that they can interact with the rest of the school.“When teachers work with the students in the subject areas, they also do reading in the context area, as they are conscious that these students are not very good readers, therefore whatever subject area you are doing, you know that your emphasis is on the special words that form part of that subject area,” she noted.Mrs. Evering also explained that the students are taught from “high interest readers and other materials that are of interest at their level. These include a number of language and mathematics focused activities, special software for reading and information technology, as students love to use the computers.”Meanwhile, the Deputy Chief Education Officer is calling for a team effort for the continued success of the programme.“We encourage a whole school approach, so that teachers are aware of the special needs of these students. Once the students are given the dedicated time and attention, they will be able to close the gap quickly,” she explained.The curriculum of the Student Empowerment Programme is supported by materials produced for the specific needs of the students and approved by teachers and Education Officers. Advertisementslast_img read more

first_imgICYMI: Protesters descend on Clark County Public Health buildingPosted by Chris BrownDate: Saturday, July 11, 2020in: Newsshare 0 The group alleges the county is intentionally inflating cases, deaths, and hospital dataVANCOUVER — Are the numbers of COVID-19 cases in Clark County really spiking? Are people dying from the disease, or simply with it? Is the hospitalization data accurate?These are just some of the questions posed by a group of protesters who have been gathering at various places in recent weeks. Sometimes to protest the treatment of a Vancouver pet groomer charged with violating the governor’s lockdown order, sometimes to decry the mask mandate as evidence of a tyrannical government run amok.A group of protestors, including Patriot Prayer’s Joey Gibson, rally outside of the Clark County Public Health building on Thursday. Screenshot from People’s Rights Washington Facebook livestreamA group of protestors, including Patriot Prayer’s Joey Gibson, rally outside of the Clark County Public Health building on Thursday. Screenshot from People’s Rights Washington Facebook livestreamOn Thursday, at least two dozen people showed up along Fourth Plain, near the Veteran’s Administration building, and marched to the doors of the Clark County Public Health building.Among them were Kelli Stewart, who started the Facebook group People’s Rights Washington, Joey Gibson of Patriot Prayer, and Rob Anderson, who is known online as The Recovering Pastor.“The county is not willing to detail or give out the underlying health concerns,” Anderson said in an interview with Clark County Today before the march. “And the reason why that’s important is because how they define COVID death.”Anderson, like most of the people who showed up carrying signs and flags on Thursday, believes the death toll likely includes those who died of things unrelated to COVID-19, but are added to the total if they simply tested positive at some point.“You know, George Floyd, when he was murdered, he then tested positive for COVID,” Anderson says. “If that had happened in Clark County, taking away all the media, he would have been number 30. He would have been counted as a COVID death based on that definition.”Clark County Public Health Officer, Dr. Alan Melnick, spoke with Clark County Today about many of the allegations made by the protesters. He points out that they don’t label any COVID-positive death as being caused by the virus, only that it is a “COVID associated death.”Rob Anderson (left) poses with a sign outside of the Clark County Public Health building at a Thursday protest. Also pictured are Kelli Stewart and Joey Gibson. Photo via FacebookRob Anderson (left) poses with a sign outside of the Clark County Public Health building at a Thursday protest. Also pictured are Kelli Stewart and Joey Gibson. Photo via FacebookThe state Department of Health then reviews all death certificates in order to determine the actual cause of death, Melnick says, and would remove anything not directly related to COVID-19 from their total.“At this point in Clark County, the state has not removed any COVID associated deaths from the total,” Melnick noted. In fact, he said, it’s more likely that there are deaths earlier this year that were labeled as being caused by pneumonia which may have actually been due to COVID-19, so the current count may be low.“Nobody’s out there to exaggerate the number of COVID-19 associated deaths,” Melnick adds. “We’re trying to be as accurate as we can about it.”When Anderson and his group arrived at the county Public Health building shortly after 4 p.m. on Thursday, they found the building largely empty, with extra security around the building. They accused the health department of closing early when they caught wind of the protest.“This is no way for a ‘Public’ Health Dept to operate,” he wrote in a letter to Clark County Chair Eileen Quiring following the protest.Anderson and others who attended the protest say they also believe the county is being misleading in how it reports hospitalization data, alleging that most people who are admitted now are being tested for the virus, which could lead to inflated numbers.“Someone could be in delivering a baby, have an aneurysm, cancer, whatever it is. Something that’s completely unrelated,” says Anderson. “And, based on their definition, the public thinks that they have COVID-19 or whatever.”Rob Anderson speaks during a Facebook livestream of a protest outside the Clark County Public Health building. Screenshot from People’s Rights Washington Facebook livestreamRob Anderson speaks during a Facebook livestream of a protest outside the Clark County Public Health building. Screenshot from People’s Rights Washington Facebook livestreamMelnick says it’s true that most people being admitted now are tested for the virus, but they are also seeing an increase in people with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.Aside from that fact, he says, they’re required by law to report any positive test, as are hospitals..“There’s a whole list of notifiable conditions, and COVID-19 is on the list,” Melnick says. “When a physician sees the lab has a positive test, or the hospital is aware of an admission with COVID-19, they’re required by law to report it.”What they’re not required to report, Melnick adds, is whether the person is specifically in the hospital because of the COVID-19 infection.In some ways, though, it doesn’t matter, he says, since someone with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis is going to need to be treated with precautions, including isolation and more use of PPE, whether they’re being treated directly for the virus, or some other medical issue.When it comes to masks, the protesters chanted “it’s not about the virus. It’s about compliance!”Stewart, in her live stream, said she believes the mandate represents a gross overreach of government authority.“We will not comply with lawlessness, we will not comply with abuse,” she said. “That’s not the American spirit, that’s the Chinese spirit, and we are not Chinese, we are Americans. If they want compliance without anybody asking questions, then they better figure out a way to swap out flags.”Melnick says, as someone who has studied infectious diseases for 30 years, it frustrates him to see a scientific issue become one centered around political ideology.“One of the things that concerns me the most is we take something that’s a biological phenomenon, where we’re learning more about this disease, and it’s turned into some sort of political issue,” says Melnick. “Which it’s not. You know, we’re trying to prevent disease transmission.”The COVID-19 pandemic has presented a unique challenge to health departments across the country at every level.Clark County Public Health Officer Dr. Alan Melnick speaks during a press conference in March. Photo by Mike SchultzClark County Public Health Officer Dr. Alan Melnick speaks during a press conference in March. Photo by Mike SchultzThe system simply wasn’t designed to provide the level of contextual detail many people are currently demanding about this pandemic, Melnick says, especially when the levels of public skepticism are so high.“We’re trying to be as accurate as possible with the science,” Melnick says, while admitting that there are complexities in doing so. “I do want people to wear masks, but I’m gonna be honest about what they do and what they don’t do. I’m not gonna say ‘you put on a mask and you’re 90 percent protected,’ because I don’t have evidence that it does that. But I do have evidence that putting on a mask substantially reduces your risk of passing the disease on to other people. That may not be as effective an argument, but it’s a truth.”Obviously, the protesters don’t agree completely.“It’s one thing when you’re dealing with people who, you know, ‘I’m answering your questions freely here,’” says Anderson. “But you get into situations where you have to ask the right way, in order to get the right answers, and if you don’t, you get kind of slippery answers.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Elections: State representative, 49th Legislative District, Position 1 Next : Opinion: ‘Where is the concern for our country’s youth?’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

first_img The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever 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? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending in Canada advertisement 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” ‹ Previous Next › Every now and then, science comes along and tells us that some surface or item we thought was relatively clean is in fact teeming with germs. The latest undercover germ factory? Your car’s steering wheel. That’s right, that thing you wrap your bare hands around multiple times a day, sometimes before and after delivering snacks to your mouth, is up to four times more dirty than a public toilet seat. Public. Toilet. Seat. center_img Let that sink in for a minute, like the bacteria on your leather-wrapped wheel’s rim. Not far behind the steering wheel, which had 629 colony-forming units (CFUs), was the cupholder, with 506 CFUs.Generally, CFUs cause unpleasant reactions including food poisoning, skin infections and inflammation.The gag-inducing statistics come from data collected by CarRentals.com, an automotive rental company owned by Expedia Group. To be clear, this is a very small study, with just 1,000 people polled, but its results are gross, nonetheless.The study also found most of us have pretty low standards when it comes to car cleanliness. Of those polled, 32 percent admitted to washing the inside of their car just once per year, while 12 percent said they’ve never cleaned the surfaces of their car’s interior. Regardless of how tidy you keep your own vehicle, eventually you’ll need to fill up your tank. Gas stations, it turns out, are disgusting cesspools, and we’re not just talking about the bathrooms. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending Videos See More Videos Gas pump buttons were found to have 2.6 millions CFUs and the gas pump handle had 2 million CFUs. Germaphobes, stick to full-serve from now on. RELATED TAGSSedanSUVNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxurylast_img read more

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Sept. 9, 2003 For the first time in its 100-year existence, the University of Colorado at Boulder Museum of Natural History has been granted the highest recognition for a museum, accreditation by the American Association of Museums, according to museum officials. The CU Museum becomes the only accredited university museum in Colorado and joins 19 other facilities in the state that have the designation including the Denver Art Museum, Colorado History Museum, Denver Botanic Gardens and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Fewer than 5 percent of the nation’s nearly 16,000 museums are currently accredited by the American Association of Museums, which uses a rigorous process examining all aspects of a museum’s operations. “Without a doubt, AAM accreditation is a major achievement for the CU Museum,” said CU Museum Director Linda Cordell. “This process is arduous for all museums and a particular challenge for university museums that are fortunate to be part of larger institutions, yet for that reason face different challenges than those of free-standing museums. “The accreditation process took approximately three years and required the hard work of all museum faculty, staff and students,” Cordell said. With more than 3 million artifacts and specimens representing the disciplines of anthropology, botany, entomology, paleontology and zoology, the CU Museum houses one of the most extensive natural history collections in the Rocky Mountain and Plains regions, making it one of the top university natural history museums in the country. Founded in 1906 and located in Washington, D.C., the American Association of Museums is a national leader in the museum field that works to develop and promote the highest professional standards in all phases of museum operations. For more information about the CU Museum call (303) 492-3396, or visit the Web site at http://cumuseum.colorado.edu/ .last_img read more

first_imgSetting foot in a classroom as a new teacher can be overwhelming enough to ground many fledgling teachers before they even take off. But the University of Colorado at Boulder’s School of Education is striving to make the process less daunting by pairing newly licensed teachers with experienced teachers from local school districts. And at the same time, the new teachers get a head start on their master’s degrees. During the 2006-07 school year, about 40 first- or second-year teachers are participating in a CU-Boulder School of Education program known as Partners in Education, or PIE, according to John Zola, the program’s director. “This is an incredibly stressful time for new teachers, and the program is meant to up the odds that teachers stay in the field,” Zola said. Nationally, close to 50 percent of new teachers leave the profession within the first five years, an alarming trend for a country with a knowledge-based economy that demands a well-educated population, he said. However, the retention rate among teachers who participate in CU-Boulder’s PIE program is nearly 95 percent, according to Zola. “These young teachers spend a lot of money going to college and then going through the teacher licensing program, so if they can improve their odds of staying in the field from 50 percent to better than 90 percent, it’s a pretty good investment,” Zola said. PIE program participants are newly licensed teachers who agree to forfeit a portion of their salary, currently about 20 percent, in exchange for 15 tuition credits toward a master’s degree through CU-Boulder’s School of Education. They also receive coaching, classroom management strategies and other advice from their clinical professors, who are experienced teachers from the same school district. School districts that employ PIE teachers use savings from reduced salaries to pay the clinical professors, who are released from their classroom duties in the district to work with CU-Boulder students. Each clinical professor mentors several PIE teachers in the classroom for one half-day each week, and also spends time teaching, supervising student teachers or conducting research at CU-Boulder’s School of Education, according to Zola. They also are engaged in district-level professional development training activities. In addition to receiving mentoring, PIE teachers have an opportunity to network with and support other novice teachers in the program. And they also enjoy more rapid advancement on the salary scale compared to teachers who don’t begin a master’s degree program early in their careers, Zola said. Alaina Kaumans participated in the PIE program during the 2005-06 school year and teaches at Sunset Ridge Elementary School in Westminster. She is working toward her master’s degree in social, multicultural and bilingual foundations of education. “Having a mentor in my classroom during my first year of teaching was great,” Kaumans said. “The support and the feedback from a teacher who had been through the same thing really helped me.” Kaumans said her degree will be very useful in her school, which has many English as a second language, or ESL, students. Adams County 1, Mapleton, Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Adams County 50, Boulder Valley, Brighton 27J and St. Vrain Valley school districts participate in the partnership with CU-Boulder. For more information about the PIE program visit the Web site at www.colorado.edu/education/prospective/pie.html. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Oct. 9, 2006 last_img read more

first_imgA three-dimensional structure of membrane contact sites (red) between endoplasmic reticulum tubules (green) and mitochondria (purple) in a yeast cell (right) or an endosome (yellow) in an animal cell (left) are seen. Tomography by Matthew West.A new CU Boulder study shows for the first time the final stages of how mitochondria, the sausage-shaped, power-generating organelles found in nearly all living cells, regularly divide and propagate.In 2011, CU Boulder Associate Professor Gia Voeltz and her colleagues surprisingly found that endoplasmic reticulum (ER), another cell organelle, branches through cytoplasm like a spider web, wrapping around other organelles including mitochondria. They discovered that once an ER tentacle touches a single mitochondrion and initiates constriction, a cell protein called a dynamin-related protein, or Drp1, is recruited to further constrict the mitochondria at the spot of ER contact.Here is the new twist: Voeltz’s team has now shown that once the squeeze is on the mitochondria by the Drp1 protein, a second protein –  called Dynamin-2, or Dyn2 – is recruited to finish the job in a process called fission, splitting the organelle in two. Shaped like tiny springs, the dynamin proteins encircle the mitochondria and squeeze, somewhat like a person squeezing and twisting an elongated balloon into two halves.Both proteins are required for mitochondrial fission to occur since Drp1 is only strong enough to squeeze the mitochondria down to a certain size, and Dyn2 can only finish what Drp1 started after the constriction band is sufficiently shrunk.“Our findings change what everyone has believed about mitochondrial division,” said postdoctoral fellow Jason Lee, first author on the study. “Now we know that it takes at least three different constriction steps in order to ultimately divide mitochondria.”A paper on the subject was published online in Nature on Oct. 31. In addition to Voeltz and Lee, other CU Boulder paper contributors include postdoctoral fellow Laura Westrate, graduate student Haoxi Wu and researcher Cynthia Page. All study authors are in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.Floating around in almost all living cells, mitochondria vary in number from dozens to several thousand. Muscle cells, for example, have large numbers of mitochondria because of their high energy needs. New mitochondria are created when cells signal the need for more energy. Mitochondria also carry a small amount of DNA material passed down maternally.Mitochondria are important for a host of reasons. They generate energy in cells, they can play a role in longevity and they are crucial for blood sugar maintenance and fat loss. Damaged mitochondria can cause problems in cells of the brain, liver, heart, skeletal muscles and respiratory systems. The new study was funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health.The study results are important because a better understanding of mitochondrial division is a step closer to understanding what might change in cells under pathological conditions like cancer, said Wu. “The ability of our cells to efficiently convert nutrients into energy is rooted in the cell’s ability to manage the shape, number and positioning of mitochondria through a balance of fusion and division,” said Lee. “This balance goes awry in cancer and neurodegeneration.” Categories:Health & SocietyNews Headlines Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Oct. 31, 2016 last_img read more