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Sterling falls below $1.27 for first time since early January as Brexit fears intensify

first_imgTuesday 21 May 2019 10:12 am Callum Keown Share Sterling falls below $1.27 for first time since early January as Brexit fears intensify Read more: No-deal Brexit is a deliberate act of harm, warns HammondTraders continued to sell off sterling this morning as it dropped 0.26 per cent to $1.269.The currency has steadily declined since discussions between Labour and the Conservatives collapsed last week.“The selling pressure on sterling shows no signs of abating, with the pound slipping to its weakest level since January this morning,” Neil Wilson, chief market analyst at said.Wilson said the two main drivers of the drop were Brexit fears and a strengthening dollar. He added: “As far as Brexit goes it’s still as clear as mud and traders are de-risking from the pound.”In April, EU leaders have granted an extension to Article 50 until 31 October.But former UK ambassador to Brussels Sir Ivan Rogers warned last week that those same leaders may not grant a further delay if MPs continue to “squander” the current extension period, ramping up the threat of a no-deal scenario.Sterling traders have long feared a no-deal Brexit, which the Bank of England has said could cause the pound to drop 25 per cent to parity with the US dollar.David Cheetham, chief market analyst at Xtb, said: “What happens next is pretty much anyone’s guess but the main concern in the markets remains that the 6-month extension from the EU could well be as far as the bloc is willing to go without a clear change of tact from the UK. Sterling has fallen below $1.27 for the first time since the beginning of the year as Brexit fears intensify.It comes as Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to unveil her “new and improved” Brexit plan to her Cabinet this afternoon in a bid to pass a deal through parliament at the fourth time of asking. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past FactoryFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm Oraclebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldPost FunA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserPost FunDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGem  “As things stand the default outcome in the absence of an extension would be a no-deal Brexit.”Read more: Theresa May promises MPs a ‘new and improved’ Brexit dealChancellor Philip Hammond is set to add his own stark warning over the dangers of leaving the EU without a deal in a speech in the City tonight.At the annual dinner of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Hammond will warn those in favour of leaving without a deal are advocating a deliberate act of harm on the economy. whatsapp Tags: Bank of England Brexit People Philip Hammond Theresa May whatsapplast_img read more

More than a fifth of small firms expecting 2020 to get ‘much worse’

first_img More than a fifth of small businesses expecting ‘much worse’ performance in 2020 However some firms were more optimistic, with one in 10 firms saying they believe their prospects to be “much improved” compared to last quarter. Emily Nicolle whatsapp “A guarantee that they won’t have to start making repayments until they’re turning a profit would give them the confidence to invest and hire today, rather than further down the line when such activity may prove too little too late.” Share A record high of three quarters of small businesses said that profits fell in the last three months, up 33 percentage points compared to the same quarter in 2019. 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Those businesses now need reassurances about the future as they look to realise their full potential. Four in 10 said they expect a relative improvement as lockdown restrictions lift, with those in the construction and accommodation and food service sectors among the most confident. “We have to avoid a scenario where those who’ve received support are able to navigate choppy economic waters over the months ahead while others are left to sink.” Haircuts, holidays and days out are high up the priorities list when lockdown is lifted (Getty Images) Also Read: More than a fifth of small businesses expecting ‘much worse’ performance in 2020 center_img The vast majority (82 per cent) said they are still operating below capacity, according to the latest quarterly index from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). The success rate for such applications hit an all-time high at 81 per cent, as has the proportion of businesses being offered borrowing rates at under four per cent (85 per cent).  Haircuts, holidays and days out are high up the priorities list when lockdown is lifted (Getty Images) Also Read: More than a fifth of small businesses expecting ‘much worse’ performance in 2020 Among the least confident are those in the wholesale and retail and arts and entertainment sectors, where only 13 per cent and two per cent respectively think they may see an uplift in performance next quarter.    “The majority of small business owners have benefited from the government’s emergency support measures but many have not. We urgently need to see the Treasury outline how it intends to support those who have been left out,” said FSB chairman Mike Cherry. The index showed a surge in applications from small businesses for fresh funding, with one in three seeking new facilities over the past three months, up 20 percentage points on the same period last year. 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Hiring activity, profits and exports across small firms hit an all-time low in the second quarter, with 23 per cent of businesses having cut jobs as the coronavirus pandemic weighs on revenues.last_img read more

Push to label GE food, including salmon, has staunch opponents

first_imgFederal Government | Fisheries | FoodPush to label GE food, including salmon, has staunch opponentsMarch 16, 2016 by Liz Ruskin, APRN-Washington Share:United States Capitol Building in Washington, DC. (Creative Commons photo by David Maiolo)Since the Food and Drug Administration approved AquAdvantage, a genetically altered salmon, as safe to eat last fall, Sen. Lisa Murkowski has been working on a labeling mandate that would inform consumers the fish is genetically engineered.The U.S. Senate considered a bill Wednesday morning that would make that impossible. The bill didn’t get enough votes to advance, but the debate shows the forces Murkowski is up against when it comes to labeling genetically modified organisms.Food manufacturers and agribusiness fiercely oppose labeling laws for genetically modified food. They say the label would suggest the food is unsafe. But Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell doesn’t mention the industry in describing the purpose of the bill.“(It’s) aimed at protecting middle-class families from unfair higher food prices,” says McConnell, R-Kentucky.The bill would nullify state laws requiring GMO labeling, like the fish-labeling law the Alaska Legislature passed a decade ago. More urgently for the bill’s proponents, it would block a Vermont law that would require labeling of all GMO foods, starting in July.Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, told his colleagues that if they don’t pass his bill, the states will enact a patchwork of laws, requiring GMO food to carry what he described as ”demonizing” labels.“Without Senate action, this country will be hit with a wrecking ball … that will disrupt the entire food chain,” he said.Roberts, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, warns that failure to pass the bill will cost each family more than $1,000 a year in higher prices, and he says the hardship will be widespread.“From the farmer who will have to plant fence row to fence row of a crop that is less efficient, to the grain elevator that will have to adjust storage options to separate types of grain, to the manufacturer who will need different labels for different states, to the distributor who will need expanded options for storage. And,” he said, “to the retailer who may be unable to afford (to offer) low-cost private label products.”The bill would allow voluntary labeling, and possibly later require manufacturers to include phone numbers or bar codes the consumer can scan with a smart phone. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., called it an anti-labeling law and a sham. She imagined a busy dad in a supermarket, holding his phone up to a QR code, scrolling through information on a company website.“Or he’s going to have to call a 1-800 number,” Boxer said, in a tone of incredulity. “Can you believe this? The man is going through the grocery store. He’s got 50 products in his cart. He’s going, ‘Wait a minute, kids. Just a minute.’”Sen. Lisa Murkowski tried to draw a distinction between mandatory labeling of genetically modified crops, which has substantial opposition in Congress, and labeling of GMO fish. She described her opposition to the legislation as limited.“It’s not opposition to the overall bill or its underpinnings,” she said. “Where my concern remains is mistakenly allowing genetically engineered salmon into our homes, mislabeled as salmon.”The bill got only 48 of the 60 votes it needed to advance, but its advocates say they’re not giving up.Share this story:last_img read more

Oil price climb helps Wall St – New York Report

first_img Express KCS US STOCKS jumped more than one per cent yesterday, led by energy shares as oil prices extended their recent rally, while higher-than-expected January car sales also bolstered the advance.Merger activity also helped, with shares of Office Depot jumping 21.6 per cent to $9.28 after reports the retailer was in advanced talks to merge with Staples. Staples shares gained 10.9 per cent to $19.01.The S&P 500 has gained 2.8 per cent over two sessions as the bounceback in oil prices and hopes of a Greek debt deal eased some global economic concerns.US crude oil prices rose seven per cent to settle at $53.05 . Brent and US oil prices have risen roughly 19 per cent in a week. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 305.36 points, or 1.76 per cent, to 17,666.4, the S&P 500 gained 29.18 points, or 1.44 per cent, to 2,050.03 and the Nasdaq added 51.05 points, or 1.09 per cent, to 4,727.74. Tags: NULL Oil price climb helps Wall St – New York Report whatsapp 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 Tuesday 3 February 2015 8:23 pm whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Flu vaccines, missing glasses and the Kolbe centre – It’s our pick of these week’s Top Stories

first_imgHome We Are Laois Flu vaccines, missing glasses and the Kolbe centre – It’s our pick… We Are Laois Flu vaccines, missing glasses and the Kolbe centre – It’s our pick of these week’s Top Stories Twitter New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Facebook Community Pinterest WhatsApp Community Twitter Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ center_img By Sarah Cullen – 11th November 2018 TAGSTop Stories Previous articlePortlaoise dethrone Leinster champions Moorefield to march into Leinster semi finalNext articleIn Pictures: John Whelan launches new book celebrating 40 years in journalism Sarah Cullenhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSarah Cullen is a Journalism and New Media graduate from the University of Limerick. A Portlaoise native, she is happiest when tweeting and talking about dogs. It was another busy week in LaoisToday and we’ve picked out some of the top stories of the week for you to look back on.NEWSMore than half of hospital staff in Midlands and Naas don’t get the flu vaccine, shocking statistics.Gardaí issue renewed appeal after attack at knifepoint against two people in Portlaoise, many are concerned.London taxi driver launches appeal to reunite Laois couple with lost glasses, this truly bizzare story received great attention.Mother of three Kolbe pupils speaks out about conditions – ‘It’s devastating sending your child into that every day’, a very sad story this week.Laois man completes two marathons in seven days in memory of Mountmellick friend, fair play!Table quiz to be held in aid of Portlaoise Hospital Special Care baby unit, many expressed interest.SPORTLaois GAA community comes together to raise huge sum for Kolbe Special School, this is what it’s all about. Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Council Laois footballers set to lose home league game following ‘breach of training camp rules’, readers were not happy.Zach Tuohy on nerves supporting Portlaoise, never watching the 2009 Leinster final and much more, a great interview with a very famous player.23 players who really impressed at the Laois Divisional Football Competition, a diverse and interesting list.PROPERTY Property Watch: The five most expensive houses for sale in Laois, another brilliant piece for our Property Watch segment.WE ARE LAOIS Laois band making a trip of a lifetime in the USA, they are doing so well.SEE ALSO – In Pictures: Two long serving Laois employees retire from Glanbia WhatsApp Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

Newly wealthy clients need help with shifting priorities

first_img A client who receives a significant sum of money unexpectedly might need your help navigating the associated sociological and psychological fallout.That’s because Canadians change their financial priorities when they imagine receiving a windfall, according to a report published Monday by BMO Wealth Management (BMOWM). Millennials will force advisors to reshape their business Michelle Schriver man with laptop computer on sailboat macsim/123RF BMOWM commissioned a survey to learn the views of Canadians aged 35 and over on becoming suddenly wealthy. The report summarizes their responses and offers tips for managing a sudden windfall.For example, when an unexpected sum was not part of the equation , survey respondents said their financial priorities were achieving their retirement lifestyle goals (55%), increasing wealth (49%) and protecting current wealth (40%).Also readHelp newly wealthy clients make disciplined financial decisionSudden moneyAfter visualizing a windfall, however, only 38% of respondents said their financial priorities would remain the same.Instead, priorities shifted to sharing the money with family, friends and charity (64% of respondents), and paying off debts (also 64%). Further, almost half of respondents (47%) said they’d make investing in the stock market, a business or property a priority, and just under one-fifth (17%) would buy big-ticket items they’ve always wanted.The responses are timely because an estimated $1 trillion in personal wealth will transfer to the next generation of Canadians by 2026, with about 70% of that sum comprising financial assets, says the BMOWM report.The source of funds also makes a difference. For example, strong emotions might accompany a divorce settlement, or clients might be tempted to make impulsive decisions from a sudden payout.While conventional wisdom holds that more money provides opportunities and happiness, many people instead find themselves overwhelmed, says the report.“They start to overspend, grow suspicious of those around them and make poor decisions that lead to personal conflict and financial ruin,” it says. Thus, sudden wealth syndrome is a wake-up call to align priorities and core values. That’s where advisors come in.Also, with more clients interested in investing after receiving a windfall, the survey finds that 46% of respondents say seeking investment advice would become a top concern. Further, just under one-fifth (18%) would want to know how the windfall changes their retirement outlooks, and 12% would consider whether they could stop working immediately.For full details, download the BMO report.Between June 28 and July 5, Validatelt Technologies conducted a survey for BMO Wealth Institute using an online sample size of 1,011 Canadians aged 35 and older. Overall probability results for the sample size are accurate to within +/- 3% at the 95% confidence level. Nex-gen HNWIs will boost demand for RI Why it’s important to involve the children of HNWIs in estate planning Related news Keywords Wealth transferCompanies Bank of Montreal Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

New iA Private Wealth head promises to “win the hearts” of advisors

first_img Katie Keir TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Related news Keywords Wealth management,  Coronavirus,  Business plansCompanies iA Private Wealth Covid vaccine-sharing discussions to dominate G7 summit talks Bourbonnais said his top priority is addressing long-standing issues that have lingered since Quebec City–based insurer iA Financial Group bought HollisWealth from Bank of Nova Scotia in 2017. In January, the formerly separate iA Securities and HollisWealth platforms finally united under the iA Private Wealth banner.“I came in knowing that I wasn’t walking into a room where you just switch the light on and everything is working — but this is why I joined,” he said.iA Private Wealth has more than $43 billion in assets under advisement (AUA) across 525 advisor teams, which equals approximately $82 million in AUA per team. Those figures are up from $38.6 billion in AUA across 523 teams as of Sept. 30, 2020.During one-on-one calls with advisor teams across the country, Bourbonnais said he’s learned that advisors want to grow their businesses, gain “unique skills” and see investment in specialized support.He plans to conduct strategic working sessions with all major players in the organization, including with the president’s club for top advisors. A main goal will be to “look at what we need to establish for [boosting] receptiveness” to advisor feedback, he said, adding that “it’s clear there was a lack of communication” on overall strategy.Looking ahead, Bourbonnais sees “a huge opportunity for [advisors] to grow by acquiring other practices, even merging within the organization,” but said he doesn’t yet have specific growth goals.He wants iA Private Wealth teams to remain focused on offering niche, tailored services to their individual clients. “Clients are saying, ‘I need to be treated based on who I am, not being offered something that’s being made for the general public,’” he said.For high-net-worth and ultra high-net-worth clients, he said advisors want robust support services such as access to “centres of excellence” that include tax, estate and cross-border specialists. To that end, he said he hopes to partner with a U.S. dealer.“There’s a strong appetite to go ahead with a U.S. dealer; I will make that a priority for 2021 and it’s table stakes,” said Bourbonnais. “If we want to retain high-net-worth clients, this is something we’ll be pushing extremely hard.” Share this article and your comments with peers on social media One in five Canadian investors plans to switch wealth providers: EY study plan idea / alexsl Stéphan Bourbonnais, the new president of iA Private Wealth, says he’s on a mission to “win the hearts” of the firm’s advisors.“It’s early days for me, but what has stood out is the passion they have for that independent model,” said Bourbonnais, who joined iA in February and is the division’s third president in four years. “I want to make sure we’re keeping that passion alive; for their business, their clients and their teams.” Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Broken Limbs, Not Broken Dreams

first_imgRelatedBroken Limbs, Not Broken Dreams RelatedBroken Limbs, Not Broken Dreams RelatedBroken Limbs, Not Broken Dreams Broken Limbs, Not Broken Dreams UncategorizedDecember 23, 2007center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Hours after the car crashed over the precipice, the doctors stare at him in disbelief, look at the x-rays and glance back at 23 year-old Keith Tucker who is unable to move anything but his eyes and mouth.His neck is broken in three places. He should not live for more than another three hours. His friend, who was travelling with him, has his back broken and his neck slipped out of place as well. Today, ‘Miracle Man’ is a para-quad, having progressed medically from being a quad, who lost the ability to move his four limbs, to a para-quad, where he now has some movement in his limbs.Keith reflects on that fateful day, July 26, 1996 when he careened off Glenmuir Road in May Pen over a precipice to avoid a head-on collision with a truck that was coming around a corner. He was trying to avoid loose gravel on his side of the road and the truck was not hugging the bend.“I swung from the truck, back into the gravel and the car skid and took us over the precipice,” he recalls in an interview with JIS News.“Actually as you see it in a movie, it rolled right over and then landed on the four wheels. All that time I was still conscious,” he explains. “I knew something was wrong but I just didn’t know what.”Keith is featured in an infomercial produced for the ‘Drive for Life’ campaign as part of the Road Safety Unit’s public education programme on defensive driving. In 15 seconds, Keith appeals to motorists to take care on the roads because they may not be as fortunate as he is to be alive.“God was gracious to me,” Keith, who is a Christian, says as people came to their rescue immediately. They put Keith and his friend David Clarke in a pick-up, so that they could lie flat all the way to the hospital to avoid further injury.At the time, Keith was an employee of ScotiaBank, Riverton City Branch and was accepted by the College of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST), now University of Technology (UTech) to pursue his dream in another two months in Avionics and Instrumental Design. But the story of his life changed instantly.His expected life span crept from three hours to three days and then to three weeks. “When three weeks passed they (medical staff) started to gather around my bed because they had not seen anything like this before,” Keith says.“I lost feeling and movements from my neck down,” he notes, “but the church prayed. At the time I was a baby Christian.not having a deep relationship with God, but just knowing about Him, that’s a big difference.”Keith underwent skull traction. “They bore my skull, put weights on it to set back the neck and I stayed in that position for about three months,” he says.He remembers he had the support of his family and church as well as his co-workers who were there for him to help in the healing process. After some time, he noticed that electric shocks began going through his body, but he was reluctant to tell the doctors as he thought something was going wrong.One day someone came to pray for him and they touched his stomach and he felt it. “I feel my belly, I feel my belly,” he gasped excitedly for the first time in months and after that he looked forward to regaining the basic sense of touch in other areas of his body.The bank rallied around him and opened an account which played an integral role in covering his medical expenses and other bills for more than five years.He received his medical treatment at the Kingston Public Hospital after which he was moved to the Mona Rehab Centre in Kingston where he spent more than a year in the first instance undergoing aggressive therapy. It would be sometime after that before he returned to Mona Rehab, having spent years in Nursing Homes and St. Monica’s Home for the Aged in St. Catherine.“Can you imagine not seeing your hand for a long time and your hand is on your body?” Keith quizzes, trying to convey the seriousness of his medical condition. When he eventually moved one finger, Keith felt like he had been given the gift of walking. “Just to move one finger was like I could walk. Every morning it was a new miracle and the doctors would come in and ask ‘what’s new this morning Keith?’” That was when they started calling him Miracle Man.Aggressive therapy and the support he had from friends, such as Elgin Holness whom Keith refers to as ‘Daddy Holness’, the manager for his branch, and George Kerr, who he calls his ‘best man’, helped him immensely. Keith cherishes the hope of being married one day and Mr. Kerr will be his best man, he tells JIS News.“This just can’t be the final chapter of my life,” he said to himself one day. “This can’t be me just sitting. It can’t be that someone comes to look after me and puts me in front of a TV.” Back at Mona Rehab his mobility improved considerably. He was able to stand with assistance between parallel bars and soon he was able to use the computer.He credits his physiotherapist Susan Harris and others for fighting with him and telling him all the time that he could do it.While there were down times, Keith says, “all my attention was focused on how I could rise above this.”He started working again at Scotiabank in 2003, a few months before the funds in the charity account dried up. He is a Customer Service Representative at the Call Centre.Keith does not dwell on the crash. “Maybe one and two times, but I look ahead where I know that there is hope for tomorrow,” he says. These days he skillfully manoeuvres a motorized wheelchair around the office and home.“It’s one hand actually that I use, to deal with the computer, calculator and the phone within two minutes,” Keith says of his job.Eager to give credit to all who have helped him over the years, Keith speaks about the support he receives from his mother, siblings, step-father, church family and friends. “There are so many things to tell,” he says.Appealing to motorists, especially at Christmas time, Keith asks everyone to pay attention to the ‘Drive for Life’ campaign, the principles of which are to be courteous, cautious, proactive, perceptive and responsive.“Defensive driving aims to reduce the risks associated with driving,” Director of the Road Safety Unit, Paul Clemetson tells JIS News. “This improves the driver’s ability to anticipate dangerous situations, despite adverse conditions, or the mistakes of others,” he says.Mr. Clemetson maintains that 80 per cent of crashes results from human errors and as such are avoidable. “Since the power to avoid road crashes rests within our hands, then we have to do our utmost to avoid it. The reasons for a crash are of human origin and therefore we have the power to make the difference,” he notes.Some 313 persons have lost their lives as a result of road crashes so far this year. Others have managed to escape with their lives but not without injuries and like Keith, they will never be the same again. Advertisementslast_img read more

Sun And Jupiter Trap Earth In Ongoing Particle Bombardment

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Dec. 7, 1997 New findings by a University of Colorado at Boulder research team indicate Earth is alternately peppered by extremely high-energy electrons from the two giants of our solar system, the sun and Jupiter. Daniel Baker, director of CU-Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, said the team has documented the complete sequence of events that produce high-energy electrons near Earth using data collected from an armada of spacecraft. “This work shows that Earth is awash in high-speed, charged-particle flow from the sun that quickly causes electron acceleration to energies thousands of times the typical energies normally observed near Earth.” The extremely high-energy electrons also are known as “killer electrons” because of their adverse effects on spacecraft and satellites, said Baker. Hostile space weather events caused by such energetic electrons have been blamed for the failure of a number of satellites in recent years, he said. The CU-Boulder team, along with scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, have used data from NASA’s SAMPEX and ISTP satellites to piece together the sources of these high-energy electrons surrounding Earth. SAMPEX data indicate highly energetic electrons from Jupiter, the solar system’s largest planet, bombard the magnetic poles of Earth every 13 months during relatively quiet solar periods, Baker said. “All the evidence points to these electrons having been accelerated in Jupiter’s giant magnetosphere and then traveling near the speed of light to Earth’s vicinity,” he said. The electrons from Jupiter arriving at Earth appear to have even more energy than the high-energy electrons caused by solar disturbances. “These results show that in many ways, Earth is like a cork bobbing up and down on the currents flowing back and forth between the solar system’s giants,” Baker said. “The sun dominates the energy flow to Earth, but when this flow subsides it is Jupiter that exerts the clear influence. The comparatively tiny Earth is caught in the ebb and flow between these two competing titans of the solar system.” An invited paper on the subject was presented by Baker at the American Geophysical Union’s annual fall meeting held in San Francisco Dec. 8 to Dec. 12. Other authors include Shri Kanekal of NASA-Goddard, Tuija Pulkkinen of LASP and NASA’s Barbara Thompson. Disturbances on the sun observed by the NASA/European Space Agency’s SOHO satellite and the Japanese Yohkoh spacecraft appear as bright, growing spots on the sun’s surface and as bursts of material flying from the solar surface into interplanetary space. Two NASA satellites, WIND and POLAR, have detected the near-Earth effects of solar storms, said Baker, who is an investigator on the POLAR mission. The solar material bombarding Earth at high speeds causes bright auroral displays and large magnetic disturbances, said Baker, also a professor in CU-Boulder’s astrophysical and planetary sciences department. The SAMPEX data has been used by Baker, Kanekal and Pulkkinen to produce daily maps of the Earth’s Van Allen radiation belts, zones in Earth’s magnetosphere where the highly charged particles are confined by the planet’s magnetic field. The researchers have produced a unique video which shows the dynamic variation of the sun and the dramatic response of killer electrons in the Van Allen radiation belts.last_img read more

CU-Boulder To Host “Expanding Your Horizons” Career Conference For Middle School Girls April 12

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The ninth annual “Expanding Your Horizons” career conference, aimed at encouraging middle school girls to pursue careers in science, math, technology and other non-traditional careers, will be held at the University of Colorado at Boulder on Saturday, April 12. The career conference, which is sponsored by CU-Boulder and the American Association of University Women, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in CU-Boulder’s Engineering Center Complex. Registration will be in the Engineering Center Complex lobby. Expanding Your Horizons is a national organization that encourages girls to pursue careers in non-traditional subjects. At the conference, girls will meet in small, interactive workshops with women from the community who have jobs in areas such as science, math and technology. “The AAUW believes that a variety of career options enables young women to more effectively choose a career that corresponds with both their interests and goals,” said Melissa Teel, public information chair of the AAUW Boulder branch. “Expanding Your Horizons makes it possible for middle school girls to meet professional women in many non-traditional career areas and discuss the opportunities that exist in our society today.” The girls may choose to attend two workshops in career areas such as anthropology, astrophysics, engineering, geology, meteorology, pharmacy, physics, optometry, veterinary medicine and Web page design. The students will be assigned to small groups and chaperoned by university guides during the conference. A box lunch will be provided for all attendees. Parents are welcome to accompany their daughters, but also may attend up to three workshops that range in subjects from “understanding adolescent girls” to “planning for college.” Adult sessions will be held in CU-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. The registration fee for the conference is $10 for students and $15 for adults. Larger groups – eight or more students – must register by March 30. Individuals must register by April 5. For more information or to request a registration form, please visit or call (303) 448-9669. Published: March 23, 2003 last_img read more