August 24

Three Southwest villages to establish high school programs

first_imgEducation | SouthwestThree Southwest villages to establish high school programsApril 3, 2016 by Hannah Colton, KDLG Share:Southwest Region School Board logo.The villages of Aleknagik, Ekwok and Twin Hills are slated to get high school programs next year.The Southwest Region School Board voted unanimously Thursday night to establish K-through-12 programs at all the district’s sites, including the three that are currently K-through-8.Speaking to the school board Thursday, chair Kay Andrews indicated this plan is the district’s response to state budget cuts and other threats to the existence of small school sites in recent years.“It’s not an expenditure, it’s an investment in our children, and making sure that our schools stay open,” said Andrews. “And the families that want to have their children stay home, and go to school at home, have an opportunity to do so, just like Anchorage and others around the state.”Until now, high school-age students in Aleknagik, Ekwok, and Twin Hills have had to choose between options of homeschooling, attending Mount Edgecumbe, enrolling in a correspondence school, or boarding with a family in another community.According to district administration, the details are still being ironed out, but the new K-12 programs will rely partially on distance delivery technologies and online courses.“The district is working on calendar synchronization, in addition to bell schedule synchronization, to ensure that distance-delivered courses can be handled between sites as needed,” said Superintendent Piazza in an email Tuesday.Piazza says Aleknagik and Twin Hills will each get one more staff member; enrollment numbers at Ekwok don’t necessitate any additional staff.The high school programs are expected to begin in the fall.Share this story:last_img read more

July 4

News / Carriers impose surcharges as congestion builds on Europe’s inland waterways

first_img Congestion through northern Europe’s inland waterways increased again this week, with delays into Rotterdam almost doubling to wait times exceeding five days.Although not as dramatic, Antwerp also recorded an increase in waiting times, from 32 hours to 33 hours, according to barge operator Contargo, leaving shippers unable to move their goods, and paying surcharges to boot.Last week, Maersk announced a €10 per container surcharge for all barge, rail and combined intermodal bookings to and from northern Europe.A source told The Loadstar cargo owners had little alternative to using barge networks as the carrier had imposed surcharges across the modes, truck bookings being hit with a €25 per container tariff.The barge surcharge will be in effect until 30 June, when the carrier will decide whether an extension is needed, should the congestion not ease up.Similarly, Hapag-Lloyd has imposed a €25 fee for all inland services to and from Bremerhaven, Hamburg and Wilhelshaven, one source complaining shippers were effectively being charged more for a deteriorating service.“The current surcharge is – according to the carriers – motivated by the overdraft at terminals and the congestion on the landside and, while they use Suez as an excuse for congestion on inland navigation, it’s not new,” said the source.“They now simply found a way to add income, regardless of whether they move [cargo] by barge, truck or rail. Carriers claim these additional charges on all transport modes while conveniently pointing the finger at the terminals for the delays.”Beside a customer advisory on the increased wait times, Contargo has not given further information on the source of the delays or responded to requests for comment.Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the port of Antwerp acknowledged the delays, but told The Loadstar they were being experienced by both its inland and deepsea services and were not unique to northern Europe and were part of a wider “global issue”.The spokesperson would also not be drawn on claims that terminal operators were exacerbating the delays by leaving cranes idle as waiting barges “piled up”. © Mishkacz By Alexander Whiteman 14/05/2021last_img read more

June 23

Pharmalot, Pharmalittle: The Stada saga concludes

first_img GET STARTED What is it? National Biotech Reporter Damian covers biotech, is a co-writer of The Readout newsletter, and a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. Good morning, all. Damian Garde here filling in for Ed Silverman on this, the start of another week replete with meetings, deadlines, and all the other trappings of working life. Here are some headlines from around the pharma world to get your morning started. May you conquer all that you must this week, and do keep in touch.After months of rumor and negotiation, German drug maker Stada is finally getting sold, Bloomberg tells us. Private equity magnates Bain Capital and Cinven have teamed up to pay $5.6 billion for Stada, a figure that is nearly 50 percent above its value before takeout talks began. Bain and Cinven have agreed to honor the company’s union contracts and refrain from layoffs for four years. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. By Damian Garde April 10, 2017 Reprints Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED [email protected] Log In | Learn More Pharmalot center_img About the Author Reprints Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. What’s included? Damian Garde Pharmalot, Pharmalittle: The Stada saga concludes @damiangarde Alex Hogan/STAT Tags financepharmaceuticalslast_img read more

June 23

McCaskill seeks to repeal law that hampered enforcement against opioid distributors

first_img Lev Facher Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. GET STARTED Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) J. Scott Applewhite/AP By Lev Facher Oct. 16, 2017 Reprints Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED WASHINGTON — Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) on Monday said she would introduce legislation to repeal a 2016 law that hampered the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to regulate opioid distributors it suspects of misconduct.The new bill would rescind a little-noticed law championed last year by Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), who President Trump has since nominated to serve as “drug czar” and director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. What is it? [email protected] Log In | Learn More center_img McCaskill seeks to repeal law that hampered enforcement against opioid distributors Tags addictionopioidspolicy @levfacher What’s included? Washington Correspondent Lev Facher covers the politics of health and life sciences. About the Author Reprints STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Politics last_img read more

June 20

In Pictures: Great St Patrick’s Day spirit in Rathdowney

first_img Council Pinterest Facebook Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining St Patrick made a special appearance in Rathdowney today to join in the tremendous celebrations at their parade.Young and old turned out for the parade, which started at St Fergal’s College before making it’s way through the town.Both boys and girls went all-out on the style stakes – with facepaint, ribbons and even a green and gold mohawk or two!Community effortAs we all know, behind every successful event are the hard-working members of the event committee.The committee spent Thursday evening hanging up bunting and flags around the town and had Rathdowney looking spotless for the day that’s in it.The town was bursting with enthusiasm as live music took over and the whole area was just a wave of green to highlight the occasion.You can check out all the great photos of the day here taken by Saundra Thompson. Home News Community In Pictures: Great St Patrick’s Day spirit in Rathdowney NewsCommunity WhatsApp Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Previous articleIn Pictures: There’s snow problem at the Portarlington St Patrick’s Day ParadeNext articleIn Pictures: Portlaoise parade delivers in style once again Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. By Siun Lennon – 17th March 2018 Facebook Twittercenter_img In Pictures: Great St Patrick’s Day spirit in Rathdowney Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSRathdowneySt Patrick’s Day SEE ALSO – In Pictures: Mountmellick pulls out all the stops for St Patrick’s Day Parade WhatsApp Community Rugby Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squadlast_img read more

June 20

Camross edge out Borris-Kilcotton to win Division 2 hurling league title

first_img Facebook Camross edge out Borris-Kilcotton to win Division 2 hurling league title Pinterest Pinterest Camross 1-18 Borris/Kilcotton 2-13ACHL Division 2 FinalCamross are ACHL Division 2 champions this evening following a hard-earned win over Borris-Kilcotton in Shanahoe.This game was abandoned a couple of weeks ago and with championship fixtures taking precedence since it only got its slot in the calendar this evening – and even at that had to be moved to Shanahoe from Mountrath due to an unplayable pitch.They were pushed all the way by Borris-Kilcotton in an entertaining game that ebbed and flowed with the standard of hurling fairly high considering the horrible conditions.The first score came from Borris-Kilcotton’s Bill Meade from play before David Mortimer drew the sides level.John Wall and Emmet Jones from a free was quickly followed a Mortimer free on the halfway to level things up.In the 11th minute Oisin Bennett’s point put Camross ahead for first time. But a great run from midfield by Eoin Fitzpatrick who went 40 yards with the ball before passing to Stephen Campion who calmly slotted it in the net for the game’s first goal.Borris-Kilcotton were dominating the game by now and in the 21st minute Emmett Jones took advantage of some weak tackling to score his side’s seconnd goal, followed quickly by a pointed free. At thie stage Borris-Kilcotton led 2-7 to 0-4.Camross were on the ropes by now but the excellent David Mortimer knocked over three great frees and Oisin Bennett tagged on another point in the 26th minute to leave a seven-point gap.Then the game turned on its head as the industrious Kevin Lawlor finished off a great move with a goal and another Mortimer point from a free ended the first half with a 2-9 to 1-9 score in favour of Borris-Kilcotton.Camross started the second half looking a lot hungrier for the ball and scores. They scored the next seven points, five coming from the hurl of David Mortimer including a ’65 with Kevin Lawlor and Oisin Bennett getting the other two.By now it was 2-9 to 1-15 in favour of Camross and the losers hadn’t scored for 22 minutes by now.Bill Meade scored a point from play to stop the rot followed by two frees from Emmett Jones.Tadhg Doran brought off a brace of excellant second half saves to keep his side ahead by the narrowest of margins.John Wall popped over a point to bring the sides within a point. Emmett Jones missed a goal chance in the 28th minute with the ball skidding just wide. David Mortimer scored a brace to wrap up the game.The sides could yet meet again in the intermediate county final – with both already through to the semi-finals after winning their first two games.SCORERS – Camross: David Mortimer 0-14 (six frees, one ’65), Kevin Lawlor 1-1, Oisin Bennett 0-2. Borris-Kilcotton: Emmet Jones 1-7 (seven frees), Stephen Campion 1-0, John Wall 0-2, Bill Meade, Eoin Fitzpatrick, Oisin Fleming, Willie Abbott 0-1CAMROSS: Tadhg Doran; Micheal Phelan, Daniel Breen, Craig Delaney; Eoin Dowling, Damien Keenan, Malvin Maloney; David Mortimer, Mathew Collier; Odhran Phelan, Joseph Ryan, Oisin Bennet; Kevin Lawlor. Subs: Patrick Burke for T Drennan (16) Robert Delaney for K Lawlor (54) Cian Delaney for M Maloney (58)BORRIS-KILCOTTON: Mark Hanlon, Gary Shepoard, Ben Quinlan, Enda Parlon, Ciarran Finlay, Bill Meade, David Scott, DJ Kelly, Eoin Fitzpatrick, John Wall, Willie Whelan, Willie Abbott, Oisin Fleming, Stephen Campion, Emmett Jones. WhatsApp GAA GAA Previous articleAll of Saturday’s Laois GAA results from an eventful day of actionNext articleLaois Ladies last chance to stay intermediate rest on today’s relegation battle Patrick Delaney TAGSACHL Division 2Borris-KilcottonBorris-Kilcotton v CamrossCamross WhatsApp Home Sport GAA Camross edge out Borris-Kilcotton to win Division 2 hurling league title SportGAAHurling Twitter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA Facebook By Patrick Delaney – 10th August 2019 Twitter 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

June 17

Education Ministry Gets 400 Computers as Part of Modernization Process

first_imgRelatedEducation Ministry Gets 400 Computers as Part of Modernization Process RelatedEducation Ministry Gets 400 Computers as Part of Modernization Process RelatedEducation Ministry Gets 400 Computers as Part of Modernization Process FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Education and Youth, Maxine Henry Wilson, has informed that plans to modernise operations at the Ministry was in full gear, with some 400 desktop and laptop computers recently acquired.Cabinet, in May of this year, approved the award of a $25.5 million contract to Management Control Systems Limited for the supply of the equipment.Mrs. Henry Wilson, who was speaking to JIS News in a recent interview, said that the acquisition of the equipment would improve operations in the Education Ministry, noting that a complementary information and communication technology (ICT) training programme was now in place.“Our objective is to make a modern Ministry in terms of technology. We have an ICT plan and that plan envisages not just the wiring of the Ministry, but also all our senior officials will have access to.laptop computers,” she said.The Education Minister added the initiative would also improve data management and access. “Our records are enormous so we believe that electronic storage will allow us to access and store data, and be able to manipulate them on a timelier basis, both for planning and for services,” she indicated.Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Maria Jones, told JIS News that the improvements were part of the process to transform the Ministry into a more policy-focused entity, in keeping with the recommendations of the National Taskforce on Education.With a more policy-centered focus, Mrs. Jones explained, “the Ministry will guide and set the standards that the rest of the system will implement”, while “the operations of education will .be done at the local level in regional agencies and in other kinds of autonomous agencies operating under the Ministry”.She noted that the transformation process would also include improvements to the buildings at the Ministry.center_img Education Ministry Gets 400 Computers as Part of Modernization Process UncategorizedSeptember 22, 2006 Advertisementslast_img read more

June 17

SRC Promoting Nutraceutical Industry Through ‘YES INVEST’

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedSRC Promoting Nutraceutical Industry Through ‘YES INVEST’ SRC Promoting Nutraceutical Industry Through ‘YES INVEST’ CommerceNovember 4, 2009 RelatedSRC Promoting Nutraceutical Industry Through ‘YES INVEST’center_img RelatedSRC Promoting Nutraceutical Industry Through ‘YES INVEST’ FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Scientific Research Council (SRC) has moved to position the nutraceutical industry as a viable business option for current and prospective entrepreneurs, as well as a platform to promote and advance healthy lifestyles in Jamaica.The Council, on Tuesday (November 3), launched its YES INVEST initiative at the Devonshire Restaurant, Devon House, St. Andrew, which aims to introduce and generate entrepreneurial interest at various levels, in the nutraceutical industry.Nutraceutical is any naturally developed food supplement or product from which the body can benefit significantly.In outlining the project, the SRC’s Executive Director, Dr. Audia Barnett, explained that the initiative resulted from an Organization of American States (OAS)/Government of Jamaica-funded research, which the agency conducted on nutraceuticals some six years.“We wanted to establish a nutraceuticals industry in Jamaica, mainly because, when you looked at world trends, you saw the fantastic growth of nutraceuticals. We felt that Jamaica was ideally placed, and we have a wide diversity of plants. At the time, we wanted to look at plants already in the public domain so we looked at sorrel, lemon grass, turmeric, ginger and rosemary, (and) we found some fantastic facts about our own local products,” she informed.Against the background of the research results, Dr. Barnett said lemon grass, commonly known as fever grass, was selected as a spring board for the YES INVEST initiative.“We selected lemon grass, because it’s so easy to grow. It’s already in the public domain… and it has this beautiful, wonderful, revitalising aroma. So we felt that was a good one to start with. So we want to really kick off an essential oil industry in Jamaica,” she explained.Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Mr. Reginald Budhan (centre), looking at skin care products on display at the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) launch of the YES INVEST initiative, at the Devonshire Restaurant, Devon House, in St. Andrew, on November 3. Others (from left) are: Executive Director, Dr. Audia Barnett; Jamaica Trade and Invest President, Ms. Sancia Templer; Chairman, SRC, Mr. James Moss-Solomon, and Director of Project Development at Yono Corporation, manufacturers of skin care products, Dr. Andre Jones.Citing opportunities with ginger, allspice, different types of mint, rosemary, and sweet basil, she pointed out that: “there are so many different plants that we can look at, in terms of essential oils. We wanted to… put together a model for you so that you could now (not only) use the lemon grass as an entry point, but you could also use lessons learnt from (it) to look at other (activities with other) plants.”The SRC head advised that the agency is being supported in the venture by several other agencies including the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries; Jamaica Trade and Invest (JTI); Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI); Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC); and Churches Co-operative Credit Union Limited.JTI President, Mrs. Sancia Templer, who spoke on behalf of Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, commended the SRC on its move in leading Jamaica’s research and development agenda into new areas that facilitate the use of local products in the expansion of investments and exports, and, ultimately, economic growth.She stated that the JTI was keen on working closely with the SRC “in promoting the export and development of these products.”“We have said to them, ‘we stand ready to work with you, hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder to package and take these investments to market’,” Mrs. Templer added.Director of Project Development at the Agro Investment Corporation, Mr. Courtney Cole, who represented Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, noted that the SRC’s work in the area of nutraceuticals is “well recognised,” with the YES INITIATIVE highlighting the “amazing products that are possible from our local flora.”“None of this is lost on us at the Ministry, and we have been taking proactive steps in ensuring that, in the near to medium-term, there are available for the value chain, the products necessary to establish the agro-processing leg of the industry. As such, we have established the Agro Investment Corporation, which is responsible for promoting and facilitating investments in agriculture. Already, we have started to develop business plans, (incorporating ) fever grass,” Mr. Cole informed.The AIC Director was also optimistic that the partnership between the Ministry and the SRC would result in future growth in the sector, adding that “our efforts will redound to future sustainability.”last_img read more

June 16

Easing of regional restrictions welcomed

first_imgEasing of regional restrictions welcomed The City is preparing to reopen a range of its public facilities across Greater Geelong, in line with the proposed easing of some restrictions in regional Victoria.On the back of no community transmission in regional Victoria, the state government today announced that regional restrictions were set to ease from Friday 4 June.However, the government has flagged that the proposed changes are subject to further testing and contact tracing and will not be confirmed until Thursday.Greater Geelong Mayor Stephanie Asher welcomed the lifting of the regional lockdown, which would allow freedom of travel and a raft of businesses to resume trade.“This will give our community members a real morale boost and will be a massive relief for local businesses, who have been hit hard during the pandemic,” Mayor Asher said.“I thank all our residents for doing their bit, following the lockdown rules and supporting one another.”The City is awaiting further detailed information on the government’s directions before confirming which facilities will reopen.Mayor Asher said the statewide lockdown, which would continue next week in Melbourne, highlighted the need for more targeted support to affected industries and traders.“If snap lockdowns are going to be an ongoing feature of our COVID-19 response, targeted wage subsidy support for business from governments needs to be explored,” Mayor Asher said.“Our hospitality and tourism workforce is heavily casualised, and given we enjoy a high proportion of visitation from the Melbourne area, they need a significant level of assistance.“Council has a number of initiatives that are still supporting businesses and the community, from the $16.9 million in support packages we released last year.”The following Council support initiatives are still ongoing:• Food registration fee waiver for 2021: $1.32 million;• Health premise fee waiver for 2021: $250,000;• A-frame fee waiver for 2021: $88,000;• Alfresco fee waiver for 2021: $39,000;• Planning for Jobs initiative: $885,000;• Small Business Expert Support Program: $100,000;• Geelong Business Concierge Service Expansion to support business program development• Outdoor dining and activation initiatives: up to $200,000;• Tourism and Events campaigns: $500,000;• Support for international students: $133,000; and• The COVID-19 financial hardship policy.Anyone wishing to discuss their options is encouraged to email [email protected] or call 5272 5272.There are also a number of items in our Proposed Budget 2021-22 that aim to provide ongoing support to community and businesses, such as:• Commercial rate approach – no increase to average rates;• Central Geelong Marketing support and review – removal of CGM Special rate;• Community Grants Program;• Kardinia Pool year-round opening;• Lara Pool early season opening; and• Free parking in central Geelong (second hour free). /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:business, Central, community, Geelong, Geelong City Council, Government, grants program, health, international students, local council, lockdown, Melbourne, pandemic, planning, Small Business, students, Victoria, workforcelast_img read more

June 14

CU-Boulder Professor Is Co-Recipient Of $250,000 Heinz Award For The Environment

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Sept. 11, 2007 A professor of civil engineering who has helped bring the basic necessities of water, electricity and sanitation to remote, poverty-stricken areas of the world has been selected as a co-recipient of the 13th annual Heinz Award for the Environment, among the largest individual achievement prizes in the world. Dr. Bernard Amadei, 53, the founder of Engineers Without Borders – USA – a non-profit organization whose 8,000 members have helped improve the quality of life for people in as many as 43 countries over the past seven years – is among six distinguished Americans selected to share the $1.25 million in awards, presented in five categories by the Heinz Family Foundation. “Dr. Amadei is literally engineering change in pockets of our country and world that are bereft of even the most basic living infrastructures,” said Teresa Heinz, chairman of the Heinz Family Foundation. “As founder of Engineers Without Borders, he is harnessing the power of networks and design to improve the lives and fortunes of some of the world’s poorest people. His talented teams of academics, professionals and students put to rest the tired notion that engineering and environmental protection don’t go together by demonstrating how creative thinking and high standards can benefit both people and the planet.” Dr. Amadei shares the award with Susan Seacrest, founder of the Groundwater Foundation.Launched with fellow faculty, professionals and students at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2000, Engineers Without Borders – USA (EWB-USA) applies a combination of professional expertise and selfless compassion to remote areas of the world. With funds it raises itself, the organization takes on a range of sustainable engineering projects, such as those that provide clean water, sanitation, energy and education to villages in underdeveloped countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and North and South America.Dr. Amadei first confronted the dire living conditions of some of the world’s poverty-stricken communities in 2000 during a trip to Belize, where he was asked to examine the possibility of a water delivery system for San Pablo, a tiny Mayan village that had no electricity, running water or sanitation. Returning to Boulder, the professor recruited civil and environmental engineering students and a local civil engineering expert and set about designing and implementing a water distribution system whose pump was fueled by a local waterfall and ultimately provided a steady flow of water – one gallon per minute – to the town. The entire project was completed at a cost of about $14,000 with the help of the local community. Buoyed by the success of the Belize project, Dr. Amadei founded EWB-USA, which has since grown to 224 projects in 43 countries, 8,000 members and 235 established university and professional chapters. In 2001, he co-founded the EWB-International Network, now in 45 countries – including Rwanda, Kenya, India and Palestine. EWB-USA projects are designed to be maintainable, economically efficient and environmentally sustainable for specific local conditions. Completed projects, many of which are brought to EWB-USA by universities with exchange programs or in-country volunteers, include the installation of solar-powered lighting at a community school and a water purification system in Brazil (coordinated by the EWB chapter at the University of California, Santa Barbara), the construction of a dam and irrigation system on the Kumudo River in Ethiopia (Princeton) and a natural water filtration and storage system in Honduras (University of Pennsylvania). In order to globally educate responsible engineering students, Dr. Amadei has created a new program at the University of Colorado at Boulder called Engineering for Developing Communities. The program serves as a blueprint for the education of engineers of the 21st century who are called to play a critical role in contributing to peace and security in an increasingly challenged world. “The success of Engineers Without Borders is due to two overriding factors,” Dr. Amadei said. “First is the tremendous need. There are literally thousands of remote villages around the globe that need the basic necessities of life such as clean water, sanitation, energy, shelter, education, health, etc. About 1.2 billion people (out of 6.4 billion) do not have access to clean water in the world today. We have begun to address such demand by virtue of the tremendous spirit of compassion that exists within the extended engineering community and like-minded partnering organizations. I am grateful to the staff of EWB-USA, my numerous colleagues and to the many bright and committed engineering students and professionals around the country who share our passion for making an enduring difference in the lives of so many beyond our borders. On their behalf, I am proud to accept the Heinz Award for the Environment.” Since 1993, the Heinz Family Foundation of Pittsburgh has recognized individuals whose dedication, skill and generosity of spirit represent the best of the human qualities that the late Sen. Heinz, for whom the award is named, held so dear. Presented in five categories, the other Heinz Award recipients are:o Arts and Humanities: Dave Eggers, San Francisco, author and founder of the 826 Valencia writing laboratories as well as a publishing house for emerging writerso Environment (co-recipient): Susan Seacrest, Lincoln, Neb., environmental advocate and founder of the Groundwater Foundationo Human Condition: David L. Heymann, M.D., Geneva, Switzerland, physician, an assistant director general of the World Health Organization and international public health advocateo Public Policy: Donald M. Berwick, M.D., Cambridge, Mass., physician, professor and health care reformero Technology, the Economy and Employment: Hugh Herr, Ph.D., Cambridge, Mass., inventor, professor and pioneer in biomechantronicsAbout the Heinz FoundationThe Heinz Family Foundation, one of the Heinz Family Philanthropies, began as a charitable trust established by the late Sen. Heinz in 1984. His widow, Teresa Heinz, created the Heinz Awards in 1993 as the primary activity of the foundation. In addition to the Heinz Awards, the foundation directs a grant-making program that is active in a wide range of issues, principally those concerning women’s health and environment, health care cost and coverage, as well as pensions and retirement security.Nominations for the Heinz Awards are submitted by an invited Council of Nominators, all experts in their fields, who serve anonymously. Award recipients are selected by the board of directors for the Heinz Awards upon recommendation by a blue-ribbon panel of jurors in each category.Past recipients of the Heinz Awards include marine biologist Jane Lubchenco, inventor and founder of the student robotics competition FIRST Dean Kamen, environmental advocate Peggy Shepard, medical anthropologist Paul Farmer, artist and community activist Rick Lowe and Paul Anastas, a leader in the “green chemistry” movement. In addition to the $250,000 award for their unrestricted use, recipients are presented with a medallion inscribed with the image of Sen. Heinz on one side and a rendering of a globe passing between two hands on the other. The medallion symbolizes the partnership, continuity and values carried on to the next generation. The hands also suggest passing on the stewardship of the earth to future generations.The Heinz Awards will be presented at a private ceremony on October 22 in Pittsburgh.Additional information is available online at www.heinzawards.net.The following Colorado Public Radio podcast on Professor Amadei’s work, titled CU Professor Honored for Global Engineering Work, can be accessed at this CPR link: www.kcfr.org/cgi-bin/comatters/comatters_play.m3u?play=3417&type=comatte….last_img read more