RBS to issue new securities

first_imgMonday 13 September 2010 9:02 pm ROYAL Bank of Scotland (RBS) yesterday marked the clearest sign yet that the UK banking sector is emerging from the financial crisis.The banking giant will issue £4.7bn of securities backed by mortgages in the first move of its kind since the onset of the financial crisis.The issuance is a vital step for the economic recovery as it allows banks to take loans off their balance sheets, freeing up capital for new lending.It also shows the bank is confident that investor appetite for mortgage-backed securities has increased. The market – in which loans are bundled together into new bonds, secured by their repayments – was devastated by the sub-prime crisis in the US. Tags: NULL RBS to issue new securities Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof RBS was particularly tarnished as it relied heavily on securitisation markets prior to its near-collapse, when the government was forced to buy-up an 84 per cent stake in the bank.But as the government prepares to cut back its interest in the bank, it is desperate to exploit new funding streams. It must hike its supply of loans by the end of the year if it is to meet government targets.The bank also announced yesterday it has sold £1.3bn of five-year global senior unsecured notes. The 3.95 per cent notes were priced at 99.973 to yield 250 basis points over US Treasuries. center_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Share whatsapp KCS-content last_img read more

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Zambia Bata Shoe Company Plc HY2017 Interim Report

first_imgZambia Bata Shoe Company Plc (BATA.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Zambia Bata Shoe Company Plc (BATA.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zambia Bata Shoe Company Plc (BATA.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zambia Bata Shoe Company Plc (BATA.zm)  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileZambia Bata Shoe Company plc. manufactures and markets a wide range of smart and casual footwear and other leather and plastic products for the fashion sector in Zambia. Products in its accessories range include handbags and belts. The footwear company operates in three markets: retail, wholesale and export. The company has a national footprint with 50 modern stores located in the major towns and cities of Zambia. In addition to its own Bata brand, the company is an agent for popular shoe brands such as Marie Claire, Makuba, Toughies, Power, Tommy Takkies, North Star and Bubble Gummers. Zambia Bata Shoe Company was established in 1937 and is a subsidiary of Bafin (Nederland) BV. Zambia Bata Shoe Company is listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Golden Star Resources Limited (GSR.gh) 2018 Presentation

first_imgGolden Star Resources Limited (GSR.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2018 presentation For more information about Golden Star Resources Limited (GSR.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Golden Star Resources Limited (GSR.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Golden Star Resources Limited (GSR.gh)  2018 presentation Company ProfileGolden Star Resources Limited is a gold mining and exploration company which owns and operates the Wassa open-pit gold mine and Wassa underground mine in Ghana as well as a carbon-in-leach processing plant located near Tarkwa, Ghana. The gold mining company also has interests in the Bogoso gold mining and processing operation, Prestea open-pit mining operations and the Prestea underground development project located near Prestea, Ghana. Golden Star Resources Limited holds and manages interests in various gold exploration properties in Ghana and Brazil. Its headquarters are in Toronto, Canada. Golden Star Resources Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Young hooker Christopher Tolofua demolishes fullback Juan Imoff

first_imgTuesday Jan 31, 2012 Young hooker Christopher Tolofua demolishes fullback Juan Imoff Toulouse have found an up and coming star in the form of 18 year old hooker Christopher Tolofua. He featured strongly in their 19-13 win over Racing Metro on the weekend, with two big carries in particular in what was his first Top 14 start. The French giants suffered a hooker crisis recently as Gary Botha is out with a long term leg injury, while William Servat will be unavailable because of the Six Nations. Their cover, Georgian hooker Akvsenti Giorgadze then ruptured his groin, so he will sit out for 6 months.They’ve since brought in another Georgian hooker, Jaba Bregvadze, but Guy Noves has turned to young Tolofua, and so far it’s proved a success. He had a storming game against Racing Metro, including two big carries (one which was huge) and seems to be slotting in nicely.“He’s managed the last fortnight,” Noves told a French newspaper. “He was looked after by the old guys, especially Johnston, who took him under his wing. But he’s got physically enormous density. “We knew he had potential. You hope for a performance like that but until they play, you never know. He’s got a great future. That’s why we’re keeping him,” he added.Tolofua, who only turned 18 a month ago, is already part of the French academy and could possibly go on to be a permanent fixture for the national side in years to come. His standing start charge on unfortunate Argentinian fullback Juan Imoff is one of the biggest collisions we’ve seen this season.Imoff left the field two minutes later. Tolofua had another impressive carry earlier in the game, as did Racing Metro center Francois Steyn, so those two have also been included in the clip below.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueey30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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First crowdfunding event in Cork

first_img The Cork Foundation, in association with The Funding Network (TFN), is holding its first crowdfunding event in Cork city in November.Before the event four Cork charities will be selected to attend the event and will each be given six minutes to present their social initiative to a room full of Cork business leaders and potential donors. Applications close on 30th September.TFN are specialists in hosting live crowdfunding events and have already brought their successful model to Ireland, hosting a live crowdfunding session with Philanthropy Ireland in 2015.Karen Millen, UK Operations Manager, TFN, said:“We’re delighted to be partnering with the Cork Foundation to bring TFN back to Ireland. Our events in Dublin and Cork were amongst the most successful launch events we’ve ever had and the generosity of the local community was incredible.”Eilis Murray, CEO for Philanthropy Ireland, said: Advertisement Howard Lake | 27 September 2016 | News Tagged with: crowdfunding Ireland Image: crowd in the shape of an arrow – by Digital Storm on Shutterstock.com  49 total views,  1 views today About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.center_img  50 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 “Following the success of previous TFN events, we are delighted to see it coming to Cork. The event provides an opportunity to highlight Philanthropy by enabling people to participate in an alternative and innovative model of giving. Philanthropy is for everyone.”Interested charities and initiatives are encouraged to contact the Cork Foundation by emailing [email protected] to request an application form to apply for the opportunity to be chosen to present at the event and potentially raise significant funds for their projects.Potential beneficiaries from the event must be in a position to create sustainable full or part time jobs through any funding received.The event will take place on the 24th November in the Vertigo Building, Cork County Hall from 6pm-9pm. First crowdfunding event in Corklast_img read more

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Northwest grocery workers prepare to strike

first_imgAug. 2 — “Are you aware that Fred Meyer pays $3.53 more per hour to male workers than to female workers?” A United Steelworkers’ member posed this question to a Fred Meyer grocery store shopper. Shoppers were shocked and stopped to listen. Most took flyers showing the facts and figures, and many signed the petition demanding that Fred Meyer “Fix the Gap.”The steelworker, who came by the store after putting in an 8-hour shift, and his co-writing partner (a retired meatcutter and member of Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 400, were leafleting and petitioning in support of UFCW Local 555. The largest private sector union in Oregon, Local 555 represents nearly 25,000 retail grocery store workers in Oregon and southwest Washington. The local is in contract negotiations with Allied Employers, Inc., an owners group of Fred Meyer, QFC/Kroger, Safeway and Albertsons. While targeting Fred Meyer, the union believes that all chains in Allied Employers pay higher wages to men than women. “Whatever we can agree to that closes this gap for Fred Meyer will likely rectify any similar situations or patterns that may exist with other employers,” the union explained. The “Gap” is evident at FM, where on Schedule B the average wage is $13.69 per hour and 68 percent are women, versus Schedule A, where the average wage is $17.20 per hour and 66 percent are men. The two groups of workers in the same store, all doing essentially the same work — putting merchandise on shelves and providing customer service — are paid substantially different wages. When a worker applies for a job at Fred Meyer, they are assigned to a schedule. The worker has no choice.But not only does FM discriminate against women with regard to wages, the older the woman is the more she is discriminated against. On average women (including those not on Schedule B) aged 24 and under make $1 an hour less than men; women 25-29 make $1.50 less; women 35-39 make $1.75 less. Women over 60 fare even worse — making an average of $2.25 an hour less than men their age. Union statistics show that men under 30 were twice as likely to get promotions as women under 30. The major demand of Local 555 negotiators is to “Fix the Gap.” The union membership agrees. So far, 10,000 members in Portland voted overwhelmingly to strike in June if the owners do not meet their demands, which also include an hourly wage increase for all workers and improved health and welfare benefits. The other 15,000 workers in the region will participate in strike authorization votes between now and the end of August, when a final decision will be made.While the owners cry poverty, the board of Kroger (also a major shareholder in Fred Meyer) just posted a 14 percent increase in stockholder dividends. (​tinyurl.com/y6nh6pko)​The volunteers leafleting and petitioning in support of Local 555 were organized by Jobs with Justice, a labor support organization made up of Portland and Vancouver, Wash., area unions, community groups and political parties, including the Portland branch of Workers World Party. All statistics about the workers are from ufcw555.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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New stage in the struggle to FREE MUMIA!

first_imgPolitical prisoner and world-renowned journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal and his supporters are closer than ever to winning his release, 38 years after he was imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. The Fraternal Order of Police, former district attorneys and other political higher-ups who participated in the frameup are now shaking in their boots because this innocent man may be given a new trial in which judicial, police and prosecutorial misconduct will be exposed. In the late 1970s and early 80s, Abu-Jamal was a daily radio reporter for WHYY and NPR who earned acclaim for his award-winning reporting.  As a reporter who supported the MOVE organization against state repression, he drew the ire of the Philadelphia FOP and the notoriously racist Police Commissioner and later Mayor Frank Rizzo. On Dec. 9, 1981, while driving a cab to supplement his income, Abu-Jamal happened upon his brother in an altercation with Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner.  Faulkner was killed. Abu-Jamal, who was shot and severely beaten by police, was charged in Faulkner’s death, even though witnesses reported seeing another man, most probably the passenger in Abu-Jamal’s brother’s car, running from the scene. Imprisoned for nearly four decades, Abu-Jamal has maintained his innocence.  With global support, he successfully won his release from Pennsylvania’s death row in 2011. In December 2018 he won the right to appeal his 1982 conviction because of biased judicial oversight by PA Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille. In early January 2019, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner reported finding six boxes of previously undisclosed evidence held by prosecutors in the case and allowed Abu-Jamal’s attorneys to review the files. In September 2019 Abu-Jamal’s lawyers filed new appellate briefs, including a request that the case be returned for a hearing before the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court based on their finding of concrete evidence of prosecutorial misconduct by the DA’s office in his 1982 trial.A Sept. 9 press release from attorneys Judith Ritter and Sam Spital reads: “This week, Mumia Abu-Jamal filed a brief in PA Superior Court to support his claim that his 1982 trial was fundamentally unfair in violation of the Constitution. For example, he argues that the prosecution failed to disclose evidence as required and discriminated against African Americans when selecting the jury. And, his lawyer did not adequately challenge the State’s witnesses.“Mr. Abu-Jamal also filed a motion containing new evidence of constitutional violations such as promises by the prosecutor to pay or give leniency to two witnesses. There is also new evidence of racial discrimination in jury selection.”The evidence uncovered in the hidden boxes shows that Joseph McGill, the prosecutor in Abu-Jamal’s case, paid off witnesses with favors and cash, while allowing a cab-driver witness with a suspended license to keep driving.  McGill illegally struck down Black jurors and fixed outstanding cases of key witnesses. Attorney Ritter contends that the new evidence shows Abu-Jamal’s trial was “fundamentally unfair and tainted by serious constitutional violations.” DA Krasner under attack by FOP In April of this year, DA Larry Krasner bowed to massive community pressure and withdrew his initial opposition to Abu-Jamal’s appeal moving forward in Pennsylvania’s higher courts. Following the September filings by Abu-Jamal’s attorneys, Krasner acquiesced to their petition that the newly uncovered evidence is grounds for the case to be sent back to Common Pleas Court. This was the final straw as far as the FOP is concerned. They immediately launched an attack on Krasner, using Faulkner’s widow, Maureen Faulkner-Palkovic.  On Sept. 18, claiming “victim’s rights,” she filed a petition to have Krasner replaced by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro “in criminal actions in which there is an appeal.”  She alleges that the lack of “finality” in this case has caused trauma for her — completely ignoring the impact on Abu-Jamal’s family. Faulkner bases her petition largely on unfounded claims that DA Krasner and attorneys in his office had some connection with Abu-Jamal’s case in the past. When her petition was dismissed by higher courts, Faulkner and the FOP tried another ploy. Faulkner filed a King’s Bench Petition on Nov. 12 with the state’s higher courts, again requesting Krasner’s removal from the case.  In addition to charging Krasner with conflicts of interest in the Abu-Jamal case, Faulkner claims that Krasner should have colluded with former prosecutor McGill to bury the evidence. The use of the “King’s Bench” application shows the growing desperation of the FOP team. Their petition would skip past the popularly elected district attorney and the Common Pleas Court. It would bring the matter directly to the PA Supreme Court where they hope for more sympathy from the conservative and classist institution. All out Dec. 7 for Mumia! Krasner is expected to submit a response soon to arguments from Abu-Jamal’s lawyers for a new trial — taking a stand for justice against FOP intimidation. The current FOP attack on Krasner is part of the 38-year effort to silence Abu-Jamal once and for all. We who believe in justice will not allow that to happen.Abu-Jamal’s 38th year of unjust imprisonment will be marked on Dec. 7 with a program titled “Youth Rise Up Against US Empire” in Philadelphia.  The event, to be held at Mastery Charter School-Shoemaker Campus, 5301 Media St., will include a report on all the new developments in his legal case, while focusing on his trilogy of books on U.S. imperialism.  Speakers and videos will express solidarity with the inspiring mass protests, many led by youth, taking place all over the globe as they call out white supremacist oppression and exploitation by U.S. capitalism.  For more information, visit mobilization4mumia.com. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Cast Ballots for Indiana Soybean Alliance Contested Election by July 31

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Cast Ballots for Indiana Soybean Alliance Contested Election by July 31 Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Jul 13, 2017 SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Cast Ballots for Indiana Soybean Alliance Contested Election by July 31 Indiana soybean farmers must cast their votes for the Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) annual election by July 31. There is one contested race in this year’s election. “Farmers who vote for ISA board members play an important role in influencing how their checkoff dollars work for farms and Indiana agriculture,” said Tom Griffiths, chairman of ISA and farmer from Kendallville, Ind. “The ISA board directs how checkoff dollars are spent, and Indiana soybean farmers shape the direction of the board through casting their votes for new board members.”The board is responsible for investing Indiana soybean checkoff funds in programs to increase the viability of Indiana soybean farmers. Currently, ISA has seven major areas of focus, including grain marketing, livestock, aquaculture, production research, consumer education, sustainability programs, and new uses for soybeans.ISA has contested races in one of its four districts this year. Ballots have been distributed to Indiana soybean farmers in Districts 1 by mail, and ballots must be postmarked by July 31.The candidates from District 1 are Denise Scarborough from LaCrosse in LaPorte County, Joe Tuholski from Mill Creek in LaPorte County and Kyle Tom from Warsaw in Kosciusko County.District 1 counties include: Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Elkhart, Fulton, Howard, Jasper, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Lake, Marshall, Miami, Newton, Porter, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Starke, Tipton, Wabash and White.Farmers who vote in the election must have grown a soybean crop within the past two years, must vote in the county they reside, and may vote once per farm entity. Farmers in this district who have not received a ballot can request one by calling 1-800-735-0195.Those farmers elected in July will begin serving on the ISA board of directors in December 2017 and will serve a three-year term.There is no formal election process for Districts 2, 3 and 4 because of uncontested races. However, the districts did have candidates who will serve a three-year term on the ISA Board of Directors.The candidates from District 2 are CJ Chalfant from Hartford City in Blackford County and John Emmert from Ligonier in Noble County. District 2 counties include: Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Delaware, Grant, Henry, Huntington, Jay, LaGrange, Madison, Noble, Randolph, Steuben, Wayne, Wells and Whitley.The candidate from District 3 is Derika Lynam-Spaetti from Evansville in Vanderburgh County. District 3 counties include: Clay, Daviess, Dubois, Fountain, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Montgomery, Owen, Parke, Pike, Posey, Putnam, Spencer, Sullivan, Tippecanoe, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, Warren and Warrick.The candidates from District 4 are Jim Douglas from Flat Rock in Shelby County and Anngie Steinbarger from Edinburgh in Shelby County. District 4 counties include: Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Clark, Crawford, Dearborn, Decatur, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Hamilton, Hancock, Harrison, Hendricks, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Johnson, Lawrence, Marion, Monroe, Morgan, Ohio, Orange, Perry, Ripley, Rush, Scott, Shelby, Switzerland, Union and Washington.For more information, visit www.indianasoybean.com/elections or call Hannah Vorsilak, ISA Director of Education and Training at 1-800-735-0195. Previous articleNebraska Ag Director Being Considered for USDA Under SecretaryNext articleBearish News from USDA in July Report Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

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Financial literacy program promotes saving, spending wisely

first_imgUpdate: No forced entry in TCC student’s homicide Facebook Linkedin TCU steps up efforts to promote financial literacy with new additions to Money Week Linkedin printGetting a job and a paycheck is important, but so is learning how to save and spend wisely.Financial literacy, or knowing how to make, manage and invest money, is a skill not often emphasized in the classroom. At TCU, the One Million Reasons initiative is bringing financial literacy education straight to the students.The Office of Scholarships and Student Financial Aid, the Office of Admission and Student Development Services partnered to create the program last fall.The initiative helps students manage their money while in school and plan for the future, said Rachael Capua, assistant director of the sophomore and junior year experience.“We want to make this a special area of focus because we want students to be more prepared when they graduate, especially in the circumstances of having student loans,” Capua said.One Million Reasons hosted the first annual TCU Money Week last week as part of its campus programming efforts. TCU Money Week is a week of activities held across campus to promote financial fitness.“It’s a great way and initiative to bring a lot of different activities, workshops, and presentations to campus all relating to money,” Capua said. “I really hope this is a launch into making it a campus conversation.”The initiative also uses a specific curriculum, FOUNDATIONS, in workshops with student organizations and classrooms on campus.To promote campus programming and curriculum workshops, students were enlisted to be ambassadors of One Million Reasons. The ambassadors “represent their colleges and can help facilitate group presentations on curriculum topics alongside TCU staff members,” according to the One Million Reasons website.Elizabeth Rosales, graduate associate for One Million Reasons, said she was interested in being a One Million Reasons ambassador after her first-hand experience as a college counselor at a high school.“I assisted my students with financial aid [and] scholarships, so I really saw the importance a lot more in financial literacy,” Rosales said. “I wanted to be on the other side of that.”Rosales said One Million Reasons is effective because it gives students opportunities to gain awareness and education about financial literacy.“In college, your ultimate goal is to graduate and to find a career, and within that comes a lot of financial planning and decisions,” Rosales said. “I feel that the program does help a lot in opening those doors to students and giving them the opportunity to become more aware how important budgeting is going to be when they graduate.”Professors and campus organizations can request a One Million Reasons workshop by emailing [email protected] said the program has been well-received on campus so far.“There’s really a million reasons why topics like this are important to look at, and we’ve been really thrilled with how successful the program has been these past two semesters,” Capua said. Condensed semester, lost week to snowstorm adding to some students stress during finals week Ryder Buttryhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryder-buttry/ Previous articleTCU police: More than 40 responses to stolen property noticeNext articleArrieta hurls second career no-hitter Ryder Buttry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt During TCU Money Week, students could take a ride in the “cash cab” and answer money trivia questions for prizes. Fort Worth businessman donates full first-year tuition for TCU medical school students Twittercenter_img + posts ReddIt Twitter Ryder Buttryhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryder-buttry/ Ryder Buttryhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryder-buttry/ SGA holds student memorial to honor lives of four students Facebook Ryder Buttryhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryder-buttry/ The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course Ryder Buttry last_img read more

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New guide helps parents support students

first_imgAdvertisement Print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Previous articleMount Trenchard issues raised at report launchNext article#Win Tickets for The Rubberbandits at Lime Tree Theatre John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.iecenter_img Linkedin NewsNew guide helps parents support studentsBy John Keogh – May 13, 2015 666 Email Tom Boland, chief executive of the Higher Education Authority; Patrice Twomey, director, Cooperative Education & Careers Division, UL; Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan and Prof Don Barry, President UL launched ‘Aiming Higher: a Guide for Parents and Guardians’ at the University of Limerick.Pic Sean Curtin FusionshootersMINISTER for Education Jan O’Sullivan this week launched a new guide aimed at helping parents and guardians support prospective third level students.‘Aiming Higher: A Guide for Parents and Guardians’ was launched at the University of Limerick on Friday.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The guide is by Patrice Twomey, director of the Cooperative Education and Careers Division at UL and funded by the Higher Education Authority.The new publication aims to give parents and guardians a practical understanding of the higher education system in Ireland and to help them to support their child in making informed decisions around third level courses and career choices.It is the first guide of its kind that is specifically targeted at parents and extensive consultation with parents drove much of its content.“Aiming Higher” makes a hugely practical contribution in setting our young people on the pathway to success, armed with a very clear picture of the expectations and demands they will face during their higher education experience.  It will equip parents with the knowledge that they need to help their children make the right choices,” said Minister O’Sullivan.Patrice Twomey commented: “Parents are the most significant influence on their children’s third level and career choices. They don’t need to have all of the answers. What ‘Aiming Higher’ does is that it helps parents to frame the questions that will prompt their daughter or son’s thinking around their individual talents, strengths and interests, and ultimately their chosen course.“We hope that the guide will help parents to approach the ‘third level conversation’ with a greater and more informed confidence. In a broader context, we hope that Aiming Higher will contribute to the successful transitioning from second level to third level education, an area of strategic priority for the University of Limerick.”Copies of the guide will be circulated to all second level schools in the country and it will be available on the UL website www.ul.ie/careers/aiminghigher.last_img read more

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