Jupiter adds to pressure on Barclays over fossil fuel financing

first_imgThis morning Greenpeace campaigners targeted almost 100 of the bank’s branches across the country, calling on Barclays to stop “propping up” oil, gas and coal firms and instead channel funds into renewable alternatives.  Share (Getty Images) Jupiter adds to pressure on Barclays over fossil fuel financing (Getty Images) Also Read: Jupiter adds to pressure on Barclays over fossil fuel financing by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorybonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comMaternity WeekAfter Céline Dion’s Major Weight Loss, She Confirms What We Suspected All AlongMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comDefinitionThe Funniest Yard Signs EVER WrittenDefinitionNoteableyAirport Security Couldn’t Believe These Jaw-Dropping MomentsNoteableyNinjaJournalistThe Most Expensive Royal Weddings In Royals HistoryNinjaJournalist (Getty Images) Also Read: Jupiter adds to pressure on Barclays over fossil fuel financing Tags: Climate change Jupiter Fund Management “As investors, we expect boards and management teams to maintain a long-term mindset and appropriately manage key risks to their business. We see the goals of the resolution as entirely consistent with this approach,” said Ashish Ray, Jupiter’s head of governance and sustainability.  The Paris Agreement established a goal of keeping global warming below two degrees celsius compared to pre-industrial levels, and ideally to limit it to 1.5 degrees.   Jupiter, which is one of Barclays’ top-25 shareholders, has joined 11 other institutional investors and over 100 individual shareholders in backing the motion, which is thought to be the first ever climate change resolution at a European lender.  Tuesday 3 March 2020 12:01 am Barclays has come under increasing pressure from shareholders and activists alike over its financing of fossil fuel producers.  Institutional investors including Amundi, Sarasin & Partners and pension fund Nest have all said they will support the resolution at Barclays annual general meeting in May.  Anna Menin Show Comments ▼ “Barclays’ top shareholders are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the company’s close ties with the fossil fuel industry in times of raging wildfires, sweeping heatwaves and catastrophic floods,” said Share Action campaign manager Jeanne Martin. Jupiter Asset Management has backed a landmark shareholder resolution calling on Barclays to stop financing fossil fuel producers that are not aligned with the Paris Agreement climate goals.  “We urge Barclays to listen to its shareholders,” she added. “A good first step for the bank would be to stop pouring millions into the coal and tar sands industries, two of the most carbon-intensive sources of energy on Earth.” whatsapp whatsapp Barclays is the largest financer of fossil fuels in Europe, and the sixth largest globally. Since the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2015, the bank has provided over $85bn of financing to fossil fuel firms and high-carbon projects, according to Share Action, which coordinated the resolution. last_img read more

Blood clots in severe Covid-19 patients leave clinicians with clues about the illness — but no proven treatments

first_img [email protected] Anne Weston/Francis Crick Institute via Wellcome By Elizabeth Cooney April 16, 2020 Reprints Elizabeth Cooney “I can’t stress enough that it is important to have a controlled study to demonstrate that people who get this either do or don’t do better,” said Christopher Barrett, a senior surgical resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a research fellow at MIT and co-author of case reports recently published on blood clots in Covid-19 patients. Related: Hunter Moore, transplant surgery fellow at University of Colorado, Denver @cooney_liz HealthBlood clots in severe Covid-19 patients leave clinicians with clues about the illness — but no proven treatments Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Athersys pivots a stem cell therapy to Covid-19, but prior data offer little confidence About the Author Reprints “We really need the data to prove or disprove that it’s working.” Trending Now: Doctors treating the sickest Covid-19 patients have zeroed in on a new phenomenon: Some people have developed widespread blood clots, their lungs peppered with tiny blockages that prevent oxygen from pumping into the bloodstream and body.A number of doctors are now trying to blast those clots with tPA, or tissue plasminogen activator, an antithrombotic drug typically reserved for treating strokes and heart attacks. Other doctors are eyeing the blood thinner heparin as a potential way to prevent clotting before it starts.Without a rigorous study, though, it’s impossible to know the potential risks or benefits of tPA, blood thinners, or other drugs — or what makes a difference. Until more robust research gets underway, the body of evidence now is a handful of case reports and anecdotal observations on the use of drugs to combat clots.advertisement But there remains a need for treatments that can buy time to help people fight the virus.“It’s not necessarily the virus killing people, it’s the organ failure that happens as a result of the viral infection,” Barrett said. “If you can support people through their organ failure, … the immune system will eventually clear out the virus.”The three patients in Barrett’s case reports, all of whom were on ventilators to help them breathe, initially did better when they were given tPA in what’s known as off-label use in salvage therapy. One of them died, one of them improved briefly, and one of them had a durable response, he said.Barrett is part of a group awaiting approval from the Food and Drug Administration to move forward with a randomized clinical trial to determine what if any role tPA might play. The trial they hope to conduct at three hospitals in Colorado, one in Massachusetts, and one in New York will give people the drug when they are not as sick as the people in the case reports, who had exhausted all other treatments. Patients will be randomly assigned to receive the drug or a placebo; the trial will also test different dosing. “Until then, we’re kind of handicapped,” said Hunter Moore, a transplant surgery fellow at the University of Colorado, Denver, and a researcher working on the trial with Barrett. Now, he said, “it’s all based on off-label use and it’s kind of hearsay in terms of how it’s done. So we really need the data to prove or disprove that it’s working.”Doctors around the country are already giving patients heparin or tPA. Many reached out to Moore and Barrett after reading their case reports, hoping to try tPA on their own patients. At Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, five patients were given tPA, with mixed results, according to an Associated Press story that sparked strong reactions among some. Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has called for more comprehensive research on the subject — which Moore and Barrett’s proposed study could provide.The drug tPA does carry its own risk. It’s typically given to stroke patients within hours of symptoms to reduce the risk of bleeding in the brain. But Moore pointed out that the risk of those bleeds for patients on tPA is lower than for Covid-19 patients who are placed on ECMO machines to improve oxygen levels in their blood.Yancy of Northwestern said any studies on blood clots will contribute to the picture of how cardiovascular conditions heighten the danger of Covid-19 infections. That, too, could shed light on the disproportionate burden on African Americans, whose infection rate is threefold higher than other Americans’ and whose death rate is sixfold higher.Risk factors for Covid-19 infection such as hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and preexisting cardiovascular disease — all of which are more common in African Americans — tip the scales toward more serious illness. Socioeconomic factors that make it harder for some people to work from home also likely play a part. Blood clotting may be one more key factor.“The reason for the increased infection rate likely has very little to do with race [but] more to do with the life and living circumstances for African Americans,” Yancy said. Physicians from the U.S., the Netherlands, and China have published a number of case reports in scientific journals about Covid-19 patients with a multitude of small blood clots. In one report, researchers in China said 7 out of 10 patients who died of Covid-19 had small blood clots throughout the bloodstream, compared to fewer than 1 in 100 people who survived. Some of the patients in those case reports received blood thinners or tPA, sometimes when there seemed to be nothing else to try. Some survived, some did not.“This is a real-time learning experience,” said Clyde Yancy, chief of cardiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.“I don’t think any of us can declare anything definitively, but we know from the best available data that about one-third of patients who have Covid-19 infections do in fact have evidence of thrombotic disease,” he added. Yancy said there is early-stage, preliminary evidence to suggest that a regimen of anti-coagulants used as a preventive tool could reduce the number of clotting episodes a patient experiences.It still isn’t clear why the virus leads to these blood clots forming, or why patients’ bodies can’t break them up. It also isn’t clear how significant a role they play in a patient’s illness. Those questions will take time to answer, Barrett said. General Assignment Reporter Liz focuses on cancer, biomedical engineering, and how patients feel the effects of Covid-19. As with so much else about the Covid-19 response, health experts are learning about the symptom on the fly. Blood clots are common in patients who are immobilized, but they seem to be smaller and cause far more severe damage in some Covid-19 patients. Doctors have said they see patients with blood clots forming not only in their lungs, but also in blood vessels. Autopsies have also revealed blood clots in kidneys and other organs, which some experts say suggests an overwhelming immune system response to the virus that inflicts harm on the body.advertisement Tags cardiologyCoronaviruslast_img read more

Talking Sport: Kildare loss, hurlers in Kilkenny and Alan’s rant

first_imgHome We Are Laois Podcasts Talking Sport: Kildare loss, hurlers in Kilkenny and Alan’s rant We Are LaoisPodcasts TAGSLaoisToday podcast Pinterest Facebook Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Pinterest News After another busy weekend of action, Steven Miller and Alan Hartnett look back on defeats for the Laois senior hurlers, senior footballers and U-20 footballers.In a continuation of the positional change from last week, Alan presents the show.After Storm Jorge led to the postponement of the footballers clash with Kildare on Saturday night, the game was refixed for Sunday where Laois suffered defeat. It was a similar story for the hurlers against Kilkenny as their league campaign came to an end.Also on the agenda is a look at the new rules that GAA Congress voted in at the weekend.The lads take a look at a very funny player profile piece from Robbie Pigott in the programme for the football match at the weekend.While Alan also goes on a rant following some very negative social media comments at the weekend.The club championship draws were also made where the lads look at the runners and riders five months out. Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Twitter Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleSadness at the passing of well-known Portlaoise manNext articleIn Pictures: Launch night for new Portlaoise Nightclub a big success LaoisToday Reporter By LaoisToday Reporter – 2nd March 2020 Electric Picnic For that and much more, listen below.You can listen to it in full below or by subscribing to LaoisToday on Apple Podcasts.SEE ALSO – Clonaslee parade announce very special guest to be Grand Marshall Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Talking Sport: Kildare loss, hurlers in Kilkenny and Alan’s rant WhatsApp Electric Picnic WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Digital Televisions for the Best?

first_img News Propaganda in North Korea has it that the authorities are set to present digital televisions as symbolic gifts to certain individuals to mark the arrival of 2012. The idea is reportedly being met by the people with some bemusement.According to a Pyongyang source who spoke with The Daily NK on the 21st, “Directions from the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Party to low level Party secretaries in every state organ and enterprise say that during next year, the year of the Strong and Prosperous State, digital televisions should be distributed to superior laborers and officials. People are a bit stirred up about it.”The authorities are hoping to encourage more energetic mobilization for ‘socialist construction’ projects in the city through the propaganda, the source said. Such an order would not be out of character in North Korea, where TVs have long been among the favored gifts for people who do well. Equally, the approaching year of the ‘Strong and Prosperous State’, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung and the official 70th birthday of Kim Jong Il all mean the North Korean authorities are placing considerable emphasis on making 2012 a ‘historic year’. However, people are cynical.“The digital televisions on display in the Botonggang Department Store, the one which opened last December, all have ‘Mt. Geumgang’ or ‘Mt. Chilbo’ written on them in Chosun script,” the source explained. “We know that the televisions, refrigerators, fans and everything else are all made in China, so we deride the propaganda that they are all made by our country.”“It’s all a trick. Our electronics industry and management systems are all falling behind. It will take another 50 years or more to make that kind of television in our country,” he joked. There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Digital Televisions for the Best? RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter By Lee Seok Young – 2011.09.23 6:37pm News center_img SHARE NewsEconomy AvatarLee Seok Young News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img read more

The Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley has died

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica’s beloved cultural icon, the Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley (Miss Lou), has died. She was 86 years old.Miss Lou passed away today (July 26) at the Scarborough Grace Hospital in Toronto, Canada, after collapsing at home early this morning.Born in Kingston on September 7, 1919, Miss Lou is Jamaica’s premier folklorist, poet, entertainer and comedienne. As a cultural giant, she made Jamaica’s patois an accepted language through her poems.Famous for her radio shows which included ‘Laugh with Louise’, ‘Miss Lou’s Views’ and ‘The Lou and Ranny Show’, she was also celebrated for her television show ‘Ring Ding,’ which was popular among Jamaican children all across the island.Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto, Anne-Marie Bonner, expressed sadness and regret at the untimely death of Jamaica’s Ambassador of Culture.“Miss Lou was a true leader. Through her courage, she gave a nation a language and a voice with which its people can express its culture. It was not an easy task in those days to challenge the status quo in such a profound way, but this ‘tallawah’ woman did it. She has contributed to our culture through folklore and acting,” she added.The Consul General called Miss Lou an outstanding daughter of Jamaica, who was loved and respected all over the world and particularly in Canada, her adopted home, where she resided for more than a decade.She visited the island in 2003, where she was special guest of the government for Emancipation and Independence celebrations.“Jamaicans everywhere salute Miss Lou for a life well lived. Walk good, Miss Lou,” the Consul General said.Miss Lou received many accolades and awards during her lifetime, including the Order of Merit in 2001; the Order of Jamaica in 1974; the Norman Manley Award for Excellence (in the field of Arts); the Institute of Jamaica’s Musgrave Silver and Gold Medals for distinguished eminence in the field of Arts and Culture, and in 1983 the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of the West Indies.The cultural icon was slated to add to her numerous awards in a ceremony at the Jamaican Consulate this evening. She would have been presented with the 2006 Jamaica Independence Award Hall of Fame from the West Indian-American Association of New Jersey. Several members of the association were enroute to Toronto from the United States, when Miss Lou passed away.Miss Lou, who was predeceased by her late husband impresario Eric “Chalktalk” Coverley, is survived by son Fabian and many “adopted” children. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date. RelatedThe Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley has died RelatedThe Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley has died Advertisementscenter_img RelatedThe Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley has died The Hon. Louise Bennett-Coverley has died UncategorizedJuly 26, 2006last_img read more

Search for future school leaders begins

first_imgSearch for future school leaders begins Teachers in regional and rural schools can now apply to join a new leadership program that will help develop the next generation of school leaders.Minister for Education Dan Tehan today announced the opening of applications for the Future Leaders Program pilot in Western Australia.The Future Leaders Program will provide individualised coaching and support as well as a professional peer network for teachers working in regional, rural and remote schools.“The evidence shows that teachers have the biggest in-school influence on education outcomes and that’s why the Morrison Government continues to support teachers to do their important job,” Mr Tehan said.“The Future Leaders Program is part of the Coalition Government’s $15 million investment to address shortages in high-quality school leaders and specialist teachers.“This initiative delivers another Coalition Government election commitment to support aspiring school leaders in regional, rural and remote schools.”Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education Andrew Gee said the Future Leaders Program had been specifically designed to address the challenges faced by regional, rural and remote teachers.“The Australian Government has been working closely with country communities, through Teacher For Australia, to break the cycle of education inequality and address the leadership gaps and challenges regional teachers face,” Mr Gee said.“The Future Leaders program will cultivate the school leaders of tomorrow and ensure that teachers and schools in regional areas are able to gain access to the same level of support as those in the big cities.“This program will also help to keep teaching talent in regional areas, so that communities benefit from the skills these teachers bring.”Teach For Australia CEO Melodie Potts Rosevear said feedback from the sector had identified two key areas for the pilot to tackle.“One key area is the supply and scarcity of ready school leaders; and the other is the need for teachers and aspiring leaders to be able to access quality development opportunities that are contextually relevant to the regional, rural or remote communities where they teach,” Ms Potts Rosevear said.“We know that the two key levers that positively impact educational outcomes for our students are teacher quality and leadership, so it is vital schools are continuously developing a pipeline of high quality leaders.“Teach For Australia has more than a decade of experience supporting schools with teaching and leadership development programs and we’re very pleased to bring our expertise to this new opportunity for our rural and remote teachers.”Applications are now open for Western Australian teachers, with more jurisdictions to follow. Teachers and schools interested in the pilot program can contact Teach For Australia at www.teachforaustralia.org/future-leaders-program. /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:AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, education, election, Government, inequality, Investment, Minister, Morrison, Morrison Government, outcomes, pipeline, remote communities, students, Western Australialast_img read more

Battle Ground’s free Family Movie Night: New showings and activities

first_imgBattle Ground’s free Family Movie Night: New showings and activitiesPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Friday, August 30, 2019in: Community News, Peopleshare 0 Movies are shown in the comfort of the Battle Ground Community Center BATTLE GROUND — Battle Ground Parks & Recreation’s free Family Movie Night at the Community Center continues throughout this year with the showing of fun, family friendly movies one Friday each month. Plus, organizers are adding a special movie-themed children’s activity when doors open prior to movie show time. Family Movie Night proved to be a big hit this summer.  Movies are shown in the comfort of the Battle Ground Community Center located at 912 East Main Street.  Families are encouraged to bring snacks, lawn chairs, blankets and get cozy.   Organizers have added a free, movie-themed activity for children when the doors open at 6:30 p.m.; show time is at 7:30 p.m.  The city is unable to publicize the movie titles, but organizers will give some hints along the way. It’s always fun to guess, or, simply stop by or call the Battle Ground Community Center at (360) 342-5380; the helpful staff can release the name of the movie by phone or in person.Family Movie Nights are scheduled on a Friday evening of each month — Sept. 13, Oct. 25, Nov. 22, and Dec. 27.   Movie descriptions and activity details are listed at Family Movie Night.   Follow the city’s Facebook page for updates.We invite businesses to join the fun by participating as a Family Movie Night sponsor or food vendor.  Those interested may visit the Family Movie Night website page for information and application or contact Recreation and Facilities Supervisor Mattie Buckmiller directly at (360) 342-5385 or [email protected]  Information provided by city of Battle Ground.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Battle GroundClark Countyshare 0 Previous : VIDEO: Lightning bolt destroys tree near La Center Next : Evergreen Plainsmen Preview 2019AdvertisementThis is placeholder text guestLabel Name*Email*Website guestLabel Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). center_img 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all comments I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree Name*Email*Websitelast_img read more

CU's Wardenburg Health Center Receives Accreditation From College Of American Pathologists

first_imgThe University of Colorado at Boulder’s Wardenburg Health Center has been awarded laboratory accreditation by the College of American Pathologists, based on the results of a recent on-site inspection. The center’s laboratory director, Dr. Thomas Kunstman, was congratulated by the medical society’s Commission on Laboratory Accreditation for the “excellence of the services being provided.” The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, which started in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program. The Wardenburg Health Center is one of more than 6,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide. During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine all staff qualifications, laboratory equipment, facilities, safety program and record, as well as the overall management of the laboratory. The stringent inspection program is designed to ensure the highest standard of care for the laboratory’s patients. The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving nearly 16,000 physician members and laboratories throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. Published: June 30, 2003 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Grit: A story of forward momentum

first_imgMegan Mangum dreamed of college. She’s leaving with two degrees. If These Old Trees Could Speak Since 1879 Old Main’s towering cottonwood trees have been witness to the best and worst of times. Read more Nick Loritsch and Joshua Dragge Striving to stand out as filmmakers in the immensely competitive city of Los Angeles, Nick Loritsch and Joshua Dragge have made a giant leap in the industry with the successful debut of their independent film Born & Raised. Read more Now 26, Mangum is on track to graduate from CU Boulder with two degrees, a bachelor’s and a master’s, both in integrative physiology, plus a certificate in public health. She’s preparing for the MCAT and contemplating a future of real possibilities that once were mere fantasies. Most scenarios combine medical training with public policy work — a job with the Centers for Disease Control, perhaps, or the World Health Organization.Not so many years ago, when Mangum was doing homework in her car outside Starbucks at 2 a.m., because the car was home and the wireless was free, a life of promise was an urgent hope and a distant prospect.“There is no rational explanation as to where she unearths inspiration to improve, drive and overcome,” said Monica Hickox (MechEngr, MS’15), a housemate and close friend. “She is a fascinating study on the ‘nurture vs. nature’ front, because there was no nurture to instill the ‘fight like hell’ attitude.”From her earliest days, Mangum liked learning. She was the kid who read dictionaries and encyclopedias straight through and started algebra in fourth grade. She read Little Women and Nancy Drew and, just because it was the longest book she’d ever seen, Moby Dick. She loved animals and imagined becoming a veterinarian.No one in her family had been to college or aspired to it for her, she said. If college was the goal, getting there would be on her. The route was hazy, as it often is for first-generation students.Either way, there’s gonna be a ‘Dr.’ next to my name.”So Mangum eked out a living in small mountain towns while taking classes at Red Rocks Community College in Golden. Night school allowed her to work during the day, at restaurants and swimming pools. She paid tuition out of pocket, on a monthly plan. At work she got free meals and showers.There were times when she had $5 a week for food and times she spent it on gas instead. She drove to school in weather that should have kept her off the roads.The first time she missed a class, she said, “I cried all night.”At 18 Mangum took a tiny studio apartment in Idaho Springs. She called it “The Cave.” There was no bed, no heat, no bathroom door and a raccoon in the wall. But it wasn’t the street or a car or a borrowed bed; it was hers.In time, Mangum began taking classes at CU Denver, in nursing, in addition to community college classes. She got an internship at Swedish Medical Center, became certified as an EMT, then as a paramedic.She and a friend took an apartment together, a better one. Mangum left school so she could do the internship, keep working and push toward a shortterm goal: “Saving, saving, saving.”She met a science-minded boy, began a relationship and resumed her march toward a four-year degree.In 2013, with two associates degrees already in hand, she applied to CU Boulder, where her boyfriend was entering a doctoral program. She wasn’t sure how she’d pay for it. At 22 and estranged from her family, she still wasn’t old enough then to apply for federal financial aid on her own.But she remembers thinking, “If I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna do this.”Admitted in April 2013, she exulted: “I couldn’t stop smiling.”She took out her first loan and started paying it back immediately.That August she entered a CU Boulder classroom as a student for the first time. It was a 9 a.m. Spanish section. She’d been doing college-level work for most of nine years and never been to class in daylight.The romance didn’t work out, a bitter disappointment. But CU Boulder proved a revelation.She encountered refreshingly foreign worlds and people and disciplines. She befriended chemical engineers and MBAs, musicians and anthropologists and war veterans becoming scientists. She joined a spring break service trip to Los Angeles, where she and other students volunteered in a soup kitchen and tutored kids on skid row. She found study-buddies and played intramural soccer and water polo.“I had never been in a situation where my friends, who were also my peers, had this level of education,” she said. “When I was going to night classes, I just didn’t have time to make friends.”Mangum has discovered strengths she didn’t know she had.“I had a professor tell me, ‘People listen to you, people follow you and people want to work for you. Use that for good and don’t take that for granted.’”Even amid better circumstances, she fears poverty. She likes to tell a story about the first time she heard from the CU Boulder bursar’s office. She didn’t open the email for days, terrified it was a bill she hadn’t anticipated and couldn’t afford. It turned out to be a scholarship, the first in a series. They eased her burdens and also gave her a sense of being wanted.“Until getting here,” she said, “I was the only one rooting for me.”In addition to being a full-time student, Mangum still works long hours most weeks, many of them at a Pearl Street Starbucks, where she’s a morning shift supervisor. On average, she sleeps between four and five hours a night. Last semester she took epidemiology, immunology, public health and medical sociology. She’s seeking a translator’s certificate in Spanish to set herself up for international work. Channeling Einstein: Len Barron What’s the secret to living a full life? The answer lies in Albert Einstein’s writings, says Len Barron. Read more The first night Megan Mangum was homeless, she slept in a park. It was a Wednesday in the middle of November in the mountain town of Idaho Springs, west of Denver. She was 15 and already working three jobs to help pay her way in the world.Family life was tense, she said, sometimes worse.“I thought the best thing for me to do was to be homeless,” she said.In all, Mangum (IntPhys, MS’17), who’s 5’2” with crystal blue eyes and bubbly by nature, lived without a home for more than three years. She slept in a skateboard park and down by Clear Creek, in an old train car and in a silver 1995 Chevy Lumina she bought before she had a driver’s license. She found overnight babysitting jobs. She housesat. She couch surfed. On a few bone-chilling nights, she took shelter in dumpsters.Some offers of refuge she refused because of the strings attached.All the while Mangum was doing everything she could to get an education, balancing long hours of restaurant and lifeguard work with the demands of community college courses she’d been taking online, and paying for herself, since she was 14.“Without school,” she said, “nothing was going to happen with my life.” Share Share via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via TwitterShare via E-mailShare via Google Plus By Eric Gershon • Published: March 1, 2017 The goal was college; getting there was up to her. The route was hazy and often is for first-generation students.Mangum has been invited to tell her story in public several times. She does it with a disarming mix of candor, humor and optimism. Rooms fall silent. Hearts melt. People rise to their feet and clap.They approach afterward, business cards in hand.“Those are things that wouldn’t have happened unless I came here,” she said.Sometimes students come up to her, too: “I thought I was the only one who was a poor kid here,” they say.Today Mangum lives in a house in South Boulder, the same one for nearly three years now, shared with five roommates, a mix of fellow students and young alumni. They study engineering, music, education. They talk ideas, football, the rent, the future.When Mangum first moved in, Hickox recalled, “Cookies with ‘I can’t wait to meet you all after my schedule isn’t so nuts’ notes stuck on them would appear in the kitchen overnight.”Mangum takes nothing for granted and is dismayed when others seem to.A classroom clicker survey about Colorado’s minimum wage prompted her to speak up one day: Few classmates had any idea what it was.“I raised my hand,” she said. “The minimum wage is $8.31 in the state of Colorado. It hasn’t always been over eight dollars. It was stuck at $7.78. And waiters and waitresses make this…” (It rose to $9.30 on Jan. 1.)Many of Mangum’s campus friends also have nontraditional backgrounds. Lots are military veterans. They’re comrades in duress and companions in delight. She and her pal Brandon, a Navy vet, attended every CU home football game last season. Her phone’s lockscreen is a picture of Chip.Megan Mangum hasn’t mapped out her future in permanent marker. It’s a luxury of her improbable new life that she faces some good choices.Like whether to apply to medical school, a doctoral program or both.“Either way,” she said, “there’s gonna be a ‘Dr.’ next to my name.”It’ll be a lot more work. But Mangum finds comfort in forward momentum.“I’m almost afraid to stop,” she said.Eric Gershon edits the ColoradanNote: This story has been updated from the version that appeared in print.Photos courtesy Glenn Asakawa and Megan Mangum Issue: Spring 2017 Categories:ProfileScience & HealthTags:CU BoulderHomeless Related Articleslast_img read more

Members of Bioethics Committee Benefit from Training

first_imgRelatedSummer Training for Teachers of Special Education FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Members of the National Bioethics Committee of Jamaica (NBCJ) are benefiting from training to strengthen the body’s capacity to address the ethical and moral implications of medical and biological research.It is the third such session under the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s(UNESCO) Bioethics Programme.Speaking at the opening ceremony for the two-day session at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston on Monday, May 20, Vice-Chairman of the Jamaica National Commission (JNC) for UNESCO, Dr. Donald Rhodd, said the training is crucial in continuing the process to increase the visibility of bioethics in Jamaica.“It will also provide appropriate training for (committee) members to be able to keep us informed on various ethics-related matters,” he said, while calling on civil society to collaborate with the NBCJ in organising seminars on such issues.“There is so much we need to embrace. There are so many hot topics (in relation to ethics) which need to be dealt with,” he noted.Dr. Rhodd, who was representing Chairperson of JNC UNESCO, Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, said while he recognised the “important under the radar activities” the committee has undertaken, there is still much work to be done “if we are going to make a real impact and be true to the tenets, which are stated in our Constitution.”UNESCO Programme Specialist (Bioethics) for Latin America and the Caribbean, Professor Susana Vidal, noted that Jamaica is the first English-speaking Caribbean country to establish a National Bioethics Committee under the UNESCO’s Assisting Bioethics Committee (ABC) initiative and one of only six countries around the world to do so.The ABC project offers technical guidance and capacity-building to UNESCO member states interested in building national bioethics infrastructure.Professor Vidal also lauded JNC UNESCO for its firm commitment to advancing the bioethics agenda, “not only regarding organisational matters, but also its contribution to all the steps needed to meet our common objective and to support the committee from the beginning.”She noted that UNESCO will continue supporting the NBCJ by providing any technical support needed.Established in 2006, the NBCJ, which comprises individuals from the health, religious, academia, social science and other sectors, provides a forum for discussion of bioethics issues. The committee was officially launched in 2009.JNC UNESCO advises the Government on all relevant matters pertaining to UNESCO’s areas of competence in education, science, culture, and communication.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwards Members of Bioethics Committee Benefit from Training EducationMay 21, 2013Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards RelatedStudents of Tavares Gardens Primary Benefit from Career Daycenter_img RelatedParents’ Places Providing Critical Support Advertisementslast_img read more