Place North West | Liverpool Development Update: past and future

Striking a balance between heritage and growth, and fostering greater collaboration between stakeholders and developers, will be key to Liverpool’s economic recovery and future development prospects, according to speakers at Place North West’s latest event.

The event was sponsored by Kier, Telcom, Lexington Communications, Satplan Planning and Development, and Caro Developments, and hosted by Place North West editor Sarah Townsend. 

The line-up of high-profile speakers included representatives from developer Capital & Centric, consultancy Avison Young, landscape architect LDA Design, engineer Civic Engineers and Liverpool John Moores University, as well as Liverpool City Council’s newly formed housing delivery team, planning consultancy Barton Willmore, Baltic Creative and Culture Liverpool. 

The event was the latest in a new Place North West conference format, using a platform called Remo that enables networking on digital ‘tables’, as well as many other features.  

Ticketholders receive a copy of the video recording of the event. To buy

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West Alabama Works Planning Mobile Career Development Events

TUSCALOOSA, AL. — West Alabama Works announced this week it will bring its career development services to communities across the region from Oct. 6-16. The road trip will make stops in Greene, Hale, Marengo, Sumter and Tuscaloosa counties in the hopes of boosting employment fortunes in underserved areas.

West Alabama Works says its mobile workforce units will be used to assist attendees applying for jobs or training opportunities. Additionally, the outreach team will help attendees enter Career Connect, West Alabama Works’ application portal.

The workforce development group said Career Connect links those looking for work with over 16 employers in the automotive, manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality and construction industries.

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West Michigan schools report influx in enrollment, impacting future school funding

Some West Michigan school districts reported losing more than 200 students this school year, while other schools said they gained a couple hundred.

Kalamazoo Public School leaders said preliminary numbers show 12,600 students are enrolled for the fall 2020, down 248 students from the 2019-2020 school year.

“In a year with so much uncertainty, I’m pleased that so many families continue to put their trust in Kalamazoo Public Schools,” Superintendent Rita Raichoudhuri said. “We cannot wait to see our nearly 13,000 students again in person.”

All Kalamazoo students are learning virtually at least until Nov. 24.

Portage Public Schools Superintendent Mark Bielang said the district has 8,644 students enrolled for fall 2020, a decrease of 269 students from 2019.

Portage students in kindergarten through fifth grade are learning in-person, with the option of learning virtually. Students in sixth grade and up are learning online, but face-to-face support is available.


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America can’t discount science as the west burns and Maine gulf warms

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Wildfires have torn across the western coast of the U.S., devastating communities, destroying entire neighborhoods, burning millions of acres and claiming dozens of lives. It is an undisputed crisis, and there can be little doubt that climate change has helped fuel it.

Unfortunately, President Donald Trump continues to throw cold water on scientific evidence and expertise. In a back and forth on Monday with California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot, Trump asserted that “it will start getting cooler” as California endures record heat. Crowfoot, a member of Democatic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration, said he wished science agreed with the president.

“I don’t think science knows, actually,” Trump said in response.

Well, scientists do know, actually, that climate change is intensifying wildfires

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Berkeley Co. OKs funding for two new deputies | West Virginia

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Council voted 5-0 on Thursday to allocate about $115,000 to hire two additional county law enforcement deputies.

The move comes after the county was unsuccessful in its application earlier this year for grant funding through the office of Community Oriented Policing Services, a component of the U.S. Justice Department, to assist with hiring more deputies.

Thursday’s move increases the number of uniformed county deputies to 62, including Berkeley County Sheriff Curtis Keller, ranking administrative officers, and deputies assigned to criminal investigations, the state court system and school resource officers.

That leaves a little more than 40 deputies for road patrol, Keller said.

Keller earlier this year requested seven additional deputies, including the restoration of two positions that were eliminated as part of a compensation agreement to adjust the salaries of the officers.

The county set aside funds for three additional deputies, but the county

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West Virginia and Massachusetts Woman-Owned Firms Take Top Honors in Federal Contracting

8(a) Graduate Firm of the Year; Industry Leaders also to be honored during National Small Business Week

Washington, Sept. 17, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The U.S. Small Business Administration announced two women-owned firms will receive awards honoring their work in federal contracting.  

  • Action Facilities Management, Inc. (AFM), an 8(a)-certified commercial facilities management firm specializing in infrastructure and security support services from Morgantown, West Virginia;  and

  • Specialty Materials Inc. (SMI), a firm specializing in composite fiber and prepreg products that support the aerospace industry from Lowell, Massachusetts, has been named the National Subcontractor of the Year. 

These two women-owned small businesses were selected from among a strong field of candidates submitted by SBA’s ten regional offices.  

Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year:  

Diana Lewis Jackson, President, and CEO, Action Facilities Management, Inc. (AFM)
Morgantown, West Virginia

Diana Lewis Jackson is President and CEO of Action Facilities Management, Inc.

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2020 wildfires in California and west: Everything we know and where to donate

An unprecedented fire season is wreaking havoc across the Western US, with nearly 100 major wildfires tearing across multiple states and air quality plummeting. At least 24 people have died, with dozens more missing and over 3,000 homes, and entire neighborhoods, destroyed since the season began. By Friday in Oregon, which has declared a state of emergency, half a million people were under evacuation orders as two fires threatened to merge and continue rapidly advancing toward Salem and Portland’s suburbs. Oregon fires have burned more than 1 million acres, said the state’s governor, Kate Brown. She called the blazes a “once-in-a-generation event.” 

California’s wildfires, driven by extreme blazes in August and September, have already burned more acres than any year on record. As of Thursday, there are blazes burning in at least 10 western states, according to the interagency incident information system.

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West Texas A&M creates a model to bring higher education to America’s smallest communities

It is not often a graduation ceremony comes to the student. And the number of times a ceremony that includes West Texas A&M University president Walter Wendler and four other top administrators driving 436 miles round-trip to present a bachelor’s degree to a graduate can be counted on one finger.

But there they were on the first Wednesday of September, burning up Interstate 20 and U.S. 84 to Roscoe, a town of 1,285 located 50 miles west of Abilene. Awaiting them, among others, was 19-year-old Amanda Sanchez.

There was a method to their mileage.

“We’re here to serve the communities that make up the Panhandle and South Plains,” Wendler said. “We’re not offering a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. What we’re trying to do if a student is interested in working hard and has a chance to gain a college education, we want to be here

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National Education Policy 2020: West Bengal Won’t Implement it For Time Being

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Partha Chatterjee

National Education Policy Latest News: One of the most vocal critics of the National Education Policy 2020, West Bengal on Monday objected to Centre’s decision of excluding Bengali from list of classical languages and said the new policy is against the federal structure. Soon after attending the virtual meeting with PM Modi on NEP 2020, West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said that his state has decided not to implement the NEP for time being as more discussions needed to be held on it.

“The National Education Policy 2020 is against the federal structure, and undermines role of states,” Chatterjee said, adding, ” West Bengal government has objected

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West African Economies Benefit From Graduation Of Two Groups Of Young Talents With Work-ready Digital Skills As Part Of SAP Skills For Africa

SAP Africa welcomed the graduation of 27 young professionals who recently completed their training as part of the SAP Young Professional Program, a digital skill build initiative under the umbrella of SAP Skills for Africa. The 27 graduates from Ghana and Nigeria, join another group of graduates from Nigeria who completed their training earlier this month.

According to Marita Mitschein, Senior Vice President Digital Skills Southern Europe, Middle East & Africa SAP and Managing Director at the SAP Training and Development Institute, this year’s graduates had to cope with a disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic which forced a change in the format of the program. “With countries across the continent in lockdown for much of this year, we had to adapt to a fully virtual delivery model. The new reality brought by the coronavirus has further highlighted the urgent need to accelerate digital skills development, especially as the world

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