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Apple brings Everyone Can Code to schools serving blind and deaf students nationwide

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Beginning this fall, schools supporting students with vision, hearing or other assistive needs will start teaching the Everyone Can Code curricula for Swift, Apple’s powerful and intuitive programming language. Apple created the comprehensive Everyone Can Code curricula so students from kindergarten to college and beyond can learn and write code using Swift. With teacher guides and lessons, students learn the basics on iPad with Swift Playgrounds which lets you use real code to solve puzzles and control characters with just a tap, to App Dev... Read More »

12 new schools to be built in North East England following confirmation of EIB support


The new schools comprise the first batch of five regional batches of new schools to be built under the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP). The European Investment Bank is expected to support construction of a total of 46 new state primary and secondary schools under the initiative and provide around GBP 274 million of overall support. The loans from Europe’s long-term lending institution will be for around 25 years and represent around 40% of the overall project cost. “The European Investment Bank is committed to supporting long-term ... Read More »

Inflatable whales pop up at Portsmouth International Port


It won’t be a real shark, of course, but one of 13 life sized inflatable models of whales, sharks and dolphins that will be on display in the terminal building. The biggest is 42 feet long, that’s 13 metres of whale that you can stand next to. Four will be hanging from the ceiling. The ‘pop up’ exhibition opens on the 11th February, with classes from schools all around Portsmouth already booked to come and take part in a “Whale Workshop”. Experts from marine wildlife charity ORCA will be taking lessons, with students learning all about the w... Read More »

Brittany Ferries: Portsmouth set for a whale of a time with new community conservation project


This brand-new project will work with local schools, businesses and community groups in the Portsmouth area, giving thousands of local people the chance to learn more about the importance of whale and dolphin conservation through talks, events and training sessions. It will also introduce 'Dolphin Science Week' events, fundraising events and marine festivals in primary schools around the South. It has been launched following the huge success of the 'Your Seas - North Sea' project in the North East which has been educating local schools and comm... Read More »

Relax during the holiday season with the Lufthansa Flight Mode App


Whenever the Lufthansa Flight Mode app is activated, it registers every minute in which the smartphone is in flight mode – whether on board or on the ground. Until December 24, the minutes collected in this way are totaled from all app users worldwide and translated into donations. These donations, in cooperation with the Help Alliance, are used for school projects in India and Benin, as well as for a children’s daycare center in Brazil. To follow the actual support provided, go to Here, you can also find further information ... Read More »

Largest ever EIB loan provides GBP 1.5 billion for National Grid investment


“Investment in the UK electricity transmission network is essential to prepare for future demand, connect new sources of renewable energy and upgrade old facilities. This agreement, the largest ever single loan to be provided by the European Investment Bank, reflects both the scale of energy investment needed and National Grid’s own experience in implementing such a diverse capital investment programme.” said Jonathan Taylor, European Investment Bank Vice President. Malcolm Cooper, Global Tax and Treasury Director at National Grid highlighte... Read More »

Lloyds Bank: Selecting schools – Distance and class sizes – two conflicting factors


The survey of Lloyds Bank Private Banking clients revealed that nearly a fifth (19%) sent their children to fee paying schools, with 46% citing smaller class sizes as the most important reason and distance from home as one of the least reasons. This is compared to parents who opted to send their children to a non-fee paying school, with 49 percent – the highest – giving distance from home the most important reason and classroom sizes one of the least; just 6 percent. Sarah Deaves, Investment Advice & Private Clients Director, Lloyds B... Read More »

EIB: EUR 1 billion for schools


This is the first EIB loan for schools on a national scale. It will specifically enable new buildings to be constructed to high environmental quality standards or even obtain the positive energy label. The refurbishments will lead to energy savings by improving the buildings’ energy efficiency. “Our priority is to support a competitive and responsible energy transition. And this is key to boosting growth and jobs, especially for young people in France. This is how Europe works: first and foremost, concrete targeted action in the heart of the... Read More »

Bertelsmann Stiftung: Iraq and Syria – Diversity threatened and destroyed


ISIS – Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – has been in headlines everywhere recently. But what made it possible for Islamist terrorists to gain so much power in both Arab countries? In his background analysis, Christian-Peter Hanelt, Middle East expert at the Bertelsmann Stiftung, provides answers to that question and others. Hanelt describes two countries in which people of all social classes once benefitted from "Arab socialism" in the form of hospitals, schools, roads, housing and jobs – countries where people generally enjoyed a western li... Read More »

Scholarship Honors Business and Beauty Legend Vidal Sassoon


Basic scholarship winners and their respective schools are as follows: Elizabeth Carlisle, Metro Beauty Academy; Rachel Cox, Hays Academy of Hair Design; Neil Bellavia and Hanna Powell, both attending Cinta Aveda Institute; Morgan Howard, Aveda Fredric’s Institute; Isabelle Wills and Amber Valdez, both attending Rudy and Kelly Academy; Kelly Camp-Force, Aveda New York; Dana Pastore, ARROJO Cosmetology School; and Lucy Mora, Paul Mitchell the School-Logan. Advanced winners and their employers are as follows: Rachel Lynn Carr, Salon Vivace; Ta... Read More »

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