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Before the Bell: Volatility remains low but Trump faces impeachment vote

first_imgWednesday 13 January 2021 7:09 am (Getty Images) Also Read: Before the Bell: Volatility remains low but Trump faces impeachment vote Stock markets had a relatively quiet session yesterday as there wasn’t any major news to influence sentiment in one way or another. European stocks lost ground as Covid-19 case numbers played on traders’ minds. Yesterday we heard from the Bank of England’s governor, Andrew Bailey. The central banker once again mentioned negative interest rates but this time he seemed to talk down the idea. (Getty Images) Show Comments ▼ “Inflation continues to be weak but that is not surprising,” Madden said. “Running a loose monetary policy can bring about higher inflation but the Fed is content for the inflation rate to run above 2 per cent for some time as they are keen to spur on growth.” whatsapp Impeachment vote Before the Bell: Volatility remains low but Trump faces impeachment vote Michiel Willems (Getty Images) Also Read: Before the Bell: Volatility remains low but Trump faces impeachment vote Oil has witnessed a lot of volatility recently so today’s Energy Information Administration inventory report will be in focus. “Oil stockpiles are tipped to fall by 2.55m barrels, which would be the fifth consecutive weekly decline,” Madden concluded. President Trump will face impeachment threats today. Lawmakers have requested that Mike Pence, Vice President, invoke the 25th amendment, something he has already spoken out against. Should a majority in the House of Representatives press ahead to impeach Trump, it will then go a Senate trial. 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The CPI reports will be published at 1.30pm UK time today.      Several governments have tight restrictions in place in a bid to get a handle on the virus – which is having a resurgence. “There isn’t much hope the restrictions will be lifted anytime soon. Governments are pushing out vaccinations but the process will be slow,” David Madden, market analyst at CMC Markets UK, told City A.M. this morning. “British banks are already suffering due to bad debt provisions connected to the pandemic. Lending margins have been squeezed too and negative rates would only put further pressure on lending profitability,” he noted. whatsapp The dollar retreated from its three week high that was posted on Monday. It was hardly surprising the greenback moved lower seeing as it rallied for four consecutive sessions. Biden Generous package (Getty Images) Also Read: Before the Bell: Volatility remains low but Trump faces impeachment vote “Mr Bailey described negative rates as a ‘controversial’ policy. In addition to that, he said it is too soon to consider any extra stimulus. Sterling gained ground yesterday as traders took the view the BoE won’t be going down that route any time soon or perhaps at all,” Madden said. “After European markets closed the greenback fell further. Gold was nudged higher on the back of the dollar’s dip. Copper and palladium enjoyed bigger gains as the metals would stand to benefit from Biden’s stimulus,” Madden observed.        Biden is keen to invest in infrastructure and green energy but there are worries that the new administration will tighten regulation for the tech sector, he added. “Hence the NASDAQ 100’s underwhelming performance lately.” Share Stricter restrictions are being introduced in areas of Japan and well as China. The Nikkei 225 is up over 1 per cent while stocks in mainland China are in the red. European markets are on track for a subdued start. “A significant portion of the gains that were racked up last week were on the back of stimulus hopes, so one could argue that a lot of the good news has already been factored into the price of equities,” Madden said. The declines that European stocks suffered yesterday were modest as there were reports that President-elect Joe Biden will announce trillions in stimulus plans this week. Tags: Donald Trump Global market turmoil Oil prices UK trade US CPI is expected to tick up from 1.2 per cent in November to 1.3 per cent in December. The Federal Reserve is operating an extremely generous stimulus package as a way of trying to assist the economy. last_img read more

The Best Things to Do This Week in L.A.

first_imgThings to DoThe Best Things to Do This Week in L.A.Tame Impala, pop-up pizza, and a disco dance partyBy Brittany Martin – March 9, 202019736ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItThere’s never a shortage of great things to do in Los Angeles. We’ve got your guide to the best things to do this week all across L.A. But please remember: If you’re even mildly sick, consider self-isolating for the sake of the vulnerable. There will be more fun stuff when everyone’s healthy. Also, wash your hands. All of you.Lucali Pizza Pop-Up at the Nice GuyMonday, March 9https://www.instagram.com/p/B9IXKtHg1Su/One of Brookyln’s most hyped pies pops up at swanky h.wood group resto the Nice Guy for two nights of covetable pizza. No reservations will be taken for the pop-up, which continues tomorrow, but the bar will be mixing up spritzes and negronis to tide you over while you wait.Conrad Tao at Walt Disney Concert Hall Tuesday, March 10https://www.instagram.com/p/B7G3Yc5gpcl/Acclaimed pianist Conrad Tao makes his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut as part of the L.A. Phil’s “Power to the People!” series. In keeping with the series theme, Tao will perform Frederic Rzewski’s Which Side Are You On? and The People United Will Never Be Defeated! Tame Impala at the ForumWednesday, March 11https://www.instagram.com/p/B9SF2e6HOg5/Aussie psych-rockers Tame Impala stage two nights (March 10 and 11) at the Forum. The group’s most recent album, which dropped last month, finds Kevin Parker and co in their smoothest, grooviest place yet.Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCAThursday, March 12https://www.instagram.com/p/B7d1ALvFL79/Los Angels Filmforum presents a selection of screenings inspired by current MOCA exhibition With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972-1985. Each of the films shown at this free program will highlight pattern and decoration in on-screen domestic settings.Gimmie Gimme Disco: A ’70s Disco Party Inspired by the Music of ABBAFriday, March 13https://www.instagram.com/p/B6vpDK5o06_/Take a chance on this party inspired by the music of ABBA and unleash your inner dancing queen. The Echo will become a 1970s disco for one night only, and you’re sure to be leaving saying thank you for the music.RELATED: Coachella 2020 Will Include FKA Twigs, Run the Jewels, Lana Del ReyDon’t stop with our list of things to do this week. Stay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today. TAGSComedyFilmMusicTheaterPrevious articleDaily Brief: Coronavirus-Stricken Cruise Ship Set to Dock in OaklandNext articleHow Jackie Lacey Managed to Dominate the DA’s Race Despite Strong OppositionBrittany Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORHollywood Is Embracing a Post-Vax Slate Made to Fill TheatersSong Catalogs Are Selling for Big Bucks, but Will the Trend End on a Bum Note?Young Filmmakers Set Out to Capture the Complexity of L.A. and the Results Are Beautifullast_img read more

Diesel price falls to its lowest in five years

first_img Emma Haslett More From Our Partners Why people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com whatsapp Good news if you’re planning a getaway this weekend: the price of diesel has fallen to its lowest in five years, after oil prices continued their inexorable slide yesterday.Figures by Experian Catalist showed prices fell to 112.48p per litre today, its lowest since January 2010. Meanwhile, the price of petrol has dipped to 115.24p per litre, its lowest in three months. Diesel prices fell below petrol at the end of July – there’s now an average of 2.59p per litre between them, Calalist said. Yesterday Brent crude remained below $50, closing at $49.29 per barrel, while WTI crude, the US benchmark, fell 3.2 per cent to a six-year low of $41.92 per barrel. Avatrade chief market analyst Naeem Aslam suggested this morning that WTI crude could “easily touch the 40 dollar this week”.”If we break the 40 dollar mark, the sell-off could become even worse, but then at the same time it will be a great opportunity to bag some bargains.”Particularly if you’re filling up your car, it turns out… Show Comments ▼ Sharecenter_img whatsapp Video Carousel – cityam_native_carousel – 426 00:00/00:50 LIVERead More Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthUnify Health LabsUndoSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndoForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesUndoGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndo Diesel price falls to its lowest in five years Friday 14 August 2015 12:11 pm Tags: Oil priceslast_img read more

Doctors Without Borders demands drug makers lower their prices for TB treatments

first_img About the Author Reprints What is it? Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Log In | Learn More What’s included? As a major conference on tuberculosis nears, Doctors Without Borders is pressuring suppliers of key medicines — Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Mylan (MYL) and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals — to lower their prices by significant amounts.As part of its effort, the nonprofit is protesting outside J&J offices in several countries to demand the health care giant slash the price of Sirturo by half — to $1 a day. Currently, the lowest price J&J charges for a 20-month treatment course is $1,200, or $2 a day, in countries eligible to buy the drug through the Global Drug Facility, a purchasing mechanism run by Stop TB Partnership, a United Nations program. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff GET STARTED 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. 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.center_img Ed Silverman By Ed Silverman Oct. 10, 2019 Reprints Pharmalot Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. @Pharmalot [email protected] Doctors Without Borders demands drug makers lower their prices for TB treatments Tags drug pricesinfectious diseasepharmaceuticalsSTAT+last_img read more

Laois Ladies footballer wins prestigious Player of the Month award

first_img Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Rugby Pinterest Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Pinterest Emma scored a magnificent one goal and three points in corner forward during Laois’s recent Leinster final victory over Wicklow.She also captained the Laois minor side to Leinster final glory when they overcame Wexford in May, with Emma leading by example and scoring 1-6 on the day.The Emo native is still a student in Scoil Chríost Rí, and tasted even more Leinster final success when the defeated Loreto Wexford to become Leinster schools’ senior football champions.Emma went up against Donegal’s Yvonne Bonner and Melissa Duggan from Cork for this month’s award. TAGSWGPA Twitter Laois Ladies footballer wins prestigious Player of the Month award Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Monday, July 9, 2018Next articleTimahoe NS students pave the way for Royal visit 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. WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Facebook Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home Sport GAA Laois Ladies footballer wins prestigious Player of the Month award SportGAALadies FootballLaois Senior Ladies Football Team By Siun Lennon – 9th July 2018 WhatsApp Even more success has come for the one member of the Laois Ladies football side on Sunday.Emma Lawlor, who plays for both Laois minor and intermediate teams, received the prestigious nomination earlier this week.As voted for by the publicThe St Paul’s player was won the public vote overwhelmingly on Sunday, July 9. Community Community Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’last_img read more

Our guide to the Laois Camogie final between St Brigid’s and O’Moore’s

first_img Previous articleMy Club & I: Towerhill Rovers defender Kevin Sheehan ahead of Counties Cup FinalNext articleFr Paddy: The plague of gossip Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Facebook Our guide to the Laois Camogie final between St Brigid’s and O’Moore’s Twitter News Pinterest Electric Picnic While it is the eighth time in the last nine years that O’Moore’s have reached the camogie showpiece and they will be intent on a third win.Their breakthrough year came in 2016 when they defeated Camross in the final and they beat the same opposition in 2018 for the second success.2019 was the first time since 2011 that O’Moore’s were not in the final and their group form this season suggested they would miss out again.Defeats to Camross and St Brigid’s, along with a draw with The Harps, meant that Dermot McGill’s side went into the semi final with county champions Camross as massive underdogs.Nevertheless, they won that game and will be hoping experience brings them through this afternoon.After a number of years out with injury, Laura Marie Maher’s return to full fitness has been a huge boost to O’Moore’s.She, along with McEvoy sister Alison and Jenny, Rosemarie Bermingham, Joyce Dunne and teenager Amy McKane are the main players on Dermot McGill’s side and if they all fire, they won’t be far away.St Brigid’s, who are managed by Liam Tynan, Robert Jones, Mark Dunne and Trish Bergin, come into the final as favourites after winning all of their group games and enjoying a nine-point semi final win over The Harps.They are hoping to end their wait for silverware at the top level which stretches all the way back to 2004.They have an excellent goalkeeper in Laura Dunne while Clodagh Tynan at centre back and captain Laura Finlay in defence are rock solid.Sarah Creagh and Jessica Quinlan are steady in midfield while Aisling O’Dea is flawless on frees and full forward Tara Corrigan is dangerous in front of goal.It has all the ingredients to be a brilliant match and perhaps this could be the year that St Brigid’s end their wait for glory.Verdict – St Brigid’sSEE ALSO – Check out all our camogie coverage here By Alan Hartnett – 12th September 2020 Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Home GAA Camogie Our guide to the Laois Camogie final between St Brigid’s and O’Moore’s GAACamogieSport Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datecenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role St Brigids captain Laura Finlay and OMoores captain Alison McEvoy St Brigid’s and O’Moore’s will meet in the Laois Camogie championship final on Saturday at 12.30pm in MW Hire O’Moore Park.It is the third successive year that the final has been staged at Laois GAA HQ and sees the 2019 defeated finalists meet the 2018 winners.St Brigid’s, who are made up largely of girls from Rathdowney, Errill, Clough, Ballacolla, Kilcotton and Borris-In-Ossory, are back in the showpiece and are looking to go one better after losing the decider to Camross last season. WhatsApp Electric Picnic TAGSLaois CamogieO’Moore’s v St Brigid’s last_img read more

Former mutual fund rep agrees to conditions to regain registration

first_img Related news James Langton OSC steps up crypto enforcement meeting room interior with table, raw of chairs and block-notes,decorated in black and white tones portokalis/123RF Registration proves elusive for crypto firms: FCA A former Ontario mutual fund rep has agreed to submit to a business audit and to upgrade her proficiency, along with other conditions, in order to win back her registration, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has announced.The (OSC) approved a settlement in which Anna Joanna Knight agreed to a number of conditions in order to regain registration. According to the agreement, Knight will submit to an audit of her financial planning and insurance businesses and upgrade her proficiency before seeking registration as a mutual fund rep.She also agreed to certain conditions on her registration, should the OSC grant approval.The agreement stems from a registration application, which raised concerns with OSC staff.OSC staff uncovered alleged misconduct, including usage of a pre-signed trading form and improperly selling exempt products.Rather than pursue a hearing to resolve the issue, OSC staff and Knight agreed to make a joint recommendation regarding the proposed registration application, setting out the conditions for reactivating her registration.“The terms and conditions proposed by the settlement agreement provide a means to detect or prevent future misconduct of a similar nature by Knight,” the settlement agreement states.Knight has acknowledged and regrets her misconduct, has suffered harm as a result, and co-operated with regulators in reviewing her application, the agreement adds. Keywords Registration Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Unilateral Ontario reforms could hurt harmonization, provincial regs warn Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

U.S. millennials have other priorities besides retirement

first_img Keywords Millennials,  Retirement Related news Younger homebuyers more willing to fight bidding wars: survey James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Most millennials in the U.S. are spending more on consumables such as groceries than they’re saving for retirement each month, new research finds.In fact, according to an online survey of 1,000 millennials between the ages of 22 and 37 in the U.S. conducted by research firm Pollfish, 65% reported that they are spending more on groceries each month than they’re saving for retirement; 49% are spending more in restaurants; just more than one-quarter are spending more on coffee, alcohol, or online streaming services, such as Netflix; and 11% are devoting a greater share of their income to marijuana. Overall, 37% of U.S. millennials surveyed reported that they’re not yet saving anything for retirement. However, the survey, which was commissioned by New Jersey-based fintech firm, LendEDU, also found that, the average amount among those who are saving for retirement each month is US$480.“For millennials on the younger side, $480 a month for retirement is a great start when compounding interest is taken into account,” the report states. Most Canadians aren’t planning for long-term care costs: survey Canadian firms risk missing out on young investors: study portrait of young, creative business team laughing ammentorp/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

NWC billing system being improved

first_imgRelatedNWC billing system being improved FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The National Water Commission’s (NWC) customer information system (CIS) is being upgraded to provide customers with more accurate reflections of water consumption on their bills.Chairman of Cabinet’s Infrastructure Committee, Michael Henry, told journalists at Wednesday’s (March 19) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, that a contract in the sum of US$503,067.57 has been approved and awarded to IBM World Trade Corporation for the provision of new hardware and software for the system. The project forms part of the institutional strengthening framework being effected under the Kingston Metropolitan Area Improvement Programme, and will replace the existing billing system, which the NWC has utilized for the past 15 years.Water and Housing Minister, Dr. Horace Chang, who has portfolio responsibility for the NWC, told journalists that the Commission’s current computer hardware and software are “somewhat outdated” and “from time to time, you get errors, which have caused a number of people problems.” The CIS, he said, is aimed at “upgrading the system to keep it accurate, reliable, and modern.”“It includes acquiring new meters in many areas. Many of our meters are decades old, and when we buy new ones, we actually expand (on the numbers in use), not change the old ones and that’s part of the problem that we are trying to overcome,” Dr. Chang outlined.The Minister said that the project is part of overall efforts to transform the NWC into a modern and efficient agency. “It (NWC) does some good work in spots, but its management is keen on bringing it up to make it into a full utility,” he explained.Noting that in many countries, the provision of water is a private undertaking, Dr. Chang said the NWC remained Jamaica’s sole publicly owned utility.”But it was taken off the budget some two or three years ago. In that context, it is now seeking to make itself into a modern and efficient operation, Dr. Chang said. RelatedNWC billing system being improved RelatedNWC billing system being improvedcenter_img NWC billing system being improved UncategorizedMarch 21, 2008 Advertisementslast_img read more

Kofi Annan, Former U.N. Secretary General, To Speak At CU-Boulder April 18 For Speakers Series

first_img Published: March 13, 2007 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan will visit the University of Colorado at Boulder next month to talk about cultural acceptance, the challenges he faced during his tenure and eight major goals set by the international body to meet the needs of the world’s poorest people. CU-Boulder’s Distinguished Speakers and Cultural Events boards are sponsoring the April 18 event, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Coors Events/Conference Center. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. “We are proud to bring the former secretary general to CU-Boulder,” said Taurean Davis, vice chair of the Distinguished Speakers Board. “We know the campus and surrounding communities will welcome the opportunity to hear about Annan’s experiences as an influential world leader and hear his messages of cross-cultural understanding and cooperation.” Tickets will cost $1 for CU-Boulder students, $10 for general admission and $45 for floor seating. Students can purchase tickets at the UMC Connection on the first floor of the University Memorial Center. The public can purchase tickets online at www.ticketswest.com, in person at any Denver metropolitan area King Soopers and select City Market stores, or by calling Tickets West at (866) 464-2626. The media and public will be allowed to take photos and silent film only during the first three minutes of the talk, Davis said. Annan, who along with the United Nations won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001, served as U.N. secretary general from 1997 to 2006. He was the first black African to head the New York City-based organization, whose members include 192 nations. During his tenure, Annan made his mark as an advocate for human rights, the rule of law and the revitalization of the United Nations. He also was a key player in the fight against HIV/AIDS and global terrorist threats. Born in the West African nation of Ghana in 1938, Annan studied in Ghana and Minnesota before receiving a master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The diplomat held a wide array of leadership posts at the United Nations before becoming its leader. As U.N. secretary general, Annan also worked to bolster the multilateral organization’s relationship with businesses and civil society groups, sponsoring an initiative to promote corporate social responsibility. He was instrumental in laying out the Millennium Development Goals, an eight-point strategy embraced by many nations to meet the needs of the world’s poorest populations by 2015. The goals range from cutting extreme poverty in half and increasing gender equality to reducing infant mortality, halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education. In 2005, Annan succeeded in persuading the United Nations to establish the Peacebuilding Commission and the Human Rights Council, new intergovernmental bodies dedicated to global peace and welfare. He also was a chief proponent of the creation of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. For more information about the United Nations, visit the Web site at www.un.org/english/. To learn more about CU-Boulder’s Distinguished Speakers and Cultural Events boards, go to castle.colorado.edu/dsb/ and www.colorado.edu/StudentGroups/ceb/.last_img read more