Among the highlights of the new facility are: The footprint of the college will expand by 40 percent to 210,000 square feet. A new main entrance from the interior of the university campus, rather than from Limestone as it is currently, with an atrium that will serve as the living room of the building. A 500-seat auditorium designed for special events and large lectures. A new Behavioral Research Lab. A new Finance Learning Center which includes an advanced classroom with a simulated trading environment featuring digital displays feeding real-time financial and market information. Some 20 new classrooms, including 10, 45-seat classrooms; six, 85-seat classrooms; three, 70-seat classrooms; and one, 65-seat classroom. More than 40 collaborative study or breakout rooms. An outdoor garden plaza which will serve as a gathering place for students, faculty and staff to socialize and network on nice weather days. A Special Events Hall with audio-visual components to accommodate dinners and lectures seating anywhere from 75-200 people. The dean expressed his appreciation to individual alumni, foundations, corporations and other friends of the college for their generosity. The support for our college and its bold plans for the future has been nothing short of sensational, Blackwell said. If you spend any time on the UK campus these days, you hear the word momentum a lot, and that certainly applies here. The expansion of the Gatton College will greatly contribute to the already impressive and thriving University of Kentucky campus, said Gov. Steve Beshear. Top-quality institutions not only attract first-rate students, they produce a highly educated workforce that will draw in new businesses and spur economic development in the state. UKs Gatton College of Business and Economics provided me with a strong foundation upon which to build my business career and my life, said Howard Lewis, chair of the Gatton United Campaign.
(Andrew Winning/Reuters) Related Reuters 7:08 a.m. CDT, October 14, 2013 LONDON (Reuters) – Police conducting a global search for Madeleine McCann, the British girl who disappeared in 2007, have come up with a new version of events surrounding her suspected abduction and want to question one unidentified man in particular. McCann, then aged three, went missing from her room at the Praia da Luz holiday resort in Portugal in May 2007 while her parents were dining with friends at a nearby restaurant, triggering a search that gripped the world’s media. In a statement on Sunday ahead of their most detailed TV appeal for information on the case, British police said they planned to release a series of e-fit images of individuals they want to question. “The purpose of the appeal is to try and identify these men, to eliminate any innocent sightings or to establish if they are connected in any way,” British police said. “The timeline we have now established has given new significance to sightings and movements of people.” Police said they wanted to identify one man in particular who had been seen by two witnesses in the resort area around the time of McCann’s disappearance. “Whilst this man may or may not be the key to unlocking this investigation, tracing and speaking to him is of vital importance to us,” Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood said. Working with the BBC’s Crimewatch program, police said they had put together the most detailed reconstruction of the day McCann disappeared. It is to be broadcast in Britain on Monday before similar appeals are launched in the Netherlands and Germany, they said. “Our work to date has significantly changed the timeline and the accepted version of events,” said Redwood, without giving further details. British police began their own inquiry into the disappearance in July, saying they believed McCann might still be alive. (Reporting by Andrew Osborn; Editing by David Goodman) Copyright 2013, Reuters
China: crunching the UK charm offensive
“Currently the majority of Chinese tourists opt for other European destinations as a consequence of the visa application process,” wrote Brandenburger. “Europe has laid out the red carpet to Chinese consumers.” During his visit, Osborne is trying to win over a Chinese government that has rebuffed Britain due to a meeting last year between Prime Minister David Cameron and the Dalai Lama. In a speech at Peking University on Monday, Osborne insisted “there is no country in the West more open to investment — especially from China” than Britain. “There are some in the West who see China growing and they are nervous,” he said. File picture shows Chinese tourists shopping at the luxury Harrods department store in London on Dec “They think of the world as a cake — and the bigger the slice that China takes, the smaller the slice that they will get. “I totally and utterly reject this pessimistic view. If we make the whole cake bigger, then all our peoples will benefit. “I don’t want Britain to resent China’s success, I want us to celebrate it. I don’t want us to try to resist your economic progress, I want Britain to share in it.” At the weekend a deal was announced between a Chinese construction group and British firms to develop a business district around Manchester airport, Britain’s third busiest. Meanwhile Energy Secretary Ed Davey said it was “possible we will see massive Chinese investment” in Britain’s power sector, “not just in nuclear but across the board”. Osborne is in China with London mayor Boris Johnson, who welcomed the visa plans. “When Chinese tourists come to London classically they spend very considerable sums of money — it’s good news for the city. “If it doesn’t happen it’s a missed opportunity and I don’t want to see that business going to Paris.” Beijing’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying welcomed the changes.
UK govt to ease China visa restrictions
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