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Faculty elected to National Academy of Sciences

first_imgThe National Academy of Sciences announced today the election of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates. Members are elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.Those elected from Harvard include Myles A. Brown, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and director of the Center for Functional Cancer Epigenetics at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Oliver Hart, Andrew E. Furer Professor of Economics: Hopi E. Hoekstra, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the curator of mammals at the Museum of Comparative Zoology; Robert E. Kingston, professor and vice chair of the Department of Genetics at HMS and chief of the Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital; and Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology.The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution that was established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. It recognizes achievement in science by election to membership, and, with the National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Medicine, provides science, technology, and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations.last_img read more

8 Things the Chief Lending Officer needs to be successful

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Lending is the primary revenue generator in a credit union. To be expert at generating this revenue, lenders have the following needs and more:A loan origination system that works seamlessly for the memberEasy handoffs throughout the lending process to underwriters, processors and fundersAbility to monitor and act on delinquenciesAbility to monitor the loan pipeline and learn about loans approved and not funded, exactly where members get lost or drop out of the loan application processMonitor loan quality, credit risk and complianceShorten the timeline between application and fundingMonitor loan officer performance and productivity continue reading »last_img read more

Turning Safestore from a property business into a retail success

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Coronavirus pandemic ‘could be over by June’ if countries act, says Chinese adviser

first_img“Broadly speaking, the peak of the epidemic has passed for China,” said Mi Feng, a spokesman for the National Health Commission. “The increase of new cases is falling.”Zhong Nanshan, the government’s senior medical adviser, told reporters that as long as countries take the outbreak seriously and are prepared to take firm measures, it could be over worldwide in a matter of months.”My advice is calling for all countries to follow WHO instructions and intervene on a national scale,” he said. “If all countries could get mobilized, it could be over by June.”Speaking to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, President Xi Jinping similarly expressed confidence, state television reported. The global coronavirus pandemic could be over by June if countries mobilize to fight it, a senior Chinese medical adviser said on Thursday, as China declared the peak had passed there and new cases in Hubei fell to single digits for the first time.Around two-thirds of global cases of the coronavirus have been recorded in China’s central Hubei province, where the virus first emerged in December. But in recent weeks the vast majority of new cases have been outside China.Chinese authorities credit strict measures they have taken, including placing Hubei under near total lockdown, with preventing big outbreaks in other cities, and say other countries should learn from their efforts. “After hard work, China has shown a trend of continuous improvement in epidemic prevention and control,” the report cited Xi as saying.”I am confident that the Chinese people will be able to overcome this epidemic and achieve their intended economic and social development goals.”Zhong, an 83-year-old epidemiologist renowned for helping combat the SARS outbreak in 2003, said viruses in the same family typically became less active in warm months.”My estimate of June is based on scenarios that all countries take positive measures.”Later on Thursday, Zhong held a teleconference with a group of US medical experts, including from Harvard University, state television reported.Zhong and his team shared their experiences of quickly testing and containing the virus, difficulties in treatment, and cooperation in clinical research, the report added.The United States is now facing its own virus crisis as the number of infected people rises.With the marked slowdown of the spread of the virus in China, more businesses have reopened, with authorities cautiously easing strict containment measures.Hubei province announced a further loosening of travel restrictions and will also allow some industries to resume production.Hubei’s economy, driven by manufacturing and trade, including a sizable auto sector in the provincial capital, Wuhan, had been virtually shut down since Jan. 23.While the virus is spreading quickly globally, its progress in China has slowed markedly in the past seven days. In all, 15 new cases were recorded in mainland China on Wednesday, down from 24 the day before. Seven of the new cases were outside Hubei, including six imported from abroad.While only 85 of the cases in China have come from abroad, the rising number of such incidences has prompted authorities to shift their focus on containing the risk of imported cases.The total number of cases recorded in mainland China was 80,793. As of Tuesday, 62,793 people had recovered and been discharged from hospital, or nearly 80% of the infections.In Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, 34,094 patients had been discharged from hospitals, but over half were still under observation at so-called “recovery stops” – quarantine venues repurposed from hotels and student dormitories.Hubei’s health authority said the post-discharge quarantine was a precautionary measure, after a few discharged patients tested positive again.As of the end of Wednesday, the death toll in mainland China had reached 3,169, up by 11 from the previous day. Hubei accounted for 10 of the new deaths, including seven in Wuhan.China is focusing on restarting factories and businesses hit by the containment policies. Factory activity plunged to its worst level on record in February, and while more businesses have reopened in recent weeks as containment measures have been eased, analysts do not expect activity to return to normal until April.Airlines have been hit particularly hard. China’s airlines reported total losses of 20.96 billion yuan (US$3 billion) in February. The total number of airline passengers fell 84.5% year-on-year last month, China’s aviation regulator said.Topics :last_img read more

Eldest son of Brazil’s president tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgBrazilian Senator Flavio Bolsonaro, the eldest son of president Jair Bolsonaro, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to a statement by Flavio’s spokesman.Flavio has no symptoms of COVID-19 and is at home, it said, adding he has started taking chloroquine and azithromycin as part of a treatment against the virus.President Bolsonaro is a big supporter of chloroquine, a drug used to treat malaria, despite the lack of solid evidence it works against the disease.Bolsonaro himself caught the virus earlier, as well as his wife Michelle Bolsonaro and his youngest son, Jair Renan. Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil edging closer to Fenerbahce move with January loan switch ‘very close’

first_imgAdvertisement Ozil cuts a forlorn figure at the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)His unfortunate run in north London could be coming to an end, with Turkish publication Fotomac reporting that a January loan move to Fenerbahce is ‘very close’ for Ozil.AdvertisementAdvertisementThis would see the playmaker move to the Istanbul club until the end of the season at least, although his Arsenal future would still be up in the air as his contract at the Emirates runs until the summer of 2021.Fenerbahce have been interested in signing Ozil before, but his deal at the Gunners has been prohibitive for any move as he earns an enormous £350,000-a-week.There were talks of him making the switch over the summer, but the Turkish side admitted that they could simply not afford to sign him.‘Mesut Ozil, with his career and standing, successfully represents our country abroad,’ read a club statement in July.‘He is an important value known with the identity of Fenerbahce.‘However, Fenerbahce does not have a proposal for Mesut Ozil. Under the current economic conditions, such a step is not possible for both parties.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Our president, Ali Koc, made statements on the subject in the WinWin program held on June 20 and emphasised that this could not be realised in the short term.’Arsenal are set to appoint Mikel Arteta as their new manager in the extremely near future and Ozil’s future will be influenced by the Spaniard.If Arteta is keen to keep him around then any deal could be taken off the table, although the board do want to shed the vast wages of the under-performing star.MORE: Arsene Wenger questions Arsenal board as he compares his former club to LiverpoolMORE: Arsenal players could be sold if they get on the wrong side of Mikel Arteta, says Alan Stubbs Mesut Ozil could be leaving Arsenal in a matter of weeks (Picture: Getty Images)Mesut Ozil is ‘very close’ to leaving Arsenal on loan for Fenerbahce in January, according to reports in Turkey.The 31-year-old’s difficulties at the Emirates have not eased since the departure of Unai Emery from the dugout, with his form and demeanor still far from where Gunners fans would want them to be.The Germany international last scored for Arsenal in April and has found the back of the net just twice in all of 2019 as he has often struggled to get into the first team.Interim boss Freddie Ljungberg has shown some faith in Ozil, but his troubles were clear when he was substituted against Manchester City in his last outing and kicked his gloves along the touchline.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Dec 2019 7:52 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.1kShares Arsenal star Mesut Ozil edging closer to Fenerbahce move with January loan switch ‘very close’last_img read more

Penthouse sells off-the-plan for $2.8m in sweet deal

first_imgThe apartment will be a top spot to watch the fireworksMr Caulfield said Balmoral was known for having high-net worth individuals and flashy houses, but luxury apartments were not as common.He said another apartment in an older building nearby had sold for $3.35 million last year, suggesting there was a hunger for quality units in the prestige suburb. RENDERS: A penthouse at 47 Collings Street at Balmoral has sold off-the-plan for $2.8 millionA luxurious penthouse has sold off-the-plan in Balmoral for $2.8 million, in a deal the agent says is a sure sign the prestige apartment market is looking pretty sweet.The Courier Mail understands that the penthouse has sold to a young professional couple with local business interests. The showpiece kitchens will have a full suite of Miele appliances, timeless joinery and will feature stone and tiling, with each unit boasting two or three car accommodation side-by-side within the secure garage and direct lift access.There is also a private wine cellar for each apartment, with the remaining residences on the market for $2 million and $2.5 million respectively. The building is being developed by ZD Projects, with construction expected to be completed before Christmas.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoEach residence has been designed with a “dual personality”, balancing “contemporary opulence … with supreme functionality”. Each apartment has soaring high ceilings, large outdoor terraces and modernist themes, including an emphasis on open living. There are three bedrooms in each residence, each with private walk-through robes and ensuites with brass fittings, freestanding bathtubs, and beautiful tiling. A render showing the rear of the penthouse, which has its own pool and terrace. Place Kangaroo Point agent Simon Caulfield said the penthouse was one of only three residences within the boutique development at 47 Collings Street.“We didn’t expect to sell it to a couple as young as they are,” Mr Caulfield said.“They wanted that space and those views … they have their own pool and terrace.” .last_img read more

Hong Kong, UK Agree on Stronger Maritime Ties

first_imgRepresentatives of the British and Hong Kong maritime business sectors have signed an agreement to forge a closer working relationship.Under the Memorandum of Understanding, signed on September 12 during London International Shipping Week, Maritime London and the Hong Kong Maritime & Port Board (HKMPB) will co-operate in a range of areas including promotional activity, training and sharing of best practice for maritime business services.“Both the UK and Hong Kong look beyond their borders and provide world beating maritime expertise to global shipowners, traders and charterers. This agreement is designed to help both London and Hong Kong businesses collaborate and prosper with the support of their respective representative bodies,” Lord Mountevans, Maritime London Chairman, said.London and Hong Kong are key international shipping and trading hubs with “a shared outward looking and entrepreneurial spirit. Both serve regions beyond their own borders and both have an exciting future,” Chan Fan, Frank, JP, Secretary for Transport & Housing, Hong Kong Government, said.“We are delighted by the prospect of a closer working relationship than ever before,” Chan added.Trading and logistics are a major economic pillar for Hong Kong, accounting for 22% of its GDP, while the UK maritime business services sector, which includes shipbroking, financial, legal, education and insurance services, contributes GBP 3.5 billion to the UK economy.last_img read more

Allison Samuel receives regional testing day award

first_img 566 Views   4 comments HealthLifestyleLocalNewsRegional Allison Samuel receives regional testing day award by: – June 3, 2017 Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Allison Samuel receiving the regional awardPress ReleaseCoordinator of the Dominica National HIV/AIDS Response Program, Allison Samuel was presented with the 10th Anniversary Regional Testing Day Most Improved Award during the Regional Testing Day Awards Ceremony and Media Launch on Friday May 26th, 2017 at the Hilton Barbados Resort in Bridgetown Barbados. Miss Samuels was recognized for her winning approach that has reaped benefits of many more Dominicans knowing their HIV status. This has resulted in the dramatic increase in the numbers of people tested in Dominica from 90 in 2015 to 800 in 2016. Thirty-three (33) awards were presented to organizations and individuals from across the Caribbean who have worked tirelessly over the last ten years in support of Regional Testing Day (RTD) activities. The milestone tenth Anniversary of Regional Testing Day for HIV AIDS in the Caribbean was also launched at this glittering event. LIVE UP: The Caribbean Media Alliance presented awards to 21 individuals and 12 organizations as part of its continued promotion of its unique media brand, addressing HIV and issues of human rights and social justice in the Caribbean. The awardees hailed from St. Lucia, Jamaica Belize, Haiti, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Kitts-Nevis, Dominica and the British Virgin Islands. The 10th anniversary Regional Testing Day will be on June 30th and is preceded by a one month campaign (launched on May 26th) to raise public awareness. The campaign includes interviews on Radio and TV stations across the region and PSAs anchored by the popular local jingle which has been refreshed and remixed by overwhelming request, with Bajan talent in LIVE UP Champions: Biggie Irie, a Groovy Soca Monarch, Mahalia Cummins from the dynamic Bajan band Two Mile Hill, and Tamara Marshall formerly with Spice Band. The target for the RTD 10th anniversary in 2017 is a total of one hundred thousand (100,000) people in the Caribbean tested over 10 years of RTD. In 2016, over twenty thousand (20,000) people were tested in 20 countries. Regional Testing Day has been organised by LIVE UP: The Caribbean Media Alliance for the last ten years, with the support of strategic partners Scotiabank, PANCAP, Ministries and Departments of Health and National AIDS Programmes (NAPs). These entities continue to support the innovative and successful Public/Private Partnership Initiative Regional Testing Day jointly introduced in 2008. The LIVE UP Campaign has become a regional movement and achieved one of the most important health and humanitarian goals ever established across our countries in the region. Member broadcasters have contributed by donating free airtime to messaging and programming, which fall under the “LIVE UP” banner. An estimated US$25 Million has been contributed in annual airtime so far. The impact of media support in general as well as Social Media on the RTD campaign has proven beneficial with the Facebook data collected from our LIVE UP Facebook Page showing the use of social media by younger audiences to get information about Regional Testing Day. Share Tweetlast_img read more

Child found in hot car while mom was with DCS

first_imgAnderson, IN—A woman is charged with neglect of a dependent for leaving her child in a hot car whilst being interviewed by the Department of Child Services.27-year-old Jennifer Ost of Milroy gave birth to a boy on Friday, July 12 at Decatur County Memorial Hospital and signed him out against medical advice. court documents say she was talking to DCS on Tuesday at Community Hospital in Anderson due to this.Police say the newborn was getting an exam nearly 2 hours before they were called to the parking lot on reports of another small child in a car. Hospital police responded and observed a male child watching a movie on a cell phone.Police noted that it was 86 degrees outside, all of the vehicle’s windows were closed and the child was extremely wet from sweating. After running the license plate, police determined that the child belonged to Ost.When questioned, Ost claimed that the child did not want to come into the appointment with her, so she decided to leave him in the car. Both children were taken into DCS care according to court documents.last_img read more