The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University has named Harvard Professors Joanna Aizenberg, Leah Price, and Robert Sampson as faculty program directors of Academic Ventures. Together, these distinguished faculty members will lead new, multidisciplinary collaborations with faculty throughout the University and develop innovative programming across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences that engage scholars and the public in the work and ideas of leading theorists and practitioners.These Radcliffe Institute faculty leaders are experts in a broad array of fields and are committed to fostering efforts that cross disciplinary boundaries. As program directors, they will design and implement Radcliffe Institute’s Academic Ventures programs, which convene scholars from across Harvard University for multidisciplinary seminars and workshops and bring luminaries in the academic disciplines and the professions together for public symposia, conferences, and talks.“Harvard faculty members of this caliber add to the energy and intellectual ferment of the Radcliffe Institute. They help ensure the vitality and relevance of Academic Ventures within the University and beyond,” said Dean Barbara J. Grosz, who is also Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “Their unparalleled leadership in science, humanities, and social science will ensure that timely and provocative programs enrich the Institute, the University, and all who recognize the unique value of multidisciplinary work.” Read Full Story
The US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina has temporarily closed its whitewater rafting and kayaking attractions in the wake of a freak incident that left an 18 year-old Ohio girl dead after she came in contact with a rare, water-born amoeba while rafting at the facility.“The US National Whitewater Center has temporarily suspended whitewater rafting and whitewater kayaking,” reads a post on the USNWC’s official website. “All CoolSport activities (land and flatwater) are currently open for operation. Furthermore, all programming, including River Jam and this weekend’s 4th of July Celebration, will proceed as scheduled. We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing you this week at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.”For more info about the incident and to find out what all will remain open at the whitewater center this weekend click here.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Former Nassau County Police Department Second Deputy Commissioner William Flanagan inside Nassau County Court in January.A jury must decide whether an ex-deputy Nassau County police commissioner committed a crime when he helped return property his friend and nonprofit collaborator’s son stole from school to avoid an arrest as prosecutors allege, or if there is not enough evidence to convict him of conspiring with other cops accused of initiating the alleged cover-up, as the defense argues.Both sides made their closing arguments Thursday after jurors heard testimony from 18 witnesses, listened to dozens of emails be read into evidence and endured what observers estimated was a record number of sidebars for 12 days at county court in Mineola starting Jan. 15. Deliberations were slated to begin Friday after Judge Mark Cohen provides the jury with its instructions.“When you go hunting for the big fish, sometimes you get caught up in the hunt and you end up looking for something that’s not there,” said Bruce Barket, attorney for the defendant, William Flanagan, while discrediting the case sparked by a Press expose. “At the end of the day, the return of property is not criminal and that…is the fatal flaw with this prosecution.”Bernadette Ford, an assistant district attorney trying the case, aimed to connect the dots back to Gary Parker, who testified he asked Flanagan and his co-defendant, former Deputy Cheif of Patrol John Hunter, for help returning stolen computers–effectively dropping charges against Parker’s son, Zachary, who burglarized $11,000 in electronics from John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore four years ago.“Discretion to not arrest because of a relationship, that is an abuse of discretion,” she told the courtroom packed with law enforcement officials on either side of the case. “It’s a violation of duty.” She added, “It’s not what you did, it’s who you know, or who your father knows.”While both sides agreed that the elder Parker was not credible when testifying that school officials told him they planned to drop the charges against his son, prosecution and defense attorneys disputed whether his gifts to Flanagan were compensation for returning the property.They also disputed if Lorraine Poppe, the school’s principal, was unclear when telling police she wanted an arrest. The only testimony more debated than Parker’s and Poppe’s was that of retired Det. Bruce Coffey, who testified against Flanagan to avoid prosecution himself.Flanagan faces up to four years in prison, if convicted. Hunter and another co-defendant, retired Det. Sgt. Alan Sharpe, had their cases severed from Flanagan’s after all three pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and misconduct charges in March 2012. The younger Parker is serving prison time upstate after pleading guilty to the burglary last year.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Holtsville man was arrested on drug charges after investigators executing a search warrant found a sophisticated marijuana growing operation with dozens of pot plants and other drugs in his home on Friday, Suffolk County police said.Rolando Gomes Portal was charged with criminal possession and sale of marijuana, criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.“This is a significant blow,” Suffolk County Police Commissioner Timothy Sini said. “It doesn’t matter where you live, who you are, if you are dealing drugs in this county, the Suffolk County Police Department is coming for you.”Police said the 45-year-old suspect had about four pounds of dried marijuana, more than 80 marijuana plants, 20 grams of heroin, more than 500 Oxycodone pills, more than 1,000 Xanax, a loaded shotgun, scales and $8,000 cash in his Frances Boulevard home.Investigators also seized an air filtering system, a lighting system and water filtration system that made up a hydroponic marijuana growing system, police said.Those involved in the drug raid included Narcotics Section detectives, the Sixth Precinct Narcotics Enforcement Special Operations Team, Criminal Intelligence Section detectives and officers from the Emergency Service Section and the Sixth Precinct.Portal will be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Central Islip.
The impacts from COVID-19 have undoubtedly left an indelible imprint on our world. The pandemic has fueled a health and economic crisis that will have a long-lasting impact on customer attitudes, behaviors and purchasing habits. In reflecting on my own experiences, my attitudes toward online shopping and purchasing habits have changed. While I’ve used Amazon and other online shopping services in the past, I find myself using digital services more regularly for things like grocery shopping and prescription delivery. I even had a virtual appointment with my doctor recently. Many of us have adapted to using new tools for staying in touch, like video conferencing with friends and family, and taking up online hobbies and classes. My grandchildren are even taking taekwondo and clarinet lessons online during this stay-at-home time.After just a few months of living in a new service world, consumers are embracing the expanded role of digital commerce, which will certainly extend into credit unions’ interactions with members. The main questions for credit unions include “What are the traditional face-to-face services that members will want to perform remotely?” and “What security and compliance issues could emerge when meeting those expectations?” In the COVID-19 context, credit union leaders must strike a critical balance between security and privacy, while considering cost and convenience. While this will require thinking outside of the box, we’ve seen that remote work can not only work, but there are also several operational and cost advantages.Credit unions are now faced with new member expectations, enhanced security risks, office closures and reopening planning. The majority of credit unions I’ve spoken with predict a long-term increase in the virtual workforce. Many are also looking at alternative plans to avoid physical office expansion, freeing up capital for member-facing programs. However, these advantages don’t come without risk to the organization. This new operating model has become the focus of cybercriminals globally. Thousands of new attacks and scams are flooding the marketplace to cash in on weak spots in this new business model. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Governor Wolf to Sign Bill to Reduce High Stakes Testing October 15, 2018 Education, Press Release, Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced his intention to sign Senate Bill 1095, which reduces the reliance on high stakes testing as a graduation requirement and provides alternatives for high school students to demonstrate readiness for postsecondary success.“Preparation for 21st century success cannot be measured just by performance on high stakes tests,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “In an economy which demands multiple skill sets and includes varying educational pathways to good-paying jobs, students should have multiple ways to demonstrate that they are college and career ready. I will be proud to sign this bill which is in line with the recommendations of my Department of Education and builds off of the actions I have already taken to reduce our reliance on high stakes testing, including reducing testing time for the PSSAs for students in 3rd through 8th grade.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Image source: NMDCNational Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) from Abu Dhabi has signed an agreement with Canal Harbor and Great Projects Company (CHP), a subsidiary of the Suez Canal Authority, to become shareholders in a newly incorporated Egyptian company, named The Challenge – Egyptian Emirates Marine Dredging Company.Under the agreement, the scope of operations for the NMDC-CHP joint venture will be the execution of dredging, marine and civil engineering projects in the Arab Republic of Egypt.The contract was signed on Saturday, November 18, by Mohab Mamish, the chairman of the Suez Canal Authority and Yasser Zaghloul, NMDC CEO, in the presence of Wael Al Sayed Mohammed Gad, ambassador of Egypt to the UAE, Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, the chairman of NMDC, and a number of board members of both parties.The two parties agreed to appoint Yasser Zaghloul as the chairman of The Challenge. NMDC will own 49%, while 51% of the EEMDC shares is being held by CHP.At the signing ceremony, Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi said that this partnership is just one of the results of the continuous cooperation between Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.This agreement will support the economic development initiatives and will represent a model for the exchange of experiences and knowledge between two parties in achieving mutual benefits, concluded Yasser Zaghloul.
MailOnline 11 September 2014A mother has released the first photograph of the moment her premature daughter was born, hours before she passed away too small to survive.Emily Caines and her husband Alastair want to raise awareness of the issues surrounding neonatal death, after losing tiny Adelaide when she was just hours old.She was delivered at 24 weeks but was too small to survive.The couple’s treasured image of their daughter shows doctors bringing her into the world.The current law allows babies to be terminated up to 24 weeks gestation – the point at which Adelaide was born.Mrs Caines, 35, from Yeovil in Somerset, said: ‘Our picture shows Adelaide was not a foetus, she was a fully formed human being and to think that a baby like her could be legally terminated is to me horrifying.‘Our hospital was amazing and did all they could but Adelaide suffered complications which made it impossible for her to survive but many babies born at 24 weeks do live.‘That makes a mockery of the 24 week legal limit.’‘Our daughter may not have lived long but she was still our daughter and we love to talk about her and celebrate her life.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2752044/She-s-not-foetus-s-fully-formed-human-Heartbroken-parents-release-photo-daughter-born-abortion-limit-24-weeks-call-change-law.html
45 Views no discussions HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Spanish priest dies of Ebola by: – August 12, 2014 A health worker examines patients for Ebola inside a screening tent, at the Kenema Government Hospital situated in the Eastern Province around 300 km, (186 miles), from the capital city of Freetown in Kenema, Sierra Leone.MADRID, Spain (AP) — A Spanish missionary priest being treated for Ebola died Tuesday in a Madrid hospital amid a worldwide debate over who should get experimental Ebola treatments.After a meeting with medical experts, the World Health Organization declared it is ethical to use unproven Ebola drugs and vaccines in the current outbreak in West Africa provided the right conditions are met. Its statement, however, sidestepped the key questions of who should get the limited drugs and how that should be decided.Two more experimental Ebola treatments were reportedly heading Tuesday to Liberia to be used on two infected doctors — the first Africans to receive the untested drug.The UN health agency says 1,013 people have died so far in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and authorities have recorded 1,848 suspected or confirmed cases. The killer virus, spread by direct contact with bodily fluids like blood, diarrhea and vomit, was detected in Guinea in March and has since spread to Sierra Leone, Liberia and possibly Nigeria.Two Americans and reportedly the Spanish priest who died had gotten an experimental Ebola treatment never tested in humans. But the vast majority of Ebola victims have been Africans, and some have protested that their citizens are not getting access to the novel drugs.“We can’t afford to be passive while many more die,” said Aisha Dab, a Senegalese-Gambian journalist who was tweeting using the hashtag “GiveUsTheSerum.” ”That’s why we raise our voice for the world to hear us.”The Spanish missionary, 75-year-old Miguel Parajes, died in Madrid’s Carlos III Hospital, the hospital and his order said. The hospital would not confirm that he had been treated with the drug, but his order and Spain’s Health Ministry said earlier that he would be. His body will be cremated Wednesday to avoid any further public health risks, the hospital said.Parajes had worked for the San Juan de Dios hospital order, a Spain-based Catholic humanitarian group, and had been helping to treat people with Ebola in Liberia when he became ill and was evacuated.WHO decided it is ethical to use experimental treatments and vaccines in an ongoing outbreak even though there’s no evidence yet that these experimental drugs can actually help fight Ebola — and it is possible they could be harmful. Still, this outbreak has had about a 50 percent death rate, according to the U.N., adding urgency to the search for a treatment.“In the particular circumstances of this outbreak and provided certain conditions are met, the panel reached consensus that it is ethical to offer unproven interventions with as yet unknown efficacy and adverse effects, as potential treatment or prevention,” the agency said.The panel said “more detailed analysis and discussion” are needed to decide how to achieve fair distribution in communities and among countries, since there is an extremely limited supply of the experimental drugs and vaccines.WHO also said the world had “a moral duty” to properly collect evidence about the untested treatment’s safety and effectiveness in a proper scientific trial.West African nations are struggling to control both the deadly outbreak and the fear it has engendered. Most airlines flying in and out of the Liberian capital of Monrovia have suspended flights amid the unprecedented health crisis.The Ivory Coast, which shares borders with Liberia and Guinea, banned direct flights from those countries and said it would increase health inspections at its borders.Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf suspended all travel by executive branch officials for one month on Tuesday. She also ordered those already abroad to return home within a week “or be considered as abandoning their jobs,” according to a statement.A UK-based public relations firm representing Liberia said the experimental Ebola treatment would be arriving within the next 48 hours to treat the two Liberian physicians.“The two doctors gave their consent, themselves being medical professionals, for the drug to be administered,” the statement said. “The drugmaker has agreed to supply a sufficient amount of this drug only for these two patients.”Turkey’s health ministry, meanwhile, said a passenger from Nigeria was hospitalized Tuesday after arriving at Istanbul airport with a high fever. It said medical workers did not know if she had Ebola but were taking precautions. The Turkish Airlines plane, which was supposed to travel onto Barcelona, was being disinfected.Associated Press
Bryant spent 20 years playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, where he became a five-time NBA champion, but it was in Italy where he learned the fundamentals of the game after moving there when he was six years old. Bryant’s father moved to Italy to play professional basketball and his son picked up the sport, learning the basics with a kids’ basketball team. Their request has been denied by the Lega Calcio – but Goal’s report claims AC Milan plan to wear black armbands anyway, even without approval.Bryant, who spent more than seven years of his childhood in Italy, was a huge AC Milan supporter. When he met with Thierry Henry in 2016, the American revealed that his favourite player growing up was Marco van Basten. “I grew up a huge AC Milan fan that was my team,” Bryant said, per the Independent. “I was right there with Van Basten, [Frank] Rijkaard, [Ruud] Gullit, [Paolo] Maldini was just getting started and we had [Franco] Baresi. That was my team.”Advertisement Loading… Read Also: Kobe Bryant: Three of the nine victims bodies recovered from crash site “Passing, screening, moving off the ball, shooting. All the basics,” Bryant told online basketball publication SLAM last September. “And if we did scrimmage, we’d scrimmage full court, no dribbles allowed. “So that set the foundation for me for how I came to understand the game, and how I now teach the game.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 AC Milan’s desire to honour Kobe Bryant in their Coppa Italia game against Torino on Tuesday evening has been rejected by Italian football’s governing bodies, according to Goal. The Serie A giants wanted to pay homage to the NBA legend, who died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, by wearing black armbands. Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?