first_img Read Full Story Exposure to diesel exhaust on the job appears to raise the risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fatal neurodegenerative disease, according to Aisha Dickerson, a Yerby Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.Dickerson was one of seven Fellows who presented their research at the Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Symposium, held Feb. 26, 2018 at Harvard Chan School.Named for Dr. Alonzo Smyth Yerby, an African American pioneer in public health, the Yerby Program aims to advance the intellectual and professional development of its Fellows. The program has trained more than 50 Fellows since its inception in 2001. It is directed by Christina Burkot, senior search and review officer, and overseen by Betty Johnson, assistant dean for faculty and staff diversity, development and leadership.Meredith Rosenthal, senior associate dean for academic affairs, and Karen Emmons, dean for academic affairs, gave opening remarks. Rosenthal called it “a gem in our efforts to diversify the faculty and invest in the next generation of public health researchers.”Dickerson described how she and colleagues—including her mentor, Marc Weisskopf, professor of environmental and occupational epidemiology—used national data from Denmark to identify 1,639 patients with ALS. They then estimated the ALS patients’ exposure to diesel exhaust based on their employment history and compared that information with 100 others of the same age and sex who did not have ALS.They found that anyone ever exposed to diesel exhaust through their work had 17 percent higher odds of getting ALS. The greater the exposure to diesel exhaust, the greater the risk.Six other Fellows presented at the symposium:Maria Andrée López Gomez talked about her work at Harvard Chan School’s Center for Work, Health and Well-Being. Her research has suggested that mental health issues could be a risk factor for occupational injury.Carlos Giovanni Silva-García, who conducts research in William Mair’s lab in the Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases, discussed his study of the role of a protein called CRTC-1 in lipid metabolism and how that impacts the aging process.Loren Saulsberry, a Fellow in the Department of Health Policy and Management, discussed the impact of breast density notification laws on the use of supplemental breast imaging and breast biopsies. Some states require women be notified if mammograms reveal that they “dense breasts,” because mammograms may fail to detect tumors in dense tissue.Ambika Satija, who works with Department of Nutrition chair Frank Hu, talked about their research comparing the effects of healthy vs. less healthy types of plant-based diets on cardiometabolic health.Özge Karanfil, a fellow in the Department of Global Health and Population, discussed her work on how changing guidelines for health screening tests—such as mammograms, pap smears, and PSA tests for prostate cancer—impact clinical practice.Tia McGill Rogers, who does research on trauma epidemiology with Karestan Koenen, professor of psychiatric epidemiology, talked about how the prevalence of “complex trauma”—trauma that is pervasive, prolonged, and often repetitive, and linked with undermining primary caregiver relationships—affects children’s health over time.– Karen Feldscherlast_img read more

first_imgHurricane Harvey swept through Texas and parts of Louisiana on Aug. 28, leaving flooding and devastation in its wake that displaced thousands, including many members of the Notre Dame family.As has been the custom with most natural disasters affecting University students, Notre Dame student government responded with support for those affected. Friday, student government hosted a Grotto prayer service. Continuing their efforts, on September 1st they launched a ten-day fundraising campaign to raise money for a donation to Catholic Relief Services.“In the past, it’s usually been standing in solidarity, doing a Grotto prayer service — which we did — but we wanted to take it to the next level and show that we really are supporting everybody, from the students here to their families back home,” Alex Kruszewski, student government executive controller, said.To generate awareness for the fundraiser, student government has been running a social media campaign using #staNDwithHouston on its Facebook group.“The hashtag we are using to do the fundraising is #staNDwithHouston, but we acknowledge that there are many areas in Southern Texas and Louisiana that were also affected greatly by the hurricane,” Becca Blais, student body president, said. “That’s why we chose such a national organization to donate the money to, so that that money can be distributed to all of the affected areas.”Prathm Juneja, student government chief of staff, said that the idea for the fundraising campaign came about as a way to pledge support for all members of the Notre Dame family who may have lost friends, families or their homes in this tragedy.“We are praying every day for a quick and safe recovery,” Juneja said. “While the money we may raise will only be a drop in the bucket of the billions of dollars needed for recovery, every cent counts, and we hope to continue be there for our peers in any way possible.”Student government is pleased with the amount of support they have already received for the campaign, Kruszewski said, but are looking forward to more opportunities to fundraise at the Georgia game. They are currently working with the University of Georgia student government to coordinate efforts, Kruszewski said.“The big push is to target alumni, get this out to alumni clubs and families and reach a national scope rather than just asking students to donate,” Kruszewski said. “We are more asking students to share the campaign to get the word out there.”Students can spread the word through a campus-wide Snapchat filter that will be available on game day.“It’s really cool to see that we can make a changeful impact for the students that this is actually affecting,” Kruszewki said. “That’s the biggest thing for us, to actually show them that we are standing with them, that we can pull together — and it’s cliche, Notre Dame uses this phrase — but that we can actually be a change for good in the country.”Junior Dan Guerrero, one of the students affected by Hurricane Harvey, grew up in the Houston area. He is thankful his family was able to escape to safety, but feels helpless seeing pictures of familiar places severely flooded.Guerrero shared his personal story at the Grotto prayer service and has been helping student government raise awareness. The reaction of the Notre Dame community, and the rest of the nation, has helped him see a silver lining in the midst of tragedy, Guerrero said.“We see the true nature of society, people helping each other out no matter who they are, what age,” Guerrero said.  “From student government to a bunch of different clubs that came to the Texas club saying, ‘whatever you need we’ll help you out,’ it’s been incredible. That extends to the rest of the country in general — willing to do anything they can to help a complete stranger.”Kruszewski said that this initiative is in line with this administration’s goal of “flipping student government on its head,” making it more student-centered. He hopes that tangible impacts like the Hurricane Harvey fundraising campaign will make students feel comfortable stopping by the student government office with other issues that affect them personally.“Yes, we’re helping the victims of hurricane Harvey and really making an impact for those people, but for anybody that has these tangible impacts that happen to them back home, student government is the place that they can come,” Kruszewski said.last_img read more

first_img Love Letters Alan Alda and Candice Bergen begin their limited run in the Broadway revival of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters on November 9, taking over from Brian Dennehy and Carol Burnett. Directed by Gregory Mosher, the pair will appear at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre through December 5. They will be followed by casts of stars in strictly limited engagements that include Anjelica Huston, Stacy Keach, Diana Rigg and Martin Sheen. Love Letters is a funny and emotional portrait about the powerful connection of love. Two friends, rebellious Melissa Gardner and straight-arrow Andrew Makepeace Ladd III have exchanged notes, cards and letters with each other for over 50 years. From second grade, through summer vacations, to college, and well into adulthood, they have spent a lifetime discussing their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, and victories and defeats. But long after the letters are done, the real question remains: Have they made the right choices or is the love of their life only a letter away? The production has also previously starred Mia Farrow. Keach and Rigg will play December 6 through January 9, 2015. Huston and Sheen will then play January 10 through February 15. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2014 View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgJoint venture to build 500MW of wind and solar capacity in Bangladesh by 2023 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Business Standard:Bangladesh-China Power Company Limited (BCPCL), a joint venture of North West Power Generation Company Ltd (NWPGCL) and China National Machinery Import and Export Corporation (CMC), is going to implement renewable energy projects with a target to generate 500 megawatts (MW) of electricity across the country by 2023.As part of the initiative, they signed a joint-venture agreement to form a company named Bangladesh-China Power Company Ltd (Renewable) on Tuesday.In the newly formed joint venture, NWPGCL and CMC will be investing equal amounts of capital. The authorised capital of the joint-venture company is Tk1,000 crore while the paid-up capital is Tk16 crore.BCPCL (Renewable) will implement three solar plants – Pabna 60MW, Sirajganj 100MW and Jamuna 125MW – and one wind plant. The wind plant with a capacity of 50MW has been planned to be set up in Payra of Patuakhali. Apart from these, solar and wind plants having 165MW capacity will be implemented in different areas of the country which are yet to be finalised.State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said the planned projects will help the government meet the target to generate 10 percent of energy from renewable sources.More: Bangladesh-China Power Company to implement 500MW renewable energy projectslast_img read more

first_imgIn the 20th anniversary edition of the Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, Jordan Campbell (writer, filmmaker, and Marmot ambassador athlete) provided some stellar thoughts on what the next 20 years will hold for the outdoors at large.  One comment spoke volumes about how stewards of the outdoors will be further encouraged to think and approach their existence:“The marriage of adventure with altruism will continue to play a more significant role in the 21st century.  Giving back to underserved populations across the globe is part of a new moral imperative in the outdoor adventure space.  It is no longer a sidebar activity for a dedicated few; rather it has become an end unto itself and part of the adventure space.”Let that sink in a bit.  Being an outdoor enthusiast often invokes a strong sense of community.  Issues that people in this community fight for and feel passionate about go far beyond the reach of any one individual. We collectively need each other to compete, protect wilderness, and navigate space in a multitude of forms.  Outdoor adventure enthusiasts are some of the most committed people I’ve ever met.  That can take shape in raising money and awareness for causes, training for races or events, creating fulfilling careers and businesses around their interests, or just getting outside and playing as much as possible.  It’s a beautiful thing, and I live in an amazing area of Virginia that makes it easy.As much as I love my native land, I love to travel even more.  When I plan trips, I always balance city time with outdoor/nature time.  By doing this, my family and I get to experience contrasting cultures within any one country.  As part of my upcoming trip planning, I have decided to try to make it a priority next year to visit a dear friend that currently lives in Tanzania, and of course I am coupling this with a race.  I used to travel a lot more, and my family and I still try to go beyond U.S. borders at least once a year.With less time dedicated to travel, I have increasingly become calculated and introspective about what I want to get out of a trip.  To Mr. Campbell’s point, this often leads to how I can give back/up/outward.  Beyond visiting a good friend, and running an amazing race, Tanzania is quite unexpected for me as a travel destination.  I thought we might take the kids on safari there when they are much older, but never imagined going to that region of the world so soon.  My college roommate happens to be posted there through USAID, and I’m at a good place in life where this type of trip can really be meaningful.  So I started to dig into that question: how meaningful and in what form?To a certain degree, I believe in fortuitous circumstances.  My friend and I used to run a lot in college together, and over the years have supported each other in running via long distance encouragement: emails and phone calls asking about race results, discussing the challenges of post-partum running, relishing in the joy of getting out of the house for even 30 minutes when you have kids under the age of 5.When she moved to Tanzania, we jokingly kicked around the idea of running a race there together.  Then I got to the point where I said, why not?  I was doing well with my running and training, had joined the BRO athlete team and wanted to start a charitable initiative at my work, so it seemed feasible that this trip could happen.  We talked about causes and organizations that I could try to support leading up to my trip, and running the Kilimanjaro marathon as the culmination of this effort.  One of the causes we discussed is the maternal mortality rate in Tanzania.A few days later at work, our team was watching the latest Apple release, and Christy Turlington-Burns was on promoting her non-profit, Every Mother Counts (EMC).  She had been the first person to use and wear an Apple Watch for training and racing…in the Kilimanjaro half marathon.  It all clicked.  I had a great trip to take to see an old friend, and now had learned about an established charity to support in my effort to give something back.  This trip planning is still in its infancy (and TBD, though I do hope to be able to make it happen!), but I have since become a Running Ambassador for Every Mother Counts.  I will be running at least four local races to raise funds and awareness for EMC, and welcome any others that want to run/walk in these races with me.  You can reach me here!Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 3.58.53 PMTo come full circle, we do live in an area that makes our love of the outdoors and associated adventures easy to access and enjoy.  Some others live in areas where this abundance of outdoor space and remoteness is a breaking point that can be the difference between life and death.  For these mothers and mothers –to – be, “access” to the outdoors can kill.  Many women live miles away from healthcare providers and facilities, with extremely limited access to transportation.  Every Mother Counts uses running as a symbolic gesture to indicate that distance is a huge barrier for these women: “In some parts of the world, it’s not uncommon for women to travel as far as 26 miles to reach emergency care, even when in labor.”   Without transportation, this is a huge hurdle.  Every Mother Counts epitomizes the outdoor adventure community’s nuptials with altruism.   It’s our turn and our privilege to give back.  Won’t you come with me?last_img read more

first_img“What you appear to have here is a lone actor and they are obviously particularly hard to detect,” said Jonathan Hall, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, whose job is to inform public debate on security laws.”If, as has been reported, the individual is suffering from poor mental health that is a particularly difficult area,” he added.When asked about the reports of the assailant being already on authorities’ radar, Britain’s Security Minister James Brokenshire said the government did not comment on intelligence matters.Teacher James Furlong, 36, is the only victim to have been named so far. “James was a wonderful man. He was beautiful, intelligent, honest and fun,” his parents said in a statement.The attack was reminiscent of some recent incidents in Britain that authorities also considered to be terrorism.In February, police shot dead a man, previously jailed for promoting violent Islamist material, who had stabbed two people on a busy street in south London. Last November, another man who had been jailed for terrorism offences stabbed two people to death on London Bridge before he too was shot dead by police. Topics : A Western security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters that the arrested man was a 25-year-old Libyan called Khairi Saadallah. Police have not named the suspect though they confirmed the arrest of a 25-year-old man.The security source said Saadallah had come across the radar of Britain’s domestic security agency MI5 last year over intelligence he had aspirations to travel for extremist purposes, although his plans then came to nothing.Reading, which is about 40 miles (65 km) west of London, said a minute’s silence would be held at 0900 GMT.”Lone actor”center_img Mourners were to hold a minute’s silence in the English town of Reading on Monday for the victims of a stabbing that killed three people in the latest attack authorities attributed to terrorism.Three people were also injured when a man wielding a five-inch knife went on the rampage on Saturday in a park in the southern town, stabbing people at random who were enjoying a sunny, summer evening.Describing the incident as an atrocity and terrorism, police say they have detained one man and are not hunting others.last_img read more

first_imgAn artist impression of the new University of the Sunshine Coast Moreton Bay Campus due to open in Petrie in 2020.The USC Moreton Bay campus due to open in Petrie this year is helping to drive interest in the Pine Rivers real estate market and buyer activity is only going to increase, a local real estate experts has said. According to data from Core Logic, more than half the suburbs in the Pine River Press catchment have seen median house price growth in 2019 while all but Dakabin have seen an increase in the average house price in the past three years. The standout performer of 2019 was Dayboro where the median house price was up 16.9 per cent to $591,000. USC chief operating officer Scott Snyder shows off laboratory space at the Moreton Bay campus in Petrie. Picture: Marcel Baum.Clear Mountain came in second with an increase of 16.3 per cent to $802,250 while Cashmere was up 5.4 per cent to $769,450. David Deane Real Estate Strathpine sales director Mark Rumsey said the Pine Rivers property market had been solid in 2019. “(It) did get affected early in the year with the fallout from the banking royal commission lending crackdown and federal election but has been picking up confidence steadily since,” he said.“There has been a lot of investor activity due to the university and first home buyers have been solid with interest rates at such record lows.” Mark Rumsey of David Deane Real Estate. Picture: supplied.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoMr Rumsey said Strathpine, Lawnton, Bray Park and Petrie were the strongest suburbs for sales in 2019, all getting high interest courtesy of the university and subsequent development coming in to support it. “We are so close to the bay, country regions, the north and south coasts, 25 minutes to the city, and have a median house price of only $425,000 with properties with big blocks and great value for money,” he said.Mr Rumsey predicted 2020 would be an even better year for real estate in the region. “The new first homebuyer incentives, possible interest rate drops, Petrie university opening and Brisbane’s second runway will see our area and Brisbane as a whole have a very good year of growth,” he said. “We are very excited about how our region is developing and some of the exciting new projects coming alive.”last_img read more

first_img Vacancies in suburbs such as Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach rose sharply during the COVID-19 period.Andrew Henderson, Gold Coast Zone Chair for the Real Estate Industry of Queensland, said vacancy rates for long-term residential rentals on the Gold Coast are the highest he’s ever seen.“A lot of Airbnb and short-term holiday lets have gone into the permanent rental pool,” he said.“That has created an oversupply in some areas which is compounded by the loss of jobs in hospitality, tourism and retail.” Related news: Rents slashed on luxury Gold Coast holiday homes Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:01Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:01 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptions (En-AU)Quality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCoronavirus: Inside Australia’s renting crisis03:01The Gold Coast residential rental market is among the hardest hit in Australia with new data showing a surge in vacancies during the COVID-19 crisis.Rental listings on the Gold Coast jumped by 12.5 per cent between the weeks ending March 22 and 26 April, well above the national average of 0.8 per cent, according to CoreLogic. Nationally, inner-city regions of Melbourne and Sydney took the biggest blows, with rental listings having risen over the same period by 36.2 per cent and 34.1 per cent respectively. Suburbs which rely on industries most heavily impacted by COVID-19, such as Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, are the most susceptible.John Newlands, Principal of Professionals Surfers Paradise, said the majority of those vacating had lost work in tourism and hospitality as well as students who returned home due to COVID-19.“A good 10 per cent of vacancies on our rent roll are due to those events,” he said.“As an agent you don’t want to lose those properties from the rent roll so what we’ve done is put more resources into showing those properties more frequently to replace those people who have gone.”High vacancies have had a flow-on effect on rental prices.Analysis by shows median rental prices for units on the Gold Coast plunged -27% over the month from 22 March to 27 April, while housing rentals fared better at 7%. Some landlords have discounted weekly rents while others are offering sweeteners, such as a week’s free rent, in a bid to secure new tenants.More from news02:37Gold Coast real estate: Custodian CEO John Fitzgerald urges Australians to buy more property now16 Sep 202002:37How COVID has changed spring buyer wishlists5 Sep 2020“Some owners are negotiating an outcome that will work for both parties because a lot of landlords are also in situations where they’ve lost their job as well,” Mr Newlands said.But the impact may be short-lived, with Job Keeper payments providing financial relief and COVID-19 restrictions starting to ease across the State.“Now that Job Keeper payments have kicked in, that will start to stabilise the market,” Mr Henderson said.“Once we get hospitality open and tourism picks up once the borders reopen we’ll start to see a positive change flow through.”In the long-term, Mr Henderson said the Gold Coast will likely reap the benefits of significantly increased interstate migration following COVID-19.“People now know they can work from home successfully and realise they may as well live somewhere with a better lifestyle,” he said.“We may be taking a hit now but I believe the mobility of the workforce will fill that gap down the track.”last_img read more

first_img 122 Views   no discussions BusinessInternationalLifestyleLocalNews Secret Bay Contending for Travel + Leisure’s 2020 Top Caribbean Hotel by: – February 17, 2020 We’re excited to share that Dominica and Secret Bay are being considered as a ‘Top Caribbean Destination’ and ‘Top Caribbean Hotel’ in Travel + Leisure’s “2020 World’s Best Awards.”Together, let’s earn top recognition for Dominica by selecting our country as the best destination. We would be further grateful if you select Secret Bay as the best hotel. The resort claimed a top 10 spot in the “2019 World’s Best Awards” in the ‘Top 25 Resort Hotels in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas’ category, and is aiming to be number one this year.There are two ways to vote: One is to email with subject line: ‘T+L World’s Best Awards Giveaway’ and in the body of the email, include: Country Destination: Dominica, Hotel: Secret Bay, along with your name and address. Or take the survey by visiting:, following the prompts and ultimately selecting ‘Dominica’ then ‘Secret Bay.’ See full survey instructions below.Voting Instructions by Survey:Visit “continue,” then follow prompts to register login and enter biographical infoWhen asked which regions you have traveled to within the past 3 years, select “Caribbean”When asked which countries you have traveled to within the past 3 years, select “Dominica”When asked which categories you would like to rate, select “Islands” and “Hotels”Click “select items to rate,” then follow the prompts to cast your vote for Dominica and Secret BayAbout Secret Bay Secret Bay features a limited collection of six freestanding, secluded and sustainably-crafted villas that are immersed in nature and positioned on a breathtaking clifftop overlooking the azure Caribbean Sea. Offering a wealth of transformational experiences, fine dining, wellness facilities, architectural residential-style villas, and night and day access to remote beaches, Secret Bay provides guests with the ultimate six-star hideaway experience. Secret Bay, recently accepted into Relais & Châteaux, the most prestigious association of luxury hotels and restaurants in the world, is the first and only property in Dominica and just the eighth property in the Caribbean to join the internationally acclaimed, elite group of independent hotels. Secret Bay recently earned Green Global Certification and has received numerous accolades in its eight years in operation, most recently named “Dominica’s Leading Hotel” by World Travel Awards and “Boutique Luxury Hotel of the Year” by Caribbean Journal. Secret Bay is located at Ross Boulevard, Dominica and can be reached at +1 767 445 4444 or and online at Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweetlast_img read more

first_imgBatesville, In. — Weather has become the weekend spoiler.The Batesville Holiday Parade has been postponed, but the RomWeber Marketplace will host Santa and the community from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy caroling with the Fritsch family at 11:30 a.m., a performance by Southeastern Indiana Dance and music by the Eureka Band at 2 p.m. Santa and his reindeer will be there as well as crafts and lots of fun, plus a $500 chamber check giveaway.The Brookville November Noel has been moved indoors to the Knights of Columbus on Main Street in Brookville.National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Hatzous says high pressure will move east of the tri-state today. A low pressure system will organize over the southern Plains tonight, strengthening as it tracks northeast through the Great Lakes Saturday into Saturday night. The low and its associated cold will bring showers and a few thunderstorms. Periods of gusty winds are expected. The tri-state region is in a marginal risk of severe weather Saturday. A colder, low pressure system is expected to spread across the area Sunday.last_img read more