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Countrywide and LSL confirm ‘ongoing’ merger talks

first_imgThe former’s share price has suffered during a turbulent 2019 for UK house prices and the dominance of online competitors like Zoopla, Rightmove and Purple Bricks. Countrywide has a market capitalisation of around £111m, compared to LSL’s £360m valuation. Countrywide made a brief announcement today in which it said: “Countrywide confirms that it is in discussions with LSL Property Services plc (“LSL”) regarding a possible all-share combination. whatsapp Monday 24 February 2020 7:48 am However, job cuts could also loom, with the combined workforce numbering around 14,000 staff, if the new company looks to reduce duplication and costs. Share Show Comments ▼ “A further announcement will be made when appropriate.” If Countrywide and LSL do tie the knot, they could create the UK’s biggest estate agent company with numerous brands under one umbrella. Estate agent Countrywide has confirmed discussions over a reported £500m merger with rival LSL are “ongoing” after news of the possible tie-up leaked over the weekend. Countrywide and LSL may merge to create the UK’s biggest estate agency center_img Negotiations between the parties were reported to be “serious” by Sky News yesterday. A merger would unite Countrywide’s estate agents Bairstow Eves, Gascoigne-Pees and Hamptons International with LSL’s Your Move and up market Marsh & Parsons. Joe Curtis by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerbonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funnyzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyDefinitionThe Funniest Yard Signs EVER WrittenDefinitionGloriousaDrone Captures What No One Was Supposed to SeeGloriousaBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach Raider The company now has until 5pm on 23 March to decide to make a firm offer for its rival. Countrywide and LSL may merge to create the UK’s biggest estate agency Also Read: Countrywide and LSL confirm ‘ongoing’ merger talks “Discussions between Countrywide and LSL are ongoing. At this stage, there can be no certainty that any offer will ultimately be made for Countrywide. LSL echoed the statement, adding: “LSL reserves the right to introduce other forms of consideration and/or vary the mix or composition of consideration of any offer. whatsapp Countrywide and LSL may merge to create the UK’s biggest estate agency Also Read: Countrywide and LSL confirm ‘ongoing’ merger talks Countrywide and LSL confirm ‘ongoing’ merger talks Tags: Countrywidelast_img read more

Explaining a mass quarantine: What does it mean to ‘shelter in place’? And who has the power to call for it?

first_img Newsletters Sign up for D.C. Diagnosis An insider’s guide to the politics and policies of health care. WASHINGTON — Six counties in the San Francisco metro area made headlines when they announced Monday they were ordering all their residents to “shelter in place” in response to the novel coronavirus.The sweeping proclamation is the most striking example to date of state and local governments in the United States taking sweeping action to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus and to limit the impact of the disease it causes, Covid-19. While the Bay Area is the first region in the U.S. to issue such an order, a number of states have mandated school and business closures and vastly curtailed nearly all major events.Stricter lockdowns could follow in other states and localities. The federal government, too, is at least considering the idea. The Trump administration on Monday stopped short of any new requirements or restrictions, but nonetheless urged all Americans not to travel and to limit gatherings to fewer than 10 people.advertisement Tags Coronavirusglobal healthpublic healthWhite House Leave this field empty if you’re human: Is what the U.S. doing ethical?For the time being, yes.In fact, STAT couldn’t find one bioethicist that believed wide-scale social distancing, even when it becomes mandatory, is unethical in and of itself.In fact, ethicists argued it would be unethical not to implement such procedures. One of America’s top bioethicists, Zeke Emanuel, for example, penned an open letter this weekend urging states and local governments around the county to limit gatherings to 50 people and institute even stricter limitations for gatherings of at-risk populations.While these social distancing measures are unprecedented in modern times, ethicists emphasized that they have been thinking about these scenarios for decades, and have developed frameworks to deal with hard questions surrounding isolation and quarantine.“We’ve always worried about this scenario where canceling and closing things at this level would occur, but I don’t think that eventuality changes the fundamentals that we have been talking about,” said Dr. Ross Upshur, a professor at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana Faculty of Public Health, who helped pen a number of ethical guidelines related to quarantine and social distancing for the World Health Organization. Asked whether he’d impose domestic travel restrictions on Monday, President Trump said they are “certainly something that we talk about everyday. We haven’t made that decision.”Support STAT: If you value our coronavirus coverage, please consider making a one-time contribution to support our journalism. San Francisco’s order follows similar “lockdowns” in China and Italy, where the outbreaks began earlier and have so far been more severe. In San Francisco, at least, there are important exceptions: Residents will still be permitted to travel to buy food, see a doctor, and help care for family. Visitors to the region will be permitted to go home, too. Residents can even take part in outdoor activities, like walking or hiking, so long as they keep at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others.advertisement Please enter a valid email address. Related: By Nicholas Florko March 17, 2020 Reprints Trump urges people to avoid discretionary travel and limit gatherings to fewer than 10 people Leave this field empty if you’re human: The correct term for what is going on in many places in America is social distancing — though the six counties in San Francisco test the limits of that term.In most places right now, social distancing is suggested or recommended — Trump administration officials, for example, urged people across the country not to attend gatherings of more than 10 people. Other localities have looser recommendations: The governor of Utah, for example, has recommended banning gatherings of more than 100 people.In some places, social distancing is mandatory. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker banned gatherings of more than 25 people and forced restaurants to close to diners. (They can still serve takeout.) It’s not immediately clear what penalties anyone violating the order would face.The governors of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey announced on Monday they were limiting gatherings to 50 people and also mandated restaurants close, except for takeout. Laws governing quarantine in these three states are also vague on potential penalties, or even whether the same penalties would apply in these cases. Connecticut’s law states that anyone found violating a quarantine order can be fined up to $1,000 or imprisoned for up to a year. New Jersey’s law is comically antiquated: It says anyone found violating a quarantine order “shall be liable to a penalty of not less than ten nor more than one hundred dollars for each offense.” As the coronavirus spreads, a drug that once raised the world’s hopes is given a second shot Related: HealthExplaining a mass quarantine: What does it mean to ‘shelter in place’? And who has the power to call for it? Lower death rate estimates for coronavirus, especially for non-elderly, provide glimmer of hope Ethicists are concerned about certain elements of the response to Covid-19 but not the issues you may expect. They’re not worried about the tactic of social distancing itself, they’re worried about the impact it’ll have on certain vulnerable populations, like low-wage workers.“The implications of some of these public health measures are so wildly different for people who are differently situated in the United States that the social distancing [decision] is not our only decision,” said Nancy Kass, the deputy director for public health in the Berman Institute of Bioethics at Johns Hopkins University. “It’s our first one, and then there’s a very different set of ethical dominos that follow from that.”Kass named a number of ethical considerations she’s concerned about, like making sure there’s adequate income replacement for workers unable to earn a living, making sure grocery stores stay open and accessible, and even making sure people have access to the creature comforts that make social distancing bearable.“People laugh at me when I say they better have a really good plan at Netflix, but I really mean it,” Kass said, adding that access to Netflix is “absolutely” an ethical consideration.It’s not immediately clear, however, how ethicists will respond to the news of the Bay Area lockdowns — especially given their widespread concerns with similar efforts in China and Italy.Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified Polly Price, the professor of law and global health at Emory University.  What does lockdown look like in Italy and in China?Other countries, like Italy and China, have mandated widespread lockdowns of whole cities, which not only prevent citizens from attending public gatherings, but also keep citizens from leaving the city, and even their homes.China was the first country to implement such a lockdown in response to the novel coronavirus.On Jan. 22, Chinese officials announced they were locking down the city of Wuhan, then the center of the coronavirus outbreak. All residents of Wuhan were ordered to stay in their homes and all transit within and out of the city was shut down. Within hours, photos emerged, showing a city of more than 11 million virtually deserted.Restrictions only increased from there: Residents of Wuhan now are subject to temperature checks by police and forced isolation of sick residents in the region’s makeshift hospitals.It’s not immediately clear what punishments those who violate the quarantine order face, although a top government official has been quoted saying anyone caught hiding their disease will be “forever nailed to history’s pillar of shame.” There have also been press reports of arrests. In strictest U.S. coronavirus response so far, six Bay Area counties order ‘shelter in place’ Related: Please enter a valid email address. Could that happen in the U.S.? If so, would local, state, or federal officials issue the decision?America’s system of responding to public health emergencies is notoriously fragmented, and decisions on whether to implement social distancing or quarantine measures are split between federal, state and roughly 2,800 local public health departments.There’s hardly any standardization: 27% of states delegate this power solely to state authorities, 18% of states provide some power to local governments, and the remaining 55% delegate the powers to some combination of both, according to a recent study in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.There are a few exceptions, however. When travelers come in from abroad, the decision for an individual quarantine rests solely with the federal government. There’s also debate among legal scholars as to whether the federal government has the power to step in and overrule state and local governments’ quarantine decisions, if need be.Already there’s been calls for the federal government to do just that.“The variation from one location to another could … make an epidemic worse as each state makes its own rules, looks out for its own interests, and relies on its own resources,” wrote Polly Price, a professor of law and global health at Emory University in a recent op-ed, where she called for the CDC to step in and set a national quarantine policy.center_img Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson @NicholasFlorko Why encourage social distancing? Why do a lockdown?Social distancing is seen as the most effective way to slow the infection rate for Covid-19 here in the United States. Public health experts have emphasized that efforts to flatten the curve — or to spread the rate of new infections out over time — will help ensure that America’s health care system is not rapidly overwhelmed with new Covid-19 infections.Public health officials, however, are much less sure about the impact of a lockdown. Lockdowns by other countries, namely China, were quickly panned by public health experts as ineffective and unethical. Since those early days, however, top public health officials, including the head of the World Health Organization, have praised that same lockdown for helping to slow the spread of the disease.Other public health experts insist, however, that lockdowns push people toward evasion, and that social distancing measures only work when governments have the public’s trust.“Our historical experience with mandatory quarantines and mass quarantines and cordons is just not good, it’s not effective,” said Crystal Watson, a senior scholar at the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins University, before the news of the Bay Area lockdown. “I do not see the need for it.” STAT took a closer look at what these policies are, what they do for the spread of disease, who has the power to issue them, and whether experts consider them constitutional or ethical.What’s happening in the U.S. right now? Are we under a quarantine?Officially, the definition of “quarantine” is very specific: It’s the seclusion of a person potentially exposed to a disease for a period of time to see if they become infected. A person under quarantine typically stays in one place to avoid nearly all contact with the outside world. When such a quarantine is ordered by the government, it’s illegal to violate them: Breaking a federal quarantine is punishable by a fine or imprisonment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An individual found violating a federal quarantine order could face a fine of up to $100,000, a year in jail, or both, according to a report from the Congressional Research Service.Many states also have their own punishments for violating quarantine, though they vary widely.But many people talk about “quarantines” more broadly — referring to the city-wide lockdowns that force people to stay in their homes and cut off all travel to and from an impacted area. Legal experts often call this strategy of locking down an entire region “cordon sanitaire” — a term that dates back roughly 200 years when a French duke deployed troops along the Spanish border to contain the spread of infectious disease. Is what the U.S. is doing constitutional?Mandatory social distancing measures are constitutional, according to multiple constitutional scholars STAT spoke to. But large-scale lockdown policies may not be, they said. But U.S. courts are not used to dealing with these sorts of cases, and no one truly knows how a judge might rule.“The good news [is] there are a number of cases on public health needs, the constitution, and the so-called state ‘police power.’ The bad news is they are quite old, mostly turn of the 20th century, and a huge amount of constitutional law has changed since then. As a result there is a lot that is vague and uncertain in this area,” said Glenn Cohen, the faculty director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology & Bioethics at Harvard Law School.Lawrence Gostin, the faculty director of Georgetown University’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, argued that America’s complicated federalist system might be the best check on any attempt to institute a mass quarantine or lockdown.Neither federal nor state governments have clear authority, he argued, to restrict travel between states, thus making it difficult to justify any sort of domestic travel restriction in court.Cohen predicted that in most cases the government would be required to show any quarantine order advances a “compelling government interest” and then prove that the government action was narrowly tailored to meet that goal. That’s where orders might get caught up in court: If quarantines or lockdowns are seen by judges as unnecessarily broad, they could be struck down.So far, constitutional experts aren’t all together concerned, however, with most of the social distancing measures being rolled out in the U.S. In fact, the issues raised by social distancing aren’t as novel as they may seem.“Health departments have broad powers to close facilities that pose a danger like a food source or restaurant that’s contaminated or unsanitary conditions. Same principle applies,” wrote Gostin in an email before the Bay Area announcement.The Bay Area announcement, however, is already raising alarm bells for legal scholars.“I think the [San Francisco] order will be challenged in court,” Gostin wrote in an email following the announcement. “I also don’t see how it will be possible to enforce such a sweeping order.” Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. In six counties in and around San Francisco, the government has already called for residents to “shelter in place.” Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Listen: Voices from the coronavirus pandemic, in Italy, New York, and the high seas Privacy Policy Trending Now: [email protected] Related: Nicholas Florko Italy first announced a lockdown of “hot zones” in the country’s north on March 8. Under the decree, all businesses, with the exception of grocery stores and pharmacies, were ordered closed. Residents of the cities were banned from travel within and out of the city without a permit, though there have been press reports that permits are widely available online. Violation of the order is punishable by up to three months in jail, according to the New York Times.The travel restrictions appeared to be the most jarring for Italians: The news prompted swarms of Italians to flee on the last trains and buses leaving the region.The county’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, extended that lockdown order to the entire country last week. Nearly all businesses across the country are now shuttered and nearly all travel outside one’s home must be justified.Beginning midday today, France will also be on a widespread lockdown for the next 15 days. France’s President Emmanuel Macron, who announced the restrictions late Monday, only said that violators of the order will be punished. Washington Correspondent Nicholas Florko reports on the the intersection of politics and health policy. He is the author the newsletter “D.C. Diagnosis.” Related: Privacy Policy About the Author Reprintslast_img read more

The success of a novel scoliosis surgery hinges on when growth spurts hit. Can new tools better predict them?

first_img What’s included? Unlock this article — and get additional analysis of the technologies disrupting health care — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Health Tech Correspondent Katie Palmer is a health tech correspondent at STAT. @KatieMPalmer Tether ExplainerVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2021/05/13/scoliosis-spinal-tethering-surgery-growth/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0000:5700:57  [email protected] Katie Palmer Log In | Learn More 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. About the Author Reprints Vertebral body tethering is a surgery that aims to straighten the spines of children with scoliosis without limiting their mobility. Alex Hogan/STAT 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. What is it? GET STARTED The success of a novel scoliosis surgery hinges on when growth spurts hit. Can new tools better predict them? By Katie Palmer May 13, 2021 Reprints Mia Schloegel was 11 when they found the curve in her spine.She was at her yearly pediatrician’s visit when her uncle — also her doctor — had her lean over, in a standard childhood check for scoliosis. “He noticed I had kind of a hump on one side and not the other,” said Schloegel, a sign of the rib cage rotation that often occurs when the spine is curved side-to-side. At her uncle’s urging, she and her mother went to get an X-ray at a Kansas City hospital that same day. Health Tech Tags medical technologypediatricssurgerylast_img read more

Liverpool superfan takes over LaoisToday Snapchat live from Champions League final in Kiev

first_img Twitter Community Community Home We Are Laois A Bit of Fun Liverpool superfan takes over LaoisToday Snapchat live from Champions League final in… We Are LaoisA Bit of Fun Previous articleSadness at retirement of popular Portlaoise teacherNext articleLIVE BLOG: Laois minor hurlers take on Kilkenny 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 Liverpool superfan takes over LaoisToday Snapchat live from Champions League final in Kiev Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad “Tomorrow night will either be a serious celebration or an emotional cry into my pint of blackcurrant,” said James, a non-drinker who is well known around the county through his work with Laois GAA and the Laois Sports Partnership.You can be sure of a bit of character from this takeover, as ‘King Sal’ also made LaoisToday’s 20 Laois lads we reckon would go viral on Reality TV Twitter Rugby Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Pinterest Facebook TAGSBallinakillChampions LeagueJames KellyLiverpool By Siun Lennon – 25th May 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Two Laois men are among the massive band of travelling Liverpool supporters making their way to Ukraine for Saturday’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.Ballinakill men James ‘Sal’ Kelly and his brother Padraig, along with Carlow man Daniel Wall, have a long way to get to Ukraine. A flight to Athens, a six-hour stopover and final flight to Ukraine – only for the truest fans.Snapchat takeoverSal will be doing a Snapchat takeover for LaoisToday of the match and what he hopes will be a Liverpool win. Facebook Sal has been described as, “being the closest thing Laois have to Callum Best” and “fond of the odd swipe on Tinder”, so we can’t wait to see what he gets up to abroad.To follow all the action (and to see what the Laois lads get up to afterwards!) simply add ‘LaoisToday’ on Snapchat.SEE ALSO – Can you name the Laois players who played in the two 2004 Leinster finals? WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

North Korea Follows Through on Mt. Geumgang Threats

first_img By Chris Green – 2010.04.23 4:36pm AvatarChris Green News North Korea Follows Through on Mt. Geumgang Threats News Facebook Twitter SHARE Newscenter_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News In the next step in its attempts to incrementally ratchet up tensions with South Korea, North Korea today announced the expropriation of five pieces of real estate within the Mt. Geumgang tourist zone, allegedly in compensation for what Pyongyang calls South Korea’s failure to restart tours of the mountain.The announcement came after a 90-minute “inspection” of the zone by members of North Korea’s National Defense Commission on Thursday.In a statement attributed to the North Korean Tourist Site Development Bureau this morning, Chosun Central News Agency (KCNA) announced, “First, we will confiscate all five assets of the South Korean authorities that have already been frozen in compensation for our loss due to the long suspension of the tours.”The facilities in question are the divided families’ reunion center, a fire station and the Korea National Tourist Organization-owned hot springs, duty free shop and events venue. The aforementioned “freeze” was conducted on the 13th of this month. The statement continued, “The confiscated real estate will be handed over to the DPRK or new businessmen according to legal procedures.” The statement was strident in its condemnation of South Korea, asserting that the expropriations represent the inevitable conclusion of South Korea’s behavior since 2008, saying, “The situation has reached such an extreme phase that it is at the crossroads of a war or peace, much less thinking of the resumption of the tours. It is quite natural that we can no longer show generosity and tolerance to the south side in this situation.”The move followed closely on the heels of a column in Minju Chosun, the publication of the North Korean Cabinet, this morning, which asserted, “The South Korean conservative faction presumes that no one wants to take a trip to Mt. Geumgang and that no enterprises want to do the business in that area, but this is ignorance. Nowadays there is a growing demand internationally for Mt. Geumgang as a tourist location.” It also threatened, presciently, “More critical measures will be imposed if the South Korean conservative factions display arrogance and rudeness.”In an interview with The Daily NK at the time of the real estate “freeze”, Sogang University professor Kim Young Soo explained North Korea’s aims. “North Korea is unable to accomplish any of its goals within the current Lee administration North Korea policy, so it is inevitable that they will try to create crisis-level tensions to overcome the roadblock,” he said. “At work here is the North’s evaluation that the creating of tension, as opposed to pursuing dialogue and cooperation, is more advantageous.”“With local elections coming up (in South Korea on June 2nd), North Korea also intends to shift the blame for deteriorating inter-Korean relations away from themselves,” Kim continued. “It is likely that North Korea will continue to put the ball in our court, trying to incite a response from us. It is also possible that the North could choose military actions along the lines of small skirmishes.”However, ultimately Kim saw no viable way for the Lee administration to respond. “If the South Korean government withdraws from the Kaesong Industrial Complex, it will end up shooting itself in the foot, taking all the blame for problems in North-South relations,” he explained.On the 19th and 20th, North Korean military officials including Park Rim Su, Director of the Policy Department of the National Defense Commission looked over the Kaesong Industrial Complex, raising fears that the North does indeed plan to drag the Complex into the issue. North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Mutual fund rep banned, fined $200,000

first_img Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator James Langton Related news An MFDA panel ordered that Adam Kryn Vandermey, a former rep with Sun Life Financial Investment Services (Canada) Inc. in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., be fined $200,000, ordered to pay $10,000 in costs, and permanently banned. Following a hearing, the panel ruled that Vandermey misappropriated approximately $48,018 from two clients and a bank account used to finance a charitable golf tournament Vandermey also failed to co-operate with the MFDA’s investigation of the allegations against him, the panel ruled. The panel did not issue its reasons in the case; they will be published at a later date. According to the notice of hearing, Sun Life reimbursed one client who lost money, and helped the other recover the funds taken by Vandermey. The losses from the charitable account were covered by another rep at the firm who helped run the tournament. Photo copyright: aruba2000/123RF BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Keywords EnforcementCompanies Mutual Fund Dealers Association A former mutual fund rep has been permanently banned and fined after a hearing panel found he misappropriated funds and failed to co-operate with an investigation, the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada announced on Thursday. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Share this article and your comments with peers on social media MFDA bans former rep for recommending unsuitable strategy last_img read more

Conference Board names new CEO

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Conference Board of Canada IE Staff TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Related news Also readCatalyst Canada names Victor Dodig as chairmanBlack has served on the boards of York University, the Metro Toronto Housing Authority, and North York General Hospital. She currently sits on the board of Gore Mutual Insurance Co., a property and casualty insurance company.Black will become the research organization’s seventh president and CEO. She succeeds Daniel Muzyka, who will retire at the end of April after six years as president and CEO.Black is a graduate of Yale University (BA) and has an MBA from Harvard. She obtained a Ph.D. in organizational studies from York University in Toronto. CETFA elects new board leader Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The Conference Board of Canada has selected Susan Black as its new president and CEO effective May 1, the Ottawa-based not-for-profit research organization announced on Thursday.She is a seasoned business executive who enables organizations to outperform by implementing best-in-class practices. Dr. Black has held numerous executive positions including chief human resources officer with Intact Financial Corp., and senior vice president, people with Holt, Renfrew & Co., Ltd. She also founded and served as president of Catalyst Canada, a research and advisory non-profit organization that champions opportunities for women in business. employee recruitment human resource selection interview analysis new job appointment bakhtiazein/123RF PenderFund names new SVP for investmentslast_img read more

Rolls-Royce and UK Space Agency launch first ever study into nuclear-powered space exploration

first_imgRolls-Royce and UK Space Agency launch first ever study into nuclear-powered space exploration This new research contract will see planetary scientists work together to explore the game-changing potential of nuclear power as a more plentiful source of energy, capable of making possible deeper space exploration in the decades to come.Nuclear propulsion, which would involve channelling the immense energy released in splitting the atom to accelerate propellants, like hydrogen, at huge speeds, has the potential to revolutionise space travel.By some estimates, this kind of engine could be twice as efficient as the chemical engines that power our rockets today. Spacecraft powered by this kind of engine could, conceivably, make it to Mars in just 3 to 4 months – roughly half the time of the fastest possible trip in a spacecraft using the current chemical propulsion.Nuclear space power is anticipated to create new skilled jobs across the UK to support the burgeoning UK space economy.Science Minister Amanda Solloway said:As we build back better from the pandemic, it is partnerships like this between business, industry and government that will help to create jobs and bring forward pioneering innovations that will advance UK spaceflight.Nuclear power presents transformative possibilities for space exploration and this innovative study with Rolls-Royce could help to propel our next generation of astronauts into space faster and for longer, significantly increasing our knowledge of the Universe.Dr Graham Turnock, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, said:Space nuclear power and propulsion is a game-changing concept that could unlock future deep-space missions that take us to Mars and beyond.This study will help us understand the exciting potential of atomic-powered spacecraft, and whether this nascent technology could help us travel further and faster through space than ever before.Dave Gordon, UK Senior Vice President, Rolls-Royce Defence said:We are excited to be working with the UK Space Agency on this pioneering project to define future nuclear power technologies for space. We believe there is a real niche UK capability in this area and this initiative can build on the strong UK nuclear network and supply chain.We look forward to developing this and other exciting space projects in the future as we continue to develop the power to protect our planet, secure our world and explore our Universe.It would not just mean a time saving – it would also radically reduce the dose of radiation taken on by astronauts that would be making future trips to Mars or other planets. The size of the dose increases the longer you spend in deep space, away from the bubble of protection given by the Earth’s magnetosphere.The appeal of a small nuclear power generator for propulsion also comes from the fact that power in space becomes increasingly precious with distance from the Sun. In the outer Solar System, sunlight gets too dim for solar panels, and other technologies like fuel cells are often too patchy as a source of energy.Nuclear propulsion is an idea that has existed since the 1950s, when the United States attempted to develop a rocket propelled by small atomic bombs tossed out the back. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:business, exploration, Government, industry, Minister, President, Radiation, research, Scientists, space agency, Space travel, spacecraft, technology, UK, UK Government, United Stateslast_img read more

Why dirt may be nature’s original stress-buster

first_img He found that people who grow up in rural areas are more resilient to the physical impacts of stress, and injections of soil-derived microorganisms in animals quell brain inflammation and prevent stress-induced digestive disorders. Key takeaways Integrative Physiology Professor Christopher Lowry has spent 19 years studying the impact beneficial microorganisms have on mental health. By Lisa Marshall Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mailcenter_img  Someday he hopes to develop a “stress vaccine.” Could exposure to microorganisms in the dirt somehow protect us from anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder? Could our increasingly sterile, urban environments be partly to blame for rising rates of stress-related disease?For nearly two decades, Integrative Physiology Professor Christopher Lowry has dedicated his career to exploring these once-controversial ideas. Now, with mounting research suggesting he’s been on the right track all along, he’s forging ahead with a dream of someday developing a bacterium-based immunization—or stress vaccine—to stem the rising tide of mood disorders.“As human societies have migrated to urban environments, we have lost touch with a host of bacterial species that play a role in regulating our immune system, and this is helping to fuel an epidemic of inflammatory disease,” says Lowry. “I want to know: What are the impacts on mental health?”Lowry was a research fellow at the University of Bristol in the early 2000s when he began to hear stories about Mycobacterium vaccae, a rare microorganism discovered in the soil on the shores of Lake Kyoga in Uganda. Scientists were perplexed by the fact that when given vaccines to prevent tuberculosis, lakeshore residents resisted TB better than people who lived elsewhere.“It appeared that this microorganism living in the soil had powerful immune-regulating properties that were somehow making the vaccines work better,” he said.Researchers tried using it as an immune-boosting adjunct to various vaccines, with limited success. But one trial in lung cancer patients yielded a curious result: While those injected didn’t live longer, their mood improved.Lowry set out to find out why.In April 2007, he published a groundbreaking study showing that when a preparation of M. vaccae was injected into mice, it activated brain cells that produce the feel-good chemical serotonin and altered the animals’ behavior in a way similar to that of antidepressants.His peers were skeptical. “Some people commented that it must have been an April Fool’s joke,” he recalls.But since then, he’s published an array of studies adding weight to the notion that good bacteria can be good for the mood.One showed that children raised in a rural environment, surrounded by animals and bacteria-laden dust, grow up to have more stress-resilient immune systems and may be at lower risk of mental illness than pet-free city dwellers.“It has already been very well documented that exposure to pets and rural environments during development is beneficial in terms of reducing risk of asthma and allergies later in life,” said Lowry. “This study showed for the first time that these exposures are likely to be important for mental health.” It’s exciting to see so many people interested in our relationship with the microbial world.” –Christopher LowryAnother study showed that injections of M. vaccae prior to a stressful event could prevent a “PTSD-like” syndrome, fending off stress-induced colitis and making them act less anxious and fearful when stressed again later. Another found that M. vaccae has a long-lasting anti-inflammatory effect on the brain. That’s important, because brain inflammation impacts mood-regulating brain chemicals.While more research is needed, some evidence already suggests that various other strains of bacteria—even in the form of oral probiotics—have anti-inflammatory effects and may hold potential for alleviating anxiety in humans.Lowry is now collaborating with the Department of Veterans Affairs on a clinical trial looking at whether Lactobacillus reuteri can improve physiological and psychological responses to stressful situations in veterans with PTSD.Meanwhile, he continues to study M. vaccae, in hopes that someday an M. vaccae-based “stress shot” could be given to soldiers or first responders to make their brains and bodies more resilient.At home, he makes a point of exposing his own children to a healthy dose of dirt, via a front yard vegetable garden and frequent camping trips. He encourages his friends and colleagues to do the same. Only now, they’re not so skeptical.“This idea went from being this novel, turn-your-world upside down concept to something that doesn’t even surprise people anymore,” he says. “It’s exciting to see so many people interested in our relationship with the microbial world.”Originally published Sept. 28, 2018 Share on Facebook More Health & Society Follow @CUBoulderCategories:Health & SocietyNews Headlineslast_img read more

Benefits of Sustainable Tourism Industry Highlighted

first_imgRelatedBenefits of Sustainable Tourism Industry Highlighted Advertisements RelatedBenefits of Sustainable Tourism Industry Highlighted FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Pamela Bridgewater, has underscored the economic benefits which Jamaica stands to gain from a sustainable tourism sector. Addressing the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment’s 2011 Tourism Service Excellence Awards ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Golf and Spa Resort, in Rose Hall, Montego Bay, on Saturday (December 8), Ambassador Bridgewater, in highlighting several of the local sector’s unique features, stressed the need for continuous improvement on these offerings to ensure Jamaica maintains its visibility in a highly competitive industry. Some inputs which she suggested, include: investments; and aggressive promotion utilizing traditional as well as social media channels, both locally and externally; and support solicited from foreign diplomats whom she said could serve as tourism promoters. “Consider new resort models, (and) smaller boutique properties, that are affordable and attractive, and which augment the mainstay popular all inclusive (resort concept). Continue to have the wonderful activities, (such as) adventure tourism,(and) nature tourism. There are as many tourist interests as there are tourists. So…what constitutes a travel experience,…entails taking home life long memories,” she advised. Ambassador Bridgewater also commended tourism sector stakeholders on their continuous efforts to make visitors to Jamaica feel welcomed, and enjoy memorable experiences, which she noted, often results in numerous return visits. “Clearly Jamaica has an excellent and an outstanding tourism product; the beaches, the waters, (and) the culinary delights abound. But these accolades would not be possible without the individuals who work in the tourism sector,” she said. General Manager of the Couples San Souci Hotel, in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, Pierre Battaglia, and the Mystic Mountain Rain Forrest attraction, also situated in the parish, topped the 25 nominees vying for the individual and organization/entity awards in the 2011 Tourism Service Excellence Awards.center_img Benefits of Sustainable Tourism Industry Highlighted TourismDecember 11, 2012 RelatedBenefits of Sustainable Tourism Industry Highlightedlast_img read more