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first_imgHe has also worked as an external ‘champion’ for the Office for Life Sciences’ Accelerated Access Review.This appointment has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office Code of Governance for Public Appointments. It has been made on merit and political activity played no part in the decision process. During the appointments process, Stuart has not declared any political activity.The post is for up to 2 days a week and has a salary of £52,540 a year.Stuart said: I am honoured and excited to have been selected as the Chair of ACCEA. I aim to rapidly learn about the operation of the scheme and how it both rewards and incentivises the highest quality research, care and outcomes that provide important benefits for patients and public health. I look forward to meeting my new colleagues and learning from them, as we work together to investigate how to maximise the positive impact of the Awards. Stuart is a GMC-registered physician who trained in General Medicine and General Practice. He spent many years working in senior leadership roles at Roche, GlaxoSmithKline, Norgine, Takeda and UCB.He founded Vermilion Life Sciences, which aims to improve patient access to medicines by reducing development times and costs of new medicines.Stuart is a:center_img board trustee of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine professional member of the board of the Human Tissue Authoritylast_img read more

first_imgWe’ve been given a prestigious award by the Ministry of Defence for our continued commitment to inspiring and supporting both veterans and reservists. The award is given to employers who support defence and inspire others to do the same.It was presented to company representatives Royal Naval Reservist Lieutenant Commander Robert Jaffier, now an asset and resource manager, and Ron Calderwood-Duncan, Head of Engagement and Culture Change.Robert, who nominated the company, said: The Ministry of Defence makes awards under its Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. Employers have to show their values are aligned with the Armed Forces Covenant.Since signing the Armed Forces Covenant in June 2017, we’ve actively been supporting leavers from the Armed Forces reintegrate into civilian careers, and to help operate, maintain and improve motorways and major A roads in England.We launched an ex-military recruitment programme earlier this year which incorporated an insight day for service leavers to find out more about how it works, and the roles it can offer. It employs and supports both reservists and veterans, with up to 10 days paid special leave for reservists to attend military-related training.There are many career routes available, from working on major projects or support functions such as HR finance and IT through to hands-on operational roles running the everyday traffic operations.You can search and apply for jobs at Highways England via our careers webpage.You can also read the Armed Forces Covenant promise in full.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. I am delighted that the hard work carried out by Highways England to recognise the achievements and skills of ex-military personnel has been recognised. In practical terms, Highways England appeared a good fit for me to be able to continue my civilian career while pursuing my personal development as a reservist. The main challenge was settling back down to civilian life from my time out on operations and become reacquainted with the culture of the business that had evolved while I was away. So, it’s great that my workplace offers successful applicants a buddy who is someone who has experienced making the transition from military life to working for Highways England. I am delighted to offer my support as a buddy for new recruits, and I urge anyone from the forces looking for a career change to consider Highways England.last_img read more

first_imgIn their new video for the song “Fever Dreams”, Tom Hamilton’s American Babies got trippy, psychedelic and extremely animated. The track, off the band’s recent release, An Epic Battle Between Light and Dark, delivers imagery very much in the same vein as both the album and song titles. The video, directed by Tea Leaf Green guitarist Josh Clark, opens with Hamilton falling into a nightmare of straight disassociation from reality, a literal fever dream. As he slips further into this altered state, we see the Babies front man contend with the likes of ice cubes from his whiskey glass turning into a rattlesnake, running from bipedal fish, and taking a dive off a serious cliff into a never-ending pit.Tom Hamilton Announces Dead After Party With Marco Benevento, Oteil Burbridge & MoreHamilton told Philadelphia’s The Key: “The overall vibe for this record is to dig into those dark places that we don’t like to acknowledge, and I wanted his creative process to have mirrored mine.” He went on to say, “The moment when your inner filter starts to twitch a bit, that’s when you know you’re on to something. I found the video to be weird, at times scary, and even profound.” Check out “Fever Dreams”:Tom Hamilton’s American Babies have a busy schedule over the next couple of months with shows at Philly’s Live From The Lot, Brooklyn Bowl with Jackie Greene, Disc Jam Music Festival, and Beanstalk Music & Arts Festival. Hamilton also recently announced a special late-night show at The Fox Theatre in Boulder after Dead & Co. on Sunday, July 3rd with American Babies and special guests Marco Benevento, Oteil Burbridge, and Grahame Lesh’s Midnight North (get tix here).[via The Key]last_img read more

first_imgOver the weekend, iconic New Orleans funk act The Meters were honored with a 2018 Special Merit Award from the Grammys, recognizing the prolific funk ensemble with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. During the Saturday night acceptance ceremony held at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre during the Grammy Salute To Music Legends, The Meters’ bassist George Porter Jr., drummer Zigaboo Modeliste, and guitarist Leo Nocentelli were on hand to accept the honor.With George Porter Jr. one of the most active bassists in the live music scene—his work spans from his Meters tribute project with Zigaboo Modeliste, Foundation of Funk, to frequent sit-ins at festivals and collaborations with artists as far-ranging as Dead & Company to Snoop Dogg—a number of artists have reached out to congratulate The Meters and Porter for the well-deserved award.EXCLUSIVE: Lettuce’s Adam Deitch Writes Ode To Foundation Of Funk: “Foundation Of Funk Can Save The World”Today, George Porter Jr. has posted a video tribute from a number of high-profile musicians and friends, sharing their thoughts on the bassist and his role and influence. Opening with a video of Anders Osborne congratulating Porter, the video also features heartfelt thank yous from Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge (whose video is recorded from a Dead & Company soundcheck), Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools, Galactic drummer Stanton Moore, Gregg Allman Band bassist Ron Johnson, Johnny Vidacovich, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners drummer Terrence Houston, Swampgrease drummer Terence Higgins, ALO bassist Steve Adams, Galactic bassist Robert Mercurio, Astral Project bassist James Singleton, and String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann and Kyle Hollingsworth—hilariously, during the Hann and Hollingsworth’s tribute, George Porter Jr. himself walks through the background of the video.Notably, most of the musicians in the video tribute thank George Porter Jr. not only for his vast contributions to music, but also for his loving personality and friendship. The love present in all the video responses paint George Porter Jr. as a guiding mentor and caring friend, who has earned the trust and adoration of a wide-spanning swath of artists from across the scene.You can check out the video for yourself below (which we’ve uploaded to our YouTube account for ease of viewing), or head over to George Porter Jr.’s Facebook page.last_img read more

first_imgIn speaking at Harvard about “dOCUMENTA (13),” Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the exhibit’s artistic director and the Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor at Northwestern University, found great meaning in a piece of art “the size of an iPod.”The 2012 show was based in Germany with installations in Egypt, Afghanistan, and Canada that attracted scores of visitors. One installation featured several small Bactrian princess statues originating from the northern part of what is now Afghanistan and dating to 2000 B.C. Curators know of only 80 such statues in the world.Each princess is unique. The composite figurines are made up of separately carved stones. The individual sections, which together give each princess form, are not bound by glue or secured by any other mechanism. Balance is the crucial factor.History and equilibrium were also fundamental to the theme of the larger exhibit, Christov-Bakargiev said. Those concerns helped address the question of connectivity and separation, how to “make something that has a togetherness, and at the same time is a centrifugal structure outward.”Christov-Bakargiev spoke at Harvard on Wednesday as the inaugural lecturer of a new program by the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture and the Harvard Art Museums. The joint effort will focus on innovative curatorial practice, offering seminars and a public lecture annually.“One of the most important ideas behind the formation of the new partnership of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture was to develop programming for both Harvard and public audiences that bridges the historic and contemporary intellectual domains of the separate museums and fosters dialogue among them,” said Jane Pickering, executive director of the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture.  “This new initiative is a wonderful beginning to such an effort and inviting a world-renowned curator like Carolyn, who thinks creatively across the disciplines, provides a fantastic opportunity for us to explore new avenues to achieve this goal.”“The Harvard Art Museums, as part of their teaching and research mission, seek to inspire thoughtful discourse and debate around the importance of art in society,” said Thomas W. Lentz, the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums. “All Harvard’s museums aim to emphasize the role that original works of art, specimens, and artifacts play in an advanced education.”He continued: “We expect that these annual seminars will inspire students and young scholars from diverse fields of knowledge and will encourage new collaboration among all Harvard museums.”“Together the Harvard Museums hold millions of objects that represent the natural and cultural world, from anthropology to zoology,” said Peter L. Galison, Joseph Pellegrino University Professor and Director of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. “We want to use these collections to provoke the way we think about curating objects, to link collections to teaching and research at the university, and to bring to the broader public new ideas about how museums could bridge the sciences and the arts.”In addition to Christov-Bakargiev’s lecture, seminars were hosted across Harvard museums — Adolphus Busch Hall at the Harvard Art Museums, the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, and the Harvard Museum of Natural History — through Thursday. The seminars allowed students from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Education, and the Graduate School of Design to join invited faculty and members of the community in conversations about questions raised by Christov-Bakargiev as well as issues connected to curating objects across disciplinary divides.last_img read more

first_imgSouth Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced in a press conference Thursday afternoon that he has been called to active duty with the U.S. Navy and will be deployed to Afghanistan next year. A report from ABC News said the mayor will be on active duty from Feb. 28, 2014, until Sept. 30, 2014. Buttigieg was commissioned as an officer in the US Navy Reserve in 2009 and holds the rank Lieutenant Junior Grade, the report stated. At the press conference, Buttigieg named City Controller Mark Neal as deputy mayor for the duration of his deployment. Indiana law (Indiana Code section 5-6-2) holds that a mayor called to active duty is not considered to have vacated his office and so can name a deputy mayor in his absence. The deputy mayor, then, is to perform the mayor’s duties during his deployment. “My primary responsibility and focus every day is to lead South Bend forward,” Buttigieg said at the press conference. “At the same time, as a military officer I have made a commitment to our country, and my orders require me to keep that promise by going to Afghanistan next year. I am ready to serve and perform duties I have been training to do for years, and then look forward to coming home to resume the extraordinarily fulfilling and important work of leading our city as mayor.” As City Controller, Neal’s responsibilities include overseeing the city’s fiscal management, human resources, information technology, purchasing insurance, labor negotiations, the budgeting process and performance management measures, the report said. U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, a Notre Dame graduate, released a statement following the announcement, commending Buttigieg’s service. “There is no greater service than that of our men and women in uniform,” Donnelly said in the statement. “I thank Mayor Pete for his service thus far as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and I wish him well as he uses his training to serve in Afghanistan next year. “In Indiana, we have a proud tradition of heeding the call to protect and defend our country, and I thank all Hoosiers who are currently or have previously been a member of our Armed Forces.”last_img read more

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Pippin With a score by Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson, Pippin tells the story of a young prince searching for his corner of the sky. In addition to Massey, the current cast includes Tony winner Andrea Martin, John Dossett, Charlotte d’Amboise and Rachel Bay Jones. Carly Hughes will begin performances as the Leading Player beginning September 19. The Tony-winning revival is directed by Diane Paulus. Kaufman will make his Broadway debut in the Stephen Schwartz tuner. He was crowned the winner of the sixth season of the NBC hit in May, having been coached by Grammy winner Usher. Related Shows View Comments The Voice Season 6 winner Josh Kaufman will take center stage at the Music Box Theatre as the titular prince in Pippin. Kaufman will begin performances on November 4 and play a limited engagement through January 4, 2015. He steps in for video blogger Kyle Dean Massey, who will take his final bow on November 2.last_img read more

first_imgFor more than 250 years, Southerners have enjoyed the flavor of wild and domesticatedmuscadine grapes. Now, new research on muscadines is finding that they are one of nature’smost healthful foods.In the early 1990s, Betty Ector began analyzing muscadine grapes at Mississippi StateUniversity. She found they were richer in fiber, zinc, manganese, iron and calcium thanmost other fruits.May Fight Heart DiseaseIn later research, Ector found that they are one of the world’s richest sources ofellagic acid (thought to help prevent cancer) and the phenolic compound, resveratrol.High levels of resveratrol are found in both fresh muscadines and processed-muscadineproducts. It is thought to be an important part of the “French paradox,” inwhich French people with rich diets who drink red wine have much less heart disease thanexpected.May Fight Cancer, TooA new study by Minnie Holmes-McNary, at the University of North Carolina’s medicalschool in Chapel Hill, has determined that resveratrol is also a potent anticancercompound.The substance switches off a protective mechanism in cells and, as a result, makesinvading cancer cells vulnerable to the body’s natural defenses.The study, funded in part by the National Institute of Health, also found thatmuscadine wines can contain up to seven times more resveratrol than regular wines.Fresh Muscadines AvailableFresh muscadines are available from Aug. 1 to mid-October, depending on the location inthe state. Since the University of Georgia grape breeders developed large-fruited typessuch as “Fry” and “Summit,” muscadines have become available ingrocery stores and many farm markets. Nearly all Southeastern wineries also producemuscadine wine.If you haven’t tried muscadine grapes, buy a package and see if you like them. Theirrich flavor and chewy skins are an old Southern favorite with outstanding health benefits.last_img read more

first_imgSource: The Messenger Less than seven weeks after Eagle Publications and the Twin State Valley Media Network of Claremont, NH announced they were bankrupt – instantly closing the doors of the Eagle Times daily and the weekly Message for the Week, The Connecticut Valley Spectator and The Weekly Flea – most of the staff of The Message are now involved with a new paper, The Messenger.The Messenger s 32-page first issue hit the streets on Tuesday, August 25.Co-edited by Robert Smith and Joe Milliken, the former co-editors of The Message for the Week, The Messenger is published by New Market Press of Middlebury, VT. It will be distributed every Wednesday, with a direct mailing of over 20,000 copies to the paper s core towns, including Ludlow, Londonderry, Chester, Springfield, Rockingham and Westminster. Another 5,000-plus copies will be dropped at key distribution centers in Walpole, Charlestown and Claremont in New Hampshire, and from Brattleboro north and west as far as Rutland in Vermont, making it Southern Vermont s largest weekly.The Messenger is a positive news and lifestyle paper, Smith said, with an emphasis on local community events, local sports, arts, entertainment and food. It will have a towns-style format, along with the local Joe Milliken’s local Sports pages, and A&E, Food and Home & Garden sections each week.In addition to Smith and Milliken, also working for The Messenger are several other former Message and Eagle Times employees, including Frank Amato, Deb Collier and Rick Martin in sales, office person Pam Crowley, and graphic designer Adrian Newkirk. In time, Smith said, as the paper grows, it is hoped even more former employees will be back. When we got the sudden announcement that our paper was closing on July 9, Smith said, As a staff we agreed to stay in touch and see if we could find some interest in creating a new paper to take The Message s place. While daily papers are struggling, we knew that The Message had been holding its own, and it had a lot of loyal readers and advertisers.Smith said he was surprised at the amount of interest that surfaced immediately in creating a new paper for the Southern Vermont region, including several from successful newspaper publishers throughout the Northeast. After what happened with Eagle Publications, we were cautious, Smith said. We wanted to make sure we were working with someone who knew how to put out a profitable weekly paper. Frank Amato got in contact with New Market and arranged for the staff to meet with them. We were impressed with them, and they liked the fact that they had a full, experienced staff to work with.Smith said things proceeded rapidly from that first meeting, and especially after the staff got together and agreed to work with New Market to create a brand new paper. Finding office space became critical. We would never have pulled this off without the staff here really taking charge and making it work, especially Frank Amato. Smith said. I think between Frank and I, we must have looked at 30 potential office sites from Ludlow to Rockingham. But less than four weeks later, we moved into our new offices on The Square in Bellows Falls. And it was a day less than five weeks from that first meeting Frank arranged til when our first issue hit the streets.last_img read more

first_imgA solid link between global warming and polar bear mortality emerged in 2004 when researchers were surprised to find four drowned bears in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska’s North Slope. The meltdown of sea ice—the polar ice cap had retreated a record 160 miles to the north—forced the bears to swim unusually long distances to find solid ice, which they depend on as hunting and fishing platforms and for rest and recuperation. And more recently, USGS researcher Steven Amstrup published findings that polar bears are “stalking, killing and eating other polar bears” as competition for scarcer food heats up. SEND YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL QUESTIONS TO: EarthTalk, P.O. Box 5098, Westport, CT 06881; [email protected] Read past columns at: EarthTalk is now a book! Details and order information at: Dear EarthTalk: Some say that polar bears are going to disappear in 50 years, but Alaskan officials insist their populations are recovering. What’s the real story?             — Harper Howe, San Francisco, CA The real story is that affording the polar bear endangered species protection would bring further regulations capping greenhouse gas emissions, a threat to Alaska’s main economic driver: oil revenues. Alaska professor Rick Steiner uncovered the misinformation in Palin’s claims when he found evidence that the state’s top wildlife officials agreed with federal findings that polar bears are headed toward extinction: “So, here you have the state’s marine mammal experts, three or four of them, very reputable scientists, agreeing with the federal proposed rule to list polar bears and with the USGS [United States Geological Survey] studies showing that polar bears are in serious trouble,” said Steiner. Beyond global warming, other risks to polar bear populations include toxic contaminants in the surrounding environment as well as in the fatty tissue of the prey they rely on, conflicts with shipping, stresses from recreational polar-bear watching, oil and gas exploration and development, and overharvesting through legal and illegal hunting. The erroneous notion that Alaska wildlife officials don’t believe the polar bear is in trouble was put forth by Alaska governor Sarah Palin when she initiated a suit against the federal government in hopes of overturning its decision to include the polar bear under the umbrella of endangered species protection. “I strongly believe that adding them to the list is the wrong move at this time,” Palin wrote in a January 2008 New York Times Op Ed piece. “My decision is based on a comprehensive review by state wildlife officials of scientific information from a broad range of climate, ice and polar bear experts.” The nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity presents an even more pessimistic forecast. If current warming trends continue, they say, two-thirds of all polar bears—including all of Alaska’s polar bears—will be extinct by 2050. Both organizations agree that the species as a whole will likely be wiped out completely within 100 years unless humans can get global warming in check. CONTACTS: International Union for the Conservation of Nature,; Center for Biological Diversity, There is no doubt that polar bears are in serious trouble. Already on the ropes due to other human threats, their numbers are falling faster than ever as a result of retreating ice due to global warming. The nonprofit International Union for the Conservation of Nature, which added the polar bear to its “Red List” of the world’s most imperiled wildlife back in 2006, predicts a 30 percent decline in population for the great white rulers of the Arctic within three generations (about 45 years).last_img read more