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first_imgConstraining past fluctuations in global temperatures is central to our understanding of the Earth’s climatic evolution. Marine proxies dominate records of past temperature reconstructions, whereas our understanding of continental climate is relatively poor, particularly in high-latitude areas such as Antarctica. The recently developed MBT/CBT (methylation index of branched tetraethers/cyclization ratio of branched tetraethers) paleothermometer offers an opportunity to quantify ancient continental climates at temporal resolutions typically not afforded by terrestrial macrofloral proxies. Here, we have extended the application of the MBT/CBT proxy into the Cretaceous by presenting paleotemperatures through an expanded sedimentary succession from Seymour Island, Antarctica, spanning the latest Maastrichtian and Paleocene. Our data indicate the existence of a relatively stable, persistently cool temperate climate on the Antarctic Peninsula across the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary. These new data help elucidate the climatic evolution of Antarctica across one of the Earth’s most pronounced biotic reorganizations at the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary, prior to major ice-sheet development in the late Paleogene. Our work emphasizes the likely existence of temporal and/or spatial heterogeneities in climate of the southern high latitudes during the early Paleogene.last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Tuesday, Westminster women’s basketball head coach Shelley Jarrard announced the hiring of Lynette Schroeder as an assistant coach.Schroeder has previously been an assistant coach at Salt Lake City’s Skyline High School from 2010-12 and was the Eagles’ head coach from 2012-18.Under Schroeder, the Eagles won the Class 4-A state championship in 2017.She is a graduate of Southern Virginia University with a degree in biology. Tags: biology/Lynette Schroeder/Shelley Jarrard/Skyline High School/Southern Virginia University/state championship/Westminster women’s basketball Written by September 11, 2018 /Sports News – Local Westminster Women’s Basketball Adds New Assistant Coach Brad Jameslast_img read more

first_imgIS IT TRUE last week the Clinton Foundation confirmed it accepted a $1 million gift from Qatar while Hillary Clinton was U.S. Secretary of State ?   …this happened without informing the State Department? … this also happened after Hillary Clinton promised to let the State Department review new or significantly increased support from foreign governments?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

first_imgRico Back, Royal Mail Group Chief Executive Officer, said: Dr Jenny Harries, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said: Widespread diagnostic testing during a pandemic is enormously important to controlling the spread of infection. This initiative is a substantial step forward in our ability to fight this disease that will save many lives. Alongside other difficult but necessary public health measures such as physical distancing, cancelling mass gatherings, and school closures, testing is a critically important part of the response. Wellcome is extremely grateful to the government, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Amazon and Randox for joining this important partnership, and has been supporting this critical initiative. We believe our role serving customers and the community during this time is a critical one, and we are committed to working closely with the Government to identify ways in which we can support efforts to respond to the crisis. We are committed to this important initiative to support NHS frontline staff. We have significant diagnostic capability and assets within the UK and, at this time of unparalleled national need, look forward to working with collaborative partners to meet the Government’s objectives. Mark Stevenson, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Thermo Fisher Scientific, said: Government working with industry, philanthropy and universities to significantly scale up testing. Our diagnostic test for COVID-19 will help to protect patients and enable medical staff to respond swiftly to treat those who are ill and prevent the spread of infection. This is closely aligned with Thermo Fisher’s mission – to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. In partnership with the UK government and our industry partners, we are committed to expanding the availability of diagnostic testing to prevent the spread of this virus. Randox CEO Dr Peter FitzGerald said: Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon, said: Royal Mail fully understands the devastating impact of the coronavirus outbreak on families, businesses and communities across the UK. We have a responsibility to help people stay connected, especially in this crisis when many are unable to leave their home. The Universal Postal Service provides a lifeline for businesses and communities across the UK, and never more so than at this difficult time. We already deliver vital Government mail in relation to coronavirus. We are working closely with pharmacies and NHS trusts across the UK. And we are delivering many prescriptions and hospital appointments. This is of key importance for us. We will safely deliver these vital tests, a key step forward in the nation’s battle against the virus. Sir Jeremy Farrar, Director of Wellcome, said: Dozens of universities, research institutes and companies across Britain are lending their testing equipment to 3 new hub laboratories which will be set up for the duration of the crisis. No equipment already in use for coronavirus testing or other vital work will be taken.All current coronavirus testing and research will continue, including at existing local NHS and Public Health England test laboratories, and this new programme will add significant new capacity.Thermo Fisher Scientific and Randox, who make the equipment, are providing extensive logistical and technical support.The first lab is now undergoing validation which is expected by tomorrow. Once approval is given, it is expected to enter operation over the weekend, initially on a fairly small scale, and processing around 800 samples.It will be scaled up every week from then on, with 2 other hub laboratories being stocked with equipment and opening soon.The first samples to be processed in the labs will be taken from frontline health workers. As the labs’ capacity increases, other frontline workers will be tested. The samples will be taken at special sites set up around the country, initially in coronavirus hotspots such as London.Work is also underway to source more of the kits needed to take samples from people – of which there is a worldwide shortage.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: We want to save lives, protect the most vulnerable, and relieve pressure on our NHS. Healthcare staff are key in our fight against the virus and I want to ensure that any frontline NHS or care worker who has symptoms of coronavirus or who has a family member with symptoms can be tested quickly and reliably. I pay tribute to the generosity and public spirit of Britain’s universities, research institutes and companies who have lent us their equipment without hesitation. New partnership with Thermo Fisher Scientific, Amazon, Boots, Royal Mail and Randox, alongside the Wellcome Trust and top UK universities to boost testing capacity for frontline NHS staff. I am extremely proud that Boots is supporting COVID-19 testing for NHS workers. Boots has been at the heart of UK healthcare for 171 years and has always come forward to support the community in times of need. We will work with the NHS to recruit trained professionals – both Boots colleagues and from the wider community. I am sure there will be many trained healthcare clinicians and students, who will step forward to support our dedicated NHS colleagues. Drive through test locations are being defined but will be spread across the UK; they will not however be in Boots stores, allowing our colleagues to focus on supporting our patients and customers. This new service, which will be free, will help end the uncertainty of whether NHS staff need to stay at home. Those who test negative for coronavirus will be able to return to work – enhancing the capacity of the NHS and social care to treat patients and care for those in community settings, with plans for a full roll-out for health, social care and other frontline workers.Amazon and Royal Mail will help with logistics, while Boots has been supporting initial trials by supplying volunteer healthcare clinicians as testers. It will continue this support as the testing rolls out across the UK. Testing will not be done at Boots stores and these tests will not be available over the counter or for purchase online from any retailers.Sebastian James, Managing Director, Boots UK and ROI said: Laboratory-based testing on this scale is a little like building the medical equivalent of a car factory. We are assembling many different parts, some of them quite specialised and hard to find, then getting them to work accurately together in a highly co-ordinated process. There are bound to be teething problems, so we cannot switch on hundreds of thousands of lab tests overnight. But we hope that soon these hub laboratories will be operating round the clock, allowing us to significantly scale up our testing. Notes to editorsCreating the new hub laboratories is one of 3 main strands to increase our testing programme. The other 2 are boosting the capacity of existing local NHS and Public Health England labs; and urgently analysing the reliability of home testing kits that do not need labs. These could be a game-changer – if they are reliable.last_img read more

first_img Antibiotics not the solution for STD that affects 250 million people When parasites catch viruses Pioneered, along with two others from MIT, use of field experiments to determine effectiveness of world poverty programs Michael Kremer wins Nobel in economics Children who receive sustained treatment against common parasitic infections grow up to achieve a higher standard of living, with long-lasting health and economic benefits that extend to their communities, according to new findings from an international research team.The pioneering 20-year study of Kenyan schoolchildren led by Edward Miguel, an economist at UC Berkeley, and co-authored by Michael Kremer, the Gates Professor of Developing Societies and winner of the 2019 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, found that youngsters who received a few extra years of deworming treatment — costing as little as 50 cents a child per year — eventually achieved better jobs and attained higher incomes than those who got less treatment.“We found that, in Kenya, this modest investment led to significant improvements in the lives of infected individuals and for whole communities, and the benefits are long-lasting,” said Miguel, a development economist. “But parasitic infections remain prevalent in many low-income countries, and there’s a resurgence in some poor, rural low-income areas of the United States. Clearly, this research can serve as a guide to policymakers in much of the world.”Kremer, whose Nobel Prize recognized his development of novel ways to study poverty, said the research also provides an unanticipated warning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic: Students who lose a year or more of school — and school-based social services — may likewise risk suffering lasting negative impact on their work and earning power.,“In the current context of Kenya and many other countries, many investments in health and education have been interrupted by COVID-19,” said Kremer. “Finding a way to resume them will be critical for the next generation of children.”The new research was published today as a working paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Miguel is the Oxfam Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley and faculty director of the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), a hub for research on global development. Joan Hamory Hicks at the University of Oklahoma; Michael Walker, a postdoctoral scholar at CEGA; and Sarah Baird at George Washington University are the study’s other co-authors.According to the World Health Organization, more than 1.5 billion people — nearly 24 percent of the global population — are infected with parasitic worms such as hookworm, roundworm, whipworm, and flatworm. These parasites infect the intestines, and in some cases, the urinary tract. Globally, more than 868 million children are at risk.These problems tend to be concentrated in warm, damp climates where low-income communities have poor sanitation. When infected people defecate in the open, the parasites’ eggs contaminate the soil or fresh water; tiny worms can penetrate the feet of passersby and work their way up to the hosts’ intestines.The health impact can range from mild to severe, depending on the degree of infection. Children may experience stomach ailments and fatigue. Infections also have been linked to impaired physical and mental development.In 1998, an NGO started the Primary School Deworming Project, using the schools in the Busia District (now Busia County) of Western Kenya as a focus of treatment efforts. Preliminary research found that infection rates were over 90 percent — in effect, virtually every student in the district was infected. Because of the NGO’s financial and administrative constraints, a decision was made to phase in treatment: Students at 50 schools were selected to begin health education and deworming treatment in 1998 or 1999, while those at 25 others started the regimen in 2001.Miguel and Kremer evaluated the Kenyan program in 2004 and found a clear positive impact: School absenteeism was cut by at least 25 percent, with the greatest improvements among younger students. Deworming “substantially improved” attendance even among untreated students, they found, because treatment reduced the prevalence of worm eggs in the area.The 2004 study led to the founding of Deworm the World, and Kenya and many other nations adopted ambitious anti-worm programs, dramatically improving life for hundreds of millions of children. Today’s research is based on outcomes for participants after 20 years, one of the longest study periods ever achieved for parasitic worm infections and interventions. The researchers tracked the former students as they transitioned to adult life, even those who moved within Kenya or migrated to other countries. “We’re showing that even 20 years later, there are measurable, meaningful improvements in the quality of life for these individuals.” — Edward Miguel, economist UC Berkeleycenter_img They found that students who received two or three years of extra treatment in the early years of the program reported significant benefits as mature adults:Hourly earnings were higher by 13 percent.Consumer spending was 14 percent higher.Work hours in non-agricultural jobs, which usually pay more, were 9 percent higher.Overall, the small investment in deworming treatment produced an annualized 37 percent rate of return.“You might assume that in a program like this, for children, you would get some transient gain but that people would eventually go back to the way they were,” Miguel said. “But we’re showing that even 20 years later, there are measurable, meaningful improvements in the quality of life for these individuals.”“The research is important because it lays bare the advantages of the deworming program both in the short term, including increased cognitive abilities [and] reduced school absenteeism amongst our school-going children, as well as long-term effects, such as increased wages,” said Nereah A. Olick, director of primary education for the Ministry of Education in Kenya. “The research findings informed the establishment of the very successful Kenya national school-based deworming program, which currently is on its eighth year of implementation and has become a globally recognized, high-impact model for successful cross-sectoral partnership. Other countries keep learning from this flagship program.”One of the primary accomplishments of the research has been its pioneering use of randomized controlled trials. While a variety of factors might ultimately contribute to an individual’s health and success in adulthood, such trials allow the researchers to isolate the impact of a single factor. In effect, they can put parental support or educational success aside, and look only at the effect of the deworming program. Related The Nobel committee cited Kremer’s development of research techniques in awarding him the economics prize last year, and specifically noted the team’s work on deworming in Kenya. The researchers are now moving toward new questions. They want to see whether the benefits achieved by one generation in Kenya carry over to their children, and why men seem to benefit economically more than women.While deworming research has helped countries such as Kenya and India achieve great human benefit, the research evidence still must be carried to policymakers, medical workers, and the public in many other low- and middle-income countries, particularly during the present pandemic. Schools, which are currently suspended in Kenya and many other nations, are often a place where students receive some meals and medical care, including deworming medication.“For these kids, losing a couple of years of schooling can have really bad consequences,” Miguel said. “They need a response right now to find a way to deliver at least some of those services.”The research project has received sustained support from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and was funded in part by GiveWell.last_img read more

first_imgThe battle to attract top talent in the technology industry has been raging worldwide for years. As Meghan Biro, an author and CEO of TalentCulture Consulting Group, puts it, “The talent war is rampant in the tech industry, and engineers are now attracted not only by financial prospects, but also because of a brand’s name and reputation. When they join these companies, the workplace culture is so strong that every little detail embodies what the company stands for. This is what makes all the employees feel like they belong to a family, not just a business.”At Dell Technologies, this is in our DNA. We know people want to work for a great business, and also for a great place to work. When it comes to our brand reputation, and more importantly to our team members and the culture that so strongly binds and unites us, our business serves as its own talent magnet. In fact, LinkedIn just recognized Dell Technologies as a top company where the U.S. wants to work now. We’re honored to be on LinkedIn’s list of top companies for being a respected brand and innovator, and attracting consistently heavy interest from job seekers. In addition to the U.S. market, Dell Technologies also made the coveted lists for the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia for 2018. It’s also in line with research recently carried out by Indeed, which ranked Dell at the very top of its list for Ireland’s best places to work list.I wrote about building an exceptional brand after Dell Technologies was recognized among Fortune’s Most Admired Companies for 2018, and, of course, how market-leading products and services are instrumental to this endeavor. But who makes that happen? Our people. Our people embody our Culture Code, which defines our values and is made real every day by how we work and lead. Our people are the heart and soul of Dell Technologies’ success and they drive the industry-leading, award-winning innovation behind our products and services, while always putting our customers first. And it’s our people who are the reason we’re being recognized again as a top company by LinkedIn.The 2018 lists from LinkedIn represent the companies where professionals most want to work today, based on the actions of LinkedIn’s 546 million professionals (with 146 million in the U.S. alone), including a brand’s reputation, reach and engagement with job seekers, and also how well a brand retains its new hires, a critical measure of success. The passion and dedication of our people across the company is truly inspiring and helps serve as a magnet for more top talent in search of a great place to work. I’m happy to say we’re hiring. Learn more about our career opportunities today.last_img read more

first_imgThe Indiana House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill to change state law to require private university police departments to disclose records related to arrests or incarcerations.The bill was approved by a 95-to-0 vote during last Thursday’s session. It will now move to the Indiana Senate for consideration.State Rep. Patrick Bauer (D-South Bend), co-author of the bill, said in a previous interview with The Observer that the purpose of the bill is to require university police departments to be more transparent with their public records. If passed, the bill would apply to Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP), the University’s private police force.In January 2015, ESPN filed a lawsuit against the University after NDSP refused to grant an ESPN reporter access to campus police records related to student-athletes. The case, ruled in Notre Dame’s favor by the St. Joseph Superior Court, was appealed to the Indiana Court of Appeals by ESPN. Oral arguments for the appeal are scheduled for Feb. 24, according to the South Bend Tribune.Bauer, a Notre Dame alumnus, said the bill is not a direct result of the ESPN lawsuit. Rather, he said the bill stems from concerns raised by Indiana citizens, including many Notre Dame graduates.Because the bill relates only to cases involving arrests and incarcerations, university police departments will still not be required to disclose the same range of records as public police departments.Bauer said the bill was crafted by bipartisan authors, with the help from the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI). Although Bauer sits on the board of the ICI, he said there is no conflict of interest because his position is unpaid, according to the South Bend Tribune.Tags: independent colleges of indiana, Indiana House of Representatives, NDSP, Patrick Bauerlast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Who ordered the chilly dog?Suffolk County police officers saved a 3-month-old Labrador puppy that had fallen through the ice on Homan Creek in Bayport on Monday morning.Officers responded to a 911 call of a dog in the canal off Paulanna Avenue at 8:20 a.m.The pup’s owner, Kevin Fitz, told responding officers at the scene that his puppy, Simon, was missing from his Salt Meadow Lane home.One of the officers spotted broken ice on the creek, followed the trail with Fitz until they heard barking and then found the puppy under a nearby dock, police said.Backup officers broke a piece of the dock off and pulled the puppy out of the frigid water. The puppy was then reunited with his owner.Any longer and he could have been a pupsicle.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York One person was killed in a crash in Commack involving a garbage truck.One person was killed early Friday morning in a crash involving a garbage truck and another vehicle in Commack, Suffolk County police said.Police have yet to identify anyone involved in the crash or reveal what led to the fatal incident. The crash occurred at 3:33 a.m. on Jericho Turnpike, police said.Police have closed off Jericho Turnpike between Kings Park Road and Wyandanch Boulevard indefinitely as they continue to investigate the incident.last_img read more

first_img 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Hispanics’ use of a variety of financial products and services—such as credit cards, auto loans, and mortgages—has outpaced that of non-Hispanics in recent years.And their expenditures continue to grow, reaching $1.4 trillion in 2016, according to Miriam De Dios Woodward, CEO of Coopera.Yet 46% of Hispanics remain unbanked or underbanked, according to the FDIC.“This illustrates a tremendous opportunity for financial institutions, and specifically for credit unions, to serve this largely untapped market,” De Dios Woodward says. “Credit unions have a chance to help nearly 60 million Hispanic individuals in the U.S. access financial services.”As technology continues to improve, the way Hispanics access information and conduct financial transactions continues to evolve, says De Dios Woodward. continue reading »last_img read more