first_imgShe told Panorama the problem of anti-Semitism complaints was “massive” and “real” and “wasn’t constructed by embittered old Blairites as we were frequently described as….. It would make no difference because …we had standards, we had clear rules that we had to try and uphold.” LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 10: Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home on July 10, 2019 in London, England. A BBC documentary is set to be broadcast later today which details an investigation into allegations of anti-semitism within the party. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images) Share whatsapp Jeremy Corbyn’s office DID assess antisemitism complaints, whistleblowers tell BBC Panorama Former Disputes Officer Louise Withers Green also left the Labour Party after being signed off with depression and anxiety.  Even before the programme was broadcast Labour lodged a complaint with the BBC, claiming it is “unlikely to meet the BBC’s obligations of fairness, balance and political impartiality”. Copied into these emails was Jeremy Corbyn – at his personal email address -, Seumas Milne, the leader’s director of communications and Karie Murphy, the Corbyn’s chief of staff. She said she defied the NDA because she wouldn’t “be able to live with myself unless I speak up about the horrendous things that I know have been happening.” Panorama also claims to have seen evidence of interference by the party’s general secretary, Jennie Formby, regarding who should sit on a panel to assess the case of Jackie Walker – who was under investigation for antisemitism. On 5 May 2018, an email from Formby states: “The NCC [National Constitution Committee] cannot be allowed to continue in the way that they are at the moment, and I will also be challenging the panel for the Jackie Walker case.” The Labour Party does not dispute the order went out, and insists that it was merely a “staffing resource matter” – which saw employees from different departments seconded into the unit which was processing the complaints. Former party officials gave interviews to the programme, including Kat Buckingham, who served as the chief inspector in the disputes team.  “These disaffected former officials include those who have always opposed Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, worked to actively undermine it, and have both personal and political axes to grind. It is simply untrue to say that there were any significant number of disagreements about what constituted anti-Semitism. BBC’s Panorama programme will broadcast claims on Wednesday evening that there was an order from the leader’s office to bring details of antisemitism complaints from the party HQ to his office in parliament for processing by his aides. Owen Bennett center_img In return for not having to work her notice period she signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). Batches of antisemitism complaints were assessed by staff working in Jeremy Corbyn’s office – despite claims the Labour leader and his team had no involvement in the process, it has been revealed. Withers Green said: “(The NDA) was really tight.   Eight former Labour staff members spoke to the programme, set to be broadcast on BBC1 at 9pm on Wednesday, with some breaking non-disclosure agreements. Wednesday 10 July 2019 5:00 pm She said she had a breakdown and decided to leave the Labour Party: “I was stuck between …an angry and obstructive Leader’s Office and an arcane disciplinary system…I couldn’t hold the tide and I felt so powerless and I felt guilty and I felt like I failed …and yeah I had a breakdown.” A Labour spokesperson said: “The Leader’s Office did not intervene. “These former disaffected employees sought the view of staff in the Leader’s Office, which was compiled with in good faith. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likebonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. 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Try Our Free Solar Calculator Now.Understand SolarUndoMedical MattersThis Picture Shows Who Prince Harry’s Father Really IsMedical MattersUndo “The emails… are simply about ensuring the NCC is held accountable for the length of time they take to hear cases and about protecting the Party against any successful legal challenge on the basis of perceived bias if the same panel is used in high profile cases.” Later referring to the email chain, Formby writes to the group: “I’ve permanently deleted all trace of the email. Too many eyes all on my Labour address. Please use my Unite address.” “When I first read it, I wondered how on earth, I’d be able to apply for jobs because it was so prescriptive in not speaking about anything that I had heard of or happening in the Labour Party.” whatsapp last_img read more

first_imgJuneau | Local GovernmentJuneau Assembly candidate files on Monday, drops out on WednesdayAugust 16, 2017 by Jacob Resneck, KTOO Share:Carole Triem chats with Deputy City Clerk Beth McEwen as she files her candidacy paperwork for a seat on the Juneau Assembly on Monday. Two days later, she says she’s dropping out. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/Alaska’s Energy Desk)It’s still early days in the municipal campaign season, but one candidate has already quit the race.Political newcomer Carole Triem wrote to her supporters Wednesday to say she won’t be running for a seat on the Juneau Assembly after all:“After more thought and consideration I am ending my candidacy for the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly for the October 3, 2017 election. I am extraordinarily grateful to the many family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances that offered their many levels of support for my candidacy. I am especially thankful to my fellow millennials who had faith in me to represent their interests, priorities, and approach to our community, its challenges and sustainable future. I will continue to look for opportunities to be engaged in our community.”Triem had filed papers Monday to run for an area-wide seat against incumbent Assemblywoman Maria Gladziszewski.Maria GladziszewskiGladziszewski will now run unopposed in the Oct. 3 election.Triem didn’t offer a reason in her email for her change of heart. Nor did she elaborate when contacted by KTOO. But she did indicate she’d have her name removed from the ballot before the Friday deadline.The two other seats in District 1 and 2 remain contested with both incumbents Jesse Kiehl and Debbie White facing re-election.Share this story:last_img read more

first_imgShare this story: Economy | Politics | Southcentral | Southeast | State GovernmentDividend paybacks meet opposition in public testimonyMarch 1, 2019 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Juneau resident David Noon testifies Thursday against Senate Bills 23 and 24. The measures would pay back the amounts cut from PFDs the past three years. (Photo by Andrew Kitchenman/KTOO and Alaska Public Media)Public testimony on Thursday night ran nearly two-to-one against legislation to pay extra checks to Alaskans to make up for the amounts deducted from permanent fund dividends the last three years. More than 100 Alaskans spoke at the hearing.Juneau resident David Noon said he’s concerned about the effect of PFD paybacks.“For a lot of Alaskans, the PFD is a substantial source of income, and reduced PFDs would hit them the hardest,” Noon said. “But I also know that reductions in our schools and hospitals, senior care facilities, ferries — everything else — is going to in the long-term hit everyone, including Alaska’s most vulnerable, harder.”Gov. Mike Dunleavy proposed Senate Bills 23 and 24, which would pay out nearly $3,678 over the next three years to Alaskans who have lost PFD money since 2016. Former Gov. Bill Walker vetoed half of PFD money that year, and the Legislature passed PFD cuts the next two years.The bills would permanently reduce the fund’s earnings by an estimated $100 million a year. And it’s the loss of that money that raised concern among most of the Alaskans who testified Thursday.But others say PFDs should never have been cut. Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce said Dunleavy was elected in part due to his campaign support for paying back the reduced PFDs.“I want to just remind the elected officials that are there tonight that there was recently an election in Alaska, and I think this issue was really at the forefront of that election,” Pierce said.The Senate State Affairs Committee will take more public testimony on the bills next Tuesday and Thursday.Watch the latest legislative coverage from Gavel Alaska:last_img read more

first_imgNOTABLE FIGURES“Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup”By John CarreyrouIn an era of hope and hype for disruption in health care, this forensic and compelling inside story of the rise and fall of biotech startup Theranos documents a stunning lack of integrity and ethical oversight by the organization’s senior leadership. Its employees and especially the patients who counted on them deserved better.— Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann, chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation advertisement About the Author Reprints Don’t MissThe 39 best health and science books to read this summer Senior Copy and Production Editor “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History”By John M. BarryThis fascinating book explores the impact of the historic flu pandemic of 1918, which killed at least 50 million people worldwide. It should be required reading for all people in the medical and public health fields. Really, everyone in public service should read it! We have come a long way since the great flu pandemic of 1918, but we must always stay vigilant and continue to improve pandemic flu preparedness.— Dr. Robert R. Redfield, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director “The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership”By James C. HunterThis is the story of an outwardly successful businessman whose personal and professional lives are spiraling out of control. He finds his way back to what’s really important in life after reluctantly spending a week at a Benedictine monastery. He learns that loyal followers committed to a goal aren’t gained through fear and intimidation, but through relationships built on mutual respect and service, and leaders who prioritize the real needs of those who they wish to lead. I love this book because it helped me wrap my head around something I’ve always noticed, but couldn’t put into words — my success as a leader has always been directly tied to my commitment to helping others, versus demanding that they help me.— Dr. Jerome Adams, U.S. surgeon generaladvertisement [email protected] OUR STAFF“Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History”By Kurt AndersenAndersen’s probing history of what he calls America’s “fantasy-industrial complex” is not only fascinating, scholarly, and brilliant. It’s also laugh-out-loud funny, and would be even more so if Americans’ habit of believing untruths weren’t so depressing. That has had horrific social and political ramifications, from the Salem witch trials to the Satanic cult panic of the 1980s. But as you read about this form of American exceptionalism — no other advanced country believes in ghosts, angels, and Satan’s physical presence on earth like we do — you’ll understand why we lead the world in anti-vaxxers, homeopathy believers, and alt-med embracers.— Sharon Begley, senior writer, science and discovery“Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America’s Opioid Epidemic”By Barry MeierIf not for the dastardly backstory, this could have been a tale of marketing genius. For decades, the Sacklers of Purdue Pharma convinced medical professionals and trusting citizens that narcotic painkillers were safe. But the marketing savvy had a shameful and horrifying result: contributing to the scourge of opioids that is only worsening today. The book quotes Raymond Sackler declaring, decades ago, that Purdue would turn OxyContin into a pharma powerhouse: “OxyContin is our ticket to the moon.” How prescient. How disturbing. Meier also traces the culpability of others, including pain management activists. This book was first published in 2003. But it didn’t get the notice it deserved and went quickly out of print. This updated edition puts the opioid epidemic in important context, and includes new details that will only add to the outrage, including the Justice Department’s role — or lack thereof.— Rick Berke, executive editor“Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats”By Maryn McKennaWe think we know about how antibiotic resistance came about. But with stories of pharmaceutical byproducts being poured into animal feed and whole chickens doused in antibiotic baths to keep them “fresh,” McKenna provides a vivid and surprising explanation of how we’ve created the crisis we’re in today.— Eric Boodman, general assignment reporter“The Juggler’s Children: A Journey into Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us”By Carolyn AbrahamWere you riveted by the capture of the alleged Golden State Killer, apprehended when police were able to use discarded DNA and a genealogy website to identify Joseph DeAngelo? Then this book is for you. Abraham, a Toronto-based author (and a personal friend, but that’s not why I’m recommending the book) grew up knowing the branches of her family tree stretched far and wide — India, England, Portugal, and maybe even China. But the origins of a key player in the family story — a great-grandfather who was a circus juggler — were a mystery. So Abraham, a first-rate science writer, set out to put the genetic advances she was chronicling to work in a bid to solve a family riddle. To tell you much more would risk disclosing spoilers, but I will say Abraham’s journey led her to unexpected places. Well worth a read, especially for would-be genealogy sleuths tempted to follow in her footsteps.— Helen Branswell, senior writer, infectious disease“Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street”By Sheelah KolhatkarThis is a book about Steven A. Cohen, the theatrically unjailable billionaire whose $15 billion hedge fund pleaded guilty to sweeping securities fraud. But its most compelling thread is a biotech story about two men and a failed Alzheimer’s drug. Mathew Martoma, a trader at Cohen’s hedge fund, wanted to know as much as he could about bapineuzumab, an Alzheimer’s treatment then in Phase 2 development by Elan and Wyeth. So he sought out Sid Gilman of the University of Michigan, a neuroscientist involved in the drug’s development — and a man in possession of that “material nonpublic information” that has a way of sending people to jail. Their relationship begins in friendship before turning disquietingly familial and ending with one man testifying against the other. Oh, and there’s a formaldehyde-leaking artwork by Damien Hirst, a doomed romance that begins at Elaine’s, and Steve Wynn jabbing a hole into a $139 million Picasso. Recommended.— Damian Garde, national biotech reporter“You Can Stop Humming Now: A Doctor’s Stories of Life, Death, and In Between”By Daniela LamasDr. Daniela Lamas is a critical care physician, but she approaches storytelling as the journalist she was in a previous life. Her medical credentials give her access to places journalists usually can’t go — such as the respiratory acute care unit, a kind of purgatory where patients exist tethered to ventilators for weeks or months on end. But once inside, she observes with the keen senses and curiosity of a reporter and asks the crucial question that all too often doctors and families fail to before performing a “trach-n-peg” or implanting a VAD: “What comes after for those who do not die, whose lives are extended … as a result of cutting-edge treatments and invasive technologies.”— Gideon Gil, managing editor“A Constellation of Vital Phenomena”By Anthony MarraThis 2013 novel, set in Chechnya, is not explicitly about health or medicine. But the story begins when two characters rescue a girl whose mother is dead and whose father was taken in the night by Russian forces. Both characters are doctors: Akhmed is a bad village physician who never wanted to become one, while Sonja is a no-nonsense surgeon who has returned home after working in the West. She is the last remaining physician at a hospital in a nearby city, and the two start treating patients together while trying to protect the girl from the crumbling world around her. There are plenty of other plots and characters, but the novel details how medicine is practiced in a hospital with few staff and fewer supplies. It’s a bleak book, but also beautiful.— Andrew Joseph, general assignment reporter“Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World”By Laura SpinneyEvery time I look at those charts plotting world population over time, I’m always stunned by the precipitous and unprecedented dip exactly a century ago. The global flu pandemic that broke out in 1918 took an inconceivably deadly toll — the latest estimates range between 50 and 100 million people killed — but it tends to get glossed over in mainstream histories of that period. Which is why this new book, published last year by the British science journalist Laura Spinney, is such a welcome addition. Spinney tells a truly global story, looking beyond America’s metropolises to show how remote communities everywhere from Alaska to South Africa tried to cope with a killer they did not understand.— Rebecca Robbins, reporter“ABCs of Biology”By Chris Ferrie and Cara FloranceSomewhere, etched into a tablet in a cave, is this saying: Nerds beget nerds. And for this nerd, the “ABCs of Biology” is the latest in a great series of science board books geared toward young children, in this case using the alphabet as a way to introduce kids to everything from bacteria to stem cells. I love them, my kid loves them, and they fit perfectly in a daypack for reading while traveling.— Megha Satyanarayana, engagement editor“Goodbye, Vitamin”By Rachel KhongI picked up this novel after seeing it on a bunch of “Best of 2017” book lists and absolutely loved it. It’s a sweet, funny, and poignant story about family dynamics and dementia. It’s written as a series of diary entries from the narrator, Ruth, who catalogues her dad’s ups and downs — and her own — after moving back in with her parents.— Megan Thielking, reporter and Morning Rounds writerCorrection: An earlier version of this list misspelled the name of Hans Rosling.STAT may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. OUR READERS“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”By Rebecca SklootThe story of medical progress is often told as a story of triumph. But along the way, many people were hurt or exploited, especially women and black Americans. This is their story and a recognition of their pain and contributions. It’s essential reading for any health care provider.— Dr. Elisabeth Poorman, Cambridge, Mass.“Bad Advice: Or Why Celebrities, Politicians, and Activists Aren’t Your Best Source of Health Information”By Paul OffitThis is an informative (and funny) look at why crazy health advice and conspiracy theories are so compelling and sound (but unsexy) science has so much trouble breaking through. In a world where many people look to social media for health information, the story of Dr. Offit’s efforts to communicate science and sense to the public had me laughing out loud. I loved this book.— Kirsten Thistle, Bethesda, Md.“Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body”By Jo MarchantIf you’re interested in the power of our minds, the placebo effect, or deep explorations of mind-body connections, don’t miss this one. Marchant fills her pages with the most fascinating stories and studies — I found I was unable to keep them to myself as I was reading her book, and they quickly became dinnertime conversations in my house.— Melissa Klaeb, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.“Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology”By Deirdre Cooper OwensIt’s impossible to understand the problems that plague American medicine without understanding their history. This book describes how “slavery, medicine and medical publishing formed a synergistic partnership” in the emergence of gynecology as a medical specialty in the United States. It’s an important, timely read that puts contemporary issues of racism, sexism, and health disparities in historical context.— Kathleen Bachynski, New York“Failure: Why Science Is So Successful”By Stuart Firestein“Failure” delves into the history and applications of failure in science and explains why failure is an integral part of the scientific process. Written by a scientist for both scientists and nonscientists, the book will likely make your head nod more than a few times as you relate to experiences both mentioned in the book and from your own personal experience.— Alex Birch, Boston“Poverty and the Myths of Health Care Reform”By Richard (Buz) CooperThis book, written in the last two years of Dr. Cooper’s life and published just months after his death in 2016, argues that poverty, rather than waste and physician inefficiency, is the driver of runaway health care costs in the U.S. and the world. Now more than ever, we’re in critical need of health care reform in the U.S. This book brings to light the most pressing changes needed to effectively change the U.S. health care system. It will ultimately save money and, most importantly, improve patient care.— Alyssa Chard, New York“Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creature”By Ben Mezrich“Woolly” deals not only with the science of the fascinating (and all-too-often vilified) idea of de-extinction through genetic modification, but also discusses the potential effects success could have on the global warming trend, as well as related technologies in the fields of medicine.— Bethany Geleskie, Dover, Del.“Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher”By Lewis ThomasA surprisingly impactful short series of essays relating the world of biology to the broader ecosystem of humanity. Easy to understand for the layman, with enough technical comparisons for the hardcore science enthusiast to nod along to.— Edward Marks, New York“Proof: The Science of Booze”By Adam RogersFrom botany to biology to chemistry and on, each chapter explains the many sciences in making alcohol. The art we make with the science of yeast, malting, distillation, aging, etc., is entertaining reading. Of course, the last chapter covers hangovers.— Griff Neighbors, Madison, Conn.“You Disappear”By Christian JungersenThis neurothriller explores how a brain tumor impacts one man’s sense of identity and hurts all the people around him. Reading the story is like watching an accident in slow motion: scary, but you can’t help looking. Also, the book asks big questions on how new brain science might change us all.— Mette Thorsen, Copenhagen, Denmark“If Our Bodies Could Talk: Operating and Maintaining a Human Body”By James HamblinIt tackles common health issues, themes, misconceptions, and conspiracies in easy-to-understand, accessible, quippy language.— MJ Gupta, Los Angeles“Mistreated: Why We Think We’re Getting Good Health Care—and Why We’re Usually Wrong”By Robert Pearl“Mistreated” will take you through Dr. Pearl’s own experience in the hospital hallways and intensive care unit, in addition to his takes on the Affordable Care Act and how the American health care system needs to evolve. As a new nurse, I found this book so important to understand the environment I am getting ready to work in from a health policy, financial, technological, and medical perspective.— Sophia Busacca, Philadelphia“The Winter Station”By Jody ShieldsA fiction based on a real plague breakout that occurred in Eastern Russia at the turn of the 20th century. The politics, the personalities, and the growth of the crises are actually taken from the diaries of a Russian aristocratic doctor practicing in Harbin at the time. The slow growth of the horror and helplessness of those who can really see the crises growing is beautifully drawn. And I found a great vodka referenced — delicious on ice.— Susan P. Bachelder, South Egremont, Mass.“Survival of the Sickest: The Surprising Connections Between Disease and Longevity”By Sharon MoalemAs a biology teacher, I have been fascinated with the fact that harmful genes (like sickle cell and cystic fibrosis) stay in populations. Why would evolution allow bad genes to persist? This book takes this idea to a whole new level! It is easy to read, informative and entertaining.— Ruth Sweeney, Reading, Mass.center_img Summer is officially here, and so is STAT’s annual book list, chock full of great health, medicine, and science reads to dive into on vacation or during a relaxing time at home.From the downfall of a buzzy biotech startup to the quest to revive the extinct woolly mammoth to explorations of the historic 1918 flu pandemic, there’s sure to be a page-turner below to capture your attention. Enjoy!SEE SUGGESTIONS FROM:    NOTABLE FIGURES   |  OUR READERS   |  OUR STAFF “Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World”By Rachel IgnotofskyIt has terrific vignettes of the lives of both famous and not-so-famous women scientists and the extraordinary hurdles they faced. It’s also beautifully illustrated with striking yet whimsical depictions of the scientists at work.— Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine“Crashing Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See”By Robert KursonA true story about a man, blinded at age 2, who grows up to become an accomplished entrepreneur, skier, and family man. He very accidentally learns of a new “miraculous” stem cell therapy that could potentially restore his sight. The book is about the process of decision-making he takes to decide whether to take the chance on sight, given that he has defined himself as a blind man of great accomplishment, and the impact on his life, body, and family when he makes his decision. It’s incredible and riveting.— Lisa Suennen, senior managing director of GE Ventures and managing partner of Venture Valkyrie“Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind”By Yuval Noah HarariThe mark of a great book is one that forever changes the way you look at the world. After reading the slightly desultory “Homo Deus,” I gave Harari’s previous book, “Sapiens,” a try. I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting major milestones in human evolution, technological advances, the formation of religions, and laws that allowed civilizations to thrive, but this time through the lens of biology.— David Sinclair, professor in the department of genetics and co-director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging at Harvard Medical School“The Fears of the Rich, The Needs of the Poor: My Years at the CDC”By William H. FoegeBill Foege, a great storyteller, shares some of the most important stories for those in public health and all who care about the public’s health. The book is invaluable and can mentor those who have not had the privilege and good fortune of working with Dr. Foege.— Dr. Tom Frieden, president and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies, and former CDC director“Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic”By Sam QuinonesThis book presents the true tale of America’s opioid epidemic from the eyes of the small towns of Portsmouth, Ohio, and Narayit, Mexico. A riveting read, this book illuminates through detailed storytelling how opioids rapidly became the crisis next door.— Adm. Brett P. Giroir, U.S. assistant secretary for health“Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You Think”By Hans RoslingIs the average life expectancy of a human being today 50, 60, or 70 years? How many of the world’s 1-year-olds have been vaccinated against some disease? In the past two decades, has the proportion of the world’s population living in extreme poverty doubled, halved, or remained the same? If you’re like most people — indeed, if you’re like most experts — you’ll do worse at these questions than a chimpanzee picking the answers at random, because you’ll be too pessimistic (the answers are 70, 80 percent, and halved). In “Factfulness,” the late doctor and TED star Hans Rosling (with his son Ola and daughter-in-law Anna) explain “ten reasons we’re wrong about the world—and why things are better than you think.”— Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and the author of “Enlightenment Now”“The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World”By Andrea WulfThe ocean current off the coast of Peru — the Humboldt Current — was the only thing I really knew Alexander von Humboldt for until Andrea Wulf’s “The Invention of Nature” was published. Expertly and passionately, Wulf introduces this incredible man of science — a resourceful, selflessly dedicated experimentalist and thinker. A multidisciplinarian, his interests included geology, botany, zoology, and ecology. As Wulf herself suggests, Humboldt was perhaps the first true environmental scientist, “the lost hero of science.” Unlike many of his age, he came to his conclusions about nature based on evidence he collected firsthand on his extensive travels. To do justice to his incredible story and to bring it better to life, Wulf literally followed in his footsteps as part of her research for the book. Reading “The invention of Nature“ is a memorable and fascinating adventure in itself.— Magdalena Skipper, editor-in-chief of Nature“The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds”By Michael LewisEverything we do in the biotech industry is about complex, data-driven decision-making. This book helps explain many of the challenges behind human decision-making, and encourages the reader to pressure test how our natural biases and preconceived models often get in the way of making rational predictions and decisions.— Dr. Jeffrey Leiden, CEO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals“Fighting for Space: How a Group of Drug Users Transformed One City’s Struggle with Addiction”By Travis LupickVancouver reporter Travis Lupick has been covering drug overdose for many years. In this book, he provides a detailed, analytical, and thoughtful account of persistent grassroots activism by the people of Vancouver to save lives of people dying from intravenous drug use. A humanizing approach to drug users and addiction using harm reduction and compassion.— Dr. Lipi Roy, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Health“One Tiny Turtle”By Nicola Davies, illustrated by Jane Chapman“One Tiny Turtle” is a children’s book about the life cycle of a loggerhead turtle that goes way deep on the details as the turtle dives deep into the ocean. This book teaches kids about ecosystems, the food chain, and how animals grow, develop, and evolve. That doesn’t just apply to sea turtles. It applies to everything.— Nate Butkus, 8-year-old host of “The Show About Science” podcast“A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes”By Adam RutherfordIn witty, trenchant prose, Rutherford lays out the complexity of the genome and the wonder of possibilities buried within it. But he has no time for the ludicrous assertions, simplified explanations, and purposefully misleading assumptions that govern much of the public discourse over genetics. Rather than running from the truth, Rutherford revels in the fact that the origins and interlocking realities of human society are messy. No matter what you think you know about genetics, anthropology, or the role of humans on this frail planet, Rutherford will make you think again. And despite current trends in American life, how can there be such a thing as too much thought?— Michael Specter, New Yorker staff writer focusing on science, technology, and public health“The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World”By Simon WinchesterIdeal for all those engineering geeks out there. I can guarantee you will enjoy, to a tolerance of 0.0000001.— Timothy Caulfield, professor of law at the University of Alberta and author of “Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?” Alex Hogan/STAT Sarah Mupo By Sarah Mupo June 25, 2018 Reprints @sarahmupolast_img read more

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS The road is closed while crews work to investigate the crash.This is a developing story. NAPLES, Fla. – One person has died after a crash on Airport Rd. and Progress Ave. in Naples Sunday. Photo Courtesy of FHPA 47-year-old Naples man was driving before he died in the crash, troopers said.Hannah Krum said the man that died is her father, Daryl Krum, and said she believes the crash was a result of drunk driving. “I lost my father because he decided to take a sip of alcohol and drive,” she said. “So I am a teenager who has lost their father because of drinking and driving.”  Study ranks Naples as best beach town in America to live June 16, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Deadly crashnaples AdvertisementNorthbound lanes of Airport-Pulling Rd were shut down just before 6 p.m. Sunday, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. One car crashed into a traffic light pole and was split in two from the impact, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. No other passengers were in the car. center_img Woman shot outside Naples Waffle House June 16, 2021 Naples soldier facing charges for wife’s murder June 16, 2021 Sea turtle caught on camera nesting on Naples beach June 16, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentslast_img read more

first_img By Siun Lennon – 3rd October 2018 How to manage Leaving Cert stress information evening Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Pinterest A local TD is set to host a public meeting with school leavers and parents about how to manage stress during the Leaving Cert year, among other topics.Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin is hosting a public meeting for school leavers in Portarlington in the Community Centre on Thursday, October 4 at 7.30pm.A place to gather informationA panel of speakers will give information about apprenticeships, grants, career prospects and how to manage stress during the Leaving Cert year.All school leavers and parents are invited to attend.Deputy O’Loughlin, who is Chair of the Oireachtas Education and Skills Committee, said: “I am looking forward to hosting this public meeting in Portarlington on Thursday evening.“The Leaving Cert year can be stressful for students and parents so it’s good to gather as much information as you can at the beginning of the school year.“Everyone is welcome on the night to attend and get the information most important to them.”SEE ALSO – Unacceptable waiting times for mental health appointments in Laois Pinterest TAGSFiona O’Loughlin TDLeaving Cert Home News Community How to manage Leaving Cert stress information evening NewsCommunity Twitter Facebook Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Council Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Previous articleHighly successful open evening at Dunamase CollegeNext articleWATCH: Camross NS blow the roof off with County Final song Siun Lennonún 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. Community New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official openinglast_img read more

first_img“In keeping with the approach of the Association since the start of this crisis, all of our decisions will be based on the advice of the medical professionals and the government.“Finally, the GAA would again like to thank our members and units for their support at this time and for continuing to adhere to the government guidelines.”When the GAA ceased last month, the Laois hurlers had finished their league campaign but were preparing for Leinster championship matches against Kilkenny, Galway, Dublin and Wexford.The footballers were in the hunt for promotion to Division 1 with two games left in the league against Westmeath and Fermanagh.While they were then due to begin their Leinster campaign against Westmeath with the quarter final in May.SEE ALSO – 832 new cases of Coronavirus in Ireland and 41 more deaths Home Sport GAA BREAKING: GAA postpone All-Ireland chamionships ‘until further notice’ SportGAA WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Facebook TAGSCoronavirusCovid-19GAA BREAKING: GAA postpone All-Ireland chamionships ‘until further notice’ Twitter Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival The GAA has announced that the All Ireland hurling and football championships are postponed ‘until further notice’.In a statement released moments ago, they say “that it is highly unlikely these will be rescheduled any time before the beginning of July.”They say: “The GAA acknowledges last weekend’s Government announcement of the extension of current restrictions until May 5th and its impact on the scheduling of sporting events and working practices, and has factored the extension of the arrangements into its contingency planning.“To that end, the Association can confirm that club activity remains suspended until May 5th.“The Senior inter-county championships, scheduled to begin in May, will be postponed until further clarity on the current situation is available.“However, it is the Association’s view that it is highly unlikely these will be rescheduled any time before the beginning of July, at the earliest.“When sporting activity recommences, the GAA will accommodate both club and county games. The Association also intends to complete the Allianz Leagues, or at least those games that have a bearing on next year’s divisions, where possible.“A Special Congress, to be held remotely, will take place this Friday to propose decision-making flexibility to allow us vary competition structures, if required, in advance of resuming games. Previous articleBREAKING: 832 new cases of Coronavirus in Ireland and 41 more deathsNext articleCases of Coronavirus in Laois go above 100 Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.center_img Pinterest Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic Electric Picnic WhatsApp News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Alan Hartnett – 14th April 2020 Pinterestlast_img read more

Digital Consumer Dividend Fund files IPO Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Faircourt migrates two closed-end funds to NEO IE Staff Details of the approved changes to the fund are contained in the management information circular of the fund dated Feb, 8, 2013. The fund is a closed-end investment fund established to provide unitholders with investment exposure to a diversified portfolio of Canadian high yield fixed income securities actively managed by High Rock Capital Management Inc. Toronto-based Scotia Managed Companies Administration Inc., the manager of Advantaged Canadian High Yield Bond Fund (TSX: AHY.UN), announced Friday that the fund’s unitholders approved amendments that will permit the fund to continue as a closed-end fund after March 29. In addition, the amendments provide unitholders with a right to redeem their units at their respective net asset value per unit on December 15 of each year commencing in 2013. Europe Blue-Chip Dividend & Growth Fund confirms termination date Keywords Closed-end funds Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

first_img Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Hedge funds look to increase crypto exposure Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz is sounding the alarm on bitcoin, calling the purchase of the cryptocurrency “closer to gambling than investing.” In a speech at the Canadian Club Toronto on Thursday, the governor said bitcoin is not a reliable store of value and does not constitute “money.” Armina Ligaya center_img CME launches “micro” Bitcoin futures He added that buying the cryptocurrency “means buying risk” and urged those flocking to it to “read the fine print.” “It is a situation which has the ingredients of something that could be a significant disturbance,” Poloz said to reporters after his speech when asked about Bitcoin’s wider ramifications. “I’m hopeful that the system will treat it cautiously from here.” Poloz’s comments come one day after U.S. Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen called bitcoin a “highly speculative asset” that “doesn’t constitute legal tender.” But on Sunday, CBOE Global Markets launched bitcoin futures and CME Group Inc. says it plans to follow suit on Dec. 17, giving investors more ways to tap the cryptocurrency. Read: SEC chairman urges caution over cryptocurrencies and ICOs The price of bitcoin has soared this year, briefly touching US$19,000 earlier this month before slipping to roughly US$16,700 on Thursday late afternoon. At the beginning of the year, one bitcoin was worth roughly US$996. Poloz said Thursday the bitcoin price chart “looks like the left-hand side of an Eiffel tower. You don’t see that very often.” He likened it to the tech boom and bust, roughly two decades ago. “The good news is it did not have widespread effects,” Poloz said. “It was fairly restricted to stocks in that sector, and if you got in late you lost some money, but you knew it was high risk when you got into it.” The theme of Poloz’s speech Thursday focused on three “slower-moving, nagging issues” that keep him awake at night, describing them as concerns that are a little different than the more-pressing, immediate issues. His list included high house prices and household debt, cyber threats, and the difficult job market for young people. He also spoke about the Canadian economy overall, saying it is running at close to full tilt at a part of the economic cycle that he thinks of as “the sweet spot.” Poloz said that while a mechanical approach to setting interest rates would suggest that higher borrowing rates should already be in place, the central bank has been focused on scrutinizing some “unusual factors” at play. That includes encouraging signs that companies are starting to expand their capacity by investing in equipment and by hiring more people, growing wages and a sudden jump in participation by young people. Poloz said the bank’s governing council believes there’s still more room, albeit diminishing, for the labour market to grow before it starts pushing inflation higher. That factor could be providing an offset to the upward pressure from an economy operating close to its capacity and growth forecasts above potential. He did acknowledge, however, that the current policy setting “clearly remains quite stimulative.” The central bank introduced two rate hikes this year due to the strong economy — once in July and again in September. But since then, Poloz has kept the rate on hold, including at last week’s announcement. He pointed to uncertainty over trade and a greater-than-expected weakness in exports as reasons to stand firm. Still, he continued to warn that higher interest rates will likely be required over time, even though the bank will proceed with caution by carefully assessing the incoming data. Keywords CryptoassetsCompanies Bank of Canada G7 tax pledge may be upstaged by CBDC worklast_img read more

first_imgTough new action to target repeat youth offenders JOINT STATEMENTThe State Government will move immediately to further crackdown on juvenile crime.The new measures will target hardcore youth criminals who repeatedly offend and put the community at risk.Courts will get more powers allowing them to:Require fitting of electronic monitoring devices (GPS Trackers)As a condition of bail for recidivist high risk offenders aged 16 and 17Create a presumption against bailFor youth offenders arrested for committing further serious indictable offences (such as breaking and entering, serious sexual assault and armed robbery) while on bailSeek assurances from parents and guardiansThat bail conditions will be complied with before an offender is releasedStrengthen existing bail laws to provide further guidance to the courtsThe Youth Justice Act will be amended to include a reference to the community being protected from recidivist youth offenders in the Charter of Youth Justice PrinciplesThe government will also enshrine in legislation the existing common law principle that offending whilst on bail is an aggravating circumstance when the court is imposing a sentence.To prevent crime:Police will be given metal detecting wands to target knife crime on the Gold Coast;Anti-hooning laws will be strengthened to hold the registered owner of a vehicle responsible except where the vehicle is stolen or the owner can identify another driver; andA parliamentary inquiry will examine the implementation of remote engine immobilisersAssistant Police Commissioner Cheryl Scanlon, Queensland’s former Security and Counter Terrorism Command will lead a Youth Crime Taskforce to implement the new measures.Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the loss of four innocent lives linked to a spate of senseless crimes would not go unanswered.“It is clear to me and to the community that some young offenders simply don’t care about consequences,” the Premier said.The Premier also announced that former Commissioner Bob Atkinson will report on the efficacy of the measures in six months.Police Minister Mark Ryan said young offenders needed to learn the consequences of their actions.“This is about targeting the hardcore repeat offenders – those 10 per cent of youth offenders who are frequently putting the community at risk.“We must stop young hardcore offenders being let out on bail and reoffending the next day. That is why we are making these changes to bail laws.“Ten per cent of all youth offenders account for 48 per cent of all youth crime*.“It is this group we will target with all the force and resources at our disposal.”The Premier said the new measures build on the Government’s five-point action plan announced in March last year, with $550 million in Youth Justice reforms already underway.Youth Justice Minister Leanne Linard said those reforms have led to a 23 per cent decrease in the numbers of youth offenders.“For example, our Transition 2 Success Program has a 67 per cent success rate,” the Minister said.“About 187 young people have attended and 67 per cent have not re-offended.”Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman said it is anticipated necessary law changes will be introduced at this month’s sittings of State Parliament. /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:Australia, Commissioner, common law, Courts, crackdown, Gold Coast, Government, legislation, Palaszczuk, parliament, QLD, Queensland, resources, Ryan, Sexual Assault, Shannon, terrorism, Youthlast_img read more