Appalled disabled activists have warned the British Medical Association (BMA) that it will be “complicit” in the future deaths of patients, after the doctors’ union refused to speak out about “very dangerous” new benefit rules affecting severely-ill claimants.Disability News Service (DNS) reported last week how the rules can force people applying for the government’s new universal credit to look for jobs and take part in training, even if their GPs have said they are not fit for work.Dr Stephen Carty, medical adviser to the Scottish grassroots campaign group Black Triangle, who works as a GP in Leith, on the edge of Edinburgh, said last week that the “substantial risks” were “incalculable”, and that GPs had not been told about the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) rules.BMA has previously been reluctant to involve itself in safety concerns around DWP’s fitness for work tests, although its public position has been that the work capability assessment (WCA) “should be scrapped with immediate effect and replaced with a rigorous and safe system that does not cause avoidable harm to the weakest and most vulnerable people in society”.Despite that position, it took more than two-and-a-half years for Carty, Black Triangle and other campaigners to persuade the union to agree to tell every GP in the country about two regulations that protect many disabled people facing the WCA.Yesterday – five days after DNS asked whether it was aware of the new universal credit rules and if it was concerned about their potential impact – a BMA spokeswoman said: “The assessments of benefits has been independent of GPs for years, so whilst I am sure many will have strong opinions on this, it is not something as an organisation we have anything new to say on it.”Black Triangle is now working with supportive doctors to develop a campaign on the universal credit rules, and is preparing itself for another battle with BMA.John McArdle (pictured), Black Triangle’s co-founder, said: “BMA’s silence will make them complicit in the destruction of disabled people’s lives and in the deaths of innocent disabled people, their patients.”He said he had been reminded of how, at the height of the AIDS pandemic in the 1980s, the AIDS community had adopted the slogan “silence equals death” to “mobilise the medical profession and the wider community into action to save lives”.McArdle said the BMA’s silence on the universal credit rules would “go down as a day of infamy for an organisation which has betrayed its sacred duty to protect and defend human life”.He said the organisation had also betrayed its duty to represent doctors “who we believe will be as appalled as us at this shameful act of complicity”, which was happening “at a time when disabled people are looking at another five years of Conservative rule”.The rules – which have never been announced or publicised by DWP – apply to new universal credit claimants who are waiting for a WCA.They mean that they could have their benefits sanctioned for up to three months if they fail to follow strict instructions from a job coach with no medical training, even if they have a “fit note” from their GP stating that they are not fit for work.They are forced to attend a “health and work conversation” and could be forced into further work-related activity, such as training or employment programmes, and could also face sanctions if they fail to show they have searched for a job for up to 35 hours a week, and have not made themselves available for paid work.Potential sanctions will continue to hang over their heads until their fitness for work is eventually tested through a WCA, which could take months.The new rules – uncovered by Black Triangle’s sister organisation Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) – apply to sick and disabled people who would previously have been eligible for income-based employment and support allowance (ESA), which is gradually being phased out in the move to universal credit, but not to those eligible for the contribution-based form of ESA, which will continue alongside universal credit.Under ESA, claimants with a fit note from their GP are not expected to carry out any work-related activity and continue to receive a lower assessment rate of the benefit until they have had their WCA and a decision is reached on their eligibility.DWP has insisted that universal credit claimants with a fit note will only be forced to carry out “reasonable” work-related activity that is “tailored to the individual’s circumstances”, while work coaches will demand no work-related activity “if appropriate”.But activists believe the potential harm caused to severely-ill people could be catastrophic and potentially fatal.Anita Bellows, a DPAC researcher, said: “It is very disappointing to see that the BMA has refused to comment on the DWP policy, which will force people assessed as unfit for work by their GP to attend a mandatory health and work conversation, whatever the severity of their health condition.“GPs have the duty of making the care of their patients their first concern and their refusal to speak up on their behalf will be seen rightly as a dereliction of duty.”
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Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The San Francisco Planning Commission voted unanimously Thursday to delay interim controls for the Mission District until a vote on September 3. Instead, the seven commissioners adopted a policy statement that calls attention to the affordable housing crisis but carries no legal weight.The commission already delayed the vote last month, choosing to wait for a report from San Francisco’s Chief Economist Ted Egan on the effects of controls. That report is still in progress.“Basically controls are changing the actual law temporarily, whereas the policy is just a statement,” said city planner Claudia Flores, who presented the interim control plans to the commission. “There’s not an actual requirement.”If approved in September, however, interim controls would create an extra level of bureaucratic scrutiny to market-rate housing and large commercial or retail projects. Projects that cause the loss of one rent-controlled unit, are 25,000 square feet or larger in size, or convert or destroy some manufacturing, community, or arts spaces would need to pass the extra layer of scrutiny. Though the meeting was not as heated as last month’s, when both pro- and anti-development groups voiced their opposition to the controls, public comments were still almost unanimous in their disapproval of the plan.“Adding more controls to the Mission to stop housing isn’t going to help,” said John Schwark from the Bay Area Renters Federation. “Is the attachment to the Mission getting in the way of actually housing people?”Pro-development voices argued that interim controls were not a fix. The pro-affordable housing groups, on the other hand, said the law failed to go far enough and detracted from November’s ballot initiative calling for a moratorium on all market-rate projects in the Mission.“People are excited for the moratorium, they demand the moratorium. [This] is a clear attempt, a clear facade masquerading around as a demand from the community. This is not what we want,” said one speaker, who quickly rushed out of the room.The commissioners set the vote for September 3 because the 2000 Bryant Street development must be approved or rejected by September 24 and commissioners said they wanted to consider the controls before approving such a large project.Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that projects with five or more residential units would have to pass extra scrutiny. This was changed at the meeting to projects that are 25,000 square feet or larger. 0%
First of all, not fried chicken. It’s breaded. Milanesa at best. It comes with butter and mayo, sounded terribly unappetizing. Then, after standing in line, got a glimpse of it. No way.You can do solo on Picudo if you wish, Julian. I am moving on to Birite [sic] tomorrow.”Mark: When I tried Los Picudos’ fried-chicken Milanesa torta for the first time, I felt a strange tingling — perhaps it was like a homecoming, perhaps the warmth of the womb. Perhaps, this fried chicken sandwich diverged from our more common notion of the fried chicken sandwich — the Southern Fried Chicken sandwich — with its dubious colonial beginnings in a 1747 British cookbook that later found its way to slave kitchens, as outlined in your last column. I could go on here about the history of the chicken milanesa, a South American variation of the cotoletta alla milanese, the pounded and breaded chicken/veal cutlet. But, Mark, I won’t, because there is a bottom line here: it’s chicken, and it’s fried, and it’s in between two pieces of bread. And it’s great. We are in the Mission, after all. And, until now, we left out an entire class of fried chicken sandwiches that seem fairly germane to our website’s mission. The Los Picudos fried chicken torta is among that class, and perhaps the best of that class. Its bread — a traditional telera — is toasted on a well-seasoned grill and touched up with just enough mayo (not, mind you, aioli, as the Son’s Addition/Monk’s Kettle crowd likes to say) and butter. It comes with all of your classic torta offerings: avocado, lettuce, tomato and pickled jalapenos — a nice break from the coleslaw. But the chicken is something to behold. Pan-fried, the breaded and pounded chicken cutlet is not so much tender as it is tectonic: the way it is cut allows the chicken to fall apart in your mouth in pieces, or plates, if you will. Add to that the queso fresco, which mixes so well with the milanesa breading that I could probably subsist on a combo of those two things, perhaps in bowl or bar form. After each of the eight or so times I have had this sandwich — there will be many, many more — I have felt a sharp pang of despair that it’s all over. The Los Picudos chicken torta is the king of tortas and the king of chicken sandwiches in the area, hands down. And next time, Mark, it really only takes three easy words: Hold. The. Mayo. A March 26 email from Mark:“Went to Tortas Picudos today but could not go through with it. Email Address Julian, 20-something, and Mark, 70-something, are on a journey to find the Mission’s best fried chicken sandwich. If you have suggestions, write a comment — or, if you prefer, send an e-mail to Julian at email@example.com. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Fake News!I didn’t author that email. As everyone knows (which includes, presumably, Julian) my email account was hacked by the Russians — or the Deep State — earlier this year and all sorts of outrageous emails, posts, comments have been flying around the internet ever since.Even a bored NSA contractor giving it a quick scan can see the email was not written by me. The syntax is all wrong — and the word choice? Where does this trash come from? A troll farm in Bulgaria?To clear up any confusion, I sincerely apologize to Los Picudos, although I have no need to do so. The remarks, which were not mine, were taken out of context.Which brings us to Los Picudos’ awesome milanesa de pollo. Almost.First I want to make clear that ML’s fried chicken sandwich desk does not endorse Julian’s wild theories and unfounded assumptions. Just because you can put the word “chicken” between “fried” and “sandwich” doesn’t make it a fried chicken sandwich.Nor can we ignore Julian’s hapless attempts to conflate the diversity of the world’s great gastronomic cultures into one bland global dish. I’ve just come back from Mexico City. During the celebrations for AMLO, I literally asked hundreds of people where I could get a fried chicken sandwich. Most couldn’t understand me. Those who did pointed to the nearest KFC.Given these and other journalistic errors (his unaccountably unbridled subjectivity, for one), readers will, with good reason, doubt the credibility of Julian’s review.The good news is, once you clear away the clutter, he’s got it right!More or less. The Los Picudos milanesa is, and has been, one of the neighborhood’s premier sandwiches. If you want a break from fried chicken sandwiches, this milanesa is for you.And it begins with the chicken, heavily pounded, lightly breaded and fried in a pan over a high heat. The result is a juicy piece of white meat covered with a thin tasty crisp.What else you put on the unremarkable, though well-toasted, bun, is up to you. No messy coleslaw to contend with and, as Julian snarkily points out, if you don’t want the mayo — or the butter or “crema” — they leave it off. It comes with a choice of cheeses. Avocado is extra.Warning! A couple months ago I met a young woman I wanted to impress, so I took her to Los Picudos for lunch. Although a great hole-in-the-wall “Old Mission” venue, it was packed that day with hungover hipsters hunched over mayo-dripping milanesas. As we waited in line, one of them, a young man clearly new to the neighborhood, suddenly exclaimed “King of the Tortas!” Then faceplanted into his sandwich.She was not impressed.The fried chicken showdown begins at the Salumeria, Dec. 7, 2017The fried chicken showdown takes a detour to Wes Burger, Dec. 18, 2017The fried chicken showdown goes to Monk’s Kettle, Jan. 4, 2018The fried chicken showdown goes to Rhea’s cafe, Jan. 23, 2018The fried chicken showdown at Buttermilk, Feb. 22, 2018The fried chicken showdown at Bi-Rite, March 30, 2018The fried chicken showdown stops at West of Pecos, April 23The fried chicken showdown at Son’s Addition, May, 24, 2018
SAINTS U19s put on the perfect curtain raiser to the main event with a nine try 48-10 demolition of the Auld Enemy, writes Graham Henthorne.In oppressively humid and hot conditions the Saints took control in the latter stages of the first half putting the game out of reach.Lewis Galbraith was close to continuing his rich vein of form as he was just prevented from opening the scoring as he was ankle tapped as he streaked away from the cover.The relief for the visitors was short-lived; however, as aggressive defence forced the error on the second tackle from the scrum. Three tackles later and the increasingly impressive Connor Dwyer was sauntering through a massive hole on his way to the first Saints try.The visitors took advantage of a steeping penalty count to even the scores. But as the game entered the second quarter the Saints superior fitness and ball control took its toll allowing full back Danny Abram to score a brace of tries.The first came after the Saints received their first penalty of the game 24 minutes in. Drives from Greg Richards and Adam Hesketh, having his best game for many a month, put the Saints on the front foot. When the ball was spread to the right Abram injected himself in to the line, stepping off his right foot and reaching out for a great try.Then came a Saints special. Galbraith expertly gathered a last tackle kick behind his own line before speeding along the line and feeding opposite winger Ben Parry who cleared the lines. The forwards rolled up their sleeves before Abram again popped up this time racing 60 metres through the middle of the ruck and outpacing his opposite number to the sticks.A 16 – 4 lead at the break would have been good but two tries in the final three minutes of the half really killed off the visitors.A dart from dummy half by a rejuvenated Dom Speakman found Dwyer on the burst. In a planned move he in turn found Lewis Charnock on his inside who was stopped just short. From the play the ball Hesketh got his just deserts charging onto the ball for his first try of the year.In the last play of the half Danny Yates profited from another Speakman break sprinting the final distance to the sticks.Knowing that the job was only half done and how poorly the Saints had started second halves recently, much emphasis was put into reversing that trend by the coaching staff at the break. Their wishes were made into reality courtesy of Hesketh again forcing an error with a big hit in the opening set.There followed a steady stream of tries with only a consolation in reply.Charnock gathered a knocked down pass on the visitors 30 metre line, fed his winger Parry who jinked his way off his left foot twice to touch down for the sixth try.Charnock then notched his own four pointer popping up at the right time to take Yates’ pass after a fine offload from Captain James Tilley.Matty Fozard showed great awareness and soft hands as he won the race to mop up a difficultly bouncing chip kick. Jack Ashworth was the beneficiary as he barged over in the corner four tackles later.The final act was deservedly reserved for Captain Tilley as he crowned another solidly impressive performance with a try to the right of the sticks.After the disappointment of a one point loss last week the Saints bounced back in the best of styles with a thoroughly professional demolition job. On the back of a 90% completion rate in both halves the Saints were never really under any pressure producing the consummate team performance and a real boost before the very difficult trip to Hull next Saturday.Match Summary:Saints U19s:Tries: Dan Abram 2, Jack Ashworth, Ben Parry, Lewis Charnock, Danny Yates, Connor Dwyer, James Tilley, Adam Hesketh.Goals: Lewis Charnock 5, Matty Fozard.Wigan U19s:Tries: David Thompson, Kieron Sharratt.Goals: Callum Wright.Half Time: 28-4Full Time: 48-10Teams:Saints:20. Dan Abram; 2. Lewis Galbraith, 4. Jack Ashworth, 3. Matty Fleming, 5. Ben Parry; 6. Lewis Charnock, 7. Danny Yates; 8. Greg Richards, 9. Matty Fozard, 10. Chris Webster, 11. Luke Thompson, 12. Connor Dwyer, 13. James Tilley. Subs: 14. Dom Speakman, 15. Adam Hesketh, 17. Joe Ryan, 21. Tom Calland.Wigan:1. Gabriel Fell; 2. David Thompson, 3. Dom Manfredi, 4. Oliver Gildart, 5. Mike Scrivens; 6. Jake Shorrocks, 7. Joe Prior; 8. Ben Austin, 9. Callum Wright, 10. Joe Bretherton, 11. Grant Beecham, 12. Robert Lever, 13. Kieron Sharratt. Subs: 14. Brad Lawrence, 15. Zac Dewhirst, 16. Ellis Grimes, 17. Luke Waterworth.
They saw a presentation on the club’s history and took part in a Q and A with Alex Walmsley, Faye Gaskin and Josh Simm.They then enjoyed a chronology and photo interpretation session with images from the club’s history and finished with an outdoor skills session, led by Saints Community Development Foundation’s coach Gareth Friar.Robert Morley from Bleak Hill Primary School said. “It was a great day with the highlight being the Q and A forum with the children. Most of the children thought the same with comments like: ‘It was great to find out about how the Saints players train,’ ‘I can’t believe a Saints Player used to go to Bleak Hill School’ and one girl saying: ‘I never knew girls played rugby for Saints too, I could be a Saints player now’.“The girls were inspired by all the visitors but Faye in particular. Naturally the boys gravitated towards Alex Walmsley but Josh was also well liked for being a try-scorer. All three visitors represented the club superbly and answered the children’s questions with interest and enthusiasm.”
Bob Muller (WWAY file photo) PENDER COUNTY , NC (WWAY) — Former Pender County Republican Party Chairman Bob Muller was selected Tuesday night to fill the House seat vacated by former Rep. Chris Millis, who resigned as of last week.The current county GOP chair Norm Gopsell said Muller was the only person nominated for the job, and Millis was the one who nominated him.- Advertisement – Gopsell said Muller will head to Raleigh when the North Carolina General Assembly reconvenes October 4.
Photo: DA Office) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man pleaded guilty to firearm and assault charges in court last week and was sentenced to several years in prison.On Wednesday, November 29, Foster Kelly Henry, 42, pleaded guilty for the illegal possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and assault on a female.- Advertisement – On January 16, 2016, officers with the Wilmington Police Department responded to the report of gunfire in the area of Lamppost Circle. The victim in this case had a gun, which Henry grabbed during the course of a robbery. Henry shot the victim with that gun. When officers responded, the victim gave conflicting accounts of the attempted robbery. Henry was charged at that time with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.The next day, a sexual assault was reported to the Wilmington Police Department. Officers identified Henry as the suspect and executed a search warrant on the defendant’s residence, where the located a handgun. The defendant had previously been convicted of a felony and was not authorized to possess a firearm due to this conviction.Henry admitted to officers that the handgun located and seized by law enforcement officers belonged to him. Henry claimed that the shooting on January 16 was in self-defense and involved the sale of controlled substances. The District Attorney’s Office was unable to maintain contact with the victim in the sexual assault case.Related Article: Man shot in leg arrives at Columbus Regional HospitalHe will serve a minimum of 5 years in prison.
A residential garbage can waits to be picked up in Brunswick County on Jan. 4, 2018. (Photo: WWAY) BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County residents who have their trash picked up on Thursdays and Fridays should go ahead and get your cans to the curb.Waste Industries did not pick up garbage today. Its crews will have a delayed start tomorrow, but they’ll start with Thursday’s routes.- Advertisement – The county says Waste Industries will start collecting Friday routes as time allows. They will finish all routes Saturday.The county asks customers to leave carts out until Waste Industries has completed their route.If you have any questions, contact the county.
She’s about 5 feet-two inches tall, weighs 135 pounds and has brown hair and hazel eyes.The sheriff’s office says she’s wanted for allegedly stealing a blue 2010 Chevrolet Silverado truck on April 23.They say she may be living out of it and staying in place such as parking lots of shopping center.Related Article: 2 men arrested after shooting each other while wearing vestDeputies say she could be in the Little River/North Myrtle Beach area.The back window glass is broken and covered with duct tape.The tag number is ADH2741.If you have seen her or the truck, contact the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Authorities are searching for a North Myrtle Beach woman who may be living out of stolen truck.The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 26-year-old Roxie Deerae Smith.- Advertisement –
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Image Credit: IndiaTimes Advertisement Microsoft Corp and Alphabet Inc’s Google have reached a deal to withdraw all the regulatory complaints against each other, the companies told Reuters.“Microsoft has agreed to withdraw its regulatory complaints against Google, reflecting our changing legal priorities. We will continue to focus on competing vigorously for business and for customers,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in an email.Google, in a separate email, said the companies would want to compete vigorously based on the merits of their products, not in “legal proceedings”. – Advertisement – The companies in September agreed to bury all patent infringement litigations against each other, settling 18 cases in the United States and Germany.“Following our patent agreement, we’ve now agreed to withdraw regulatory complaints against one another,” Google said on Friday.Google’s rivals had reached out to U.S. regulators alleging that the Internet services company unfairly uses its Android system to win online advertising, people with knowledge of matter told Reuters last year.The European Commission also accused Google last year of distorting internet search results to favor its shopping service, harming both rivals and consumers.[related-posts][Reuters]
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I am delighted to announce, that Star Sports, have been chosen to buy the entire portfolio of pitches, owned by Victor Chandler.We are most grateful to BetVC for giving us this chance, and assure them, that the pitches will be properly used, and their great, on-course traditions, carried forward.Rather than lowering the tone, and begging for a Punter, by offering a fiver at 4/1, about an even-money-chance, Star are showing the entire industry, that we entice our Punters, simply, with a good bookmaking service. And now, being able to use their accounts, via such high-profile pitches, is all part of the Star experience.Yes, Star Spreads is now online, and Star Sports is on that road too, but this forward progression is paid for; the old fashioned way. We are proud of our roots in the betting-ring.This is a great day for Star Sports. It will be a pleasure to bet on such pitches, at the big meetings, and I relish this opportunity. A FIRM MOVING FORWARD.In other news:I thank also, all of my friends and associates, who have sent me their best wishes and congratulations on this day. I would like to dedicate this announcement though, to the following people:1) Everyone that has ever knocked me for small money. (Don’t you feel a bit silly now?).2) All of the bureaucrats and TRAGIC underachieving corporate wage-slaves, that have stood in my way, because they never had the balls to have a go themselves. It can ALL be done (JUST NOT BY WEAKLINGS LIKE YOU).3) Those who have colluded to steal from me. (WELL DONE, GOOD JOB).MAKE IT YOUR CLAIM TO FAME.Over and out, B x
[dropcap]S[/dropcap]tar Sports has reacted to claims that an asteroid the size of a blue whale will hit Earth by offering odds of ONE-MILLION-TO-ONE that the world will end on Wednesday.Jamie Loughead, Star Sports spokesman, comments:“We know nothing about astronomy but if the worst does happen, who’s going to be able to collect their winnings?”Will the world end on Wednesday 9th March 2016?Yes 1,000,000/1Bets will be deemed a winner in the event of complete destruction of planet Earth and the entire human race (bookmakers included) is wiped out. Star Sports decision final.
ShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.orgNew way of predicting dominant seasonal flu strainMathematical method requires no animal tests, better predicts flu-vaccine targetsRice University scientists have found a way to predict rapidly whether a new strain of the influenza virus should be included in the annual seasonal flu vaccine. While it sometimes takes new flu strains up to three years to become dominant worldwide, the new method can predict whether they will become dominant as little as two weeks after the sequence first appears in the GenBank database, the National Institutes of Health’s collection of all publicly available DNA sequences.“We studied a new strain of the virus that evolved in British Columbia in the middle of March 2009,” said Michael Deem, co-author of a new study featured on the cover of the Dec. 12 issue of Protein Engineering Design and Selection. “By the end of March, just about two weeks after it came out, we could detect that it would become the dominant strain of H3N2 in 2009. By contrast, it wasn’t detectable as a novel strain by the standard methods that the World Health Organization uses until July or the middle of August.”It takes several months to produce the millions of doses of flu vaccine needed each year, and officials at the World Health Organization (WHO) use a combination of statistical methods and animal tests to choose the following year’s formula.Just a month before the British Columbia strain was first recorded in GenBank, the WHO had made its recommendations for the annual 2009-2010 vaccine. While the biggest flu story of 2009 was the H1N1 pandemic that began in Mexico and spread rapidly worldwide, the British Columbia strain went on to become the dominant variant of H3N2 the following year. Because it was significantly different from the H3N2 strain that had been included in the seasonal vaccine for that year, the vaccine’s efficacy against British Columbia was estimated at about 20 percent.“It’s not that we could have predicted that British Columbia would have emerged out of thin air, but once it had emerged, our method could detect the signature of its eventual dominance with a very limited amount of sequence data,” said Deem, the John W. Cox Professor in Biochemical and Genetic Engineering and professor of physics and astronomy at Rice.Deem and study co-author Jiankui He, a graduate student in physics and astronomy, developed a mathematical method that used freely available genetic profiles of new flu strains to predict whether a strain will become dominant. Using the method, they examined the H3N2 flu strain for the past 14 years and made their own predictions based on the available data in GenBank, where public health officials post all the latest genetic sequences of new flu strains.Deem and He compared their predictions with the WHO’s predictions from 1996 to 2010. They found their new method correctly predicted the dominant strain of H3N2 for most years, including three years — 2002, 2003 and 2009 — when the WHO vaccine was formulated with an H3N2 strain that turned out not to be the dominant strain that year.The new method involves a statistical technique called multidimensional scaling that is used to create graphical plots of complex data in fields as diverse as marketing and physics. In their study, He and Deem used multidimensional scaling to create a graphical plot of amino acid sequence data for all strains of H3N2. They limited their study to a 329-amino-acid region of the virus that mutates regularly to avoid detection by immune system.“Using multidimensional scaling, we project from those 329 dimensions to the two dimensions that contain the most information,” Deem said. “We just plot all of the points as a function of two variables instead of listing all 329, which is too much information to work with. With the two-dimensional scaling, we have a workable problem and we still have enough information to see clusters of new strains that will eventually become dominant.”Deem said the results of the study suggests that public health officials could benefit by using the new method, which is both fast and inexpensive, in addition to the well-accepted methods that are currently used to formulate vaccine strain recommendations.The research was supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s FunBio program. AddThis
ShareDavid Ruth713email@example.comJade Boyd713firstname.lastname@example.orgMetabolism in reverse: Making biofuels at full-throttle paceRice University engineers reverse E. coli metabolism for speedy production of fuels, chemicalsIn a biotechnological tour de force, Rice University engineering researchers this week unveiled a new method for rapidly converting simple glucose into biofuels and petrochemical substitutes. In a paper published online in Nature, Rice’s team described how it reversed one of the most efficient of all metabolic pathways — the beta oxidation cycle — to engineer bacteria that produce biofuel at a breakneck pace.Just how fast are Rice’s single-celled chemical factories? On a cell-per-cell basis, the bacteria produced the butanol, a biofuel that can be substituted for gasoline in most engines, about 10 times faster than any previously reported organism. “That’s really not even a fair comparison because the other organisms used an expensive, enriched feedstock, and we used the cheapest thing you can imagine, just glucose and mineral salts,” said Ramon Gonzalez, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Rice and lead co-author of the Nature study.Gonzalez’s laboratory is in a race with hundreds of labs around the world to find green methods for producing chemicals like butanol that have historically come from petroleum.“We call these ‘drop-in’ fuels and chemicals, because their structure and properties are very similar, sometimes identical, to petroleum-based products,” he said. “That means they can be ‘dropped in,’ or substituted, for products that are produced today by the petrochemical industry.”Butanol is a relatively short molecule, with a backbone of just four carbon atoms. Molecules with longer carbon chains have been even more troublesome for biotech producers to make, particularly molecules with chains of 10 or more carbon atoms. Gonzalez said that’s partly because researchers have focused on ramping up the natural metabolic processes that cells use to build long-chain fatty acids. Gonzalez and students Clementina Dellomonaco, James Clomburg and Elliot Miller took a completely different approach.“Rather than going with the process nature uses to build fatty acids, we reversed the process that it uses to break them apart,” Gonzalez said. “It’s definitely unconventional, but it makes sense because the routes nature has selected to build fatty acids are very inefficient compared with the reversal of the route it uses to break them apart.”The beta oxidation process is one of biology’s most fundamental, Gonzalez said. Species ranging from single-celled bacteria to human beings use beta oxidation to break down fatty acids and generate energy.In the Nature study, Gonzalez’s team reversed the beta oxidation cycle by selectively manipulating about a dozen genes in the bacteria Escherichia coli. They also showed that selective manipulations of particular genes could be used to produce fatty acids of particular lengths, including long-chain molecules like stearic acid and palmitic acid, which have chains of more than a dozen carbon atoms.“This is not a one-trick pony,” Gonzalez said. “We can make many kinds of specialized molecules for many different markets. We can also do this in any organism. Some producers prefer to use industrial organisms other than E. coli, like algae or yeast. That’s another advantage of using reverse-beta oxidation, because the pathway is present in almost every organism.”The research was funded by Rice University.###High-resolution images are available for download at:http://www.media.rice.edu/images/media/NEWSRELS/0809_BIOFUEL_1.jpgCAPTION: Rice University researchers Ramon Gonzalez (left) and Clementina Dellomonaco created a new method for converting simple glucose into biofuels and petrochemical substitutes.CREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice Universityhttp://www.media.rice.edu/images/media/NEWSRELS/0809_BIOFUEL_2.jpgCAPTION: Rice University graduate students Clementina Dellomonaco (left) and James Clomburg.CREDIT: Jeff Fitlow/Rice UniversityA copy of Nature abstract is available at:http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature10333.html AddThis
Investing in Your Future With These New MBA Jobs Last Updated Feb 19, 2019 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail Finance careers continue to be a popular and lucrative option for recent MBA graduates. The work is varied, as finance relates to many industries and companies. In addition, the field is obviously very rewarding, with average graduate earning more than $140,000 according U.S. News & World Report. One of the most popular and well paid areas of finance is work at investment banks.According to the Corporate Finance Institute, investment banking is the division of a financial institution that aides governments, corporations, and organizations through capital raising and mergers and acquisitions advisory services. Investment banks typically act as intermediaries between investors and corporations, and are often popular landing spots for MBA degree holders to bring their talents. Here’s a look at some of the best new MBA jobs in the investment banking sector:Analyst – Goldman SachsGoldman Sachs is hiring a new Analyst to work in its Investment Management Division (IMD) and Merchant Banking Division (MBD) in Jersey City. The IMD is made up of Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) and Private Wealth Management (PWM), both of which provide asset management and wealth management solutions to investors globally. Meanwhile, MBD is the primary business unit within Goldman Sachs for direct corporate, real estate and infrastructure investing, and is one of the largest managers of private capital globally. New hires will assist both IMD and MBD in remaining compliant with regulatory requirements, supporting regulatory changes and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders. The job requires one to three years of work experience in product control, asset management regulatory and compliance, or asset management fund controller roles. MBA degrees are definite a plus.Job responsibilities of the Analyst include:Maintaining stakeholder relationshipsInteracting with portfolio managers/COOs to review and approve the reports prior to submissionAssisting in investigating data quality and resolving issuesEnhancing IMD/MBD reporting framework, including development and testing of new technology systemsImplementing calculations and reporting rules around portfolio exposures and risks metrics, improving data governance infrastructureGoldman Sachs posts this job, and many others, on its careers page.State and Local Tax Manager – Morgan StanleyMorgan Stanley is one of the world’s leading global financial services firm, providing a wide investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services to corporations, governments, and individuals worldwide. The firm boasts more than 1,200 offices in 43 countries.There is an opening in Morgan Stanley’s Corporate Tax department for a State and Local Tax Manager at the firm’s New York office. The role will involve tax coverage of all state and local jurisdictions with respect to tax return filings as well as tax provision responsibilities. The ideal candidate will have four to six years of state and local tax compliance and provision experience, preferably in a large corporate environment or a large accounting firm. An MBA degree is a plus.Major responsibilities of the Tax Manager include:Tax compliance managementPreparing a high volume of state and local returnsReviewing state tax apportionment across all Morgan Stanley entitiesCalculating monthly and quarterly state marginal tax rates and state effective tax ratesPreparing and reviewing quarterly tax provisions as part of consolidated tax provisionSee more jobs like this at the Morgan Stanley careers page.Investor Relations Manager – Bank of MontrealBMO has an Investor Relations Manager position open in its Toronto office. Investor Relations Managers are tasked with researching and interpreting information, synthesizing investor community views into various deliverables and preparing internal and external reports to communicate the data. The role requires three to five years experience in a Finance environment, and is MBA preferred.Other responsibilities of the Investor Relations Manager include:In depth reviewing and tracking of sell-side analyst research and estimatesParticipating in quarterly briefing meetings, issue identification, investor presentations and reviewing peer bank reportingPreparing for Investor Community conferences and meetings including presentations, briefing material and developing messagingMonitoring shareholder base for trends and insights and develop analyticsManaging relationship with market intelligence service providersVisit the BMO careers page to see more job openings.Business Innovation and Growth Strategist – Two Sigma InvestmentTwo Sigma Investments is a financial technology company headquartered in New York that manages more than $50 billion assets for clients worldwide. The company has more than 1,300 employees working to apply the scientific method to investment management, while innovating the field with new technology and data.Two Sigma is hiring new Business Innovation and Growth Strategist at its Hong Kong office. As a member of the Business and Innovation team, you’ll work to figure out how software, data science and engineering are transforming every industry and improve Two Sigma’s core capabilities. The job requires at least seven years experience in business strategy, corporate development, venture capital, product development, or management consulting, and an MBA degree is preferred.Responsibilities of the Business Innovation and Growth Strategist include:Applying creativity, rigor and collaboration to help plan and execute the growth of Two SigmaCrafting the long-term strategy and operating modelsFollow new technologies, innovative business models, regional market trends and financial services disruptionsAnalyzing new business opportunitiesIncubating new initiatives using a combination of product prototyping, modeling and business development capabilitiesSee this job, and many more, at the Two Sigma careers page.Regulatory Capital and Risk Analyst – Jane Street CapitalJane Street Capital is looking for an experienced Regulatory Capital and Risk Analyst to join their New York office. The new hire focuses on the 15c3-1 requirements of Jane Street’s US Broker-Dealers, and work within regulatory and accounting teams to assist in data analysis and compile reports and calculations.The job requires at least five years of experience in financial services, regulatory risk management, or accounting, along with at least three years’ experience in regulatory risk management. Regulatory Capital and Risk Analyst activities include:Researching correct 15c3-1 treatment for new business lines and trading activityResponding to audit and regulator queries related to 15c3-1 calculations and treatmentUnderstanding the impact that regulations and capital requirements have on the businessPreparing daily reports for capital and risk monitoringMonitoring daily capital requirements and investigating issuesYou can find the Jane Street careers page to see more jobs. About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC RelatedNew Investment Banking Jobs for MBA Students and GradsMore than a decade removed from the Great Recession, finance remains a popular and lucrative career for MBAs. There are plenty of varied and well-playing opportunities available across the U.S., with the average graduate earning more than $140,000 according U.S. News & World Report at top firms. Those interested in…February 4, 2019In “Bank of America”Top MBA Jobs: Investment Banking AnalystLanding a job in an investment firm is a top goal for many MBAs. They want to bring their talents and knowledge to investors, banks, and corporations who can benefit from their expertise. It’s an exciting and very demanding career field, especially in the wake of the Great Recession of…June 7, 2019In “Career”New Finance Careers Openings AnnouncedMany MBA graduates pursue careers in financial services after completing their degrees. Jobs in this field include product managers, financial analysts and asset managers, as well as roles in related emerging sub-sectors like FinTech. For MBAs looking to break into this field, check out our list of five exciting new…June 5, 2019In “Boston”
regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC Some of the world’s largest tech companies made waves recently with exciting, and in some cases game-changing, announcements at and around the 2019 Game Developers Conference. These new ideas, products, and services were developed by teams comprised of developers, marketers, and MBAs brought on to bring innovation to the table.Do you want to help develop the next big thing? Tech companies like Apple, Google and Microsoft post new MBA jobs regularly. Check out some of the hottest MBA jobs below, and check our new MBA jobs posts for weekly listings of new opportunities.Next Generation Content Business Strategy – AppleThis week, Apple announced it was launching four new services: Apple News+, Apple Card, Apple Arcade and Apple TV+. A departure from their usual hardware and software announcements, Apple is turning to services as a new way to foster growth and recurring revenue from its large user and customer base. Apple also has an open Next Generation Content Business Strategy position at the company’s Santa Clara office. The new hire will develop detailed business models and new ideas pertaining to Apple’s media businesses. An MBA is required, as well as a minimum of two years of investment banking, consulting, corporate strategy or industry analyst experience.Major of responsibilities the Next Generation Content Business Strategy include:Providing strategic analysis of key players & partnersConducting deep dives to help executives understand trends and flow of valueBuilding business models and scenarios for new business approachesProviding long-range forecasts on business opportunitiesSee more jobs like this at Apple’s careers page.Product Manager – GoogleLast week, Google entered the AAA Video Game arena by announcing Stadia: A video game streaming platform capable of delivering high fidelity gaming experiences to anyone with an internet connection and a Chrome browser.YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: How To Get a Job with GoogleGoogle has an open Product Manager position at the company’s Mountain View offices, focusing on Stadia’s Growth. As part of Stadia’s Product Management unit, the new hire will work with engineers to connect the technical and with Sales, Marketing and Finance. Product Managers are tasked with identifying setbacks and coordinating solutions that resolve them. A background in computer science and minimum four years of experience in product management or product design for software products and technologies is required, and an MBA is preferred.Other responsibilities of the Product Manager include:Defining metrics that measure the health of core businessExperimenting with different growth strategies to improve acquisition, engagement, retention and growth.Working with Marketing and User Acquisition teams to identify areas of user growthOptimizing user acquisition funnelWorking with data scientists to create models for churn and lifetime valueVisit the Google careers page to see more job openings.Data Analyst – MicrosoftMicrosoft is expected to reveal its own video game streaming platform, Project xCloud, this summer. This would directly compete with Google’s platform, but Microsoft’s history with Xbox and its Game Pass subscription service could give it the head start it needs to succeed in the next gaming generation.Microsoft has an open Data Analyst position open at the company’s Redmond offices. The new hire will join the Data & Insights team in Game Pass to help deliver insights and reporting that will drive key business decisions. Analysts will closely work with engineers, program managers, design, marketing, and data scientists to help deliver subscription gaming to a growing user base. Three years of hands-on analytics experience is required, and an MBA degree is preferred.Activities of the Data Analyst include:Manipulating and analyzing data from varying sourcesDefining, tracking and reporting key metrics to assess business healthDelivering in depth analysis on business performance and driversDesigning dashboards to enable ongoing monitoring of business healthWorking with data engineers to operationalize dashboards and ingest new data sourcesVisit the Microsoft careers page to see more job opportunities.Partnership Manager – FacebookFacebook unveiled Oculus Rift S at GDC — their newest VR headset that replaces the original Rift headset with an upgrade to a higher resolution display, improved optics, and a feature called Passthrough+, which gives users the ability to take a look at their real word surroundings without taking off the headset.Facebook has an open Partnership Manager position for Facebook Reality Labs (formerly Oculus Research) at the company’s Menlo Park offices. The new hire will work with the Head of Partnerships and leading researchers to figure out who to partner with and how to define the future of virtual and augmented reality. A background in computer science and at least five years experience working on technologies and bringing them to market is required. An MBA degree is preferred.Job responsibilities of the Partnership Manager include:Building and executing on partnerships for research initiativesClosing IP and joint-development deals with startups, research centers, public companies, etc.Sourcing new hardware and software technologies and companiesContributing to Market Research and Business Intelligence effortsFacebook posts this job, and many others, on its careers page. Last Updated Mar 26, 2019 by Max PulciniFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail New MBA Jobs at Four Tech Companies Making Big Announcements About the AuthorMax PulciniMax Pulcini is a Philadelphia-based writer and reporter. He has an affinity for Philly sports teams, Super Smash Bros. and cured meats and cheeses. Max has written for Philadelphia-based publications such as Spirit News, Philadelphia City Paper, and Billy Penn, as well as national news outlets like The Daily Beast.View more posts by Max Pulcini RelatedNew MBA Jobs Openings: CaliforniaThe length of California is approximately 770 miles. From top to bottom, visitors will find a mass of fascinating contradictions—Silicon Valley, Napa, Hollywood Glitz, Malibu, the SF Mission, Humboldt County pot farms, Yosemite, San Diego surf, Fresno farmland, Palm Desert, the rolling hills of John Steinbeck Country. These are just…July 2, 2019In “Accenture”New MBA Jobs at Five Tech GiantsAs the line between business and information technology industries continues to blur, more and more professionals are looking to business schools and MBA programs to get them into the tech industry. Here’s a rundown of some New MBA jobs at five different tech giants: Strategy and Operations Program Manager -…November 26, 2018In “Apple”Getting Paid: Highest MBA Salaries in ChicagoLike most parts of the country, the U.S. heartland is undergoing a massive shift on all fronts, becoming more urbane, diverse, and open to outsiders than seemingly ever before. Many communities are becoming increasingly diverse, attracting international residents at an unprecedented rate. Young, urban professional-types who once flocked to the…August 25, 2017In “Featured Home”
Hurricane Irma may be the most devastating storm in U.S. history, with insured damages more than or equal to those caused by Hurrican Katrina, according to research firm Barclays, CNBC reported.Irma intensified to become a Category 5 hurricane on Tuesday, Sept. 5, with winds topping 185 mph, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC).The hurricane became the strongest Atlantic storm ever recorded outside the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean, according to the NHC.“Given the potential magnitude of this storm as well as the potential to impact a highly populated area, we think Irma’s insured damage in Florida could be the largest ever in the US perhaps equivalent to Hurricane Katrina,” wrote Barclays’s Jay Gelb on Tuesday. (NOAA)The storm damages could result in $125 billion-$130 billion, Gelb added, citing catastrophe modelers AIR Worldwide and Karen Clark and Co. That places it in the category with historic hurricanes not seen since the Miami hurricane in 1926. Irma is a “Cape Verde hurricane,” which are known to be especially intense. Cape Verde hurricanes form far out over the Atlantic Ocean near the Cape Verde Islands. They then travel all the way across the Atlantic, according to CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller.Cape Verde storms often turn into some of the most massive and intense hurricanes, including the likes of Hurricane Hugo, Hurricane Floyd, and Hurricane Ivan.In its current state, Irma would be the biggest storm to hit Florida since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, according to Miami Herald.Irma could reach southern Florida on Sept. 10 as a Category 4 hurricane, according to a global model developed by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and mapped by Ventusky. NOAA global model forecast for Sept. 10 mapped by Ventusky.com with data available at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. (Ventusky.com)Preparations were underway in South Florida on Tuesday as people there brace for Hurricane Irma. Residents waited in long lines for gas and groceries as the massive storm approaches. Aerial video showed long lines of people waiting to enter a Coscto in Pembroke Pines. A woman by empty shelves that are normally filled with bottles of water after Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello declared a state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Irma, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 4, 2017. (Alvin Baez/Reuters)Reuters contributed to this report.From NTD.tv Share this article Share LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON Hurricane Irma Damage Could Top Katrina to Be Largest Ever in US By NTD Television September 5, 2017 Updated: September 5, 2017 International Show Discussion
LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON McKinley CorbleySix months ago, George Dakin Jr. had been walking down the sidewalk when he suddenly went into cardiac arrest and fell to the ground. His heart stopped before he even hit the pavement, and for 28 minutes, Dakin was dead.The 64-year-old architect is now only alive to tell the tale thanks to a homeless man who had been drinking coffee near to the spot where he collapsed.Dakin was fortunate enough to collapse in front of CHAMP Homes Inc.–a faith-based shelter for homeless people in transitional housing based in Hyannis, Massachusetts. 54-year-old Austin Davis was inside the building when he heard someone outside scream for help.Davis, who had only just been given CPR training at CHAMP a few days previously, ran over to Dakin’s motionless body and started giving chest compressions. Davis was conducting CPR for ten minutes before paramedics arrived and loaded Dakin into the ambulance.Dakin had suffered 100% blockage in his LAD artery. This condition has been called “the widowmaker” because it is almost always fatal. Only after 18 more minutes of CPR and defibrillator shocks were paramedics able to get a pulse out of Dakin. “No one could believe it,” Dakin told Patch. “The ambulance folks didn’t believe it. The doctors didn’t believe it. They said if you’re in the hospital and you have an LAD blockage in the hospital you won’t survive it — even if you’re in the hospital!”As a means of thanking Davis for helping to save their father from certain death, Dakin’s kids created a GoFundMe page to raise money for the homeless man.Jodi Dakin Loughlin said: “Austin is not a drinker. He does not do drugs. He is always very well put together. He has a lovely personality and I know he can rise above this situation with our help.”“He is doing EVERYTHING right to escape his circumstantial homelessness– but the hurdle is TREMENDOUS. Odds of escaping homelessness are about as bleak as walking away from a heart attack,” she added.The family has since been able to raise $15,000, which is being spent on a 2012 Toyota Corolla; the security deposit and rent for an apartment; health insurance; and gas cards – all of which will help get Davis out of transitional housing.Since the Dakins have started their efforts, Davis’s place of work–a hotel in Hyannis–has also promoted the homeless man from his former part-time position to a full-time position. Jodi says that this will be especially beneficial in keeping Davis on his feet.“[The General Manager] assured me that Austin is well worth this investment for the hotel, and he is an employee with great pride in his work and a wonderful personality,” says Jodi.Jodi has also expressed endless gratitude towards the multiple donors and community members who have helped her repay Davis for his kindness.“I am in awe of the generosity of our friends, family, and total strangers who have banded together to help Austin Davis rise out of homelessness,” says Jodi. “This is unbelievable. Thank you all so much.” Displayed with permission from Good News Network Man Was Dead for 28 Minutes Before a Homeless Man Helped Save His Life By Syndication Partner February 12, 2018 Updated: February 12, 2018 Share Share this article US News Show Discussion