The Aging Intellect

first_imgIn this important book, Douglas H. Powell, a clinical instructor in psychology, discusses lifestyle habits and attitudes linked to cognitive aging, and provides evidence-based strategies to minimize mental decline.last_img

Harvard conference brings Roma rights to light

first_imgThe François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard organized a conference on Monday, April 8, that brought to light many of the challenges facing the Roma in Europe. Panelists addressed issues of violence, discrimination, and segregation, and brought together scholars, practitioners, and advocates – many of whom were Roma themselves.The FXB Center is leading an innovative research, advocacy, and capacity-building program centered on two of the most urgent concerns facing the Roma population in Europe today: promoting rights and opportunities of Roma children and adolescents, and confronting the escalating climate of anti-Roma violence and extremism. The April 8 conference contributes to these research and advocacy efforts to address these challenges and to build partnerships in support of Roma rights.The conference, titled “Realizing Roma Rights: Addressing Violence, Discrimination & Segregation in Europe”Realizing Roma Rights,” partnered with the Mahindra Humanities Center and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard, as well as the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe – Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR), Contact Point for Roma and Sinti. Read Full Storylast_img read more

$30M commitment supports development of therapies for viral infections

first_img From the lab to COVID front lines AbbVie will provide $30 million over three years and additional in-kind support leveraging AbbVie’s scientists, expertise and facilities to advance collaborative research and early-stage development efforts across five program areas that address a variety of therapeutic modalities:Immunity and immunopathology — Study of the fundamental processes that impact the body’s critical immune responses to viruses and identification of opportunities for therapeutic intervention.Led by Uli Von Andrian, Mallinckrodt Professor of Immunopathology in the Blavatnik Institute at HMS and program leader of basic immunology at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard; and by Jochen Salfeld, vice president, immunology and virology discovery at AbbVie.Host targeting for antiviral therapies — Development of approaches that modulate host proteins in an effort to disrupt the life cycle of emergent viral pathogens.Led by Pamela Silver, Elliot T. and Onie H. Adams Professor of Biochemistry and Systems Biology in the Blavatnik Institute at HMS; and by Steve Elmore, vice president, drug discovery science and technology at AbbVie.Antibody therapeutics — Rapid development of therapeutic antibodies or biologics against emergent pathogens, including SARS-CoV-2, to a preclinical or early-clinical stage.Led by Jonathan Abraham, assistant professor of microbiology in the Blavatnik Institute at HMS; and by Jochen Salfeld, vice president, immunology and virology discovery at AbbVie.Small molecules — Discovery and early-stage development of small-molecule drugs that would act to prevent replication of known coronaviruses and emergent pathogens.Led by Mark Namchuk, executive director of therapeutics translation at HMS and senior lecturer of biological chemistry and molecular pharmacology in the Blavatnik Institute at HMS; and by Steve Elmore, vice president, drug discovery science and technology at AbbVie.Translational development — Preclinical validation, pharmacological testing, and optimization of leading approaches, in collaboration with Harvard-affiliated hospitals, with program leads to be determined. $16.5 million awarded to projects to fight COVID Chan School’s Michael Mina urges federal regulatory approval, widespread use Technology developed at Harvard provides early boost to Mass. COVID testing Harvard University and AbbVie today announced a $30 million collaborative research alliance, launching a multi-pronged effort at Harvard Medical School (HMS) to study and develop novel therapies against emergent viral infections, with a focus on those caused by coronaviruses and by viruses that lead to hemorrhagic fever.This collaboration aims to rapidly integrate fundamental biology into the preclinical and clinical development of new therapies for viral diseases that address a variety of therapeutic modalities. HMS has led several large-scale, coordinated research efforts launched at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.“A key element of having a strong R&D organization is collaboration with top academic institutions, like Harvard Medical School, to develop therapies for patients who need them most,” said Michael Severino, vice chairman and president of AbbVie. “There is much to learn about viral diseases and the best way to treat them. By harnessing the power of collaboration, we can develop new therapeutics sooner to ensure the world is better prepared for future potential outbreaks.”“The cataclysmic nature of the COVID-19 pandemic reminds us how vital it is to be prepared for the next public health crisis and how critical collaboration is on every level — across disciplines, across institutions, and across national boundaries,” said George Q. Daley, dean of Harvard Medical School. “Harvard Medical School, as the nucleus of an ecosystem of fundamental discovery and therapeutic translation, is uniquely positioned to propel this transformative research alongside allies like AbbVie.” Related MassCPR collaboration funds plans with promise to help in a year Cheap, frequent COVID tests could be ‘akin to vaccine,’ professor sayslast_img read more

KeyBank, RunVermont announce Vermont City Marathon title sponsorship for 23rd year

first_imgRunVermont and KeyBank announced today that the bank will extend its 23-year sponsorship of the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon for an additional three years.  KeyBank has been the title sponsor of the race since its inception in 1989. The relationship is the second longest marathon-corporate sponsorship arrangement in industry history, surpassed only by John Hancock’s 26-year sponsorship of the Boston Marathon.”We are tremendously proud to be part of the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and Relay,’ said Scott Carpenter President of KeyBank’s Vermont District. ‘Nationally, the marathon has earned a high reputation among elite runners, yet the event maintains a community feel, engaging thousands of local runners, hundreds of volunteers and tens of thousands of spectators. We appreciate the national and local attention the marathon provides our company, as well as the excitement our employees feel participating in the event.”RunVermont Executive Director Peter Delaney said the staff and board of the organization have a deep appreciation for KeyBank’s long-standing partnership. ‘It is a privilege to be affiliated with a well known, community-focused company such as KeyBank,’ Delaney said. “They are a true partner and their consistent support assures we can continue to provide Vermont a great event for years to come.”‘There are very few sponsorships of this magnitude and this longevity in Vermont,’ said Tom Torti, President and Administrative Officer of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. ‘KeyBank’s continuation of this sponsorship shows a real commitment, not only to the event, but to this community.’ The race is estimated to bring in over $3.5 million in economic impact for the northern Vermont area over Memorial Day Weekend each year.Registration for the May 29 race is on record pace and organizers have announced a cap of 8,000 runners, which includes 700 2-Person and 700 3-5 Person Relay Teams.  The relay is sold out and the marathon is expected to fill before race day. Runners can register for the 2011 KeyBank Vermont City Marathon at www.vermontcitymarathon.org(link is external).About KeyBank:KeyBank N.A. is one of Vermont’s largest financial services companies. A strong proponent for local economic growth, Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, retirement, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally. The company’s businesses deliver their products and services through branches and offices; a network of approximately 1,500 ATMs; telephone banking centers (1.800.KEY2YOU); and a Web site, Key.com, that provides account access and financial products 24 hours a day.About RunVermont:RunVermont is a not-for-profit business focused on the promotion of a healthy lifestyle. The organization offers competitive and educational programs for adults and children including the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and Relay, the MVP Health Care YAM Scram , FirstRun, Ready, Set, Run! and the Half Unplugged.  For more information, visit www.runvermont.org(link is external).last_img read more

Lawmakers hash out workers’ comp plan

first_imgLawmakers hash out workers’ comp plan June 1, 2003 Regular News If the Florida Legislature managed to reach an agreement on workers’ compensation legislation before the May 27 scheduled adjournment of its special session, it will have taken a lot of work.After failing to reach an agreement despite a flurry of last minute amendments in the regular session, the House and Senate took the matter up again during the special session. The House first added it to its call and then passed a bill.When an agreement appeared likely, Gov. Jeb Bush added the issue to his call for the special session. The Senate Banking and Insurance Committee on May 20 — as this News went to press — then took up a bill identical to the House version. It was not a sedate meeting.A standing room only crowd, including well-suited lobbyists and casually dressed workers, many sporting canes and back braces, watched as the committee debated a variety of amendments. Dozens signed up to speak.Among the events at the meeting:• In response to a question from Sen. Skip Campbell, D-Tamarac, Sen. J.D. Alexander, R-Winter Haven, a co-sponsor of the bill, said 10 percent of the estimated 12.35 percent rate reductions the bill would produce would come from cuts in benefits to injured workers. Much of that would come from making it harder to qualify for permanent total disability. Committee Chair Sen. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge, agreed, saying, “Most of this reduction in premium is because the worker is going to take a hit.”• Posey’s amendment to crack down on fraud in the construction industry, which has been estimated to cost the system more than $1 billion in lost premiums annually, hit an unexpected snag. Posey wanted the state’s insurance office, under Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher, to maintain an on-line database of contractors and subcontractors who had workers’ comp coverage, with local building officials and general contractors to be notified if a contractor for some reason dropped its coverage. That would make it ineligible to do business under state law — a law Posey noted is widely flouted. But a spokesman for the department told the committee they didn’t have the resources for that project, a revelation that left Posey flabbergasted. “I’m barely computer literate and I could do that in seven days,” the senator replied, noting he was speaking slowly to contain his anger. “Why didn’t you tell me you had a problem with it and I would have gotten a third-grader in here to explain it to you?”Posey said he had discussed the idea with the department for over a year and not one mentioned any problems and several independent computer experts had assured him assembling the database was a simple task. He wound up temporarily postponing his amendment.• Campbell expressed frustration and objected when Alexander sought to withdraw an amendment to remove a three-month limitation on psychiatric services in the proposed bill. There’s no limit in current law. Noting the Senate had unanimously supported no restrictions in its bill during the regular session, Campbell added, “I would like Sen. Alexander to vote against his own amendment.” Alexander said the three-month rule was necessary to conform to the House version. Campbell, who did allow the amendment to be withdrawn, replied that the Senate was being too eager to cave in to the House position. Sen. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, D-Pembroke Pines, had filed an identical amendment, and that wound up temporarily postponed so senators could see how other states handled that matter.• Wasserman-Schultz proposed an amendment to ease the bill’s definitions of what constituted a catastrophic injury deserving permanent, total disability. One part, she noted, limited such awards to workers who had lost two hands or arms, or two feet or legs, or both eyes. “Someone would have to be bobbing around in the water without limbs to be determined to have a catastrophic injury,” she said. “It would be worse than mean- spirited.” Alexander, though, replied that 20 other states have similar defintions. Wasserman-Schultz riposted, “We shouldn’t add insult to injury by being the 21st.” The amendment failed 7-5.All of the 33 offered amendments either failed or withdrawn.Rafael Gonzalez, immediate past chair of the Bar’s Workers’ Compensation Section, said in an interview before the meeting that the bills are bad news for both injured workers and their attorneys.The bills, he said, cap hourly plaintiff attorneys’ fees at $1,500, and instead of limiting to per petition as did earlier legislation, it limits it to $1,500 for the life of the case.The bills did not change the percentages attorneys get on benefits they win for injured workers, Gonzalez said, but the percentages are limited to the first 10 years of benefits. The Senate bill would allow 5 percent on awards over 10 years. Currently the percentages apply to lifetime benefits.For workers, the bills change the definition of permanent total disability to requiring the worker to show that he or she is not capable of performing uninterrupted sedentary work. It doesn’t matter, Gonzalez noted, if there are no such jobs where the worker lives.“It almost becomes an impossible burden to prove,” he said. “Because of the economy, it becomes a devastatingly high burden. No one will ever be eligible for permanent total disability again.”Temporary benefits have also been cut, Gonzalez said. Supplemental benefits, which are now available to workers of a disability rating of 20 percent or more, would be done away with. Payments to partially disabled workers and the time they have to recover and retrain would also be reduced for most hurt employees, he said. For the most seriously injured, the maximum time they would have to heal and retrain has been cut from three years to two years.The bills do increase payments to doctors and surgeons, where Florida had ranked at the bottom nationally, and cut payments to hospitals, where the state had ranked among the top in reimbursement.One frustrating part of the process is the legislature was striving to meet Bush’s goal of a 15-percent reduction in workers’ comp premiums. Yet the only parts of the bill used to make that calculation were the reduction in benefits to workers and the cuts in attorneys fees, Gonzalez said. Other provisions, including stepping up enforcement to prevent employer fraud and to speed the handling of claims, were not factored in, he said.The bill would increase death benefits from $100,000 to $150,000, and funeral expenses from $5,000 to $7,500, Gonzalez added.Agreement eluded lawmakers during the regular session, partly because of a House rule that prohibited consideration of any amendment bill from the Senate during the last 48 hours of the session. The Senate didn’t get the House’s final bill until it was in the 48-hour period, and the upper chamber did make amendments and sent the measure back to the House, which waived the 48-hour rule and rejected the amendments. The session ended without the Senate taking any other action. The regular session saw the House and Senate consistently split among the issues of attorneys’ fees and permanent total disability. The less worker- and lawyer-friendly House bill called for attorneys to receive 20 percent on the first $5,000, 15 percent for the next $5,000, and 10 percent thereafter. The Senate first called for 20 percent for the first $5,000 and 15 thereafter, and later suggested capping hourly fees at $5,000. This number eventually got down to $1,500, which would create an overall savings of 2 to 3 percent.On the issue of permanent total disability, the House proposed that a worker would need to prove that he or she was unable to engage in uninterrupted sedentary work. The Senate saw this as difficult to prove, as lifting a few pounds could be considered sedentary work.And while the House decided against making any procedural changes to a system that processes claims too slowly for workers to receive benefits, the Senate proposed creating a peer review panel and a claims bureau, ideas which were both killed on the last day of the session.center_img Lawmakers hash out workers’ comp planlast_img read more

Suffolk Pol Monica Martinez Concedes Democratic Primary

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In a surprise move in State Supreme Court Wednesday, a lawyer representing Suffolk County Legis. Monica Martinez (D-Brentwood) withdrew her candidacy from the Democratic primary in September.That means that her would-be challenger Giovanni Mata of Central Islip has won that round without a fight. Come November, Martinez’ name will appear only on the general election ballot for two minor parties, the lines for the Frank MacKay and Gary Melius-backed Independence Party and the progressive Working Families Party.As of right now, no Republican candidate will be on the November ballot for that legislative seat.Martinez’ withdrawal came before lawyers representing Mata could present their case to Judge Joseph Santorelli that Martinez had committed fraud on her campaign petitions. Ivan Young, an attorney representing Mata, had a legal handwriting expert from Manhattan, Roger Rubin, on hand to back up his candidate’s claim that she had falsified the witness statements on four pages of her signing petition, involving 10 to 12 signatures.“They just came in and conceded the election on the Democratic line,” Young told the Press, calling the decision “very unusual.”Martinez’ lawyer, Tom Garry, could not be reached for comment. But Suffolk Democratic Chairman Rich Schaffer rushed to her defense. Her brother is a town councilman in Babylon, where Schaffer is also town supervisor. He noted that Martinez is a registered Democrat and has an important part in the Democratic caucus in the county legislature.“I personally am going to do everything I have to to make sure she’s re-elected,” Schaffer told the Press. “I’m confident that she will be overwhelmingly re-elected in November.”Her withdrawal is seen as a victory for one of Schaffer’s major political adversaries, former Suffolk County Legis. Rick Montano, who lost his seat in the Legislature to Martinez. He’s running against Thomas Licari, the candidate backed by the Islip Democratic Committee, for the Democratic line. The winner will challenge the incumbent Republican Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter.“The wind’s at our back right now!” said Montano. “This is a major legal victory. This has never really been done.”Schaffer, no friend of Montano—in fact he and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone helped orchestrate his defeat from the Legislature—saw it differently.“It doesn’t happen often,” Schaffer said. “It’s happened before.”The next round in this increasingly contentious legal battle pitting Suffolk Democrats against themselves is set to take place Friday when challenges will be heard on campaign petitions involving Montano and his slate of town candidates and those of the Islip Town Democratic Committee.Carpenter is facing no primary opposition in her race. Who her Democratic opponent will be in November remains to be seen.last_img read more

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham survives to lick Trump’s boots another day

first_imgThe Most Pathetic Republican keeps his perchWell, we’re not going to be rid of Donald Trump’s most obsequious Senate lackey anytime soon. Sen. Lindsey Graham has survived a strong challenge by Democrat Jaime Harrison to retain this South Carolina Senate seat. The state’s Republican voters evidently intend to torture America with the buffoonish Graham for another six long years. – Advertisement –last_img

Gareth Bale: Tottenham forward ‘concerned’ after embrace with club team-mate Matt Doherty | Football News

first_imgWales assistant boss Rob Page at training
0:51 “All I can speak for is ourselves, I can’t speak for Ireland. But we feel what we have done is good planning.“Of course there’s going to be contact on the pitch. We’ve watched the game back and it’s hard to determine how long you’ve got to be in close contact for as well.“If there’s absolutely any risk we will not take the chance. But our medical protocols have been second to none and we’ve had consistent negative tests so that goes to show we’re doing something right.”Tottenham will be without Doherty for Saturday’s match against Manchester City, which is live on Sky Sports. Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCleanImage:Republic of Ireland midfielder James McClean also tested positive for coronavirus Following those clear results, Wales’ Nations League promotion decider against Finland is set to go ahead in Cardiff on Wednesday. “It’s a slight concern for everybody when you’ve been playing someone and you’re in close contact with them on the field,” Bale said.“Maybe you’re not long enough with them to catch it, but you’re a bit wary.- Advertisement – “It’s good news that everyone’s come back and tested negative and now we can just concentrate on the game on Wednesday.” Kick off 7:45pm Bale said that he and Tottenham – and Wales – team-mate Ben Davies have spoken to Doherty since his positive test.“Me and Ben have spoke to him briefly and he’s doing fine, he’s just got mild symptoms,” Bale said.- Advertisement – Saturday 21st November 5:00pm Kick off 5:30pm Wales caretaker boss Robert Page insisted he is confident in the testing procedures his side have in place.“Some associations will use different testing companies,” Page said. “The FAW are doing a fantastic job keeping to all the protocols. They are making sure we are doing everything right in the hotel and no one is doing anything wrong in training.“They’ve done fantastic with that and we’re obviously glad that none of us have tested positive.” Wales captain Gareth Bale has admitted he was left “concerned” after Republic of Ireland defender – and his Tottenham team-mate – Matt Doherty tested positive for coronavirus following Sunday’s match between the teams.Republic of Ireland midfielder James McClean also tested positive along with Doherty, who Bale was pictured hugging at the end of the match, but every player in Wales’ squad has since returned a negative coronavirus test.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Caretaker manager Robert Page says every Wales player has returned a negative Covid-19 test ahead of the Nations League promotion decider against Finland “Hopefully he recovers fine, doesn’t have any problems and will be back playing as soon as possible. Wednesday 18th November 7:30pm Gareth Bale and Matt DohertyImage:Gareth Bale and Matt Doherty are team-mates at Tottenhamlast_img read more

Indonesian Basketball League gets green light for October restart

first_img“Let me be clear. I don’t want the IBL to turn into a new COVID-19 cluster,” Zainudin said.He said that the ministry would sign a memorandum of understanding with the national COVID-19 task force prior to the season’s resumption to ensure that public health was maintained as a top priority.Read also: Indonesian soccer league to restart in October with empty stadiumsThe IBL would hold its games at empty stadiums in Jakarta to minimize transmission risk of the coronavirus, he said.“Representatives from the [Jakarta] health agency should also be present to supervise the event,” Zainudin added.Indonesian Basketball Association chair Danny Kosasih said that restrictions had been placed on the players’ movements for their own health and safety.“Every [athlete] is prohibited from leaving their dormitory. This is to prevent [the league] from becoming a new COVID-19 cluster,” he said.Topics : The sports ministry has approved the proposed plan of the Indonesian Basketball League (IBL) to restart its 2020 season in October. The IBL season opened in January and  was then suspended on March 13 in response to the COVID-19 health crisis.Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali said in a statement on Monday that the ministry had decided to green-light the resumption of the IBL’s 2020 season event. He added that the approval came with the condition of total compliance with the health protocols to minimize the risk of contagion.last_img read more

Sokratis disagrees with Granit Xhaka over his reaction to Arsenal fans

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Sokratis disagrees with Granit Xhaka over his reaction to Arsenal fans Advertisement Sokratis says Granit Xhaka was wrong to react to Arsenal fans booing him (Sky)Sokratis Papastathopoulos admits Granit Xhaka was wrong to hit out at Arsenal fans during their 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace on Sunday.The Gunners captain was substituted in the 61st minute but was booed by the home fans as he walked off the pitch.Xhaka responded by cupping his ear towards the crowd and saying ‘f*** off’ before he took off his shirt and stormed down the tunnel.But Sokratis concedes that the Swiss midfielder should have not let his emotions get the better of him.ADVERTISEMENT Xhaka hit back at booing Arsenal fans as he left the pitch (Reuters)‘Of course Granit is the captain of the team,’ Sokratis told Sky Sports.‘I think the reaction from him was wrong.AdvertisementAdvertisementMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But I think also that everything that happened we lose like a family.‘The next day we’re together, I don’t have to say any more about this.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterMonday 28 Oct 2019 9:05 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy linklast_img read more