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first_imgBakers are facing high raw material, ingredients and energy costs, and could do without the government’s plans to increase fuel duty by a further 2p per litre from 1 April.Representatives of the Freight Transport Association and the Road Haulage Association met with the Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling on Monday, 11 February, to try to get him to change these plans.At 50.35p per litre, UK fuel duty for diesel and petrol is already the highest in Europe. Indeed, UK diesel duty is double the EU average rate of 25p per litre. An increase of 2p will generate serious difficulties for bakery firms and distributors.In the last 18 months the whole of UK industry has experienced increased costs as a consequence of higher oil prices on the world market. At a time when we are suffering from the joint threats of an economic slowdown and increasing inflation, the higher costs of transporting goods and services have impacted on every single company throughout the UK.Clearly the Chancellor can have little influence on the world price of oil, but he is responsible for the greater part of the cost of diesel and petrol which is made up of fuel duty and VAT. These taxes constitute almost two-thirds of pump prices ? for every £1.05 per litre, the government collects 66p.last_img read more

11 elected to American Academy

first_imgSome of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities, and the arts have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.Those elected from Harvard this year are:David Matthew Altshuler, professor of genetics and professor of medicineXandra Owens Breakefield, professor of neurologyPaul Arthur Buttenwieser, clinical instructor in psychiatryDavid Winslow Latham, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory astrophysicist and lecturerSara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of EducationJoseph Loscalzo, Hersey Professor of the Theory and Practice of Physic and chair of the Department of MedicineJohn Francis Manning, Bruce Bromley Professor of LawRichard J. Murnane, Juliana W. and William Foss Thompson Professor of Education and SocietyCharles Alexander Nelson III, professor of neurology, psychology, and pediatricsWilliam James Poorvu, Class of 1961 Adjunct Professor in Entrepreneurship EmeritusXiaowei Zhuang, professor of chemistry and chemical biology and professor of physicsOne of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies, the academy is also a leading center for independent policy research. Members contribute to academy publications and studies of science and technology policy, energy and global security, social policy and American institutions, and the humanities, arts, and education.“Election to the Academy honors individual accomplishment and calls upon members to serve the public good,” said American Academy President Leslie C. Berlowitz. “We look forward to drawing on the knowledge and expertise of these distinguished men and women to advance solutions to the pressing policy challenges of the day.”For a full list of new members.last_img read more

Alumni win 2016 Kenneth Rothman Epidemiology Prize

first_imgJohn Jackson, S.D. ’13, and Sonja Swanson, S.D. ’14, are the winners of the 2016 Kenneth Rothman Epidemiology Prize. The award is given annually for the best paper published in Epidemiology in the preceding year, and was announced in the journal’s July 2016 issue. It was presented June 23 at the Epidemiology Congress of the Americas.Jackson and Swanson’s winning paper, “Toward a Clearer Portrayal of Confounding Bias in Instrumental Variable Applications,” appeared in the July 2015 issue of Epidemiology. Instrumental variable analyses are widely used in epidemiological studies to estimate causal relationships — such as exposure to air pollution and lung cancer incidence — when controlled experiments are not possible. When doing these studies, researchers must account for additional factors such as differences between the exposed and unexposed populations that could result in a distortion known as confounding bias.“In our paper, we introduced intuitive graphical plots that more accurately represent potential bias,” said Jackson, who is a Yerby Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Epidemiology. “These sorts of tools are critical for readers of published studies, especially when they are charged with making public health decisions that affect the lives of millions.”Swanson, who is an adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an assistant professor at Erasmus MC in the Netherlands, called the paper “a lovely example of fruitful collaboration.” She said, “I am incredibly grateful to our mentors for fostering an environment that supported John and me as we pursued and developed our own research ideas.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Super Bowl week helps ‘shine a light’ on human trafficking

first_imgHigh-profile events that draw out-of-town visitors are natural targets for human traffickers. The Super Bowl is no exception. There is plenty of work going on this week in the Tampa Bay area to try to stop trafficking. The NFL has designated one of its community grants for Super Bowl hosts to the Hillsborough County Commission on Human Trafficking. Between 25 million and 40 million people worldwide are estimated to be victims of trafficking. Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is among NFL players who have joined the International Justice Mission organization to help fight the atrocities.last_img read more

Hell No! The Color Purple Sets Closing Date

first_img View Comments Cynthia Erivo in ‘The Color Purple'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Related Showscenter_img The Color Purple The too beautiful for words Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple, led by Cynthia Erivo in a Tony-winning turn as Celie, is set to shutter on January 8, 2017. At time of closing, the show will have played 33 previews and 449 regular performances at Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. The John Doyle-helmed musical officially opened on December 10, 2015; a North American tour of the production will launch in the fall of 2017.The Color Purple features a book by Marsha Norman, lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray and music by Russell and Willis. Based on the novel by Alice Walker, the tuner tells the story of Celie, a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discovers her voice in the world.Doyle’s stripped-down production opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London on July 15, 2013, starring Erivo. The new staging cuts approximately 30 minutes of material from the original incarnation and its producers include Oprah Winfrey.Along with Erivo as Celie, the cast includes 2016 Tony nominee Danielle Brooks as Sofia, Tony winner Jennifer Holliday as Shug Avery, Isaiah Johnson as Mister and Kyle Scatliffe as Harpo. Carrie Compere and Nathaniel Stampley will replace Brooks and Johnson, respectively, from November customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges.last_img read more

US authorities bust online international narcotics ring

first_imgBy Dialogo April 17, 2012 LOS ANGELES — U.S. authorities announced on April 16 the bust of an online narcotics “Farmers Market” where people around the globe could buy LSD, ecstasy and other illicit substances. Fifteen people were arrested as the result of a two-year-long investigation code-named “Project Adam Bomb” and involved law enforcement in Scotland, Colombia, the Netherlands and the United States, the U.S. Justice Department said. “The drug trafficking organization targeted in Operation Adam Bomb was distributing dangerous and addictive drugs to every corner of the world and trying to hide their activities through the use of advanced anonymizing online technology,” said Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Acting Special Agent in Charge Briane Grey. Eight men named in a criminal indictment were suspected of operating a “Farmers Market” online storefront that allowed suppliers to advertise narcotics and consummate deals with shoppers. Six of the alleged “conspirators” lived in the United States, with a seventh being a U.S. citizen living in Argentina. Marc Willems, 42, was described as the “lead defendant” in the case and was taken into custody April 16 at his home in the Netherlands, officials said. The eight men face drug trafficking and money laundering charges “stemming from their creation and operation of a secret online narcotics marketplace” that brokered sales of the substances in 24 countries, according to the Justice Department. In addition to the eight men named in the indictment, authorities arrested seven others — two more in the Netherlands, and five in the United States — involved in the case. Officials said the virtual marketplace provided order forms, online forums, customer service, delivery guarantees, even mainstream payment tools including PayPal and Western Union. Market operators purportedly charged commissions based on values of orders. Approximately US$1.04 million worth of drug sales were processed at the online market between January 2007 and October of 2009, according to investigators. The online drug market was said to have thousands of registered users, and investigators identified customers in every U.S. state as well as in 34 other countries. The drug menu at the market reportedly included mescaline, LDS, ecstasy, and high-end marijuana. [AFP, 17/04/2012;, 16/04/2012]last_img read more

Sinaloa Cartel operatives fight for power in Honduras after security forces capture the ‘Black Wolf’

first_img Honduran security forces have captured key members of the Sinaloa Cartel, which has prompted a violent battle among members of the drug trafficking group for control of the cartel’s operations in Honduras. The cartel operatives are fighting over criminal enterprises which generate about $18 million (USD) annually. They are fighting over control of drug trafficking routes, properties owned by the cartel, some of which are worth millions of dollars, and weapons, La Prensa reported on June 9. Since January 1, the bloody conflict has claimed the lives of more than a dozen people. Some Sinaloa Cartel operatives in Honduras are killing each other as they seek power, according to Armando Rodríguez Luna, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). “The Sinaloa Cartel has lost some command and control over criminal cells that operate in Honduras after various arrests have been made by security forces in Mexico. Some members of the cartel are looking to make more gains,” Rodríguez Luna said. The battle for control of Sinaloa Cartel operations in Honduras has led to 13 violent deaths since January 1, authorities said. Eleven of the victims were suspected of being linked to organized crime, César Johnson, spokesman for the National Police of Honduras, said during a press conference that was reported by Proceso on May 28. The infighting among Sinaloa Cartel operatives began after Honduran authorities captured Carlos Arnaldo Lobo, an alleged drug trafficker who is suspected of having worked closely with the Sinaloa Cartel. Lobo is also known as the “Black Wolf.” Special agents from the Special Prosecutor’s Office against Organized Crime (FESCO) captured the Black Wolf on March 27 in San Pedro Sula. U.S. federal authorities allege the Black Wolf transported tons of cocaine through Honduras and Mexico to the United States. Honduran authorities extradited the Black Wolf to the U.S., where he is accused of drug trafficking, on May 8. The capture of the Black Wolf created a power vacuum within the Sinaloa Cartel’s operations in Honduras, said security analyst Rodríguez Luna. “There will obviously be new criminals who need to settle in San Pedro Sula to show loyalty to the new commanders,” he said. Honduran authorities must remain vigilant and develop and use “intelligence capabilities” to fight the alliances formed by international drug cartels and local gangs. The Lopezes and Bonilla Guzmán were top lieutenants of Nelson Molina, a Guatemalan who was second-in-command of the Sinaloa Cartel in Honduras. An attacker or attackers killed Molina on April 29 in his home in the Villa San Antonio neighborhood. Less than two weeks later, on May 12, gunmen killed another alleged Sinaloa Cartel operative, Miguel Ángel Martínez Bueno, of Venezuela, during a gun battle in the Trejo neighborhood. “All these deaths are linked to and involve the same cartel with the ulterior motive being money and power,” said Johnson, the National Police spokesman. A father and son are killed The capture of the ‘Black Wolf’ Cartel leader killed An objective analysis on the actions of transnational organized crime. By Dialogo June 18, 2014 Transnational threats A father and son from Mexico were among those killed in the battle for control of Sinaloa Cartel operations in Honduras. Heavily-armed gunmen killed Juan José López Gómez and his son Adolfo León López Marín in the industrial city of San Pedro Sula on May 21. The two were also known as Juan Carlos Rivera Guerra and Luis Adolfo Rivera, respectively. The father and son were in their car on May 21 when eight men armed with AR-15 rifles surrounded them, officials said. The gunmen opened fire and killed both men. The two men were killed because other organized crime operatives suspected they had stolen Sinaloa Cartel safe boxes, which contained money and weapons. A Honduran, Dennys Roberto Bonilla Guzmán, who worked for the Lopezes, also helped take the safe boxes. Five days after gunmen killed the Lopezes, on May 26, Sinaloa Cartel operatives fatally shot Bonilla Guzmán in the parking lot of a shopping center. Two law-abiding people who were not involved in cartel activities, medical student Karen Alvarado and security guard Dany Umanzor were also killed during the attack. Security agents have recovered the stolen safe boxes, which contained $700,000 (USD) and documents which showed that Bonilla Guzmán was a treasurer for the Sinaloa Cartel, La Tribuna reported on June 11. The Sinaloa Cartel and other transnational criminal organizations, such as Los Zetas, smuggle large quantities of cocaine from South America through Honduras and ultimately to Mexico, the United States, Canada, and other destinations. The Sinaloa Cartel has forged criminal alliances with local gangs in Honduras, such as Mara Salvatrucha, which is also known as MS-13, and Barrio 18, which is also known as 18th Street. The cartel also works with the drug trafficking group Los Cachiros. The violence generated by the Sinaloa Cartel and other organized crime groups put San Pedro Sula first on the list of the 50 most violent cities in the world, according to a study by the Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice based in Mexico. In 2012, the country averaged 21 killings a day. Thanks to the efforts of Honduran security forces, that figure has since been reduced to about 14 killings a day. Authorities are working to reduce the level of violence even further, Security Minister, Arturo Corrales Álvarez said on June 9 during a commemoration for National Police Day. last_img read more

How a simple “good morning” can get you moving

first_img 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Details Not all of us are morning people, myself included. Having a young child means I’m up early everyday (weekends included) and although it’s tough to get going, I’ve found there are easy things one can do to start the day off right. Here are various things, including saying a simple “good morning,” that can help get you in your daily groove.Plan aheadOne surefire way to feel stressed in the morning is to be rushed and disorganized. To prevent feeling hectic first thing be sure to prepare the night before for the next day. Whether it’s readying your children’s lunches, laying out your work attire, or simply getting a good night’s sleep, being purposeful the night before will help the morning be less chaotic.Be politeAs mentioned above, saying an easy “good morning” to not only your family while you’re still at home, but also to your coworkers once you arrive at work can be a real game changer. No matter how tired or grumpy you may be, clear your head, smile, and be friendly. Starting the day out with a positive spirit can lead to a more productive and pleasant day, and it will also rub off on those around you and help to brighten their mood as well.Stick with your scheduleIt’s been proven that we thrive on structure and routine. So, try your hardest to maintain consistency in your mornings. Exercise, eat right, get your coffee, and map out the day. Sticking with a regular regime will keep you organized, boost your energy level, and leave you feeling geared up for a great day.last_img read more

Workplace Insight: Wellbeing deserves more attention

first_img continue reading » Before COVID-19 hit, workplace wellness was a growing priority among credit union leaders, and now it is even more important. It’s difficult to understand the impact that workplace wellbeing, whether it is in the office or a remote work setting, has on employees. Unwell employees are neither happy nor productive.Yet our recent workplace research, published in the whitepaper, “A Study of Credit Union Workplaces and the Future of Work,” consistently revealed gaps between the importance employees assigned to various aspects of workplace wellness and how their workplace supported them. We’re going to walk you through a few takeaways from our research and show you how to take the next step towards providing a healthy working environment both in your office and at home.The majority of wellness efforts don’t deliver impressive results, and this is often due to a disconnect between what employers’ think matters to employees and what actually matters to employees. A recent study published in the Harvard Business Review reveals that the wellness perks that matter most to employees are the basic comforts, including clean air and better lighting.Poor air quality, bad lighting, distracting noise levels, too hot or too cold temperatures, and uncomfortable workstations induce both physical and mental discomfort and stress. These comforts are important to employees, yet these are the areas that employees are most dissatisfied with. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

CDC: New test speeds detection of bird flu in humans

first_imgFeb 3, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A new test developed by federal experts offers preliminary detection of H5 avian influenza in human patients in about 4 hours, compared with 2 to 3 days for other methods, government officials announced today.”This laboratory test is a major step forward in our ability to more quickly detect cases of H5 avian influenza and provides additional safeguards to protect public health,” Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said in a news release.The test is to be used on respiratory samples from patients suspected of having avian flu on the basis of severe illness and possible exposure to sick birds, Dr. Steve Gutman of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Center for Devices and Radiological Health said at a news teleconference this afternoon.The FDA announced its approval of the test, following an unusually quick 2-week review. The test, called the Influenza A/H5 (Asian Lineage) Virus Real-time RT-PCR Primer and Probe Set, was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Because of the concern that H5N1 avian flu may lead to a human flu pandemic, “FDA acted quickly to evaluate and expedite CDC’s request for approval of this test,” Acting FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach stated in the news release. He said the rapid review did not compromise the quality of the review process.Gutman said the test yields “a presumptive not a definitive positive.” The test determines only the hemagglutinin (H) type of the virus; further testing is needed to confirm the result and identify the neuraminidase (N) type, officials said.”The test provides preliminary results on suspected H5 influenza samples within four hours once a sample arrives at the lab and testing begins,” the news release states. “Previous testing technology would require at least two to three days to render results.”The CDC will distribute the test to its Laboratory Response Network (LRN), consisting of about 140 labs throughout the country, many of them public health labs, officials said.When LRN labs using the test get positive or equivocal results, they will send the sample to the CDC for confirmatory testing, which will take about 2 to 4 hours once the sample arrives, said Stephan Monroe, acting director of the CDC’s Viral and Rickettsial Diseases Division.Gutman said a negative result from the test does not conclusively rule out the possibility of avian flu. “It’s not intended for general screening of people in the general population; it’s for people with severe respiratory illness who might’ve been exposed to sick birds,” he added.The CDC is sharing the test with the World Health Organization (WHO) and its collaborating labs, which so far have included labs in the United Kingdom, Japan, and Australia, officials said.Concerning use of the test by other labs outside the United States, Monroe said the CDC would distribute the technology only to labs that the CDC judges to have the technical capacity and biosafety measures to use the test properly.The CDC is not charging other labs for the test and is not making money on it, Monroe said. So far the test has been strictly a government-funded project, he said.CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding commented in the news release, “The use of this test by laboratories that are part of the LRN, in conjunction with other laboratory testing and clinical observations, may enable earlier detection of influenza cases caused by this specific virus and allow public health agencies to investigate sources of infection and more quickly respond with control and prevention activities.”See also:Feb 3 FDA news release 3 early release MMWR article read more