MPs take aim at regulators on Co-op Bank

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‘Inception’ in the lab: Scientists are trying to implant false visions in people

first_imgIn the Lab‘Inception’ in the lab: Scientists are trying to implant false visions in people Groggy after a night in a hotel? Blame the left side of your brain APStock Brain scans strongly predict return of consciousness in vegetative patients The most intriguing version, developed by Takeo Watanabe of Brown University and partners at the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute in Japan, is called Associative Decoded fMRI Neurofeedback. The technique uses brain scanning with an fMRI machine to teach a skill or association — but without the person being aware of what they’re learning. In the movie “Inception,” Leonardo DiCaprio’s character interferes with others’ dreams to implant new ideas in their minds.It’s a trippy plot premise. It’s also not entirely science fiction.In the last few years, researchers have developed a way to “incept” in real life, a technique they hope could eventually help people with disorders from depression to autism. And a new study indicates we could do “inception” without the subject even being aware of what’s being learned.advertisement By Anna Vlasits June 30, 2016 Reprints Related: In Watanabe’s latest work, published in Current Biology on Thursday, subjects learned to see the color red while looking at a picture of black and white stripes — and they had no idea they were being trained to do this.Fairly innocuous, then, but the idea is somewhat spooky — a kind of subliminal messaging, Watanabe said, “in the simplest form.”Power of the mindThe idea for neurofeedback technique grew out of research from the 1960s showing that a person could regulate his heart rate or temperature just by thinking about it. Our brains regulate temperature and heart rate. Watanabe wanted to see if we could regulate other aspects of brain activity.The process of getting incepted takes multiple days. First, the subjects have to have their brains scanned as a baseline so the software knows what kind of brain activity to look for. Then, the subjects undergo three days of serious neurofeedback training. While they’re lying in the brain scanner, the scientist running the experiment tells them to look at the center of the screen. When black vertical stripes come on the screen, they’re told to “try to somehow regulate your brain activity.” After the vertical stripes go away, the subjects are given a score of how well they did. They’re paid more money if they score high.The subjects aren’t told to think about colors, or try to “see” anything in their minds. They’re told to try to regulate their brain activity, just that. Each person did this exercise over 500 times.In fact, subjects scored highly when they managed to make their brains light up with “red” brain activity, even though they were looking at black and white vertical stripes. The goal of the neurofeedback training was to strengthen the connection in the subjects’ brains between seeing vertical stripes and seeing the color red.After the experiment, the researchers asked the subjects what they were thinking about when they got high scores. Their answers were as different as could be.“I imagined a zebra,” said one participant.“I imagined a gymnastics match in which I performed well,” “I imagined a situation where I behaved violently,” others reported.None of them mentioned colors. But the next day, when the researchers showed the subjects vertical stripes, the subjects were more likely to think something was tinted red than people who hadn’t done the neurofeedback training. For neurofeedback subjects, vertical stripes that were in reality greenish looked slightly reddish to them.Subjects aren’t hallucinating the color red, Watanabe says. They’re experiencing something more akin to synesthesia, a condition in which people perceive colors when they look at printed numbers and letters.And when the researchers tested the subjects again several months later, they were still biased toward red.center_img In an earlier study, Watanabe used the same technique to make people get better at seeing specific orientations of stripes flashed on a screen for just a short amount of time. There again, the subjects had no idea what they were learning.Such a use of fMRI is “very novel and very clever,” said Thomas Naselaris, a psychology professor at the Medical University of South Carolina who was not involved in the study.A treatment for autism?Watanabe thinks neurofeedback could eventually be used to treat neurological and psychiatric disorders, such as depression or autism.The idea would be a similar one. In the case of depression, people would get high scores when their brain activity looked less depressed. For autism, the therapy could theoretically help people deactivate areas associated with autism symptoms.The latter is something Watanabe is actively studying. Based on a study this spring that looked at differences in the brain connections of normal and autistic people, he has begun testing neurofeedback therapy on people with Asperger’s syndrome. The therapy trains them to enhance the “normal” connections and weaken the autism-related connections in their brains. Right now, however, Watanabe says the therapy isn’t really working.Dr. Charles Gilbert, a vision researcher at the Rockefeller University said in an email that “to extend it as a technique for autism therapy is quite a stretch.”Naselaris is more optimistic. “I have no idea if it will work, but on the basis of this result I think it’s worth developing an application for this. This seems potentially very powerful,” he said.Tricking the brainOther scientists have used neurofeedback without the subliminal twist, using electroencephalogram to give people feedback about the speed of their brain waves. A person with anxiety, therefore, would be told to use the meter to try to consciously calm themselves, for instance. (Though some of the benefit may be placebo effect.) Related: Magic mushroom ingredient offers hope for treating depression Related: The basic idea is this: Human subjects lie down in a functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, machine and play a game. During the game, they have their brains scanned, and the game gives them feedback. Afterward, they have developed new brain connections.This process is called neurofeedback, which uses the data from the fMRI machine to tell someone what is going on in their brain. It’s similar to using your heart rate to set your pace while running (which then changes your heart rate), but instead, you’re controlling your own brain activity.advertisement But for most conditions, the subliminal kind of neurofeedback would probably be needed. The brain activity related to psychiatric conditions is complex and mysterious. Instructing someone to activate a specific brain connection or turn down a certain collection of brain regions would be confusing.“It gets a little tricky, because with depression for example there’s a tendency to recall negative memories, and it actually might even worsen symptoms if you try to recall positive memories,” said Steve Ramirez, a researcher at Harvard University who studies depression in mice.So you can’t just tell someone to “think happy,” you need to trick them out of negative brain states.But that endeavor is contingent on scientists finding the precise brain signatures for different psychiatric conditions — no small task. Neurofeedback, for the time being, can make you see colors — but it may be some time before it can change your brain’s tint on the world. Tags braininceptionneurosciencelast_img read more

Covid-19 apps and wearables are everywhere. Can they actually benefit patients?

first_img JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty Images That’s because it’s not clear that providing that information, through this app or another, will help doctors triage patients or change the way they are treating them.“That’s something that remains to be seen,” said Andrew Chan, a Harvard professor who helped develop the app. “There’s a lot of hope this approach could be used in the setting of Covid because it is so highly infectious and there is a need to keep distance between patients and providers.”But so far, there is no evidence that apps or wearables used to collect biological information on Covid-19 patients is improving their care. Singh said proving a positive effect on care is likely to take years, even in the case of products that have demonstrated an ability to accurately measure changes in symptoms and predict a patient’s deterioration.“This is all experimental,” he said. “Studying the impact of a technology like this takes a ton more time than studying the validity of a technology.” Related: With Covid-19 cases again climbing, health tech companies and researchers are renewing their pitch for wearables and apps as a cutting-edge way to catch new cases and detect when patients are growing sicker.The flood of tech tools — and the marketing machinery playing up their potential — promises to give users more timely information and fill key gaps in testing and tracing cases. But it is not altogether certain that these devices will benefit patients. It’s not just a basic question of whether a device or algorithm is accurate, health technology experts say, but whether the information provided is actually helpful in delivering better care or stemming the spread of the virus.It is easy to take an off-the-shelf monitoring device, slap a Covid-19 label on it, and tell the world the device can be used to help lift us out of a public health crisis. It is far more difficult to ensure the product can home in on the unique signature of this virus and improve outcomes for patients, especially when it affects people so differently.advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: But in certain clinical settings and populations, apps and wearables might be able to provide significant assistance during the pandemic, experts said. Here are a few questions to ask when trying to differentiate between empty promises and valuable tools.advertisement Newsletters Sign up for STAT Health Tech Your weekly guide to how tech is transforming health care and life sciences. “I can tell you for a given system, it may be 80% accurate. But for me to show you it made someone’s care better is actually much harder to accomplish,” said Karandeep Singh, a physician and professor at the University of Michigan who studies the use of technology in health care. About the Author Reprints Casey Ross “You have to have some type of symptoms in order for us to pick anything up,” Rogers said. “If you’re completely asymptomatic we’re not going to be able to see it. This is not a molecular scale test.”That’s not to say it can’t be helpful for other purposes. The wearable, which is experimental and has not been approved by regulators, is also being used to monitor symptoms in hospitalized patients. In one case, Rogers said, it flagged periods where a patient was experiencing a dangerous heart arrhythmia. It also picked up respiratory interruptions at night, helping providers spot signs of sleep apnea.“It turned out to be pretty severe and we could see it pretty clearly,” Rogers said.He said the impact of the wearable is still being evaluated and that his partners at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab are seeking to develop an AI model that would use the data to help predict infections from symptom data.Is the product targeted toward a particular population?A major shortcoming of most wearables is that they are deployed in populations with very low risk of developing the problem they are designed to detect. The Apple Watch, for example, is often used by young, healthy people unlikely to benefit from its ability to detect the heart arrhythmia known as atrial fibrillation.In Covid-19, that means many symptom tracking apps meant to flag the onset of illness in broad populations are likely to flag perceived problems that don’t amount to much. This results in a low positive predictive value, or the probability that a subject who tests positive truly has the illness. Is it providing information specific to Covid-19?Plenty of apps designed to monitor vital signs can accurately detect a fever and changes in respiration, but that’s not the same thing as correctly diagnosing Covid-19.“That kind of app is not going to be nearly specific enough,” said Singh. “We’re heading into flu season. You can’t tell apart flu from cold from anything else.”John A. Rogers, a biomedical engineer at Northwestern University, has spent months trying to tackle this problem with a wearable he developed for the university’s health system in Chicago. It is a Band-Aid-sized patch that attaches to the user’s throat to help monitor coughing and respiratory symptoms, such as shortness of breath.One of the planned uses was to monitor signs of possible infection of frontline health care workers. So far, however, none of the health workers who have tested the device with Northwestern’s health system has become sick. It’s not clear whether none has contracted the virus, or whether some did but were asymptomatic, which points to a challenge facing any tech tool designed to track Covid-19 symptoms. National Technology Correspondent Casey covers the use of artificial intelligence in medicine and its underlying questions of safety, fairness, and privacy. He is the co-author of the newsletter STAT Health Tech. Tags Coronavirusmedical technologywearablescenter_img An app for football fans became a digital contact tracing tool — and could be a litmus test for Covid-19 technology Telemedicine is more convenient during Covid-19. It’s also a magnet for fraud and data theft By Casey Ross Aug. 4, 2020 Reprints “It’s going to be crying wolf a lot,” Singh said. He said that’s a significant drawback in a health care system trying to contend with a pandemic.“With any of these apps, if you identify a problem, usually that problem results in a connection to the health care system, which has a time and a cost value to it. We don’t have unlimited resources,” he added.However, the problem of false positives is mitigated in higher-risk populations, such as people who live in nursing homes or whose immune systems are compromised. In those defined user groups, it is helpful to provide caregivers with alerts about sudden changes in vital signs or a fever, because those are more likely to be associated with medical emergencies.Will having the information support better care?Apps and wearables can collect massive amounts of biological data from patients. But that doesn’t mean the information is going to be helpful to doctors who are trying to treat them.A Covid-19 symptom tracker developed earlier this year by researchers at King’s College London, Harvard University and Stanford compiled symptoms reported by more than 2.6 million people, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, and loss of taste and smell.While the researchers are hopeful that the smartphone app can help inform individuals of their risks, and potentially flag infection hot spots, they are not arguing that it would significantly improve the care of infected patients. Related: Please enter a valid email address. Health TechCovid-19 apps and wearables are everywhere. Can they actually benefit patients? @caseymross [email protected] Eyeing an IPO, Hims expands further into virtual mental health care Related:last_img read more

LIVE BLOG: Follow the action live as Sarsfields contest the LGFA Leinster final

first_img WhatsApp Twitter Community Home Sport GAA LIVE BLOG: Follow the action live as Sarsfields contest the LGFA Leinster… SportGAALadies Football Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Community SEE ALSO – Electric Emma leads St Paul’s to Ladies minor glory Facebook Facebook LIVE BLOG: Follow the action live as Sarsfields contest the LGFA Leinster finalcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp Council By Siun Lennon – 4th November 2018 Pinterest Previous articleLIVE BLOG: Follow all the action as Camross take on Wexford champions in Leinster clubNext articleStolen Cars, the All Star Football Team and Retirement – Here’s Our Top Stories Siun Lennonún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Twitter Sarsfields are back in the Leinster Senior Club Final, for the first time since 2015, where they take on familiar foes Foxrock-Cabinteely of Dublin.This will be the fourth successive meeting of the two clubs, with the Dublin Champions coming out on top in the previous encounters in 2015, 2016 and last year.It will also be Sarsfields’s eighth appearance in the provincial decider, having reached finals in 2000 (Junior), 2001 (Intermediate) and 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2014 (Senior).So far the club can boast of three Senior, one intermediate and one junior success.Having won their eighth Laois senior championship title in September, Gerry O’Flaherty’s side recorded wins in this year’s Leinster club campaign over and Eadestown of Kildare in the quarter-final and Westmeath champions Milltown in the semi-final.Their Foxrock opponents are going for a four-in-row in Leinster so the game will be a huge challenge for Sarsfields.However it’s one that the team have prepared well for under the guidance of management team of Gerry O’Flaherty, Mick Burke, Ciara O’Loughlin.You can follow all the action live here. TAGSLeinster LGFALive BlogSarsfields last_img read more

Lifestyle Villages Project to get Underway Soon

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedLifestyle Villages Project to get Underway Soon FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, P.J. Patterson, has announced that work would commence soon, on the construction of housing developments catering to Jamaican residents abroad, who are interested in returning home to retire.Addressing yesterday’s (March 27) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, the Prime Minister said that the government was collaborating with the private sector for the implementation of the housing initiative, which he dubbed as ‘lifestyle villages’, adding that alliances have been forged with a number of financiers.Mr. Patterson disclosed that already, the National Housing Trust (NHT) had acquired a 171.6 hectare-site (429-acre) at Barrett Hall in St. James, which would allow for an early start to the project.To facilitate the project, a company has been incorporated with a share capital of one million shares “and it will be working with a number of building societies… it will also provide assistance to the project as a developer,” the Prime Minister told journalists.He said that the overseas Jamaican community has responded positively to the project. “The response has been very enthusiastic but we also see it as offering the scope for retirement and health tourism activities,” he added.The Prime Minister noted that the lifestyle villages would cater to retirees, “those above 50 years and over, offering communal facilities and activities, shops, restaurants, fitness centres, computer Internet centres, group activities and excursions outside of the villages. We will also be providing various healthcare facilities and services including assisted living facilities and for those who need it, special nursing care.”According to the Prime Minister, units will be pre-sold once subdivision approval has been granted and built according to the demands of the particular customer.“We have developed a project implementation plan,” he informed, noting that the first phase entailed the establishment of the company, the identification of shareholders and the completion of a detailed business plan.Thereafter, he said, the second phase of the project would come on stream and this would include, designs, approvals and preparation of terms of reference for building consultants.“Then, we will be going on the road to sell these projects and home possibilities, particularly in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada, and we will then start the construction of the actual development,” Prime Minister Patterson concluded. RelatedLifestyle Villages Project to get Underway Sooncenter_img Lifestyle Villages Project to get Underway Soon UncategorizedMarch 28, 2006 RelatedLifestyle Villages Project to get Underway Soonlast_img read more

Small business support expanded

first_imgSmall business support expanded Eligibility criteria broadened to include new businessesSMEs able to draw down loans more than once Milestone reached as 100,000 SMEs tap into cheap working capitalMore small businesses will be eligible to take out interest-free loans under changes announced today to a government cashflow scheme.Revenue Minister David Parker said one of the Government’s top economic priorities after taking office was to extend the Small Business Cashflow Loan scheme for three years and extend the interest-free period to two years.“We have extended the purpose of the scheme and will enable borrowing for investment in new equipment and digital infrastructure,” David Parker said.“In addition, firms can draw down a second loan, if they still meet eligibility criteria and have repaid the original loan in full. We want to keep viable businesses afloat where we can.“Some firms have promptly repaid their original loan and may wish to draw down another loan as circumstances change. More businesses will have access to this line of credit to help them prosper.“There are encouraging signs for our economy, but the global economic outlook remains uncertain. The scheme provides a backstop for small and medium businesses. The changes deliver on our election commitments,” David Parker said.Small Business Minister Stuart Nash says cashflow support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) has been central to government efforts to accelerate the economic recovery and sustain businesses and jobs.“The interest-free loans have proven a popular and fast way to access finance. We are delighted to reach a milestone of 100,000 SMEs who have drawn on this government support to the tune of $1.6 billion.“Many businesses have also repaid their loans as the economy continues to open up. Around 6,500 SMEs have so far made more than $45.4 million in repayments.“As the economy moves into recovery and rebuild we are also broadening the eligibility criteria so more businesses can access support. Businesses established after 1 April 2020, which have existed for six months, will now be eligible for a loan if they meet other eligibility criteria.“We are also changing the requirement that a business must have experienced a decline in actual or predicted revenue of at least 30 per cent in any 30-day period from January to June 2020, compared with the same period in the previous year.“The new criteria are that businesses can demonstrate an actual drop in revenue of at least 30 per cent because of COVID-19, over any 14-day period in the previous six months, compared with the same 14-day period a year ago.“If the applicant was not in business a year ago, the 14-day period can be compared with the same or similar period in the previous month. Businesses must also declare that the drop in revenue is due to COVID-19, and have records to support this.“I’m particularly pleased that micro businesses, with between one and five staff, have made good use of the scheme. Around 82 per cent of loans are to firms with one to five employees. Around 92 percent of loans are to firms with 10 or fewer staff.“The firms are diverse. Most loans have gone to SMEs in construction and building (17%), accommodation, restaurants and cafes (12%), those offering professional, scientific or technical services (10%), retail trade (9%), and manufacturing (7%).“The decision to extend the interest-free loan scheme is designed to give confidence to our smallest businesses and keep up the momentum of recovery. The Government is continuing to back the business community,” Stuart Nash said.The expanded eligibility criteria come into effect in February 2021.Note to Editors: a breakdown of loan recipients by region is below:Location(based on main city in region)Loan Amount ($mill)Volume (Number of SMEs)% of volumeGreater Auckland Region$67442,35542%Christchurch$19711,75712%Wellington$1499,1339%Hamilton$1176,9907%Tauranga$865,3895%Dunedin$794,6485%Palmerston North$543,2073%Whangarei$533,3723%Nelson$462,7123%Napier$422,4942%Rotorua$392,3232%New Plymouth$301,7602%Timaru$231,2581%Invercargill$231,2871%Gisborne$105731%Greymouth$95891%No location Information$159481%Totals$1,644100,795100% /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:building, Christchurch, community, covid-19, Government, Greymouth, infrastructure, Invercargill, Investment, New Plymouth, New Zealand, Palmerston, Palmerston North, revenue, Small Business, Wellington, Whangareilast_img read more

Higher Education funding and CU-Boulder

first_imgThe Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) will be holding a public meeting in Boulder on Thursday, Oct 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. to gather public input that will help inform future state funding for higher education. The meeting will take place at the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), 3035 Center Green Drive, Suite 150, Boulder.Why You Might Want to Attend: If you are interested in this issue and have opinions you would like to share about how Colorado’s higher education funding is going to be determined, as well as on the potential impacts to CU-Boulder, we’d encourage you to attend.Your opinion on the state’s priorities regarding higher education and the value of higher education to the state, the economy, society and the future are important factors for decision makers to consider.Background on the New Higher Education Funding Law: A new bill – HB14-1319, ‘Outcomes-based Funding for Higher Education’ – determining how higher education institutions will be funded, was recently signed into law. The University of Colorado has received the largest percentage reduction of state funding across all Colorado public higher education institutions since 2009 – a decrease of 20.2 percent during that period. As a result, CU-Boulder’s state funds have dropped precipitously – resulting in only 5 percent of its total budget currently coming from state funds.The University of Colorado’s position on this bill is that any new funding formula should be fair and not unduly harm any institutions of higher education. In addition, the funding formula should be consistent with the Colorado Commission on Higher Education’s Master Plan of increasing the total number of degrees awarded in the state, to meet workforce demand.The Colorado Department of Higher Education has released the following information about the new higher education funding bill:HB 14-119, signed into law in May 2014, requires the Colorado Commission on Higher Education (CCHE) to develop a new base funding formula to allocate state general fund dollars among the state’s public institutions of higher education.This new funding model will be implemented in the 2015-16 fiscal year and will include allocation of the Colorado Opportunity Fund (COF) stipends and new Fee-for-Service contracts.The components of the new funding model will include:COF Stipends – Amount and percentage of the formula.Role and Mission of the Institutions – Selectivity, number of campuses, rural or urban location, low student enrollment, high cost undergraduate programs, research, Pell eligible and underserved students, types of graduate programs, and cost for remedial courses.Performance – Number of degrees and transfers completed, within certain parameters; and, number of students who make academic progress.In consultation with key stakeholders, the CCHE must also submit to the Legislature tuition policies that ensure both accessible and affordable higher education for residents.To register to attend the Boulder event, or any of the other public meetings, please visit,Frances Draper, Vice Chancellor for Strategic Relations Published: Sept. 29, 2014 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Symposium to examine causes, consequences of Little Ice Age

first_imgNovember 3-4, 2017 | Free and Open to the Public |The Little Ice Age (LIA) is broadly defined as the time period from about 1250 to 1900 CE, the coldest centuries of the past 8000 years.  The causes of this cold interval are the subject of increasing interest to scientists, yet its effects on the people who lived through it are only beginning to be fully assessed. This conference brings together scholars who study climate forcings and climate change, as well as historians, archaeologists, and others who explore the human impact of the LIA.  We hope to advance understanding of both the environmental and cultural effects of this global event. Although a summer cooling trend over the past 8000 years is a logical consequence of Earth’s orbital irregularities, resulting in a steady increase in Earth-Sun distance in Northern Hemisphere summer, and consequently general cooling over the past 8000 years.  However, the change in solar energy over the past millennium is small relative to the reconstructed LIA response. This raises compelling questions around what processes triggered the shift into the LIA following relatively warm Medieval times, and what ancillary processes plausibly allowed LIA cooling to persist for six centuries before warming again about the turn of the last century. Explanations for the LIA include explosive volcanism, sunspots, solar irradiance, and unforced natural variability.In this symposium we take a broad geographic approach to understanding the human impacts of the LIA.  We have invited scholars who focus on Europe, the North American Southeast, the North American Southwest, and Asia.  Historic and archaeological records from these regions reveal significant social upheaval: abandonments, migration, crop failure, warfare, famine, and significant population losses.  We begin the process of linking these devastating episodes to the climatic events that may have caused them. Symposium Organizers: Prof. Gifford Miller and Prof. Catherine Cameron-Full Symposium Program-Keynote Speaker: Alan Robock: Climate Impacts of Explosive Volcanism7 PM Friday, Nov. 3, Benson Earth Sciences Building Rm 180 – Free and Open to the Public – Light refreshments to followDr. Alan Robock is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University and Associate Director of the Center for Environmental Prediction.  Dr. Robock’s research spans the scope of climate science; from geoengineering, climatic effects of nuclear weapons, soil moisture variations, the effects of volcanic eruptions on climate, and the impacts of climate change on human activities. Of special interest here is his work on climate modeling and the impact of volcanic eruptions of climate and sea ice.Saturday, Nov. 4:8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Benson Earth Sciences Building Rm 180/380 – Free and Open to the PublicGifford Miller: Glaciers record onset of persistent LIA coldRaymond Bradley: Climate of the Little Ice AgeAlexandra Jahn: Positive feedbacks from Arctic Ocean Sea IceSam White: Cultural Impact of LIA cooling in EuropeCharles Cobb: Cultural impact of LIA cooling in SE USAScott Ortman: Mesa Verde at the start of the LIAAun Ali: Cultural impact of LIA cooling in AsiaBette Otto-Bliesner: Explosive volcanism in a warming worldRelevant Publications:Petersen, Kenneth Lee. “A warm and wet Little Climatic Optimum and a cold and dry Little Ice Age in the southern Rocky Mountains, USA.” The Medieval Warm Period. Springer Netherlands, 1994. 243-269.del Socorro Lozano-García, Ma, et al. “Tracing the effects of the Little Ice Age in the tropical lowlands of eastern Mesoamerica.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104.41 (2007): 16200-16203.Bradley, R. S. and Jonest, P. D.: “Little Ice Age” summer temperature variations: their nature and relevance to recent global warming trends, The Holocene, 3(4), 367–376, doi:10.1177/095968369300300409, 1993.Cobb, Charles R., and Brian M. Butler. “The vacant quarter revisited: late Mississippian abandonment of the Lower Ohio Valley.” American Antiquity 67.4 (2002): 625-641.Benson, Larry, et al. “Surface-exposure ages of Front Range moraines that may have formed during the Younger Dryas, 8.2 calka, and Little Ice Age events.” Quaternary Science Reviews 26.11 (2007): 1638-1649.Categories:Past Eventslast_img read more

PM Expresses Regret at Riverton Fire

first_imgPM Expresses Regret at Riverton FireJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedPrime Minister to Address 6th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference Launch in New York RelatedPM’s Remarks at the Unveiling of the Permanent Memorial for Victims of the Slave Trade Story HighlightsPrime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has expressed empathy to all the persons, who were affected by the recent fire at the Riverton Landfill, Kingston.The Prime Minister was making her contribution to 2015/16 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (March 24) under the theme: ‘Moving Forward: Jobs, Growth and Development’.The Prime Minister also expressed regret to the students, and their families, who have been affected by the postponement of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) examination, due to the effects of the fire. Related$2.6 Billion Allocated To Support Creative Industry PM Expresses Regret at Riverton Fire Prime MinisterMarch 26, 2015Written by: Chris Pattersoncenter_img Photo: JIS PhotographerLeader of the Opposition, The Most HonourablePortia Simpson Miller, O.N., M.P. Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller has expressed empathy to all the persons, who were affected by the recent fire at the Riverton Landfill, Kingston.“I sincerely empathise with all the persons, who were impacted in one way or another – whether through health challenges or the disruption of their daily activities,” she said.“The last two weeks have been a difficult period for thousands of Jamaicans in Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine, who were affected by the fire at the Riverton City disposal site,” she noted.The Prime Minister was making her contribution to 2015/16 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (March 24) under the theme: ‘Moving Forward: Jobs, Growth and Development’.She said that through the coordinated efforts of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) and several public and private sector agencies and partners, “we have passed the worst.”Mrs. Simpson Miller commended the members of the Jamaica Fire Brigade; Jamaica Constabulary Force; the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA); other first responders, and members of the private sector and the community for being on the frontline during the crisis.She said that the Ministers of Local Government and Community Development and Health will provide further details on this issue.The Prime Minister also expressed regret to the students, and their families, who have been affected by the postponement of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) examination, due to the effects of the fire.She said the decision to put off the test to this week (March 26 and 27) was taken after consultation with the various stakeholders.She encouraged the students, who will be taking the exams “to go out and do your very best.”last_img read more

US: ‘Everything on table’ to block migrants at border

first_imgHomeFeaturedUS: ‘Everything on table’ to block migrants at border Oct. 27, 2018 at 5:00 amFeaturedNewsUS: ‘Everything on table’ to block migrants at borderAssociated Press3 years agoapNews ELLIOT SPAGAT and JILL COLVINAssociated PressHomeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Friday that “everything is on the table” as the administration considered new measures to stifle immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border and send a message that a slow-moving migrant caravan bound for the United States will not be welcome.Nielsen addressed the Trump administration’s efforts to fortify the border while standing next to a newly constructed 30-foot fence in California. Before she spoke, two workers wearing welding masks affixed a plaque to the barrier with the names of President Donald Trump and several high-ranking officials to commemorate what the administration calls the completion of the first phase of his border wall.Nielsen’s trip to the border came after the Pentagon approved a request for additional troops at the southern border, expected to total at least 800 and possibly more than 1,000. And the White House is looking at new border security measures, including one plan that would use the same mechanism as Trump’s travel ban to block migrants from seeking asylum in the U.S, according to two people familiar with the discussion. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the idea, which they stressed was still in the early planning stages and had yet to be decided.“We are looking at every possible way within the legal construct that we have to make sure that those who don’t have the legal right to come to this country do not come in,” Nielsen said.The president has stepped up his focus on immigration in the days leading up to the Nov. 6 elections that will determine which party controls Congress, focusing on a caravan of migrants heading north through Mexico that is about 1,000 miles away but dwindling in size.“I called up the military,” Trump said at a meeting of young black conservative leaders. “We’re not letting them in, they ought to go back now because we’re not.”Any attempt by Trump to curtail the rights of migrants to seek asylum is bound to draw legal challenge.Andrea Guerrero, executive director of Alliance San Diego, said it would be “a very drastic action that would have disastrous practical implications for our asylum obligations, for our moral and legal obligations.”“We know that civil rights attorneys are preparing to litigate right now,” she said. “They’re preparing to litigate right away. I don’t know if (Trump) cares if he wins the litigation. He wants to score political points … it’s all part of the same political ploy to stoke fear for political reasons and build more walls.”The federal government recently completed construction on a two-mile section of fencing that’s 30-feet tall. Nielsen called it a significant accomplishment to keep immigrants out. The structure is separate from a concrete wall prototype that the government has built near San Diego as part of Trump’s signature campaign promise during his 2016 White House campaign.“Let me be clear: Walls work,” Nielsen said.New details also began to emerge Friday about the military deployment on the border.A Defense Department official said the mission is authorized from Oct. 30 to Dec. 15 and will operate in border areas of California, Arizona and Texas. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to provide details that have not yet been publicly announced, said the troops will not be involved in detaining migrants.In a brief written statement the Pentagon gave several examples of assistance they would provide. These include barricades and fencing; helicopters and airplanes to move Border Patrol personnel, and medical teams to triage and treat patients and prepare them for commercial transport. It also will provide personal protective gear and temporary housing for Border Patrol personnel.Trump earlier this year ordered the deployment of National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border to respond to a spike in illegal border crossings. But those members remain under the control of the governors of the states where they’re positioned, and their activities are limited to supportive roles, such as providing surveillance.There already are about 2,000 National Guard troops on the border.___AP Writers Bob Burns and Colleen Long contributed to this report from Washington. 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