A role model for minority science students

first_img Read Full Story Khanichi Charles knows the value of mentoring. Without it, she wouldn’t have discovered her passion for scientific research, let alone apply to Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). So despite long hours in the lab working towards her Ph.D. in biological sciences, which she expects to earn in August, Charles makes time to be a role model for minority undergraduate students considering careers in science.“As a minority student, you don’t have a lot of examples of people in research positions,” Charles said. “It’s not that you don’t think you’re capable of it; you just don’t see it as a possibility. It’s very important to me to be present and tell students ‘Don’t count yourself out.’”Charles was introduced to research as a freshman at San Diego State University, where she was on the pre-med track. Through the federal Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) and Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) programs, Charles received not only funding that allowed her to spend more time in the lab pursuing biological research, but also an introduction to the life of a researcher, from conferences and poster presentations to publishing papers. The work fueled her scientific curiosity, particularly around metabolic diseases, and sent her career in a new direction. She has continued working with MBRS as a graduate student, returning each year to San Diego State to speak with current undergraduates in the program.last_img read more

The Cast of It’s Only a Play Makes ‘Em Laugh at Actors Fund Performance

first_img It’s Only a Play Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 Star Files Nathan Lane Related Shows View Comments It was opening night all over again on December 7, when Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint, Megan Mullally, F. Murray Abraham and Micah Stock appeared in a special performance of the hit comedy It’s Only a Play to benefit The Actors Fund. The national human services organization directly benefits more than 12,000 performers and crew members each year, providing emergency assistance, health care and insurance, housing and employment and training services. Check out this Hot Shot of the cast with Actors Fund president and CEO Joseph P. Benincasa, then see It’s Only a Play at the Schoenfeld Theatre.last_img read more

Vermont unemployment rate moves up three-tenths to 5.2%

first_imgMontpelier — The Vermont Department of Labor announced October 21, 2008, that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September 2008 was 5.2% percent, up three-tenths of a point from the revised August rate of 4.9% and up 1.3 points from a year ago.”The nation’s housing and financial services crisis continues to impact Vermont’s labor market,” said Patricia Moulton Powden, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. “Seasonally adjusted employment improved a bit in September, but the unemployment rate ticked up to 5.2%.”Before adjustment, Total Non-Farm jobs grew by 7,250 or 2.4% from August to September. Despite this growth, Total Non-Farm jobs remains down by 0.1%, or about 400 jobs, over the year. The Leisure and Hospitality sector showed its expected seasonal decline of 2,550 jobs or -7.3%. The Manufacturing and Construction sectors have contracted by 800 and 750 jobs respectively over the year.A large monthly seasonal gain came from state and local government as school support staffs return to work. And the Healthcare and Social Assistance sectors showed significant annual gains, growing by 950 jobs or 2.1% over the year.When seasonally adjusted, job levels increased slightly by 100 jobs over August, but still lag a year ago by 700 or -0.2%. Job losses were spread over most industry sectors with only Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities, (+300 / +3.5%), Health Care & Social Assistance, (+200 / +0.3%), and Other Services, (+100 / +0.6%) showing measurable growth in seasonally adjusted private sector jobs.Vermont’s observed seasonally adjusted monthly changes in employment, unemployment and unemployment rate are not statistically different from August values. For comparison purposes, the US seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 6.1 percent, unchanged from August 2008. Unemployment rates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 3.0 percent in Hartford to 6.3 percent in Newport. Local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. For comparison, the unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 4.9 percent, up seven-tenths of a point from August 2008 and up 1.3 points from a year ago. Job counts decline slightly in September. Unemployment moves up three – tenths to 5.2%October 21, 2008 “The nation’s housing and financial services crisis continues to impact Vermont’s labor market.  Seasonally adjusted employment improved a bit in September, but the unemployment rate ticked up to 5.2%.” Patricia Moulton PowdenCommissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor September2008 August2008 September2007 Total Labor Force 353,300 351,100 352,600   Employment 334,900 333,800 339,000   Unemployment 18,300 17,300 13,600   Rate 5.2% 4.9% 3.9% Vermont Labor Force Statistics Seasonally Adjustedlast_img read more

General Dynamics Vermont to do program management on $35 million Army contract

first_imgGeneral Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems,The U.S. Army Joint Munitions and Lethality Life Cycle Management Command, Picatinny, N.J., awarded General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products an order valued at approximately $35 million to manufacture M2A1 quick change barrel (QCB) conversion kits. The QCB conversion kits feature several direct-replacement parts to modify existing M2 heavy barrel (M2HB) machine guns to the M2A1 configuration. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in January 2011 and will continue through December 2012. General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).”With the QCB conversion kits, the U.S. warfighter can change the machine gun barrel in a few seconds. The M2A1 features fixed headspace and timing, which eliminates the need to manually calibrate the weapon after each barrel change and reduces exposure time to enemy fire,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president and general manager of gun systems for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. “The M2A1 is an efficient and reliable tool for American warfighters in combat.”Production work will be completed by the existing workforce at the General Dynamics facility in Saco, Maine, which employs approximately 420 people and has manufactured the M2 machine gun since 1979. Program management will be performed at General Dynamics’ Burlington Technology Center in Vermont.General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, located in Charlotte, N.C., provides a broad range of system solutions for military and commercial applications. The company designs, develops and produces high-performance weapon and armament systems, defensive armor, countermeasure systems and aerospace composite solutions, as well as off-road axle and suspension systems. It is also a leading U.S. producer of biological and chemical detection systems. More information about General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products can be found on the Internet at www.gdatp.com(link is external).General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 91,000 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about General Dynamics is available online at www.generaldynamics.com(link is external).SOURCE General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products. CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 24, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/last_img read more

Brazilian Modern Pentathlon Team Champions in England

first_imgBy Dialogo May 15, 2013 On May 1st, the Brazilian Modern Pentathlon Military Team won the British Army’s Modern Pentathlon International Competition, in Sandhurst, England. It is a competition recognized by the International Military Sports Council (CISM) which gathered athletes from Europe and South America. Petty Officer Second Class Yane Marques, from the 7th Military Region and a favorite in the event, won the women’s individual fencing and swimming competitions, with 5,084 points. Petty Officer Second Class Priscila Oliveira, with the Army Sports Committee (CDE), won the equestrian and combined events, and ranked second with a total of 5,020 points. As a result, the Brazilian Military Sports Committee women’s team took the podium for individual competitions, and won the overall title for female group, with seven participating teams. In the male competition, 1st Lieutenant Barrosos Magno with the Military Institute of Engineering (IME) and silver medalist at the 5th Military World Games, finished in 2nd place, with 5,592 points, after winning 2nd place in the swimming and combined events, and the 5th place in fencing and horseback riding. The champion was German Captain Alexander Nobis, with 5,740 points, followed by Welsh Lieutenant Alex Fraser, with 5,296 points. The next Modern Pentathlon assignment for the Brazilian Military Team will be during the finals at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup, in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, in Russia, from May 31 through June 6. This article is a courtesy of the Military Sports Blog, which broadcasts competitions and sports news on the Armed Forces and Auxiliary Forces in Brazil and abroad.last_img read more

Should the jury be unanimous to impose death?

first_img Should the jury be unanimous to impose death? November 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Should the jury be unanimous to impose death?center_img Court asks the legislature to consider it Gary Blankenship Senior Editor In a death row case addressing other issues, the Florida Supreme Court has called on the legislature to consider requiring a unanimous jury to impose the death penalty.The October 12 majority opinion, written by Justice Raoul Cantero, noted that other states with the death penalty as well as the federal government require either a unanimous vote in finding aggravating circumstances necessary or to impose the ultimate penalty, or both.Chief Justice Barbara Pariente and Justice Charles Wells agreed in separate opinions, making the court’s request to lawmakers unanimous.“The bottom line is that Florida is now the only state in the country that allows the death penalty to be imposed even though the penalty-phase jury may determine by a mere majority vote both whether aggravators exist and whether to recommend the death penalty,” Cantero wrote. “Assuming that our system continues to withstand constitutional scrutiny, we ask the legislature to revisit it to decide whether it wants Florida to remain the outlier state.”Here’s how Cantero presented the breakdown of how the other 37 states with a death penalty proceed:“[Thirty-five] require, at least, a unanimous jury finding of aggravators. Of these, 24 states require by statute both that the jury unanimously agree on the existence of aggravators and that it unanimously recommend the death penalty. Three states require by statute unanimity only as to the jury’s finding of aggravators. Seven more states have judicially imposed a requirement at least that the aggravators be determined unanimously. Of these seven states, five (all except Alabama and Kentucky) require that both the aggravators and the recommendation of death be unanimous. Alabama and Kentucky require only that the aggravators be determined unanimously. Although Missouri law is less clear, it appears that a jury at least must unanimously find the aggravators. That leaves Utah and Virginia. In those states, the jury need not find each aggravator unanimously, but the jury must unanimously recommend the death penalty.” [Citations omitted]Cantero also noted that the federal death penalty requires a unanimous jury.Justices Wells, R. Fred Lewis, Peggy Quince, and Kenneth Bell concurred in Cantero’s opinion.Justice Wells, in his concurring opinion, wrote to expand on the jury unanimity issue. He noted that Florida law had changed since the statute was passed allowing aggravating factors to be found and the death penalty to be imposed by majority vote. The main one, he wrote, was in 1994, when the law was changed so that the life sentence, the only alternative to the death penalty in those capital cases, meant life without parole. Gain time has also been removed for those inmates.“Life has been mandated to mean life,” Wells wrote.He also noted that when it wrote the federal death penalty statute in 1994, Congress had the benefit of the various state laws.“Two important procedures under the federal act are relevant to the present discussion,” he said. “The federal act requires notice to the defendant setting forth aggravating factors that the government proposes to prove as justification for a sentence of death [a factor in the underlying case the justices were deciding]. The federal act also requires that a decision for a death sentence be made by a unanimous jury.”Further, the U.S. Supreme Court in a string of recent decisions has upheld and strengthened the doctrine that the death penalty must be imposed by the jury, not the judge. Wells wrote that the four other states like Florida where the jury and judge shared that responsibility have made changes.While the U.S. Supreme Court had upheld the Florida system, it has not reviewed it since those more recent decisions, Wells noted.“I do believe these Supreme Court decisions have brought about a need for the legislature to undertake an assessment and revision of Florida’s statute,” Wells argued. “.. . I believe the excellent research set out in Justice Cantero’s majority opinion, with which I agree, further demonstrates the real need to address this issue.”He went on to suggest legislators look to the federal law as a model.Justices Cantero and Kenneth Bell concurred with Wells.Chief Justice Pariente, joined by Justice Harry Lee Anstead, concurred and dissented with the main opinion, but began her opinion by agreeing that the legislature should reconsider the death penalty law.She wrote: “I concur wholeheartedly in the majority’s call for legislative reevaluation of Florida’s capital sentencing scheme to determine whether jurors should be required to unanimously decide whether death should be imposed as well as make unanimous findings on the existence of aggravating factors. I also agree with Justice Wells that the legislature should look to the federal death penalty as a model in requiring both advance notice of aggravating factors and unanimity in the jury’s decision for death.”The court’s ruling came in State of Florida v. Alfredie Steele, case no. SC04-802.The main part of the opinion addressed these two certified questions:“(1) Does a trial court depart from the essential requirements of law, in a death penalty case, by requiring the state to provide preguilt or prepenalty phase notice of aggravating factors?“(2) Does a trial court depart from the essential requirements of law, in a death penalty case, by using a penalty phase special verdict form that details the jurors’ determination concerning aggravating factors found by the jury?”The court answered no to the first question and yes to the second.last_img read more

The Rundown – August 2013

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York 1. ATTEND THE HONG KONG  DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL:Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with musical performances, arts and crafts, and two days of dragon-boat racing. A centuries-old tradition, dragon-boat racing traces its roots to the legend of Qu Yuan, an exiled court minister who drowned himself when he heard that his home had been invaded. To prevent fish from devouring his body, fishermen threw rice dumplings in the water as a spirit offering. Today, rice dumplings are eaten during this festival of dance, martial arts, street theater and boat racing. See it all go down August 10 and 11 at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens with more than 170 teams and 2000 participants taking part in the festivities.2. TUNE IN TO THUG NOTES:Getting bored of SparkNotes and their book summaries? Perhaps Thug Notes is exactly what you’ve been looking for. The YouTube channel features just-under-four-minute book reviews, with plot details and important themes conveyed in an easy-to-understand manner. And your host, “Sparky Sweets, PhD,” is hilarious as he explains the classics like To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, and Crime and Punishment. Join him each week as he brings “yo main hookup for classical literature summary and analysis.”3. PRE-ORDER AN ASTRONAUT’S GUIDE TO LIFE ON EARTH:Commander Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield on Twitter) has talked Star Wars with William Shatner, dropped the puck for the Maple Leafs, performed with the Barenaked Ladies and chatted up the Queen of England—all from space, the Canadian astronaut’s second home. He also dressed up for St. Patrick’s Day, showed how hard it is to do things like add salt and pepper to food, while sharing fantastic photos he takes daily from space. His first book is set for release in October and should be just as awesome as he is.4. CHAT WITh CLEVERBOT:Wasting countless hours engaging in profound conversation with a robot has long been the dream of many an office worker. Well, that dream has finally come true—look no further than Cleverbot, an internet AI (artificial intelligence) who loves nothing more than to go back and forth with humans, endlessly debating and winning arguments against eternally bored first-worlders. To give you an idea of how it works, we asked Cleverbot what it thought of humans, and this was its response: “I think humans need to learn to be nicer to one another.” Sage advice right there. Head over to www.cleverbot.com to chat with it, or download the Cleverbot app, which is available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone, to chat on the go.5. DOWNLOAD TED:This app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch and Android devices presents talks from some of the world’s most fascinating people: education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus and music legends. Find more than 1,400 TEDTalk videos at your fingertips from around the world.6. EAT A TWINKIE…BECAUSE YOU CAN:After several Twinkie-free months, the snack cakes have finally returned and with an extended shelf life: They’ll now last for 45 days instead of the original 26, though Hostess is not revealing what made this possible. It also shouldn’t be too hard to get your hands on a box, as the new Hostess plans to more than double their distribution efforts, reaching an additional 60,000 convenience stores.7. WATCH CELEBS PLAY BALL:It once featured the likes of Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock and now attracts celebrities like Alec Baldwin, Christie Brinkley, Mark Feuerstein and Giada de Laurentiis. The annual Artists & Writers Softball Game at Herrick Park in East Hampton kicks off Aug. 17.8. BUY MOLESKINE’S DETOUR BOOK:This 352-page volume by Moleskine is a collection of more than 250 Moleskine notebooks that have been decorated, sketched in and filled with notes, clippings and drawings by internationally renowned authors like Ron Arad, Marti Guixe, Ross Lovegrove, Karim Rashid, Zhang Yuan and many others. Be inspired.9. CHECK OUT “FIRST LISTEN” AT NPR.ORG:Pre-hear all kinds of music, from the soundtracks to upcoming movies to independent artists. NPR features the newest and the best a week before everyone else—for free.10. ENJOY THE LAST DAYS OF SUMMER:Flaunt your white duds while you can and head to LongIslandPress.com/Calendar for daily events that will help you finish out summer like a boss.last_img read more

Record bonuses in store as Savills beats profit forecast

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Mao’s Last Dancer, Li Cunxin is on the move, but don’t worry he’s not leaving Queensland Ballet

first_imgA listing photo of the Ascot home that sold before auction.Mao’s Last Dancer, Li Cunxin, and his wife Mary Kathleen Li have sold their Ascot home before auction.The property was listed for auction on March 4, but the online listing now revealed it was already under contract.Marketing agent Damon Warat of Ray White Ascot had no comment on the deal.Preliminary sales results figures show it sold for $2.25 million.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoLi Cunxin is a Chinese-born former ballet dancer who is now the artistic director of the Queensland Ballet.The book of his life, Mao’s Last Dancer, was a bestseller and spawned an equally successful movie. The listing said the owners had already bought elsewhere and property records reveal Ms Li bought a home in nearby Hamilton in October last year.According to the Ascot listing the two-level house has five bedrooms and three bathrooms.It has multiple living areas, high ceilings and a dedicated office.Li Cunxin declined to comment.last_img read more

Mansion sale: Luxury homes still hot property in Noosa despite coronavirus concerns

first_imgThis house at 33 Witta Circle, Noosa Sound, has sold for $10m.A LUXURIOUS waterfront home in one of Noosa’s most tightly-held pockets has fetched $10 million in a sign the coronavirus crisis is yet to impact the high-end property market.The six-bedroom, four-bathroom property at 33 Witta Circle on Noosa Sound is the latest in a string of eight figure sales in the popular seaside retreat so far this year.Records were smashed when a jawdropping beachfront penthouse at 8 Noosa Court sold for a whopping $14 million last month. MORE: Luxury homes still hot property Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Coronavirus to drive lowest interest rates in Australian history Landlords, tenants confused over eviction moratorium Inside the house at 33 Witta Circle, Noosa Sound, which has sold for $10m.And selling agent Tom Offermann, principal of Tom Offermann Real Estate, does not see a slowdown happening due to COVID-19.In fact, Mr Offermann believes house hunters starved of choice in what has been a sellers’ market have been gifted an increase in buying opportunities. “Of course we are in unprecedented times, which every Australian is trying to navigate one day at a time, butit is important to bear in mind that real estate is a long-term investment and through times of hardship as well as prosperity, propertyhas emerged as the basis of all wealth,” Mr Offermann said.The front of the house at 33 Witta Circle, Noosa Sound, which has sold for $10m.“For buyers who have been starved of choice, there will be increased buying opportunities during this period of extreme measures we must all take to stay safe. “Our team has been busy working remotely since last week ready to help.”The sale of 33 Witta Circle was negotiated by Tom Offermann Real Estate’s Luke and Lauren Chen. The back deck and jetty at the house at 33 Witta Circle, Noosa Sound.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoIt’s their second sale in the street this year, setting a record for Noosa Sound as the first single allotment sale to reach eight figures — a far cry from the original land sale price of $12,000 in 1974.“We were deluged with inquiries and it’s fascinating how many well-known and highly successful people contacted us,” Mr Chen said. “The common attraction for them is that Witta Circle offers a waterfront lifestyle with boating options and it is only a couple of minutes walk from one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. “There is no other location that offers this. We had well over 100 inquiries, and many buyers who missed are waiting for the next opportunity.”Records show the property last sold for $3.35 million in 2014.Features include a two-storey glass foyer, polished concrete and timber finishes, an undercover outdoor terrace with a barbecue station, a timber jetty, a lap pool and a private beach.last_img read more