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Jamie Lee Curtis

first_imgCelebrityUncategorizedJamie Lee CurtisActor, writerBy Los Angeles magazine – December 1, 2010869ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItPhotograph courtesy Jamie Lee CurtisMy first childhood memory is the smell of eucalyptus trees. I grew up in a fairly rustic environment—very countrified. Dirt road. Donkey in a stable across the street. And eucalyptus trees everywhere.One of the earliest sounds that I can remember is Jerry Dunphy’s voice. I guess my parents watched him on the news. And the way that he opened his news broadcast every day was, “From the desert to the sea to all of Southern California, a good evening.” That to me is Los Angeles: from the desert to the sea and everything in between. And I lived in between. I lived the canyon life that exists when you have a city that is bisected by mountains—a community cleaved. I grew up in Benedict Canyon. I drove over Coldwater Canyon. I dated a boy in Laurel Canyon. I had friends who lived in the Hollywood Bowl canyon. And Runyon Canyon and Nichols Canyon. And my favorite album growing up was Ladies of the Canyon. I had the best of both. I was neither a beach nor a desert dweller. I was really a canyon dweller. And by the way, I now reside in a canyon and have for the last 15 years or so. I raised my children in a canyon near the ocean.The ocean and its tumultuous nature and the cold of the waves and sand in every crevice of your body and every crevice of your possessions did not yield for me a great love of the ocean. I grew up around pools. The beautiful clean warm water of pools. My parents owned a home in Palm Springs when I was a child. I have slivers of memories of this 1950s-modern house with its cinder block walls and sunken bathtub. Little mosaics of memory.I’ve often felt that L.A. people get a bad rap. I take great pride in being a native Angelena. I am surrounded by people who have come here for work and have stayed for the benefits Los Angeles offers but secretly hate it. Everyone comes here, and everyone says they want to leave here. And I want to tell them to get the hell out of here and leave us all alone. Because they’re sucking us dry, complaining every day. They’re all snobs. I don’t like them. I am very protective of Los Angeles. I put up with people who claim that they’re from here when in fact I can see through them. When I meet someone who claims to be from L.A., I give them the Curtis Quiz [below]. » Curtis, 51, is the daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. She appeared most recently in the comedy You Again. She also writes children’s books.The Curtis QuizYou say you’re from L.A.? Jamie and her sister, Kelly, have a few questions[ 1 ] What used to be where the Beverly Center is now?[ 2 ] What does PMK stand for?[ 3 ] Name the bread bakery warehouse in Beverly Hills that’s across the street from the Lichine School of Ballet.[ 4 ] Name the Santa Monica amusement park that closed in 1967.[ 5 ] What was the name of the cafeteria in the original Century City mall?[ Bonus] What was the jingle for radio station KHJ?Answers: 1. Beverly Park and Ponyland 2. Pickwick, Maslansky, Koenigsberg 3. Wonder Bread 4. P.O.P. (Pacific Ocean Park) 5. Clifton’s Bonus: The lyrics were “93 KHJ—Los Angeles.” The tune? You’re on your own.  TAGSJamie Lee CurtisPrevious articleJon JerdeNext articleAnd the Hosting Gig Goes to…Los Angeles magazine RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORHere’s How Celebrities Flubbed their Lines at the HFPA’s Grants Banquetlast_img read more

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The education of President Trump by Bill Gates, global health advocate

first_imgLeave this field empty if you’re human: “What I can’t tell you right now is who is going to be upset. But what I can tell you is that there are going to be a lot of people that are upset. And it’s going to be … because people are cutting programs that have had a tremendous amount of success alleviating development problems abroad and making the world a more secure place.”Gates, however, said he believed that Congress would use a more measured approach to crafting next year’s budget. Many of the elected representatives there have traveled to distant parts of the world to see how US aid money changes lives. The Gates Foundation has organized many of those trips; Gates calls those efforts “the most valuable thing we’ve done.”“And it’s partly why, when you get a new administration in, it’s not that surprising that they think, ‘Hey, foreign aid, what’s in there? There must be a lot of stuff that’s not all that impactful or strategic,’” Gates said, noting he’s “quite optimistic” Congress understands the value of programs like PEPFAR (the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) and the polio eradication program.“But we are having to articulate how these programs have become smarter over time and why we choose to put literally billions of dollars of the foundation’s money into these causes,” he noted.It’s “an education process. … It’s mostly new people. And I think some of the things that were in the mini-budget — like the idea of substantially reducing PEPFAR — I don’t think that will end up being what the government chooses to do.”Does he hope to get Trump to see firsthand how US global health funding is spent? Perhaps a trip to see the work being done to finally rid the world of Guinea worm, an effort led by former President Jimmy Carter’s foundation?“It’s a good idea,” said Gates, whose foundation helps fund the Guinea worm eradication program. “We should get him out there. [But] it’s pretty far away from Trump Tower.” Tags poliopublic healthVaccines Related: Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. @HelenBranswell Related: HealthThe education of President Trump by Bill Gates, global health advocate In these early days of Donald Trump’s administration, Americans and the rest of the world have been watching the education and evolution of a new president. Foreign policy is tricky. Replacing the Affordable Care Act isn’t so easy.On the global health front, too, the new administration is on the steep part of the learning curve. And people worried about its understanding of and appreciation for the benefits of US global health spending — worries exacerbated by proposed to-the-bone cuts in the president’s budget blueprint — are hoping to fast-track that education process.Among them is billionaire Bill Gates, the cofounder of Microsoft and the world’s richest man.advertisement Philanthropist Bill Gates talks public health, biotech, and the race for the White House Please enter a valid email address. Still, Gates isn’t certain that means Trump has been persuaded to drop the idea of a vaccine safety inquiry. “There’s a rumor that he is going to do something in that area,” Gates said. “But maybe I and others will convince him that that’s not worthwhile.”Gates said he also pushed hard for foreign aid during the meeting, trying to make the point that programs that would likely be targeted for deep cuts under his proposed budget are actually a highly valuable way to spend US money.“As I was talking to people in the executive branch, including President Trump, they probably were a little surprised by how much I said that the $8.6 billion — which is the global health piece in the State Department budget — or the $1.5 billion, which is the agriculture piece, or even some of the other pieces that help fund World Bank or the UN agencies that are our partners, that I do view those as quite effective and I do view them as quite strategic,” Gates said.The administration proposed a cut of 28 percent cut to the budget for the State Department and the US Agency for International Development.Rob Nabors, the Gates Foundation’s director of policy, advocacy, and communications, knows where global health spending money nestles in the budget and sees this large cut as endangering those programs.“Something is going to take much more than a whack. It’s going to take a deep, deep cut to something that either works or something that is incredibly popular or most likely both,” he told STAT. Global health innovations can be game-changers at home, too Helen Branswell “Absolutely!” Gates answered emphatically, when asked if he raised the topic of vaccines with the new president. Vaccines “are miracles and have done great things, and when we get new ones, we can do a lot. That definitely came up.”Trump has raised concerns about vaccines, repeating discredited claims that vaccination can trigger autism. Prominent vaccine skeptic Robert Kennedy Jr. reported late last year that Trump had asked him to chair a commission exploring vaccine safety. So far, Trump has been publicly silent on whether he intends to proceed with that panel.Gates said he tried to impress upon the president the danger of confusing the messages around vaccines. He knows his comments registered with Trump, because the president repeated them later when he met with a delegation from the pharmaceutical industry.“I heard when he saw pharma guys he said he was still wondering about vaccines, but he did mention to them that I’d said to him that I’d looked at it and that they were completely safe and that we shouldn’t raise any doubts about that.” Privacy Policy Bill Gates has met with President Trump twice since Election Day. Kayana Szymczak for STAT About the Author Reprints In a recent interview with STAT, the philanthropist talked about how he made the case for global health — and vaccines — to Trump. Though the meeting took place several weeks ago, Gates didn’t speak publicly about the most recent meeting after it took place.advertisement By Helen Branswell April 20, 2017 Reprints Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. Gates, who with his wife, Melinda, runs the enormously influential Gates Foundation, met last month with Trump at the White House, his second meeting with the 45th president since Election Day.last_img read more

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Public meeting to hear of water pollution concerns over ESB substation

first_img TAGSCoolnabaccaEirgridRatheniskaRTS Group Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Previous work at the Coolnabacca site Concerned residents will hold a public meeting on Thursday June 21 in Ratheniska Community hall at 8.30 pm to outline their concerns over what they say is an imminent threat of pollution to their local water supply. “The public need to be made aware of the imminent threat of pollution by the developer, Eirgrid, to our source of water supply. This is an unwanted and unnecessary project which has potentially devastating consequences for approximately 8,000 Laois people who rely on the Kyle Spring for their clean water. This is the mains water supply for a huge swathe of Laois from Portlaoise to Graiguecullen,” Dave Fingleton of the RTS Substation group said.“The Eirgrid plan includes having the largest transformers in the country on site, filled with 500-600 tons of oil. Fires are a significant risk in these types of large electrical infrastructure sites. These fires are not uncommon with fires taking place in Eirgrid substations in Ireland in the last few years. One fire in Coolnabacca could destroy our water supply,” Mr Fingleton said.“We must stress again, there is no alternative water supply.“If the aquifer in Coolnabacca is damaged or polluted, there’s no plan B,” he said.The RTS group noted that political support deserted Eirgrid, all three TDs believing Eirgrid could no longer continue. Minster for Justice Charlie Flanagan declared that “Eirgrid should pack their belongings, leave and not come back!” they said.“We are absolutely determined that this developer is not going to destroy our precious water resource. Eirgrid have already shown that they cannot be trusted, we feel we have been abandoned by Laois County Council so now it’s left to this community to protect our vital water source,” he said.Last week it was confirmed that ESB Networks will begin preliminary site works for a new 400 kV substation at Coolnabacky south-east of Portlaoise in advance of the construction work which will start at the end of the year.“The substation is part of the Laois Kilkenny Project that will enhance the quality and security of electricity supply in Laois, Kilkenny, Carlow and Kildare,” Eigrid outlined.There are a number of elements to the scheme, including construction of a new substation at Ballyragget, County Kilkenny; a new 110 kV line between the two substations; and an upgrade to the existing Ballyragget – Kilkenny line. These works will begin later in the year.David Martin, EirGrid spokesperson, said: “This scheme represents a major upgrade of the electricity system in the Midlands. It will also provide the capacity and security of supply required by customers and high-tech users.”The scheme represents an investment of €110 million into the region and construction is expected to take three years to complete.Planning conditions for these construction works have been discharged.  EirGrid and ESB Networks will continue to work with the local community and landowners to address any issues in relation to the works.ForumPreviously, addressing the concerns Eirgrid said in a statement: “The statutory planning process is the appropriate forum in which all concerns are addressed and evaluated.  A comprehensive planning application, including an Environmental Impact Statement, was submitted to An Bord Pleanála and an oral hearing was convened as part of the process.“An Bord Pleanála considered all issues, including ground water, water supply, environment and landscape issues and ruled in favour of the project. An appeal against the An Bord Pleanála planning decision was subsequently dismissed by the High Court,” Eirgrid said.The semi-state company stressed the importance of the project which it says will enhance the quality and security of electricity supply in Laois, Kilkenny, Carlow and Kildare.SEE ALSO – 10 potential candidates for the Laois hurling manager’s job Pinterest Facebook Twitter Rugby Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ WhatsApp Previous articlePortlaoise women help set ‘skinny dip’ world record for charityNext article10 potential candidates for the Laois hurling manager’s job David PowerA journalist for over 20 years, David has worked for a number of regional titles both as journalist and editor. From Tullamore he also works as a content editor for Independent.ie. His heroes include Shane Lowry, Seamus Darby and Johnny Flaherty Twitter Home News Community Public meeting to hear of water pollution concerns over ESB substation NewsCommunity By David Power – 12th June 2018 Community Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Community Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Public meeting to hear of water pollution concerns over ESB substation RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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The next frontier for investors

first_img The appeal of India Eight of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world between 2003 and 2013 were frontier markets, according to Singapore-based Mark Mobius, executive chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Group, a division of U.S.-based Franklin Templeton Investments Corp. Of these, five were in Africa, including Ethiopia, Rwanda and Mozambique. “Longer term, frontier markets offer the potential for even faster economic growth than emerging markets,” says Mobius. “Overall, I’m excited about emerging markets, but frontier countries are the most exciting part. Tremendous growth is already being reflected in returns.” U.S.-based Morgan Stanley & Co. Ltd.’s MSCI frontier markets index, which is comprised of 24 countries, gained 18.7% for the seven months to July 31, and showed a one-year return of 27%. Frontier markets have an even lower correlation to developed markets than emerging markets, which can make them a useful portfolio diversifier, according to Phillip Langham, head of emerging markets equities and senior portfolio manager at RBC Global Asset Management (UK) Ltd. However, he says it’s important to be selective. “Frontier markets are the ‘emerging’, emerging markets,” says Langham. “There’s an awful lot of frontier countries, but in reality only 15 to 20 are seriously investable.” Due to the higher risks associated with frontier markets, holdings in these markets should be considered for the aggressive portion of a balanced portfolio. “Liquidity can vary tremendously, and in some companies and some countries you must be cautious,” Mobius says. “However, it’s improving tremendously.” As frontier markets are not closely followed by analysts, many investment opportunities are undiscovered. “Frontier markets aren’t well covered, which means more thorough research is required, and they also tend to be less liquid, and that means taking a long-term approach,” Langham says. Christine Tan, portfolio manager at Excel Funds Ltd. of Mississauga, sometimes includes exposure to frontier markets in Excel Emerging Markets Fund, and currently holds companies based in Vietnam and Nigeria. “I am always conscious of liquidity and don’t buy small names,” she says. Aside from liquidity issues, other potential risks of emerging markets include political instability, inadequate regulation, substandard financial reporting and large currency fluctuations. There is also the potential for trade barriers and exchange controls. Many frontier markets have not matured to the point where their economies are diversified. Financial stocks tend to be early beneficiaries as frontier economies develop, Mobius says. At July 31, 2014, financial services were the largest component of Templeton Frontier Markets Fund, accounting for 25% of assets under management (AUM), followed by technology at 18%, energy at 10% and basic materials at 9%. The Middle East accounts for about 30% of fund AUM, followed closely by Africa. “There is a lot of growth occurring in construction, telecom industries and infrastructure, with roads and bridges and ports being built,” Mobius says. “There are incredible real estate opportunities, with rising demand for housing and shopping malls. The biggest barrier is that governments are not efficient and there is still a lot of corruption.” Templeton Frontier Markets Fund is currently closed to new investors to avoid growing to a size where liquidity issues could create trading difficulties, but Mobius says it will be reopened when appropriate. Investors can also access frontier markets through exchange-traded funds (ETFs) on international exchanges, such as iShares MSCI Frontier Markets 100, which trades on the New York Stock Exchange and is sponsored by U.S.-based BlackRock Capital Inc., and MENA Frontier Countries Portfolio, which trades on NASDAQ and is sponsored by U.S.-based Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC. This is the final article in a three-part series on emerging markets. A new phase of growth yields a new crop of opportunities Jade Hemeon Related news For investors with a pioneer spirit and taste for adventure, frontier markets may offer some of the most exciting investment opportunities in the world. Frontier markets are today’s fledgling emerging markets, with the potential to become the emerging markets of tomorrow. These markets consist of companies in nations that are the least economically developed in the world, such as Jamaica, Croatia, Botswana, Palestine and Pakistan. Emerging Markets: Best investment opportunities Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Emerging markets Demographic trends yield opportunities in emerging markets Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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HIV/AIDS School Policy Protects the Rights of Students and Staff – Rhodd

first_imgRelatedHIV/AIDS School Policy Protects the Rights of Students and Staff – Rhodd FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail State Minister for Education, Youth and Culture, Dr. Donald Rhodd, has said that the Ministry’s National Policy for HIV/AIDS Management in Schools was intended to protect the rights of all students and staff to remain within schools, irrespective of their real or perceived HIV status.The State Minister was speaking today (March 10) at the launch of the National Policy for the Management of HIV/AIDS in Schools Debating Competition at the Knutsford Court Hotel.He said that the Ministry has been implementing the policy in schools islandwide, through the establishment of school-based health advisory committees and the process involved sensitisation about HIV/AIDS issues, sexuality and values clarification, and interaction with persons living with the disease.“The process takes about six months, with regional Health Promotion Specialists working with members of the Health Advisory Committees in drafting and executing a unique action plan following their formal introduction to the policy”, Dr. Rhodd explained. The critical areas covered in the action plan include ongoing education on sexuality and HIV/AIDS and stigma and discrimination.Other initiatives being pursued to heighten HIV/AIDS in schools include a review of HIV/AIDS materials such as children’s stories, young adult novels, comics and teachers guides, to inform, educate and communicate to the young target audience.“The review has informed the outfitting of the Jamaica Library Service’s mobile library unit with HIV/AIDS information in a form that is more accessible and appropriate for young readers,” Dr. Rhodd explained.Furthermore, he disclosed that the Ministry had trained 27 guidance counsellors in voluntary counselling and testing (VCT), with the objective of providing these counsellors with the necessary skills to promote HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infection risk reduction among teenagers.The State Minister pointed out further, that the implementation of the VCT skills would be monitored through reports on the number of clients, who are counselled, referred for testing, and other social services.The eight key principles of the National Policy for the Management of HIV/AIDS in Schools are: non discrimination and equality; no justification for HIV screening to deny admission or disallow continued attendance; HIV-positive students have the right and are expected to attend educational institutions in accordance with statutory requirements as long as they are able to do so; and no one is compelled to disclose his/her HIV status to the institution or employer although voluntary disclosure is encouraged, and an enabling environment should be cultivated to facilitate this disclosure.In addition, all schools and institutions should have a continuing Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) Programme, which includes an HIV/AIDS programme; a safe institutional environment where universal precautions are observed for all blood-borne pathogens; prevention measures for those at risk; and the opportunity for behaviour modification should be provided. RelatedHIV/AIDS School Policy Protects the Rights of Students and Staff – Rhodd RelatedHIV/AIDS School Policy Protects the Rights of Students and Staff – Rhoddcenter_img Advertisements HIV/AIDS School Policy Protects the Rights of Students and Staff – Rhodd UncategorizedMarch 10, 2006last_img read more

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Young people leading charge on climate action

first_imgYoung people leading charge on climate action It is a pleasure to join you today.And to participate in the opening of Mock COP.I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard to deliver this event.And I applaud your dedication and commitment to tackling climate change.Across the world, young people are leading the charge on climate action.We see this, in projects like the Resilient40.Which is amplifying the voices of over 60 youth leaders, from 29 African countries in vital climate change discussions.Or indeed the Resolution Project, which supports student entrepreneurs with over 300 social ventures in more than 80 countries.From recycling solutions in Ethiopia.To water management in Brazil.And household biogas generation in Nepal.Young people are on the frontline of global climate action.And this is absolutely vital.For the future of our planet.And for the success of COP26 next November.The gravity and urgency of the situation we face demands that COP26 marks the momentwhen the world unites together behind a fair, resilient and zero emissions future.And that means governments committing to ambitious emission reduction targets, and adaptation plans.It means donor countries living up to their obligations.And fulfilling the commitments that they have made to the global South to put $100 billion a year into international climate finance.And it means listening to diverse voices in the negotiations.So that we are ensuring the interests of young people, as well as Civil Society as a whole, are heard loud and clear.From both the global South and North.To achieve this, I have been clear that we want civil society groups to be at the heart of both our preparations for COP, and the summit itself.That is why I met with young people and civil society organisations on a visit to the UN in New York earlier in the year.And I commit to meeting groups which comprise young people and civil society in every country that I visit going forward.It is also why we have established the COP26 Civil Society and Youth advisory council.Where young activists, NGOs, indigenous peoples and faith groups are very much part of our conversations in planning COP26.We are also supporting our COP partners, Italy.Both in their preparations for the Pre-COP and of course the Youth Event next September.And in the launch of their Youth4Climate series.Helping to support and amplify the work of young climate activists.Because such activism plays a really vital role.Although the commitments required in the Paris Agreement need to be made by national governments, success will belong to each and every one of us.Reaching net zero will only be achieved through a joint effort.And for this civil society is absolutely vital.You are vital in pushing all of us to go further: governments and regions; businesses and cities; schools and universities.By raising awareness, generating support, and asking us to do more.That is one of the great benefits of this Mock COP.It will show governments and organisations around the world the appetite that exists for ambitious climate action from young people.So I will finish with this ask: keep up that momentum.Keep showing us what is possible.And keep advocating for climate action in your home countries.Because if you do, the job of negotiators, who are urging countries around the world to make more ambitious commitments, becomes much easier.As does the work of the Race to Zero campaign.Which is encouraging non-state actors, such as businesses, cities, regions and universities around the world to commit to net zero as soon as possible.And if we work together in this way, I believe COP26 will mark the moment when the potential of the Paris Agreement is fulfilled.Thank you. /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:Africa, agreement, Brazil, climate change, entrepreneurs, Ethiopia, Government, Indigenous, Italy, Nepal, New York, Paris, recycling, resolution, the Summit, UK, UK Government, water management, zero-emissionlast_img read more

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No automakers want to test autonomous cars in Ontario

first_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS advertisement That being said, the bulk of automakers with operations currently in Ontario will continue with their existing testing plans. Honda will continue researching autonomous vehicles in the U.S, while parts supplier Magna prefers to test such technology on closed circuits for the time being. Fiat Chrysler will continue its partnership to develop 100 self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans with Google in the U.S. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Right now, autonomous car testing is more important than ever, and for a very good reason – the kinks to be worked out before public consumption are seemingly endless.That’s why countless sites in the U.S. and Europe are hotbeds for testing, but the same can’t be said about a recently introduced program by the Ontario government. Per Reuters, a program launched on Jan. 1 this year, aimed at attracting various automakers to test their autonomous technology in the province on public roads, netted exactly zero applicants.Now, that’s not to say the program has been a complete failure – Reuters says the Ontario government has received its fair share of interest without going into specifics, just no firm commitments from automakers. And even then, interested parties have a 10-year window to decide if they want to participate. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” RELATED TAGSNewsAutomobile ManufacturingCanadian PoliticsChrysler Group LLCChrysler PacificaConsumer CyclicalsConsumer Products and ServicesEuropeGeneral Motors CorporationGoogle Inc.Government and PoliticsHonda Motor Co. Ltd.IndustriesManufacturing SectorMotor Vehicle ManufacturingOntarioOntario PoliticsPoliticsReuters Group plcUnited StatesWorld Politics Trending Videos Trending in Canada Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Google arguably remains at the forefront of autonomous car development. See More Videos Having recently invested to expand its engineering workforce by 700 jobs in a bid to spur the development of self-driving technology, General Motors holds the most promise. However, the automaker hasn’t provided a firm commitment to Ontario’s testing program just yet. ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

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An update from Dr. Misch: Measles vaccination crucial to avoiding disease

first_imgSincerely, Donald A. Misch, M.D. Senior Assistant Vice Chancellor for Health and Wellness Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Feb. 13, 2015 center_img Last month, I wrote an article for CU-Boulder Today titled “What you should know about measles,” containing the latest news and data on measles cases across the United States. Today, I want to provide you a situational update and also highly encourage you to get the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine if you have not already done so. According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 121 measles cases in 17 states. This includes our state after one case was discovered in Colorado Springs last month. Measles is a highly contagious, acute viral illness that is transmitted primarily through coughing and sneezing of an infected individual. The virus remains viable for up to two hours on surfaces and in the air, so places where a contagious person has been can also be infectious. Unvaccinated or under-vaccinated persons can become infected. Measles can cause severe health complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis and death. Measles starts with a fever, cough, runny nose, red watery eyes, and white spots inside the mouth (Koplick Spots), and these symptoms occur two to four days prior to developing a rash which generally begins on the head, neck and behind the ears. The rash then spreads to the rest of the body and persists for three to five days.  You can protect yourself from measles by being fully immunized (although the vaccine is not 100 percent effective throughout a lifetime). The CDC recommends that all U.S. residents ages 12 months and older be vaccinated with the MMR vaccine.The MMR vaccine and testing for measles immunity are available for students at Wardenburg Health Center. Staff and faculty who are interested in testing their immunity or obtaining the vaccine should contact their health care provider.In addition, you should be aware that, in the event of a local outbreak of measles, state law enables public health agencies to quarantine and/or exclude non-immune or unvaccinated individuals from various campus activities (including classes) and sites. The best way to avoid quarantine or exclusion is to provide proof of measles immunity or, for those who are not immune, to be vaccinated.For information on how to obtain your vaccination records visit www.colorado.edu/healthcenter/measles.As is true for viral illnesses in general, there is no cure for the measles. Supportive care, such as fluids to limit dehydration and medication for fever, are the mainstays of treatment. If you do not have severe symptoms you can stay home and away from the public until four days after the rash first appears. Self-isolation is the most important measure for limiting the spread to others. In addition, you can prevent the spread of virus by coughing and sneezing into your sleeve, and avoid sharing utensils, cups, and lip balm. Kissing should also be avoided. For more information about measles, contact Boulder County Public Health, Communicable Disease Division at 303-413-7500 or visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/measles.last_img read more

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CU-Boulder key force in national campus STEM education center initiative

first_imgCategories:AcademicsCampus Community “We are now in a position to move beyond individual and isolated efforts and to leverage cross-institutional work and establish a coordinated movement,” said Noah Finkelstein, CU-Boulder physics professor and network co-director. Published: Oct. 8, 2015 The University of Colorado Boulder and University of Massachusetts Amherst are lead public campuses partnering with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities to create a national network of about 200 campus STEM education centers.This project, funded by a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, will create a network that supports and incubates these centers, provides a critical resource for stakeholders to engage with universities around STEM education and allows for essential research on the nature of these centers and the processes of network formation.STEM education centers serve as campus-based resources for addressing the national call for improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education at the undergraduate level.These centers serve as homes for interdisciplinary and cross-unit work, support transformation of educational practices, provide resources within and across disciplines and serve as a locus for educational research, evaluation and systematic transformation.“We are now in a position to move beyond individual and isolated efforts and to leverage cross-institutional work and establish a coordinated movement,” said Noah Finkelstein, CU-Boulder physics professor and network co-director.In recent years, there has been significant growth in number and scale of these centers yet there is no established network or coordination.The project will also examine the capacities and mechanisms of individual centers and identify how such a network forms and what it may accomplish.The five-year project will yield a new national resource that will impact individual centers and campuses and provide a new platform for systemic transformation of undergraduate STEM education.The network will provide programming and resources for established and new STEM centers including conferences, learning communities, an online engagement platform, toolkits of resources for centers and directory of centers for the community and external stakeholders.“It’s extremely valuable for institutions to have a dedicated forum to exchange ideas, compare practices and work together to address the pressing need to improve and expand undergraduate STEM education across the country,” Finkelstein said. Contact: Noah Finkelstein, [email protected] Julie Poppen, CU-Boulder media relations, (O) 303-492-4007, (M) [email protected] Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

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