5 scholars awarded Aramont Fund Fellowships

first_imgThe Office of the Vice Provost for Research recently made awards to five early career science scholars comprising the 2019 cohort of the Aramont Fund for Emerging Science Research fellows.The research fund is made possible by a generous gift from the Aramont Charitable Foundation and provides critical funding to advance high-risk, high reward science conducted by graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty at Harvard Medical School, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.“We are grateful to the Aramont Charitable Foundation for their understanding of the importance of supporting exceptional scholars at the start of their scientific careers” said Rick McCullough, vice provost for research and professor of materials science and engineering. “This year’s fellows, as well as those awarded last year, are pursuing the most innovative frontiers of their respective disciplines. We are very excited to see this work come to fruition through this fellowship.”This year’s fellows are:Jia Liu, assistant professor of bioengineering at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, for his project “Soft nanoelectronics implantation through animal embryo development for whole-brain electro physiology mapping.”Real-time and high-speed recording of brain-wide cellular activities in behaving animals is important to understand brain functions. Liu intends to use “soft stretchable nanoelectronics” to build a whole-brain-electronics interface to study the developing brain. He believes this radical new technology will have a great impact not only on neuroscience but also on extended/enhanced sensing and cognition.Elizabeth May, fourth year doctoral student in molecular and cellular biology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, for her project “Molecular mechanisms for establishing neuronal connectivity.”Neurological disorders such as autism, bipolar disorders, and schizophrenia are conditions that result from processes going awry during the development or maintenance of nervous system circuits. May’s project studies a family of proteins called clustered protocadherins and their role in establishing neuronal connectivity, specifically how they are organized on the cell membrane and how their movements contribute to establishing neuronal connectivity.Hao Sheng, second year doctoral student in bioengineering at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, for his project “In vivo assembly of conductive polymer with stretchable cuff electrode array as cellspecific intrafascicular bioelectrical interface for peripheral nerves.”Bioelectronics that enable high-resolution, bidirectional recording and controlling of the peripheral nervous system (PNS) are important for neuroscience, human-machine interfaces, and prosthetics. Sheng’s project proposes a novel method to address the challenge of building interfaces capable of addressing each type of cell within the PNS precisely. He aims to design and demonstrate a self-assembly of conductive polymer electrodes in a biocompatible manner, which could further function as bioelectronic interfaces to specific types of nerves within the PNS at single-cell resolution.Jiunn Song, fourth year doctoral student in genetics and complex diseases at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health, for his project “Protein transport to lipid droplets and implications in lipid storage and metabolic diseases.”Diseases of excess fat accumulation such as obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease are an enormous public health problem that affects over 100 million people in the United States. Despite the importance of intracellular enzyme transport in fat storage and metabolic diseases, little is known how the transport occurs. The overarching goal of Song’s research is to define this mechanism and to investigate its role in metabolic diseases.Lynn Yap, sixth year Ph.D. student in neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, for her project “Activity-regulated neuropeptides in the control of inhibitory synaptic plasticity in the brain.”Neurons are continuously responding to signals from an organism’s internal and external environments. Activation of a transcriptional program in each neuron ensures that these signals are properly converted into long-lasting changes in neuronal structure and function. Defects in this process underlie a host of neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric pathologies, including schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, and epilepsy. Yap proposes to combine genomics and electrophysiological approaches to uncover the function of secreted molecules in a specific type of neuronal transmission.last_img read more

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Exercise reduces chronic inflammation, protects heart, study says

first_imgScientists at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have identified a previously unknown biological pathway that promotes chronic inflammation and may help explain why sedentary people have an increased risk for heart disease and strokes.In a study to be published in the November issue of Nature Medicine, MGH scientists and colleagues at several other institutions found that regular exercise blocks this pathway. This discovery could aid the development of new therapies to prevent cardiovascular disease.Regular exercise protects the cardiovascular system by reducing risk factors such as cholesterol and blood pressure. “But we believe there are certain risk factors for cardiovascular disease that are not fully understood,” said Matthias Nahrendorf of the Center for Systems Biology at MGH. In particular, Nahrendorf and his team wanted to better understand the role of chronic inflammation, which contributes to the formation of artery-clogging blockages called plaques.Nahrendorf and colleagues examined how physical activity affects the activity of bone marrow, specifically hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs). HSPCs can turn into any type of blood cell, including white blood cells called leukocytes, which promote inflammation. The body needs leukocytes to defend against infection and remove foreign bodies. “When these [white blood] cells become overzealous, they start inflammation in places where they shouldn’t, including the walls of arteries.” — Matthias Nahrendorf 35 minutes a day of physical activity may protect against new episodes, even in the genetically vulnerable “But when these cells become overzealous, they start inflammation in places where they shouldn’t, including the walls of arteries,” said Nahrendorf.Nahrendorf and his colleagues studied a group of laboratory mice that were housed in cages with treadmills. Some of the mice ran as much as six miles a night on the spinning wheels. Mice in a second group were housed in cages without treadmills. After six weeks, the running mice had significantly reduced HSPC activity and lower levels of inflammatory leukocytes than the mice that simply sat around their cages all day.Nahrendorf explains that exercising caused the mice to produce less leptin, a hormone made by fat tissue that helps control appetite, but also signaled HSPCs to become more active and increase production of leukocytes. In two large studies, the team detected high levels of leptin and leukocytes in sedentary humans who have cardiovascular disease linked to chronic inflammation.“This study identifies a new molecular connection between exercise and inflammation that takes place in the bone marrow and highlights a previously unappreciated role of leptin in exercise-mediated cardiovascular protection,” said Michelle Olive, program officer at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Division of Cardiovascular Sciences. “This work adds a new piece to the puzzle of how sedentary lifestyles affect cardiovascular health and underscores the importance of following physical-activity guidelines.”Reassuringly, the study found that lowering leukocyte levels by exercising didn’t make the running mice vulnerable to infection. This study underscores the importance of regular physical activity, but further focus on how exercise dampens inflammation could lead to novel strategies for preventing heart attacks and strokes. “We hope this research will give rise to new therapeutics that approach cardiovascular disease from a completely new angle,” said Nahrendorf.The primary authors of the Nature Medicine paper are Nahrendorf, who is also a professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School; Vanessa Frodermann, a former postdoctoral fellow at MGH who is now a senior scientist at Novo Nordisk; David Rohde, a research fellow in the Department of Radiology at MGH; and Filip K. Swirski, an investigator in the Department of Radiology at MGH.The work was funded by grants HL142494 and HL139598 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health. Relatedcenter_img Lower risk of depression with elevated exercise The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro cries foul over reports on condensed milk

first_imgSAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has attacked the media after reports that his administration spent $3 million on cans of condensed milk in 2020. The decision triggered a debate over spending priorities weeks after Bolsonaro declined to extend a pandemic welfare program for his poorest countrymen. The president used expletives and insults against journalists while addressing dozens of supporters at a restaurant in Brasilia, adding the 2.5 million cans of condensed milk, one of his favorite desserts, will feed more than 370,000 members of the armed forces, among others.last_img read more

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College SGA to change structure

first_imgThe Student Government Association (SGA) at Saint Mary’s College announced in its meeting Wednesday that it will make major changes to its basic structure, giving Saint Mary’s students more diverse representation in the voting process, SGA executive secretary Emma Brink said. After concluding last semester with a preliminary vote to change the structure of SGA, President Nicole Gans said the organization is focusing on answering a few basic questions this semester regarding the restructuring of SGA. “What ways can SGA be structured to best fit the students need?” Gans said. “What is going to happen? What is going to change?” Brink said these changes include restructuring the voting body of the organization into five councils and one senate, rather than the current board of 25 commissioners and the 8-member executive board. “SGA hopes that the new structure will include a board of unbiased voting members in the Senate, a focused group of Councils to produce new ideas and programming, a more efficient flow of information and, overall, more participation within SGA,” she said. Gans said she is optimistic about the restructuring of SGA with regard to student opinions and collaboration between students and the College’s administration and faculty. “I hope that the new structure gives more people a voice on student government,” she said. “We are attempting to build an inclusive system that promotes relationships with administration and faculty.” Brink said SGA is currently operating under a hybrid of the old and new structures, and complete changes will occur along with student government turnover on April 1. The turnover process and the new structure will involve more students in new roles, Brink said. “Now that students can run for Senator positions, the election process this year will be much more exciting and dynamic,” she said. “At the same time, students who prefer working behind-the-scenes can apply for Council positions as committee chairs or members. ”  Instead of having the class boards and club presidents comprise the board of commissioners, the new councils will represent various student interest groups, including the Student Academic Council and the councils of Activities, Clubs, Class Boards and Committee Chairs, Brink said. The president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and chief of staff of SGA will each serve as the head of one of the five councils. Brink said the council members will be appointed by interviews conducted by the SGA president or by individual academic departments. However, this process will not appoint class board presidents and the Student Activity Board, Resident Hall Association and Student Diversity Board presidents. Position names will also be changed to incorporate the full responsibilities of each position, Brink said. The executive treasurer and secretary will now be vice presidents of Finance and Internal Affairs, respectively, and the chief of staff will now serve as the vice president of External Affairs. Brink said the new Senate will be comprised of 15 students who are not currently members of SGA, and these students cannot serve on any of the five new councils. Since Senate members will represent a variety of student perspectives and interests, such as class years, dorms, clubs and other student organizations, Brink said she hopes the Senate will provide opportunities for the freshman class to get more involved on campus and pursue leadership roles. “While this restructuring process will take time, SGA hopes that our work will result in a more efficient board and a broader, more diverse group of leaders representing the Student Body,” Brink said. Gans said she hopes the new system will complement the success of the current administration. “I am so proud of the current administration for all of their hard work,” she said. “I hope [our successors] will find the new structure is more efficient, allows for more effective communication, and that it will allow them to focus on important issues.”last_img read more

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Panel discusses depiction of autism in media

first_imgRosie LoVoi | The Observer Experts speak on a Monday panel hosted by Saint Mary’s Master of Autism Studies Program about the portrayal autistic individuals in the media. Panelists emphasized the importance of avoiding stereotypes.Waddell said while “Rain Man” helped introduce the public to autism, it popularized unrealistic stereotypes about the lives of people on the spectrum. After the film’s release, he said, autistic individuals were typecast as “savants” who were incapable of functioning in normal society.“[Rain Man] was the image of autism for many years,” he said.Waddell added that recent media portrayals of autistic individuals have challenged some, but not all, of these stereotypes. He advised individuals to be mindful of how the disorder is depicted in film and television.“It’s very good for us to be reflective about the ways in which images of autism in the popular media are shaping all of our imaginations of what autism is,” he said.Dr. Nancy Turner, chairperson of the Department of Education at Saint Mary’s, said documentaries play a particularly important role in educating the public about the disorder. She added that documentaries that feature the voices of autistic individuals are especially valuable.“It highlights their views, that they’re fine, just the way they are,” she said. “That they don’t need to be fixed.”Fictional works, she said, can also help combat social stigma by offering a more intimate view into of the lives of those on the spectrum. However, she added, individuals ought to be wary of how accurately the disorder is portrayed.“While, again, there’s much that can be learned about autism from these shows, I think the viewer has to be cognizant of possible stereotypical portrayals,” she said.Dr. Susan Latham, director of the Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology program at Saint Mary’s, said the media can help individuals without autism understand the daily struggles those with autism face, such as navigating social situations.She said while watching the television show “The Good Doctor,” she noted that the protagonist, a physician with autism, is often portrayed as isolated from others.“It always seems as though he is separate from the other group,” she said.Latham noted that depicting such issues through film and television can help promote greater public empathy for those with autism.Dr. Joshua Diehl, chief strategy officer for LOGAN Autism Services, said he worries that past portrayals of autism in the media media has focused too heavily on the disorder itself rather than on the individuals who have it.“It’s very hard to find art that exists in which for that character, the autism isn’t the prominent thing in that story,” he said.Instead, he said, the media ought to tell stories that represent autistic individuals holistically.Dr. Juhi Kaboski, a faculty fellow for the Master of Autism Studies program, said it is important to remember the chief motivation behind producing a work of media is profit.“All these movies are, at least a lot of the times, for profit,” she said. “They want to be entertaining.”Kaboski added that this can often unintentionally cause misguided or insensitive portrayals of autism.“[Media is] made to entertain,” she said. “In the process of doing that, I think they forget that people with autism are watching them.”Tags: Autism, Master of Autism Studies, media portrayals To promote dialogue about how individuals with autism are portrayed in the media, the Master of Autism Studies Program at Saint Mary’s hosted a panel on the subject Monday night in the Duncan Student Center.Dr. Michael Waddell, director of the Master of Autism Studies program, opened the panel with a discussion about the 1988 film, “Rain Man.” The film was among the first to feature an autistic protagonist, Waddell said.“At that time, most people hadn’t even heard of autism, much less met someone who was on the spectrum,” he said.last_img read more

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AGL Graduation

first_imgTwenty-five agricultural and forestry industry leaders from across Georgia graduated March 2 in the third class of the Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry (AGL) program.Launched in 2012 by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, the program educates and empowers Georgia’s agricultural and natural-resource industry leaders to become effective advocates for the largest economic drivers in Georgia — the state’s agricultural and forestry industries.­­­The group spent the last two years touring farms and processing plants, ­­­and throughout the state and internationally in Costa Rica, learning about Georgia’s largest industries, and developing leadership skills along the way.“This class represented a diverse cross section of Georgia’s agriculture and forestry industries. Each participant completed six in-state institutes, a federal policy institute in Washington, D.C., as well as an individual leadership project required for graduation,” said Lauren Griffeth, leadership specialist for UGA Cooperative Extension.Projects ranged from creating the Georgia Antique Agriculture Show to starting an immersive learning program that equips veterans with training in sustainable agriculture to increase their opportunities to pursue careers in food and agriculture. Participant Cindy Haygood, district conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, earned the Outstanding Project Award for organizing a summit with American Land Trust on preserving farmland for future generations.Jeff Paul, membership coordinator for Walton EMC, received the Compelling Leader Award, and Georgia House Representative Terry England was honored with the first Outstanding GALF/AGL Alumni Achievement in Agriculture and Forestry Award.“Having an alumni group that stays connected to AGL is a vital piece of what makes our program successful. These individuals will certainly continue to positively impact their organizations, communities and industries through their influential leadership,” Griffeth said.During the AGL program, participants engaged in more than 148 interactive sessions, completed five behavioral assessments, and helped each other understand and analyze issues facing their industries, including challenges that may emerge in the future.The AGL program is coordinated by faculty in the UGA CAES Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication and the Office of Learning and Organizational Development.Graduates of the 2017-2019 AGL class include:Jessie Bland, Georgia Peanut Commission and Southeastern Peanut Farmer magazine, Gillsville, GeorgiaJarod Creasy, 920 Cattle & Company, Statesboro, GeorgiaKirk Dawkins, Pilgrim’s Pride, Lavonia, GeorgiaLauren Dees, Generation Farms, Vidalia, GeorgiaKatie Duvall, Georgia Farm Bureau Federation, Macon, GeorgiaPhilip Gentry, Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, Perry, GeorgiaGrant Harvey, The Langdale Company, Valdosta, GeorgiaCindy Haygood, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Science, Cedartown, GeorgiaJon Jackson, STAG Vets Inc., Milledgeville, GeorgiaTamara Jones, Southeastern African American Farmers Organic Network, Decatur, GeorgiaTim Lowrimore, Interfor, Macon, GeorgiaGarrett Mack, Forest Investment Associates, Reidsville, GeorgiaEliza McCall, Second Harvest of South Georgia, Valdosta, GeorgiaDewey Newton, AgSouth Farm Credit, Statesboro, GeorgiaJeremy Oxford, Hills and Dale Estate, LaGrange, GeorgiaJeff Paul, Walton EMC, Lexington, GeorgiaRoss Pritchett, Timberland Investment Resources, Roswell, GeorgiaAdam Pugh, The Rock Ranch, The Rock, GeorgiaZack Purvis, AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Perry, GeorgiaMelissa Riley, Georgia FFA, Reynolds, GeorgiaBen Salter, Lewis Taylor Farms, Tifton, GeorgiaLindy Savelle, Georgia Grown Citrus, Ochlocknee, GeorgiaBrittany Saylor, SePRO, Tifton, GeorgiaCarlton Self, John Deere, Brookhaven, GeorgiaMichael Westbrook, Westervelt, Tuscaloosa, AlabamaFor more information about the participants and their individual service projects, visit alec.caes.uga.edu/extension/advancing-georgia-leaders.htmlParticipants in the next class of AGL will be announced in May. Those seeking more information about the AGL program can visit agl.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

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Southern Stash: Tele Skiers Unite

first_imgThree guys walk into Boone High School in North Carolina’s High Country to watch “Into the Mind,” a new breed of ski film that follows a skier’s quest to ski mountains in the Himalayas, Bolivia, and Alaska. Forget ski porn. This is ski art. Picture these three dudes, all skiers themselves, coming out of the movie psyched to make some turns. Picture them practically rabid for the powder stashes and tree lines that surround the small college town of Boone, N.C. The only problem? It’s early December, 50 degrees, and not a snowflake in sight. So picture the three dudes going to the local brewery to talk about skiing the powder stashes and tree lines that surround the small college town of Boone, N.C.So goes the life and times of the High Country Nordic Association (HCNA), an unofficial, completely grassroots, barely organized group of free heel skiers who are somehow managing to expand backcountry ski access, legitimize Southern resort tree skiing, and proselytize the joy of ski touring to anyone who will listen. Covering a relatively snowy belt of the North Carolina mountains surrounding Boone, the HCNA is the southernmost Nordic association in the U.S. The terrain in the group’s backyard is incredible—5,000 foot peaks with forgotten fire roads, mile-high balds, and hill-side pastures, along with the occasional backcountry Appalachian Trail hut. But the snow is…fickle, at best.“The snow is hit or miss for sure,” says Lynn Willis, a long-time telemark skier and one of the founding fathers of the HCNA. “It’s challenging being a skier in the South. The reality is, you spend a lot of time skiing at night getting blasted by snow guns.”That’s not to say there isn’t any natural powder to be had. The mile-high mountains that line the North Carolina/Tennessee border outside of Boone get an average of 100 inches of snow a year, and most of it is packed into a couple of solid months between January and March.“In 2010, it snowed almost daily for three months straight,” says Kristian Jackson, a professor of recreation management at Appalachian State, and founding member of HCNA. “I got 50 backcountry ski days in that winter. Most years we’ll see about 30 days with probably 10 good-to-great days. Even during warm winters, you can count on a handful of great days.”Nordic Nirvana from Kristian Jackson on Vimeo.It was enough snow to support a backcountry guide service during the ‘80s, and four years ago, it was enough snow to prompt Jackson, Willis, and Russ Hiatt to fill the hole left in the community after that guide service went under. The HCNA started as a message board to share snow reports, then quickly turned into an online hub for cross country and telemark skiers to plan off-piste ski trips. After the banner snow year of 2010, the group organized further, sponsoring backcountry ski films and spearheading an annual telemark festival at Beech Mountain. There are no membership dues, no official board, no non-profit status—just a group of skiers stoked on free heeling powder. From the beginning, the underlying purpose of the HCNA has been to grow that stoke in the High Country.Russ Hiatt is a patrolman at Appalachian Ski Mountain and de-facto president of the HCNA. A teacher by profession, Hiatt’s singular purpose seems to be to get more people on telemark gear. “I love how contagious skiing is,” Hiatt says. “That contagion is the kernel of our group. We exist to get people excited about skiing.”Every day, while patrolling Appalachian, Hiatt gets asked about his weird free heel skis and often prompts those curious folks to take a run on his own boots and skis. In Hiatt’s garage, there’s an arsenal of ski equipment that the HCNA has worked hard to collect. Only one shop in the entire state of North Carolina rents cross country gear, and nobody rents telemark gear. Hiatt’s garage fills that void. It’s like a lending library of boots, skis, and poles that anyone in the community is welcome to borrow.“The biggest hindrance to people getting into Nordic skiing around here isn’t a lack of snow,” says Hiatt. “It’s the lack of gear.”Jackson and the HCNA are also negotiating for more Nordic ski terrain at Beech Mountain, the highest ski resort in the East, and at Elk Knob State Park, one of North Carolina’s newest state parks, just north of Boone. Elk’s elevation (5,500 feet) and position on the western slope put it directly in a snow zone. A mountain directly west of Elk acts like a giant snow fence, depositing massive drifts onto Elk, which has a northern aspect with an open hardwood forest. You can ski the park now on a network of roadbeds, but Jackson has started discussions with the rangers about developing a legit cross country trail system throughout the park.Slacker Country from Kristian Jackson on Vimeo.An expanded trail system at Elk and more tree skiing at Beech will be more feathers in the cap of the High Country’s impressive Nordic ski portfolio. The bald peaks, trails and roads surrounding Roan Mountain are already legendary, and locals in the know have access to privately owned snowy mountains close to town. Now, the free heelers are just waiting for the snow.The fickle nature of Southern snow only makes the skiing more compelling, says Jackson. “The unpredictability of the snow turns ski touring here into a gift, because you know it won’t last. If you hit Yellow Mountain or Roan during one of those wild, snowy moments, it’s not like being in the South. You’re transported somewhere else.”last_img read more

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From pinching the perps to defending the detained

first_imgFrom pinching the perps to defending the detained From pinching the perps to defending the detained New York City cops become Ninth Circuit PDs A trio of former New York City cops went from making arrests in the Big Apple to defending the arrested in Orange and Osceola counties.Reasons for their dramatic career changes include realizing through personal experience that not everyone arrested is guilty, to wanting a complete criminal law experience, to being seriously wounded during a robbery, to falling in love with Orlando during a trip to Disney World.And Ninth Judicial Circuit Public Defender Bob Wesley welcomed their rare law enforcement experience to his team with open arms.“The former officers understand both sides of the system, which is an added value for our team,” Wesley said.There are more than 39,000 police officers employed in New York. What made these three former cops go from making arrests to defending the arrested? They have unique stories.Gerod Hooper is a native of New York City and comes from a family of cops. He worked for NYPD from 1968 to 1988 with experience in many departments, including organized crime. He rose to lieutenant then became a prosecutor in 1981 after graduating from St. John’s University College of Law.He became interested in law after his brother and partner were charged with assault and battery stemming from a drug raid that went bad in the ’70s. Hooper’s brother was tried and found not guilty. His brother’s partner was convicted, losing his police benefits and going to prison. Hooper felt the difference was the quality of representation his brother had.“This experience taught me that not everyone is guilty of what they’re charged with and that it’s important to have competent lawyers,” Hooper said. “My police background provides me with special insight on the arrest and charging procedures. Whether those procedures are followed correctly can make a big difference in a case.”He moved to Florida in 1990, first working for the public defender in Monroe County, then moved to Ft. Lauderdale as a personal injury attorney. Hooper has been with the Ninth Circuit Public Defender’s Office since 2003. Hooper says he sometimes misses police work, but says it’s for younger people.“I ran a marathon three years ago, but I don’t think I can jump over fences chasing down bad guys anymore,” Hooper said.In her eight years with the NYPD, Tina Smith was a patrol officer and detective in the Organized Crime Control Bureau. Her reason for going into police work?“I wanted to see a change in my community and I wanted to see others of my race represented on the police force,” said the Jamaican-American, who spent a number of her formative years growing up in the South Bronx.She also now has fulfilled her childhood dream of becoming a lawyer and says she gets a complete picture of the law with her police background and her experience as a criminal defense attorney.Smith has been in professions that serve as perennial fodder for prime-time television. However, she doesn’t spend much time in front of the tube.“I don’t watch cop shows or shows about lawyers,” Smith said. “I always see mistakes in these programs, such as an officer not wearing a vest or some foolhardy thing that wouldn’t happen in real life. Actually, it ends up that I watch whatever my son wants to watch.”Adam Alvarez is a native New Yorker who went into law enforcement because he wanted to work in public service. An 18-year veteran on the force, the NYPD sergeant went to New York University’s School of Law while working full time. The summa cum laude knew he wanted to continue his public service and, like Hooper, worked as a prosecutor for a time.A year ago Alvarez fell in love with Central Florida while vacationing at Disney World. With the move to Orlando, he switched to criminal defense.“Not everyone is guilty,” said the one-time officer. “My police work helps me determine if there was actually probable cause for the arrest of my clients. And while there have been instances of lawyers being attacked by their clients, I doubt I’ll get shot like I did while I was a police officer.”In 1996, two days before his 33rd birthday, Alvarez was seriously wounded while responding to a robbery. His recovery took a year.While Alvarez loves his new life in Central Florida, he still considers himself a displaced New Yorker.“That’s okay, though, because it’s like old-home week when I go into our courthouse here,” he said. “I’ve run into at least three other former NYPD cops working in the courtrooms.”“Everyone needs balance in their lives, as shown by the current career choices of these assistant public defenders. Their previous law enforcement experience is a benefit to our clients,” Wesley said. “We’re happy to have these folks on our force now.” August 15, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

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Why you should insist your employees go on vacation

first_img 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details In theory, we all love taking vacation. Did you know that a lot of people never use their vacation days? According to Glassdoor, U.S. employees that receive paid vacation only take about 54% of their vacation time. That’s a lot of wasted free time. Here are four reasons you should be encouraging your employees to take time off.They’ll be less stressed: If you want your employees to be satisfied and stress-free, encourage them to get away. If they are feeling burned out and anxious, there’s no better cure than getting out of the environment that’s causing it for a few days. There really isn’t a good reason to waste paid vacation time.They’ll be more focused: When you’re burned out and haven’t had a chance to get away, your focus is one of the first things to go. Studies have shown that stress can affect the part of your brain that causes problems with memory. To keep your workforce in top-notch shape, you need to make sure that they’re powering-down their brains more often than just a couple of days every weekend.They’ll be more productive: If your team as a whole is starting to experience burn-out, it can’t be good for office productivity. By making sure vacation days are being used, you’re increasing work quality and job satisfaction.They’ll be more innovative: When you get the chance to get away from work, your brain gets the opportunity to recharge and refresh. Getting out of the office for a few days might be just what your employees need to step up their game and discover new and exciting ways to do their job.last_img read more

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Unrealistically high tourism growth rates are a thing of the past

first_img“CNTB figures say that in the first six months, Croatia recorded 6,8 million arrivals (+6 percent) and 26,2 million overnight stays (+3 percent). This is an excellent result given the challenging tourist year and the recovery of our competitive markets and points to the strengthening of the tourist offer in the pre-season periods, ” pointed out the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Agriculture and Tourism Dragan Kovačević. Igor Borojević, Head of the CNTB Market Strategy Department / Photo: HGK “The number of beds has increased by 4 percent, primarily in private accommodation, and occupancy rates are relatively low. In the last three years, we have received 165.000 new beds, of which 154.000 are private, while we have grown very modestly in hotel accommodation. Despite that, hotels were the carriers of tourist traffic in the first half of the year with 50 percent of arrivals and 39 percent of overnight stays. “, said Borojevic, noting that 2/3 of our main emitting markets have grown.  High growth rates have been achieved with some as well long haul markets such as the US (13,7 percent), China (41 percent) and Taiwan (53 percent). Distant markets collectively in the first half of the year have a share of 20 percent in total arrivals and 10 percent in overnight stays, and over 80 new airlines have contributed to this. Istria, Kvarner and Split-Dalmatia County are the leading destinations, while Dubrovnik, Rovinj and Zagreb are the most visited cities.  “After several years of growth at unrealistically high rates caused by external factors, there is a slight stagnation, and probably a decline that will be most felt in private accommodation, although the CNTB data for the first six months show the opposite. We have to prepare well for new circumstances and be ready to fight for every guest “, pointed out the president of TPV HGK Franco Palma.  Barbara Mesić, Chief Advisor to the Minister of Tourism, presented the project of special benefits “A week worth vacation” of the Ministry of Tourism and CNTB, which is intended for domestic tourists. As part of the project, all visitors and tourists would be offered the best prices on all tourist offers in the period from 18 to 27 October 2019, and all tourist entities can join the action. “Our goal is to create a Croatian ferragosto”, Said Mesic. Barbara Mesić, Chief Advisor to the Minister of Tourism: Our goal is to create a Croatian ferragostocenter_img Caterers have a drop in guests and traffic, so again they are crying out for a reduction in VAT, and the least oscillations should have camps where the return of Turkey and Greece is not a direct competition.  According to the experience of the profession from the field, in addition to private accommodation, the decline is most felt in the charter, which in the last three months offers big discounts to sell off boats. Hotels, especially those of a higher category, should continue to grow slightly, although our prices are 10 to 30 percent higher than in Spain or Greece, which could hit us in the future. Igor Borojević, Head of the CNTB Market Strategy Service, emphasized that these figures represent only a third of arrivals, ie a quarter of overnight stays, and July and August, in which we achieve half of the annual indicators, will be crucial for assessing the entire season.  A session of the Tourist Business Council (TPV) of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce was held at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, at which the current course of the tourist season and expectations until the end of 2019 were discussed, and the Worthy Holiday Week project was presented.  Find out more about the “Vacation Week Worthy” project in the attachment.last_img read more

"Unrealistically high tourism growth rates are a thing of the past"