Cambridge Health Alliance’s David Bor receives Art of Healing Award

first_imgDavid Bor, Charles S. Davidson Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), was recently honored with the third annual Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) Art of Healing Award. The award, which celebrates visionary men and women who transcend boundaries, joyfully embrace humanity, and profoundly inspire the healing of body and spirit, was presented to Bor on May 19 at the annual CHA Art of Healing Award Dinner.Bor, who also serves as chief of medicine at CHA, has been a clinical and academic leader who has helped transform CHA into a nationally respected regional health care system and a voice for social justice. In addition, Bor has worked daily to improve the health of the communities served by CHA.“Good medicine has components beyond excellent care and treatment, and David’s optimism, compassion, spirit of inquiry, and commitment to patients are central to CHA’s core values,” said Dennis Keefe, CHA’s chief executive officer. “His guidance will be pivotal as we evolve into a more efficient and patient-centered system, deepening a legacy that already has impacted so many.”last_img read more

Suzan-Lori Parks Will Be the Signature Theatre’s Next Residency One Playwright

first_imgSuzan-Lori Parks(Photo by Tammy Shell) View Comments Suzan-Lori Parks will be the Residency One Playwright of the Signature Theatre’s 2016-17 season. She penned the Broadway hit Topdog/Underdog, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2002, making Parks the first African American woman to receive the award. The Signature’s one-year program produces a series of plays from the body of work of one accomplished writer.Parks is currently writing an adaptation of the 1972 reggae film The Harder They Come for a live stage musical. The movie starred Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jimmy Cliff and propelled the spread of the Jamaican musical genre. Director Perry Henzell oversaw the book for a 2005 production of The Harder They Come, which was staged at Theatre Royal Stratford East. The tuner moved on to the Playhouse Theatre in the West End in 2008.A MacArthur “Genius” Award and Gish Prize recipient, Parks’ new play Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) made its world premiere at the Public Theater in New York, followed by a celebrated run at the A.R.T in Cambridge, and is opening in spring of 2016 at the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles. The play was named a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was awarded the 2015 Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History as well as the 2014 Horton Foote Prize. Parks’ work on The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess was honored with the 2012 Tony Award. Her numerous plays include The Book of Grace, In The Blood (2000 Pulitzer Prize finalist), Venus (1996 OBIE Award), 365 Days/365 Plays, and The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, among others.Her first feature-length screenplay was Girl 6, written for Spike Lee. She’s also penned screenplays for Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster, as well as adapted Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel Their Eyes Were Watching God which premiered on ABC’s Oprah Winfrey Presents. Parks is the Master Writer Chair at the Public Theater, and she serves as a professor in dramatic writing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.last_img read more

What Selma should mean to credit unions

first_imgby: Henry MeierThis weekend the nation marked the 50th anniversary of the march on Selma. The “bloody Sunday” riots jolted the nation into passing the Civil Rights Act in 1965 by making it impossible for the entire nation to ignore the fact that racial inequality and injustice were ultimately incompatible with American ideals. It also got me thinking about the role that financial institutions play in bringing about equality.Regardless of your political persuasion, I would hope that all of us could agree that a secure place in which to place one’s money and get a loan at a fair price is fundamental to achieving equality. Last week marked the 150th anniversary of the chartering by Congress of the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company. Within weeks of Congress’ passage of the 13thAmendment abolishing slavery, abolitionists realized that freed slaves needed a place to save and grow their money.Unfortunately, the creation of the bank also symbolizes just what a complicated and winding road the march toward racial equality can be. Despite its noble ideals, the bank was closed down in 1874. The meager savings of tens of thousands of African-American depositers were lost – remember this was in the age before Share Insurance. According to Comptroller Thomas J. Curry, the bank failed as a result of expanded investment authority it was given in 1870 which allowed it to invest half of its deposits in riskier assets. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

3D printing is key technology for future of financial sector

first_imgI recently wrote a blog post about robotics and virtual reality as exponential technologies with the potential to greatly impact the financial sector. It was a topic I had a great time exploring with the audience during my opening remarks at the 2015 TMG Executive Summit held this summer in Vancouver.During the session, we also explored the future of 3D printing as it relates to the financial services industry.When we let our minds explore the possibilities, we can sometimes get hung up on the “how” of our great ideas. We dream up a solution to a problem or the answer to a question, and we know it will work. We just can’t quite figure out how to build it. That’s where 3D printing is having a huge impact. With 3D printing, we can build whole objects, with moving parts, layer by layer and at an astonishingly lower cost. continue reading » 72SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Binghamton University professor creates prototype tool to detect lung cancer

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — Chuan-Jian “CJ” Zhong, a chemistry Professor at Binghamton University, has created a device to help detect lung cancer just by breathing into a tube. He compares the device to a breathalyzer saying that, “you blow into the tube and the breath biomarkers interact with the sensor interface, producing an electrical signal instantaneously that provides diagnostic information of your breath biomarkers, related to lung cancer,” and then the data appears on the screen. Zhong, a specialist in sensors, said he is still in the early stages of development but adds that he collaborated with a Broome County oncologist, where some people were screened using the prototype.center_img He is now gearing up to do the next phase of trials which are clinical tests with large groups of people to determine the effectiveness of the device.last_img read more

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Bandung McDonald’s ranks among top-10 in global delivery records, sparking nostalgia for local stomping ground

first_imgThe photo showed that the Simpang Dago McDonald’s ranked eighth for most deliveries in one hour with 104 deliveries on Aug. 25, 2019. In the most deliveries in one day category, Simpang Dago McDonald’s ranked fourth with 1,158 deliveries on Oct. 12, 2019. Sutji Lantyka, associate director of communications for McDonald’s Indonesia confirmed the rankings displayed in the photo.“The data is valid, although it was only issued for internal use. Until now, we do not know who made this photo viral,” she told The Jakarta Post on Monday.The tweet garnered dozens of responses, mostly from customers who shared their experiences about dining or ordering from the Simpang Dago McDonald’s. Current and former students reminisced about their favorite local haunt after finding out that the Simpang Dago McDonald’s in Bandung, West Java, was among the top-10 outlets worldwide in terms of deliveries according to the 2019 Global McDelivery Records. A photo of the rankings went viral after Twitter user @Nickwisely97 tweeted it on Sunday.Saya bangga telah berkontribusi untuk membanggakan Indonesia masuk 10 besar dunia. Mari lestarikan makanan khas Kota Bandung pic.twitter.com/VEAbHBMcnM— Nick Wisely (@Nickwisely97) February 2, 2020“I am proud to have contributed to Indonesia’s achievement in reaching the top 10 in this global ranking. Let’s preserve Bandung’s unique cuisine,” he said. Twitter user @AlfarusFG, for example, said the place had served as his office and place of study.“McD Simpang Dago is not just a restaurant but also my office and campus,” he said.Meanwhile account @vallyanelsmy shared her experience of crying at the same store.“McD Simpang Dago is the most memorable place. Studying, hangout, finishing the thesis, meeting with my ex at midnight, also crying at 2 p.m.,” she said.Simpang Dago McDonald’s is one of 12 McDonald’s branches in Bandung, all of which operate 24 hours a day. The Simpang Dago branch’s location is particularly strategic, with at least five universities within a 1 kilometer radius of the eatery. It’s no wonder then, that the outlet has become a favorite place for students of the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Padjadjaran University, Indonesia Computer University, Harapan Bangsa Technology Institute and the Academy of Social Welfare.When the Post visited the branch on Monday, there were many students hanging out on the second floor. Most of them sat inside the air-conditioned room, while some sat outside at the smoking area.Tia Jasmine, a 20-year-old ITB architecture student, said the Simpang Dago McDonald’s was one of her favorite hangout spots. She said the strategic location, Wi-Fi and the availability of electricity plugs made the fast food place stand out compared to cafes or other dining places around the area.“This place is like my second boarding home,” she said.Riska Salsabila, 20, Tia’s friend, said they would often spend an entire night in the restaurant.“We would get there at 3 p.m., buy a meal for dinner and go home the next day. We did it a lot during our freshman year,” she said, adding that she and her friends would often hold group study sessions and even watch Netflix together at the outlet, taking advantage of its fast Wi-Fi.Dirga Hutama of National Technology University said the Simpang Dago McDonald’s was convenient for its abundance of electric plugs.“I have visited other McDonald’s, but all the plugs at the Simpang Dago branch are functioning. It is also very close to campus,” Dirga said. (gis)Topics :last_img read more

PensionsEurope questions legal basis for EIOPA info requests

first_imgThe only way EIOPA would have a legal basis for its proposed reporting requirements, PensionsEurope suggested, would be if certain European Commission-proposed changes to the European system of financial supervision were adopted.Even then, however, “the level of harmonisation for IORPs would still be determined by the IORP II Directive”, PensionsEurope added.The umbrella association for European national pension trade bodies also criticised EIOPA’s plan to require NCAs to report individual data on the largest European pension funds, saying it was not EIOPA’s role “to supervise individual IORPs”.Aggregated data was enough for EIOPA to be able to meet its aim, PensionsEurope argued. The trade body said EIOPA did not have a legal basis to directly approach individual pension funds “and EIOPA should not do it in an indirect way by asking the NCAs to pass all reporting templates of individual IORPs”.EIOPA has asked for data relating to pension funds with assets of more than €1bn, or for at least the five biggest IORPs in a given country, unless they are smaller than €100m.“EIOPA will refrain from publishing any individual IORP data and will pay particular attention when publishing aggregate data of small sets of reporting entities’ data,” it has said.Overall, PensionsEurope said it had not heard “sound arguments” supporting EIOPA’s request for data. Trade bodies have already criticised the proposal for the burden and costs it could impose on pension schemes.PensionsEurope said EIOPA needed to make “a robust case” for the benefits to members from wanting the information.“This should include a detailed account of what action EIOPA would propose to take in the event that the data provided raises concerns,” it added. “We are unclear what those concerns might be, but we presume that EIOPA has already considered this in detail and will, therefore, be able to publish this information before the end of 2017 – together with the full account of the actions it will take in the event of those concerns being realised.”The European Central Bank (ECB) also has its eye on pension fund data, and has consulted on a draft regulation for statistical reporting requirements for pension funds. PensionsEurope has been more positive about this: in its response to the EIOPA consultation it said NCAs should align their reporting with the technical format and data required under the draft ECB regulation. The legal basis for EIOPA’s proposed framework for information requests from national authorities is questionable, according to PensionsEurope.Earlier this year EIOPA – the EU supervisor for insurers and pension funds – proposed a single framework for the regular reporting of occupational pension information by “national competent authorities” (NCAs). It cited Article 35 of its founding regulation as the basis on which it requests information from the NCAs at recurring intervals and in certain specified formats.In its response to EIOPA’s consultation on the proposed framework, PensionsEurope said Article 35 did not “stand on its own”, as the IORP II Directive was the basis for prudential regulation of Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision (IORPs).The IORP II Directive did not stipulate the introduction of reporting and disclosure requirements like those under Solvency II, it said.last_img read more

Police lay charges relating to cannabis oil production after Invercargill house explosion

first_imgRadio NZ News 17 September 2020Family First Comment: This will become even more common if everyone can legally grow 4 cannabis plants in their backyard. Butane Hash Oil is the drug of choice for regular cannabis users.Police have finally revealed an explosion and fire at a Kāinga Ora-owned Invercargill home last week was due to cannabis oil production.Police are providing few details about the incident other than revealing charges have been brought over production of the class B substance.Emergency services were called to the Rothesay Place house in the suburb of Rockdale shortly before 1.30pm last Wednesday following reports of an explosion.Fire and Emergency New Zealand found the kitchen and dining room on fire and assisted three people from the home with burns.St John took two people to Southland Hospital with serious injuries – they have since been discharged.A third person received treatment at the scene for minor injuries.“Charges have been brought in relation to the production of cannabis oil following a fire on Rothesay Place in Invercargill on 9 September,” police said in a statement this afternoon.READ MORE: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/426303/police-lay-charges-relating-to-cannabis-oil-production-after-invercargill-house-explosionlast_img read more

2 island barangays, 2 islets in Concepcion rabies-free

first_imgAccording to Mayor Raul Banias, the localgovernment of Concepcion worked hard to make these areas rabies-free to furtherboost the municipality’s tourism industry and protect its people and visitors. * control dog population throughspaying and neutering Previously declared as such were theisland barangays of Botlog Daku, Tambaliza, Macatunao, Malangabang, Salvacion,and Talo-toan. * school- and community-basedinformation and education campaign on rabies The rabies virus primarily affectsthe central nervous system. The early symptoms of rabies in people are similarto those of many other infection — fever, headache, and general weakness ordiscomfort. * advocacy campaign emphasizingpreventive behaviors/PN * strict implementation ofRepublic Act 9482 or the Anti-Rabies Act of 2007 specifically on responsiblepet ownership * an ordinance promoting responsiblepet ownership Rabies, while fatal, is preventablewith vaccination. It primarily affects warm-blooded animals other than man,notably dogs, cats, rats, and bats, but which can be transmitted to humans byinfected animals.  Perhaps, he said, the twomunicipalities could have a unified anti-rabies program for Tagubanhan Island. With this latest declaration, thenumber of rabies-free areas in Concepcion has risen to eight. * prohibition of dog entry without theowner securing a vaccination card. Banias urged the barangay officials ofConcepcion’s eight rabies-free islands to sustain such status of their area. The rabies virus, which is presentin the saliva of an infected animal, is passed to a human through a bite, orrarely, when the animal’s saliva gets in contact with a scratch or fresh breakin the skin.center_img As the disease progresses, morespecific symptoms appear and may include insomnia, anxiety, confusion, slightor partial paralysis, excitation, hallucinations, agitation, salivation,difficulty in swallowing, and hydrophobia (fear of water). * passage of local ordinances inthe control of stray dogs * vaccination program on dogs Concepcion has 11 island barangaysplus islets with white-sand beaches that have been attracting tourists inrecent years. To secure a declaration of beingrabies-free, an area must not have rabies cases for two consecutive years,according to Dr. Darel Tabuada, veterinarian IV at the Iloilo ProvincialVeterinary Office. For the prevention and control ofrabies as a public health threat, the Department of Health recommended to localgovernments the following: ILOILO – The island barangays ofPolopiña and Igbon and the islets of Danao-danao and Bulubadiangan in themunicipality of Concepcion have been declared rabies-free by the RegionalRabies Control Council that is made up of the Department of Agriculture,Department of Health and Department of Interior and Local Government. Other requirements are following: * establishment of rabies controlcommittees down to the barangay level * increase/maintain dogvaccination coverage between 70-90percent to achieve herd immunity * procure human and canine/doganti-rabies vaccines Banias said he would coordinate withMayor Jett Rojas of nearby Ajuy town on the rabies status of Tagubanhan Islandwhich is made up of five barangays – two villages (Punta Buri and Tagubanhan)belong to Ajuy while three (Bagongon, Maliogliog and Dungon) belong toConcepcion.last_img read more