RelatedJamaicans say Farewell to Sir Howard RelatedSir Howard Laid to Rest The Honourable Roger Clarke is DeadJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Story HighlightsIt is with deep regret and profound sadness that we advise of the death of Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Hon Roger Clarke.He died this morning in a hospital in Florida where he completed surgery. Minister Clarke has had a successful political career, having won eight elections comprising two Local Government and six General Elections. The Honourable Roger Clarke is Dead Office of the Prime MinisterAugust 28, 2014Written by: OPM Communications Unit Photo: JIS PhotographerFormer Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Hon. Roger Clarke. (FILE) It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we advise of the death of Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Hon Roger Clarke. He died this morning in a hospital in Florida where he completed surgery.Minister Clarke has had a successful political career, having won eight elections comprising two Local Government and six General Elections. In 1986 he was elected Councillor for the Balaclava division in St. Elizabeth, and was nominated Mayor of Black River and Chairman of the St. Elizabeth Parish Council. He was subsequently re-elected in the 1990 Local Government Election where he continued as Mayor. Mr. Clarke also served a four year period as President of the Local Government Authorities from 1988 to 1991.He went on to a bigger political stage in 1991 when he was elected Member of Parliament for North East St. Elizabeth in a by-election. Three months into the job, he was promoted in early 1992 to State Minister for Agriculture; a position he held for three years and by 1995 he was appointed Minister of Local Government and Works.By 1998, he was back in familiar territory serving as Minister of Agriculture. He served as Minister of Agriculture for some ten years and during that period was one of the founding members of the Alliance of Ministers of Agriculture for CARICOM, and served as its chairman for many years.On January 6, 2012, Mr. Clarke was re-appointed Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. He identified as his top priorities enhancing Jamaica’s food security, to make farming profitable and rural development as areas of particular interest.Mr. Clarke was also the sitting Member of Parliament for Central Westmoreland.Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has expressed condolences to the family and friends of Minister Clarke on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica.Further information will be released later. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedJamaicans Urged to Cultivate Spirit of Optimism Advertisements
Intelligent Design Who’s the Father of Intelligent Design? Find Out on FridayEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCJanuary 4, 2021, 6:38 AM Photo: Statue of Alfred Russel Wallace, by George Beccaloni / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0).One of the greatest naturalists of the 19th century, Alfred Russel Wallace (1823-1913) co-discovered evolution by natural selection with Charles Darwin. But unlike Darwin, Wallace became convinced that life and the universe displayed clear evidence of purposeful design. Wallace’s birthday is January 8. That’s this Friday! Join us for an online birthday party, from 6 to 7 pm Pacific time, as we celebrate the life and legacy of Wallace with historian Michael Flannery, editor of the new book Intelligent Evolution: How Alfred Russel Wallace’s World of Life Challenged Darwinism (2020). Find more information and a link to register by going here. Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share Learn why Flannery thinks Wallace could be regarded as one of the founding fathers of the modern intelligent design movement. Flannery will be interviewed by Discovery Institute Vice President John West, followed by a Q&A with the audience. Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Be sure to get your copy of Intelligent Evolution: How Alfred Russel Wallace’s World of Life Challenged Darwinism. For more information about Alfred Russel Wallace, check out https://alfredwallace.org/ or watch the documentary Darwin’s Heretic. Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour TagsAlfred Russel Wallacebirthdaybirthday partyCharles DarwinDarwin’s HereticDarwinismDiscovery Instituteevolutionintelligent evolutionJohn WestMichael Flannerynatural selectionnaturalists,Trending Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Our Debt to the Scientific Atheists Recommended A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All
by: Austin WentzlaffThe use of Big Data is becoming a crucial way for leading companies to outperform their peers. In most industries, established competitors and new entrants alike will leverage data-driven strategies to innovate, compete, and capture value.Big Data provides credit unions with the ability to make better, fact-based decisions that allow for the discovery of vital trends in member behavior, resulting in improved financial performance, reduced risk, and enriched relationships with members.OnApproach’s CEO, Paul Ablack, commented, “Big Data and Analytics presents both opportunity and challenge for credit unions. While credit unions are rich in data, which is growing exponentially, they lack the infrastructure to effectively integrate, store, and analyze that data. Meanwhile, credit union members are being conditioned every day to expect more personalized information at their fingertips through all aspects of their lives. This information expectation will soon, if not already, be a top strategic priority for credit unions.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
“Current interventions for suicidality have important limitations, which means there is a need for developing and identifying novel interventions for suicidality. Given this need, as well as research indicating that ayahuasca shows promise as an intervention for various mental health concerns (e.g., depression), we were interested in exploring whether the positive therapeutic effects of ayahuasca extended to suicidality.”The researchers conducted a secondary analysis on data from a randomized placebo-controlled trial, which was published in Psychological Medicine in 2019. The study provided preliminary evidence that the psychedelic brew had rapid antidepressant effects.“When administered within the appropriate context, and with proper preparation, the psychoactive brew ayahuasca may show promise as an intervention for suicidality,” Zeifman told PsyPost.In the study, 29 participants with treatment-resistant depression and no history of psychotic disorders were randomly assigned to undergo a single treatment session, in which they were given either ayahuasca or a placebo substance to drink. None of the participants had prior experience using psychedelics.A trained psychiatrist assessed suicidality before the treatment session, as well as 1 day, 2 days, and 7 days afterward.Zeifman and his colleagues found ayahuasca had a medium to large effect on suicidality, but this effect was not statistically significant. In other words, it is possible that ayahuasca may not lead to decreases in suicidality.However, it is also possible that ayahuasca does reduce suicidality, but the study lacked the power to reach statistical significance because there were not enough participants. The effect sizes suggest the topic warrants further consideration, the researchers said.“Our study is characterized by a number of important limitations, including a small sample size, exclusion of individuals that were acutely suicidal, and short-term follow-up (i.e., 7 days after administration). Ultimately, it will be import for future research to use larger samples, as well as examine the safety and effectiveness of ayahuasca as an intervention for individuals with acute levels of suicidality,” Zeifman said.“These findings help to extend past research on the potential therapeutic benefits associated with ayahuasca. Nonetheless, our findings are preliminary and suggest that there is an important need for additional research exploring the potential therapeutic benefits associated with ayahuasca.”The study, “The Impact of Ayahuasca on Suicidality: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial“, was authored by Richard Zeifman, Fernanda Palhano-Fontes, Jaime Hallak, Emerson A. Nunes, João Paulo Maia-de-Oliveira, and Draulio B. de Araujo. Share on Facebook Share Scientists are beginning to examine whether the psychedelic brew known as ayahuasca can help reduce suicide risk. But the first study to examine the topic has found inconclusive results. The research has been accepted for publication in Frontiers in Pharmacology.Ayahuasca, a psychedelic concoction used for centuries by indigenous Amazon tribes, contains the powerful psychedelic drug dimethyltryptamine (DMT).“Suicide is one of the leading causes of death, accounting for nearly 1 million deaths each year,” said study author Richard Zeifman, a PhD student in Clinical Psychology at Ryerson University. LinkedIn Email Pinterest Share on Twitter
Using a simple lab kit, some LED lights, a hot plate, and a smartphone, a team of engineers and molecular biologists have a developed a point-of-care diagnostic test that can rapidly detect microbial pathogens in urine. New research on the device indicates it has the potential to provide quick, low-cost diagnoses of urinary tract infections (UTIs) in low-resource settings. In a pilot study published in the journal EBioMedicine, the device, developed by researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Stanford University, was compared with more costly rapid diagnostic technology and standard hospital diagnostic tests for analysis of urinary pathogens in a small group of patients with sepsis. The results of the head-to-head comparison showed that the smartphone-based real-time loop-mediated isothermal amplification (smaRT-LAMP) system matched the hospital diagnostics in detecting pathogens, but at a fraction of cost and the time.Researchers say they believe the smaRT-LAMP system could have significant clinical potential, especially in healthcare clinics that lack sophisticated diagnostic technology.”Although rapid diagnosis by smaRT-LAMP has utility in standard clinical diagnostics, we anticipate its immediate use in local clinics that cannot afford the tests required to ID a pathogen, which is important for prescription of the correct antibiotic,” lead study author Michael Mahan, PhD, a professor at UC Santa Barbara, told CIDRAP News.Low-cost, low-tech deviceWhile it isn’t the first attempt to harness smartphone technology for diagnostic use, Mahan and his colleagues believe the low-cost, low-tech smaRT-LAMP system may be the first smartphone-based diagnostic tool with real clinical utility in low-resource settings.To use smaRT-LAMP, samples of urine are placed in an aluminum sample block on top of a hot plate. The samples are then mixed with chemicals that amplify bacterial DNA. The smartphone camera captures the fluorescent signal (illuminated by the LED lights) from the chemical reaction, and a custom-built app analyzes the images to measure the concentration of bacterial DNA in the samples.The researchers estimate the cost of the materials, minus the smartphone, is around $86. By comparison, a quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) machine, which also uses DNA amplification to quickly detect bacteria or viruses, costs around $36,000.In proof-of-concept testing conducted on mouse urine, blood, and feces samples spiked with a variety of bacterial pathogens, smaRT-LAMP showed that it could identify pathogens just as well as a qPCR device and is compatible with a diverse array of pathogens and biological specimens. But Mahan said that using the device to test urine offered the quickest path to identification of possible infection since infected urine is associated with a much higher bacterial load than blood.”Proof of concept was much simpler for UTIs, as the clinical threshold to define a UTI is 100,000 bugs per milliliter of urine versus only one per milliliter of blood,” he said.Moreover, urine can be obtained without invasive procedures, and UTIs are among the most common types of bacterial infection.Based on its performance with the spiked mouse urine samples, Mahan and his colleagues decided to assess whether smaRT-LAMP could have immediate clinical utility for point-of-care urine analysis in human patients. Working with physicians at a local hospital, they identified 10 patients who met the clinical criteria for sepsis and were suspected of having a urinary source of infection. Some of the patients had severe sepsis and were showing signs of septic shock.Once again, smaRT-LAMP was able to identify to detect the bacterial pathogens in the urine—Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa—as quickly and accurately as the qPCR device, achieving diagnosis in under an hour. Standard urine cultures performed by the hospital microbiology laboratory, meanwhile, took 18-28 hours to identify the pathogens. This is important, Mahan and his colleagues note, because time to treatment is significantly associated with positive patient outcomes in emergency care for sepsis.In addition, among the patients whose infections had spread into their bloodstream, the pathogen identified in the urine matched that of the blood.”This concordance demonstrates the applicability of smaRT-LAMP to even the most severe cases of sepsis, with the advantage of accurate and rapid diagnosis at the POC [point-of-care] in these cases, and the potential to greatly accelerate directed therapy for urinary tract infections,” the authors wrote in the paper.The device could also be used to for rapid detection of UTIs in pregnant women, which can cause kidney infections and increase the risk for miscarriage if they go untreated.Mahan said the next step is to see whether smaRT-LAMP works in low-resource clinics, and to continue tailoring the system to quickly detected pathogenic bacteria in human blood and feces. See also:Sep 20 EBioMedicine study
In the first 3 months of the US coronavirus epidemic, the number of excess deaths in the United States was 122,300, 28% higher than the reported number of COVID-19 deaths, according to an observational study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine.Led by researchers from Yale University, the study analyzed data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to better characterize the burden of the novel coronavirus during the beginning of the US epidemic and compare death counts to those of the same period in previous years.Substantial variation among statesFrom Mar 1 to May 30, there were about 781,000 all-cause deaths in 48 states, 95,235 officially attributed to COVID-19, leaving 122,300 more than would be expected during that period. The researchers said that although they cannot classify the deaths as due to COVID-19, flu activity had fallen to historically low levels in March.In several states, the deaths occurred before the availability of COVID-19 diagnostic tests and thus weren’t counted as coronavirus deaths. The estimated number of excess deaths varied significantly among states.For example, in New York City, all-cause deaths were seven times higher than baseline at the pandemic peak, with 25,100 excess deaths, of which 26% were not attributed to COVID-19. In other parts of New York, excess deaths were only twice as high as baseline, with 12,300 excess deaths.Other states with high numbers of excess deaths were New Jersey, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Illinois, and Michigan, while there were few or no excess deaths reported in some smaller central states and northern New England.The gap between deaths attributed to COVID-19 and the estimated number of all-cause excess deaths also varied among states, with California reporting 4,046 coronavirus deaths and 6,800 excess deaths, leaving 41% of excess deaths not attributed to COVID-19.The gaps were even wider in Texas, with 55% of excess deaths not classified as due to the coronavirus, and in Arizona, where 53% of excess deaths were attributed to causes other than COVID-19. Minnesota showed the best agreement, with only 12% of excess deaths unattributed to COVID-19.Timing of increased testingThe authors noted that the discrepancies could be partly due to the intensity and timing of increased testing. For example, in states like Texas and California, excess all-cause death rates occurred several weeks before diagnostic COVID-19 testing was widely available. In contrast, states such as Massachusetts and Minnesota, where the gaps were smaller, were able to increase testing before or at the same time as the rise in excess deaths.The differences could also be the result of guidelines on the recording of deaths that are suspected but not confirmed to be due to COVID-19 and the location of death. For example, nursing home deaths may be more likely to be correctly attributed to the coronavirus because they have a higher chance of being recognized as part of the epidemic.The reported increase in excess deaths could also reflect increased numbers of deaths directly caused by the virus, avoidance of visiting the healthcare setting, and declines in deaths due to automobile crashes or air pollution.According to the researchers, official death counts became better matched with excess death estimates as the pandemic progressed, perhaps because of increased testing and recognition of the clinical signs and symptoms of COVID-19. For example, New York City added another 5,048 COVID-19 deaths after carefully reviewing death certificates, generating a number that more closely aligns with the researchers’ estimates.The authors noted that, in the early part of the pandemic, when diagnostic tests were in especially short supply, only about 10% to 15% of all coronavirus infections were diagnosed. “These findings demonstrate that estimates of the death toll of COVID-19 based on excess all-cause mortality may be more reliable than those relying only on reported deaths, particularly in places that lack widespread testing,” they wrote.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — International Speedway Corp. has promoted Tracie Winters to vice president of business development. Winters assumes this role from her previous position as managing director, business development, a position she has held since 2006. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Winters, 37, reports to John Saunders, executive vice president, chief operating officer and will oversee ISC’s new business growth opportunities and initiatives as well as the company’s strategic plan. Joining ISC in 1999, Winters has held various positions with the company. Prior to her positions at ISC, Winters served as investor relations director for Gencor Industries Inc. in Orlando, Fla. Previous to that position, she worked for the investment banking group at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York, NY. Winters earned her undergraduate degree in international finance from Brigham Young University, and her masters of business administration from the University of Florida.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.
LANGHORNE, Pa. — Eastern Catalytic has appointed Charles Pantano to head up its emissions certification efforts. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The announcement was made by George Schafer, president of Eastern Manufacturing, who noted, “As a leading manufacturer of world class catalytic converters, it is extremely important for us to be able to quickly and effectively meet the ongoing requirements of global emissions. Charles Pantano comes to us with a great deal of engineering and design experience and expertise, as well as a strong, hands-on knowledge of the automotive business. We will be looking to him to provide us with the leadership to address our certification needs and further expand Eastern’s catalog of certified catalytic converters.” In this new role, Pantano will be responsible for assuring that Eastern Catalytic products are designed to meet the testing requirements and performance compliance criteria established for catalytic converters by various regulatory agencies, including CARB and EPA. His duties will include: defining production exhaust configurations; technical liaison to component suppliers; qualifying technologies and ensuring performance, durability, and quality compliance; supporting catalyst development and certification programs, production selection of catalyst, product verifications and validation and assistance of commercial launch for new converters. Before joining Eastern Catalytic, Pantano enjoyed a successful career as an electro-mechanical engineer. Most recently, he worked as a product design engineer for Advent Design (Bristol, Pa.) from 2006-2009 where he designed and manufactured high speed automated assembly equipment for various industries. From 2004-2006, Pantano was a senior mechanical engineer at Ocean Power Technology (Ewing, N.J.) and was responsible for the designing and fabricating of large-scale ocean buoys that generate renewable energy through wave power. Prior to that, he spent five years as an electrical/mechanical engineer with Alpha Automation (Trenton, N.J.). Advertisement In addition to his career activities, Pantano is also an automotive performance buff and active NHRA drag racer. Since 1982, Pantano has designed and built various engines for local racers. He has an NHRA competition license and competes locally in NHRA events. He also holds an Amateur Radio Operator Advance Ticket.
Christopher Polk/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Bob Einstein, the gravelly-voiced comic, actor and writer who had a recurring role on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, and as the bumbling daredevil Super Dave Osborne, died Wednesday in Indian Wells, California at age 76. Writer, director and actor Albert Brooks, Einstein’s younger brother — Brooks’ birth name is Albert Einstein — announced the death on Twitter.“R.I.P. My dear brother Bob Einstein,” wrote Brooks. “A great brother, father and husband. A brilliantly funny man. You will be missed forever.”Einstein most recently played Larry David’s the short-tempered neighbor Marty Funkhouser on Curb Your Enthusiasm, appearing in nearly two dozen episodes of the show since its launch in 2004. Deadline reports He was scheduled to appear in the series’ upcoming 10th season but was to ill, having recently been diagnosed with cancer.“Never have I seen an actor enjoy a role the way Bob did playing Marty Funkhouser on Curb,” David said in a statement Wednesday. “It was an amazing, unforgettable experience knowing and working with him. There was no one like him, as he told us again and again. We’re all in a state of shock.”Born Stewart Robert Einstein, was a multiple Emmy-winning writer, sharing his first in 1969 with Steve Martin and other members of the famed writing staff of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, where be first demonstrated his talent for deadpan comedy as the recurring character Officer Judy. But Einstein enjoyed his greatest celebrity in the 1980s and 90s as the dim-witted daredevil Super Dave Osborne. He guested on talk and variety shows as the character, including on the sketch comedy series Bizarre from 1979-85, the self-titled Super Dave from 1987-91 on Showtime, and most recently in 2009 on Super Dave’s Spike-Tacular on the Paramount Network.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Cristiano Ronaldo was named the winner of the Ballon d’Or for the second year in a row at a ceremony in Switzerland on Monday evening. Puskas goal of the year: James Rodriguez (Colombia) World coach of the year for men’s football: Joachim Löw (Germany) —————————————————- Sport EN FIFA presidential award: Hiroshi Kagawa (Japanese journalist) Ronaldo said: “It has been an unforgettable year and to win a trophy of this kind is something unique. The Real Madrid forward also won the award in 2008 when he was a Manchester United player. Ronaldo received 37.66 per cent of the vote ahead of Lionel Messi (15.76 per cent) and Manuel Neuer (15.72 per cent). “I want to continue working as I have so far to go on to win more titles as an individual and in a team. “Of course this is something that is always with me. I want to become one of the greatest players of all time and this requires a lot of effort but I hope to get there.” 12/01/2015 Women’s Ballon d’Or 2014: Nadine Kessler (Wolfsburg) Men’s Ballon d’Or 2014: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) FIFA team of the year: Neuer; Ramos, Luiz, Silva, Lahm; Iniesta, Kroos, Di Maria; Robben, Messi, Ronaldo He beat four-time winner Lionel Messi, who finished second, and Germany’s World Cup winning goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to the prize. Germany coach Joachim Löw was voted the coach of the year for men’s football, edging out competition from Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti and Atletico’s Diego Simeone. Upd. on 22/11/2016 at 03:06 CET World coach of the year for women’s football: Ralf Kellerman (Wolfsburg) FIFA Fair Play Award 2014: The volunteers at all FIFA tournaments