The largest population-based study on strokes in the UK for 20 years is tobe launched this year by the Stroke Association. The charity has been awarded £180,000 to fund the study, which will provideup-to-date information on the condition, and will be the only high-qualitypopulation based study in the northern hemisphere to chart recent changes inincidence, death-rate and stroke outcomes. It is due to get underway later thisyear, with the findings unlikely to be published before 2006 or 2007. Up to now, there has only been one comparable study carried out within theUK – the Oxfordshire Community Stroke Project. Although conducted 20 years ago,current health resourcing plans are often still based on this data. Research leader Dr Peter Rothwell, a consultant neurologist at the RadcliffeInfirmary, Oxford, said: “Our study will allow us to evaluate the successof the UK in preventing and treating stroke, and to plan future services.” Charity set to launch new study on strokesOn 1 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.
Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. UK productivity levels higher than feared after measurement changeOn 24 Feb 2004 in Personnel Today The UK’s much maligned productivity levels are much better than previouslythought after authorities changed the way international figures are measured. Revisions to the ‘International price comparison data’, which is used tocalculate output, shows that rather than being in the doldrums, UK productivityhas steadily improved over the past decade. According to the revised figures, the UK has now caught up with Germanyalthough it is still 13 per cent behind the G7 nations as a block. New figures published by the Office for National Statistics found thatrelative to other G7 countries, GDP per worker in 2002 was 112.8, compared with116.5 under the old system. Chief economist John Philpott of the Chartered Institute of Personnel andDevelopment said the figures were good news, but shouldn’t mask the gap thatstill remains. “As a country we’ve been beating ourselves up about productivity, butit seems we’ve been doing better than we had thought,” he said. “There’s still a big gap with the G7 and we’re around 20 per centbehind the Americans, so there’s no room for complacency.” He said that a long period of economic stability had helped the UK catch upwith Germany, which has long been seen as a byword for efficiency. “It seems that business has got the message about training and moreeffective people management,” he added. The DTI has made improving productivity one of its major priorities and lastyear recruited US economic guru Michael Porter to investigate the problemsspecific to British business. By Ross Wigham Previous Article Next Article
June 13, 2018 /Sports News – Local SUU Men’s Basketball Adds 7-Foot Illinois State Transfer FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Late Tuesday, Southern Utah University men’s basketball announced the signing of Illinois State transfer Daouda “David” N’Diaye, a 7-footer who will be a center for the Thunderbirds.N’Diaye will have one season of eligibility left but has to sit out the 2018-19 season because of NCAA transfer rules.His junior season was solid as he averaged 4.3 points and 4.0 rebounds per game for the Redbirds of the Missouri Valley Conference.He started 15 games for Illinois State in 2017-18, finishing the year with 25 blocks and 11 steals.The native of Paris, France starred at Windermere Preparatory School of Windermere, Fla., averaging 12 points, 9 rebounds and eight blocks per contest. He also starred for the Orland Venom AAU program, helping them win the national district championship while posting 12 points, 9 rebounds and 8 blocks per contest. Brad James Written by Tags: Daouda N’Diaye/Missouri Valley/Orland Venom/SUU Men’s Basketball
Dear Friends,I’m pleased to announce that the state Department of Environmental Protection has agreed to extend the close of the season for dredging in the bay from February 28 to March 31.The extension will give Ocean City residents an additional month to arrange for dredging private boat slips without having to worry about not finishing work before the cutoff date. I want to thank ACT Engineers and our consulting team for their work with the DEP in revisiting these regulations.Ocean City has been a leader in coming up with innovative solutions to bayside dredging, and all coastal towns will benefit from our work. More information on the extension and on opportunities for private dredging is available here.The city team is hard at work finishing our new five-year capital plan and municipal budget. My instructions have been the same since I took office: Start from zero and budget only what’s necessary. I’m looking forward to presenting our capital plan and our draft budget to City Council on Feb. 28.These presentations are the start of a process that will result in a final budget later this spring. I encourage anybody with an interest in our plans to attend these public meetings as our budget takes shape. All the romantics in town will be glad to know that our Feb. 14 City Council meeting will be canceled.Our local Ocean City Board of Realtors has launched its annual Winter Food Drive to help restock the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Food Cupboard. Click here for more information on how to donate to this worthy cause.For Eagles fans, there’s no chance this year’s game will be anywhere near as exciting, but I hope you all have a good Super Bowl weekend.Warm regards,Mayor Jay A. Gillian Mayor Jay Gillian
Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Twitter Twitter IndianaNews Indiana Election Commission virtual meeting zapped with porn (“170 – Typing” by Hillary, CC BY-SA 2.0) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A virtual meeting of the Indiana Election Commission on an online video platform was disrupted with pornographic imagery.Commission chairman Paul Okeson said Friday’s meeting was open to anyone to join. By law, meetings of government agencies must be accessible to the public.A single screen shared among meeting participants showed a man performing a solitary sexual act.Okeson said the interruption on the Zoom video conferencing site was swiftly taken care of.The FBI has issued a warning about the interruption of Zoom meetings. Officials have advised such meetings not be made public. Previous articleMichigan coronavirus cases, deaths rise again but slowlyNext articleU.S. Reps. Walroski, Dingell introduce legislation to strengthen Strategic National Stockpile Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications. By Associated Press – April 18, 2020 0 435 Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Google+
Inflation on food hit its lowest-ever recorded level in August, at 0.3%.The British Retail Consortium (BRC) reported that food inflation remained at its lowest since the inception of the Monitor in 2006.Fresh food inflation fell to 0.1%, the lowest level reported in the past 12 months and significantly below the 12-month average of 1.3%.The rate of inflation within the ambient food category rose to 0.6%, from 0.2% in July.The BRC said the prices of the majority of the agricultural commodities it follows fell over the second half of 2014, with the main exceptions being cattle, coffee and cocoa.The consortium said the growing demand for chocolate comes as prices for cocoa are at a three-year high, due to positive demand around the world.Sugar prices, meanwhile, have remained subdued, due to bumper crops in producing countries.Dairy prices in the FAO’s index declined 4.4% from June, falling for a fifth month, reflecting both reduced import demand and abundant export availability.Helen Dickinson, BRC director general, said: “The summer months saw retailers provide plenty of attractive offers on fresh food goods, which saw their lowest level of inflation this year, with vegetables, fish and also milk, cheese and eggs contributing to the downward pressure.“What’s more, as the UK economy continues to pick up, the benefits of subdued cost increases – oil and commodity prices remained relatively flat over the first half of the year – incurred by retailers will be passed on to customers.Meanwhile, non-food deflation decelerated to 2.9% from 3.3% in July.
For researchers studying possible connections between health and the trillions of microbes that inhabit our digestive tract, what makes the work so exciting is also what makes it challenging.Despite years of effort, including sequencing the gut microbes of thousands of volunteers, the functions of the vast majority of the proteins found in this microbial community — as many as 85 percent — remain a mystery. Many of these proteins are likely enzymes, the biological catalysts that allow living organisms to perform chemical reactions. Uncharacterized enzymes in the gut microbiome could be carrying out chemical processes that are critical for our health, but further insights have eluded researchers.Help may be on the way.A tool developed by Emily Balskus, the Morris Kahn Associate Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, in collaboration with Curtis Huttenhower, an associate professor of computational biology and bioinformatics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, has the potential to help researchers more accurately identify enzymes present in microbiomes and to quantify their relative abundance. The study is described in a Feb. 10 paper published in Science.“This is an interesting thing to be able to do, because with our method … in addition to identifying known microbial enzymes, we can get information about the distribution and abundance of enzymes with unknown activities,” Balskus said. “A major challenge associated with microbiomes has been how to interrogate the uncharacterized genetic potential of these communities — how do you go from genes in the human microbiome to new microbial metabolic activities … and we believe this could be a tool to do that.”The tool has already proven useful. In a first, Balskus and Huttenhower were able to determine just how common an uncharacterized glycyl radical enzyme was in the healthy human gut microbiome. They were also able to elucidate what this new enzyme does.The Balskus Lab studies glycyl radical enzymes because they are one of the most abundant protein families in the human gut microbiome.“Now that we have an appreciation that this activity is highly abundant in this microbial habitat, we can begin to explore a number of new ideas for why … and how it might be affecting the human host and other microbes,” said Balskus. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer.“This uncharacterized enzyme was the second-most-abundant glycyl radical enzyme in every person sequenced as part of the Human Microbiome Project, and its universal distribution strongly suggested it was doing something important,” Balskus said. “It turns out to have a fascinating function. It’s allowing microbes to metabolize an amino acid called 4-hydroxyproline, which is a major component of collagen, the most abundant protein in the human body. We’ve discovered how microbes use this amino acid to grow in the anaerobic environment of the human gut.”With that information in mind, researchers can investigate a series of additional questions, Balskus said.“Now that we have an appreciation that this activity is highly abundant in this microbial habitat, we can begin to explore a number of new ideas for why it might be present and how it might be affecting the human host and other microbes.”The lack of this type of tool has made it incredibly difficult to uncover novel chemistry in the gut microbiome due to the similarities of many enzymes, Balskus said.“We were interested in the challenge of distinguishing members of the same enzyme family that have different activities from one another,” she said. “Members of a human family can be closely related but have very different occupations, and this is also the case for enzyme families. A family of enzymes can be similar in terms of their amino acid sequences, but the individual members of the family have often evolved to perform very different chemical transformations.”Balskus hopes the technique will allow researchers to characterize new enzymes as part of efforts to better understand the metabolic processes of microbial communities.“I hope this will be an important contribution and step toward tackling this huge problem of uncharacterized proteins in microbial communities,” she said. “This is a problem not just for the human gut microbiome, but for any microbial community. And these communities are literally everywhere on earth.”The technique might eventually shed light on how the gut microbiome affects health, she added.“In the future we can start to think about things like comparative analyses,” she said. “In this paper we only looked at data from healthy humans, but we’d really like to compare the abundance of enzymes in microbiomes from healthy individuals and patients suffering from various diseases. This could give us a glimpse into how metabolic activities in the gut microbiome might be changing with disease. If there are certain enzymes that are particularly abundant in patients with a given disease, they could be potential therapeutic targets.”
Public Domain Pictures GERRY — New York State Police have released more information regarding the drowning death of a three-year-old boy in the Town of Gerry.Troopers said that at 4:40 p.m., Monday, they responded to a call for a missing child on Damon Hill Road.While patrols were in route to the area, the child was found unresponsive at the bottom of an above ground pool.Troopers and a Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted life-saving measures but were not successful. Police said the child was not wearing a life vest. His body was transported to the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.Sinclairville Fire Department and EMS assisted in this incident, which remains under investigation. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Taboo explores the extravagant 1980s punk club scene, bringing to life some of the scene’s usual suspects, such as Steve Strange, Leigh Bowery, Sallon and of course, Boy George. While Taboo includes pieces of Boy George’s biggest hits with his band Culture Club, George also penned an original score for the show, which features a book originally written by Mark Davies Markham and adapted for Broadway by Charles Busch, and additional music by Kevan Frost. The latest script is by Markham. Could Taboo bow once more? According to Boy George, it very well might, and with some new changes! The iconic pop star revealed on the red carpet at the GLAAD Awards earlier this month that the odds of a revival of his bio-musical “are very good.” He went on to say: “We’ve actually written a new script and we are in talks with people to do a new production…it’s something that I want to happen.” The tuner originally premiered in 2002 in London prior to transferring to Broadway the following year, with Euan Morton, Raul Esparza and Boy George himself in the cast. Despite closing on Broadway after only three months, the musical gathered a strong cult following. Members of the original cast reunited for two concert performances on February 8 this year at 54 Below, ten years to the day that the musical shuttered. The musical was revived in London in 2012. View Comments
W. Virginia Questions FirstEnergy Plan to Buy Another Coal Plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Andrew Brown for the Charleston Gazette-Mail:First Energy, the parent company of MonPower and Potomac Edison, is facing tough questions about the company’s future energy plan in West Virginia.The Public Service Commission staff sent a request to First Energy officials last month asking them to explain why they believe buying another coal-fired power plant in the near future is the best way to provide electricity to its 520,000 customers in the Mountain State.The line of questioning by the PSC staff comes two months after First Energy provided the commission with its integrated resource plan — a 15-year forecast that is meant to outline the lowest cost options for electricity in the future. It marked the first time electric utilities were required to disclose those planning documents in West Virginia.While many electric utilities throughout the country have moved toward lower-priced natural gas and other renewable energy sources, MonPower’s and Potomac Edison’s resource plan suggests the companies would seek to buy another coal-fired power plant in the region.In 2013, the PSC allowed the state’s largest electric utilities to buy large coal-fired power plants from their parent companies, which were capable of providing more electricity than their customers in West Virginia used. Opponents of those purchases criticized the plans as bailouts for the parent companies’ shareholders by electric users in West Virginia.The utility companies had argued that they could sell excess electricity onto the regional grid, helping to cut the cost of those coal plants for West Virginia customers. But natural gas plants have largely become cheaper than coal power in recent years, meaning West Virginia’s power plants are called on less by the regional grid, known as the PJM Interconnection.As the rest of the country is benefiting from low-priced natural gas, West Virginians are required to get the vast majority of their electricity from coal.First Energy’s plan to further invest in coal power in West Virginia is being sharply analyzed by the PSC staff members.The four-page inquiry sent to the company questions many of the most fundamental cost and market calculations that are laid out in First Energy’s report.The PSC staff asks why coal-fired generation is the only option being considered, whether the company factored in possible regulations on carbon pollution and how First Energy actually came up with the estimated cost of other fuel sources like gas, solar and wind, all of which were priced substantially higher than coal in the company’s report.The staff also asked company officials how they came up with the reported growth rate in customer electricity usage, which First Energy estimates to be around 2.2 percent annually between 2015 and 2020. As part of the questions, the PSC staff ordered the company to submit the data they relied on for their calculations.In response, First Energy maintained that an exiting coal plant would be the cheapest energy option for customers, even compared to new combined cycle gas turbines.Meanwhile, First Energy continues to idle some of its largest coal-fired plants in Ohio and Pennsylvania because of the low prices those electric generators were receiving in the market, and MonPower is considering retrofitting the Harrison Power plant near Clarksburg to burn natural gas.Full article: First Energy being questioned about future plans