UK court blocks US attempt to extradite Julian Assange, but leaves public interest reporting at risk

first_img News Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia January 4, 2021 UK court blocks US attempt to extradite Julian Assange, but leaves public interest reporting at risk US/UK : Julian Assange’s extradition hearing marred by barriers to open justice Receive email alerts November 26, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is relieved by the 4 January decision of UK District Judge Vanessa Baraitser blocking the United States’ attempt to extradite Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange, but is extremely disappointed by the court’s failure to reject the substance of the case, leaving the door open to further prosecutions on similar grounds. October 9, 2020 Find out more January 1, 2021 Find out more Organisation Although Judge Baraitser decided against extradition, the grounds for her decision were strictly based on Assange’s serious mental health issues and the conditions he would face in detention in the US. On the substantive points in the case – in which the US government has pursued Assange on 17 counts under the Espionage Act and one count under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act – the judge’s decision was heavily in favour of the prosecution’s arguments, and dismissive of the defence.“We are immensely relieved that Julian Assange will not be extradited to the US. At the same time, we are extremely disappointed that the court failed to take a stand for press freedom and journalistic protections, and we disagree with the judge’s assessment that the case was not politically motivated and was not centred on journalism and free speech. This decision leaves the door open for further similar prosecutions and will have a chilling effect on national security reporting around the world if the root issues are not addressed,” said RSF’ Director of International Campaigns, Rebecca Vincent. The US government has indicated that it intends to appeal the extradition decision. Assange remains detained on remand in high-security Belmarsh prison, pending the judge’s consideration of his bail application on 6 January. RSF calls again for his immediate release, and will continue to monitor proceedings.Despite extensive difficulties securing access – including refusal by the judge to accredit NGO observers and threats of arrest by police on the scene – RSF monitored the 4 January hearing at London’s Central Criminal Court (the Old Bailey), and has been the only NGO to monitor the full extradition proceedings against Assange.The UK and US are respectively ranked 35th and 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News Help by sharing this information RSF_en News to go further UK: RSF calls for Julian Assange’s urgent release as Covid infections rise at Belmarsh Prison US/UK: “Future of journalism” at stake as historic extradition decision looms in case of Julian Assange United KingdomUnited StatesEurope – Central AsiaAmericas ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Reports United KingdomUnited StatesEurope – Central AsiaAmericas ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment last_img read more

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Feasibility Study approved for for road safety measures at Shannonvale

first_imgTechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Limerick City and County Council have informed Willie O’Dea TD that they have agreed to carry out a feasibility study on the need for a pedestrian crossing on the Old Cratloe Road at the entrance to Shannonvale.Willie O’Dea TD said, “Many residents of Shannonvale and surrounding areas had requested that a pedestrian crossing be placed outside their estate.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Myself and Pat O’Neill have since met with senior engineers within the Council and have now been assured that a feasibility study will be done in the area and if a pedestrian crossing is warranted, the Council will apply for funding from the Department to do the job.The news has been welcomed by Local Fianna Fáil activist Pat O’Neill as well as the Fianna Fáil TD who have been working on the issue on behalf of local residents.Pat O’Neill who had helped secure the pedestrian crossing on the Clonmacken road said, “It was imperative that we acted as soon as residents brought this issue to our attention. The safety of local residents is paramount as there are a lot of elderly residents and young families living within the estate and for them to enjoy the convenience of the local amenities, their safety in crossing what is a very busy road needs to be taken into account.Pat concluded, “We have speed ramps in the area, but these are not serving their purpose and I have also asked the council to look at the height and shape of these, as some have caused damage to the undercarriage of cars due to being so severe.” Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow TAGSLimerick City and CountyNewspolticisShannonvaleTransport NewsPoliticsTransportFeasibility Study approved for for road safety measures at ShannonvaleBy Staff Reporter – June 18, 2019 224 Facebook Previous articleLeggy Limerick & Stars of the Future- Talking points after Tipperary defeatNext articleTies between Shannon Free Zone and the Chinese Government stronger than ever Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Print Limerick on Covid watch list RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Email Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more

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The Latest: Hong Kong ease pandemic rules as cases decline

first_imgLocal NewsBusinessUS News Pinterest Facebook Previous articleTar Heels beat Northeastern in rare Feb. nonconference gameNext articleBlackmagic Design Announces 6K Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro; More Info at B&H Photo Video Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – February 17, 2021 WhatsApp WhatsApp HONG KONG — Hong Kong is reducing social distancing rules following a sharp drop in new coronavirus cases, including restarting indoor dining and reopening gyms. The relaxation that took effect Thursday is a huge relief for the city’s service sector, which has been hammered by periodical closure orders and strict limits on dining out. Under the new rules, indoor dining is permitted until 10 p.m. with no more than four people allowed at a table. Other outlets allowed to reopen include video arcades, fitness centers, beauty and massage parlors, amusement centers, karaoke bars and sports facilities. Staff at such facilities must undergo a coronavirus test every 14 days. Public gatherings of more than two people remain prohibited and mask-wearing in public is mandatory until March 3. ——— THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — Japan begins COVID-19 vaccination drive amid Olympic worries — Fidelity Charitable says record year of donations falls short of need during pandemic. — Native Americans embrace vaccinations and other virus containment measures. — COVID-19 bill would scale up ability to spot virus mutations. — Latinos in U.S. face fear and other barriers to getting COVID-19 vaccines — Pandemic stresses take a huge toll on college students, who struggle to pay for food and housing as jobs and internships dry up — Follow all of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic, https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak ——— HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s daily increase in coronavirus infections has exceeded 600 for the second straight day, continuing an upward trend following last week’s Lunar New Year’s holidays. The 621 new cases reported Thursday brought the national caseload to 85,567, including 1,544 deaths. The country reported 621 new cases Wednesday, which was the highest daily jump in more than a month. More than two-thirds of the new cases were in Seoul area, home to half of South Korea’s 51 million people. A plastic factory near the capital has emerged as a major cluster of infections, linked to more than 110 cases so far since a Cambodian worker first tested positive Saturday. ——— DENVER — The Denver Board of Ethics has unanimously dismissed an ethics complaint that was filed after the city’s mayor flew to Texas for Thanksgiving despite urging Denver’s residents to avoid holiday travel because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Denver Post reported Wednesday that board chairman Joseph Michaels acknowledged that Denver Mayor Michael Hancock’s actions were concerning. Michaels says the mayor disappointed and angered the city’s residents. But he says the board found that the mayor had not specifically violated the city’s code of ethics. Michaels adds: “This board certainly does not condone that travel.” ——— WASHINGTON — Federal agents have seized more than 10 million fake N95 masks in recent weeks. It’s the result of an ongoing investigation into counterfeits sold in at least five states to hospitals, medical facilities and government agencies. Officials say the most recent seizures occurred Wednesday when Homeland Security agents intercepted hundreds of thousands of counterfeit 3M masks in an East Coast warehouse that were set to be distributed. Investigators also notified about 6,000 potential victims in at least 12 states including hospitals, medical facilities and others who may have unknowingly purchased knockoffs, urging them to stop using the medical-grade masks. Officials encouraged medical workers and companies to go to 3Ms website for tips on how to spot fakes. ——— RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina is shifting its vaccine distribution guidance to dissuade people from traveling long distances to receive a COVID-19 shot in the state. Under updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention clarifying travel policies, North Carolina has enacted stricter vaccination policies to improve North Carolinians’ access to the vaccine. The move aims to give greater preference to in-state residents who have struggled to book appointments and come in for shots due to the high demand, but loopholes still allow for people to travel into the state without having to provide ID, proof of residency or proof of employment. People living out of state could also explain to vaccine administrators that they are eligible for shots because they work or spend a significant time in North Carolina or continue to receive ongoing health care in the state. ——— NEW YORK — New York is suing Amazon, claiming the company failed to provide workers with a safe environment at two warehouses as COVID-19 infections surged nationwide. The lawsuit from New York Attorney General Letitia James comes just days after Amazon preemptively sued to block it from happening. In its own lawsuit filed Friday, Amazon said that unannounced inspections by the New York City sheriff’s office found its New York warehouse went above and beyond safety requirements. On Wednesday, Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel added that the attorney general’s lawsuit doesn’t present an accurate picture of Amazon’s response to the virus. In the suit filed late Tuesday, New York claims Amazon showed a “flagrant disregard for health and safety requirements” and retaliated against employees who raised alarms. The lawsuit involves two Amazon facilities in New York City that employ more than 5,000 workers. It alleges that Amazon failed to disinfect those facilities when infected workers had been present; didn’t contact workers when they were exposed to the virus; and made employees work so much that they didn’t have time to disinfect their workstations or stay socially distant. ——— TORONTO — Canada’s largest city is asking the province of Ontario to extend a lockdown order for at least two more weeks instead of having it expired as planned on Monday. Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, said she has never been as worried about the future as she is now because of coronavirus variants. Toronto Mayor John Tory said leaders need to ensure the current lockdown is the city’s last. Schools just reopened in Toronto while retail stores are scheduled to open Monday. Canada is poised to receive millions of vaccine does this spring. ——— HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania is facing a temporary shortage of booster shots of the Moderna vaccine because providers inadvertently used them as first doses, setting back the state’s already stumbling vaccine rollout. The error could mean more than 100,000 people will need appointments rescheduled, state health officials said Wednesday. Acting state health secretary Alison Beam said between 30,000 and 60,000 people who need the booster shot will have to wait one to two more weeks. Another 30,000 to 55,000 of the initial dose of the Moderna vaccine will also have to delayed. The second-dose shortage does not affect the Pfizer vaccine. Second doses of the two-shot Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are typically administered 21 and 28 days apart, respectively, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its guidance to allow the time between shots to be delayed up to six weeks. ——— MADRID — Spain will place those arriving from Brazil and South Africa in quarantine for 10 days in a new bid to stem the propagation of coronavirus variants from those countries. Health Minister Carolina Darias said Wednesday Spain has registered 613 cases of the British variant, six of the South African type and two of that from Brazil. Spain has already restricted arrivals from all three countries to Spanish nationals and foreign residents in Spain. It also insists on negative PCR tests from within the previous 72 hours as well as anti-body tests on arrival. The ministry Wednesday said Spain’s COVID-19 pandemic figures continued their positive downward trend, with the 14-day incidence rate falling to 349 per 100,000 inhabitants, down from 385 a day earlier and far below the near 900-case high at the end of January. ——— WASHINGTON — The Biden administration says it will spend more than $1.4 billion to boost testing supplies and coordination as U.S. officials aim to return more students to the classroom. The White House says it will spend $815 million to increase U.S. manufacturing of testing supplies that have been subject to frequent shortages for months, including materials used in laboratories and for rapid point-of-care tests. Officials also announced $650 million to setup regional testing “hubs” around the country to help coordinate testing at K-8 schools, universities, homeless shelters and other gathering places. The U.S. failure to provide fast, widespread testing is one of the most enduring stumbles in the federal government’s response to COVID-19. As a candidate, Biden said his administration would deliver free, comprehensive testing at a national scale. He has asked Congress to provide $50 billion for testing in the stimulus bill before lawmakers. ——— ALBANY, N.Y. — New York is set to let amusement parks open in early April and overnight camps open this summer as long as they submit reopening plans to the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that arcades and other indoor family entertainment centers can open with 25% capacity starting March 26. Outdoor amusement parks can open with a third of their normal capacity by April 9, while day and overnight camps can start planning for reopening this summer. New York is seeing a drop in infections statewide, though at a slower pace than the nation. But the governor said the overall statewide drops are enough to allow New York to bring back recreational industries. ——— WASHINGTON — The U.S. is vaccinating on average 1.7 million Americans per day for the coronavirus, up from under 1 million a month ago. New figures from the White House show the steady increase in the pace of vaccinations over President Joe Biden’s first month in office. Much of the increase, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, comes from people receiving their second dose of the approved vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer. The pace of first dose vaccinations has been largely steady over the past several weeks, hovering around an average of 900,000 shots per day. Biden is on track to blow past his goal of 100 million injections in his first 100 days in office — though the pace must pick up even further to meet his plans to vaccinate nearly all adults by the end of the summer. ——— WASHINGTON — The White House says drugmaker Johnson & Johnson has just a “few million” doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in inventory ready to be distributed, should the Food and Drug Administration grant it emergency approval. Coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients is looking to lower expectations for the impact of approval for the promising, one-dose vaccine, which could happen in the next several weeks. The company has contracted to provide 100 million doses — enough for 100 million Americans — by the end of June. Zients says, “We’re going to be started only with a few million of inventory.” He adds the Biden administration is working to expedite the vaccine deliveries as much as possible. ——— RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio de Janeiro halted new vaccinations against COVID-19 for a week starting Wednesday due to a shortage of doses, one of a growing number of Brazilian cities that have run low on supplies and are demanding help from Brazil’s federal government. City officials said they will continue to deliver second doses to those who have already been injected once, but have paused new shots for the elderly. Officials say vaccines for new recipients ran out partly because they had pushed forward their schedule by one week after receiving a fresh lot of doses. Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes said on Monday that additional shots won’t be delivered before next week. “We are ready and we have already vaccinated 244,852 people,” he said on his official Twitter profile. “We just need the vaccine to arrive.” ——— ATLANTA — Snowy and icy weather across much of the nation has “significantly” delayed shipments of COVID-19 vaccine to Georgia, state health officials said Wednesday. Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines that normally would have arrived the first part of this week were held back by the manufacturers due to the winter weather, The Georgia Department of Public Health said in a statement. As a result, health departments and other vaccine providers have been forced to reschedule appointments, the agency said. When those shots can be administered will depend on when vaccine shipments resume and when they arrive in Georgia, health officials said. 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Taconic, Nuveen land $600M recapitalization for life sciences hub

first_imgA rendering of 125 West End Avenue, Nuveen Real Estate managing director Nadir Settles and Taconic co-CEOs Charlie Bendit and Paul Pariser (Photos via Taconic, Nuveen)A major life sciences hub on the Upper West Side has completed a $600 million recapitalization.Taconic Partners, in partnership with Nuveen Real Estate, has been at work to transform an office building at 125 West End Avenue, and recently secured $393 million in construction financing from Apollo Global Management and Oaktree Management, the Commercial Observer reported. In addition, as part of a $600 million capitalization, LaSalle Investment Management has joined the project as an $207 million equity partner.A former Chrysler Corporation facility, the 400,000-square-foot property is located near the north end of the now-shrinking Automobile Row on the Far West Side of Manhattan. Until January, the eight-story building was occupied by Walt Disney/ABC. In 2018, the media giant sold its sprawling Upper West Side campus to Silverstein Properties for $1 billion, and Silverstein then sold three buildings in the portfolio, including 125 West End Avenue, to Taconic and Nuveen.“The transformation of 125 West End Avenue into a state-of-the-art, life-science hub and our recapitalization of this project is a testament to the resilience of New York City and the promise of this emergent sector,” said Chris Balestra, Taconic’s president and chief investment officer.JLL Capital Markets’ Evan Pariser and Geoff Goldstein arranged the construction loan. CBRE’s William Shanahan, Darcy Stacom and Steven Purpura negotiated LaSalle’s equity investment.The life science sector has been a bright spot in the city’s office market in the pandemic. But because science and medical labs require special settings such as powerful electrical systems and enhanced ventilation, the lack of enough supply in the city caused life-science startups incubated in New York City to look for permanent locations in places such as Boston, experts have said.“As Taconic and Nuveen set out to address the lack of supply of lab space in the market, we do so with confidence in our team and in the strength and resiliency of New York City,” Nadir Settles, Nuveen’s managing director, said in a statement. [CO] — Akiko MatsudaRead moreBlackstone to acquire life-sciences portfolio for $3.45BNuveen teams up with Taconic on ABC campus buyLife-sciences sector proves safe haven for landlords Contact Akiko Matsuda Message* Share via Shortlink Full Name* Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Commercial Real Estatelife scienceManhattan Office MarketTaconic Partners Email Address*last_img read more

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The Three Crowns Grace The Bodleian

first_imgBy Alexander ChristofiD ante, Petrarch and Boccaccio were, it’s fair to say, probably the most interesting thing to come out of medieval Italy. The reason that they were given the nickname Le Tre Corone is because they were at the head of a newfound interest in literature, love, and people themselves. Dante’s Commedia remains one of the greatest religious and political poems since classical times, and die-hard fans even call it ‘the fifth gospel’. Petrarch was one of the first people to address humanist issues (some of his more enthusiastic followers claim he started the Renaissance) whilst Boccaccio wrote stories about sex. But they were very good stories about sex, and there were a hundred of them. In many ways, then, the Three Crowns are a big deal.However, it’s not just a celebration of how good these writers were. The exhibition looks at their influence on later generations and how it developed, and gives some insight into how their works were interpreted. Though there are some displays of early annotated texts, the emphasis is strongly on visual representations and illustrations, from the early 15th century to the modern day.In the early years, the most popular of the three authors was undoubtedly Petrarch. The illustrations in the early editions are interesting in themselves, and interpreting them is almost as rich as interpreting the texts. They show us how the poems were seen through the eyes of the time. An early edition of Petrarch’s Trionfi (Venice 1470-80) depicts Petrarch sitting with his forever unrequited love, Laura, on a riverbank – an interesting image, since Petrarch never spoke to Laura during her lifetime. Opposite is a meeting of nine philosophers, presumably highlighting Petrarch’s less romantic side. To see the two next to each other, though, is to give a colour illustration of the poet’s incongruous aspirations. In other editions, cameos of Petrarch introduce the first sonnet of the Canzoniere (‘Book of Poems’ to you and I). In an edition from 1450-75 (Ferrara), the first page is framed by another cameo, of Laura, and a small picture of a locked book. You feel like an intruder as if you are opening somebody else’s diary, and gazing at their deep and well-rhymed secrets. It captures perfectly the intimacy of the poems. The comedy vote, however, must go to the edition which depicts Petrarch being crowned in the top left, women gossiping in the bottom left, and a man who appears to be beating his dog with a stick in the bottom right.The earliest Dante in the collection is historically, if not altogether visually, interesting. The illustrator, possibly semi-illiterate, has misread the bit where Dante mentions an eagle on a banner, and has drawn a knight holding an eagle in the middle of the picture. There are some incredibly rare editions of the Commedia, though, which are fascinating. The Bodleian holds the first edition in which the Comedy becomes The Divine Comedy (1555 Venice), printed by Lodovico Dolce. The important Florence 1481 edition is also there, opened to the page where Dante meets Virgil and escapes the forest and some animals. The picture here is one of the best, contorting reality to suit its purposes. The canopy is only just over Dante’s head, the path obstructed by the crowding animals, and the trees around the edge of the picture are even smaller, giving a real feeling of claustrophobia.There are a couple more editions of Petrarch, and the poet’s own heavily annotated copy of Suetonis, which is nifty because you can see what his handwriting looked like- very neat as it happens. The last we see of Petrarch is a 1503 text where an angry Catholic has tried to burn out the three anti-papal sonnets in the Canzoniere, proving that people did once care about poetry. The section on Boccaccio is smaller than the other two, but more visually rich. There are late 15th century editions from France and Italy, some of them intricate volumes for a courtly audience – they are beautifully and minutely detailed, gilded and colourful. In a French edition of Filostrato (France 1480), a man with absurdly pointy feet is kissing a woman with almost vital energy. It’s not the Karma Sutra, but after seeing the stern illustrations of the other two Crowns, you can see that Boccaccio took a massive step towards the sort of humanism that we take for granted.For those not so interested in old-fashioned images, the Bodleian has a few interesting modern illustrations. In the last two hundred years, Petrarch and Boccaccio have fallen out of favour with the reading public, but if anything, interest in Dante has boomed. As well as Tom Phillips’ brilliant original illustrations for his Inferno (including King Kong, comic book frames and an arse trumpet), there is a picture of Dante eulogizing the fall of Humpty Dumpty, and even a slightly odd link to our own glorious university – a picture of Dante hulking austerely over a fat little Oxford don.last_img read more

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Endowed gift promotes drug research

first_imgThis month, the William K. Warren Foundation donated $3.5 million to Notre Dame toward the creation of the Warren Family Research Center for Drug Discovery and Development, according to a University press release.Richard Taylor, associate vice president for research and professor of chemistry and biochemistry, said the funding from the Warren Foundation will promote medicinal chemistry and chemical biology research at the University.  Keri O’Mara | The Observer “The funding will allow us to complement our current faculty with several additional hires, expanding our research expertise in areas directed toward the discovery of treatments for neurological diseases as well as the search for new antibiotics,” Taylor said.Gregory Crawford, dean of the College of Science, said creation of the center has already started with the recruitment of faculty this semester.“The department of chemistry and biochemistry already has an extraordinary faculty in the area of medicinal chemistry in place and was the primary reason for attracting such a large effort to Notre Dame,” Crawford said. “So the formation of the new center will add significantly to an already strong program at Notre Dame in the College of Science.”Crawford said biomedical research stays true to the University’s mission “to create a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good that will bear fruit as learning becomes service to justice” because the end goal is improving global health.“Our scientific goals are simple — advance scientific knowledge through discovery at the highest level, and translate those efforts into medicine and therapies for health and well being of others,” he said.Crawford said additional hires and the establishment of core facilities will also help strengthen research infrastructure.“The Center will not have a dedicated building, but due to its interdisciplinary nature, it will certainly be suitable for new space being planned at Notre Dame designed to bring together researchers from different disciplines,” he said.Funding will also support the Chemical Synthesis & Drug Discovery Facility, directed by Taylor, which provides the Notre Dame community with synthetic chemistry services for research areas such as drug discovery and material science, Taylor said. According to a University press release, the Facility will organize chemical compounds created through research into the ND Chemical Compound Collection.“While these compounds are typically produced for a specific research purpose, their inclusion in a broader collection will allow them to be screened for activities in other areas,” Taylor said. “The expertise within the facility will promote the collaborations and can follow-up with any exciting hits we get and may lead to the discovery of new drugs.”Crawford said the College of Science has shown promise over the years in the area of medicinal chemistry dealing with the discovery of new drugs. Notre Dame scientists have identified lead compounds for indications such as cancer, infectious disease and rare diseases, which outside companies have licensed in an effort to take the drugs into clinical trials.He said one example involves Paul Helquist’s work on identification of a drug compound for the fatal childhood disease, Niemann Pick disease, type C (NPC).“This rare disease took the lives of three of the four grandchildren of our famous and beloved coach, Ara Parseghian,” Crawford said. “Professor Helquist and his colleagues and students worked closely with the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation in search of a better understanding and a possible treatment or cure for NPC.”According to Crawford, this particular study will enter clinical trials this year.“This is another example of where our science contributes to the mission of Notre Dame — we are fighting for the underdog in this case — a cohort of a few hundred to a thousand children and their families, who are desperate for a treatment or cure to save their children,” Crawford said.Crawford said although a large number of students in the College of Science already participate in undergraduate research, this center will create additional opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.“We are all excited about our future and the role we will play in the scientific and medical community, expanding upon our work in neurodegenerative diseases, rare diseases, cancer, antibodies and tuberculosis with passionate students, incredible faculty and wonderful and committed partners in the Warren Foundation,” Crawford said.Tags: Chemical Synthesis & Drug Discovery Facility, College of Science, endowed gift, Niemann Pick disease, type C, William K. Warren Foundationlast_img read more

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European Union to Assist Bolivia in Fight Against Drugs

first_imgBy Dialogo August 24, 2012 The European Union is interested in supporting Bolivia in combating drug trafficking, said Francisco García, head of the European cooperation section, in an interview on August 22 with the newspaper Página Siete. “In the past 10 years we focused on supporting the themes of integral development and coca reduction, and not so much on the themes of interdiction, policing and customs, on which the United States and Brazilian governments focused”, García said. In 2008, the European Union donated $ 234 million through 2014 to Bolivia, which served essentially to support the eradication of coca, help farmer unions, and prevent the expansion of the plantings, and include a legal study regarding the consumption of the plant. In March 2010, Bolivia asked the EU and the UN for an annual support of $ 59 million (a request that has not yet been answered), because the cooperation of the United States fell from $ 80 million to $ 10 million between 2006 and 2012. According to the UN, Bolivia has 31,000 hectares of coca, of which only 12,000 is legally recognized for traditional uses, such as chewing, infusion and Andean religious rites.last_img read more

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A year of credit union advocacy, education, and compliance

first_imgIn NAFCU’s 50th anniversary year (so far), we have:Had 6 member credit union Congressional testimonies in the first 7 months of the year;sent 315% more messages to Congress in our grassroots campaigns;delivered 151 new compliance blog posts, summaries, analysis, articles, whitepapers, charts and guides to members;produced 341 hours of education; andhad over 570,000 people use our CULookup.com Financial CalCUaltors.And that’s just a handful of the numbers that have summed up our work with credit unions this year so far.  At NAFCU, our mission is to strengthen credit unions by providing the best in federal advocacy, education and compliance assistance. Everything we do is for credit unions and in the best interests of our members. From working tirelessly to advocate your positions with legislators and regulators, to delivering timely compliance assistance resources and valuable training opportunities – we do it for the industry we love – we do it for credit unions.We look forward to the next 50 years working together to grow stronger!View and download the full infographic. 110SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Out on a limb

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PREMIUMOmnibus bill provides legal certainty on Indonesia’s sovereign wealth fund

first_imgomnibus-bill sovereign-wealth-fund investment Jokowi-administration special-authority finance-minister SOE-Minister state-assets foreign-investment Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Log in with your social account Google Forgot Password ? The omnibus bill on job creation mandates the establishment of an investment management agency to manage a sovereign wealth fund drawn from tax revenue and foreign investment that is intended to aid Indonesia’s development.Chapter 10 on central government investment and national strategic projects in the draft bill mandates the establishment of a “special authority” agency led by the finance minister, a vehicle that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has described as a sovereign wealth fund.“The finance minister, as the state treasurer, can invest in financial instruments, manage assets for investment, partner with trust funds, determine investment partners, give and accept loans and manage all assets,” Article 146 of the omnibus bill states.The finance minister will lead the board of directors and the state-owned ente… Facebooklast_img read more

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