College of Science assistant dean dies unexpectedly at age 61

first_imgAssistant dean for faculty affairs and special projects in the College of Science Clarence “Earl” Carter died in his home Thursday, Notre Dame announced in a press release Monday. He was 61.Carter was hired in 2011 as a professor of naval science and commanding officer for the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit after a career in the United States Navy.“During his 32-year naval career, Carter was a submariner whose career highlights included serving as commanding officer of the nuclear-powered submarine USS Scranton, leading its crew on the first mission to the North Pole by a Los Angeles Class submarine, and later serving as commander of Submarine Squadron Eight, comprising 10 fast-attack submarines and their crews,” the press release said. He then became an assistant dean in 2013, where he assisted with the college’s strategic planning and coordinated special events.From 2013 to 2015 Carter served as the interim managing director for the Notre Dame Haiti Program — an organization working toward eliminating lymphatic filariasis, a leading cause of disability in the world.Mary Galvin, the William K. Warren Foundation Dean of the College of Science, said in the press release that Carter was known for his faith, kindness and generosity.“His compassion was evident through his interactions with faculty, staff and students, and he had a way of listening and advising that solved many problems and healed wounds,” Galvin said. Carter is survived by his wife Lea, his two daughters Alora and Ciera, his son Joseph and his sister Kathryn Carter.Tags: College of Science, Notre Dame Haiti Program, Reserve Officer Training Corps, United States Navylast_img read more

Virginia “Gina” Blanton

first_img A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 2:00 pm in Silsbee, TX at the Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall. Prior to the memorial service there will be a gathering of family and friends beginning at 12:00 p.m.Mrs. Blanton was born February 20, 1942 in Highland Park, MI to the late Raymond and Della (Jones) Bradley. She graduated from Arthur Hill High School in Saginaw, MI and in 1963 married the love of her life, Ronald Blanton in Dallas. Gina was a airline hostess for Braniff Airlines, was a devoted Jehovah Witness and was a kind and generous person who loved people.She is preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband of 53 years, Ronald Blanton of Silsbee; daughter, Deborah Sanford and husband, Jamie of Silsbee and granddaughter, Brittany Mendoza of Lumberton. She is also survived by her sisters, Shirley Short and husband, Robert of Honor, MI, Patricia Warren of Mesick, MI and Elana Roy and husband, David of Lantana, FL and brother, Tom Bradley of Midland, MI. Virginia “Gina” Blanton, 74, of Silsbee passed away Monday, July 4, 2016 in Beaumont after a courageous fight with Breast Cancer. Next Uplast_img read more

Tom Bodett to speak at Community College of Vermont commencement ceremonies

first_imgThe Community College of Vermont will hold its 46th commencement ceremonies at Norwich University’ s Shapiro Field House on June 1, 2013. The college is pleased to announce that radio personality and author Tom Bodett will deliver the commencement address. Bodett began his national broadcasting career as a commentator for NPR’s evening news program “All Things Considered” in 1984.   His voice has also been heard on Saturday Night Live, Steven Spielburg’s Animaniacs and several Ken Burns’ documentaries. The author of 7 books and 15 audio titles, Bodett is currently a cast member of NPR’s satirical weekend news quiz, Wait,Wait…Don’t Tell Me, and a regular blogger at  He has also been the spokesman for the Motel 6 lodging chain, repeating “we’ll leave the light on for you” the last 27 years.  When he still did honest work for a living in Alaska he was at various times a cannery worker, fisherman, logger, radio repairman, hardware store clerk and a house builder.  He recently retired from 7 years on the Dummerston, Vermont, Selectboard and lives there in the middle of a hayfield with his long-suffering wife and children. Over 500 students representing all Vermont counties, multiple states and countries will be awarded associate degrees at the ceremonies. Also attending the event will be Governor Peter Shumlin, Vermont State College Chancellor Tim Donovan, CCV President Joyce Judy, and members of the VSC Board of Trustees. The ceremonies will begin at 2 pm at Norwich University’ s Northfield, VT campus. CCV is Vermont’ s second largest college, serving over 7,000 students each semester.  With 12 locations and extensive online learning options, our students don’ t have to travel far from their communities to access 20 degree and six certificate programs, workforce, secondary and continuing education opportunities, and academic and veterans support services.Photo: Tom Bodett, courtesy of Tom Bodettlast_img read more

Justice Teaching in Eustis

first_imgJustice Teaching in Eustis April 15, 2011 Regular News JUSTICE TEACHING VOLUNTEER Barbara Hill helped develop a mock trial program for the 8th grade class at Eustis Middle School of her daughter, teacher Mary Ellen Griffith, pictured above, based on a 1949 Tavares case known as “The Groveland 4,” in which four black men were accused of raping a white woman. “utilizing Justice Teaching program materials and lesson plans, we were able to create a teaching unit that educated students on the First, Fourth, Fifth, and 14th amendments to the Constitution,” Hill said. “We prepared students for their eventual assignment, which was to ensure the defendants received the due process they were denied during their original county court trial.” Hill said she was impressed by the students’ enthusiasm. “It was a delight to respond to their questions, which were inquisitive and probing,” Hill said. “Each student, whether an attorney, a witness, a reporter, a member of the jury, a bailiff, or the young student who drew the state seal, was excited to be participating in the mock trial. When the defense attorney stood and presented a passionate, persuasive, and well-reasoned closing argument, I realized how much these students had learned. They not only rose to the challenge placed before them, but far exceeded what was required.” To learn more, visit read more

Study on ‘strategic ejaculation’ finds men produce better quality semen for unfamiliar women

first_imgLinkedIn Share Research published in Evolutionary Psychological Science has found that men orgasm faster and ejaculate more semen when masturbating to unfamiliar women.“Our findings are the first to demonstrate that men’s ejaculate behavior and composition change in response to a novel female stimulus,” the researchers wrote in their study, which was published in June.In the study, the researchers examined the time to ejaculation, ejaculate volume, and number of motile sperm in 21 heterosexual men between the ages of 18 and 23 years old who watched seven sexually explicit films over the course of 15 days. Email Share on Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Share on Twitter The men in the study watched six films depicting the same actress and actor, then watched a similar film with a new actress but the same actor.The researchers found the time to ejaculation ranged between 4 and 21 minutes overall. There was no habituation effect — repeatedly viewing the same woman did not increase or decrease the time to ejaculation.But men did ejaculate more quickly when viewing the seventh film, which included a new woman. In addition, ejaculate volume and total number of motile sperm in the ejaculate increased significantly when viewing the seventh film. “Men produced higher quality ejaculates when exposed to novel, rather than familiar, women,” the researchers wrote.But why does ejaculate volume and total number of motile sperm increase for novel women? Men who produce higher quality sperm for unfamiliar women may have an evolutionary advantage, the researchers explained. The decrease in the time to ejaculation may make it easier for a cheater to copulate with another woman without his partner finding out.In addition, evolution “would favor males who invest more in ejaculates transferred to novel females for two reasons: (i) Males may have already fertilized the egg(s) of (or have their sperm stored by) females with whom they have already mated; and (ii) novel females may be more likely to have mated recently with another male resulting in increased likelihood of sperm competition,” they wrote.last_img read more

UK officials recommend limits on antibiotics for COPD

first_imgA draft guideline issued today by the United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommends that providers take into account the risk of antimicrobial resistance when considering antibiotics for acute but non-severe flare-ups of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).The recommendation is based on evidence suggesting a limited benefit from antibiotics in patients who experience acute exacerbations of COPD, and the recognition that COPD patients often have multiple exacerbations and receive multiple courses of antibiotics, which may not always be appropriate and can contribute to antibiotic resistance.The guideline, written by an independent committee of experts, also suggests that antibiotics should be considered for acute exacerbations only after factoring in the number and severity of a patient’s symptoms, whether he or she needs to go into the hospital for treatment, and previous exacerbations and hospital admission history.COPD is an inflammatory lung condition that makes it difficult to breathe. Acute exacerbation is characterized by either increasing shortness of breath, increased sputum production, or a change in sputum color. But acute flare-ups of the condition are caused by bacterial infections only about half the time, with viral infections and environmental factors, such as smoking, as other common causes.The committee agreed that patients with severe exacerbations, which are marked by the presence of all three symptoms and frequently require hospitalization, should be offered an antibiotic.”The new guideline will help healthcare professionals make responsible prescribing decisions to not only help people manage their condition but also reduce the risk of resistant infections,” Mark Baker, MD, director of the Centre for Guidelines at NICE, said in a press release.Weighing evidence, symptoms, risksThe recommendations are based on a review of 16 placebo-controlled randomized controlled trials of more than 2,000 adults over the age of 40.In its analysis, the committee found that while significantly fewer patients on antibiotics showed no improvement in symptoms compared with placebo, the result was influenced by a large positive effect observed in one study conducted among patients in intensive care; when that study was removed from the analysis, the benefit of antibiotics was reduced. In addition, when antibiotics not currently used in practice were excluded, the differences between antibiotics and placebo were not significant.Overall, the committee concluded that the evidence suggested that antibiotics had uncertain benefit in patients with acute exacerbations of COPD, but appeared to be more effective in patients with more severe symptoms. They agreed that an antibiotic should be considered only for non-severe worsening of symptoms on an individual patient basis.”This should take into account the uncertain benefit of antibiotics and the risk of antimicrobial resistance with repeated courses, balanced against the number and severity of their symptoms, their need for hospital treatment, their exacerbation and hospitalisation history, their risk of complications, and previous sputum culture results,” the committee wrote.The guideline recommends that when no antibiotic is prescribed for acute COPD flare-ups, providers should explain to patients why an antibiotic is not needed and advise them to seek medical attention if symptoms worsen significantly. But if an antibiotic is prescribed, clinicians should warn patients about possible side-effects, especially diarrhea. The experts also encouraged clinicians to review the choice of antibiotics based on results of sputum sample testing.In a separate draft update of the clinical guideline for diagnosing and managing COPD in patients over the age of 16, NICE also provides criteria on the use of prophylactic antibiotics. While the reviewed evidence showed that prophylactic antibiotics reduce the risk of having an exacerbation and the number of exacerbations, to minimize the risk of antibiotic resistance, the committee recommended that antibiotics be offered only to patients who don’t smoke, have optimized other management strategies, and have frequent, prolonged exacerbations with sputum production.Both draft guidelines are open for public comment through Aug 6.See also:Jul 9 NICE guideline on antimicrobial prescribing for COPDJul 9 NICE guideline on COPD diagnosis and managementJul 9 NICE press releaselast_img read more

USDA Announces Infrastructure Projects Across Nation Including Belen And San Ysidro In New Mexico

first_img“Modern, reliable and accessible infrastructure is critical to economic development and quality of life,” LaVoy said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to partnering with rural communities to help them improve their infrastructure, because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.” The City of Belen will receive a $2,665,000 loan/grant funding package to build an arsenic water treatment facility. Currently, water from the city’s water well number eight exceeds federally-mandated drinking standards for arsenic. Because the geology of New Mexico includes volcanic formations along the Rio Grande basin the drinking water in some cases has higher levels of arsenic. Although the arsenic levels are very low the new water treatment facility will bring Belen’s water into compliance with drinking water standards. WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy announced that USDA is investing $201 million to improve rural water infrastructure in 31 states. The Doña Ana Mutual Domestic Water association will receive an $11,055,965 loan/grant funding package to install a new wastewater delivery system in the colonia of San Ysidro located north of Las Cruces, New Mexico.  When completed the sewer collection service will connect to the City of Las Cruces wastewater collection system and treatment facility. The new delivery system will eliminate the environmental concern of groundwater contamination because the community is currently using cesspools and septic tanks. New Mexico Rural Development State Director Arthur A. Garcia added, “The projects in Belen and in the community of San Ysidro north of Las Cruces included in this announcement are an example of Rural Development’s goal to build thriving economies and improve the quality of life in rural areas.” Garcia added, “We are dedicated to the mission of building and modernizing critical infrastructure. This will insure those living in rural America are afforded a higher quality of life.” USDA is providing the funding through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. Eligible applicants include rural cities, towns and water districts. USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB).center_img USDA State Director Arthur A. Garcia  USDA awarded nearly $1.8 billion for Water and Environmental Program loans and grants during fiscal year 2019. View the interactive RD Apply tool or contact one of USDA Rural Development’s state or field offices for application or eligibility information. USDA News: In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Increasing investments in rural infrastructure is a key recommendation of the task force. USDA is announcing investments today in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. The funds can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems in rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.last_img read more

Shaftesbury schemes keep Carnaby Street swinging

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Hibernia buys Marine House for £20.5m

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Stephen Mayson – ABS licensing is a ‘shambles’

first_imgThe Solicitors Regulation Authority’s failure to meet the 6 October target date for licensing alternative business structures was branded a ‘shambles’ by a leading market commentator this week. Professor Stephen Mayson (pictured), director of the Legal Services Policy Institute, told delegates at a Westminster Legal Policy Forum event that the delay represented a ‘significant blow to credibility’ in the eyes of new market entrants and existing sceptics. He said: ‘It might be formally correct [for the SRA] to say that 6 October was never set in stone; but the weight of expectation and momentum around that date was openly encouraged, and it would be disingenuous now to hide behind such a regulatory sleight of hand. ‘Nor is it an adequate response to say that the delay will only be a matter of weeks, because we still don’t know for sure that this will be the case. If a week is a long time in politics, three months is an age in the world of business and the movement of capital.’ He added: ‘At this point, the implementation of ABSs has become – I say with deep regret – something of a shambles.’ The SRA’s plans to become an ABS licensing authority were hampered by the need to obtain legislative change to allow it to examine the spent convictions of potential ABS owners. Delay was also encountered in obtaining agreement from the Ministry of Justice to ensure that the cost of appeals against SRA licensing decisions will not be borne by the profession. A number of firms have told the Gazette privately that they were angered by the hold-up. But SRA chief executive Antony Townsend told delegates: ‘We planned throughout for the introduction of ABS at the same time as the release of the new handbook [in October]. ‘I recognise for those planning to become ABSs that it is hugely frustrating and it will muck up your plans. I can only apologise and assure you we’re working flat out with the MoJ to bring in licences for ABSs as soon as we can.’ Townsend told the Gazette separately that he hoped the SRA will be able to license ABSs ‘by the turn of the year’. He added that the regulator has had ‘in-depth’ discussions’ with 50 firms looking at becoming ABSs, some of which were not law firms. ‘[There have been] a few very big players, and the Co-op is the big public one, but others are less public about it,’ he said. Meanwhile, in her first public speech as new chair of the Legal Services Consumer Panel, Elisabeth Davies told delegates at the WLPF event that she is encouraged by the more open market that will be created by ABSs and outcomes-focused regulation. ‘We’re cautiously optimistic and see them as suggesting positive change is afoot – the challenge is how you enforce it to make sure the consumer is protected,’ she said. In a statement after this week’s Gazette went to press, SRA chair Charles Plant emphatically denied the organisation was to blame for the ABS registration delay. He said: ‘It is important to set the record straight. The suggestion that the delay in the introduction of SRA-licensed ABS is attributable to the SRA is simply wrong. ‘On the two issues which have been cited as a cause for the delay – the mechanism for appeals against SRA decisions, and the provision to exempt owners and managers from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, the SRA’s position has been established and public for a long period, and has not changed. We delivered our proposals for ABS licensing to schedule. ‘We share the frustration of potential ABS applicants about the delay in implementation, and are working with the Legal Services Board and Ministry of Justice to get early clarity about the parliamentary timetable, a matter which we do not control.’last_img read more