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first_imgThe University of Houston (UH) seeks an outstanding biomedicalresearch scientist to join other vision scientists on the facultyin the Department of Basic Sciences in its College of Optometry(http://www.opt.uh.edu/). A tenure-track position is open for apromising assistant, associate or full professor. The successfulcandidate will be expected to conduct a nationally recognized,independent, externally funded research program in vision scienceor relevant applied biomedical sciences.All areas in basic and translational vision science will beconsidered. The ideal candidate for this position would carry outbehavioral, physiological, and/or imaging studies in any aspect ofvision from sensation to action in humans or nonhuman primatemodels. The applicant would teach aspects of vision science thatcomplement their research area, in our College’s optometrycurriculum and graduate program in physiological optics and visionscience. Candidates whose expertise include topics related tomonocular or binocular spatial and temporal vision; neuroanatomy,neurophysiology, pharmacology as related to vision science areespecially encouraged to apply.The successful applicant will join a diverse group of visionscientists studying normal and abnormal visual processes in humansand in animal models, using a variety of approaches ranging frommolecular and cellular, to behavioral, neurophysiological andoptical. The research program is supported by a P30 core grant fromthe National Eye Institute (NEI), T35 training grant from the NEIsupport research training for professional students, support forgraduate students and excellent state-of-the-art non-human primateresearch facilities. Existing biomedical research strengths withinthe College, University and the neighboring Texas Medical Centerprovide a unique environment for collaboration. A diverse patientbase provides opportunities for patient-based or translationalinvestigations.Salary and rank will be commensurate with the candidate’squalifications and experience, and the startup package will becompetitive. To apply, please send (1) a Curriculum Vitae, (2) atwo-page description of research experience, current interests andprojects and long-term goals, (3) a one to two page statement ofteaching philosophy (4) representative reprints and (5) the namesand contact information for three references.Review of applications will begin immediately and continue untilthe position is filled. For fullest consideration by the committee,applications should be received by November 1, 2020. Pleasecontact, Dr. Vallabh E Das, Dept. Chair of Basic Sciences [email protected] or Dr. Wendy Harrison, Search Committee Chairat [email protected], should you have any follow-upquestions.The University of Houston is responsive to the needs of dual careercouples. The University of Houston is an equalopportunity/affirmative action employer. Minorities, women,veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged toapply.Qualifications :Candidates are expected to have a Ph.D., or equivalent degree,postdoctoral experience and a record of high productivity at theircurrent rank.Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required forall faculty appointments and will be requested upon selection ofthe final candidate. All positions at the university are securitysensitive and will require a criminal history check.last_img read more

first_imgThe Bakery Market Report is the definitive guide to the retail bakery sector in the UK. Here we outline the reasons YOU need this product.1 THE SIZE OF RETAIL BAKERY CHAINS IN THE UKThe Bakery Market Report includes the BB75, the definitive tracker of the retail bakery chains in the UK. It measures store number, but does Greggs still rule the roost with the most stores? There has been a huge growth for Subway and Costa in recent years, while Greggs has changed tack.2 THE BEST NEW PRODUCTSCronut. Doughnut. Cupcake.  What are the key trends for 2015 and beyond? We speak to the BB75 to find out – and the results are interesting and varied.3 CHAINS UNDER THE RADARDo you want to know what company will be the next Greggs or Costa? The clues are out there and are included in the Bakery Market Report. The report on Under the Radar brands includes all you need to know.4 INDUSTRY VIEWS ON ITS FUTUREThe future is bright in retail bakery. How do we know? Because the industry told us. It also told us a lot of other things that may guide your decisions for the next 12 months. Check out our industry survey to find out more.5 THE FLIGHT TO CONVENIENCEWe live in a 24/7 culture and bakers are leading the way with new innovative partnerships that helps get their fantastic products out there. The Bakery Market Report includes in-depth analysis of this important facet of the marketplace.TO PURCHASE A COPY OF THE BAKERY REPORT, WHICH IS SPONSORED BY RANK HOVIS AND UNOX, VISIT  bakeryinfo.co.uk/bmrlast_img read more

first_imgSource: BakkavorBakkavor Desserts is recruiting for 127 roles at its Highbridge site in Somerset as its gears up for the busy Christmas season.The manufacturer – which supplies chilled desserts, including cheesecakes, tarts and trifles, to supermarkets – is offering permanent roles including operatives in production, hygiene, despatch and forklift operation.Highbridge and Burnham has seen a fall in tourism over the summer months, it said, and national unemployment has reached its highest level in three years.“As we gear up for a busy Christmas period, we are delighted to be creating significant employment opportunities at a very challenging time for the local economy – and for people that have lost jobs in our community this year, we hope our new recruitment drive can help people to rebuild their lives and their careers before Christmas,” said Shona Taylor, business director at Bakkavor Desserts.Applicants will need to have a basic understanding of English literacy and numeracy (ESOL 2). Previous experience working in a similar setting in preferable but not essential, it added. New staff will receive a host of benefits, such as a stakeholder pension and life insurance cover.Bakkavor said it has Covid-19 controls in place, as well as wellbeing programmes to support employees in the workplace.“Since the outbreak of Covid-19, we have adapted to the unprecedented times and helped to maintain essential food supply at a critical time for the country and the economy. We have raised our already high hygiene and safety standards to support colleagues in the workplace, the quality and breadth of which have been acknowledged by Public Health England,” added Taylor.last_img read more

first_imgBrandon Niederauer is not your typical thirteen-year-old, and he’s certainly not your average guitar player either. He’s also a singer, a songwriter, and an actor currently starring in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway production School of Rock The Musical. On top of all that, he’s a straight A student in the 8th grade taking 9th grade level classes, including Mandarin Chinese, Integrated Algebra, and Earth Sciences.He’s jammed with Buddy Guy, members of the Allman Brothers Band, including Gregg Allman, Butch Trucks, Warren Haynes, and Oteil Burbridge, as well as other notable musicians such as Stevie Nicks, Lady Gaga, Slash, Jon Batiste, Dweezil Zappa, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Dr. John, Gary Clark Jr., George Porter Jr., Robert Randolph, Karl Denson, also sharing stages with Umphrey’s McGee, Scorpions, Dumpstaphunk, Galactic, and so many more.Having performed with most living legends that the prodigy has been inspired by in his short lifetime, he’s also occupied Jam Cruise, Gathering Of The Vibes, Mountain Jam, and twice at The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. He’s been invited to play Madison Square Garden, The Barclay’s Center, The Capitol Theatre, and frequently shares stages with top bands touring through the New York area. Needless to say, the kid’s on fire. We were lucky enough to catch him during one of his busy days between rehearsal and showtime at the Wintergarden Theatre, before heading over to Sam Ash for a guitar demonstration. Meet Taz, the kid that does it all!This year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive features an incredible roster of over 50 performers, including members of Dead & Company, The String Cheese Incident, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Medeski Martin & Wood, Snarky Puppy, Dopapod, and so many more. Set for October 22, 2016, the event will span three of Brooklyn’s most popular venues — Brooklyn Bowl, The Hall at MP, and Music Hall of Williamsburg — all within a 10 minute walking radius. Tickets to Brooklyn Comes Alive grants you access to all three venues, and can be found here. More information can be found on the festival’s website.[Photo by Josh Timmermans]last_img read more

first_imgWNY News Now File Image.MAYVILLE – A wanted City of Jamestown woman was arrested by Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputies at the county courthouse on Tuesday.Deputies say Raechel Connell, 28, had an active warrant out of Jamestown City Court.Connell was taken into custody while visiting the Family Court Office Building in Mayville.While searching Connell, deputies say they found suboxone that she did not have a prescription for. Connell was taken to Jamestown City Jail and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.Deputies say she was issued an appearance ticket for the Town of Chautauqua Court. 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)last_img read more

first_img Statement,  Women’s Rights Harrisburg, PA – On June 21, 2016, Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives passed HB 1948, a bill that would restrict abortion rights and ban medical procedures. HB 1948 would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and would ban the Dilations and Evacuation (D & E) method of abortion.This legislation passed the House without public hearings, without input from medical professionals, and without an examination of its constitutionality.On July 11, 2016, HB 1948 passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and was tabled after first consideration. It is expected to be considered by the full Senate later this year. If passed, this bill would enact some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.HB 1948 prohibits elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, instead of the current federal ban after 24 weeks. The bill contains no exception for rape or incest.HB 1948 amends Pennsylvania’s criminal code and criminalizes physicians for performing abortions that are permitted by federal law.HB 1948 also does not contain an exception for fetal anomalies incompatible with life, even though many such anomalies often cannot be discovered until the fetus reaches 20 weeks. The bill would force a woman to carry to term and deliver the fetus, despite the knowledge that the fetus has no chance of survival outside of the womb.HB 1948 dictates the medical procedures that physicians must undertake in order to terminate a pregnancy by banning the D & E method of abortion, removing the physician’s right to exercise his/her medical judgment. A physician can use an alternate procedure only in circumstances in which the process dictated by HB 1948 would result in the death of the pregnant woman or irreversibly impair a bodily function.The bill is opposed by the Pennsylvania Medical Society, the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, and many other medical professionals. These professionals recognize that the bill limits and punishes women whose pregnancies have complications. As Pennsylvania Physician General, Dr. Rachel Levine, stated:“Women and their families, when faced with a devastating diagnosis of a significant fetal anomaly, have the right to make the decision which is appropriate for them, in consultation with their doctors. Doctors and their patients must be able to make choices about medical procedures based on best practices and standards of care. We need to help women facing difficult pregnancies, not punish them. We need to trust women to make their own choices, not dictate those decisions to them.” (Dr. Rachel Levine, Milford Now).The Pennsylvania Commission for Women is non-partisan. The Commission desires that laws applicable to citizens in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania be enacted through the proper process, with hearings, and upon consideration of testimony by experts in the field. The Commission aligns with Governor Wolf in opposition to HB 1948, and seeks to protect women and their physicians from unwarranted governmental interference.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf October 14, 2016 Pennsylvania Commission for Women Statement on PA House Bill 1948center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgBNP Paribas and Kempen Capital Management are currently available as asset managers, but no insurer has yet been “linked up”, they said.The PPI has contracted APG and its subsidiary InAdmin for pensions provision and communication.According to Ronald Ketellapper, trustee at i-PensionsSolutions, Credit Suisse and Swiss Re have merely financed the PPI, and that their business model would focus on selling services to affiliated asset managers and insurers. PPIs are an alternative pensions vehicle for low cost and transparent DC plans in the second pillar for employers. Swiss bank Credit Suisse and re-insurer Swiss Re have launched a PPI pensions vehicle for defined contribution arrangements in the Netherlands.The companies said their PPI – dubbed i-PensionSolutions – would be the first with a “truly open architecture”, allowing a participating employer to opt for an asset manager of its own choice.The employer will also be able to select an insurer if it chooses to insure additional risk, such as with a partner’s pension or in the event of labour disability. However, before the employer can make a selection, the preferred asset manager or insurer must be affiliated with the “platform” of i-PensionSolutions, according to Credit Suisse and Swiss Re.last_img read more

first_img“Further clarity may also be needed so that public shareholders have full confidence that proposals are not being unduly influenced by the well-known relationships between Sky and 21st Century Fox,” the LAPFF said in a statement.Sky non-executive directors John Nallen and Chase Carey both have roles at Fox, as CFO and vice-chairman, respectively.Most notably, Sky chairman James Murdoch is also chief executive at Fox.Also on Sky’s board are AP7 vice-chair Adine Grate and Aberdeen Asset Management chief executive Martin Gilbert.Thomas Moore, a UK equities fund manager at Standard Life Investments, said in an interview with the BBC that the current price was not sufficient for shareholders.He said he hoped the independent directors such as Gilbert would “step up and put forward a strong case that this bid undervalues the company”.Elsewhere, the aggregate deficit of UK private-sector defined benefit schemes improved by nearly 30% during November, according to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF).The total shortfall across the 5,794 schemes in the PPF’s 7800 index was £194.7bn at the end of last month.At the end of October, the figure was £275.9bn. The overall funding ratio rose to 88.1%.The improvements stemmed from a rise in Gilt yields following the election of Donald Trump as US president, causing liabilities to fall.Most major equity markets fell in sterling terms during November.Liabilities have also fallen due to a change to the PPF’s calculation methods, introduced at the start of this month.Andy Tunningley, head of UK strategic clients at BlackRock, warned that “the gains of recent months only bring funding levels only slightly above where they were at the start of the year”. He added that 2016 had been “another lost year for many pension funds”.Tunningley said pension funds should not rely on longer-term rises in yields, as there was a “huge” imbalance between supply and demand for government debt. He said: “Pension funds cannot rely on rising yields to escape their funding holes – most pension funds should hedge more interest rate and inflation risk than they currently do.”In other news, BNY Mellon has won a contract to supply custody, accounting and depositary services for the Local Pensions Partnership’s (LPP) £5bn global equity fund.The fund – LPP’s first since it established its pooling project – was announced at the start of November.It comprises internally managed equities for the London Pension Fund Authority and Lancashire County Pension Fund, as well as mandates run by MFS Investment Management, Robeco and Magellan.Finally, the UK government has launched a review of auto-enrolment for next year.The Department for Work and Pensions announced this week that the review would focus on self-employed workers and people with multiple jobs.It will also “examine” the 0.75% charge cap imposed on auto-enrolment defined contribution schemes.Almost 7m people have been enrolled into a pension fund since auto-enrolment came into force in October 2012.By 2018, all employers will be required to have some form of pension fund for employees. The Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) has warned directors of broadcaster Sky not to undervalue the company as it considers a bid from 21st Century Fox.Fox and Sky have agreed a price of £10.75 (€12.86) per share, valuing the company at more than £18bn.Kieran Quinn, chairman of the LAPFF, said: “All directors of Sky have a duty not to disadvantage the public shareholders, and the position of the non-executives will need to be robust to ensure the premium paid is appropriate and that shareholders are not disadvantaged by any temporary low in the share price.”The LAPFF, which represents the majority of the UK’s local government pension funds for shareholder issues, said the bid should be put to a shareholder vote.last_img read more

first_imgPill Testing: Arguments For and AgainstCatholic Weekly 24 January 2019Family First Comment: “Advising a potentially allergic user to take only half a 100 per cent pure MDMA pill won’t help anymore than eating half a peanut instead of the whole will stop anaphylactic shock for those allergic to peanuts. With that knowledge, the results of this pill testing push will be frightening. What better way is there to broaden the pool of prospective drug users than to suggest pill testing makes ecstasy use safer? Expect an accelerating number of deaths from this craven misinformation… Why aren’t the pill testing promoters telling the truth about ecstasy, saying pill testing is about safety when it’s not? Maybe there’s something to hide, like another agenda.”Every death from a party pill in Australia has a toxicology analysis of what caused the death in the coroner’s report, so there are no mysteries about what is causing these deaths.But here is the appalling news – the cause is very different from what you are hearing from pill testing proponents and from an Australian media that has largely failed its due diligence on this story.The only Australian study on an extensive number of ecstasy-related deaths looked at 82 coroners’ reports from between 2001 and 2005. First, that is a lot of under-reported ecstasy deaths in five years. Second, 23 per cent of those deaths were caused solely by the MDMA in the pill. Another 59 per cent were caused by MDMA when used with other legal and illegal drugs.Conclusion? Eighty two per cent of the 82 deaths reviewed were directly attributed to MDMA. Ecstasy is the killer. Third, none of these 82 deaths were from impurities or other unknown drugs in the pills. And recent coroners’ reports concur. The Daily Telegraph reported on 15 January that Professor Dawson had indicated MDMA was implicated in early toxicology tests on four recent NSW deaths.The other evidence-free assertion we keep hearing is that many deaths are from MDMA ‘overdoses’. The truth is that MDMA overdoses are rare, with most deaths from a single pill or from MDMA ingestion within the normal range of recreational use.Even Harm Reduction Australia’s senior organisation, the US Drug Policy Alliance, says ecstasy overdoses are rare. So why does HRA keep promoting this dangerous myth that misleads the public into thinking the MDMA purity of a single pill needs quantifying?Why, then, are people dying? The reality is that most deaths outside polydrug use are due to something akin to an individual allergic reaction to MDMA. In 1995, Anna Wood took the same tablet as five other friends, but she was the one that died.So, advising a potentially allergic user to take only half a 100 per cent pure MDMA pill won’t help anymore than eating half a peanut instead of the whole will stop anaphylactic shock for those allergic to peanuts.With that knowledge, the results of this pill testing push will be frightening. What better way is there to broaden the pool of prospective drug users than to suggest pill testing makes ecstasy use safer? Expect an accelerating number of deaths from this craven misinformation.There are practical issues too. John Lewis, a forensic scientist at UTS, says pill testing equipment will never provide safety because scrapings from a pill wrongly assume that contained substances are uniformly distributed.Additionally, the three deaths in Melbourne where purported ecstasy pills contained 4-FA and 25C-NBOMe require equipment so sophisticated that police sent samples to Spain for verification. Also, pill testing won’t reduce drug use and its risks as is claimed.A festival-goer with a tested ‘dangerous’ pill will simply ask friends next time where the ‘safe’ MDMA ones are purchased.Why aren’t the pill testing promoters telling the truth about ecstasy, saying pill testing is about safety when it’s not? Maybe there’s something to hide, like another agenda.Of course, only they know their own motives.Gary Christian is a specialist researcher in AOD and Community Health for Drug Free Australia.READ MORE: https://www.catholicweekly.com.au/pill-testing-arguments-for-and-against/last_img read more