The Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition Division at theUniversity of Maryland School of Medicine and the Baltimore VAMedical Center is seeking an experienced physician to expand ourclinical endocrinology enterprise at the Baltimore VA MedicalCenter. While clinical responsibilities are expected to beprimarily at the VA, clinical services at one of our affiliatedclinical sites will also be expected.Expected faculty rank is Assistant Professor or higher, however,final rank and salary will be dependent on selected candidate’squalifications. We offer competitive salary and benefits. Whenapplying, please submit a current CV, brief description of careerplans and goals and four references. For additional questions afterapplication, please email [email protected] :Ideal candidates will possess outstanding clinical skills with astrong commitment and experience in patient care and teaching.Opportunities are available for research and are encouraged. Thisposition requires a medical degree from a recognized accrediteddomestic university (or foreign equivalent), boardeligibility/certification in Endocrinology, and all candidates mustbe eligible for an unrestricted license in the State of Maryland.Additionally, because this position is funded (in part) by the VAMedical Center, all applicants must be US citizens.
Ms Hassan continued: “Alike to the reopening of schools, universities should be prioritised because our education is essential. Why can our younger peers unite with their friends and resume their studies in-person while students in higher education are forced to remain and continue their studies online at home? Countless studies have shown how remote learning has had a negative impact on students’ mental health and wellbeing so it’s not illogical to conclude that students are better off studying at university alike to their younger peers in school.” As uncertainty surrounding when students will be able to return to university continues, Oxford University students have started to campaign for increased clarity from the government. Our Turn to Return, a campaign launched by college JCRs, is campaigning for all students to return to university from the beginning of next term. Image: SJPrice via pixabay.com Since opening on April 12th, the petition has gained over 4000 signatures and has become one of the highest trending petitions on the website. The government responds to petitions which gain over 10,000 signatures, and those which amass over 100,000 will be considered for a debate in Parliament. Ms Cook also told Cherwell how students can help campaign to be allowed to return: “Sign the petition, share the link, follow the Facebook page, and spread the word in any way you can! You could share the petition with friends from other Universities, student leaders or societies, family members, or school group chats. You can also support the cause by writing to your MPs to encourage them to put pressure on Minister Donelan, and by contacting the media to increase the visibility of the campaign. Any efforts will be appreciated!” The petition calls for “all students to return at the start of the Summer term”. Before COVID restrictions meant that most students would be unable to return to university, there had been plans to stagger when students would be allowed to return to campus. Students on practical courses were allowed to return a week earlier than those who were not. Currently, undergraduate students on practical courses are able to return to Oxford from April 17th. Though those on non-practical courses are still waiting to hear when they can return. Ms Hassan told Cherwell that staggering return dates for the Summer term would be unnecessary. “Most students [returned] during the last lockdown and a lot have returned for this term in different universities who interpret the guidance leniently. It is thus logical to state that this would not be a mass migration movement. We also have testing in place alike to schools, so we can minimalize infections in that way.” A spokesperson from the Department for Education told Cherwell: “This has been an incredibly difficult time for students, and Government is committed to getting all students back into university as soon as the public health situation allows. Students on practical and creative courses started returning from the 8th of March, and we will be reviewing options for the timing of the return of all remaining students by the end of the Easter holidays. Decisions will take into account the need to protect progress across the wider roadmap out of the pandemic, including the spread of the virus in communities and pressures on the NHS.” “If students continue to study remotely at home, many will effectively have lost 1/3 of their degree to the pandemic. Whilst we recognise the sacrifices that have had to be made at all levels of society due to Covid-19, if the government is truly committed to prioritising education then it would not neglect University students in this way. The government has made the decision to re-open non-essential retail, as well as theme parks zoos and salons – is the education we are going into so much debt for really less important than all of these?” she continued. Nadia Hassan, President of the Trinity College JCR, started a petition to the government in order to bring attention to the frustrations felt by many students. She told Cherwell: “Considering the anger and upset that many students are feeling across I thought it would be the best way of uniting students under one cause and getting the national student voice heard”. The government had promised to update universities and the public by the end of the Easter holidays about when students on non-practical courses would be able to return. While Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that restrictions would begin to ease from April 12th with the opening of non-essential retail, theme parks and zoos, no information about universities was given. The University of Oxford announced on its website that guidance for non-practical courses may be delayed until after the vacation. Isobel Cook, President of the New College JCR, told Cherwell on behalf of Our Turn to Return: “At an earlier date, a staggered return may have been possible. However, the government has left the decision so incredibly late that, given the recent easing of restrictions in all other areas of society, the only fair thing to do is let students return for the beginning of their term. At the moment, these students, who have been made to wait for so long, are being made to feel like nothing more than pawns in a political game.”
IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Body of army ranger that saved son’s life returns home Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleBeth Holtz dies at age 83Next articleIndiana counties taking plea to reduce jail populations seriously Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest Sgt. Ryan Kisrow’ body arrived back in Michiana earlier this week.He died on Father’s Day weekend in Myrtle Beach South Carolina when his son got caught in a riptide and he went out to save him. Kisrow succeeded in saving his son’s life, handing him off to a lifeguard, but was not able to get out of the water himself. His body was returned home this week and was given a police escort to the funeral home in Osceola where his funeral will take place Tuesday.After that, his body will be taken to Fort Bragg for a service there. He served 6 tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, joining the military after graduating from Penn High School.He is survived by his wife, and three children. By Jon Zimney – July 1, 2020 0 550 Facebook Twitter Facebook Google+ Pinterest
What can termites teach us about building complex computer systems? Radhika Nagpal, Thomas D. Cabot Associate Professor of Computer Science, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and theWyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, explores the power of robust collective systems in nature—used by bees, fish, and even termites—and applies these principles to the design of robots and computer networks.
Captive insurance industry tends to be counter-cyclical, lawmakers consider beneficial provisionAmid the gloom enshrouding Vermont’s economy, one bright spot stands out: the captive- insurance sector. In fact, its glow may grow even brighter in the coming year, despite the dimming prospects for an early recovery.”It’s counter-cyclical,” Molly Lambert, president of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association, says in regard to her industry. “As conditions become more volatile, companies learn to take more control of what they can. Risk management is one of those areas, so the mechanism of captive insurance becomes very attractive.”Long before the current recession, many businesses were establishing their own insurance companies, known as captives, in order to cover themselves for property and casualty losses. Captive insurance related to workers’ compensation claims has proved popular as well, while firms in particular industries have also insured themselves against specific types of risk.In the 28 years since BF Goodrich became the first company to establish a captive in Vermont, this form of insurance has been widely embraced for its efficacy and money-saving potential. “It’s now a well-accepted way of covering risk,” Lambert says. “It’s not looked at as a far-fetched, alternative sort of thing.”Due to Vermont’s visionary initiative in the early ’80s and its diligent follow-through in subsequent decades, far more captives have come to be domiciled in Vermont than in any other state. Starting with Goodrich, Vermont has licensed a total of 863 captives; South Carolina, the second-ranking state, recently celebrated its 200th licensing.Vermont also ranks third in the world as a domicile for captives. Only Bermuda and the Cayman Islands have issued more licenses.An entire industry, mainly situated in Burlington, now revolves around the captives. It directly accounts for 400 Vermont jobs that pay an average annual salary of about $52,000, according to Lambert’s trade association. As many as 1,000 additional positions at banks, law offices, accounting firms and other businesses depend to a significant degree on the captives, the association estimates.Captive-insurance management companies are continuing to hire – even at a time when jobs in almost every other white-collar sector are hard to find, Lambert says. There actually aren’t enough accountants in the Burlington area to keep pace with captives’ demands for their services, she notes.Another 16 captives set up operations in Vermont last year, bringing the total of active firms in the state to nearly 600. And the industry’s promoters suggest that Vermont should manage in 2009 to return to its historic average of attracting between 25 and 30 new captives per year.The growth rate slowed last year due in part to a proposed federal tax regulation that would have prevented captives based in the United States from claiming deductions for money set aside to cover future claims. The proposal produced a sense of uncertainty that discouraged many companies from launching captives, notes Dan Towle, specialist on this sector who works for the Vermont Department of Economic Development. The Internal Revenue Service ultimately decided to withdraw its proposal, but soon afterward the U.S. economy began its nosedive. “That took everyone’s focus off new initiatives,” Lambert says.Industry experts expect the rate of captive formation to resume this year even if the general economy continues to sputter. “While nothing is technically recession-proof, insurance does have to be there, boom or bust,” notes Tim East, a director of risk management for The Walt Disney Co. And Towle declares himself “very bullish on both 2009 and 2010. The stars are all aligned for us to do very well.”Lambert echoes that optimistic appraisal, saying “Vermont has a great chance to put a lot of distance between it and the competition.” More and more companies are expressing interest in establishing captives, with Vermont widely identified as the preferred venue, Lambert finds. She points to a “road show” that her association regularly stages in Atlanta that usually draws between 40 and 60 registrants. This year, 75 have signed up in advance, Lambert says.Growing interest in Vermont among companies forming captives may be motivated by a newfound desire by some to base their insurance operation in the United States rather than offshore, Lambert suggests. And the Vermont brand, along with the state’s expertise in this area, drives decisions to locate captives here. “Boards of directors are very sensitive now to how their actions are being perceived by the public,” she says. “When you open a captive insurance company in Vermont, there’s no thought that it’s anything but pure and high-quality.”East, the California-based manager of two Disney captives, says the company chose Vermont “because of the infrastructure that’s available there” in the form of legal, accounting and regulatory resources. State overseers of the industry have managed to strike a balance between flexibility and firmness that Disney and other companies find appealing, East explains. “Their regulations are reasonably stringent and they have high expectations. But while holding to high standards they’re able to work with captives’ owners,” East says.Dianne Salter, vice president of the Mountain Laurel Risk Retention Group, adds that her captive came to Vermont in 2002 because state regulators were able to help it get established in short order. Mountain Laurel was created by Jefferson Health System, which at that time was being buffeted by “a crisis of medical malpractice insurance,” Salter notes. Because the crunch was especially acute in the Philadelphia area where Jefferson is based, “we needed to get something done quickly,” she says. “Vermont helped us move fast.”But no regulatory shortcuts were taken, she adds, noting that Pennsylvania officials were familiar with Vermont’s protocol for captives and “felt very comfortable with the regulation in Vermont.”The turmoil shaking the financial markets has not been experienced in the captive insurance sector, Lambert notes. That’s partly because “it’s a well-managed, well-capitalized industry,” she says. There’s been no known instance of a troubled company misdirecting funds from its captive, Lambert points out.The stability may also be partly attributable to the sure-handedness of Vermont’s experienced regulators. The collapse of Enron, for example, did not result in disruptions in the operations of the Texas corporation’s Vermont-based captive, notes David Provost, who oversees captive insurance for the state’s Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration (Bishca). “We handled the dissolution of the Enron captive appropriately,” Provost says. “They didn’t run off with the money. All claims were paid.”Vermont’s relative remoteness does not appear to present obstacles to companies that have situated their captives here. Most of the insurance firms with Burlington addresses are in fact managed from other states, with officials of the parent companies visiting Vermont occasionally to meet with regulators, lawyers and accountants.Both Salter and East say they do not share the view held by some out-of-state business executives that travel to Vermont can be inconvenient and time-consuming. East says Vermont is relatively close to Disney offices in New York and Connecticut, while Salter notes that it’s only a little over 1-hour flying time from Philadelphia to Burlington.One of the qualities that captives find especially appealing about Vermont is the ability of regulators and political leaders to respond in timely fashion to changing circumstances, Salter says.”Vermont is constantly looking for options so it can improve. Vermont is always on the cutting edge,” she observes.For example, Lambert is currently lobbying legislators to win approval of a proposal to exempt a newly formed captive from paying the minimum $7,500 yearly premium tax. It’s a small, mainly symbolic gesture intended to signal Vermont’s eagerness to remain the preferred venue for captive insurance companies, Lambert says. A total of 30 states now compete with Vermont to attract captives, and it’s important to offer incentives as a sign of continued commitment to the industry, she adds.The Legislature adopted this same provision a few years ago and it remained in place until it reached its sunset date.”This seemed like a good year” to revive the tax break, Lambert says.She notes that the move wouldn’t cost the state much in the way of lost tax revenues – less than $200,000 if Vermont were to succeed in attracting 25 new captives this year. The newcomers would still have to pay premium taxes in excess of $7,500, meaning that a captive with a tax bill of $200,000 would be required to put $192,500 in the state’s coffers.A portion of the $24.5 million in premium taxes that the state collected from captives last year goes to cover the costs of regulating and promoting the industry.”This is all money that Vermont is getting from out-of-state sources,” notes Towle, the financial services director for the Department of Economic Development. “It’s not coming out of Vermonters’ pockets.”Towle works close to fulltime to support the captive insurance sector. But he’s the only state official focused on developing an industry that has proved highly beneficial to Vermont and that holds the promise – exceptionally valuable these days – for strong growth potential. So shouldn’t the state be putting more resources into its efforts to lure captives?”The governor and the state Legislature have given us tremendous tools to be successful,” Towle responds. Vermont excels, he adds, because competitor states “haven’t had such tremendous support from their governors and legislators.”Kevin J Kelley is a freelance writer from Burlington and US Correspondent for Nation Media Group (Kenya).
Roy Hodgson aims dig at Arsenal over failed summer move for Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 25 Oct 2019 5:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link750Shares Wilfried Zaha saw a ‘dream’ move to Arsenal fall through this summer (Picture: Getty)Roy Hodgson has claimed that Arsenal were ‘not really close’ to signing Wilfried Zaha in the summer after they failed with an offer for the Crystal Palace forward in July.The 26-year-old was one of Arsenal’s top transfer priorities in pre-season but their offer of £40m was rejected out-of-hand by the Eagles who criticised their Premier League rivals for attempting to unsettle the winger.Shortly after the end of the 2018-19 season, Zaha announced his intention to leave Palace in order to test himself at a higher level, saying: ‘I have to experience the Champions League. I just need the opportunity, that’s it. And I’ll do the rest.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’m too ambitious. And not ambitious just to play for a top club, but to win things at club level and with the Ivory Coast. For me to be better, to achieve what I know I am capable of, I have to aim to play at the very highest level, to win trophies.’ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Arsenal ended up signing Zaha’s international teammate Nicolas Pepe from Lille instead (Picture: Getty)Zaha even submitted a transfer request in August amid interest in him from Everton, however, Palace stood firm and held onto their prized asset with Arsenal instead switching their attentions to his international teammate Nicolas Pepe.When asked whether Zaha was close to joining the Gunners, Hodgson replied: ‘Not very close at all as far as I know.‘I believe that the money that was offered which was widely reported was reasonably accurate, and of course that was way below our valuation.He added: ‘Maybe when they made the offer for Wilf their situation was x, and then possibly things happened during a period of time and their situation changed and maybe more money became available. I have no idea. I can’t speak for Arsenal, for their intentions.‘If you really wanted to know how serious, how anxious they were to sign one of our players, they will have to answer the question.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityFollowing the speculation surrounding his future at Selhurst Park, Zaha has endured a subdued start to the season, failing to score and providing one solitary assist in Palace’s opening nine Premier League fixtures.Pepe, meanwhile, has made a slow start to life at the Emirates, scoring once and registering two assists in nine league matches, although the £72m signing from Lille did score two sensational free-kicks in a 3-2 win against Vitoria on Thursday.Zaha and Pepe are both expected to be in action when Palace travel across London to face Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement
Advertisement Why Arsenal signed Granit Xhaka ahead of N’Golo Kante N’Golo Kante helped Chelsea win the Premier League title in his first season at the club (Getty Images)Football Leaks later revealed that two agents involved in brokering Chelsea’s deal for Kante were paid a combined total of £10.6m. Gregory Dakad received £6.4m, while Abdelkarim Douis was given £4.2m.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt was also revealed by Football Leaks that Chelsea director Maria Granovskaia even warned the club’s owner Roman Abramovich about the high fees for the two agents.Speaking to The Athletic, Arsenal’s former transfer negotiator Dick Law said of the Gunners’ potential deal for Kante: ‘When things reached an extreme, we tended to back away.’ Arsenal also missed out on a deal for Jamie Vardy in 2016 (Getty Images)Law also revealed how Jamie Vardy snubbed Arsenal after the club had agreed a transfer fee and a contract.‘The deal with Leicester was done, the deal with the player was done,’ said Law.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He came down to visit with his wife Rebekah, he sat on the couch in front of Arsene… and then he backed off.‘On his way back to Leicester I get a call from the player saying he wants to think about it overnight.‘At that point, you know it’s bad news.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 18 Apr 2020 8:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10kShares Granit Xhaka joined Arsenal in 2016 while N’Golo Kante moved to Chelsea (Getty Images)Arsenal’s former transfer negotiator has revealed that the Gunners passed up the chance to sign N’Golo Kante ahead of Chelsea because of the high agents’ fees involved in the deal.Kante was linked with several clubs in the summer of 2016 having played a key role in Leicester City’s Premier League title success that season.Arsenal were one of the sides in the running to sign Kante but the France international ended up joining Chelsea in a £32 million deal.Earlier that summer, Arsene Wenger had bolstered his midfield options with the signing of Granit Xhaka for £35m.ADVERTISEMENTBut Wenger was unable to strengthen even further with the arrival of Kante due to the rising cost of the deal. Advertisement
Meanwhile, AMF chief executive Johan Sidenmark warned of “dark clouds on the horizon”. The strong return the fund recorded between January and June – 8.1%, compared with 3.5% in the same period last year – was a sign of the turbulent state of financial markets, he said.Sidenmark added: “The stock markets have performed strongly during the spring, and our other assets have also developed relatively positively. This is of course welcome, but it should be borne in mind that the upswing is partly because signs of a weaker global economy lead to expectations of a less tight monetary policy.”AMF also reported a lower solvency ratio of 186%, compared with last year’s 198%. It said this was due to SEK11.2bn being set aside in 2018 to back guarantees.Premium income amounted to SEK15.5bn, compared with SEK14.7bn in the first half of 2018, with premiums for unit-linked insurance totalling SEK1.9bn, down from last year’s SEK2.3bn.Folksam rides out Swedbank scandalFolksam reported a 6.8% return in its life and pensions division in the first six months of this year, according to its interim report.Chief executive Jens Henriksson described the financial results as strong despite the drop in the Swedbank share price in the wake of a money-laundering scandal at the bank.Folksam was the second-largest shareholder in the bank when the scandal broke in March, with a 7% stake. Swedbank shares fell by 25% between 26 March and 29 March, before recovering slightly.The Swedish life and non-life insurance group said its total assets under management increased to SEK441bn, from SEK416bn at the end of June 2018, with group business in the six-month period mainly driven by the pensions side.Continuing its work against money laundering while keeping costs down was one area of focus Folksam highlighted, along with digitisation and compliance.Henriksson said the firm’s total premium volume grew by SEK400m during the reporting period to SEK35bn, while costs were beginning to decrease, he said.Folksam’s group business growth between January and June came primarily from collectively-agreed occupational pensions within KPA Pension and Folksam LO Pension, the company said. Swedish blue-collar pension fund AMF plans to invest at an earlier stage in companies’ development, and stay invested for longer, according to CIO Thomas Flodén.In the SEK649bn (€61.5bn) fund’s interim results statement, Flodén said: “We want to invest to a greater extent early in companies, we want to stay for a long time and are happy to contribute to the transformation of the economy.”As a traditional pension manager, AMF had a long investment horizon and a high degree of freedom to act, which it wanted to make use of, he said.Flodén also highlighted the fund’s recent forestry investments, which included increasing its stake in Swedish firm SCA and becoming the majority shareholder in Bergvik Skog Öst. On sustainability goals, he cited investments in two Swedish firms with sustainable characteristics during the first half of the year: battery manufacturer Northvolt and solar cell developer Exeger.
NewsRegional Cuba not as portrayed by mass media, says visiting US professor by: – June 1, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share 39 Views no discussions Photo credit: infoplease.comHAVANA, Cuba (ACN) — Cookie Fischer, professor at the Woodbury University in California, said in Havana that she has personally seen during her visit to Cuba that the reality here is quite different from what her country’s media portrays.Fischer is visiting Cuba as part of an intercultural exchange program sponsored by the José Martí Cultural Society that brought students and teachers from the LA university to Havana.She praised especially the meeting she had with the members of the Korimacao, a community cultural promotion project that mixes young artists and inhabitants of the Zapata Swamp, on the southern coast of Cuba.The members of her group visited the International School of Film and Television in San Antonio de los Baños and signed a collaboration agreement that will enable both institutions to have a student exchange program.Fischer added that one of the outcomes of this trip is the creation of the first Marti Club in the United States.Caribbean News Now
BRANDON King slammed a second first-class hundred, but it failed to ignite the Jamaica Scorpions second innings batting as Trinidad & Tobago Red Force completed a season sweep over them to bring the curtain down on the 2018-19 West Indies Championship with an 85-run victory on Sunday.King lit up an otherwise mundane final day of the rescheduled first-round match at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy with an impressive 133, but the Scorpions, chasing 338 for victory, were bowled out for 252 in their second innings inside the first hour after tea.King struck 18 fours and four sixes from 119 balls in three hours at the crease and was one of only two Scorpions batsmen to pass 20, as he dominated half-century stands with his captain Paul Palmer and Kennar Lewis which brought some respectability to the batting.Rookie WINDIES opener John Campbell made 25, but King held the innings together, as he put on 75 for the fifth wicket Lewis and 57 for the seventh wicket with Lewis before he fell to veteran leg-spinner Imran Khan, whose 3-48 from 13 overs made him the pick of the Red Force bowlers.Familiarity bred success for Jamaica-born, Red Force fast-medium bowler Odean Smith, who supported Khan in the demolition of the Scorpions’ batting with 3-56 from 15 overs.The result meant that Red Force gained 21.8 points to end in fourth place in the Championship on 112.4 and Scorpions collected 8.6 to finish fifth on 97.2.Earlier, starting the day on 282 for nine, Red Force were bowled out inside the first half-hour for 295 in their second innings.WINDIES international Jason Mohammed remained not out on 110, but WINDIES strike bowler Shannon Gabriel, his overnight partner, gave a return catch to Scorpions first innings bowling hero Nicholson Gordon to bring the innings to a close after they frustrated the visitors by extending their last wicket stand to 38.Gordon ended with 2-55 from 14.4 overs to follow his first innings seven-wicket haul, but Mohammed pipped him for the Player-of-the-Match prize.