William W. Chin has been named the executive dean for research at Harvard Medical School. In the newly created senior position he will have the overarching responsibility of overseeing biomedical research at HMS. Chin, who will start on May 1, comes to HMS from Eli Lilly and Co., where he was senior vice president for discovery research and clinical investigation.In his new role, Chin will spearhead efforts to design and implement a vision for research at HMS, with special emphasis on interdisciplinary research that crosses departmental and institutional boundaries.“There are very few people capable of rising to such a challenge,” Jeffrey Flier, dean of Harvard Medical School, wrote in a letter to the Harvard community, “and it is for this reason that I am thrilled that Bill will be joining the HMS leadership team.”One of Chin’s priorities will be to conceptualize and develop new research initiatives, such as the therapeutics discovery initiative, which focuses on bringing together the enormous expertise within the HMS community to find effective new ways of transforming the world’s most vital biomedical research into therapies that can directly improve human health.To read the full release, visit the Harvard Medical School Web site.
MVP Health Care,Rejecting rate increases initially sought by health insurer MVP after departmental review, BISHCA Commissioner Steve Kimbell approved new rates but only after sending MVP back to sharpen their pencils and reduce their initial request.Kimbell said, ‘MVP’s initial rate filings reflected’inappropriately, we believe’the inherent uncertainty of reliance on high-deductible health care plans. MVP apparently misunderstood the impact of moving so aggressively toward these unpredictable product designs. Vermont businesses and individuals are not going to bear the full cost of this miscalculation.’ MVP had submitted significant rate increases for network-based insurance products, citing unforeseen performance results from new high-deductible products.A high deductible plan requires an insured person to pay a larger amount of his or her own money for care before insurance pays any part of medical bills. The new rates go into effect July 1, 2011.In recent years Vermont health insurance carriers have asked for large rate increases for individuals and small employer groups. ‘This is a trend that has to be fought, not just by the Department but by insurers and providers if we are to have any hope of success in our efforts to achieve real health reform effort in Vermont,’ Kimbell said. Source: Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration. May 24, 2011
By Álvaro Algarra / Voice of America January 22, 2020 Problems with the supply of basic services in Venezuela have worsened during 2019, Venezuelans told Voice of America (VOA). They addressed the consequences of living in a country going through a crisis that, in their opinion, has interrupted the supply of public services, such as drinking water, electricity, garbage collection, and gas for residential use.According to Venezuelan residents, the public services crisis went beyond short term solutions during 2019, and has become a structural problem that will require coordinating a series of policies to restore the right path toward providing services.Eighty-year-old Antonia Arraneo who has lived in the country for 60 years, was upset about the lack of the water supply that lasted for more than a month.“They announce that they are working on restoring the water supply, but it’s getting worse, so I ask the government: ‘Where are you sending the water?’ Because all of Venezuela is suffering from water [scarcity],” Arraneo said.Others say that 2019 has been the worst year in terms of services and that the government is now violating the rights of its citizens.“Public services don’t work, none of them, and not only this year . Obviously, if we talk about this year, the situation is much worse, but the provision of public electricity, water, gas for residential use, etc., has been deteriorating for years,” said Libardo Rodríguez, one of those consulted.Silvia Serrano, another interviewee, said that “all Venezuelans deserve to have good services. Here, electricity surges and dips: Our fridges get damaged, our washing machines get damaged. How is it possible that in downtown Caracas, minutes away from Miraflores Palace, we don’t have good services?”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County lawmakers passed a bill that aims to prevent the sale of dogs from puppy mills over the objections of some animals rights advocates that say it doesn’t go far enough.The Republican-controlled county legislature passed the bill Monday mostly along party lines by a vote of 12-7. The legislation would bar pet stores from selling dogs or cats younger than eight weeks old or supplied by breeders that have unresolved U.S. Department of Agriculture violations. It also sets new documentation requirements for such sales.“If we had more time we would be able to do a more concrete bill,” said Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport), who led the Democrats in voting against the bill, which he said should have been stricter.Suffolk County lawmakers passed a similar measure in June, also barring the sale of puppies and kittens younger than 8 weeks old—but that version bars pet stores from using breeders that have had a USDA violation within the past year. Both bills come after New York State enacted a law that allows local governments to more strictly regulate pet dealers.The Nassau bill was proposed by Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa), who is running for state Senate against Legis. Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick), who proposed an another version of the bill that didn’t come up for a vote. Denenberg’s version increased the age of puppies and kittens for sale to 14 weeks.Denenberg argued that the longer nursing time would allow the puppies more time to socialize and decrease the amount of puppies that breeders can sell. Gary Rogers, the spokesman for the Nassau County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), said that his group determined eight weeks is best for pups.Animal rights activists who spoke at a public hearing before the vote criticized Venditto’s version of the bill, saying that it’s too lenient on breeders with violations of a federal law that they say is already too weakly enforced. They said allowing breeders to sell to pet stores again after correcting their violations will encourage more puppy mills.Diane Madden, the president and co-founder of the Hope for Hempstead animal shelter, who helped Denenberg craft his version of the bill, said the Republican version of the legislation was “worse than no bill at all.”Presiding Normal Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) said that the bill could be amended if problems arise. “The door’s not shut because we voted on a piece of legislation today,” she said.
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82 Douro Rd, Wellington PointThe lower level of the property is dedicated to leisure and entertainment, featuring an open-plan living space with a kitchenette, and glass doors to a covered balcony looking to the water. From here, there is access to an infinity pool and landscaped gardens, and the bay beyond.Further highlights of this modern residence include Crimsafe windows, an alarm system, solid timber internal doors and an established shed with space for kayaks, water skis and other equipment.Place Bulimba agent Shannon Harvey said the Wellington Point property captured 180-degree views of paradise and was positioned on a 923sq m block at the end of a cul-de-sac. CH 82 Douro Rd, Wellington PointFive bedrooms with rich timber floors are spread across the floorplan for space and privacy, with the main bedroom residing on the upper floor. This luxury space boasts a walk-in dressing room, an elegant ensuite with dual vanities, and glass doors to a waterfront deck. A walkway with glass balustrades connects the main suite to a landing with two other bedrooms. Serviced by a central bathroom, each has built-in wardrobes, while one also offers access to a private balcony. 82 Douro Rd, Wellington PointMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoInside, the kitchen also shares the open-plan space and contains granite benchtops, quality appliances, two-pack joinery, a walk-in pantry, double sink and a ‘floor flap’, which allows swept-up spills to be taken into the ducted vacuum system. 82 Douro Rd, Wellington PointTHIS tri-level contemporary residence at 82 Douro Rd, Wellington Point, sits along the waters’ edge and offers uninterrupted scenic vistas of Moreton Bay.Constructed only six years ago, the house has a clean, contemporary design encompassing five bedrooms and four bathrooms, as well as plenty of space for living and entertainment.A set of double doors invites entry into a foyer and an atrium on the middle level. Beyond, the main living hub is light and airy with porcelain floor tiles, high ceilings and extensive glass, with the water views providing an impressive backdrop. From both the lounge and dining areas there is direct access to a covered balcony, ideal for outdoor dining with its glass balustrades and bay orientation.
Auctioneer David Treloar declares the house sold to a young Brisbane couple. Photo Adam ArmstrongThe three-bedroom, one-bathroom home, on a 599sq m block, was sold by four children, including Judy Dowsett, whose mother was going to a nursing home.Mrs Dowsett said she had many special memories growing up at the property.“It was a really happy family home,” Mrs Dowsett said.“We all spent lots of time in the yard. We had a netball hoop and played cricket out there.” Tap here for a full list of Queensland auction results. 75 Daisy Street, Newmarket.Mr McBryde, who works for Valeco Homes, plans to renovate the property, offered for sale for the first time since 1955.“We bought this one so we could be close to schools for the kids,” he said.“But I do like renovating. We sold one last Christmas, a Queenslander-style at Kedron, and finished a new build at Aspley.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago The crowd outside the home at 75 Daisy St, Newmarket. Photo Adam Armstrong Karen McBryde, Ben and daughter Zara take a walk through their new home at Newmarket. Photo Adam ArmstrongMrs McBryde said she felt nervous as the auction was underway.With 13 registered bidders keen to buy the property, the auction was done and dusted within 10 minutes.The starting bid was $650,000 and 16 bids were made during the auction which was attended by close to 50 people. Karen McBryde, husband Ben and daughter Zara outside their new home. Photo Adam ArmstrongA Brisbane builder and his wife have paid $800,000 for a Newmarket home at auction this morning.Ben and Karen McBryde shared a sweet kiss once their new home at 75 Daisy St was declared sold by Ray White Albion selling agent and auctioneer David Treloar.
BACOLOD City –Suspected shabu valued at around P315,000 was seized in a buy-bust operation inBarangay 8. Nabaja wascaught after he allegedly sold a sachet of shabu to an undercover cop for P300on Jan. 7. The 29-year-oldVares Nabaja of Barangay Vista Alegre yielded the suspected illegal drugs, apolice report showed. The suspect wasdetained in the lock facility of Police Station 2, facing charges for violation of RepublicAct 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indiana House of Representatives approved unanimously House Bill 1324, co-authored by State Representative Randy Frye (R-Greensburg).If approved the bill would ensure that state employees who are members of the Indiana National Guard or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States are entitled to a leave of absence without any time lost while on active duty.The proposal would allow for compensation in the amount that is equal to the difference between the member’s active duty military pay and the salary the member would have received if they were not called to active duty.House Bill 1324 now goes to the Senate for further consideration.
OBERLIN, Kan. – Oberlin Speedway opens again this season, under the guidance of a guy who knows a thing or two about getting around a race track.IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks run on 10 Friday nights beginning with the April 17 Scott Dolan Memorial.Shows at the 3/8-mile clay oval will be promoted by David Murray Jr., with race night assistance from Rick Salem.“Except for some specials, this track has been idle for five or six years. We decided this would be a good time to get it going again,” explained Murray, IMCA’s career wins leader, a four-time national champion and three-time Modified champion at his hometown venue. “I’m excited about this race track. We’ve coordinated our schedule with Thomas County Speedway (in Colby, Kan.) and gotten a lot of sponsors on board to give drawing prizes to drivers.”“The grandstand is in good shape. We haven’t had to go too far out of the way to get the racing surface ready, although a little rain would help right now,” he added. “They hosted a couple vintage car races here two years ago and Dave Bose is returning to do the track prep.”IMCA last sanctioned weekly Modified, Stock Car and Hobby Stock programs at Oberlin in 2008. Northern SportMods debut there this spring.“These are the divisions with the highest car counts in the area. The drivers are familiar with IMCA rules and procedures and they want to race for IMCA points,” noted Murray, who will race part-time at other tracks and special events in 2015.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing track points will also be given for April 24, May 8 and 29, June 12, July 3, 17 and 24, and Aug. 21 and 28 shows.Oberlin is part of IMCA’s Jet Racing Central Region for Modifieds, the EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region for Stock Cars and the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region for Hobby Stocks.