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first_imgWarburtons is to launch a new £2.4m marketing campaign later this month, aimed at driving incremental bakery sales at lunchtime.The campaign commences with the sponsorship of a new ITV1 weekday show called ‘There’s No Taste Like Home’, which will be fronted by TV chef Gino D’Acampo.According to marketing website The Drum, Warburtons’ campaign – ‘The secret to making lunchtimes special’ – is designed to educate consumers about the brand’s range and encourage them to be more experimental when it comes to their lunchtime food.last_img

first_img Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – June 13, 2020 1 342 Twitter Car jacking pursuit ends with trooper shot, suspect dead, search for second suspect IndianaNews Pinterest Twitter Facebook Google+ (Photo supplied/Indiana State Police) A suspect was killed and an Indiana trooper was injured in a shooting on Friday night, June 12.State police say officers were called to a robbery and car jacking at the Pilot Truck Stop in Remington.The carjacking victim told police a man wearing a mask pointed a gun at their head and stole their car.(Photo supplied/Indiana State Police)Later, another officer found the car on I-65, but their emergency lighting was broken, and they lost sight of the car again near Lowell.Two troopers in the area found the car and chased it.Eventually, the suspect’s car got a flat tire, so the suspect got out and began to fire at the troopers.One of the troopers shot the suspect, who died. One trooper was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.(Photo supplied/Indiana State Police)Indiana State Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a second individual that was seen at the Pilot Truck Stop.  This subject is described as a black male, possibly driving a silver Toyota Corolla.Prior to arriving at the Pilot Truck Stop, the vehicle was seen entering the truck stop with its hazard lights activated.The Toyota was seen parked next to the black Mitsubishi that was stolen and left at the same time as the stolen Mitsubishi.The Toyota was located a short time later abandoned on I-65 at the 202 mile marker.Below is more information released by Indiana State Police:*UPDATE* The investigation into the officer involved shooting on I-65 at the 246.8 mile-marker is ongoing.  As the investigation has progressed, the Indiana State Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a second individual that was seen at the Pilot at exit 201 (Remington, IN).  This subject is described as a black male, possibly driving a silver Toyota Corolla.  Prior to arriving at the Pilot, the vehicle was seen entering the truck stop with its hazard lights activated.  The Toyota was seen parked next to the black Mitsubishi that was stolen and left at the same time as the stolen Mitsubishi.  The Toyota was located a short time later abandoned on I-65 at the 202 mile marker. If anyone has any information on this individual’s identity or saw the vehicle on I-65 is requested to contact Detective Smith or Detective Rector at the Lafayette State Police Post (765) 567-2125.-Photos of the vehicles at the Pilot Truck Stop are attached-Original news release is belowJASPER/LAKE COUNTY- On June 12, at 10:15 p.m., the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department received a call of an armed robbery/car jacking at the Pilot Truck Stop at exit 201 (Remington, IN).  The suspect was reported to be a black male wearing a mask.  The victim also reported that the assailant had pointed a gun at the victim’s head while taking possession of the vehicle, a black Mitsubishi.  A Demotte police officer located the stolen vehicle traveling northbound on I-65 near the 230 mile-marker where he was going to make a traffic stop; however, the officer’s emergency lighting became disabled and the officer lost sight of the vehicle near exit 240 (Lowell).  Two troopers were in the area observing for the vehicle and located it near the 246 mile marker.  They attempted to make a traffic stop when the vehicle fled.  A pursuit was then initiated but the vehicle sustained a flat tire at which point the driver slowed the vehicle.  As the vehicle slowed, the driver exited the vehicle and immediately began to fire a weapon at the troopers, striking one of them.  The suspect and troopers continued to exchange gunfire when one of the trooper’s rounds struck the suspect.   The trooper began to administer first aid to the suspect however his efforts were unsuccessful.  The trooper then administered first aid to the injured trooper by applying a tourniquet to the trooper’s lower extremity.  The injured trooper was transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Crown Point for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.  The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Lake County Coroner.The identity of the deceased has not yet been determined.  Investigators continue to work to make positive identification of the deceased.  The identity of the troopers involved will be released in the next few days.  No further information will be released at this time as this is an ongoing investigation. Previous articleMale juvenile shot, killed at Beacon Heights Apartments in South BendNext articleNiles woman, 57, injured in crash in Milton Township 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. Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more

first_imgSometimes, promising scientific findings aren’t enough, by themselves.Life-science researchers at Harvard who’ve made new inventions with applied and commercial potential are often disappointed to learn that pharmaceutical, venture capital, or biotech firms aren’t interested in their work — and not because a discovery lacks merit. Instead, the glitch may be that the research hasn’t progressed far enough to establish proof-of-principle, which is imperative for industry to make a forward-looking decision to invest significant resources and develop it for commercial application.Harvard’s Office of Technology Development (OTD) has created a unique internal seed funding program to help researchers to fill this development gap. Called the Technology Development Accelerator Fund, it provides bridge money that allows researchers to continue advancing their work through development phases that often come too late for typical basic research funds and too early for money to be available from commercial ventures.“I believe that Harvard has a unique opportunity, indeed, one might say a special obligation to foster and expedite the development of nascent technologies that can benefit the public,” said Isaac Kohlberg, Harvard’s chief technology development officer and senior associate provost. “The Accelerator Fund is an expression of our commitment to ensure that greater numbers of promising new technologies originating at Harvard won’t languish in the development gap, but instead will bridge the gap and progress to the point where they become bona-fide, investment-grade opportunities and ultimately new products and therapies that benefit society.”The Accelerator Fund, which is about to begin accepting applications for the next round of financing, is in its third year and has distributed $4.1 million to 23 investigator-initiated research projects at Harvard. One, a small-molecule inhibitor that might be useful in cancer therapy, has already been licensed to a New York biotech company.Arlene Sharpe, the George Fabyan Professor of Comparative Pathology, received Accelerator Fund backing to conduct small-molecule screening in her investigations of a T-cell regulator called PD-1. PD-1, which shuts down T-cell response, has been usurped by microbes and tumors as a way to weaken the body’s immune response. Sharpe is looking for a small molecule that will modulate PD-1 activity.Sharpe said one aspect of Accelerator funding that has proven particularly helpful is the technical advice and assistance provided by OTD that accompanies the grant. In her case, Sharpe said, the advice was essential because she had never conducted small-molecule screening before.“It has been a wonderful experience,” Sharpe said. “The idea of helping investigators develop something that is potentially high risk, helping them enter a new area, providing the financial as well as intellectual support, is very beneficial. Going from initial design to proof of concept, and then, once one has something of interest, to be able to identify business partners is an incredible opportunity.”The Accelerator Fund was founded in 2007, financed by donations from interested alumni. A portion of future licensing revenues from discoveries supported by the Accelerator which are licensed and developed by industry will be cycled back to replenish the fund. Awards are made through a competitive RFP process and consultation with an advisory committee comprised of opinion leaders from the biopharma and venture community and members of Harvard’s faculty.“I think it is important. Many times, there are projects that we might see that are too early,” said Chris Mirabelli of Healthcare Ventures LLC, a healthcare-focused venture capital fund and an Accelerator Fund advisory board member.The program, which is presently focused on the life sciences, has proven successful enough to be replicated, according to Curtis Keith, the Accelerator Fund’s chief scientific officer.“Once you establish proof-of-principle, you increase the probability that industry will see the emerging technology as a viable licensing and development opportunity,” Keith said. “As a result, we hope to generate both more licensable technologies and, at the same time, additional collaborations with industry to support further research at Harvard.”The Office of Technology Development and the Wyss Institute for Biologically-Inspired Engineering are collaborating on a new fund that will allow projects in bioengineering to benefit from the same kind of financial support.Harvard Provost Steven E. Hyman said that moving new inventions out of research laboratories and into the marketplace, where they might benefit people, is a vital part of Harvard’s mission.“I see this as fundamental to the fabric of our mission as one of the world’s foremost research universities,” Hyman said. “We are delighted with the Accelerator’s progress, and the very professional way in which it operates and is managed. The Accelerator is Harvard’s unique response to the challenges presented by the development gap, providing a novel mechanism to fund early-stage research with promising commercial potential, advancing the progress of embryonic technologies and increasing the flow of inventions made by Harvard’s faculty from the laboratory into the marketplace and society as a whole.”last_img read more

first_imgA sneeze rang out during a ceremonial open house Tuesday (Sept. 7) for the new humanist center at Harvard. On cultural autopilot, someone responded: “God bless you.” Oops. Sometimes God happens.At the mention of a deity, two Roman Catholics in the crowd of 30 — both undergraduates visiting with an atheist friend — traded high-fives. Everyone else laughed.The three-word sneeze sermon was an auspicious start — call it a secular blessing — for the new community center at 19 Arrow St. It’s the first of its kind on a U.S. campus, and the first official gathering spot for Harvard’s community of nonbelievers, estimated at 1,500.Non-Harvard nonbelievers are welcome at the center too, which receives no financial support from the University.“We’re trying to use this space to build the core of a community,” said Greg M. Epstein, Harvard humanist chaplain and author of the recent bestseller “Good Without God” (HarperCollins, 2009).He called the book’s title “the three words that still sum it up most quickly for me,” the idea that the world’s 1 billion nonreligious people have values that embrace personal morality and public charity.“It’s not about what we don’t believe,” Epstein told the small gathering. “Humanism is about what we do stand for.”A poster in the small space claimed that 40 million Americans call themselves humanists, atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, or just secular. But don’t try fitting all of them into the new community center. It’s a beautiful set of two rooms — all eccentric angles, muted colors, and high windows. But it’s compact.Snug as it is, the Arrow Street space is a long step up from Epstein’s closet-size office in the basement of Harvard’s Memorial Church. That was so small, said Sarah Chandonnet, M.T.S . ’09, that she often had to pull up a chair in the corridor. (Chandonnet is the Humanist Chaplaincy’s campus organizer.)“We’re going to try to use this space as creatively as we can,” said Epstein, who, by the way, will keep his church office.Plans for the center include: a monthly open house; weekly meetings of the Harvard Humanist Graduate Community and the Harvard Secular Society (for undergraduates); a biweekly meditation group on Saturdays; and a biweekly Humanist Forum on Sundays.The first forum, led by Epstein, will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. this Sunday (Sept. 12). The next sessions will feature “Friendly Atheist” blogger Hemant Mehta (Sept. 19) and Sean Faircloth, director of the Secular Coalition for America (Oct. 3).The Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard will also host outspoken atheist and author Sam Harris on Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Church.The new center has turned the Arrow Street neighborhood into a medley of religious (and irreligious) options. It’s across the street from the Harvard Catholic Student Center and around the corner from Harvard Hillel.“It’s a great symbol — a new way of envisioning life on campus,” said Epstein. “We intend to be neighbors and we intend to be good neighbors. And we intend to be thought-provoking neighbors.”The office has welcomed Catholic guests from across the street before, he said. “We should be culturally literate about each other as communities.”For the open house, Cameron Niven ’13, an atheist who was raised a charismatic Christian, brought along three Catholic friends.The humanist camaraderie will be welcome, she said, and the outreach too. There are a lot of misconceptions about the nonreligious, that they’re immoral, “and that we don’t do any good in the world,” said Niven, a neuroscience concentrator.Good deeds and right action do not rise out of religious values alone, said Epstein.“We live in a world, this one world, this natural world, that we experience from birth to death,” he said. “We can’t know of any life before this one or any life after this one. So we feel all the more pressure to make this life count, to do with it the very best we can for ourselves, for one another, and for the entire world.”last_img read more

first_img Squeezed in Catherine Katz ’13 (left) and Ginny Fahs ’14 welcome new resident Gabriella Herrera ’15 into their House with a big squeeze. Three cheers for Quincy House Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer Before the onslaught Catherine Sheils ’13 (left) and Quincy House Committee co-chair Catherine Katz ’13 share a quiet moment before welcoming freshmen during Housing Day inside Annenberg Hall. Post it Quincy residents Lydia Chung ’14 (from left, at table), Sharon Kelleher ’14, Julie Shapiro ’14, and Quincy House Committee Co-Chairs Scott Yim ’13 and Catherine Katz ’13 make posters during Housing Day. Adding to the kaleidoscope of costumes representing the mascots, flags, and traditions of Harvard’s dozen undergraduate residential Houses, Catherine Katz ’13, Quincy House Committee co-chair, stretched her arms into a penguin mascot suit and dabbed her cheeks with stripes of red before parading into Harvard Yard on Housing Day.“Our Quincy letter-delivery team charged up the stairs to the third floor in Weld to find a group of freshmen eagerly awaiting their housing assignment,“ said Katz. “When they realized we had come for them, they threw one of their blockmates on someone’s shoulder and started jumping and cheering as if they had won a billion dollars.”Gabriella Herrera ’15, a new Quincy House member, said of this rite of passage, “Housing Day is the day our fate is determined. Those 15 or so minutes that my blockmates and I stood hand-in-hand inside my dorm room felt like an eternity. We were all absolutely hysterical: shaking, jumping, laughing, crying, cringing, sweating, among other emotions and reactions. When we finally heard the chants of ‘Quincy!, Quincy!, Quincy!,’ and heard the knock on the door, we released all of our tension, and celebrated the news amongst painted faces, penguins, and horns. This was the kind of morning we could only have experienced at Harvard.”Later that morning, outside Annenberg Hall, Herrera received a hug from Katz after passing through a gallery of cheering, banner-waving students from all of the Houses. “In that specific moment,” said Herrera, “I remember wanting to simply immerse myself in this new community and take part in all the excitement and fun. It was amazing how the upperclassmen were so welcoming, as if we were long-lost family members. So at that moment, I was really happy to be part of this penguin family.” Proud parade Catherine Sheils ’13 (from bottom left), Scott Yim ’13, and Lydia Chung ’14 welcome the new crop of freshmen. Crazy Housemates Camara Carter ’15 (center) looks a little petrified by the Quincy House enthusiasm of Scott Yim ’13 (left) and Lydia Chung ’14. Brilliant disguise Upperclassmen gather in costume during Housing Day.last_img read more

first_imgFirst Lady Frances Wolf Hosts Girls and Women in STEM Roundtable Discussion at the Governor’s Residence SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 09, 2018center_img First Lady Frances Wolf,  Governor’s Residence,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, First Lady Frances Wolf hosted a roundtable discussion with educators, government officials, community members, and business leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) focused on how to increase participation of girls and young women in STEM education. The discussion was held at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg and provided a platform for further conversation on how to promote the engagement and success of girls in computer science and STEM.“Last year, twice as many boys took computer sciences courses than girls, yet over the next 10 years, 71 percent of new jobs will require computer science skills,” the First Lady said. “It is important that we bring those who are on the front lines of this work to the table to look at the barriers to girls and young women entering STEM education programs and careers, and what we can do to reverse this trend.”Governor Wolf recently outlined his plans for PAsmart – a new workforce development initiative that helps connect Pennsylvanians with resources for working and training in Pennsylvania, including a proposed investment to increase STEM and computer science education at all levels.Governor Wolf’s 2018-19 budget proposal will include $50 million for PAsmart:$25 million increase in STEM and computer science education at all levels. Nearly 300,000 jobs in the commonwealth require skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Over the next decade, more than 70 percent of new jobs will require these skills.$7 million increase in apprenticeships with a goal of doubling the number of registered apprentices by 2025. Since Governor Wolf established the commonwealth’s first Apprenticeship and Training Office in 2016, the number of registered apprentices has increased 14.5 percent, from 13,282 registered apprentices to 15,208.$3 million increase for Industry Partnerships which bring together workers and multiple employers in the same industry in a public-private partnership to provide job training.$10 million increase to develop Career and Technical Education and STEM career pathways to help students learn about career options and earn an associate degree at a lower cost and in less time.$5 million increase to encourage employers to partner with colleges and universities to develop educational programs that prepare students for the jobs high demand jobs that local employers need.As part of the first phase of the PASmart initiative, the Wolf administration launched a new website,, dedicated to help people get information about pursing an education and career in Pennsylvania at any stage of life.Over the past three years under Governor Wolf’s administration, Pennsylvania has established a strong and innovative culture for STEM learning by strengthening STEM experiences for all students, supporting professional development for educators, and forming diverse partnerships across the commonwealth:The Pennsylvania STEM Coalition is a statewide cross-sector network representing more than 150 stakeholders with a focus on equitable access to STEM Learning experiences for every learner, early childhood to postsecondary.As part of the national Computer Science for All (CSforAll) initiative, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) convened a workgroup comprised of PreK-20 and business/industry stakeholders to review K-12 Computer Science Framework, Pennsylvania Computer Science and Information Technology Standards, CSTA Standards, and ITSE Standards and make recommendations to PDE for a state K-12 Computer Science Framework.Pennsylvania is a nationally recognized leader in STEM education for its five regional STEM ecosystems and their collaborative efforts. STEM learning ecosystems encompass schools, businesses, community settings, including after-school and summer programs, science centers, libraries, museums, and other environments to constitute a rich array of learning opportunities.Pennsylvania’s Intermediate Unities (IUs) participated in the Carnegie STEM Excellent Pathway, and worked with to provide professional development in in CS fundamentals to approximately 2,500 PreK-5 educators.The Department is engaged in three multi-year partnerships focused on ensuring coherence across educational systems providing equitable access to STEM educational experiences for every learner in early childhood through postsecondary education, and building the capacity of educators to provide STEM experiences in formal and informal settings.Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, high school students may apply up to one credit of CS or information technology coursework toward graduation.Since 2014, more than 420 high school students have competed in the Governor’s STEM Competition, an annual scholarship competition that challenges teams of students to design a device or project capable of improving the lives of Pennsylvanians.last_img read more

first_imgERAFP, the French mandatory pension scheme for civil servants, has tendered two mandates for ESG rating agencies to assess the pension fund’s investments against its socially responsible investment (SRI) policy.The call for tender is a renewal of existing mandates.The €23.5bn fund is looking to hire two “extra-financial rating agencies to assess the social responsibility of ERAFP’s investments in various asset classes”.One mandate is in relation to equity and corporate bond investments made on behalf of ERAFP, which the selected rating agency would need to assess against their compliance with the pension fund’s SRI guidelines. A second mandate is for the same type of assessment but for investments mainly in sovereign, supranational and sub-sovereign bonds (SSA).The contracts will be for four years, with a possible extension of two years.Vigeo and Oekom Research – ratings agencies from France and Germany, respectively – have been responsible for this work since October 2010, when ERAFP last awarded the relevant mandates.Vigeo was selected for the equity and corporate bond assessment, while Oekom was chosen as a partner with respect to ERAFP’s SSA bond investments.Vigeo merged with EIRIS, a UK ESG agency, late last year.In other news, AFG, the French asset management association, has published a practical guide for asset managers to measure and report on their investments’ carbon footprint.In the guide (French only), the association notes that, although not all asset managers measure the carbon footprint of fund portfolios, this practice is set to spread given growing interest from clients and improvements in methodology.It also “strongly advises” asset managers to state clearly the limits of any figures reported given the wide range of calculation methods.last_img read more

first_imgSwedish national pension fund AP2 has put “special measures” in place to monitor the external asset managers it uses for Chinese investments, because of the high risk of human rights abuses in China.The Gothenburg-based fund disclosed the approach in its first report about its work on human rights issues.The SEK334bn (€30.9bn) pension fund — one of five backing Sweden’s state pension — said it has three mandates in Chinese domestic equities under external management.“There are sustainability challenges associated with investments in China as transparency of companies and markets in China is not deemed to be as good as in more well-developed markets. The fund also considers China to be a high-risk country in terms of human rights issues,” AP2 said in the report. Because of this, the pension fund maintained “close and active collaboration” with its external asset managers in China, it said, to make sure sustainability issues, including human rights, were integrated in investment decisions.This mainly took the form of a dialogue with managers, it said, adding that in 2017 and 2018, these talks focused mainly on human rights issues.“The work of these asset managers is regularly monitored on a quarterly basis, both in the form of a written report from the asset manager and through dialogue, where specific portfolio companies and the risks they or their sector may incur are discussed,” AP2 said.External managers also undergo an annual assessment, it said, which includes their sustainability performance, and a poor result may mean the end of the fund’s collaboration with that manager.AP2 said it was one of the first investors in the world to publish a report on its work with human rights, which was based on the United Nations’ Reporting Framework. “We hope [the report] will not only explain how we are working with human rights, but also contribute to a broader dialogue on human rights issues in the finance industry” Eva Halvarsson, AP2 chief executiveEva Halvarsson, AP2 chief executive, said the fund had already decided to support the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework in 2016.“We hope [the report] will not only explain how we are working with human rights, but also contribute to a broader dialogue on human rights issues in the finance industry,” she said.She added that AP2 was actively engaged in integrating sustainability issues, including human rights issues, as part of its asset management activities. Halvarsson noted that the report described how indices AP2 has developed in-house included a method for identifying companies involved in human rights controversies, which then allowed them to be taken out of the index.In 2018, AP2 had a 2.0% strategic asset allocation to China A-shares, and a 1.0% allocation to Chinese government bonds.last_img read more

first_imgBBC News 30 Aug 2012The more abortions a woman has before her first child, the more likely she is to give birth prematurely, a study has suggested.Data from all 300,858 first-time mothers in Finland between 1996 and 2008 was analysed.The study showed women were three times more likely to have a very premature baby, born before 28 weeks, if they had had three or more abortions.The report was published in the journal Human Reproduction.The overall risk was still low, the study suggested.Being born too soon is linked to higher risks of infection, hypothermia and death.

first_imgGinny and Michaela Westerfeld, daughters of Mark and Debbie Westerfeld of Batesville, recently signed to run track at Huntington College in Indiana.  The two sisters ran sprints for Batesville High School.Ginny Westerfeld was the most successful of the two runners appearing in two straight track meets to one appearance for Michaela.  Ginny placed 8th in this year’s state 100-meter dash race.  She then was a member of the Indiana Girls All-State Track squad and competed at the Midwest Meet of Champions in Grandville, Ohio.   At the MMC, Ginny was 5th in the 100-meter dash, 8th in the 200-meter dash, and was a member of the second place 4 x 100 meter team.Michaela, slowed by injuries during 2 of her high school years, had a good senior year where she had her personal best times in the 100-meter, 200-meter, and 400-meter dashes this year.  Good luck to both of them as they begin their collegiate careers!last_img read more