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Sustainable housing is focus of Damien Dwin’s social justice effort

first_imgFull Name* Message* Share via Shortlink Dwin, who co-founded private credit firm Brightwood Capital Advisors and has worked at Credit Suisse Group AG and Goldman Sachs Group Inc., will serve as chief executive officer.“The onset of the pandemic and social unrest has elevated ESG in the conversation, and it is my hope and expectation that we will move from rhetoric to action,” Dwin told Bloomberg, referring to environmental, social and corporate governance. “This is personal and professional.”Sustainable housing, loosely defined, is designed to be eco-friendly and affordable.[Bloomberg] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones Email Address*center_img Damien Dwin of Lafayette Square Holding (Photos via Lafayette; iStock)Private-credit entrepreneur Damien Dwin has scored a pile of cash from Wall Street for his new social justice–driven investment firm, Lafayette Square Holding.Morgan Stanley just became the effort’s largest backer, providing $100 million of financing that will help the firm expand from 17 employees to 65 by next year, according to Bloomberg.The minority-owned Lafayette — named after the square that President Donald Trump cleared of police–brutality protesters for a photo op last year — will focus on flexible capital investments in sustainable housing and small businesses. It launched late last year.Read moreNYC attorney launches virtual closing startupNew platform aims to be “Neiman Marcus” of luxury listingsEx-Zillow execs launch digital mortgage startup with $40M seed round Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsInvestmentReal Estate InvestmentResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

DNA barcoding: a molecular tool to identify Antarctic marine larvae

first_imgTo begin to understand overall patterns and processes influencing marine populations, communities and ecosystems, it is important to determine the timing, duration, mode and dispersal of larvae. However, few studies of the spatial and temporal variation in abundance of larvae have been undertaken at any locality, other than for a few commercially important species. In Antarctic seas the abundance and species-richness of marine larvae are key to a number of concepts (such as the validity of Thorson’s rule and ecological versus evolutionary success of brooders compared to spawning species). Traditionally, marine larval identification (using microscopy), even to order level, is a time-consuming, labour-intensive and inexact process. Ontogenic changes during larval life make identification difficult and require high levels of expertise, and identification is generally confirmed only by laboratory spawning experiments. New molecular genetic methods enable faster direct identification of marine larvae to a higher resolution. Our preliminary results show that it is possible to identify larvae of Antarctic species using DNA barcoding techniques, but that the resolution is currently limited by the availability of comparative adult sequences in the DNA sequence databases.last_img read more

Mitchell, No. 4 SDSU rally to beat Utah State 80-68

first_imgFebruary 1, 2020 /Sports News – Local Mitchell, No. 4 SDSU rally to beat Utah State 80-68 Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWith Kawhi Leonard watching from one baseline, Matt Mitchell scored 24 of his season-high 28 points in the second half to help rally No. 4 San Diego State to an 80-68 victory against Utah State.The Aztecs remain  the nation’s only undefeated team at 23-0. San Diego State retired Leonard’s jersey at halftime and looked to be in trouble, trailing 39-31 after going cold for seven  minutes and allowing the Aggies to go on a 14-0 run. But Mitchell got hot and the Aztecs turned a 41-31 deficit into a 68-58 lead in a span of 13 minutes.Sam Merrill scored 16 for Utah State. Tags: Kawhi Leonard/Matt Mitchell/Mountain West/San Diego State Aztecs/Utah State Aggies Basketball Written bylast_img read more

Brown carries Weber St. over Westminster (UT) 85-73

first_imgDecember 8, 2020 /Sports News – Local Brown carries Weber St. over Westminster (UT) 85-73 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah (AP) — Isiah Brown had a career-high 29 points as Weber State topped Westminster (UT) 85-73.Reme Torbert led the Griffins with 23 points and seven rebounds. Associated Press Tags: Isiah Brown/Weber State Wildcats Basketball/Westminster Griffinslast_img

US Bolsters Its Presence in Southeast Asia

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Bolsters Its Presence in Southeast Asia U.S. force rotations in the Asia-Pacific region are bolstering key relationships there as they extend the U.S. presence to reflect today’s security environment, the U.S. Pacific Command chief told American Forces Press Service.US Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III called the rotations — currently in Australia, Singapore and South Korea — important contributions to the U.S. “rebalance” toward the region as outlined in the 2012 defense strategic guidance.From a military perspective, the rebalance involves assigning available assets “where they are relevant to today’s security environment — not necessarily the one we had 50 years ago,” Locklear said. He called the movement of U.S. forces into nontraditional areas, particularly Southeast Asia, “an indication of a world that is changing.” “The capacity of our allies has changed over the years. The scope of where our interests lie has shifted” beyond just Northeast Asia, he said.Locklear praised Singapore’s leaders for allowing the Navy’s first littoral combat ship to rotate through their port and to operate with and around the Singaporean forces. Because Singapore offers the exact conditions the littoral combat ship was designed to operate in, the rotations are giving crews valuable lessons in how to properly employ this new capability, he noted.But by extending U.S. presence in Southeast Asia, the rotational ship also sends an important message to partners and allies across the region, he said.“We want to use it to help the regional security environment [in an area] that is becoming more and more important to the world,” he said.Continuing to build on these successes will be vital as the United States continues to rebalance toward the region, Locklear said. “My primary role is to maintain a security environment that protects U.S. citizens, U.S. assets and U.S. interests,” including the interests of U.S. partners and allies, he said. “And we all share a goal for a peaceful Asia-Pacific.”He also welcomed the newest rotational force in the region, an Army aviation unit deployed to South Korea, as an affirmation of the long-standing U.S.-South Korean alliance amid volatility on the Korean Peninsula.Locklear noted destabilizing activities by Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s third-generation dictator, who he said not only refuses to denuclearize, but also pursues and proliferates weapons of mass destruction and the technologies to deliver them.Rotational forces help to ensure that even as the military reduces in size, the United States will honor its commitments not just in South Korea, but elsewhere in the region, he said.Marine Rotational Force Darwin concluded its second six-month rotation to Darwin, Australia, in September. The next rotation is expected to grow five-fold as it deploys next spring as a 1,150-member Marine air-ground task force. “I would give the U.S.-Australian alliance an A-plus on being able to execute that in the way they have done it,” Locklear said. “None of these things is ever easy. … But they have been able to manage costs and work through the issues, demonstrating that our alliance relationship is as strong as it has ever been.”[mappress]Press Release, November 5, 2013; Image: US DoD November 5, 2013 Authoritiescenter_img US Bolsters Its Presence in Southeast Asia Share this articlelast_img read more

Beach Replenishment Update: Work Reaches 53rd Street

first_imgCheck OCNJ Daily for updates and photos of the progress of work of the Ocean City beach replenishment project for 2015 in the south end of Ocean City between 36th and 59th Streets.Crews are pumping new sand onto 53rd Street Beach on Wednesday, May 20.DATE: Wednesday, May 20PROGRESS: Sand-pumping operations reached 53rd Street on Wednesday, and the beach is closed just south of 52nd Street with access blocked at 53rd and 54th streets. Bulldozers are reshaping the sand berm created by the city in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy to create an entirely new dune structure.The first two phases of the project (from 42nd Street to 37th Street, then from 42nd Street to St. David’s Place) are complete.WHAT’S NEXT: The project will proceed from 55th Street to St. David’s Place (mid-May to mid-June), then from 55th to 59th (mid-June to mid-July).READ MORE: Ocean City NJ Beach Replenishment 2015 Daily UpdateFOR DAILY UPDATES by E-MAIL: Sign up for free An excavator works on a renourished portion of the beach at 53rd Street with the narrower 52nd Street Beach in the foreground on Wednesday, May 20.last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Announces That There Will Be No UMBowl In 2017

first_imgIn a lot of ways, 2017 seems to be a year of change for progressive jam legends, Umphrey’s McGee. When the band announced a three-night run at the Tabernacle in Atlanta this January, it unceremoniously signaled the end of their four-year tradition of playing New York’s famous Beacon Theater, to the dismay of many fans who had grown accustomed to the annual block of shows. At the time, the band claimed to be switching things up to avoid being too predictable. It was understandable, yet, many of their fans were certainly let down. Now, Umphrey’s McGee have announced the 2017 cancellation of perhaps their most beloved event for hardcore Umphreaks.Started in 2010, UMBowl was the go-to event for Umphrey’s megafans. It was a four-set performance that mimicked a football game, with each set acting as a “quarter”, and the encore acting as ‘overtime”. Each quarter had a different theme, ranging from fan-voted jams from years past, fan-selected covers and rarities, full sets of improv, and more. UMBowl was the show where you could relive your favorite piece of improv, demand a new song from the band, vote for a crazy out-of-left-field cover, and just generally experience the band pushing themselves outside of their comfort zone. It was a way for the band to interact with their fans while on stage, giving them the ability to have a say in almost every element of the show. The band always worked with Lighting Designer Jefferson Waful to add a unique video element, parodying movies like Forrest Gump and Almost Famous, and of course their infamous collaboration with ESPN’s Around The Horn television show.And now, UMBowl is no more. Yesterday, Umphrey’s released a statement on their website that revealed that the event would not take place in 2017. See the full statement below.While determining plans for UM shows next year, many of you have inquired about UMBowl. We have decided to take the year off from UMBowl in 2017. We’ll continue to focus on more multi-night events across the country as well a new original studio album. Rest easy knowing that we’re not hanging up our cleats permanently, UMBowl will be back.Umphrey’s fans across the country are sure to be upset by this news. However, one would have to imagine that the band and their management, known for their dedication and interaction with their fans, must have a few tricks up their collective sleeve in 2017 to make up for the lack of this beloved event. If there’s anything to learn from this announcement from Umphrey’s McGee, it’s to expect the unexpected.last_img read more

COVID-19 Arrives in Venezuela Amid Health Care Crisis

first_imgBy Diálogo April 01, 2020 Mayerling Oropeza had her last race on Sunday, March 1. The 50-year-old cyclist and web designer was run over on a road east of Caracas, when she was heading back home after participating in an event known as BiciRock. The driver fled the scene and left her on the street.Although the Metropolitan Polyclinic Hospital was only a block away from the accident, the bystanders who helped her took her to Domingo Luciani Hospital, further away, said Ernesto Linzalata, a friend of the cyclist.Oropeza’s first diagnosis showed that she had severe trauma in her skull, and that an X-ray was needed to know the extent of the injuries.“The Luciani’s [Hospital] scanner was not working. There was no ambulance service either. So I arranged with some friends to hire a [transport] service to take her to a clinic,” Linzalata said.They were able to gather the $150 that the private ambulance service charged, a cost equivalent to 50 minimum monthly salaries in Venezuela.“When we were in this clinic, there was a power outage, and they couldn’t do the scan there either. We were going to take her to another hospital, but her condition was so serious that we decided to go back to Luciani,” Linzalata said.Oropeza died in that hospital on March 2.Her case shows how fragile the hospital care system is in Venezuela’s capital, as well as in the rest of the country. According to the Ministry of Health, Domingo Luciano Hospital is a “flagship” health care center in the Capital District, meaning it has the best equipment, and has more resources and medical staff.Linzalata doesn’t know whether his friend would have survived had she received the necessary care in a timely manner. Yet Venezuela’s public health care centers operate amid great precariousness.The conclusion was among those Doctors for Health, a Venezuelan organization, reached in January in its National Survey of Hospitals, lead by doctor Julio Castro, a specialist in infectious diseases.According to the survey, electric services in hospitals were out for an average of 235.8 hours a week in December. That same month, X-ray services were not operational in 63.87 percent of hospital facilities, while in another 21.85 percent the service was only “intermittently” operational.Relatives of patients treated at the Central University Hospital wait outside the building in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, on April 24, 2019. (Photo: Yuri Cortez / AFP)With these numbers, hopes to get an emergency diagnosis for Oropeza were scarce.But X-ray services are vital in the context of a challenge that, according to Castro, the country will have to confront to care for patients infected COVID-19, better known as the coronavirus.Complex emergencyMaría Graciela López, head of the Venezuelan Society of Infectious Diseases, , said that a “complex humanitarian emergency” is developing. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization defines this situation as a crisis that is usually the result of a combination of political instability, conflicts and violence, social inequalities, and underlying poverty.Complex humanitarian emergencies stem from the government’s actions or omissions, and render the state unable to fulfill its main missions in areas such as health, food provision, and citizen security.“The coronavirus presents complications with pneumonia, especially in patients over 65, and both X-rays and lab tests are needed. And both are barely working in the country,” López said.With the arrival of this disease, classified as a “pandemic” by the World Health Organization, Maduro ordered the creation of a Presidential Commission for the Prevention of COVID-19, and appointed Executive Vice President Delcy Rodríguez as its leader. The head of the Venezuelan Medical Federation, Douglas León Natera, has doubts about Rodriguez’s ability to make decisions on public health issues.“Success is unlikely. The Health Minister [Carlos Alvarado] may not be a good fit either. He declared himself incompetent during a meeting we held two years ago,” he said.León Natera said that patients infected with the coronavirus must be admitted to hospitals’ intensive care units, where they will have to be intubated. But “these units are not operational in half of the hospitals,” he said.SentinelsOn March 9, the Ministry of Health gathered representatives of the country’s scientific societies at the Rafael Rangel National Hygiene Institute, located at the Central University of Venezuela. There, the ministry informed them about the protocol to assist coronavirus-infected patients. Due to the hospital crisis, the government chose to concentrate available resources and those allocated through the Pan American Health Organization in 39 facilities dubbed “sentinels.”Upon reviewing the list, León Natera noted that the government had chosen a closed hospital to assist patients from Caracas, referring to the health care facility in Coche.Another aspect that remains unclear in the protocol set by the government has to do with the steps potentially infected patients have to follow after their admission at sentinel hospitals, López said.“In the so-called ‘respiratory route’ these patients will follow, they won’t be able to have contact with other people, for example, in emergency room areas. Also, there must be an adequate allocation of materials, such as N95 masks,” she said.Another factor has to do with issues concerning transport services for patients, especially when long distances have to be traveled to reach sentinel centers. According to López, the delay will increase the risk of exposure to others.last_img read more

Barry law gets $11-million gift

first_imgBarry law gets $11-million gift Associate EditorBeleaguered Barry University School of Law got a major boost in its long fight for accreditation: $11.3 million in donations and glowing letters of support from the Governor and Attorney General.“It’s a great day for Barry University School of Law,” proclaimed Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, president of Barry University, on January 18, when she announced the generous pledges, primarily from two South Floridians who wish to remain anonymous.Additional gifts flowed from more than 20 members of the Orlando law school’s faculty and friends. In addition, the university has allocated $4 million to the law school’s endowment fund, which brings the total of new resources to more than $15 million.In the latest round of accreditation hurdles, in November, an ABA subcommittee recommended against provisional approval, expressing concerns that the school’s financial needs would force it to lower standards in deciding which students to enroll. Barry tries for the fourth and last time to win provisional accreditation from the ABA when its application goes for a full vote by the ABA’s Council for the Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar in Philadelphia on February 2. Waiting in limbo are more than 120 Barry law graduates who cannot practice law in Florida unless the ABA approves the school.“These pledges, in addition to continued financial support of the university, should erase any doubt about Barry’s ability to continue to be selective in admissions,” said Barry law Dean Stanley Talcott.If words have power, Barry officials are hoping a pair of letters dated January 11 to ABA officials from Gov. Jeb Bush and Attorney General Bob Butterworth pack a wallop.The Governor called Barry University “a distinguished citizen of Florida” and the Attorney General said Barry “has a long history in Florida for its commitment to academic excellence.”“I wish to express my disappointment that an ABA committee has recommended against granting provisional accreditation to the Barry University School of Law,” Gov. Bush wrote to John Sebert, consultant to legal education to the ABA. “I am especially disappointed because I fear that the committee’s decision reflects the belief that the presence in Orlando of the Florida A&M University College of Law must preclude accreditation for Barry. As a strong supporter of both FAMU and Barry, that certainly is not my view.“I am confident that both Barry and FAMU will thrive in Orlando. In fact, I strongly believe that competition is essential to excellence in educational institutions.”Attorney General Butterworth, in his letter to Gerald VandeWalle, chair of the ABA Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, focused on Barry’s commitment to attracting minority students at a time when less than two percent of The Florida Bar is African American and less than six percent is Hispanic.“I believe the Bar should more closely reflect the face of Florida,” Butterworth wrote. “While our state maintains two highly respected schools of law and has established a third in Orlando under Florida A&M University, private education is critical to meeting the long-term need for future attorneys. I believe that this can be best done at urban-based institutions with a demonstrated commitment to full- and part-time legal education. Access to legal education for financially needy students can clearly be enhanced by the ability to remain at home and work part-time.“Barry University School of Law has attracted 28-percent minority students and maintained 85 percent part-time status. They have reiterated their commitment to scholarships to strengthen those numbers.. . . I am convinced that Barry University can meet its enrollment targets and that the Board of Trustees has the ability to maintain the strong financial support necessary for success of the School of Law. I urge your approval of their application for provisional accreditation.”Though these were just two of hundreds of letters from supporters that included judges and law-school professors, that may or may not have an impact on the ABA decision-makers, Eric DuBois, Barry’s director of institutional advancement, said: “It can’t hurt. There is something to be said for the Attorney General and Governor to support the school.” Barry law gets $11-million gift Gov. Bush, AG Butterworth throw their support behind the schoolcenter_img February 1, 2002 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Fifteen years to famous

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Great jobs sometimes come after a lot of hard work.by: Lisa HochgrafLast week my 11-year-old was worried about what job he would have in the future. In addition to telling him that he had some time to figure things out, I  suggested that typical career paths are a bit more windy than just deciding on a career and then making it happen.Over the holidays, I read Yes, Please! by comedienne Amy Poehler, famous from her time on “Saturday Night Live” and “Parks and Recreation.” In the book, Poehler underscores the idea that careers aren’t made in a moment, but rather from hard work and experiences along the way.“Good or bad, the reality is most people become ‘famous’ or get ‘great jobs’ after a very, very long tenure shoveling sh** and not because they handed their script to someone on the street [who’s famous and could help them],” she writes. “People still think they will be discovered in the malt shop, even though no one can tell you what a malt is anymore.“Everyone wants to believe they will be the regular guy from Sioux City who becomes a reluctant movie star despite his best attempts to remain a sensitive tattoo artist,” she continues. “People don’t want to hear about the fifteen years of waiting tables and doing small shows with your friends until one of them gets a little more famous and they convince people to hire you and then you get paid and you work hard and spend time getting better and making more connections and friends. continue reading »last_img read more