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Mongolia agrees terms for $5.5bn IMF-backed loan

Annual growth slowed to one per cent last year, the lowest rate experienced for seven years. Economic pressures have left the government based in Ulaanbaatar with budget shortfalls and looming debt repayments.Read more: Is the Greek debt crisis about to heat up again?As part of the package, the People’s Bank of China is expanding a swap line worth 15 billion yuan (£1.76 bn) and the IMF is providing three year loans worth $440m. China borders Mongolia and is the largest export market for the country’s copper and coal exports.”Fiscal consolidation is a key priority, as loose fiscal policy in the past was a major driver for Mongolia’s current economic difficulties and high debt,” said Koshy Mathai, IMF’s team leader for the package.The Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and banks in Japan and South Korea, will also be providing funds for the bailout. It is hoped that the new deal will help the Development Bank of Mongolia repay a $580m bond that is due next month. Sunday 19 February 2017 2:51 pm The IMF and its partners have come to an agreement to provide Mongolia with an economic stabilisation package worth $5.5bn (£4.43bn).Rapid growth in Mongolia’s commodities sector had resulted in a fast pace of economic growth, reaching double digit figures between 2011-2013. A sharp decline in commodity prices, plus a fall in foreign direct investment, and a widening deficit, has hit the Mongolian economy in more recent years. whatsapp Share Ashley Coates Mongolia agrees terms for $5.5bn IMF-backed loan by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDefinition.org25 Size Comparisons That Change The PerspectiveDefinition.orgHealthline: Medical information and health advice15 Evening Habits that are Definitely Bad for Night’s SleepHealthline: Medical information and health adviceFoundation Repair | Search AdsFoundation Repair Cost May Be More Affordable Than Ever In 2021, Check OptionsFoundation Repair | Search Adsmaternityweek.comShe’s Been Called The World’s Most Beautiful Nursematernityweek.comMarvelousaCanal Drained For First Time And They Find ThisMarvelousaalldelishThe 14 Healthiest Vegetables on EarthalldelishReadBakery Here’s Why You Should Put a Needle into a BananaReadBakery Fantastic ReadHow To Be Beautiful And Attractive?Fantastic ReadHistory 10Workers At The Washington Monument Have Dislodged An Important Concealed RelicHistory 10 whatsapp There are fears that the country could slip into recession when the austerity measures brought about as part of the stabilisation package start to take effect. According to Mongolian finance minister, Battogtokh Choijilsuren, Mongolia will continue to fund measures such as a universal allowance for the children most in need and a subsidy for some drug costs.Read more: Glencore expects copper production to fall but other commodities to riseNadmid Bayartsaikhan, president at Mongolia’s central bank said the country would no longer be supporting “fiscal policy programmes”, such as a subsidy for certain mortgages.“Monetary policy will remain appropriately tight, given the objective of price stability,” the IMF’s Koshy Mathai said.“Over time, however, as the economy normalises, it may be appropriate to cut the policy rate if external and inflation indicators permit. The exchange rate will continue to move flexibly, with intervention limited to smoothing excessive volatility and preventing disorderly market conditions.””I think we’re looking at a pretty good outlook for Mongolia.” More From Our Partners I blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org read more

Dave Grohl Would Like to Clarify His Grammy Acceptance Speech

first_imgUncategorizedDave Grohl Would Like to Clarify His Grammy Acceptance SpeechBy Shayna Rose Arnold – February 17, 2012391ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItThis year’s Grammy Awards left us with so many questions (Why was LL Cool J wearing velvet? Why did Bruno Mars look like wax? Why did Rihanna play with Coldplay? And why, Nicki Minaj, why?) that we didn’t lose a wink over Dave Grohl’s pro-analog acceptance speech for the Foo Fighters’ Best Rock Performance award.Well, apparently he did. An email arrived in our inbox this morning from Grohl’s publicist with this clarification from the Encino resident and onetime Nirvana drummer:“Oh, what a night we had last Sunday at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. The glitz! The Glamour! SEACREST! Where do I begin?? Chillin’ with Lil’ Wayne…meeting Cyndi Lauper’s adorable mother…the complimentary blinking Coldplay bracelet…..much too much to recap. It’s really is still a bit of a blur. But, if there’s one thing that I remember VERY clearly, it was accepting the Grammy for Best Rock Performance…and then saying this:“To me this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of music is what’s important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do… It’s not about being perfect, it’s not about sounding absolutely correct, it’s not about what goes on in a computer. It’s about what goes on in here [your heart] and what goes on in here [your head].” Not the Gettysburg Address, but hey……I’m a drummer, remember?Well, me and my big mouth. Never has a 33 second acceptance rant evoked such caps-lock postboard rage as my lil’ ode to analog recording has. OK….maybe Kanye has me on this one, but….Imma let you finish….just wanted to clarify something…I love music. I love ALL kinds of music. From Kyuss to Kraftwerk, Pinetop Perkins to Prodigy, Dead Kennedys to Deadmau5…..I love music. Electronic or acoustic, it doesn’t matter to me. The simple act of creating music is a beautiful gift that ALL human beings are blessed with. And the diversity of one musician’s personality to the next is what makes music so exciting and…..human. That’s exactly what I was referring to. The “human element”. That thing that happens when a song speeds up slightly, or a vocal goes a little sharp. That thing that makes people sound like PEOPLE. Somewhere along the line those things became “bad” things, and with the great advances in digital recording technology over the years they became easily “fixed”. The end result? I my humble opinion…..a lot of music that sounds perfect, but lacks personality. The one thing that makes music so exciting in the first place.And, unfortunately,  some of these great advances have taken the focus off of the actual craft of performance. Look, I am not Yngwie Malmsteen. I am not John Bonham. Hell…I’m not even Josh Groban, for that matter. But I try really fucking hard so that I don’t have to rely on anything but my hands and my heart to play a song. I do the best that I possibly can within my limitations, and accept that it sounds like me. Because that’s what I think is most important. It should be real, right? Everybody wants something real.I don’t know how to do what Skrillex does (though I fucking love it) but I do know that the reason he is so loved is because he sounds like Skrillex, and that’s badass. We have a different process and a different set of tools, but the “craft” is equally as important, I’m sure. I mean…..if it were that easy, anyone could do it, right? (See what I did there?)So, don’t give me two Crown Royals and then ask me to make a speech at your wedding, because I might just bust into the advantages of recording to 2 inch tape. Now, I think I have to go scream at some kids to get off my lawn. Stay frosty.     Davemau5”Now we have even more questions! Like, what was Cyndi Lauper’s adorable mother doing accompanying her daughter to the Grammys (it’s no place for adorable!)? And what is Grohl’s favorite Josh Groban song? And how does Skrillex do what he does?    But one thing is clearer than ever: We heart Dave Grohl.  TAGS2012February 2012L.A. CulturePrevious articleThe Thursday Afternoon Cram, 2/16/12Next articleKatherine Boo Discusses Behind the Beautiful Forevers at the SkirballShayna Rose Arnold RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORFollow in Pee-wee Herman’s Footsteps Across L.A.What Defines a Successful Immigrant?The Undocumented Immigrants Who Are Redefining ‘American’last_img read more

Collier County man threatens new neighbor with machete

first_imgFlorida man attacks person with shopping cart June 16, 2021 AdvertisementShe said Coyle said something to her in English that she couldn’t understand because she doesn’t speak the language. He then slammed her head into the concrete driveway that could be heard rebounding off the ground by neighbors, deputies say.Coyle pushed his thumbs in her eyes and punched her in the back several times, the woman said. Other witnesses tried to intervene and pull the man off of her. Advertisement Florida man sentenced to life in prison for machete slaying at grow house June 16, 2021 Advertisement Woman shot outside Naples Waffle House June 16, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Collier school resource officers teach kids how to fish on first day of “Summerfest” June 16, 2021 The woman was able to free herself from Coyle and ran to a neighbor’s house. Witnesses said the man walked back to his garage to get a machete and came back towards the woman saying “I know you’re afraid of me.” Other neighbors said Coyle came at the woman saying “I see you.” Neighbor Robert Diamond watched the incident. “He was very erratic. My camera did catch him running up and down the street,” Diamond said. “Skipping, stopped in front of my house, did a couple of push ups. He was very erratic about the whole thing.”The woman said she had just moved into Capri Court. Coyle was arrested and taken to the Naples Jail Center. He is currently in custody with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. MARCO ISLAND, Fla. – A Collier County man was arrested Sunday for attacking his neighbor and threatening her with a machete. Ronald Coyle Jr, 35, was arrested around 9 a.m. after witnesses said he was slamming a woman’s head into the concrete ground and grabbed a machete from his garage, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. When deputies found Coyle at Capri Court in Marco Island they say he was disoriented, agitated, excited, and fatigued saying he was responding to questions with unrelated responses. The woman who was attacked told deputies Coyle was acting crazy and had been taking drugs all night before he attacked her. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementTags: attackCollier County Sheriff’s OfficeMacheteneighbor RELATEDTOPICSlast_img read more

Pfizer, Moderna test vaccine strategies against new COVID-19 variants

first_imgAdvertisementTags: ModernaPfizerVaccinevariants Moderna files for authorization of COVID vaccine in teens ages 12-17 June 11, 2021 Pfizer and Moderna are trying to get out ahead of some of the new COVID-19 variants that are causing concern.Although there’s currently no evidence to suggest people who have been vaccinated with either shot have less protection against the variants, both Pfizer and Moderna said they have started researching ways to account for evolving mutations, reported CNN.The B. 1. 351 variant first seen in South Africa carries a mutation that helps it elude the body’s immune response to infection.The B.1.1.7 variant first seen in the UK carries a mutation that appears to make it more transmissible, meaning it spreads more easily, and it may also cause more severe disease. Half of Americans now fully vaccinated against COVID-19 May 26, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Moderna trial showing promise for expanding age requirement next month May 26, 2021 Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementAccording to CNN, researchers are also finding variants across the United States that have developed mutations that help them evade the immune system.Pfizer and its partner, BioNTech, said on Thursday that they have started testing how well adding a third dose of their authorized vaccine might protect against the new variants.Pfizer’s study will look at the safety and immune response of a booster dose in up to 144 participants from their earlier Phase 1 trial in the US, including a subset of older adults up to the age of 85. Moderna asking for full FDA approval of its COVID vaccine June 2, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments The study will also test how well participants’ antibodies are able to neutralize “strains of interest” in the lab, Pfizer and BioNTech said.Volunteers for the study would receive a third dose of the vaccine between 6 and 12 months after their previous two doses. The dosage would be identical to what’s currently authorized — 30 micrograms.“This booster study is critical to understanding the safety of a third dose and efficacy against circulating strains,” Pfizer CEO Dr. Albert Bourla said in a statement.Pfizer and BioNTech are also “in ongoing discussions with regulatory authorities” about possibly testing a vaccine that would be modified to protect against variants in a Phase 1/2 study. Bourla noted that they have not yet seen compelling evidence that variants are resistant to its vaccine, though they are taking steps to be prepared, reported CNN.Moderna announced late Wednesday that it has produced an updated version of its vaccine to help combat the B. 1. 351 variant. Initial doses have already been shipped to the National Institutes of Health for a clinical study, reported CNN.Moderna’s new vaccine will be evaluated as a booster shot for people who have already been vaccinated against COVID-19 and as a primary vaccine for those have not yet been vaccinated and have not had coronavirus.The vaccine maker said it will also evaluate a “multivalent” booster shot that combines the new vaccine formulation with the current vaccine.Additionally, the company said it has begun to test whether a third, lower dose of its current Covid-19 vaccine can increase immunity against coronavirus variants of concern, with some study participants already getting third doses.“We are moving quickly to test updates to the vaccines that address emerging variants of the virus in the clinic. Moderna is committed to making as many updates to our vaccine as necessary until the pandemic is under control. We hope to demonstrate that booster doses, if necessary, can be done at lower dose levels, which will allow us to provide many more doses to the global community in late 2021 and 2022 if necessary,” Stephane Bancel, Moderna’s CEO, said in a statement.The company did not say how long it expects the studies to take or when the new vaccine would be available. The Food and Drug Administration announced new guidelines on Monday that would streamline and speed the process of updating vaccines to target variants.“It’s going to be on the order of a few hundred individuals in terms of size and we’d expect that that might take a few months,” Dr. Peter Marks, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said during a call with reporters on Monday.Both Moderna’s and Pfizer’s vaccine use a new technology using messenger RNA or mRNA that simply requires a genetic code. The design is meant to make the vaccines easy to update quickly, without the months of preparation needed to change an influenza vaccine, for example.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.last_img read more

NYSE firms see Q1 profits jump

first_imgFederal Hall with Washington Statue on the front, wall street, Manhattan, New York City oneinchpunch/123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton Profits rose in the first quarter at New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) firms, even as revenues stagnated.The NYSE reported that firms that deal with the public — not including market makers or prop trading firms — recorded aggregate after-tax profits of approximately $9.4 billion (all figures in U.S. dollars) in the first quarter of 2020, up from $4.5 billion in the same quarter last year. center_img The profit surge came even as revenues dipped year over year. Firms reported revenues of approximately $60 billion in the first quarter, down from about $62 billion in the first quarter of 2019.While total revenues were down a bit from last year, commission revenues were up, rising from $4.8 billion in Q1 2019 to $6.4 billion this year.Firms also had tighter controls on their purse strings this year, as expenses came in at under $49 billion in Q1 this year, compared with more than $55 billion in the same quarter a year ago.The rise in profits also boosted firms’ annualized return on capital to 11.2% this year from 5.9% in Q1 2019.Firms’ total assets were also up from last year to $3.84 trillion, from $3.4 trillion a year ago. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Unique proposal to transform historic Collie Roundhouse

first_imgUnique proposal to transform historic Collie Roundhouse National Trust of Western Australia’s Expression of Interest process for the Collie Roundhouse completeBe Our Guest Holdings – owners of the Dome café brand – selected as preferred proponent to lease the historic siteVision includes heritage conservation, boutique accommodation and food offeringsVariety of jobs will unlock economic benefit for the Collie communityThe National Trust of Western Australia has selected a preferred proponent to lease the historic Collie Roundhouse and transform the space into a vibrant public and commercial space.The McGowan Government is investing $1 million through the National Trust of Western Australia for remediation works to prepare the historic Collie landmark for commercial use.Be Our Guest Holdings’ application to the Expression of Interest process focused on adaptive re-use of the site which will include mixed use linking the site to the town centre.The Collie Roundhouse was built in the 1950s as a place to maintain the steam locomotives servicing the State’s coal industry, making it a significant relic of WA’s history, and is now the State’s only roundhouse and turntable that remains in situ.The potential development, which proposes a joint venture between private enterprise and State Government, would re-activate the Collie Roundhouse building and precinct, extending to the existing Visitor Centre site, to drive guests to the town and region.The unique vision integrates public space, parklands, adventure play, landscaped bushland, a range of accommodation options and spaces for functions, exhibitions and events.The proposal, while still in the early planning stages, includes craft food and beverage options, a café and bistro, quality boutique accommodation and an adventure tourism accommodation camping area to the east of the Roundhouse.The proposal expressed sensitivity to the site’s rail heritage and a vision to create a world-class interpretation of the history, respecting the Collie community’s vision for the site as well as past and future use of the space as a community asset.Be Our Guest Holdings is a proven Western Australian success story, most notably owning the Dome café brand which now operates in over 60 locations across the State.They have also developed and operate a number of independent label restaurants, hotels, wine bars and event venues, which have adaptive re-use of landmark heritage assets as a strong focus, and are unique assets to regional WA.Their recent regional successes include the adaptive re-use of a 1800s industrial heritage complex in Katanning, creating the Premier Mill Hotel and the Farmers’ Home Hotel in Northam created from a former general store, tavern and lodging house.The National Trust will now work to enter into an ‘Intent to Lease’ with Be Our Guest Holdings to enable further planning of the development.The State Government will hold further discussions to consider what assistance can be provided to support this venture and deliver long-term benefits for the Collie community.As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:“This proposal – by a proven operator with an extraordinary record of delivering quality hospitality and accommodation in regional WA – would transform the Roundhouse into a world-class destination.“This Western Australian company has an impressive track record for re-envisioning historic buildings in a way that honours the heritage and creates spaces that feel contemporary.“The project has now been approved to proceed to Stage Two assessment for assistance from the Collie Industry Attraction and Development Fund.”As stated by Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray:“This proposal respects and values the heritage of the site valued dearly by many in the Collie community.“I’m pleased to see a proposal that includes public interest in showcasing the history of the building, while giving it new life for future generations to enjoy.“There is still a lot of work to be done to plan the details of this proposal but this is a step closer to seeing a significant landmark brought back to life for tourists and locals to enjoy.“A project of this scale would create numerous jobs in construction and in the ongoing operation and have significant flow-on benefits for the town.”As stated by National Trust of Western Australia CEO Julian Donaldson:“Be Our Guest Holdings have presented an inspired vision that respects the heritage values of the site through a major adaptive re-use project and presents Collie with a tremendous opportunity to leverage its remarkable tourism potential.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, Collie, community, conservation, future generation, Government, industry, Katanning, Northam, operation, public interest, regional development, sensitivity, WA, Western Australialast_img read more

New Road Safety Camera Technology To Save Lives

first_imgNew Road Safety Camera Technology To Save Lives VIC PremierVictorians using their mobile phones while driving – putting others on the road at risk – will be caught and fined after a successful trial of distracted driver technology.The Andrews Labor Government will invest $33.7 million to develop and implement the use of this technology on Victorian roads – and introduce new legislation to ensure those doing the wrong thing will be fined.The trial was conducted over a three-month period, assessing a total of 679,438 vehicles. Throughout the trial one in 42 drivers was detected illegally using a mobile phone behind the wheel and putting lives at risk.The trial was conducted while stage four restrictions were in place in Victoria. As a result, it’s anticipated the rate of offending could be higher when roads are busier and movement isn’t restricted.Using two portable cameras across a number of metropolitan and regional locations, the trial found the highest rates of mobile phone use at:Craigieburn Road East in Wollert with a one-in-18 offence rate Calder Park Drive in Hillside with a one-in-21 offence rateOld Geelong Road in Laverton with a one-in-28 offence rateThe trial also found the distracted driving technology can detect drivers who don’t wear a seatbelt, uncovering a one-in-667 offence rate state-wide. Other dangerous behaviours, such as driving without hands on the wheel or with pets on laps, were also observed.Research from Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) has estimated this technology has the capacity to prevent 95 casualty crashes per year.Establishing permanent distracted driver technology on Victorian roads will help to free up resources for Victoria Police – who currently need to physically catch drivers in the act of using their mobile phone before issuing a fine.Further stakeholder consultation, technology testing and demonstrations, as well as a public awareness campaign are being prepared ahead of the technology being rolled out for enforcement on Victorian roads by 2023.The distracted driving technology uses an artificial intelligence-enabled camera system to capture high-resolution images of passing vehicles in all traffic and weather conditions – day and night. Images that are deemed likely to contain a mobile phone offence are then verified by appropriately trained personnel.The distracted driving technology is part of the Government’s new Road Safety Strategy which aims to halve deaths and significantly reduce injuries by 2030, setting Victoria on the path towards zero road deaths by 2050.As stated by Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services Danny Pearson“Using your phone while driving is unbelievably dangerous, and this trial has showed just how common it is on Victorian roads.”“It’s unacceptable that so many Victorians are putting others’ lives at risk – which is why we’re investing $33 million to install this new distracted driver technology, which can save up to 95 lives every year.”“It’s up to all of us to do the right thing and put our phones away while driving to help keep our roads safe.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Andrews, artificial intelligence, AusPol, Australia, Emergency Services, Geelong, Government, Laverton, legislation, mobile phone, Monash, Monash University, public awareness, road safety, technology, Victoria, Victoria Police, Wollertlast_img read more

Commemorative bricks honor U.S. Veterans at the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial

first_imgCommemorative bricks are engraved with the veteran’s name, branch of service, and dates of serviceThose who would like to honor and recognize a U.S. veteran with a commemorative brick to be installed at the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial should be aware of an approaching deadline.  Bricks must be ordered no later than March 1 to be installed by Memorial Day of this year. Battle Ground Veterans Memorial. Photo courtesy of city of Battle GroundBattle Ground Veterans Memorial. Photo courtesy of city of Battle GroundCommemorative bricks are engraved with the veteran’s name, branch of service, and dates of service. They are an enduring gift to honor the service of a family member or loved one. Bricks are engraved and installed annually in time for Memorial Day.  Commemorative bricks are engraved with the veteran’s name, branch of service, and dates of service. Photo courtesy of city of Battle GroundCommemorative bricks are engraved with the veteran’s name, branch of service, and dates of service. Photo courtesy of city of Battle GroundThe cost of an engraved and installed brick is $250. Proceeds support the ongoing maintenance of the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial. The beautiful memorial, located in Battle Ground’s Kiwanis Park was fully funded and constructed by donations, evidence of the community’s commitment to recognizing those who serve. The names of thirty-one Honored Veterans, local men who died in service, are engraved on the memorial’s wall.Detailed information on how to purchase a commemorative brick is available on the Battle Ground Veterans Memorial website page at www.cityofbg.org/417/Battle-Ground-Veterans-MemorialInformation provided by city of Battle Ground.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Battle GroundClark CountyLatestshare 0 Previous : Letter: ‘A place we’re proud to call home’ Next : WATCH: Clark County TODAY LIVE • Monday, February 8, 2021AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commemorative bricks honor U.S. Veterans at the Battle Ground Veterans MemorialPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Monday, February 8, 2021in: Newsshare 0 last_img read more

University Of Colorado Professor Pioneering Tissue Engineering From Knees To Hearts To Brains

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Note to Editors: Contents embargoed until 6 a.m. EDT on Feb. 14. University of Colorado at Boulder Professor Kristi Anseth, an investigator with the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute, has high hopes for the future of tissue engineering as a way to make people healthier, happier and to live longer. Anseth, a chemical and biological engineering professor, is considered by many to be the pioneer in this fledging field. She and her team – which includes 15 CU students — were the first group to successfully develop an injectable and biodegradable “scaffold” to regenerate cartilaginous tissue using light-activated chemistries. “I believe that it will be routine in five to 10 years to see this procedure successfully working in human knees,” she said. The process involves using ultraviolet light to make repeating chains of complex molecules called polymers into degradable, three-dimensional scaffolds that can be injected with chondrocite cells that grow and multiply in the gel-like substance. The scaffolds, which can be injected into the knee as a fluid, dissolve after tissue regeneration, degrading over time as cartilage re-grows in knees. “We and other tissue engineers now use this method to stimulate the growth of cartilage, skin, blood vessels and bone,” said Anseth, the first engineer ever named a Hughes Investigator. “There are more complex challenges out there in this field, so we have had to become more clever and sophisticated in our designs.” Anseth presented her findings at the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting held in Seattle Feb. 12 to Feb. 16. She also is collaborating with faculty, researchers and students in the molecular, cellular and developmental biology department to bioengineer human heart valves. Currently, faulty heart valves are replaced with mechanical valves that require the patients to take anticoagulants on a regular basis. While some heart valves are replaced with the heart valves of pigs, they eventually deteriorate and have to be replaced. Anseth and a team led by Chair Leslie Leinwand of molecular, cellular and developmental biology now are designing gel for various heart valve cells. “This is more complicated because it requires the polymer scaffold to give instructions to the cells and provide an environment where the cells can communicate with each other,” Anseth said. Another complication is where to get the cells, she said. One emerging direction has been to take human stem cells from bone marrow. Stem cells are unique in that they can differentiate into other cells. As they grow on the uniquely designed gel scaffolds, the researchers have been able to get them to evolve into particular cell types, such as cartilage or bone-forming cells. “We have high hopes for this process,” said Anseth. In addition, Anseth is involved in clinical trials going on now at CU’s Health Sciences Center in Denver that involve injecting stem cells into human brains in an attempt to treat Parkinson’s disease and other brain diseases. “This is a very tricky procedure,” said Anseth, also a professor of surgery at CU-HSC. “Only about 5 percent of the injected stem cells survive, but we think we know how to get them to better survive and form functioning neurons by using our scaffold techniques and locally delivering signaling molecules to mitigate Parkinson’s disease.” The most challenging problem facing Anseth and the tissue-engineering field is to regenerate organs such as hearts, livers or kidneys. There are more than 40,000 people in need of heart transplants in the United States annually, but only 2,000 to 3,000 donor hearts are available annually for such transplants. “To achieve the engineering of complex organs, we need advanced scaffolds and templates that guide cell organization, control cell-matrix interactions, and provide structures and mechanics, as well as the necessary chemical signals in three dimensions,” she said. Her group also has developed techniques to insert drugs, including growth factors, which are released into the body as the scaffolds disintegrate. Anseth, 35, is one of only six Howard Hughes Investigators in Colorado. HHMI generally provides 500,000 to $1 million annually for each of its investigators, including support to the host institutions for graduate training, library resources and other needs. She also has won a National Science Foundation CAREER award, a Packard Fellowship, a Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the American Society for Engineering Education’s McGraw Award and the Colburn Award, which are among the most prestigious in U.S. chemical engineering. She also has been honored for her outstanding teaching, including the Hutchison Teaching award, the national John and Mercedes Teaching Innovation Award and the university’s Boulder Faculty Assembly Teaching Award. Published: Feb. 13, 2004 last_img read more

CU Law professor can comment on crowdfunding regulations issued by SEC

first_imgNEWS TIP SHEETEarlier today, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued its proposed regulations for the crowdfunding of securities under Title III of the federal JOBS Act, also known as the CROWDFUND Act.Andrew Schwartz, associate professor at the University of Colorado Boulder Law School and a leading national expert on the crowdfunding of securities, is available to comment. He can be reached at [email protected] or 303-492-8724.For further assistance contact Keri Ungemah, director of communications for the CU-Boulder Law School, at [email protected] or 303-492-3124; or Peter Caughey in the CU-Boulder Office of Media Relations and News Services at [email protected] or 303-492-4007. The CU-Boulder news office main number is 303-492-6431.-CU- Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Oct. 23, 2013 last_img read more