George Church has a wild idea to upend evolution. Here’s your guide

first_img Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. Church has also got a bit of Santa in him, bringing the gift of his imagination — and his name — to so many private companies (as advisor, cofounder, or consultant) that his conflict-of-interest slide is notorious.As for his divinity, not yet. But he has embarked on efforts to resurrect the dead (mammoths, as he explained at a 2013 TedxDeExtinction talk) and smite the living (mosquitoes that carry malaria and other disease-causing pathogens, via a revolutionary technique called gene drive).Something tells me Church lore is voluminous.Indeed. He’s known for subsisting for months on nutrient broth sold to nourish cell lines and for wearing blinders around his lab to remind his students not to succumb to tunnel vision.A bit of an iconoclast, then?More than a bit.When the scientific consensus was moving against engineering the human germline — altering DNA in eggs, sperm, or early embryos so the changes are passed down into successive generations — he told STAT the idea sounded fine to him. After all, he noted, making such genetic tweaks could potentially cure entire families of devastating inherited illnesses, such as Huntington’s, once and for all.When ethicists and lawyers were getting hysterical about genetic privacy, warning that your insurer might drop you or bad actors might blackmail you if they could peek at your genetic blueprint (and thus deduce, for instance, your propensity to develop certain diseases), Church went the other way. In 2005, he launched the Personal Genome Project, inviting volunteers to have their DNA sequenced and then deposited in a public domain for all to see.“Public sharing of genetic data is an explicit goal,” the project’s website explains; the more data, the more the possibility of making important discoveries from it, Church figures.Has he made any important discoveries?Tons.In 1978, as a student at Duke, Church helped determine the three-dimensional structure of transfer RNA, a key genetic molecule. He spent so much time in the lab he failed a course and was expelled from the graduate program; a believer in transparency in all things, Church has posted the “you’re out” letter from the dean.In the 1980s he helped develop DNA sequencing, which made Church think of himself as an engineer as much as a biologist.It also led to some hard feelings. Church was reportedly angry when Eric Lander, a key player in the Human Genome Project of the 1990s, bought different DNA sequencing machines and not the ones Church developed. When Lander came under fire this year for his account of the development of CRISPR, Church was vocal with his own criticism.In 2013, Church raced a former junior scientist in his lab, MIT’s Feng Zhang, to a draw in the competition to make CRISPR work in human and other mammalian cells just months after scientists led by Jennifer Doudna of the University of California, Berkeley, had CRISPR’d DNA floating in test tubes. Zhang had no idea his former mentor was even working on CRISPR, he told STAT.In between tRNA and CRISPR, Church coauthored hundreds of scientific papers, from “Predicting regulons and their cis-regulatory motifs by comparative genomics” to “Characterization of Cas9-guide RNA orthologs.”What made him want to be a scientist?The 1965 World’s Fair in New York City, according to a recent interview he gave the Harvard Gazette. He saw the future (animatronic robots, touch-screen computers), noticed it hadn’t arrived yet, and decided, “if I want that, I have to work for it.”The Unisphere was built in Queens for the 1964-1965 World’s Fair as a symbol of world peace. Frank Franklin II/APCan he create that future by remaining in academia?Not solely.Church has cofounded about one company per year since 2005 and plans to add nine to that in 2016, each with one of his entrepreneurial postdoctoral fellows.As he told the Gazette: “It’s not sufficient to just write out a patent and lob it over the fence. You have to accompany it. … Probably 10 percent of my time is spent making sure that the technologies that I work on get a fair shake in the marketplace.”Why would he want to create entire genomes from scratch?Church has been circumspect about this because he has submitted what is reported to be a blockbuster paper on genomes-from-scratch, also known as “de novo synthesis,” to the journal Science. But he has talked about how building a de novo genome (which would require creating about 3 billion chemical letters) might, eventually, be easier than using CRISPR to edit, say, a big-muscle gene, or an HIV-AIDS-resistance gene.At a recent genomic hackathon in Cambridge, Mass., he said that “someday we’ll build genomes that are resistant to cancer.”That (plus the CRISPR’d pigs) must be enough futuristic projects for him.Not a chance. Church is only warming up.He has never lost his love for his decades-ago work on DNA sequencing, and thinks we’re this close to developing cheap handheld sequencers. Then, when some idiot sneezes all over you, you can whip out your sequencer, catch droplets, and get a readout of whether they contain cold viruses that you’re resistant to (phew), viruses you’re susceptible to (wash hands and face right now), or a pathogen that can kill you.“My prediction is we’ll have real-time sequence-based identification” of ambient germs, Church told the hackathon.I’m not afraid of germs. What’s he got for me?About 48 potential gene therapies are “in the pipeline in our lab” to reverse aging. Church hasn’t said if he’d like to be a guinea pig, but if he is, just wait and see what happens to the Darwin/Santa/God beard. About the Author Reprints Harvard biologist George Church burst into the headlines (yet again) last week when he helped organize a closed-door meeting of scores of top scientists to discuss accelerating efforts to create synthetic DNA — including a complete human genome. They’re considering launching a decade-long drive to build, from scratch, all the genes that make humans human.The meeting raised all sorts of ethical questions. But that’s nothing new for Church. He has been stirring controversy, and excitement, in the scientific community for decades. He wants to reanimate the woolly mammoth, edit pig genes so their organs can be transplanted safely into people — oh, and reverse aging.In short, you’ll want to keep an eye on him. Here’s a start:advertisement By Sharon Begley May 16, 2016 Reprints Sharon Begley HeavyweightsGeorge Church has a wild idea to upend evolution. Here’s your guide center_img George Church has been stirring controversy, and excitement, in the scientific community for decades. Susan Walsh/AP [email protected] Who is George Church?He’s the Harvard biologist who has become as famous for his Stephen Colbert appearances and for looking like Charles Darwin, Santa Claus, or God (depending on your bent) as for his many seminal scientific discoveries.So, who is he most like, Darwin or … ?Darwin explained how species evolve. Church wants to turbocharge that process by putting new genes into organisms rather than waiting around for them to evolve those genes on their own. For instance, he is using CRISPR, the revolutionary genome-editing technology he helped develop, to alter 62 pig genes at a time, which might allow their organs to be transplanted into people without being rejected.advertisement @sxbegle Tags CRISPRgene editinggeneticslast_img read more

Property Watch: Five most expensive houses for sale in the Mountmellick area

first_img Community Council Home Property Property Watch: Five most expensive houses for sale in the Mountmellick area Property TAGSMountmellickproperty watch WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Community On this week’s Property Watch, we are going to focus on the town and surrounding area of Mountmellick. It is Laois’ third biggest town, with nearly five thousand residents. The is slowly growing as Laois creeps further and further into the commuter belt of Dublin.The list below contains the five most expensive family homes available on the market currently in Mountmellick.5 – Davitt Road, Mountmellick, Co. LaoisSuperbly located just in a quality residential setting, this beautiful home offers unrivalled convenience being situated just a short stroll from shops, schools and all conveniences. The property has been finished to the highest of standards and includes superior finishes including high grade windows and doors, feature stove, bespoke designer kitchen, and quality bathroom fittings.The accommodation includes 3 spacious bedrooms, a en-suite is attached to the master bedroom. The kitchen is finished to a high standard and it is a part of an open plan kitchen and dinning room area. The two family bathrooms are spacious and modern, while the sitting room has a fabulous modern touch and has a warm feeling. Externally, there is a landscaped garden to the rear, along with ample space to the front, with a large drive.Guide Price: €199,0004 – Pond Lane, Mountmellick, Co. LaoisBeautiful bungalow, completely extended and renovated in the last number of years, with the benefit of a large shed to the rear of the property. The cottage has two large reception rooms, and a large kitchen/dining room and three bedrooms. The bathroom has a steam shower as well as a bath. The kitchen is solid oak. There is an inset stove, with “genie” for extra efficiency. There are two hot presses.The property is ideally located within a two minute walk of the town centre and yet exceptionally private. Located along a quietly private cul de sac, this property offers what many town houses cannot. The property is set on one acre, and has ample parking space and a large drive.Guide Price: €240,0003 – Mullaghanard House, Mullaghanard, Rosenallis, Mountmellick, Co. LaoisThis gorgeous country property is nestled within the landscape. In immaculate condition throughout, Mullaghanard House has been restored and renovated to provide an exceptionally comfortable family home, with ample space within. With three bedrooms, one living rooms and cosy family kitchen and two bathrooms this bright and pretty home is ideal for those searching for a country idyll, while maintaining easy links for commuting.Outside there is approximately 0.7 acres of land, laid out in a well fenced paddock, a garden and ample parking. There is the added benefit of three very large agricultural buildings and four stables to the rear, making this property ideal for those hoping to find workshop space, stabling for ponies, storage facilities or room for small farming enterprises.Guide Price: €295,0002 – Clonduff, Rosenallis, Mountmellick, Co. LaoisThis property has a builders finish and is ideally located withing 10 minutes of Tullamore, 10 minutes of Mountmellick and 5 minutes of the picturesque village of Rosenallis. The many stunning walks in the Slieve Blooms are within easy reach.The property has four large double bedrooms and two reception rooms. There is an en suite shower room to the master bedroom, family bathroom and guest WC. The property also benefits from a large detached garage and is an idyllic rural set close to Mountmellick. The house contains double glazed windows and an oil fired central heating system.Guide Price: €310,0001 – Drinagh, Mountmellick, Co. LaoisLocated in Drinagh on the Portlaoise side of Mountmellick, this gorgeous home enjoys a most tranquil countryside setting yet is just two minutes outside of the town and just five minutes from Portlaoise. The house sits on a 1.5 acre site, and has clearly outlaid boundaries.Internally, the property boasts four good sized bedrooms, including a master bedroom which has an ensuit, a large open plan kitchen and dining room which includes a fabulous modern fitted kitchen. There are three large family bathrooms dotted throughout the house, each finished to a high standard. There is also an upstairs living space, along with a classy sitting room with a small stove.Guide Price: €390,000 SEE ALSO – Meet the man driving Laois on to the qualifiers By Sean Hennessy – 8th July 2018 Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Pinterest Twitter Facebook Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous article‘It’s not an option on the CAO form’ – Fr David Vard on his first year as a priestNext articleBREAKING: Laois fans travelling to Navan ‘urged to take another route’ following crash Sean HennessyA former Knockbeg student, and is currently a student in the University of Limerick trying to scrape a BA in History and Politics. A marquee player in the goals for Annanough, but well capable of doing a job in full-forward and has the knack to turn his hand to any sport (except running). Only starting out in his journalistic career but already the specialist farming and property reporter. Happiest when Liverpool and Laois are winning! Property Watch: Five most expensive houses for sale in the Mountmellick area New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official openinglast_img read more

Reaching 2008 county final a massive moment for Timahoe as Clancy reflects on club and county career

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR For a Laois club footballer outside Portlaoise over the past 15 to 20 years, Portlaoise’s dominance has been greater than any time in Laois GAA history.So for some of the smaller clubs it has meant that reaching a senior county final has become hugely significant.For Timahoe, 2008 was that year, a year when they cast aside their previously poor record in the senior grade to go all the way to final. By LaoisToday Reporter – 13th June 2020 It was their first senior final appearance in 20 years as they went on a great run under Tony Maher and put it up to Portlaoise for long spells in the final.That exeperience is something Padraig Clancy looks back on this week’s Sporting Memories interview with LaoisToday.“Losing the 2008 senior final to Portlaoise was tough. It was massive for our club to get there but we came up against a superior Portlaoise team who have really only lost one since – to Stradbally in 2016.“We won intermediate a couple of times but to get to the senior final in 2008 was great. We beat Emo in the first round and then St Joseph’s beat us in the second round but we regrouped and got to the final (with wins over The Rock and O’Dempsey’s in the quarter-final and semi-final.”)“And for such a small place to reach a final was massive for us.“We were close to Portlaoise with 50 minutes gone but they just kicked on as they have done for a number of years.”A great fondness for his club and home place in Timahoe comes to the fore throughout the lengthy interview which will be published in full on Sunday.“When I started, we had two senior years and then we were back intermediate which we won in 2000 where I was lucky enough to play with a number of the older members of the club.“I was lucky to have very good friends in the village and if something was cropping up, I could make a phone call to the likes of Liam Ramsbottom, Andy Bergin and Joe Conlon.“They would boost your spirits if things were going wrong and also in Timahoe we have a lot of lads who are very honest so they would tell you if you were playing badly – and that kept me grounded.“(When I started playing) I really enjoyed playing with Liam Ramsbottom, Colm McEvoy, Pat and Dinny Smyth, John and Willie Ramsbottom, Johnny Ramsbttom and Robert Quigley – all the older crew and they were the lads I loved going to the field with.“When I started playing Junior football then, them lads would’ve protected me and they were tough cookies. They had a name of being tough too and that was the old school way.”While the 2003 Leinster final success and the Micko era is a highlight of his time with Laois, so too is the strong club representation during his latter days with the county.“In 2012 we had four lads from the club starting (with Laois).“You had Eoin Culliton in goals, Damien O’Connor at half forward, Brendan Quigley in midfield and I was lucky enough to be hanging on at full forward.“I had massive days with Laois but to be able to experience that with four lads from your village was brilliant.”And he also highlighted 2007 as a memorable year with club and county.“(Another highlight) would be in 2007 when we reached the Leinster final and I was captain. Laois also won the minor in 2007 and my clubmate Sean Ramsbottom was captain. So that was a huge year for our club too.”SEE ALSO – A reminder of what the 2020 Laois GAA championship draws actually look like Home Sport GAA Reaching 2008 county final a massive moment for Timahoe as Clancy reflects… SportGAAGaelic Football Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival News Twitter Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Saturday, June 13, 2020Next articleFrom primary school coaching to All Ireland minor finals – Oliver Phelan on his remarkable GAA career LaoisToday Reporter Electric Picnic Reaching 2008 county final a massive moment for Timahoe as Clancy reflects on club and county career WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter WhatsApp Electric Picnic TAGS2008Padraig ClancyTimahoe Pinterest Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Facebook Pinterest Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Canadian pension funds strike deal to co-own N.Z. property portfolio

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media CPPIB reports record return for latest fiscal year Related news Equity markets lift CPP in Q3 CPP Investments CEO resigns after travelling for Covid-19 vaccine Two of Canada’s largest pension fund managers have reached an agreement to co-own a portfolio of New Zealand real estate. Under the deal, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) will buy a 50% stake in the portfolio from the Public Sector Pension (PSP) Investment Board, which will continue to own the other 50%. center_img Keywords Canada Pension Plan Canadian Press CPPIB valued the deal at $545 million (NZ$580 million), subject to closing adjustments. The 13 properties in the portfolio include a mix of office and retail space, primarily in Auckland and Wellington, N.Z. CPPIB invests funds on behalf of the Canada Pension Plan. As of Sept. 30, the CPP Fund had $300.5 billion of assets including $38.4 billion in real estate. PSP Investments manages retirement funds for the federal public service, Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the military Reserve Force. As of March 31, it had $116.8 billion of assets under management. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Pre-Feasibility Study to be Done on Vernamfield Aerodrome

first_imgPre-Feasibility Study to be Done on Vernamfield Aerodrome UncategorizedAugust 1, 2007 RelatedPre-Feasibility Study to be Done on Vernamfield Aerodrome Advertisements RelatedPre-Feasibility Study to be Done on Vernamfield Aerodromecenter_img RelatedPre-Feasibility Study to be Done on Vernamfield Aerodrome FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Cabinet has given its Development Unit the go-ahead to negotiate a Memorandum of Understanding with Surrey Paving and Aggregate to undertake a pre-feasibility study for the long-term development of the Vernamfield Aerodrome in Clarendon.Minister of Information and Development, Donald Buchanan, who made this announcement at (July 30) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, pointed out that two preliminary studies were conducted on Vernamfield in February 2000 and March 2001. This study is however expected to expand the scope of the previous two.“The two preliminary studies were confined to using the site to provide air cargo services within Jamaica, mainly, and the rest of the Caribbean region. It is being proposed that the scope be expanded beyond what had been originally contemplated,” he elaborated.This current study will, among other things, investigate the potential uses of the aerodrome for air cargo transshipment; warehousing; aircraft maintenance; a ‘central hub’ for connecting seaport cargo for onward air distribution; and free-zone shopping, targeting Jamaican, Caribbean and Latin American retailers, distributors and procurers.The Vernamfield Aerodrome has been inactive since the United States Air Force lease expired in 1999. In 2007 the Commissioner of Lands handed over the aerodrome to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), which planned to establish an Air Wing; the remaining lands are occupied by farmers.Surrey Paving and Aggregate is a domestic company with experience in airside infrastructure and over 40 years in road construction. They will be associated with Simat Hellieson & Eichner (SH&E) which has more than 40 years international experience in providing transportation, tourism and commercial aviation consultancy.Mr. Buchanan noted that the investment being made by Surrey Paving and Aggregate and Simat Hellieson & Eichner is “in the way of a venture capital and at no cost or liability to the Government. In these circumstances therefore, the proposed arrangement would not fall under Government’s procurement guidelines.”Once the negotiations are completed the Development Unit should return to Cabinet for its vetting and approval.last_img read more

Securing Victoria’s energy system

first_imgSecuring Victoria’s energy system Joint media release with the Minister for Education and Member for Wannon, Dan TehanIn a move to secure Victoria’s energy system, the Morrison Government will safeguard the Portland aluminium smelter’s continued delivery of emergency power reserves to the market.The Portland facility is a major user of electricity, representing around 10 per cent of Victoria’s electricity demand. The Morrison Government has acknowledged the fragility of the Victorian electricity grid given the premature exit of Hazelwood and the rapid investment in intermittent renewables without firming.To ease pressure on the grid, including on particularly hot days, Portland can reduce its demand to ensure the lights stay on. Doing so has helped avoid black outs in Victoria.The Government will underwrite revenue earned by the Alcoa-owned facility for reducing its load when the supply-demand balance is tight.The Government will provide Portland with a guaranteed Reliability and Emergency Reserve Trader (RERT) revenue of up to $76.8 million over four years to 2024-25, subject to negotiation.The underwriting is temporary and will cease once post-2025 electricity market reforms are in place that better value the essential system services provided by large industrial loads.In return for Government underwriting, Portland will be required to participate in the RERT to the maximum extent possible.Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said the Government was focused on maintaining the reliability and security of the electricity system.“The Portland aluminium smelter provides unique and valuable energy services and emergency reserves to the grid, particularly over summer,” Minister Taylor said.“It is three times larger than the largest battery in Australia and has been vital to avoiding black outs in previous summers.“The Government will ensure Portland continues to play that important role and is appropriately compensated for the grid services it provides.“However, the Government’s underwriting is not a silver bullet. We need more dispatchable generation in the system, and we need mechanisms to keep providers of valuable system services participating in the energy market.”Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said the Morrison Government was backing the Portland Smelter to remain viable, and keep locals in jobs, while it acted in the interests of all Victorians.“The Government’s underwriting comes at a time when Victoria has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Keeping the grid reliable and secure is more important now than ever to support jobs, families and businesses,” Mr Tehan said.“If Portland were to close it would risk the reliability and security of the grid, and may lead to the early closure of one of the coal-fired generators the state relies on for much of its power.“If another coal-fired generator closes early, it would mean higher electricity prices for all Victorian consumers as it did when the Hazelwood power plant closed in 2017, which saw prices skyrocket by up to 85 per cent.”AEMO and AusNet also have an obligation to ensure Portland is able to continue to provide these energy services to the grid to deliver affordable, reliable power for consumers. The Commonwealth is working productively with the Victorian Government to ensure assistance is provided, as it did back in 2017.The Government will continue to take necessary steps to ensure an affordable, reliable and secure electricity system to power Australian homes, businesses and industries. /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:AusPol, Australia, Australian, commonwealth, covid-19, education, electricity, Emergency, Government, Hazelwood, Investment, Minister, Morrison, Morrison Government, power plant, security, Victorialast_img read more

Explore CWA panels across campus

first_imgThe Promise of the Circular EconomyWednesday, April 12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Leeds School of Business, room S125Rather than the old economic model of “take, make, dispose,” the new circular economy is built on a restorative “made to be made again” design. Driven by creativity and innovation, it offers a way for forward-looking businesses—working with governments and nonprofits—to thrive while saving the planet.Explore the possibilities with a panel of local and international experts and chat with them at a reception following the panel discussion. Co-sponsored by Leeds School of Business and the Boulder Chamber. Published: April 7, 2017 Categories:ConferencesEvents & Exhibits MFA Exhibition and Curatorial ConversationThursday, April 13, 10:30 a.m. to noon | CU Art MuseumJoin Master of Fine Arts candidates and Aspen Art Museum Director Heidi Zuckerman for the spring 2017 MFA exhibition and curatorial conversation.center_img From art to business, the Conference on World Affairs (CWA) offers exciting panel discussions at locations across campus. Venture beyond the UMC to the Art Museum and Koelbel Building, and experience CWA in a new way. Owning the Visual: Representations of the Female FormTuesday, April 11, 2 to 3:30 p.m. | CU Art MuseumA panel commenting on the Bawdy Bodies exhibition featuring panelists Amy Fox, Pooh Kaye, Anita Sarkeesian, Hope Saska (Art Musuem curator) and G. Willow Wilson Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

He would have been pleased with OJ – Pauletta Chevannes

first_imgRelatedHe would have been pleased with OJ – Pauletta Chevannes He would have been pleased with OJ – Pauletta Chevannes Office of the Prime MinisterNovember 13, 2010 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Mrs. Pauletta Chevannes has expressed appreciation to the government and people of Jamaica, for honouring her late husband, Professor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Alston Barrington ‘Barry’ Chevannes, with the Order of Jamaica (OJ), noting that he would have been pleased.“I want to thank the Prime Minister (Hon. Bruce Golding) for making this offer to him. He would have seen this award as one coming from the Jamaican people,” she said after accepting the posthumous award from Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, on November 12 at King’s House.She said that although she would have preferred for her late husband to have accepted the award himself, “I do accept it with humility because I know that, that is how he would have accepted it.”Professor Chevannes, who died on Friday, November 5 after a period of illness, was bestowed with the nation’s fifth highest honour for his outstanding achievements in research, academia, social development and the preservation of Jamaica’s cultural heritage. His daughters, Amba and Abena, were also on hand for the presentation.Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, has a moment with Pauletta Chevannes (centre), widow of late Professor Emeritus, University of the West Indies (UWI), Alston Barrington ‘Barry’ Chevannes, and daughter Abena, at a ceremony held on November 12 at King’s House, where the Order of Jamaica was posthumously conferred on the professor.The Governor-General said the late professor’s work in academia and other areas is clearly known and appreciated by the nation at large. He expressed the hope that the award would give the family “the sort of assurance and comfort that he had not lived in vain and will be one of those individuals, whose footsteps others will try to fill and to emulate.”“I trust that the honour that (has been) bestowed on him, will also be a means of showing you our appreciation and hope that it will bring great relief also to you and your family as you keep the memento in his honour,” he added.Social anthropologist, former UWI lecturer, historian and cultural activist, Professor Chevannes passed away at the University Hospital of the West Indies. He was admitted to the hospital in September.Professor Chevannes’ association with the UWI spans the Institute of Social and Economic Research, now The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies and the Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work, where he served as Head.He was subsequently appointed Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, a position he held until 2004 when he was appointed Director of the newly created Centre for Public Safety and Justice. He played a leadership role in the University Township Project, which built on work that he had done for many years in the surrounding community of August Town.He was the recipient of several national, international and university awards – Commander of the Order of Distinction, the Institute of Jamaica Centenary Medal for work in the field of culture (1979); the Norman Manley Award for Excellence in the field of social development (1997); the UWI Guild of Graduates Pelican Award for contribution in the field of anthropology (1998); and the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in research, teaching, University service, and service to the wider society. He was also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute.Professor Chevannes was Chair of the Council of the Institute of Jamaica, and founder of Fathers Incorporated, and Partners for Peace. He also chaired the National Commission on Ganja from 2000 to 2001. He was a member of the Peace Management Initiative (PMI) of the Ministry of National Security; Chairman of the Jamaican Justice System Reform Task Force and Co-chaired the CARICOM Commission on Youth Development.Prime Minister Golding; Member of Parliament for Central Kingston, Rev. Ronald Thwaites; and Principal of UWI, Professor Gordon Shirley, were among those who attended today’s ceremony. RelatedHe would have been pleased with OJ – Pauletta Chevannescenter_img RelatedHe would have been pleased with OJ – Pauletta Chevannes Advertisementslast_img read more

Huawei mulls Honor sub-brand asset sale

first_img Huawei founder urges shift to software Devices HonorHuawei HomeDevicesNews Huawei mulls Honor sub-brand asset sale Xiaomi Q4 boosted by Huawei woes Previous ArticleFollow our latest #MWLThemedWeek!Next ArticleNokia seeks cost efficiency with Google Cloud tie-up Xiaomi ousts Huawei in Latin America smartphones Relatedcenter_img Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Chris Donkin AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore4 14 OCT 2020 Huawei opened talks with several companies regarding a sale of assets related to its youth-focused device range Honor, Reuters reported, with the brand itself, R&D facilities and supply chain management all potentially on the block.The news outlet’s sources named existing Honor distributor Digital China Group as among the players in talks about buying the assets, with rival suitors potentially including fellow device makers Xiaomi and one of TCL Communication’s group of businesses.Depending on the make-up of the final deal, it could be worth between CNY15 billion ($2.2 billion) and CNY25 billion.Huawei’s rationale is reportedly an attempt to refocus its smartphone business on higher-end models currently supplied under its core brand.Were Honor to be under new ownership it would also likely fall outside of a ban on sourcing some components currently being imposed on Huawei by the US, though if another Chinese company was the buyer it could still find itself caught-up in the ongoing technology trade war.Honor devices are sold in China and across a range of international markets, aimed at a youthful demographic and budget-conscious consumers. In addition to smartphones, the company sells a range of electronics including TVs, ear buds and toothbrushes.Although Huawei does not break down Honor sales from its annual reports, South China Morning Post last week reported the brand brought in more than $10 billion of revenue since 2015. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Author Tags last_img read more

Delta Air Lines Bans Motorized, Rideable Suitcases

first_img For Whom The Bell Rings Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility 1:09 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Related Stories 1:09The latest electronic device Delta Air Lines’ has forbidden on its planes is a rideable suitcase.Those are rolling bags you can sit on and ride through the airport.Just like hoverboards, the problem is with the lithium ion batteries.It’s the same type of battery in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which federal authorities banned from planes in October. Drengenberg is an electrical engineer and consumer safety director at UL, the company that sets safety standards for everything from toasters to lithium ion batteries.“We want a lot of energy in our phones and in our laptops and in our hoverboards and we don’t want to be recharging them all the time, so the lithium ion technology is great for that, because it can carry a large charge in a small amount of space,” Drengenberg said.  It’s also why, he said, if the batteries are not properly manufactured, the chemicals inside can expand and cause an explosion.“We’ve been testing lithium ion batteries for several decades already, it’s not a new technology, although the way they’ve grown and gotten into many different products is the reason that airlines have banned them, because many of them have not been certified for safety,” Drengenberg said.Federal authorities haven’t banned the rideable suitcases, but Delta Air Lines has. A spokesman said manufacturers were not providing enough information about the size and power of the batteries.Federal aviation rules do prohibit any device with a lithium ion battery of more than 160 watt hours on carry-on or checked bags.Like us on Facebook Share ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Partylast_img read more