SEC webpage tracks agency’s ESG activity

first_imgSEC signals its focus on ESG 5 4 Why Tony Robbins, tax shelters and financial advisers don’t mix 1 For reprint and licensing requests for this article, click here,MOST READ Newsletters Over the last couple weeks, the Securities and Exchange Commission has engaged in a whirlwind of activity related to climate change and environmental, social and governance investing. On Monday, the agency established a webpage to help the public keep track of what has become the agency’s highest-profile priority. InvestCloud to acquire Advicent and NaviPlan planning softwarecenter_img Subscribe for original insights, commentary and analysis of the issues facing the financial advice community, from the InvestmentNews team. House committee poised to advance SECURE 2.0 retirement savings bill The Gates divorce: Lessons for financial advisers 2 House panel unanimously passes SECURE 2.0 The site is part of the agencywide response to what the SEC says is soaring demand from investors for information about climate and ESG issues. A link at the top of the SEC homepage directs visitors to the site, which will be continuously updated.The webpage highlights the SEC’s request for comment on climate disclosure, a directive on climate-related disclosures, an announcement that the SEC Division of Examinations has elevated ESG as an examination priority, an announcement of an enforcement task force on climate and ESG, and an investor bulletin.“Our all-of-SEC approach looks at how climate and ESG intersect with our broader regulatory framework to get investors the information they need to plan for their financial future,” SEC Acting Chair Allison Herren Lee said in a statement.The SEC’s intense focus on ESG issues is expected to continue after the Senate confirms Gary Gensler, the Biden administration’s nominee for SEC chair. In a Senate Banking Committee hearing earlier this month, Gensler voiced support for expanding corporate ESG disclosures.When Gensler is confirmed, the SEC will have a 3-2 Democratic majority. The two Republican members of the commission, Hester Peirce and Elad Roisman, have pushed back against the SEC’s recent ESG moves. 3last_img read more

What’s happening at Olympia, The London International Horse Show

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews Email* From 16-22 December, Olympia, The London International Horse Show returns to the prestigious Olympia Grand for a week of world-class equestrian competition at the UK’s largest indoor equestrian event.With less than a week to go, here’s what you can expect at the 2019 edition of the Show:Elite International CompetitionThe seven-day extravaganza will include three FEI World CupTM events in Dressage, Jumping and Driving, all of which will feature the world’s best equestrian athletes. The action will begin with the FEI Dressage World CupTM Grand Prix supported by Horse & Hound on Monday 16 December, featuring Britain’s illustrious Olympic Champions, Charlotte Dujardin CBE and Carl Hester MBE. The FEI World CupTM action continues on Friday 20 December with the opening leg of the FEI Driving World Cup TM presented by Eurofip International before the Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM on Saturday 21 December.The Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM will host seven of the world’s top ten show jumpers, including the top two ranked riders in the world, Swiss compatriots Steve Guerdat and Martin Fuchs. Adding to the excitement of the class will be British stars Ben Maher and Scott Brash, who will be sure to have the crowd behind them, as they look to score a second consecutive home victory.In addition to the FEI World CupTM events, top class international show jumping highlights include the Cayenne Puissance on Wednesday 18 December and the Longines Christmas Cracker on Friday 20 December, culminating with one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the week, the Turkish Airlines Olympia Grand Prix on Sunday 22 December.Dressage UnwrappedOn Monday 16 December, the brand-new ‘Dressage Unwrapped’ masterclass will take place at Olympia, The London International Horse Show. The innovative and inspirational event will involve three of Britain’s most celebrated dressage riders, Carl Hester, Gareth Hughes and Richard Davison, sharing their secrets of the technical discipline with the Olympia audience.Over the course of ninety-minutes, they will uncover all aspects of dressage including; producing, training and managing dressage horses, with some help from their celebrity equestrian friends. They will also discuss the pressures of competition and what it takes to compete at the highest level. The crowd will be exposed to rare insight as each rider shares the tricks of the trade and their own unique experiences.Olympia Live ZoneThe hugely popular Live Zone is returning to the Show and will give spectators the opportunity to meet their favourite riders, as well as interact with some of the world’s most influential equestrian stars.The Markel Jockeys Jumping in aid of the Injured Jockeys FundThe highly anticipated return of the Markel Jockeys Jumping in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund, will be one of the main attractions for Friday evening’s ‘Race Night’ on 20 December. The format will see an all girls’ team, captained by Bridget Andrews, go head-to-head with an all boys’ team captained by the legendary Sir AP McCoy, who will be coming out of retirement for the night.Shopping VillageAs well as watching the arena action, spectators will have the chance to visit the extensive Shopping Village at Olympia which boasts over 250 shops, showcasing the latest equestrian and lifestyle fashion, design and innovation. Whether it be riding clothing, equipment or luxury products such as jewellery and home décor, the Shopping Village at Olympia will have it.Spectators can also expect…Boosting what is already a jam-packed week of competitive action and entertainment will be the season finale of The Saracens Horse Feeds Shetland Pony Grand National, the Kennel Club Dog Agility and several National Championships, including The Voltaire Design Under 25 Show Jumping Championship and The BSPS Ridden Mountain and Moorland Championship sponsored by LeMieux.The iconic Musical Ride of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment will be performing daily, demonstrating remarkable horsemanship and impeccable precision and coordination, as will the incredible horse whisperer, Jean-François Pignon. The showman is set to perform his new ‘Black and White’ display, featuring eight white and six black mares, for the first time in the UK, and is bound to leave the crowd mesmerised with his unique skills.For more information, please visit www.olympiahorseshow.com Tags: Dressage, show jumping, Olympia, London International Horse Show, SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Four more places for IHF World Handball Championship 2021

first_imgDHB reaction on “WCh 2021 case”: Benefit for all in German handball 19 of 32 teams ready for Egypt 2021 Click to comment EGYPT 2021: Switzerland beat Iceland, Slovenia on +10 against North Macedonia Related Items:IHF World Handball Championship 2021 Recommended for you ShareTweetShareShareEmail ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsExactly 28 of 32 teams are already qualified for the Men’s IHF World Handball Championship 2021 in Egypt. QUALIFIED TEAMS(Last update: 24 April 2020)Hosts: Egypt (EGY)Reigning world champions: Denmark (DEN)Africa: Algeria (ALG), Angola (ANG), Cape Verde (CPV), DR Congo (COD), Morocco (MAR), Tunisia (TUN)Asia: Bahrain (BRN), Japan (JPN), Qatar (QAT), Republic of Korea (KOR)Europe: Austria (AUT), Belarus (BLR), Croatia (CRO), Czech Republic (CZE), France (FRA), Germany (GER), Hungary (HUN), Iceland (ISL), Norway (NOR), Portugal (POR), Spain (ESP), Slovenia (SLO), Sweden (SWE)South and Central America: Argentina (ARG), Brazil (BRA), Uruguay (URU)UPCOMING QUALIFICATION EVENTSNorth America and the CaribbeanMen’s NAC Championship (date tbd, Mexico)South and Central AmericaLast Chance Tournament (15-21 June 2020, El Salvador) Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

‘Sensitivity and care’ needed on CT legal changes

first_img– The establishment of a distinct, hybrid category of transport-only community transport organisations, according to size, with proportionate licensing and driver training requirements – Proposals to maintain the availability of drivers across the community transport sector – Proportionate measures to collect and publish relevant data, including on the number of permits issued and the type of work undertaken using those permits, including under public sector contractThe report has been welcomed by the industry. Bill Freeman Chief Executive of Community Transport Association says: “Following its investigation into community transport the Transport Select Committee in its report has confirmed; that community transport is invaluable, safe, operating within commonly understood guidelines, and for many people, the only means of getting to where they need to be. “It is import that the Department for Transport now reflects on the Committee’s findings and considers the range of public policy solutions to ensure community transport can not only survive, but thrive.“The CTA will be in contact with the Department to again make the point that the upcoming consultation must not take a narrow legalist approach but encourage a discussion on the range of policy options available, including any changes to legislation.”The Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) says: “CPT welcomes the Select Committee’s report which recognises that the legal and regulatory framework under which community transport services operate needs updating. “CPT has always maintained that large and well-resourced organisations that have been using the permit system to compete unfairly against licensed operators should play by the same rules as those licensed operators. “The Committee’s report acknowledges that where instances of unfairness occur, they should be addressed.  CPT looks forward to participating in the Department for Transport’s consultation, and is confident that the updated legislation will result in a system that is fairer for all operators.”Lianna Etkind, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport says: “We welcome the Transport Committee’s recommendations on safeguarding the future of community transport. “Community Transport is vital for people across the country, especially in places where bus routes have been cut, or where there is simply not enough demand for a commercial bus service to run. “The Government, community transport providers and local authorities must now work together to ensure that the community transport sector can continue to connect people up to services, friends and family – otherwise even more people will be left alone in their homes, isolated from social contact.” Download the report here – The likely capacity implications for the DVSA and Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain of any new regime that requires significantly more applications for PSV operator licenses and professional driver training The Government “must protect the social value of community transport,” says the Transport Committee.It is calling on the Government to “demonstrate care and sensitivity” as it moves to consult on reforming the community transport permit system.In its report, Community transport and the Department for Transport’s proposed consultation, the Committee’s MPs “acknowledge that UK law and guidance have become out of step with some community transport practice and EU Regulations.”However, warns the Committee, the Department for Transport (DfT) “must fully assess the potential knock-on effects” of its proposed consultation on essential community-based local transport services to vulnerable people who would otherwise suffer isolation.“It is essential that the social value added by the UK’s diverse and unique community transport sector is not lost.”It says “concerns about licencing some community transport activities via the permit system have been emerging for many years.”Referring to the campaign by the Bus and Coach Association, which argues that in some regions current practices create unfairness in contestable markets such as home-to-school transport, the report says the DfT “acted too slowly and without sensitivity to the sector.”Committee Chair Lilian Greenwood MP says: “Community transport has changed considerably since legislation in 1985 and guidance has developed to fit widely accepted practice. In general, community transport organisations have acted in good faith and in line with guidance while delivering considerable social benefits.“The Department has been forced to act by the threat of imminent legal action, but its consultation should avoid a narrow, legalistic focus.“Where instances of unfairness occur, they should be addressed. But the Department needs to more fully understand the scale of the problem, and the wider implications of the solutions it proposes.“It must not use a sledgehammer to crack a nut. While the Department has a duty to settle the legal issues, protection of essential services that enhance the lives of many thousands of vulnerable people is imperative.“The Department should get on with the consultation as soon as practicable, but it should broaden the scope in line with our recommendations.”  The Committee recommends the Department for Transport launches its consultation as soon as practicable. The scope should include consideration of:– The interplay with commissioning bodies’ duties under the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 – Proposals for a clearer division of responsibility for regulation, monitoring and enforcement of the permit and operator licensing systems between the DfT, DVSA and the Traffic Commissioners – A suitable, clearly communicated transition period before any widespread enforcement of any new regime, and a range of suitable government support for those required to transition to new operating modelslast_img read more

Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real Announce ‘Naked Garden’ LP, Shares Alternate Take On “Civilized Hell” [Listen]

first_imgLukas Nelson & Promise of the Real has announced the forthcoming release of the country-rock outfit’s next studio effort, Naked Garden, due out March 27th on Fantasy Records. The 15-track album acts as the companion to Turn Off the News (Build a Garden) with a mix of unreleased tracks and alternate versions that didn’t appear on the 2019 release.Related: Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion Announces 2020 Lineup: Lukas Nelson, Margo Price, MoreThe songs from both albums were tracked at southern California’s Shangri-La Studios and Village Studios. The mix of 15 new recordings, however, will have more of a “raw” feel to them, according to the album’s announcement.“Some strings are out of tune. Some lyrics are inconsistent. There’s microphone bleed, tape machine buzz, conversations and laughter between takes…that’s how we like it,” the band said of the recordings featured on Naked Garden. “Our hope is that ‘Naked Garden’ offers a glimpse behind the curtain, at POTR in our most raw, honest, and naked state.”Fans get their first taste of the album with the alternate version of “Civilized Hell” which was also shared on Friday.Listen to the new alternate take on “Civilized Hell” below.Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real – “Civilized Hell” (Alternate Version)[Video: Lukas Nelson]Nelson and his band will hit the road this spring for The Naked Garden Tour in support of the forthcoming album with shows scheduled to begin on March 22nd in Springfield, MO and continuing until May 2nd in Phoenix, AZ. Click here for tickets and tour details.Scroll down to check out the tracklisting for The Naked Garden, available for pre-order here.Naked Garden Tracklist1. “Entirely Different Stars”2. “Civilized Hell (Alternate Version)”3. “Back When I Cared”4. “Movie in My Mind”5. “Focus on the Music”6. “My Own Wave”7. “Fade to Black”8. “Out in L.A. (Extended Version)”9. “Couldn’t Break Your Heart”10. “Speak the Truth”11. “Civilized Hell (Acoustic Version)”12. “Bad Case (Alternate Version)”13. “Stars Made of You (Alternate Version)”14. “Where Does Love Go (Alternate Version)”15. “The Way You Say Goodbye (Alternate Version)”View Album Tracklist[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Sanders sticks fork in Senate GMO labeling bill

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Governor Peter Shumlin each issued statements on US Senate action days before Vermont’s first-in-the nation GMO labeling law takes effect: “On Friday, Vermont will become the first state in the nation to require GMO labeling. This is a triumph for ordinary Americans over the powerful interests of Monsanto and other multi-national food industry corporations.Senator Sanders. VBM file photo.”We cannot allow Vermont’s law to be overturned by bad federal legislation that has just been announced. I will do everything I can to defeat this bill, beginning by putting a hold on it in the Senate.“The agreement announced by Senators Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow would create a confusing, misleading and unenforceable national standard for labeling GMOs. It would impose no penalties for violating the labeling requirement, making the law essentially meaningless.“This isn’t controversial. The overwhelming majority of Americans favor GMO labeling. People have a right to know what is in the food they eat.”Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)Labeling Genetically Engineered IngredientsSenate FloorJune 28, 2016″This week marks an historic moment in Vermont.  This coming Friday, July 1, Vermont’s Act 120, the first-in-the-nation labeling law for genetically engineered (GE) foods, will take effect.  Unfortunately for consumers everywhere, it could be a short-lived celebration.  Late last week, a so-called “deal” was reached on a national mandatory labeling law.  I have now had the chance to review this proposal closely.  Vermonters have reviewed it closely.  I can say this:  It falls short.Senator Leahy. VBM file photo.This is an extremely complex issue – from how we define genetically engineered foods, to how we treat animal products; from the impact on the organics industry to how small businesses respond.  The details matter.  And that is why the Vermont Legislature spent two years debating it, with more than 50 committee hearings featuring testimony from more than 130 representatives on all sides of the issue.  The Senate has not held a single hearing on labeling, and only one hearing on the issue of biotechnology, but none on the issue of labeling foods or seeds.To be fair, the proposal unveiled last Thursday is an improvement over the legislation that the Senate rejected in March.  That bill would continue the current status quo.  It proposed a meaningless “volunteer-only” approach, a thinly veiled attempt to block Vermont’s labeling law and keep any other state from acting.  This current proposal at least acknowledges that states like Vermont have acted in this area.We heard from the organic industry, expressing reservations over how they might be treated under a federal GE labeling program.  Some of those concerns have been addressed, and the proposal reinforces that the USDA Organic seal remains the gold standard. The proposal follows what Vermont’s Act 120 does with respect to animal products and addresses the gap in the Vermont law for processed foods inspected by USDA.The proposal also acknowledges, at long last, what I have been saying for the past year: that in many rural parts of this country, including most of Vermont, we have significant technological challenges that make it nearly impossible for consumers to access the electronic or digital disclosure methods allowed in this bill.  By requiring the Secretary of Agriculture to complete a study on this issue, I believe these difficulties unavoidably will be recognized, and the Secretary should have the authority he needs to require additional disclosure options.  I do hope, however, that the proponents of this proposal will not try to put the burden on our retail establishments to install costly digital scanners.The proponents of this “deal” were sent back to the drawing board after we succeeded in derailing the earlier proposal on March 16.  I was proud to lead Vermont’s efforts to prevent that bill from passing.  While it is true that this new attempt is an improvement in several ways, it is clear that this revised plan is driven more by the perspectives of powerful special interests, than by a commitment to honor consumers’ right to know.  Consumers’ right to know merits only grudging acceptance in this plan; consumers are far from this plan’s highest priority. And so, while this proposal makes some positive, though modest, improvements, I remain deeply concerned that it will not offer transparency for consumers, transparency that many companies have already opted to provide.Thanks to the citizen-led efforts in Vermont, we are seeing more and more consumer-friendly information easily accessible to shoppers.  No scanning some code.  No calling an 800 number. They simply flip the product over and see if the product has genetically engineered ingredients. We have seen countless pictures sent in by shoppers finding these labels.  Labeling is neither complicated nor cost-prohibitive in practice.To make matters worse, this bill has absolutely no enforcement mechanism.  The negotiators of this proposal seem to think public pressure will be enough to force these multi-million dollar corporations to comply.  This proposal makes consumers the cops on the beat, policing companies to provide information about the contents of their product.  Surely families squeezing every minute out of every day will have time to hold companies accountable in the court of public opinion.  We should not place this added burden on consumers seeking only to know what they are feeding their families.At the end of the day, each of us have different reasons for wanting to know what is in our foods. The fact is that without labeling of GE foods, consumers cannot make informed choices. This purported “deal” does not go far enough to give consumers what they are asking for, a simple on-package label or symbol.And of course, this bill does more than just block states from enacting GE food labeling laws like Vermont’s Act 120.  It also blocks a longstanding seed labeling law in Vermont, one that Vermont’s organic farmers appreciate, as do conventional farmers and even backyard hobby gardeners.  This is a law that has been on the books since 2004 and ensures clear, meaningful information for farmers to know exactly what they are buying.Perhaps in a state like Kansas where the last Organic Farm Survey in 2014 counted only 83 organic farms, or in Michigan, where there were some 332 organic farms in a state that is 10 times the size of Vermont, having access to that seed information is not considered very useful or important to farmers.  But in a state like Vermont, where our organic farming association assures me that we now have well over 600 organic farms, our seed labeling law is important.  The industry has complied with it for the last twelve years.  Yet with no hearings and no debate, this deal will block Vermont’s seed law and prevent any other state that sought to enact one as well.As the Senate author of the national organic standards and labeling program, I continue to closely monitor and work to protect the high standards for the organic program that have given consumers’ confidence in the organic label, and that have given organic producers the strong, clear and meaningful standards that they have demanded.  These clear rules have ensured the success of the program and have given all producers a level playing field.  This extraordinarily successful program is the key reason that America’s organic sector continues its multi-billion-dollar growth and acceptance both here at home, and abroad, in the products we export.  Labeling of genetically engineered products is an outgrowth of the organic movement.  As a watchdog of that program, I simply cannot support this proposal.Vermonters have a long tradition of leading the national debate, on issues crossing the spectrum.  Vermonters stand for transparency and a consumer’s right to know.  Vermonters want to make informed decisions for their families and with their limited grocery budgets.  We acknowledge that powerful interests are allied against Vermont’s law and against the nation’s consumers.  That has been a fact from the beginning.  The proposal released last week does not respect the work that Vermont has painstakingly done in this space, and this Vermonter will not – cannot – support it.  Vermonters deserve better.  And so do all Americans.”Governor Shumlin signing the GMO bill in May 2014.Governor Shumlin said in his statement: “Our small state has been a pioneer in pushing vigorously for the rights of consumers to know what’s in their food. Our labeling law is set to take effect on July 1. It appears Congress has struck a deal that would preempt our law and replace it with a flawed national labeling standard.  While in concept a national standard makes sense, I have deep concerns with the provisions in this legislation.First, this bill will preempt Vermont and delay for several years the right for consumers nationwide to know what’s in their food. Second, while Vermont required GMO information printed right on the label, the legislation being put forward in Congress allows the food manufacturer to choose how to disclose the information, including using an electronic code that has to be scanned by a device to access GMO information. That solution falls short for consumers who lack access to technology or the internet to find out what’s in their food.In addition, I have concerns about a lack of clarity for enforcing monetary penalties if a company fails to comply with the labeling standard, which would render it toothless. Finally, the legislation – unlike Vermont’s – would potentially allow products with a significant portion of GMO ingredients to skate by without being subject to labeling requirements.The Vermont Congressional delegation have been tireless champions for Vermonters on this issue. I’ll be working with Sen. Leahy, Sen. Sanders and Rep. Welch  in the coming days to see if we can remedy the serious defects in this national legislation. If we cannot, this legislation should not become law and I will oppose it.”Source: WASHINGTON, June 28 – Senator Bernie Sanders; Senator Patrick Leahy; Governor Shumlinlast_img read more

From feet freedom to waterproof/windproof – new shoes from On

first_imgAward-winning Swiss running brand, On, has two new shoes on the way. The first is the winter edition Cloudrunner (waterproof and windproof for those miserable winter training months) which is available now; and the second is the new Cloudster that will launch in January 2015.On Cloudster 2015On is introducing the re-engineered On Cloudster for its 2015 collection. Built with the On DNA of ‘ultimate performance, comfort and fun’, the On Cloudster continues to provide ‘superior cushioning while updating and enhancing the shoe’s upper.’In the Cloudster, On is introducing its Adaptive-Fit concept –an intelligent 4 Way-Stretch fabric that adjusts itself completely to provide the perfect fit. The toes are given the freedom to splay out easily and benefit from the natural cushioning capabilities of the feet. According to On, this gives the stability for an effective push-off. “We wanted to create a shoe that fits to all types of feet and provides ultimate comfort,” explained On co-founder and 6-time Ironman Champion Olivier Bernhard. “So many people struggle with finding the perfect running shoe. The all new Cloudster means freedom for your feet and comfort down to the tips of your toes.”The Cloudster features On’s patented CloudTec sole that combines a soft landing with a firm push-off. The result is billed as a new running experience: fast, light and agile.The new Cloudster will be available from December 2014 in classic Black/White for both men and women and then a striking Chili/Curacao for women and Denim/Lime for men. The Cloudster has an RRP in the UK of £110.On Cloudrunner Winter EditionThe Swiss know only too well that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad equipment. Utilising the clever Swiss technology of On, the new Cloudrunner Winter Edition braves the elements and keeps runners’ feet warm and dry.Equipped with a high-tech membrane, the Winter Edition is now also 100% water- and windproof and yet retains breathability. The adjusted tongue provides comfort and protects from wet conditions and dirt.The young Swiss running brand On with its award-winning technology is also aiming to facilitate a new running sensation, which combines a soft landing with a powerful push-off. “The Cloudrunner brings the unique On running sensation, often described as running on clouds, into the winter,” notes Olivier Bernhard, six-time Ironman Champion and Co-Founder of On.“It has been engineered for long-distance runs, endurance and off road training in cold and wet conditions. Dry and warm feet run faster,” he added. An enforced CloudTec system with 15 high-profile Clouds absorbs heavy impact and provide stability and underfoot protection. The Cloudrunner Winter Edition, which weighs 290g / 350g, is immediately available for both men and women in stormblack/sea and stormblack/mauve for £140.The 2014 On collection includes its lightest, cushioned running shoe Cloud, the ultra-light Cloudracer, the popular Cloudsurfer, the Cloudrunner and the fun Cloudster. The On brand is available at over 1,300 leading specialty running stores in 25 countries and online.www.on-running.comcenter_img Relatedlast_img read more

Recognizing the basic structure of language is not unique to the human brain

first_imgLinkedIn Share on Facebook Share A team led at Newcastle University, UK, has shed light on the evolutionary roots of language in the brain.Publishing in Nature Communications, the team led by Dr Ben Wilson and Professor Chris Petkov explain how using an imaging technique to explore the brain activity in humans and monkeys has identified the evolutionary origins of cognitive functions in the brain that underpin language and allow us to evaluate orderliness in sequences of sounds.This new knowledge will help our understanding of how we learn – and lose – language such as in aphasia after a stroke or in dementia. Share on Twittercenter_img Pinterest Email Scanning the brains of humans and macaque monkeys, the research team has identified the area at the front of the brain which in both humans and monkeys recognises when sequences of sounds occur in a legal order or in an unexpected, illegal order.Professor Petkov said: “Young children learn the rules of language as they develop, even before they are able to produce language. So, we used a ‘made up’ language first developed to study infants, which our lab has shown the monkeys can also learn. We then determined how the human and monkey brain evaluates the sequences of sounds from this made up language.”The team first had the humans and monkeys listen to example sequences from the made up language, allowing them to hear what were correct orderings in the sequence of sounds. They then scanned the brain activity of both species as they listened to new sequences that either had a correct order or could not have been generated by the made up language.Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) revealed that in both groups a corresponding region of the brain – the ventral frontal and opercular cortex – responded to the order that both species had learned to expect.These results suggest that the function of this frontal region, which is one of the areas involved in processing the order of words in a sentence in human language, is shared in both humans and primates, revealing its evolutionary origins. This brain region seems to monitor the orderliness, or organisation, of what is heard, which is an important cognitive function that provides a foundation for the more complex language abilities of humans.These results provide first evidence that some of the functions of this brain area, which include understanding language in humans, are shared by other animals.Professor Petkov adds: “This will help us answer questions on how we learn language and on what goes wrong when we lose language, for example after a brain injury, stroke or dementia.”Building on these developments, the Newcastle University team, with their neurology collaborators in Cambridge and Reading Universities have begun a project to study the function of this brain region and its role in language impairment in aphasic patients with stroke, which might lead to better diagnosis and prognosis of language impairment.Professor Petkov explains: “Identifying this similarity between the monkey and human brain is also key to understanding the brain regions that support language but are not unique to us and can be studied in animal models using state-of-the-art neuroscientific technologies.”last_img read more

Survey finds strong support for paid sick leave

first_imgJun 21, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – More than half of workers without paid sick days went to work when they had an infectious illness such as the flu, compared with 37% of those with paid leave, according to a report today from a nonprofit group that also found strong support for legislating paid sick days.The report was commissioned by the Public Welfare Foundation, a Washington, DC–based foundation involved with worker’s rights, healthcare reform, and criminal justice issues. The study was conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago this spring. Representatives from the two groups unveiled the report today during an audio briefing, and the full 44-page report is available on the Public Welfare Foundation’s Web site.Tom W. Smith, senior fellow at NORC, told reporters that the survey included a national sample of 1,461 adults and was conducted between March and May. He said the questions were designed to gauge respondents’ opinions about and experiences with sick leave policies.Fifty-five percent of respondents without paid sick leave reported going to work with a contagious illness like influenza, compared with 37% among those who had paid sick days. In addition, 16% of all respondents reported losing a job for taking time off from work while ill or to care for a sick family member.Smith said support for paid sick leave showed some variation by political party affiliation, but showed moderate to strong support overall. He said 85% of those who strongly affiliate with the Democratic party support paid sick leave, with 64% support among those who strongly affiliate with the Republican party.Deborah Leff, president of the Public Welfare Foundation, said lack of paid sick days affects 40 million Americans, and many more don’t have sick days that can be used to care for a sick child or family member. She said survey findings suggest the gap has important public health implications, for example, restaurant workers who go to work sick and risk spreading foodborne or other illnesses.”Let me be clear: Paid sick days affect everyone,” she said.The survey also showed that twice as many workers without paid sick days (24%) sent a sick child to school or daycare than workers with paid sick days (14%).Leff said that the group’s survey suggests that lack of paid sick days drives up the cost of healthcare. Twenty percent of those without paid sick days said they used hospital emergency departments to get medical care, because they couldn’t take time off work to see their regular provider. For comparison, 10% of those who had paid leave used emergency departments for medical care.The survey also polled respondents on their opinions about paid sick leave as it relates to smaller businesses. Seventeen percent said employers with fewer than 15 employees should be exempted from providing any sick days, 47% said smaller employers should provide “some but fewer” sick days to employees, and 33% said smaller businesses should provide the same number of sick days as larger companies.The emergence of the pandemic H1N1 virus thrust the paid sick leave issue into the public eye, as health officials and employers worked to blunt the impact of the spread of the virus. In the first few months of the pandemic, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised employers to review their leave, pay, and benefits policies to determine if any adjustments were needed to allow infected workers to stay home while contagious.Some public health officials and business experts said making paid sick leave a national standard is key to controlling the impact of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and future infectious disease outbreaks. However, others cautioned that forcing businesses to provide paid sick leave hurts recession recovery and future hiring and investment.Two bills guaranteeing paid sick leave to employees are before Congress. For example, the Healthy Families Act would allow workers at businesses with 15 or more employees to earn up to 7 paid sick days annually.See also:Jun 21 Public Welfare Foundation press releaseJun 21 sick leave reportNov 17, 2009, CIDRAP News story “Sick-leave standard as anti-flu weapon stirs debate”last_img read more

Updated Emergency Public Health Order Includes Further Restrictions On New Mexico Food Establishments

first_imgSTATE News:Effective immediately, food establishments in New Mexico may only serve customers using take-out and delivery options. These restrictions are being implemented under an emergency public health order from the New Mexico Department of Health in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.The Department of Health and the Environment Department, which regulates food establishments, strongly encourage businesses to utilize curbside take-out and drive-through options when possible and ask that customers call in orders ahead of time. If customers must enter the facility to order or pick up food, facilities should limit the number of customers inside to no more than 10 and encourage social distancing of at least 6 feet between each person.Restaurants should also keep staffing levels at no more than 10 at any given time.The increased restrictions also include the closing of indoor shopping malls. However, restaurants located within shopping malls with a separate exterior entrance may stay open. Restaurants located inside shopping malls without exterior access must close.The provisions of this emergency public health order are now being enforced by the New Mexico Environment Department, Regulation and Licensing Department, Department of Homeland Security and State Police. These agencies are increasing surveillance of establishments to monitor and enforce compliance. Failure to comply will result in civil or criminal penalties, including a possibility of loss of licensure.More information is available at https://www.env.nm.gov/foodprogram/. A list of Food Program field offices and contact information is available at https://www.env.nm.gov/district-field-offices/.The latest information about COVID-19 in New Mexico is available at https://www.newmexico.gov/.last_img read more