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first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article LettersOn 1 Aug 2002 in Personnel Today This month’s lettersBullies at workI read with interest your article Bullies at work (April 2002) and howoccupational health nurses have a pivotal role to play in tackling workplacebullying. What happens when it is the OH adviser who is the person beingbullied? This has happened to me over a long period. I did not recognise it asbullying at first but after some intervention from the personnel department itseemed to get better for a short time after an apology was given. However, itnow continues in a very subtle way. I have found it increasingly difficult to go to work. I know it is thoughtthat the victim is a weak person, but one becomes weak through constant ‘putdowns’. There is no eye contact when trying to communicate or have a discussionabout a client’s health, or at meetings. There is a general lack of support. It is very easy to lose confidence in one’s ability to make decisions, andretaining status is certainly difficult. All the buzz words and policies, ie Improving working lives (Investors inPeople) sound great and the hospital where I work is up there with the best ofthem, but nothing is put into practice. Name and address supplied Further criticism of the RCNHaving had a letter published by you in October 2000 (RCN support underscrutiny) I feel I must make a further comment on managing harassment andbullying in the workplace, especially in the NHS, and the poor assistance givenby a particular union. The nursing organisation/ union, the Royal College of Nursing, has issuedpublications on how to tackle the problem of bullying. Also they apparentlytrain their staff and stewards to give seminars to members. Yet at the last branch meeting in Worthing we were informed that a regionaldirector has been suspended from duty with harassment and bullying beingmentioned. And according to the Saturday editions of The Times and the Daily Telegraphon 15 June, apparently another five staff have also been suspended from duty.Confidentiality does not seem to feature anywhere. Surely, as a union, the Royal College of Nursing should know how to manageits own office? If not, then how on earth can it try to overcome poormanagement in the NHS and the enormous problems nurses face? Name and address suppliedlast_img read more

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The REInterview: Real estate’s climate reckoning, with Fifth Wall’s Brendan Wallace and Greg Smithies

first_img Share via Shortlink Looking beyond the public giants, real estate is such a dynastic business that owners are almost programmed to think long-term. So I’m surprised there hasn’t been much from the leading industry families in New York and California on this.Wallace: I can tell you where those CEOs and where those real estate companies are going because capital markets Darwinism does work. They are on the wrong side of history and it will end poorly for them. Some real estate companies will get this and will transform themselves and will start to look something not quite like what we historically thought of as a real estate company, but a little more like a real estate company meets R&D lab for climate tech meets energy company. And the ones that do will look like Tesla stock, versus all the other automobile manufacturers.  “I love to talk about this concept of a climate Trojan horse, these technologies that your CFO wants to install even if they care nothing about the environment.” Smithies: Look at oil and gas, where you have Ørsted, a Danish oil major [multinational firm]. They flipped on a dime and said, “We are going to become a 100% renewable energy company.” They’re now the world’s largest offshore wind owner and operator, and their stock in the last two years is up 300 percent whilst all the rest of the oil majors are down on average 20 or 30 percent.Pretty much every building worth its salt in New York is LEED Gold, LEED Silver, something. But is that making a dent in any way, besides a nice logo for a landlord’s website?Smithies: It’s a drop in the ocean of what we actually need to be doing. I don’t want to discourage people from trying because it’s a first step, but assuming that it is the only requisite step you need to do is a bald-faced lie that I think the industry has been telling themselves.Wallace: The fundamental hard problems of getting real estate assets to true carbon-zero are in front of us, not behind us. It’s not a question of adopting what we have today. It is yet to be created. And no one’s talking about this gigantic R&D science hole. The gap is billions of dollars that [needs to go] into science R&D. (Fifth Wall estimates that real estate companies have invested just under $95 million in climate tech.)Real estate is a business of certainty. You look at a pile of dirt and…Wallace: Used to be a business of certainty.Fair. But you could pencil things out: Here’s what I’m paying for the land, here are my soft costs, hard costs, here’s what I can make. What you’re talking about though is a leap of faith.Wallace: It can be seen as scary, but it’s actually an opportunity for real estate companies that embrace this. They have this power of incumbency. They can recharacterize and reinvent their business and start investing in the tech to change what it is they do.Smithies: Let’s say we are putting money into companies that are inventing the new technologies that are required to build carbon-zero buildings. We happen to invest in this company, let’s call it “Building to Zero Inc.” It has invented the only way to build a high-rise that is net-zero. Our LPs, by virtue of the fact that they are invested in the funds, are the only commercial real estate folks who get access to this technology. Now they are the only people in the world who can build net-zero high-rises. They get the best tenants into those buildings. They get the best cost of capital on those buildings. All of a sudden, if you happen to just be invested in this company at the right point in time, you are that real estate owner whose stock is going through the roof. And everybody else who doesn’t have access is relegated to Class B stock.Wallace: You have to run to stay in the same place. It’s like the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland.Alice and the Red Queen (iStock)During the Space Race, there were so many technologies created that today have broad, cross-industry applications. Do you think climate tech for the built word has that potential?Smithies: It’s inevitable. There are always these fantastic spillover effects. The number of opportunities that people are going to bump into is mind-boggling.I have a Jeep Wrangler that’s a gas-guzzling disgrace, but I love it. I would be willing to pay a monthly tax to continue driving it, but only if there were a way to measure my activity — not some generic standard. Extend that analogy to buildings. Would that do the trick?Smithies: The fact of the matter is that unfortunately, offsetting is not going to get us out of this problem. We actually do need to start cutting CO2 out of the underlying operating businesses and the buildings.Wallace: And the media gets that now, too. We saw this with Brookfield. (The company, which is not a Fifth Wall LP, is looking to raise a $7.5 billion Climate Tech fund.)[Vice chairman Mark Carney] of Brookfield says, “We’re net-zero.” What he actually meant is that they had done something called “aggregate avoided emissions,” which is basically the equivalent of saying, “I lost weight because I didn’t gain weight.” It’s a ridiculous construct. (Carney later walked back those remarks.)The regulations right now, such as Local Law 97 in New York, use size [buildings over 25,000 square feet are subject to the emission caps]. Arbitrary benchmarks like that are subject to being gamed and being legally disputed. Is there a more bespoke metric out there that would be fairer and more transparent?Smithies: This is one of the most interesting places to actually invest as a venture fund. There are going to be a bunch of data-science and analytics companies [for real estate]. It’s early days, but I don’t think I would be being bombastic if I said I see one of these companies every week.In oil & gas, there’s a company called Kayross that is going down to an asset level: How much energy is coming out of the ground from a particular well? The manufacturing and supply chain industry is probably next. And then the next big shoe to drop is going to be building materials.Your thesis at Fifth Wall seems to be: Bet on the best startups and then play kingmaker for them by presenting them to your owner-operator LPs who are their biggest clients, as well as to other startups in your portfolio with whom they can create a powerful suite of services. Is there potential to replicate that with Climate Tech?Wallace: It’s the same playbook. But I want to paint the other side of the picture, using our proptech fund and Lennar, the largest homebuilder in the U.S. (and a Fifth Wall investor) as an example. They announced in their most recent earnings call that they had returned $1.5 billion to their balance sheet from our investments. That’s a real number for any company. And two, they’re spinning out these noncore businesses and doing things around technology. In so doing, they recharacterized what they were, to Wall Street, to themselves internally and culturally: They’re a platform.  “You now have an existential problem. Regulators are coming after you and they are going to tax you. Tenants are not going to lease from you. Capital markets are not going to lend to you. And you might be underwater.” The biggest opportunity for real estate companies is to change and recharacterize who they are and what they do. This is the conversation we’ve been having. What a real estate company will mean in 2030 is so fundamentally different from what it is today. You are no longer an amalgam of assets that’s valued as a bunch of NOIs all thrown together. Real estate companies are platforms, and platforms create opportunities to do things like what Lennar did, like investing in climate tech, like decarbonizing really aggressively and transforming your business.Greg, you’re coming at this from an outsider perspective [Smithies was at BMW iVentures and Elon Musk’s The Boring Company]. I’m curious how you approach the conversations with these real estate figures.Smithies: The most pragmatic thing to do is to talk in terms that the industry understands. Building owners and operators and investors understand cost of capital. They understand depreciation on assets. And if we can couch this in those terms — capital and operating expenditures, cost of insurance— that is very persuasive to a lot of people. That is a way to get into the hearts and minds of the fat middle of the industry.And then the way Brendan talks about it, which is the ethical imperative and the opportunity to remake your business and be the Tesla of real estate, that is going to get your bleeding-edge people.There doesn’t seem to be any discussion of real estate’s role in climate change at the grown-ups’ table, at say Davos or the U.N. Rob Speyer controls tens of millions of square feet of space globally. Why isn’t a Rob Speyer at the table when these conversations are happening about the future of the world and how we’re going to save it?Smithies: Some people may have missed this, but in Biden’s campaign, operational efficiency in buildings was near the top of his list of things that he campaigned on. And you could argue that the climate leg of the stool was one of the strongest ones that got him elected.This is a very large item they want to focus on. Because for every $1 million you invest in clean energy, it creates about four jobs. Whereas for every $1 million you invest in building efficiency, it creates 14 to 16 jobs.Most global economies right now are trying to do two things. They’re trying to pull their economies out of a nosedive and create jobs, and they’re trying to greenify. Building operational efficiency is on pretty much everybody’s list. So I think it’s a fantastic question: Why isn’t a Rob Speyer at the table? Because government [sure] wants him to be.Wallace: I had a conversation with Senator [Sheldon] Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) and asked him a similar question. And he said the fossil-fuel industry is out for blood — how they show up in government is ready for war. And it’s not that the real estate industry isn’t committed to it. It’s just not ready for war. So they kind of receded into the background. But I actually think, and this is maybe the optimist in me, I think it creates an opportunity.I don’t want the fact that the real estate industry hasn’t done anything historically to be a long-term indictment of it, because we can’t reinvent the past. All we have is the future, and the future of the world depends on us.This interview has been condensed and edited for clarity.(Write to Hiten Samtani at [email protected] To check out more of The REInterview, a series of his in-depth conversations with real estate leaders and newsmakers, click here.) Fifth Wall’s Brendan Wallace and Greg Smithies with The Real Deal’s Hiten Samtani (Getty, iStock)Real estate is the quiet sinner in the climate crisis. The industry might not be the Disney villain of greenhouse gases, cackling as it wreaks havoc on the world, but some estimates show it accounts for up to 40 percent of global carbon emissions. In major real estate markets such as New York, that number is over 70 percent. Why has the industry been unwilling to act on this issue? And how has it gotten away with it for so long?Brendan Wallace is a co-founder and managing partner of Fifth Wall Ventures, the country’s largest real estate–focused venture capital firm, and Greg Smithies is a partner in its Climate Tech fund. The fund, which seeks to invest in technologies that help real estate combat climate change, this week announced its first commitment, from Canadian real estate investment giant Ivanhoe Cambridge (a subsidiary of Quebec pension manager the Caisse).Wallace and Smithies sat down with The Real Deal for an extended conversation about the industry’s approach to climate change, what its investment in climate technologies could look like, and the potential consequences — financial, reputational and existential — of sitting on the sidelines.“The business of doing real estate ain’t the same in the future as it was in the past,” Wallace said. “Being a real estate company will mean being a science investor. That is a massive mental leap.”We’re talking just as Fifth Wall announces Ivanhoe Cambridge as its debut investor in the Climate Tech fund.Wallace: This really represents the first time a large institutional allocator says, “We’re going to put our money where our mouth is and we are going to commit to the science of decarbonizing our industry. And we are going to recognize that to do that requires us to do something different from what we’ve done in the past.” Not buy carbon offsets, not deploy technology that already exists, not talk about it on Bloomberg. Actually invest.You make this distinction between boring technology, or tech that’s out there that just needs to be scaled across real estate, and tech with “science risk,” that is yet to be developed and will really move the needle.Smithies: The industry thinks what they are doing is investing in climate tech when they’re going and installing solar panels on their buildings. And it’s not to say they shouldn’t be doing that, but you have to draw a distinction between implementing existing technologies and investing in the new technologies that are required to solve the other half of the climate problem. Today, if you took all the best technology on the planet, the best solar panels, the highest efficiency HVAC motors, and installed them across all of your buildings, you’d only solve about 44 percent of the total carbon problem for the industry. When we talk about actually investing in R&D, we have to start investing in the new technologies.Wallace: The first thing is actually getting real estate owners to see. They’re like, “Oh, we’re investing in climate tech. We just did a massive green bond issuance and deployed solar on our roofs.” No, no, no, that’s not investing — that’s buying other people’s products. When I buy a carton of milk, I’m not investing in the milk company. The first step is to get them to see that. The second part is a big logical leap for real estate companies: They have this reflexive response of “Why would I invest in science R&D? I buy buildings.” And so part of it is painting the picture that “yes, this is what you historically have done, but you now have a full, new problem, an existential one. Regulators are coming after you and they are going to tax you. Tenants are not going to lease from you. Capital markets are not going to lend to you or insure you. And you might be underwater because you can’t move your buildings.”There seem to be two types of problems. Pocketbook ones — I can cut your HVAC costs by 5 percent, your OpEx [operating expenditures] by 12 percent — operators seem to get. Existential ones — your building will be underwater — always feel like tomorrow’s problems.Smithies: The capital markets are forward-looking. They price things according to how much risk they’re starting to see. We’re starting to get to a point where your real estate CFO doesn’t have to be that creative in thinking, “Oh, could this building be underwater?” because the capital markets are starting to price that into the cost of capital. An analogy to this is what we’re seeing in the oil and gas industry, where there’s this concept of “stranded assets.”In the most extreme case, a stranded asset would be a building or an oil plant that is underwater or on fire because of climate change. But there’s a more subtle form of stranded assets, which is when you can no longer finance them because the public markets will not lend to them. With real estate, too, you’re going to see the public markets tell [operators], “I’m just going to price your risk very differently,” and you’re going to end up with stranded assets if you don’t start thinking about this stuff pretty rapidly.The Gulf of Mexico BP oil spill is seared into my brain. That incident transformed how all energy companies have to do business. Nothing in real estate can give you that same visceral need for change, either financially or emotionally.Wallace: That’s the challenge – it’s non-intuitive to most people that the real estate industry is the single largest culprit when it comes to climate change. It’s just hiding in plain sight. The U.S. economy happens indoors, so it should be no surprise that the most CO2 emissions are coming out of our real estate assets. You hear a lot of, “We should focus on the energy industry. We should focus on mining. We should focus on the automotive industry. We should focus on plastics straws.” The reality is that none of those things is the biggest lever we can turn. The biggest lever we can turn is real estate.  “Capital markets Darwinism does work.” What we spend a lot of time thinking about is: How do we make regulators, tenants, real estate owners and capital markets aware that this is the real estate industry’s cross to bear?Smithies: Most of the world has really looked at the carbon problem from a supply side — oil coming out of the ground, coal coming out of the ground. But it’s only in the last couple of years that people have started thinking about the demand side of the problem. That’s when you say, okay, transportation is this much, industrial processes are this much, buildings are this much. It’s more of a flip in how we’ve already done the accounting, but it’s always been true.Source: Fifth Wall Ventures Fall 2020 reportThere is that realization at the consumer level — I am now more mindful of how I go about my day. But I guess it almost makes no difference if the real estate industry doesn’t really get its act together.Wallace: There is a way you can make a difference. It’s just a little bit non-intuitive. When you’re leasing space, when you’re buying a house, the questions you can ask make a way bigger difference in mitigating the climate crisis than the car you buy or the plastics you do not use. The real estate industry, candidly, has known this for a while. They see their energy bills. They know where the energy is coming from. They know where it ends up. It’s so obvious that it’s hard to see, like the blind spot in front of your face.Different cities have different levels of climate change wokeness. An owner might think, “I should probably do something in New York because I’m going to get dinged severely by the emissions cap.” How do you convey they need to do that worldwide?Smithies: It actually turns out that, if anything, America’s behind and Europe is far ahead. That’s very clear. But then in Asia, we’ve seen the sleeping tigers. When they wake up, they move very quickly. Vietnam is going to have one of the world’s largest rollouts of clean energy, India is going to be a renewable energy powerhouse and they’re phasing out a lot of the use of coal. We might have thought that the “third world” wasn’t going to have the money to do this stuff. But it’s actually very similar to how we saw the rollout of cell phones back in the late nineties and 2000s. They leapfrogged a whole generation.Clean-energy initiatives can be political gambits. Is there enough of a regulatory whip to back them up?Smithies: You need the threat of regulations. You don’t necessarily need the regulations to be impactful because at the same time, you’ve also got that carrot of the OpEx side of building efficiency. I love to talk about this concept of a climate Trojan horse, these technologies that your CFO wants to install even if they care nothing about the environment. And we’re just seeing more and more technologies fall into those buckets, where you can be willfully ignorant to climate change.You want to take altruism out of the equation as much as you can.Smithies: If you look to how Elon [Musk] built Tesla, his number one insight was, “it doesn’t matter how much climate impact one of your products has if you can’t go and sell 100 million of them.” You actually have to have a product that the world wants to buy for impact to be scaled.Wallace: If the real estate industry does not figure out how to start moving billions of dollars into the science of decarbonizing itself, regulators will. So it’s a question of which path does it want to go down. And that actually connects with what the opportunity is: The real estate industry is about to become the single biggest consumer of climate tech. It is going to create billions, probably trillions of dollars of enterprise value in climate tech. It’s not just culpability, it’s opportunity.Read more from The REInterviewVishaan Chakrabarti on the real estate implications of a New York less reliant on private carsReal estate’s biggest VC on the industry’s existential shiftsVTS’ Nick Romito on the power of knowing your office tenant Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Tags Climate ChangeDevelopmentFifth WallLocal Law 97The REInterviewlast_img read more

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UK launches review into future offshore oil and gas licensing regime

first_img Review launched into future offshore oil and gas licensing regime in the UK. (Credit: Kristina Kasputienė from Pixabay) The Government today announced it will review its policy on the future UK offshore oil and gas licensing regime as part of the wider aim of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.The review will ensure the Government has the information needed to plan for future oil and gas production in the UK, in a way that is aligned with tackling climate change. Initial findings and next steps will be published in the upcoming Energy White Paper.Over half of the UK’s electricity comes from clean sources including wind and solar energy. However, oil and natural gas are still required for heating, cooking and transport, and vital to the production of many everyday essentials like medicines, plastics, cosmetics and household appliances. This is likely to remain the case over the coming decades as the UK transitions to low carbon solutions.The independent Committee on Climate Change has recognised the ongoing demand for oil and natural gas, including it in all scenarios it proposed for how the UK meets its target for achieving net zero emissions by 2050.The oil and gas sector supports 270,000 jobs across the UK and plays a key role in developing the infrastructure and capability for green technologies such as carbon capture and storage and hydrogen power. The oil and gas sector is also a major source of tax revenue for public services and has provided over £330 billion to the UK Government from production taxation alone in today’s prices.The review comes as the Oil and Gas Authority announces the outcome of the 32nd licensing round for North Sea exploration. This is important for the country’s ongoing energy security and economy, while ensuring that much-needed supplies are maintained even as the UK cuts carbon emissions.Business and Energy Secretary Alok Sharma said:Over half of our electricity now comes from low-carbon sources, power from coal is at an all-time low, and we have more installed offshore wind capacity than any other country in the world.While we have decarbonised our economy faster than any other major country over the past two decades, the oil and gas sector will continue to be needed for the foreseeable future as we move toward net zero carbon emissions by 2050.Our review into future oil and gas licensing rounds will ensure we are able to meet our net zero target, while protecting jobs across the country as part of our plan to build back better with a greener, cleaner economy.The review is in keeping with the future direction of the Government’s regulation of oil and gas in the UK.The Oil and Gas Authority is currently reviewing its core strategy to ensure that it can assist in working with industry to support the UK’s climate change goals.Alongside this, the upcoming North Sea Transition Deal will be published within this Parliament, and will also set out more details later this year of how Government plans to work with the sector and key stakeholders to achieve the aim of supporting a transition to low carbon energy sources, while getting the benefit from the limited reserves in the North Sea and protecting highly skilled jobs. Source: Company Press Release The review will ensure the Government has the information needed to plan for future oil and gas production in the UK, in a way that is aligned with tackling climate changelast_img read more

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Research Program Assistant

first_imgSchool of PublicHealth – East Baltimore Campus Twitter LinkedIn Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Research Administration Not specified Full Time jobs in Gallup Facebook HighSchool Diploma/GEDrequired.Somerelated experience.Additional education may substitute for required experience, tothe extent permitted by the JHU equivalencyformula.JHUEquivalency Formula:30undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) may substitute forrequired experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up totwo years of non-related college course work may be applied towardsthe total minimum education/experience required for the respectivejob. More searches like this The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfm Preferred Qualifications: (Thisdescription is a general statement of required duties andresponsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. Itdoes not exclude other duties asassigned.)Serveas a Research Program Assistant for the Center’s field-basedinfectious disease preventionprojects.Specific responsibilities may include, but are not limitedto:Screening of eligible participants for participation in researchand serviceprojects.Administering informedconsent.Travel to and perform home and hospital-based visits as requiredby the studyprotocols.Collection and processing of specimens per study protocol andsite policies.Datacollection, review for document accuracy and processing asneeded.Coordination of study documentation (printing/filing/copying/scanning for transmission to appropriate field sitesand the Baltimore-based researchoffice).Transportation of and delivery of services to enrolled studyparticipants as directed by field-based Investigators, Supervisorsand Coordinators.Provide follow-up services to individuals as outlined in thestudy protocol.Facilitation of community-based meetings and events includingthe presentation of study approval requests, project progress andgoals achieved.Workwith the rest of the study team on duties related to the generalconduct of the study and participate in staff meetings to reviewproject goals andprotocols.Travel to field-based training meetings on a regular basis withovernight travel asneeded.Travel to other field sites for intermittent or long-term dutiesas site needsdictate.Assist with the other Center-wide programmatic duties asneeded.Perform miscellaneous related duties asassigned.Minimum Qualifications: Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Gallup Academic Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Gallup SpecificDuties/Responsibilities: Somecollege courses preferred.Prefer some related coursework or administrativeexperience.Bachelor’s degree with prior experience in the health sciencesis preferred.Native speakerpreferred.Special Knowledge, Skills, andAbilities:Mustbe comfortable completing invasive procedures including specimencollection (nasal, saliva, urine, blood) and other samples fromparticipants.Proficiency in the use of computers, including softwareapplications, databases, spreadsheets, and wordprocessing.Excellent organizational and time management skills; independentand self-motivated; highly organized and detail oriented; abilityto manage multiple and competing priorities; excellent oral andwritten communication skills; demonstrated strong, positiveinterpersonal skills.Ability to communicate effectively across disciplines and withina variety of cultures.Classified title: Research ProgramAssistantWorking title: Research ProgramAssistantRole/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CBStarting Salary Range: $12.31– $16.93 (commensurate withexperience)Employee group: Full timeEmployee Status: Non-ExemptSchedule: Monday-Friday – 8:30am-5:00pm 40hrs/Wk – Travel (asneeded), Weekends (as needed)Location: Suite B – 501 E. Nizhoni Blvd, Gallup,NMDepartment name:10001145-Ctr for Amer IndnAlskn Nat HlthCAIANHPersonnel area (School): BSPH – Bloomberg School of PublicHealthThe successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject toa pre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply dependingon which campus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf Share THIS POSITIONIS LOCATED IN Gallup,NMCenter BriefTheCenter for American Indian Health (CAIH) is locatedadministratively within International Health at the Johns HopkinsBloomberg School of Public Health. The core activities housed atCAIH include research studies of infectious diseases and behavioralhealth, and a training program.General Summary/Purpose:TheResearch Program Assistant works for the Johns Hopkins Center forAmerican Indian Health (Center) as part of its infectious diseaseprevention team. This is a full-time position. This position workstogether with the Center’s field and Baltimore-based research teamto assist in the development, coordination and delivery offield-based public health services.Thegoals of the infectious disease prevention projects are to evaluatethe impact and efficacy of research projects aimed at improvinghealth outcomes for Native American families and communities. Studydata results will focus on public health outcomes specific to theapproved protocols at the worksite.last_img read more

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Ocean City Schools Hire New Business Administrator

first_imgTim Kelley was hired as the Ocean City School District business administrator on Wednesday, April 29. He starts with the district on July 1.Just 18 years after he graduated, Timothy E. Kelley will return to Ocean City schools as the district’s new business administrator.Kelley will earn an annual salary of $135,000 with additional shared services stipends for the Corbin City School District ($3,500) and the Sea Isle City School District ($10,000).In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the Ocean City Board of Education approved a one-year contract for Kelley that takes effect July 1, 2015.Kelley replaces Pasquale “Pat” Yacovelli who resigned last fall after working only nine months in Ocean City. Mark Ritter has been serving as interim administrator since Yacovelli’s resignation.Kelley is a 1997 Ocean City High School and cum laude Richard Stockton College graduate with a degree in accounting.He is currently employed as business administrator in the Galloway Township School District. His also has worked in Bridgeton Public Schools as an assistant business administrator. He is the current president of the Atlantic County Association within the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials, and he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.“After a comprehensive and extensive search, Mr. Kelley was selected from a strong pool of candidates,” Superintendent Kathleen Taylor said in a written statement. “Mr. Kelley has a wide-ranging background in finance, facilities, personnel and operations. He is committed to excellence in all aspects of his work.”“I was excited about the potential to return home and make a positive impact on the district and the education of its students,” Kelley said. “I decided a number of years ago to leave public accounting and work as a school business administrator because every day my efforts have an impact on the education of all students. As a parent of a School Choice student, I am keenly aware of the district’s commitment to excellence, and I feel I offer a skill-set that will contribute to the continued success of the district.”Kelley lives in Marmora with his wife, Taimi, and three children. His oldest is a third-grader in the Ocean City district.last_img read more

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The Richemont Club of Great Britain Annual Competition

first_imgBakers’ Fair North West was such a success that the Richemont Club of Great Britain attracted over 300 entries into the 19 individual classes held on the day. It also saw the launch of a live competition to win the President’s Cup.The Richemont Club has a membership spread right across the country, representing some of the most innovative and creative bakery businesses and individuals in Europe.The annual competition has rapidly become one of the most prestigious and fiercely-contested in the UK and its past winners represent the crème de la crème of British talent.The competition is open to Club members and staff within member businesses. To stimulate interest, staff members within one business are also allowed to compete against each other. But to help keep the classes open, only the highest-placed from any one business can count towards the class total.This year, in another exciting development, the prestigious celebration cake category will undergo a few key changes to keep the excellent competitors on their collective toes and cake stands (see panel).Last year, Chester-based P&A Davies was named best craft bakery chain, scooping the Richemont Club 2007 Trophy at the Club’s annual competition, with the six-shop chain beating off stiff competition from Manchester-based Slattery Patissier & Chocolatier in second place, and Chatwins of Nantwich in third place.The Best in Show prize went to a multiseed loaf baked by Martin Ormisher of Preston-based Glovers Bakery.This year the judges are hoping for, and confident of getting, an equally exceptional standard of entries.—-=== List of provisional classes ===== Section One – Milling & Baking Trophy ==Class 1 Three Sausage Rolls (puff pastry)Class 2 Three Meat Pasties (one variety)Class 3 One Vegetarian ProductClass 4 One Quiche Lorraine (max 150mm diameter)== Section Two – Rank Hovis Trophy ==Class 5 One Brown Tin Loaf (400g)Class 6 One Multigrain Cob (400g)Class 7 One White Plaited Loaf (400g)== Section Three – BakeMark Trophy ==Class 8 Four Fresh Creams (2 varieties)Class 9 Four Danish Pastries (2 varieties)Class 10 Four Christmas Fancies (2 varieties)Class 11 Four Puff Pastries Unfilled (2 varieties)== Section Four – Renshaw Trophy ==Class 12 One Novelty Celebration Cake (max 30cm board)Class 13 One Marzipan/Sugar Paste Model (max 250g)Class 14 One Character Biscuit (gingerbread or shortbread)Class 15 Almond Goods (three items, one variety)== Section Five – British Sugar Trophy ==Class 16 One decorated Christmas Cake (max 30cm board)Class 17 One Christmas Pudding (max 800g)Class 18 One Chocolate Log (max 18cm long)== Section Six – British Baker Trophy ==Open to all Young Bakers 21 and underClass 19 Four Fruit scones (max 65g each)Class 20 One Oven Bottom Loaf (400g)Class 21 One Round Pizza (max 150mm dia)== Section Seven – Invitation Only – Live Demonstration ==One Celebration Cake: six groups of two people will each go head to head, competing against each other. In a spin on last year, all entrants will have to use the same ingredients, truly testing their creative skills.Richemont Club competition Timings* Show times 09:00-16:00* All entries displayed by: 10:30 Judging: 11:00 & 13:00* Live demonstration/competition: 11:00-14:00* Prize-giving ceremony: 14:30last_img read more

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Data reveals recovery for wheat levels

first_imgA survey has shown that wheat levels are up 22% on last year’s plummeting decrease, as anticpated by British Baker last month.The data, from AHDB/HGCA, suggested that at an area of 1.96Mha, wheat planting levels supported a potential UK return to export markets this season. However, this depends on final yields and quality.While this increase is encouraging, it is still below harvests from two years ago. There were also smaller increases in the Eastern and East Midlands regions, which, the development board suggested, were due to an increase in spring cropping.For wheat varieties, the proportion of nabim group 4 continued to increase, while DK-Cabernet remained the most widely grown rapeseed variety for the fourth year in a row.Helen Plant, AHDB/HGCA senior analyst, said: “This increase [of nabim group 4] comes at the expense of nabim group 2 and 3 varieties, which have seen lower premiums over the past season. Nabim Group 1 varieties regained area lost due the wet autumn of 2012, accounting for approximately 17% of the area, similar to 2011 and 2012.”Lower regional premiums likelyThe report also revealed that the wheat area had increased by 25% in Scotland, which is likely to result in lower regional premiums than the past two years.Plant said: “Generally favourable conditions in the autumn of 2013 supported a return to more typical levels of winter crop plantings, following the extremely challenging conditions a year earlier. As generally expected, this has led to a decline in the level of spring cropping.”However, it is also worth noting that, for some growers, the impact of the extreme 2012 and 2013 seasons continues, because the forced changes to cropping patterns have rotational implications.”The total area of GB planted cereals and oilseed rape for this year’s harvest was also up 6% from 2013, but total barley plantings were down 8% at 1.09Mha.last_img read more

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Les Claypool Wanted To Reunite Oysterhead, But The Plans Didn’t Work Out

first_imgIt’s been an exhilarating start to the week for Les Claypool fans, with an exciting new project on the rise with Beatle progeny, Sean Lennon. Yesterday, The Claypool Lennon Delirium confirmed an extensive national tour, including three festival dates, following the release of a full album. Things just keeps getting more interesting, with their unlikely match-made collaborations, and in a new statement revealing they come together in a time when Oysterhead could have… “I was trying to wrangle up an Oysterhead reunion since Primus was taking a rest for 2016 but the planets just wouldn’t align for that,” said Claypool in a statement on the band’s website. “I don’t like sitting around, so when Sean said he didn’t have plans for this next year, we started kicking around the notion of making an old-school, psychedelic/prog record. Next thing I know, he’s staying in my guesthouse, drinking my vino and banging on my drums.”The two met when Lennon’s Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger toured with Primus last summer, and the musical connection sparked when Lennon sat in with Primus for an epic “Southbound Pachyderm” after proving himself in a jam session backstage. Thanks to some fan-shot footage, we can see the moment that started it all:“We had a few backstage, acoustic jamborees that I found interesting but when [Sean] sat in with us and melted our faces with his guitar during ‘Southbound Pachyderm,’ I realized that this fella had some chops,” Claypool told Rolling Stone. Yesterday, the bassist revealed more about recording with Sean Lennon, “Usually I play the drums and percussion on my records but Sean has such a different feel than I do, it just made more sense for him to man the kit on most of the tunes on this project. I took the helm at my old vintage API console and let him bang away. He was happy as a piggy rolling in shit every time he grabbed the sticks…his drumming is like a cross between Ringo and Nick Mason. But I think folks will be most surprised by what a monster guitar player he is, especially when you prod him a bit.”While he might not be Trey Anastasio, we are definitely excited about this new project. Listen to The Claypool Lennon Delirium’s newest track from their upcoming album Monolith of Phobos and check their tour schedule here. [H/T JamBase]last_img read more

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Women Help the Armed Forces Achieve Peace, Security and Development Goals

first_imgBy Dialogo May 27, 2015 Military officials from Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom and Norway shared their experiences on the growing role of women in the Armed Forces for their respective countries during a recent conference in Chile, “Women and the Armed Forces: How Far We Have Come in the Last Decade.” The process to include women in the Chilean Armed forces was first set out when President Bachelet was the minister of Defense. “Ten years after initiating this process, today we are studying how to expand it, [and] observing the experiences of other countries, such as with this conference,” said Gaspar. Women in the Armed Forces of Latin American countries have played roles such as field nurses, physicians, pilots, machinery commanders, radio operators, technical engineers, and leaders of technical units, among others. Colombia has largely ensured that women have an equal role in its military, Benítez said. Currently, women represent only 14% of personnel in the Chilean Armed Forces. Chile has a total of 59,031 service members. “[The Armed Forces] are a reflection of our society,” said retired Chilean Army Colonel Carlos Ojeda. “We cannot ask the Armed Forces to go beyond what society itself is ready to do. To the extent that society becomes more inclusive of women, the Armed Forces will also include them.” Currently, women represent only 14% of personnel in the Chilean Armed Forces. Chile has a total of 59,031 service members. One of the highest-impact changes to Armed Forces in Latin America has been the incorporation of women into military institutions after many years, said Raúl Benítez Manaut, a security analyst and researcher at the Social Research Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). The RESDAL study states that 106,415 women are serving in the Armed Forces of Argentina, Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Guatemala and Venezuela. It reports that no data is available on the number of women in the military for Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua and Paraguay. “[The Armed Forces] are a reflection of our society,” said retired Chilean Army Colonel Carlos Ojeda. “We cannot ask the Armed Forces to go beyond what society itself is ready to do. To the extent that society becomes more inclusive of women, the Armed Forces will also include them.” “Women’s contributions to security and defense are the same as men’s: an excellent job in which they participate as a matter of equality.” The process to include women in the Chilean Armed forces was first set out when President Bachelet was the minister of Defense. “Ten years after initiating this process, today we are studying how to expand it, [and] observing the experiences of other countries, such as with this conference,” said Gaspar. But those efforts are paying off, especially in countries like Chile. In 2000, the UN Security Council approved Resolution 1325, which promotes gender equality and attempts to expand the role of women in reaching peace and development goals. Chile launched its First Action Plan to implement the resolution in 2009, and issued its Second Action Plan in March; it is one of 38 countries that have developed this type of plan. Major General Javier Fernández of the Colombian Army also attended the event. Mexico was represented by Brigadier General Jorge Pedro Nieto Sánchez, from the Department of National Defense (SEDNA), as well as Rear Admiral César Carlos Preciado Velázquez, from the Department of the Navy (SEMAR). Defense Attaché from the Embassy of Spain, Marine Colonel Eliseo González Ferrera and by the Ambassador of Norway to Chile, Hege Araldsen also attended; the United Kingdom, meanwhile, was represented by Royal Navy Captain Angie Hancock, who is the first female naval officer to achieve the rank of Captain in the Royal British Navy, and one of only ten captains currently serving in the British Navy. “Women’s contributions to security and defense are the same as men’s: an excellent job in which they participate as a matter of equality.” According to the 2014 “Comparative Atlas of Defence in Latin America and the Caribbean”, issued by the Latin American Security and Defence Network (RESDAL), the number of service members of either sex in the Armed Forces of Latin America is over 1,500,000. Of that number, today women make up a “a small Army of nearly 50,000 members within the Armed Forces of Latin America,” reported El Heraldo on November 4, 2014. Women in the Armed Forces of Latin American countries have played roles such as field nurses, physicians, pilots, machinery commanders, radio operators, technical engineers, and leaders of technical units, among others. Colombia has largely ensured that women have an equal role in its military, Benítez said. The conference, organized by Chile’s Ministry of Defense, was developed within the framework of the inclusion and non-discrimination policies championed by President Michelle Bachelet. It was held on May 6-7 at the Chilean Joint Peace Operations Center, and led by Chile’s Under Secretary of the Armed Forces, Gabriel Gaspar. One of the highest-impact changes to Armed Forces in Latin America has been the incorporation of women into military institutions after many years, said Raúl Benítez Manaut, a security analyst and researcher at the Social Research Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Major General Javier Fernández of the Colombian Army also attended the event. Mexico was represented by Brigadier General Jorge Pedro Nieto Sánchez, from the Department of National Defense (SEDNA), as well as Rear Admiral César Carlos Preciado Velázquez, from the Department of the Navy (SEMAR). Defense Attaché from the Embassy of Spain, Marine Colonel Eliseo González Ferrera and by the Ambassador of Norway to Chile, Hege Araldsen also attended; the United Kingdom, meanwhile, was represented by Royal Navy Captain Angie Hancock, who is the first female naval officer to achieve the rank of Captain in the Royal British Navy, and one of only ten captains currently serving in the British Navy. “The event’s aim was to reflect on the process for including women in Chile’s Armed Forces,” the challenges remaining, and “learning about international experiences,” according to a press release from the Chilean Ministry of Defense published on May 8. The conference, organized by Chile’s Ministry of Defense, was developed within the framework of the inclusion and non-discrimination policies championed by President Michelle Bachelet. It was held on May 6-7 at the Chilean Joint Peace Operations Center, and led by Chile’s Under Secretary of the Armed Forces, Gabriel Gaspar. According to the 2014 “Comparative Atlas of Defence in Latin America and the Caribbean”, issued by the Latin American Security and Defence Network (RESDAL), the number of service members of either sex in the Armed Forces of Latin America is over 1,500,000. Of that number, today women make up a “a small Army of nearly 50,000 members within the Armed Forces of Latin America,” reported El Heraldo on November 4, 2014. Women should have greater opportunities to access positions, compensation and activities that today are still being filled by men, due to cultural circumstances, he added. “This involves a series of mechanisms and tools that come together in plans and programs, in laws, public actions, and the goods and services that tend to decrease and eliminate inequality and all forms of discrimination and violence against women,” said the Minister of the National Women’s Bureau (Sernam), Gloria Maira Vargas, during her presentation at the conference. Military officials from Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom and Norway shared their experiences on the growing role of women in the Armed Forces for their respective countries during a recent conference in Chile, “Women and the Armed Forces: How Far We Have Come in the Last Decade.” “This involves a series of mechanisms and tools that come together in plans and programs, in laws, public actions, and the goods and services that tend to decrease and eliminate inequality and all forms of discrimination and violence against women,” said the Minister of the National Women’s Bureau (Sernam), Gloria Maira Vargas, during her presentation at the conference. But those efforts are paying off, especially in countries like Chile. In 2000, the UN Security Council approved Resolution 1325, which promotes gender equality and attempts to expand the role of women in reaching peace and development goals. Chile launched its First Action Plan to implement the resolution in 2009, and issued its Second Action Plan in March; it is one of 38 countries that have developed this type of plan. In other countries, such as Mexico, participation has been a process of gradual evolution, he said. “The incorporation of women into the Armed Forces is proceeding very slowly, because we have just opened up spaces in the training schools, as in Mexico. It will take another 20 or 30 years for women to rise to the general ranks in combat units.” In other countries, such as Mexico, participation has been a process of gradual evolution, he said. “The incorporation of women into the Armed Forces is proceeding very slowly, because we have just opened up spaces in the training schools, as in Mexico. It will take another 20 or 30 years for women to rise to the general ranks in combat units.” The RESDAL study states that 106,415 women are serving in the Armed Forces of Argentina, Mexico, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Guatemala and Venezuela. It reports that no data is available on the number of women in the military for Colombia, Honduras, Nicaragua and Paraguay. “The event’s aim was to reflect on the process for including women in Chile’s Armed Forces,” the challenges remaining, and “learning about international experiences,” according to a press release from the Chilean Ministry of Defense published on May 8. Women should have greater opportunities to access positions, compensation and activities that today are still being filled by men, due to cultural circumstances, he added.last_img read more

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Studies hint that over-the-counter treatments could be effective against COVID-19

first_imgIn past results, mostly taken from smaller groups like infected passengers on the ill-fated Diamond Princess cruise ship, about half of all patients were asymptomatic. That number has frequently been used when working out the potential spread of COVID-19. Some researchers and politicians (especially politicians) have even projected much higher numbers of asymptomatic carriers to support specific theories or actions. If only a quarter of COVID-19 patients are asymptomatic, that may mean that the threat represented by asymptomatic carriers is smaller than has been estimated. It would also mean that calculations setting the number of cases far above the number of positive tests based on the idea that many of the infected never developed symptoms could also be way off.The U.K. is also host to the massive RECOVERY project, a set of interlocking COVID-19 studies that has helped to both show that Trump’s beloved hydroxychloroquine is ineffective, and that the steroid dexamethasone helps patients receiving breathing assistance. On Tuesday, PharmaTimes reported RECOVERY was about to test the efficacy of something else: aspirin.The idea that aspirin might be helpful against COVID-19 has been debated since very early in the pandemic. Last February, researchers in China announced that they were beginning trials of using aspirin as part of COVID-19 treatment with expectations that it could help with the damage COVID-19 can cause to both the blood vessels and the lungs, and early results appeared positive. Since then, many hospitals around the world have incorporated this most common of drugs into their COVID-19 regime—but it’s far from universal. – Advertisement – By doing a deep dive into patient data—including both those who had COVID-19 and those who did not—researchers discovered that those reporting regular use of melatonin had a 30% lower rate of testing positive for COVID-19. That seems like a fairly fantastic result … but it heaps up over a large dataset even when adjusted for other factors. And here’s something that seems to really stand out: For Black patients in the study, melatonin use seemed to cut the odds of being infected by COVID-19 in half. This type of study is notorious for drawing a statistical connection between unrelated items, and there could easily be coincidental causes behind this data. Maybe people who take melatonin take better care of their health in general. Maybe they’re just better rested. In any case, additional sources are now being examined to see if similar results can be found.Finally, a drug that’s not over-the-counter but definitely seems appropriate for 2020 may also turn out to be an unexpected COVID-19 fighter. In a study published today in JAMA, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis found that patients receiving the antidepressant fluvoxamine were much less likely to develop serious COVID-19 symptoms when compared to those receiving a placebo. How much less likely is hard to say … because it appears to be infinite. As in none of the fluvoxamine patients displayed worsening conditions during the study. That’s a fantastic result … but it was also a very small study. So small that it’s not likely to change treatment regimens. However, if an antidepressant seems like a strange treatment for a virus, note that fluvoxamine is a group known as “Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors” (SSRIs), which have a powerful effect on inflammation.Aspirin, melatonin, SSRIs … they may not seem like the most obvious tools to use against a virus that has proven to be so deadly. But they have the advantage of being extremely widely used and well-understood.Big note: I’m not a doctor. This article should not be taken as medical advice. Don’t begin taking new medications without checking in with your health provider. Thanks. In October, a study published in Anesthesia and Analgesia looked at 412 patients. Of those, 76% did not get aspirin, and 24% got low-dose aspirin, the same kind often taken by heart patients. Patients who received low-dose aspirin were 44% less likely to end up on a ventilator and 43% less likely to require admission to the ICU. The number of patients studied was small, but those results are more than dramatic enough to indicate why RECOVERY is taking another look at a drug that really has been considered a “miracle” before. The very broad effects of aspirin—fever lowering, reducing clumping of platelets, lowering inflammation—may be a good match to the broad spectrum of symptoms caused by the coronavirus.But aspirin isn’t the only off-the-shelf product to generate new interest from coronavirus researchers. As Science News reports, researchers at the Cleveland Clinic found evidence that there’s another widely available product that might be a big positive when it comes to COVID-19. In this case, while it’s often seen in the form of a pill, it’s not really a drug; it’s the sleep-regulating hormone melatonin. Melatonin is naturally produced in the body each evening, with production rising as light decreases. When people take synthetic melatonin (in pills that range usually range from 1 mg to dosages far above the generally recommended limit of about 5 mg) it has a pair of sleep-inducing effects.- Advertisement –center_img The University of Bristol reports that it has completed an antibody survey of the “Children of the 90s” community spanning just under 5,000 participants. This group represents a number of British families who had—you guessed it—children in the 1990s. Health researchers have been following both the parents and the children through their lives, so they have a great deal of information on both their health history and personal habits. So their COVID-19 data could be particularly telling.In the latest survey, 4.3% of those tested had developed antibodies to COVID-19. These people were twice as likely to be from the “children” group as the “parents” group. However, even though most of the people who had COVID-19 at some point were under 30—the group generally thought to have the mildest cases of the disease—only about 25% of all participants reported being asymptomatic. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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