Read Full Story Adults with mothers who had diabetes during pregnancy may have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease compared to those who did not, according to a new study from Denmark. It was published online Dec. 4, 2019 in The BMJ.Previous studies have shown that babies born to women with diabetes have a higher rate of congenital malformations and other complications, noted Jorge Chavarro, associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in a December 12 Reuters article. These babies also face a higher risk for overweight and obesity as children, and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases as adults. Chavarro, who was not involved in the new study, said that it “provides evidence that maternal diabetes can also result in a higher frequency of clinically relevant cardiovascular events during the first four decades of life.”
Star Files Anika Larsen Beautiful Tony nominee Anika Larsen and her husband Freddie Maxwell welcomed a baby boy earlier this month! Kie Larsen Maxwell was born on July 4.Larsen is currently on maternity leave from playing Cynthia Weil in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway (Jessica Keenan Wynn has temporarily assumed the role). Her additional credits include Xanadu, All Shook Up, Avenue Q and Rent. Maxwell, a trumpet player, can be heard on certain tracks of Larsen’s lullaby album Sing You to Sleep. The two met on a blind date in February 2014.Back in January, Larsen told Broadway.com that she had a fellow musical theater superstar guide her through the process of carrying a Broadway baby: The King and I Tony winner Kelli O’Hara. “Kelli has insisted on being my buddy throughout this, and she’s been incredibly helpful about what to expect” (e.g. secret bonding with dressers and wardrobe alterations).Congratulations to Anika and Freddie, and welcome, little Kie! Now, can “Happy Days Are Here Again” be rewritten into a lullaby for a newborn? View Comments
By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaMillions of years. That’s the time period Andrew Paterson works with in his research. He’s searching for clues as to why a certain plant turned out the way it did, why a certain gene was preserved and another discarded.His current research at the University of Georgia centers on polyploids, organisms that have twice the normal number of chromosomes. His findings were published online Feb. 8 in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America” (PNAS).“We each have one chromosome from mom and one from dad,” said Paterson, director of UGA’s Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory. “Once in a long while, the reproductive process makes an error. It makes four, two from each parent. Only a fraction of these organisms survive.”Plants are much more tolerant of such errors than animals. By studying those plants that have survived, Paterson hopes to find answers to which extra genes a plant keeps and which it discards, a choice that continues to shape the world.“I think there will be quite a lot of interest in this research,” Paterson said of the study of polyploids. “People are realizing that polyploids are more common than they thought. It was surprising that rice was an ancient polyploid. I think that the role of genetic duplication and polyploidy in evolution has generally been underestimated.”Paterson’s PGML colleague, John Bowers, built the groundwork; and former UGA graduate student Brad Chapman started the present experiment in 2003 as part of his dissertation. Paterson’s lab is doing a follow-up study to “ask what happens to genes after they’re duplicated,” he said. “Dr. Bowers’ research set the structure for asking questions.”Before Paterson published his study, scientists believed that polyploid genes would change quickly. “We found the opposite, that duplicated genes change slowly,” he said.In his article, Paterson says that “genome duplication, a punctuational event in the evolution of a lineage, is more common than previously suspected.” At the same time, he says, there is actually less species-wide polymorphism than scientists had thought.This particular study centers on rice and Arabidopsis, a small flowering plant commonly called thale cress or mouse-ear cress. It’s related to cabbage and mustard. These plants were traditionally thought to be diploids. But Bowers, Paterson and Chapman showed them to be ancient polyploids.Paterson said major crops such as cotton, wheat, soybeans, maize (corn), sugar cane, alfalfa, potatoes, tobacco and some grasses are recent polyploids. They genetically mutated from 10,000 to a few million years ago.Research suggests that all plants, and even mammals, may be ancient polyploids, he said. In recent years, scientists have successfully made artificial polyploids. This work could lead to their more effective use to improve crops.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
As Hurricane Bill races up the east coast, bringing the threat of dangerous surf and potential flooding to coastal New England, Vermont Red Cross staff have been deployed to support any disaster relief needs that may arise. The storm is expected to glance off the coast, but could still threaten the region.The Vermont team led by Timothy Stetson, Senior Director of Emergency Services for the Vermont, New Hampshire Valley region will coordinate paid and volunteer staff as they move to the Red Cross emergency response center in Bangor, Maine this morning to await calls for support over the next 48 72 hours. As the Vermont team swings into action, additional volunteer staff is on standby and ready to move into coastal response areas as needed. Each year the American Red Cross responds to over 70,000 disaster incidents Hurricanes, Fire, Storms, Floods, and Tornados – serving those in need with shelter, mass care and other forms of assistance. Across the Vermont, New Hampshire Valley region over 7000 of our neighbors have been helped by local Red Cross volunteers in their hour of greatest need this year alone.Hurricane Bill serves as a reminder of the potential for large scale disasters in our region and the continuing need for volunteers to join the Red Cross team in support our neighbors. In anticipation of this hurricane season, and the never ending need right here at home, the Red Cross is actively recruiting volunteers to join our team. If you are interested in supporting your community locally, and possible responding to major disasters nationwide, contact us at800-660-9130 extension 110.We will train you and support you as together we work to make our region and our nation a safer place for all of us.About the American Red Cross:The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization not a government agency and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org(link is external) or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org(link is external).Source: Vermont Red Cross. ( Burlington Vermont, August 21, 2009) –
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 21-year-old Freeport man was fatally shot in Roosevelt on Saturday afternoon, Nassau County police said.First Precinct Police Officers responded to a Shot Spotter alert and 911 call reporting a shooting on Park Avenue and upon arrival, they found Sayvon Marcus Burt in a nearby alley way with multiple gunshot wounds at 4:15 p.m., police said.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information regarding this crime to contact the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.
The Rolling Stones sang, “Time is On My Side”. But how many times do we feel that time is ON our side versus AGAINST our side?See if this sounds familiar: It’s Monday morning and you come into your office and establish a list of 4-5 things you need to accomplish this week. That’s manageable, right? One item each day and you’ll be good! Now, fast forward to Friday evening … not only did you not get the 4-5 things done this week but your list grew to 8-10 items that you’ll need to carry over to next week. Yikes! Where’s the nearest window to jump out of?!If you’re like me, this scenario has played out many times during your professional career. For some of you, it plays out almost every week. It’s almost become the new norm – we expect our days and weeks to go like this. I see it in most credit unions and with most leaders. The number one complaint is always, “I don’t have time” or “I’ve got too many meetings” or “I’m pulled in too many directions”.The naive optimist in you sees being busy like this as job security; the realistic pessimist sees it as putting your job at risk because production isn’t being realized. Which is it? Maybe a little of both but, at the end of the day, the lack of production is the greater issue and the one that should be improved. Your long-term career success and personal gratification depend on it.Following are some tips for managing your time throughout the week so you can get more done. You don’t have to do each of these to their fullest extent; however, you should attempt to do each of them to some extent. A 10% improvement in each of the ten areas will result in a huge savings over a week’s time.You may have heard of the “Priority Matrix”. It is a concept that encourages everyone to weigh the importance versus urgency of tasks. Often, we think of these words as synonymous but they’re not. The actual task management concept directs each task into one of four quadrants on a graph, depending on how important and urgent it is. The idea is that the tasks you should focus on first are in the upper-right quadrant while tasks at the bottom of your to-do list are in the lower left quadrant. You don’t have to use a graph; the “Tasks” feature in Outlook can be equally effective. You simply need to determine your important and urgent items and give them top priority. Something may be important but it’s not urgent so it shouldn’t necessarily be at the top of your list. Meanwhile, something that’s important and urgent (assuming it’s truly urgent!) should get top priority. Too many leaders place high levels of urgency on items that aren’t important to anyone else but them. This week, compile your to-do list but add designations for “Important” and “Urgent” and rate them on each. Then, the ones with the highest scores get the most time and effort.In addition to a “To-Do” list, be sure to keep your commitments on a calendar. It’s easy to book meetings on a calendar but also block-out specific time for the tasks that you need to accomplish. Take a moment on Monday morning and dedicate realistic blocks of time throughout the week for each specific task. And when these times arrive on your calendar, honor them like you do a meeting – if you say you’re going to spend 9AM-10AM on Tuesday to work on a particular project, then do it, just like you’d do a meeting with your boss at that time. Try this for the next six weeks and review at the end of each week how successful you were at keeping your dedicated times.Cut your meeting time in half. That’s right, in half! Many people schedule 60 minute meetings because the calendar software they use pre-fills in 60 minute intervals. Do all of your meetings really require 60 minutes? Try this exercise for one week: cut each meeting time in half and see if you can still accomplish everything necessary in your meetings. Then, try the same trick with your operational duties. Can you do a task that previously required 90 minutes in 45 minutes without sacrificing high quality and service levels? Efforts in these ways may get you laser-focused on the task at hand and force you to bear down and get the same amount of work done in less time.Most of us are still going to need to attend meetings. However, can those meetings be conducted by phone, webconference, or video-conference instead of face-to-face? A lot of time is wasted simply moving from meeting to meeting. Plus the act of walking from one end of the building to another for a meeting opens the distinct possibility of you getting stopped in the hall for a harmless, yet time-sucking conversation or, worse, dragged into a different meeting. While I wouldn’t dare suggest you become antisocial or chain yourself to your desk, there are definite times for “splendid isolation” as Warren Zevon used to sing. Modern technology allows many meetings to be conducted just as effectively sitting around a virtual table as they can be while sitting around a physical one. Try to participate in 25% of your meeting this week via virtual means.Establish a new meeting protocol incorporating the following ideas:Someone needs to “own” each meeting. If it’s a regular meeting with the same team, rotate the ownership to keep everyone engaged and fresh. But one person needs to be responsible for the management of each meeting.That owner of the meeting must provide an agenda to all attendees at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. There should be a clearly defined process for people submitting agenda items beforehand. No one is allowed to come to the meeting with any additional agenda items.Speaking of the agenda, all items must be prioritized. That is, the majority of your time must be spent on the most critical and time-sensitive issues. Use a matrix for your meeting time similar to the one noted above for your personal time. If it’s not critical or time-sensitive, it doesn’t get discussed in the meeting.What do you want participants to prepare for the meeting? Send them pre-reading; ask them to bring specific reports; require them to give fore-thought on specific issues so they can come prepared to discuss. And do these with as much advanced notice as possible. Your meeting discussions will be far more fruitful.Start on time, end on time; keep the meetings fast-paced – it’s amazing how people pay greater attention and retain more information when conversations move quicker. This is particularly true with brainstorming sessions – bigger, greater ideas seem to get generated when the adrenaline is pumping.Stick to business – there’s a time and place for personal, social discussions. They can occur before or after the meetings but not during. No tangents during the meeting, simple as that.Conclude with a concise summary of the key issues, specific action steps, and assign deadlines for the completion of those steps. Make sure everyone knows who will do what by when.The sign of a successful meeting is what happens as a result of the meeting. So, complete a circle by beginning next week’s meeting with a status report of the action items from last week. What wins did we have? What issues can we put to rest?Tell your boss and co-workers that you will be implementing these meeting requirements for the next month. Then, debrief with them to see if the efficiency of your meetings improved. If so, implement them as the new expectations for all future meetings at your credit union.Consider blocking off one day a week to not participate in meetings … that’s right, NOT participate in meetings! I know one organization that has a “No meeting Fridays” policy. How does that sound? The entire organization agrees to not schedule any meetings on Fridays – from the CEO down to department managers. This approach allows managers to dedicate their time on Fridays to catching up on other duties, including those critical items on your to-do list that were added that week but you didn’t have a chance to get to. Try this for the next three weeks and see if it helps you manage your time better.Many leaders brag about having an “open door” policy. That is, there door is always open to staff to come in for help. While good intentioned, this policy has an unintended consequence of being an efficiency-killer. Execs and managers who never close their door for uninterrupted time are usually ones complaining about not being able to get work completed. A closed door is not a bad thing so try this next week: take one hour every day and close your door. It should remain closed for one full hour and should only be opened if the building is on fire. If you don’t have a door or others won’t leave you alone, find a quiet place where you can close the door – a conference room, back office, or training room work well. See how much you can get accomplished if you are heads-down busy on your to-do list for one solid hour.Many executives like to be in control and, in fact, feel that total control is required to be a successful leader. As a result, the very thought of delegating tasks to others is likely to induce a bout of severe anxiety. The truth of the matter is that the best leaders realize they can’t do everything and, rather than not getting things done on time or at standard, the best leaders get their staff involved in completing their tasks. (Surprisingly, staff frequently tell me that delegating makes them feel valued and their skills get utilized.) It’s not a sign of weakness to delegate; it is sign of strength to develop and trust your staff to the point where they can assume some of your tasks. Remember, you’re not abdicating the duties, you’re delegating the duties. You’ll still need to check-in on their progress but you are expecting them to carry the load. This week try delegating 10% of the items on your task list.Similar to delegating, learning to say “No” is foreign to may leaders. They think they have to say Yes to ever request, even if the task is not their responsibility or they’re not the best person to do the job. If someone tries to draw you into a project or meeting, challenge them to find someone else or do it themselves. There’s a polite way to refuse, of course, so be tactful but don’t let something else get added to your task list if it doesn’t truly have to be. For the next two weeks, take a hard look at your tasks, especially new tasks and ask if you absolutely, positively have to be included. The solution may be to be included as an overseer but not a doer. But be ready and willing to say no to additional task you don’t need to do.If I had a dollar for every time I heard a leader brag about their ability to multi-task, I’d be able to pay for my son’s college tuition out of pocket. Multitaskers always say they get more accomplished but realistically what they accomplish is often poor quality and takes longer to complete. They’d get each individual task accomplished faster and better if they just focused on one task at a time. Most people’s minds work better when they are truly able to focus and concentrate on one thing at a time. Here’s a concept for this week: stop multitasking!!! If you’re working on a task and something else comes up, finish that initial task completely before addressing the second one. If the second task can’t wait, set the first one aside and thoroughly complete the second one before going back to the first. Don’t attempt to do both simultaneously.If you need help getting time ON your side or if your team would like to be better at managing time and getting more work accomplished, my firm would be happy to help. Learn more at www.fi-strategies.com or contact me at email@example.com or 636-578-3280. 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Paul Robert Paul Robert has been helping financial institutions drive their retail growth strategies for over 20 years. Paul is the Chief Executive Officer for FI Strategies, LLC, a private consulting company … Web: fi-strategies.com Details
Topics : Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has previously said the capital would move into “stage one” of loosening restrictions, once the state of emergency was removed. That would allow libraries and museums to reopen, and restaurants to stay open until later in the evening. Subsequent stages would see theatres, cinemas and fairgrounds reopen.Two-fifths of GDPTo support an economy on track for its deepest slump in postwar history, the government is considering fresh stimulus worth 100 trillion yen ($930 billion), mostly comprising financial aid for companies, the Nikkei newspaper said.The package, to be funded by a second supplementary budget, would follow a record 117 trillion yen spending plan deployed last month.The combined stimulus would bring the total spending in response to the pandemic to about 40 percent of Japan’s gross domestic product.The new package would include 60 trillion yen to expand loan programmes that state-affiliated and private financial institutions offer to firms hit by virus, the Nikkei said. Another 27 trillion yen would be set aside for other aid including capital injections for ailing firms, the paper said.The government is expected to approve the budget, which will also include subsidies to help companies pay rent and wages, at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.Japan’s economy slipped into recession in the last quarter, and analysts expect another 22 percent contraction in April-June.The deepening pain from the pandemic is forcing the government to add to Japan’s huge debt pile, which is already twice the size of its economy, to pay for big spending plans.The Bank of Japan expanded monetary stimulus for the second straight month in April and pledged to buy as many bonds as needed to keep borrowing costs at zero. “While the emergency state will be lifted, it is important to expand economic activity in stages as we establish a new way of living,” Yasutoshi Nishimura said. He added that the head of the advisory panel had recommended close monitoring of Tokyo, Kanagawa and Hokkaido prefectures, where cases had fluctuated.The world’s third-largest economy has escaped an explosive outbreak with some 17,000 infections and 825 deaths so far; however, the epidemic has tipped it into a recession and plunged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s popularity to multi-year lows.An Asahi newspaper poll conducted at the weekend showed Abe’s support rate at 29 percent – the lowest since he returned to power in late 2012 – and disapproval at 52 percent. The results mirrored a Mainichi newspaper survey published on Saturday.Abe will hold a news conference at 6 p.m. (0900 GMT), followed by a government task force meeting. The lifting of the state of emergency takes effect after the meeting. Japan will lift a state of emergency for Tokyo and remaining areas still facing restrictions on Monday, while the Nikkei reported a plan for new stimulus worth almost US$1 trillion to help companies ride out the coronavirus pandemic.Social distancing curbs were loosened for most of the country on May 14 as new infections fell, but the government had kept Tokyo and four other prefectures under watch.Japan’s economy minister told reporters on Monday the government had received approval from key advisers to remove the state of emergency for all remaining regions. It would be the first time the country has been completely free from the state of emergency since it was first declared a month and a half ago.
Chandler in Brisbane’s southeast topped the capital gains of the 10 best performing suburbs in the state when it came to daily earnings, with homes there bringing in a whopping $724.66 a day without their owners having to lift a finger. At $264,500 for the year, that’s about as much as the average futures trader earned in salary last year according to the Australian Taxation Office ($264,830).Homes in Yeerongpilly were making their owners $506.85 richer every day ($185,00 annually) – which was like having a petroleum engineer in your wallet ($185,808), while Indooroopilly houses were cranking out a $495.89 boost in value daily ($181,000p/a) which was a public servant deputy level salary ($181,849).FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOXTop performer percentage wise was Kurwongbah in Moreton Bay (32 per cent), four of the top 10 suburbs were in Brisbane (Yeerongpilly 28.2 per cent, Corinda 25.6 per cent, Indooroopilly 22 per cent and Chandler 21.5 per cent), the same out of the Ipswich region (Willowbank 27.7 per cent, Brightview 23.1 per cent, Chuwar 21.7 per cent), and Boonah in Scenic Rim also made the cut (20.9 per cent).Agent Nyree Ewings of LJ Hooker Birkdale-Wellington Point said Chandler’s big earnings were not a surprise given the size of its blocks and Goldilocks proximity to the city, ocean and Gateway Motorway.“It’s the most affordable acreage with good access to the city,” she said. “That’s the exciting part – there’s a package for every style of acreage there.”“The reason there’s been so much capital growth there is people wanting a good old fashioned lifestyle but still within reach of the city and water.”She said entry level in the area was over $1m now such as 2837 Old Cleveland Road which has 2.36 acres, two four-bedroom houses and a massive eight car spaces.Its owner Amanda Wolski put the Chandler property on the market for $1.15m – “an entry level price”.“I know it’s a good area. I did build it 12 years ago. It’s just beautiful out here, private, it feels like you’re in the country but you’re just 20 minutes to the city, private schools, close to the Gateway Motorway. You can be on the coast in an hour. The location is just incredible.“It’s been the most beautiful place to raise children, they’ve had horses, guinea pigs, been in the pony club for years, had motor bikes, go carts, chickens, geese, campouts, firepits. We will miss that most plus just the peace and the trees.”Ms Ewings said the home was attracting developers looking to land bank as well as locals keen to get into acreage as well as people from outside the area.QLD TOP 10 CAPITAL GAINSMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoHOUSES1 Kurwongbah 32% gain; $452.05 a day; $79.33p/hour2 Yeerongpilly 28.2%; $506.85 a day; $88.94p/hour3 Willowbank 27.7%; $246.58; $43.274 Corinda 25.6%; $457.53; $80.295 Brightview 23.1%; $164.38; $28.856 Indooroopilly 22%; $495.89; $87.027 Chuwar 21.7%; $273.97; $48.088 Chandler 21.5%; $724.66; $127.169 Boonah 20.9%; $157.53; $27.6410 Basin Pocket20.6%; $132.88; $23.32(Source: realestate.com.au)FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:05Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:05 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Based on the latest data from theDepartment of Health, there were 140 positive cases of COVID-19 infection inthe country with 12 deaths as of Sunday./PN MANILA – A House of Representativesemployee, who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), havepassed away on Sunday morning, according to PBA party-list RepresentativeJericho Nograles. “‘Yungimportante dito ay dapat maisagawa na ang contact tracing at sana ang House of Representatives ay maging transparent dito para maging example naman ito sa lahat ng mga kompanya,” hesaid. “Nalulungkotang buong Kamara de Representantes. At the same time, nababahala din kami at kinakabahan din kami kung sino ba ang kaniyangmga nakausap,” Nograles said in an interview with DZBB. Nograles added that, following the deathof the employee, the House leadership should immediately conduct contacttracing as to whom have a direct contact with the COVID-19 patient. “Itoay kasama sa panawagan ng Pangulo na dapat transparent tayo at dapat aware tayo,”he added. Nograles said Sunday the unnamed employeedied at around 1:45 a.m. – making her the ninth casualty from COVID-19 in thecountry.
Chris Brunt is desperate for Northern Ireland to deliver a long overdue victory at Windsor Park. He added: “Results (at Windsor Park) have been frustrating, of course, because we could be sitting with four extra points. “We got a point we probably didn’t expect to have when we drew in Portugal, so it’s swings and roundabouts, but we’d rather be sitting here with two wins from the home games. Looking back on it, that’s definitely what we should have. “On the back of the Portugal result we’d have liked to build on that but the two home games have let us down a bit really. “We’re not conceding many goals but you have to go the other way as well and try to win games and unfortunately we haven’t been able to do that. Friday night would be a good time to start.” Russia are hardly the ideal opposition for a side looking to reverse a morale-sapping sequence of results. Fabio Capello’s team have maximum points from their first four matches in World Cup qualifying and have yet to concede. But Brunt said: “The results we’ve had have tended to come against the bigger teams, where we’re the underdogs and the pressure’s not really on us.” Press Association The team’s winless run currently stands at a concerning 12 matches, half of which have been on home turf. Manager Michael O’Neill has yet to experience victory in eight matches at the helm but has two more chances coming up with Russia’s visit on Friday, followed by that of Israel four days later. “We need to get that win,” said West Brom midfielder Brunt. “We have been improving under Michael and we have been difficult to beat but now it’s about getting that first win to kickstart things.”