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Senate discusses DART changes

first_imgStudent Senate met on Wednesday evening to discuss two resolutions presented by the Judicial Council and Hall President’s Council (HPC).Kathryn Peruski, president of the Judicial Council, presented a resolution that defines social media rules for campaigning for student government. According to Peruski, candidates are allowed to make social media accounts and pages as part of their campaign, but the amendment will require that everything, every post, tweet and video, has to be specifically approved by the Judicial Council.This amendment tightens the procedure for campaigns from what used to be a “blanket approval” that lacked “specific rules and regulations,” Peruski said.“This change is very necessary as there was no clear cut way to deal with questions of ethics in social media previously,” she said.Michael Wajda, chairperson for the Hall President’s Council, presented a resolution that will change the name of the “treasurer” on HPC to “finance chair.” The resolution also changes the election process for the finance chair, who will now be nominated by the co-chairs at the beginning of the term.“We dropped the voting requirement and the term “treasurer” for consistency across the board in regards to the election of chair persons,” Wajda said. “Beyond that, we are an information disseminating body and these changes reflect on the different nature of HPC.”Both of the resolutions were passed by the Senate.Phil Gilroy, a student senator, presented findings from a recent study regarding DARTing procedures. Gilroy’s committee looked at prevalent issues with the DARTing system and tried to find some solutions.“We realized that we’ve been simply tolerating the current DARTing system and class search options for a while now,” Gilroy said. “It quickly became clear to us that a change was necessary.”According to Gilroy, common problems that students face include difficulties comparing classes side by side, difficulty finding specific college and university requirements and time constraints.“To modernize the DARTing system as well as increase ease of use, the committee came up with the idea to enable the program to have a mock schedule planner such as Schedulizer,” Gilroy said.Other ideas include a waitlist system to notify students when a class has an open spot, as well as more time between DARTing sections.These preliminary ideas will work to help students in the process of registering for classes, and the Senate plans to discuss the ideas further.Tags: darting, hall president’s council, HPC, Judicial Council, kathryn peruski, michael wajda, Senate, senate discusses darting, student senatelast_img read more

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Arielle Jacobs & PJ Benjamin Will Join Cast of Broadway’s Wicked

first_img Jacobs and Benjamin join a cast that currently includes Caroline Bowman as Elphaba, vlogger Kara Lindsay as Glinda, Matt Shingledecker as Fiyero, Robin De Jesus as Boq, Kathy Fitzgerald as Madame Morrible and Timothy Britten Parker as Dr. Dillamond. Related Shows Jacobs made her Broadway debut in In the Heights and appeared in the tuner on the road; her additional credits include Into the Woods and High School Musical on tour. Benjamin, along with his previous six-year stint in Wicked, has also appeared on Broadway in Chicago, Torch Song Trilogy, Sophisticated Ladies, Pippin, Charle and Algernon, The Pajama Game, The Wind in the Willows and Damn Yankees. Wicked View Comments The Broadway production of Wicked will welcome one new and one returning face beginning March 10. Arielle Jacobs will take on the role of Nessarose, replacing Catherine Charlebois, and PJ Benjamin will return to play the Wizard, taking over for Tom McGowan. Charlebois and McGowan will play their final performances at the Gershwin Theatre on March 8. from $95.00last_img read more

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New Gene Responsible for Male-Pattern Baldness Identified

first_imgBy Dialogo April 16, 2010 What we want to know is what kind of substances and drugs can stimulate the WNT pathway to promote the growth of follicles and solve the baldness problem. There are no known substances or drugs that can block the gene that causes baldness or silence it through epigenetic substances. The WNT pathway is one that may be linked to prostate cancer. Researchers have identified a new gene involved in hair growth, a discovery that may open the way to future treatments for male-pattern baldness and other forms of hair loss, according to a study published in the journal Nature. The team, led by Angela Christiano (Columbia University, United States), identified a gene called APCDD1 that causes a rare form of hair loss, hereditary hypotrichosis simplex. This disease is the result of hair-follicle miniaturization, a process also observed in male-pattern baldness: individual hairs are increasingly thinner. “The identification of this gene underlying hereditary hypotrichosis simplex has afforded us an opportunity to gain insight into the process of hair-follicle miniaturization, which is most commonly observed in male-pattern hair loss,” Angela Christiano indicated. Nevertheless, “it is important to note that while these two conditions share the same physiologic process, the gene we discovered for hereditary hypotrichosis does not explain the complex process of male-pattern baldness,” she added. The identification of the APCDD1 gene was possible thanks to the analysis of the genetic data of a number of Pakistani and Italian families who carry the gene that causes hereditary hypotrichosis simplex. The researchers discovered a mutation in the APCDD1 gene, located in a region of chromosome 18, which has been suggested by previous studies to be involved in other forms of hair loss. The researchers showed that the APCDD1 gene inhibits a cellular signaling pathway known as Wnt, the role of which in the control of hair growth has been demonstrated in mice. “These findings suggest that manipulating the Wnt pathway may have an effect on hair-follicle growth – for the first time, in humans,” Angela Christiano declared.last_img read more

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There is no such thing as a trivial question

first_imgQuestion 3‘You cover repairs, but is it just the part or parts and labor? And do those parts need to be aftermarket parts?’Even when trying to make a product easy to understand, sometimes there is still confusion. And it can be very concerning when some of the basic principles of the product or service are misunderstood.This question prompted us to look at our material and see if we could clarify the terms. Initially we thought consumers would understand that “repairs” meant both parts and labor and by not putting limitations on parts, that consumers would understand that OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured) parts could be used. Since we found that was not the case, we clarified materials and added the question to an FAQ for front-line staff members. And of course, we answered the question.RoadSecure has a few different packages and each covers different parts. However, with each package, the “repair” includes the labor and the part charges. And we actually encourage the use of OEM parts because they usually are a higher quality and come with a better warranty than aftermarket parts.So, when members ask you questions, dig deeper than just the words that they use and find the true meaning behind what they are asking. Try and see what your members really want to know and how you can better serve them. This lets them know that you are really listening and want to help them no matter the issue. It also helps create a more member-centric institution that is continuously evolving. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tom Kazar Tom Kazar is the Vice President of Sales and leader of the Sales Team for Transamerica – Financial Solutions Group. Tom’s focus is on adding new insurance industry products, expanding … Web: Details Questions can give you the unique opportunity to solve issues you never even imagined and better serve your members.When you introduce a product or service, rarely do things go exactly as planned and without a hitch. Usually when you begin training staff and educating members, you are bombarded with challenging questions. Many questions may seem strange but they give you a unique opportunity to solve issues you never even imagined.Over the last few months, Transamerica Financial Solutions Group has toured the country training financial institution staff members about the benefits of RoadSecureSM. During each trip we have received questions that challenged us, but also helped us, because we dug deeper into the meaning behind the question.Some of these questions, while somewhat silly at the time, also gave us a unique insight. The follow up discussions also gave us an opportunity to find the true meaning behind the question and see if there were ways to create solutions to better serve you, your staff and your members.Here are some of the questions that we heard, what was learned, and how we handled it.Question 1‘Will a member still be able to get roadside assistance if he orders gas to be delivered every week from RoadSecure?’ At first, this question seems a bit eccentric. Who orders one gallon of gas to be delivered each week? But after asking follow up questions and digging a little further, it was determined that the trainee was trying to find cloaked limits or to determine if one service may negate the availability of another.So, for example, if a member needs gas delivered one day and then later that day the battery dies, will coverage still be available?Once the true meaning of the question was discovered, we were able to develop an answer that helped alleviate concerns.RoadSecure’s roadside assistance is developed as a “per instance” service. Each instance is unique and has the same coverage and limits. Multiple instances that occur during a bad week do not count against the availability of future services and there is no required waiting period between services. Then adding a bit more information to the answer so it directly responds to the original question is also important…So, gas can be requested weekly, or even daily without affecting other benefits. But remember, it is the delivery cost that is covered, not the price of the gas.Question 2‘You say you have nationwide coverage, but you do not offer RoadSecure in Washington state. If someone breaks down in Seattle, will the repair still be covered?’ This question could have been a simple, “Yes!” But we understand why someone may think that if a service product cannot be sold in a certain state, that service may be more difficult to obtain.The underlying issue was communicating the difference between being able to sell in a state and having the capability to service there. A simple “Yes” may have answered the stated question, but may still leave questions in the mind of the asker.So by thinking it through, we were able to give a thorough answer that combined the true question and the actual issue.Even though RoadSecure is not available to be sold in all states, coverage is available nationwide and in Canada. So, no matter where you buy the policy, if you have an issue in Seattle, Boise, Anchorage or even Toronto, RoadSecure coverage will still be available.last_img read more

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Cultivating success with support

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dante Dominick Danté Dominick is an award-winning content and marketing strategist with specialized knowledge for the financial services industry. He has helped over a hundred community financial institutions improve their image, creative … Web: Details Here’s an eye-opening stat: About 80% of highly effective loyalty programs have a dedicated team.1 Which leads us to a conundrum. Employees focused exclusively on a rewards program are critical for success…but how can an often resource-strapped credit union afford that?A witty (or perhaps smart-alecky) response would be, how can you afford not to? In Rewards Come Roaring Back, we learned how consumers increasingly expect rewards for basic banking activities as financial institutions nationwide continue marketing them heavily. Running a robust rewards program has become a table stake for credit unions. The question is how to squeeze that into the busy day!Deepen Your Bench With Third-party SupportOne option that works best for many credit unions is to partner with a full-service third-party rewards provider. What full-service means is mostly subjective. But the key is to research how much support and hands-on cardholder engagement the rewards provider delivers, such as:Wide range of advertising materialsFrequent, ongoing e-mail campaigns to cardholdersPlug-and-play social media contentMember support from real human beingsAlternatively, some credit unions choose to handle all of the above internally. This can work if there are ample resources and expertise in running such a program. Though it’s still worth evaluating the all-in costs, meaning both the program expense and the employee time to run it. This simple chart highlights the typical impact on ROI.The Power of EngagementAmong the critical support elements, the hardest to maintain just might be the frequent engagement required. It takes the entire workweek to plan, create, and deliver interactive communications that keeps consumers engaged with your rewards program. But the effort is worth it. It’s no coincidence the most successful programs have the best ongoing content.The Bottom Line: Time = MoneySince time equals money, time needs to be tracked. Internal hours spent should be factored into the cost of any rewards program. This affects the ROI even if that salary line item isn’t attributed to the program on your balance sheet. On the flipside, member satisfaction is harder to quantify than increased interchange revenue, but certainly boosts the ROI as well.The ultimate takeaway is to recognize it takes more than flipping a switch to have a successful rewards program. Some credit unions fall prey to launching a program in a “check the box, we got it done” approach. The problem with that is it will likely fail in delivering the desired results of increased revenue, engagement, and loyalty. So before launching your program, be sure you have the solutions for the ongoing support in place.last_img read more

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The endless highway

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “Sure as night will follow day, most things I worry about never happen anyway.”—Tom PettyI was thinking about this Tom Petty lyric as I read a story this morning about the European Union (EU), Greece, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) hammering out details of a deal to release more bailout funds. My first reaction was, “Greece? I thought they fixed this years ago!” It seems the Greeks have finally started to do what they should have done seven years ago: nod their heads and agree to everything the EU and IMF demand, and then just pretend a bit and really do nothing. The Europeans let them into the EU with a pretty good assumption that they had cooked their books, so why not assume they couldn’t just pretend to implement austerity and all the other nasty things they agreed to do in order to get a bailout? This would have saved a lot of angst and tear gas.There’s a whole list of things that I thought would have sunk the world already. The collapse of commodity prices, emerging markets (which rely heavily on commodity prices), the soaring value of the U.S. dollar, Brexit, Italian banks, and China’s worrisome capital flight are just a few. And yet, here we are, alive and well, even though all these problems remain unresolved. These are serious problems in and of themselves. Moreover, the potential of these happening at the same time is far from remote. Like the Greece situation mentioned earlier, I always thought that when you kick the can down the road, eventually you reach the end of the road. However, the world central banks, with prolonged zero rate interest rate policy (and in the case of the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan, negative) and approximately $14 trillion of Quantitative Easing (QE), have built quite a long road! continue reading »last_img read more

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Potential Hong Kong-Singapore travel bubble boosts demand | News

first_imgResearch undertaken by ForwardKeys has illustrated a measure of pent-up demand for travel between Hong Kong and Singapore. The two cities outlined plans for a ‘travel bubble’ in the middle of last month, raising hopes for a limited reopening of borders. – Advertisement – When it comes to tickets, travel has been booked throughout December, with the 18th-25th being the peak travel dates. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of people, over 80 per cent, will be travelling for leisure or to visit friends and relatives. Deeper analysis by ForwardKeys suggests that tourism-dependent retailers based in Hong Kong are likely to be significantly happier than their counterparts in Singapore, because the immediate uplift in flight bookings from Singapore to Hong Kong is more than three times higher than in the opposite direction.- Advertisement – The in-principle agreement to establish a bilateral air travel corridor this month caused an uptick in interest in the potential route.In the week that followed, flight searches for travel from Singapore to Hong Kong, which had been flat since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, soared to 50 per cent of 2019 levels, while bookings jumped to 30 per cent.The main focus of travellers’ interest is the Christmas holiday period, with the peak dates for flight searches to Hong Kong covering the weeks of December 10th, 17th and 24th.- Advertisement – On March 23rd, Singapore and Hong Kong announced that their borders would be closed to all foreign travellers. Since then, it has been almost impossible to fly between the two places (or anywhere else) and hardly anybody has been searching or booking travel.Jameson Wong, APAC director, ForwardKeys commented: “This bilateral air travel bubble is a milestone arrangement as it will be the first moment international leisure travel is permitted again in our region. “The immediate rush of bookings is significant because it proves that people want to travel and they will travel, as soon as the right safety protocols are put in place and government-imposed travel restrictions are lifted. “Our findings will provide a much-needed breath of fresh air and hope to the multitude of businesses and individuals that rely on travellers for income. “We can expect material gains in travel demand, certainly more than what we are tracking right now, when the policy is implemented and when the precise details of the Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble are announced. “I am confident that other countries in the region will see this as a case study to guide their own travel facilitation initiatives in the near future.”center_img OlderIATA data reveals slowdown in aviation recovery – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Retail investors now dominate stock market: IDX

first_img“The fastest growth, interestingly, is coming from our youngest investor group, those between 18 and 25 years of age.”According to data from the Indonesian Central Securities Depository (KSEI) that Hasan cited in his presentation, the number of investors aged 18 to 25 grew by 338.61 percent from 2016 to May 2020. Meanwhile, the number of investors aged 26 to 30 grew by 204.97 percent. Older investors still make up a big part of all investors, but their number has grown at a slower rate. The number of investors aged 31 to 40 increased by 113.85 percent during the same period, while that of investors aged 41 to 100 rose by 52.06 percent. Hasan noted that investors of the fastest-growing age group were most likely to derive their wealth from their parents, as they were either still in school or in the early stages of their career.  Despite this, the IDX education program has been focused to target this segment, as these investors would probably be the accelerators of the Indonesian capital market in the next 5 to 10 years along with their financial capacity strengthening over the years, Hasan said. For members of the public who are still considering entering the local bourse, Hasan said: “The very best starting strategy for investing in stock is first to invest in yourself.”He suggested that new or soon-to-be stock market investors understand their own investment profile first, including their investment goals and risk profile.The next step would be to continue enhancing their knowledge, skills and experience, so that investors would be able to adopt the strategy that best fits their own profile.According to single investor identification (SID) data, 45 percent of the country’s 2.4 million people registered as retail investors as of the end of 2019 were between the age of 21 and 30.Topics : Retail investors now dominate stock trading in Indonesia, accounting for 52 percent of the trading value in June.Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) development director Hasan Fawzi noted that the percentage of retail investors’ trading value would be even bigger if their indirect transactions through mutual funds were considered. The figure indicates significant growth in retail investors’ participation in stock market, he added. “We can see that in June 2020, total retail investors’ trade is up 86 percent,” Hasan said during The Jakarta Post’s Jakpost Up Close webinar series titled “Investing in stocks: Best strategies in volatile times” on Wednesday.  last_img read more

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Manchester United and Napoli chasing Tottenham and England star Kieran Trippier

first_imgManchester United and Napoli chasing Tottenham and England star Kieran Trippier Advertisement Comment Phil HaighSaturday 20 Apr 2019 5:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link35Shares Trippier joined Spurs from Burnley in 2015 (Picture: Getty Images)United are expected to be in the market for a right-back this summer, after struggling in that position over the season.AdvertisementAdvertisementAntonio Valencia fell out of favour under Jose Mourinho and has struggled with injury problems, while the Ecuadorian has now hinted that he is heading for the Old Trafford exit.Matteo Darmian and Diogo Dalot have also been deployed in that position, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may want to improve his options.Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka has also been heavily linked with a move to United, while Arsenal and Manchester City are also interested in his services.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityTrippier was signed from Burnley in 2015 for a fee of around £3.5m, and has gone on to make 108 appearances in all competitions for Spurs.His performances earned himself a spot in England’s 2018 World Cup squad and he memorably opened the scoring in the semi-final as England went on to lose to Croatia.While there may be interest in the Manchester City youth product, any negotiations would only begin after the season has finished as Spurs continue to fight for the Champions League and a Premier League top four spot.MORE: Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino plays down Hugo Lloris injury fears after goalkeeper misses Man City defeatMORE: Nicolas Pepe’s agent confirms transfer talks amid Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool interest Kieran Trippier could be a man in demand this summer (Picture: Getty Images)Manchester United and Napoli are both interested in the signature of Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier this summer, according to reports in Italy.The 28-year-old has been a regular fixture in Spurs’ team this season, making 25 Premier League appearances, more than in any other season since he arrived from Burnley in 2015.The England wing-back still has three years left on the contract which he signed in 2017, but it appears that there are clubs circling to try and tempt him away from north London.According to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio we could see a fight between the Red Devils and the team from Naples for the Spurs man.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementlast_img read more

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NS and CSX settle Conrail carve-up

first_imgA FORMAL agreement to divide Conrail between Norfolk Southern and CSX was unveiled on April 8. The two companies will drop litigation against each other and form a jointly-owned entity to buy the remaining Conrail shares for $115 each in cash. NS will take a 58% stake for $5·9bn and CSX 42% for $4·3 bn. The companies plan to file a joint application in June for Surface Transportation Board approval, and hope to complete the transaction by spring 1998.To create ’balanced competition’, CSX and NS will split Conrail’s X-shaped trunk lines, and take two legs each (map). CSX will get the route from Boston through Cleveland to St Louis, with links to Montréal, New York and Philadelphia. Norfolk Southern will take over the route linking Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and northern New Jersey plus the line from New Jersey to Buffalo, and connections to the New York City area. The two will share lines around Detroit, Philadelphia, Indianapolis and the Monongahela coalfields.Conrail’s January 1996 plan to sell off branches in Michigan, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio has been cancelled, and negotiations with a buyer for lines in New Jersey have been suspended indefinitely. olast_img read more

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