Joe Raedle/Getty Images(PARKLAND, Fla.) — A second teen from Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year, has died from an apparent suicide in less than a week, according to authorities.Officers from the Coral Springs Police Department found the student dead after they were called to a residence Saturday night, Coral Springs Public Information Officer Tyler Reik told ABC News.The student’s identity was not released.Police were unable to confirm to ABC News whether the student was enrolled at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at the time of the shooting on Feb. 14, 2018. Sources told the Miami Herald that the teen was a sophomore at the school.The death is the second apparent suicide to hit the Parkland community in less than a week. On March 17, former Stoneman Douglas student Sydney Aiello, 19, died at her home in Coconut Creek from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Broward County medical examiner’s office.Aiello’s mother told CBS Miami station WFOR that she suffered from survivor’s guilt and had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.Aiello was friends with victim Meadow Pollack, 18, Pollack’s brother, Hunter Pollack, tweeted last week.If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Message* When you think about these issues the way economists do, they become clear. Figure out who bears the costs and who reaps the benefits and you can predict how people will respond.Urban planners and good-government types have been talking for decades about comprehensive planning, knowing that when localities make choices, they never sacrifice for the greater good.Case in point: It would make sense for the metro area to transport goods by rail to Maspeth, where they could be loaded onto small trucks for short trips to stores in the city and on Long Island. But in that scenario, Maspeth bears the cost of more truck traffic, while the benefits — fewer overall truck trips, lower emissions, longer-lasting roads and bridges — are spread across the region. You can’t blame Maspeth for opposing that plan. That is why top-down planning is essential.There are other advantages: A more predictable approval process would lower costs for developers, who currently might spend $1 million or more to get a single rezoning through the City Council. And sometimes the local Council member, who singularly controls the fate of rezonings, makes extreme demands or simply says no. Developers compensate for bearing those costs and risks by planning apartments with high profit margins — and the opponents demanding affordability wonder why.Johnson’s scheme, in a nutshell, simplifies the process by having planning experts decide what could go where, and any project meeting those terms would be approved. The point is not just to lower costs but to have development where it makes sense — near mass transit and other infrastructure that supports it.“This is a very top-down, dictatorial process,” the NIMBY coalition declared. “For comprehensive planning to be truly democratic it cannot be decided and fast-tracked by those appointed by the mayor.”But for reasons just explained, comprehensive planning cannot be truly democratic. It would be like letting people decide individually how much tax to pay: Each would pay less than he is paying now, leaving the government unable to provide services and systems that benefit society as a whole.New York’s lone YIMBY group, Open New York, thinks Johnson’s plan should go further because “it fails to address longstanding practices that allow wealthier neighborhoods to block new housing and shunt demand elsewhere,” said board member Will Thomas.He was disgusted but hardly surprised by the letter from the anti-development groups including Village Preservation, Voice of Gowanus, Stop Sunnyside Yards, Soho Alliance and the Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side.“We encourage legislators interested in more equitable city planning to ignore complaints by wealthy NIMBYs who are primarily interested in protecting the status quo,” Thomas said.Johnson’s plan is a noble gesture that will end up in the ever-growing graveyard of comprehensive planning proposals. But it serves a purpose by keeping the flame alive on a crucial issue, not to mention sparking some entertaining Twitter exchanges.“As a lifelong resident of Bayside, I’m appalled by the introduction of legislation that robs our communities of the power to have a say in housing development and forces us to accept a system that thoughtlessly adds density,” tweeted Austin Shafran, a City Council candidate.“Funny thing about Bayside…” someone responded, noting that the neighborhood was ranked among the most expensive housing markets in the nation for comparable detached homes.Rest assured, whoever wins the seat in Bayside will vote to keep it that way.Contact Erik Engquist Tags Email Address* Corey Johnson (Getty, iStock)Corey Johnson’s comprehensive planning bill will never pass, for the same reason all such bills never pass: It dilutes the power of neighborhood cranks and naive ideologues to stop new housing.Predictably, a coalition of the city’s leading NIMBY groups blasted the City Council speaker’s proposal Thursday as a “top-down approach that would leave communities with even less democratic control over massive city rezonings” than they have now.Well, yes. That is exactly the point.Not to be anal, but this is not a direct democracy. It’s a republic. We elect leaders, who in turn run the government. We don’t let people with pitchforks decide what can be built where.The reason is obvious: Left to their own devices, locals make decisions in their own interests, not those of society at large.For example, limiting the supply of new homes will make your own more valuable, because shoppers will have fewer options. It also spares you from the annoyances of construction — noise, dust, ugliness — costs that the people who move in never have to bear.Read moreWhere de Blasio went wrong on property tax reformThe real story of real estate’s loss to street vendorsHow a Red Hook developer circumvented the City Council Full Name* Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink city councilcorey johnsonDevelopmentPolitics
The Southern Ocean (SO) is an important CO2 reservoir, some of which enters via the production, sinking and remineralization of organic matter. Recent work suggests the fraction of production that sinks is inversely related to production in the SO, a suggestion we confirm from 20 stations in the Scotia Sea. The efficiency with which exported material is transferred to depth (transfer efficiency) is believed to be low in high latitude systems. However, our estimates of transfer efficiency are bimodal, with stations in the seasonal ice zone showing intense losses and others displaying increases in flux with depth. Zooplankton fecal pellets dominated organic carbon flux and at stations with transfer efficiency >100 % fecal pellets were brown, indicative of fresh phytodetritus. We suggest that active flux mediated by zooplankton vertical migration and the presence of sea ice regulate the transfer of organic carbon into the oceans interior in the Southern Ocean.
Wadham appears to have decided against enforcing a gender quota on its 2018-19 University Challenge team, after some suggested the idea would be “patronising”.The college initially held mixed trials for the team over the last three weeks, but when the number of female-identifying attendees was seen to be unexpectedly low, they introduced female-only trials.However, as the all-female trials were poorly attended, the Wadham SU committee then considered positive discrimination to balance the gender of the team.It was suggested in the SU meeting that a woman should be placed on the team, even if they did not perform well enough to place them in the top four entrants – perhaps allowing women who made the top six to be in the team.According to the minutes of the meeting, Jack Wands, Wadham SU President, suggested that a woman should be put on the team, saying: “When we were invited to enter a team we were encouraged to represent the institution as a whole”.However, others argued this would not be a fair method for either male or female students. One student said: “We should run a team on a meritocratic basis or submit no team. It would not be good for the welfare of the woman entrant to be there knowing she was let in to fill a quota. This is national television.”Another added: “It would be embarrassing and maybe tokenistic that the team was not selected on a meritocratic basis if this affects performance.”A majority of committee members voted in support of a motion stating that Wadham would put forward an all-male team if a female applicant failed to make it into the top six entrants. The ultimate decision on whether to field an all-male team will be decided in a women-only vote at the next SU meeting.Greg Ritchie, one of the social secretaries, told Cherwell: “I think quizzing, like darts and snooker, tends to attract more men than women. “It is bad when an all-male environment deters women from applying. To this end, I think we’ve done everything reasonable in our power to encourage a diverse team that reflects Wadham, such as ensuring trials were advertised on the women’s Facebook group and holding women-only trials.“As Wadham SU agreed, putting a woman who isn’t of the necessary standard on the team is not fair on other contestants, the woman herself, or the wider movement for gender equality in University Challenge.”Verity Babbs, who attended the women’s trials, told Cherwell: “Having the women-only trials was an excellent idea on the part of the organisers, as it was noticeably a different vibe to a previous trial, where I had been the only woman.“I think the extra trial was encouraging for women who might have felt intimidated to go to previous mixed trials.”Babbs added that she did not resent the decision against positive discrimination: “I don’t think anyone would be comfortable feeling like they were on the team only to fill a quota space – I think the idea of a quota is patronising to the women who took part in the trials.”Last month, St Hugh’s was criticised for fielding an all male team in the 2017-18 edition of the television show. Critics of the college, including the pro-vice-chancellor of the University of Brighton, questioned why a male-only team was being fielded by a a college that was formerly all-female.On the programme, presenter Jeremy Paxman joked: “On the basis of tonight’s team, we could be forgiven for thinking they [men] had rather taken it over.”The college also faced complaints related to the selection process which was believed to be unfair, as one of the team members selected had not taken part in the college’s internal competition, but was chosen because he was rumoured to be a “good quizzer”.One unsuccessful female applicant for the St Hugh’s College team said: “It feels like the ‘application process’ was irrelevant.“As a woman who initially applied, I was pretty gutted to not even be asked about it and only found out who had been picked when they went to do the recordings.”Update (13/11/17): An earlier version of this article was updated to clarify that a final decision on a quota will be made by an all-women vote rather than by the SU social secretaries.
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New research reveals the genetic basis for daytime napping Sleep and health are inextricably connected. New research from investigators at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital explores the connection between sleep disturbances and deficiencies among older adults and risk of dementia and death, finding that risk of dementia was double among participants who reported getting less than five hours of sleep compared to those who reported seven to eight hours of sleep per night. The team also found associations between sleep disturbance and sleep deficiency with overall risk of death. Results are published in Aging.“Our findings illuminate a connection between sleep deficiency and risk of dementia and confirm the importance of efforts to help older individuals obtain sufficient sleep each night,” said lead author, Rebecca Robbins of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders.To investigate the connection between quality and quantity of sleep and risk of dementia and death, Robbins and colleagues used nationally representative data collected from older adults participating in the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS). NHATS is a longitudinal study of Medicare beneficiaries 65 years and older. Survey data from NHATS participants has been collected annually since 2011.A sample of 2,610 participants answered sleep questionnaires in 2013 and 2014. The researchers examined participants’ answers about several characteristics of sleep disturbance and deficiency, including alertness, nap frequency, how long it took participants to fall asleep, sleep quality (good/very good, fair, very poor/poor), sleep duration and snoring. They also collected information (from health care proxies as needed) about patient outcomes such as dementia and death from any cause for up to five years after the survey.Overall, they found a strong relationship between several sleep disturbance and deficiency variables and incident dementia over time. Routinely taking 30 minutes or longer to fall asleep was associated with a 45 percent greater risk for incident dementia. Routinely experiencing a difficulty in maintaining alertness, routinely napping, reporting poor sleep quality, and sleeping five or fewer hours per night was also associated with increased risk of death.“This prospective study reveals that sleep deficiency at baseline, when the average age of participants was 76 years old, was associated with double the risk of incident dementia and all-cause mortality over the next four to five years,” said senior author Charles Czeisler, chief of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders. “These data add to the evidence that sleep is important for brain health and highlight the need for further research on the efficacy of improving sleep and treating sleep disorders on the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and mortality.” Related Measurements of brain activity during sleep reveal signs of accelerated brain aging Sleep, heart disease link leads from brain to marrow The science of siestas MGH research finds chemical pathway from lack of shut-eye to atherosclerosis Sleep test predicts dementia in older adults The authors call for further study of the causal relationship between sleep and dementia and death, as insights may lead to a new lens through which to view sleep among older adults.“Our study demonstrates that very short sleep durations and poor-quality sleep in the elderly increase the risk of developing dementia and earlier death. There should be increased focus on obtaining healthy sleep in older adults,” said second author Stuart Quan of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders.Funding for this work was provided by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (R01OH011773); the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (K01HL150339 and R56HL151637), and the Brigham Research Institute Fund to Sustain Research Excellence.
Tags: Forum, graduate student, Heidelberg, mathematics, Notre Dame A Notre Dame graduate student traveled to Heidelberg, Germany as part of the first-ever American delegation to the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), which unites mathematics and computer science students and researchers with world-renowned laureates.Renato Ghini Bettiol joined with 19 other students and postdoctoral researchers from the United States in the forum, which took place Sept. 21-26. Bettiol received his bachelor and masters of science from the University of São Paulo in 2008 and 2010, respectively, and his second masters of science from Notre Dame in 2012. He is currently working towards his doctorate, which he is slated to receive in the spring of 2015.“I work in differential geometry,” Bettiol said. “My work mainly focuses on how curvature — especially positive curvature, like that of spheres — interacts with the global shape of an object. I also work on geometric variational problems, which involve optimizing certain geometric quantities with certain constraints.”Bettiol, a native of Brazil, said he came across the HLF through two avenues, both here in the U.S. and back in his home country.“I initially heard about the HLF via the Brazilian Mathematical Society,” Bettiol said. “… After I heard about the HLF from them, I was also contacted by the director of graduate studies at the Mathematics Department, professor Julia Knight, who mentioned that ND could suggest a name to be part of the American delegation to the forum. By then, I had already submitted my application to the HLF and was later accepted. The application process selected 200 young researchers to attend, 100 from computer science and 100 from mathematics, from an initial poll of about 2000 applicants worldwide.”Because the HLF brings together established professionals who are well-respected and well-known in their fields, students and postdoctoral participants have an unmatched opportunity to speak with the people whose research they study, Bettiol said.“This is the second time this event [has been] held, and I got very excited about it when reading about the first one last year,” Bettiol said. “Some of the most brilliant minds of our times gather to meet new generations of researchers and pass their experience. My hope was to drink from their fountain of knowledge, not only on the scientific side, but also on their personal impressions about mathematics and their general world view.”Karsten Grove, Bettiol’s advisor and a professor of mathematics, said, Bettiol stands out among math students at Notre Dame.“Renato Bettiol is indeed an exceptional and brilliant student of mine with a remarkable record already and a most promising future,” Grove said. “Aside from strength and talent, he has an open mind and communicates very well with others. I cannot think of anyone more fitting and deserving of this honor.”Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) and the National Science Foundation sponsored the American delegation, according to an ORAU press release. Rettiol said professional participants included famous mathematicians whose work has greatly impacted modern society.“The HLF was an amazing experience, all of the participants felt like we were some sort of celebrity, which is a rare phenomenon for those of us working in basic sciences,” Rettiol said. “It was a very exclusive event, with body guards with ear pieces and all, not the standard sight in a math conference.“In the morning there were talks by the laureates, and in the afternoon we had opportunities for informal interactions with the laureates and among ourselves, including a boat trip on the Neckar river, and various other activities. We also had some panel discussions and workshops, in which we discussed how mathematics and computer science can be used to help developing countries.“We had participants from Niger, Ecuador, Bangladesh and India share their experiences, and then a lot of interaction between the audience and panelists, which also included as moderators Ingrid Daubechies, president of the International Mathematical Union, and Vint Cerf, currently working at Google and one of the inventors of the Internet. Coming from Brazil, where mathematics is now growing at an amazingly fast pace, … I value very much this interest of distinguished scientists and organizations in helping the development of nations through science and education.”Bettiol said his experience as student from Brazil contributed to the discussion on mathematics in an international context. He said discussions also focused on new ways to use math to improve global society.“I do believe that this is a fundamental way in which all of us in scientific fields can help build a better and more rational world together, based in science and knowledge,” Bettiol said. “Many of the laureates at the event visit developing nations on a regular basis where they hold courses for university professors trying to increase their scientific levels. I was very happy to learn about this and contribute my views on how Brazil, in particular, can profit from such opportunities.”Participants in the forum benefitted immensely from the professional development and personal interaction the forum provided them, Bettiol said.“Interacting with Laureates that are world references in my area was a profound and transformative experience, and I am sure that I speak for most of the participants at the HLF,” Bettiol said. “I have strong hopes that this meeting, though still in its second edition, will become a tradition and help develop interest for mathematics and computer science as well as increase its appreciation by society as a whole.“We mathematicians don’t always have the ‘cool factor’ that many other scientists … enjoy from society and the media, but there are plenty of reasons to tell the world about the astonishing beauty of mathematics, which can — and should — be appreciated by all of us.”
A Pittsburgh man filed a lawsuit against Notre Dame, claiming the University’s Snite Museum of Art owns $575,000 worth of his father’s early-American art collection, which was stolen more than two decades ago, according to an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.Scott Leff said he learned in 2015 that the University had purchased his father’s collection of several hundred figurines from a dealer in New Mexico in 2005, who allegedly bought it from his father’s ex-wife, according to the Post-Gazette.According to the article, the suit claims the ex-wife of Jay Leff — Scott’s father — pilfered part of his collection in 1996, when the couple divorced. Jay Leff died in 2000 at age 75.Leff and his wife filed suit in a Pittsburgh court last month, and the case was transferred to federal court this week, according to the article. He is seeking the return of the art.University spokesperson Dennis Brown told the Post-Gazette that Notre Dame acquired the figurines in good faith and is “confident in its ownership of full rightful title” to them.In a written statement, Notre Dame lawyers said Leff has no proof of ownership and made no effort to recover the art for the past 20 years, according to the Post-Gazette.Tags: lawsuit, Snite Museum of Art, stolen art
Crews say the roadway was closed from School Street to Mina-French Creek Road for utility repair.As of 8:30 a.m. Wednesday the National Grid Outage Map reported 28 peopled remained without power in the Findley Lake area. Via Chautauqua Weather Today / Facebook. Via Corrinna Lang / Facebook. Via Chautauqua Weather Today / Facebook. Via Michael Johnson / Facebook. Via Corrinna Lang / Facebook. Via Corie Maxson / Facebook. Images via Corrinna Lang (left), Amy Norberg (center), and Chautauqua Weather Today (right).JAMESTOWN – Strong to severe thunderstorms rocked portions of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus County Tuesday night, brining heavy rain, wind and hail to the area.Many WNYNewsNow viewers shared photos with our team, featuring quarter sized hail. Reports from our weather partner, Chautauqua Weather Today, indicate several powerlines were brought down along Route 430 between Sherman and Findley Lake. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
We’ve made our way across the country and landed in sunny, dry, elevated Colorado. As we get used to the altitude and work on our t-shirt/shorts tans, we’ve been using the stretched out days to plan our #vanlife summer. We know there will be plenty of solar showers, freeze dried dinners, afternoon storms, and summit hikes in our future. Check out some gear that makes living on the road more about adventure, and less about logistics.Sea to Summit Comfort Delux SI MatThis Sea to Summit self-inflating mat is hands down the most comfortable sleeping mat we have ever used. We love ultralight air mats for backpacking, but when the campsite is a stone’s throw away from the van, we prefer comfort and warmth. With an R-value (warmth rating) of 5.2 (that’s super warm!), this mat literally makes you forget you’re sleeping on the ground. Sea To Summit utilizes their Delta Core Technology and four inches of foam to make sure you get the best night’s sleep possible. Their multi-function valve ensures that air won’t seep back into the mat when you’re packing it back up. One of our favorite things about this mat is the material it’s made out of. When we use them in the van there is no need to cover them with a blanket or sheet. It’s plenty soft to lay right on top of. They are also available in three sizes: regular (Roxy size), large (Ben size), and they even make it in a double sized mattress (Roxy+Ben size). Car camping isn’t the only application for a mat this comfortable. We can also see it being utilized as a super comfy base camp option on your next expedition.RovR Products RollR 80There are plenty of companies making high-end coolers. The fact of the matter is – most high-end coolers are designed for hunting and fishing. They are rectangle coolers, without wheels, that are made to put on a boat. What happens when your ice starts to melt? Your food sinks into the water, gets soggy, and then destroyed.Finally, someone has decided to do something different. RovR Products has built the RollR 80. This 80 quart beast of a cooler has so many practical features it’s hard to know where to start. One of our favorites is the separate food compartment. The coldest part of the cooler is at the bottom, away from a constantly opening lid, and that’s also where food is usually swimming in cooler water. Not the RollR! The compartment allows you to keep raw meat cold for days in the coldest part of the cooler, without worry of spoiling from water or warmth.This cooler has eight-inch, all terrain, puncture resistant tires. We’ve attached this cooler to our mountain bikes and taken it down a single track. Just imagine how happy we were when we got to the top of the climb and had ice cold fizzy waters to celebrate with.Ice can get expensive, and when you’re living on the road with a cooler as your refrigerator, you don’t want to pay the electric bill every other day. Luckily the Rollr 80 only gets refilled when we shop for groceries, at minimum every seven days. The ice retention is phenomenal and keeps our need to visit civilization as infrequent as possible.This cooler is made to party. You can stand a full bottle of whiskey, or uncorked wine, up in the dry bin. There is a separated section made to keep clean cocktail ice for your (my) margaritas. Even as the ice melts, your brewskies stay cold and refreshing. You can pull it around with a double sided aluminum handle, and put all your blankets and chairs in the top fold out wagon. Once you get to your destination, pull the drink holders, stereo, and cutting board out and attach them to the sides. No need to move drinks to open the cooler, these add-ons sit conveniently around the sides to enjoy beverages, cut your limes, and still have access to all your goodies. Make this cooler your wing(wo)man and you will be the life of the party.Crazy Creek Drop Sac This piece of gear is invaluable to our van living. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to pack up as quickly or find our gear in the back with ease.Crazy Creek is celebrating it’s 30th birthday this summer. You can’t make it thirty years in the outdoor industry without making bomber products. The Crazy Creek Drop Sac is no exception. Have wet or unruly gear? The Drop Sac is here for you. Simply lay it flat on the ground, add your gear, and pull the drawstring to contain it all. It’s perfect to keep our climbing gear together in the van and keep our rope and gear out of the dirt on the crag.The Drop Sac is made from 420D Coated Ripstop Nylon fabric so you know it will last. It also packs into itself which helps keep the tarp manageable when we’re not using it. Not a climber? No problem. The Drop Sac is perfect for storing wet fishing or paddling gear, kid toys and camping gear, or whatever you want to have organized and safe in one spot. If you like the gear we’re reppin’, or what we’re wearing, check out some of the sponsors that make this tour possible: La Sportiva, Crazy Creek, RovR Products, and Sea to Summit.