Top bakers in live Twitter cupcake Q&A

first_imgWill Torrent and Peggy Porschen will be available to take your baking questions in a live Twitter Q&A, as part of National Cupcake Week.On Thursday 20 September, National Cupcake Week’s Twitter feed – @CupcakeWeek – will be dedicated to taking any questions you have on cupcake baking and decoration. Porschen, will hosting the session from 11-12pm, and Torrent will be taking questions from 3-5pm.If you are unable to attend the live sessions, you can also tweet us your questions in advance. Use hashtag #AskPeggyPorschen or #AskWillTorrent for any questions you’d like to put to our baking experts.Georgi Gyton, associate editor, British Baker, said: “We are delighted that Peggy Porschen and Will Torrent have agreed to hosting live question and answer sessions as part of our week-long celebration of all things cupcake. It’s your chance to put any burning questions you have about baking to two top industry professionals.”National Cupcake Week runs from 17-23 September, and is dedicated to capitalising on the popularity of this sweet bakery treat to boost sales in your business, while raising vital funds for our partner charity CLIC Sargent. To find out more visit www.nationalcupcakeweek.co.uk, and click on the get involved tab.last_img read more

Papadosio Celebrates “Earth Night” With Acoustic And Electric Performances [Full Videos/Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Papadosio has made Earth Night an annual tradition, bringing fans together for a celebration of all things natural. This year’s main event took place at Express Live in Columbus, OH, with Papadosio headlining two nights for the occasion. After the all-instrumental “Live PA” set on night one, Papadosio brought the house down with two sets, one acoustic and one electric, on night two.Fortunately for us, the band live streamed their entire performance! Check it out in the videos below.Acoustic SetElectric SetSetlist: Papadosio’s Earth Night | Express Live | Columbus, OH | 12/17/16Set One: Oracle, Madre De Dios, Elephant I Presume, WCACB, Anima Mundi, War On War, Moon EntendreSet Two: Cue > Smile Nod XL, New Love, Frequency > Threes, CueYou can also catch a full gallery from the performance below, courtesy of Phierce Photo.last_img read more

Is MS risk influenced by friends and families’ unhealthy habits?

first_imgAre healthy and unhealthy habits contagious? Can a person’s friends and families influence his or her risk of disease?A new study from Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) reports an association between the habits of people connected to a participant and that person’s self-reported level of neurological disability. The findings help lay important groundwork by developing and making accessible scalable tools to allow clinical researchers to assess social networks in a quantifiable way.The results are published online today in Nature Communications.“We find that there’s a strong relationship between the health habits of people in a patient’s social network and outcomes that are of interest to physicians who specialize in multiple sclerosis [MS],” said lead author Amar Dhand, a neurologist in the Department of Neurology at BWH and assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. “This relationship must not be ignored when considering an individual with neurological disabilities. We need to ask, ‘Is this person’s risk based solely on their biology, or is it influenced by the healthy or unhealthy lifestyles of those around them?’”Dhand and colleagues developed a social network-assessment tool that can be applied to any patient population. To test it, they used the tool to measure the social networks of 1,493 people at risk of multiple sclerosis. To assess their neurological disability, participants were asked to report on several abilities, including walking, using arms and hands, vision, speaking clearly, swallowing, cognition, sensation, and bowel and bladder function. “We need to ask, ‘Is this person’s risk based solely on their biology, or is it influenced by the healthy or unhealthy lifestyles of those around them?’” — Amar Dhand Using data from a cohort of participants in the federally funded Genes and Environment in Multiple Sclerosis (GEMS) Project, the team plotted a montage of each participant’s social network. They found that the average network consisted of eight people who were densely linked. The team also plotted the milieu of health habits around each participant, including exercise, smoking, and seeing a doctor. They found that the health habits of a person’s friends and family were strongly associated with the participant’s self-reported neurological dysfunction, and the percent of network members who had a negative health influence had the strongest association with disability.While it’s still early for the GEMS Project cohort — participants have been enrolled in the study for less than five years — Dhand and colleagues plan to continue assessing the relationship between participants’ social networks as well as genetic risk and other environmental factors in the development of MS symptoms.“We hypothesize that there is a link between social networks and neuro-immunological function, and, downstream, we plan to look at what social network features are related to disease susceptibility,” said Dhand.Funding for this work was provided by National Institutes of Health grants K23HD083489, K08NS079493, and National Multiple Sclerosis Society RG-5003-A-2. The authors declare no competing interests.last_img read more

ND researcher develops drug for diabetic wounds

first_imgMany diabetic patients suffer associated complications with their disease, but Dr. Mayland Chang, a research professor in the department of chemistry and biochemistry, is attempting to mitigate the complication of chronic wounds.“Diabetes has many complications and one of them is that patients with diabetes get wounds that don’t heal,” Chang said.She said there is almost no knowledge of the causes of this specific complication, and this limited knowledge has led to the inability to combat the problem.“This results is more than 70,000 lower limb amputations in patients every year just in the U.S.,” she said. “About half of those patients, within three years, end up dying.”These statistics drove Chang to look for solutions to these problems, she said. Chang leads a research group from Notre Dame’s department of chemistry and biochemistry that has made significant progress in finding ways to fix the prevalence of chronic wounds in diabetic patients.The team’s main tools are diabetic mice, she said.“We inflict wounds to mice, db/db mice, so they have type 2 diabetes, and we go with a biopsy punch,” Chang said. “If you can imagine it, it is like trying to punch a hole in paper, you make a wound in the back of the mice.”The research team is able to analyze the mice wounds and gather data, she said, and the mice have already led the team to new discoveries. In an earlier study, the research team found two enzymes in the diabetic mice wounds: MMP-8 and MMP-9.Chang said the research team hypothesized that MMP-8 was coming in to repair the wound.“We also saw that MMP-9 up regulated in diabetic animal wounds, so we thought that MMP-9 was the cause for why the wounds did not heal,” she said.The first study also led to the team to utilize an MMP-9 inhibitor, ND-322, in attempt to heal the wounds, Chang said, but the results did not overly impress the team.“We would see improvement, but not great improvement, so then we worked on making a more selective inhibitor,” she said.In their most recent study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team utilized a new and improved MMP-9 inhibitor, ND-336, Chang said. While low levels of selectivity lessened the earlier inhibitor’s healing abilities, the new inhibitor, ND-336, is far more sophisticated, Chang said..“The ND-322 was a three-fold selectivity, this is like a 50-fold selectivity,” she said.Chang said ND-336 is a much better inhibitor, and now that the team has proven their discoveries yield successful results, she can envision the practical benefits of these discoveries.“If you had an MMP-9 inhibitor like ND-336, that in itself can become a drug that you can apply to heal wounds,” Chang said.Other options, Chang said, would be to apply MMP-8 to the wounds or utilize the combination of both. First the team would have to move on to human trials, she said, which will not be happening in the near future.“You need first to get investment money that usually does not come from federal agencies. It may be like $2 million to manufacture kilograms of the compound that we can’t do here, and then be able to do the toxicology in a rodent and non-rodent species. We would submit that to the FDA and then they would grant us approval so we can test on humans,” Chang said.Finances, not time, are the main obstacle, Chang said.“It is not that it is a long road, it is that you have to go and find the money to do it. If you have the money, you can get it done in one year. The problem is just getting the money to do that,” she said.Tags: department of chemistry and biochemistry, diabetes, researchlast_img read more

Mentoring: Be the sensei!

first_imgVision: To promote … Web: TheSenseiLeader.com Details 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jim Bouchard “THE SENSEI LEADER is not just another leadership development program. It is a movement.”Our programs support this movement and help us fulfill our vision and mission…                                                                     There is a growing need to develop new leadership in the CU world. Experienced leaders are preparing for retirement. CUs are growing.Now is the time to prepare the next generation to step in. However, one of the greatest concerns we hear at our workshops is that it’s getting more and more difficult to keep young talent engaged and on board.There is plenty of advice on how to recruit new leaders. Let’s focus on how to keep them once you’ve got them!Before we dig in, let’s do a little myth busting. There is still a strong bias that says Millennials are just not as loyal or focused as previous generations. Job longevity stats are showing that employees are now only staying with a job for one and a half years. This is not, however, because they don’t want to stay.More often, it’s because they’re not challenged, they do not see room for growth and development and they’renot being mentored. And they want to be!In our Aspiring Leaders track we poll participants on 2 items specifically related to mentoring.First: “It’s important to my development as a leader to find and work with a good mentor.”In 3 years 100% of responses are “strongly agree” or “agree.” Not ONE single negative response––ever!However, the next statement is: “I am currently working with a mentor.”Only 35% answer “yes”!That’s a problem––a big one. Through workshop discussions we’ve found three major problems:• Very few experienced leaders are actively engaged as a mentor at any given time.• Very few organizations have a formal mentoring program.• Most experienced leaders tell us they need help developing mentoring skills.These are simple problems to fix, but it does require some focus and the dedication of some resources, especially time. And that’s the major barrier. Again through discussions we’ve discovered the while most experienced leaders are quite wiling to mentor someone, they simply don’t feel they have the time.The greatest challenge in mentoring is knowing the constraints. As a mentor, there are things you can do, things you can’t do and things you shouldn’t be doing!When I first start a mentoring relationship, I always talk about expectations up front. I know what can do as a mentor and what I can’t. Here’s a short list to get you started:• I can LISTEN! And that should be my number one priority! You are not lecturing, you are mentoring! The first step us understanding the needs, goals and desires of your mentee. You can only learn by listening. This is an ongoing and dynamic process that needs continual practice.• I can tell stories. That is, I can share my experiences in the hope that my mentee will benefit from my successes and from my mistakes. I can share lessons I’ve learned from others or through my study and research.• I can encourage. This includes recognizing accomplishment and offering praise for a job well done. When times are tough I can usually say, “I know, I’ve been there too!”• I can correct––when I see a problem. Be careful here, though. Sometimes it’s best to let the mentee make a mistake and it takes some experience to know when this is appropriate.• I can NOT do your work for you! More importantly––I WILL NOT do your work for you! I won’t bail my mentee out of trouble or make the job easier. That does nothing but rob them of precious experience and I’d go a step further, too much interference cripples a mentee and deprives them of the opportunity to learn and grow.• I can point you to resources that have been helpful to me. This also includes introducing my mentee to other people, including other mentors, who can take them even further.In a mentoring relationship I work for you. That is, I’m here to serve my mentee––not the other way around. I expect nothing from my mentee except that they do their best. It’s not about my gratification––it’s about doing my best to help another human being reach his or her full potential.The “Sensei” is not measured by his or her own accomplishments, but rather on the accomplishments of the student. And the best Sensei is not one who develops a student to equal one’s own skill––but one who trains students to surpass one’s own talents, abilities and potential.Be the Sensei as you mentor and you’ll do just fine!Savelast_img read more

2017 Year in Review: A look at Americans’ financial habits

first_img continue reading » 36SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr 2017 was a momentous year for Americans and their finances, specifically in regards to household debt. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, household debt reached a new high of $12.96 trillion in the third quarter of 2017. That was $280 billion higher than the previous record set in 2008. What does this unprecedented imbalance say about Americans and their financial habits?GOBankingRates conducted numerous financial surveys throughout the year to probe this question. Click through to get a closer look at Americans and their money in 2017, and find out if there’s any hope for our financial future.last_img read more

Denmark to draft scheme inspired by UK’s Stewardship Code

first_img“It will be both to the advantage of investors and businesses, if, for example, pension funds show a more visible engagement with those businesses they invest in,” he noted.At the same time, the ministry said it had decided to boost the number of people on the committee by up to two new members who had relevant investment experience, so that the panel had a sufficient level of investment skills to carry out the new work. At the moment, the committee has seven members including Dorrit Vanglo, the chief executive of pension fund LD.It had not yet been decided who would fill these new posts, the ministry said.It praised the UK’s Stewardship Code, which was launched in 2010, saying it had contributed to raising the level of engagement among institutional investors in connection with their investments in British companies.Last December, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) said it would soon begin assessing and rating pension funds and asset managers on their level of engagement with the Stewardship Code.The International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) said late last year that it was drafting a global stewardship code building on similar initiatives in Japan and the UK. The Danish government is set to draft a code, based on the UK Stewardship Code, to steer the country’s pension providers towards more proactive engagement with company management.Troels Lund Poulsen, minister for business and growth, said the proposed code would ensure a focus on healthy, long-term corporate activity.“It benefits Danish competitiveness if institutional investors use their influence and skills to help Danish companies operate in the best possible way,” he said.Lund Poulsen said he had asked the Committee on Corporate Governance (Komitéen for god Selskabsledelse) to draft a set of recommendations that could strengthen active ownership.last_img read more

New Oil Discovery for Eni in Angola

first_imgEni has made the fifth oil discovery in Block 15/06, in Angola’s deep offshore. The well has been drilled on the Agidigbo exploration prospect, and analysis of post drill results indicate between 300 and 400 million barrels of light oil in place.The Agidigbo-1 NFW has been drilled by the West Gemini drillship in a water depth of 275 meters, and reached a total depth of 3800 meters.It proved a single hydrocarbon column composed by a gas cap of about 60 m and 100 meters of light oil with an oil down to. The hydrocarbons are contained in the Lower Miocene sandstones with good petrophysical properties. The discovery has further upside that will be proved by an appraisal campaign planned in early 2020.Due to its proximity to East Hub’s facilities and subsea network, which are at about 10km away, production from Agidigbo can be fast-tracked, thus extending the Armada Olombendo FPSO production plateau.Agidigbo is the fifth discovery of commercial nature since the Block 15/06 Joint Venture re-launched its exploration effort one year ago. It follows the discoveries of Kalimba, Afoxé, Agogo and Ndungu.The five discoveries altogether are estimated to contain up to 1.8 billion barrels of light oil in place with possible upside.The Block 15/06 Joint Venture is composed by Eni (operator, 36.8421%), Sonangol P&P (36.8421%) and SSI Fifteen Limited (26.3158%).last_img read more

Tunisia Tourism struggling to recover following militant attacks

first_imgTunisia’s tourism sector is struggling to recover following militant attacks earlier this year. So far at least 70 hotels in Tunisia have been forced to close since September, and there are significant fears for the future of the industry.The tourism sector is vital for Tunisa’s economy, employing about 400,000 people out of the country’s population of 10 million. It accounts for 10 percent of the gross domestic product. The industry has taken a hit following militant attacks in the country…the once-bustling streets of Tunis are quiet. Shop owners are waiting to see if next year will bring more customers.Violence has scared away many foreign tourists. Gunmen killed 38 people at a Sousse beach resort in Junen and 21 died at the hands of extremists when they launched an attack on the Bardo Museum in March. But shopkeepers say one nationality is still visiting Tunisia, Algerians!The Tunisian central bank has estimated tourism revenues this year are down 76 percent since 2010. The Tunisian Government is appealing for better international action following extremist attacks.last_img read more