In 1992, the Peace Fenghuang Program was approved by Congress under the signature of then-President George H.W. Bush. Peace Fenghuang is Chinese for Phoenix, the mystical Egyptian bird that arose from ashes, and the name is based on the fact that a similar program had been proposed but subsequently canceled by then-President Jimmy Carter. The current program is in excess of $5.9 billion and is the second-largest foreign military sales program in the history of the U.S. Air Force.Training foreign pilots is not new to Luke Air Force Base. The first foreign students to train in the Valley of the Sun were Chinese pilots during World War II. In February 1942, the first Chinese pilots were trained in the P-40 Warhawk, P-47 Thunderbolt and eventually the P-51 Mustang. These pilots had a major impact in the defense of China. Many of these pilots became members of a Taiwan squadron designated 21st Fighter Squadron Blackjacks. The Blackjacks were one of the most successful squadrons during the war and were unmatched in their aerial victories against Japanese forces. Concurrently, the U.S. 21st Fighter Squadron was in the China theater attacking Japanese forces with the P-40 Warhawk and P-51 Mustang. It was in recognition of the exploits of both of these squadrons that the 21st Fighter Squadron Gamblers were activated at Luke.The 21st Fighter Squadron began training Taiwan pilots in February 1997, 55 years to the month that the first Chinese pilots began training at Luke.In the spirit of the legendary phoenix, the squadron rose from the dust at Luke to win the illustrious Frank Luke Jr. Award, recognizing the best squadron in the world’s largest fighter wing, in its first year of existence. That stellar feat was followed by a repeat performance in 1998, which was the first time in 60 years a squadron won the award two consecutive years.
Sand Capital, a privately-held real estate investment company controlled by the principals of Sandor Development Company, has acquired 35 properties in the last month, with a pending large power center acquisition underway. Sand Capital is the financial arm and sister company to Sandor Development Company, which was founded in 1963 in Indianapolis, Indiana by Sidney Eskenazi. Today, Sandor owns and manages more than 8MSF of shopping centers in 25 states throughout the United States. Once acquired, Sand Capital assets are managed and leased by Sandor.Last month, Sand Capital acquired multiple CVS stores in Arizona, Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina (a new state to the portfolio), Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Virginia. It also acquired four strip centers in Georgia, one in Tennessee and one in Texas. Three more centers are scheduled to close in August – one in Arizona, one in Illinois, and one in Ohio.
The New York Times:Ask people what’s wrong in American higher education, and you’ll hear about grade inflation. At Harvard a few years ago, a professor complained that the most common grade was an A-. He was quickly corrected: The most common grade at Harvard was an A.Across 200 colleges and universities, over 40 percent of grades were in the A realm. At both four-year and two-year schools, more students receive A’s than any other grade — a percentage that has grown over the past three decades.Among older graduates, figures like these usually elicit a comment involving the words “coddled,” “damn” and “millennials.” But the opposite problem worries me even more: grade deflation. It happens whenever teachers use a forced grading curve: The top 10 percent of students receive A’s, the next 30 percent get B’s, and so on. Sometimes it’s mandated by institutions; sometimes it’s chosen by teachers.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >
Novi hrvatski brand jedinstvenih luksuznih hotela imat će prvo javno predstavljanje tijekom Europskog summita Međunarodne udruge luksuznih hotela (ILHA Summit) u Hotelu Lone u Rovinj on Wednesday, March 1, at 17 p.m. This is the brand of the Group of Unique Luxury Hotels, founded at the Croatian Chamber of Commerce last year, with the aim of positioning special domestic hotels on the world luxury tourism market as strongly as possible.Trends show that luxury consumers, although increasingly affluent, prefer intense experiences far more than material goods, thus choosing hotels that offer a personal experience and a special experience. Croatia is a country of exceptional natural resources, rich history and impressive architecture, whose hotels provide personalized service and unique experiences worth recounting. Guided by such a vision, sixteen exceptional hotels located in some of the most desirable locations in the country stand out from the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, becoming a new coryphaeus of Croatian tourism, retelling, to each guest in their own way, the most beautiful domestic stories of antiquity.The ILHA Summit will be held on March 1st and 2nd as part of HTI 3in1 – the leading business meeting of Europe’s health tourism industry. Hollywood star Eva LaRue (CSI Miami viewers remember Detective Natalia Boa Vista), ILHA luxury travel ambassador, will also be a guest at this year’s ILHA conference with a presentation on luxury tourism.ILHA has more than 300.000 members – luxury hotel professionals from around the world.
Share Pinterest Email Share on Facebook LinkedIn The researchers also conducted a literature review that points in the same direction. Their review identified 14 studies investigating the role of family environment and child and adolescent temperament in the development of adolescent “externalizing problems”. These notably include delinquency, antisocial behaviors, attentional problems and substance use. In line with their own observations, this review, published in Developmental Review, demonstrates that susceptibility in childhood – characterized by such traits as impulsivity, disinhibition, or low fear or shyness – is associated with higher levels of externalizing problems in adolescence when children were exposed to adverse environments, but lower levels of externalizing problems when they were raised in suitable home environments. However, having an appropriate home environment during adolescence does not seem to convey any additional benefit to susceptible adolescents. These studies considered several family factors, including maternal and paternal parenting, parent-child relationship and marital conflict.“Although many factors come into play in shaping the future behaviour of children, our findings tend to suggest that special attention to the needs of impulsive children or children susceptible to their environment at an early age may help them realize their full potential,” says Charlie Rioux. “To demonstrate this, our results will need to be replicated in clinical studies also designed to test the differential susceptibility model, this time not only assessing the impact of more or less coercive parenting methods, but also the impact of intervention programs targeting parenting practices.” Years of research have shown that impulsivity in childhood is among the individual vulnerabilities leading to substance abuse, delinquency, as well as aggressive and antisocial behavior in adolescence and adulthood. Yet researchers from the CHU Sainte-Justine Mother-child Research Hospital and University of Montreal have discovered a reversal of this trend for those children when raised in a less coercive environment. “According to our results, labelling impulsive children as “vulnerable” should be reconsidered. Indeed, those who were raised in less coercive families at the age of 6 actually drank less alcohol than their less impulsive peers at the age of 15. Their supposed vulnerability actually turned into an advantage,” says Charlie Rioux, PhD candidate in psychology and first author of the paper published in Development and Psychopathology.Acting rapidly and without thinking are typical signs of child impulsivity. According to the researchers, this trait, traditionally viewed as negative, could turn into an advantage when combined with a caring family environment. “A Swedish metaphor illustrates this differential susceptibility to the environment,” explains Charlie Rioux. “Many children exposed to challenging environments do quite well. They are said to be resilient, and are referred to as “dandelion children”, since they are well adjusted even when exposed to harsh conditions. Children more susceptible to their environment, like impulsive ones, are referred to as “orchid children.” For if the orchid fades in harsh conditions, it also thrives when given proper care and attention. We observed that when they are raised in a supportive environment, “orchid children” not only do well in adolescence, but can even outperform their less susceptible peers in many respects.” The researchers came to this interesting finding by looking at how these children develop in both adverse and non-harmful environments.To achieve these results, the researchers studied 209 youth born between 1996 and 1997 in urban areas of the Province of Quebec, in Canada. When these youth were 6 years old, their mothers completed questionnaires on their child’s impulsivity levels and the coercive practices they used as a parent, including screaming, shaking or hitting. Then at the age of 15, the adolescents reported the frequency of their alcohol use. The results of the study show that when maternal coercive practices were more frequent at 6 years, higher impulsivity at this age was associated with more frequent alcohol use at the age of 15. In contrast, highly impulsive 6-years-olds exposed to infrequent maternal coercive practices had a lower frequency of alcohol use compared to less impulsive children. “These results are particularly interesting because impulsivity is often considered a risk factor for alcohol use. However, our results show that more impulsive children may drink less alcohol than kids who are less impulsive when exposed to low maternal coercive practices,” said Jean Séguin, PhD, professor of psychiatry at the University of Montreal, researcher at CHU Sainte-Justine and co-director of Rioux’s doctoral thesis. Share on Twitter
Head and neck cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) are dramatically higher in men than in women, with levels in men having already eclipsed the incidence of HPV-related cervical cancer in women, according to a study yesterday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.To sort out the epidemiology behind the cancer trends, US researchers reported new findings on oral HPV prevalence in men and women, shedding light on sexual, lifestyle, and other factors that may help guide public health interventions.The researchers based their analysis on adults who took part in the country’s National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey from 2011 to 2014, which involved oral rinse, penile, and vaginal swab specimens, along with survey questions.One in nine men HPV-infectedAbout one in nine US men are infected with HPV, the group found. The overall prevalence of oral HPV infection was higher in men than in women: 11.5% compared with 3.2%. Cancer-causing HPV strains were more common in men, and the highest-risk type (HPV 16) was six times more common in men.In people with same-sex partners, high-risk HPV infections were more common in men—12.7% versus 3.6%. The rate climbed to 22.2% in men who had two or more same-sex oral sex partners.Oral infection among men with concurrent genital HPV infection was four times higher than in men who had oral but not genital infection. The probability of high-risk HPV infection was greater in black participants, heavy smokers, marijuana users, and those who reported 16 or more lifetime vaginal or oral sex partners.When the investigators looked at patterns by age, they found that HPV 16 was most prevalent in men ages 50 to 69, which they said could suggest that persistent infection from that strain might be driving higher levels of head and neck cancers in that age-group.The authors said the results confirm that oral HPV is common in US men and that the findings will help guide future oropharyngeal cancer prevention efforts. They noted that research priorities should include improved prevention and screening in high-risk groups.Puzzles to solveIn an accompanying commentary, Patti Gravitt, PhD, from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, wrote that despite the new in-depth analysis, it’s still not clear why oral HPV risk increases with age or why the HPV and oropharyngeal cancer burdens are greater in men.She said it’s difficult to tease out independent effects of age and sexual behaviors or differences across birth cohorts. Studies that could shed more light should focus on acquisition of oral HPV from recent sexual partners, autoinoculation from anogenital sites, latent infections, and natural history of sexually active and inactive adults, she said.See also:Oct 16 Ann Intern Med abstractOct 16 Ann Intern Med commentary
At the Tuesday night council meeting, Councilor James Robinson, left, presents Environmental Services Division Senior Office Specialist Joshua Levings with a proclamation declaring October ‘The People’s Eco Challenge Month’. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com COUNTY News:Los Alamos County Council presented a proclamation, which declares October “The People’s Eco Challenge Month,” during its Tuesday night regular meeting. Councilor James Robinson presented the proclamation, which reads:WHEREAS: The Los Alamos County Green Team, Environmental Sustainability Board and Zero Waste Team are sponsoring the People’s Eco Challenge from October 2 – October 23, 2019; andWHEREAS: The People’s Eco Challenge is free and open to the public, offering residents an opportunity to engage in environmental sustainability initiatives; andWHEREAS: This 21-day challenge provides an easy way for individuals to turn intentions into implementation, while offering fun, social options to consider and act upon proven solutions supporting sustainability; andWHEREAS: Participants can join an existing team, create a new one, or be part of the Los Alamos community team while earning points for activities; they can share their story and encourage eco-friendly behavior in others; andWHEREAS: When our residents engage in activities such as the People’s Eco Challenge, they reinforce good habits – driving sustainability both locally and globally to make a difference in our community while contributing to a healthier planet; andWHEREAS: The Council has adopted goals for environmental sustainability, and wants to encourage residents and County employees to participate in the People’s Eco Challenge; andWHEREAS: Participating in programs such as the People’s Eco Challenge sets a good example for our children, showing them that we care about protecting our environment and conserving precious resources;NOW, THEREFORE, on behalf of the Council of the Incorporated County of Los Alamos, I do hereby proclaim the Month of October as “THE PEOPLE’S ECO CHALLENGE MONTH” in Los Alamos County, and encourage our citizens to participate by signing up to take the challenge at ecochallenge.org.
The North Fork Reform Synagogue kicks off the Jewish holidays with a Chanukah service on Friday, December 20, at 8 PM. It’s BYOM, bring your own menorahs. For further information, go to www.northforkreformsynagogue.org.In East Hampton, the Jewish Center of the Hamptons is celebrating a “pop-up Chanukah” at Nick & Toni’s on Sunday, December 22, at 5 PM. For more information, visit the website at www.jcoh.org.Enjoy a menorah lighting and latkes with the Temple Israel Riverhead at 5 PM at the Riverfront Park. To find out more, go to www.templeisraelriverhead.org.In Greenport, it all begins on Sunday at 5 PM, when members of the Congregation Tifereth Israel will gather in Mitchell Park to light the first candle on Greenport’s giant menorah. Jews and non-Jews are invited to witness the menorah lighting. For more information, visit www.tiferethisraelgreenport.org.Temple Adas Israel will celebrate the lighting of the menorah on Long Wharf in Sag Harbor with a community candle lighting at 6 PM on Sunday. There will be blessings, songs, hot chocolate, sufganiyot, and even glow sticks for the kids. See www.templeadasisrael.org. Share
Golar LNG revealed the pricing of an underwritten secondary offering of 7,170,000 common units representing limited partner interests in Golar LNG Partners.The units offered by Golar LNG are priced at $29.90 per unit, and according to the company, it intends to use the net proceeds of the offering to fund a portion of the contract with Keppel Shipyard to convert one of its first generation LNG carriers, Gimi, into a floating natural gas liquefaction facility.Following completion of the offering, Golar will own the following interests in Golar Partners: 1,668,096 common units, 15,949,831 subordinated units, the 2% general partner interest (through its ownership of the general partner) and all of the incentive distribution rights. The common, subordinated and general partner units amount to approximately 30% of Golar Partners total units in issue and this is expected to remain as a long-term holding.[mappress mapid=”16450″]LNG World News Staff; Image: Keppel
Criminal law solicitors this week voiced concerns over the Legal Services Commission’s track record on IT projects, as it began a phased national rollout of its new electronic criminal billing and claim forms. The new eForms are part of the LSC’s delivery transformation programme, designed to reduce costs and speed up and simplify its processes. Rodney Warren, director of the Criminal Law Solicitors Association, said: ‘Every time I hear the word e-anything from the LSC it makes me feel like someone is pinching me and it causes me pain. ‘The LSC has been piloting the eForms, but its track record is so poor when it comes to IT initiatives that I struggle to have confidence in the successful roll out,’ he added. Greg Powell, an executive officer of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association, said: ‘If it works it will be a step forward, but all history tells us to be very cautious about believing that anything the LSC does will be either simple or work.’Powell added that he hoped the scheme would not suffer the same problems as the recent criminal contract tender process, which had been ‘a nightmare’. Phil Lambert, executive director for business support at the LSC, said: ‘I am extremely mindful that previous LSC technology-led implementations have caused difficulties to our providers, and eForms cannot be allowed to give us all a similar headache once again.’