Two Harvard professors will receive awards from the American Society of Hematology for their “significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of hematologic diseases.”David Scadden, who is co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Jordan Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, professor of stem cell and regenerative biology, and director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, will receive the 2010 Dameshek Prize for his contributions to stem cell biology. The citation said his work has increased the fundamental understanding of how the environment surrounding a stem cell, or its “niche,” affects a cell’s development. “His contributions have altered thinking in the field and given direction for interventions to improve transplantation,” the society’s announcement said.Leonard Zon, Grousbeck Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, chair of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute’s Executive Committee, and a researcher at Children’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will receive the E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize for his work on the development and regulation of hematopoetic stem cells, which give rise to all different types of blood cells. The prize recognizes “pioneering research achievements in hematology.”The awards will be presented at the society’s annual meeting in Orlando, Fla., in December.
By Dialogo April 06, 2009 The head of the U.S. Southern Command, Admiral James G. Stavridis, considers drug traffickers and terrorists to be innovators and congratulated the Colombian government for “Operation Checkmate,” by which fifteen people were rescued from the hands of the FARC. “The people we are fighting are innovative. They think and do things to improve their work,” said Stavridis, who will shortly leave his position to assume command of NATO in Europe. The U.S. Admiral participated in the conference “Contemporary Antiterrorism, the Colombian Experience” in Bogotá, which approximately 150 experts from five continents also attended. Stavridis said that one of the key points in the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism is monitoring the economic resources these organizations handle. “On many occasions, the trail leading to the criminals is indicated by money,” said Stavridis, who highlighted Colombia’s achievements in its fight against these evils, which intend to spread throughout the world. According to their findings, those who purchase illegal drugs set off car bombs, and that has to be considered, “not only in Colombia, but also in countries such as Afghanistan and others in which there are insurgents.” He added that drug traffickers are increasingly using technology, and mentioned submarines (submersible) which carry cocaine destined for countries in Europe and Central America. He explained that the United States provides, not only Colombia but also other countries, with elements of technology to combat drug trafficking and terrorism; however, “people are more important.” He emphasized the work of the Colombian government and President Álvaro Uribe, who has achieved significant success against the guerrillas and drug trafficking, he said. Also, he congratulated the Colombian authorities for “Operation Checkmate,” which rescued former Presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt from the southern jungle on July 2nd, 2008, along with Americans Thomas Howes, Keith Stansell, and Marc Gonsalves, and 11 soldiers and police officers, all of whom were prisoners of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). “I must say from the bottom of my heart, thank you, thank you for rescuing our citizens,” stated the official.
The race “CRO Race” was previously organized under the name “Tour of Croatia” and also passed through the Makarska Riviera, Biokovo and Zabiokovlje, and footage of the race was shown in 190 countries, which contributed globally to the promotion of this part of Split-Dalmatia counties. This is the result of cooperation between the Tourist Board of Makarska and the company Spot, which through its brand “Trail – Full Cycling Experience” is developing a cycling tourist destination of the Makarska Riviera, Biokovo and Zabiokovlje. Namely, it is a race organized by the company Top Sport Events, which started all this and proved itself through the successful organization of all editions of the tour in the past four years. This year’s race will include six stages, which will cover more than a thousand kilometers throughout Croatia. The footage of Croatia through which the race passes will be broadcast on six continents of the world. Makarska Riviera, Imotski and Vrgorac, which includes Biokovo, are actively working together to promote cycling tourism in the county. One of the projects that will promote this outdoor segment of tourism is the cycling race “CRO Race”, which starts on October 1 from Osijek, and ends on the third day in Biokovo and Makarska, reports Lokalni.hr. “Makarska Riviera, Imotski and Vrgorac are a unique area along Biokovo, ideal for the development of cycling tourism, so we signed a contract with Spot, which records the situation, after which they will propose measures to take to raise the offer to a higher level, complementing all that modern the cyclist is looking for, promoted. The development of cycling tourism is one of the strategic in the development plans of our destinations for the purpose of post-season and pre-season development”, Said Hloverka Novak Srzić, director of the Makarska Tourist Board. The development of the cycling tourist destination was entrusted to the company Spot. “We are currently checking the condition of existing trails and tracing new ones. Once we determine the complexity of the route, we go to different stakeholders. Of course, the method of route preparation, its equipment, services and other services are defined. We also have education of businessmen who we introduce to the specifics of guests, as well as local governments that we educate on how to maintain the route.”, Explains Karlo Kučan, director of the company. But he adds that he will be cycling in different stages this year. “We will cover all places on the Makarska Riviera, and cyclists will pass through all their centers. It will be spectacular! Thanks to the fantastic television footage from earlier races that toured the world, a group of journalists from the UK came, driving across Biokovo along a fascinating road leading to the very top. They were thrilled! They wrote a great report, published on 7-8 pages, a subtle, honest, own experience. We who live in that destination only when others open our eyes realize that we actually underestimate it. Cycling can bring only good to this destination, discover it in a new way, with a different view”, He explains and points out that it is necessary to develop an infrastructure that includes bike paths, but also other services that cyclists need. Miholjević notes that he participated in the meeting of the tourist board and hoteliers and is satisfied that the potential has been recognized and that there is a will for its development. Stage of the CRO Race race that passes through the Makarska Riviera, Biokovo and Zabiokovlje “After that, there is a promotional part in which we include hotels, we prepare photo, video and printed materials, and during 2020 and 2021 we will present the Makarska Riviera at four tourist fairs. The destination cannot be branded overnight”, Emphasizes Kučan, and adds that”on Biokovo we can’t do adrenaline parks because of the karst that doesn’t allow it, but we have an excellent opportunity to develop mountain bikes. Fire paths are great for the family variant. In the coastal part, we are a bit limited by the traffic on the highway, but that is why the hinterland of Biokovo is an uncut diamond for cycling tourism.”. “Beautiful nature, spectacular view, with quality roads, accommodation facilities, gastronomic offer makes Makarska Riviera and Biokovo ideal for cycling. This is a very large potential that can be greatly developed with a serious approach and program”, Announced the race organizer Vladimir Miholjevic. Source / photo: Lokalni.hr; CRO Race; Facebook: Trail – Full Cycling Experience
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionAs we catch our breath and wait for the next budget crisis, it’s useful to reflect on how we got to the January temporary shutdown. The process started last September when President Trump revoked President Obama’s executive order that protected the “Dreamers” from deportation. However, Trump offered no guidance about what he wanted to happen next and simply instructed Congress to deal with the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) issue by March 2018. Fast forward to Jan. 9, when Trump presided over a meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers still seeking a solution for the DACA issue, which was now central to a budget deal. At the meeting, Trump indicated that he would sign any immigration bill Congress would send him, saying, “I’ll take the heat. I don’t care. I don’t care. I’ll take all the heat you want to give me, and I’ll take the heat off both the Democrats and the Republicans.”On Jan. 11, Sens. Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin presented President Trump with a bipartisan immigration bill. Trump vehemently rejected the bill, contrary to his earlier promise. He then went on to criticize the bill with disparaging language.Subsequent to the meeting, congressional lawmakers were still unsure as to what Trump wanted. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said: “I’m looking for something that President Trump supports, and he has not yet indicated what measure he is willing to sign.”Lacking an agreement on DACA, the government was shut down on Jan. 19, only to reopen on Jan. 22 after a three-week stopgap spending bill was passed. On Jan. 25, Trump offered a new immigration proposal — stay tuned.Don SteinerNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes