Scientists explore a new kind of immunotherapy to treat autoimmune diseases

first_img What’s included? NIAID Riding the coattails of CAR-T cancer therapies, scientists have begun to explore a spin-off: using similar immune cells to treat autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes and prevent rejection of transplanted organs.In CAR-T therapies, T cells are extracted from a patient’s blood, reprogrammed to attack cancer cells, and then re-infused into the bloodstream to carry out their new assignment. GET STARTED Log In | Learn More What is it? Scientists explore a new kind of immunotherapy to treat autoimmune diseases In the Lab Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED By Orly Nadell Farber July 20, 2018 Reprints Tags diabetesdrug developmentSTAT+last_img read more

Florida man who slept through three green lights arrested for DUI

first_imgCOLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — A Fort Myers man was arrested for driving under the influence after a deputy watched him sleep through three green lights at a Collier County intersection, investigators said.A deputy with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office watched the driver of a white Cadillac sit through at least three green light cycles at the intersection of Tropicana Boulevard and Golden Gate Parkway.The deputy walked up to the car, knocked on the window to wake the driver up, and then watched as the driver woke up and drove away, according to an arrest report.Turning on his lights and sirens, the deputy was able to catch up to the driver after a brief chase. Child dies after drunk Texas man causes three-car crash in Lehigh Acres June 11, 2021 AdvertisementTags: arrestedCollier County Sheriff’s OfficeDUI Collier school resource officers teach kids how to fish on first day of “Summerfest” June 16, 2021 Woman shot outside Naples Waffle House June 16, 2021 Advertisement AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 commentscenter_img RELATEDTOPICS North Port woman sentenced to 13 years for deadly crash after spring training game June 14, 2021 AdvertisementThe deputy put the driver into handcuffs and noticed a strong alcoholic smell coming from the suspect, according to the report. His eyes were also glassy and his speech was slurred.The driver, Jimmy Eduardo Martinez Blanco, 28, told the deputy that he drove away because he didn’t know who the deputy was, even though he was in uniform. Martinez Blanco also said that he hadn’t been drinking even though there was an empty Modelo beer can on the floor of the car.Martinez Blanco refused to do field sobriety and breath tests. He was arrested for fleeing and eluding as well as DUI. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisementlast_img read more

The Week that Was: Our most read stories of the past seven days

first_img Facebook Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Council RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 months The venture is the brainchild of two Portlaoise GAA mates, Zach Tuohy and Murry Rogers who have been fermenting the idea of a speciality coffee house in their home town ever since they fell in love with the idea in Melbourne, which boldly boasts that it roasts and serves the best coffee in the world, no less.3 – From the LaoisToday Archives: 22 unforgettable things about the night club at Pedigree CornerThe sign is still above the door but ‘Turning Point’ night club is no more.For a spell throughout the 1990s it was the only place to go, the only place to be seen. And for those who went there, they’ll never forget it – it’s all the things we remember about Pedigree Corner.4 – Laois man claims €250,000 prize following recent Lotto winA Laois man has claimed his quarter of a million euro prize following his recent Lotto win.The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, scooped the top prize in the Lotto Plus 2 draw on April 14.The €250,000 was won with a Quick Pick ticket purchased at the Corrib Oil service station in Fairgreen, Portlaoise on the day of the draw.5 – First ever Technological University announced for the MidlandsLaois/Offaly Fine Gael TD, Charlie Flanagan, welcomed the establishment of a new Technological University in the Midlands earlier this week.Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, that Athlone Institute of Technology will be dissolved and a new TU will be established.Speaking about the announcement, Deputy Flanagan said: “This is a great day for the Laois/Offaly and the Midlands area and this morning’s announcement will not only benefit students and staff but also businesses and communities.“A large number of students across the Laois/Offaly constituency attend AIT and they will now be able to study in a university closer to their home. This will not only help address the regional imbalance but it will also  increase opportunities for students, enterprise and regional stakeholders.”6 – From Leinster final hero to a hospital bed – the hard-luck story of a Laois football captainThere have been many hard luck stories for Laois GAA players and teams over the years but few have experienced going from an incredible high to a low point as much as Chris Conway did in 2004.Having missed the memorable 2003 season due to injury, he was the Laois captain in 2004 on the back of Arles-Kilcruise’s famous county final success the previous winter.But disaster would strike for the forward once again before the most important game of the year.7 – Laois County Council reject planning application for new wind farmLaois County Council has refused to grant planning permission for a new wind farm in the county.Norwegian company Statkraft had applied to build eight 185 metre wind turbines in the Forest Upper, Forest Lower and Dernacart rural area outside Mountmellick – off the N80 Tullamore road.8 – End of an era in Portlaoise as Breslin’s Pharmacy and busy GP surgery move on from Main StreetLast Saturday marked the end of an era for the owners and staff of Breslin’s Pharmacy in Portlaoise as they served customers for the last time in their premises on the town’s Main Street.When they re-opened on Tuesday after the Bank Holiday weekend, they had moved across town in a new unit in the Parkside Shopping Centre beside O’Moore Park.Also moving to a new unit in Parkside is the Maryborough Family Practice GP surgery, often referred to locally as Dr Honan’s.9 – Planning permission sought for 99 new homes and a creche in Laois villageA major housing development is on the cards for a Laois village.Plans have been submitted to Laois County Council to construct 99 new homes in Killenard.Developer Matt Colgan wishes to bring the new development to the Tierhoger area which is near the existing Carriglea estate in the village.10 – Mountmellick appoint Laois hurling great as manager for 2021 seasonThe Mountmellick hurlers have appointed former Laois player James Young as manager for the 2021 season.Young was in charge of his native Clonaslee last year but hasn’t returned to that position – with Mountmellick duly making a move for him to fill the vacancy left by Fergal Cuddy who was over them in 2020.Young, who is by some distance the highest scoring Laois hurler of all time and was twice nominated for an All Star, guided Slieve Bloom to Junior ‘A’ success in 2016. He also had a spell over the Clodiagh Gaels club in Offaly. TAGSTop stories of the week 1 – Shaws to close its first Laois store – but flagship Portlaoise outlet to remain openShaws are to close to their Mountmellick store, one that has been a permanent fixture in the town for almost 160 years.The news was confirmed this Monday that the shop in Mountmellick won’t re-open after the current lockdown restrictions are eased – but that staff there are being offered jobs in the Portlaoise store.2 – In Pictures: A sneak peek as Zach Tuohy’s Wandering Elk cafe prepares to openThe Wandering Elk opened its doors on Friday for the first time – and was so popular that it sold out of bread by 2.30pm! Previous articleIn Pictures: Laois U-20 hurlers raise funds for Pieta House with Darkness Into Light runsNext articleMore than 1,300 in babies in Laois still waiting on crucial development checks LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest Pinterestcenter_img The Week that Was: Our most read stories of the past seven days WhatsApp Home We Are Laois The Week that Was: Our most read stories of the past seven… We Are Laois Electric Picnic Facebook Twitter Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival WhatsApp Twitter By LaoisToday Reporter – 8th May 2021 last_img read more

U.S. SEC gives NEO Exchange special status

first_img Negative 2021 outlook on exchange, clearing sector: Fitch “We are very pleased to receive the SEC designated offshore securities market status,” says Jos Schmitt, president and CEO of NEO Exchange, in a statement. “This is an important milestone to ensure NEO-listed securities are available to the broadest possible audience. With this status, we look forward to continued growth of our listings business.” Rule 903 of Regulation S provides a safe harbour for offers and sales of securities by issuers and others in offshore transactions and to non-U.S. persons, without registration under the Securities Act of 1933. For shareholders, Rule 904 of Regulation S provides a safe harbour for resales of securities on the NEO Exchange, as the designated offshore securities market status allows such transactions to qualify as offshore transactions under the U.S. law. Nasdaq sharpens market surveillance Keywords Stock exchangesCompanies Aequitas NEO Related news IE Staff center_img Canadian IPO market limps through Q3, PwC reports Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Toronto-based Aequitas NEO Exchange Inc. announced on Thursday that it has received designated offshore securities market status from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This means that as of Jan. 5, NEO listed companies and their shareholders can rely on certain safe harbours provided by Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Majority of Canadian pension plan returns stay positive in Q3

first_img Budget 2021 revives tax issues from 2019 “The top performing asset class in Q3 is Canadian equities with a median return of 3.40%. International equity was the best performing asset class over the one year time horizon (14.74%). Fixed income underperformed in Q3 and one year time horizons with a median returns of -2.01% and -3.01%, respectively,” notes Catherine Thrasher, managing director, Global Risk Solutions Canada, BNY Mellon Asset Servicing, in a statement. The firm also reports that Canadian large cap equities posted the highest median results for the quarter, gaining 3.9%, whereas returns from Canadian long duration fixed income (-4.03%) and Canadian government bonds (-1.78%) were underperformers in the third quarter. Among alternative asset classes, real estate led the way with a median return of 1.36%, followed by private equity at 0.52%, and infrastructure at 0.42%. Hedge funds suffered a 0.92% drop in the third quarter. Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Canadian plan sponsors post positive quarter despite bond slump Federal budget fails to support needed pension reform, retiree group sayscenter_img James Langton Keywords Pensions Share this article and your comments with peers on social media More than two-thirds (70%) of Canadian corporate, public and university pension plans covered by the BNY Mellon Canadian Master Trust Universe delivered positive returns in the third quarter (Q3), according to data published Wednesday by Toronto-based CIBC Mellon. The median return was just 0.55% during Q3, but this helped lift the median return so far this year to 5.32%. It also represents the sixth straight quarter of positive returns. last_img read more

CU Lecture Series To Kick Off New Development Studies Program

first_imgThe University of Colorado at Boulder will kick off a new campus-wide interdisciplinary program in Developing Areas Research and Teaching with a lecture series in April. Geography Professor Stuart Corbridge of the University of Miami and the London School of Economics will kick off the lecture series with a talk on “Development as Freedom: The Spaces of Amartya Sen,” on Friday, April 13, at 4 p.m. in Eaton Humanities room 150. Corbridge specializes in development studies and focuses primarily on India and the international political economy. He has conducted fieldwork in rural eastern India for 20 years, including work on forestry issues. Development studies is an interdisciplinary field that strives to understand the social, economic and political processes that have transformed societies and environments during the 20th century. Those in the field typically are concerned with problems of poverty, social inclusion, gender relationships and sustainability. Corbridge’s lecture will focus on the work of Amartya Sen, winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1998 and one of the leaders in development studies over the past 40 years. As part of the lecture, Corbridge will focus on Sen’s idea that development is best defined as an expansion of individual substantive freedoms, rather than a rise in per capita incomes or other more material indicators. The idea for CU-Boulder’s new program arose when faculty members in the geography department and environmental design recognized they had a strong group of researchers in the area of development studies, according to co-director Tony Bebbington, an assistant professor in CU-Boulder’s geography department. Geography Professor Gary Gaile also co-directs the program. “We had a good number of people doing work in international development but there was no plan to bring the work together,” Bebbington said. “This new development studies program will support the research and teaching of people working in this field, and by bringing people from outside the university here to talk about issues in the field we hope to spark greater interest,” he said. Some of the development issues being studied by CU-Boulder faculty include food security and hunger in Africa; gender, migration and livelihoods in Indonesia; environmental and social change in China; natural resource management and poverty in South Asia and the United States; and indigenous movements, civil society and political economy in Latin America. Bebbington said the number of students with an interest in development has increased over time and that an organized program will help coordinate teaching initiatives as well as help attract additional resources for research. The program in Developing Areas Research and Teaching is also co-sponsoring the following two lectures in April: * University of North Carolina anthropology Professor Arturo Escobar will speak about “Nature, Place and Culture in Some Contemporary Social Movements: A Colombian Case,” on Friday, April 20, at 4 p.m. in Hale Science room 230. The lecture is co-sponsored by the geography and anthropology departments and Implementation of Multicultural Perspectives and Approaches in Research and Teaching or IMPART. * University of West Virginia associate geography Professor Daniel Weiner will speak about “Community-based GIS in South Africa: Implications for GIS and Society” on Friday, April 27, at 4 p.m. in Guggenheim Geography room 205. The lecture is co-sponsored by geography students in the United Government of Graduate Students and the geography department. Published: April 1, 2001 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

August workshop address explicit racism

first_imgHomeNewsAugust workshop address explicit racism Aug. 01, 2017 at 7:00 amNewsAugust workshop address explicit racismMatthew Hall4 years agoCRJdaily pressjoanne berlinSanta Monicasanta monica daily pressSanta Monica’s Committee for Racial JusticeSanta Monica’s Committee for Racial Justice (CRJ)smdpSteering Committee member Joanne Berlin After an unexpected protest dominated their July workshop, Santa Monica’s Committee for Racial Justice (CRJ) has reexamined how they conduct their events with an eye towards greater security.Protesters at the July workshop made anti-Semitic statements, held handmade signs associated with online anti-Semitism and made statements that participants described as outright racist.The experience has shaped the group’s upcoming workshop and will have an ongoing impact on the way they conduct business.The upcoming workshop is a pointed response to the July event. On Sunday, August 6 CRJ will host a workshop on dealing with overt racism.“It’s entitled ‘confronting explicit racism’ and we’re going to have a lawyer who can talk about what the law says are people’s civil rights that are attending a meeting and there will be a second speaker that is somebody who knows something about white nationalist groups so we can educate ourselves on their origins and ideology,” said CRJ Steering Committee member Joanne Berlin.The July protesters came from two organizations. While a couple of individuals identified themselves and their organization, others wore masks throughout the meeting.Organizers said they also have an escalating security plan for their meetings because some attendees found the presence of masked men intimidating and reminiscent of Ku Klux Klan behavior. New procedures will begin with a check-in desk at the entrance where anyone wearing a mask will be asked to remove it and include plans to remove individuals who seek to disrupt, rather than participate in, the meetings.Berlin said attendees at the July meeting tried to talk with the protesters but she feels they came with the intent to derail the meeting.“We tried to engage them but they were bent on disrupting the group,” she said. “Whether or not the subject changed to it not being white privilege, I think that they are going to be disruptive and we’re just going to ask them to leave because we think they only have one thing in mind.”She said it’s possible the protests were a singular event tied to the topic of white privilege and if so, they might not make a habit of attending CRJ meetings.“These people who are white nationalists seem to have this theory that there’s a white genocide going on. Anyone that’s not white is a problem for them and in their mind that includes Jews. A biracial group that deals with issues of racism and institutional racism is not going to hold their attention for any length of time,” she said.She said attendees tried to engage with the group.“We tried to engage them but they were bent on disrupting the group. Whether or not the subject changed to it not being white privilege, I think that they are going to be disruptive and we’re just going to ask them to leave because we think they only have one thing in mind,” she said.Bob Gordh, also with the CRJ Steering Committee said open and honest discussion is welcome at CRJ meetings but the group does have its limits.“If they were polite and respectful and on topic, it might be that we would have some respectful exchange,” he said. However, he said individuals that come with the intent to derail the meeting do not want to actually communicate.“If they come with something that’s their own agenda, we are not going to take our time to debate with them on their terms because that also disrupts our plans.”He said CRJ wasn’t interested in providing platform for individuals who want to defend outright racism.“We’re interested in combatting racism, we’re not interested to debate people that are in favor of racism,” he said.CRJ Steering Committee member Robbie Jones said the group’s response isn’t specific to any one political ideology and they would treat any disruptive individual the same way. She said the organization hasn’t had to directly address this kind of behavior before the July meeting and said the larger political climate has emboldened individuals who might have otherwise felt shunned for their opinions.“Those that may have been here before now feel more support,” she said. “So they feel they can come out of the woodwork, now they feel comfortable with it.”She said the display of racist behavior at an event specifically designed to fight racism shows there is an increased tolerance for those opinions in society.“Most of the time, whenever you have any kind of groups or anybody chooses to do something in an arena where it’s never really happened before, it’s because they feel its OK now, they can do that,” she said. “You kind of wonder why it happened.”The CRJ is an all-volunteer organization that was founded in response to a racist incident at Santa Monica High School in 2011. They group has maintained a presence in the community and holds monthly workshops on topics related to racism. They are a standalone organization but have partnered with other community groups and/or the city to highlight specific topics or bring their message to specific local communities.For more information on their activities, call (310) [email protected] :CRJdaily pressjoanne berlinSanta Monicasanta monica daily pressSanta Monica’s Committee for Racial JusticeSanta Monica’s Committee for Racial Justice (CRJ)smdpSteering Committee member Joanne Berlinshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentAn Artful Weekend Of Music And TheaterMasked man attempted to rob CVSYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall11 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson22 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter22 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor22 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press22 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press22 hours agolast_img read more

Next Stop Sochi for Whitefish’s Voisin

first_img Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Before making Olympic history, Maggie Voisin made X Games history. The pint-sized 15-year-old from Whitefish seized the moment last weekend and unleashed an extraordinary performance in Aspen, Colo., proving she deserves consideration as a strong contender at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi.Touted as the youngest skier ever at Winter X Games, Voisin claimed the silver medal Jan. 26 in the women’s slopestyle competition. She narrowly missed winning gold after pulling off an eye-opening second run that included a switch 1080, a spinning aerial with three full rotations that begins and ends backwards. The challenging trick has only been successfully landed a few times in competition. Canadian Kaya Turski was the first female to land a “switch 10” two years ago when she won the Winter X Games slopestyle competition. Voisin’s switch 10 earned her a judges’ score of 90, putting her well atop the standings. But as fate would have it, Turski followed up Voisin’s performance with an impressive run of her own that the scorekeepers deemed slightly better. Turski’s 91.33 held up as the winning mark and the 25-year-old Canadian claimed her fourth X Games gold medal only five months after ACL surgery. Missoula’s Darian Stevens placed seventh among the eight slopestyle competitors at the premier winter sports event.Voisin’s performance in her first X Games proved what many have been saying leading up to the Olympics, that the youngster from Montana is one of the best in the world and can hold her own against the sport’s elite, and elder, competitors.“It was amazing. She gave Kaya Turski a run for her money and there was a lot of debate afterward over whether Maggie should’ve won,” said Mike Douglas, the “Godfather of Freeskiing” who provided commentary on the event for ESPN. “I was very, very impressed.”Last week, in the days leading up to the X Games, Voisin was added to the U.S. Olympic Team. Voisin, who turned 15 in mid December, will be the youngest American Olympian to compete at the Winter Games since 1972, when 14-year-old speedskaters Kay Lunda and Connie Carpenter-Phinney traveled to Japan with Team USA. “It’s been crazy, but I’m trying to just stay calm and take it day by day, competition by competition,” Voisin told the Beacon last week. “I’m trying not to worry about what’s going to happen next and just focus on what’s happening now.” Voisin is ranked fourth in the world in the latest Association of Freeskiing Professionals standings. Norway’s Tiril Sjastad Christiansen is ranked first, Canadian Dara Howell is second and American Keri Herman sits third, barely ahead of Voisin. Devin Logan, a member of Team USA with Herman and Voisin, is fifth. All five women are considered the top contenders vying for medals at the Sochi Games. “I’m just trying to go into every event, especially Sochi, like I have these last events, just having fun and loving what I’m doing. That’s when I ski the best, when I focus on the good parts of skiing,” said Voisin, the daughter of Truby Voisin and Kristin Voisin. “Hopefully when I get to Russia that’s what it will be like.” She added, “I’m definitely trying to live it up. This year has been way more than I ever expected. My first X Games. My first Olympics. It’s crazy.”She said she’s grateful for all the support she’s received along the way, especially from her hometown of Whitefish.“I couldn’t think of a better town to have behind me,” she said. The Winter Olympics begin Feb. 6 with women’s moguls and men’s slopestyle snowboarding qualifications. The opening ceremony is Feb. 7 and will be televised on NBC. Voisin will compete in the slopestyle qualification round at 10 a.m., Feb. 11. If she advances, she will compete in the final immediately afterward, slated for 1 p.m. For a complete schedule of events, visit Voisin is among three athletes from Montana competing in Sochi. Heather McPhie of Bozeman made the list of female mogul skiers selected for Team USA. The 29-year-old will be competing in her second Olympics; she raced at the 2010 Vancouver Games. McPhie achieved three World Cup victories this past season leading up to Sochi, and ranks third in the world standings. Bradley Wilson of Butte will compete in the men’s moguls. Wilson, 21, is the younger brother of Bryon Wilson, who earned bronze in the moguls at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Bryon barely missed qualifying for Sochi, while his sibling put together an impressive season that included his first U.S. crown at the Freestyle Championships, securing him his first spot on Team USA.A record 94 athletes were nominated Jan. 27 to the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team for Sochi thanks to the addition of new Olympic events in freeskiing, snowboarding and women’s ski jumping.Todd Lodwick was named to his sixth Olympic Team, matching the most ever. The list of other well-known U.S. athletes includes Shaun White, Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso.last_img read more

Digging Into Retirement

first_imgTo get to Bobcat of Kalispell, you turn off U.S. Highway 2 and drive over a small access road. On any other day, you might not notice the name of this little road, but on March 16 – one of owner Larry Parsons’ last days on the job – the name “Retirement Way” particularly stood out.That day there was a small party with donuts and pizza, during which Larry and his wife Val Parsons gave a 2004 Bobcat Model A300 loader to the Flathead Future Farmers of America Kalispell group.The day included friends, family, sunshine, and smiles, a microcosm of the Parsons’ hopes for their future as they head into retirement after more than 35 years as the owners of Parsons Tractor near Kila.Val has already retired from a career as a popular special-education, kindergarten, and first-grade teacher for Kalispell’s School District 5, and Larry found himself jealous of her freedom.“Deciding to retire was a business decision, and also a personal decision,” Larry said. “My goal is when I come to town, I have the time to stop and see the friends I’ve made.”The Bobcat of Kalispell store will close, and Northwest Parts and Equipment has been appointed the new local Bobcat dealer, Larry said. They will be picking up service, parts, and support for the machinery.Larry and Valerie Parsons, longtime owners of Parsons Tractor, are retiring. They celebrated on March 16, 2018. Justin Franz | Flathead BeaconOut at Parsons Tractor, which will remain open, Dan and Michelle Hodge took over managing duties five years ago, and will continue running the store.“I love them like my own kids,” Larry said of the Hodges. “They are my succession plan.”It’s at this point in the conversation that the air changes, it gets heavier and harder to breathe, and Larry tears up. The day before this party was his son Ben Parsons’ 38th birthday.A little more than a year ago, Ben was backcountry skiing in Glacier National Park when he was killed in an avalanche. A husband to Jen and father to Rowan, Ben was a popular local endurance athlete and Whitefish firefighter, and his death was felt valley-wide and beyond.“He’s been kind of coaching me from the other side,” Larry said last week. “He’s telling me it’s time.”Almost on cue, Rowan, now 2-and-a-half years old, toddled into Larry’s office and demanded a ride on a ‘Cat, which he pronounced “tat.” Fatherly tears turned to grandfatherly smiles immediately, and Rowan found Val to take him on a ride.“Just to be able to have that time,” Larry continued, after his grandson’s departure. “It’s a change of priorities. Retirement is just moving the priorities from business to family and life and self.”The Parsons have been Bobcat dealers for 20 years, and started with Kubota products in 1988. The young family earned its place in the community; Larry and Val say independently of each other that their spouse kept the family afloat in those early years.Decades later, Parsons Tractor is a community institution, and Val’s legacy of teaching continues through her students. The couple still lives in West Glacier, and Val said she knows her husband hasn’t been able to enjoy the park the way she has in retirement.Larry and Valerie Parsons, longtime owners of Parsons Tractor, are retiring. They celebrated on March 16, 2018. Justin Franz | Flathead Beacon“He’s had 100s of things on his mind,” Val said, sitting in a tractor after giving Rowan a ride. “Owning a business is hard. It’s been cool and he’s worked his little tail off forever. We enjoy West Glacier, and he hasn’t been able to enjoy it how I can.”The couple has also found joy in RV travel, and relishes the time they spend with family and friends. Owning a business and making a living is important, it’s what keeps the family alive and kicking, Larry and Val said, but it’s the people they meet along the way who make it all worthwhile, who make it part of them.“(Business) is all about return on investment,” Larry said. “But what a lot of people don’t know is that their lives are a return on investments too, investments in family and friends and their communities.” Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

World Learning Global Undergraduate Exchange Program

first_img ← Royal Thai Government Scholarships Similar Stories Professional Fellows Program in the USA Tweet January 21, 2021 Published by admin LinkedIn 0 Take a deep dive into data and social sciences at CEU → Over 18 years of age;A citizen of a UGRAD participating country, currently residing in that country;Enrolled as an undergraduate in good standing at any accredited university, public or private, and has at least one semester remaining at their home university at the conclusion of the UGRAD program;Completed secondary education in their home country;A solid command of written and spoken English (English Language training for some finalists is possible);Able to begin studies in the United States in August 2021 or January 2022 (selected participants may not defer to a later date);Eligible to receive and maintain the US student exchange visa (J-1) required for the program;Cleared by a physician to participate in the program;Committed to returning to their home country after the completion of the program.Eligible CountriesAlbania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, North Macedonia, Palestinian Territories (West Bank and Gaza), Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.Program GoalsTo promote mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries.Provide a fulfilling exchange experience to drive academic, cross-cultural, and leadership competencies for students from Global UGRAD countries.Enhance students’ academic knowledge and professional skills needed to pursue long-term academic and career goals.Cultivate students’ comprehensive and nuanced understanding of the U.S.Facilitate opportunities for students to establish social networks with U.S. host institutions and local communities.Empower students to engage constructively in the civic life of their local and global communities.How to apply? The deadline to apply is February 28, 2021 at midnight EST.For more information, please visit the official website. Pocketcenter_img Deadline: 28 February 2021Open to: citizens of a UGRAD participating countryBenefits: funding providedDescriptionApplications are open for the U.S. Department of State/World Learning Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) 2021-2022. The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD) brings future leaders to the United States to experience U.S. higher education, gain critical professional skills, and explore new cultures and values.Since 2008, World Learning has provided this opportunity to over 2,500 Global UGRAD students.  Participants leave the U.S. with the tools to become leaders in their professions and communities. Global UGRAD alumni go on to receive Fulbright grants, obtain prestigious international internships, and work in business and government in their home countries and regions.EligibilityThe Global Undergraduate Exchange Program is open to anyone who is/has: +1 Reddit World Learning Global Undergraduate Exchange Program DBU Scholarship Exchange Programme with CEE Countries Share 0 European Media Artist in Residence Exchange Program 2020/2021last_img read more