first_imgThe patient’s positive test result was only released on July 18, according to Barangay Banago chief Ricky Mijares, citing the City Health Office. The Department of Health in Region 6, on the other hand, confirmed the man’s results for the virus on its Facebook page on July 19. Mijares said about 15 houses in Purok Mahimulaton and three in Purok Riverside were placed on lockdown following the test results of the man and the LSI who arrived on July 13./PNcenter_img BACOLOD City – The 64-year-old resident of Purok Mahimulaton, Barangay Banago who died of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) contracted the virus through local transmission, according to Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran.  Familiaran, who chairs the City Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19, said WV Patient No. 754 was not a locally stranded individual (LSI), overseas Filipino worker or a person who came into close contact with someone positive for the virus.The patient was admitted in a hospital in this city on July 13 after showing symptoms of the viral illness like fever and body ache. He died two days later and was immediately cremated.last_img read more

first_imgThe USC Stevens Institute for Innovation recently released a report that addresses appropriations for university research, a key point in Obama’s State of the Union speech last week.[Correction: A previous version of this article said the report released by the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation addressed problems in university research. The report focuses on the role of university research in policymaking. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.]The “Universities in Innovation Networks: The Role and Future Promise of University Research in U.S. Science and Economic Policymaking” is the fourth report in the Doing What Works and Science Progress projects at the Center for American Progress.Innovation · The Annenberg Innovation Lab, which opened in fall 2011, is an example of innovative research occurring at USC, according to the Stevens Institute. – Chris Roman | Daily TrojanLed by Vice Provost for Innovation and Executive Director of the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation Krisztina Holly, the report highlights the resources available at universities to stimulate growth and greater competitiveness for the country.“Higher education plays a hugely important role in driving the economy,” Holly said. “Each year, universities get federal funding for research, and all of this can translate into products, companies and jobs.”In the report, Holly addresses the ways in which federal policies and capacity for university research are tied together and outlines five recommendations to improve federal research and development policy so that universities can achieve their potential to spearhead innovation in key industries.Melissa Lechner, a graduate student studying medicine in a PhD and MD program, said her work in cancer research can be attributed to the support she received from the university.“The goal is to improve outcomes for patients,” Lechner said. “USC allowed me to take discoveries in basic science and translate it to patients in a rapid manner that wouldn’t have been possible on my own.”Some of the challenges with the broader field of innovation involve measuring the impact, as it changes rapidly, and the perceived risk. But,as students try to prepare for the progressive workforce in this current economic and political climate, many are stepping up.The USC Stevens Institute is just one of the many unique features at USC that are involved with promoting this innovation culture.“These programs that are university-wide are aimed to nurture the culture of helping to transfer ideas to make an impact,” Holly said.The USC Stevens Institute is also host of the USC Student Innovators Showcase during Trojan Family Weekend.Ranging from projects on real-time cinema analysis of the presidential campaign to research on public interactive exhibits, the Annenberg Innovation Lab was created in 2009 to support students and faculty in their interdisciplinary efforts.As the technology manager who works closely with student team projects, Dale MacDonald said, “The entity itself is an innovation and is going to lead to profound, transformative change along the way.”Noting its charter to follow processes of innovation inspired by culture other than just technology, MacDonald encourages students to take advantage of opportunities like CRUNCH, the lab’s yearly design competition for USC students and alumni with a $30,000 prize.Similarly, the Graduate Student Government hosts a yearly Poster Symposium that will soon include a website component to showcase innovative research done by USC graduate students across all departments and judged by USC faculty.GSG Academic Affairs Director Jaclyn Selby, a graduate student studying global media and tech policy, said, “The point is so that people can see the best research at USC beyond what they know at their own department.”If all it takes is an idea, students and faculty are right where they need to be to take advantage of some of the most forward thinking research and learning opportunities.  Holly said there are many opportunities in Los Angeles.“Keep your eyes open,” Holly said. “Students should be excited by the potential to work on the next new thing.”last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,Please permit me space to add my comments to the ongoing debate on the ministerial plenary or caucus. The Opposition Leader’s call to resist adherence, application or implementation of any new requests emanating from plenary meetings is in order and must be heeded.Amidst the delaying tactics and antics, the APNU/AFC Administration continues to defy wisdom and good faith acts as we enter the final third of the 90-day period.The Government refuses to accept that the successful December 21, 2018, no-confidence motion, like the crucifixion of Christ, put the Cabinet to death. While the resurrection of Christ influenced the New Testament, accounts of His life and works, the ministerial plenary or caucus, as an attempt to resurrect the Cabinet, is nothing other than a jumbie. It’s not real, thus has no powers, nor is it legally supported.I would agree that the Government has a right to meet, whether in plenary or caucus. However, outcomes of such meetings, if implemented as part of our national goals, would be illegal and have no effect. For example, the last publication in the Gazette is illegal. In essence, the plenary meeting is an attempt to usurp the functions of the Cabinet which died on December 21.In a nutshell, the plenary meeting does not resurrect the Cabinet; it’s a jumbie and cannot give rise to actions and functions that are in the domain of the Cabinet. To give effect to or support the implementation of decisions from such meetings would amount to recognising a jumbie as having the authority to take actions on behalf of humans.Yours sincerely,Ronald Singhlast_img read more