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West Palm fire chief resigns; women now hold 4 top positions in city

West Palm fire chief resigns; women now hold 4 top positions in city | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
With naming of interim fire chief, all three top West Palm departments led by women
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If you get enough of this vitamin every day, you won’t get bitten by mosquitos this year.

If you get enough of this vitamin every day, you won’t get bitten by mosquitos this year. | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
With spring arriving all over the Northern hemisphere, people are starting to spend more time outside in the sun. That means lazy weekend afternoons in the park or at the pool, or just sipping cold drinks in your own backyard.
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Vietnam on the bayou: In 1975, New Orleans laid out the welcome mat

Vietnam on the bayou: In 1975, New Orleans laid out the welcome mat | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

The Times-Picayune is marking the tricentennial of New Orleans with its ongoing 300 for 300 project, running through 2018 and highlighting the moments and people that connect and inspire us. Today, the series continues with the influx of Vietnamese immigrants to New Orleans in the 1970s.

 

THEN: When Saigon fell to Communist forces on April 30, 1975, thousands of South Vietnamese citizens suddenly became refugees. Archbishop Philip M. Hannan invited them to come to New Orleans, even sponsoring 1,000 families, 2,100 people in all, through the Church. In addition to this official welcome, New Orleans -- which, like Vietnam, is a former French colony, and heavily Catholic, to boot -- was attractive to the new arrivals because the climate is similar to that in Vietnam. Also, because of the local coastal geography, many could continue fishing, as they had done in their native country.

NOW: The Vietnamese population in the New Orleans area has grown to more than 15,000 in the four decades since the fall of Saigon, with Vietnamese markets and restaurants adding another layer to the local cultural melange. They have become so devoted to their new home that, after Hurricane Katrina, nearly two-thirds of the local Vietnamese population returned to the city, according to a Tulane University study, even though their core neighborhood in eastern New Orleans had been devastated by flooding in the wake of the storm.

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  • In 2008, Anh "Joseph" Cao -- who fled Vietnam as an 8-year-old boy -- became the first native Vietnamese member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • The first appearance of the name "Ngyuen" -- the most common Vietnamese surname -- in a New Orleans phone book came in 1974, with just one number listed. By 1979, there were 318.
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Tackling diagnostic medicine with AI, Viz launches a tool to identify strokes

Tackling diagnostic medicine with AI, Viz launches a tool to identify strokes | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds; it is the third leading cause of death and leaves hundreds of thousands more with long-ter
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims May 2017 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims May 2017 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

This month, we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and we recognize the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders that enrich our Nation.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have distinguished themselves in the arts, literature, and sports.  They are leading researchers in science, medicine, and technology; dedicated teachers to our Nation's children; innovative farmers and ranchers; and distinguished lawyers and government leaders.

Dr. Sammy Lee, a Korean American who passed away last December, exemplified the spirit of this month.  Dr. Lee was the first Asian American man to win an Olympic gold medal, becoming a platform diving champion at the 1948 London Olympics only 1 year after graduating from medical school.  To fulfill his dreams, Dr. Lee overcame several obstacles, including his local childhood pool's policy of opening to minorities only once per week.  Later in life he was subject to housing discrimination (even after 8 years of military service).  Dr. Lee nevertheless tirelessly served his country and community, including by representing the United States at the Olympic Games, on behalf of several Presidents.

Katherine Sui Fun Cheung also embodied the spirit of this month.  In 1932, she became the first Chinese American woman to earn a pilot license.  At the time, only about 1 percent of pilots in the United States were women.  As a member of The Ninety-Nines, an organization of women pilots, she paved the way for thousands of women to take to the skies.

There are more than 20 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.  Each day, through their actions, they make America more vibrant, more prosperous, and more secure.  Our Nation is particularly grateful to the many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have served and are currently serving in our Armed Forces, protecting the Nation, and promoting freedom and peace around the world.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2017 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.  The Congress, by Public Law 102–450, as amended, has also designated the month of May each year as "Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month."  I encourage all Americans to learn more about our Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander heritage, and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.

 

DONALD J. TRUMP

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Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 was signed into law designating March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day

Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 was signed into law designating March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Updates in the news are provided for interested veterans, retirees and active duty service members.

Vietnam veterans day:

While I realize that this is April, I believe the following is important for all of us because the vast majority have no idea what it was like then and now.

 

On March 29, 1973, the last American combat troops left Vietnam and returned home. Unlike troops of more recent wars, the vast majority of those brave service members did not receive a warm welcome. In fact many were spat upon, called names and treated with disdain. Vietnam veterans bore the horrors of battle in Vietnam only to come home to shoulder the burden of an unpopular war that was no fault of their own. The way they were treated has often been called a national disgrace and rightly so. They did their duty because their country asked them to. That’s what patriots do — they serve when their nation calls.

Today, 44 years later, they are getting some of the recognition they earned so long ago. On March 28, the president signed the “Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017” into law designating March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

DoD-VA Collaboration:

We know that veterans will talk more openly to other veterans and that combat veterans will talk more openly to combat veterans. Even though combat veterans may have served in different places, and under different circumstances, the nightmare, anger and hyperalertnesss are the same and the events are the same.

Researchers from the Department of Veterans Affairs or VA and the Department of Defense or DOD recently released findings of a new study called Prospective Post-Traumatic Stress disorder Symptom Trajectories in Active Duty and Separated Military Personnel, which examines Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD symptoms in veterans, compared with active-duty populations.

This is the first known study comparing PTSD symptom trajectories of current service members with those of veterans, and is the product of a collaborative effort from VA and DOD researchers analyzing data from the Millennium Cohort Study or MCS, the largest prospective health study of military service embers.

According to VA’s National Center for PTSD, the rate among Vietnam veterans was 30.9 percent for men and 26.9 percent for women. For Gulf War veterans, the PTSD rate was 12.1 percent. Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans had a PTSD rate of 13.8 percent.

“Knowing there are similarities in how PTSD affects service members and veterans makes it easier to pinpoint which treatments are the best to control the condition,” said Dr. Edward Boyko, an epidemiologist and internist at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Washington state and VA’s lead researcher on the MCS.

Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act and divorce — dividing retired pay:

A case involving the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act or USFSPA, a controversial 1982 law, is being heard before the Supreme Court of the United States or SCOTUS. The case will determine the extent of a state court’s legal authority to divide military retired pay in a divorce where the former service member waives a portion of military retired pay in favor of VA disability compensation.

Marine reserve Lt. Col. Aniela Szymanski, Military Officers Association of America or MOAA director of government relations for veterans benefits, attended the Supreme Court oral argument March 20 in the case of Howell v. Howell and reported on the proceedings.

In the current case, a family court granted the former spouse 50 percent of the service member’s retirement pay years later, the retiree received a VA disability rating and waived a portion of military retired pay to receive the tax free VA disability compensation instead. As a result, the service member’s military retirement pay was reduced; the former spouse took the retiree to court to get her portion of that — in this case $152 a month — back.

USFSPA is a controversial law in the military community because it allows courts to treat military retired pay as property in the case of a divorce. Adam Unikowsky, the attorney for the veteran, said the letter and spirit of USFSPA were followed in this case. Disability pay, he argued, is paid to the veteran for injuries suffered in service and to compensate for lost earning potential.

VA mental health care – Senators ask for more other-than-honorable discharge details:

Eight Democrats in the Senate are seeking more details from the Department of Veterans Affairs about an announcement last week that the VA would provide urgent mental health care to veterans with other-than-honorable or OTH discharges. In a letter to VA Secretary David Shulkin, the senators wrote the announcement had sparked interest from some veterans with OTH discharges who are now scrambling to find more information about what services the VA will provide.

OTH discharges, also known as “bad paper,” prevent veterans from receiving federal benefits, such as health care, disability payments, education and housing assistance.

“Many of the veterans who could be eligible under this expansion are now seeking information and treatment after hearing your statements,” the senators’ letter reads. “These are veterans with elevated risks for substance use issues, homelessness, criminal court involvement and suicide, and time is always crucial in connecting them to treatment options.”

VA suicide prevention:

While drug and alcohol problems are associated with a higher risk of suicide among veterans, the increased danger is particularly high with opioid abuse, a U.S. study suggests.

Overall, male veterans with drug or alcohol problems are more than twice as likely to die by suicide as other ex-service members, researchers report in the journal. For female veterans with substance use disorders, the odds of death from suicide are almost six times higher. The suicide risk is particularly high when veterans misuse prescription sedatives, with more than quadrupled odds of suicide for men and more than 11 times the risk for women, the study also found. Among female veterans, opioids were also tied to a nearly eight-times-higher risk of suicide, while amphetamines and stimulants were tied to almost six times the risk.

Personally, I think that when you send our men and women into combat situations several times in succession you are asking for trouble. Many of our men and women who have been in combat situations will never be the same because of the invisible wounds or, as some say, “wounds that don’t bleed.”

New badge proposed:

Army Training and Doctrine Command officials are hoping to roll out a new badge for soldiers outside of the infantry and medic military occupational specialties or MOS, according to the command’s senior enlisted soldier.

Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport said the Expert Action Badge will be very similar to the Expert Infantryman Badge and the Expert Field Medical Badge. If approved, soldiers could see the badge by October 2019.

“This is for the remainder of MOSs that don’t have a formal way of certifying competencies associated with their MOSs,” Davenport said in a March 24 conference call with reporters.

Similar to the other badges, soldiers will have to meet requirements for foot marches, the Army Physical Fitness Test, tactical skills and cognitive skills, but the difference will be the hands-on training, he said. For every soldier who’s not an infantryman or medic, he or she will be tested on warrior tasks and battle drills in a training event similar to what soldiers must complete for the infantry and medic badges.

Reach Ronald Pandos at rondo1339@yahoo.com.

 
 
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Vietnam Villagers Free Police Hostages in Land Dispute

Vietnam Villagers Free Police Hostages in Land Dispute | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Residents of a village in Vietnam have released 19 hostages held for one week over a land dispute on the outskirts of capital Hanoi.
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Monument honoring Vietnam helicopter crews approved for Arlington Cemetery

Monument honoring Vietnam helicopter crews approved for Arlington Cemetery | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
It took three years, but the pilots and crew members who died will be honored.
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Student Tackles Digital Divide with Refurbished Computers

Student Tackles Digital Divide with Refurbished Computers | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
High school junior Terence Lee has spent his life surrounded by the latest tech gadgets the industry has to offer, but when he noticed other children didn't have the same access — he decided to d
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Palm Beach socialite’s daughter jailed, accused of stealing from her

Palm Beach socialite’s daughter jailed, accused of stealing from her | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

In the latest drama involving 86-year-old Palm Beach socialite Mary Montgomery, her troubled daughter once again has landed behind bars, charged with stealing millions of dollars worth of items from her mother, including a Rolls-Royce, a Bentley, her wine collection and her silverware.

There’s also $5.54 million in jewelry missing from Mary Montgomery’s safe, but her daughter has not been charged with taking those valuables.

Palm Beach County jail records show Courtnay Montgomery — who tried to get her mother’s professional guardian removed — was released from custody early Thursday on $30,000 bond. She is charged with grand theft of more than $100,000 in connection with the taking of assets from her mother’s mansion, Sin Cuidado, at 1800 S. Ocean Boulevard, south of Southern Boulevard.

A phone message left for Courtnay Montgomery was not returned. An email to her lawyer in the guardianship matter, Jennifer Carroll, was also not returned. Her receptionist hung up on a reporter trying to leave a message.

Courtnay Montgomery faces five charges in Minnesota involving siphoning off more than $188,000 from her mother, who suffers from dementia and was found by a Palm Beach court to be incapacitated in March 2016. Mary has been living at the Lourdes Noreen McKeen nursing home but has been making social engagements recently.

The irony in both criminal cases is that Courtnay Montgomery is the only heir to her mother’s fortune left behind by famed litigator Robert Montgomery. However, when Mary Montgomery was placed in guardianship in wake of the Minnesota incident, the socialite’s assets were placed in the hands of Hilda Santana, a former assistant, and Michael Strickland, managing director of Northern Trust, a wealth management company.

The Montgomerys were celebrated socialites and philanthropists on Palm Beach. They had two children — a son, Scott, who died in 1992, and Courtnay, 53. Those close to the Montgomerys say both children were adopted, but Courtnay has denied it in recent interviews with The Palm Beach Post.

The Montgomerys were known as benefactors, especially to the Palm Beach Opera, as well as other causes. Robert Montgomery was one of South Florida’s most renowned lawyers during his lifetime, hammering out the landmark settlement that forced tobacco companies to pay the state of Florida $11.3 billion.

“It’s a very sad case. Courtnay is a troubled soul,” said Richard Rampell, Mary Montgomery’s long-time accountant. “People talk about how Bob Montgomery was so smart, why didn’t he protect himself from this sort of thing and the fact is that he did. He knew something like this could happen and he tried to arrange his financial affairs to protect Mary.”

Robert Montgomery died in 2008 of cancer.

 
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One Man’s Story on Being Gay and Out in the British Military

One Man’s Story on Being Gay and Out in the British Military | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
This is a first hand account by LGBTQ Heritage founder, Tim. "I joined the British Royal Navy as a officer in 2006. It was only six years after the ban on gay people serving in the military was lifted but this actually never even entered my mind in deciding to join up. At the time…
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Citizens Climate Lobby Earth Day - Learn and Act

Citizens Climate Lobby Earth Day - Learn and Act | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Scientist Alec Bogdanoff, PhD Science Director of Coastal Risk Consulting (CRC) in Plantation, FL (www.coastalriskconsulting.com) will present about causes and effects of local flooding caused by King Tides, storm surges, and sea level rise.

Geosciences Doctoral student Andrew Kamerosky of Florida Atlantic will explain about the effects that climate change is having on our local wildlife

We will be raffling off some door prizes to registered guests.
Light refreshments will be served.

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Hollywood Studio Picks Up Justin Chon’s Gook

Hollywood Studio Picks Up Justin Chon’s Gook | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Gook by Justin Chon Justin Chon’s Gook will be screened nationwide this summer. The Next Audience Award winner at the Sundance Film Festival has been picked up by Samuel Goldwyn Films, reported Variety. The film evolves around the story of two Korean American brothers and their unlikely friendship with an 11-year-old African American girl during the height of racial tensions and the 1992 Los Angeles riots. “The core ethos of our company is to offer original voices and uniquely told stories the opportunity to reach a broad audience and we could not be more proud to bring such a relevant film from an emerging filmmaker into the marketplace,” said Peter Goldwyn, president of Samuel Goldwyn Films. Chon both directs and stars in the film alongside David So and Simone Baker, who portrays the 11 year old. Gook is also scheduled to play at the upcoming San Diego Asian Film Festival on April 29th. The film is produced by James J. Yi and Alex Chi and is based on an incident during the Koreatown riots.
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Rich Manhattanite Yells 'White Power,' Attacks Asian Man: PD

Rich Manhattanite Yells 'White Power,' Attacks Asian Man: PD | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
A wealthy Manhattanite was arrested for beating an Asian man while shouting about immigrants and “white power,” police said.Steven Zatorski, 48, was arrested and charged with assault after witnesses told an NYPD transit cop about the beating, according to police.
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Click here to support Help Emmett Recover! organized by Sara Ryan

Click here to support Help Emmett Recover! organized by Sara Ryan | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

On Sunday, April 30th 2017, Emmett was violently attacked and beaten by a group of 5 to 7 individuals after a show at Backbooth in Orlando, FL. He suffered many wounds but the worst of them require serious facial surgery. Doctors say both orbital sockets, nose and jaw need to be operated on or he could have serious issues in the future like loss of sight and the inability to chew.

My family just mourned the loss of our oldest brother, Sione due to similar acts of violence. Sione was beaten to death. We are overwhelmed emotionally, but also financially. Emmett has no savings and no health insurance.

Emmett is a talented musician, a student, and an aspiring athlete. He is intelligent, funny, and introspective. It would be absolutely remarkable if donations were made in order to assist us in the goal of bringing Emmett back to being Emmett. No amount is too small. We would be forever thankful for any assistance received.

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Confederate monuments are the real ‘Lost Cause’

Confederate monuments are the real ‘Lost Cause’ | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

Confederate-era war memorials and monuments to the traitors who fought against the Union to uphold slavery have no place on public land. You know, property paid for and maintained by taxpayers. Every day they remain standing is a celebration of racism and an affront to core American values. That’s why I applaud what’s happening in New Orleans right now.

After public hearings, a city council vote and court battles, the Crescent City has finally begun the process of removing four monuments. On Monday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, D, announced the removal of the Battle of Liberty Place Monument, an obelisk honoring hate. Death threats were made against the contractor. David Duke, that paragon of tolerance, took to Twitter to decry the company “willing to take shekels to tear down priceless New Orleans & American history.” The work is considered so dangerous that the people involved in the removal hid their identities and wore flak jackets while under the protection of police.

“First statue erected to honor members of white supremacist organization who killed New Orleans’ racially integrated police force,” reads the top line of the press release from Landrieu’s office. Landrieu was even more blunt when I talked to him on Wednesday about removing Confederate memorials.

“They were put up during a very narrow point of time, four years of our formal 300-year history, as though they reflect the whole history of the city of New Orleans,” Landrieu told me. “In effect, they were put up by people, the same group of people called the ‘Cult of the Lost Cause.’ And the Lost Cause was the cause of the white supremacy in the South. Those monuments don’t reflect who we ever have been.”

Private funds were used to pay for the monument removals. And Landrieu is keeping the list of donors anonymous. His decision is understandable. "It has been a challenge to make sure that we're able to make sure that the people that are engaged in this are safe and that our police officers are safe as well," he said.

 

The three other monuments slated for removal are the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Circle; the Jefferson Davis statue on Jefferson Davis Parkway; and the General Beauregard equestrian statue at the entrance to City Park.

“As a matter of who was Robert E Lee, he never stepped foot in the city of New Orleans,” Landrieu said, pointing out that Union soldiers actually camped at Lee Circle. “This monument was not put up to represent, to revere Robert E Lee, it was put there to represent the cause that he fought for, which in our opinion, was not what New Orleans has ever represented.”

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US college honors cerebral palsied Vietnamese IT student

US college honors cerebral palsied Vietnamese IT student | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

A Vietnamese cerebral palsied student has received an honor from a U.S. college for his ceaseless efforts and silent contributions to the institution.

Georgia Gwinnett College, located in Georgia, has conferred the ‘Unsung Hero’ title on Tran Manh Chanh Quan, a Vietnamese student who suffers cerebral palsy, a brain disorder that affects a person's ability to move and maintain balance and posture.

Quan, 25, revealed the accolade is bestowed on students in recognition of their tremendous efforts in life and studies which inspire others and their nameless contributions to the school.

The student, dubbed ‘The Penguin of Vietnam,’ earned the honor on a nomination by the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP).

Quan was selected by his school to attend several of AITP’s seminars and contests studded with representatives of computer and Internet giants including IBM, Google, Microsoft and Oracle.

He secured the second spot at the 2015 AITP Code-a-thon contest, which attracted more than 50 schools across the U.S.

His team also nabbed a silver medal at the 2016 ACM Southeast USA Regional Intercollegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC SER).

Quan, who hails from the southern Vietnamese province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, was born with cerebral palsy, which has left him unable to speak and walk properly or hold things in his hands. 

The boy surmounted sheer hurdles to excel in school. He once shared he had to tie his feet during his elementary school years to better maneuver his hands on the computer keyboard.

He went on to claim a prize at a national exam for outstanding students in information technology in his 12th grade. 

A U.S. university then offered him a partial scholarship in IT and math to help him pursue his programming career.

The strong-willed man has battled hard to survive alone and shine in his studies in the U.S, with assistance from some of his professors and friends.

In November 2016, Quan was invited to Google’s headquarters in the U.S. for an interview as a software engineer, but the result was not what he had expected.

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Vietnamese who died of stroke at Japan detention center left lying for hours: document

Vietnamese who died of stroke at Japan detention center left lying for hours: document | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
A Vietnamese man who complained of pain before dying of a stroke at a Japanese immigration detention center was left lying on the floor for hours before the guards called an ambulance, a government document said, suggesting that deficiencies in monitoring remain in the country's detention system.
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Editorial: Agent Orange still poisons many Vietnam War veterans

Editorial: Agent Orange still poisons many Vietnam War veterans | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
For many Americans, the enduring memory of the Vietnam War is of the protests that defined a generation and shattered the illusion of America’s purity on the world stage. But for the 3 million men and women who served in Southeast Asia in th
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Vietnam Will Lose The Most From A Code Of Conduct In The South China Sea

Vietnam Will Lose The Most From A Code Of Conduct In The South China Sea | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Vietnam and China both claim the Paracel Islands, but China controls them. China is unlikely to let Vietnam pass ships near the Paracels for any reason without incident, killing Vietnam's chance of including the archipelago in a regional maritime code of conduct.
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Meet the First Asian American to Become the Dean of Yale University

Meet the First Asian American to Become the Dean of Yale University | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
Psychology and neuroscience professor Marvin Chun will take on the role as the next dean of Yale College, according to an email announcement by University President Peter Salovey on Thursday. Chun, who is set to become the first Asian-American dean at the college, will begin his five-year term on July 1, according to the announcement. …
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First Asian-American woman on Philadelphia City Council wins Emily's List award

First Asian-American woman on Philadelphia City Council wins Emily's List award | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

An organization dedicated to electing Democratic women to office has given Philadelphia's first Asian-American city council member an award that recognizes women in state and local government.

 

Helen Gym received the Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award April 17. She is the first Asian-American recipient of the award, which is issued by political action committee EMILY's List. Among Democratic women EMILY's List has endorsed include Sens. Kamala Harris, Mazie Hirono, Tammy Duckworth, and Reps. Tulsi Gabbard and Colleen Hanabusa.

 

Lucinda Guinn, vice president of campaigns at EMILY's List, highlighted the work Gym has done to support the Philadelphia public education system. The committee also commended her for her leadership in fighting for sanctuary cities and immigrant rights.

"All of our nominees this year were tremendous leaders in their communities, and Helen is no exception," Guinn told NBC News.

Gym said the award is an "incredible honor," adding that she has tremendous admiration for Gabrielle Giffords, a former congresswoman who survived an assassination attempt in 2011.

"Her advocacy, heroism and persistence is unmatched, and I'm just floored to be recognized in her name," Gym told NBC News

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Physician Survey: $91K Pay Gap for Women Docs

Physician Survey: $91K Pay Gap for Women Docs | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it

The gender pay gap for physicians may be even bigger than previously thought, according to an analysis from the Doximity social network.

In a report released Wednesday morning, Doximity said that on average, women doctors earned $91,284 less than their male counterparts in annual pay.

The figures came from self-reported compensation for 36,000 of Doximity's verified licensed physicians who reported they practiced at least 40 hours per week and were reported for 2014 to 2017.

"One of the surprising things is that for all geographies and specialties, we find that women make less than men, an average of 27% difference," said report author Christopher Whaley, of the RAND Corporation and the University of California Berkeley.

That's "even after controlling for things like specialty, where they practice, the number of hours per week they work and the amount of time they've been practicing medicine."

Doximity's national average figures reflected adjustments for a variety of factors including region, specialty, length of time practicing, and weekly hours worked. Responses in the survey did not specify whether income was for patient care versus research, consulting or other non-patient care tasks.

The report detailed large annual gender gaps in each of 48 specialties. For example, female neurosurgeons earned $92,918 less than their male counterparts while female thoracic surgeons earned $81,594 less and vascular surgeons, $88,800 less. Gaps were smaller but still significant for primary care, such as $41,771 less for internal medicine doctors and $42,555 for family practice physicians.

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Florida Real Estate Faces a Nightmare

Florida Real Estate Faces a Nightmare | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
 

On a predictably gorgeous South Florida afternoon, Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason sat in his office overlooking the white-linen restaurants of this affluent seaside community and wondered when climate change would bring it all to an end. He figured it would involve a boat.

When Cason first started worrying about sea-level rise, he asked his staff to count not just how much coastline the city had (47 miles) or value of the property along that coast ($3.5 billion). He also told them to find out how many boats dock inland from the bridges that span the city’s canals (302). What matters, he guessed, will be the first time a mast fails to clear the bottom of one of those bridges because the water level had risen too far.

“These boats are going to be the canary in the mine,” said Cason, who became mayor in 2011 after retiring from the U.S. foreign service. “When the boats can’t go out, the property values go down.”

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THIS JUST IN: FTC Takes Action Against Influencers, Marketers Over Sponsored Posts

THIS JUST IN: FTC Takes Action Against Influencers, Marketers Over Sponsored Posts | Business News & Finance | Scoop.it
In a landmark bout of activity, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) has
announced that it is, in fact, watching celebrities, athletes, and other
influencers on Instagram. According to a statement from the government
agency, after reviewing Instagram posts by celebrities and influencers, its
staff has sent out more than 90 letters reminding influencers and marketers
that they must clearly and conspicuously disclose their relationships when
promoting or endorsing products through social media.
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