Poll: is Matt Hancock a good appointment as culture secretary?

Hancock was previously digital and culture minister
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Robert Jackson and Hester Peirce Sworn In as SEC Commissioners

Robert J. Jackson Jr. and Hester M. Peirce were sworn into office as SEC Commissioners this morning by SEC Chairman Jay Clayton.

Mr. Jackson and Ms. Peirce were nominated to the SEC by President Donald Trump, and their nominations were confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 21.  Both new commissioners participated in today’s inaugural meeting of the SEC’s Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee.

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“I look forward to working with Rob and Hester as we continue our focus on our vital mission and ensuring that our markets are working for the benefit of Main Street investors,” Chairman Clayton said. “It is clear to me they will bring energy, commitment, and dedication to our work and have our mission at the front of their minds.”

“I’m honored to join Chairman Clayton and Commissioners Stein, Piwowar and Peirce in the SEC’s critical mission of ensuring that investors are protected, that our markets provide a level playing field for all Americans, and that entrepreneurs have access to the capital they need to create jobs,” said Commissioner Jackson.  “The SEC boasts a talented and dedicated staff, and I’ll do all I can to support their efforts to make sure our securities laws keep pace with our ever-changing markets.”

“It is such an honor to return to the SEC to work with my colleagues on the Commission and the staff for the benefit of investors and the American economy,” said Commissioner Peirce. 

Commissioner Jackson comes to the SEC from NYU School of Law, where he was a professor of law.  He previously was professor of law and director of the Program on Corporate Law and Policy at Columbia Law School.  He also has served as an adviser at the Treasury Department and in the Office of the Special Master for TARP Executive Compensation.  Commissioner Jackson earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania, a BS and MBA in Finance from Wharton, an MPP from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and his JD from Harvard Law School.

Commissioner Peirce comes to the SEC from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University where she served as a Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Financial Markets Working Group.  She previously worked for U.S. Senator Richard Shelby on the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and, prior to that, as counsel to then-SEC Commissioner Paul S. Atkins and as a Staff Attorney in the Division of Investment Management.   Commissioner Peirce earned her BA in economics from Case Western Reserve University and her JD from Yale Law School.

Commissioner Jackson fills a term that expires on June 5, 2019, and Commissioner Peirce fills a term that expires on June 5, 2020.

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National Archives Begins Online Release of JFK Assassination Records

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BRAIN Initiative: Next-Generation Invasive Devices for Recording and Modulation in the Human Central Nervous System (UG3/UH3 – Clinical Trial Required)

Funding Opportunity ID: 299614
Opportunity Number: RFA-NS-18-021
Opportunity Title: BRAIN Initiative: Next-Generation Invasive Devices for Recording and Modulation in the Human Central Nervous System (UG3/UH3 – Clinical Trial Required)
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Health
Income Security and Social Services
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 93.173
93.213
93.242
93.273
93.279
93.286
93.853
93.865
93.866
93.867
Eligible Applicants: State governments
County governments
City or township governments
Special district governments
Independent school districts
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Small businesses
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: Other Eligible Applicants include the following: Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions; Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISISs); Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government; Faith-based or Community-based Organizations; Hispanic-serving Institutions; Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized); Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Organizations); Regional Organizations; Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs) ; U.S. Territory or Possession; Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply. Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply. Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are allowed.
Agency Code: HHS-NIH11
Agency Name: Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Posted Date: Dec 21, 2017
Close Date: Oct 21, 2020
Last Updated Date: Dec 21, 2017
Award Ceiling: $0
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Expected Number of Awards:
Description: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage investigators to pursue translational and clinical studies for recording and/or stimulating devices to treat nervous system disorders and better understand the human brain. The program will utilize a cooperative agreement mechanism to support the submission of an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) for a Significant Risk (SR) study or obtain Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for a Non-Significant Risk (NSR) study, and a subsequent small clinical trial (e.g., Early Feasibility Study). The small clinical trial should provide data to answer key questions about the function or final design of a device. This final device design may require most, if not all, of the non-clinical testing on the path to more advanced clinical trials and market approval. The clinical trial is expected to provide information that cannot be practically obtained through additional nonclinical assessments (e.g., bench top or animal studies) due to the novelty of the device or its intended use. Activities supported in this program include implementation of clinical prototype devices, non-clinical safety and efficacy testing, design verification and validation activities, and pursuit of regulatory approval for, and implementation of, a single small clinical trial. As part of the BRAIN Initiative, NIH has initiated a Public-Private Partnership Program (BRAIN PPP) that includes agreements (Memoranda of Understanding, MOU) with a number of device manufacturers willing to make such devices available, including devices and capabilities not yet market approved but appropriate for clinical research. In general, it is expected that the devices' existing safety and utility data will be sufficient to enable new IRB NSR or FDA IDE approval without need for significant additional non-clinical data. For more information on the BRAIN PPP, see http://braininitiative.nih.gov/BRAIN_PPP/.
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More Than $16 Million Awarded to Two Whistleblowers

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced awards of more than $8 million each to two whistleblowers whose critical information and continuing assistance helped the agency bring the successful underlying enforcement action.

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NASA, Partners Discuss Power for Future Space Exploration

NASA and its partners will host a news conference at noon EST (9 a.m. PST) Thursday, Jan. 18, at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas, to discuss a recent experiment involving a new power source that could provide the safe, efficient and plentiful energy needed for future robotic and human space exploration missions.

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New Research Probes the Criminal Mind

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SEC Issues Agenda for Inaugural Meeting of the Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee

The Securities and Exchange Commission today released the agenda for the inaugural meeting of the Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee, which will be held on January 11, 2018 beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET.  The Commission established the advisory committee to provide a formal mechanism through which the Commission can receive advice and recommendations on fixed income market structure issues.

The January 11 meeting will focus on bond market liquidity issues, and will also cover certain administrative items.  The meeting will be held at the SEC’s headquarters at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C., and is open to the public.  The meeting will be webcast live on the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov, and will be archived on the website for later viewing.

Members of the public who wish to provide their views on the matters to be considered by the Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee may submit comments either electronically or on paper, as described below.  Please submit comments using one method only.  Information that is submitted will become part of the public record of the meeting.

Electronic submissions:

Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov

Paper submissions:

Send paper submissions in triplicate to Brent Fields, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number 265-30, and the file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used.

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Agenda

9:30 a.m. – Remarks by Chairman Clayton, Commissioner Stein, Commissioner Piwowar, Director, Division of Trading and Markets, Brett Redfearn, and Committee Chairman, Michael Heaney  

10:00 a.m.       Review and Consideration of Proposed Bylaws

10:10 a.m.       Bond Market Liquidity Conditions Research

  • Michael Heaney, Committee Chairman (Moderator)
  • Kevin McPartland, Head of Market Structure and Technology Research, Greenwich Associates
  • Jeff Meli, Co-Head of Research, Barclays
  • Sonali Theisen, Global Head of Market Structure and Data Strategy, Global Credit & Securitized Markets, Citigroup

10:55 a.m.       Break  

11:10 a.m.       Market Participant Perspectives on Bond Market Liquidity

  • Brett Redfearn, Director, Division of Trading and Markets (Moderator)
  • Paul Jakubowski, Global Head of Credit, Vanguard
  • Drew Mogavero, Head of US Flow Credit Trading, Barclays
  • Richie Prager, Head of Trading, Liquidity and Investments Platform, BlackRock
  • Jim Switzer, Global Head of Credit Trading, Alliance Bernstein

12:15 p.m.       Lunch Break/Administrative Session

1:45 p.m.         FIMSAC Members and Panelists Discussion of Bond Market Liquidity   

3:00 p.m.         Break

3:15 p.m.         FIMSAC Members Discussion of Bond Market Liquidity

4:00 p.m.         Discussion of Committee Next Steps, Future Meeting Topics and Subcommittees

4:30 p.m.         Adjournment 

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Mysteries of Paris – Volume 1 (version 2), The by SUE, Eugène

Rodolphe is the Grand Duke of Gerolstein, a fictional kingdom of Germany, but disguises himself as a Parisian worker. He can speak in the secret language of criminals, is extremely strong and a good fighter. However, he shows great compassion for the lower classes, good judgment, and has a brilliant mind. In the story, he moves through different layers of society, and understands their problems and how they are all linked. (Modified from Wikipedia)

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Could Your Salon Visit Make You Sick?

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