Brain Mapping Foundation tackles COVID-19 pandemic through science, technology, innovation, and policy endorsing California Proposition 14-2020

Proposition 14-2020 provides $5.5B in total to continue stem cell research including $1.5B for the support of research and development of treatments toward neurological disorders.

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Brain Mapping Foundation (BMF) and Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) have been on the forefront of combatting COVID-19 with their enormous network of scientists, physicians, and engineers worldwide.  BMF and SBMT formed a COVID-19 global taskforce in February of 2020 and by the first week of March they were connected to 5 different global taskforces in Asia, South America, North America, Middle East and India in real time. “Our taskforce coordinated efforts with our global membership and collaborators to rapidly advance our understanding of COVID-19,” said Vicky Yamamoto, Ph.D., Executive Director of SBMT, Co-Chair of COVID-19 Taskforce and Cancer Scientist, USC-Keck School of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery

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Life Science Software Market | Insights on the Crisis and the Roadmap to Recovery from COVID-19 Pandemic

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Perelman Selling Almost Everything as Pandemic Roils His Empire

(Bloomberg) — Bit by bit, billionaire Ronald O. Perelman is parting with his treasures.His Gulfstream 650 is on the market. So is his 257-foot yacht. Movers hauled crates of art from his Upper East Side townhouse after he struck a deal with Sotheby’s to sell hundreds of millions of dollars of works.He’s unloaded his stake in Humvee-maker AM General, sold a flavorings company that he’d owned for decades and hired banks to find buyers for stock he holds in other companies.What in the world is going on with Ron Perelman? His exploits on and off Wall Street have been tabloid fare in New York since the go-go 1980s. But now, at an age when most fellow billionaires are kicking back, Perelman, 77, is facing a range of financial challenges, most of all at Revlon Inc., his cosmetics giant.Once touted as

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UPDATE 1-Dutch government boosts spending to support jobs during pandemic

(Adds updated economic projections)

AMSTERDAM, Sept 15 (Reuters) – The Dutch government will maintain heavy spending in an effort to counter the effects of the coronavirus pandemic despite a rapid deterioration of the state finances, its draft budget for 2021 showed on Tuesday.

The budget deficit is set to balloon to 7% of gross domestic product this year and 5.5% in 2021, while national debt is expected to hit 62% of GDP next year, as support for workers and companies struck by the pandemic is extended well into 2021.

“In these insecure times, the government chooses not to cut spending but to invest in job security, social safety nets and a stronger economy,” King Willem-Alexander said in his annual speech presenting the government’s new budget.

The Dutch economy is expected to shrink by an unprecedented 5% this year before rebounding by 3.5% in 2021, said the government’s main economic policy

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British Airways Says Pandemic May Cost 10,000 Jobs

(Bloomberg) — British Airways is expecting to cut as many as 10,000 jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic even as the airline reached deals or agreements in principle with its various unions.



a plane sitting on top of a truck: Crew members prepare an air stair for a passenger aircraft, operated by British Airways, a unit of International Consolidated Airlines Group SA (IAG), at Bournemouth Airport in Bournemouth, U.K., on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. European airlines will take the biggest hit to demand from the coronavirus, with passenger traffic set to fall 46% this year, according to economists at the International Air Transport Association.


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Crew members prepare an air stair for a passenger aircraft, operated by British Airways, a unit of International Consolidated Airlines Group SA (IAG), at Bournemouth Airport in Bournemouth, U.K., on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. European airlines will take the biggest hit to demand from the coronavirus, with passenger traffic set to fall 46% this year, according to economists at the International Air Transport Association.

The flagship U.K. carrier has seen 7,200 people leave as of last week, Chief Executive Officer Alex Cruz told lawmakers in London on Wednesday. The company remains in discussions with some labor groups, he said, and has rowed back on a plan to fire and rehire staff on new contracts.

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Amid Pandemic, America’s Schools Have Much to Learn from Refugee Education

Getting children safely back to school during a pandemic is a new challenge facing American policymakers, administrators, teachers, and parents this fall—but the challenge of educating during a crisis has long plagued contexts of war and displacement.



a girl posing for a picture: A young student is in a classroom of the camp for IDPs of Sevare in central Mali on March 02, 2020.


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A young student is in a classroom of the camp for IDPs of Sevare in central Mali on March 02, 2020.

The scope of this global crisis is unprecedented, but the education dimension is not new. Before the pandemic, 250 million school-aged children and youth worldwide were out of school. These young people were overwhelmingly concentrated in fragile, conflict-affected contexts. Indeed, refugee children were five times more likely to be out of school than their peers. The creative solutions that have been deployed to reach these children without access to physical schools, a reliable Internet connection, fully trained teachers, and more, are ones that decision makers in the

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Pandemic threatens child education, health gains: World Bank

The coronavirus pandemic threatens to erase progress made in the last decade in improving child education and health, particularly in the poorest countries, the World Bank said on Wednesday.

The conclusion comes in the Washington-based development lender’s Human Capital Index for 2020, which ranks countries on how well children are prepared for the future, with an emphasis on factors like schooling and healthcare.

This year’s report shows that most countries, particularly poorer ones, have made steady gains in improving health and education prior to the pandemic.

Despite that, the bank said in a statement a child in a low-income country will likely achieve only 56 percent of their human capital compared to one with access to a complete education and full healthcare.

The indicator purports to measure the level in life that a child born today can hope to reach by age 18.

World Bank President David Malpass told reporters

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Back to school: Coping during a pandemic

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Teachers and parents were blindsided this spring when the coronavirus pandemic hit.

There were no plans in place to teach students virtually.

Now after months of planning, is online learning getting better with the new school year?

Hear from educators across the Bay Area about how parents and teachers are coping with the challenges of the virtual classroom.

>> Watch the special live on KRON4 News at 9:30 p.m. <<

Chris D. Funk, Superintendent, East Side Union High School District in San Jose
Funk talks about how the district is diverse and serves the areas of San Jose hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.

Gina Sudaria, Superintendent, Ravenswood Elementary School in San Mateo County
Sudaria addresses how parent participation has increased with things going virtual, plus talks about some parents’ concerns over screentime.

Toby Boyd, President, California Teachers Association
Boyd discusses concerns over funding and how

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Hundreds of Quebec’s nurses quit their jobs in first 6 months of the pandemic



a baby sleeping in a bed: A nurse tends to a patient suspected of having COVID-19 in the intensive care unit at North York General Hospital in Toronto in May.


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A nurse tends to a patient suspected of having COVID-19 in the intensive care unit at North York General Hospital in Toronto in May.

As Quebec braces for a second wave of COVID-19 cases, the province’s health-care system has lost hundreds of nurses who have quit the profession in the past six months.

A Radio-Canada analysis has found that more than 1,700 nurses working for 13 of the province’s regional health boards left their jobs between mid-March and August. That’s compared to around 1,300 during the same period in 2019. 

At least 11 of those establishments saw more nurses leave their jobs compared to the same period last year. 

The CISSS Laval saw a 52-per-cent increase in nurses who left their jobs. For the CIUSSS Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal, that number is 17 per cent. At the CIUSSS Mauricie-et-Centre-du-Québec, 247 nurses left their jobs, an increase of 72 per cent.

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How to Land Your Dream Job (Even in a Pandemic)

During this way too long pandemic, thinking about your “dream job” may seem like a waste of time.

“Forget about a dream job,” you might think, “I just need a paycheck!” Whether you are job hunting or in work that you desperately want to escape, you may be tempted to take any job to get out of your current situation.

While it’s true that at times it makes sense to take a less-than-ideal job to bring in some money, you don’t want to get stuck in a dead-end, poor fitting, soul-deadening job. The key to finding work you love to do is persevering in the pursuit of your dream job despite the obstacles.

Despite the pandemic, the payoff can be huge!

Here are some keys to finding work you love in the midst of a pandemic:

1. Practice God-Confidence

It is a good thing to have self-confidence and it is

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Around 695,000 UK jobs lost in first five months of pandemic



a green sign hanging off the side of a building: Unemployment rates have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic (Philip Toscano/PA)


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Unemployment rates have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic (Philip Toscano/PA)

Around 695,000 UK workers have been removed from the payrolls of British companies since March when the coronavirus lockdown began, according to official figures.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the rate of unemployment increased as another 36,000 jobs fell off payrolls across the country.

Meanwhile, unemployment increased by 62,000 to 1.4 million for the three months to July.

It said the rate of unemployment therefore increased to 4.1%, in line with analyst expectations.

This was the first time the jobless rate has increased since the pandemic spread across the UK.

Companies have continued to announce redundancy programmes through the pandemic, with London City Airport the latest to reveal cuts as it announced 239 jobs losses on Monday.



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The ONS said the increase in unemployment has particularly impacted

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