City Hall Notebook: Timeline for DCU Center improvements up in the air – News –

When the city hit the pause button back in the early spring on the planned Phase 2 master plan improvements for the DCU Center because of funding uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, it was hoped it could be restarted in January.

Of course, no one back then foresaw that the city-owned DCU Center would remain closed seven months later. It is now expected to remain dark at least through the end of this year.

As a result, the possibility of a January restart for the project seems very much up in the air.

John Odell, the city’s director of energy and assets, told the Civic Center Commission last week that the restart will be determined when the revenue stream for it can support the work.

And with uncertainty about just when the DCU Center will be able to host events again, that makes the timeline for the project quite uncertain itself.

The Civic Center Commission has approved improvements for the DCU Center totaling $21.5 million. They are broken down into five priority areas: life safety and code compliance, deferred maintenance, public accommodations, revenue enhancements, and other enhancements/upgrades.

To finance building improvements, the city created a special DCU Finance District in 2006 that consisted of four parcels: the Hilton Garden Inn, the Residence by Marriott on Plantation Street, the DCU Center arena and convention center, and the Major Taylor Boulevard parking garage, including its retail space and operations.

In 2016 the district was expanded to include additional parcels.

Certain tax revenues generated in that district and collected by the state — hotel, meals and sales taxes — are redirected back to the city to finance the bonds for improvements in and around the DCU Center.

But when the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closing of the DCU Center in mid-March and

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Improvements in stroke treatment could save more lives

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Yale researchers have found ways to treat stroke patients that may otherwise be untreatable.

In a study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery, principal investigators Yale’s Charles Matouk, MD, associate professor of neurosurgery, and Nils Petersen, MD, Ph.D. associate professor of neurology, show that a method called direct carotid puncture (DCT) offers a life-saving and surprisingly safe alternative to the standard mechanical thrombectomy for patients with difficult-to-access arteries.

Americans have more than 795,000 strokes every year, leading to 140,000 deaths annually. Treatment options depend on when the stroke patient is brought to the hospital.

During the first four-and-a-half hours after a stroke starts, patients can receive tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), a protein that breaks down blood clots. But after that, it’s too late for tPA, as the risk of bleeding becomes too high. For the most severe subtype of stroke, caused by a blood clot blocking a major artery in the brain, doctors strive to combine tPA with thrombectomy, a procedure where a stent is used to remove the clot causing the stroke. Surgeons get the stent to the brain by threading a catheter through a patient’s artery, usually from the groin. While this works well in many cases, it can be a long and tricky journey.

“As we age, the blood vessels become more twisted, like the knots of a tree, and it becomes more difficult to navigate up to the head,” says Dr. Matouk. For about five to 10 percent of stroke patients, this artery anatomy problem makes mechanical thrombectomies nearly impossible.

“We know that time is brain for the patient,” says Dr. Petersen. Every minute a stroke goes untreated, 1.9 million neurons die, so immediate treatment is key to saving lives and avoiding disability.

For their study, Dr. Matouk and Dr. Petersen

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2021 Honda Accord: The Midsize Stalwart Gets A New Trim And Powertrain Improvements

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Accord Hybrid benefits from more responsive acceleration and upsized 19-inch alloy wheels for Touring trim. Honda

Honda’s top-selling Accord lineup will boast updated powertrains as well as new safety and entertainment features when it goes on sale for the 2021 model year.

The tenth-generation Accord midsize sedan was fully overhauled in 2018 and debuted with six available trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, Sport 2.0T and Touring. This year a new Sport SE trim replaces the EX and adds several upscale features on top of the Sport, including leather upholstery with heated front seats, a power passenger’s seat, heated mirrors, a smart entry system and remote start. The other four trims remain unchanged.

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The Accord Hybrid’s powertrain also has been tweaked to enhance driving dynamics and deliver more natural acceleration. The changes help eliminate any lag previously experienced after pressing on the pedal. The hybrid variant uses a specially tuned 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motors that produce a combined 212 horsepower. It comes in a base trim as well as the EX, EX-L and Touring. 

The LX, Sport, new Sport SE and EX-L are all powered by a version of Honda’s 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s been updated so the stop/start feature restarts faster after the auto-off system has been engaged. The stop/start feature is meant to save fuel and shuts off the engine when the car stops. The changes allow a more immediate restart after the driver releases the brake pedal. The engine’s power output of 192 horsepower remains the same as does its continuously variable transmission. A 252-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a ten-speed automatic transmission is standard on the Sport 2.0T and the top-tier Touring. 

The 2021 Accord also is sporting a handful of styling updates, including a new grille that serves both fashion

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Paul R Milgrom and Robert B Wilson Awarded the Honour for Improvements to Auction Theory

Stockholm, October 12:  The Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 2020 was awarded to Paul R Milgrom and Robert B Wilson for improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats. The duo have been awarded the honour as their theoretical discoveries have improved auctions in practice. This year’s Laureates, Milgrom and Wilson, have studied how auctions work. They have also used their insights to design new auction formats for goods and services that are difficult to sell in a traditional way, such as radio frequencies. Their discoveries have benefitted sellers, buyers and taxpayers around the world. Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 Winners: Roger Penrose, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez Receive The Honour For Their Discoveries on Black Hole.

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Auction Theory 

Using auction theory, researchers try to understand the outcomes of different rules for bidding and final prices, the auction format. The analysis is difficult, because bidders behave strategically, based on the available information. They take into consideration both

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2 Americans win Nobel Prize in economics for improvements to auction theory

Two American economists won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences on Monday for improving the way auctions work and creating new auction formats that have benefited sellers, buyers and taxpayers around the world.

Paul Milgrom and Robert Wilson, who are based at Stanford University in California, designed new auction formats for good and services that are difficult to sell in a traditional way, including radio frequencies, airport landing slots and fishing quotas.

Their work resulted in crucial practical applications that have spread globally and “are of great benefit to society,” said Peter Fredriksson, chair of the Nobel committee.

Wilson, 83, developed the theory for auctions of objects with a common value, which is “uncertain beforehand but, in the end, is the same for everyone.”

a screenshot of a computer screen: Americans Paul R. Milgrom, left, and Robert B. Wilson have won the Nobel Prize in economics for 'improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats.'

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Americans Paul R. Milgrom, left, and Robert B. Wilson have won the Nobel Prize in economics for ‘improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats.’

Americans Paul R. Milgrom, left, and Robert B. Wilson have won the Nobel Prize in economics for ‘improvements to auction theory and inventions of new auction formats.’ (Anders Wiklund/)

Video: U.S. auction theory pioneers win Nobel economics prize (Reuters)

U.S. auction theory pioneers win Nobel economics prize



“Wilson showed why rational bidders tend to place bids below their own best estimate of the common value: they are worried about the winner’s curse — that is, about paying too much and losing out,” the committee said in a statement.

Milgrom, 72, formulated “a more general theory” that also allows for what is known as “private values.” His work demonstrates that “a format will give the seller higher expected revenue when bidders learn more about each other’s estimated values during bidding.”

Technically known as the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory

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