The Dallas Ebola case has provided a wake-up call for hospital emergency room workers across the country, putting them on alert for unexplained fevers, after a Liberian man who traveled to Texas sought care when he fell ill with the disease, but was sent home.Michael VanRooyen, vice chairman of the Emergency Medicine Department of Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and professor of medicine and of global health and population at Harvard, said the case last week did not cast emergency personnel in a favorable light, but he added that something positive may come from it in the form of an alarm bell sounding for medical personnel nationally.“I think it’ll be a pretty good wake-up call for emergency departments,” said VanRooyen.Federal and state health officials have scrambled to locate, evaluate, and, in some cases, isolate people who came in contact with the man. After initially going to the hospital, being given antibiotics for a vague ailment and being sent home, the man returned to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital two days later, severely ill, and was diagnosed with Ebola. He was admitted and remains in the hospital.VanRooyen and David Heymann, a British physician and former World Health Organization official who investigated the first Ebola outbreak in 1976, agreed Thursday during a panel discussion at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) that it is unlikely the Dallas case, which was the first diagnosed in the United States, would result in a broader outbreak.That’s because, they said, there is a much higher level of health education among the general population here than in West Africa, a much stronger health care system, and health care workers here — despite the early stumble — will take more aggressive action to isolate the sick, and track and monitor anyone who may have been exposed.The panel discussion also featured Stephen Gire, a researcher in Harvard’s Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology who studies the Ebola genome, and Barry Bloom, former HSPH dean, Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, and Julius H. Jacobson Professor of Public Health. “The Ebola Disaster: How Did We Get Here and What’s Next?” was sponsored by The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health in collaboration with National Public Radio (NPR). It was moderated by Joe Neel, NPR’s deputy senior supervising editor.Much of the discussion focused on the West African epicenter of the outbreak, with panelists evaluating the early response (too slow), the possibility of virus mutation (low but present), and possible improvements that might spring from the outbreak (stronger health systems).Gire, who has traveled to the epidemic nations of West Africa several times to conduct genetic research, said the virus has mutated, but does so fairly slowly — good news for those working on vaccines and diagnostic tests. The much-feared and speculated-upon possible mutation to an airborne virus, which would make it far more infectious, is highly unlikely, Gire said, because that sort of a mutation is not in the basic biology of the virus. He said it would be akin to a rat developing a mutation that gives it wings.Still, Gire said, mutations can happen and could affect parts of the genome targeted in diagnostic tests, for example, potentially rendering such tests useless and resulting in infected people being sent home, where they could infect others. That’s why, he said, regular genetic testing and monitoring of the virus itself is among the epidemic’s many unmet needs.Ebola epidemics are “terrible sights,” horrible even for those who survive them, Heymann said. He said that the three key actions that were effective in earlier outbreaks remain priorities today: identification and isolation of the sick, contact tracing to identify possible new cases, and community education and involvement.With so many people infected in urban areas and the disease spreading rapidly in poor districts, Heymann acknowledged that the situation is far more complex than that in earlier outbreaks, which occurred in rural areas and were much more easily contained. The campaigns against the virus have to be led and coordinated by governments in the nations where the epidemic is occurring, but they need ample support from the international community to succeed, he said.After a long, deadly delay, the international response has been ramping up in recent weeks, but panelists said it still will be some time before such efforts are organized, launched, in place, and begin to prove effective.VanRooyen said that home care — providing people with training and support to take care of stricken loved ones where they live — is an option that should receive much greater emphasis. Heymann agreed, saying that a recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was contained using a strategy that isolated patients in their homes, and provided support and daily monitoring until the danger of infection passed.Panelists agreed that eventually the health care systems of the affected nations will emerge stronger. Bloom said that ambassadors from several African nations who attended a recent summit hosted by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative said their greatest need is not international personnel who fly in, treat patients, and fly home, but training for their own medical personnel. Heymann agreed that training and strengthening health care systems is critical, and pointed out that they were called for in a 2005 international agreement signed by 194 nations, and then ignored.“There has to be some good out of the horror that’s being experienced right now,” Heymann said.
As students and fans made their way into Notre Dame Stadium ahead of the first two home games of the 2019 football season, they may have noticed an additional layer of security outside the gate. In the past, fans only underwent a bag check before having their tickets scanned. Now game patrons have to pass through metal detectors before entering the stadium.Vice president for campus safety and University operations Mike Seamon said the addition of metal detectors, also known as magnetometers, constitutes the most noticeable new security measure for the season.“The most, I think, visible change from 2018 season to 2019 is the introduction of magnetometers — or ‘mags’ as everyone refers to [them], or metal detectors,” he said.Seamon explained the metal detectors are designed to look for very specific items — namely weapons. Accordingly, everyday metal items — such as cell phones and keys — do not need to be removed, or “divested,” from pockets because they will not set off the magnetometers.“They’re looking for guns, knives, anything that could be used as a weapon,” Seamon said. “I’m not going to go into the technicalities, but it’s a very intelligent system. And so it’s been interesting, the first two games watching people take stuff out and be like, ‘where’s the bucket that I put it?’ And you’re like, ‘no, just keep walking, keep walking at what I call a normal pace.’”On Saturday, there will be signs outside the stadium instructing attendees not to remove items from their pockets so that traffic runs more smoothly.“We’re going to add signs that say you don’t have to empty your pockets … just to help people,” he said. “But I also think I’ve seen it, definitely between New Mexico and Virginia. Just like the bag policy, everybody gets more used to it with every game. They get a routine.”One of the motivating factors behind the change, Seamon said, was a series of events with outside partners the University hosted last year, including the Garth Brooks concert last October, the NHL Winter Classic in January and the Liverpool FC soccer match over the summer.“We started looking at this as early as last year at this time,” Seamon said. “There were a couple of things that invited us to get really serious about it. And we had been keeping our eye on that in through the industry, but we got really serious last fall when we hosted Garth Brooks in October. And then we hosted the Winter Classic with the NHL on Jan. 1. And then when we eventually hosted the Liverpool soccer match in July.”All three outside partners wanted to use magnetometers for their events, Seamon said.“Those were three outside entities — Garth Brooks himself, the NHL and Liverpool soccer — that wanted to do mags,” he said. “They were used to that. We realized we were the host venue for their events. And when that kind of introduced into it, we were able to see how it worked.”Once football season ends, the metal detectors will be redeployed to the Purcell Pavilion and Compton Family Ice Arena for all home men’s and women’s basketball as well as hockey games.“Our plan is to do it for both all home men’s and women’s basketball games in Purcell Pavilion and for all the hockey matches in Compton,” Seamon said. “That that’s our standard now, where we use the same set of mags that are housed for the fall in the football stadium. One of the benefits of us purchasing is you don’t want to move them around too much because they’re sensitive. But yes, once the football season ends, we’re going to move a certain amount to the Joyce Center — to Purcell — and a certain amount to Compton and then we’ll use them there.”Football game day security involves more than just the magnetometers. Seamon and Dennis Brown, assistant vice president for news and media relations, described a number of other security steps in addition to the metal detectors. For example, starting last year, uniformed police officers have also been aided by two sniffer dogs, Toxi and Skeet. Other local law enforcement groups — including South Bend, Mishawaka, St. Joseph County and Indiana State Police — help ensure a safe environment on game day.“The cooperation and collaboration between the various law enforcement and first responders is really phenomenal,” Brown said. “And we’re fortunate to have people in South Bend police and Mishawaka police and state police who really are there to protect and serve. And at the same time, we have a mutual policy. So we’re there for them too.”Tags: Campus Safety, Compton Family Ice Arena, metal detectors, Notre Dame Stadium, Purcell Pavilion
‘Til divorce do us part. Adam Mucci (Boardwalk Empire), James Andrew O’Connor (Don’t Dress For Dinner), Penny Bittone (The Qualification of Douglas Evans) and Carmit Levité (Handle With Care) will star in Money Grubbin’ Whores. The dark comedy, written by Sean J. Quinn and directed by Brian Cichocki, will make its world premiere at off-Broadway’s The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row. Previews begin on September 25, with opening night set for September 30. View Comments Money Grubbin’ Whores will feature scenic design by Patrick J. Rizzotti, lighting design by Paul Hudson, costume design by Autie Carlisle and props design by Kathy Fabian/Propstar. The production will play a limited engagement through October 19. Related Shows Money Grubbin’ Whores First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a messy divorce negotiated in the downstairs party room of a Northern New Jersey pizza joint. In this new dark comedy, NYC union plumber Matt (Mucci) and his gorgeous, Israeli wife Aviva (Levité) are getting divorced. The back-room deal is mediated by Matt’s best friend Frankie (O’Connor), and Aviva’s cousin Moshe (Bittone). As the couple battles it out through cultural differences, mixed messages, and high passions, one question remains…what is the price of love? Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 19, 2014
The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) is pleased to announce its 10-year anniversary of grant making and to highlight the accomplishments of its grantees in helping to accelerate the development of Vermonts green economy.From 1997 to 2007, the VSJF made grants in excess of $2.7 million to 150 recipients representing over 8,000 businesseswho utilized these funds to leverage an additional $11.8 million to implement their projects, test their ideas, create and retain at least 800 jobs, and assemble the building blocks of a green economy. Our technical assistance programs have assisted 15 Peer to Peer Collaborative clients (representing 384 employees), 132 Business Coach clients and hundreds of other businesses who have sought some form of assistance over the past 10 years.The VSJF is a nonprofit organization formed by the State Legislature in 1995 to pioneer and expand Vermonts emerging, green economy. VSJFs charge is to build markets through grant making and technical assistance programs within Vermonts natural resource industries and the green economy including sustainable agriculture, forestry and forest products, renewable energy, environmental technology and solid waste / pollution abatement.”Collectively, our grantees are helping to build Vermont’s green economy, from local food systems to sustainable forestry; renewable energy to green technologies; and business coaching for start-ups to CEO mentorship for growth stage companies,” said Ellen Kahler, VSJF’s Executive Director. “Their combined efforts create local jobs, support community development initiatives, preserve resilient ecosystems, and fill special niches in the global economy.”Over 10 years ago, a successful group of entrepreneurs within Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, began crafting legislation to launch an organization that could provide early stage funding and technical assistance to entrepreneurs, businesses, farmers, networks and others interested in developing a green economy. With bi-partisan support from the Vermont Legislature, the VSJF was created in 1995. The name of the organization reflects dual goals of accelerating the development of new markets for sustainably produced goods and investing in Vermont’s future.In summing up VSJF’s accomplishments, Kahler was clear that “the last 10 years of VSJF activities is really a testament to the inspiring, innovative and risk taking entrepreneurs and organizations that have created a vision for Vermont’s collective future and invested themselves in bringing their ideas and passions to life.” To learn more about the VSJF, or our grantees and partners, visit our website to read our 10 Year Retrospective at www.vsjf.org(link is external).
This year, Croatia has three more camps with ADAC Superplatz recognition than last year. Also, Camp Mon Perin won a special award Best rated Selectcamp Award 2019, while Istra Premium Camping Resort won the ADAC Innovation & Progress Award 2020. “We welcomed the Superplatz award with great joy. This recognition is a great honor, but also an obligation. We will continue to develop a quality and diverse offer, attract guests from Croatia and abroad and raise the standards of the domestic camping industry. “, they say from the Čikat camp. In order for the camp to be awarded the Superplaz at all, it had to meet the strict and demanding criteria of ADAC inspectors and achieve the best grades in five categories. The mentioned categories refer to the arrangement of the camp, the possibility of swimming for guests, free time, the supply of the camp and sanitation. To receive the Superplatz award, it is necessary that the average grade of the inspector be 5 out of 5. “We are extremely proud of the ADAC Superplatz 2020 award, because it is a confirmation that we provide all our guests with the best service and top experience, which is our guiding thought in business. This special recognition also comes as a motivation in our efforts to continue investing in the improvement of content and services to make the stay at the Aminess Sirena camp even better. ” said Antonia Belević, director of the Aminess Sirena camp. The four-star Aminess Sirena is one of the best-kept campsites in Istria. The camp offers everything a modern family needs for a vacation, and is surrounded by pine forests and quiet coves, which makes it an ideal destination for all guests who like to combine relaxation in nature with trips to urban centers. Among the awarded ADAC Superplatz 2020 camps are: Camp Aminess Sirena and Aminess Maravea Camping Resort from Novigrad, Camp Čikat from the island of Lošinj, Camp Straško, Camp Omišalj, Zaton Holiday Resort, Camping Village Šimuni, Camp Val Saline, FKK-Camping Valalta and as many as four Valamar camping resorts. The German and European Automobile Club ADAC has over 18 million members. The ADAC pays special attention to camping, and the popularity and relevance of their guide for campers is evidenced by the fact that it is called the “camping bible”. As many as four Valamar camps have won the ADAC Superplatz 2020 award – Lanterna Premium Camping Resort 4 *, Krk Premium Camping Resort 5 *, Baška Beach Camping Resort (ex Zablaće) 4 * and for the first time Valamar’s camping resort Istra Premium Camping Resort 5 *. Camp Čikat is located in the bay of the same name on the island of Lošinj, spread over about 40 hectares. The camp is the holder of the title “friend of children”, and within the camp there is an Aquapark, the first of its kind on the Croatian islands. Every year, this Lošinj camp is visited by about 40.000 guests, while the largest number of them come from Slovenia and Germany, and the number of guests from Croatia is growing from year to year. “We are proud that the profession of Valamar’s camping resorts continues to rank alongside the best and highest quality in Europe. The ADAC label definitely confirms this, and this year it is worn by as many as four of our camping resorts. Last year, Istra Premium Camping Resort was opened, Valamar’s first large five-star camp, which, in addition to the ADAC Superplatz award, has already earned recognition for its greatest progress for the first season of its business. This is certainly one of the indicators that this is one of the best campsites in the Mediterranean and that Valamar is continuously investing in the development of the camping segment in the direction of high added value and premium camping products.” said Bruno Rados, director of camp operations and director of the region at Valamar Riviera. 130 campsites in Europe have been awarded five-star ADAC Superplatz in the current ADAC 2020 camping guide, and in 13 camps from Croatia were also selected by the selected group of the best European camps.
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Segars added that some areas may need to see UK pensions law “disentangled” from EU directives and regulation.If the UK were to break ties with the EU completely and forego an agreement to join the European Economic Area, it would likely enable it to sidestep the eventual transposition of the revised IORP Directive, of which IPE has seen the final draft, due to be published Monday (27 June).Matthew Swynnerton, a pensions partner at law firm DLA Piper, stressed that a vote to leave the EU would not have an “immediate impact”.He said: “Whilst significant areas of UK pensions legislation originate from the EU – such as scheme-specific funding requirements for defined benefit schemes and non-discrimination – because these provisions have been implemented into national law, they remain intact despite the outcome of the referendum.”Scheme-specific funding requirements were introduced in the Pensions Act 2004, which established he Pensions Regulator (TPR) and the Pension Protection Fund and transposed into UK law the first IORP Directive of 2003.Swynnerton said that, while future reform was possible, he believed “large-scale” reform were unlikely, as much of the legislation was meant to protect members.A second law firm, Pinsent Masons, urged UK trustees to focus on the immediate impact of the referendum in the shape of market changes rather than the longer-term potential for regulatory change.Alastair Meeks, pensions partner at the law firm, said: “As far as legislative and regulatory change is concerned, trustees need only adopt a watching brief until government policy becomes clear.“The government would need time to decide what elements of EU law are worth retaining, and what can be overhauled.”The point was reiterated by a TPR spokesman, who said: “Any future change to UK pensions legislation as a result of the referendum would be a matter for government.”Meeks added: “Trustees shouldn’t mistake the interesting for the urgent.”For her part, Segars pledged that the PLSA would continue to ensure the voice of pension funds was heard in the “uncertain times ahead”.“It is essential that the UK government and policymakers in Brussels now act swiftly and decisively to manage current volatility and announce a clear plan to renegotiate our future relationship with the EU,” she said.Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, said in a statement that he expected the UK government to act on the referendum’s result swiftly.“We now expect the UK government to give effect to this decision of the British people as soon as possible, however painful that process may be,” he said.“Any delay would unnecessarily prolong uncertainty.” The UK is unlikely to undertake a large-scale repeal of pensions law emanating from the EU in the wake of the nation’s historic vote to leave the Union, lawyers and the country’s pension association have predicted.Responding to Thursday’s referendum, which saw 52% of the electorate back a departure from the EU, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s chief executive, Joanne Segars, said the ramifications would become clear in the coming weeks and months.Segars, a former chair of PensionsEurope, said: “Much will depend on the precise nature of our future relationship with the EU, which may mean some aspects of UK pension provision continue to be influenced by the EU.”The Dutch Pensions Federation has lamented the UK’s departure from the union, telling IPE it would “lose an ally on pensions matters”.
Dutch property could become less attractive to investors with the country’s new coalition government seemingly taking aim at the tax regime for direct investments, Dutch financial daily FD reports.One sentence in the coalition accord reads: “In connection with the abolishment of the dividend tax, direct real estate investments by investment organisations will no longer be permitted.”Experts quoted by FD warned that direct investors must cease investing, or transform themselves into a corporate-tax-paying company.Until now, property investment organisations have been exempt from paying corporate tax if they paid the full profit to their investors. The same institutions pay 15% dividend tax, although this can be reclaimed by pension funds.However, listed investment organisations such as Vesteda and Amvest, which predominantly invest in Dutch direct property on behalf of pension funds and insurers, are to pay 21% corporate tax as of 2020, the newspaper said.“I was flabbergasted when I read it,” Frank van Blokland, director of sector organisation IVBN, said. “This came totally unexpected and is very ill-considered.”He warned that Dutch pension funds would prefer investing abroad, something that would be at odds with the outgoing Cabinet having urged institutional investors to ramp up their local investments.“The political parties wanted to relieve corporate tax pressure on the one hand, but came up with something that disproportionally hits the sector on the other hand,” said Dirk Jan Lucas of NSI, which invests exclusively in Dutch property. “They can’t have meant this.”“I can’t imagine that the new government wants property to return less,” echoed Hans Janssen Daalen, director of Dufas, the Dutch Funding and Asset Management Association.Richard Beentjes, director of legal matters at Wereldhave, told FD that such a measure would “disadvantage the property investment climate in the Netherlands”.The coalition partners declined to comment to the newspaper.Property sector breaks new recordSeparately, a report has indicated the strength of demand for property in the Netherlands.JLL, a financial services provider for the property sector, said the Dutch real estate market was on its way to a record volume of investments this year.It noted that over the first three quarters, €14.8bn had been invested in direct commercial real estate – a 15% rise compared to the same period last year. The volume for the full year could exceed €20bn, JLL added, as there was still at least €4.5bn of transactions in the pipeline.JLL said the retail market was slightly behind in this trend, but forecasted that retail would also perform strongly this year, because some large portfolios were still in the process of being sold.Dré van Leeuwen, JLL’s head of capital markets, said the demand for Dutch property was “extraordinary” and exceeded real estate on offer.“For most buildings and portfolios we have sold recently, there was €5 available on average for every investable euro,” he added.Van Leeuwen observed that the continuing large demand had led to ever-decreasing initial returns, but added that Dutch real estate “still offered an attractive premium relative to [cities] like London, Paris, Berlin and Frankfurt”.
No expense was spared in this stunning home.The four bedroom, four bathroom home sits on a 465 sq, block that is jam-packed with luxury features including a custom master suite that includes the special make-up station. What a view to see the evening out with. Only Australian capital where home values are rising Top 10 suburbs for upgraders The home that $5.6m can’t buy “Arguably the most architectural and well-constructed home in the area, if not Brisbane,” was how it was listed on realestate.com.au, with the home even having a wall feature made entirely of onyx. A tantalising glimpse of the future.A Kone custom elevator was installed for all four level, and the property has multiple living areas with the downstairs rumpus going to the gym and the 2,000 bottle cellar. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Breathtaking use of wall space.Designed by Dan Sparks, the house was described as “an architectural masterpiece” by agent Henry Hodge of McGrath Estate Agents New Farm, who said it was of a “highly engineered commercial construction”. The dream home is in Brisbane’s most exclusive suburb, Teneriffe.IN a world where wishlists are as long as most arms, this may well be 2018’s must-have item for luxury homes and this Aussie dream home is setting the trend.A makeup station where all your lipsticks, powders, brushes and other items can permanently have a home is surely going to set the building world askew, because if your home doesn’t have one, well, quite frankly, why not? The home at 247 Kent Street, Teneriffe, is spread across four levels. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago When your builder has makeup station to pop all your powders, brushes, creams, lipsticks and gadgets at the top of the priority list you know you are loved.The home has intercom, automated surveillance, blinds, C-Bus and a commercial airconditioning system, Miele and Liebherr appliances, Zipp Hydro, and reticulated hot water, with the 13m infinity edge pool solar-heated with a special kids splash zone. This dream inner-city home in the Queensland capital’s most prestige suburb, Teneriffe, has not just ticked that off the wishlist, but it’s also got a 2000-bottle wine cellar, a full gym, a kids splash zone beside the infinity pool and a special elevator to get to all four levels of the house without breaking a sweat.That’s pretty hard to beat for someone at the top of their game, with no expense having been spared to the property off the ground in Queensland’s most exclusive suburb, Teneriffe.
Brisbane rents rising faster than other mainland capitals CoreLogic’s head of research Tim Lawless said the slump in investor activity was the result of several factors, predominantly policies that limited investment credit growth and capped interest only lending combined with the housing slowdown.“More recently, housing market conditions have turned a corner, with values rising across five of the eight capital cities over the September quarter and three of the broad ‘rest of state’ region,” Mr Lawless said, noting those improved capital gains prospects plus the loosening of credit policies were likely bringing investors back. CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless.Every state and territory has seen a lift in the value of investment loans, with the largest rise over the three months to the end of August in Victoria and Queensland, where the value of investment home loan commitments was up 19.1 per cent, according to the report.Tasmania and the ACT were the only other states or territories that recorded a double digit rise in the value of loans taken out by investors during the past three months, with 14.1 per cent and 12.8 per cent respectively. Listed for sale, this six bedroom house at 17 Edmondstone St in Newmarket is set up for dual living, and is being pitched as a dream rental for an investor or a smart purchase for a buyer who is open to renting out half the property to pay off the mortgageBut investment activity continues to be most concentrated in NSW, where investors comprise 31.2 per cent of the investor demand for mortgages. That state saw a 6.8 per cent rise in the value of investor loans.In Queensland, investors comprise 19.6 per cent of the market, according to CoreLogic.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago“Looking forward there is a strong likelihood that investor activity will increase further,” Mr Lawless said.“The long term average shows investors are typically around one third of mortgage demand,implying investors are currently under represented in the market.“As investment activity rises we could see increased price pressures as this sector of the market tends to be more competitive in setting new price benchmarks.”But the upswing in investor activity could lead to fewer first home buyers due to competition in the market, according to the report.And that competition can already be seen in the Brisbane market, with agents actively pitching properties to budget conscious first home buyers and ‘savvy investors’ at the same time, often noting rental yields and occupancy rates as selling points. On the market for offers over $449,000, this house at 10 Tedman St, Zillmere, is being marketed to first home buyers, young families or the ‘savvy investor’ due to its proximity to public transport and amenities Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:29Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:29 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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