California’s Coronavirus Caseload: 1 Million and Counting

first_imgAnd at the University of Southern California, where classes, which are all remote, are scheduled to end on Friday, the coronavirus dashboard showed a positivity rate of nearly 8 percent and a spike of 50 new cases among students. U.S.C.’s chief health officer, Dr. Sarah Van Orman, said the flare-up stemmed largely from study groups and other small gatherings in private off-campus apartments. At least one case, however, was a member of the women’s basketball team, whose positive test prompted the quarantine of the entire roster this week.The virus has underscored the sheer scale of the economic and public health challenge in California. The food program at the Los Angeles public school system, which serves some 700,000 mostly low-income students scattered over more than 700 square miles, has already evolved into the largest school-based relief effort in the United States. “Let us remember that no matter how we feel, we all have an obligation to protect each other from Covid-19,” Barbara Ferrer, the county’s director of public health, said in the notice. “Gathering with people outside of your household, especially in settings where people are shouting, chanting or singing and not distancing can easily lead to increased cases of Covid-19.”In Los Angeles County, case counts have shot up even in communities that have made a priority of controlling the virus. Colleges have pivoted almost entirely to remote instruction in California, allowing only a small fraction of the usual number of students to live in campus housing, where most have been intensively tested.No matter. At the University of California, Los Angeles — which has closed its campus to all but essential visits and limited dorm occupancy to 5 percent of the normal level — an off-campus Halloween party left 29 students infected and in isolation this week, said Ricardo Vazquez, a university spokesman. At Claremont McKenna College, where campus housing has been closed, health authorities this week emailed students to warn that several of them had tested positive after parties in the nearby Inland Empire.- Advertisement – Even though the sustained decline in hospitalizations of coronavirus patients since late July has reversed, California still has ample room in its hospitals. On Thursday, 3,987 people in the state were hospitalized with the virus, a 32 percent increase from two weeks ago.Public health officials in Los Angeles County were alarmed on Saturday after jubilant residents flooded the streets when the presidential election was called for Joseph R. Biden Jr. Worried the spontaneous celebrations could become superspreader events, the department of public health posted a notice recommending that celebrations take place over “virtual platforms.”- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

PPF sets out proposal for levy for schemes without sponsors

first_imgHe said this is because the PPF’s standard approach, which is centred on assessing the likelihood of a sponsoring employer becoming insolvent, is not suitable for schemes without a substantive sponsor.The primary risk posed to PPF levy payers from these schemes was the risk of failure in a scheme’s investment strategy, according to the PPF.“For a scheme without a substantive sponsor a claim on the PPF requires only a deterioration of the scheme’s funding position,” said Taylor.Put options are the “financial instrument most closely comparable to the risk presented to the PPF’s levy payers by a scheme without a substantive sponsor,” wrote Taylor.Two principles underpin the PPF’s proposed charging methodology.The first is that the resulting levy should be “fair”, in that it does not contain “an in-built cross subsidy from or to other schemes”.A second key principle is that a scheme without a substantive sponsor “will always pose a higher risk than an otherwise identical scheme with a continuing sponsor, however weak”.Under the PPF’s proposal, such a scheme will therefore always be charged as a minimum the amount that would be due under its standard rules for levy charging.‘Complex’ areaThe PPF emphasised that “this is a complex area, in which experience of specific propositions may evolve over time”.The consultation coincided with the UK government’s wide-ranging green paper published yesterday regarding on defined benefit (DB) pension reform.  The PPF said any new rules would be effective for 2017/2018, and would be limited to schemes that run on without sponsors as a result of arrangements put in place after the start of the 2017 calendar year. It added that it may have to develop its approach in response to experience of operating the rule or government policy.The PPF said it does not expect the new rule to be needed widely, and that there may end up being no schemes charged on this basis for 2017/18.“However, we consider it appropriate to have a rule in place in case it is needed – rather than risk an effective cross-subsidy from existing levy payers – and in order to provide clarity and transparency on our approach in the event such an arrangement is being contemplated,” wrote Taylor.BSPS is in negotiations with its current sponsor, Tata Steel UK, the Pensions Regulator, and the PPF about separating the link between scheme and sponsor. Tata claims the ongoing costs of the DB scheme could push it into bankruptcy, while BSPS believes it has sufficient assets and investment strategy to survive outside of the PPF.The consultation is open until 6 March and the PPF will publish final rules by the end of March.The consultation document can be found here. The UK’s Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has proposed a new levy for pension schemes without a “substantive” sponsor.It is consulting on its proposal, in line with plans it set out late last year.The introduction of a levy for schemes operated by standalone pension funds could be significant if it paves the way for schemes like the British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS) to run without a sponsor but still be eligible for PPF coverage. The PPF takes over defined benefit (DB) pension schemes when their sponsoring employer becomes insolvent, and it charges a levy to DB funds to help fund its operations.Introducing the consultation document, David Taylor, general counsel at the PPF, said that the lifeboat fund was proposing to base its charging methodology on “a commonly used pricing model for assessing put options”.last_img read more

Pope Benedict XVI calls for justice and peace education

first_img Share LocalNews Pope Benedict XVI calls for justice and peace education by: – December 30, 2011 Share 64 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Benedict XVI in his message to commemorate World Day of Peace 2012 has called for justice and peace education under the theme “Educating Young People in Justice and Peace”.World Day of Peace is usually observed and celebrated worldwide on January 1st and in his message, Pope Benedict XVI expresses his conviction “that the young, with their enthusiasm and idealism, can offer new hope to the world.”In his message Pope Benedict XVI says “Young persons must labour for justice and peace in a complex and globalized world. It is therefore necessary to establish a new “pedagogical alliance” among all those responsible for the education and formation of young people”.Father Franklyn Cuffy. Director of the Dominica Social Justice and Peace Committee Father Franklyn Cuffy says the organization finds the theme timely, one that brings an impetus to the Committee.“This gives the committee a new drive, a new zeal to take up the challenge of our Holy Father the Pope. The Dominica Social Justice and Peace Committee Inc. is taking on the Pope’s challenge and again will be observing the month of January as “GREEN RIBBON MONTH”, with a series of activities to sensitize the Nation on our mandate to protect life and the Environment.Father Cuffy also believes that media houses play a significant role in educating and informing young people.“We would like to appeal to all the media houses in our society; they have a great responsibility our Holy Father is saying not only to give information but with forming, especially the young people of this nation. I’m sure we will all agree that we are going through a crisis in our country, family life is under attack, we are having an increase in crime in the community so the Dominica Social Justice and Peace Committee are happy for this new impetus from our Holy Father.”Father Cuffy who is also the Parish Priest for the St. Ann’s Parish says the month of January will be Stewardship month and this will be an opportunity to “appeal to the members of the church to take on new responsibilities”.Several activities have been scheduled to commemorate Stewardship month; and they are as follows;1. Stewardship Month – sign up for ministry to build Church.2. Panel Discussion (9 Jan.) – The Way Forward after the Synod Findings. Panelist are: Mr. Wendell Lawrence, Mrs. Josephine Dublin and Mrs. Denise James3. Anniversary of Tragic Death of Youth – 8 January4. World Respect Life Day 22 January – Bishop Message – all Churches5. Live Broadcast on DBS & Catholic Radio of CHS Assembly – 20 Jan.The Committee will also be giving special recognition to “Dr. Ronda McIntrye, Dr. Minta Lambert, and Dr. David, especially for their services to Baby Jedaiah Charles, who was born on 22nd July and had surgery in Parish France, on the 10 August, 2011, after being transferred to Martinique”.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

DOH confirms first case of novel coronavirus in PH

first_imgSamples from her were analyzed at theVictorian Infectious Disease Reference Laboratory in Melbourne, Australia. “I assure the public that theDepartment of Health is on top of this evolving situation. We were able todetect the first confirmed case because of our strong surveillance system,close coordination with World Health Organization and other national agencies,and the utilization of DOH’s decision tool,” Duque said. DOH is working closely with thehospital where the patient is admitted, said Duque, and has activated thathospital’s “Incident Command System” for appropriate management, specificallyon infection control, case management, and containment. After experiencing mild cough, thetourist sought medical attention and was subsequently admitted at a governmenthospital in Manila on Jan. 25. He declined to identify the hospitalto ensure the patient’s safety. “I urge the public to stay calm andremain vigilant at all times. Let us continue to practice good personal hygieneand adopt healthy lifestyles,” Duque said./PN Health secretary Francisco Duque. GMA NETWORK The PUI entered the country from WuhanCity via Hong Kong on Jan. 21. She visited the cities of Cebu and Dumaguete,according to Duque.center_img Health secretary Francisco Duque saidthe 38-year-old patient under investigation (PUI) tested positive for the virus. “We are also implementing measures toprotect the health staff providing care to the patients,” added Duque. MANILA – A Chinese woman from WuhanCity, ground zero of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) outbreak in China, isthe first recorded case in the Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH)confirmed yesterday afternoon. Duque said DOH continues to guaranteethe public that all necessary precautionary measures are being taken to haltthe spread of the virus. DOH has recorded a total of 29 PUIs –18 in Metro Manila, four in Central Visayas, three in Western Visayas, one inMIMAROPA, one in Eastern Visayas, one in Northern Mindanao, and one in Davao. The woman was“asymptomatic” which means that the patient showed no signs of fever and “nosymptoms suggesting illness,” he added.last_img read more

Bulldog Grapplers Victorious Over Cubs

first_imgThe Batesville High School Wrestling team hosted the Madison Cubs in their home opener. Batesville moved to 2-0 on the season with a 54-18 victory. Batesville gave up 3 forfeits on the night accounting for all 18 of Madison’s points. Batesville also benefited from forfeits with Axel Garcia (182), Brandon Manning (195), Alex Murphy (113), and Tyler Schaeffer (132) receiving 6 points each accounting for 24 of the bulldogs points. With only 5 matches on the night Batesville was able to win all 5 by pin leading to their 54-18 victory.Nick Nobbe (160) started the night off with a takedown and a pin in 1 minute. The next match wrestle would see Caleb Bischoff-Niese (126) get 4 takedowns on his way to a pin in under a minute. Jonah Chase (138) would then get a takedown to lead to a pin in under a minute as well. JT Linkel (145) would next score 2 takedowns on his way to a pin in 1:45. Josh Mobley (152) would close out the night scoring 3 takedowns and a reversal before getting a pin in the second period. Batesville will next travel to Milan for a 6-way Saturday December 1st.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Curtis Miller.last_img read more

Wolla, Hanson are IMCA winners at Mandan

first_imgAndrew Bargmann and Rusty Corneliusen started on the front row and Corneliusen led the first couple laps before Wolla muscled his way into the lead on lap three. Jeremy Keller then passed Corneliusen for second, bringing Myles Tomlinson and Tom Berry with him.  Sandberg, meanwhile, fell into the clutches of Andy Reed and they briefly raced side-by-side. When the checkered flag waved, Hanson found victory lane for the first time of his racing career over Thompson. On the final restart of the night, it was a three-car battle for the lead between Sandberg, Hanson and Thompson. Hanson shuffled into the lead and started to pull away from second place Thomp­son.  MANDAN, N.D. (May 10) – Jason Wolla went back-to-back, with another Friday night IMCA Modi­fied win at Dacotah Speedway. On the restart, Ken Sandberg and rookie Braydee Hanson made contact battling for the lead.  On the final restart of the night, Wolla held off Keller to win back-to-back races at Mandan. Myles Tomlinson hung on to finish third over Tom Berry while Mark Dahl rounded out the top five.center_img Pole sitter Alex Thompson led the field to the green flag in the IMCA Mach Sport Compact fea­ture. Thompson led the first lap before getting too high off turn.  Wolla’s big advantage started to shrink as Keller turned some of the fastest laps on the track and was starting to close in. A caution with 13 laps to go reset the field but once more Wolla pulled away.  Braydee Hanson raced to his first Mach-1 Sport Compact career-first feature win Friday at Dacotah Speedway. (Photo by Layn Mudder, LPT Images) With only a few laps remaining, Keller cut into Wolla’s lead again and challenged for the win be­fore the yellow flag waved again. last_img read more

Convicted Road Rage Attacker Wears Blackface To Sentencing in Hawaii

first_imgA Hawaiian man accused in a brutal road rage attack is headed to prison for the rest of his life. Mark Char, who is Asian, decided to show up to his sentencing in blackface and went on a three-minute rant against his lawyer and the judge overseeing the case.Char says the reason he wore blackface is because he was prepared to play his part in the “kangaroo court.” He said the court was treating him like a black man so he said, “I today I am going to be a black man.”Char was convicted of attempted murder for stabbing three people following a road rage confrontation. He had argued the stabbing was done in self-defense.last_img read more

Union Says 100 American Airlines Flight Attendants Have COVID-19

first_imgA union representing airlines employees reports that 100 American Airlines flight attendants have tested positive for coronavirusAccording to the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the airline will begin providing face masks for front-line team members.More than 27,000 union members will have the choice of wearing a mask, which will be distributed this week.APFA president Julie Hedrick says the union has “been pushing the company since January” to provide protective equipment for flight attendants.“We have consistently advocated for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for all of our flight attendants to be available on every aircraft, for social distancing between passengers and crew jump seats, for thermal scanning in the airports, and to receive immediate notification of flight attendants who have tested positive for the virus,” Hedrick adds. “Flight attendants are aviation’s first responders, who are transporting medical personnel and supplies into COVID-19 hotspots, and they need to be treated and protected as such.”We’re providing more flexibility for customers during the summer travel period.— americanair (@AmericanAir) April 8, 2020 American Airlines released a statement which reads, “The safety of our customers and team members is our top priority. We are in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health officials and are coordinating with them on any required health and safety related measures. We continue to look at all ways we can care — and protect — our team during this stressful time.”The union adds that only about one in four of its flight attendants will be flying next month, due to major cuts in the airlines’ schedules.last_img read more

Bright, Caesar and Phillips perform well at National Age Group Championships

first_imgDESPITE literally no competition, Youth Athlete of the Year, Chintoba Bright, did well in her long jump and triple jumps at the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) Age Group Championships last Saturday, where Linden’s Compton Caesar and Guyana Defence Force’s Kenisha Phillips picked up sprint doubles, at the Leonora National Track and Field Centre.Bright, a CARIFTA Games double bronze medallist, continued in fine form to clear 5.84m in the girls 15 – 17 long jump. The South American Youth Championship bronze medallist also went on to clear 11.79m in the triple jump event.Phillips sprinted away with the sprint double in the girls’ 15 – 17 category. Phillips had the best female 100m and 200m timings for the days, cutting across the finishing line in just 12.23 seconds in the 100m, beating out Christianburg’s Onasha Rogers (12.29s) and Super Upcoming Runner’s Cassie Small (12.30s)Linden’s Compton Caesar winning his 100m ahead of Kevin AbbensettsThe Schools Nationals record holder had a time of 24.73 seconds in the 200m, in which Skeete picked up a second-place finish in a time of 25.08 seconds.Skeete got her time to shine in the 400m, which she completed in 59.39 seconds for the win. Joanna Archer picked up the 800m win in a time of 2:25.10s, and was shortly followed by Kezra Murray (2:26.40s). Running Brave’s Claudrice McKoy took the 1500m win in 4:50.52s.Caesar took 10.52 seconds to clinch the boys’ 18 and over 100m win, just ahead of the 10.92 seconds from the Guyana Police Force’s Kevin Abbensetts.In the 200m, it was GPF’s Winston Dummett who had to settle for second place behind Caesar. Caesar clocked 21.65 seconds to Dummett’s 22.33 seconds.South American Youth Championship silver medallist, Daniel Williams, ruled the boys’ 15 – 17 400m in 50.41 seconds and took another gold in the high jump, where he cleared 1.90m. Dummett won the boys’ 18 and over 400m in 50.02 seconds.In the middle distance, Anfernee Headecker picked up the boys’ 18 and over gold with a time of 1:55.70s,while Samuel Lynch took third in 2:02.50s.Men’s javelin national record holder, Leslain Baird, took the men’s javelin win with 66.30m.last_img read more

Chung’s Global Enterprise supports Mackeson/Rawle Toney 3X3 Basketball Classic

first_imgCHUNG’S Global Enterprise, one of the country’s leading Construction companies, yesterday threw their support behind the November 9-10 Mackeson/Rawle Toney 3X3 Basketball Classic, which will be held at the Burnham Basketball Court, Independence Park, in Georgetown. The tournament, which will feature some of the top 3X3 teams from across Guyana, will see the winner pocket $300 000, while second- and- third place are set to receive $100 000 and $50 000 respectively.Tansy Plowell, assistant to the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Cleon Chung, upon making her presentation to organiser Rawle Toney at their 622A Industrial Reserve Mandela Avenue location, said the entity was pleased to be associated with the tournament, given the fact it seeks to resusitate interest into the sport.Plowell added that Chung’s Global Enterprise is known for its generosity and were happy to support sports and more so the shortened format of basketball.Meanwhile, Toney thanked Plowell and Chung’s Global Enterprise, adding, “I’m happy with the support given to the tournament so far and I want to particularly thank Mr Cleon Chung and his company for coming on board.”“I consider this tournament a ‘give-back’ to basketball, since the sport is badly lacking relevance in Guyana’s local sports landscape. I believe that the sport is currently left behind and I see this tournament as one of the ways I can help Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) and its affiliates to bring fans back to the sport,” Toney said.FireSide Grill, Guyana Lottery Company’s Let’s Bet Sports, Trophy Stall, Kester Gomes’ STUFF and Ansa McAl Trading are the tournament’s sponsors so far.last_img read more