Italy’s Emma Morano, the world’s oldest person, dies at 117

first_img ROME — Emma Morano, at 117 the world’s oldest person who is also believed to have been the last surviving person born in the 1800s, died Saturday at her home in northern Italy, her physician said.Dr. Carlo Bava told The Associated Press by phone that Morano’s caretaker had called him to say she had stopped breathing in the afternoon while sitting in an armchair at her home in Verbania, a town on Italy’s Lake Maggiore.Bava said he had last seen his patient on Friday when “she thanked me and held my hand,” as she did every time he called on her. While Morano had been increasingly spending more time sleeping and less time speaking in recent weeks, she had still eaten her daily raw egg and biscuits that day, he said.advertisement Associated Press Tags nutritionpatients By Associated Press April 15, 2017 Reprints Emma Morano sits in her apartment in Verbania, Italy, in 2015. Antonio Calanni/Associated Press Morano, born on Nov. 29, 1899, had been living in a tidy, one-room apartment, where she was kept company by her caregiver and two elderly nieces.“She didn’t suffer. I’m happy she didn’t suffer but passed away that way, tranquilly,” Bava said Saturday.He said she had been her usual chatterbox self until a few weeks ago. Since then it was clear, “she was slowly fading away,” and spending nearly all day in bed, Bava said.Last fall on her birthday, Morano declared: “I’m happy I have turned 117!”Morano left her husband in 1938 because he would beat her. She “abandoned the husband in the Fascist era, when women were supposed to be very submissive,” Bava said in a 2015 interview. “She was always very decisive.”Morano began working in a factory making jute bags when she was 16. Then she worked at a hotel, working way beyond the usual retirement age.Beside work, she enjoyed herself. She was considered a good dancer with a beautiful singing voice in her youth.She also defied health advice, Bava said Saturday. Some doctors had warned her against eating three eggs daily, which she did for years, but she ignored their advice.Researchers from Harvard Medical School visited her in 2014 as part of a study into immunity to diseases, the Italian news agency ANSA said. About the Author Reprints HealthItaly’s Emma Morano, the world’s oldest person, dies at 117 A woman in Jamaica, Violet Brown, who was born in that Caribbean island on March 10, 1900, is now considered the oldest known person in the world, according to a list kept by the Gerontology Research Group. Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted his congratulations to her.Morano’s doctor, who lives a few blocks away from his patient, had been her physician for nearly a quarter of a century.advertisementlast_img read more

Two Florida teachers arrested for smoking marijuana with students

first_imgFlorida man arrested with over 3 pounds of magic mushrooms May 12, 2021 AdvertisementTags: arrestbrevard countymarijuanateachers BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. (WESH) – Two Florida high school teachers faced a judge for the first time Friday after being arrested for allegedly allowing multiple students to come over to their house and smoke marijuana.James Brand and Amy O’Reilly-Brand are both charged with child neglect and contributing to the delinquency of a child, NBC affiliate WESH reports.According to court records, the couple, both teachers at Viera High School, allowed students to come over to their house and smoke marijuana on multiple occasions since last summer.The records state that several high school students told deputies they had smoked marijuana at the house and some said the pair supplied the marijuana themselves and smoked it with them. North Fort Myers man’s fingerprint opens safe filled with drugs May 12, 2021 AdvertisementThe couple is also accused of allowing a man to live in their home and have a sexual relationship with a girl under the age of 18, according to WESH.Brevard Public Schools released a statement Thursday saying both teachers have been placed on paid administrative leave.The district also said: “As an organization, we are committed to thoroughly investigating any allegations of misconduct and taking appropriate steps based on the findings.” Florida man arrested after refusing to wear mask at Naples store May 12, 2021 Naples woman fights off deputies after being kicked out of restaurant May 17, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement The judge issued a $12,500 bond for both teachers. Both have bonded out and are expected to be released from the Brevard County Jail as early as Friday night.last_img read more

Japan and North Korea Reach Tentative Agreement

first_img There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News Japan and North Korea have tentativelyagreed to reopen an investigation into the whereabouts of Japanese citizensabducted by North Korean agents more than thirty years ago.Japanese Prime MinisterShinzo Abe made an announcement this afternoon, following three days ofbilateral talks held in Stockholm from May 26th to 28th.The North Korean state news agency KCNA also published an article on the matter.“As a result of theJapan-North Korea talks, the North Korean side promised to the Japanese sidethat it will make a comprehensive and overall investigation into all theJapanese, including abduction victims and missing people whose possibility ofbeing abducted cannot be ruled out,” Prime Minister Abe told reporters. “Ourmission will never end until the day comes when families of all abductionvictims are able to embrace their children with their own arms.”The KCNA report noted thatPyongyang has indeed “agreed to simultaneously conduct a comprehensive survey of allJapanese including the remains and graves of Japanese, remaining Japanese,Japanese spouses, victims of abduction and missing persons.”The word “simultaneously” refers to the fact that, KCNA revealed, Japan hasconsented to “lift restrictions on visits of persons, lift special measure ofrestrictions taken against [North Korea] regarding money remittances and moneycarried by visitors, and lift the embargo on the entry of North Korea-flaggedships with a humanitarian mission into Japanese ports from the point of timethat [North Korea] sets up a ‘special investigation committee’ for the comprehensivesurvey and starts it.”The committee in question is tobe charged with conducting “a survey of all Japanese, including the issue ofthe remains of the Japanese who died in the territory of [North Korea] beforeand after the year 1945 and the remaining Japanese, Japanese spouses, victimsof abduction and missing Japanese.”North Korea was representedat the talks by Ambassador of the Foreign Ministry Song Il Ho, while the Japanesedelegation was led by Foreign Ministry official Junichi Ihara. News Japan and North Korea Reach Tentative Agreement By Chris Green – 2014.05.29 8:49pm North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak SHARE Facebook Twitter AvatarChris Green Newslast_img read more

Canadians ill prepared for long-term health care costs: report

Keywords Long-term care insuranceCompanies Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Report calls for public long-term care insurance plan Related news The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) is calling on the government of Canada to introduce a new registered savings vehicle to entice Canadians to save for their long-term care needs. In its position paper entitled “Report on Long-Term Care Policy: Improving the Accessibility, Quality and Sustainability of Long-Term Care in Canada” released on June 21, CLHIA proposed a new long-term care savings vehicle that works like a registered education savings plan (RESP). The solution is one of several recommendations CLHIA made in its report to help the government address the $590 billion funding shortfall it will face as baby boomers pass through old age and require more long-term care (LTC). CLHIA estimates that, by 2036, as many as 25% of Canadians will be over 65 and require more basic living supports, such as caregiving and assisted-living services. Like an RESP, the new vehicle would allow Canadians to contribute savings to a tax-sheltered account. The government would also top up those contributions. When the money is withdrawn, only the growth on the funds in the account, as well as the government contributions, would be subject to tax. The client’s own contributions would not be taxed. In addition, the marginal rate of the client is likely to be lower when they withdraw the funds later in life. “By introducing this RESP-like savings vehicle, the government would help bring home the message that long-term care is an important issue for Canadians to address and they are accountable for its costs,” says Stephen Frank, vice-president of policy development at CLHIA. One of the largest roadblocks when it comes to persuading clients to set money aside for LTC is the misconception that government programs will be enough to cover their care costs. “Government programs only cover about half the costs for long-term care and [clients] don’t find that out until down the road,” adds Frank. “This is why a combination of public and private funding needs to be accumulated beforehand.” CLHIA also suggested that the Canadian government follow the U.S. lead and offer tax credits for citizens who purchase LTC insurance. Currently, LTC insurance is not covered in most employer benefit packages and is an extra cost that clients incur to have themselves covered. This type of coverage is provided when a person cannot perform at least two of the six essential activities of daily living (eg. bathing, eating, dressing) or if they require supervision due to being mentally impaired. To reduce the funding gap, the report also recommended that the government introduce reforms in the way care is structured and funded within institutions. It suggested the government provide funding to LTC facilities on a per-patient basis, as opposed to providing institutions with a lump-sum at the onset of each calendar year. “This would make institutions more competitive and cost efficient,” adds Frank. Currently, the government spends about $595 billion on LTC programs that range from providing in-home assistance to subsides for assisted living. The report anticipates total LTC costs will grow to $1.2 trillion by 2036. By finding more ways for individuals to receive care in their homes, as opposed to institutions, CLHIA estimates that the government could save over $62 billion in that time frame. Another $77 billion in savings could be achieved by moving patients who do not require acute care out of hospitals and into long-term facilities. “As with any long term challenge that grows with time, the sooner you take action the better,” says Frank. To promote its solutions, CLHIA will be meeting with finance and health ministers across the country later this year. LTC is one of the most undersold health insurance products sold in Canada. According to Toronto-based Sun Life Financial Inc., for every 100 life insurance policies that get sold, only one LTC policy is sold. As of 2010, CLHIA found that there were 385,000 Canadians with this type of insurance coverage. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Talk to clients about housing, healthcare in retirement Olivia Glauberzon Paying for health care in old age biggest worry among Canadians: poll Facebook LinkedIn Twitter read more

Report gives CPP expansion a thumbs up

first_img Equity markets lift CPP in Q3 James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter A new report examining the planned expansion of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) concludes that policymakers got it just about right. CFIB calls for freeze on Canada Pension Plan premiums While some of the reasons being given for expanding the CPP aren’t valid, the move is nevertheless justified, says the report published Friday from Toronto-based consulting firm, Morneau Shepell Inc. (The firm was formerly led by federal finance minister Bill Morneau). Among other things, the report notes that many workers do not have workplace pensions, and many are not saving enough on their own through RRSPs and TFSAs. And, even those that are saving diligently are seeing high fees eat into those savings. “Even if they are saving enough, they may be paying unnecessarily high investment management fees, a problem that a competitive marketplace has not been able to solve,” the report says. Moreover, the report suggests that Canadians have not demonstrated the ability to ensure adequate savings on their own. “If workers were more financially literate, and recognized the individual responsibility they must assume, it would justify doing nothing. That is not the case, however, and so the situation for retirees will almost certainly worsen in the coming years,” the report says, “Among the possible remedies, the simplest is a bigger CPP.” And so, it concludes that expanding the CPP is “both reasonable and appropriate.” The report also finds that the specific enhancement that was just announced is more or less at the right level. While it does have a couple of quibbles with the proposal, “In an ideal world, it would have been better to have just one contribution rate rather than 5.95% up to the old earnings ceiling and 4% beyond that ceiling. It would also have been preferable to make all contributions tax-deductible rather than just the additional contribution due to the enhancement,” the report says, overall it concludes that policymakers got it right. The proposed expansion meets several key criteria, the report finds, including that it targets middle-income earners, it’s affordable, and it respects intergenerational equity. Additionally, “… there were many CPP enhancement proposals that were decidedly worse than the one that was adopted so we should be relieved with what we got. In summary, we give the Finance Ministers a passing grade,” the report concludes. The new CPP enhancement is facing similar criticism to the original founding of the CPP, which has proven invalid, the report says, and in time, this latest expansion will likely be proven to be the right move, too. “Fortunately, the CPP expansion that was announced is close to the optimal size. A larger increase would not have been appropriate and a smaller increase would not have led to an agreement; or it would not have quelled demands for further expansion. Once Canadians grow accustomed to it, we expect that the enhanced CPP will eventually gain the same degree of public acceptance as did the original plan,” the report says. Photo copyright: amarosy/123RF Keywords CPP RBC predicts healthier growth for Canada this year Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Advisors face conflict in helping clients with CPP timing: reportlast_img read more

Students to Become Involved in the Peer Counselling Programme

first_imgRelatedStudents to Become Involved in the Peer Counselling Programme RelatedStudents to Become Involved in the Peer Counselling Programme FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Students are being urged to get involved in the Peer Counselling Programme instituted by the Ministry of Education.The encouragement comes from Jovan Johnson, head boy of Edwin Allen High School in Clarendon, who said that his years of involvement in the programme, have helped him to develop a positive work attitude, and the determination and confidence to seek after his goals.“It has done me proud; I can speak of that fact. In the deepest of situations, I am able to beam with confidence and even if I don’t achieve what I wanted in the first place, I can still feel satisfied that I did give it my all, thanks to peer counselling,” he stated, while commending Peace in Life Counselling, which conducts the peer counselling training sessions.Jovan said that the school, on the whole, has benefited from the programme, which seeks to train peer counsellors to lead by example.“It has done a lot for Edwin Allen High School. We have so many students and we have peer counsellors, who are assigned to the various classes. They act as mentors to those students,” he outlined, noting that the head girl along with the deputies, are also peer counsellors.He noted further that the peer counselling group is very active, participating in activities such as Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA) meetings, drug marches, and World AIDS Day events. “We make the students see us as examples, not merely as confidantes, but as examples.”In the meantime, Jovan advised students, to seek to develop strategies, born of strength of character, which will allow them to survive the challenges they will encounter in these changing times.“We need to become enlightened and devise survival strategies, those that will allow us to adapt to changing conditions, because we are changing and so we need to adapt. Children and parents, we need to come together and we need to forge ways, devise survival strategies to enable us to better ourselves, to push the Jamaican society forward and to develop the world,” he stressed.Edwin Allen High School was awarded first place in the recently held Peer Counselling Competition, organised by Peace in Life Counselling Ministries in Clarendon. Students to Become Involved in the Peer Counselling Programme UncategorizedJanuary 3, 2009center_img RelatedStudents to Become Involved in the Peer Counselling Programme Advertisementslast_img read more

World Bank Prices First Global Dual Tranche New Zealand Dollar Bonds Totaling NZD 1.3 Billion

first_imgWorld Bank Prices First Global Dual Tranche New Zealand Dollar Bonds Totaling NZD 1.3 Billion The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD rated Aaa/AAA) has priced a New Zealand dollar-denominated dual tranche of NZD 1 billion and NZD 300 million fixed-rate global Sustainable Development Bond transactions.The 5.5-year NZD 1 billion bond offers a coupon of 0.75% p.a. payable semi-annually with a June 10, 2026 maturity and has an issue price of 99.967736% to yield 0.756% (semi-annual). This equates to a spread of 43.1 basis points over the 2.75% New Zealand Government Bond due April 15, 2025.The 10-year NZD 300 million bond offers a coupon of 1.25% p.a. payable semi-annually with a December 10, 2030 maturity and has an issue price of 99.448671% to yield 1.309% (semi-annual). This equates to a spread of 41.4 basis points over the 1.50% New Zealand Government Bond due May 15, 2031.The benchmark lines were launched with an initial minimum target size of NZD 200 million and NZD 100 million respectively and increased due to very high investor demand. The new 5.5-year is the World Bank’s largest-ever NZD benchmark bond and the largest of any Sovereign, Supranational, and Agency (SSA) issuer of any maturity in a single offering in the Kauri market.Collectively over 2020, the World Bank has issued NZD 2.9 billion in the Kauri market in maturities ranging from 2024 to 2030.The bonds were distributed to a broad range of institutional investors both domestically and internationally; 89% with New Zealand and 11% with international investors for the 5.5-year maturity, and 92% with New Zealand and 8% with international investors for the 10-year maturity. Both tranches were distributed among asset managers, bank treasuries and official institutions.The joint-lead managers for the transaction are ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited (ANZ), Bank of New Zealand (BNZ), and Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA).“This is a fantastic trade. It’s our first dual tranche transaction in New Zealand Dollars,” said Andrea Dore, Head of Funding, World Bank. “The dual tranche trade allowed us to reach different investor groups and offer them a high-quality, liquid product. We thank investors for their support of the World Bank’s sustainable development mission to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity in member countries.”Investor Distribution: NZD 1Billion 5.5-YearBy TypeBy RegionBanks/Bank Treasuries93%New Zealand89%Central Banks/Official Institutions5%Other11%Asset Managers2% Investor Distribution: NZD 300 Million 10-YearBy TypeBy RegionAsset Managers79%New Zealand92%Banks/Bank Treasuries21%Other8%Joint Lead Manager Quotes“Congratulations to the World Bank for achieving record volumes in both the Kauri and Kangaroo markets in the same month. While we couldn’t quite edge our Australian counterparts for top volume this time, the NZD1.3 billion dual tranche Kauri issue is an impressive achievement, nonetheless. This record-breaking transaction once again demonstrates the deep investor support for the World Bank in our market, and justly rewards the World Bank for their commitment to Kauri issuance” said Glen Sorensen, Director Syndicate, ANZ“An outstanding result for the World Bank, highlighting once again how their regular issuance in the Kauri market sees strong investor support across the curve. To deliver the largest ever Kauri issue of NZD1 billion is impressive enough, but to combine this with a 10-year trade and print a total of NZD1.3 billion is simply brilliant. And to do this at the end of a year in which the World Bank has already issued NZD1.6 billion in Kauri highlights once again the market leading position that the World Bank has in the New Zealand market,” said Mike Faville, Head of Capital Markets, BNZ.“We are delighted to have assisted the World Bank with a record-breaking Kauri transaction. After so many years as a leading supporter and foundation issuer in the Australian and New Zealand fixed income markets it is terrific to see the team continuing to set new records. This outcome reflects that long-term commitment and the appreciation of the New Zealand and Australian dollar investors for the important work the World Bank is doing,” said Rob Kenna, Head of Programmatic Funding, CBA.Transaction Summary5.5-year10-yearIssuer:World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD)Issuer rating:Aaa/AAAAmount:NZD 1,000,000,000NZD 300,000,000Settlement date:December 10, 2020December 10, 2020Maturity date:June 10, 2026December 10, 2030Coupon:0.75% p.a. payable semi-annually in arrear1.25% p.a. payable semi-annually in arrearCoupon payments:June 10 and December 10 in each yearJune 10 and December 10 in each yearRe-offer price:99.967736%99.448671%Re-offer yield:0.756% p.a. semi-annual1.309% p.a. semi-annualDenomination:NZD 1,000 and multiples thereof (within New Zealand, NZD 50,000 with multiples of NZD 1,000 thereafter)ISIN:NZIBDDT016C7NZIBDDT017C5Clearing systems:NZ ClearNZ ClearListing:Luxembourg Stock ExchangeLuxembourg Stock ExchangeJoint lead managers:ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited (ANZ), Bank of New Zealand (BNZ), Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA).About the World BankThe World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD), rated Aaa/AAA (Moody’s/S&P), is an international organization created in 1944. It operates as a global development cooperative owned by 189 nations. It provides its members with financing, expertise and coordination services so they can achieve equitable and sustainable economic growth in their national economies and find effective solutions to pressing regional and global economic and environmental problems. The World Bank Group has two main goals: to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity. The World Bank (IBRD) seeks to achieve them primarily by providing loans, risk management products, and expertise on development-related disciplines to its borrowing member government clients in middle-income countries and other creditworthy countries, and by coordinating responses to regional and global challenges. The World Bank has been issuing bonds in the international capital markets for over 70 years to fund its sustainable development activities and achieve a positive impact. Information on bonds for investors is available on the World Bank Treasury website: www.worldbank.org/debtsecurities.World Bank bonds support the financing of programs that further the Sustainable Development Goals. World Bank bonds are aligned with the Sustainability Bond Guidelines published by the International Capital Market Association. The World Bank is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Green Bond and Social Bond Principles. A key priority for the World Bank’s capital markets’ engagement is building strategic partnerships with investors to promote the importance of private sector financing in sustainable development.DisclaimersThis press release is not an offer for sale of securities of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“IBRD”), also known in the capital markets as “World Bank”. Any offering of World Bank securities will take place solely on the basis of the relevant offering documentation including, but not limited to, the prospectus, term sheet and/or final terms, as applicable, prepared by the World Bank or on behalf of the World Bank, and is subject to restrictions under the laws of several countries, including the laws of New Zealand. World Bank securities may not be offered or sold except in compliance with all such laws.The net proceeds from the sale of World Bank securities are used to finance sustainable development projects and programs in World Bank’s member countries without being committed or earmarked for lending to, or financing of, any particular projects or programs. Returns on World Bank securities are not linked to the performance of any particular project or program. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:ANZ, Australia, Australian, CBA, central bank, commonwealth, Commonwealth Bank, Government, luxembourg, New Zealand, NZ, settlement, stock exchange, sustainability, sustainable, World Banklast_img read more

Full Ofsted inspections expected from September

first_imgFull Ofsted inspections expected from September The Education Secretary has today (29 March) confirmed his request that Ofsted step up its inspection programme over the summer term, with a view to returning to a full programme of inspections from September 2021.During the summer term, the majority of Ofsted’s activity will continue to be lighter-touch monitoring inspections, as have been in place since January, with a fuller inspection only taking place where there has been a clear improvement from a current Inadequate or Requires Improvement rating, or where there are serious concerns, particularly in relation to safeguarding.This approach balances the needs of parents and carers to have confidence that standards are being met, alongside schools’ and the wider education sector’s continued prioritisation of their students’ recovery from the impact of the pandemic.Ofsted has set out further detail of its plans for the summer term here, covering the full range of its inspection activity, including state and independent schools, further education providers, early years and initial teacher training.Ofsted is currently running pilot inspections, as it finalises its approach to making sure inspections and judgements over the summer term are sensitive to the context of the pandemic. Ofsted will publish its updated inspection handbooks next month.The Department is expecting schools and other settings to be returning as quickly as possible to a full breadth and depth of provision, whilst considering additional interventions that need to be put in place to meet students’ needs in light of the pandemic, for example around attendance or behaviour policies that support young people to quickly re-engage with education. This will be particularly important in helping students who have fallen behind to receive academic and pastoral support, which can only happen when students are in regular attendance at school or college.Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:I have asked Ofsted to resume inspections in the summer term in a way that is fair and proportionate to schools and other settings that we know are still emerging from the immediate impact of the pandemic, whilst making sure parents have the necessary reassurance that only Ofsted can bring.I will continue working closely with HM Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman, to make sure plans are in place as we work towards the inspection regime returning in full from September. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:education, Government, Impact, meet, pandemic, pilot, rating, running, school, Secretary, students, teacher, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Weather Wisdom from El Dorado Wine Region Winemakers and Growers

first_imgAdvertisementA week of steep temperatures put vintners on the precipice of irrigation – only to get relief from a cooling trend(June 1, 2020) Placerville, El Dorado County, CA – Amid the tangle of covid-19 restrictions and reopening guidelines, farming must go on in El Dorado wine region. Across the AVA, vintners considered last week’s high temperatures as they looked ahead to a cooling trend – a vigilant stance among the first evidence of bloom on the AVA’s lower elevations, in a region that farms from 1,20o to more than 3,000 feet in signature granitic and volcanic soils.Vineyard manager Chuck Mansfield of Goldbud Farms remarked, “Last week’s warmth pushed vines of all varieties below 2,000 feet elevation into bloom.  The Camino/Fruitridge (Apple Hill) region’s bloom is still holding off for the moment. We have only irrigated young vines on granite soils so far. We’ll wait for a little more ground moisture depletion before we irrigate most of our vines.”Derek Delfino, vineyard manager at Edio Vineyards at Delfino Farms, weighed in as the heat spiked: “Basically, evapotranspiration will increase with the higher temperatures. The heat will cause the vines to respire at a higher rate, which means they will lose water quicker and the water that is stored in the soil will be used up faster. Also, the increased temperature will cause the water from the soil surface to evaporate quicker, so even more water will be lost through that. With higher evapotranspiration, the vines should probably be monitored for water stress sooner than usual, and if they are stressed beyond a certain point, then some irrigation should be done.”Paul Bush, owner/winemaker of Madroña Vineyards, isn’t sweating anything yet: “We are just barely, barely starting flower, so no worries there. (Intense heat during flower can damage the fruit set.) I think the heat (combined with the 3 inches of rain we had recently) is really providing some push for the vines’ vigor, which is great for our older vines. At the same time though, the ‘cover crops’ (weeds) are loving it too! We did speed up work with our weed knife to take advantage of the heat stressing the weeds after severing their roots. As for the crew in the vineyards, we work the mornings tucking and suckering vines and then outside the winery in the shade in the afternoons, cleaning up and hopefully preparing for some time when tastings return to ‘normal.’”Tom Sinton, owner/winemaker at Starfield Vineyards, is appreciative of El Dorado elevation: “Well, this last week should remind us why El Dorado has such special terroir. It was 93 degrees at Starfield at 2,400-feet elevation, versus 105 in Folsom (a few hundred feet lower) and reportedly 98 in St. Helena. So, frankly, it’s great growing weather for grapevines up here.”El Dorado AVA, established in 1983, is located one hour north of Sacramento and one hour south of Lake Tahoe. High elevations and cool air drainage from a confluence of rivers, provide a matrix of small premium growing areas that mark its distinction as one of California’s unique wine regions.Advertisement ReddIt Twitter TAGSDelfino FarmsEl DoradoGoldbud FarmsMadroña VineyardsStarfield Vineyards Linkedin Facebook Pinterest Home Industry News Releases Weather Wisdom from El Dorado Wine Region Winemakers and GrowersIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessWeather Wisdom from El Dorado Wine Region Winemakers and GrowersBy Press Release – June 1, 2020 239 0 Share Email Previous articleHighly Awarded Winemaker Steve Leveque Launches New Consulting BusinessNext articleWine Foundation Awards $48,000 to Viticulure and Enology Students Press Releaselast_img read more

Biocartis Group partners with Immunexpress

first_img The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story By EH News Bureau on March 27, 2020 Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app For co-commercialisation agreement for SeptiCyte RAPID Test for use on Biocartis’ fully automated molecular diagnostics platform IdyllaBiocartis Group recently announced the expansion of its partnership with Immunexpress with a co-commercialisation agreement for the SeptiCyte RAPID Test for use on Biocartis’ fully automated molecular diagnostics platform Idylla.The SeptiCyte RAPID Test is a rapid, host-response[1] test that distinguishes sepsis from infection negative systemic inflammation in patients suspected of sepsis and provides actionable results[2] in around one hour to guide the physician to optimise patient management decisions. Recent data[3] indicate that sepsis is the most frequently observed complication in COVID-19[4]. In current COVID-19 pandemic times, hospitals and ICU’s are under enormous pressure and SeptiCyte RAPID could be a great support in detecting sepsis early on and supporting decisions for rapid initiation of sepsis management protocols in affected patients.Biocartis and Immunexpress are strengthening their existing partnership[5] with a co-commercialisation agreement in which Biocartis will lead commercialisation in Europe as the exclusive distributor of the  SeptiCyte RAPID Test, while Immunexpress will lead commercialisation of the SeptiCyte RAPID Test in the US Immunexpress also announced that the SeptiCyte RAPID Test for use on the Idylla platform received CE-marking. Immunexpress expects US FDA 510(k) clearance by Q3 2020.Herman Verrelst, Chief Executive Officer, Biocartis, commented: “Deploying easy and rapid sepsis testing on Idylla with the CE-marked  SeptiCyte RAPID Test through our direct sales force in Europe can help preventing unnecessary ICU admissions or potentially even reducing average length of hospital stays – as such reducing the pressure on the hospital system, even after the immediate crisis is addressed. Although our focus remains in oncology, we currently see high unmet needs in the field of infectious diseases that we can help address with our Idylla platform. The expansion of our partnership with Immunexpress also allows us to make the necessary adjustments to minimise a potential impact on our business, linked to the disruptions in our commercial operations and the uncertainties caused in the market by the COVID-19 pandemic.”Rolland D Carlson, Chief Executive Officer of Immunexpress, reacted: “I believe Biocartis, with its well established and growing Idylla customer base will be highly effective in delivering to the European community a new and novel sepsis diagnostic tool, designed to enhance the certainty of early and rapid sepsis diagnosis, to improve clinical outcomes and to lower healthcare costs. Together, we are committed to mitigating the constraints on hospitals that are affected by the COVID‑19 pandemic, by more accurate diagnostic testing of sepsis, which is expected to enable physicians to make rapid clinical decisions in resource-constrained ICUs.”In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Biocartis expects that the current prolonged measures taken in many countries across the globe to contain the spreading of COVID-19 may potentially impact the FY2020 outlook of the Company as announced in the FY19 results and 2020 outlook published on March 5, 2020, which initially assumed a normalisation of activities around the April 2020 timeframe. The company is monitoring the situation closely and will provide more information in due course. The Biocartis Q1 2020 Business Update is scheduled for April 23, 2020.References: [1] Host-response based tests focus on measuring biomarkers that are indicative of the response of a patient’s immunesystem to an infection rather that measuring pathogens that are the cause of the infection[2] Moreover, SeptiCyte® RAPID not only discriminates sepsis from SIRS (Systemic inflammatory response syndrome) but also correlates with viral sepsis infection, versus procalcitonin (PCT) which increases with severity of bacterial but not viral infection and is also a non-specific marker of inflammation[3] Zhou et al., Clinical course and risk factors for mortality of adult inpatients with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China: a retrospective cohort study, published online 9 March 2020, https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30566-3[4] Sepsis developed at a median of 9 days (7–13) after illness onset among all patients, followed by ARDS (12 days [8–15]), acute cardiac injury (15 days [10–17]), acute kidney injury (15 days [13–19.5]), and secondary infection (17 days [13–9])[5] On 24 January 2018, Biocartis and Immunexpress announced a partnership aimed at partnership aimed at the development and commercialization of Immunexpress’ SeptiCypte™ test for use on Biocartis’ sample- to-result Idylla™ platform. Source: https://investors.biocartis.com/sites/default/files/press-releases/2019/180123-Press-release-partnership-IXP_EN.pdf Share Comments (0) Add Comment Biocartis Group partners with Immunexpress News Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Read Article Biocartis GroupIdyllaImmunexpressSeptiCyte RAPID TestUS FDA 510(k) clearance WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Related Posts Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025last_img read more