H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Sick-leave policies, spring-wave protection?, vaccine updates, Web resources

first_imgOct 8, 2009Lack of paid sick leave could spread fluA lack of paid sick leave could force working parents either to report to work sick with flu or to send their children to school sick, at the risk of sacrificing either income or their jobs, ABC News reports. Up to 54 million Americans, many of them self-employed or employees of small businesses, have little or no paid sick leave, an issue that advocates hope to bring before Congress.http://abcnews.go.com/Health/SwineFluNews/unpaid-sick-days-leave-parents-tough-choices-flu/story?id=8775513Oct 7 ABC News reportSpring wave may have given NYC some protectionNew York City and a few other cities that had big H1N1 outbreaks in the spring are seeing little activity now, leading to suggestions that the spring wave spawned a significant level of population immunity, the New York Times reported today. City health officials believe that perhaps 20% to 40% of the population were exposed to the virus in the spring and gained immunity. But city officials and other experts agreed it would be unwise to assume that New Yorkers don’t need the H1N1 vaccine.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/08/health/08flu.html?ref=healthOct 8 New York Times storyThird of parents may say no to kids’ vaccineConcerned over the new H1N1 vaccine, or unconcerned about the seriousness of the disease, 38% of parents say they are unlikely to permit their children to be vaccinated during school programs planned by many states, according to an Associated Press (AP)-GfK poll. Federal health officials vouched for the vaccine’s safety, urging widespread inoculation. Among concerns are the newness of the vaccine and potential side-effects.Oct 7 AP storyNew Web resources for individuals, familiesThe federal government’s www.flu.gov Web site has two new features, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced yesterday. A self-evaluation section for adults offers a click-through assessment aimed at determining whether flu is or is not present, followed by guidance on self-care, preventing transmission, and warning signs of serious disease. “Flu Myths and Facts” provides accurate refutations of common misconceptions about vaccinations and the disease itself.http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2009pres/10/20091007a.htmlOct 7 HHS news releaseCDC unveils system to gather data on flu-like illnessThe CDC today announced the launch of a system to gather data about influenza-like illness (ILI) from syndromic surveillance systems run by health departments in cooperation with hospital emergency departments. The system, called Distribute, enhances existing flu surveillance by providing more details on geographic- and age-specific trends, the agency said. The system involves a partnership of the CDC with the International Society for Disease Surveillance and the Public Health Informatics Institute.http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5839a5.htmCDC announcement in Oct 9 MMWRCanadian H1N1 vaccination to lag US by weeksCanada’s national campaign to vaccinate residents against the H1N1 flu is likely to begin in early November because attempts to move up the shots’ delivery have not been successful, according to the Canadian Press. The US campaign uses multiple suppliers and began with a roll-out of aerosol vaccine; Canada uses only one manufacturer, and aerosol vaccine is not approved for sale there.Oct 6 Canadian Press reportMichigan man recounts 7-week H1N1 battleA Michigan man who barely survived a battle with the H1N1 virus is expressing support for the vaccination campaign, according to ABC News. Jim Shrode, 53, was in excellent health before he fell ill with the virus in May. He was hospitalized for 7 weeks, required mechanical ventilation, and lost 37 pounds. “People need to know that the risks of the vaccine are minimal compared to the risks if you get ill with it,” he said.http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/surving-swine-flu/story?id=8777207Oct 8 ABC News reportlast_img read more

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Insignia pilfers four from JLW

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Governor Wolf Urges Legislative Action to Raise the Minimum Wage in Pennsylvania

first_imgGovernor Wolf Urges Legislative Action to Raise the Minimum Wage in Pennsylvania SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Jobs That Pay,  Minimum Wage,  Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – As workers rally at the Capitol for a raise in Pennsylvania’s minimum wage, Governor Tom Wolf reiterated his support for giving worker’s wages an overdue boost:“Workers in Pennsylvania are long overdue for a raise and it is well past time for Republicans in the General Assembly to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. Pennsylvania has a lower minimum wage than every one of its surrounding states. As corporations get massive tax breaks and executive pay continues to rise, workers at all levels have been left behind and too many Pennsylvanians are working full-time, often in multiple jobs, while barely making ends meet. Pennsylvania is falling behind others states and our neighbors are helping working families while the Republican-controlled legislature here has failed to act in the last decade. I join workers across Pennsylvania in calling for action to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage.”center_img May 31, 2018last_img read more

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Fiduciary managers and consultants set for UK rule change

first_img“Historically there has been 80-100 new mandates a year and we would expect that to continue into the future,” he said. “On top of that you have the retenders, and estimates are somewhere in the region of 400. When you bring those together you have about 160 mandates coming to market every year for the next five years.”According to KPMG’s 2019 survey of the UK fiduciary market, there were 946 mandates in total with £172bn (€202bn) in combined assets, marking an 83% increase in mandates and 139% increase in assets in the past five years.It has been almost a year since the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the UK’s competition watchdog, called for mandatory tendering of fiduciary mandates as one of its “remedies” for the investment consulting and fiduciary management industries to boost competition. Since then, some of the country’s biggest providers of fiduciary services have been hiring new staff to prepare for the requirements.Preparing for busy timesCompanies including Barnett Waddingham, BlackRock, LCP, Mercer, MJ Hudson, SEI and Willis Towers Watson have all added resources in the past 12-18 months, they confirmed to IPE.Peter Daniels, head of Barnett Waddingham’s FM Evaluate service, said his company expected “quite a large pickup in demand over 2020-21 and subsequent years”.“There are hundreds of mandates which are captured by this mandatory requirement,” he said. “Over the last month or so we’ve seen that start to pick up but we haven’t seen the full extent of work coming to market yet.“We are making sure that we have enough people to be able to advise clients, but also we are developing our services so that they can be delivered in a way that can easily respond to the pickup in demand.”Steady growth in UK fiduciary market Chart MakerBen Gunnee, UK head of fiduciary management at Mercer, said trustees had “a large degree of flexibility” regarding how to implement tenders, from a full market review to a desktop exercise.“Trustees need to understand the options and undertake an exercise that best suits their needs,” he said. “Overall, we expect it will be a very busy time for trustees and fiduciary management providers during 2020 and 2021.”Tim Giles, EMEA managing director of investment at Aon, said: “We have had plenty of time to gear up fully for what may be a significant increase… We have the resources in place to maintain our focus on existing clients while also making the most of the new opportunities that are likely to emerge.”For some firms, more rigorous tenders have already started. André Kerr, head of fiduciary management oversight at XPS Pensions Group, said the listed consultancy had already started helping clients through retenders and had introduced a “streamlined” process that allowed existing fiduciary manager clients to comply efficiently with the new rules.Last week, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) published a detailed guide for trustees, detailing the requirements. Tenders must include at least three independent providers, but TPR said more would likely be “prudent”. Trustees must also fully document the tender process.TPR also indicated it would provide further guidance on how to assess fiduciary manager performance once the proposed industry standard had been approved by the CMA.CFA Institute has acquired the intellectual property rights to the voluntary fiduciary management performance standard developed by IC Select and TPR said it was proposing to submit the revised standard to the CMA for approval by 10 December. Providers have been hiring staff and recalibrating services to prepare for mandatory tendering rules that come into force on 10 DecemberUK pension consultants and fiduciary managers have been scaling up resources to cope with an expected large increase in the number of new mandates coming to market from next year.From 10 December 2019, UK pension schemes must run a formal tender process for any fiduciary mandate that exceeds 20% of scheme assets. For those that have already outsourced investment functions to a fiduciary, this must be retendered within five years.This is expected to put a greater burden on providers, according to Sion Cole, head of UK fiduciary business at BlackRock.last_img read more

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How the low interest rate is benefiting Gold Coast borrowers

first_img 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. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWays to get into the property market for less00:29 He said it had already given a much-needed confidence boost to the local market.“It’s been positive for real estate as there’s been more people out and about,” he said.“It gives them the confidence to get out there and buy.“There’s a lot of sold signs up out there.” The cash rate is expected to be cut at least one more time before the end of the year.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoHowever, Mr Henderson said changes to lending criteria, more buyer confidence post federal election and tax cuts for low income earners had also contributed to the improved market conditions. In a move to further strengthen the market, low rates were tipped to stay. “Lower interest rates will be more of the norm for our lifetime,” he said. “Whether they stay this low, that’s probably not feasible.” CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless backed his comments, explaining all the changes were collectively helping slower markets across the country bounce back.“The pause in the cutting cycle will give the RBA time to assess the effects of earlier rate cuts on the economy and consumer spending,” he said. The Reserve Bank decided to keep the official interest rate on hold.PROPERTY experts believe another interest rate cut is in sight despite the Reserve Bank deciding to hold tight.It came as no surprise that the official interest rate would remain at its current record low of 1 per cent following cuts in June and July but another was expected before the end of the year.Real Estate Institute of Queensland Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said the RBA would likely wait to see how the economy reacted to previous cuts before making another. RELATED: Rates set to hold until November “However, there is a strong likelihood of at least one more cut later this year.”“With mortgage rates set to remain low for an extended period of time … and potentially move even lower later this year, we are expecting to see the housing market move into a gradual recovery.“However, with credit policies remaining tight and economic uncertainty still elevated, we aren’t expecting a material acceleration in housing activity or housing values.”According to comparison site Finder’s RBA Cash Rate Survey, experts and economists predicted property values would rise across the nation by August next year.last_img read more

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Campbell ‘truly beaten’

first_imgby LomachenkoLUKE Campbell says Saturday’s defeat by world lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko is the first time he has been “truly beaten”.The Briton, 31, lost his first world title fight via a split decision to Jorge Linares in 2017.Despite losing to Yvan Mendy in 2015, Campbell won the rematch last September, but Ukraine’s Lomachenko earned a unanimous decision in London.“No excuses,” Campbell told Sky Sports. “I was beaten by the better man.”The 2012 Olympic gold medallist went to hospital after the fight for a routine check and said: “We were extra cautious with what’s been going on in boxing the last couple of months. I was completely fine.”Beating Campbell at the O2 Arena meant Lomachenko added the WBC title to his WBA and WBO belts, and the double Olympic champion wants to claim the IBF title held by Richard Commey, who is set for a mandatory defence against Teofimo Lopez.Lomachenko, 31, and his promoter Bob Arum said the three-weight world champion could then go back to featherweight or super-featherweight.That would free up the lightweight belts for Campbell, who now has a professional record of 20 wins and three defeats.“I’m not going anywhere,” said the Hull fighter. “I don’t care who I go up against, I want those belts. They have my name on.“I do believe I got a lot better from that performance. I learned a few tricks in there myself, from Loma. I’ll add them to my style.”last_img read more

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Sausagefest: Fastest frank

first_imgSchmoldt says:Dave really needs to stop getting himself into arguments where he just has no chance of winning. Regardless of racing, when you think of Wisconsin, baseball in Milwaukee and tailgating you think of brats. Instead, he chooses the plainest of the bunch. I don’t care if he thinks he’s going the “American Way,” he’s not going the Wisconsin way.And what’s this I hear about Boston Marathons? Great, you can run long distances, but let’s see how you can do in a sprint around the track at Miller Park. According to the Milwaukee Brewers’ website, the Bratwurst has trained for the Olympics with the German national team. And he “intimidates all his other competitors with his muscular physique.”The Hot Dog “tries his best in what he does, and knows the effort was there even if the win was not.” That’s a load of trash. We all know that “You play to win the games.” The Bratwurst does whatever it takes to win — he refuses to lose. “Bratwurst trains like a machine, having not missed a day of weight lifting in years. He is very competitive, and wants nothing more than to win every race.” And he won on Opening Day this year — he wins on the biggest stages.In fact, the Hot Dog knows that the Bratwurst will go to great lengths to win any race. “Hot Dog once found his shoes in the trash only minutes before a race.”And what it really comes down to is style. The Bratwurst has the ultimate style in training and racing as well as fashion. Just look at those suspenders and the best mustache of the group. Don’t even get me going on the hats, and tell the Hot Dog to wipe that stupid smile off his face.Besides, what does Dave know about picking winners on the track? We all know he hates racing.McGrath says:If you were to cough up the $100 appearance fee for Hot Dog, you would paying for the most expensive weenie this side of Eric Schmoldt, who shows up for the “low, low price” of only three payments of $79.98, plus tax.However, unlike in the case of Mr. Schmoldt you would be getting yourself quite a bargain with Hot Dog, who is without a doubt top dog of the sausage racers.Hot Dog is by far the youngest of the sausages, having only joined the group in 1990, and therefore has the freshest legs, giving him a natural advantage.No sausage is as dedicated a runner as Hot Dog, who has completed three Boston Marathons and has the reputation of being the gym rat of the bunned meat racers.However, the true reason you don’t want to pick against Hot Dog is because you don’t want him or his posse on your bad side. That’s right, Hot Dog has a posse, don’t let the bill forwards hat deceive you.When you start to bring hate to Hot Dog, he’s liable to go back to his roots, where he ran the street and not races, and bring his boyz Corn Dog, Chili Dog, Cheese Dog and his infamous cousin Chicago Style Hot Dog. Snoop Dogg is even rumored to be a part of the gang, but he has never been found guilty.That gang, known on the streets as the “Ketchup Kings” or the KK, won’t just bury you in relish, they’ll bury your family in mustard while they’re at it.However, the dark side of the Hot Dog is easily forgotten, or even brushed aside as he is just so darn charismatic. That smile and those rug burns, plus the fact that he is a dead ringer for Nomar Garciaparra.So pick Hot Dog, not just because he’s the fastest, or the best, or the most charismatic. Pick him because you should be afraid not too.last_img read more

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Burgess fight valiantly til the end

first_imgA Jenny Grace goal and good play from Emer Mcdonnell had edged Burgess ahead in the Munster camogie championship but  Milford responded with  Aishling Thompson Anna Geary to the fore. At the end of a pulsating encounter the teams were tied 1-10 to 0-13 at half time.In extra time Milford edged ahead and it finished with Milford progressing on a final score of Burgess 1-13  Milford 0-18last_img

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2018 WCQ: Stephen Appiah charges Stars to finish off Comoros

first_imgStephen Appiah believes in the Black Stars, and wants them to go for the kill ahead of the second leg World Cup qualifier against Comoros.The former Juventus and Fenerbache midfielder, who captained Ghana to their first ever World Cup campaign, is confident the team has the needed weapons to take down their Comoros opponents tomorrow provided they approach the game with the right mentality.“The only team we own as Ghanaians is the Black Stars and the mantle is now with the current crop of players,” Appiah said.“I am very sure that the current players who are my friends and brothers know the Herculean nature of the task ahead. But that is why we are Ghana because we have the ability to beat anybody in the world with the right attitude.”“It’s the sort of game that you have to be focused because the margin of error is very small. But I am very sure that with the unity in camp they should be able to make it a pass Comoros.”Appiah has been at two World Cups and retired earlier this year. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Reds rookie Aristides Aquino continues to electrify baseball with his power

first_imgAristides Aquino is nicknamed “The Punisher”, which couldn’t be more appropriate after the start to his MLB career. The Reds rookie right fielder delivered his grandest act yet on Saturday, not only homering three times against the Cubs, but doing all of his damage in the first four innings.  With an effortless swing and a batting stance reminiscent of Tony Bautista, Aquino now has seven long balls in his first 10 career MLB games, which ties Trevor Story for the most in the live-ball era. Just take a look at the way this man slugs a baseball.  There is a reason they call him “The Punisher.”Aristides Aquino has been feasting on major league pitching.pic.twitter.com/5pAdZT4Lgi— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) August 10, 2019Punisher gonna punish #NotAReplaypic.twitter.com/FPRDYyTsyk— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) August 11, 2019He’s done it again! Third time is the charm for The Punisher. pic.twitter.com/yzSKl27prB— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) August 11, 2019MORE: How to watch ‘ChangeUp,’ an MLB whip-around show, for free on DAZNHis third home run was an apt finale for his night, travelling 452 feet into the Cincinnati night. Even though the Reds are on the periphery of the playoff race, it seems like they have found something special in Aquino. We will see when the league adjusts to him, and whether he can adjust back, since he has carried a high strikeout rate and low walk rate in the minor leagues, but for now he is turning the Reds into must-watch television.last_img read more

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