Oct 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 report
Over the past six months, according to SimilarWeb, Airbnb has generated about 60 percent of its total traffic without paying Google or other search engines. On the other hand, Booking.com recorded much higher numbers, but only 45 percent of traffic was generated without intermediaries. Expedition CEO Mark Ockerstrom, is open to the fact that Google is their strongest competitor. Airbnb is aiming to market its shares to the public by 2020, and given that the company is focused on brand awareness and promotion so they shouldn’t pay billions of dollars a year to Google, the decision to participate in Google’s rental package is important. Google recently unveiled its new package for renting accommodation within Google search, and it is a feature that is a kind of announcement of Google’s travel service. Source / photo: Skift; Airbnb In the debate over whether Airbnb should join the package, the question is whether the company wants to give Google a “piece of the pie” of profit by helping Airbnb in marketing, especially since the two companies will increasingly compete for their place at the top of the most used online travel agencies. . While many investors and experts are debating whether Airbnb or Booking.com will eventually rise to the very top of short-term rental agencies, it now seems that Google is the biggest threat to Airbnb in the long run. Asked if he thought it was wise for Airbnb to participate in Google’s rental package, Kayaka co-founder and CEO Steve Hafner said it would be a rational move for Airbnb. “Google allows them additional distribution and, most likely, for free”, He concluded. Google has initially gathered big players in the online travel scene, and smaller agencies are yet to join, the source said. Google’s new service works in such a way that when users search for accommodation, through the Google search interface, they can choose an online agency such as Agoda or Hotels.com and make a reservation on the website of the selected agency. Tim Choate, founder and CEO of real estate management company Red Awning Group, believes Airbnb will take the wrong step if it doesn’t join Google’s program. However, within the mentioned package, along with other online travel agencies such as Expedia, Booking Holdings and TripAdvisor, there is no trace of Airbnb, reports Shift. “I fully understand why Airbnb is not participating in the program as they try to maintain the exclusivity of their offerings”, Said Choate and added:”But at the same time, we feel that additional publicity is never too much, and not participating in one of the potentially largest travel channels is the wrong decision.” Airbnb declined to comment on the co-operation question, and Google was reluctant to comment on the decision. For now, all clicks within Google’s new search feature are reportedly free. Google does not currently plan to monetize this program, as long as it works to improve the user experience.
The revised IORP Directive could remain “impossible” as European Union member states continue their opposition to Brussels being granted the requisite competences, the MEP charged with scrutinising European pensions legislation has said.However, Thomas Händel, elected this week as chairman of the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL), said it was still important for him and his four committee colleagues to continue the push for a more integrated employment market, including a focus on pension matters.The MEP, a member of Die Linke – the left-leaning opposition party to Germany’s governing grand coalition – told IPE the “main question” for EMPL in the coming years would be how to address issues of social equality by addressing workers rights.Asked about the passage of the revised IORP Directive, published by internal markets commissioner Michel Barnier in March, he said he believed it would “remain impossible” so long as any of the 28 member states “oppose and deny any EU competences”. “In addition, the very different systems might be impossible to equalise,” he said.Händel said he was uncertain whether any elements of the former Portability Directive, revived last year after Barnier dropped more stringent capital requirements from the revised IORP Directive, would once again be discussed.“Concerning certain elements of the Portability Directive,” Händel said, “we have to wait for the first exchange of views between the political groups here in the Parliament.“But the increase of eurosceptics and the anti-EU movement will not make it easier to discuss the free movement of workers, and therefore pensions as well.”The Portability Directive was eventually passed by Parliament in April as a directive on supplementary pensions rights.It introduced universal vesting periods for benefit accrual but backed away from 2005’s initial suggestion that rights should be transferable when a worker moves to a new employer.Händel, now in his second term as an MEP, said he hoped a parliamentary majority could be found to “ensure the promise” made by the EU decades ago to create an environment where employees were free to work and live wherever they chose.“That necessarily means everyone should have the right to take pension credits with him, wherever he chooses to live,” he said.His comments come after the newly elected deputy chairman of the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) – in charge of tax affairs, as well as scrutiny of proposals to allow the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority to raise a direct levy to fund itself – said the pensions industry should not cry foul, as it had never been hit.
This three-bedroom home at 26 Dillon Street, Bungalow needs a new owner.Selling agent Stuart Gay, of Chris Gay Real Estate, said of the 20 inquiries he received, 19 had not read the listing accurately.“The home is ready for relocation,” Mr Gay said.“It’s got about $50,000 worth of timber in it”.According to the online listing, ‘the contract will be unconditional and will require the buyer to remove the property within 30 days from settlement and a further 14 days to have the site cleared’.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoMr Gay said the circa 1950s timber home was as “original as it comes”.Previously tenanted, the home is in a semi-industrial area which Mr Gay said was once a residential area.“It’s slowly becoming completely industrial,” he said. Kids sketch riverfront home The bathroom at 26 Dillon Street, Bungalow. 26 Dillon Street, Bungalow has hit the market.This three-bedroom home has buyers wanting to know more about its ridiculous price tag.The Cairns property, at 26 Dillon St, Bungalow, has been listed for $15,000 and buyer interest has been high. Inside the timber home at 26 Dillon Street, Bungalow. MORE: Fancy your own luxury resort? Heads turned at US$690,000 pricetag There’s plenty of storage space at 26 Dillon Street, Bungalow.A middle-age couple are keen to buy the property and move it to their farm at Silkwood, a rural town 90km southeast of Cairns, according to Mr Gay.“The house is solid as a rock,” he said.“Down south a lot of people demolish these sorts of homes. And a lot of the time you just can’t get this sort of timber anymore.”
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