ExxonMobil to sell Norwegian upstream assets to Vår Energi for $4.5bn

first_img ExxonMobil to divest its NCS assets to Vår Energi (Credit: Freeimages.com) US oil and gas giant ExxonMobil has agreed to offload its non-operated upstream assets in Norway, comprising more than 20 producing fields, to Vår Energi for $4.5bn (£3.65bn).Vår Energi is a relatively new company, formed in late 2018 through the merger between HitecVision’s Point Resources and Italian oil and gas major Eni’s subsidiary Eni Norge. The company is focused on exploration and production of oil and gas in Norway.Through the deal with ExxonMobil, the company will hold the former’s stakes in fields including Grane, Snorre, Ormen Lange, Statfjord, Fram and others, located in the North Sea and Norwegian Sea. The portfolio to be acquired has a total production of nearly 150,000 oil-equivalent barrels per day in 2019.The latest transaction excludes ExxonMobil refinery located in Slagen and a network of nearly 250 independently owned Esso-branded retail sites in Norway.Why ExxonMobil is pursuing the transactionFor the US oil and gas giant, the transaction pertaining to its Norwegian upstream assets is in line with its previously announced plans to sell nearly $15bn (£12.16bn) in non-core assets by 2021.ExxonMobil senior vice president Neil Chapman said: “Our objective is to have the strongest, most competitive upstream portfolio in the industry.“We’re achieving that by adding the best set of projects we’ve had in many years and divesting assets that have lower long-term strategic value. This sale is an important part of our divestment program, which is on track to meet our $15 billion target by 2021.”Vår Energi to become second largest E&P company on NCSFor Vår Energi, the transaction is said to help it become the second largest exploration and production (E&P) company on the Norwegian Continental Shelf (NCS) after Equinor. The company’s total reserves and resources will move up to nearly 1,900 million boe, while total production this year is expected to be around 300,000 boepd.Vår Energi is set to invest close to $7bn (£5.68bn) for the development of the Johan Castberg, Balder X and Grand fields in the 2020-23 period to further increase its production to more than 350,000 boepd in the next four years or so.Vår Energi chief executive Kristin Kragseth said: “This transaction is a major milestone in the short history of Vår Energi and a proof of our commitment to further develop the NCS. In delivering on our ambitious growth plans, Vår Energi will not only be a major force on the shelf, we are also creating major opportunities for Norwegian suppliers in the years to come, securing employment in many parts of the country.”Subject to standard preceding conditions like customary regulatory approvals and others, the transaction is likely to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019. Through the transaction, Vår Energi will acquire stakes held by ExxonMobil in more than 20 producing fields on the NCSlast_img read more

Press release: 12 month prison sentence for man who tipped 100 tonnes of waste at school

first_imgA Manchester man has been jailed for 12 months for illegally dumping 100 tonnes of pungent waste on the site of The Kingfisher Special School, Oldham. The school was left with a £22,197 bill to remove the waste.The Environment Agency brought the case against Mr Francis Anthony Heaton after he was arrested by Greater Manchester Police for dumping processed household waste (Trommel fines) on land used as a car park at the school. Heaton pleaded guilty on 18 December 2018 at Tameside Magistrates Court.A representative for the special school confirmed to the police that the school gates had been cut and removed to allow access for the waste to be deposited. The pupils, some with life limiting conditions, had their education disrupted for two weeks due to the waste. The children were unable to use the outdoor education facilities due to an insect infestation in the waste and the risk to the pupils from the infestation. The Kingfisher Special School was helped by Oldham Council to remove the waste, however the cost of the waste removal will fall to the school to pay that is the equivalent to the cost of a teaching assistant’s annual salary or the school’s annual budget for its learning resources.In April 2018 Mr Heaton was fined at Tameside Magistrates for driving the vehicle without the correct driving licence, with false plates, no insurance or a valid MOT certificate and had his driving licence endorsed with penalty points. Greater Manchester Police seized the vehicle and following the statutory period the vehicle was crushed as no owner claimed the vehicle or made a claim for it.Mark Easedale, Area Environment Manager for the Environment Agency said: In mitigation Mr Heaton’s barrister told the court that he accepts there was damage to the community and he pleaded guilty on the day of his trial. Judge Lawton told the court he believed Mr Heaton knew full well what he was doing and that it was a deliberate act.Last year, the Environment Agency closed over 800 illegal waste sites, more than 2 a day. The EA were also granted new powers to combat waste crime. The regulator now has the authority to lock up illegal waste sites and block access to prevent waste piling up and posing a risk to the environment.To report waste crime, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. You can call the Environment Agency on 0370 850 6506 to find out how to responsibly manage any waste your business produces or visit gov.uk/managing-your-waste-an-overview/overview.ENDS This case demonstrates how seriously the EA takes illegal waste crime. We take robust enforcement action against those who deliberately ignore the law to protect communities and the environment. Heaton put the welfare of the pupils at risk and disrupted their education. This case is particularly disturbing as the Kingfisher Special School were made to pay to clear the waste. Waste crime damages the environment, endangers communities and undermines legitimate business. If you have any suspicions that waste is being deposited on your land please contact the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60 or the police as soon as possible.last_img read more

Press release: Regulator issues guide on becoming a registered provider

first_img‘Becoming a registered provider’ is published on the RSH website.Further information A guide has been published for providers of social housing considering applying to register with RSH and for organisations advising potential applicants.RSH assesses around 90 applications every year. Although it has to refuse some of these, a high number are either withdrawn or not pursued by applicants. The guide aims to help individual organisations make informed decisions about whether seeking registration with the regulator is the right decision for them. It covers the common misconceptions about registration and the main issues that applicants encounter in seeking to demonstrate that they meet requirements. It also explains some of the checks that the Regulator carries out to verify the information.Organisations that intend to become a registered provider need to complete two stages of the application process and provide supporting information. These include meeting certain eligibility criteria; having robust management arrangements and frameworks in place that demonstrate that they can fully comply with our current regulatory standards; and satisfying the Regulator that they have the capacity to sustain that into the future.Fiona MacGregor, Chief Executive of RSH said: Regulatory standards and information requirements Application forms and guidance on registrations The Regulator of Social Housing promotes a viable, efficient and well-governed social housing sector able to deliver homes that meet a range of needs. It does this by undertaking robust economic regulation focusing on governance, financial viability and value for money that maintains lender confidence and protects the taxpayer. It also sets consumer standards and may take action if these standards are breached and there is a significant risk of serious detriment to tenants or potential tenants. For more information about RSH, visit our website. For press office contact details, see our Media enquiries page. For general queries, please email [email protected] or call 0300 124 5225.center_img Becoming a registered provider has many benefits, including, for example, reassuring investors and a wide range of other stakeholders. However, it also means a significant undertaking for organisations; not only in the way they operate and are governed, but also ensuring that they can continue to meet the regulatory standards and requirements that come with being within a regulated sector. Registration is not a quick and simple process and passing the preliminary stage does not guarantee registration. Before an organisation approaches us, I urge them to take some time to familiarise themselves with the registration criteria; check how they can demonstrate full compliance with the regulatory standards; and most importantly, consider if registration is the right course of action for their business, given the long-term obligations that brings.last_img read more

ND welcomes new students

first_imgThis year’s freshmen relished a hectic, awkward and exciting freshman orientation this past weekend as they settled into life on campus. Many freshmen enjoyed the opportunity to meet other students during the orientation weekend, which took place Aug. 23 through 26. Fisher Hall freshmen and roommates Andy Miles and Garrett Schmelling said they put a sign on their door reading “free cookies,” hoping their fellow Fishermen would stop by and get to know them. Miles said his favorite part of Frosh-O was the chance to meet other residents of Fisher Hall. “The best part has been meeting the other guys in my dorm,” Miles said. “You meet guys from all over the country with different stories and experiences.” Schmelling said he also enjoyed meeting new people during Frosh-O, because the experience made him feel part of the campus community. “Everyone we’ve met from our dorm and other dorms has been great,” Schmelling said. “They make you feel like you’ve already been here and are already part of it.” Farley Hall freshman Hannah Dakin said she appreciated the opportunity to meet people from various dorms during DomerFest. “I liked DomerFest because we got to meet a lot of people from other dorms who are studying different things and living in different places,” Dakin said. Sorin College freshman Chris Jarocki said he enjoyed a dinner event at Carroll Hall for the same reasons. “My favorite event was dinner at Carroll Hall with freshmen from Carroll and Cavanaugh,” Jarocki said. “It was nice to meet and talk to people from other dorms.” Badin freshman Lizzy Berg said the best part of her weekend was getting to know other Badin freshmen through creative icebreakers. “My favorite activities have been our dorm ice-breakers,” Berg said. Berg said some events with other dorms became awkward when conversations lapsed. “Events with guys’ dorms were awkward when we had run out of things to talk about,” Berg said. Miles said he found it awkward when he came across someone he had met before but didn’t remember the person’s name. “The most awkward part of Frosh-O for me has been anytime I forget someone’s name after meeting them multiple times,” Miles said. Dakin said she considered performing Farley Hall’s Frosh-O dances for other freshmen to be an awkward experience. “It was awkward performing our dances in front of the other dorms, especially the boys’ dorms,” Dakin said. Jarocki said he felt awkward attending the various colleges’ educational open houses on his own. “The most awkward part of Frosh-O was the educational open houses. I was by myself and didn’t really know anybody,” Jarocki said. Schmelling said overall his first weekend on campus has led him to love Notre Dame and he doesn’t expect that to change.  “I love it,” Schmelling said. “I don’t think it’s ever going to get old. We’ve already seen most of the campus and it’s awe-inspiring to see the golden dome and the football stadium.” Dakin said she appreciates the beauty of the campus and the kindness of the community. “I really like Notre Dame. The campus is beautiful,” Dakin said. “Everyone’s been really nice and every time I get lost someone helps me.” Miles said he has wanted to attend Notre Dame for a long time and the Frosh-O experience is the beginning of fulfilling his dream. “I’ve wanted to go here my whole life, so to experience what it’s like to be a Notre Dame student is incredibly thrilling,” Miles said.last_img read more

South Bend mayor discusses professional development

first_imgSouth Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg spoke Sunday as part of “Life Beyond the ND Bubble,” an event designed to prepare seniors for their lives after graduation. Buttigieg’s remarks, delivered in the Dahnke Ballroom on the top floor of the Duncan Student Center, were titled “Finding Your Why: The Value of Pursuing Your Passions,” and the mayor reflected on finding a worthwhile career path as he reflected on his own professional journey.Buttigieg began by underscoring the deep connection between South Bend and the University.“I find as I travel … and represent South Bend in different places around the country, people have a certain idea about what our city is,” Buttigieg said. “Because they know exactly one thing about the city, which is this building [the football stadium].”Although Notre Dame is South Bend’s most famous feature, Buttigieg noted that the city originally centered around industry, particularly given its status as the headquarters of Studebaker, a car company. However, the city fell on hard times after Studebaker departed in the 1960s. Buttigieg said in 2011, the year he was elected mayor, “Newsweek” magazine featured South Bend on a list of 10 dying American cities. Nevertheless, Buttigieg said South Bend had experienced significant recent progress.“We are at our fastest rate of population growth in a quarter of a century, we’ve seen half a billion dollars of investment in the heart of our city, we’ve seen job growth at a rate we haven’t seen in a long time,” he said. “A big part of why South Bend is coming back is the relationship we have with the University of Notre Dame. … I would argue that your generation of students has popped the bubble.”Buttigieg said in the past, many students’ involvement with South Bend extended only to service projects, and many are now applying their expertise to projects in the city. He said he hoped that even as students graduate, South Bend will “remain in your equation.”Students should think about “purpose” instead of job title when making career choices, Buttigieg said.“I’d been offered two campaigns. I was just out of Harvard … and I’d attracted just enough attention on a couple of campaigns that I had some job offers. One was on a Senate race, and the other was on a presidential campaign in 2004,” he said. “The Senate race was very likely to win already, and the presidential campaign was going to be a real knockdown, drag-out fight, so I decided to be on the presidential campaign.”Buttigieg said he called his contact on the Senate race and expressed appreciation for the job offer, particularly because it would have involved working closely with the candidate, whom he had been careful not to name prior to this point in his remarks.“I said, ‘I just feel that it really makes a lot more sense for me to be working on the Kerry campaign for president, and so please tell Mr. Obama that I really appreciate the job offer,’” he said as audience members audibly laughed and groaned in disbelief.“Arguably not a great career move,” Buttigieg said.The mayor said he offered the anecdote to demonstrate how simple choices can alter careers, noting that if he had accepted the offer with the Obama campaign he probably would not have ended up on his current trajectory or as the mayor of South Bend.“You are still at a tender enough age … that you ought to give some consideration to what you want to want,” he said. “Think about the fact that your preferences are still being shaped, and you have some agency over that.”Buttigieg said he encourages students to remember South Bend.“Some number of you will stay in South Bend, and that proportion is growing, which is awesome,” he said. “We are becoming a brain-gain city in a brain-gain region and that is something that is very exciting for us. … I really hope South Bend remains in your equation, whether you wind up living here or not.”Tags: Dahnke Ballroom, Life Outside the ND Bubble, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, professional developmentlast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Sondheim’s Startling Scoop About Into the Woods & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. View Comments Michele Pawk & More Set for Vanya and Sonia… We now know who will be appearing in the previously reported production of Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Paper Mill. Directed by Don Stephenson, the comedy will feature Tony winner Michele Pawk (Hollywood Arms) as Sonia, Gina Daniels (All the Way) as Cassandra, Carolyn McCormick (Equus) as Masha, Mark Nelson (After the Fall) as Vanya, Philippe Bowgen as Spike and Jamie Ann Romero as Nina. The show will play January 21, 2015 through February 15, with opening night set for January 25. Rachelle Rak to Play 54 Below Broadway vet Rachelle Rak (Cats, Fosse, Catch Me If You Can) will perform her one-woman show, Sas with One ‘S’™ at 54 Below on January 4, 2015 and January 29. Expect to hear songs from Starlight Express, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Fosse, The Jack Cole Project, Rak’s signature song “SAS” and more. We now know where we’ll be bringing our sas in the New Year!center_img Sondheim’s Startling Scoop In Case You Missed It (how?) we’ve been writing about the upcoming Into the Woods movie for quite some time. You know, the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s classic tuner starring Meryl Streep as the Witch, the role originated by Bernadette Peters on Broadway in 1987. And then Sondheim goes and tells the LA Times something that blows our minds. Streep taking on the role was “ordained because the lady who played the Witch on the stage and the lady who’s playing the Witch in the movie, their last names are anagrams of each other.” Streep, Peters—in all our endless column inches how could we not have noticed that before? Cicely Tyson & Marcia Gay Harden Head to Shondaland Shondaland is tapping Broadway again! Tony winners Cicely Tyson and Marcia Gay Harden will guest star and recur, respectively, on How to Get Away with Murder opposite two-time Tony winner Viola Davis. According to The Hollywood Reporter, details of Tyson’s role are being kept quiet; Harden’s character will be a foil for Davis’ Annalise Keating. The hit ABC show will return to our screens on January 29.last_img read more

How bathroom mats can solve your credit union challenges

first_imgAsk your staff. And listen. The “and” here is important. I’ve seen a lot of businesses solicit input from their employees on how to improve. It’s mostly quiet as they fear repercussions or ridicule. Or, they’re accepted, but no changes are actually made. Be open to criticism. Welcome it. Just how you did with members. Your staff deals with your credit union every day. They literally know best its most annoying challenges. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Winn What do you get when you mix auto loan programs with a desire to help others? Well, approaches that make a difference, of course. So what do you get when … Web: credituniongeek.com Details Fix. Assess. Repeat.You’ve done all these things. That’s awesome! I bet you discovered a whole lot of issues few in upper management ever realized existed. And now they’re solved for staff and members!You’re not done.It. Never. Ends. This is a continuous process that must happen regularly. As staff, members, and technology changes, new challenges will emerge, too.And maybe one of the things really is bath mats. See? I told you!center_img That’s it. All these articles, conferences, whitepapers, and trainings, and the solution was just getting bath mats.How has no one told you this before?! The insight of a lifetime! If only it were that easy.Where did this bath mat thing originate? Great question.Insights From A BreweryOur credit union chapter held an event at a local brewery. It was impressive how the community ideas mirrored between the CU folks and the beer team. You know credit unions focus on helping others. Interestingly enough, the brewery operated in the same way.Most importantly, the brewery understood the value of addressing problems before they emerge. Which is where the bath mats come in.Their bathrooms have blowers to reduce paper waste and keep it more tidy. Of course, what always happens under the blowers? All that water you just shook off your hands ends up on the floor. Which probably gets stepped in, spreading dirt and making the floor slippery.That wasn’t acceptable to them. So, they preemptively solved the problem. By placing bath mats under the blowers. Go ahead, shake it off all you want. Water isn’t getting on the floor.Back to our main premise: Bath mats were the solution. What about at your credit union?Solving Problems Before They HappenI shared that story to highlight an important idea: Issues don’t have to wait until someone complains to be addressed.Look at your operation as a whole. There are a lot of moving parts. Plenty of places something can go wrong. What are you doing about it? Do you acknowledge these issues exist and fix as they show themselves? Or, do you think ahead and make quiet changes so they never happen again?Preemptive solutions make for a smoother experience.Look At Complaints…From EveryoneMembers get priority. Obviously. When they have a problem, and it’s your fault, setting it right is your main concern. Once the member situation is resolved, you have completed phase 1: Solution. Now, you can move on to phase 2: Prevention.What happened to cause that member complaint? Is there anything you can do right now so others won’t experience the same problem? Perhaps a description is worded in such a way that it can be misinterpreted. Or maybe training didn’t cover that specific scenario.Address it now and spread that knowledge across your team. And then, progress to phase 3: Exploration.This part is challenging but the rewards are massive: Higher member satisfaction and increased staff morale. Because solving problems your own credit union caused is less fun than helping members progress on their financial journey!Here’s the steps:Look at member complaints. Research support records (simpler if you have a unified ticket system, like Zendesk or similar). Find all the negative reviews on Facebook and Yelp. You’ve got them. The vast majority of businesses never answer. Be the exception. And then explain how you’re going to fix it.Use social media to discover members’ biggest CU frustrations. Seriously. Make it a fun contest if you want. Call it “CU Peeves” or something. Share things your own team can’t stand, then encourage members to rag on you. It’s like a roast, except you also benefit. Plus, you’ve just increased social media engagement.At the end, let staff and members vote on the #1 frustration and then share how you’ve addressed it. I’m picturing banners in branches and on your website with member frustrations next to their picture (humanizing is important), alongside your solution. Create a page showing how you’re making the CU better for everyone through these “small” improvements. It’s marketing, without feeling like marketing.last_img read more

Creepy Clown Sightings Reported in Suffolk, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The creepy clown hysteria frightening America has made its way to Long Island. Suffolk County police received reports Wednesday of a dastardly group of clowns jumping in front of cars in Brentwood, and a separate incident in which a person dressed as a clown was spotted in North Babylon.And Friday morning, two Long Island school districts initiated “lockout” procedures after clown-related social media threats that were later unsubstantiated. “The Suffolk County Police Department has received reports related to people wearing clown costumes while acting in a menacing manner,” Stu Cameron, SCPD Chief of Department, said in a statement Friday. “The department has not confirmed any of these reports and our officers have not personally witnessed any individual wearing a clown costume.“We understand this may be a social media prank throughout the country, but we take quite seriously all calls that involve intentional harassment, trespassing, disturbing of the peace, and reported activity that results in the citizens of our county feeling threatened,” he continued. North Babylon School District said its high school was placed on “lockout” following “clown-related social media threats made by an unknown person or persons.” An investigation by Suffolk police found no threat to the school and the campus was deemed safe, prompting school officials to lift the lockout at 10:45 a.m. The Central Islip School District also initiated lockout protocols in response to an apparent threat. “In an abundance of caution, the Central Islip School District instituted a lockout,” Central Islip School District Superintendent Dr. Howard M. Koeing said in a statement. “After conversations with Suffolk County Police Department representatives, we were assured there is no imminent threat, and the lockout is canceled.”Long Island can now add its communities to a growing list of neighborhoods across the country that since August have been bedeviled by reports of people either dressed as clowns or reporting false sightings for their amusement. There’s been reports of menacing clowns in at least eight states: Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina and Pennsylvania, according to The New York Times.The alleged sightings have led to at least a dozen arrests nationwide, the Times reported, for various violations, ranging from making false reports to making terroristic threats. “We wanted to make an example and crack down on clown-related activity in our city,” the police chief of a local Alabama community said in response to the charges brought against seven clowns. Authorities have yet to uncover a motive for the spate of clown sightings, though there have been arrests for people falsely reporting clowns in the area. Suffolk County police are closely monitoring all social media channels and calls made to the department, SCPD’s Cameron said. Several run-ins with the ominous clowns read like outtakes from the terrifying movie It, based off master horror wizard Stephen King’s 1986 supernatural classic—skin-crawling. In South Carolina, there were reports of clowns in the woods attempting to lure children. In another sighting, a woman said she saw a clown with a blinking nose standing under a light post near a dumpster. Some of the sightings, however, appeared to have been hoaxes. Earlier this month in Georgia, police received a call of a clown near a white van. When cops arrived, they discovered the driver had run out of gas. A search of the van found no clown costumes, police said. The initial 911 call turned out to be a prank. The caller told investigators that “he did not see any clowns…and had just made it up and that he was aware of all the complaints about clowns and the schools being on lock down.” The 26-year-old man and his sister were charged with obstruction and unlawful conduct. As for the purported Suffolk sightings, police warned residents that there would repercussions for false reports. “While the motives of these individuals could not be determined, the Department reminds the public false reporting and intentional harassment or disturbing of the peace can lead to legal consequences,” added Cameron, SCPD’s chief of department. “Individuals engaging in this type of behavior may be subject to violations and/or misdemeanor arrest under the NYS Penal Law.”last_img read more

Biden Covid advisor warns Thanksgiving travel is like ‘pouring gasoline on a fire’

first_imgGounder’s comment came after the U.S. hit another record high in daily new cases, reporting more than 150,000 new Covid cases on Thursday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The seven-day average of daily new infections now stands at 131,445, 32% higher than a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of Hopkins data.Public health officials and infectious disease experts are worried about the next few months of the pandemic. The approaching holidays are setting the country up for a lethal winter and spring since hospitalizations and deaths lag newly diagnosed infections by a few weeks, Dr. Isaac Bogoch, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Toronto, said in a recent interview.“The upcoming holidays of Thanksgiving, Diwali, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s create the potential for innumerable super-spreading events across the country,” he said. “This has the potential to introduce and reintroduce the virus to new areas and to further exacerbate community transmission.”- Advertisement – A member of President-elect Joe Biden‘s coronavirus task force on Friday urged Americans to avoid traveling over Thanksgiving, saying it would only make the pandemic in the United States worse.“Right now we have a fire blazing and to me traveling and spending time with people over the holidays is sort of like pouring gasoline on a fire,” Dr. Celine Gounder, a member of Biden Covid-19 advisory board, said during an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “It’s just not a good idea in the middle of a pandemic, especially at this juncture.”- Advertisement – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been warning about the risks of celebrating Thanksgiving this year, saying small household gatherings, especially with people you don’t live with, are an important contributor to the rise in Covid-19 cases. The agency said celebrating virtually or with members of your own household poses the lowest risk for spread.In New York, where cases are on the rise again, Mayor Bill de Blasio has urged all residents to not travel out of the state for the holiday due to the risk of bringing back the disease.Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said last month that his kids won’t be coming home for Thanksgiving this year due to fear of possibly spreading the coronavirus.- Advertisement – “My Thanksgiving is going to look very different this year,” he said in an interview with CBS News on Oct. 14. “I would love to have it with my children, but my children are in three separate states throughout the country and in order for them to get here, they would all have to go to an airport, get on a plane and travel with public transportation.”Gounder also said Friday that it’s going to be a while before a vaccine is widely distributed, asking Americans to continue wearing masks, washing their hands and maintaining their distance from others.“Those measures really remain at the center of the response here,” she said.–CNBC’s Will Feuer contributed to this report. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Asthma patients have low flu-vaccination rate

first_imgJun 24, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Only about 36% of people suffering from asthma received an influenza shot in the 2005-06 flu season, despite their increased risk for flu complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).In the first estimate of national flu vaccination coverage in asthma patients, the CDC found that vaccination rates were well below national public health targets for all age-groups, according to an article in the Jun 20 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).The CDC has recommended flu shots for asthma patients ever since 1964, given their risk for complications, the report notes. It says about 22.9 million Americans, including 6.8 million children and 16.1 million adults, were reported to have asthma in 2006.The agency used the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), an ongoing, in-person interview survey of US civilians, to gather data on flu immunization in people with asthma. The 2005-06 flu season marked the first time the NHIS was able to yield an estimate of coverage in people with asthma when there was no shortage of flu vaccine.Of 15,295 participants (aged 2 years and older) in the NHIS, 1,248 had asthma and answered questions about vaccinations. Of these 1,248, 36.2% had received a shot during the flu season, as compared with 23.9% for those with no asthma.For the asthma patients, immunization was most common in the older groups: 48.6% for those aged 50 to 64 and 75.7% for those 65 and older. The coverage for asthma patients of all ages fell well short of the government’s “Healthy People 2010” goals for flu immunization: 60% for people aged 18 to 64 with high-risk conditions and 90% for everyone aged 65 and up.Vaccination coverage varied significantly with healthcare affiliation and insurance coverage. Those who had a “usual place for healthcare” had a coverage rate of 38.7%, versus only 10.4% for those without a regular provider. Similarly, vaccination coverage was 39.9% for those with health insurance, versus 14.5% for those without insurance. Coverage also varied according to income level, but did not differ significantly by race, ethnicity, or history of an asthma exacerbation within the preceding year.Although coverage was higher for asthma patients who had had more healthcare visits in the preceding year, even those with 10 or more visits had only a 50.8% vaccination rate.The findings “emphasize the need for measures to uniformly increase influenza vaccination rates among persons with asthma,” the CDC says. The agency recommends such interventions as automated reminders, standing orders, multi-component educational programs, reduction of travel distance or out-of-pocket vaccine costs, and provider performance feedback.One limitation of the survey is that it did not cover whether children being vaccinated for the first time received a second dose, as recommended by the CDC.CDC. Influenza vaccination coverage among persons with asthma—United States, 2005-06 influenza season. MMWR 2008 Jun 20;57(24):653-6 [Full text]last_img read more

New interesting synergy and collaboration. Uniline and ReBoot InfoGamer have partnered

first_imgNew interesting cooperation and series on the Croatian market. Namely, Uniline has become an exclusive partner of Reboot InfoGamer for the entire region. Jednosmjerni i povratni transferi u organizaciji Unilinea bit će organizirani iz zračnih luka iz Zagreba i Dubrovnika te iz svih većih gradova u Hrvatskoj – Rijeke, Splita, Osijeka, Varaždina i Pule te iz brojnih gradova Adriatic Regije. To su redom Niš, Beograd, Novi Sad, Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Klagenfurt, Maribor, Ljubljana i Pečuh. Osim transfera autobusima posjetiteljima je na raspolaganju i mogućnost privatnih (VIP) transfera osobnim automobilima ili kombijima. “As a leading expert for Croatia and the region, we have the opportunity to offer a complete service for the biggest events, such as Reboot InfoGamer. Our goal is to offer all visitors to the fair, passionate gaming fans, a unique experience of the whole event because we will take over all the logistical details.”, said Kristian Šustar, Development Director at Uniline. Uniline has developed a package of arrangements especially for visitors to Reboot InfoGamer, which includes numerous Zagreb hotels, apartments and hostels, and gamers, in addition to accommodation, have the option of organizing transport to Zagreb and other tourist services such as excursions and car rental services.  Uniline, a leading regional destination management company, has partnered with one of the world’s largest trade fairs Gaming industry, Reboot InfoGamer and became the exclusive agency for organizing transportation and accommodation at all Reboot events in Croatia and the region.  Reboot InfoGamer gathers more and more guests every year, and this year more than 100.000 fans of computer games and technology are expected. In addition to the opportunity to try some of the latest titles and try out new gaming equipment, visitors will be able to enjoy the finals of the largest regional e-sports competition A1 Adria Liga powered by ESL, which in its second season brings the final clashes of the best regional teams and players. This year’s Zagreb Reboot InfoGamer will be held from November 12 to 17 at the Zagreb Fair, and visitors from this year can easily choose accommodation and transport in one place, a special Uniline’s website. last_img read more

Malls may close, cinemas to remain shut as Jakarta reimposes PSBB

first_img“We’ve learned a lot over the past seven months. We’ll follow the government, as it knows the situation better,” Djonny said as quoted by kompas.com.”We’re in tatters right now, but we should not put blame on anybody,” he added.Previously, Djonny said the association had established several health protocol plans for the reopening of cinemas and had presented them to the city administration.”We’ve gone through a long process, such as making a proposal and presenting it. We just need to wait for the right timing,” he said.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced on Wednesday that the administration would reimpose a stricter PSBB policy as COVID-19 cases in the capital continued to rise. He said the policy would come into effect on Monday.As of Friday, Jakarta had confirmed 51,635 COVID-19 cases, with 11,696 active cases and 1,365 fatalities.Read also: Medical association advises 3-week PSBB period for JakartaThe capital city has seen a spike in new infections in the past few weeks, which has strained the city’s healthcare system.The isolation and intensive care unit (ICU) bed occupancy rates in the capital reached 77 percent and 83 percent respectively on Wednesday. The city has 4,053 isolation room beds and 528 ICU beds remaining.The Jakarta Health Agency predicted that the city would run out of hospital beds for COVID-19 patients by December if cases continued to increase at the current pace and if no intervention were made to increase hospital capacity. (nal)Topics : Shopping malls in Jakarta will likely cease operation for a second time when large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) are reinstated in the capital on Monday, an official has said.”In the early stage of PSBB back in March, the Jakarta administration also temporarily shut down shopping malls,” Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Agency acting head Gumilar Ekalaya said on Thursday.The malls’ daily needs retailers, such as supermarkets, might be allowed to stay open, he said, while restaurants inside shopping malls might be permitted to provide delivery services only. The Jakarta administration will postpone its plan to reopen movie theaters in the city.”We’ll put off the cinema reopening plan,” Gumilar said, adding that officials were awaiting the issuance of a gubernatorial regulation detailing the PSBB measures.Indonesian Cinema Owners Association (GPBSI) head Djonny Syafruddin said the association was ready to follow the Jakarta administration’s instructions.Read also: Satellite cities undecided about following Jakarta with strict virus curbslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Public Service Fellowship Program for Advanced Degree Graduates

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 19, 2016 Education,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – In an effort to bring fresh ideas and attract the best and brightest minds to public service, Governor Wolf today announced the creation of the William Penn Fellowship for advanced degree graduates.“The William Penn Fellowship is a first of its kind program for state government in Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf. “Our goal is to invigorate the commonwealth with new ideas and create new opportunities to become involved in public service.”During the two-year fellowship, participants will become oriented to state government operations in the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) before being assigned to a specific agency. Fellows will work on projects related to the Governor’s priorities of Jobs that Pay, Schools that Teach and Government that Works. At the conclusion of their fellowships, they will present the results of their work to the Governor and other senior officials.“The William Penn Fellows will work alongside leaders in state government to address the challenges facing Pennsylvania today,” said Secretary of Administration Sharon Minnich, whose office houses both GO-TIME and the Fellowship program. “In the process, they will have the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned through the pursuit of their advanced degrees and gain valuable experience that they can carry with them into the future.”The William Penn Fellowship is open to individuals with master’s-level and above degrees earned from December 2013 to August 2017. The application period opens in August. Selected candidates will be invited to Harrisburg in November for in-person interviews and final selections will be announced the following month. Fellowships will begin in summer 2017.For more information about the William Penn Fellowship, visit www.pennfellowship.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img Governor Wolf Announces Public Service Fellowship Program for Advanced Degree Graduateslast_img read more

Sales blitz hits West End luxury terrace homes

first_imgThe Walker family are looking forward to moving into their new terrace home in Manhattan Terraces in West End.AN OFF-the-plan sales blitz has seen this West End luxury project sell all but one terrace home before the first shovel hit the dirt.Manhattan Terraces, being developed by Urban Construct, has seen 79 or 80 lots sell off-the-plan with first residents set to move into stage one next month and full completion expected in August.Urban Construct managing director Todd Brown said the project was proof that the Brisbane market was still strong and quality and unique products would sell well.“To have succeeded with a luxury offering so close to the CBD proves beyond a doubt that Brisbane is the smartest city to invest in and that the market responds to quality aimed at the owner-occupier,” Brown said.“With Manhattan Terraces we sought to deliver our buyers a lifestyle, and as the only terrace homes of this scale within 7km of the CBD I believe we achieved this.“This project is completely unique — architecturally designed, with each home on its own title.”Manhattan Terraces in West End.West End residents of six years, the Walker family are looking forward to their move into stage tow in July, from their current home into their new three-bedroom, two-bathroom terrace.Kevin, his wife Alison and their young family said they loved that the different levels of the terraces, as it would provide them with more space for their family, without having to maintain a house.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home5 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor5 hours ago“Manhattan Terraces is different to anything else we’ve seen in the area; that’s what attracted us,” Walker said.As an outdoor orientated family they said they wanted to spend their weekends enjoying the local attractions instead of mowing the lawn and looking after a home.Manhattan Terraces in West End.“We love the convenience of the Manhattan Terraces location, and having two young children, we can easily access everything we need to,” Walker said.The Empire, with an asking price of $1.795 million, is the only home remaining, with four-bedrooms on 331sq m.Brown said the $80 million had community fees of only $25 per week, including building insurance.Manhattan Terraces in West End.Three Brisbane firms with extensive West End experience — Marc & Co, TVS architects and Jeremy Ferrier Landscape Architect — collaborated on the design of the terraces.Brown said Urban Construct strategically under-utilised the high density-zoned site to create a unique lifestyle community featuring private courtyards, pocket parks and rooftop retreats for many terrace homes.The terrace homes provide full-floor living, double lock up garage, all bedrooms have ensuites and three-bedroom terraces have their own private rooftop.“The site was zoned for eight storeys but we read the market and, in doing so, created a product befitting this blue-chip site,” Brown said.last_img read more

Former Haiti dictator to receive judge’s ruling

first_img Share Tweet Share Former Dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A Haitian judge says he has finished his investigation of former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier but is not ready to publicly reveal his conclusion.Magistrate Carves Jean says he must still notify the former leader known as “Baby Doc” of the results of his yearlong investigation into whether Duvalier can face trial on charges dating back to his 15-year rule in the 1970s and 1980s.Jean’s ruling must also be reviewed by the country’s attorney general before it becomes public. He spoke to reporters outside court Monday.Duvalier is accused of corruption and human rights violations before he was ousted in a popular uprising and forced into exile. His lawyers have argued that the statute of limitations has expired.Jamaica Observer Sharecenter_img 8 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Former Haiti dictator to receive judge’s ruling by: – January 30, 2012last_img read more

Aqua Trojans Roll To Wins Over Spartans

first_imgThe AquaTrojans of Sunman-Dearborn Middle School are still perfect on the season after beating the Connersville Spartans, in a close meet, on Thursday night. The boys won 89-58 while the girls came away with a 99-81 victory. Special Congratulations to Duncan Winston as he is the new school record holder for the 400 Individual Medley.Individual winners include:Mackenzie Schantz-200 Freestyle, 100 ButterflyJackson Ketcham-200 Freestyle, 500 FreestyleGrace Crane-200 IM, 500 FreestyleJacob Weber-200 IM, 100 ButterflyMichaela Cassidy-50 FreestyleNoah Arnold-1 meter diving, 100 BackstrokeMatthew Badinghaus-100 FreestyleHannah Weber-100 BackstrokeSDMS won 4/6 relays. The AquaTrojans are back in action on Monday against the Knights of South Dearborn. Come out and support these hardworking athletes.Go AquaTrojans!Courtesy of AquaTrojans Coach Brandon Loveless.last_img read more