JetBlue CEO: NYC-London travel bubble vital but US will be on UK green list

first_img The CEO of JetBlue is confident that a US-UK travel bubble will be operating by the time his airline launches New York-London flights in August (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Also Read: New York-London travel bubble vital for JetBlue: Its CEO is certain US will get on UK green list New York-London travel bubble vital for JetBlue: Its CEO is certain US will get on UK green list The UK’s green list of countries where arrivals back into the country don’t have to quarantine or self-isolate is effectively limited to Portugal, Iceland and Gibraltar. whatsapp The low-cost carrier airline will launch daily flights between New York’s JFK airport and London Heathrow from 11 August, expanding to Gatwick from 29 September. The New York-London travel route got a vote of confidence yesterday with the announcement of budget carrier JetBlue joining the market, but its CEO has indicated that the US must be added to the UK’s green list for it to succeed. “We see it as extremely likely that the travel between the two countries is open up, we think in the UK, the US can move from amber to green just based on the data,” Hayes told CNN last night. Hayes agreed that it was vital for the US to go on the green list but thinks it’ll be the case by the time the first flights leave New York’s JFK in August. The aviation boss pointed to the surge in seat bookings on flights to green list countries when questioned on the timing of the August launch. whatsapp The CEO of JetBlue is confident that a US-UK travel bubble will be operating by the time his airline launches New York-London flights in August (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Also Read: New York-London travel bubble vital for JetBlue: Its CEO is certain US will get on UK green list Josh Martin Share Transport secretary Grant Shapps today said he’s looking to expand the list. The airline thinks Heathrow and Gatwick bosses will be wowed with what the New York upstart can do to increase competition with legacy carriers BA, United and American Airlines now that Norwegian Air Shuttle has retreated. The CEO of JetBlue is confident that a US-UK travel bubble will be operating by the time his airline launches New York-London flights in August (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) The CEO of JetBlue is confident that a US-UK travel bubble will be operating by the time his airline launches New York-London flights in August (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Also Read: New York-London travel bubble vital for JetBlue: Its CEO is certain US will get on UK green list Eyes on a business travel revival JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes joined other industry executives such as BA boss Sean Doyle and the leaders of Heathrow and Gatwick pushing for a quarantine-free travel bubble between the US and UK. “We’re ready to change that with a price point and experience that will impress even the most discerning transatlantic flyers.” Hayes put that down to declining case rates and a successful vaccine rollout on both sides of the Atlantic. Show Comments ▼ Confusion grew over whether Brits should even travel to amber countries such as Spain and the US for non-essential reasons such as holidays. 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In his pitch to the lucrative business travel market, Hayes yesterday set out why those used to business class should opt for the newcomer: “JFK-LHR, the single largest international air travel market from the US, has long suffered from outrageously high fares for far too long, especially in premium cabins. While the Covid-19 pandemic has largely stalled travel between the US and the UK, especially financial capitals New York and London it opened the door for JetBlue to secure coveted slots at the two UK airports, where it hopes to build a larger presence over time and expand the success of its business-class service. Tags: Aviation British Airways Heathrow airportlast_img read more

The Reading List: November ‘12

first_imgUncategorizedBooksThe Reading List: November ‘12Every month LAmag.com compiles titles of local interest that are hitting the bookshelves. Here, arranged by genre, are some highlightsBy Kristin Yinger – November 1, 2012525ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItMemoir and Biography  Reel Life Lessons…So Far(Celebra Trade, paperback, $16)By Rico Rodriguez and Laura MortonRodriguez, who plays Manny Delgado on ABC’s Modern Family, shares the wisdom he has learned—in stories—about growing up, overcoming challenges, and focusing on family. Out: Nov. 6 How I Slept My Way to the Middle: Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen, and Interwebs(Lyons Press, hardcover, $25)By Kevin Pollak and Alan GoldsherPollak, the stand-up comedian and actor known for his roles in The Usual Suspects and A Few Good Men, reveals stories about Hollywood heavyweights like Robert De Niro and Bruce Willis—plus how he took a gamble when he turned down Johnny Carson.   Out: Nov. 6 Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter: A Memoir(Weinstein Books, hardcover, $26)By Melissa FrancisDespite the charmed life Francis supposedly led as a 1980s child actor, most notably for her role on Little House on the Prairie, she faced pressure from her competitive stage mother.  Out: Nov. 6 To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion(Perigee Trade, hardcover, $24)By Philip GreeneIf you have ever wanted to know the specifics of Hemingway’s drinking habits and learn how to make the cocktails from his novels, this is the drinking buddy you’ve been missing. Out: Nov. 6 The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father’s Twentieth Century(Riverhead Hardcover, hardcover, $29)By Margaret Talbot         The daughter of early Hollywood actor Lyle Talbot tells his tale, from his days performing in carnivals to starring in movies with Humphrey Bogart, all the while paralleling his career with the arc of the entertainment industry. Out: Nov. 8  Being Santa Claus: What I Learned About the True Meaning of Christmas(Gotham, hardcover, $20) By Sal Lizard and Jonathan LaneLizard, a man who has played Santa Claus every day of the year for 20 years, breaks from his duties to express what he has learned about the true meaning of Christmas and where to find that magic. Out: Nov. 8 Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made(Thomas Dunne Books, hardcover, $26) By Alan EisenstockIn 1982, 11-year-old Chris Strompolos and 12-year-old Eric Zala decided to remake Raiders of the Lost Ark line for line. It took them seven years to complete and involved everything from casting their friends to making the fiberglass boulder. The result was a true fan’s dream realized.  Out: Nov. 13   The Dude and the Zen Master(Blue Rider Press, hardcover, $26) By Jeff Bridges and Bernie GlassmanThis book uses the framework of a dialogue between Oscar-winning Bridges and his spiritual guru Glassman to tackle various topics, like being in films and how to do good in the world. Out: Nov. 13  Real Man Adventures(McSweeney’s, hardcover, $22) By T. CooperThe transgender novelist takes us on a journey—told through art, interviews, and letters—as he identifies as male, marries his wife, and becomes a stepfather. Out: Nov. 13  Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies(The University Press of Kentucky, hardcover, $45)By Christel Schmidt (Editor)This photograph-based biography of cinema’s first great star reveals Pickford as a savvy and creative person as well as a gifted actress and philanthropist. Out: Nov. 22   Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You(Putnam Adult, hardcover, $20)By Dolly PartonAn expansion of Parton’s famous commencement speech at the University of Tennessee, the book details her hopes for everyone: Dream more and ultimately be more. Out: Nov. 27  Fiction  Masha’allah and Other Stories(Heyday, paperback, $15) By Mariah K. YoungEast Oakland comes to life when populated by Young’s hardworking characters, including a day laborer and a cleaning lady, told through nine stories. Out: Nov. 1  The Care and Feeding of Exotic Pets(Ig Publishing, paperback, $16)By Diana WagmanDon’t let the title deceive you: This is not a manual for exotic pet care but a psychological thriller about a woman with celebrity connections who is kidnapped by an unstable reptile enthusiast. Check out our review in the November issue of Los Angeles magazine.Out: Nov. 13  The Black Box (Harry Bosch Series)(Little, Brown and Company, hardcover, $30)By Michael ConnellyHarry Bosch links a bullet from a new crime to the 1992 killing of a female photographer during the L.A. riots, showing her death was more than a random accident. Check out our review in the November issue of Los Angeles magazine.Out: Nov. 26  City of Dark Magic: A Novel(Penguin Books, paperback, $16) By Magnus FlyteMusic student Sarah goes to Prague to work at the Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, but she finds herself tangled up in a mystery and encounters hell portals, a 400-year-old dwarf, and time-warping drugs.  Out: Nov. 27 Nonfiction  The Socialite Who Killed a Nazi with Her Bare Hands and 163 Other Fascinating People Who Died This Year: The Best of the New York Times Obituaries, 2013 (Workman, paperback, $13) By William McDonald (Editor)Steve Jobs, the inventor of the Dorito, and Nancy Wake (of the book’s title)—who really did kill a Nazi with her bare hands—are just some of the people whose obituaries are highlighted in this collection. Out: Nov. 1 The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World(Dutton Adult, hardcover, $28) By Sean CarrollCaltech physicist Carroll gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at the discovery of the Higgs Boson—the key to understanding why mass exists—and the Large Hadron Collider project at CERN. Out: Nov. 13  Peppermint Twist: The Mob, the Music, and the Most Famous Dance Club of the ’60s(Thomas Dunne Books, hardcover, $26) By John Johnson, Joel Selvin, and Dick CamiThis is an intriguing history of the mob-run and rock and roll-ruled Manhattan club the Peppermint Lounge during its ‘60s heyday, when starlets, rock stars, and their fans all converged there. Out: Nov. 13 TAGSReading ListL.A Culture2012November 2012Previous articleFountain HeadNext articleThe SEEN: LACMA’s Art + Film Gala Is The Party Of The YearKristin Yinger RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORThe Holiday Season Officially Starts with These L.A. 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UK defence firms fire warning shots to government over need to push exports

first_imgWednesday 15 July 2015 11:41 am Tags: NULL Share Show Comments ▼ James Nickerson UK defence firms fire warning shots to government over need to push exports center_img More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday Newszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirror The UK defence industry is pushing for the government to take a more active role in a battleground for foreign orders.The UK Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space industries trade body organisation, ADS, called for support for smaller firms and improved export controls after the sales to overseas markets fell for the first time since 2011. Read more: UK’s £56bn aerospace, defence, security and space sectors come out strongly against BrexitPaul Everitt, chief executive of ADS, stressed the need for the government to pursue a strategic role in the industry, if the UK is to win its share of global opportunities in the face of international competition:International budgets are under pressure, competition is fierce and UK industry needs to be able to win its share of global market opportunities. Industry and Government need to work more strategically.For this, Everitt wants the government to help secure contracts, putting them in to a difficult moral position:The government to government relationship is absolutely key in any defence or security arrangement. Our competitive advantage will come from government being able to offer more flexible support.While Britain maintained its position as the world’s second biggest defence exporter, behind the US, exports fell to £8.5bn last year from £9.8bn in 2013. The recent growth of France’s Rafale combat jet in India and Qatar over the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft – 33 per cent owned by BAE – are one example of where the UK could lose out as other governments take a more active role.The ADS report, filed yesterday, also argues that maintaining strong exports in the face of international competition is crucial to the health of the industry and Britain’s national security. whatsapp whatsapplast_img read more

We were inspired to become primary care physicians. Now we’re reconsidering a field in crisis

first_img Physicians aren’t ‘burning out.’ They’re suffering from moral injury Tags educationphysicians About the Authors Reprints Dear Shonda Rhimes: Can you make primary care as sexy as ‘Grey’s Anatomy’? Related: By Richard Joseph and Sohan Japa June 20, 2019 Reprints While retaining its core value proposition — longitudinal, relationship-based, coordinated care — primary care must differentiate into narrower, more manageable scopes of practice. The doctor managing opioid use disorder alongside a community health worker is just as much a primary care physician as the one doing intensive behavior counseling patients with prediabetes, the one coordinating care and preventing hospitalizations for high-risk patients, or the one designing balance training programs for the elderly. Given the variety of expertise required in such care models, the primary care physician may no longer be the sole — or even the most valuable — player on the team. This counterintuitive “specialization” within primary care will reduce the current burden on current PCPs and better achieve primary care goals like prevention, efficient resource utilization, and population health.How primary care physicians are trained must also change. That needs to start by ensuring that future PCPs are entering a profession with reasonable demands and loan forgiveness. During training, they should rotate through high-functioning patient-centered medical homes, hospital-at-home programs, telemedicine units, Teaching Health Center programs, and concierge care practices to experience different models and explore various versions of primary care.Training in management, leadership, and advocacy skills is also a must — we can no longer separate the clinical practice of primary care from the practice model and the community in which care is delivered. Senior trainees should have access to scribes and technology-enabled support tools to maximize learning and patient interactions. And clinical experiences in cutting-edge primary care models should receive graduate medical education accreditation.These innovations, while disruptive, are essential to address the dysfunction that plagues traditional primary care. Nostalgia for tradition is thwarting progress, driving burnout, compromising patient satisfaction, and adding stress to a fractured health care system.Instead of waiting for payment models and policies to dictate how primary care evolves, primary care should focus — now — on making itself invaluable for both patients and physicians alike.Richard Joseph, M.D., and Sohan Japa, M.D., are senior residents in primary care-internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Following the completion of their residencies, Joseph will be working in weight management and obesity medicine and Japa will be working as a hospitalist. We get it. The day-to-day practice of primary care feels daunting and unsatisfying. Primary care physicians need an estimated 18-hour workday to complete their various responsibilities. The much-maligned electronic health record inhibits PCPs from fully connecting with patients and creating the very patient-doctor relationships that once brought meaning to the work — the relationships that lured us into this type of medicine. Instead, our interactions with patients now feel transactional.advertisement And despite the long hours and increasing demands, compensation in primary care trails behind that of specialty care. After four years of drowning in medical school debt and three years barely keeping afloat on a resident’s salary, the preference for becoming a specialist is entirely rational. The prospect of scrounging for reimbursement for our services from insurers and clicking through cumbersome electronic health records all day isn’t a tenable way to offload heavy student debt.The practice and financial realities tell only part of the story, however. Primary care training is also complicit.Primary care residencies based in academic medical centers do little to promote or incentivize careers in primary care. These residencies uphold the hospital-centric health care system. Outpatient training is often an afterthought, and dysfunctional experiences in the clinic taint trainees’ impressions of primary care.Internal data from our hospital show that residents have a higher percentage of Medicaid patients in their panels than their preceptors do. Not only is it unfair for these patients, who often have complex needs, to be mainly seen by new physicians, but such clinical experiences can feel impossible and overwhelming for trainees. Because most primary care programs demand many more than the mandated 12 months of inpatient training, primary care residents struggle to fully integrate into their clinics, to build confidence with outpatient medicine, and to create longitudinal relationships with patients.Our experiences belie a deeper existential crisis in primary care. The pressure on primary care is mounting: to coordinate care for an aging population beset by chronic disease, to improve the overall wellness of the population, and to control costs and eliminate waste, all the while ensuring a satisfying patient (and supposedly clinician) experience. Related: [email protected] Is it reasonable to expect primary care to do all of this? To be all things to all patients? It seems like today’s primary care is being defined less by what it is and more by what the rest of the health care system isn’t — or doesn’t want to do.As the demographics and cultural values of the U.S. change, traditional primary care is struggling to define its value proposition. Office visits to primary care doctors declined 18% between 2012 and 2016. Patients are increasingly choosing urgent care centers, smartphone apps, telemedicine, and workplace and retail clinics that are often staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants for their immediate health needs.Millennials are choosing solutions that circumnavigate physicians, accessing direct-to-consumer diagnoses and prescriptions for conditions like hair loss, erectile dysfunction, and skin care.Or consider frail elders, a growing subset of patients who require interventions to prevent falls, manage multiple comorbidities, and plan end-of-life care. Much of their care is being outsourced to geriatricians. Even when they are hospitalized and are at their most vulnerable, they are treated by anonymous hospitalists rather than their familiar primary care physicians.And then there are patients with complex behavioral needs, ranging from mild anxiety to full-blown substance use disorders, often complicated by trauma, lack of housing, and food insecurity. Caring for this fragile population demands a high-touch collaborative effort by a team of social workers, community health workers, nurses, and doctors. Organizations like Cityblock Health are placing the community health worker — not the primary care physician — at the center of the care team as it works to address the social determinants that are driving health outcomes.Solutions that exploit the inefficiencies of traditional primary care and fill in the gaps leave us uncertain about the future role of primary care physicians. We wonder whether it’s right or realistic to insist that primary care be the same thing for people of all ages across all demographics, geographies, and incomes. While we still believe that coordinated care that is longitudinal and based on relationships must be the foundation of a healthy America, traditional primary care is simply stretched too thin to provide it and is being eroded, circumvented, and replaced.It is time we reimagine the role of the primary care physician. Yet when we finish our residencies on June 28, neither of us will be practicing traditional primary care. We are not alone in turning away from this field: Approximately 80% of internal medicine residents, including nearly two-thirds of those who specifically chose primary care tracks, do not plan to pursue careers in primary care. Medicare’s solution for saving primary care: blow up the office visit Nearly three years ago, we began training as primary care doctors in two residency programs at a Harvard-affiliated teaching hospital. We understood the value of longitudinal patient-doctor relationships and wagered that primary care would be the bedrock of this nation’s health care system.That was even after hearing the warnings: predictions of a national shortage of more than 44,000 primary care physicians (PCPs) by 2035, rampant physician burnout, and a workforce saddled with two hours of required documentation for every hour of patient care.Nevertheless, we felt inspired to join the front lines of health care.advertisement Related: [email protected] Richard Joseph SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images First OpinionWe were inspired to become primary care physicians. Now we’re reconsidering a field in crisis Sohan Japalast_img read more

Experts search for answers in limited information about mystery pneumonia outbreak in China

first_img @HelenBranswell Both are keen to know if there is any spread of the illness between people, which would be worrying. Wuhan health authorities have said there was no human-to-human transmission. But unless they know what is causing the illness, how long the illness takes to develop, and have developed a test that can detect mild cases, it is not clear that can be ruled out at this point.“I don’t find the comments [about human transmission] that I see spread throughout the internet as credible — unless they know what it is,” Baric said.The fact that health officials in Wuhan closed and decontaminated the seafood market — there is video of this happening on social media — is suggestive that an animal virus had spilled over into people, he added.The statement from the Wuhan health board said that influenza, avian influenza, and adenovirus infections — the latter can cause serious respiratory illness — have been ruled out.Because of SARS, attention is focusing on coronaviruses, though both Koopmans and Baric noted a number of different virus families could cause respiratory outbreaks.But coronaviruses have shown themselves to be adept at jumping from animal hosts to people, sometimes establishing themselves as human pathogens. There are four human coronaviruses that are common causes of cold-like illness. Those viruses were formerly animal viruses — experts can tell by comparing their genetic sequences to animal coronaviruses. When the four started infecting humans is not clear in most cases.Some coronaviruses have jumped from animals to people on multiple occasions — the MERS virus in the Arabian Peninsula is an example — but haven’t acquired the ability to spread easily from person to person. Leave this field empty if you’re human: During the SARS outbreak, it took a full month from when the WHO tasked a global network of 11 laboratories to find the cause of the outbreak before confirmation was received that a new coronavirus was the culprit. The SARS coronavirus probably originated in bats, but civet cats — wild animals eaten as a delicacy in southern China — were the virus’ route to people.Technology has improved a lot since then, said Baric, who said multiplexing PCR — polymerase chain reaction testing — and RNA-Seq, which looks for evidence of the RNA of pathogens in clinical samples, could make finding the culprit a much quicker job this time round.But even with the new technology, finding the cause of pneumonia can be tricky. With some infections, by the time a person is evidently ill, their immune system has cleared away most of the causative agent. The symptoms of illness are actually the effect the cascade of immune system weapons unleashed on tissues that had been infected.“There’s a window there of viral detection of the viral nucleic acid,” Baric said.“If most of these initial patients were caught late in infection, when the more severe disease symptoms came on, they may not have any acute cases and it may be very difficult. Very low levels of nucleic acid to chase to discover the disease.”Koopmans noted finding the cause may be complicated by the fact that pneumonia is common and can be caused by many pathogens. If authorities started looking for pneumonia cases after realizing there was a problem in Wuhan, some of the cases they found might have been unrelated to the actual event. Related: HealthExperts search for answers in limited information about mystery pneumonia outbreak in China By Helen Branswell Jan. 4, 2020 Reprints An aerial view of Wuhan, China AFP via Getty Images Please enter a valid email address. Sometimes the damage can be significant.In late November of 2002, people in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong started to become ill from unexplained pneumonias. The WHO began hearing rumors of the illness, but Chinese authorities played it down.But in late February, travelers from a number of countries — Vietnam, Singapore, Canada among them — stayed on the same floor in a Hong Kong hotel as a doctor from China who had been looking after some of the pneumonia cases. He was ill, and he infected multiple other hotel guests, seeding the new infection across Southeast Asia and to Toronto.Transmission of the new disease was stopped by the summer of 2003, but in its short history SARS — short for severe acute respiratory syndrome — infected more than 8,000 people and killed nearly 800.Baric said he’s hopeful Chinese scientists will have figured out what is going on in Wuhan and will report on it soon.“If the number of cases keeps increasing, then it becomes more and more of a global public health threat,” he said. “The chance of [infected] people slipping through the screening platforms for international travel or travel elsewhere in China become greater as long as they don’t know what the pathogen is.” The agency noted that China “has extensive capacity to respond to public health events and is responding proactively and rapidly to the current incident in Wuhan — isolating patients, tracing close contacts, cleaning up the market, and searching for the cause and for additional cases.”Ralph Baric, a coronavirus expert at the University of North Carolina, agreed that China has deep expertise in virology. Baric has a collaborative grant with some researchers in Wuhan to study emerging coronaviruses, and has visited the facilities there.“Wuhan is the epicenter for a lot of virology research in China. They have state of the art BSL3 and BSL4 facilities and world-class facilities to do anything that you would want to do on new emerging infectious diseases. So it’s occurring in the right spot,” he said.BSL is shorthand for the bio-safety level designation of a laboratory; level 3 and level 4 are the labs in which the most dangerous pathogens are worked on. Helen Branswell Doctors Without Borders criticizes the Gavi coalition over access to pneumonia vaccines “We’re closely monitoring the situation in Wuhan and are in active communication with our counterparts in China,” WHO’s regional office for the Western Pacific Region, which includes China, said on Twitter. “We’ve activated our incident management system across the three levels of WHO (country office, regional office, HQ) and can launch a broader response, if needed.” Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Related:center_img The World Health Organization has said little about the outbreak beyond that it is in close contact with China authorities on the issue.advertisement Related: Privacy Policy Two down, one to go: After decades-long campaign, type 3 polioviruses are set to be eradicated As of Friday, health authorities in Wuhan reported 44 cases, a big jump from the 27 reported on Tuesday. Eleven of the 44 were seriously ill, the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said, though there were no reported deaths to date. The health of 121 close contacts of the cases was being monitored. The infections are linked to a large seafood market where it is believed some exotic animals were also sold for consumption. The mysterious and growing cluster of unexplained pneumonia cases in the Chinese city of Wuhan has infectious disease experts parsing limited public statements from Chinese authorities for clues to what is happening.With machine-translated reports that the outbreak might be caused by a new virus, and perhaps even a new coronavirus — the family of viruses that produced both SARS and MERS — watchers are hoping that Chinese authorities will provide additional information soon.“I think we need to give them a couple of days but I want to hear something from a credible source on the investigations that are ongoing,” said Marion Koopmans, director of the department of virology at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.advertisement Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. Tags ChinaCoronavirusglobal healthinfectious diseasevirology Social media platforms — both in China and outside it — have been abuzz with discussion of the Wuhan outbreak, with some commentators arguing the lack of a clear answer by now is reminiscent of China’s behavior during the 2002-2003 SARS outbreak.But Baric disagreed, saying China’s approach to infectious disease outbreaks has evolved considerably since SARS, an event for which it was harshly criticized globally.“The situation in China between 2003 and 2020 is night and day,” he said. “They have many of the best virologists in the world there that are working on this. And my gut feeling is we’re going to see a showcase of what they’ve accomplished in 20 years.”Koopmans and Baric have a number of questions they’d like answered — “very soon,” Koopmans said — to help assess the severity of the situation.Knowing whether Chinese scientists have identified the cause of the illness is top of the list. Whether it is indeed a new virus — and what viral family it belongs to — is right up there too. Pneumonia cases linked to vaping are still rising. And federal officials don’t know what’s causing them The fireman of global health: The WHO’s emergencies chief is put to the test Related: About the Author Reprintslast_img read more

B.C. court denies bankruptcy discharge to securities-law violators

first_imggavel 123RF Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Keywords Enforcement,  BankruptcyCompanies British Columbia Securities Commission James Langton PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Related news The BCSC opposed the bid along with the federal revenue ministry “because a discharge would have extinguished the financial sanctions [the Poonians] owe to the BCSC and the tax arrears, interest and penalties they owe to the Canada Revenue Agency,” the BCSC said.The court sided with the BCSC, saying in its decision that “it would be contrary to the public interest, in my view, to grant them a suspended discharge from bankruptcy.”One of the purposes of the BCSC’s enforcement powers is deterrence, the court noted.“That purpose would be frustrated if a person having been ordered by the commission to make a substantial payment could declare bankruptcy and then wait a prescribed period of time and be free of the financial consequences of his or her actions,” the court said in its ruling.Additionally, the court found that the BCSC is different from other creditors.“The commission is not in a position to compromise payments that would ultimately be collected in the public interest and for the benefit of investors,” the court said.The Poonians were sanctioned by the BCSC in 2015 after a hearing panel found that they manipulated the share price of a company on the TSX Venture Exchange, and then illegally obtained approximately $7 million by dumping those shares on unsuspecting buyers.The hearing panel ordered them to pay a combined $13.5 million in penalties and $5.5 million in disgorgement. They haven’t paid any of the sanctions, the commission said. A judge in British Columbia has ruled that a couple who owe $19 million in penalties and disgorgement to the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) can’t be discharged from bankruptcy with those sanctions still owing.The BCSC reported that the B.C. Supreme Court denied the bid from Thalbinder Singh Poonian and Shailu Poonian. According to the court’s decision, the Poonians owe more than $25 million, including their large debt to the BCSC. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Australia’s economy is rebounding strongly

first_imgAustralia’s economy is rebounding strongly Liberal Party of AustraliaThe federal budget update confirms Australia’s economy is rebounding strongly. Australians are now back working, spending and moving freely across the nation.The updated numbers are encouraging and better than what was expected at budget 10 weeks ago.Unemployment is lower, GDP growth higher, and the bottom line has improved.But the road ahead is challenging. Our recovery is very much dependent on our continued success in containing COVID-19. While a number of nations are facing renewed virus outbreaks and new lockdowns, Australians are approaching Christmas with optimism and hope.Consumer and business confidence are back at pre-COVID-19 levels. Eighty five per cent of the 1.3 million Australians who lost their jobs or had working hours reduced to zero at the start of the crisis are now back at work.The September quarter had an increase in GDP of 3.3 per cent – the biggest quarterly rise since 1976. Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis is forecast to be faster than previous recessions.The unemployment rate is expected to return to its pre-COVID-19 level in about four years – in contrast to the six years it took following the 1980s recession, and the 10 years it took following the 1990s recession.In this update, real GDP is forecast to grow 4.5 per cent in 2021, following a reduction of 2.5 per cent in 2020. This is an upgrade to the budget forecast of 4.25 per cent growth in 2021, and a 3.75 per cent fall in 2020.Australia is outperforming all of the major advanced economies. The euro area is forecast to contract 7.5 per cent; Japan 5.25 per cent, and the United States, 3.75 per cent this year.With 734,000 jobs created in the last six months, the labour market has performed better than expected. Unemployment is forecast to peak at 7.5 per cent in the March quarter 2021, down from a peak of 8 per cent forecast at budget.The unemployment rate steadily declines to 6.25 per cent by mid-2022, 5.75 per cent by mid-2023, and 5.25 per cent by 2024, when it approaches the level it was at the start of this year.We have come a long way from Treasury’s initial estimate early on in the pandemic that the unemployment rate could hit 10 per cent by year-end or 15 per cent in the absence of JobKeeper.This improved outlook follows an unprecedented level of economic support from the Morrison government. Of $251 billion of direct economic support committed, over $138 billion has flowed to households and businesses.JobKeeper, the Coronavirus Supplement, the Cash Flow Boost, and three Economic Support Payments to pensioners and other eligible recipients have been an economic lifeline for millions of Australians.The faster-than-expected rebound is flowing through to the budget bottom line. The underlying cash deficit is expected to be $197.7 billion, or 9.9 per cent of GDP in 2020-21, an improvement of $15.9 billion of expectations at budget. The total improvement across the forward estimates since budget is $23.9 billion.Payments are expected to be $6.5 billion less in 2020-2021 than at budget, and receipts $9.4 billion better.There is new expenditure on a number of initiatives including an additional 10,000 home care packages, the rollout of vaccines, and the temporary extension of the Coronavirus Supplement.The improved economic outlook has led to an increase in expected company tax receipts and GST collections, and around 640,000 fewer people on JobKeeper so far in the December quarter than expected at budget.The gross and net debt projections are broadly in line with those at budget, with gross debt stabilising at 53 per cent and net debt declining to 38.3 per cent over the medium term. Australia’s debt levels, even at their peak, remain less than half the average seen across advanced economies today.Underpinning the mid-year economic and fiscal outlook (MYEFO) forecasts are our continued prudent commodity price assumptions with an iron ore price assumed to fall from high levels to $55 a tonne in the September quarter of next year – a quarter later than assumed at budget.Assumptions around slower population growth, negative net overseas migration, and the timing of the opening of international borders are unchanged since budget. So too, the timetable for the national rollout of the vaccine, which is expected to be fully rolled out by late 2021. There do however remain downside risks to Australia’s economic recovery.These include the timing, distribution and effectiveness of the vaccine in stopping the spread of the virus globally, trade tensions that limit Australia’s access to export markets and domestic economic uncertainty that could lead to higher household savings and lower consumption.That all being said, the budget update provides further cause for optimism that Australia’s economic comeback is under way.Opinion Piece for The Australian Financial Review, 17/12/20. /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). 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All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, Australian, business, comeback, coronavirus, covid-19, Economy, GDP, GDP growth, Government, home care, Japan, Liberal Party of Australia, migration, Morrison, spending, United Stateslast_img read more

The return of Vancouver Victory FC

first_imgAmatuer adult soccer club will have three home matches this seasonAidan McGinty went from full-time training to just about nothing last year. Just like that, the pandemic put his soccer career on hold.At least he got some sort of college season this year.Dylan De Baldo did not even get any kind of college season with the Clark Penguins this academic year.Dylan De Baldo and Aidan McGinty are two members of Vancouver Victory FC who are grateful to be playing a summer soccer schedule, to keep in shape for their college programs. Photo by Paul ValenciaDylan De Baldo and Aidan McGinty are two members of Vancouver Victory FC who are grateful to be playing a summer soccer schedule, to keep in shape for their college programs. Photo by Paul ValenciaToday, they are both grateful to be part of an abbreviated summer soccer season, playing for Vancouver Victory FC.Vancouver Victory FC is set to return with a home soccer match on Saturday at Harmony Sports Complex. Logo courtesy Vancouver Victory FCVancouver Victory FC is set to return with a home soccer match on Saturday at Harmony Sports Complex. Logo courtesy Vancouver Victory FCThe Victory open their season Saturday at Harmony Park. The team is made up mostly of college-eligible players, giving them an opportunity for competition until they return to their soccer programs in school. This year, the Victory men will play six matches, three on their home turf. (The Victory women will also have a season that begins in June.)Last year, of course, the Victory were shut down during early months of the pandemic.Now soccer players have returned to the pitch, and the Victory are ready for their comeback campaign.“I felt I was missing it for my life,” McGinty said. “Coming back, it makes you feel more productive, makes you feel a lot more active. Just a great experience to come back.”McGinty is a 2019 graduate of Union High School. He did get a short season this year with his college team at Northwest Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho.De Baldo last competed in college in the fall of 2019 for the Clark Penguins. College administrators opted for no sports this academic year. Which means De Baldo has not played a real match in about a year-and-a-half.“We had a scrimmage the other day, and that was my first genuine 90 minutes back,” De Baldo said. “It’s exciting. It’s fun. But it’s been a while, so it was really weird playing a game.”Soon enough, it will be normal again.“Last year, there was nothing going on for soccer, athletics in general,” McGinty said. “It’s great to have an organized team to practice with during the offseason.”Northwest Nazarene was starting its spring workout schedule when the pandemic hit.“I was trying to train by myself. I was getting kicked off the fields,” McGinty recalled. “I was not allowed to play for basically a month. It took a toll on me mentally and physically. Now, it’s great to be back.”De Baldo had a similar experience. He coordinated his class schedule to work around weight lifting and soccer workouts. Then all classes switched to online only and all physical workouts were cancelled.“It was a shock,” he said.College athletes, after all, are not accustomed to not working out, not trying to perfect their skills.“I’ve dedicated my whole life to it,” McGinty said.McGinty played his youth soccer in Alaska. “The summers are great. You get a full season,” he said. “In the winter, it’s all indoor. Not on grass at all. Some benefits to it, but for the most part, it’s really rough. It’s really hard to grow, playing there.”He and his family moved to Clark County when he was 14. He played for the Washington Timbers as well as at Union High School.The sport helped him find new friends in a new home.“To me, it’s a great way to meet people, a great way to better yourself and work on yourself,” McGinty said. “It’s just the sport I love to play.”De Baldo grew up in Vancouver, started playing rec league in Salmon Creek before he found club soccer. He shined with Skyview High School, as well.He was planning on attending Concordia to play soccer, but when soccer fell through, he figured he would just go the academic route. He would stop playing soccer.He came to his senses.“I can’t believe I was going to do that,” he said.“Last minute, I decided to contact Clark. … I was extremely lucky,” he said.Clark College had a spot for him. After two years at Clark, De Baldo is preparing to transfer to St. Martin’s University in Lacey, a Division II program.It turns out, playing for the Victory is a milestone, as well.“I watched them play a long time ago when they first started. I’d come out to the games. I’ve known a lot about the Victory. I’ve had friends who played for Victory. It’s exciting to be part of it.“I’ve been looking up to them for years. To be part of the program now, it’s all come full circle.”The Victory play three home matches this season at the Harmony Sports Complex, 1500 NE 192nd Ave. in Vancouver:• May 22 vs. Olytown Artesians, 5 p.m.• June 13 vs. Tacoma Narrows, noon• June 19 vs. Yakima United, noonTickets are $5 and that includes a Victory sticker.“Our club’s mission statement, in short, is to provide opportunity,” said Sean Janson, general manager. “We just haven’t been able to do that for so long. Slowly and surely, we’re getting back to normalcy. It just means everything. We’re back.”This Victory season is about half of what a usual schedule would look like, but it’s a start.“Not a whole lot of expectations outside of getting the opportunity to play,” Janson said. “Shake off the dust from the jerseys.”Steven Evans is the team’s new coach. “I’ve always wanted to continue to help players who want to grow and develop,” Evans said. “I want to help them stay fit and ready for their college seasons. And continue to grow in my coaching experience. I’ve done a little college and a lot of youth. This will put me in a new environment and push me a lot.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyClark County Washingtonclub soccercollege soccerHarmony Sports ComplexLatestSkyview StormsoccerUnion TitansVancouverVancouver Victory FCVancouver Washingtonshare 0 Previous : Letter: Concerned Washougal parents kicked out of school board meeting Next : Vancouver Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services seeks public input on future of its essential spacesAdvertisementThis is placeholder text guestLabel 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all comments guestLabel Name*Email*Website Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. 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Yes, they’re still around: TVR unveils the Griffith

first_img What looked to be yet another sports car company gone to pasture, British-based TVR has instead celebrated its 70th anniversary by unveiling its latest car, the Griffith, at the Goodwood Revival in the U.K. Its first car in more than 10 years, the Griffith sports a Cosworth-built 5.0-litre V8 with 480 horsepower, which gives the car a zero-to-100km/h time of under four second, according to the company. Gordon Murray, the famed car designer who worked in Formula One and penned the McLaren F1 road car, designed the Griffith, which uses a carbon fibre chassis to help keep the weight of the car at just 1,250 kilograms overall. The company says the car is designed to compete, especially at the famed 24 Hours of LeMans.  See More Videos advertisement We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 TVR Griffith PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever RELATED TAGSCoupeNewsFormula One Management Ltd.Formula One RacingGordon MurrayMcLaren F1MotorsportsSportsTVR Griffith Trending in Canada Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2018 TVR Griffith COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS While there is no word on when the Griffith will start production, it will be limited to a first run of just 500; each will start around £90,000, or almost $150,000. Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

American Junior Academy Of Sciences Headed To CU-Boulder Feb. 13 To Meet Top Scientists Through 2003 AAAS Meeting

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Note to Editors: The event is closed to the public but media are invited to attend. The morning lectures will be held at Fiske Planetarium. The top high school science students representing many of the 50 states will visit the University of Colorado at Boulder Feb. 13 to meet with CU-Boulder’s top researchers, including Nobel laureates and MacArthur “genius grant” recipients. The program is sponsored by the American Junior Academy of Sciences, which annually selects the top high school student in the sciences from every state. Each student and a teacher escort will travel to CU-Boulder for a full day of meetings and presentations with top CU scientists in conjunction with the American Academy of Sciences Meeting being held in Denver Feb. 13 to Feb. 18. The students will attend presentations by CU-Boulder Physics Nobel laureates Professor Carl Wieman and National Institute of Standards and Technology Senior Scientist Eric Cornell, who is also a professor adjunct at CU-Boulder. They also will meet with CU MacArthur Fellows Professor Norman Pace, physics Professor Margaret Murnane and computer science and linguistics Professor Daniel Jurafsky. Those three CU-Boulder professors have won MacArthur Fellowships since 2000. The MacArthur fellowships include a $500,000 stipend with no strings attached.The Junior Academy of Sciences tour was organized by CU Professor Christine Yoshinaga-Itano of the speech, language and hearing sciences department. The students also will meet with Ryan Patterson, a freshman electrical engineering student at CU-Boulder from Grand Junction, Colo. Patterson, who designed a computerized glove to help deaf people communicate with hearing people, won more than $2,000 in high school science competitions last year and was invited to visit and display his invention to the Nobel Prize Committee in Stockholm in 2002.  As winners of high school science fairs across the country, the students also will present their research results at AAAS at the Colorado Convention Center. After lunch, the students and their escorts will split up to visit various research labs. One group will visit the speech, language and hearing sciences center for presentations by Professors Kathryn Arehart, Don Finan and Gail Ramsberger on auditory perception, speech and motor development and aphasia, a loss of mental capacity to speak or understand words, usually resulting from a head injury. A second group will visit the molecular, cellular and developmental biology faculty, including Professors Mike Klymkowsky, Min Han and Brad Olwin, who are studying gene expression, cell signaling and the developmental biology of muscles.A third group will visit the planetarium to hear Professors Michael Shull and Jim Green discuss astrophysical theories and tools, and for a presentation by planetarium Director Doug Duncan on space, including his exploration using the Hubble Space Telescope. A fourth group will visit the environmental, population and organismic biology department. Professors Barbara Demmig-Adams, William Adams, Jeff Mitton and Deane Bowers will talk about photosynthesis, evolution and insect defense mechanisms. A fifth group visiting anthropology will hear Professors Dennis Van Gerven, Bert Covert and Doug Bamforth discussing Nubian mummies, early primates in North America and the making of stone tools by American Indians. Group six will visit the psychology department to hear Professors Tiffany Ito, Tim Curran, Louise Silvern and Irene Blair talk about infant cognitive development, learning and memory, and child abuse research. Group seven will hear clinical psychology Professors Linda Craighead, Serge Campeau and Donna Caccamise speaking on obesity and eating disorders, stress in psychiatric disorders and cognitive science. Group eight will go to the computer science and engineering department to visit Clayton Lewis and John Hansen of the Center for Spoken Language Research, which stresses state-of-the-art computer models. A ninth group will visit with Karen Chin, CU Museum curator for invertebrate paleontology and Professor Charles Stern of geology, who will discuss volcanism in Latin America. All tours will end at 1:55 p.m. Published: Feb. 10, 2003 last_img read more