Corona Impact Series: Why some City workers are retraining as childminders

first_img“Childminders can play an utterly formative role in a child’s development, helping to guide them through a time which will either set them up for future successes or hinder them for years to come”, he reflects. Wigdortz explains that “for some, the past year has meant being able to fit work around their own childcare responsibilities; something they’re not willing to give up when offices reopen. Also Read: Corona Impact Series: How a Bethnal Green confectionery is baking up a storm online whatsapp Brett Wigdortz But whilst tiney has seen a huge surge in applications, the pandemic has marked a crisis point for the wider childcare industry. Also Read: Corona Impact Series: A Tottenham kitchen on a mission to make Londoners eat more plants But Wigdortz hopes that his new generation of childminders will help to change these outdated views.  “Over the past twelve months, we’ve had finance directors, legal secretaries, bankers, and even a diamond dealer sign up to retrain as early years educators”, said Wigdortz, who founded the startup after 15 years at the helm of graduate teaching charity Teach First. Also Read: Corona Impact Series: How the chronicle of a storyteller from Dalston turned into a virtual tale Wigdortz is the founder of London-based tiney, an initiative which helps people train and qualify as professional childminders, then supports them to launch and run nurseries in their own homes. Their mission is to drive up the quality of early years education across London and the UK. “The pandemic quite understandably caused people to re-evaluate what’s important to them, and make changes to align their lives with those values. But we couldn’t have predicted quite how much of an impact that would have on our business!” says Brett Wigdortz.  Tags: Corona Impact Series Corona Impact Series Coronavirus He points out that if the pandemic has given us anything, it’s a newfound respect for unsung heroes across the workforce. Less nurseries Within the next year, two thirds of nurseries in London are predicted to shut their doors for good, leaving what Wigdortz describes as a “huge void” in the early years sector at a time when under-5s are in desperate need of first-class early years support.  In this series, City A.M. looks at the financial and economic impact of the ongoing pandemic on a range of small and medium-sized businesses across London. He believes there are many reasons why London’s high-powered City workers are deciding they’re better suited to a more altruistic career: the desire for more flexibility and empowerment over their schedule, the ability to work from home long-term, and wanting to make a difference to the next generation. Since March of last year, they’ve received over 12,000 applications to train with them, and have seen applications from those with ‘white collar’ jobs more than double over the past year. center_img By the age of 5, there’s already a 4.3 month development gap between disadvantaged children and their better-off peers. This gap persists right through a child’s education.  “During the period that schools were closed, parents across the country got a taste of what it’s like to be a teacher – it’s not easy! I hope that moving forward we can extend this recognition to childminders also.” After all, he says, “they are the gatekeepers to a brighter future for the next generation.” For others, the prospect of going back to ‘normal’ made them question the fulfillment offered by the corporate world.”  More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org Friday 11 June 2021 3:07 pm “All too often, childminders simply aren’t afforded the same respect given to teachers. And they certainly aren’t awarded the same pay. Instead, they’re often seen as glorified babysitters, which is insulting for what are highly-skilled, trained and regulated professionals.” Share During his time at Teach First, Wigdortz encountered Reception age children who didn’t know how to play, hold conversations, or socialise with others. This shows the impact early years education, or lack of it, can have. The first issue is the lack of access to quality, education-led care for under 5s.  “By providing the training and support needed to create a new generation of childminders and drive up the standards in early years education, we’re hoping to accomplish two key objectives.” Corona Impact Series: Why some City workers are retraining as childminders Which leads to the second part of Wigdortz’s mission: helping to reform the outdated view of the industry. whatsapp Show Comments ▼ “It’s a huge responsibility, which requires a particular set of skills and truly special qualities. Historically, the vital role of childminders has been massively undervalued.” Michiel Willems last_img read more

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Alaska Senate passes opioid addiction prevention bill by wide margin

first_imgAlcohol & Substance Abuse | Public Safety | State GovernmentAlaska Senate passes opioid addiction prevention bill by wide marginJune 1, 2017 by Henry Leasia, Alaska Public Media Share:Alaska state Sen. Anna MacKinnon, co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee, seen here in April, voted for HB 159, a bill that would limit opioid prescriptions from health providers in the state. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The state Senate overwhelmingly voted Thursday to pass a bill which would limit opioid prescriptions from health providers in the state as well as require training on opioid abuse for medical practitioners.House Bill 159 passed with 17-1 vote.Eagle River Republican Anna MacKinnon brought up in testimony an example of what she called one of several instances of over-prescription from Alaska doctors.“We heard a story that was heart wrenching of a family that their loved one, their child, had been taken to the dentist and the dentist prescribed 30 days of oxycontin,” MacKinnon said. “Mr. President, that is not a standard dosage for someone to receive.”The only vote against the bill was from Palmer Republican Shelley Hughes — a self-admitted protest vote.Hughes thinks the bill has positive qualities, but it doesn’t address the root of the opioid problem, which she described as “pill mill practitioners and doc-shopper consumers.”“It will require some excellent practitioners around the state to be better educated about the subject,” Hughes said. “But, they — I don’t believe for the most part — are not the problem. There may be a sliver of practitioners who don’t realize they’re over-prescribing, and this may change their behavior and that is my hope, but I don’t really think the bill gets to the root of the problem Mr. President.”Senate Majority Leader Peter Micciche, a Republican, said despite the bill being introduced during a session focused on budgetary issues, the opioid crisis extends beyond public health.“Some people want to know why we’re dealing with opioid abuse now with this budget crisis that we’re having,” Micciche said. “The reality of it is our approach is multifaceted. It’s an Alaskan issue for a lot of reasons, and part of it is costs.”Micciche said teachers often cope with students of families affected by opioid addiction. He also claimed opioid addictions are the single biggest driver of crime statewide.Following the vote on HB 159, Senate President Pete Kelly also appointed Sens. Cathy Giessel, Bert Stedman and Donny Olson to a conference committee about the House’s oil and gas tax credit bill.Alaska Public Media’s Wesley Early contributed to this story.Correction: In a previous story discussing a bill designed to limit opioid abuse, we stated that Senate president Pete Kelly had appointed three senators to a conference committee on a House income tax bill. The committee is actually on an oil and gas tax credit bill. This story has fixed the error.Share this story:last_img read more

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Housing market looking healthy in latest figures – London Report

first_img More From Our Partners Inside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org Express KCS EVIDENCE of improvement in the housing market is expected this week when the British Bankers Association releases its mortgage approvals data for May.The figures, out on Wednesday, are likely to show that approvals for house purchases rose for a fifth consecutive month in May, climbing to a 14-month high of 43,800 from 42,116 in April.Tomorrow, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is expected to report a pick-up in manufacturing orders in June. The total orders balance is expected to have improved to plus two per cent in June, after dipping to a seven-month low of minus five per cent in May.“The outlook currently seems somewhat mixed for manufacturers,” said IHS Global’s chief UK economist, Howard Archer. “On the domestic demand side, the outlook for consumer goods should remain robust. “Elevated consumer confidence, markedly improved consumer purchasing power and rising employment should underpin demand for consumer durable goods. Mounting signs of a pick-up in housing market activity is also good news for manufacturers.”Archer added that manufacturers will also be hoping that now that the General Election is out of the way and political uncertainty is less of a factor, companies will become more prepared to invest, thereby lifting demand for capital goods.Meanwhile, the CBI Distributive Trades Survey, due out on Thursday, is expected to show healthy retail sales growth in June. The balance of retailers reporting a year-on-year increase in sales in June is expected to be plus 35 per cent.A strong June CBI distributive trades survey would reinforce hopes that robust consumer spending can underpin significantly improved GDP growth in the second quarter.In the corporate calendar, today sees Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings and Polar Capital update the market.Immunodiagnostic Holdings reports tomorrow, while James Latham and Market Tech will both release figures on Wednesday.Cohort Group, Costain Group, DS Smith and Photo-Me International will all update the market on Thursday, and Tesco reports on Friday. Show Comments ▼ Sunday 21 June 2015 10:47 pm Housing market looking healthy in latest figures – London Report center_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruMaternity 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 FunForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEliteSinglesThe Dating Site for Highly-Educated Singles in ScottsdaleEliteSinglesTotal Battle – Tactical Game OnlineThe Most Addictive Strategy Game of 2021Total Battle – Tactical Game Online whatsapp Tags: NULL Sharelast_img read more

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FTSE hits 2015 low as China stocks plummet after sharp contraction in manufacturing

first_img whatsapp Friday 21 August 2015 11:09 am Emma Haslett FTSE hits 2015 low as China stocks plummet after sharp contraction in manufacturing whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tags: Chinese economy Company FTSE 100 Manufacturing sectorcenter_img Share The FTSE 100 hit a new intraday low for 2015 this morning, falling as low as 6,328 points, after shock manufacturing figures from China pushed markets across the world lower.Figures published overnight showed Chinese factories contracted at their fastest pace in six and a half years in August. The Caixin/Markit purchasing managers’ index for the country’s manufacturing sector fell to 47.1, from 47.8 in July – itself weaker than expected. Any figure below 50 denotes a contraction. Markets had already been hit hard by uncertainty in the US, and a snap election called in Greece last night by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.The fall in output has stoked fears that global recovery may be faltering. Meanwhile, the Dax opened 0.56 per cent lower at 10,374.15 points, and the Cac fell 0.65 per cent, to 4,752.27.Read more: History tells us careful investors could be about to make millions in ChinaThe Shanghai Composite fell another 2.1 per cent to 3,585.36 points, while the Shenzhen Composite closed at 2,056.19 points, 4.6 per cent lower. “Today’s data supports our view that the economic damage from the financial market volatility associated with the devaluation depressed activity growth in August,” said ING analysts.”We think two lost months would shock the economy off the seven per cent growth path it was on in the first half of the year.”Other Asian markets followed suit, with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng falling 1.8 per cent lower to 22,337.11 points, while Japan’s Nikkei fell three per cent to 19,435.83 points. 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 VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyMoguldom NationFather Of 2 Sues Los Angeles Hospital After Wife Dies During ChildbirthMoguldom NationUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthUnify Health LabsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday News More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orglast_img read more

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Report: 10 ways to protect against a global health catastrophe

first_img The Independent Panel on the Global Response to Ebola has made 10 recommendations for changes, based on lessons learned from the West African Ebola outbreak and aimed at protecting against future devastating health emergencies.Read more: International panel calls for an overhaul of WHOThe panel, convened by the Harvard Global Health Institute and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said the changes it is proposing fall into four themes: preventing major disease outbreaks; responding to major disease outbreaks; producing and sharing of data, knowledge and technology through research; and governing the global system for preventing and responding to outbreaks.These are paraphrased versions of their recommendations:advertisement Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. A health worker with Doctors Without Borders carries a child suspected of having Ebola in October 2014 in Paynesville, Liberia. John Moore/Getty Images By Helen Branswell Nov. 22, 2015 Reprints The global community should come up with a strategy for strengthening health systems, including funding to help developing countries do so.The WHO should publicly commend countries that report disease outbreaks promptly and name and shame those that delay reporting. Financial incentives to compensate countries for losses linked to transparent disease reporting should be created.The WHO should set up a permanent outbreak response center with a guaranteed budget. It should report directly to the director general.The WHO should name a permanent emergency committee of experts to advise it on the threat posed by outbreaks. The committee should be able to convene itself and should consider adopting a graded system of warnings. Currently, emergency committees can only declare that something is or isn’t a global emergency.The UN should create an independent accountability commission that assesses response to major disease outbreaks.Governments, NGOs, the scientific community, and industry should develop rules for conducting research during an outbreak and a program for accelerating research between crises.Research funders should set up a facility to finance development of vaccines, drugs, disease tests, and other necessary medical equipment for diseases which the pharmaceutical industry won’t develop on its own.A global health committee should be set up as part of the UN Security Council to bring high-level attention to health issues and crises.The WHO should return its focus to its core functions, concentrating on efforts that only the WHO can undertake.The WHO’s executive board should establish a freedom of information policy; countries should stop earmarking the funding they provide the WHO; and countries should demand a WHO director general strong enough to stand up to the most powerful governments.Ebola’s deadly tallyVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2015/11/22/ebola-panel-health-recommendations/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0000:3700:37  HealthReport: 10 ways to protect against a global health catastrophe center_img @HelenBranswell Tags Ebolaglobal healthWorld Health Organization About the Author Reprints Helen Branswelllast_img read more

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Nail salon workers helped us turn the idea of community-centered health into reality

first_imgFirst OpinionNail salon workers helped us turn the idea of community-centered health into reality Please enter a valid email address. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu Related: facebook.com/hopeclinichouston/ One by one, the young nail salon workers came to the HOPE Clinic in Houston battling serious coughs, neck and arm pain, and fungal infections in their fingernails. Clinicians would help them with these ailments — but they kept coming back.Health care practitioners routinely see how social, economic, and environmental factors affect their patients’ health. Poverty, substandard housing, poor working conditions, lack of affordable healthy food, and limited places to exercise safely are just a few of the community conditions that contribute to chronic health issues like diabetes, heart disease, and asthma. What’s not always clear, though, is what role health care practitioners can play in improving these conditions beyond the confines of an exam room.After seeing firsthand the repeated health problems faced by nail salon workers, our organizations tried to find out.advertisement Tags hospitalspublic health About the Authors Reprints @Health4Texas Privacy Policy Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. Neighborhoods influence health, for better and for worse @HOPECHC Andrea Caracostis By Andrea Caracostis and Jo Carcedo Aug. 2, 2018 Reprints Leave this field empty if you’re human: Although the community action our group took was focused on education, solutions to improve community conditions can take many forms.Episcopal Health Foundation recently launched the $10 million Texas Community-Centered Health Homes Initiative to help clinics address similar health issues in their communities. First developed by the Prevention Institute, the community health home clinic concept acknowledges that community conditions outside the clinic walls affect patient outcomes and that the clinic can actively participate in improving them. This initiative is a large-scale, long-term investment in getting community-based clinics to improve health — not just health care — in the areas they serve.Thirteen clinics, including HOPE, are currently participating in the community-centered health homes project. They’re focused a range of issues, such as reducing obesity through increased access to safe physical activity, improving access to healthy foods like fresh fruit and vegetables, reducing diabetes among families in poverty, and taking action to ensure that families don’t suffer from hunger and poor nutrition.Implementing a community-centered health home model represents more than a one-time effort to improve community health. Instead, it’s a cultural shift of how clinics think about their role in improving their surrounding communities.When we put ourselves in our patients’ shoes, the call to action becomes crystal clear: In addition to creating a health system that ensures that all patients receive quality medical care, we need to ensure that the places in which they live and work also keep them healthy.Andrea Caracostis, M.D., is CEO of HOPE Clinic, a federally qualified health center in Houston. Jo Carcedo is vice president for grants at Episcopal Health Foundation. While doctors and nurses at HOPE Clinic had seen the health issues firsthand, they wanted to ground their understanding of the problem by doing community research. With funding from Episcopal Health Foundation, they hired nail salon workers to be community researchers. These researchers visited nail salons across the Houston area and interviewed almost 400 workers about their physical and mental health, exposure to chemicals, access to health care, workplace safety, and more.The survey showed that a large number of salons use potentially hazardous chemicals, that nail salon workers who reported wearing masks were less likely to report waking up have shortness of breath or coughing, and that between 5 and 10 percent of workers reported physical pain “very often.”Based on the results, HOPE staff members were able to set priorities for action. But they didn’t want to decide on their own what steps were needed to address the working conditions in nail salons. Instead, they collaborated with community organizations and nail salon workers to listen to their ideas about what should be done. The key was to develop solutions with the community members, not for them.The Houston nail salon workers decided that the best solution would be to integrate specific health education into nail salon schools. So, with input from workers and the schools, HOPE Clinic created a curriculum to teach future workers about the importance of using gloves and protective masks when they polish nails; about choosing less-hazardous chemicals for polish, polish removal, and applying artificial nails; and the health benefits of using a lower chair and adopting good posture. Medical care can help treat these symptoms, but medical care alone wasn’t the key to improving the nail workers’ health. Instead, the solution required addressing the root causes of their problems. That’s why we embarked on an effort to use our experience and influence to improve the working conditions that were having a direct impact on the health of these women.advertisement facebook.com/Health4Texas/ Jo Carcedo In Houston, as in some other cities, nail salon workers tend to be young Asian women. They are routinely exposed to toxic chemicals that can irritate the skin and eyes, trigger allergies, and cause neurological issues. They’re also exposed to their clients’ blood and infected skin and nails. And they frequently experience neck, shoulder, wrist, and back problems because of poor ergonomics and repetitive movements.last_img read more

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We need the real CDC back, and we need it now

first_imgThe CDC has long been the steady, trusted source for high-quality national data and evidence-based guidance. But not this time, when its voice is needed the most. Related: Related: David Goldman/AP A CDC veteran asks: Why is the agency ‘sitting on the sidelines’ in the fight against Covid-19? @ashishkjha About the Author Reprints As political leaders discuss relaxing social distancing restrictions and opening up the economy again, a majority of Americans are concerned about whether it is safe to do so. They have fundamental questions about how the nation is doing, what will happen after it opens up, whether we will be able to keep people safe, and could we have to shut down again.As we struggle our way through this, an essential element is missing: strong, effective leadership from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the premier public health agency in the world.Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the CDC has been inexplicably absent, and Americans are suffering and dying for it.advertisement Related: ‘We’re being put at risk unnecessarily’: Doctors fume at government response to coronavirus pandemic By Ashish K. Jha April 29, 2020 Reprintscenter_img During this critical time, early hot spots like Washington state and New York City were unable to test for the virus. During the inexplicable number of weeks it took to figure out what went wrong, we could have easily adopted the WHO test, which was developed in Germany and is being successfully used in 126 countries around the world. This setback in testing — driven by defects in the CDC’s Covid-19 test and other bottlenecks and regulatory hurdles — is a major contributor to our national lockdown and the fact that thousands of Americans have needlessly died of this virus.Beyond its testing failure, the CDC has been slow and its response inadequate in another area where it has always excelled: evidence-based guidance. Throughout this pandemic, it has been slow in coming, confusing, and not necessarily evidence-based.The agency was slow to suggest that we should end large gatherings. As masks for health care workers became scarce, it recommended that health care workers wear bandanas and scarves with zero evidence that these would protect workers from the virus. Investigative reporting has uncovered unclear and disorganized communication to state public health agencies. And the CDC’s restrictive early testing guidelines did not necessarily align with what was understood about disease symptoms and risks at the time.Americans rely on the CDC for evidence-based guidance. We have not received it. While individual states oversee their public health departments, provision of health care, and actually implement policies and programs, the CDC has always provided the intellectual leadership, technical expertise, the expert guidance that states rely on to do their work. This federal agency coordinates efforts across states so they can learn from one another. And the CDC standardizes data and methods so we can get a true national picture of what is happening.advertisement Effective leadership from the CDC starts with immediately collecting standardized data and updating it regularly — including weekends. Yet for four weeks, the CDC took weekends off from reporting any data on the pandemic until overwhelming criticism forced it to change course. Daily CDC briefings would help the American public understand the data: Not only do we need to know the number of infections, tests, hospitalizations, deaths, and ICU cases, we need CDC experts to put these numbers in context, explain trends and outliers, and keep us grounded in science. Daily updates from the CDC would allow all of us to better understand how we are doing, whether we are likely to run out of hospital capacity and when, what the bottlenecks are on testing, and how we get ahead of this outbreak.It would be easy for the CDC to do this, but it hasn’t.Most states are already reporting some of this information every day, though often in haphazard and incomplete ways. The CDC’s natural role is working with states to standardize data collection and reporting it in a way that would make timely, important information publicly available.It should also commit to providing guidance based solely on evidence, not speculation. If we run out of masks, the CDC should state clearly that going without masks is harmful (as the evidence suggests), not that we should wear makeshift bandanas (for which there is no evidence). Committing to evidence-based guidance would be easy, since it is what the CDC has historically done. And it would be immensely helpful at this moment.During any public health crisis — especially the largest one of our generation — the nation’s top public health agency needs to provide leadership. That’s what the American people expect and deserve. But so far the CDC has been absent from the fray, and its absence is being felt.This must be a painful time for the many extraordinary career scientists who continue to work at the agency. But it’s a painful moment for the American people, too, and with deadly consequences. Real CDC leadership — clear, science-based guidance, effective coordination of states, and public transparency of data — is absolutely essential for confronting and getting clear of this crisis.The CDC was once the world’s greatest public health agency. We need that CDC back, and we need it now.Ashish K. Jha, M.D., is director of the Harvard Global Health Institute and professor of global health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Want to know how many tuberculosis cases there were in the U.S. last year? Ask the CDC. Want to know about health-care-associated infections? Ask the CDC. It knows.But ask how many Covid-19 tests have been done, and the CDC’s doesn’t have an answer. Want a daily update on how many people are getting hospitalized for Covid-19? The CDC isn’t tracking it. Want to know if social distancing is making a difference? The CDC doesn’t know.During this pandemic, when accurate, timely, nationwide information is the lifeblood of our response, the CDC has largely disappeared.The performance of the world’s leading public health agency has been surprising, and by that I mean surprisingly disappointing. When the outbreak began, the CDC decided to forgo using the World Health Organization’s testing kit for Covid-19 and build its own. The test it shipped out to states was faulty, creating problems that stretched for weeks and slowed response as states waited for replacement tests. First OpinionWe need the real CDC back, and we need it now Tags Coronavirusgovernment agenciespublic health [email protected] Ashish K. Jha Video Chat: A conversation on the coronavirus with Rich Besser last_img read more

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In Pictures: Killeshin and Graiguecullen go green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day

first_img Facebook TAGSGraiguecullenKilleshinSt Patrick’s DaySt Patrick’s Day Parade Pinterest SEE ALSO – Gardai appeal for information after elderly man viciously assaulted in Laois In Pictures: Killeshin and Graiguecullen go green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Twitter By Alan Hartnett – 17th March 2019 So enjoy some great pictures from the day and let us say a big thank you to everyone who co-operated with us today to make it all possible. Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleProperty Watch: Eight properties for sale for under €150,000 in MountmellickNext articleIn Pictures: Early starts as Vicarstown and Timahoe turn on the style again Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Thanks to Labour Local Election candidate Eoin Barry who was on hand to send us on a few pictures from there.A few hours later, it was Graiguecullen’s turn to take to the streets.And here Paul Dargan was there to capture some beautiful images and you can check out his full album here. GAA Pinterest Brought to you in association with Joe Mallon Motors, PortlaoiseWhat a day that was!St Patrick’s Day has come and almost gone with the county turning green for the day.And down on the Carlow border, two parades did not disappoint.Killeshin were out first and were actually the second earliest parade to take place in Laois. Home News Community In Pictures: Killeshin and Graiguecullen go green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day NewsCommunity Twitter GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

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Nouvelle vie pour les arbres en Corée du Nord

first_imgCes tableaux accrochés partout reflètent laspécificité du système de totalitarisme dynastique de la Corée du Nord. Pourquoin’y aurait-il donc pas d’arbres dans les montagnes ? C’est à cause du problèmede chauffage qui n’a pas été résolu. En hiver, n’ayant pas de quoi se chaufferproprement, le peuple nord coréen n’a d’autre choix que de monter en montagnerécupérer du bois pour se chauffer. Ce phénomène s’est empiré depuis le milieudes années 1990 (période de famine). Au début, les gens coupaient les arbres surles plateaux bas mais au fur et à mesure, ils ont dû monter dans les hauteurs.Finalement, la grande majorité des montagnes nord coréennes a été complètement déboisée. Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News News Le travail de restauration des forêts : Par conséquent, le gouvernement a annoncéle début de grands travaux de développement des forêts. Kim Jeong Eun aprésenté un discours ce 27 février dans lequel il annonce : « Nous,le Parti, l’Armée et le Peuple tout entier, nous engageons fortement dans lalutte pour la restauration des fôrets, et allons rendre aux montagnes de notrenation leur verdoyance et leur densité ».Kim Jeong Eun a invité des troupesmilitaires à le regarder planter un arbre lui-même le 2 mars, lors de Siksujeol  (un jour de commémoration où tous lescitoyens Nord Coréens doivent planter un arbre). By Daily NK – 2015.03.09 10:34am Image: KCTV RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Image: KCTV News center_img Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Dans son discours, Kim Jeong Eun aégalement dit : « Il faut résoudre ce problème d’arbres, que le peuple aarraché à nos montagnes lors de la période de grandes difficultés ». Le leader ne cache pas savoir la cause de cettedéforestation. Cependant, il n’a pris aucune mesure concernant l’élaboration deforêts de bois à brûler, l’augmentation des provisions de charbon pour leshabitants, l’utilisation du méthane, etc.C’est bien entendu une bonne chose dereplanter des arbres. Si la montagne est touffue, l’air se purifie, et lesarbres aident aussi à la prévention des glissements de terrain dûs aux inondationsdurant la période de mousson. Cependant, les encouragements d’un dirigeant àplanter des arbres ne semblent pas une manière efficace de résoudre le problèmefondamental d’un peuple qui doit couper les arbres pour se chauffer. De plus,il ne semble pas possible de transformer une montagne désertique en unemontagne dense et verdoyante avec la volonté seule… News Facebook Twitter Nouvelle vie pour les arbres en Corée du Nord Si l’on peut se rendre en Corée du Norddans certaines circonstances, il est difficile d’accéder aux régions en dehorsde celles habituellement autorisées comme Pyongyang, Kaesong, et les montsGeumgang et Paekdu. Quand bien même on pourrait se rendre ailleurs, il estextrêment difficile d’obtenir des occasions de pouvoir visiter les campagnes. Comptetenu de la grande différence de niveau de vie entre la ville et la campagne, lesautorités refusent de montrer les régions rurales.Par chance, j’ai eu l’occasion de voir unerégion de campagne en 2006. J’ai été invité en Corée du Nord pour assister à unévénement d’une organisation d’Etat qui allait se tenir à la campagne. Je suisparti de Pyongyang en prenant l’autoroute en direction de Kaesong et à mitrajet, le bus s’est engagé sur une route de campagne. J’y ai vu des citoyensNord Coréens avec des vêtements en lambeaux sur un chemin de terre non entretenu.En tant que frère du même peuple, j’ai été très touché.Quant j’étais dans le bus qui traversaitcette campagne pendant plus d’une heure, j’ai eu l’impression soudaine de metrouver au moyen orient. J’ai fait beaucoup d’investigations en Irak, Jordanie,Emirats Arabes Unis, Turquie, Israël, etc. J’avais des souvenirs clairs du Moyen-Orientet tout à coup, cette région rurale de Corée du Nord me paraissait pleine deressemblances.Pourquoi la Corée du Nord m’a-t-ellerappelé le Moyen-Orient ?Etrange idée ? J’ai essayé de trouver uneréponse plausible à cette drôle d’impression quant à la partie Nord de lapéninsule. J’ai trouvé deux causes effectives. La première, il n’y avait pas d’arbresdans la montagne. La plupart des terres du Moyen-Orient étant désertiques,il n’y a pas d’arbres non plus. Deuxièmement, dans chaque village est accroché ungrand tableau militaire. En y repensant, les régions Moyen-Orientales enquestion n’étaient pas démocratisées et l’on accrochait dans chaque village untableau géant du dirigeant au pouvoir absolu. Dans la campagne nord coréenne,les tableaux de Kim Il Sung et Kim Jong Il sont toujours accrochés. SHARE Image: KCTVlast_img read more

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CFA members predict weak 2012 for economies, markets

Related news IE Staff OECD raises outlook for Canadian economic growth this year Keywords Economic forecastsCompanies CFA Institute Stagflation is U.S. economists’ biggest fear, SIFMA says Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May While CFA members from across the globe remain pessimistic about the prospects for capital markets in the coming year, Canadian CFA members are markedly more positive on Canada’s economic outlook, according to the CFA Institute 2012 Global Market Sentiment Survey. The survey measures the mood of more than 2,500 CFA charterholders and members on the outlook for world capital markets and the ongoing struggles associated with the global credit crisis. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media “Around the world, investors remain concerned about the prospects for market performance and ethics in 2012, and it is difficult to envision a return to strong global performance without prompt attention to restoring investor confidence,” says Kurt Schacht, managing director for market policy at CFA Institute. “Industry participants must act to give investors reason to trust in the fairness of markets again, and regulators worldwide need to intensify efforts to deal effectively with ongoing systemic disruptions. With the exception of a few local markets, there is very little to cheer about in 2012.” Significant Canadian highlights of the global survey include: > Canadians see local strength, global weakness Comparing Canadian predictions for domestic and global markets, 88% predict the local economy will expand or stay the same in 2012 while only 11% predict local economic contraction. At the same time 32% predict contraction for the wider global economy. > Weak economic conditions seen as biggest risk to Canadian markets Though Canadians are optimistic about the local economy, 57% of Canadian respondents cited weak economic conditions as the biggest potential risk to local capital markets in 2012. > Equities expected to underperform other asset classes Globally, 59% of respondents predict that asset classes other than equities will be top performers in 2012. This number was even higher among Canadian respondents, at 64%. However, U.S. respondents are more bullish, with a majority predicting global equity markets to be top performers. > Sovereign debt crisis likely to continue More than 75% of all respondents see no improvement in the current sovereign crisis in 2012. This sentiment was widely shared among all survey participants. > Credit crisis leaves lasting impact Slightly more than 50% of both Canadian and global respondents believe the impact of the crisis will last three to five more years. > Regulatory improvements still needed to improve market integrity Asked to identify the regulatory action most needed to improve trust in the global market, 43% of Canadian members surveyed cited improved regulation and oversight of global systemic risk, 22% identified improved enforcement of existing laws and regulations, while 12 percent cited improved transparency of financial reporting. > Employment for investment professionals expected to remain flat Of Canadians surveyed, 62% believe employment opportunities for investment professionals will remain the same, 11% believe opportunities will increase, and 25% see opportunities decreasing over the coming year. The CFA Institute 2012 Global Market Sentiment Survey was created to seek input from CFA Institute members and gather feedback on market sentiment, performance and market integrity issues in the coming year. The survey was conducted online from November 2-11. read more

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