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‘Thanks from Above’: Old warplanes to take flight, honor essential workers above Southern Tier

first_imgSpecific locations for the flyover will be released at a later date, the National Warplane Museum says. The flyover is scheduled for June 6 at 10 a.m. The event is titled, “Thanks from Above.” The Warplane Museum says its fortunate to have essential workers during the pandemic. “We are incredibly honored to take part in yet another flyover mission to show forth our gratitude and support to those on the frontlines,” says Director of Flight Operations at the National Warplane Museum Todd Cameron. (WBNG) — The National Warplane Museum will hold a flyover to honor essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic over the Southern Tier. A Douglas C-47 and a P-51 Mustang will participate in the flight. The museum asks all individuals viewing the planes when they flyover to maintain social-distancing rules.last_img read more

The HOW Festival once again brings the world names of hotel operations, which have never been to Croatia before!

first_imgAt the beginning of October, Poreč becomes the center of the European hotel industry! Hoteliers from all over the region are gathering, and their participation has been confirmed by the vice presidents of operations of global hotel companies!The only conference on hotel operations in Europe, HOW Festival, this year it will be held on October 3-5 in Valamar Isabella Island Resort in Poreč. Already in its first year the HOW Festival gathered over 500 participants, in the largest number hotel directors, heads of operations and hotel departments and positioned itself as the largest hotel conference in the region. The focus of the Festival is on presenting the latest global trends and raising the quality of hotel operations. This year, over 50 international and regional experts are coming to the HOW Festival, including:Srdjan Milekovic, Senior Vice President of Operations for the EMEA Region, Hyatt InternationalGustaf Pilebjer,  Director of Food & Beverage for Europe, Marriott InternationalSusan Farnie, Human Resources Director for the EMEA Region, Wyndham Hotels & ResortsJohn Bartlett, Head of Analytics and Reporting (days) for the EMEA Region, InterContinental Hotels Groupwho will present their knowledge of changes at the global level and share their experiences in an interactive and interesting way to the participants.The program of the Festival was prepared in cooperation with hoteliers, and is segmented into panel discussions and lectures that are in the first part for all participants, while in the second part parallel workshops are organized divided into hotel departments. Some of the themes of this year’s HOW Festival are: How to find out what your guests really (subconsciously) think about you How to use guest data (DATA)What kind of leaders will the hospitality industry of the future need (human resources)How to increase revenue after booking and on the spot (sales and marketing)Little tricks of champagne connoisseurs: how to successfully sell champagne by the glass (food and drink)What are 21st century guests looking for for breakfast? (food and drink)In addition to the educational program, participants can expect a rich entertainment program within which this year is organized the first team building for all hoteliers and a big party and concert of the band Living Legend!Also, in cooperation with Valamar Riviera, the organizers of the HOW Festival invite all participants to extend their stay in Istria and visit ISTRA & CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL, which is organized immediately after the end of the Festival! The most famous names of the Croatian music scene, such as TBF (6.10) and Hladni Piv (7.10), are waiting for them there.  The complete program as well as all information about the Festival is available on the official website: www.howfestival.comlast_img read more

Indonesia’s R0, explained

first_imgAchieving an R0 below 1 was also mentioned in several new regulations and guidelines as a prerequisite for transitioning to the new normal.But what is the R0 and what does it say about the current national health crisis?What is R0?R0 refers to a disease’s basic reproduction number, while RT refers to the R0 at a given time. Both indicators measure how contagious an infectious disease is. In the past couple of weeks, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and other government officials have repeatedly cited the R0 – pronounced R-naught – of COVID-19 in Indonesia as the country gears up to enter the “new normal” period to restart the economy. Jokowi said on Wednesday that the R0 in Jakarta had dropped to below 1 and explained that the government should continue efforts to lower it. Quoting data from the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas), Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartanto said on Wednesday that the R0 in some regions had fallen below 1.  R0 represents the expected number of new cases that might be generated from one infection case, and the R0 can differ from region to region.The average R0 for the seasonal flu in the United States, for example, is 1.3. This means that, for every 1,000 people with the flu, 1,300 others will become infected. These 1,300 people will in turn infect another 1,690 people, who will then infect another 2,197 people and so on. After 10 generations of infections, over 40,000 people would have the flu.An R0 above 1 means that an outbreak will grow exponentially, while an R0 below 1 means that an outbreak in a certain area will peter out, as each infected person will infect fewer than one other person on average.World Health Organization documents published in February estimated an R0 of 2 to 2.5 for COVID-19 in Hubei, China, which is said to be the ground zero of the disease.Read also: 50 days of Indonesia’s partial lockdown. Is it enough for the ‘new normal’?How is it calculated and what affects it? Windhu Purnomo, an epidemiology expert at Airlangga University in Surabaya, East Java, said that three variables determined a disease’s R0 and RT: its transmission method, its period of contagion and the rate of physical contact among infected individuals. According to the WHO, COVID-19 is transmittable through respiratory droplets and has a contagious period of 16 to 19 days.“While we cannot manipulate the method of transmission, the contagious period can be shortened by immediately treating infected patients. Social distancing measures can also reduce the amount of physical contact,” Windhu told The Jakarta Post.Windhu estimated that the current RT of COVID-19 in Indonesia was around 1.1. Estimates of RTs in Indonesia’s 34 provinces as of May 18, 2020. (Courtesy of the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas)/–)Panji Fortuna Hadisoemarto, an epidemiology expert from Padjadjaran University in Bandung, West Java, said that Indonesia’s geographic and population diversity also needed to be accounted for and the RT of around 1.1 only represented a national average.“It’s meaningless to count the reproductive number of Indonesia as it is very vast and heterogeneous,” Panji told the Post on Wednesday, adding that Bappenas data as of May 18 showed the RT varied widely between provinces.Low testing rate may skew R0, RT estimatesWindhu raised concerns that any estimates of Indonesia’s RT may be inaccurate due to the low levels of COVID-19 testing.He said that Indonesia’s daily testing capability, which the government claimed had reached 12,000, was not yet stable due to several cases of reagent shortages, adding that the country should at least be able to perform 20,000 tests per day.As of Monday, Indonesia had conducted 333,415 swab tests for COVID-19, a testing rate of 1,235 tests per 1 million people, one of the lowest testing rates in the world. In comparison, neighboring countries Malaysia and Singapore have testing rates of 17,000 and 57,000 tests per 1 million people respectively.Medical workers take swab samples from a patient under surveillance (PDP) in Tarakan General Hospital in North Kalimantan on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. The samples will be tested using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing method to determine whether the patient has contracted the novel coronavirus. (Antara/Fachrurrozi)Some regions, such as Jakarta, have higher testing rates than the national average, which may lead to more accurate estimates of the RT. Bappenas head Suharso Monoarfa said last week that the capital had tested more than 5,000 people per 1 million people.Other regions, however, have tested far less. Local news site, for example, reported last week that Aceh – a province with one of the lowest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country – had only conducted 303 COVID-19 swab tests, a testing rate of 57 tests per 1 million people.R0 and the new normalGovernment officials have cited the relatively low estimates of R0s and RTs in several regions as justification for entering the so-called new normal by reopening public and commercial facilities and resuming economic activities, albeit with certain health protocols.Windhu, however, urged caution.While he estimated that Indonesia’s current RT was around 1.1, he said it would continue to increase or decrease depending on the measures taken to contain the outbreak. For example, tightening or loosening physical distancing measures could reduce or increase the RT.“If the RT is 1.1 now and we suddenly relax [social restrictions], it could spike again. We also have to observe how long it remains at 1.1,” Windhu said. “If it remains [at 1.1] for around two weeks, then it will be fine, but we should not loosen [social restrictions] if it continues to fluctuate.”University of Indonesia epidemiologist Syahrizal Syarif, meanwhile, advised against using R0 and RT estimates as policy reference altogether due to the suspected inaccuracy of the available data in the country.Instead, he said the government could refer to the consistent daily decrease of new COVID-19 cases as a more accurate indicator for loosening social restrictions. “If new cases continue to decrease for more than 14 days at minimum, then we can safely say that the epidemic is under control,” he told the Post.However, Syahrizal also said that more testing was needed so that the daily recorded cases could better reflect the real-world transmission rate.Topics :last_img read more

Chapel Hill hot for first home owners

first_imgThis home at 61 Burns Pde, Chapel Hill, sold for $644,500.A couple getting ready to welcome their first baby into the world purchased this Chapel Hill home last month.Ben Jacobs Real Estate Paddington principal Ben Jacobs said the 61 Burns Pde home had 27 groups view the property and five offers in the first week before it sold for $644,500.“It was a highly contested property,” Mr Jacobs said.He said the buyers loved that the home was ready to move into and was in a family-friendly area.“It’s picture perfect, it didn’t have a lot of renovation to do but you could still put your own touch on it,” he said.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019REAL ESTATE: 61 Burns Pde, Chapel HillMr Jacobs recently sold 31 Bredden St, also at Chapel Hill, for $27,500 above the listed price.“That reflects the area well,” he said. “Prices are strong and growth has been strong.”The agent said he had seen an increase in the number of first homeowners purchasing property in the area.“We’ve been seeing a lot of first-home owners which is refreshing,” Mr Jacobs said.“There’s been some contemporary gentrification of that pocket, so there’s been a bit of a changing of the guard.”last_img read more

Consider alternative de-risking assets as Gilt yields fall, says LGIM

first_imgLegal & General Asset Management (LGIM) has called on UK pension funds to consider alternative de-risking strategies, as Gilt yields dipped into negative territory.The UK’s largest asset manager said, in light of the Bank of England’s quantitative easing programme, it was likely the prevailing low yields, and the occasional negative yields seen on short-term paper on 10 August, could last for even longer than expected.As a consequence, it urged schemes to use real assets and corporate bonds for de-risking rather than rely solely on Gilts.LGIM’s head of institutional distribution Mike Walsh said that such alternative de-risking assets should be considered by gradually maturing defined benefit (DB) funds. “Adopting cashflow-matching techniques can assist schemes as they mature and become increasingly cashflow negative, thereby avoiding the need to be a forced seller of assets at a time when potentially a scheme can least afford it,” he said.“Market dynamics since the Brexit vote have reminded us that different types of real assets can diverge wildly in response to market events.”Walsh added that UK-quoted infrastructure and utilities had performed well since the UK’s vote in June to leave the European Union.“On the other hand,” he added, “we saw significant falls in the prices of UK REITs in the immediate aftermath of the vote, as well as some unit price reductions and suspensions from the managers of physical property funds.”Aberdeen Asset Management, Standard Life Investors, M&G and Aviva Investors all announced either suspension of trades on their property funds or introduced a discount on redemptions in the wake of the vote.“Although there are some signs the market is now becoming less pessimistic about the prospects for UK property,” Welsh said, “such short-term volatility can represent opportunities for longer-term investors such as pension schemes.”Pension funds will potentially be forced to rely on alternatives to Gilts in the wake of the UK central bank’s stimulus programme, which has seen the bank struggle to find sellers of UK debt.last_img read more

PROTECT: Groups urge caution on euthanasia

first_imgEuthanasia campaigner appeals to public for supportOneNewsNow 18 January 2016The euthanasia debate has fired up again with an alliance of religious and medical groups urging caution after a euthanasia campaigner called for more submissions to Parliament in support of a change in the law.Following a petition to Parliament to consider voluntary euthanasia, its health select committee is taking public submissions on the matter, and they close in two weeks on February 1.Matt Vickers, whose wife Lecretia Seales died from a brain tumour while campaigning for euthanasia, is calling on people to make a submission.He’s concerned that submissions to the select committee so far are split about 50-50.But the Care Alliance, made up of religious, medical and social groups, wants submitters to consider if vulnerable people would be put at risk.“We have terrible statistics in New Zealand around elder abuse,” said Matthew Jansen, Care Alliance secretary.“It’s at least 10 per cent and probably a lot higher. And that’s financial abuse and physical abuse and emotional abuse.” up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Free parking in downtown Brookville for December

first_imgBrookville, In. — The Brookville town council has approved free parking in downtown for the month of December. The annual measure is approved to encourage Christmas shopping in downtown.last_img

After loss in 2012 national championship, Syracuse out for revenge in NCAA tournament

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Bridget Daley stood on the sidelines and watched Northwestern celebrate winning the national championship. She watched the Wildcats storm the field at LaValle Stadium after defeating the Orange 8-6 on the biggest stage in collegiate women’s lacrosse.It’s an image that Daley vividly remembers, and one she and her teammates will use for motivation this year as they enter the NCAA tournament. The Big East champion Orange (16-3, 8-0 Big East) enters the tournament as the No. 4 seed and will play the winner of Boston College (12-7) and Dartmouth (10-7) on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the SU Soccer Stadium.“I have it ingrained in my mind,” Daley said. “You never want to feel like that. But we’re lucky to have another chance, another season. …We’re not going to stop for anything until we get there.”It will be a tough task for the Orange to get back to that point, especially without senior leader Michelle Tumolo, who suffered a season-ending ACL tear on April 16. But the team has won all six games it has played without her this season behind junior attack Alyssa Murray, the Big East Attack Player of the Year, and senior defender Becca Block, the Big East Defensive Player of the Year.And the bitter taste the national championship game loss left in the mouth of Daley is surely shared by the duo of award winners and the rest of the returning contributors.“It definitely fuels the fire,” said junior midfielder Amy Cross. “We carry those emotions. We want to get back to that same place again, the Final Four. But we’ve just got to focus one game at a time and hope that we’ll be able to play well enough to get there.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJunior goalkeeper Alyssa Costantino called it one of the toughest losses she has ever had.“Losing that championship was obviously very disappointing,” Costantino said. “You kind of just use that to motivate you to never feel like that again. So definitely taking that emotion and never wanting to feel like that ever again to want to win this one.”To prepare to get back to that stage, SU jam-packed its schedule with the fiercest opponents in the country. The Orange played nine games against teams currently in the top 20 in the country, including Nos. 1, 2, 4 and 6.“We played the best teams in the country at the beginning of the season and gained some valuable experience,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “We’ve been able to work on some things and make some corrections and put ourselves in a position where we feel pretty good about the way we’re playing going into the playoffs.”One major factor that SU has this year that it didn’t last year is freshman attack Kayla Treanor. She stepped into the lineup and had an immediate effect, leading the team with 59 goals and ranking second with 78 points.“This is like one of the best classes that have ever gone through Syracuse,” Treanor said. “They’re so successful and they lead our team on and off the field. It’s an honor to play with them and I’d love to see this class walk out as national champions.”One word comes to mind for the Orange seniors: revenge. They’re out for it. The Orange played 13 games against teams in the tournament and posted a 10-3 record in those games. The team knows what matters is now, and the sour taste of how last season ended will push them to even greater heights.“We’re confident. We’re also hungry,” Daley said. “We do have a final goal in mind, and that’s the national championship.” Comments Published on May 8, 2013 at 3:00 am Contact Josh: [email protected]last_img read more

Organisers Restate Commitment to Host World-class Okpekpe Race

first_imgRace Director, Zakari Amodu, observed at the weekend that the first and only IAAF Bronze Label race in Nigeria will live up to its billing as one of the prestigious road races in the world.“Everything is set for a good race,” begins Amodu.“The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) have set requirements for us to follow as a bronze label event and I can tell you we have met all the requirements and have even moved several steps higher,” he continued. “What we are waiting for is just for the race day to be here so that we can put into practice all we have been doing in terms of keeping to the requirements.“We have met the requirement concerning the number of elite athletes that must be present for a bronze label event. In fact, we have met the requirement for a gold label event which, considered alongside other requirements which we have also met will facilitate our upgrade into a silver label event,” he further said and revealed they have met other conditions like insurance cover for the athletes, the equality of the prize money, doping controls and other requirements outlined by the IAAF.“The IAAF requested that we subscribe to a third party liability insurance policy to cover the risks for which the race organisation may be held liable, including any accident which might occur to athletes and officials and this we have done with Linkage Assurance.“The international body also requested that prize money offered to competitors, including bonuses for times achieved shall be equal for all competitors regardless of their nationality or gender – in other words prize money for places should be equal for men and women and for nationals of the host country and athletes of other nationalities. This we have also done where the prize money for the first eight finishers are the same for men and women,” Amodu explained and added that drinking/sponging and refreshment stations will be adequately staffed by competent personnel and that water and refreshments shall be provided free of charge for all participants on the course and at the finish area.“The whole course from Apana Road to Okpekpe will be closed to vehicular traffic, with the exclusion of official vehicles, for the duration of the event. The start will be traffic-free until the last runner has started and the finish will be traffic free until the last runner finishes.On doping we have appointed one of Nigeria’s foremost sports medicine practitioners, Dr Akinwunmi Amao to be our chief anti-doping officer and everything needed to ensure a dope-free race have been provided,” said Amodu who explained that athletes are always scared when they know the man heading the anti-doping unit is a no-nonsense and honest.“That’s what we have in Dr Amao. We have also provided a doping station at the finish area for the race. You can see that we are very ready for Saturday,” concludes Amodu.The Okpekpe International 10km Road Race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, a leader in sports marketing, sponsorship, hospitality and rights acquisition business with operations in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Organisers of the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race have restated their readiness to organise a bigger and better event on Saturday, May 7 in Okpekpe in Edo State.last_img read more

Ghana “disrespect” spurred me on to AFCON success – Herve Renard

first_imgTwo-time Africa Cup of Nations winner, Herve Renard, has suggested that he felt disrespected during his time in Ghana when he was referred to as a Physical Trainer when he was indeed the assistant coach at the time.The Frenchman worked with Ghana’s coach Claude Le Roy during AFCON 2008 and was widely reported to be Ghana’s physical trainer.He has since moved on to win AFCON titles with Zambia (2012) and Cote d’Ivoire (2015), beating Ghana along the way both times.Renard, 51, has now revealed that the whole situation upset him.“My title with the Black Stars was “Physical coach” and it upset me because I had been a coach since 2000.“But I was obliged to accept it. I arrived after Sellas Tetteh and I was young so I couldn’t tell the people, ‘hey, I am assistant coach’ but I was assistant coach, maybe number 2”, Renard told Juliet Bawuah of TV3.“When I arrived in Zambia, the people said, ‘hey, you are not a coach, you are a physical trainer, so how do you expect to manage a team?’ and I was a bit upset about that.“I was assistant coach in Ghana but they tagged me as physical trainer because I was doing some physical preparations and some training also.“The boss was Claude Le Roy and I had to do what the head coach wanted from me.“But I was very upset when I arrived in Zambia in 2008 and had to explain, because I started my coaching career in 2000 and 8 years later you’re telling me I’m not a coach; I was upset,” he concluded.Renard is currently the head coach of Saudi Arabia after leading Morocco to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.last_img read more

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