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first_img‘Trouble ahead’The US outbreak, once centered around densely populated New York City, has since infected communities from coast to coast. Experts believe that spread has been driven in part by summer vacation travel.”This is a predictor of trouble ahead,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases official, told CNN on Thursday.Fauci was speaking after the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, identified new areas of concern during a telephone call with state and local officials on Wednesday.Baltimore and Atlanta remain at a “very high level,” as well as Kansas City, Portland, Omaha and California’s Central Valley, Birx said on the call, a recording of which was obtained by the journalism nonprofit Center for Public Integrity.White House data shows small increases in the percentage of positive tests in Chicago, Boston, Detroit and Washington.On the positive side, medical professionals have a better understanding of what they are dealing with, said Dr. Khalilah Gates, a pulmonary and critical care specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.”We don’t know all of it, but it’s not the fear of the unknown anymore,” she told Reuters.Trump has urged state and local authorities to re-open public schools for in-person learning and Fauci has said children should be sent back to class as soon as possible.But many school districts nationwide, including two of the largest, Los Angeles and Chicago, have opted for online instruction.In rural Mississippi’s Corinth school district, where schools opened two weeks ago, five COVID-19 infections forced some students and teachers into quarantine, Superintendent Edward Lee Childress said on Facebook Live.The decision to reopen schools took into account the “inevitable moment” that COVID-19 would be detected and contact tracing plans triggered, Childress said.”We’re going to have some more positive cases. We know it will happen,” he said.Although the number of Americans seeking jobless benefits fell last week, a staggering 31.3 million people were receiving unemployment checks in mid-July. Other data on Thursday showed a 54% surge in job cuts announced by employers in July.The State Department on Thursday lifted an advisory from March that US citizens should avoid all international travel due to the pandemic. But American travelers are still restricted or banned in many parts of the world, including the European Union and Canada. Nearly 300,000 Americans could be dead from COVID-19 by Dec. 1, University of Washington health experts forecast on Thursday, although they said 70,000 lives could be saved if people were scrupulous about wearing masks.The prediction by the university’s widely cited Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation comes as top White House infectious disease advisors warned that major US cities could erupt as new hot spots if officials there were not vigilant with counter-measures.”We’re seeing a rollercoaster in the United States. It appears that people are wearing masks and socially distancing more frequently as infections increase, then after a while as infections drop, people let their guard down,” Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the IHME said in announcing the university’s latest forecast. Topics :center_img The US death toll stands at over 159,000, the most of any country in the world, with 4.8 million known cases. (Open https://tmsnrt.rs/2WTOZDR in an external browser for a Reuters interactive graphic)The IHME said infections were falling in former epicenters of Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas, but rising in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Virginia. Those findings are consistent with Reuters tallies.Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, a Republican, on Thursday said he had tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of a planned meeting with President Donald Trump, but had experienced no symptoms of the illness.Tennessee and North Carolina reported record single-day increases in deaths on Thursday with 42 and 73, respectively.last_img read more

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first_img Equality,  National Issues,  Non-discrimination,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs Executive Director Todd Snovel and members of the commission participated in the Rally for Trans Existence and Resistance at Love Park in Philadelphia this afternoon in support of transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming individuals, decrying the abhorrent discriminatory policy proposed by the Trump Administration.“I am Rachel Levine; I am a parent; I am a doctor; I am a professor; I am Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; and I am a transgender woman,” Sec. Levine said. “As an American woman, I have a right to equal protection under the law. Our governor believes this. He is the first Governor in the nation to create a Commission on LGBTQ Affairs.“In the Wolf Administration, we believe that no one should be denied health care, a job or housing because they are LGTBQ and Governor Tom Wolf will not jeopardize the health, safety or opportunities of any Pennsylvanian.“I have an important message today for anyone who is trans and struggling to live their truth openly: We are here to support you, to help you and protect you. We will not relent because we cannot put an entire generation at risk by denying them their rights.”The Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, the first of its kind in the nation, offered this statement:“This past weekend, the New York Times reported on a memo from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) which seeks to legally define gender as biological and determined at birth. If this proceeds it will have devastating impacts on the lives of our transgender and nonbinary communities nationwide. This policy further invalidates the lived experiences of well over 1 million individuals, across the country, and could restrict access to vital programs such as health care, housing, and other public services.“The Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs and the Wolf Administration are deeply disturbed by this proposed definition. We will continue to monitor this very closely and use our energies to prevent these discriminatory policies from being enacted. We refuse to let the lives of transgender and non-binary Pennsylvanians be erased.“Join us by showing your support. Utilize your social media platforms, contact your government officials, and engage in dialogues with other community members. We must unite and affirm the experiences and rights of our trans communities here in Pennsylvania and throughout our nation.” Wolf Administration Participates in Rally to Support Transgender Pennsylvanians, Decry Discriminatory Federal Policy October 23, 2018center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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first_img“The information is published in the AP funds reports – for example, in the annual reports and on our websites,” they said.The funds said they shared the view that transparency and cost efficiency were crucial for any management.“The AP funds in general have among the lowest cost levels in the industry, even in an international comparison,” they said.They said the AP funds’ operations and the audit of these activities were partly regulated by law, and that external auditors reviewed their operations and accounts every year.They were critical of the ISF’s report and methods.“The ISF has neither been in contact with us regarding its perceived difficulties finding information nor has it had any contact with us to verify its ‘findings’ regarding the AP funds, when writing the report,” the funds said.They said the report contained a number of misunderstandings and failed to provide a correct presentation of how the AP fund system worked.AP funds 1-4 also said that, for a fund manager in general, and a global pension fund in particular, determining an appropriate cost level was a complex process. “Calculating costs in isolation gives an all too simplistic picture,” they said.The level of costs should form part of the broad canvas, instead of being seen as the primary criterion of valuation, they said. “This means adopting a holistic view, involving an assessment of revenue and risks, as well as costs,” they said.They said it was cost-efficiency that needed to be put in the spotlight but that this was not presented in the ISF report.Meanwhile, a spokesman for AP6 – the Swedish pensions buffer fund that invests exclusively in unlisted companies – said all costs regarding the fund’s asset management, among other things, were disclosed in its annual report and easy to follow year from year.“The owner, the Ministry of Finance, makes an audit of our financial activities each year, which is reported to the Swedish parliament,” he said.Separately, a spokesman for AP7, the default premium pension provider, said the pension fund was very transparent about its fees, as the current management fee could always be found on its website.The ISF report referred primarily to the transparency of the buffer funds, he said, which AP7 is not. Sweden’s AP pension buffer funds have refuted a finding in an official report that there was a lack of clarity in their administrative costs, insisting they are transparent in reporting returns, risks and costs.A report released at the end of last month by the Swedish Social Insurance Inspectorate (Inspektionen för socialförsäkringen or ISF) on administrative costs in the country’s pension system found that some of the administrative costs for the AP funds and the premium pension providers – for example, transaction costs and other fees associated with transactions – were difficult to estimate.In a joint reply to questions from IPE, AP funds 1-4 said: “We are transparent in our reporting concerning returns, risks and costs.”The four funds said they reported according to the IFRS standard and were transparent regarding expenses, including commission expenses. last_img read more

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first_img5 Planchonella Close, Edge Hill, is on the market for $2.25m.A jawdropping stunner once named Australian House of the Year for its design has hit the market and immediately became the hottest home for sale in Queensland. LJ Hooker agent Nadine Edwards has the award-winning property on the market for sale by private treaty priced at $2.25million. Grab a bargain as coronavirus pushes landlords to enter long-term rental market More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 Glass walls let in abundant light. The design wowed judges across the country.The home at 5 Planchonella Close, Edge Hill – which has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, parking for five vehicles and sits on a 0.48 ha piece of land – was the most viewed property in Queensland on realestate.com.au this week.Planchonella House took the Australian design world by storm in 2015 with its handcrafted structures, fixtures and glass walls and concrete, designed to balance fragility and strength in the middle of a tropical rainforest setting. The home hugs a ridge and has views of the Cairns skyline. Even the bathrooms are glassed in to seem a part of the rainforest.Its awards list includes taking out the prestigious Australian Institute of Architects Awards national gong for new houses in 2015, walking away with the Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture.In the leader up to that it was named the Far North Queensland Regional project of the year as well as house of the year and then went out to take out the top state title for new houses, the coveted Robin Dods Award for Residential Architecture. A view of the house from the custom made pool.center_img It was also a twin winner at the national Houses Awards that same year, winning Australian House of the Year as well as New House over 200sq m.Ms Edwards was marketing it as “a home with soul”.“Innovative open plan design embraces the concept of movable walls that turn open spaces into functional rooms and an effortless flow between indoor and outdoors,” was how she listed it. The home has a living rooftop with plants along all the edges of a viewing platform. 5 Planchonella Close combines concrete, glass and wood to seem more a piece of art than a house.“The rawness of the concrete is offset by rosewood timber window frames and fixtures to add natural warmth and texture to the abode. Extensive use of frameless glass windows and doors allows unobstructed views to be appreciated from every vantage point within the residence.”The home also has a private pool area and city views in the middle of a rainforest setting, yet is just 7km from the Cairns CBD. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER MORE: QLD leads with $2k coronavirus relief for struggling renterslast_img read more

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first_imgNZ Herald 11 October 2016Family First Comment: “The effect of divorce on children is generally worse than we think, right across the social spectrum …. Divorce is much harder for children than a lot of adults realise.”When no-fault divorce laws were passed, nobody ever asked “what effect will this have on children?” It’s the same question that was never answered by those pushing same-sex marriage laws.Splitting Up – A Child’s Guide To A Grown Up Problem, published by UK law firm Mishcon de Reya in collaboration with children’s charity Place2Be, makes deeply painful reading with its tales of distress, anger, self-blame and humiliation – all, for the first time, in the voices of the children themselves.Yet psychotherapist Dr Stephen Adams-Langley, the charity’s senior clinical consultant, says they are fairly typical. “The effect of divorce on children is generally worse than we think, right across the social spectrum,” he says. “Divorce is much harder for children than a lot of adults realise.”Perhaps the saddest thing of all is that the anxiety reported by these children isn’t remotely uncommon, according to Dr Adams-Langley.Neither is the ignorance, or blinkered self-delusion, of the parents inflicting these “wounds without bruises”.“Unhappy parents practise a number of self-deceptions that can have damaging effects,” says Dr Adams-Langley. “They might think, for example, that it’s possible to keep a failing marriage secret from children if the arguing is done when kids are in bed.“Or that pre-schoolers don’t understand what’s going on and, therefore, can’t be affected by domestic strife. Both are myths.”How to ease the impact on kidsOf course, there are good ways of handling a split. “Divorce is rarely a good thing for children, but it doesn’t have to be damaging,” says Sandra.“If a child is comfortable and isn’t anxious, if they are involved in all the plans and they know that their life won’t be turned upside down – and that they won’t be used as a go-between – then they’re more likely to emerge from it unscathed.”In first meetings with divorcing parents, Sandra asks them to show her a photo of the children, and then places it in full view on the table while discussions progress, “so that the children remain uppermost in our minds”.If all parents followed this basic level of good practice, says Dr Adams-Langley, children might be spared an anguish they simply don’t deserve.“Bad divorces are a huge problem for children’s emotional well-being. We have to have compassion and respect for the grown-ups involved, but they also have to be the bigger people.“What I always say to parents is: ‘Let your love for your child be greater than the dislike or hate you feel for your former partner.’”Sadly, in many cases – as these children testify – such obviously wise advice appears too hard to follow.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11726539last_img read more

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first_img Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopTop 10 Disney Male Role ModelsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers Juventus president, Andrea Agnelli, has admitted it would be a lie to say that his club did not entertain the thought about bringing Pep Guardiola to the Allianz Stadium. Pep Guardiola’ The former Barcelona boss has been linked with a move to the Old Lady after the current campaign, but the Bianconeri chief has hinted that the City tactician will stay “where he is”. “It would be a heresy to say that nobody thinks of Guardiola,” Agnelli told Radio24. “Right now, he is extremely happy where he is. If I’m happy where I am, it’s unlikely that I would leave.” Guardiola’s future has recently been questioned again after City were handed a two-year ban from European football by UEFA, a charge they are fighting. But the Spaniard insists he will not leave the club, unless he is sacked, as City go in search of their first Champions League title when they take on Real Madrid in the first leg of their last-16 clash on Wednesday night.Advertisement Loading… center_img Liverpool’s relentless drive towards the Premier League title has left the Champions League as City’s main focus, with Guardiola desperate to bring European success to the Etihad before he does eventually move on. Meanwhile, City playmaker Kevin de Bruyne believes his side will be labelled as failures again if they are eliminated by Real Madrid in the Champions League. Madrid have lost top spot in LaLiga following a draw against Celta de Vigo and defeat at Levante, following on from their Copa del Rey exit earlier this month. Read Also:UCL: Man City want to emulate Real Madrid – Guardiola However, City’s hopes of retaining their title are already over, given their 22-point gap to leaders Liverpool, leaving the Champions League as Pep Guardiola’s main priority – especially given their upcoming two-year ban from all European competition FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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first_imgSTATEWIDE — Indiana superintendents are asking the state to suspend school accountability grades for a second straight year.Legislators withheld A-to-F grades this year because a change in how the ISTEP exam is constructed put it out of sync with what schools are teaching.Greensburg Superintendent Tom Hunter charges the new test was hastily cobbled together and doesn’t accurately reflect student or school performance.He’s suggesting scores will go down again when they’re released Thursday morning.last_img

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first_img Loading… “We must have the enthusiasm and awareness of having made an important journey that will give us enthusiasm. read also:UEL final: How Sevilla vs Inter will start after latest injuries “We must be proud to have reached a Final 10 years after the last time Inter did. “History is written by those who win, we only remember those. This is an extra push to get the most out of it.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte has warned his players’ finals are made for winners. Inter meet Sevilla in the Europa League final on Friday night. “As a player, I played a lot of them,” Conte said at a press conference. “I have won but I have also lost a lot. “People only remember when you win. I have won a Champions League, but I have lost three. In history, only the first one remains.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Untold Truth Of Sasha Obama6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

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first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Foxes attack Burnley Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers said he could hardly walk after contracting the novel coronavirus in March but he has since made a full recovery.Rodgers is the second manager to confirm he had a positive test for COVID-19 after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. He said he showed strong symptoms and was left breathless after falling ill shortly after the Premier League season was suspended.“I could hardly walk and it reminded me of walking up Mount Kilimanjaro,” Rodgers, who climbed the mountain for charity in 2011, said.“We had a week off when we were supposed to play Watford and then the week after that, I started to struggle.“For three weeks I had no smell or taste. I had no strength, and a week after, my wife was the same. We were tested and both of us were detected with the virus,” the 47-year-old former Liverpool and Celtic boss added.“I remember trying to run for the first time and it was hard to go 10 yards. I had no real appetite and it was a weird sensation of eating food without ever tasting and smelling what it was. It has made me really appreciate being fit and healthy.” Since players returned to limited group training last Tuesday, 12 positive tests for the virus have been confirmed at England’s top flight clubs.The Premier League, which has nine rounds remaining, will restart on June 17, with Leicester in third place on 53 points, four behind second-placed Manchester City.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Brendan RogersCelticLeicester CityLiverpoolMikel ArtetaMount Kilimanjarolast_img read more

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