“She has been put through the ringer and I think anybody who’s been on the show — and the two of you can relate to this — it is hard,” she said. “She’s just been put through the ringer and the things that people are saying about her and about her life and stuff online can just be really hurtful. I just feel bad for her because I feel like in a period of time where this should be really joyful for her and this should be a really great experience and probably one of the most exciting things that she will go through, it has not been that for her.”DeAnna Pappas Nancy Rivera/Ace Pictures/ShutterstockDeAnna added, “I’m literally trying to reach out to her on a daily basis even if she doesn’t text back just to say like, ‘Hey I’m thinking about you, I’m praying for you, just know that this is almost over, you’re doing great, you’re doing great.’ I’m trying to be a cheerleader because I feel like she has so many cards stacked against her.”The Bachelorette returns to ABC Thursday, November 5, at 8 p.m. ET.- Advertisement – News broke in August that Clare stopped filming season 16 of The Bachelorette within the first two weeks of production because she already found The One. After the season premiere in October, it was clear the hairstylist was smith with Dale. As a result, ABC called in Tayshia Adams to pick up where Clare left off. Fans will see the 30-year-old Bachelor season 23 alum on the Thursday, November 5, episode.While Clare may be happy with Dale, she is struggling with the backlash from the controversial season. DeAnna told Ashley, 32, and Ben, 31, that she and husband Stephen Stagliano sent Clare flowers amid the social media chatter.- Advertisement – Clare Crawley’s Bachelorette journey isn’t over just yet, but DeAnna Pappas seemingly confirmed the season 16 lead and front-runner Dale Moss are still going strong.“What I encouraged both of them to do is definitely enjoy the ride, take the opportunities because they’ll forever change the way their lives go and to love it and enjoy it but also to nurture and take care of what they have,” the season 4 Bachelorette told Ashley Iaconetti and Ben Higgins on their “Almost Famous” podcast earlier this month about recently catching up with both Clare, 39, and Dale, 32. “So, I think that would make her so happy just to be in Sacramento and live her life and live her love story with Dale and she’s totally fine with that. She’s waited a really long time.”Dale Moss and Clare Crawley ABC/Craig Sjodin- Advertisement – Listen to Here For the Right Reasons to get inside scoop about the Bachelor franchise and exclusive interviews from contestants – Advertisement –
Central Kalimantan and West Kalimantan have declared a 14-day state of emergency in response to massive flooding that inundated dozens of districts in the two provinces and displaced thousands late last month.Moreover, the BMKG predicted that the country would experience the impact of La Niña until at least February 2021. Read also: Extreme weather to occur during seasonal transition period, BMKG warnsLa Niña is a meteorological phenomenon where surface water temperatures in the equatorial band of the Pacific Ocean become abnormally low. It is believed to occur every two to seven years and brings heavy rainfall to the Indonesian archipelago, which tends to trigger natural disasters such as floods and landslides. The La Niña weather phenomenon would also increase rainfall intensity in some parts of the country as it tends to cause extreme weather in the archipelago. “Regional administrations need to anticipate the impact of flooding on residents staying at shelters, especially considering that it may be difficult to maintain strict health protocols at the shelters,” Wiku said on Tuesday.The shelters would accommodate many people, therefore they were at high risk of becoming COVID-19 clusters if we do not anticipate the issue early on, he added.A way of preventing that from happening was adherence to health protocols, including wearing masks, physical distancing and washing hands, Wiku said.Read also: Double disasterHe also noted the importance of maintaining the cleanliness of the shelters and providing sufficient air circulation and sunlight to protect the people from common rainy season diseases such as dengue fever, diarrhea, leprosy, typhus and skin disease. Therefore, he urged regional administrations to plan better and map locations and worthiness of the shelters to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.Previously, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan had also urged stakeholders to prepare for potentially hazardous flooding. “We need to be ready because we’re not just facing flooding but also the COVID-19 outbreak. These conditions require special care,” the governor said during an event to prepare for the rainy season in Jakarta late last month. He said disaster mitigation efforts should adhere to strict health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during evacuations. “We need to set up more [flood shelter] tents so health protocols and physical distancing can be better applied,” Anies added. (iwa) Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force (Satgas COVID-19) to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.Topics : With the rainy season approaching as the country deals with the pandemic, COVID-19 task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito reminded the public, especially those affected by flooding, of the importance to adhere to health protocols while staying in temporary shelters as they could potentially become infection clusters.The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) predicted the rainy season – which often brings floods – will begin in late October or early November, but several regions have already reported torrential rain during the transition from the dry season to the wet season. Heavy rainfall caused flooding in several regions, including Jakarta and West Java late in September. #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoap
Governor Wolf Announces Funding Available for Volunteer Fire Companies Battling Wildfires Across the State SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Environment, Press Release, PSA, Public Safety, Results Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced applications are being accepted for federal grants to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities better guard against the threat of fires in forested, undeveloped, and unprotected areas.“The value of these grants is accentuated when we look back at the tragedy of Tennessee’s wildfires late last year, and Pennsylvania’s wildfire last April that burned for almost two weeks across more than 8,000 acres on the Pike-Monroe county line,” Governor Wolf said. “Well-trained, well-equipped volunteers in rural areas often are the front line of defense in these types of wildfires. These men and women deserve the very best training and equipment, and these grants help them obtain both.”In 2016, $571,202 was awarded to 142 volunteer fire companies serving rural areas and communities where forest and brush fires are common. The grant program, offered through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and paid through federal grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, has awarded more than $12 million since it began in 1982.Local firefighting forces in rural areas or communities with fewer than 10,000 residents qualify for the aid, which is used for training and equipment purchases directly related to fighting brush and forest fires.“In reviewing applications, DCNR will place priority on those requests seeking funds for projects that include the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment and protective clothing and gear,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “These are the items the smaller fire companies often need most.”Grants also may be used for purchasing mobile or portable radios, installing dry hydrants, wildfire prevention and mitigation work and training wildfire fighters, or converting and maintaining federal excess vehicles. These vehicles are presented to the local departments exhibiting the greatest needs and those that commit to outfitting them for fire suppression.Aid is granted on a cost-share basis. Grants for any project during a fiscal year cannot exceed 50 percent of the actual expenditures of local, public and private nonprofit organizations in the agreement. The maximum grant that will be considered from any fire company in 2017 is $7,500.Grant applications must be electronically submitted through DCNR’s grant website by 4 p.m. Thursday, May 18. To expedite application and decision-making processes, DCNR is accepting only online applications. Applicants should visit www.dcnr.pa.gov and click on “Grants.”For more information, contact the bureau’s Division of Forest Fire Protection at (717) 787-2925; email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.dcnr.pa.gov (click on “Forestry,” then “Wildland Fire”). March 13, 2017
The German government has presented a revised proposal to introduce “Dutch-style” pension plans covering whole industries that are part of collective agreements.Under the new draft law, companies would be allowed to “rid themselves” of pensions liabilities.However, minimum guarantees would have to be offered by the pension plan, which, in turn, would be protected under the existing pension protection scheme – the Pensionssicherungsverein (PSV).Presently, the banking, metal and building industries are some of the few in Germany covered by single industry-wide schemes. In the autumn of 2014, the government published its first proposal, but the local pensions industry, wary of the inclusion of yet another vehicle in the second pillar, was openly critical. The government’s most recent proposal states that any new vehicle to cover entire industries must be set up as either a Pensionskasse or a Pensionsfonds.As an exception, companies that are part of collective-bargaining agreements will be allowed to offer defined contribution plans. However, in this case, the pension provider will then have to offer minimum guarantees.To ensure these guarantees, the new vehicles – be they Pensionsfonds or Pensionskassen – must be covered by the PSV lifeboat scheme.Currently, companies setting up a Pensionskasse do not have to make contributions to the PSV, as Pensionskassen are considered insurance-like organisations.Pensionskassen set up as collective industry-wide vehicles, however, would not have to pay as much into the PSV as Pensionsfonds, the government said. With the new pension plan, the government aims to increase the introduction of occupational pension plans in Germany, particularly among smaller companies that have so far been unable to take on additional liabilities.The government has also mooted the possibility of allowing companies that are not part of collective-bargaining agreements to join such industry-wide pension plans. It added that industry-wide pension plans would also “mostly solve the persisting problem of portability” in the German job market.To get more of a sense of the state of the German second pillar, read German government to ‘strengthen’ occupational pensions sector
33 Awoonga Ave, Burleigh Heads.A SPECTACULAR Burleigh Heads property that was passed in at auction yesterday is now on the market with a $2.15 million listing price.The three-bedroom residence at 33 Awoonga Ave was featured on the cover of the Gold Coast Bulletin Real Estate magazine earlier this month.Marketing agent Katrina Walsh of Harcourts Coastal said she was confident a sale would be achieved in coming weeks.“I’m working with several post auction interested parties,” she said. The white kitchen features streamline cabinetry, 40mm Quantum Quartz stone surfaces and an induction cooktop.There are also two bedrooms and the laundry on the first level.The full floor parent’s retreat on the second level includes a walk-in wardrobe with custom cabinetry, and ensuite with a bath, double vanity and rainfall shower.The fenced yard also has access for a caravan and boat storage.The couple have lived in the house for two years and say the views of Tallebudgera Creek never get old. 33 Awoonga Ave, Burleigh Heads. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa14 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoVendors Brian and Kathryn Fishburn bought the 1980s-built house in Burleigh Heads’ popular Koala Park in 2016 with a great vision in mind.The end result is a coastal haven that’s perfect for entertaining and relaxing all year round.Attention to detail, quality workmanship and high-end materials are evident throughout the residence.Porcelain tiles anchor the open plan living and dining zone with plenty of windows to embrace the views of Tallebudgera Creek.Outdoor social spaces include a relaxing garden arbour and an under-roof dining terrace where steps descend to the open-air entertaining deck and lawn. MORE: Gold Coast losing land sales to Logan 33 Awoonga Ave, Burleigh Heads. 33 Awoonga Ave, Burleigh Heads. ‘Bluewater’ views at Bilinga 33 Awoonga Ave, Burleigh Heads.
The European Union has approved funding for the construction of the Biscay Gulf France-Spain electricity link as part of a larger clean energy infrastructure investment.The EU Member States agreed on January 27, 2018, on the Commission’s proposal to invest €873 million in key European energy infrastructure projects from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) support program.In the electricity sector, a grant of €578 million, said to be the largest Connecting Europe Facility-Energy grant ever awarded, has been allocated for the construction of the Biscay Gulf France-Spain interconnection.The new electricity link will better integrate the Iberian Peninsula into the internal electricity market, according to the Commission.The project, with a 280 km long off-shore section, incorporates technologically innovative solutions regarding the design of the route over the Capbreton canyon and the French land section, which is fully underground.The new link will nearly double the interconnection capacity between both countries – increasing it from 2,800 MW to 5,000 MW, and will bring Spain closer to the 10% interconnection target from the current level of 6%.Such a leap will allow for an enhanced integration of renewable energies, thus contributing strongly to the clean energy transition and to the EU’s clean energy transition policy, the Commission noted.Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, said: “The construction of the Biscay Gulf France-Spain interconnection marks an important step towards ending the isolation of the Iberian Peninsula from the rest of the European energy market.“Only a fully interconnected market will improve Europe’s security of supply, reducing the dependence of single suppliers and giving consumers more choice. An energy infrastructure which is fit for purpose is also essential for renewable energy sources to thrive and for delivering on the Paris Agreement on climate change.”Of the 17 projects selected for funding, 8 are in the electricity sector, taking up €680 million of EU support, while the remaining 9 from the gas sector received €193 million.Under the Connecting Europe Facility, a total of €5 billion has been allocated to trans-European energy infrastructure for the period 2014-2020.When completed, the projects funded under the facility will each result in significant benefits for at least two EU Member States, enhance security of supply, contribute to market integration, and enhance competition, as well as reduce CO2 emissions.
APHA Press 19 December 2019Family First Comment:This is a significant study – and shows how the debate is being skewed… to the detriment of public health.“Posts generated by bots that indicated cannabis could allay health concerns outnumbered those generated by humans. “Unsubstantiated health claims perpetuated by social bots may have offline consequences, such as leaving Twitter users with the impression that cannabis use can allay health problems such as cancer,” the researchers warn. They note that previous research shows adolescents exposed to messages about marijuana benefits on social media are more likely to use the drug than those not exposed to such messages.”Distil Networks defines social media bots as “A type of bot on a social media network used to automatically generate messages, advocate ideas, act as a follower of users, and as a fake account to gain followers itself. It is estimated that 9%-15% of Twitter accounts may be social bots.”Researchers from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles mined tweets of cannabis conversations on Twitter from May 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. Using sophisticated software, they were able to distinguish between tweets generated by humans and those generated by bots.Twitter posts studied discussed “edibles, hemp, legalization, buying products, cannabis’ appeal or abuse liability, and health claims among other issues. Most of these topics were evenly divided between humans and bots, but posts generated by bots that indicated cannabis could allay health concerns outnumbered those generated by humans.“Unsubstantiated health claims perpetuated by social bots may have offline consequences, such as leaving Twitter users with the impression that cannabis use can allay health problems such as cancer,” the researchers warn.They note that previous research shows adolescents exposed to messages about marijuana benefits on social media are more likely to use the drug than those not exposed to such messages.They conclude that “the current study’s findings should be important to the public health community, as repeated exposure to pro-cannabis messaging and cannabis use by others can influence the social norms of those exposed to the content and lead to initiation of the behaviours.”See infographic describing social bots here.Visit Distil Networks for more information about social media bots here.READ MORE: https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2019.305461?journalCode=ajph&
RelatedPosts QPR slap N8.1b on Eberechi Eze Fulham join Eberechi Eze race Joe Hart pens two-year deal with Tottenham Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell scored the goals as West Ham United recorded a 2-0 win over Manchester United in Sunday afternoon’s Premier League clash at the London Stadium.Ukraine international Yarmolenko struck in the latter stages of the first period before Cresswell netted an excellent free kick late on – moving the Hammers into fourth position in the table and leaving a struggling United seventh with eight points from six matches.West Ham’s first attempt arrived in the 20th minute through Yarmolenko, but like the strike from Matic, it never threatened to trouble the opposition goalkeeper.David De Gea kept out a volley from Mark Noble in the 36th minute, but the Spanish goalkeeper could not prevent the home side from taking the lead late in the first half through Yarmolenko.The 29-year-old managed to collect a pass from Felipe Anderson before taking a touch and finding the bottom corner with a clever finish to send the Hammers ahead against an off-colour United.The Red Devils had plenty of players in a defensive position – the pressure on the ball was non-existent, though, and Harry Maguire could not react quick enough to block Yarmolenko’s attempt.It went from bad to worse for the Red Devils in the 61st minute when Rashford limped off the field with a groin problem, which meant that Jesse Lingard had to come onto the field at centre-forward.De Gea made a smart save to keep out a low Anderson strike in the 62nd minute, before Fabianski somehow kept out a close-range Maguire effort down the other end during a spell of United pressure.Cresswell missed the crossbar with a dangerous free kick 15 minutes from time, but West Ham still had their lead intact heading into the final stages of the contest.Angel Gomes was the third player off the away side’s bench in the 81st minute with Solskjaer desperately looking for some inspiration in the latter stages.However, West Ham wrapped up all the points in in the 84th minute when Cresswell picked out the top corner from a brilliant free kick to make it a miserable afternoon for United.Tags: Aaron CresswellAndriy YarmolenkoEPLWest Ham
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are without a number of key individuals – with captain Vincent Kompany and top goalscorer Sergio Aguero amongst a clutch of players ruled out through injury but, despite their fitness worries, Warnock knows his side have to be at their best to spring a shock. “They are just hitting their form,” he said. “It is always difficult to go to the Etihad, they play some wonderful football but we have been playing well so we do not go there with any fear, but we realise we have got to be on top of our game to come away with anything. We know our goalkeeper and our back four have got to play well and we have got to create chances. “(Sergio) Aguero is as good as anything, him and (Chelsea striker) Diego Costa are probably the best two in the Premier League. But if they wanted to give me Samir Nasri and David Silva I would take them tomorrow. “I think they are as good as anybody in the country, those two, the difference between the top clubs and everyone at the bottom end is that every player in the 25 is a top international player who can play in several positions. “We have got to know what we are doing and be on top of our game – we have done that well recently but we step it up another gear now. We did well at Swansea and Tottenham but now this is another challenge. We are going to the most difficult place, along with Stamford Bridge, so it is a good challenge for us.” Palace also have some concerning knocks, with Marouane Chamakh definitely ruled out of the fixture, and Warnock has long-said that he is waiting for the January transfer window. But one player who will not be moving to Selhurst Park is Roma left-back Cole – with the 33-year-old ex-England international linked with a return to the club he joined on loan in 1999. Press Association “No, we won’t,” Warnock replied when asked if the former Arsenal and Chelsea man would be signing on loan in the new year. “I was asked the question ‘would I like Ashley Cole’ and I said: ‘Yes, I would love him’, but we have already been told that there is no way he is coming back to England. He is enjoying himself over there – he is enjoying living there, so the answer is no. “I do not think there is any chance whatsoever. The facts are that he is not going to leave Italy for a year. He is loving it there. He walks about in the town without getting recognised. The press are not shoving cameras in his face, so he is loving it.” The Eagles face reigning Barclays Premier League champions City at the Etihad Stadium in Saturday’s early kick-off looking for their first win in almost a month – with the Londoners just one point clear of the relegation zone. That last victory came over Liverpool, who ran City close in the title race last season, and Warnock – who also rubbished reports linking Palace with Ashley Cole – wants his players to show what they are made of and upset the odds. Neil Warnock concedes he will be taking Crystal Palace to face a Manchester City side starting to fire on all cylinders – but insists his players will not simply roll over.
Gwengoat/iStockBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — U.S. employers added 1.4 million jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell slightly to 8.4%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said in its latest employment report on Friday.While the fresh data may indicate some hope for an economy walloped by the COVID-19 crisis, the unemployment rate still isn’t anywhere near pre-pandemic levels. In February, the unemployment rate was 3.5%.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.