Three year high for US morale

Three year high for US morale

first_img Three year high for US morale Tuesday 22 February 2011 8:04 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen Herald KCS-content whatsapp Sharecenter_img whatsapp AMERICAN consumers are the most upbeat they have been since February 2008 as the US economy continues to rebound, official data showed yesterday.“Rising equity prices, falling unemployment and the boost to disposable incomes from the payroll tax cut are more than offsetting the effects of higher gasoline prices and lower house prices,” commented Paul Dales of Capital Economics.High street morale was boosted despite upward revisions being made to recent months due to changes in the Conference Board’s methodology. The headline figure for consumer confidence reached 70.4 this month, from 64.8 in January.And consumers are optimistic for the near future, with the survey’s expectations index surging to 95.1, from 87.3 last month, smashing the long term average of 92 for the first time since the recession.America’s recovery was also reflected in the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond’s manufacturing figures, which bounced back strongly. The index climbed back to 25 this month, as new orders soared by 10 points (from 17 to 27), the Richmond Fed announced yesterday.However, the US housing market continues to slump, with prices falling 0.4 per cent in December, compared to the previous month.In the final three months of 2010, prices in 20 main US cities dropped 3.9 per cent on the previous quarter, the Case-Shiller home price index revealed yesterday.“The silver lining that they should be bottoming out soon,” said ING’s Teunis Brosens. Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orglast_img read more

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Inmates running the asylum

first_img Regions: UK & Ireland 3rd November 2019 | By Stephen Carter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter While UK loyalists caught in the regulatory and political storm in the UK may be tempted to point to Sweden and say they’ve got it much worse, they’re simply clutching at straws, argues Julian Buhagiar. They could be waiting up to three years for new rules that reflect post-EU business realities Finance Email Addresscenter_img Topics: Finance Legal & compliance Strategy Inmates running the asylum While UK loyalists caught in the regulatory and political storm in the UK may be tempted to point to Sweden and say they’ve got it much worse, they’re simply clutching at straws, argues Julian Buhagiar. They could be waiting up to three years for new rules that reflect post-EU business realitiesThere’s a great line early on in Ken Kesey’s timeless masterpiece One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: “People will force you, one way or the other, into doing what they think you should do or into just being mule-stubborn and doing the opposite out of spite.Watching the unfolding drama over the upcoming UK elections, and indeed the similar state of its totalitarian gambling regulations, it’s hard not to draw comparisons between the asylum’s Big Nurse and UK’s Big Government.Naturally, defenders will voraciously point to Sweden and say “dem’z worse bruv”. But historically and politically, Sweden is cynical enough to recognise that the long game is played by gradually decreasing populist steps followed by ‘embracing new initiatives’ once tax windfalls start to bite.It’s why defence and tobacco still form a significant part of pension funds in the Nordics despite a worldwide lobby to the contrary.So many (currently non-licensed) Swedish operators are patiently biding their time until regulation settles, applying (and in many cases re-appealing) to regulators until the window re-opens again.Not so in the UK, at least not while the current political mood prevails. Even under existing management, the short- and medium-term outlook is bad.Consider for example how – now that the UK has finally decided to leave the customs union – there isn’t yet a definite view on how VAT will be reconciled inter-border.Point of consumption? Well, that will depend on individual agreements signed up between member states. GDPR and data residency? Yeah, we’ll get around to that.And, let’s be clear from the outset, UK gaming will stand to get even worse should Parliament take an unexpected lurch to the left. One thing’s for sure though; Gibraltar had better find a replacement for all those gaming expats. Who’s going to be doing the rounds now at The Clipper?In gaming, as in politics, the real stakeholders vote with their feet not their rhetoric. Consider how, in the last few months, ComeOn, JackpotJoy and Vera&John, to mention just a few, have all pulled out of the UK.Most of the others have withdrawn budgets or just silently stopped promoting. And we’re still short of a couple of a few key mergers. Still too many sharks swimming round in an (ever decreasing) tank.The Hungry House of gaming is still waiting to happen, and that will come about in a few months.A similar outlook prevails for the white-label market. Previously enjoying relatively unhinged operations, things have taken a turn for the worse now with increased liability for licence holders.This puts companies like EveryMatrix in a tricky situation. Having lost its B2C licence, it continues to operate with its remote gambling software licence for now, until its licensed operators start to come under increased pressure.Others are in a similar predicament. On current weather conditions, it’s when, not if, the storm will hit.So, how do the inmates get to stop running the asylum? Not anytime soon, at least not until the new establishment truly comes to terms with what a deep (self-inflicted) mess it’s gotten itself into.In about two to three years’ time, when customs duties and car manufacturing deficits really start to bite (never mind who will still be around to make my flat white) there should be some new rules in place to benefit an offshore gaming jurisdiction.Lowering company tax to 15% or even 12.5% should be the first move. Relaxing FOBT limits again (based on circumstantial evidence that limits don’t really affect gambling habits) followed by a gradual reallocation of licences for B2C and B2B holders, against lower punitive fines.Given the anticipated short-term brain-drain, maybe even incentivising high earners on better tax credits and/or fixed-term rebates to get fresh middle and senior management blood back into the machine.Taking a leaf from Malta’s gaming playbook in this case surely can’t hurt. Hopefully with less traffic jams. Or dust.So, unsurprisingly, things are about to go from bad to worse in the short term for the B2C and B2B UK gaming markets.At some point in the next three years, hopefully sooner, the over-regulated industry will acknowledge that the laws need to be relaxed again to accommodate new trade and new brains.And at that time, given the almost definite economic contraction, will be able to do it without fear of populist retribution. After all, isn’t this what taking back control should be about?Julian Buhagiar is an investor, CEO and board director to multiple ventures in gaming, fintech and media markets. He has led investments, M&As and exits to date in excess of $370m. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

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Merger of Biarritz and Bayonne ruled out

first_imgFresh face: Laurent Magnaval has joined Biarritz from Racing. Photo: Getty ImagesAnd let’s not forget Biarritz. Unlike their Basque neighbours, Biarritz have kept the bulk of their squad, and made a couple of useful signings in Bertrand Guiry, the former Bordeaux flanker, and Laurent Magnaval, the young scrum-half who arrives from Racing 92.One of Blanco’s last acts before resigning from the club he’d presided over since 2008 was to assure players and staff that Biarritz were financially secure for the upcoming season. The players certainly seemed satisfied when they reported for the start of pre-season training on Monday, even being able to boast of a new jersey to mark what they hope is a new and more prosperous era. Bayonne’s supporters have been bullish in declaring that their boys will bounce back up to the Top 14 in 12 months’ time but their optimism may be misplaced. Despite the departures (16 in total) only one player of note has so far arrived – Julien Jané, a France Sevens winger – and they’re now in a league that grows ever more competitive.Lyon, also relegated last season, have recruited heavily in recent weeks, counting among the new faces the vastly experienced French internationals Julien Bonnaire and David Attoub, as well as former Bath flanker Carl Fearns and ex-Clermont winger Napolioni Nalaga. With Pierre Mignoni brought in from Toulon to replace Olivier Azam as coach, Lyon will start the season as league favourites.Then there’s Mont-de-Marsan, beaten by Agen in the thrilling ProD2 play-off, and also Perpignan, who are regaining their confidence after a harrowing few seasons. Among their new recruits are prop Kisi Pulu from Toulouse and ex-Montpellier backs Enzo Selponi and Yohann Artru. In the end pride triumphed over pragmatism and the Basque Super Club was binned. Thrown out with the concept were Serge Blanco and Manu Mérin, presidents respectively of Biarritz and Bayonne, the two clubs that for the past few weeks have been wrestling with the idea of a merger.Blanco resigned at the start of last week when he failed to win a two-thirds majority of supporters in favour of a Super Club at a Biarritz’ general meeting. But in an indication of just how shambolic this whole episode has been, it emerged that there had been what the local paper Sud Ouest described as “irregularities” in the voting procedure. So on 30 June, one week after the initial vote, there was a re-run and this time of the 382 ballot papers, a remarkable 309 (81%) voted for a fusion.But it counted for nothing because in Bayonne 78% of the amateur section voted against the idea – and there were no irregularities in their ballot. Aware that there were ‘manoeuvrings’ against him, Mérin resigned after just 18 months in the job and he was replaced by Francis Salagoïty, who had filled the same post from 1999 to 2001.Salagoïty had little time in which to reacquaint himself with the job. On Tuesday he had an audience with the DNACG, the financial gendarme of professional rugby, to explain how he intends to finance the club bearing in mind that Bayonne’s losses are €700,000 and their envisaged budget deficit is €1.9m. He passed that test and so now Salagoïty must turn his attention to on-field matters ahead of the new season that starts on 22 August.Over and out: Scott Spedding has left Bayonne for Clermont. Photo: Getty ImagesBayonne were relegated on the last day of the Top 14’s regular season and they’ve been shipping players ever since. Ten of the squad who played in the final match of the season have moved on, including France full-back Scott Spedding (Clermont), promising No 8 Charles Ollivon (Toulon) and wing Marvin O’Connor (Montpellier). The controversial proposal to create a Basque Super Club by merging Biarritz and Bayonne is now off the tablecenter_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Non, non, non: Bayonne fans protest against the proposed merger with Biarritz. Photo: Getty Images last_img read more

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UN / Yo Yamagata Architects

first_imgArchDaily Houses 2010 Japan UN / Yo Yamagata Architects Year:  Photographs:  Forward stroke IncText description provided by the architects. A remnant land The project site is in local hill near Tokyo located in a new residential area. The site is Flagpole-like site of triangle shapes by residential division. As a result, we could not expect view around with surrounded 7 neighboring house. Client was a couple as both work. We were requested amenity for spend the weekend with relax and slowly. Save this picture!© Forward stroke IncThree court yard So we built a wall at perimeter to guard privacy. And we arranged three courtyards of different types at corner inside a wall. Consider the sunlight conditions, we arranged bedroom, bathroom, where water is used and Japanese style room as a guest room at 1st floor, living room and dining room as a main living space at 2nd floor. Save this picture!© Forward stroke IncFront court There is a front court enclosed with a wall overhang over the stair of approach. So the approach is continuous to the entrance from the surrounding environment. Terrace is open to the south the 2nd floor. Save this picture!© Forward stroke IncLightwell There is a lightwell in order to take natural light for Japanese style room and bathroom at 1st floor. This is square 1.8m on a side and 6.5m high. Save this picture!© Forward stroke IncBack court There is a back court at north-west corner in the site. This is a court of triangle 5m on a side. Reflection from the wall of Backcourt provided a soft indirect light for bedroom and dining room. Save this picture!© Forward stroke IncSpine You can look at different type court from each room at the 1st floor, so the rooms are cozy. You can look at three courtyards at the same time so there is inside open space. 2nd floor is one room living room, dining room and kitchen. The wooden loft crosses a space at the top center. This is an important tubular structure connecting the two outer walls (6m maximum span approximately) to achieve a column-free space. It has a role as the spine of the building. Save this picture!© Forward stroke IncChamber The tubular loft has a powerful exhaust fan with a temperature sensor. In the summer, there is a role as the air chamber to exhaust force the hot air near the ceiling in the loft upstairs. In spite of a normal residential area, the necessity of unique spatial structure was born of the singular site. I think I was able to make a high open space in spite of surounded a wall due to arranged the external space in three corners of the site.Save this picture!© Forward stroke IncProject gallerySee allShow lessVideo: Le Corbusier’s Chapel Notre-Dame du HautArticlesCilandak Bisnis Square (CIBIS) Masterplanning Project / Broadway MalyanArticles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/201345/un-yo-yamagata-architects Clipboard “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/201345/un-yo-yamagata-architects Clipboard Save this picture!© Forward stroke Inc+ 26 Share CopyAbout this officeYo Yamagata ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasYokohama-shiHouses3D ModelingJapanPublished on January 23, 2012Cite: “UN / Yo Yamagata Architects” 23 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Metropol ClassicVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StonePartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesProdemaProdEx Wood Facade in the Aspen Art MuseumSealantsSikaRenovation of Zeitz MuseumSinksBradley Corporation USAVerge Coordinated Soap Dispenser and Faucet SetsWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodAcousticFabriTRAK®FabriFELT™ for Walls and CeilingsGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Etch PrintingWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEngineered Wood FlooringAustralian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH)Australian Oak Engineered FlooringLouvers / ShuttersConstruction SpecialtiesSunshades – Airfoil LuxMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?UN / Yo Yamagata Architects是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” Photographs UN / Yo Yamagata ArchitectsSave this projectSaveUN / Yo Yamagata Architects Architects: Yo Yamagata Architects Area Area of this architecture project Projects Area:  144 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Yokohama-shi, Japanlast_img read more

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Mi’Costa Hotel Residences / Uras X Dilekci Architects

first_img “COPY” Projects Mi’Costa Hotel Residences / Uras X Dilekci ArchitectsSave this projectSaveMi’Costa Hotel Residences / Uras X Dilekci Architects Photographs Area:  10085 m² Area:  10085 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Save this picture!© Özgür Arı+ 27 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/589570/mi-costa-hotel-residences-dilekci-architects Clipboard Manufacturers: FacidStructural Engineering:Nu MühendislikMechanical Engineering:Nükleer MühendislikElectrical Project:Nükleer MühendislikLandscape Design:Nesil PeyzajSite Area:7.350 m²Client:SUV Yapı A.Ş.Architect In Charge:Durmus DilekciCity:ÇeşmeCountry:TurkeyMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Özgür ArıRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeWoodEGGERLaminatesWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsText description provided by the architects. Mi’Costa Hotel and Residences Project is one of the nominated projects from Turkey for Mies Van Der Rohe 2015, that is most prestigious European Union Prize.Save this picture!© Özgür ArıThe project Micosta is located in magnificent Boyalik beach in Çeşme Peninsula, Izmir. Çeşme Peninsula excels from its sea, climate and thermal springs. Hotels and houses are very common in the region.Save this picture!Floor PlanEach room in Micosta, is design to see the sea coast uninterruptedly. Moreover, structures in the project area comes down closer to the sea (at the same time to prevent from wind) and some of the structures composed of high. Buildings can also be accessible from two fronts that has come down to external fields. The lower floors can take the sun on the South side to the bright and spacious gardens.Save this picture!© Özgür ArıActive solar orientation (south) lie directly behind the project. Hot and windy climate has been the determining factor for those facts. Extensive use of open space for each unit garden-terrace areas are formed. Sky and horizon to seek to meet these areas and to get more sun light in to the middle of courtyard, the structure is moved to south direction for 2 meters on each floor. This shift from the southern direction also provided to create advantageous and effective sun shadow area. The units has inner and outer spaces to use according to different weather conditions. In addition to being in a seafront location, courtyard sheltered areas has designed to prevent houses from the wind of north. This courtyard creates a space for each unit to meet up and disperse. Moreover, entrance lobby, social center, restaurant and spa areas are reachable from this courtyard. Besides, the open spaces covers the swimming pool and thermal pool areas.Save this picture!© Özgür ArıThere are two entrances to the project area. The central area is being accessed by the main entrance lounge. In addition, an upper rib entry can be made on the north side.Save this picture!© Özgür ArıThe project designed upon ecological and sustainability criteria. Emphasis was placed on the use of passive climatic data. Orientation of the project was creating shadows by using the sun’s angle of incidence. Also by taking the advantage of the northern lights and turning in to a positive part of this project. At the same time, units with two fronts contributes to the interior space ventilation meaning that two front-units can benefit from this north-south air-ventilation. During the winter, thermal energy is provided by geothermal water. Fire water tanks and pool water is obtained by the method of reverse osmosis. Widely used electric power is also contribute from the common used wind turbines in Çeşme. Structural system of concrete is a skeleton system. GFRC high performance glass has been used at the facades.Save this picture!© Özgür ArıProject gallerySee allShow lessRIBA Future Trends Survey Indicates Consistent GrowthArchitecture NewsMackay Terrace / Shaun Lockyer ArchitectsSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Boyalık Mh., Boyalık Muhtarlığı, 35937 Çeşme/İzmir, TurkeyLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Apartments 2013 CopyApartments•Çeşme, Turkeycenter_img Mi’Costa Hotel Residences / Uras X Dilekci Architects photographs:  Özgür ArıPhotographs:  Özgür Arı Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/589570/mi-costa-hotel-residences-dilekci-architects Clipboard Year:  ArchDaily Architects: Dilekci Architects Area Area of this architecture project Turkey Year:  CopyAbout this officeDilekci ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsÇeşmeMies van der Rohe AwardHousingResidentialTurkeyPublished on January 22, 2015Cite: “Mi’Costa Hotel Residences / Uras X Dilekci Architects” 22 Jan 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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People’s campaign frees Coffey from solitary confinement

first_imgJerome CoffeyPhiladelphiaIf prisoners can’t report about the conditions they are forced to endure, prison officials can get away with murder. That’s why, when prison staff punished incarcerated activist Jerome Coffey with solitary confinement for writing an article critical of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC), it was important that family, friends, prison reformers and abolitionists conduct a phone campaign to get him out.Other prisoners, Coffey’s twin sister Jeanne Coffey and his attorney Martha Conley complained that he was taken out of his cell on Jan. 5 and placed in solitary confinement. The reason? He had written an article for Workers World titled “30 years after the Camp Hill Uprising: Repression in Pennylvania’s prison system.”  In response, on Jan. 11 members of Food Not Bombs Solidarity and Industrial Workers of the World Philadelphia created a “Phone Blitz” poster on Facebook asking people to call State Correctional Institution (SCI) Albion officials. Workers World published an article called, “Act Now: Prison activist-writer placed in solitary,” and shared it widely on social media. Callers were asked to demand Coffey be released from solitary and then be allowed to call his sister to confirm he was all right.Jeanne Coffey told Workers World she got “many, many calls” from people about their calls to the prison. One prison official told Coffey they got thousands of calls. By late afternoon on Jan. 13 callers were told he was being taken out of solitary. Lockdown: collective punishmentThe struggle wasn’t over yet. Coffey still wasn’t allowed to call his family. No calls were being permitted because of a lockdown under the much-criticized “violence reduction policy.”  In practice, that means staff can immediately shut down entire cell blocks of the prison and confine hundreds of prisoners to their cells for 36 hours. SCI Frackville prisoner Bryant Arroyo describes that discriminatory and repressive policy: “We’re being forced to pay the piper for the infractions of others. Not only is this a violation of our 14th Amendment rights, this constitutes punitive actions taken against a collective: a violation of the Geneva Convention.” (tinyurl.com/sx7aa21/) Prison officials admitted the lockdown stemmed from an incident unrelated to Coffey’s circumstances. However, their protocols prohibited all prisoners from making any phone calls. On Jan. 14, SCI Albion prison Superintendent Michael Clark personally called Coffey’s sister and told her the prison lockdown would soon be over. Finally, on the morning of Jan. 15, Coffey called her to say he was fine.Tired of all the phone calls, a security captain told Coffey, “Call off the dogs.”  ‘I have a right to write!’Coffey called WW soon after: “I feel good. My health’s all right. What I just experienced for eight days in the hole is unbelievable. Whatever you all was doing, calling up here, you caught them, and they let me out to general population. I didn’t get a misconduct or nothing! I have a right to write. I have the protection of the First Amendment. I’m not going to let them get away with anything. “All this stuff [Pa. DOC Secretary] Wetzel talks about, all the so-called reforms, I don’t see none of that. You got young white guards out there spraying people. It’s all messed up, man. They broke my foot locker, they broke my remote control, they stole my sweatpants, they broke my lamp. The only thing — they didn’t mess my typewriter up. So I still got my typewriter.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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How China won the COVID-19 fight and what this means for the world

first_imgBy Lee Siu Hin  李小轩This Aug. 15, the city of Wuhan in China — the first city to report a COVID-19 outbreak early this year — after 76 days of lockdown to fully contain the virus that had started in early April, kicked off something unimaginable for the rest of the world: a Beer Festival and a Water Festival. There were tens of thousands of visitors, beer drinking, music performance and yes — a pool party! Lee Siu HinMany Western net citizens saw this with disbelief and jealous rage, but some argued that the U.S. and Europe needed to reflect on it. “Westerners would rather believe some completely unfounded conspiracy theory than admit China did something right,” net citizen luigi concluded on Twitter.How did China succeed in fighting COVID-19 in such a short time? Seven key reasons: efficiency, science, coordination, commitment, people’s war, cooperation and effective leadership.When the coronavirus struck China, the whole country went into battle mode and united with one thing in mind: to defeat COVID-19. After its success, China did not hesitate to help other countries.The specific components to China’s success are:Strict quarantineMass testingBuilding makeshift hospitals to isolate everyone with symptoms or who had contact with the patientsUnwavering, top-down, nationally coordinated logistical support from the governmentGovernment and personal accountability and responsibilitiesInternational coordination and open exchange, especially working with the World Health OrganizationTrust in science and expertsHealth apps to trace everyoneQuickly developing and adopting new IT technologies to fight the virus and rebuild the economyNational efforts to rapidly develop medical technology to fight the virus, including gene sequence analysis, drug and vaccine development, innovative clinical treatments and the adoption of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)Wearing masks from the beginning“Reality has proven that China’s methods and systems work,” stated Chen Jianguo, president of Tongji Medical College in Wuhan.When the virus first appeared in Wuhan in late December 2019, no one knew exactly what was happening. Within two to three weeks it quickly spread across the city like wildfire, catching everyone off-guard, but the government immediately took bold actions by announcing a national emergency, ordering a total lockdown of the city, and sending tens of thousands of medics to fight a “people’s war” against the virus. The epic battle paid off. In less than three months, China completely contained the virus.On Jan. 23, China quickly and decisively ordered the lockdown of Wuhan, a city of 11 million people. It was the largest lockdown in history. Two days later, the entire Hubei province, affecting a total of 45 million people, was closed for the next three months in an effort to completely stop the spread of the virus.The “lockdown” meant that every resident had to completely stay indoors 24/7 for the next three months.Staffing and volunteersLockdown was just the beginning. The Chinese government poured massive amounts of resources, medical equipment, tens of thousands of medical staff, volunteers, military and construction workers into Wuhan and Hubei to support the “people’s virus fight.”Within a few hours of the lockdown, a total of 42,000 volunteer medics from across the country began arriving to support Wuhan and Hubei, with 35,000 arriving between late January and April in the capital city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the early outbreak.In addition, in 10 days, 12,000 workers came to build two special makeshift infection hospitals, Huoshenshan and Leishenshan, that now would be able to treat thousands of COVID-19 patients.The Chinese military, better known as the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), sent 340 military medical teams with thousands of military medics as well as logistics teams across Wuhan and Hubei province. Many were young military medic students in their early twenties.Furthermore, throughout the lockdown in Wuhan, another 580,000 community volunteers were mobilized to help the residents. Since no one could go out shopping, the neighborhood councils organized volunteers who became the community “fixers” for everyone’s tedious tasks; they helped elders, organized grocery shipments, and drove around daily to deliver medicine to families.Most volunteers and medics were under 30 years old — the so-called ’90s generation. Many said they wanted to show that they were grown-up, responsible people. They actively signed up for tasks on the frontline. Most of them liked going on these military-like missions, and chose to stay away from home and their families for weeks, even months. People called them “retrogressers,” heroes who choose to rush into a disaster zone and save people’s lives.In China, it’s always the custom that government officials and Communist Party of China (CPC) members are the first to be mobilized onto the front line. Throughout the lockdown in Wuhan and Hubei province, young CPC members were actively involved on the medical frontline. Half of the hospital staff, frontline workers, port workers, custom officials and volunteers from around the country were party members under the age of 30. China understands that an important part of winning the fight against the virus involves public servants behaving responsibly and accountably and earning trust from the people. By April 13, 29.77 million party members and officials were working on the frontline across the country. Out of that number, 2,337 got infected by the virus and 396 sacrificed their lives. Most of the deaths were not from the virus but from being killed in car accidents or working themselves to death at the frontline.Logistical supportLogistical support was very critical in winning the virus war. In early January, at the beginning of the outbreak, China quickly ran out of personal protective equipment (PPE). Wuhan’s daily PPE needs included 60,000 protective suits, 125,000 medical masks, and 25,000 medical goggles. By comparison, China normally produces only 30,000 protective suits per day.With the belief in “united we win,” China quickly mobilized national efforts — including state enterprises across the country — to ramp up existing PPE production and build new PPE production lines. In weeks, by mid-February, the PPE crisis in China was over. Every medical staff person was fully protected with the so-called “moon suit,” without the need to reuse.In addition, in order to boost the testing capacity, the Chinese government quickly mobilized, coordinated and stocked public and private testing facilities with test kits. One good example is BGI, a Chinese genetics and screening company. Within a few days it built the Huo-Yan Laboratory, a fully functioning COVID-19 testing center in Wuhan capable of testing tens of thousands of people.Helping the worldCOVID-19 is a global health crisis. In order to truly win the pandemic fight, the world should unite and work together.Having enough PPE supplies domestically, China started to donate and commercially export medical equipment and PPE to save lives around the world.From March 1 to April 30, China released 71.2 billion yuan ($10.2 billion U.S. dollars) worth of epidemic prevention supplies for export. That included 27.8 million face masks, 130 million protection suits, 73.1 million COVID-19 test kits, as well as 12.57 million infrared thermometers, 49,100 ventilators, 124,000 patient monitors, 43.63 million goggles and 854 million pairs of surgical gloves. In addition, China helped build Huo-Yan laboratories around the world in Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Brunei, Iraq, United Arab Emirates and more places.Wuhan ends lockdownBy April 8, Wuhan ended the lockdown that had begun on Jan. 23. By April 15, in a short 76 days, China had won the virus fight. Wuhan’s makeshift Huoshenshan Hospital was decommissioned after 73 days of operation. The hospital had admitted 3,059 patients suffering from COVID-19; 2,961 of them had been successfully treated and discharged.The last volunteer medics left on April 26 with tens of thousands of residents saluting their departure.China continues the fightTo prevent a second Wuhan outbreak, China decided to test the entire population. By May, in less than two weeks, China had tested almost every one of its 11 million residents to check if any missing clusters with COVID-19 remained.From mid-June to early July, Beijing had a small COVID-19 outbreak. The city quickly mobilized within a few hours and locked down dozens of communities near the virus’s ground zero. Within two weeks, the city had completed 11 million tests, finding 74,000 residents who had exposure to the virus. Some 300 were sent to the hospital for treatment. Others with exposure were ordered to self-quarantine for 21 days.In order to successfully mobilize quick citywide testing, the Chinese government had to utilize every possible resource, recruiting thousands of health care workers and support staff into the campaign. The city promoted the drive via fliers, social media posts and loudspeaker announcements. Every resident had to be tested and traced by mobile apps. In addition, Chinese authorities released timely data in an open, transparent and responsible manner so the people had dynamic, clear and important information to fully understand the government’s policies, strategies and measures. Making sure the public is fully informed is the key to establishing strong social consensus.China’s success was not luckChina’s success was not luck. The Chinese have a strong sense of social responsibility for collective action, and people trust in the government and follow its instructions. They believe that “United We’ll Win.” People felt proud to actively participate in the nationwide people’s war against COVID-19.Other countries that took similar steps, mostly socialist countries like Cuba, Vietnam and Laos, also quickly recovered from the crisis.In July, according to “CoronaShock and Socialism,” by Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, socialist governments worldwide — like Cuba, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Kerala, India — were better able to deal with the virus, because they employed strategies like China’s and had “a science-based approach.” They had a public sector that they could rely upon for the production of the materials they needed to combat the virus, and they cultivated public action “in order to substantially break the chain of infection.”Then, what’s wrong with the U.S.?Key words: Denial, mismanagement, ignorance, racism, corruption, chaos, xenophobia, anti-science and finger pointing. President Donald Trump’s stupid acts have resulted in an out-of-control outbreak of a deadly virus.  Jan. 21: First confirmed U.S. case of coronavirus announced in Washington state. Trump says “We do have a plan,” “We have it under control,” and doesn’t do anything. Meanwhile, Democrats are only focused on Russiagate until Trump is acquitted after the impeachment trials in the Senate in February. Jan. 29: As the virus starts spreading, Trump announces that U.S. experts “are on top of the situation 24/7,” and that the U.S. has a “very little problem.” But Trump bars travelers from China, and declares a public health emergency. 5 million cases by Aug. 8 (estimated) Feb. 7: Trump declares on Twitter that soon “the virus hopefully becomes weaker with warmer weather, and then will be gone.”  Feb. 26: Trump says that “within a couple days it is going to be down close to zero.” And on Feb. 27 he says that the virus will “disappear” one day “like a miracle.” On Feb. 29, the first official COVID-19 death in the U.S. occurs. 3 million cases by July 8 — 27 days Active denial is one of the key reasons why the U.S. failed to stop the virus in the beginning, and now make it record-breakingly worse every day. The U.S. COVID-19 explosion is completely going in the wrong direction at rapid speed. From the first reported case in the U.S. on Jan. 21, it reached its first 1 million cases on April 28 – in just 99 days. Then: 4 million cases by July 22 — 14 days At this rate of speed, many health experts predict that by October the U.S. will have reached 10 million cases, and that 224,000 will have died by Nov. 1 (University of Washington prediction).  2 million cases by June 11 — 43 days Trump’s constant back-to-back reckless statements are false. And coming from the U.S. president, they are dangerous. July 1: Trump promises that COVID-19 is “going to sort of just disappear, I hope” on the same day that new U.S. cases top 50,000 for the first time. March 24: There are 65,800 confirmed cases in U.S. Trump says, “I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter. I think Easter Sunday — you’ll have packed churches all over our country.”  ConclusionIn conclusion, China’s virus fight has been clearly much better and more successful then in the U.S. and Western countries.Chinese citizens gave their government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak a top score, according to a “Global Crisis Perceptions” index released on May 6 by Blackbox Research and Toluna Influencers. The research, which surveyed approximately 12,500 people across 23 countries between April 3 and 19, asked respondents to rate their nations across four key indicators: national political leadership, corporate leadership, community and media. China, where the virus is thought to have originated, ranked highest in the citizens’ survey, with a score of 85 out of 100. The U.S. (41), and all four western European countries surveyed — Germany (41), the U.K. (37), Italy (36) and France (26) — ranked as the worst of the list.Ipsos, a global market research firm, issued an Aug. 17 consumer confidence report based on interviewing people from 24 countries. China ranked the highest in consumer confidence due to its post-COVID rapid recovery, receiving 72.9 points. The U.S. received the lowest confidence due to its failure in combating the virus and its high unemployment rate, receiving only 48.3 points.Numbers can speak for themselves; unlike Western media with their ultra-negative reporting, the global market research firms give a clear high mark on China’s achievements.Lee Siu Hin is a long-time Chinese-American activist with low-paid immigrant workers, currently working on a community health project. Lee is national coordinator of the National Immigrant Solidarity Network (ImmigrantSolidarity.org), Action LA Network (ActionLA.org) and China-US Bi-National Activist Solidarity Network (chinadelegation.org). Lee’s book “Capitalism on a Ventilator — Impact of COVID-19 in China vs. U.S.” will be co-published with the International Action Center in August. For more information, email [email protected] and twitter @siuhin. He’ll be traveling back to China on Aug. 24 for his activism and medical work.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Limerick role in new EU fellowship programme

first_imgNewsEducationLimerick role in new EU fellowship programmeBy Editor – November 10, 2017 1766 TAGSALECSDCUDr Darrin MorrisseyDr Mary ShireEU FellowshipIrish software research centreleroPERFORMProfessor Brian FitzgeraldScience Foundation IrelandUniversity of Limerick Facebook CEO of Limerick Chamber departs in order to take up new role Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Dr. Markus Helfert, Dr Mary Shire and Senator Kieran O’Donnell at Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre which is based at the University of Limerick.A new €3.6 million EU fellowship programme for international software researchers will be managed from the University of Limerick.ALECS (Advanced Learning in Evolving Critical Systems) will be co-ordinated by UL and Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, which is based at the university. The initiative is being funded by the European Commission and by Science Foundation Ireland through Lero.Under the ALECS programme Ireland will benefit from the influx of 26 international advanced software researchers. The fellowships will be open to overseas PhD degree holders or researchers with at least four years’ high-level research background. The benefits will be spread across Irish industry as the two year programme will require a three to six month secondment to an industry partner.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The launch coincides with the first meeting of PERFORM, a recently announced €3.8 million EU programme headed up by Lero and DCU designed to enable European high street and online retailers counter the competitive threat posed by foreign global players.“The aim of ALECS is to help generate a diverse, mobile, skilled workforce which will contribute to European research and innovation. The fact that Ireland was selected to manage this strategically important programme is recognition of the country’s international reputation in software research,” commented UL vice president of research Dr Mary Shire.Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Dr Mary Shire and Senator Kieran O’Donnell at Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre which is based at the University of Limerick.“The ALECS programme reflects the fact that software-based systems are increasingly important to economic activity and to the normal functioning of our everyday lives. The scope, scale and interconnected nature of such systems are increasing rapidly, with the potential consequences of failure, security breaches or malfunction becoming a growing cause of concern,” added Lero director Professor Brian Fitzgerald.Dr Darrin Morrissey, director of programmes at Science Foundation Ireland said, “The ALECS programme is an excellent example of the type of international collaboration Science Foundation Ireland aims to encourage. We have developed a strong base of outstanding and impactful software research in this country and we are delighted that it is being recognised on the global stage. Ireland is ranked first in the world for knowledge diffusion and the ALECS programme stands to reinforce this standing.”The first call for proposals will be published before end of November and the first researchers are expected to start their fellowship in August 2018. They will be based across seven Irish universities – all of which are members of Lero.This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.See more education news here Email WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Chamber function addressed by top entrepreneur Linkedin Previous articleProgress on Limerick Garda Station renovationNext articleLimerick man celebrating ban on wild animals in circuses Editor Twitter Print Advertisementlast_img read more

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Warriors owner’s wife says interaction with Jay-Z, Beyonce led to death threats

first_img Written by Jay-Z and Beyoncé are courtside for Game 3 pic.twitter.com/6mmJuN8Odn— ESPN (@espn) June 6, 2019Curran had been portrayed as drawing disdain from Beyonce. But she says she was just being a good host to her NBA Finals guests and asking Jay-Z what he wanted to drink.“There was no hostility, I was trying to be a good hostess,” she told ESPN. “I’ve never experienced cyber bullying like this. I can’t believe our players go through this. That kids go through this.”Beyonce’s team seems to be shutting down those fake rumors as well. Her publicist released a statement of support for Curran on Instagram. Yvette Noel-Schure posted a photo of Beyonce and Jay-Z and wrote, “I am looking back today at the start of The OTRII tour, one year ago. It was a place of joy, unimaginable entertainment from two of the best performers in the world, and a place of love. Every single day on that tour I saw love. Which is why I also want to speak here to the beautiful BeyHiVE.”She continued, “I know your love runs deep but that love has to be given to every human. It will bring no joy to the person you love so much if you spew hate in her name. We love you.” While she hasn’t commented herself on the bullying Curran has received, Beyonce has also been spreading the love like Noel-Schure.She posted a few pics from the AFI Gala with her dear friend, Melina Matsoukas. Beyonce and AFI honored the director with the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal. “Melina, I’m so proud of you my sister. Love you deep,” she wrote.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. June 7, 2019 /Sports News – National Warriors owner’s wife says interaction with Jay-Z, Beyonce led to death threats FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailThearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — The wife of Golden State Warriors owner says that a viral exchange from earlier this week between her, Jay Z and Beyonce resulted in online bullying and death threats. Nicole Curran, who is married Joe Lacob, spoke to ESPN about the moment earlier this week in which she leaned over to talk to Jay-Z — prompting Beyonce to look down and stop smiling during the courtside exchange.It really doesn’t look like all that much, but social media has been known to attack for less. In this case, Curran says she’s received death threats. Beau Lundlast_img read more

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The Killers Honor Tom Petty With Joyful “American Girl” At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductions [Video]

first_imgOn Saturday night, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame officially welcomed their 2018 induction class at a lavish ceremony at Cleveland’s Public Hall. As always, the night was filled with star-studded performances celebrating the evening’s guests of honor. This year, the Rock Hall inducted Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, The Cars, and Nina Simone in addition to “Early Influencer” Sister Rosetta Tharpe.The Killers‘ frontman Brandon Flowers was perviously tapped to give the induction speech for The Cars, one of his biggest early influences. However, he wound up playing a much bigger role in the show than expected, as The Killers opened the ceremony with an un-scheduled performance of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers‘ “American Girl” (complete with “Free Fallin’” vocal quotes) in honor of the recently-departed rock legend, who himself was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.As Flowers told Rolling Stone, “To pay tribute to Tom Petty who has just done nothing but enrich our lives, and then for me to get to induct the Cars into the Hall of Fame, I mean, this is a hell of a night for me. People don’t realize how New Wave Tom Petty was. You don’t associate him with that movement at all, but a lot of those videos, and even some of the sentiments in the songs and the way that they’re presented were very New Wave. And then he obviously evolved, which, he was so great at that.”Below, you can watch The Killers’ show-opening tribute to Tom Petty at the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony below:The Killers – “American Girl” (Tom Petty cover) – Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction[Video: MarchofTheRashbaum]The Killers are set to headline a number of large-scale festivals this summer, including Boston Calling, BottleRock, Bonnaroo, and Firefly. For a full list of The Killers’ upcoming tour dates, hit the band’s website.[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

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