Coronavirus updates: Cuomo says NY death rate at ‘terribly high level’

Coronavirus updates: Cuomo says NY death rate at ‘terribly high level’

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — While many countries around the world and cities in the U.S. are pointing toward positive signs that social distancing might be finally flattening the curve, the novel coronavirus death toll continues to be staggering with at least 113,000 dead worldwide. The U.S. is the global leader in the number of cases and deaths. More than 21,733 people in the U.S. have died as a result of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. At least 550,000 people in the U.S. have tested positive and over 2.6 million Americans have been tested for the disease. Worldwide, more than 1.8 million people have been diagnosed since the virus emerged in China in December. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Here’s the latest on the developing situation. All times Eastern:5:50 p.m.: France’s death total tops 9,000French health officials said 310 COVID-19 fatalities took place over the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of virus related deaths in that country to 14,393. France is now the nation with the fourth highest coronavirus deaths, behind the U.S., Italy and Spain, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. 5:40 p.m.: Turkey president rejects interior minister’s resignationTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan turned down the registration of an interior minister who apologized for creating a commotion over a coronavirus curfew, according to reports. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu “submitted his resignation to the President and our President told him that he did not find the request suitable,” Turkey’s communications ddirectorate said in a written statement to the state-run Anadolu news agency. The communications directorate noted that Soylu “has earned the gratitude of the Turkish nation,” since he took his position four years ago, according to the report. 4:11 p.m.: Turkey’s interior minister resigns after lockdown noticeSuleyman Soylu, Turkey’s interior minister, announced he would resign from his post after a short notice of a COVID-19 lockdown sent residents into crowded streets and stores. Soylu issued a 48-hour curfew on Friday for 31 provinces that went into effect hours later at midnight. Crowds “flocked to many shops and bakeries to buy last-minute goods,” Turkey’s state-run media, Anadolu, reported. Soylu apologized for causing the commotion and announced his resignation on Twitter. “In a process carried out diligently and meticulously, the responsibility for all implementation of the weekend curfew to stem the pandemic falls on me in every respect,” he tweeted. 2:55 p.m.: Two New Jersey cops die from coronavirusPolice officials from two New Jersey towns said they each lost a member of their units to COVID-19 on Sunday morning. The Patterson Police Department said Police Officer Francesco Scorpo, 34, died from complications of the disease. The nearly five-year veteran worked in the Patrol and Traffic Divisions, according to the department. Scorpo leaves behind his parents, wife Kristina, and two sons, Francisco Jr., 4, and Santino, 6 months. The Bedminster Township Police Department announced that Patrol Sgt. AlTerek Patterson passed away after losing his battle against the virus. Patterson began his service in 2006 and was promoted to sergeant three years ago. “Sergeant Patterson always had a smile on his face and touched the lives of so many residents at their time of need,” the department posted on its Facebook page. 1:04 p.m.: Spain to distribute 10 million masks to mass transit commutersThe Spanish government will be handling out 10 million masks at subways and other transportation hubs starting this week. The government is highly recommending that essential workers who can’t telecommute use a mask while traveling. The mask distribution at mass transit locations will begin either Monday or Tuesday, depending on the town’s Easter celebrations. As of Sunday, Spain has 166,019 COVID-19 cases and 16,972 deaths.12:30 p.m.: Italy cases rise to nearly 156,000The number of coronavirus cases in Italy increased by 4,092 over the last 24 hours, bringing the country’s total number of cases to 156,363, Italian health ministers said.The increase marked a 2.7% jump in the number of cases between Saturday and Sunday, compared to the 3% rise between April 10 and April 11, according to the health data.There were 431 new deaths on Sunday, bringing the total number of COVID-19 fatalities in the country to 19,899, health officials said. The increase in deaths was a 2.2% increase from Saturday, according to the data.11:45 a.m.: NY announces another 758 deaths; Cuomo wants to reopen state ‘as soon as possible’New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced another 758 deaths in the state over the last 24 hours. The state now has a total death count of 9,385.Cuomo noted that the death rate, while “at a terribly high level,” has appeared to have flattened.“You see also a flattening in the number of lives lost at a terribly high rate. But if you look back over the past several days, you see there’s a certain continuity to that number. Again, that’s the one number that I looked forward to seeing drop as soon as I open my eyes in the morning, and it has been flattening, but flattening at a terribly high level,” he said.Cuomo said the state wants to reopen “as soon as possible,” likening the constant routine of staying at home to the film “Groundhog Day.”“We want to reopen as soon as possible. Everyone does, on a societal level. Everyone does on a personal level. Let’s just end this nightmare, right?” the governor said. “Groundhog day. You get up every day, it’s the same routine. You almost lose track of what day of the week it is because they don’t even have meaning anymore. And there’s also some anxiety and stress that we’re all dealing with. So, we want to reopen as soon as possible.”Cuomo said there needs to be a well-coordinated strategy to avoid an uptick in the infection rate.“The last thing we want to see is an uptick in that infection rate and an uptick in those numbers that we worked so hard to bring down. So, we need a strategy that coordinates business and schools and transportation and workforce. What New York Pause did is it stopped everything at the same time. It was a blunt device, but it shut down everything at the same time,” he said.Cuomo also issued two executive orders: one directs employers to provide essential workers with a face covering when they are interacting with the public; the other is to expand the number of people who are eligible for the antibody test, which will show whether someone previously had the coronavirus and has since recovered.11:28 a.m.: NYC mayor sees encouraging signs of recoveryNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took a more hopeful tone during his daily press conference on Sunday, reiterating that although the city is not yet in the clear, he continues to see encouraging signs that it may be on the road to recovery.“I’m thrilled to be able to tell you just when we thought it was really going to get worse, we started to see some improvement,” de Blasio said. “I’m the first one to say, let’s not over rate that improvement. Let’s not draw too many conclusions too quickly. Let’s be clear and be willing to of course not only see the good, but see hope in the good.”The Mayor announced that the city currently has enough ventilators and PPE equipment to get through the next week, a positive shift from just a few weeks ago, when officials feared that the city was on the brink of running out of essential equipment.However, de Blasio added that the city barely has enough face shields and gowns to make it through the week and officials are working to distribute certain materials where they are most urgently needed. The mayor added that although the city will likely have enough supplies to get through the week ahead, he still worries about the following weeks.“So, this week we will get through. Next week we have real challenges we must address over the next few days,” he warned.De Blasio announced that in an effort to address the immense racial disparity in the city’s coronavirus cases, the city will open five additional testing sites in order to prioritize the needs of vulnerable communities. He also called on the federal government to assist New York City in acquiring even more tests.“I will be asking the federal government today for test kits to allow for 110,000 individualized tests. That will allow us to get started with this community effort and to continue everything else that we are doing, specifically 25,000 of those individualized test kits would be focused on health for their current needs and the new sites I have just described. And we need to get these test kits in this week,” de Blasio said.De Blasio also declared that he would now require all city workers who come in contact with people while on duty to wear a face covering while on duty. The new measure will begin on Monday.10:40 p.m.: UK reports 737 deaths in last 24 hoursThe United Kingdom has recorded 737 additional coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths for the country to 10,612, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.As of Sunday morning, the U.K. has 84,279 positive test results for COVID-19.9:30 a.m.: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson discharged from hospitalBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson was discharged from a London hospital on Sunday after spending the last week undergoing treatment for the coronavirus.Johnson, 55, was released from St. Thomas’ Hospital and was planning to travel to his country home, Chequers, in the London suburb of Buckinghamshire, to continue his recovery, a spokesperson said.“On the advice of his medical team, the PM will not be immediately returning to work,” the prime minister’s spokesperson said. “He wishes to thank everybody at St. Thomas’ for the brilliant care he has received. All of his thoughts are with those affected by this illness.”Following his release, Johnson posted video on Twitter thanking the National Health Service for “saving my life.”Johnson’s fiancée, Carrie Symonds, also thanked well-wishers on social media.“There were times last week that were very dark indeed,” Symonds tweeted. “My heart goes out to all those in similar situations, worried sick about their loved ones.”8:45 a.m.: Trump tweets Easter video calling coronavirus the ‘plague’Calling the coronavirus “the plague,” President Donald Trump wished Christians across the America a happy Easter in a 48-second video posted on Twitter and told them to stay separated and out of churches to help in the battle against the virus.“This Easter will be much different than others because in many cases we’ll be separated physically only from our churches,” Trump said. “We won’t be sitting there next to each other which we’d like to be and soon will be again, but right now we’re keeping separation, we’re getting rid of the plague.”He ended the message by telling Americans we’re “winning the war” and we will soon be “back together in churches right next to each other.”The message is a significant departure from Trump’s prediction back on March 24 that parishioners would “pack churches” by Easter Sunday. Trump later said it was an aspiration, longing to see churches filled by Easter.The United States is close to its peak of the novel coronavirus disease, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn said on ABC’s This Week.“The models do show that we are very close to the peak. So I think that information is accurate,” Hahn said. “This has been a really fast-moving outbreak, so we really have to take this day by day.”President Donald Trump has pushed to reopen the country as soon as possible — at one point even suggesting Easter as a target — but medical professionals have cautioned against reopening before even the start of May, cautioning that there could be a spike in infections if restrictions are lifted too soon.While he said it’s still too early to name a date, Hahn told “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz, “We see light at the end of the tunnel.”On Saturday, April 11, 6,743 uniformed members of the NYPD were on sick report which accounts for 18.6% of the department’s uniformed workforce. Currently, 2,318 uniformed members and 471 civilian members tested positive for the coronavirus.This is a decrease of 1% from Friday evening when the NYPD said 7,096 uniformed members were out sick, which was 19.6% of the force.The Kansas Supreme Court said late Saturday night that Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order that banned religious services of more than 10 people while the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing will remain in place.The Democratic governor filed the lawsuit on Thursday after a Republican-dominated legislative panel overturned her order. Kelly sued and then immediately appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court to decide quickly with Easter Sunday services just hours away.The court held unprecedented electronic oral arguments on Saturday morning, and after listening to arguments, it said the Legislative Coordinating Council lacked the authority to overturn the governor’s executive order.“My top priority has always been the safety and well-being of all Kansans,” Kelly said in a statement. “I know this pandemic is extremely hard for everyone. Each unprecedented action I’ve been forced to make in recent weeks has been taken in close consultation with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, the Attorney General, legislators and key stakeholders. That process will continue. Most other states, at the urging of the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have taken similar steps to protect Americans to slow the spread of COVID-19.”Puerto Rico’s governor has extended an island-wide curfew until May in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 on the island.While wearing a face mask and gloves, Gov. Wanda Vazquez announced the lockdown continuation that started on March 15 would be extended until at least May 3.The curfew orders people to stay home from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. and remain there even outside those hours unless they have to buy food or medicine, go to the bank or have an emergency/health-related situation. Violators face a $5,000 fine or a six-month jail term, and police have cited and arrested hundreds. Nonessential business were closed in March.According to Puerto Rico’s health secretary, the peak in cases for the island is not expected until early May. There have been about 7,700 people tested so far with more than 780 confirmed cases. Forty-two people have died on the island from COVID-19. There is a backlog of over 1,300 tests that are pending results. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Police investigating after 2 killed in 4 separate stabbing incidents on NYC subway line

first_imgMattGush/iStockBy MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Police are investigating four stabbings that occurred in the New York City subway system within a 24-hour period, leaving two victims dead, authorities said.The incidents all occurred along the A subway line. At least three of the stabbings appear to be connected, and police are investigating whether the fourth is as well, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said during a press briefing Saturday afternoon.The first incident occurred Friday at approximately 11:20 a.m., when a 67-year-old man was stabbed by an unknown man at the West 181st Street station in upper Manhattan, police said. He was treated at an area hospital and is recovering.Later that day, shortly after 11 p.m., a man was found on the A train at the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue station in Queens with stab wounds to his neck and torso, police said. EMS arrived and pronounced him dead at the scene.Two hours later, at approximately 1:15 a.m. Saturday, an MTA employee found a 44-year-old woman unconscious on the train at the 207th Street station in upper Manhattan with multiple stab wounds, police said. She was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.The fourth incident occurred back at the West 181st Street station in Manhattan, where a 43-year-old man was stabbed shortly before 1:30 a.m. Saturday, police said. He underwent surgery at a nearby hospital and was in stable condition.All of the victims appear to be homeless and the stabbings were unprovoked, police said. The three late-night incidents are believed to be connected, police said.Detectives stressed that the investigation is preliminary, and that they are trying to determine definitively if all four stabbings were committed by the same person.In light of the deadly violence, the NYPD will immediately deploy an additional 500 officers throughout the city to patrol the transit system above and below ground, Shea said.“I know what the train used to look like, and when you look at what the train looks like now and you look at how far crime has fallen over the years, but we don’t want to go one step back,” Shea said. “We want to do everything we can to make sure it remains the safest system, and that people also feel safe.”The heads of the city’s transit system and transit workers union called the attacks “outrageous and unacceptable.”“Every customer, and each of our brave, heroic transit workers deserve a safe and secure transit system,” New York City Transit interim President Sarah Feinberg and TWU Local 100 President Tony Utano said in a joint statement. “We have been calling on the city to add more police to the system, and to do more to assist those who desperately need mental health assistance. The time for action is now.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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The brain game

first_imgThe brain gameOn 14 Oct 2003 in Military, Personnel Today Think-tanks can provide a useful resource for HR strategists. Scott BeagriereportsThey may seem an unlikely set of bedfellows but the DTI’s Patricia Hewitt,the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s (CIPD) John Philpott andTrevor Phillips at the Commission for Racial Equality have a past in common –they have all been think-tank policy ‘wonks’. Think-tanks have their critics and those who work at them may come across astoo clever for their own good (they are called wonks because they ‘know’everything backwards). But there’s no denying that much of their thinking hashad a huge influence on the workplace, shaking up conventional ideas ofbusiness practice and impacting significantly on the world of human resourcemanagement. The term ‘think-tank’ derives from the Second World War when a militarybackroom was used for strategic battle planning. It has evolved to mean a groupof specialists detached from the decision-making process. Arguably the roots of the term stretch further back to the Fabian Society of1884 or Political and Economic Planning (PEP) of 1931. Few can dispute theheyday of the think-tank, however, which came in the late 1970s and early 1980swhen Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher entrusted the Centre for Policy Studies,the Adam Smith Institute and the Institute of Economic Affairs with the task ofdetermining Conservative policy. Think-tanks were again revitalised in the latter half of the 1990s when NewLabour swept to power and Demos, which considered itself the firstpost-ideological group, and the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)came to prominence. The image of the think-tank has changed over the years and these days manymake a virtue of their ability to attract contributors and thinkers from acrossthe political spectrum. Funding from corporations has also led them to bedescribed as pseudo-consultancies in some instances, with a remit thatstretches beyond influencing Westminster and Whitehall. With or without the new corporate emphasis, however, a wealth of employmentresearch make think-tanks a valuable and, indeed, a free resource for HR – inthe main lending weight to the theories, values and practices that theprofession champions. But how do they operate, what’s their political leaning, which of themadvocates corporate social responsibility, who’s eminent in race relations andwhere does Prime Minister Tony Blair go for his big ideas? Read our analysis of14 key think-tanks and find out. The profiles Academy of Enterprise (AoE) Political persuasion: Ultra trendy, not-for-profit.Profile: Founded by Alec Reed, chairman of recruitment agency ReedExecutive, the academy has engaged with three other think-tanks to help shapegovernment thinking on the way ahead for UK companies and offers guidance tobusiness on how the world of work is transforming. It also wishes torevolutionise the way children are prepared for the world of work.Claim to fame: In a keynote address at CIPD, Harrogate (2000); presentedthe concept of Peoplism – an economic state where individuals possess the mostimportant factor of production: brainpower. (Also see Demos and SmithInstitute.)www.academyofenterprise.orgCentre for Policy Studies (CPS) Political Persuasion: Right wing.Profile: Founded by Margaret Thatcher and Keith Joseph in 1974, itprovided the means for the right wing’s takeover of the Conservative party inthe late 1970s. Basing its policies on free markets, individual choice andrespect for the law, CPS was responsible for some groundbreaking proposals thathelped define the term ‘Thatcherism’. Now a shadow of its former self, it stilldevelops and publishes public policy proposals and arranges seminars andlectures on topical issues.Claim to fame: Trade union reform; privatisation of state-ownedutilities.www.cps.org.ukCivitas Political persuasion: Claims independence, but widely regarded asright wing.Profile: Tipped as the think-tank to watch, the lofty aim behind itsstudies is the creation of a better division of responsibilities betweengovernment and civil society. Its research focuses on four areas: health,welfare, education and the family.Claim to fame: Hit the headlines last year with a highly contentiousproposal for race and equality laws to be scrapped as they “lead torace-conscious employment practices instead of the treatment of peopleaccording to their individual merits as fellow workers”. The same reportalso called for the Commission for Racial Equality and the Equal OpportunitiesCommission to be abolished.www.civitas.org.ukThe Conference Board Political persuasion: Global, independent membership organisation.Profile: Stemmed from the US industrial crisis in 1916, when a group ofbusiness leaders, fed up with propaganda machines and partisan associations,came together to examine major issues impacting on business and society. Hasevolved into a leading management and business research body that aspires tohelping businesses strengthen their general performance so they can betterserve society.Claim to fame: Major HR resource – runs European Council on HR and holdsthe annual Human Resource Conference in the US and Asia.www.conference-board.orgDemos Political persuasion: Left-leaning, right on.Profile: Once Tony Blair’s think-tank of choice, Demos was set up in1993 with the aim of “reinvigorating public policy and politicalthinking”, and to develop radical solutions to long-term problems.Although it continues to make waves, not least for suggesting that HRHabdicates when she turns 80, it’s not as hip as it used to be. Blair has alsolong since extracted co-founder Geoff Mulgan to head up his ‘blue skies’Strategy Unit.Claim to fame: Rebranding of the country as Cool Britannia – boostingjobs and the economy; identified ‘The Independents’ (think Generation X) –tomorrow’s high-fliers who create new models of employment and becomeincreasingly important to the generation of new jobs. It is disciple ofPeoplism. www.demos.co.ukInstitute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) Political persuasion: Centre-left with impeccable Downing Streetlinks.Profile: Described by the Daily Telegraph as the most influentialthink-tank in the UK, IPPR, run by former Labour party official Matthew Taylor,is also the biggest with an annual budget of approximately £2.5m. Despite itsimpressive credentials, it has come under fire from trade unions and the mediafor its reliance on corporate funding.Claim to fame: Responsible for several major New Labour initiativesincluding the public-private partnership and educational maintenanceallowances; recently attacked New Labour’s manufacturing strategy – three weeksbefore a government-sponsored ‘manufacturing summit’.www.ippr.org.ukInstitute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) Political persuasion: Independent.Profile: A department of the University of Essex, the respected groupaims to understand how an individual’s behaviour, beliefs and life changes arestructured over time by domestic arrangements and patterns of employment. Itsuse of longitudinal data offers a key advantage over a snapshot in that itallows analysis of the dynamic links between an individual’s living andemployment conditions, behaviour and values over the lifecycle.Claim to fame: Has conducted the annual British Household Panel Survey –a key method of measuring social change – since 1991. Its analysis of 5,000workers last year highlighted the ‘myth’ of workplace stress with levels ofmisery varying depending on the day of the week. www.iser.essex.ac.ukPolicy Studies Institute (PSI) Political persuasion: Independent.Profile: Leading research body and a pioneer of large-scale surveys ofemployers and their company practices. PSI’s Employment Group conducts bothqualitative and quantitative research on labour markets and labour marketpolicy evaluation and has been responsible for more than 100 research projectsin the last decade.Claim to fame: Drew up the blueprint for the Race Relations Act;co-sponsors the Workplace Employee Relations Survey (WERS) – the largest of itskind in the world.www.psi.org.ukThe Runnymede Trust Political persuasion: Independent, and a charity.Profile: The trust has been at the forefront of the fight against racialdiscrimination for the past 34 years. It aims to stimulate debate to helpemployers re-energise their policies and practices and explore appropriatemodels to combat discrimination and embrace workplace diversity. Runnymede waschaired for five years by Trevor Phillips, now chair of the Commission forRacial Equality.Claim to fame: Influenced the 1976 Race Relations Act and the highlycontroversial The Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain report. This was a study ofFTSE 100 companies that showed that after 20 years of race equality, only 1 percent of senior managers came from an ethnic minority.www.runnymedetrust.orgThe Smith Institute Political persuasion: Left-leaning and closely linked to chancellorGordon Brown.Profile: Founded in memory of former Labour Party leader, the late JohnSmith, its work centres on the policy implications stemming from theinteractions of equality, enterprise and equity. It prefers to identify themost relevant and recent research and present it to business and industrialleaders, ministers and specialists. It then published the texts along with thesubsequent discussion.Claim to fame: Intends to review Michael Porter’s analysis of theunderlying reasons for the persistence of the UK’s productivity gap with itscompetitors; Dynamic Reporting for a Dynamic Economy, produced for the AoE,proposes a new model for financial reporting.www.smith-institute.org.ukThe Social Market Foundation Political persuasion: Formerly SDP, now centre-right.Profile: Set up by Lord Owen and David Sainsbury (using his cash) in1989, it skilfully extols the virtues of a social market economy. An ardentsupporter of greater business involvement in education, it has also influencedboth education and welfare debate.Claim to fame: Decentralised pay bargaining; legal aid reform; Making ITWork: How Teleworking can Change our Lives for the Better. This is a reportpublished this year, which found that while teleworking increased productivityby up to 30 per cent it has failed to deliver on the promise of a betterwork-life balance. www.smf.co.ukThe Strategy Unit Political persuasion: Mood of the moment.Profile: An internal Government think-tank, formed following a merger of thePerformance and Innovation Unit (PIU) and the Prime Minister’s Forward StrategyUnit. Regarded as Tony Blair’s personal think-tank it is responsible for ‘blueskies thinking’.Claim to fame: Launched a five-year action plan for a better skilled workforcefollowing the publication of the PIU’s report, In Demand: Adult Skills for the21st Century.www.pm.gov.uk/output/Page77.aspTomorrow’s Company Political persuasion: Independent – punches above its weight.Profile: Founded by Mark Goyder in 1996, it was born out of thegroundbreaking study Tomorrow’s Company: the Role of Business in a ChangingWorld. With a vision of creating “a future for business which makes equalsense to staff, shareholders and society”, it seeks to promote fresh ideasto business leaders and for them to reflect on the role of business in society,not just chase profits.Claims to fame: Influenced the Higgs Review on the role of non-executivedirectors.www.tomorrowscompany.comThe Work Foundation Political persuasion: Independent and worthy.Profile: Formerly the Industrial Society, the revamped 85-year-oldorganisation brands itself as a new kind of organisation – “part researchinstitute, part business consultancy, part advocate”. Its goal remainsconstant: to create a better workplace. As the UK’s most high-profile workplacethink-tank, it has established a reputation as an influential campaigner.Claim to fame: The Work and Enterprise Panel of Enquiry aims toestablish the links between productivity and quality of working life; chiefexecutive Will Hutton is also a regular columnist for Personnel Today.www.theworkfoundation.co.ukTo explore NIRA’s World Directory of think-tanks GO TO www.nira.go.jp Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. center_img Related posts: Features list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a…last_img read more

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The near-surface wind field over the Antarctic continent

first_imgA 14 year integration with a regional atmospheric model has been used to determine the near-Surface climatological wind field over the Antarctic ice sheet at a horizontal grid spacing of 55 km. Previous maps of the near-Surface wind field were generally based on models ignoring the large-scale pressure-gradient forcing term in the momentum equation. Presently. state-of-the-art atmospheric models include all pressure-gradient forcing terms. Evaluation of our model output against in situ data shows that the model is able to represent realistically the observed increase in wind speed going, front the interior to the coast, as well as the observed wind direction at South Pole and Dumont d’Urville and the bimodal wind distribution at Halley.last_img read more

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Supreme Court questions NCAA limits on student athlete compensation

first_img Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJack Dempsey/NCAA Photos via Getty ImagesBy DEVIN DWYER, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — With March Madness in full swing, the National Collegiate Athletic Association on Wednesday faced off against a group of former college athletes at the U.S. Supreme Court in a long-running dispute over limits on education-related compensation.The NCAA and its biggest, most lucrative athletic conferences want the justices to overturn a ruling abolishing the limits, saying it would erode the amateur nature of college sports and open the door to “pay for play.”The athletes argue the rules unfairly suppress their ability to be rewarded for valuable skills and abilities in violation of federal antitrust law.The case is one of the biggest tests in decades for the NCAA and its limits on athlete compensation, and it could dramatically alter the nature of college sports, some experts said.While the NCAA allows schools to provide full tuition, room and board for athletes, it places limits on education-related benefits such as computers, paid internships and summer abroad programs which can value tens of thousands of dollars.“In the present world, as the district court recognized, we permit student athletes to receive the ‘actual and necessary’ educational expenses,” NCAA attorney Seth Waxman told the justices during oral arguments in the case. “And the (lower) court said ‘no, you can’t place any limit on that’ … that permits schools to allow pay for play.”Waxman argued that amateurism is a defining feature of college sports and that lifting caps on compensation would create “a regime in which student athletes can be paid large sums of money on account of their athletic performance, which does not distinguish college from professional sports.”A majority of justices appeared concerned by the association’s position.Chief Justice John Roberts noted the tens of thousands of dollars in insurance policies some schools pay for their athletes.“Doesn’t that undercut amateurism?” he said.Justice Clarence Thomas noted the disparity between coaches’ salaries and what players are allowed to receive.“it strikes me as odd that the coaches’ salaries have ballooned and they’re in the amateur ranks as are the players,” Thomas said.Justice Samuel Alito showed empathy for athletes, who he said “lead a pretty hard life” and face “shockingly low graduation rates.”“So the argument is they are recruited, they’re used up and they’re cast aside without even a college degree. So they say, how can this be defended in the name of amateurism?” Alito said.Justice Elena Kagan accused the NCAA of “very high-minded” talk of amateurism when the schools have essentially “gotten together into an organization that has undisputed market power and they use that power to fix athletic salaries at extremely low levels.”Justice Brett Kavanaugh said plainly that “anti-trust law should not be a cover for exploitation of student athletes.”But several justices also voiced support for the association’s need to maintain a distinction in college sports.Roberts worried aloud that rolling back too many limits on student athlete compensation could be “like a game of Jenga.” “You pull out one log and then another, and everything’s fine, then another and another and all of a sudden the whole thing comes crashing down.”“I worry a lot about judges getting into the business of deciding how amateur sports should be run,” added Justice Stephen Breyer.Thomas said he was “perplexed” about how to ensure “an important distinction between student athletes and professional athletes without (the NCAA) constantly being involved in litigation.”The athletes’ attorney, Jeffrey Kessler, repeatedly sought to assure the court that the nature of college sports would not be altered by ending the cap on education-related expenses covered by schools.“We heard over and over again that each loss was going to destroy college sports … it’s never happened,” Kessler said. “We’re not challenging any restrictions or rules regarding that they have to be students. And, in fact, the education-related benefits here would help them to succeed as students.”The court is expected to hand down a decision in the case by the end of June.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img March 31, 2021 /Sports News – National Supreme Court questions NCAA limits on student athlete compensationlast_img read more

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FCA to investigate mortgage lending via estate agents

first_imgHome » News » FCA to investigate mortgage lending via estate agents previous nextRegulation & LawFCA to investigate mortgage lending via estate agentsFinancial watchdog wants to ensure borrowers get best value to help increase ownershipNigel Lewis12th December 20160977 Views Estate agents who introduce customers to in-house or third party mortgage brokers are to be investigated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) as part of a new wide-ranging look at competition in the home loans market.The aim of the review is to see if customers are being offered the best deals, advice and whether links between industry players limit choice, all part of a wider government drive to reduce the cost of buying a home.There are currently 11.1 million home loans held in the UK worth £1.3 trillion, according to the Council of Mortgage Lenders.“As a mortgage is likely to be the biggest financial commitment most people make in their lifetime, we’re keen to ensure that competition in the mortgage sector is healthy and working to the benefit of consumers,” said Christopher Woolard, the FCA’s executive director of strategy and competition (pictured).This will include a close look at how estate agents, conveyancers, surveyors and developers all introduce customers to mortgage lenders or brokers.But when launching the full review the FCA singled out estate agents for criticism, saying that some customers could be coming under pressure from estate agents to use certain brokers if they want to view or secure a property.“We are interested in exploring the incentives estate agents have to refer consumers to use their in-house broker and whether this leads to worse outcomes for consumers,” the FCA said.The review will not cover buy-to-let or commercial loans. The results of the survey along with any preliminary recommendations will be published next summer followed in January 2018 by a final report.If you’d like to have your say then email [email protected] Christopher Woolard Council of Mortgage Lenders FCA FCA mortgage rules FCA regulations December 12, 2016Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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Union left in disarray after President-Elect disqualified

first_imgAllegations fly at Frewin Court as Omkar is disqualified and Fischer resignsThe Oxford Union is currently without a President-Elect after Krishna Omkar’s win was overturned and he was banned from running again.The Society descended into crisis after a tribunal held during the vacation found Omkar guilty of soliciting votes for himself and other candidates in the run up to Michaelmas elections – a practice prohibited by the debating society’s rules.A re-poll for the position of President is scheduled for second week. To be eligible, candidates must have made the required number of qualifying speeches last term and not have stood in an election for a lower office last term.Charlotte Fischer, one of only two people eligble to run in the re-poll, resigned from Standing Committee on Monday. In a long letter to Committee members she said she felt she had been the victim of “false rumours” and “personal attacks” but was resigning her position with “a heavy heart.” Claire Hennessey, who was Secretary in Michaelmas, is also eligble to run, but has suggested that she may not stand for election.If no valid nominations are received for this term’s re-poll, it is expected that the Librarian – currently Edward Waldegrave – will assume the role of President in Trinity Term.Everyone in the Union hierarchy of officers would then move up one position, subject to their agreement. Omkar’s electoral tribunal was brought against him by Presidential rival Fischer at the end of last term, and centred around a meeting held by Omkar in Magdalen College on the evening before elections.The tribunal report deemed the gathering, which was attended by 20 to 30 people, including several candidates in the following day’s election, to be a deliberate attempt “to encourage all attendees to solicit votes from members of the Society the following day for those identified at the meeting.” Among those candidates at the meeting were the then Union President Luke Tryl, Charlie Holt, who was elected Secretary unopposed, and Corey Dixon, who was elected Treasurer. Whilst union rules are vague as to precisely what is permissible with regards to gathering votes, the tribunal made it clear that the soliciting of votes from anyone other than close personal friends is not allowed.In their official report the panel stated, “We simply reject the Defendant’s assertion that his meeting was a meeting between close personal friends, or that it was a meeting to have the sort of discussion which might be had between close personal friends.”Omkar was also criticised for sending out an email which contained the names of Union members in Merton College.The panel decided that it was used to approach people and systematically solicit votes. In an unprecedented move the tribunal also disqualified Omkar from standing in all future Union elections. Omkar strongly denied any suggestion that he had acted improperly by holding a drinks party on the night before last term’s election.The 5000- word official report released after the tribunal criticises Omkar for “lack of integrity” and “arrogance as he appeared before us.” Omkar appealed the decision, but a second panel that met on Saturday December 15 upheld the tribunal’s findings in full, although they did consult the original prosecuting panel about the severity of the sentence.Omkar argued before both panels that he was simply being penalised for what was accepted common practice in the Union.The Union’s Returning Officer received a signed confession from Union debater Jessica Lund stating that she sent a text message to seven people that read, “Please, please, for a more open, democratic Union, vote Charlotte Fischer for President. You won’t regret it, and it will make me very happy. Thank you. Xxx”. Fischer denies asking anybody to send a message on her behalf, and there is no evidence linking Fischer to Lund’s actions.Fischer depicts uglier side of Union in farewell letterIn a 3000-word resignation letter to Standing Committee written on Monday night, Fischer accused Krishna Omkar and other members of spreading “his own distorted projection of who I am.”She also alleges that she was repeatedly sexually harassed by committee members. In one part of the letter, she wrote:“It has become more difficult to be involved in the Union more recently because of the actions of some of the members of Standing Committee. Most recently I have continued to receive text and Facebook messages from several members of the standing committee asking if I “fancy a fuck?” When I called the member whose phone the original messages were sent from, I received no answer, only further messages asking me if “that was an offer of phone sex gorgeous?”… In the context of the ongoing controversy and conflict I have with many of the members of Standing Committee I feel it was insensitive at best and outrageously obnoxious at worst.”A source on Standing committee said he felt the comments had been taken out of context. In a response to Fischer’s letter Omkar said, “I have no desire to launch personal attacks against any individual through the medium of the press… With full respect to the tribunal, the decision of which remains unimpeached, last term’s election returned an unprecedented and overwhelming democratic mandate, of which I am mindful and for which I will always remain grateful.last_img read more

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Number of EU applicants drops after Brexit

first_imgThe number of EU students applying to UK universities has fallen by 7 per cent, data released by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) shows.This comes alongside news of a wider drop in the number of students going on to higher education. Figures from UCAS show that, overall, applications to university in the UK have dropped by 5 per cent. EU students currently have access to the UK’s public-backed fee loans system and are subject to the same tuition fee cap as home students. The government announced in October that EU students applying for 2017 entry at Oxford will remain subject to this arrangement for the duration of their courses.Times Higher Education figures show that despite the drop in EU applications to 42,070, the number of international applicants is similar to last year, at 52,630.Applications from the EU to Cambridge have dropped by 14 per cent for undergraduate courses.At a parliamentary select committee hosted by Pembroke College, Oxford last month, leading academics warned MPs that a hard Brexit could be the “biggest disaster” in higher education in years.NUS Vice President Sorana Vieru said of the news: “The seven per cent decline in applications of students from the EU after the referendum result should be seen as a warning that studying in the UK is a considerably less attractive option than it was 12 months ago.“It is unacceptable for Theresa May to use EU students as bargaining chips in the Brexit negotiations. To help reverse this worrying decline, she must take international students out of net migration figures.”In recent years, applications from EU students increased by 7.4 per cent between 2014 and 2015 and then again by another 6 per cent from 2015 and 2016. Universities UK Chief Executive Nicola Dandridge, who pointed to the UK’s weakening competitive position: “We are concerned about EU numbers. Bear in mind this is coinciding with our competitor countries, particularly in the EU, seeing this as a huge advantage for them.“They are redoubling their marketing efforts and see Brexit as posing a good opportunity for them to recruit internationally mobile EU students.”In a separate statement earlier this month on falling international student numbers for 2015/16, Ms Dandridge added: “The UK could be doing much better than this. The UK has the potential to be one of the world’s fastest growing destinations for international students, building on its current status as the second most popular destination for international students [after the US]. The UK benefits enormously, economically and academically, from international students.“If the UK wants to remain a top destination for international students and academics, it needs a new approach to immigration that is proportionate and welcoming for talented people from across the world. This will be even more important as the UK looks to enhance its place in the world post-Brexit.”In December Cambridge University sent a written submission on the dangers of Brexit to the university sector to MPs on the Education Select Committee.The letter read: “Assuming that EU students move to the unregulated international [tuition fees] rate, it is almost certain that application numbers will fall further. We are currently modelling a two-third reduction in admissions from the non-UK EU.”The Conservative chair of the committee commented: “It’s crucial that we don’t allow Brexit to become a catastrophe for our university sector.”Head of Oxford University’s Brexit Strategy, Professor Alastair Buchan, declined to comment.last_img read more

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More powerful than heroin

first_imgNow more than ever it is essential to get those you know who are addicted into treatment. Having a relationship with a person who has an addiction to opiates is often stressful. Although you just want to help the addicted person, they many times fight against you as if you were the enemy.Addicts can be very difficult to get into treatment and it is important to ask for help when you need it. There are professionals who can help you handle your loved one before it is too late.Do not be surprised if your loved accuses you of contributing to their addiction. Hear them out and take their words into consideration but at the end of the day realize getting them sober and continuing to live is the most important thing. Fentanyl has made the risks of being a heroin addict even higher than it already was. Get yourself educated. If one of your loved one is struggling with addiction, get them into treatment. Don’t wait until it is too late.There are many different approaches to the challenge of how to help addicts. For free information, visit http://www.narcononnewliferetreat.org/blog/fentanyl-laced-heroin-worsening-overdose-crisis.html or call 1 800-431-1754 to get help for your loved ones.Ray Clauson Dear Editor:Those with loved ones who are using opiates or heroin have a new risk. Drug dealers across the United States have begun to mix drugs with an extremely powerful and dangerous drug known as Fentanyl.  The drug Fentanyl can be from 50 to 100 times more powerful than heroin, making the risk of a fatal overdose much higher. Drug dealers have been using this drug to increase the potency of their heroin at a lower cost. last_img read more

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This Week’s Picks! Elf, Von Trapps, Annie & More

first_imgHey, you, standing in line to buy some high-priced item that will be forgotten by your friend—and thrown in the trash—in two months. Get out of the queue and hit the streets, where entertaining options abound! There’s Jake Gyllenhaal’s Broadway debut, the Von Trapp kids’ evening show, new arrivals to Wicked and more. Check out this week’s picks! Behold Wicked’s New Witches Beginning December 16 at the Gershwin Theatre It’s a new, exciting day in Oz! Caroline Bowman, fresh from the national tour of Evita, succeeds Christine Dwyer as Elphaba, and fellow Broadway veteran Kara Lindsay (Newsies) is now Glinda. Another layer of cool to this news: Bowman, a former Wicked ensemble member, understudied Elphaba. Wow, that sounds like the happy sequel to A Chorus Line! Someone grab some magic markers and construction paper—we’ve got dialogue to write. Click for tickets! Stay up Late with the Von Trapps December 17 at 54 Below The highlight of The Sound of Music Live! (aside from Laura Benanti tweeting “Elsa OUT!”) had to be those super-talented Von Trapp kids. Well, lucky for us, five of them (and three of their standbys) are ignoring their bedtimes and performing for one night only at 54 Below. Just be sure to holster your Twitter fingers and stay silent. You’ll need both for ABC’s The Sound of Music: Sing-a-long on Dec. 21. Click for tickets! See Jake Gyllenhaal Survey the Stars Beginning December 16 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre In recent months, Broadway has become Hollywood East, not that we’re complaining. Especially when we can see Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson in Constellations, Nick Payne’s play about a physicist and a bee keeper who meet at a barbecue…and then again and again and again. Yes, the play involves quantum physics, but you won’t be tested on it. We think. Wait, should we form a study group? Click for tickets! View Comments Spread Christmas Cheer with Jim Parsons December 16, check local listings As much as we love Elf, the 2003 holiday movie classic, we’ve seen it more times than our parents. And despite letters to our elected representatives, the musical is not returning to Broadway anytime soon. Thankfully, NBC has a perfect solution. The animated Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, which includes elements of the movie and the musical, features Jim Parsons as the voice of our overgrown, overzealous Christmas hero. Hooray! Get (Hard) Knocked Out at Annie December 19 in movie theaters The sun comes out today as Annie, the latest big-screen adaptation of the cherished musical, opens nationwide. This one puts a modern-day spin on the Depression-era story of an adorable orphan (Quvenzhané Wallis) and the grumpy gazillionaire (Jamie Foxx) who loves her. Your inner eight-year-old, however, can rest easy. Director Will Gluck (Easy A) is known for having a deft comic touch and the terrific cast also includes Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne, and Bobby Cannavale.last_img read more

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