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first_img Español,  Press Release,  Public Health En el día de la fecha, la Administración Wolf se refirió a los estudios de investigación recientes que señalan en mayor medida la importancia de usar máscaras para detener la propagación de COVID-19.“Se realizó el seguimiento del aumento de casos en el suroeste de Pennsylvania y se ha atribuido a las personas que no usan máscaras en lugares públicos como bares y restaurantes”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “La investigación nos dice que las máscaras, aunque no son perfectas, marcan la diferencia en la propagación de la COVID-19 y representan una manera simple y eficaz de ayudar a protegernos a nosotros mismos y a los demás”.Según un estudio reciente y exhaustivo publicado en The Lancet y financiado por la Organización Mundial de la Salud, que identificó 172 estudios observacionales en 16 países y seis continentes, el uso de máscaras podría significar una gran reducción en el riesgo de infección por COVID-19, en particular cuando se combina con el distanciamiento social.Un estudio realizado por un equipo de investigadores a cargo de un profesor de la Texas A&M University descubrió que no usar una máscara facial aumenta dramáticamente las posibilidades de que una persona se contagie el virus de la COVID-19. Las conclusiones se publicaron en la revista científica PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). Según las conclusiones del estudio, “no usar una máscara facial aumenta dramáticamente las posibilidades de que una persona se contagie el virus de la COVID-19”.Y un reciente estudio basado en modelos realizado por la Royal Society A señala que el uso de máscaras en público podría tener un gran impacto tendiente a la reducción de la propagación de la COVID-19. Según el modelo, “bajo ciertas condiciones, cuando los períodos de bloqueo se implementan junto con el uso de máscaras faciales por parte del 100% de la población, hay una propagación mucho menor de la enfermedad, las ondas secundarias y terciarias se aplanan y la epidemia se controla. El efecto se produce incluso cuando se supone que las máscaras faciales tienen una eficacia del 50% para capturar el inóculo de virus exhalado con una eficacia igual o menor en la inhalación”.“Todos los estudios indican la eficacia del uso de máscaras para ayudar a detener la propagación de la COVID-19 y mantener aplanada la curva de casos”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Por eso exigimos máscaras al estar en público. Es la manera más simple y eficaz de protegernos a nosotros mismos y a los demás durante nuestros esfuerzos continuos para mitigar la COVID-19”.La Secretaria de Salud la Dra. Rachel Levine firmó una orden que indica la obligatoriedad del uso de máscaras el 1 de julio. Permanece vigente. Puede encontrar las preguntas frecuentes sobre la orden de uso de máscaras aquí.View this information in English. Más puntos de investigación sobre la importancia de las máscaras, la orden sobre el uso obligatorio de máscaras sigue vigente July 06, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Germany’s BVV: Pensions guarantee of 4% would be ‘irresponsible’

first_imgMembers of the BVV, the €26bn pension provider for Germany’s financial industry, have approved by a large margin proposed amendments on guarantees.In light of the current interest-rate environment, the BVV recommended dropping its 4% guarantee for pension claims accrued from 2017.Overall, the adjustment would entail a 24% annual cut in guaranteed pension increases, it said. Rainer Jakubowski, CFO at the BVV, told IPE: “We have decided not to guarantee 4% net interest on all future pension rights, each year, at all times, regardless of the return situation, because it would have been irresponsible. “We are not touching pension rights already accrued – we are merely adjusting the future to the market environment.”He said the members of the pension provider, organised as a mutual association, understood the “need to take such measures in the current market environment”.At a general assembly, more than 90% of employee and employer representatives approved the amendments, which will apply to both the Pensionskasse and the Versorgungskasse.“Other providers will have to take similar steps in the near future,” Jakubowski predicted.He conceded, however, that members had asked “a lot of questions”, and that more than 100 one-on-one talks with companies had been necessary to achieve the outcome of the vote.On a voluntary basis, “several large members” have already pledged to make additional contributions to the BVV to compensate for the future cuts.“There already has been significant commitment by some members, and we will see who else will follow over the coming months,” Jakubowski said.He said it was “sad” that such measures had to be taken now, but he emphasised that it was not because the BVV had made bad investments.Last year, the BVV granted a net interest rate of 3.4%.“We have achieved this despite the low-interest-rate environment, which is nothing but a natural disaster created by the central banks,” he said.last_img read more

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Churches say they will snub gay weddings

first_imgDominion Post 1 Sep 2012An overwhelming majority of churches would not host a same-sex wedding, even if the law is changed to allow it. Almost all the major Christian denominations have vowed not to officiate for gay marriage, as have most other religious groups. The same-sex marriage bill passed its first reading in Parliament this week and must now pass two more readings before it can become law. But Catholics, Anglicans, Baptists and many other smaller denominations have already joined Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Orthodox Jews in prohibiting gay marriages on their turf. Only a handful of churches are standing behind the bill. Labour MP Louisa Wall, champion of the gay marriage bill, said the tepid religious support for the bill was no surprise. “I anticipated that . . . but that’s their choice. I believe every New Zealander should be free from discrimination but we [also] uphold the right for freedom of religion.….Anwar Ghani, president of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand, said Muslim law made it clear gay marriages could not be accepted. “Our position is very clear: Islam does not allow marriages of same sex. Islam views marriage not just for recreation, but for procreation,” he said. Lali Singh, general secretary of the New Zealand Sikh Society, said: “We will not allow any gay marriages in the temples. It’s against religious rules – it should be just between a man and a woman.” And the Catholic Church has spoken out repeatedly against Ms Wall’s bill.http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/7591312/Churches-say-they-will-snub-gay-weddingslast_img read more

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Polar ice loss quickens, raising seas

first_img 81 Views   no discussions News Polar ice loss quickens, raising seas by: – March 9, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet Ice loss from Antarctica and Greenland has accelerated over the last 20 years, research shows, and will soon become the biggest driver of sea level rise. From satellite data and climate models, scientists calculate that the two polar ice sheets are losing enough ice to raise sea levels by 1.3mm each year. Overall, sea levels are rising by about 3mm (0.12 inches) per year.Writing in Geophysical Research Letters, the team says ice loss here is speeding up faster than models predict. They add their voices to several other studies that have concluded sea levels will rise faster than projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its landmark 2007 assessment. By 2006, the Greenland and Antarctic sheets were losing a combined mass of 475Gt (gigatonnes – billion tonnes) of ice per year.On average, loss from the Greenland sheet is increasing by nearly 22Gt per year, while the much larger and colder Antarctic sheet is shedding an additional 14.5Gt each year. If these increases persist, water from the two polar ice sheets could have added 15cm (5.9 inches) to the average global sea level by 2050. A rise of similar size is projected to come from a combination of melt water from mountain glaciers and thermal expansion of seawater.“That ice sheets will dominate future sea level rise is not surprising – they hold a lot more ice mass than mountain glaciers,” said lead author Eric Rignot from Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. “What is surprising is this increased contribution by the ice sheets is already happening.”Grace on fire Extending this rate of ice loss forward to 2100, the sea level rise contribution from the two ice sheets alone is calculated at 56cm (22 inches).  By contrast, the IPCC in 2007 projected a maximum rise of 59cm, while acknowledging this was likely to be an under-estimate because understanding of processes happening on ice sheets was insufficient to enable reliable estimates to be made.Since 2007, several other research groups using different methods have concluded that a figure between one and two metres is likely – which would have profound consequences for island nations and countries with long, low coastlines such as Bangladesh. “If present trends continue, sea level is likely to be significantly higher than levels projected by the IPCC,” said Dr Rignot.“Our study helps reduce uncertainties in near-term projections of sea level rise.” The new research combined two different methodologies. One calculates ice gain and loss through combining various types of satellite reading and data taken on the ground, for example the thickness of the ice sheet and the speed at which glaciers are moving.The second dataset comes from Nasa’s Grace mission, which uses twin satellites to measure variations in the Earth’s gravitational pull. Ice loss causes a fractional reduction in gravity at that point on the Earth’s surface. Two years ago, this mission surprised some in the research community by showing that even the vast and frigid East Antarctic ice sheet was losing some of its mass to the oceans.By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC Newscenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

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Leptospirosis a growing concern in Barbados

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — Leptospirosis is of great concern to the Ministry of Health in Barbados. According to Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Joy St John, at a press briefing, there is more than one strain of leptospirosis and the bacteria is not only spread by rats and mice but can be transmitted through other animals such as lizards, monkeys, dogs, mosquitoes, toads, mice, goats, sheep, cattle and pigs, among others.She added: “The risk factors associated with leptospirosis are all dependent on the level of exposure… We realised from our information that a high risk of exposure is usually directly related to your occupation, the environment you live in or your lifestyle.” She noted that the main occupational groups at risk included farm and agricultural workers, pet shop workers, veterinarians, sewer workers, abattoir workers, meat handlers and the military.St John explained that the potentially serious bacterial illness could enter the body through broken skin or through ingestion. She indicated that it was characterised by fever, headache, chills, nausea and vomiting and eye inflammation. Moreover, she said in severe cases, the illness could cause yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes, which is indicative of liver damage caused by jaundice. Persons could also experience kidney failure and internal bleeding, she noted.The CMO, therefore, encouraged individuals experiencing these symptoms to seek medical attention immediately. St John stated that since the last reported case of leptospirosis, there had been two more deaths, in quick succession, due to the illness.The CMO further advised persons that hospitalisation would be necessary if there were signs of low blood pressure, decreased urine output, yellowing of the skin and eyes, spitting blood, breathlessness, irregular pulse and altered levels of consciousness.The Ministry of Health has urged members of the public to take care of their surroundings and to exercise care when in high risk areas.By Alyson HolderCaribbean News Now 13 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share NewsRegional Leptospirosis a growing concern in Barbados by: – December 22, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

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Saint Louis School Getting New Water Fountains

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Saint Louis School will be getting 4 new water fountains thanks to a grant from the Ripley County Community Foundation and the William A & Martha H Hillenbrand Foundation.The new water fountains will include water bottle fillers.The school currently allows students to have water bottles in class to promote student wellness, but the current fountains are not designed to fill bottles.Filling one bottle can take around 30 seconds.The new fountains will eliminate the time challenge, as bottles can be filled while students are getting drinks.The school’s goal is to complete the installation over Christmas break.last_img read more

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Kompany on target in winning City return

first_img Carlos Tevez, David Silva and Yaya Toure were also on target against a lacklustre Newcastle outfit, who remain not quite far enough clear of the drop zone for comfort. With potential back-to-back games against Manchester United looming, little wonder why City manager Roberto Mancini was so concerned at Belgium’s use of his captain, who was returning to club duty for the first time in two months after a calf problem. Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany was amongst the scorers as the Blues recorded their biggest Premier League win since November – a 4-0 victory over Newcastle. Press Associationcenter_img The opener came when Gael Clichy squeezed a cross through to the far post and Tevez slid in to turn it home. Then an intricate bit of passing from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri offered Silva the chance to reach the corner of the six-yard box, where he buried his shot with some aplomb. Newcastle rallied after the break and Yohan Cabaye flashed a shot across goal after running onto Papiss Cisse’s lay-off before the midfielder zipped a shot over from 20 yards. That flurry was as good as it got for the visitors. And there could be no more appropriate scorer of City’s third goal than Kompany. His last for the Blues was the goal that won the derby in April 2012. This was not quite in the same class, the Belgian flicking home an off-target Gareth Barry effort. With 20 minutes left, Toure strode through some poor Newcastle defending and beat Rob Elliot at his near post with a shot that deflected off James Perch. last_img read more

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Pitt, NC State meet in ACC tourney

first_imgPitt, NC State meet in ACC tourney Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPittsburgh (16-16, 7-14) vs. No. 5 seed North Carolina State (19-12, 10-10)Atlantic Coast Conference Tourney Second Round, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina; Wednesday, 1 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Pittsburgh is set to match up against North Carolina State in the second round of the ACC tournament. The only meeting between the teams this season came on Feb. 29, when the Wolfpack shot 45.6 percent from the field en route to a 77-73 victory. Associated Press SAVVY SENIORS: North Carolina State has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Markell Johnson, Devon Daniels, C.J. Bryce, D.J. Funderburk and Jericole Hellems have combined to account for 78 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 81 percent of all Wolfpack points over the last five games.OFFENSIVE THREAT: M. Johnson has either made or assisted on 42 percent of all North Carolina State field goals over the last five games. M. Johnson has 21 field goals and 38 assists in those games.WINNING WHEN: North Carolina State is a perfect 8-0 when the team makes nine or more 3-pointers. The Wolfpack are 11-12 when the team hits fewer than nine threes.ASSIST RATIOS: The Pack have recently converted buckets via assists more often than the Panthers. North Carolina State has an assist on 44 of 86 field goals (51.2 percent) over its previous three outings while Pittsburgh has assists on 33 of 77 field goals (42.9 percent) during its past three games.TOUGH DEFENSE: Pittsburgh has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 23.8 percent of all possessions, the second-highest rate among all ACC teams.center_img March 11, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

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Students hear from entertainment industry insiders

first_imgPanelists spoke to journalism students about the overlap of entertainment and journalism when covering Hollywood and television at Wallis Annenberg Hall on Monday evening. The event was hosted by the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.The panel featured Danielle Robay, an entertainment journalist, TV host and Pop Politics blogger; Heidi Clements, the executive producer and writer of the ABC Family show Baby Daddy; and Ken Baker, a senior news correspondent for E! News. Mary Murphy, a senior lecturer at Annenberg, moderated the event. The panel discussion took place as part of Murphy’s class, “JOUR 381: Entertainment, Business and Media in Today’s Society.”“When I became a journalist, no one ever said you had to be entertaining. They said you have to be accurate, honest, tell both sides of the story,” Murphy said.With the development of apps like Instagram and Twitter and outlets like YouTube, being entertaining and creating a brand has become important to a successful career. The number of followers a person has elevates their value as an entertainer who need to gather support from fans in order to make a living. “When I got into entertainment news, everyone told me you had to find your niche,” Robay, who is currently a host and producer of CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online, said.Robay defined niche as her “why,” the “why” being the reason why she is in entertainment news. For Robay, a person needs a reason to work besides money, such as passion for their careers.Clements encouraged the event attendees to follow their passions and choose what makes them happy over what might make them wealthy. “A lot of times you can end up following a certain path because the money is so good and you get stuck in it even if it’s not your passion,” Clements said. “Go be broke.”The best time for a person to re-evaluate and find what their true career path is, is when they are “stuck” in a job that they are not passionate about, according to Baker. Baker previously worked at People Magazine and US Weekly.“That’s when you define your career, when you’re stuck. What’s going to propel you is your passion,” Baker said.Baker encouraged the audience to keep trying to break into the entertainment industry and realize that more people in the world are going to say no than yes, which does not signify defeat. “What are you meant to do in service to the world? Find your dharma,” Baker said.last_img read more

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first_imgCurrently there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus at USC. The University is continuing to monitor local and international developments. Los Angeles County reported its first case of community spread Monday after declaring a public health emergency last week. As of Tuesday, L.A. County has 20 reported cases.  While athletic events on campus will continue as scheduled in the 18-day period, only the athletes’ families, media and recruits may attend. The matches will be streamed online for fans to view remotely. A similar format has been implemented for academic performances and recitals. “We are moving as many classes as possible online,” Zukoski wrote in the statement. “We understand that not all courses can be taught remotely and therefore students should contact their instructors and remain flexible in this time of rapidly changing circumstances.” This report was updated March 11 at 12:30 a.m. with interviews from faculty and students. The University has continued to stress that students refrain from domestic and international travel. All nonessential University-related travel for students, faculty and staff has been suspended until March 29. Residence halls, dining halls, clinics, libraries and recreational facilities will remain open throughout the duration of the online period and adhere to their usual spring break schedules, according to the email. USC has encouraged students to refrain from returning to campus following spring break unless necessary. However, the shift to online will not include all classes, Zukoski told the Daily Trojan in a statement. Nonlecture classes like lab and performance-based classes will still be held in person. The University will continue to evaluate over spring break how it will manage such classes. This online shift follows more than 15 other universities’ transitions to digital platforms in the last week. Stanford University and the University of Washington were the first to do so Friday following an increase in cases in Santa Clara County and Seattle. All universities within the University of California system except UC Merced have suspended classes for the remainder of the quarter or will begin implementing such policies following spring break. “We believe the risk to our students, faculty, and staff remains low, but it is our responsibility to you and our greater community to be proactive in our efforts to encourage social distancing as a means of preventing the spread of illness,” Zukoski wrote in the email. “At the same time, we are committed to continuing the academic excellence and vital work of the university.” Faculty and students are still navigating the implications of remote classes. Arthur Auerbach, an associate professor of political science, said professors received the email informing them about the changes at the same time as the students and did not have any prior knowledge regarding the announcement. Lauren Mattice, Shaylee Navarro, Kate Sequeira and Sarah Yaacoub contributed to this report. (Arielle Chen | Daily Trojan)center_img “This is a challenging time for all universities and organizations that bring together a large, highly mobile population, and we appreciate your patience and support as we navigate this uncharted territory,” the email read. “We ask for your patience and collaboration as we work through difficult issues related to the continuity of all of our academic programs.” “[A professor] basically said that since we are STEM majors, we should be able to analyze the minuscule threat of coronavirus and that we should help inform our non-STEM major acquaintances and colleagues,” Guerrero said. “This was several days ago, which also might be why the reaction was a little bit different.” Beginning Wednesday, nearly all classes are transitioning online for a three-day trial period to evaluate the procedures the University has in place as USC aims to ensure a smooth transition. Adjustments will be made to the platform operations once the trial run has been evaluated over spring break.  “As far as I know, USC is not changing anything for this week; they’re just extending online lectures for the week after spring break,” the email read. “We are asking for clarification if that applies to labs the week after spring break as well.” “There’s always a point in time when the administration has to lead and I think this is probably one of them,” Auerbach said. “I imagine that there was some level of consultation with some percentage of the faculty, just wasn’t myself or others that I know within our department.” Karen Mendoza, a sophomore majoring in business administration, said she had a professor refuse to conduct class through Zoom and instead cancel it following the initial announcement; however, she has not yet heard anything since USC announced the extension.  “[Online classes are] going to be a lot of teaching yourself stuff because I have one professor who was like, ‘I’m not going to be doing Zoom meetings and I’m not going to record myself because in class you guys look bored — I can’t imagine how bored you’ll be online,’” Mendoza said.  Adrian Guerrero, a sophomore majoring in chemistry, said some of his STEM professors have been taking the situation lightly, continuing to offer classes in person.  Departments will decide the future format of nonlecture courses on a case-by-case basis. Chemistry lab coordinator Catherine Skibo sent an email to general chemistry students Tuesday evening stating that she had not received information about the online class transition beyond the provost’s email sent to the USC community. USC will extend online classes to one week after spring break as concern continues to grow regarding the spread of coronavirus, Provost Charles Zukoski announced Tuesday in an email to the USC community. The University has also canceled or postponed nearly all USC-sponsored events both on and off campus from Wednesday until March 29.last_img read more

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