FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and seven other governors sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan today in support of the American Health Care Act. The governors cited the flexibility granted to states to cover their unique Medicaid populations and the Patient and State Stability Fund, which will help states stabilize insurance markets and cover vulnerable patients.Eighth District Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. released the following statement regarding the letter:“The American Health Care Act provides states the type of flexibility within Medicaid that conservatives have championed for years,” said Bucshon. “This legislation operates on the premise that states like Indiana are better equipped to make decisions regarding their unique patient populations than unelected bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. Additionally, the Patient and State Flexibility Fund will provide significant funding to help states stabilize the insurance markets and lower costs for patients. I’m happy to see Governor Holcomb support this common-sense bill.”The letter can be found here: https://twitter.com/RepLarryBucshon/status/845017469072814080.Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. is a physician and Republican member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee serving his third term representing Indiana’s 8th Congressional district. The 8th District of Indiana includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick countie
Dear Editor:The Hoboken Family Alliance (HFA) would like to thank the community for helping our local families in need this holiday season. What an amazing neighborhood with much generosity! We are very grateful for the support and dedication of our community partners – Apple Montessori, Big Fun Toys, Diamond Gymnastics, Little City Books, New York Sports Club North, Pilsener Haus & Biergarten and Tiger Schulmann’s Mixed Martial Arts. Through everyone’s support, we were able to provide hundreds of toys and pajamas to children who would not have received gifts otherwise.Of special note:* Kathleen & Victor at Big Fun Toys were integral in promoting and partnering with HFA for the 5th Annual Big Fun/ HFA Toy Drive Kickoff Party and continued the Drive throughout the holiday season.* Jet.com ran another corporate Toy & Pajama drive – we were overwhelmed by the generosity of your team!* Noellery Jewelry Store, who ran their “Operation Christmas” program, which supported our drive by taking a percentage of their sales and utilizing it to donate lots of beautiful jewelry and accessories for our teenage girls in need.* Hudson School for providing many gifts and pajamas for our drive.*Brandon Youngstrom Foundation focused on our teens in need and went on a shopping spree and donating 10 bags of toys, warm clothing and sports gear.* We also received a very generous $1000 donation from an anonymous donor! As part of this program, The Hoboken Family Alliance also donated $1500 each to both the Toy drive and Pajama drive. All toys and pajamas we gathered have been donated to local families, including In Jesus’ Name Charities, York Street Project and NJ Child Protection and Permanency (former know as DYFS). We would like to express our appreciation and thank each and every one in the community who has made our toy and pajama drive a success! Thanks to all of your donations, underprivileged children all over Hudson County had a wonderful holiday season! Best wishes for a Happy & Wonderful New Year! Michele Hulsman Director of Philanthropy Hoboken Family Alliance www.hobokenfamily.org
Summer is a busy time, especially at the shore! An influx of family and guests to your year-round or summer home are sure to put many projects on the back burner for later. Holidays and potential bad weather can make winter a difficult time to renovate as well. That’s why fall is the perfect time!You may have realized this summer that it’s time to renovate a room in your home, or maybe the entire thing! Since summer is coming to an end, why not have your home renovation ideas come to life before the holidays arrive! Thinking of renovating your year-round home? The kids are back at school in the fall, which means less people around during the day makes for less distractions and interruptions for your contractor. If it’s your shore home that needs work, fall is an ideal time to renovate because you most likely won’t be living in the home during the renovation, but you are still able to control the process at the same time.Also, the weather in the fall is cooling off from the summer heat, but not yet too cold. For any exterior renovations, you will want to have them taken care of before the weather turns cold and winter hits. All around, now is a great time to make the changes to your home that you’ve been putting off, awaiting the “right” time.Fall is less than a month away, so it’s time to start planning! Whether you want to renovate your whole home, change individual features about the interior of your home, or make exterior changes, Meloni Building and Renovations is the team for you. We provide high-quality craftsmanship that yields amazing results. Call today for a free project consultation at 609-653-8660.
London chain Wenzel’s has opened a trial kiosk outlet at London’s Baker Street station this week as it explores new routes to market. The 600sq ft outlet, which opened on 14 January, sells a range of food-to-go items and is open from 6am to 9pm, seven days a week.The 16-shop Wenzel’s chain was expecting to open around six kiosks at stations over the next year, following the deal with Transport for London. Chief executive Peter Wenzel was also looking at airport sites.Wenzel commented: “One must not be afraid. The recession affects everyone, but you always have to consider new avenues for expansion, looking at trends for the future.”Wenzel’s is also eyeing six new shop openings in 2010.
Frozen pizza sales are growing in both value and volume as the frozen sector sees a third quarter of growth, according to the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF).The latest figures showed the value of the frozen food sector was up 3.6% (Kantar Worldpanel data to w/e 4 September 2011) on this time last year, with all categories, including, meat, ready meals and ice cream faring well as consumers look for more value from their grocery shop. The BFFF said pizza sales had grown in both value and volume terms as more consumers bought in premium take-away-style foods.Brian Young, director general, BFFF, commented: “Top-end premium and luxury frozen pizzas are often pounds cheaper than home-delivered equivalents. This sector has seen great investment over the past few years and there is a huge variety of toppings and base combinations offering exceptional quality and value to tempt consumers.”He said that, despite a difficult 12 months for manufacturers, they had continued to invest in their products and processes, with consumers benefiting from the increased variety and value.
Willie Nelson has announced a number of exciting supporting acts for his make-up show on June 20th at Charlotte, NC’s PNC Music Pavillion. The outlaw country legend will be joined by The Avett Brothers, Jamey Johnson, and Sarah Shook and the Disarmers.The talented bill serves as a consolation for fans who attended Nelson’s Charlotte, NC edition of his touring Outlaw Music Festival on May 26th. While Nelson took the stage for his scheduled set, he quickly exited before playing a note. A statement from Live Nation explained that the 85-year-old country music legend was forced to cancel his set due to a stomach illness. Tickets for the initial show will be honored for the makeup performance, and additional tickets are available here.The Charlotte show marked the latest cancellation from Nelson, who has called off a number of dates during the last year due to health issues.Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival is set to continue on June 22nd and feature artists like Sturgill Simpson, Elvis Costello, The Head and The Heart, Old Crow Medicine Show, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Ryan Bingham, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Margo Price, Terra Lightfoot, and Van Morrison in various different groupings.For a full list of upcoming dates on the Outlaw Music Festival tour, head here.[H/T JamBase]
When it comes to ethical decisions, Indiana State Sen. Joe Zakas said he starts with the Constitution and also looks to state statutes. As part of the Mendoza College of Business’ 2013 Ethics Week, Zakas gave a lecture titled “Governing for the Greater Good: Politics as a Public Service” on Wednesday. Zakas, a Notre Dame graduate, joined St. Joseph County Councilman Jamie O’Brien and St. Joseph County Commissioner Andy Kostielney in a discussion on ethical matters as an integral part of politics. Zakas said his decision-making process as a public servant begins with the definition of ethics. “Ethics has to do with behavior and providing guidance: to do the right thing and to act in the right way,” Zakas said. The rules in Indiana limit legislators’ participation in lobbying activities for the more important ethical concerns due to conflict of interest issues and financial disclosure rules, he said. “A recent change in Indiana for legislators is the inability of these people to take jobs as lobbyists for at least one year after they have left office,” Zakas said. O’Brien, who also teaches business law at Notre Dame, highlighted issues such as campaign financing as part of the current political climate that has impacted governing. He also offered a personal solution to the campaign financing problem, stressing the importance of transparency. “There is widespread belief that there is a need for campaign finance control,” O’Brien said. “I personally believe that the best approach is through disclosure, to make it clear who is paying for what.” O’Brien addressed the issue of political party gridlock. He said although accomplishing political tasks should involve some level of cooperation between two different parties, cooperation can be counterproductive if the task at hand supports a poor plan. “There is gridlock. But, sometimes, gridlock is better than moving forward with a bad idea,” O’Brien said. Kostielney said when working with politics at a local level, the most important question to ask is “How do we get something done?” He said collaboration is essential even when dealing with smaller county issues, such as road potholes and efficient recycling. “We need to focus more on how to work together to accomplish things rather than trenching ourselves in the political party positions that we may hold,” Kostielney said.
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson giving a statement in Downing Street in central London on April 27, 2020 after returning to work following more than three weeks off after being hospitalized with the Covid-19 illness.DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS While Arm sold for £24 billion ($31.6 billion), DeepMind only sold for a reported £400 million. Given DeepMind is widely perceived as one of the world leaders in AI today, the Google deal is viewed by experts as a bit of a bargain.Ian Hogarth, an entrepreneur turned tech investor, believes that DeepMind should have been nationalized by the U.K government so that it didn’t have to sell itself to an overseas tech giant.“I find it hard to believe that the U.K. would not be better off were DeepMind still an independent company,” he wrote in an essay in June 2018. “How much would Google sell DeepMind for today? $5 billion? $10 billion? $50 billion? It’s hard to imagine Google selling DeepMind to Amazon, or Tencent or Facebook at almost any price.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – LONDON – The U.K. government introduced new rules this week that are designed to protect Britain’s best and brightest companies from being gobbled up by other, potentially hostile, nations.But some are asking if the rules, which have been in the works for several years and apply from this Wednesday this week, are too little and too late given two of Britain’s most innovative companies have already been sold overseas. Cambridge-based chipmaker Arm was sold to Japanese tech giant SoftBank in 2016 and London-based artificial intelligence lab DeepMind was sold to Google in 2014.Matt Clifford, the chief executive of start-up factory Entrepreneur First, told CNBC that the government should have “probably” intervened in these deals. “Tech is a big and growing national security issue,” he said, adding that “technological sovereignty is very important.”- Advertisement – Hogarth added: “With hindsight, would it have been better for the U.K. government to block this acquisition and help keep it independent? Even now, is there a case to be made for the U.K. to reverse this acquisition and buy DeepMind out of Google and reinstate it as independent entity?”While DeepMind is a leader in AI, Arm is a leader in semiconductors, or chips. Its energy-efficient chip architectures are used in 95% of the world’s smartphones and it is widely regarded as the jewel in the crown of the British tech industry.“In Arm’s case, I can’t see why some investors here didn’t outbid the foreign folks,” said Jon Crowcroft, a computer science professor at the University of Cambridge. “Arm are a massive success and long term super viable too.”SoftBank is now in the process of trying to sell Arm to U.S. chipmaker Nvidia for $40 billion but there are a number of hurdles to overcome before the deal goes through, including regulators in China.Even though DeepMind and Arm are no longer British in some people’s eyes, there are a number of other fast-growing tech companies that very much are — and could be worth protecting. Security firm Darktrace and AI chipmaker Graphcore, for example.Beyond AI and chips, Crowcroft said that Britain has aerospace and biotech companies that are worth protecting, such as BAE Systems.Some have pointed out that the new rules could potentially make it harder for founders and their investors to sell companies. But Chris Smith, a venture capitalist at Playfair Capital in London, told CNBC he doesn’t think it will have a material impact.“The scope is likely to be fairly limited, both in terms of the number of countries on the ‘no deal’ list and the number that would meet the strategic test,” he said. “In reality, it reflects what we already know, that we have two tech universes — one in the West and one in the East.” – Advertisement –
Jan 25, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A recent study in Cambodia suggests that some human cases of infection with the H5N1 avian influenza virus escape detection because symptoms are mild or absent, according to a report from an international avian flu conference this week in Bangkok.The meeting drew about 500 experts from 40 countries to discuss research and ideas on a wide range of topics. Some other topics discussed included the idea of stockpiling vaccine adjuvants to prepare for a pandemic, the use of engineered human antibodies as a defense against the H5N1 virus, and the high H5N1 case-fatality rate in Indonesia.Cambodian studyThe Cambodian researchers tested 674 people in two villages who were exposed to the virus and found that seven of them, all between the ages of 4 and 18, had antibodies signaling previous infection, according to a Jan 24 Bloomberg News report.The finding contrasts with previous serologic studies of people in areas affected by H5N1 outbreaks. A review published Jan 16 in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) said the few serologic studies since 2003 of people with potential exposure to H5N1 suggest that asymptomatic or mild cases are rare. The studies involved people living with backyard poultry, workers in live-bird markets, and healthcare workers.More cases of mild disease might suggest that the virus is improving its ability to spread among humans, while becoming less virulent. Based on the current global count of 353 cases with 221 deaths, the case-fatality rate is almost 63%.The Cambodian researchers, led by Sirenda Vong of the Pasteur Institute of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, conducted their study in early 2006, according to the Bloomberg story. The researchers asked villagers about their exposure to poultry and tested their blood for antibodies to H5N1.The median age of the seven people who had antibodies was 12 years, compared with 27 years for those who had no antibodies, the story said.Vong and colleagues had conducted a similar study of 351 Cambodian villagers in 2005 and found that none had antibodies to the virus. The study was published in Emerging Infectious Diseases in 2006.Malik Peiris, a microbiology professor at the University of Hong Kong, told Bloomberg that the latest study supports findings from the 1997 H5N1 outbreak in Hong Kong, in which human cases were first reported. The virus infected 18 people, 6 of whom died. Peiris said children were less severely affected than adults and had a better survival rate, Bloomberg reported.”Most of the children diagnosed in Hong Kong in 1997 had a very mild course of infection; they basically had a mild flu-like illness and they recovered,” Peiris was quoted as saying. “I don’t think there is any evidence to say the situation has changed.”The recent NEJM review said H5N1 infections involving febrile upper respiratory illnesses without pneumonia in children have been reported more often since 2005, but early antiviral treatment may account for this.Stockpiling of adjuvantsAnother topic raised at the meeting was the idea of separately stockpiling adjuvants, immune-boosting chemicals that enable vaccine producers to reduce the dose of antigen in a vaccine without reducing immune response. Global health officials, including those at the World Health Organization (WHO), hope this dose-sparing approach could dramatically increase the world supply of pandemic vaccine.Albert Osterhaus, a virologist at Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands who spoke at the conference on Jan 23, said stockpiling adjuvants would be useful if the pandemic strain turned out to be a subtype other than H5N1, according to a Jan 23 Reuters report.”There’s a lot of discussion to vaccinate people against H5N1 with adjuvanted vaccines,” Osterhaus said. “We might do that, but it’s very expensive and it might well be that the pandemic outbreak may not be caused by H5N1 but by H7, H9, or H2 [viruses].”Osterhaus said adjuvants should be stockpiled separately from antigens, Reuters reported. “Adjuvants can be stockpiled and H5 antigen as well,” he said. “So if the pandemic is going to be H5N1, you just mix them and you get a vaccine. If not, you rapidly produce the antigen and add it together with the adjuvant.”Currently, the United States has no licensed influenza vaccines that contain adjuvants, according to a previous CIDRAP News report. However, a few studies of influenza vaccines with alum-based adjuvants have shown acceptable protection levels. In August, researchers working on a GlaxoSmithKline vaccine reported positive results for a split-virus vaccine combined with a proprietary oil-and-water adjuvant. A month later, Sanofi Pasteur reported promising results for its inactivated vaccine paired with its own adjuvant.Using engineered antibodiesIn other developments, a researcher from Crucell, a Dutch biotechnology company, reported at the conference today that engineered human monoclonal antibodies to the H5N1 virus protected mice from several strains of the virus, according to a Reuters report.Crucell created the human antibodies by mixing antibody fragments taken from nine blood donors with antigens from two H5N1 strains found in Vietnam and Indonesia, Reuters reported.Mark Throsby, project director for antibody discovery at Crucell, told the conference that in vitro studies showed that one line of the engineered antibodies neutralized several strains of the H5N1 virus, including strains isolated in Hong Kong in 1997, Indonesia in 2005, and Vietnam in 2003, Reuters reported.In the animal studies, he said, researchers injected the engineered antibodies into mice that had been given normally lethal doses of H5N1 virus 3 days earlier. “We were able to protect all the animals,” Throsby was quoted as saying. “It reduced their disease and they became well again.”Drug resistance in Indonesia?Yesterday Menno de Jong, a virologist at an Oxford University clinical research unit in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, spoke on the topic of drug failure in the treatment of patients who have H5N1 infections. The case-fatality rate for the disease in Indonesia is especially high—82%, compared with about 63% overall, based on WHO figures.De Jong told the conference that researchers are conducting studies to see if H5N1 patients in places like Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam require higher doses of antiviral medications, Reuters reported yesterday.”It could be they are treated later, or the virus is different, more virulent,” de Jong told a Reuters reporter. “There are many maybes, including differences in the susceptibility of the virus.”He told Reuters that the H5N1 viruses in Indonesia appear less susceptible to osteltamivir, the antiviral recommended as first-line treatment for H5N1 infections. “It’s not a resistant virus, it’s just that a bit more drug [may be] needed to inhibit these [H5N1] clade 2 viruses,” he said.De Jong was a member of the WHO expert panel that wrote the recent review in the NEJM on human H5N1 cases. In line with de Jong’s observations at the Bangkok meeting, that article said clade 1 viruses appear to be 15 to 30 times more susceptible to oseltamivir than clade 2 viruses from Turkey and Indonesia. However, the panel wrote that the clinical relevance of this difference in oseltamivir susceptibility “remains to be determined.”See also: Jan 16 CIDRAP News story on NEJM review of human H5N1 cases: “Exposure source unclear in 25% of H5N1 cases”Sep 7, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Cambodian study suggests mild H5N1 cases are rare”Oct 30, 2007, CIDRAP News story “The Pandemic Vaccine Puzzle, part 4: The promise and problems of adjuvants”
Brisbane’s housing market continued to grow steadily in the September quarter, according to the REIQ.Signs of improvement in Queensland’s jobs market have also helped the housing sector, with the unemployment rate falling to 5.9 per cent in September from 6.3 per cent at the start of the year. WHERE YOU SHOULD INVEST REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella. Photo: Claudia Baxter.The cruise industry has been one of the biggest contributors to growth, pouring $1.1 billion into the state’s economy and supporting more than 4000 jobs, according to the Palaszczuk government. The number of cruise ship visits to the state has nearly doubled over the past four years. HOW TO SELL YOUR HOME The Gold Coast has a new house price record of $606,000, according to the REIQ.REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella said the strong performance of the southeast corner’s coastal markets had been thanks mainly to growth in the tourism sector.Ms Mercorella said the coastal markets had helped drive overall growth in the state’s property market over the past 12 months, with more than 58,000 houses sold and median house price growth of 2.4 per cent.“Tourism is one of the largest contributors to Queensland’s gross state product, with almost eight per cent of GSP coming from tourism,” Ms Mercorella said. “This is roughly $25 billion in the year to June 2016, which means when that sector grows, it offers employment opportunities and this attracts workers who need somewhere to live.” Brisbane’s apartment market continued to soften in the September quarter. Picture: Mark Calleja. This property at 29-31 Wyuna Dr, Noosaville, recently sold for a record price.SOUTHEAST Queensland’s world-class beaches are driving a surge in home prices in the state’s coastal property markets, as Brisbane and the Gold Coast break house price records.New quarterly figures from the Real Estate Institute of Queensland reveal Noosa was the state’s top performing market in the three months to September, recording annual house price growth of nearly 10 per cent.Over the past five years, Noosa’s median house price has jumped by more than 40 per cent — driven by a boost in tourism numbers.A sprawling waterfront home with a drive-through boatshed, two jetties and a boat ramp at 29-31 Wyuna Dr, Noosaville, recently sold for close to $11.9 million — setting a new record for the area. Noosa’s median house price grew 9.6 per cent in the year to September 2017, according to the REIQ.The REIQ’s latest Queensland Market Monitor shows house prices in the Sunshine Coast statistical division grew 22 per cent over the September quarter, from $557,500 in June to $570,000.The Gold Coast also performed strongly, hitting a new house price record of $606,000, while the annual median house price in Brisbane reached a new record high of $660,000 — almost 30 per cent greater than it was five years ago. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoBut it’s a different story for Brisbane’s unit market, with prices falling 2.6 per cent over the past year as the inner-city continues to suffer from an apartment glut.The new annual median unit price is $440,750 — down from $452,500 a year ago. “With more supply expected online over the next 12 months, we expect this market will not firm up until mid-2019 at the earliest,” the report said. This home at 29-31 Wyuna Dr, Noosaville, recently sold for close to $11.9m through Tom Offerman Real Estate.