Credit Suisse cuts payouts

first_img Tags: NULL Credit Suisse cuts payouts Show Comments ▼ CREDIT Suisse is to defer more of its staff bonuses and cut cash payouts, in a move that followed stricter rules imposed elsewhere in Europe.Switzerland’s second-largest bank, which last year awarded chief executive Brady Dougan shares worth around Sfr71m (£47m) under a five-year bonus plan, said yesterday it would apply the changes to its 2010 pay round.Toughened pay regulation has yet to quash intense public scrutiny over year-end payouts, however, and governments have struggled to ward off a backlash against bonuses as detail of top bankers’ pay packages begins to emerge.The Swiss government has kicked off a legal process to tighten regulation of its top banks, including the right to force those bailed out by the state to make changes to bonuses and even cancel payouts.After bringing in a new pay structure last year, Credit Suisse’s revamped rules will see it lower the threshold for deferred bonus restrictions to Sfr50,000 from Sfr125,000, leaving more employees subject to the measures.Credit Suisse said the changes were made against a backdrop of emerging regulation and market practices, and in dialogue with regulators and shareholders. It will see a lower portion of bonuses paid in cash, and shares granted under the 2010 bonus scheme delivered annually from 2012-15.Although exempt from the EU bonus rules at home, Credit Suisse and larger rival UBS, both of which have big international investment banking divisions, have made moves to bring in restrictions on pay after 2008’s banking crisis. Monday 10 January 2011 8:49 pm whatsappcenter_img Share More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farmthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen Herald whatsapp KCS-content last_img read more

E.A. Cables Limited ( 2012 Annual Report

first_imgE.A. Cables Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2012 annual report.For more information about E.A. Cables Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the E.A. Cables Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: E.A. Cables Limited (  2012 annual report.Company ProfileEast Africa Cables Limited manufactures electrical cables and conductors in Kenya and sells its products through retail outlets in East and Central Africa. The company produces utility cables which include aluminium overhead conductors for aerial transmission lines and service drop cables for secondary overhead transmission; feeders to residential homes; cables for power and lighting circuits; home electrical appliances; and armoured and non-armoured cables for electricity distribution. East Africa Cables also provides automotive cables for electrical harnesses, battery cables and ignition cables. Telecommunications and data cables sold by the company include structured cabling systems, LAN cables, fiber optic cables, aerial bundled cables, XLPE insulation products and halogen-free fire-retardant cables. East African Cables Limited is a subsidiary of Cable Holdings (Kenya) Limited and its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. East Africa Cables Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Cultural Giving: Successful Donor Development for Arts and Heritage Organisations

first_img Howard Lake | 7 April 2013 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Cultural Giving: Successful Donor Development for Arts and Heritage Organisations [amzn_product_post]Readers will gain a real idea about how to go about improving their fundraising from individual donors, and an understanding of what is needed to make it work, in terms of people, techniques and mechanisms, relationships and resources, and the involvement and commitment required throughout the organisation.last_img read more

Ramadan fundraising appeals round-up for 2017

first_imgPenny AppealThis Ramadan, Penny Appeal is asking people to donate to a number of appeals. People can sponsor a Hifz orphan for £786 for three years, support Orphan Kind by sponsoring an orphan for £15 a month, help restore sight with Open Your Eyes for £60 for one treatment or £5 a month, or build a well for £300. Melanie May | 1 June 2017 | News Muntada AidMuntada Aid is aiming to feed 500,000 people and support others affected by the Syrian civil war with its Stand With Them Ramadan appeal. Muntada Aid’s campaign will provide vital supplies to refugees in Sid, Serbia and to its other key projects: the Little Hearts Project and Broken Minds. The Little Hearts Project gives free life-saving heart operations to babies and children who suffer from congenital heart defects while the Broken Minds project provides Syrian refugee children with psychological treatment. Advertisement Islamic AidIslamic Aid is working on a number of special Ramadan programmes that it is asking people to support. The charity is inviting people to pay Zakat, Sadaqah, Fidya or Kafarah, which it will use to help distribute food packs to impoverished families, and provide Sahar and Iftar for orphaned children, and children at Madrasah. In 2016, Muslim Charities Forum estimated that British Muslims gave approximately £100 million to charitable causes during the month of Ramadan. Here is a selection of the fundraising appeals taking place during Ramadan this year.Unicef UKUnicef is asking people to donate their Zakat (2.5% of their wealth) this Ramadan to help children in countries including Syria. It is raising funds through its site as well as through a JustGiving page, which has a link to a Zakat calculator to help people determine how much their donation should be. It says a £50 donation could help provide a healthcheck for 20 Syrian children, while £150 could help provide a ‘school-in-a-box’ to help at least 40 children continue their education in times of emergency and conflict. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Ramadan fundraising appeals round-up for 2017 Abaseen FoundationAbaseen Foundation has a number of projects for which it is seeking support this Ramadan. These including sponsoring a child for £10 a month, providing funds for eye cataract surgery for £25 a month, and helping to provide safe childbirth for £6 a month, all through Zakah, Sadaqah or Lillah. Tagged with: fundraising events [youtube height=”450″width=”800″][/youtube]Muslim HandsMuslim Hands is asking people to Save a Life Save Humanity this Ramadan, with a number of options including donating to its Iftar Fund to help people in need enjoy a nutritious meal after a day of fasting, to provide Itfar for 100 people by donating £75, to give to its Zakat Fund or to allow the charity to use their donation wherever it is most needed. Human AppealHuman Appeal is seeking support for a number of Ramadan projects this year, covering food, water, and specific countries, as well as its Ramadan Lighting Masjid Al Aqsa Project. Supporters can donate to provide, for example, a food parcel, to help feed a fasting family, to build a water well, or to help projects in countries including Yemen, Bangladesh, Iraq and Syria. Global OneGlobal One is promoting its £35 Box for Life this Ramadan. The box provides life-saving resources to Syrian mothers and their new babies in Beqaa Camp, Lebanon, and also contains resources to train local women to become midwives with a manual on how to produce reusable nappies and encourage women to become self-sufficient. Each box also doubles up as a cot.  441 total views,  3 views today  442 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis33 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis33last_img read more

Huge Progress Last Week Planting Corn and Soybeans

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Huge Progress Last Week Planting Corn and Soybeans SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleFed Up Film Debuts, Food Industry RespondsNext articleAPI Certifies High Oleic Soybean Motor Oil Andy Eubank Huge Progress Last Week Planting Corn and Soybeans By Andy Eubank – May 12, 2014 SHARE Facebook Twitter There were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 11, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Temperatures ranged from 34º to 92º across the state with averages from 56º to 73º. Precipitation ranged from .01 inches to 2.35 inches.Warm and dry weather for the majority of the state saw a surge in field activity and planting of both corn and soybeans. Many farmers concluded their corn planting this week and started on soybeans. Winter wheat, alfalfa hay and pasture have all progressed vigorously this week, and most livestock have now been turned over to pasture for the season. Some farmers took the opportunity to plow down damaged wheat fields. Still wind conditions on Saturday encouraged spraying of herbicides. Other activities included fertilizer application and repair of fence rows and tile.Indiana farmers’ progress planting corn jumped over 40 points to 61 percent, leapfrogging the 5 year average of 45 percent. Emerged corn is at 14 percent, trailing the 5 year average of 26 percent. Nationally planting progress jumped from 29 to 59 percent, one percent ahead of the five year average. Eighteen percent of the crop is emerged.Good progress was made in Indiana soybean fields too and that crop is now 1 percent ahead of the 5 year average. Progress is at 23 percent, a 20-point jump from a week ago. Nationally soybean progress goes from 5 percent last week to 20 percent this week, just behind the five year average of 21 percent.Source: NASSlast_img read more

Three claim against Limerick GAA over pitch invasion

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Facebook WhatsApp TAGSclaimhurlingLimerick.GAAMunster finalPIAB Linkedin Twitter Talking Points as Offaly loss sets up final day clash in Aughrim for the footballers Three people have taken personal injury claims against the GAA for falls which happened as almost 30,000 Limerick fans invaded the pitch to celebrate the county’s Munster final victory last July. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick GAA county secretary Mike O’Riordan confirmed that the pitch invasion at the Gaelic Grounds had resulted in a number of claims against the stadium. He added that this will most likely mean that any future spontaneous celebrations will be banned. “It will mean that in future for big games, the front row of seats will be for stewards and there will be more stewarding,” he said. Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener center_img Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement NewsThree claim against Limerick GAA over pitch invasionBy Staff Reporter – December 28, 2013 700 WATCH: Pat Ryan reacts to Limerick’s opening win against Clare Previous articleLingerie thief had designs on ladies underwearNext articleWoman dramatically rescued from Limerick fire Staff Reporter Team News: Limerick Camogie Team To Play Galway Named Print Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash last_img read more

Doherty calls for progress on flood mitigation application

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Doherty calls for progress on flood mitigation application Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp By admin – May 6, 2016 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest It’s emerged that the OPW and Donegal County Council have not yet finalised a funding application for flood mitigation works in South Donegal, because an ecologist has not yet been appointed.The council has given a commitment that once an ecologist has been appointed to prepare an environmental impact assessment screening report, then an application will be submitted.Ecologists have been invited to make submissions, with that process expected to close next weekDonegal Deputy Pearse Doherty says these works are highly important, and further delay should be avoided……….Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Twitter Facebookcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Previous articleTime to shine in Las Vegas for Jason QuigleyNext articleTwo men accused of Derry hotel bomb attempt apply for bail admin Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Homepage BannerNews Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

New firetruck slated for Brundidge

first_imgSkip Steed said, for the program to be successful, WAY will need the support of the city and its citizens in making healthy choices available for its children.Teacher training for grades one through four will be Thursday.“Teachers will receive classroom materials, lesson plans, a DVD with peer-led ‘disk-ercises’ to increase physical activity, coordination and support activities aligned to common core,” Steed said.Also at the meeting, Thomas informed the council of the process necessary to begin the demolition of abandoned or dilapidated structures defined in an approved CDBD grant. Thomas said the property owners have been notified by mail of the process. A public hearing will held to provide them with the opportunity to appeal the decision, request an extension or time to make necessary repairs. Thomas said if the property owners do not respond in a specified time, the city will have no choice but to tear the said property down. Brundidge Fire Chief Glen Adkins said the Sun Belt fire truck is tailor made for the needs of the volunteer fire department.Steed told the council that Pike County Elementary School has been chosen as one of 14 schools in the state to be involved in the Institute’s Wellness, Academics & You (WAY) Series.“Our mission is to inspire, motivate and educate youth to make healthy lifestyle choices,” Steed said. “But employing innovative methodologies and a whole-child approach, we will create educational opportunities that address all areas of human growth and development. Our goal is to empower youth to become healthy, productive adults and role models for future generations.” Print Article Book Nook to reopen Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By The Penny Hoarder Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day You Might Like Troy Regional joins network to help care for stroke patients Troy Regional Medical Center Emergency Room Director Shannon Godsave and Dr. Lenny Nasca believe the hospital’s participation in a stroke… read more New firetruck slated for Brundidge Sponsored Content Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, August 6, 2013 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The Brundidge City Council approved additional funding for a new fire truck for the city’s volunteer fire department and heard a presentation by Natalie Steed, national director for the Institute for America’s Health at its Tuesday meeting.The fire truck will be purchased with a Homeland Security Grant of $228,000 and $30,290 in local funding.Britt Thomas, city manager, said city funding will come from the city’s share of the tobacco tax, which has no obligation toward it. The council approved the city manager’s request to reject all bids on the construction of an inventory control facility for the city’s utility department. The previous building was destroyed by straight-line winds about a year ago. The low bid for the construction of a new metal building was twice the cost the city expected. The council agreed to have the construction done through a management contract.In other action, the council gave its approval for participation in the Pike County Emergency Operation Plan as presented by the Pike County EMA. The council also discussed the cost of the storm drain failure on Veterans Boulevard. The repairs will include the digging out of the damaged area and extensive cement work. Carl Senn will do the digging and Dwight Berry will do the cement work. By Jaine Treadwell Latest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Email the author The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kitslast_img read more

Cuomo extends New York statewide stay-at-home order until June 13

first_imgOvidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, EMILY SHAPIRO and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 300,000 people worldwide.More than 4.4 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with 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. 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.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 1.4 million diagnosed cases and at least 85,581 deaths. Here’s how the news developed Thursday. All times Eastern:11:41 p.m.: Cuomo extends New York stay-at-home order until June 13In an executive order Thursday night, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended the statewide stay-at-home order until June 13 for the regions that do not meet the standards to begin reopening.Most of the central parts of New York will slowly begin reopening on Friday, but Western New York and the eastern part of the state, from Albany down through the Hudson Valley to New York City and Long Island, will remain closed.Regions that meet the criteria for reopening before June 13 could see an opening earlier than that date, according to Cuomo. He also said that the stay-at-home order could be extended beyond June 13 for regions where the criteria isn’t met.New York has more than 343,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in the state and at least 27,641 deaths.6:20 p.m.: Delaware to open beaches, pools Memorial Day weekendDelaware will open beaches and pools at 5 p.m. on May 22, just in time for Memorial Day weekend, Gov. John Carney announced Thursday.Beaches will be limited to 20% of regular capacity. Beachgoers must follow social distancing requirements, such as keeping 6 feet away from anyone not in their household and wearing face coverings when on the boardwalk.Nonresidents will only be allowed to use the beaches after a 14-day quarantine. Police will be stationed at routes typically used by out-of-state travelers to question visitors, the governor’s office said.Restaurants and bars will remain limited to delivery and takeout only.A ban on short-term rentals also remains in effect.4:40 p.m.: More than half of LA County deaths in institutional settingsLos Angeles County has lost at least 1,709 residents to the coronavirus — and 51% of those deaths were among people living in institutional settings, mostly nursing homes, the Los Angeles Times reported.The county is slowly reopening.Facilities like tennis courts and equestrian centers can reopen on Friday, as long as people maintain social distancing.4:05 p.m.: Meditation app giving free subscription to unemployed AmericansThe meditation and mindfulness app Headspace is offering a free, one-year subscription to all Americans who are unemployed amid the pandemic, the company said Thursday.“While meditation and mindfulness can’t change our circumstances in life, it can help us change our perspective on those circumstances,” Rich Pierson, CEO and co-founder of Headspace, said in a statement Thursday.“Now more than ever, that’s an incredibly powerful skill to learn,” he said.Approximately 36 million Americans have filed for jobless aid. 2:30 p.m.: 17 states reporting cases of kids with COVID-associated illness, Cuomo saysIn New York state, a phased reopening can begin on May 15 in five regions: North Country, Mohawk Valley, Central New York, Finger Lakes and the Southern Tier, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.The state’s remaining four regions — New York City, Long Island, Mid Hudson, Capital District and Western New York — have not met the metrics to begin reopening, he said.“Phased reopening does not mean the problem has gone away — it means we have controlled the problem because of what we did,” Cuomo said. “I would urge local governments to be diligent about the business compliance and about individual compliance. And if you see a change in those numbers — react immediately.”Cuomo again mentioned the “serious and concerning” cases of Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Associated with COVID-19, an inflammatory syndrome, which has features that overlap with Kawasaki disease.There are 110 cases in New York state, the vast majority of which are in New York City. Three young people in the state have died.Sixteen other states, as well as Washington, D.C. and six countries in Europe, have reported cases, Cuomo said.New York state is leading the national effort “to understand and combat this new syndrome,” Cuomo said.1:30 p.m.: Mall of America will reopen retail stores June 1The largest mall in the U.S., Minnesota’s Mall of America, will open the doors of its retail stores on June 1.While retail in the state is permitted to reopen on May 18, mall officials said waiting the rest of the month will allow them time to implement new cleaning and sanitation measures and also allow the stores enough time to rehire and train staff.“All dining and attractions will remain closed until further guidance from state officials is provided,” mall officials said. “Food establishments may still operate through curbside and delivery.”1:15 p.m.: Jersey Shore will open in time for Memorial Day weekendThe Jersey Shore can open on Friday, May 22, though the number of beachgoers will be restricted and visitors must follow social distancing guidelines, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced Thursday.Boardwalk restaurants must be takeout and delivery only and amusement park rides, games and playgrounds must stay closed, Murphy said.It’s highly recommended that visitors wear a face covering, Murphy said.New Jersey has over 142,000 diagnosed cases of the coronavirus and 9,946 deaths.Meanwhile, New Jersey’s nursing homes have been particularly hit hard by the virus. The state now has over 27,000 cases at long-term care facilities, including 5,168 deaths, Murphy said.The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is working to assist the state, providing five, 10-person health care strike teams who will join the staffs at long-term facilities until June 30, Murphy said.The New Jersey attorney general’s office started investigating the state’s long-term care facilities in April.The state has asked the public to report any misconduct anonymously through an online portal.11:45 a.m.: Minnesota’s stay-at-home order to lift on MondayMinnesota’s stay-at-home order will be lifted on Monday, allowing retail stores and malls to open with 50% capacity and social distancing plans in place.Bars and restaurants will remain closed and gatherings must be limited to 10 people.“With the capacity that we built while you stayed home, we can chart a new way forward. We can take a measured, Minnesota approach that protects public health and improves economic stability,” Gov. Tim Walz tweeted Wednesday. “This means cautious, strategic steps forward. And it means clear measures for determining if and when we need to pull back.”“We are not flipping a switch and all going back to normal at once,” stressed. “We are slowly moving a dial.”10:45 a.m.: NYC has 100 kids with COVID-associated illnessMayor Bill de Blasio said it’s “deeply troubling” that New York City is now reporting 100 cases of Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Associated with COVID-19, an inflammatory syndrome which has features that overlap with Kawasaki disease.Of those 100 young people, 55 tested positive for the coronavirus or antibodies. One New York City child has died, the mayor said.There will be weekly webinars with up to 700 pediatric providers to discuss ways to combat the disease, the mayor said.10:25 a.m.: NYC expands testing criteriaNew York City is expanding its criteria for who can get tested for the coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at his Thursday briefing.New Yorkers can get tested if they: have symptoms — regardless of age, chronic conditions or occupation; came in close contact with someone who was confirmed to be positive, regardless of symptoms; work in a congregate residential setting like a nursing home or shelter, regardless of symptoms.There are 23 walk-in testing sites in the city and five more are opening, the mayor said.De Blasio said it’s “deeply troubling” that New York City is now reporting 100 cases of Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Associated with COVID-19, an inflammatory syndrome which has features that overlap with Kawasaki disease.Of those 100 young people, 55 tested positive for the coronavirus or antibodies. One New York City child has died, the mayor said.There will be weekly webinars with up to 700 pediatric providers to discuss ways to combat the disease, the mayor said.De Blasio called it a “very good day” as he reported all three daily tracking progress indicators moving in the right direction.On Tuesday, 59 people were admitted to city hospitals with suspected COVID-19 symptoms — down from 78 admissions on Monday.On Tuesday, 517 patients were in intensive care units with symptoms — down from 561 patients on Monday.And 11% of people tested citywide Tuesday were positive — down from 13% on Monday.“Perfect day, New York City!” the mayor said. “Let’s now put together a bunch of them.”As New Yorkers wait to return to their local restaurants, de Blasio told CNN on Thursday that city officials are talking to restaurant and bar owners about the right way to reopen “in stages, to do this carefully.”“There is interesting talk about focusing on outdoor [seating] rather than indoor,” de Blasio said. The mayor added, “but it has to be with social distancing and it has to be with a safety first mentality.” 9:28 a.m.: Typhoon takes aim at Philippines during coronavirus lockdownA powerful typhoon barreled toward the Philippines on Thursday as local authorities work to evacuate tens of thousands of people from their homes while trying to avoid the coronavirus-related risks of overcrowding emergency shelters.Typhoon Vongfong was packing maximum sustained winds of 96 mph and gusts of up to 158 mph, according to the latest data from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration. The storm, the first typhoon to hit the archipelagic country this year, is expected to make landfall on eastern islands later Thursday.The Philippines remains under a lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The country has reported nearly 12,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 with at least 790 deaths, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Harry Roque, spokesperson for the president of the Philippines, said local officials must ensure that social distancing is observed by families as they seek temporary shelter in evacuation centers. He said the government’s disaster preparedness protocols would be in full force amid the country’s continued fight against COVID-19.“We have enough relief foods, our evacuation centers are ready and social distancing will be observed on a per-family basis,” Roque said during a virtual press conference Thursday.8:56 a.m.: France warns pharmaceutical giant against reserving first doses of vaccine for USThe French government warned Thursday that it would be “unacceptable” for Sanofi, a Paris-based multinational pharmaceutical company, to reserve the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine for the United States. Speaking to Sud Radio, France’s Deputy Finance Minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher said she contacted the firm on Wednesday after its CEO told Bloomberg News he would likely supply a vaccine to the U.S. government first because “it’s invested in taking the risk.” “For us, it would be unacceptable for there to be privileged access to such and such a country for financial reasons,” Pannier-Runacher told Sud Radio on Thursday.Pannier-Runacher said she spoke to the head of Sanofi’s French division who confirmed that its vaccine, when ready, would be available in every country, including France. “Not least because [Sanofi] has production capacity in France,” the deputy minister said. Last month, Sanofi signed a letter of intent with England-based multinational pharmaceutical firm GSK to jointly develop a vaccine for COVID-19. The companies stated in the letter that they plan to initiate the first phase of clinical trials in the second half of 2020 and, if successful, aim to complete the development required for availability by the second half of 2021.8:09 a.m.: American pilot dies in plane crash while trying to deliver tests to IndonesiaAn American pilot died when her plane crashed while she was on her way to deliver COVID-19 test kits to a remote village in Indonesia earlier this week, officials said. Joyce Lin departed from the airport in Sentani in Indonesia’s Papua province on Tuesday morning, flying alone in a Kodiak aircraft. Lin, a missionary with Mission Aviation Fellowship, was attempting to bring much-needed supplies to the village of Mamit in the Papua highlands that included COVID-19 test kits for the local clinic. But she reported an emergency within minutes of takeoff and the aircraft plunged into Lake Sentani. An Indonesian search and rescue team later confirmed Lin did not survive as they recovered her body from the lake, according to a statement from Mission Aviation Fellowship. The Idaho-based Christian organization said its staff in Indonesia are working with local authorities to investigate the incident. Lin, who was raised in Colorado and Maryland, had worked in Indonesia for Mission Aviation Fellowship for two years, serving as both a pilot and an information technology specialist. Prior to joining the organization, she worked for over a decade as a computer specialist after receiving Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, according to her biography on the Mission Aviation Fellowship’s website. She is survived by her parents and two sisters.7:24 a.m.: Japan lifts state of emergency in 39 prefecturesJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Thursday that he had decided to lift the state of emergency in 39 of the country’s 47 prefectures.The decree remains in place for urban regions, including the capital, Tokyo, and the large port city of Osaka. Abe said his government will consider lifting the state of emergency for the remaining prefectures next week.The prime minister declared a month-long state of emergency for Tokyo and six other prefectures on April 7 as Japan reported a surge in COVID-19 cases. Abe later expanded the declaration to cover the entire country and last until May 31. Under the order, prefectural governors asked residents to stay home and for some businesses to temporarily close, but public cooperation was voluntary. There were no penalties for failure to comply.Abe credited the recent decline in the rate of new infections to the efforts of residents staying at home and practicing social distancing. However, he warned that the state of emergency may have to be reimposed if infections increase.More than 16,000 people in Japan have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and at least 678 have died, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.7:03 a.m.: Italy approves $60 billion stimulus packageItaly’s government has approved a $60 stimulus package to help businesses and families reeling from the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.“Your cry of alarm didn’t escape us,” Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a national address Wednesday night following a cabinet meeting.Under the package, hotel owners won’t have to make the next payment of real estate taxes, while parents would receive money to pay for babysitting or summer recreation centers since schools won’t reopen in Italy until September.Once the worst-hit country in Europe, Italy was the first nation in the world to impose a nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. More than 222,000 people in Italy have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and at least 31,106 have died, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Last week, Italy began to slowly lift the strict lockdown by easing some restrictions. The country’s economy is forecast to contract by at least 8% this year as a result of the epidemic.6:09 a.m.: Russia reports just under 10,000 new casesRussia reported 9,974 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the first time in 12 days that the country’s daily tally was under 10,000.The new cases confirmed over the past 24 hours bring Russia’s total to 252,245, according to the country’s coronavirus response headquarters.Russia has the second-largest national tally of COVID-19 cases in the world, behind the United States. The country reported a record 11,656 new infections on Monday.Russia also has one of the world’s fastest rates of new infections in the coronavirus pandemic, second only to the U.S.However, the country’s death toll from the disease remains relatively low with just 93 new fatalities reported over the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide total to 2,305, according to the coronavirus response headquarters.Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared an end to a partial economic shutdown across the country due to the outbreak, but he said that many restrictions will remain in place. For instance, wearing face masks and gloves is mandatory for people using public transportation in Moscow.5:42 a.m.: China to ramp up testing amid fears of a resurgenceChina reported three new locally-transmitted infections of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, raising concerns of a rebound of the epidemic in the country’s mainland territories.The three new cases of COVID-19 were reported across two northeastern provinces on the Chinese mainland that have seen an increase in domestic infections in recent days, although the country’s daily tally has plummeted from the height of the outbreak in February.Song Shuli, a spokesperson for China’s National Health Commission, said at a press conference Thursday that the country will ramp up COVID-19 testing and screening nationwide to prevent a resurgence in cases.The announcement comes just days after health authorities in Wuhan, the Chinese city that was ground zero of the coronavirus pandemic, declared they would test the city’s entire population of 11 million people after detecting a cluster of new locally-transmitted infections there for the first time in over a month.Overall, the Chinese mainland has reported 82,929 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 4,633 deaths so far. There are still 101 people in hospitals being treated for the disease, while another 712 people with asymptomatic cases remain isolated under medical observation, according to the National Health Commission.3:45 a.m.: California police arrest woman for selling non-approved test kitsA woman was recently arrested in Southern California for allegedly selling non-approved COVID-19 test kits, police said.The Los Angeles Police Department took 39-year-old Ying Lien Wang into custody Tuesday afternoon after serving a search warrant at her home in Santa Monica, west of downtown Los Angeles. Authorities recovered 61 COVID-19 at-home test kits that had not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.Prior to her arrest, investigators went undercover and bought test kits from the woman on three occasions. She was allegedly selling the kits for $50 on Craigslist, according to police.“None of the Covid-19 test kits recovered had been tested to meet United States safety standards and could pose a risk to anyone using them,” the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement late Wednesday. “Residents are reminded that Los Angeles is offering free coronavirus testing to all residents.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

HMAS Hobart tests SM-2 in Australian waters

first_img View post tag: Hobart-class Royal Australian Navy air warfare destroyer HMAS Hobart has become the first ship in its class to fire a missile in Australian waters.This is not Hobart’s first missile launch, however, as the ship previously tested its Mk41 vertical launch system during weapons and systems trials off the US east coast in 2018.Hobart fired an SM-2 Standard Missile in the East Australian Exercise Area against an unmanned target during trials off the coast of New South Wales.The firing provided an opportunity to prove recent upgrades to the ship’s Aegis combat system and prepare the ship’s company for their upcoming task group deployment.Commanding Officer, Commander Ryan Gaskin, said the successful firing was a significant step in progressing Navy’s high-end warfighting capability.“HMAS Hobart is the most sophisticated and lethal warship ever operated by the Royal Australian Navy and this missile firing is a demonstration of how she can fight and win at sea,” Commander Gaskin said.“Our advanced sensors provide a real-time recognised maritime picture of the tactical situation combined with state-of-the-art weapon systems, giving us a formidable area air defense capability.”HMAS Hobart’s weapons systems include, a Mk41 VLS containing SM-2 Standard Missile and Evolved Sea Sparrow missiles, a Mk45 5-inch main gun, Phalanx close-in weapons system, two 25mm Typhoon guns, and MU90 and Mk54 light-weight torpedoes for subsurface defense.As the first of three ships in the class, HMAS Hobart is based at Garden Island in Sydney and will deploy for the first time next month as the lead ship in a task group deployment. View post tag: Royal Australian Navy View post tag: HMAS Hobart Share this articlelast_img read more