By Julia WesthoffElla and Louis, rainy days and hot tea, beer and baseball: Some things are just better together. Today we celebrate love, romance, and the perfect pair. And in honor of wonderful unions, I thought I’d post some of my favorite food combinations, linked to previous Food on Friday recipes. Enjoy them with your loved ones.And to my better half, Happy Valentine’s Day! You’re the cookies to my milk. [Eds. note: Thank you, my dearest. I love you more than words can express]Chips and salsa.Cake and ice cream.Peanut butter and jelly.Spaghetti with meatballs .Cookies and milk.Nutella and anything.
Mayor Mike Kelly of Roeland Park asked the Mission council last week to consider de-annexing a section of property at Johnson Drive and Roe Boulevard.Roeland Park has asked Mission to consider redrawing its city limits to de-annex a half-acre piece of land divided by Johnson Drive. The land currently within Mission’s limits would connect the property on the north side of the street to the rest of Roeland Park.Register to continue
With the case numbers still rising briskly, the Ebola virus disease (EVD) situation in Sierra Leone and Liberia continues to deteriorate, though activity in Guinea appears to have stabilized, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest outbreak update.West Africa’s illness total grew to 6,263 as of Sep 21, while the number of deaths reached 2,917, the WHO said. The numbers reflect an increase of 420 infections and 114 deaths since the ‘WHO’s last update on Sep 22. Health officials have warned that reported cases and deaths underestimate the true burden of the disease, thought to be two to three times higher than official figures.In Sierra Leone, the number of newly confirmed cases has increased over each of the past 5 weeks, a pattern driven by a sharp increase in the number of infections in Freetown, the country’s capital, along with those in three neighboring districts. New cases in two ongoing hot spots—Kailahun and Kenema—seem to have stabilized, but the WHO said more investigation is needed to confirm that trend.The WHO said cases identified during a 3-day house-to-house sensitization campaign recently conducted in Sierra Leone aren’t reflected in its latest update.Sierra Leone today started quarantining three areas in addition to Kailahun and Kenema, which will affect about 1.2 million additional people, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. The new areas include Port Loko and Bombali districts in the northern part of the country and Moyamba in the south. Combined with the quarantines already in place, roughly a third of Sierra Leone’s population will now be under quarantine, according to the report.Though the official numbers from Liberia show a fall in new cases, the WHO said a lack of new confirmed cases from the capital, Monrovia, where a surge of new infections was recently reported, is at odds with reports on the ground from responders, who have said the situation is deteriorating.In other parts of Liberia, the number of new cases is increasing in Grand Bassa county in the west central part of the country and Nimba county, located in north central Liberia.In its assessment of treatment beds, the WHO said there are still significant gaps in capacity in Sierra Leone and Liberia. A new treatment unit opened in Monrovia last week, while a new tent clinic opened in Liberia’s Bong county.Response teams are still meeting resistance from some local populations, the WHO said. For example, it has received reports that communities near Fassankoni, Guinea, have set up roadblocks to screen response teams. It added that social mobilization teams are targeting young people in the region, many of whom resist traditional leaders and government authority.Pleas for help at UN meeting, World Bank ups commitmentA high-level meeting about Ebola today at the United Nations general assembly prompted some new announcements on response commitments, including another large one from the World Bank, and pleas for countries to do more, so the magnitude resources can match the enormity of West Africa’s epidemic.World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, MD, an infection disease specialist, said the World Bank will put $170 million more toward the effort, nearly doubling its contribution, which now stands at $400 million. He warned that the epidemic could roll back the economic growth African countries have experienced in recent years.”It would be a mistake to settle for a response that we are comfortable with, but won’t stop the disease,” he said at the meeting.President Barack Obama also spoke at today’s UN Ebola meeting, repeating his call for other countries to make major commitments to the response. He said recent progress in the region is encouraging, but ‘it’s clear that it’s not enough. “Right now, everybody has the best of intentions, but people are not putting in the kinds of resources that are necessary to put a stop to this epidemic,” he said.”We know from experience that the response to an outbreak of this magnitude has to be fast and it has to be sustained. It’s a marathon, but you have to run it like a sprint,” Obama said. “And that’s only possible if everybody chips in, if every nation and every organization takes this seriously. Everybody here has to do more.”He said he is hosting 44 nations in Washington, D.C., tomorrow to advance the US Global Health Security Agenda and added that the United States is interested in working with any country that shares a commitment to battle biological threats, including Ebola.Yesterday, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced the appointment of Ambassador Nancy Powell to lead the agency’s Ebola Coordination Unit, which is responsible for outreach to international partners to speed epidemic response.WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, MD, MPH, also pressed for urgent actions from the international community at today’s UN meeting but warned that she expects the outbreak to get worse before things improve.”In a human world, we cannot allow the people of West Africa to suffer so much,” she said. “Excellencies, you have the power to turn this horrific epidemic around.”Basic treatment questioned, travel grants for health providers, infected doctor recoversIn other outbreak developments:Basic interventions such as correcting electrolyte imbalances with intravenous therapy can save more lives in West Africa’s Ebola treatment centers but are being underused, according to an international team of doctors who have been serving in the region with teams from the WHO and Doctors Without Borders (MSF). They aired their view today yesterday in a New England Journal of Medicine article. They said volume depletion is a key clinical feature of EVD and that intravenous catheters, fluids, and electrolyte replacement are readily available but are underused. They noted that extreme serum sodium and potassium abnormalities are commonly found in the rare instances where basic blood biochemistry tests are done. The team pointed out that if clinicians can test for Ebola viral loads in care settings, basic biochemical and hematologic testing should be possible. They acknowledged that the number of clinicians is insufficient, but they added that the skills needed to care for Ebola patients are fundamental ones. “We believe we can and must do better in providing supportive care,” they wrote.The International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) is offering travel grants for healthcare workers who are attending the 3-day US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Ebola safety training course, with sessions starting Oct 6 at a Federal Emergency Management Agency center in Anniston, Ala. The course is for health providers who will be traveling to West Africa to help care for Ebola patients. The amount of each grant is $500 for US residents and $1,000 for residents of other countries.Rick Sacra, MD, a SIM missionary who was infected with EVD while working in Liberia, is being discharged from Nebraska Medical Center, where he had been treated since Sep 5, according to a statement from the facility. It said tests by the CDC on two blood samples taken 24 hours apart show that the virus is no longer in his bloodstream. During his stay his doctors treated him with an experimental antiviral, TKM-Ebola, and convalescent serum from Kent Brantly, MD, another American doctor who survived EVD. In a statement today, Sacra praised the hospital staff, colleagues in Liberia, and other groups involved in his care and thanked people who prayed for him. He also urged people to keep their focus on West Africa. “Though my crisis has reached a successful end here, unfortunately the Ebola crisis continues to burn out of control in West Africa,” he said. “Please continue to join us in prayer and in providing resources to the people of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.”India’s government today announced a $12 million contribution to help battle Ebola, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported. The health ministry said $10 million is earmarked for the UN director-general’s fund for Ebola and $2 million will go toward the purchase of more personal protective equipmentSee also:Sep 24 WHO Ebola roadmap situation reportSep 25 AFP storySep 25 World Bank press releaseSep 25 Obama speech before high-level UN meetingSep 24 US State Department press releaseSep 25 Margaret Chan commentsSep 24 N Engl J Med perspectiveISID statementSep 25 Nebraska Medical Center press releaseSep 25 PTI story
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Brexit. Sounds like a brand of Fifties’ dog biscuits. “Winalot Brexit: for healthy teeth and gums.” On my table, despite the weird name and nine months since the vote, Brexit still provokes fierce rows. Chatham House rule. So no names, but here are the ideas.“Look, the Leave majority was mostly over 65s. So by the time we actually leave and have a trade deal, ordinary mortality rates mean the UK will be majority Remain!” “That’s offensive – and what about the Left Behinds?” “Isn’t it pointless? Like divorcing your partner and then negotiating for five years to move back in – on slightly worse terms?”“The EU is a federal project…best get out now on our own terms, and go global.” “One of my Middle Eastern clients said, Yemen and Syria – I would do anything for a problem like Brexit!” I have another large glass of rosé and wonder what we all talked about before Brexit dropped into our baskets. What is true is that the general economy has so far brushed Brexit aside, but real estate has felt it. How much is not certain, but the amount of UK real estate bought and sold last year was down 25% – and some of that was referendum driven.Some brilliant points were made about London’s power and resilience. London has 49% of the global derivatives market, 20% of the cross border lending market and 41% of the World’s Forex market. More than New York and Tokyo combined. I knew London was big, but wow! Riding out BrexitIt must mean London will ride Brexit. Look, it rode the Blitz and even survived not existing for a few hundred years after the Romans left. It can live without the European Union. Frankfurt and Paris cannot suddenly create this sort of infrastructure and take London’s finance crown. But, we shouldn’t be complacent. New York and Tokyo could. The government needs to work hard to get London’s (and the UK’s) financial services industry strong passporting rights and free market access. One speaker says financial services has been declining as a percentage of London jobs and office occupation since the ’90s. TMT companies are now London’s biggest space takers, and banks are as likely to relocate to Birmingham as Berlin. “Don’t worry that the banks will go, just be thankful they’ve already gone!” This contrarian argument: that London is no longer a city of bankers, but a city of chai-latte sipping creatives, is partly true. But we would still look pretty silly if we lost the massive part of its market that still is traditional financial services. DExEU take note. There is one area where London can feel Berlin’s post-Brexit breath on its neck. Fintech is more mobile than old financial services. And Berlin is a rising city. Berlin is cool and cheaper than London. So we should wake up and put together a package of post-Brexit measures to help Fintech companies choose Kings Cross, not Kreuzberg.Source: Shutterstock/Zoltan GaborBrexit is about to begin for real. The Bill has passed and Mrs May’s pen is poised over her Article 50 letter. The ‘Phoney War’ is ending. Businesses need to start preparing and planning now: on trade, people, transition and timing. The two-year Brexit negotiation period will burn-by very quickly. The French and German elections, and the final ratification process, are all expected to shorten the time for substantive talks. This journey is going to be a surprisingly short one. By mid-2019, the UK will almost certainly be out of the EU. But an Eversheds Sutherland survey this week showed that 4/5ths of UK businesses have no plan for Brexit and are not planning to produce one. So as the Brexit bus moves off, much of UK commerce is asleep on the back seat. They need to wake up and begin informed Brexit planning. Whether we like it or not the Brexit bus is leaving. We are all on it together. We must all work hard to make a success of the journey and of the global stop that follows. Because future generations won’t judge us by the result of the referendum, but by what we did with it.Bruce Dear, head of London real estate, Eversheds Sutherland.
See pictures of the profession marching at Saturday’s flagship LGBT event in London.,The legal profession battled the rain to celebrate Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) diversity for Legal Pride 2014.Legal bodies marched in London under the banner ‘Equality under the Law’ and spread the message ‘Freedom to… challenge and defend’ to promote LGBT rights, splashing colour around the capital in the process.Members of the Law Society (led by president Nick Fluck), Bar Council, Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, Interlaw Diversity Forum for LGBT Networks, Bar Lesbian and Gay Group and the Junior Lawyers Division showed their support. Above is our gallery of the event.
Restrictions on alternative business structure can be lifted now they have shown to pose no greater risk than traditional law firms, the Legal Services Board has said.The oversight regulator told the Ministry of Justice that no evidence has emerged to show non-lawyer ownership of or investment in legal businesses requires special rules.The LSB was responding to the government’s proposals for lifting certain requirements on ABSs imposed by the Legal Services Act.These include requiring ABSs to report only ‘material’ failure to comply with rules, as opposed to ‘any’ failure as at present.In the response, the LSB says this particular requirement adds to the cost of reviewing reports of misconduct not deemed substantial and prevents regulators from targeting more serious cases.‘There is no evidence in support of this additional burden on ABS, and it would be more proportionate and consistent if the same arrangements applied to all firms,’ states the response.The LSB backs in principle the proposal to give regulators such as the Solicitors Regulation Authority more discretion on the necessary checks for approving an alternative business structure. This could, it suggests, allow the regulator to approve more applications and take decisions more quickly.The present rules, says the LSB, were developed on the assumption that ABSs ’would more risky than traditional legal services providers’.The response adds that this position was not supported by evidence gathered from almost five years of ABS licensing.‘[Licensing authorities] should be given greater discretion under the act to make their own rules around ownership.’In an accompanying letter to the Ministry of Justice, LSB chief executive Neil Buckley (pictured) said the proposals will have a net deregulatory effect on legal services, allowing regulation to be more targeted and proportionate.‘We agree that experience since 2011 has indicated there is nothing inherently riskier about ABS that requires a more stringent or inflexible approach to authorisation than that in place for a traditional law firm,’ he said. ‘The support for a level playing field for legal services firms seeking authorisation is a positive development and promises benefits for competition, innovation and growth.’
405 Views no discussions Share LocalNews Gov’t to repeal & replace Pocurement Act by: Kamala JnoBaptiste-Aaron, Government Press Secretary – May 25, 2016 Sharing is caring! (Photo credit: www.linkedin.com)By: Kamala JnoBaptiste-Aaron, Government Press SecretaryRoseau, Dominica, Wednesday May 25, 2016 — The Public Procurement and Contract Administration Act No. 11 of 2012 is on course to be repealed and replaced. Chief Procurement Officer within the Central Procurement Unit in the Ministry of Finance Oscar Seaman confirmed that information in a panel discussion about the status of the country’s Procurement Act on the Government Information Service (GIS) recently. According to Mr. Seaman, the plan is for the new Act to be in effect before the end of 2016. The decision was taken following a review of the Act by Public Procurement Consultant Patrice F. Pratt in 2015. Pratt gave several reasons why the Act could NOT be used in its current form;(i) Section 22 (1) of the Act requires the Board to make an order exempting from the Act, in whole or in part, procurements for which the Minister responsible for National Security certifies that confidentiality is necessary to protect the security of the State. However, Section 25 requires the Secretary of the Board to maintain a record of every procurement and order referred to in Section 22; submit a report to the Board, the Minister and the Director of Audit and published in the Gazette and on the Government website. Compliance with Section 25 would require the Government to endanger the essential security requirements of the State as protected under section 22 (1). (ii) The Act contains blurred/conflicting lines of responsibility for several key actors, including the Financial Secretary, Permanent Secretaries, Finance Minister, and Chief Procurement Officer/Central Procurement Unit.(iii) The Act legislates provisions that are properly categorized as regulations and procedures; while international best practices would dictate the reverse. (iv) Section 34 (4) of the Act incorrectly permits a procuring entity to acquire research and development or experiment services by way of open competitive bidding, except where the research and development or experimental services result or are expected to result in the production of goods in sufficient quantity to establish commercial viability. (v) The legislated responsibilities of the Board in respect of the procurement process and decisions of a procuring entity appear to be remarkably disproportionate to those of the procuring entity itself, despite the Permanent Secretary’s legislated accountability for the procuring entity’s procurement process. Minister for Finance Prime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit first disclosed plans to have the Procurement Act repealed and replaced at a Chew On It luncheon hosted by the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce—DAIC in June, 2015. At the time Mr. Skerrit told the meeting in reference to the Consultant “she sent us an emergency memo saying that we should convene an emergency sitting of Parliament to have this Act repealed because there are certain provisions in the Act that could cause injury to the State.”The Central Procurement Unit has been holding consultations with the public sector on the proposals for the new Act that is expected to replace the 2012 Procurement and Contract Administration Act and intends to hold similar consultations with the private sector shortly. The Unit met with public sector bodies as follows: • Permanent Secretaries—April 07, 2016• Statutory bodies—May 04, 2016• Public officers—May 05, 2016• Village Councils—May 23, 2016 The Public Procurement and Contract Administration Act was passed in the House of Assembly in August 2012. The Procurement Unit within the Ministry of Finance was operationalized in March 2014. Share Share Tweet
Four days after the terrorist attacks of September, 11 2001, South Padre Island experienced their own tragedy. Sunday, September 15, 2019, marked 18 years since the Queen Isabella Causeway collapsed just after 2:00 a.m., where eight people died and three survived. As several locals gathered in remembrance at the island-side base of the causeway, somberness settled over as chaplain Sam Steele welcomed the crowd.SPIFD members during a moment of silence during the Causeway collapse memorial ceremony. Photo by Gaige Davila.Mayor Pro-Tem Ken Medders, Jr. commenced the opening remarks, giving credit to the Laguna Madre community for coming to the event.Maria Del Carmen Rios, Port Isabel City Commissioner, spoke to the crowd about miracles, talking about the three people who survived. She recalled the day the bridge collapsed, as well as the days that followed, and how strangers came together to help one another. She encouraged the crowd to continue putting differences aside and continue supporting neighboring communities. RelatedAfter bomb threat, Causeway collapse memories resurfaceBy Gaige Davila email@example.com The City of Port Isabel hosted this year’s memorial ceremony for the 19th anniversary of the Queen Isabella Causeway Collapse, the morning after a bomb threat closed the bridge for more than eight hours. City leaders both South Padre Island and Port Isabel, some of them…September 19, 2020In “News”Bomb threat closes Causeway on eve of collapse anniversary Editor’s note: This is a developing story. By Gaige Davila firstname.lastname@example.org UPDATE: The Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway has reopened following a bomb threat that closed both lanes and left people in both Port Isabel and South Padre Island in traffic for several hours. The Causeway was reopened around 4…September 15, 2020In “News”Eighteen years later: Thoughts on the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway collapseBy GAIGE DAVILA email@example.com I am sure my memory starts at age five, though I likely have memories from well before then. But my older memories do not have discernible metrics of time that were present then: no clocks or calendars, no acid wash, no sharp versus rounded lines of…September 13, 2019In “Editor’s Column” Share Fighting back tears, Hinojosa, Jr., said his father would want the crowd to know that “we have to fight and keep pushing in our life and know that Christ’s love will conquer everything.“No matter what you’re going through, no matter what trauma you’ve had, Christ’s love is there and will conquer anything that happens. The one thing I know about this tragedy is that what my father did to keep going, to keep fighting, not to give up has inspired me and my family.”Chaplain Steele offered a closing prayer to conclude the ceremony, just before it began to rain.Gaspar Hinojosa, Sr.’s granddaughter places her hand on her grandfather’s name etched into Causeway collapse memorial marker. Photo by Gaige Davila. Following Rios, the South Padre Island police department presented the laying of the wreath, offering a moment of silence.In closing, Gaspar Hinojosa, Jr., the son of Gaspar Hinojosa, Sr., who died in the Causeway collapse, spoke about how he and his family were impacted. Unlike the others, Hinojosa, Sr.’s vehicle did not plummet into the bay: it instead fell into one of the Causeway’s supporting column’s platforms, leaving Hinojosa, Sr. stranded.Gaspar Hinojosa, Jr. speaks at the Causeway collapse memorial ceremony. Photo by Gaige Davila.Search and rescue were able to reach Hinojosa, Sr., who pulled himself through the car’s windshield, enabling the rescue team to get him to safety. En route to the hospital, Hinojosa, Sr. succumbed to his injuries.Gaspar told how his father was a man of pride and strength: he and his siblings knew that if anyone could free themselves of the wreckage, that it would be their dad. By Wendy Van Den BoogerdSpecial to the PRESSSPIPD before laying a wreath over the Causeway collapse memorial marker. Photo by Gaige Davila.
Sumber: Airbus Masa depan sektor kedirgantaraan global agaknya mulai terbentuk sejak sekarang – sehingga kurang lebih gambaran beberapa tahun ke depan sudah bisa Anda prediksikan. Munculnya bahan bakar campuran yang kabarnya bisa meminimalisir polusi udara, pesawat bertenaga listrik (drone), bangku di dalam kabin yang bisa meningkatkan kapasitas penumpang dan memberikan kenyamanan lebih kepada para penggunanya, hingga hadirnya teknologi robotika di bandara merupakan segelintir inovasi yang coba dihadirkan oleh sejumlah perusahaan guna meningkatkan user experience.Baca Juga: Airbus Bakal Tambah Sensor di Pesawat Guna Pantau Kebiasaan PenumpangSebagai salah satu pemain kawakan di industri aviasi, Airbus juga tak pelak mencanangkan beberapa perubahan dari struktur pesawat yang dirakitnya. Setelah pada pemberitaan terakhir menyebutkan bahwa Airbus kabarnya bakal menambahkan sejumlah sensor yang dapat memantau kebiasaan penumpang selama berada di dalam kabin, kini kabarnya perusahaan gabungan yang berdomisili di Eropa ini akan mencoba untuk mengembangkan connected cabin yang akan memberikan sensasi berbeda ketika mengudara. Sebagaimana yang dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari laman resmi milik pihak produsen pesawat, airbus.com (11/9), program Airspace Connected Experience milik Airbus akan mengantarkan pengalaman baru yang dipersonalisasi bagi penumpang dan memberikan peluang untuk meningkatkan pendapatan tambahan maskapai – dan tentu saja efisiensi operasional. Airbus juga kabarnya telah memulai uji coba di dalam pesawat terhadap teknologi connected cabin yang dikombinasikan dengan Internet of Things di atas pesawat A350-900 Flight Lab. Menurut pihak perusahaan, teknologi ini akan segera diumumkan kepada pelanggan.Nantinya, pengaplikasikan connected cabin ini tidak hanya membawa manfaat tersendiri kepada apara penumpang, melainkan kepada pihak maskapai sebagai operator dan juga awak kabin. Adapun keuntungan yang mungkin dapat tersaji dengan hadirnya teknologi connected cabin antara lain:1. Penumpang akan menerima pengalaman perjalanan yang lebih personal yang secara khusus ditargetkan untuk kebutuhan dan preferensi individu, berdasarkan data yang tersedia (diambil dari sensor yang merekam kebiasaan penumpang di dalam kabin). Secara khusus, data-data ini mencakup pemesanan makanan, pengaturan posisi bangku, serta penawaran In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) di dalam penerbangan.2. Pihak maskapai akan dapat menghasilkan pendapatan tambahan melalui ritel dan iklan yang dipersonalisasi. Selain itu berbagai layanan baru juga mungkin dihadirkan melalui pendekatan Internet of Things. Pihak maskapai juga dapat meningkatkan efisiensi operasionalnya dengan menerapkan pemeliharaan prediktif, menghindari pemborosan, dan membuat layanan kru lebih efisien.Baca Juga: Airbus Rayakan Ulang Tahun ‘Emas,’ Digdaya Hampir di Semua Lini3. Awak kabin akan menemukan lingkungan kerja yang lebih baik dan peralatan yang lebih efisien, diaktifkan secara digital oleh data real-time yang diperoleh dari platform Internet of Things di seluruh kabin. Penggunaan smart device juga akan memungkinkan awak kabin memantau dan mengoperasikan semua komponen.Akankah inovasi connected cabin yang coba diusung Airbus ini merupakan masa depan dari sektor aviasi global?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedAirbus Bakal Tambah Sensor di Pesawat Guna Pantau Kebiasaan Penumpang12/09/2019In “Featured”Tidak Ada Varian Airbus A370, Netizen Sampai Bikin Ilustrasi Sendiri!29/04/2019In “Featured”Roger Béteille – Mantan Pilot Uji yang Dikenal Sebagai “Bapak” Pendiri Airbus27/06/2019In “Featured”