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Utah’s Mitchell Wins ESPY

first_imgJuly 19, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah’s Mitchell Wins ESPY Tags: Breakthrough Athlete of the Year/Donovan Mithcell/ESPY/Utah Jazz Written by Robert Lovell FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell continues to bring home the hardware.Mitchell won the ESPY award for Breakthrough Athlete last night in Los Angeles.  Mitchell led Utah in scoring last season and helped them advance into the second round of the playoffs.last_img read more

Tenancy deposit deadline day

first_imgHome » News » Tenancy deposit deadline day previous nextRegulation & LawTenancy deposit deadline dayOld tenant’s deposits must be protected by close of play today.25th June 20150508 Views Letting agents and property managers are being encouraged to urge landlords to check that their tenants’ deposits have been stored in a Government-protected scheme by the close of play today (Tuesday 23rd June) or they could be liable to pay the occupants of their property compensation.The deadline, which was imposed as part of the Deregulation Act, will impact on landlords who have existing tenancies that commenced before Tenancy Deposit Protection (TDP) was introduced in England and Wales in April 2007.Landlords and agents who still hold a deposit on a tenancy that started prior to 6th April 2007 and then rolled into a Statutory Periodic Tenancy (SPT) on or after that date must protect the deposit and serve the prescribed information by today to prevent being fined.For deposits taken before the 6thApril 2007 and where the tenancy became periodic prior to this date, landlords and agents are not required to protect the deposit however, they will not be able to serve a section 21 notice to regain possession of the property unless the deposit is protected with a tenancy deposit scheme.This new legislation is viewed upon as “another positive step towards raising standards in the professional lettings sector” by Pat Barber (left), Chair of the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC), who added that she is “pleased to see it coming into force this week.”Mydeposits, one of three Government-authorised tenancy deposit protection schemes, estimates that as many as 330,000 existing tenancies could be affected. Landlords who fail to protect their tenants’ deposits and supply the prescribed information by the close of play today could face fines of up to three times the deposit.Research by mydeposits suggests that almost half – 48 per cent – of landlords struggle to keep up with changes in legislation which could exacerbate the issue.“Mydeposits’ figure that almost half of landlords struggle to keep up with changes in legislation comes as no surprise to us and it is important for all agents and landlords to work together to ensure that all required deposits are now protected,” added Barber.Since it became mandatory in 2007, deposit protection has been viewed as a success by many professionals working within the industry, and with the volume of tenancies continuing to grow and the amount of money being taken in deposits continues to increase, it remains an important component of the modern rental process.Eddie Hooker (right), CEO of Mydeposits, said, “It’s important that landlords and letting agents are aware of the legislation changes and how it affects them. They must act now and check whether they need to protect any deposits and avoid a fine.”Hooker added, “Our advice is simple; if you still have a deposit that was taken before 7th April 2007 then the belt and braces approach is to protect it and provide your tenant with all the relevant information as soon as possible. That way you can avoid a hefty penalty and regain possession if needed.”Mydeposits is offering a 50 per cent discount on their joining fee for all landlords who sign up to the scheme before the close of play today by using discount code SUM15.tenants landlords Tenancy Deposit Schemes tenants’ deposits deposit protection June 25, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

In Short

first_imgUB deal in doubtMedia reports suggest that the sale of United Biscuits (UB) is in doubt after talks with potential buyer, Bright Food Group, fell through. The Shanghai-based company had visited UB’s British factories last month after UB’s private equity owners, Blackstone Group and PAI Partners of France, entered exclusive talks over a £2bn deal.Back to its rootsRenshawnapier Thornbury, part of the Real Good Food Company, has decided to go back to its roots and has rebranded itself as Garrett Ingredients the firm’s original family name when it was first formed in 1948. It supplies baking, sugar-based and dairy products to a large number of UK food manufacturers and suppliers, as well as offering technical expertise.Topping pie contractDoncaster-based The Topping Pie Company has secured a listing in Booths for its new Chilli Pork Pie. The firm has been supplying the supermarket since 2001.Scholarship extensionThe Manufacturing Institute has extended four of its 50% scholarship schemes, including its new Manufacturing Management Development Programme, for employees of small and medium businesses, with no previous formal higher education qualifications.last_img read more

New boss of SSP UK & Ireland

first_imgSSP, the leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has appointed Simon Smith as chief executive of UK & Ireland.Smith is currently managing director of WHSmith’s travel division and has a 20 year track record in retail. He began his career with Fenwicks before moving to Allders Department Stores and then Safeway, where he worked in both commercial and marketing roles. He joined the travel division of WHSmith in 2004 as trading director before being promoted to chief operating officer and, more recently, managing director.Commenting on the appointment, Kate Swann, chief executive of SSP said: “Simon has an excellent track record in travel retail. At WHSmith he was instrumental in driving growth and the expansion of the business internationally. His proactive leadership style will undoubtedly contribute much to the continuing success of our UK and Ireland business, and I’m delighted to welcome him to the team.”Smith will join SSP in June and replace Mark Angela, who has been appointed to the new position of chief commercial officer for the Group.last_img read more

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies aids student research

first_imgThe Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies supports and promotes advanced research and training in all fields of Chinese studies. The Fairbank Center collaborates with the Harvard University Asia Center to offer undergraduate and graduate student grants for Chinese language study and research travel.In 2009-10 the Fairbank Center also assisted the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in providing financial aid to 10 doctoral students pursuing research on China in various disciplines. To support the training of new scholars, the Fairbank Center provides grants for graduate student conference travel and dissertation research. The generosity and foresight of many donors have made the student grants possible by establishing funds such as the Desmond and Whitney Shum Graduate Fellowship; the Elise Fay Hawtin Travel and Research Fund; the Fairbank Center Challenge Grant; the Harvard Club of the Republic of China Fellowship Fund; the John K. Fairbank Center Endowment; the John King and Wilma Cannon Fairbank Undergraduate Summer Travel Grants; and the Liang Qichao Travel Fund. Student grants in Chinese studies are also supported by contributions from Fairbank Center affiliates.For a list of student grant recipients, visit the Fairbank Center Web site.last_img read more

Here they come a-caroling

first_img“I feel like every time I get to attend Zoom rehearsal, especially the pieces we have rehearsed before in person, I can hear the choir in my head so much more vibrantly,” she said. “It’s such a beautiful feeling. I’m just happy that I can pretend it’s still happening, but we are all just far away.”Jones said he hopes this piece of musical tradition brings a little joy in this challenging time.“Beloved by its members and alums, the service has given hope and sustenance to our community during the best and the worst of times,” he said. “We hope that it might provide some nourishment during this difficult period: preparing it has certainly done so for me personally, and for our amazing students.” Charles Follen (1796-1840) remembered for bringing tradition from Germany Related Have yourself a happy, healthy pandemic Thanksgiving The annual Christmas carol service at Harvard stands as an unfaltering tradition for more than a century in times of peace and world war, prosperity and depression, health and pandemic, social harmony and upheaval.On Christmas Eve, the Memorial Church and the Harvard University Choir will continue this rite of the holiday season in an online service featuring student voices recorded individually from across the country and around the world, digitally stitched together in a video performance of the seasonal carols.“Members of the Harvard University Choir, under the direction of Edward Jones, have been working all semester to create this service,” said Stephanie Paulsell, interim Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church and the Susan Shallcross Swartz Professor of the Practice of Christian Studies at the Harvard Divinity School. “Carol services have been held at Harvard through times of war and plague and stress, and thanks to our dedicated musicians there will be one this year as well.”The 111th Annual Christmas Carol Service is scheduled for 5 p.m., Dec. 24 on the Memorial Church website, YouTube channel, and Facebook page. The hourlong service of readings and music is free and open to the public. Online donations will be accepted through the Phillips Brooks House Association in support of Y2Y Harvard Square youth homeless shelter and the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter for adults.The carol service tradition dates back to 1910, established by University Organist and Choirmaster Archibald T. Davison, and Edward C. Moore, the Plummer Professor of Christian Morals. Each year the service begins with “Adeste, fideles” sung in Latin by the Harvard University Choir. The singing of “Silent Night” by the choir and congregation is also a long-standing tradition.This year’s service will retain many traditions of the past, but because of the pandemic, will be a very different experience for members of the choir, clergy and the audience. The service will include nine carols sung by the choir, four congregational hymns pulled from past years’ videos, three readings and a short sermon by  Paulsell.The introduction of a new commissioned carol is also part of the tradition. This year, Carson Cooman ’04, research assistant and resident composer at the Memorial Church, has written a new carol, “Legend of the Little Child,” to premiere in the service.“It will certainly have a different feel, but hopefully not a completely different experience as I think the aesthetic is the same: to celebrate through song and word the joy of the season,” said Edward Jones, Gund University Organist and Choirmaster. “And while I lament not being in communion with our singers and congregation physically, I think there are certain positives about this format.”This unique academic year did provide an opportunity to schedule the carol service on Christmas Eve, and gave past generations of choir members an opportunity to participate in choral singing, Jones said.“Usually, bound by Harvard’s academic calendar, we do our services towards the beginning of December, but this year we can release the service on Christmas Eve when our students can watch with their families,” he said. “Furthermore, we will include footage from previous carol services, which not only shows off the glories of a full and festive church, but makes this service truly inter-generational.”Work on the carols service began at the beginning of fall term. Because of safety precautions instituted by the University to prevent the spread of COVID-19, members of the choir attended online rehearsals each week on Zoom. From their homes — scattered across the country and as far as the United Kingdom, France, and India — the students exercised their singing voices, learned the music, and sang their individual parts with Jones leading the sessions on piano.,Production of the service is a puzzle of many parts. In October and November, each choir member recorded the video and audio of their individual singing parts. The organ tracks of the carols were provided by assistant organist and choirmaster David von Behren, who used the organ at First-Plymouth Congregational Church in Lincoln, Neb., near where he is living during the pandemic.The organ tracks, student recordings and the readings by clergy are being pieced together by Media Production Center to create the digital carols service video.“Well, it’s definitely not the same as being in the choir room, but it is nice to see other people and still be able to make some music during this very weird semester when a lot of the performing arts have been so negatively impacted,” said Katharine Courtemanche ’21, choir secretary. “This carol service gave us something to work on and to look forward to. It’s lovely to keep our community going and to be able to sing together.”During a normal academic year, members of the choir attend rehearsals twice a week in the choir room of Memorial Church, with a social “teatime” once a week in the Student Oasis. The challenge, Jones said, was maintaining a sense of community both musically and socially.“It has obviously been hard for everyone: we all yearn to make music together,” he said. “But while rehearsing via Zoom has fairly severe limitations, there is a certain beauty in knowing that dotted around the world our choristers are singing the same piece of music at the same time. The universe’s sound waves are making the connections that our human ears cannot. It’s really quite magical.”The Carol Service is one of the highlights of the University calendar. Each year, people line up outside Memorial Church for hours in hope of getting seat for one of the two services. Carols are also an important tradition to the members of the choir, music staff, and clergy. Choir member Rebecca Stewart, a Ph.D. candidate in Germanic Languages and Literatures in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, said this year’s performance is special. Do something positive and connect with distant (and ‘distanced’) loved ones center_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Epidemiologist offers tips for family gatherings at Thanksgiving and in December Harvard professor brought first Christmas tree to New England Keeping safe from pandemic during the holidayslast_img read more

In Egypt, a push to get more orphans families, fight stigma

first_imgEgyptians who have taken in children under the Islamic system of guardianship known as Kafala are turning to social media to raise awareness as part of a push to provide orphans with permanent families. They’re sharing their stories and working to demystify the sometimes misunderstood practice. They’re also tackling social prejudices attached to abandoned children or those assumed to have been born out of wedlock. Their activism comes as Egypt has been easing Kafala regulations, and supportive clerics say Islam promises rewards for those caring for orphans. Says one Kafala mom: “I want all the children to find homes.”last_img read more

Avian Influenza

first_imgAvian influenza can’t make humans sick, but it has driven the cost of eggs up and will result in consumers paying more for their holiday turkeys. Avian flu has affected 21 states and 48 million birds to date since the discovery of the current outbreak of the disease on North American shores in December 2014. Commercial and backyard poultry in Georgia have gone untouched so far, but the state’s agriculture industry is preparing for the potential arrival of the pathogen.There have been no cases of human infection by birds because the H5N2 strain of the virus is not zoonotic, meaning it cannot pass between humans and animals. (Zoonotic avian influenza, also referred to as “bird flu,” can be transmitted from birds to humans.)Strictly an animal health issue and not a food safety or public health issue, avian flu still impacts consumers, especially those who enjoy eating eggs. The price of eggs has increased this year because the U.S. egg-layer industry has lost 10 percent of its average inventory to the disease. The U.S. turkey industry has lost 7.45 percent of its average inventory. As a result, consumers can expect higher prices for this year’s Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys.Commercially produced poultry is tested for avian flu in the U.S. prior to being processed, so poultry products are safe to eat.Agriculture is the largest segment of Georgia’s economy, and the poultry industry tops the commodity list. Georgia’s poultry/egg industry contributes an estimated $28 billion annually and supports nearly 109,000 jobs in the state. Believed to have originated in Asia and spread through wild waterfowl to northern North America, avian flu has been spread across the U.S. by migrating birds.The virus cannot survive above 65 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 10 days, which helps to safeguard Georgia poultry. However, as birds begin migrating south this fall, Georgia will become more susceptible. Before now, the disease has been concentrated in the Pacific Northwest and upper Midwest. While Georgia’s commercial poultry industry has the greatest risk in terms of potential for loss, it also has multiple safeguards in place and limits commercial birds’ exposure to migratory birds. However, avian flu can easily be introduced into Georgia through backyard chicken flocks. For more information on avian flu, call the Georgia Department of Agriculture at (404) 656-3667 or see the UGA Extension website at information on keeping backyard poultry flocks healthy, contact your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent or read UGA Extension publications at read more

Local hospitals figure out supply plans for every scenario

first_imgSAYRE, Pa. (WBNG) — The longer the coronavirus pandemic continues, the more resources local hospitals have to expend to combat the virus. Staff say the pandemic has expanded their typical need for supplies. Guthrie says besides PPEs, hospital beds are another important resource, and it has a plan in place to double bed capacity if needed at each of its five hospitals. While Guthrie is confident in having sufficient PPEs for the number of patients it expects, a surge could pose unexpected challenges because of how unknown the future is at the moment. Staff at the hospital run by Guthrie say they and all other hospitals have to report their supply status to state governments on a regular basis. Because of this, they are well aware of exactly how much supplies they have at the moment. center_img “We have a routine ordering process, a routine inventory, and we anticipate what our needs are,” said Dr. Michael Scalzone, the chief quality officer for the Guthrie Clini. “The challenges here have been everyone, much like we’ve seen in retail, grocery stores and other places, is everyone at the same time was seeking to get more supplies.” At Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pennsylvania, there are the standard ways of getting the personal protective equipment for all the staff, and then there are the ways they’ve had to do so since the COVID-19 outbreak began. UHS and Lourdes declined an interview but both provided answers to questions sent regarding their supplies. UHS said its two hospitals are at a combined less than half capacity, and N95 masks are its biggest need at the moment. Lourdes said it has plenty of supplies for now, but is working with authorities to acquire more if needed.last_img read more

Report discourages use of antivirals for seasonal flu

first_imgJan 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Researchers who analyzed numerous clinical trials concluded that the two newest antiviral drugs for influenza, oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza), should not routinely be used against seasonal flu—a recommendation flatly rejected by the manufacturer of oseltamivir.The researchers, writing in The Lancet, also raise doubts about using the two drugs, called neuraminidase inhibitors (NIs), in a potential flu pandemic. They say they found no “credible evidence” that the drugs are helpful in human cases of avian flu. If the drugs are used in a flu epidemic or pandemic, they should be accompanied by standard public health measures to prevent spread of infection, the authors say.The accumulated evidence “suggests that neuraminidase inhibitors should not be used routinely for seasonal influenza and only with associated public health measures in a pandemic situation,” says the report by Tom Jefferson and four colleagues with the Cochrane Vaccines Field in Italy and the University of Queensland in Australia.The scientists also said the two older antiviral flu drugs, amantadine and rimantadine, should not be used for flu, because they don’t prevent infection or viral shedding and they have potential serious side effects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week advised doctors not to prescribe the two drugs for the rest of this flu season because circulating flu viruses have a high rate of resistance to them.Roche, the Swiss-based maker of oseltamivir, said in a statement yesterday, “Roche fundamentally disagrees with the conclusions reached by the authors that oseltamivir should not be used for the treatment or prevention of seasonal influenza. The conclusion is at odds with the opinion of experts and regulatory authorities around the world.”The World Health Organization (WHO) and many countries, including the United States, are stockpiling the NIs, mainly oseltamivir, in the hope that they will be useful if H5N1 avian flu leads to a pandemic. WHO officials say the agency does not plan to change its recommendations about the possible role of antivirals in dealing with a pandemic.”After carefully reviewing this analysis, WHO will not be changing its stockpiling recommendations,” WHO spokesman Dick Thompson told CIDRAP News via e-mail. “There are several concerns we had with this document. Even the authors state that while there is little evidence to support effectiveness for oseltamivir in AI [avian influenza] patients, they also say that it is possible that patients could have been given the drug too late in the course of their illness to be effective.”Roche did not directly challenge the authors’ conclusion about the effectiveness of oseltamivir against avian flu strains in humans, but the company reported today that the drug performed well in a recent animal study, as well as previous ones. In the new study, the medication prevented viral replication in ferrets that were treated 4 hours after exposure to the H5N1 virus.The researchers analyzed 19 randomized controlled trials of oseltamivir and zanamivir along with 34 trials of amantadine and rimantadine. They examined the drugs’ record in preventing and treating laboratory-confirmed influenza and influenza-like illness in patients aged 16 to 65.For treatment of symptomatic flu, oseltamivir had 61% to 73% efficacy, depending on the dosage, and zanamivir had 62% efficacy, the report says.The NIs were found to have no significant effect when used to prevent flu-like illness. But for preventing flu after exposure to the virus (postexposure prophylaxis), oseltamivir was 58.5% efficacious in households and 68% to 89% efficacious in contacts of index cases, the analysis showed.The researchers also found evidence that the NIs shortened the duration of symptoms and reduced the viral load in nasal secretions, but the drugs did not eliminate viral shedding. Oseltamivir, 150 mg daily, reduced the incidence of bronchitis and pneumonia in flu cases but not in flu-like illness cases.”We do not see a role for the use of neuraminidase inhibitors in seasonal inflenza, since the evidence shows that they are ineffective against influenza-like illness,” the authors write. But they add that in the context of a known influenza epidemic, flu-like illness is more likely to be actual influenza and the NIs are more likely to be helpful.In responding to the article, Roche officials said, “The statement by the author that neuraminidase inhibitors should not be used in seasonal influenza control is inappropriate and inconsistent with data. Roche strongly disagrees with this article; surveillance activities and the appropriate use of antivirals are critical to combat influenza.”Roche took issue with using oseltamivir’s reported lack of effectiveness against flu-like illness as a reason not to use it for seasonal flu: “Once influenza is circulating and with clearly defined symptoms identified[,] influenza is easy to diagnose. Roche has never advocated the use of Tamiflu for control of influenza-like symptoms.”The researchers also examined reports on the effects of oseltamivir in human H5N1 flu patients in Southeast Asia. There, oseltamivir treatment had no clear effect on mortality, although this could have been a result of starting treatment late in patients who already had a high viral load, the report says. In H5N1 cases, the viral load can be 10 times greater than in seasonal flu, a WHO study showed.Resistance to oseltamivir was seen in 7 of 43 children and in 2 of 8 Vietnamese children and adults, the report says.The scientists also found no clear benefits from the use of oseltamivir in people exposed to H7N7 avian flu in the Netherlands in 2003 and H7N3 avian flu in Canada in 2004.”We could find no credible evidence of the effects of neuraminidase inhibitors on avian influenza” in humans, the authors write.”As viral load and virulence of pandemic viruses are considerably higher than those of seasonal influenza viruses, the use of neuraminidase inhibitors in a serious epidemic or pandemic should not be considered without concomitant measures, such as barriers, distance, and personal hygiene.” The authors add that overestimating the ability of NIs to prevent illness could cause those treated to be less careful, leading to increased spread.Jefferson T, Demicheli V, Rivetti D, et al. Antivirals for influenza in healthy adults: systematic review. Lancet 2006 Jan 19 (early online publication) [Abstract]See also:Jan 19 Roche statement 20 Roche report on animal trial of oseltamivir read more