Dorm Week celebrates residence hall culture

first_imgTags: dorm week, Student government Eric Richelsen Student government is celebrating the University’s unique dorm system with the inaugural Dorm Week, which features events, movies and games on each of the campus’ four residential quads. The week’s activities began Sunday with dorm dinners in the dining halls, according to senior Casey Skevington, student government director for the department of residence life. “This week is a way for the halls to share traditions with the entire campus and to give students the opportunity  to explore other dorms. If you haven’t been inside many halls — now is your chance,” Skevington said. The week will showcase a wide variety of events, ranging from previews of signature events to other monthly traditions hosted by the halls, Skevington said. According to a student government press release, the quads themselves will be featured during a quad carnival each day, with the dorms in those areas hosting unique activities from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday evening highlighted South Quad dorms, with milkshakes from Dillon Hall, a Badin Hall-sponsored fitness class and a slip-and-slide from Sorin College. A 10 p.m. Mass in Morrissey Manor capped off the day. Tuesday is set to include ice cream from the women of Breen-Phillips Hall, pancakes from Lewis and Farley Halls and a barbecue hosted by Zahm House on North Quad, followed by a screening of the movie “Rudy” in the Stanford Hall basement at 7 p.m. Mod Quad will be featured on Wednesday, and the week of festivities wraps up on West Quad on Thursday with SUB-sponsored Acousticafe on the patio of Reckers Cafe.“I’m excited for campus to learn about Dorm Week,” Skevington said.“Hopefully this will encourage residents of other halls to take part in each other’s signature events, and to feel more comfortable when visiting a hall you don’t spend a lot of time in.”In addition to quad carnivals, students have the opportunity to participate in the campus-wide Dorm Passport Challenge, she said. “A stamp is located in each 24-hour space (of each dorm). Students are encouraged to visit each hall at any point this week, stamp their passport and turn in a completed passport by 5 p.m. Friday outside of the student government office.  There are individual prizes as well as a prize for the hall with the highest percentage of participation,” Skevington said. “Nowhere else is like Notre Dame, it’s time we celebrated all of our dorms under the Dome!”Student body vice president Nidia Ruelas said Dorm Week is a new initiative brought to campus this year to celebrate the unique and diverse identities that make up Notre Dame’s student body. “We believe that it is important to celebrate all the different attributes that dorms bring to make our community one of strong spirit and belonging,” Ruelas said. “In this spirit, we wanted to encourage everyone in a fun and interactive way to learn more about each and everyone of the dorms and to reach out beyond their own dorm.”last_img read more

Vermont Butter & Cheese wins national award

first_imgWinners were announced yesterday for the 38th sofi Awards for the outstanding foods and beverages of the year. Presented by the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade(NASFT) the awards honor the outstanding specialty foods and beverages of the year in 33 categories. “sofi” stands for specialty outstanding food innovation.The awards were presented at the Summer Fancy Food Show by noted Executive Chef Dan Barber of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns at a red-carpet event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.The 2010 sofi Gold Winners are:Appetizer, Antipasto, Salsa or Dip: Simply Delish – Simply Delish Chunky Dip – Sweet ChiliBaked Good, Baking Ingredient or Cereal: The Sticky Toffee Pudding Company – Sticky Toffee PuddingCheese or Dairy Product: Ritrovo Italian Regional Foods – Ritrovo Selections – Mt. Townsend Limited Edition Truffle & Salt Seastack Chocolate: Poco Dolce – Sesame Toffee Tiles Classic: Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods, Inc. – Mom’s Spaghetti Sauce Cold Beverage: Brands of Britain – Fever-Tree Ginger Beer Condiment: Dulcet Cuisine – Mild Indian Curry Ketchup Confection: Amy E’s Bakery – Almond Toffee Cookie: Effie’s Homemade – Effie’s OatcakesCooking Sauce or Flavor Enhancer: Maya Kaimal Fine Indian Foods – Tikka Masala Simmer SauceCracker: Kitchen Table Bakers – Rosemary Parmesan CrispDessert or Dessert Topping: Ciao Bella Gelato Company – Key Lime Graham Gelato SquaresDiet and Lifestyle Product: G.S. Gelato And Desserts, Inc. – Blood Orange SorbettoFood Gift: Sonoma Syrup Co. Inc. – Extract Gift SetFrozen Savory: Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. – Port Clyde Lobster Mac & CheeseHot Beverage: Belgium’s Chocolate Source – Hot Chocolate StickInnovation in Packaging Design or Function: Knipschildt Chocolatier – Ensemble Box of Easter EggsJam, Preserve, Honey or Nut Butter: Beth – el Food Ltd. – Aunt Bertha Apricot Preserves 75% Fresh FruitMeat, Pate or Seafood: Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats – Nueske’s Applewood Smoked BaconNew Product : South African Consulate General – Rozendal Hibiscus VinegarNon-Food Specialty Item: Source Atlantique Inc. – If You Care 100% Biomass FSC Certified Firelighters Oil: Manicaretti Italian Food Imports – Olio Verde Extra Virgin Lemon Pasta Sauce: Dave’s Gourmet, Inc. – Masala MarinaraPasta, Rice or Grain: Nuovo Pasta Productions, Ltd. – Kidz Mac & Cheez Gol’Fish RavioliPerishable Foodservice Product: Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery – BijouPet Product: The Lazy Dog Cookie Co., Inc. – The Original Pup-Pie Happy BirthdayProduct Line: Royal Pacific Foods – The Ginger PeopleSalad Dressing: Lucini Italia Co. – Delicate Cucumber and Shallot Artisan Vinaigrette Shelf-Stable Foodservice Product: FoodMatch, Inc. – Dalmatia Fig Spread Snack Food: Nutorious – Cranberry Orango TangoSoup, Stew, Bean or Chili: Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. – Linekin Bay Lobster Corn ChowderUSDA-Approved Organic Product: Truly Organic Baking – Bakers Basics(TM) Organic Banana Bread MixVinegar: Lucero Olive Oil – Peach Balsamic VinegarCompetition was stiff this year, with a record 2,257 entries across all 33 categories. This spring, a national panel of specialty food experts narrowed the field to 140 Silver Finalists during five days of judging at NASFT’s offices in New York City. More than 200 buyers at the Summer Fancy Food Show cast ballots to select the gold winners. The results were tabulated by an outside accounting firm this afternoon. The Summer Fancy Food Show ends tomorrow, June 29.”A sofi Award means instant visibility and recognition by discerning buyers of specialty food and beverages across the U.S. and around the world,” said Ann Daw, president of the NASFT. “This year’s winners reflect the spirit of innovation and excellence that are the foundation of the specialty food industry.”The NASFT is a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 to foster commerce and interest in the specialty food industry. Today there are more than 2,900 members in the U.S. and abroad. For further information on the NASFT and its Fancy Food Shows, go to is external). The NASFT’s website for consumers, is external) provides an insider’s look at specialty foods and the companies, entrepreneurs and artisans behind them.Source: NASFTlast_img read more

Raising the bar to Bar admission

first_imgRaising the bar to Bar admission Raising the bar to Bar admission Associate EditorArmed with a year-long study and a national expert’s backing, the Board of Bar Examiners wants to raise the bar exam pass-fail line from 131 to 136 to bring Florida from the bottom one-third to the top one-third of states in the country.But a group of Florida private law school deans counters that the board’s study is flawed, that further research is required, and absent proof that raising the passage rate will increase lawyer competence, there’s no reason to tinker with the exam.The Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association weighs in with the concern that raising the passing standard will disparately impact minorities at a time when there is a dearth of minority lawyers.And the Florida State Conference of NAACP Branches adds that the bar exam should be revamped to better test lawyer skills, not legal theories, so that law schools aren’t just teaching for the exam.Voices pro and con filled the Florida Supreme Court on October 3, during oral arguments on amendments to rules relating to admission to the Bar (Case no. SC96,869).Justices began by focusing on the simple question: Why change?“Could you outline very succinctly why?” asked Justice Peggy Quince. “What is the major reason to raise the passage rate?”“The question is: What is the problem that is being addressed?” echoed Justice Leander Shaw. “Are there unqualified lawyers? Is that the reason?”The real reason, said Thomas Pobjecky, general counsel for the Board of Bar Examiners, is because there really was no rational, empirical justification for the current rate of 131. So the board conducted a study, hired an expert, and it was determined the rate should be raised in a two-step process: first from 131 to 133, then 133 to 136.His explanation included a brief history lesson, beginning with the creation of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners in 1955. In the early years, prior to 1961, he said, the pass/fail line was simply set at 70 percent.“I assume that was from the educational standards of the day,” Pobjecky said. “You get 69, you fail; get a 70, you pass.”The standard from 1961 to 1982, he explained, was to average the top 10 scores and drop down 20 points.“Apparently, during that time, that was the considered way of doing it. There still was no basis. That’s just the way everybody was doing it, so that’s the way we’re going to do it here in Florida,” Pobjecky said.“Then you switched and made significant changes in 1981 to the bar exam, and at that time the court went to 133. Two years later, the court reduced it to 131.”And while Florida has a “gold standard” when it comes to thorough investigations of character and fitness, Pobjecky said, “that is not true when it comes to the bar exam’s pass/fail line. We’re in the bottom one-third. We’ve heard this over the years. And finally, in 1998, Florida said, ‘It’s time to stop speculating. It’s time to decide: Is 131 appropriate? Should it be higher? Should it be lower?’ That’s what prompted the 12-month study.”Assisted by Justice Fred Lewis, a blue ribbon panel was assembled of judges, lawyers, and practicing attorneys, Pobjecky said, and they recruited the expertise of a leading authority on bar exams, Dr. Stephen Klein, a psychometrician from the Rand Corporation in California.“What is the purpose of making people who graduate from accredited law schools take the bar exam?” Chief Justice Charles Wells asked.Bar exams are necessary to make sure law schools do the best they can in educating their students, Pobjecky answered.Justice Shaw asked: What makes an appropriate pass/fail line?“The literature I quote in my reply and the experts I have read all seem to say there should be some type of systematic, some kind of comprehensive, study done in good faith to try to establish what it was. And that’s exactly what the board did,” Pobjecky said.Chief Justice Wells said he’s concerned that after 46 years’ experience with the bar exam in Florida, rather than relying on theory, there should be an empirical study of what is being accomplished by the bar exam. When it comes to gauging lawyer competence, he said, “I’m not sure the grievance numbers are as effective a measurement as malpractice claims.”“Let’s start with the proposition that the bar exam does in fact test competency,” Pobjecky said. “It has been studied in California and by the National Conference of Bar Examiners and elsewhere that the bar exam is in fact a measure of knowledge and skills related to the practice of law. Does it not make more sense that the higher the score you get the greater the demonstration of knowledge and skills? I submit to you there is a correlation between the bar exam results and competency. Otherwise, the exam shouldn’t be given.”But Joseph Harbaugh, dean of Nova Southeastern University’s law school, countered that there is no proven correlation between raising the passage rates and greater competency or ethics of lawyers, and therefore would provide no greater protection to the public.“The deans suggest that you look at reality, which is the level of grievances filed, or as the court suggested, malpractice claims filed, to determine whether there is a competency problem in the Bar today,” Harbaugh said.“There is absolutely no evidence that increasing the score on the multiple choice portion of the bar will increase the minimum competence of lawyers entering the profession. The proof of that is there is no suggestion that lawyers in California or Delaware, with 144 on the MBE, are more competent at the entry level than are the lawyers in Florida,” Harbaugh said.Absent that proof, do not change the passage rate, he argued.“We’ve got a test that has been in place and is exactly the same measurement that is taken in 2001 that was taken in 1983. And unless you can show there is a serious problem, then there is no reason that has been advanced to increase the score,” Harbaugh said.“Do law schools have a justification for 131?” Chief Justice Wells asked.“That’s a truly interesting question, Mr. Chief Justice Wells,” Harbaugh answered, adding that 131 was set arbitrarily in 1983.“We now have 18 years experience with that standard. What we have as a result is a Bar that I believe is viewed internally within the state and externally in other jurisdictions as a very competent Bar,” Harbaugh said.Calling it “a very complicated issue,” Justice Harry Lee Anstead wondered “how the average citizen would respond” to knowing that two-thirds of the states have a higher passing standard than Florida. And he noted that “it is almost universally recognized that despite the debates, testing is about all we have” – whether it’s testing a 16-year-old in Europe on whether to go to universities or become a worker or how to gauge progress in America’s public schools.“Obviously, the marketplace relies on testing. Law schools compete for students who score the highest on LSATs and have the highest GPAs,” Justice Anstead said. “How can Florida hold ourselves up to a ‘gold standard,’ yet we’re in the lower one-third?”“Simply changing the score will not have an effect on competency,” Harbaugh responded. He said the Law School Admissions Council often tells him not to overly rely on test measures.“Then why have it?” Justice Anstead asked.“Because it’s the only device we have other than programs such as ours,” Harbaugh said, referring to courses taken as part of the admissions program.Chief Justice Wells pointed out that since the bar exam’s current passage rate was set “there’s been a tremendous explosion of lawyers. The population of lawyers in Florida has grown about 25 percent in just the past seven years. Obviously, we have to be concerned who we are sanctioning to provide representation to the public.”“We, the deans, agree,” Harbaugh said. “Mr. Chief Justice, we are not opposed to studying what is an appropriate standard. But our concern is the board study conducted by Dr. Klein is so flawed that this court should not accept the recommendation of the board based upon that study.”The study by the board’s expert, Harbaugh argued, “gave a misleading aura of scientific authenticity.”Harbaugh offered other researchers who provided documentation on the shortcomings of the Klein Report and “gave a very clear suggestion as to how the court should set up a methodology to truly study the appropriate passing score.”“We are also saying, however, that with the 131 passage rate for 18 years, even though the Bar has increased dramatically, there doesn’t appear to be any outcry by the public or profession that our Bar is seriously incompetent.”When Daryl Parks, representing the Florida Chapter of the NBA, stood at the podium, the focus turned to the impact on minorities, a concern raised by the Bar Board of Governors when it gave conditional approval to raising the passage rates in April 2000.Data from the February and July 2000 exams showed fewer minority first-time test takers pass when the passage rate is raised.“Address your concerns as an African-American lawyer,” Justice Barbara Pariente requested, asking whether raising the passage rate would have an “adverse effect or an incentive to do better?”“It’s one of my main concerns that there is the greatest disparity to minority groups as the score rises,” Parks answered. “We are getting to a situation where people go to law school hoping they only have to prepare for the bar exam. That concept is wrong. You are trying to develop competent lawyers. To create the mind-set that students just prepare for an exam shouldn’t be our purpose. As we continue to increase the score, we fall into a situation where we buy into that concept.”But as the passage rate stands now, Pariente said, test takers need only get 56 percent correct, and “that’s a pretty low setting of minimum competence.” In answering, Parks gave his personal testimony: While he had a “relatively low” LSAT score and grade-point average, he scored in the mid 140s on the bar exam because he was able to study night and day. Most minorities, he said, are not so fortunate and have to work while attending law school and preparing for the exam. But Justice Lewis pointed out that the July 2000 exam results showed out of 27 African-American first-time test takers at the University of Miami, 25 passed, or 93 percent.Parks responded that the impact on minorities “is an issue the board should look at before raising the bar exam.”During rebuttal, Justice Pariente asked Pobjecky: “By raising this bar are we going to increase the failure of certain groups’ rates across the board and not have any tradeoff with increased competence? That would be a terrible, terrible thing to do – not knowing if we’re getting any benefit.”Pobjecky answered: “I think the focus should be on what is the appropriate standard. And there is no basis for 131.. . . Of course, the board shares the concern the court has on diversity and passage rates of minority groups.”Then he went on to share another concern: Georgia raised its passage rate to 135, and 84 percent of first-time test takers passed. Yet, in Florida only 79 percent passed at 131.“What does that tell us? How come students in Georgia are capable of passing the bar exam at 84 percent at a higher standard than Florida? Does that not give concern to anybody? It gives concern to the board.”Justice Quince asked: “Are you concerned that Florida law schools are not preparing students well enough?”“That has to be an obvious concern arising from the study,” Pobjecky replied.Harley Scott Herman, an attorney for the Florida State Conference of NAACP Branches, added his voice to the concern that raising the bar exam passage rate would have a “chilling effect on African-Americans” hoping to become lawyers. But he went a step further in arguing for creating a bar exam that is less theory-based and more reflective of testing basic skills.“We’re in a new century, and we should look at the kind of test we use.. . . I believe the bar exam offers a field of dreams: If you test it, they will teach it. If you teach it, students will study it.. . . Let’s not do harm until we can create a proper exam. We can do better. We must do better.”After oral arguments, on the courthouse steps, Pobjecky said he believes Florida’s law schools will rise to the occasion and better prepare students if the bar exam is raised.“Studies have consistently shown that,” Pobjecky said. “Look at the University of Miami exam results that Justice Lewis was citing. Ninety-three percent of African-American students passed. That’s first-time test takers. UM does a good job preparing their students, and race, gender, and ethnicity doesn’t matter. It’s the education you get, and the preparation you do.” October 15, 2001 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

CU2.0 Podcast – Episode 4 – Talking with Amy Downs

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This week, Robert sat down with Amy Downs, CEO of Allegiance Credit Union in Oklahoma. This is a very special episode. The conversation with Amy opens with her remembrance of the 1995 bombing of the Murrah federal office building in Oklahoma. Many of her co-workers lost their lives that day; some 168 people died that day. Amy survived but was hospitalized. She also talks about her determination to remake Allegiance to be a thriving 21st-century institution, a credit union that honors and remembers its past but also is focused on staying relevant. continue reading »last_img

East Middle School to go remote following positive COVID-19 Cases

first_imgThe district says hybrid learning will return on Monday, Nov. 30. The BCSD says the decision is due to two students testing positive for COVID-19. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The East Middle School in the Binghamton City School District will move to remote learning for Monday, Nov. 23, and Tuesday, Nov. 24. Students who need meals can pick them up at the school on Monday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., or Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information, click here.last_img

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite Gets November 2020 Android Security Patch With Latest Update

first_imgAs of now, the update is only available in Spain and keeps the phone on Android 10. Back in August, Samsung had announced that it will be delivering three years of Android updates for its flagship smartphones starting with the Samsung Galaxy S10 and beyond. The Galaxy S10 Lite was launched in January this year and is expected to get updated to Android 11. But there is no timeline for it yet.As of now, it is unclear when the update will reach Indian users and we have reached out to the company to get information on the same. This space will be updated as and when we receive a response.Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite specificationsThe Galaxy S10 Lite features a 6.70-inch display with a central hole-punch cut out. It is powered by Snapdragon 855 SoC with 8GB of RAM. The phone has a triple rear camera setup and a 32-megapixel selfie shooter. It comes with a 4,500mAh battery and runs on Android 10.- Advertisement – Is this the end of the Samsung Galaxy Note series as we know it? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite users in Spain have received the latest update that brings the November 2020 Android security patch. There are no bug fixes, performance improvement, or new features with this update that carries firmware version G770FXXS3CTJ3. The phone stays on Android 10 and OneUI 2.5. As of now, it is unclear when the new update will reach Indian users. As per a report, the security patch also addresses a vulnerability with the Exynos 990 SoC.The latest update that comes with firmware version G770FXXS3CTJ3 for Galaxy S10 Lite (SM-G770F) users in Spain brings the latest November 2020 security patch and nothing more. According to a report by Sammobile, the update fixes several security flaws present in Android OS and Samsung’s own software. It also fixes a vulnerability with the Exynos 990 SoC, but since the Galaxy S10 Lite only has a Snapdragon variant in India, users need not worry about this vulnerability.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Freddie Ljungberg confirms he will not play a part in Arsenal’s January transfer plans

first_imgFreddie Ljungberg was appointed as Arsenal’s interim manager following the sacking of Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Freddie Ljungberg insists he is unlikely to play a key role in Arsenal’s January transfer strategy.The club legend was installed as Unai Emery’s interim replacement last Friday and presided over Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Norwich at Carrow Road.Arsenal have now gone two months without a Premier League win ahead of Thursday’s game against Brighton at the Emirates and their squad looks in desperate need of reinforcements.Ljungberg, however, revealed he is unlikely to be consulted over the possibility of new signings, with club chiefs Raul Sanllehi and Edu likely to play a lead role.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I’m going on a match by match time now so there’s nothing that I will get involved in,’ he said at his pre-match press conference. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 3 Dec 2019 3:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Freddie Ljungberg confirms he will not play a part in Arsenal’s January transfer plans Comment Advertisement Raul Sanllehi and Edu will orchestrate Arsenal’s January transfer strategy (Picture: Getty)‘I think we have a very good squad but it’s up to the big bosses of the club in regards to what they want to do.’Despite a dreadful run of form, Arsenal remain within seven points of the top four after Chelsea suffered their second consecutive league defeat on Saturday against struggling West Ham and with fixtures coming thick and fast, the picture could be dramatically different come the New Year.‘I think the only way to change an atmosphere in the stadium is by how you play,’ Ljungberg added.‘Like you said, the fans were amazing at Norwich. I felt like they got more and more energy the more that we played in the first half.‘We were on top of Norwich and I think the Arsenal fans got energy from that. That helped. But they were great, even when we went 1-0 down or 2-1 down, they were even louder and they helped us. That’s important for the players. When it comes to the Emirates, the fans want us to win football games.‘They want us to play good football and I think the only way to try to get a good atmosphere and get them going is to try to achieve that. Whether that’s me or someone else as a coach, I don’t think that matters so much.’MORE: Arsenal make contact with Marcelino as Raul Sanllehi steps up search for Unai Emery successorMORE: Mauricio Pochettino wants Manchester United job but would also accept Arsenal movelast_img read more

Stolt-Nielsen profit drops, as small-scale LNG JV launches

first_imgImage courtesy of Stolt-NielsenNorwegian-listed shipping company Stolt-Nielsen reported a drop in net profit for the third quarter of the year. Net profit for the quarter reached $3 million following a $12.9 million impact from a change in the accounting for the company’s investment in Avance Gas Holdings.This compares to a net profit of $9.5 in the previous quarter, while the first nine months profit reached $51.3 million in 2018 compared to $49.2 million in 2017.Following the recent $182 million investment in Avenir LNG a company set up to pursue opportunities in the small-scale liquefied natural gas market, Stolt-Nielsen consolidated all of the Stotl-Nielsen Gas small-scale activities into Avenir.SNG’s initial contribution will consist of its two newbuilding contracts, plus two declared options at Keppel Singmarine, its investment in the Higas SRL storage, regasification and distribution facility in Sardinia; and a cash consideration of $17.0 million, for a total of $49.5 million.last_img read more

PAHO Director says Timing and Local Planning are Critical to Relax Restrictions for COVID-19

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Washington, D.C., June 30, 2020 (PAHO)— The Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, said countries planning to relax public health measures must take a phased approach based on local conditions and be prepared to impose preventive measures again if the epidemiological situation changes.“The key is to think both nationally and locally and base decisions on the latest data. The more granular our understanding of where the virus strikes, the more targeted our response will be,” she told a media briefing today.“As we are seeing, countries, states and cities that do not embrace preventive measures or relax restrictions too soon can be flooded with new cases,” Etienne said.“Timing is critical. At national or at local level, we must open gradually, taking a phased approach that relies on robust surveillance, data, and expanded testing and contact tracing capacity.”  If the situation changes and infections rise, localities and countries must adjust course quickly, she added.Noting that 5.1 million cases and more than 247,000 deaths due to COVID-19 have been reported in the Americas through June 29, she said, “To truly understand the impact of the virus, and to plan more effectively for what comes next, it’s important to look beyond regional and national data and focus on the local level.”“We often hear about the number of cases in large countries like Brazil, Mexico or the United States without the appreciation of their considerable societal and geographic diversity. In fact, multiple epidemiological curves coexist both within our region and within each country, and public health responses must be tailored to these specific situations,” Etienne said.The PAHO director said reopening requires public health measures to track new cases and build sufficient capacity to detect and control new outbreaks. “Transmission in your area should be going down in a sustainable way, deaths should be decreasing, and hospital bed occupancy rates should be low” before restrictions are relaxed, Etienne added.She listed public health measures local and national governments should take including  timely tests, isolation of cases to reduce transmission, contact tracing to find infected persons and isolate them, access to Personal Protective Equipment and training for health workers, and if necessary, travel measures to limit new infections such as screening, case finding, quarantines and other measures.“We need tests, but we also need test results to be reported quickly to paint an accurate picture,” Etienne said. “Anyone with symptoms should have the guidance and support needed to reduce the chance of transmitting to others,” she added.Contact tracing, when anchored to a strong primary health care system, “can help reduce the risk of transmission among vulnerable communities,” Etienne said, and the health system needs enough hospital beds and intensive care units to provide care for severe cases.PAHO is working closely with countries and, “in many cases, local governments to analyze these trends to help guide their decision making, she said. “PAHO has supported countries in every aspect of the response, providing guidance, training, and supplies. Over the past two months we have donated almost 5 million PCR tests to the region and procured more than 10 million tests on behalf of our countries. We made 54 shipments of PPEs to 26 countries.” Share Tweet LifestyleLocalNewsRegional PAHO Director says Timing and Local Planning are Critical to Relax Restrictions for COVID-19 by: – July 1, 2020 34 Views   no discussions                                 PAHO Director, Dr. Carissa F. Etiennelast_img read more

P400-M parking building up for construction

first_imgMayor Jerry Treñas and members of the City Council gather during the signing of the Usufruct Agreement with Gaisano Capital Group for the Iloilo City Action and Response (ICARE) Command Center which, together with the Legislative Parking Building, are the city government’s priority projects this year. Treñassaid the city government is also scouting for prospective investors to buildparking structures to address the demand following the clearing of roadsdirected by President Rodrigo Duterte. Theproposed edifice will be constructed beside the Ker and Co. heritage buildingbehind City Hall. “Thefacility will clear the streets in front of City Hall. We want to provideparking spaces for the use of everybody. It will have an area of 1,000 squaremeters per floor,” Treñas said. Thetwo floors will host the city councilors’ offices for them to have bigger onescompared to the limited space at sixth floor of City Hall. Workmay start by yearend. The funding is included in a supplemental budget to beapproved by the city council. Thefirst floor will host city offices so that it will be easier for the public totransact business.center_img Thesecond to fifth floors will be designated as parking spaces. The area canaccommodate 25 cars per floor or a total of 100 cars for four floors, Treñasadded. ILOILOCity – Mayor Jerry Treñas wants to fast-track the construction of aP400-million seven-storey multipurpose Legislative Parking Building. Multilevelparking building is considered a solution to the lack of spaces in congestedcenters where the transacting public converge. (Iloilo City PIO/PN) Themayor said he is also in talks with the neighboring Development Bank of thePhilippines (DBP) for possible expansion of their building to addressadditional parking needs. Theamount was determined following discussions with the finance committee aboutthe budgetary requirements.last_img read more