Eurozone construction sector bounces back in February after weak January

first_img Eurozone construction sector bounces back in February after weak January Tuesday 16 April 2019 12:09 pm Growth in Britain’s construction sector slowed to 0.4 per cent in February compared the previous month, after growing 3.5 per cent in January.Whereas the official Eurostat data concerns February, signs are that growth in the European construction slowed in March.Earlier this month an IHS Markit Eurozone construction survey scored 52.2 in March, down from 52.6 in February. A number above 50 shows growth.Read more: UK construction activity declines amid ‘Brexit anxiety’At the time, IHS Markit economist Eliot Kerr said: “Growth [in March] was underpinned by a further rise in new business which saw firms maintain a marked pace of hiring.” whatsapp Share Harry Robertson Total construction in the single currency area grew three per cent in February compared the previous month, after falling 0.8 per cent in January, according to first estimates from Eurostat.The good news for the sector comes during a tough time for the Eurozone economy. Last month, its central bank slashed its growth forecasts for 2019 to 1.1 per cent, 0.7 percentage points lower than its December 2018 prediction.In the 28 countries that make up the European Union, construction sector output grew by 2.3 per cent in February year-on-year, after growth slowed to 0.6 per cent in January.Both the Eurozone and the EU’s construction growth rates for February were significantly above the rates seen over the previous five months.Of the major economies, Germany led the charge, with its construction sector growing 6.8 per cent in February compared to January. The Eurozone’s construction sector bounced back in February from a decline in January, new data from the EU’s statistics body has shown.Read more: Eurozone construction growth slows as bloc faces gloomy economy More From Our Partners Inside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.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.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerbonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comFilm OracleThey Drained Niagara Falls – Their Gruesome Find Will Keep You Up All NightFilm OracleDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinitionPost FunA Coast Guard Spotted Movement On A Remote Island, Then Looked CloserPost FunZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldHealthyGem20 Hair Shapes That Make A Man Over 60 Look 40HealthyGemDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStory whatsapp Tags: Trading Archivelast_img read more

SocGen profit slumps amid major restructuring

first_imgWednesday 6 November 2019 8:20 am SocGen profit slumps amid major restructuring The bank announced 1,600 job cuts earlier this year and is planning to downsize its commodities trading arm. Read more: Softbank ‘tightening governance’ at firms it back after Wework saga (image: Getty) The bank reported net profit of €854m (£734m) for the three month period, dropping almost 35 per cent when compared to the same quarter last year. Sebastian McCarthy Analysts expected a net income of €863m for the third quarter, according to Refinitiv. SocGen’s core Tier 1 ratio, a key measure of capital strength, rose to 12.5 per cent in September from 12 per cent at the end of June. Societe Generale hasposted a steep drop in profit for the third quarter of this year,missing analyst expectations amid a major restructuring effort. whatsapp whatsapp Read more: Insurance industry must improve corporate culture, Bank of England warns Under chief executive Frederic Oudea, SocGen has been pressing ahead with a new strategy aimed at reversing several weak financial quarters. Share He told CNBC: “Our performance is very much in line with our objectives and priorities. Our priority number one is around capital. This is the core focus of our shareholders.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factorybonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comzenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comJournalistateTeacher Wears Dress Everyday, Mom Sets Up CamJournalistateYourDailyLamaHe Used To Be Handsome In 80s Now It’s Hard To Look At HimYourDailyLama The firm reported revenue of €5.98bn compared with €6.53bn in the previous year. Equity trading revenue slumped 20 per cent, with the bank citing “lower volumes and adverse market conditions, particularly in August”. “We have achieved results very much in line with our objectives and priorities,” Oudea said in a statement this morning. last_img read more

City A.M. TV: A Market Snapshot

first_img Friday 4 June 2021 12:45 pm whatsapp Parts of the global financial markets have been on a wild ride this week. In particular attention has been focussed on the meme stocks, the Reddit/retail backed stocks, most notably AMC Entertainment Holdings (a US based cinema chain). whatsapp Also Read: Wall Street opens higher as jobs report eases inflation concerns “A wild, wild ride” – ShortView Morning Market Hit (4th June 2021) 00:00/05:29 LIVE Josh Martin On Wednesday its shares almost doubled in one trading session. As the most traded stock on the NYSE, its volume has accounted for approx. 20 per cent of the whole market’s volume on certain days this week. Elsewhere, though, the ride had been less wild as key global equity indices, including the S&P500, have hugged the top end of their recent ranges. Cracks, though, are beginning to appear and momentum is rolling over. Dollar strength on Thursday, as the currency rallied from oversold levels, added to the mood of risk aversion. In the UK, meanwhile, the FTSE100 has also continued to hug the top end of its recent range, while the mid-cap FTSE250 index has pushed above that level in the past few days. Show Comments ▼ Key data today includes the US monthly non-farm payrolls data (1:30pm London time). After last month’s dramatic miss, this will be watched closely. In particular the number of net new jobs, the unemployment rate and the average hourly earnings data (wages) are all important. Consensus estimates are for payroll gains of ~650k. Elsewhere G7 finance ministers are meeting, while the BIS’s ‘Green Swan’ conference continues discussing “How in practice can the financial sector take immediate action against climate change-related risks?”. Tags: Video City A.M. TV: A Market Snapshot Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Cadillac’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsPast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryBleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreakerBrake For ItSay Goodbye: These Cars Will Be Discontinued In 2021Brake For ItPost Fun25 Worst Movies Ever, According To Rotten TomatoesPost FunLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsNational Injury BureauJury Finds Roundup Responsible For Lymphoma | Bayer To Pay $10 BillionNational Injury BureauPsoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsWhat Is Psoriatic Arthritis? See Signs (Some Symptoms May Surprise)Psoriatic Arthritis | Search Adslast_img read more

Cases are rising again, but Alaska’s rate of vaccination is slowing

first_imgCoronavirus | HealthCases are rising again, but Alaska’s rate of vaccination is slowingApril 9, 2021 by Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Public Media Share:Anchorage Health Department public health nurse Marguerite Leeds prepares to administer the Covid-19 vaccine during the community vaccine clinic held at Manai Fou Assembly of God Church in Airport Heights on Feb. 23, 2021. (Jeff Chen/Alaska Public Media)Anchorage COVID-19 vaccinations are starting to plateau, while cases are rising. And that has the Anchorage’s epidemiologist, Dr. Janet Johnston, worried.“When I looked at the numbers, at the end of last week, our cases had gone up 20%. And our vaccines had only gone up about 6%,” said Johnston, with the Anchorage Health Department. “So the whole idea of cases outpacing vaccine is extremely concerning.”Statewide, the number of vaccine doses administered each day is also slowing after an initial blitz of shots.For months, Alaska ranked among the nation’s top states for the share of its population given at least one shot of the vaccine. But now it’s fallen to 10th place, according to national rankings published by The New York Times.While a slowdown was inevitable at some point, health officials say the state is still far from reaching herd immunity — a point where enough people are protected from the virus that it no longer spreads easily through the population.They’re urging more Alaskans to get vaccinated. The state has enough shots, said Dr. Joe McLaughlin, state epidemiologist.“We have more vaccines than we have people who are willing to go in and make appointments and get vaccinated,” he said. “So, we need to change that. We want Alaska to get back up into that No. 1 position.Statewide, 43% of Alaskans eligible for the vaccine — those age 16 and older — have gotten at least their first dose, while one-third are fully vaccinated, according to state data.But the vaccination rates vary widely by region.They’re highest in parts of rural Alaska, where tribal health care providers launched early and aggressive campaigns to deliver shots. Areas with some of the lowest vaccination rates include the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, the Fairbanks area and the North Slope Borough.In Anchorage, 35% of eligible residents are fully vaccinated, which is slightly higher than the state average.“So that’s good, but it’s not good enough. It’s nowhere near what we need for herd immunity,” said Johnston, the city epidemiologist. “Somewhere between 70% and 90% of the entire population is what we’re going to need to really have it so we can keep cases extremely low and just not even think about it.”Johnston said the challenge now is convincing Alaskans who are hesitant about the vaccine to get the shots. Those eager for the vaccine likely already got at least their first dose. A month has passed since Alaska became the first state in the country to open eligibility to all residents age 16 and up.“The people who wanted it the most were the ones who were just refreshing their screen over and over again until they could get an appointment early on,” said Johnston. “Those are the people who, as more vaccines became available, got doses.”Johnston believes there’s another group of residents who will get the shot eventually but aren’t as enthusiastic about it. Some of those people might be waiting for more single-dose vaccine to become available, which is worrisome, she said, because of rising Anchorage case numbers and recent delays to Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine production.“We’re close to 25 cases per 100,000 residents, on average, over the past two weeks. That’s a lot of cases. And we’re starting to see more variants,” she said. “We want people vaccinated so that they’re not getting sick, they’re not getting hospitalized, they’re not at risk for long-term COVID.”Nationwide, concerns are growing that vaccine hesitancy and refusal could stop the country from reaching herd immunity. In a recent NPR/Marist poll, one in four Americans said they would refuse a vaccine if offered one, and another 5% were undecided.In Anchorage, Johnston said the city health department continues to focus on educating Alaskans about the vaccine and ensuring shots are available in more places — from doctor’s offices to churches to a local mall.“It’s a big lift to get that high coverage and low case rates,” Johnston said. “But that’s when we’ll be able to really get back to a pre-COVID normal.”Meanwhile, the state health department is trying to combat vaccine misinformation, said Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer. It continues to coordinate with health care providers to give local presentations.“We would really encourage you, if you serve a PTA, if you serve a rotary club, if your community has questions about it, please ask our team,” she said.The state also still wants to increase vaccination among older Alaskans, who are most at risk of becoming seriously ill from the coronavirus, said McLaughlin, the state epidemiologist.Just two-thirds of Alaskans age 65 and up are fully vaccinated so far. The state recently sent about 35,000 postcards encouraging non-vaccinated seniors to make an appointment.“We want to make sure that our seniors are fully vaccinated as quickly as possible,” McLaughlin said.He underscored that the sooner more people get vaccinated, the sooner more people can resume their pre-pandemic routines.“As we go on with this pandemic and more and more people become vaccinated, that is our ticket out of all the restrictions and masking, the social distancing — all of them,” McLaughlin said. “But we need to have a high enough proportion of the population vaccinated and immune to the virus to be able to get back to normal.”Share this story:last_img read more

Ebola suit maker Lakeland Industries needs to raise $11.2m to keep up with demand

first_img Ebola suit maker Lakeland Industries needs to raise $11.2m to keep up with demand Emma Haslett Friday 24 October 2014 10:29 am Lakeland Industries, the New York-based company which manufactures protective suits used by those treating Ebola patients, has announced plans to raise $11.2m (£7m).The company said it will raise the cash through a private placement of common stock, at $10 per share, with the proceeds going towards paying off its debts and “supporting the increased demand for Lakeland’s safety products due to the Ebola crisis”. It said a massive increase in demand – the US State Department has placed a bid for 160,000 suits – meant it needed to step up manufacturing capacity.Christopher Ryan, Lakeland’s chief executive, said the offering “provides us with the capital we need to turn our attention to our core businesses”.Funding will go toward expanding our production capacity for our ChemMax and MicroMax protective suit lines in order to keep up with the significant global demand we have seen from governments, health organisations, and hospitals currently purchasing our fluid and pathogen resistant certified hazmat suits and other accessory items such as boots, sleeves and aprons used in the fight against Ebola.The news comes on the same day it was revealed a New York doctor had tested positive for Ebola. Dr Craig Spencer had used the subway, gone bowling and used an Uber cab before he began to feel symptoms of the disease. Earlier today, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said “several hundred thousand” vaccines against the disease will be produced by the end of 2015, although there is no proven cure for Ebola. So far, the disease has killed 4,877 people. in Libera, Guinea, Sierra Leone, plus one in the US. whatsappcenter_img Share Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Tags: Ebolalast_img read more

Ex-Gaucho MD’s new place M is pukka for Chuka

first_imgWednesday 12 November 2014 9:36 pm Ex-Gaucho MD’s new place M is pukka for Chuka Some of the City’s best known names trotted down to Threadneedle Walk last night for the opening of Gaucho’s former MD Martin Williams’ new restaurant complex, M. Metro Bank chief Craig Donaldson was there, rubbing shoulders with designer Amanda Wakeley, chef Angela Hartnett and shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna, who was there with old uni buddy Luke Robins, executive publisher of Esquire. “I’m here through Luke but I’m also here to support Tinie Tempah [who performed] – we’re good mates,” Umunna told The Capitalist. The shadow business secretary admitted it had been a crazy week, but told us how he liked to wind down. “I love watching Gogglebox with my girlfriend.” His favourite characters? “Sandy and Sandra, of course, their grandkids go to my old school.” With the champagne flowing and Williams’ new place looking every bit as popular as his old stomping ground, M attracted a few restaurant peers. Having celebrated its second anniversary the night before, Sushi Samba’s managing partner Matthew Johnson was there – The Capitalist even spotted him popping a business card on one of the tables. A bit cheeky? “We’re all friends here in the City,” laughed Williams.Thank goodness. Share whatsapp Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Wishes He Made South Asian Roles ‘More Human’The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap Gabriella Griffith Tags: Chuka Umunna Peoplelast_img read more

Andrew McDonald: Meditation – Don’t try to make it perfect

first_imgHome Columnists Andrew McDonald: Meditation – Don’t try to make it perfect Columnists WhatsApp WhatsApp Electric Picnic Andrew McDonald: Meditation – Don’t try to make it perfect Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Council Twitter Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival By Andrew McDonald – 20th February 2021 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR If I had a Euro for every time somebody said to me “I can’t meditate properly”, I’d be a rich man.I usually respond by turning that statement on its head. “Please tell me what meditating properly means”?Many try meditation but don’t keep at it because they feel they can’t do it correctly. They judge themselves negatively because their minds wandered and they couldn’t fixate on a mystical nothingness for a specific period of time.I want you to do something. Get a countdown timer (there’s probably one on your phone). Set it for three minutes. Now before starting it, there is a single instruction.Whatever you do for the three minutes, do not think of a pink elephant. Under no circumstances think of a pink elephant. Now start the timer and remember, don’t think of that pink elephant! Come back to this article when your time runs out.A simple question; what did you think of during the three minutes? In all honesty, can you say you didn’t think of that pink elephant?If you didn’t, congratulations, you have an amazing and exceedingly rare ability! I’m guessing though that the vast majority “failed”. I say “failed”, but that word couldn’t possibly be more inaccurate.Most of you will have thought of exactly what I asked you not to. The reason? You have a human brain and the human brain works in precisely the way yours just did. Simply, if you try not to think of anything, you will think of something. That is human nature.So the question is, why do you think you fail when you can’t completely zone out and focus on nothing for ten, fifteen, twenty minutes or longer?The secret to meditation isn’t focusing on nothing. Neither is it absolutely zoning in on one thing in particular and never wavering in your attention. A good meditation is choosing one thing to train your mind on and when you lose track of it, gently bringing yourself back to it.Your focal point can be your breath, a particular sound, smell, something you can touch, an item you can see (you can meditate with your eyes open too!) or emotion (Buddhists, practitioners of a faith which places a fundamental importance on meditation believe we have a sixth sense, our minds).Choose what you want to zone in on and gently bring your attention to it. If your mind wanders, that’s perfectly normal and natural. Simply, and without judging yourself or your experience, bring your mind back to whatever it is you chose to focus on.That’s it! That’s the secret of good meditation. Try it and don’t worry about making it “perfect”!SEE ALSO – Andrew McDonald: Beat the lockdown blues Facebook Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Previous articleThe Week that Was: Our most read stories of the past seven daysNext articleLaois Gardai make four arrests following chase after ‘suspicious activity’ Andrew McDonaldAndrew McDonald, Hypnotherapist and Mind Coach, can be contacted via www.kilkennytherapy.com or on 089 972 2991 Facebook TAGSAndrew McDonaldMeditation Mary Sweeney elected Cathaoirleach of Portlaoise Municipal District for next 12 monthslast_img read more

TSX set for higher open amid positive German confidence data, higher oil prices

They also took in the first earnings report issued by Hudson’s Bay Co. (TSX:HBC) since the retailer returned to the Toronto stock market. HBC said its loss from continuing operations was $8.5 million or eight cents per share in the third quarter. That compared with a loss from continuing operations of $7.5 million or seven cents per share in the same year-earlier period. Revenues in the three months ended Oct. 27 were $930.4 million, up from $896.7 million in the 2011 period. Hudson’s Bay Co. also said it will initiate a quarterly dividend of just over nine cents per share. The Canadian dollar slipped 0.03 of a cent to 101.29 cents US amid rising oil prices. New York futures were higher while negotiations to avoid a fiscal crisis yielded no tangible signs of progress on Monday. Fiscal cliff is the name for a situation that will arise at the beginning of the year when automatic tax increases and steep spending cuts are due to take hold. The subsequent shock to the economy would likely push the U.S. back into recession. The Dow Jones industrial futures gained 32 points to 13,219, the Nasdaq futures rose 7.2 points to 2,657.8 while the S&P 500 index was up three points to 1,423.2. Investors took in an index of German investor optimism which rose more than expected in December. The ZEW indicator of economic sentiment rose to plus 6.9 points, from minus 15.7 in November. Markets had expected the index to rise only to minus 11.5. Germany’s economy grew a modest 0.2% in the third quarter. Meanwhile, investors are expecting the Federal Reserve to embark on another round of stimulus when it wraps up its meeting Wednesday. The Fed’s US$400-billion stimulus program know as Operation Twist is set to expire after 2012. It involved the Fed buying $400-billion of longer-term Treasuries and simultaneously selling some of the shorter-dated issues it already held in order to bring down long-term interest rates. Now, economists expect that the Fed will begin buying $40 million of long-term treasury securities each month. This would be on top of an existing plan announced in September that involves the Fed buying $40 billion per month in mortgage-backed securities. The eurozone government debt crisis also returned to centre stage following the surprise weekend announcement by Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti that he will resign after Italy’s 2013 budget has gone through parliament. Monti, a technocratic leader who has been credited with restoring confidence in Italy’s economy, said he found it impossible to lead after former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s party, parliament’s largest, dropped its support for the government. Analysts fear Monti’s resignation could spark a new round of Italian political turmoil. Commodities were mixed as the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange gained 56 cents to US$86.12 a barrel. Copper prices gave up half of Monday’s four-cent rise as the March contract dipped two cents to US$3.68 a pound. February gold added 40 cents to US$1,714.80 an ounce. European bourses advanced in the wake of the German economic data as London’s FTSE 100 index gained 0.12%, Frankfurt’s DAX was up 0.6% and the Paris CAC 40 gained 0.64%. Earlier in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 0.1% with Japanese utilities coming under pressure a day after a team of geologists said that a nuclear power plant in western Japan is likely located on an active fault. Japanese guidelines prohibit nuclear facilities above active faults. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.2% but shares in mainland China fell, with the main Shanghai index closing 0.4% lower. In other corporate news, patent-licensing firm Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX:WIN) has started litigation against Research in Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM) alleging patent infringement. The case, launched the Southern District of Florida, alleges infringement of a patent related to Bluetooth technologies. HSBC will pay US$1.9 billion to settle a U.S. money-laundering probe, avoiding a protracted legal battle that would have further embarrassed the British banking giant. The probe of Europe’s largest bank by market value focused on the transfer of funds through the U.S. financial system from Mexican drug cartels and on behalf of countries such as Iran that are under international sanctions. Keywords Marketwatch Malcolm Morrison Related news Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Share this article and your comments with peers on social media TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March The Toronto stock market looked set for a minor gain at the open Tuesday amid reassuring data suggesting Germany will be able to avoid slipping into recession. Traders also looked to the start of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s two-day meeting on interest rates and hoped for a resolution to the fiscal cliff crisis. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector read more

NSW latest Covid-19 update as at 19 March

first_imgNSW latest Covid-19 update as at 19 March NSW recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.Five new cases were acquired overseas, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,067.There were 11,872 tests reported to 8pm last night, compared with the previous day’s total of 14,049.CasesCountConfirmed cases (including interstate residents in NSW health care facilities) 5,067Deaths (in NSW from confirmed cases) 56Total tests carried out 5,228,045There have been no new cases of local transmission associated with the Sofitel Wentworth Hotel, following the identification of three cases now known to be genomically linked involving one security guard and two returned travellers.Investigations continue into the nature and direction of the transmission between the cases.Close contacts of the security guard, including his household contacts, have all tested negative to date and will continue to self-isolate for 14 days.Ongoing testing of staff at both quarantine hotels where the security guard worked has identified no additional cases. No other returned travellers on the same floor of the Sofitel Wentworth have tested positive to date. A full list of the exposure venues associated with the security guard can be viewed on the NSW Government website.These cases underscore the need for continued community vigilance for any signs and symptoms of COVID-19. It is critical that everyone continues to practise COVID-safe behaviours and seek testing with even the mildest of cold-like symptoms.NSW Health is treating 54 COVID-19 cases, none of whom are in ICU. Most cases (91 per cent) are being treated in non-acute, out-of-hospital care, including returned travellers in the Special Health Accommodation.There are more than 350 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW, many of which are open seven days a week. To find your nearest clinic, visit COVID-19 clinics or contact your GP.Likely source of confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSWLikely source of infectionCases past 24 hours*Cases past 7 days**All casesOverseas5212,888Interstate 0090Locally acquired – linked to known case or cluster021,643Locally acquired – no links to known case or cluster00446Locally acquired – investigation ongoing000Under initial investigation000Total5235,067Note: Case counts reported for a particular day may vary over time due to ongoing investigations and case review.*notified from 8pm 17 March 2021 to 8pm 18 March 2021**from 12 March 2021 to 8pm 18 March 2021Returned travellers in hotel quarantine to dateSince 29 March 2020CountSymptomatic travellers tested10,962Found positive212Since 30 June 2020CountAsymptomatic travellers screened at day 2 85,226Found positive536From 15 May 2020 to 12 January 2021CountAsymptomatic travellers screened at day 1079,623Found positive182Since 13 January 2021CountAsymptomatic travellers screened at day 12*17,100Found positive16* Testing previously carried out on day 10 is now carried out on day 12. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, community, covid-19, exposure, Government, health, healthcare, hotel, infection, investigation, NSW, NSW Health, pandemic, quarantine, security, testing, website, Wentworthlast_img read more

$1 Million CU-Boulder Biotechnology Building Gift Honors Late Boulder Entrepreneur

first_imgCategories:Science & TechnologyNews Headlines Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail University of Colorado at Boulder alumna Jane Butcher, who with her late husband Charlie Butcher has played a key role in supporting CU-Boulder’s rapidly expanding biotechnology research efforts, has pledged $1 million toward the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building being built on the university’s East Campus.Jane Butcher’s gift will honor Charlie Butcher, who passed away in 2004 and was a successful businessman with a passion for science, social responsibility and innovation. Charlie Butcher’s links to CU-Boulder affiliated scientific startup companies spanned more than 30 years, and he played lead roles as a funder and adviser to firms such as Clonetics and NeXagen. Charlie and Jane Butcher also founded the university’s biennial Butcher Symposia of Genomics and Biotechnology.This gift commitment is the latest in nearly $4 million in total gifts the Butchers have made on behalf of CU-Boulder biotechnology. “I would love this to become an internationally recognized center for biotech. I think you have the perfect ingredients,” said Butcher, who received her bachelor’s degree in 1966 in international affairs from CU-Boulder. “Charlie was a big thinker, and he thought CU was the place this should all happen.”In collaboration with Butcher’s gift, biotech industry pioneer Larry Gold — a biology professor at CU-Boulder since 1970 and current CEO of the biotech firm SomaLogic — is directing a previously undesignated gift toward the biotechnology building in honor of Charlie Butcher. In recognition of the gifts, the building’s auditorium and adjacent foyer will be named in honor of Jane and Charlie Butcher.Gold, who met the Butchers in the early 1970s and became a lifelong friend of the couple, said Charlie Butcher had considered pursuing a doctorate in biology. Although Butcher did not enroll formally in a degree program, his passion led to volunteer work in the 1970s in the labs of CU-Boulder’s Gold and David Hirsh — work that led to pioneering discoveries.”He did the work of someone who would have had a Ph.D. — he just loved learning,” Gold said. “He was one of the world’s great listeners. He had no need to remind you of the things he had done, but he did a lot of things.”Jane and Charlie Butcher also have been core supporters of the Conference on World Affairs, the annual CU-Boulder forum that takes place in April.The first phase of the 257,000-square-foot Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building is slated for completion in late 2011 and will house the university’s Colorado Initiative in Molecular Biotechnology, or CIMB, as well as the chemical and biological engineering department and the biochemistry division of the chemistry and biochemistry department.The building has been instrumental in helping CU-Boulder recruit a “dream team” of scientists and engineers led by CU-Boulder Distinguished Professor Thomas Cech, a 1989 Nobel laureate in chemistry and former president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, as well as chief scientific officer and CU-Boulder Professor Leslie Leinwand, also a founding scientist of several successful biotech companies.With the new gift, more than $30 million in private support has now been raised for the building, including an initial naming gift from CU-Boulder Distinguished Professor Marvin Caruthers. The balance of the funding for Phase I, budgeted at $146 million, is expected from additional private funding, as well as grants and sponsored research support. Jane Butchercenter_img Larry Gold Published: March 2, 2010 last_img read more