Speech: Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 16 November 2020

first_imgHealth and Social Care Secretary statement on coronavirus 16 November 2020Good afternoon and welcome to today’s Downing Street coronavirus briefing.I’m joined today by Professor Jonathan Van Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Office and Dr Susan Hopkins, the Chief Medical Advisor to NHS Test and Trace.Before we talk about testing and vaccines, I’d like to update you on the latest coronavirus data.The average number of new cases each day is now 25,329 up from 22,443 last week.There are today 14,915 COVID-19 patients in hospital across the UK, compared to 13,025 a week ago.And, sadly, yesterday 168 deaths were reported.This means that in the last week we’ve seen an average of 413 deaths, up from 332 a day a week ago.My profound sympathies are with everyone who’ve lost a loved one throughout this pandemic. These numbers make painfully clear, this virus remains a potent threat. And that threat is not just to the oldest and most vulnerable but to anyone, of any age, and of any background.We have already seen the serious impact that long COVID can have on peoples’ quality of life, even the fit and the young. Symptoms like fatigue, breathlessness, muscle pain, and neurological problems long after they first had the virus.We know that long COVID affects thousands of people, many thousands of people. We have already opened long COVID clinics in many parts of the country. And I am very pleased to be able to confirm that the NHS will have a network of 40 long COVID clinics right across England in place by the end of the month.They will bring together doctors, nurses, therapists and other NHS staff like physios to help those suffering with the long-term effects of coronavirus. Long COVID shows that this virus can strike us all, and we must all do our bit to strike back by following the rules and denying the virus the connections that it needs to spread.I know that this has not been easy and that it has meant celebrating Diwali or commemorating the fallen in ways that have been different this year from what we might normally do.I want to say thank you to everyone for their patience. We must persevere and get this virus under control. Coronavirus is not a short term problem that can easily be fixed. We must focus on the long term solutions, underpinned by the best possible science that can see us through this crisis and also lay firm foundations for the future.Testing capacityThis includes our ability to test at scale. We’re constantly improving our response, to bring the confidence that high-quality testing can provide. We’ve already built the largest coronavirus testing capacity in Europe.Up from 2,000 tests a day in March, to our current capacity of more than half a million. But we will not rest, because testing capacity helps keep people safe and can help us get things back more like normal life.Today I am delighted that we can announce two new mega labs, which will open early in the new year. They will add another 600,000 capacity to our daily capacity, that doubles the current capacity. They will also create 4,000 jobs. Crucially, they will represent a permanent part of the UK’s new diagnostics industry.We didn’t enter this crisis with a major diagnostics industry, and so together we have built one. Both to help beat the virus by testing more people and returning results more quickly and to give our country a permanent defence that we need for any future epidemic.And to improve our care for so many other diseases, like heart disease or cancer or flu.I am absolutely determined that we must have a massive diagnostics capacity, not just for this pandemic, but long into the future.More capacity also speeds up turnaround times but speeding up turnaround times isn’t just about the test, it is also about the logistics.So I want to take one moment to thank the Royal Mail, who, from this weekend, will empty some of their post boxes 7 days a week to speed up home testing. It is a big team effort and I am very grateful for our posties for playing their part to help keep people safe.This expansion of testing matters because it helps protect people. I just want to touch on some of the reasons why it matters.It means we can test the most vulnerable, and those who care for the most vulnerable, and we can test them more frequently.Over the last week, for instance we have delivered more than 3 million tests to NHS staff, to begin their regular bi-weekly testing.And today I know so many people have been relieved to hear that we have started a pilot for testing visitors in care homes, to use tests to allow people to visit loved ones in care homes in a way that keeps them safe and bring back some of those magical moments of social contact.Our expansion of testing also means we can roll out mass testing further.We are making progress in the city wide testing across Liverpool and we are now rolling out this localised approach to other areas.83 local authorities have now signed up to receive regular batches of these new lateral flow tests, which can allow for results in minutes.This is an important step and it combines the local insight of the brilliant Directors of Public Health right across the country with our strong national infrastructure of NHS Test and Trace combining to keep our communities safe.VaccinesI also want to turn to vaccines. While we don’t yet have a vaccine, we can now have hope.You may have heard the two promising pieces of news from earlier today.First, Janssen’s Phase 3 clinical trials are beginning today in 17 sites across the country, including Southampton, Dundee, Cardiff and Belfast.It’s the third vaccine to enter clinical trials here and should the trials come good, and that is by no means certain, and it can be proved to be safe and effective. We have 30 million doses on order by the middle of next year.Finally, you will no doubt have seen the excellent news that Moderna have today announced results from their preliminary trial data, suggesting that their vaccine has an effectiveness of 94.5 per cent. This is another encouraging step forward, although I stress that this is preliminary.The safety data is limited and their production facilities are not yet at scale.Should this latest vaccine be approved, the doses would be available from spring next year.And I can announce that we have today secured an initial agreement for 5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine.It is a similar RNA technology to Pfizer/BioNTech, of which we have already ordered 40 million doses, which should that be proved to work will come on stream potentially at the end of this year.Across diagnostics and vaccines, great advances in medical science are coming to the rescue. And while there is much uncertainty, we can see the candle of hope.And we must do all that we can to nurture its flame but we are not there yet.Until the science can make us safe, we must remain vigilant and keep following the rules that we know can keep this virus under control.Now I’d like to hand over to Dr. Hopkins to say more about our work on mass testing.last_img read more

Premier Foods enters into Nissin deal

first_imgPremier Foods has officially entered into its previously-announced relationship agreement with Japanese instant noodle firm Nissin.The Mr Kipling-maker had previously said the deal would allow Nissin to distribute its products in the UK, while making its own products more widely available in key overseas markets. It added there would also be opportunities for the sharing of intellectual property and manufacturing capabilities.Today (22 April), Premier Foods said that Nissin would have the right to appoint a non-executive director to its board for as long as it held a 15% stake in the company. Nissin currently holds a 19.90% stake.The news comes in the wake of US spice brand McCormick walking away from talks to buy Premier after examining its books. McCormick had previously made three bids for Premier, at 52p, 60p and 65p a share, all of which were rejected.Premier said: “Further to our announcement dated 24 March 2016, Premier Foods plc and Nissin Foods Holdings Co, Ltd. have today entered into a relationship agreement on terms and conditions that are customary for a substantial shareholding of this nature.”last_img read more

moe. Plays Intimate Acoustic Show At Aspen’s Belly Up [Audio/Video/Photo]

first_imgLoad remaining images Last night, moe. played an intimate acoustic show at Aspen’s Belly Up ahead of their headlining performance at Morrison, Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, which will also see Pigeons Playing Ping Pong make their debut at the venue.moe. opened up last night’s show with “Time Again”, as guitarist Al Schnier lent a helping hand on mandolin. The quintet then threw down a “Not Coming Down” > “Wormwood” sequence, as they normally do, seamlessly segueing into “Okayalright”. A cover of Pink Floyd’s “Fearless” came next, as the five-piece treated the classic tune with extreme precision on their acoustic instruments. Schnier laid down the beautiful opening lick for “Tambourine” as bassist Rob Derhak led on vocals, before Jim Loughlin led the band through a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Isis”. The recently debuted “What Can I Say?” made an appearance, before a monster “Happy Hour Hero” > “Waiting For The Punchline” brought set one to a close.After a brief break, the New Yorkers returned for a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Hey Hey What Can I Do”. Following “Shoot First” > “Montego”, the band dove head first into an eighteen-plus minute rendition of “Yodelittle”, showcasing the band’s heavy improvisational work, despite playing fully acoustic. A groovy “McBain” worked its way into the jam-heavy second set, as a roaring crowd exploded with moe. moving into “Down Boy”. A fifteen-minute “Moth” brought set two to a close, leaving the Colorado mountain crowd begging for more.moe. – “Moth” (acoustic)[Video: MSB Esq.]The band returned for their encore, allowing Derhak to sing a rather comical first verse of Bob Segar’s “Night Moves” which led way to “Blue Eyed Son”, which was last played on January 19th, 2017. The evening ended with “All Roads Lead Home”, a perfect way to end the evening and a beautiful ode to their Red Rocks show this evening. You can check out a gallery from moe.’s performance at the Belly Up Aspen below, courtesy of Paul Citone.moe. headlines Red Rocks Amphitheatre tonight with support from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Given some recent guest sit-ins between the two bands, tonight’s show is shaping up to be a collaborative affair. Tickets are still available here, and if you’re unable to attend the show it will be webcast via nugs.tv.moe. Full Show Audio – 7/11/2018[Audio: moe.]Setlist: moe. | Belly Up | Aspen, CO | 7/11/2018Set One: Time Again, Not Coming Down> Wormwood> Okayalright, Fearless#>(nh) Tambourine, What Can I Say?, Happy Hour Hero> Waiting For The PunchlineSet Two: Hey Hey What Can I Do, Shoot First> Montego> Yodelittle> McBain> Down Boy> MothEncore: Blue Eyed Son*##, All Roads Lead HomeNotes: acoustic show | *  rob. sang 1 verse of “Night Moves” before BES | # LTP> 4/29/17 | ## LTP> 1/19/17moe. | Belly Up | Aspen, CO | 7/11/2018 | Photo: Paul Citone Photo: Paul Citonelast_img read more

The women’s view

first_imgCitizenship brings a range of rights and responsibilities in countries all over the world. But in many nations, according to Radcliffe Dean Lizabeth Cohen, “the link between gender and rights is hardly a settled issue.”Cohen’s remarks opened “Who Belongs: Global Citizenship and Gender in the 21st Century” on April 6. The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study’s annual gender conference touched on topics ranging from the hijab to the history of citizenship in America to the rise in nationalism in the U.S. and abroad, and worrying trends of intolerance and exclusion.In a morning discussion titled “Rights, Duties, and Responsibilities,” moderator and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne ’73 voiced a common sentiment among the panelists, lamenting that the “We” that begins the U.S. Constitution is rarely heard in today’s contentious social discourse.In the wake of the 2016 election, pundits and politicians have argued the heightened political polarization in the U.S. reflects an “us versus them” mentality that then-candidate Donald Trump seized on during the presidential campaign. A year later Trump issued a series of executive orders banning travel to the U.S. from a range of Muslim-majority countries, leaving many with families and deep ties to jobs and schools in America stranded outside its borders.Additional directives have further eroded procedural protections for asylum seekers, said Boston College Law School Professor Kari Hong, separating children from parents, allowing agents to deport asylum seekers without a hearing or appeal, and punishing immigration judges who don’t close 700 immigration cases a year. Hiring more asylum officers, ending detention for asylum seekers, and ensuring they receive legal protections could go far in improving the system, she said.Hong added that while Trump “is using detention to weaponize misery,” his actions are no different from those of previous presidents, including Barack Obama.“All of these practices are worthy of alarm and are worthy of criticism, but I want to highlight that the Trump administration is doing nothing new that prior administrations, including and especially the Obama administration, have not done,” she said. “Even the most shocking example of separating mothers from their children is only different in degree, not in kind from the past 20 years.”Conversation non-startersIn what will come as no surprise to many women, Princeton University Professor Tali Mendelberg called public speech a domain of “highly gendered authority,” where men typically take the lead and often talk over or interrupt their female counterparts. Even high-ranking women in a room full of men can find it hard to break into the conversation, said Mendelberg. She cited former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who in her memoir acknowledged keeping quiet in meetings early in her career for fear of sounding unintelligent, only to later hear a man praised for the same idea.As tough and talented as she was, said Mendelberg, even Albright “found herself tongue-tied.” She said the problem reflects gender imbalances in and outside of the workplace, and the solution requires “recruiting more women into positions of power” and encouraging more self-awareness in men.According to Mendelberg, numbers are key. Her research into the dynamics of group dialogue suggests women are treated the same as men when they comprise a supermajority of a group, not the 30 percent that had been noted in previous studies. “Even 30 or 40 percent still leaves women in a distinct minority,” said Mendelberg, adding that decisions made by majority rule mean “the majority identity group” sets the tone and determines who gets respect.,Borders, Belonging, BoundariesSamantha Power, J.D. ’99, former U.N. Ambassador and Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, turned her international eye on the U.S. as moderator of a morning panel dedicated to borders, belonging, and boundaries, noting that what it means to be American is increasingly “up for grabs.” Many of those currently in positions of power, she said, are “shrinking the concept of Americanness and elevating very specific groups of Americans to a kind of privileged, almost normative status.”Offering an international perspective on belonging, Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director for the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch, said that in Saudi Arabia, leaders have promised series of reforms in recent months that include allowing women to drive, attend sporting events, and apply for jobs that had been reserved for men. So far, however, substantial change has yet to materialize, Whitson said, noting that “the circumstances that led to the government prioritizing these reforms didn’t happen overnight.”Saudi women activists have been fighting for years to change the regressive system, despite retribution that could include long jail sentences. Whitson pointed to a number of effective collaborations between activists and Human Rights Watch, including social media campaigns, informational videos, and influential reports in which Saudi women described how the restrictive guardianship system, which gives men extensive authority over women, was “ruining their lives.”Lahiri on identityAn author whose work focuses on notions of home, belonging, culture, identity and conformity took part in the afternoon keynote conversation with author and Harvard alumnae Celeste Ng ’02.Jhumpa Lahiri, whose “Interpreter of Maladies” won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2000, began by reading her story “The Boundary,” a short piece published in January in The New Yorker. The narrative follows a young girl whose immigrant family takes care of a holiday home rented by vacation guests from out of town. It’s a tale of cultures and class, and an example of crafting a narrative in another language. Lahiri, who lives in Rome, wrote the story first in Italian, then translated it into English.During a conversation with Ng, Lahiri, who teaches creative writing at Princeton, said she and her family moved to the U.S. from India in 1969, benefitting from President Richard Nixon’s expanded immigration policies. Her parents impressed on her “that weird sense of gratitude that the doors opened for you.”But Lahiri never cultivated any particular identity for herself, neither Italian, American, or Indian. She called that lack of identity central to her craft, telling Ng that avoiding a precise identity is crucial for a writer “because it is that vacillating formless state, in which we can shape-shift into anything or anyone at any time or any place, that allows you to create, to create characters, and to create a world that isn’t yours and to think your way, feel your way, understand your way to other hearts, other souls.”“Once I became a writer, that stateless state of being became my instrument,” she said. “It’s my only instrument, and I think that is something that I very carefully cultivate at this point because I know that that is the only instrument that allows me to work.”last_img read more

SUNY JCC Returns To Remote Operations

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File Image.JAMESTOWN – In an attempt to maintain low levels of COVID-19 at SUNY JCC, all operations will move to a remote format starting today.The college announced the change on its website.As predicted by healthcare officials, a significant increase in COVID-19 cases is occurring in the region.  With recommendations from JCC’s health services team, they are suspending on-campus instruction and campus operations.“This decision was made with an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our students and employees during this second, and in many cases, more severe wave of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said JCC president Daniel DeMarte in a statement. “Cases of COVID-19 are predicted to continue to climb even higher in the coming holiday weeks.” However, essential personnel are allowed on campus. Courses scheduled through Cornell Cooperative Extension and Workforce Readiness will continue as scheduled.The school says student support services, which include tutoring, academic advising, library services, and more, will continue to be available to students.The college says they will continue remote until the Christmas break.last_img read more

CU trades seek help from Congress & DoJ in ADA battle

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Credit union trade groups are urging Congress to enact legislation and the Justice Department to issue final rules that would assist businesses in fighting lawsuits contending that their websites violate Americans With Disabilities Act.At least nine lawsuits have been filed against credit unions alleging that their websites are inaccessible to the visually impaired. All the complaints were filed by one plaintiff who is represented by the same attorney.As a result, the credit union trade groups are seeking help from the federal government, saying the issue remains unclear and leads to lawsuits.“The Department of Justice began considering developing regulations to address this topic over seven years ago but never completed the process,” CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle said, in an e-mail sent to member credit unions.last_img read more

Pennsylvania Receives $523 Million in One-Time Federal Emergency Funds to Support Schools

first_imgPennsylvania Receives $523 Million in One-Time Federal Emergency Funds to Support Schools May 13, 2020 Education,  Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) has approved Pennsylvania’s application for $523.8 million in one-time federal emergency funds to help schools respond to COVID-19 impacts.“Our schools and educators have been working tirelessly to help students and their families during this crisis,” said Governor Wolf. “These efforts must be paired with investments that reflect the unprecedented scale of this challenge. USDE’s approval of Pennsylvania’s application is an important first step in securing those investments.”The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) submitted its Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund application to USDE last week.Beginning today, local education agencies (LEAs) can apply to PDE to receive their allocation of the funding and can expect to start receiving funds within the next several weeks.“As educators, our top priority has always been to ensure the health and safety of staff and students,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented change to our school communities, and school leaders across the state have stepped up to ensure students and families continue to be served. These funds will provide vital assistance during this critical time.”Under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, at least 90 percent, or $471 million, of the funds will flow through to traditional public schools and charter schools. Each entity will receive an amount proportional to federal Title I-A funds received in 2019 under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).LEAs may use ESSER funding for a wide range of purposes, including food service, professional training, technology purchases, sanitization and cleaning supplies, summer and after-school programs, and mental health supports. Funds must be used by September 2022. PDE is urging school entities to prioritize investments for vulnerable students and families, including those living in the deepest poverty, students with disabilities, English learners, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness, and children in foster care.View a list of what each school district and charter school will receive in ESSER funds.The remaining ESSER funds will be used for state-level activities to address issues caused by COVID-19. PDE plans to use the funds to support initiatives, including remote learning, that can be designed and implemented with greater economy of scale at the state level than would be possible or practical for LEAs to pursue individually.For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, please visit the Department of Education’s website or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.Ver esta página en español.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Who voted FOR euthanasia in the 1st Reading?

first_imgMarama Davidson, Julie Anne Genter, Golriz Ghahraman, Gareth Hughes, Jan Logie, Eugenie Sage, James Shaw, Chloe SwarbrickACTDavid SeymourINDEPENDENTJami-Lee RossEmail the MPs who voted YES. Ask them to Reject Assisted Suicide.To email any MP, simply put [email protected] [email protected] find out your local MP/s, go to www.HaveYourSay.nz NATIONALAmy Adams, Paula Bennett, Chris Bishop, Matt Doocey, Andrew Falloon, Nathan Guy, Harete Hipango, Brett Hudson, Nikki Kaye, Matt King, Barbara Kuriger, Mark Mitchell, Scott Simpson, Stuart Smith, Erica Stanford, Anne Tolley, Tim van de Molen, Hamish Walker, Jian YangLABOURKiri Allan, Ginny Andersen, Jacinda Ardern, Tamati Coffey, Liz Craig, Clare Curran, Kelvin Davis, Ruth Dyson, Paul Eagle, Kris Faafoi, Peeni Henare, Chris Hipkins, Raymond Huo, Willie Jackson, Iain Lees-Galloway, Andrew Little, Marja Lubeck, Jo Luxton, Nanaia Mahuta, Trevor Mallard, Kieran McAnulty, Stuart Nash, Greg O’Connor, David Parker, Willow-Jean Prime, Priyanca Radhakrishnan, Grant Robertson, Adrian Rurawhe, Deborah Russell, Carmel Sepuloni, Jan Tinetti, Louisa Wall, Angie Warren-Clark, Duncan Webb, Meka Whaitiri, Michael Wood, Megan WoodsNZ FIRSTDarroch Ball, Shane Jones, Jenny Marcroft, Ron Mark, Tracey Martin, Clayton Mitchell, Mark Patterson, Winston Peters, Fletcher TabuteauGREENSlast_img read more

Basketball Brawls

first_imgMost of you probably know about the brawl that occurred during a Ben Davis/Pike girls basketball game this past season.  The IHSAA suspended both programs and banned them from this year’s state tournament.  Last year the IHSAA had to do the same with the boys’ programs after a Hammond/Griffith brawl.  In this case, Griffith found a judge who granted them an injunction and they continued in the tournament.  They eventually lost to Guerin Catholic in the state finals.The IHSAA has since appealed this ruling, and they are waiting for the results.  If the IHSAA wins, Griffith will be stripped of all those wins and titles they won after the injunction.  Neither girls’ school appealed the ruling.  However, Ben Davis has questioned the wording of the IHSAA pertaining to subsequent incidents.  What they are worried about is what might happen if any incident occurs in any sport they will participate in this next year.What Ben Davis worries about, and most schools should as well, is open-ended rulings by the IHSAA without specific consequences laid out for any subsequent incidents.last_img read more