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Trump’s superspreader events have left more than 130 Secret Service officers in quarantine

first_imgAs of now, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, and Trump advisers Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie are infected, as are at least eight Republican National Committee staffers, including that organization’s chief of staff. Trump’s campaign rallies—crowded events at which many people went maskless—have been responsible for at least 700 deaths. And of course Secret Service officers had to be at every single one of those rallies as well as more generally around Trump’s aides and advisers and hangers-on who refused to wear masks because the boss man doesn’t like it.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The moment Trump most directly showed his contempt for the lives of the people who protect his life came when he himself was hospitalized for COVID-19, when he went out on a joy ride in an SUV—with his Secret Service detail shut up in the vehicle with him—to wave to his supporters. But that moment was a crystallization of the consistent lack of care for the health of his supporters, his staff, and even his nearest and dearest that Trump has shown throughout the pandemic.last_img read more

Ashley Hebert, J.P. Rosenbaum Celebrate Essex’s Birthday Post-Split

first_img“After months of separation, Jp and I have amicably decided to go our separate ways,” she captioned an Instagram post at the time. “We created the most beautiful children and shared memories that will never be forgotten. Our differences have taken a toll on our relationship and after years of attempting to repair the damage, we’ve decided that it is in our family’s best interest to create new and separate lives for our children. Please respect our privacy as we move forward with the newness of our lives. Our ultimate focus is to create stable and healthy lives for our children.”Rosenbaum, for his part, insisted that the issues that led to the breakup had “been developing in our relationship for quite a while” and they did “absolutely everything we possibly can to try to salvage” their marriage. “I think we’ve both come to realize that we are just two very different people, with very different personalities and perspectives, who just don’t see eye to eye on a lot [of] life fundamentals, those which are the building blocks for a happy and healthy marriage.”- Advertisement – Rosenbaum, 43, posted similar sentiments on his account. “We now own every piece of LOL merchandise ever manufactured,” he wrote. “Happy belated birthday my love bug.”The reality stars had nearly identical photos from the party on their pages, with shots of the décor, cake and Essex as well as their 6-year-old son, Fordham. However, the pair did not appear in each other’s posts.Hebert and Rosenbaum got engaged during season 7 of The Bachelorette in 2011 and tied the knot in December 2012. They announced their split in October.- Advertisement – The duo have thus far stuck to their vow to coparent, reuniting in October to celebrate Halloween with their children.Scroll down to see photos from Essex’s birthday party! Still united on the coparenting front. Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum came together to ring in daughter Essex’s 4th birthday with an intimate party after their split.The estranged couple shared photos and videos from the bash on Saturday, November 14. “Happiest Belated Birthday to my dream girl, Essie,” the former Bachelorette, 35, gushed on Instagram. “She’s 4, and I couldn’t love her more!”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

HHS urges business to plan for pandemic as economic impacts assessed

first_imgDec 9, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Large businesses should examine their sick-leave policies and figure out ways to limit face-to-face contact, among many other steps to prepare for an influenza pandemic, according to a planning checklist released by federal health agencies this week.The list provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also calls on businesses to try to predict and allow for employee absenteeism and to set policies on restriction of travel to affected areas.Release of the checklist came the same week as a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate of the economic impact of a pandemic and a House committee hearing on economic and other implications of the pandemic threat.”In the event of a pandemic, planning by business leaders will be critical to protecting employees’ health, limiting the negative economic impact and ensuring the continued delivery of essential services like food, medicine and power,” HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt said in a news release about the business checklist. Leavitt and other officials presented the checklist at a Business Roundtable meeting in Washington, DC, Dec 7.Earlier this week, HHS officials said they estimate that at the peak of a pandemic, up to 40% of people might stay home from work or school, either because of their own illness, a need to care for others, or fear of catching the flu. The estimate was cited by Dr. Bruce Gellin, head of HHS’s National Vaccine Program Office. The HHS pandemic flu plan says that a severe pandemic, similar to that of 1918, could sicken up to 90 million people, or about 30% of the population.In a recent survey, 70% of 179 companies said they would need help in determining how to prepare for a pandemic, and almost 40% said there wasn’t much a company could do to prepare, according to a Bloomberg News report. The survey was conducted by the consulting firm Deloitte & Touche USA LLP and the ERISA Industry Committee, a nonprofit organization.Suggested planning stepsHHS’s “Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist” is intended for large businesses, but it doesn’t spell out how large. It was prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The list offers 35 suggestions grouped in six categories. Below are some sample suggestions from a few of the categories.Plan for the impact of a pandemic on your business:Identify a pandemic coordinator and/or team with defined roles and responsibilities for preparedness and response planning.Identify essential employees and other critical inputs required to maintain business operations.Determine the potential impact of a pandemic on company financial results under multiple possible scenarios.Establish an emergency communications plan.Plan for the impact of a pandemic on your employees and customers:Forecast and allow for employee absences during a pandemic due to factors such as personal illness, family member illness, and quarantines.Implement guidelines to modify the frequency and type of face-to-face contact among employees and between employees and customers.Encourage and track annual influenza vaccination for employees.Establish policies to be implemented during a pandemic, including:Compensation and sick-leave absences unique to a pandemic, including policies on when a previously ill person can return to workFlexible worksite (eg, telecommuting) and flexible work hours (eg, staggered shifts)Restricting travel to affected geographic areas, evacuating employees working in or near an affected area, and guidance for employees returning from affected areasCoordinate with external organizations and your community:Collaborate with federal, state, and local public health agencies and/or emergency responders to participate in their planning processes.Share best practices with other businesses.Potential economic damage assessedRelease of the checklist came the day before the CBO issued estimates of the possible economic impact of a flu pandemic.In a report prepared at the request of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., the CBO estimated that a severe pandemic like that of 1918 would cut gross domestic product (GDP) in the ensuing year by about 5%. By comparison, the typical business recession in the United States since World War II cut GDP by 4.7%, the report says. The estimate is based on a pandemic scenario involving 90 million illness cases and 2 million deaths.In a milder pandemic, like that of 1957 or 1968, GDP would be reduced by about 1.5%, according to the CBO. This “probably would not cause a recession and might not be distinguishable from the normal variation in economic activity,” the report says. This second scenario assumes 75 million cases with about 100,000 deaths.The CBO report was criticized as misleading by Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, a leading pandemic preparedness proponent and director of CIDRAP, publisher of this Web site. He called the report “overly simplistic” because the CBO assessed only two types of economic impacts: lost work days and reduced sales due to restricted social interaction.”Had they done a more thorough evaluation, they would have looked at the loss of supply-chain integrity,” Osterholm told CIDRAP News. “The inability to transport products would result in a much greater impact” than the CBO estimated.Osterholm gave his own view of the potential economic damage at a Dec 7 hearing of the House Committee on International Relations.He predicted that a severe pandemic would bring “an abrupt halt” to global, regional, and national economies. “Foreign trade and travel will be reduced or even ended in an attempt to stop the virus from entering new countries—even though such efforts will probably fail given the infectiousness of the virus and the volume of illegal crossings at most borders,” he said.He predicted that curtailment of international trade will trigger shortages of critical products, such as those needed to maintain water, power, and communication systems and meet health needs unrelated to flu prevention and treatment.As a prime example of an area demanding “critical product continuity” planning, Osterholm said the US pharmaceutical industry obtains more than 80% of its raw materials from foreign sources. “Any interruption of trade and transportation of multiple regions of the world will result in numerous pharmaceutical products not being available in this country or at the minimum, they will be in very short supply,” he said.He added that the common business practice of maintaining very limited inventories of raw materials and products will likely exacerbate the problems if a pandemic interrupts trade.”We must understand the implications and plan for the shutdown of our global economy and supply chains now, not during a pandemic,” Osterholm asserted.See also:Dec 7 HHS news releasehttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2005pres/20051207a.htmlBusiness planning checklisthttp://www.flu.gov/professional/business/businesschecklist.htmlNov 29 CIDRAP News story “Business leaders stress importance of pandemic planning”last_img read more

In Zagreb, due to the development of tourism, the demand for real estate is higher than the supply

first_imgAccording to the data Classifieds Crozilla.com average asking prices of Zagreb apartments in July recorded an increase in value compared to the same month in 2015 and 2016.The biggest annual change was recorded in Novi Zagreb, where the advertised July prices were 6,4 percent higher than in the same month last year, and for one square meter, according to Crozilla.com, an average of 1349 euros was demanded.In the western part of Zagreb, apartment prices recorded the smallest changes, and in July they were 2,9 percent higher than in the same month last year. The average asking price of apartments there was 1513 euros per “square”. In the eastern part of the city, prices rose by 4 percent annually, averaging 1576 euros per square meter during July. In addition to the increase in apartment prices, a significant increase in demand was recorded in that part of Zagreb. Ivana Čikić, owner of the real estate agency Dom ekspert doo from Sesvete, said that the situation on the market there was extremely good and that sales had increased significantly: “New construction for sale, but also older real estate. Demand is quite high, so those properties that have been on the market for some time are also for sale. ”Points out Čikić and adds that in that part of the city the demand is currently higher than the supply, and there is a lack of exactly the kind of real estate that is currently most in demand, namely two-bedroom, three-bedroom and larger apartments with a good layout.The most sought after apartments in the city centerData from Crozilla.com showed that in the center of Zagreb, the average advertised price of apartments was 1991 euros per “square meter”, which is 5,8 percent higher than in the same month last year, and 4,5 percent higher than in 2015. When it comes to demand, the center remained the part of the city in July where the offer of apartments for sale was most searched through the Crozilla.com advertisement. It is not news that apartments in Zagreb are more in demand than in other cities, and in addition to housing, they have recently been bought to be converted into accommodation units for daily rent – for which there is great interest from foreign and domestic tourists.Passing through the center of Zagreb, it sometimes seems that the number of tourists and the number of accommodation units offered to them is growing at the same rate. Bruno Babić, head of the network “Apartments in the center of Zagreb” for Crozilla.com says that the Zagreb market is already oversaturated in the offer: “In 2013, there were 250 units. Today there are 3000 of them and the number is growing rapidly. The center is attractive to visitors without a car, while the surrounding neighborhoods are interesting if they offer free parking. Apart from foreign tourists, there are local people eager for Zagreb Christmas, concerts, festivals, etc., there are also businessmen who are not a negligible share and a large part of Croatia and surrounding countries who come to Zagreb for health reasons, both aesthetic and much more important.. ”Babić concludedlast_img read more

The island of Rab provided tourists with a 50 percent discount on the price of the PCR test

first_imgThe City of Rab and the Tourist Board of the City of Rab, in cooperation with the Institute of Public Health of the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, provided tourists from the area of ​​the town of Rab with a 50% discount (349,11 kuna) for PCR test on COVID – 19 in September and October. “The announcements for this season were modest, but we managed to surpass them. The city of Rab is a responsible and safe destination and we want to show how it is possible to continue this season. Aware that the cost of the Covid-19 test is a significant expense for tourists or renters, we believe that this discount will mean a lot to them. We were helped in this by the Teaching Institute for Public Health of PGC, headed by the director prof. dr. sc. Vladimir Mićović and the Rab Branch Office headed by the head mr. sc. Daniel Glažar-Ivče “, said the director of the Rab Tourist Board, Ivana Matušan, and added that they managed to maintain the tourist season in a 65 percent volume of overnight stays compared to last year. Also, the discount is valid for all persons who stay in the area of ​​the town of Rab for a minimum of 7 nights continuously in private accommodation, as well as for all reservations for September and October, regardless of when they are made. The discount is intended for all tourists who need the result of the PCR test on COVID – 19 for unhindered entry into the home country, and is valid for all arrivals in September and October 2020 (from September 1 to October 31, 2020) When performing testing, the person who pays for the test (tourist or landlord) is obliged to present a certificate from eVisitor on the residence of the person being tested, which the landlord can print out from the eVisitor system or request at the Rab Tourist Board office. Tourists can do the testing, through the drive-in method of collecting swabs, in the Health Center of the city of Rab every working day from 8 am to 11 am.last_img read more