Loss of taste and smell is best indicator of COVID-19, study shows

first_img What can we learn from people with coronavirus who seek care at outpatient clinics? Vaccines can protect against COVID-19 in nonhuman primates, study says The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. This is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.Though fever, cough, and shortness of breath are the symptoms most commonly associated with COVID-19 infection, a recent study in which 2.6 million people used a smartphone app to log their symptoms daily showed that the most oddball pair of indicators — loss of smell and taste — was also the best predictor, and one that scientists said should be included in screening guidelines.Researchers, led by scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and King’s College London, began the study as a way to fill the numerous gaps in knowledge about COVID-19, several of which are the result of the lack of broad-based clinical testing. Using crowdsourcing, they were able to rapidly gather data on the disease’s spread through a large swath of the population.“It’s clear we understand very little about COVID, and we need to try to fill in a lot of gaps with respect to understanding the disease: who is susceptible to getting infected, the symptoms people develop related to COVID, and ultimately where around the country people were getting sick,” said Andrew Chan, chief of clinical and translational epidemiology at MGH and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.The scientists adapted a smartphone app that had been created by corporate partner ZOE, a health science company, for research on how to personalize diet to address chronic disease. The new program, a free download from the Apple or Google app stores, collects demographic and health background information and then asks how the participant is feeling. If they’re feeling well, that’s the end of the daily entry. If they’re not it asks further questions about symptoms.The app went viral after its late March release. Some 2.6 million participants in the U.K. and U.S. were involved in the recent study but numbers have continued to climb, touching 3.7 million before the end of May. Data from the smartphone app can identify the onset of symptoms in an area about five days before requests for COVID tests spike. Second study suggests initial infection with SARS-CoV-2 protects against re-infection following repeat exposure to virus How We Feel app uses big data analysis to help fill information gaps created by a testing shortage Testing for the virus has increased dramatically as the pandemic has worn on, but experts say the current rate in the U.S. — at least 1.1 million in the week of May 10, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — represents a fraction of what is needed.The app is among several strategies being employed worldwide to illuminate the overall COVID picture. The recent rush to develop and distribute antibody or serologic tests, which can tell whether someone has had COVID-19 in the past, is one, as is the examination of sewage for COVID-19 DNA, which can be traced to particular neighborhoods undergoing an outbreak. Understanding the disease’s path through a population is essential to design effective responses and — in the absence of a vaccine — to gauge progress toward so-called “herd immunity,” where enough people have been infected that it interferes with the virus’ spread. Intel from an outpatient COVID-19 clinic Tracking the coronavirus through crowdsourcing Chan said his collaborators in London have worked with the public health service there and shown that data from the smartphone app can identify the onset of symptoms in an area about five days before requests for COVID tests spike.“It gives people really critical planning time they otherwise wouldn’t have had,” Chan said.In the work, published recently in the journal Nature Medicine, researchers used data from about 18,000 participants who had been tested for SARS-CoV-2 to understand which symptoms were most common in those who had tested positive. They found that loss of taste and smell were reported by most of those tested, about 65 percent, and that the most predictive group of symptoms was loss of smell and taste, fatigue, persistent cough, and loss of appetite.They then applied their model to more than 800,000 study participants who had not been tested and determined that about 140,000 of them were likely infected with the virus, just over 5 percent of the entire 2.6 million study population. Researchers said the study is limited by the fact that the app volunteers are self-selected and likely don’t represent the general population. They also said the results don’t indicate when loss of smell and taste occur in the illness’ course, though that may become apparent as more results are collected over time.Chan said the crowdsourced data includes numerous mild cases — thought to be about a quarter of those infected overall — and one of the ways the app may do the most good is by increasing understanding of them.“They are a group most at risk of spreading it because they don’t know they have it,” Chan said.Another such group would be those who are completely asymptomatic, and the app data wouldn’t capture them since the information is self-reported. Those numbers would only be discovered through actual testing.Future work is focusing on other unanswered questions, such as the impact of COVID on cancer patients and the effect of past infections on developing immunity. Discussions are also ongoing as to how the app can help governments direct limited resources, such as a county deploying testing or contact tracing to places where need is highest. It can also be used by managers of smaller groups — students at a particular college or workers at a large factory — to guide decisions about how best to guard students’ and workers’ health as society reopens more fully.“I think we’re all very nervous about that [reopening], and this will be an opportunity to see if this kind of crowdsourcing information can help,” Chan said. “Ultimately it can be a tool people use at the level of public health to predict whether we can loosen restrictions. The more planning we can do the better.” Relatedlast_img read more

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First Look at Downton Abbey Baddie Nigel Harman as Simon Cowell in London’s X Factor Musical

first_imgIf you haven’t seen the January 12 episode of Downton Abbey yet, stop reading now. Fans of the PBS drama got a shock when (spoiler alert!) a visiting butler brutally raped beloved ladies’ maid Anna Bates (Joanne Froggatt), who hid the crime from her protective husband. The assailant was played by Olivier Award winner Nigel Harman (Shrek, Guys and Dolls) who is headed to the London Palladium on February 27 as Simon Cowell in I Can’t Sing! The X Factor Musical. We’ve got the first photo of Harman as the infamous reality show judge, flanked by Victoria Elliot as pop queen Jordy and Alex Knight as Irish boy band manager Louis. As Cowell cheekily said when Harman’s casting was announced, “The hardest thing was: how do you find someone who’s good-looking, talented and can look like me? And then we found Nigel!”Directed by Sean Foley I Can’t Sing! is scheduled to open on March 26. View Commentslast_img read more

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New TV Show.

first_imgYou watch an hour-long gardening show about growing lilacs, taking tedious notes all the way, so you can have the fragrant, flowering shrub in your yard. You plant them. They die. You plant them again, carefully following your notes this time. They die. Finally, you call your local University of Georgia Extension Service agent or gardening center and find out you can’t grow lilacs in Georgia. That will never happen to viewers of The Georgia Gardener. This new TV series is designed with Georgia gardeners in mind. The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is producing it, in cooperation with Georgia Public Television and Peachtree Film Company. A pilot of The Georgia Gardener will air on GPTV Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. A second show will air Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. “Conditions in Georgia are different from Connecticut or Michigan or Florida or California,” said the show’s host, Walter Reeves. “A TV show like this addresses the immediate gardening needs of Georgians.” Reeves is a familiar voice to many Atlantans. He’s the host of WSB 750 AM’s top-rated Lawn & Garden Show, which airs every Saturday morning from 7 to 10 a.m. He’s a frequent featured speaker on gardening and a best-selling author and has appeared on Discovery Channel’s Lynette Jennings Show. “This show will also be different from other gardening shows,” Reeves said, “because it will be friendly, open, enthusiastic, yet down-to-earth.” The show, in part, will be geared toward the minimalist gardener. “We’ll have lazy-gardener tips, as well as new techniques that even gardening veterans will appreciate,” Reeves said. “We’ll have conversations with gardening gurus, for those who want to know what the best minds in gardening are doing right now.” The home garden for The Georgia Gardener is being built on the college’s Griffin campus. But the show won’t stop there. “We will use the whole state as our garden,” Reeves said. “We will go to Vidalia to see onions planted and harvested, and we’ll tell gardeners how to plant their own onions. We’ll go to Ft. Valley’s Massee Lane Gardens, the headquarters of the National Camellia Society, to see camellias in all their glory, and we’ll tell home gardeners how to achieve it in their own backyards.” Each show will take a road trip to see what’s going on in Georgia gardening. Reeves, a UGA horticulture educator, will draw on his heritage as a seventh-generation gardener and his 25 years with the UGA Extension Service. He’ll also tap the wealth of knowledge of the university. Researchers and extension specialists have the technical know-how and latest developments to make your garden a show place. The show will offer publications and a World Wide Web site that will give more in-depth information about most segments of the show. GPTV, an Atlanta-based, nine-station public television network, is dedicated to creating and distributing quality programs that celebrate Georgia’s culture and history. For nearly 40 years, GPTV has been Georgia’s storyteller, producing award-winning local and national programming. It is on the cutting edge of TV technology as the producer of Jessye Norman: A Holiday Homecoming, the first-ever High Definition Television performance special to air nationally on PBS. More than 4 million people watch GPTV each week.last_img read more

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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to acquire Van Houtte for $900 million

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc (NASDAQ: GMCR) announced today that it has executed a Share Purchase Agreement pursuant to which GMCR will acquire all the outstanding shares of LJVH Holdings, Inc. (’Van Houtte’), from an affiliate of Littlejohn & Co, LLC, a private equity firm headquartered in Greenwich, CT, for a cash purchase price of CAD$915 million or USD$890 million based on the exchange rate as of September 13, 2010, subject to adjustment. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including certain regulatory approvals, and is expected to close by the end of calendar year 2010.‘We have had a strong and mutually beneficial relationship with Van Houtte since 2001 when they first became a Keurig licensee and we’re confident that the company and its well known Canadian brands including Van Houtte®, Brûlerie St. Denis®, Les Cafés Orient Express Coffee® and Brûlerie Mont Royal® are great additions to GMCR and our family of specialty coffee brands,’ said Lawrence J. Blanford, president and Chief Executive Officer of GMCR. ‘We believe that Van Houtte, in combination with our Green Mountain Coffee, Tully’s, Timothy’s and Diedrich’s brands, will contribute to our future success in Canada and throughout North America.’Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Van Houtte is a leading gourmet coffee brand in Canada in the home and office channels. Van Houtte roasts and markets gourmet coffee for home and office consumption and distributes it through its direct-to-store delivery and coffee services networks in Canada and the U.S. Van Houtte’s last twelve month’s net sales were CAD $445 million as of August 21, 2010, or approximately USD $433 million based on the exchange rate as of September 13, 2010. Van Houtte produces specialty coffee, tea and other beverages in a variety of packaged forms including K-Cup® portion packs for the Keurig® Single-Cup Brewing System sold under the Van Houtte®, Bigelow® and Wolfgang Puck® K-Cup brands. Van Houtte employs approximately 1,700 people in Canada and the U.S.‘This acquisition will enhance GMCR’s Canadian presence and is expected to strengthen our North American geographic expansion with a well-known Canadian brand platform that includes roasting, manufacturing and distribution capabilities,’ Blanford continued. ‘We have great admiration for Van Houtte’s leadership team and are pleased that its current president and CEO, Gerard Geoffrion has agreed to continue to lead the Van Houtte business in Canada following the close of the acquisition.’‘As a result of our long-term relationship as a Keurig licensee, we know there is a strong cultural and strategic fit between GMCR and Van Houtte,’ said Gerard Geoffrion, Van Houtte president and CEO. ‘We believe the combination of our brands, employees and our respective geographic strengths makes for a stronger overall company and will enable us to continue to grow our presence in Canada.’GMCR intends to finance the acquisition through a combination of cash on hand and USD $1.35 billion of new debt financing comprised of (i) a USD $750 million 5-year senior secured revolving credit facility, (ii) a USD $250 million 5-year senior secured term loan A facility, and (iii) a USD $350 million 6-year senior secured term loan B facility. These facilities will be utilized to finance this acquisition and transaction expenses, as well as to refinance GMCR’s existing outstanding indebtedness and support our ongoing growth. The Company has secured a financing commitment for the transaction from BofA Merrill Lynch and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc.GMCR anticipates that the acquisition will be neutral to slightly dilutive to its earnings per share in the first twelve months after closing and accretive thereafter.Subsequent to the closing of the transaction, GMCR anticipates conducting a strategic review of Van Houtte’s U.S. Coffee Services business (“Filterfresh”) in contemplation of a potential divestiture of Filterfresh given GMCR’s current sales and marketing structure and its existing network of independent Keurig authorized distributors throughout the U.S. The proceeds from any divestiture would be used to reduce GMCR’s outstanding indebtedness.BofA Merrill Lynch and CIBC are serving as financial advisors and Ropes & Gray LLP and Goodmans LLP as legal advisors to GMCR for this acquisition. UBS Securities and Moelis & Company are serving as financial advisors and Stikeman Elliott LLP, Morrison Cohen LLP and Gibsun, Dunn & Crutcher LLP as legal advisors to Littlejohn.Investment Community Teleconference and WebcastGMCR executives will be discussing this transaction and responding to questions from the investment community on a live conference call and webcast to be held on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 8:30 AM (Eastern). To access the call, please dial (719) 325-2100 using access code 5347154. To ensure your participation in the teleconference please dial-in to the conference center at least five minutes before the scheduled start time as a limited number of dial-in lines will be made available. The teleconference also will be webcast live from the Events & Presentations portion of the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at http://investor.gmcr.com/events.cfm(link is external).An audio replay of this conference call will be available starting at approximately 12:00 PM (Eastern) on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 and for a period of time thereafter. To access the audio replay, please dial (719) 457-0820 using access code 5347154. A webcast replay also will be available via the Events & Presentations portion of the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at http://investor.gmcr.com/events.cfm(link is external).About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR)As a leader in the specialty coffee industry, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR’s operations are managed through two business units. The Specialty Coffee business unit produces coffee, tea and hot cocoa from its family of brands, including Tully’s Coffee®, Green Mountain Coffee®, Newman’s Own® Organics coffee, Timothy’s World Coffee® and Diedrich®, Coffee People® and Gloria Jeans®, a trademark licensed to the Company for use in North America and owned by Gloria Jeans Coffees International Pty. Ltd. The Keurig business unit is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup brewing systems. K-Cup® portion packs for Keurig® Single-Cup Brewers are produced by a variety of roasters, including Green Mountain Coffee, Tully’s, Timothy’s and Diedrich. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in Fair Trade Certifiedâ ¢ coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects. Visit www.gmcr.com(link is external) for more information.GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Relations section of its web site, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. GMCR encourages investors to consult this section of its web site regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to GMCR’s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released.GMCR-CGMCR Forward-Looking StatementsCertain statements contained herein are not based on historical fact and are ‘forward-looking statements’ within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. Generally, these statements can be identified by the use of words such as ‘anticipate,’ ‘believe,’ ‘could,’ ‘estimate,’ ‘expect,’ ‘feel,’ ‘forecast,’ ‘intend,’ ‘may,’ ‘plan,’ ‘potential,’ ‘project,’ ‘should,’ ‘would,’ and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Owing to the uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, actual results could differ materially from those stated here. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the impact on sales and profitability of consumer sentiment in this difficult economic environment, the Company’s success in efficiently expanding operations and capacity to meet growth, the Company’s success in efficiently and effectively integrating Tully’s, Timothy’s, Diedrich’s and Van Houtte’s wholesale operations and capacity into its Specialty Coffee business unit, the Company’s success in introducing and producing new product offerings, the ability of lenders to honor their commitments under the Company’s credit facility, competition and other business conditions in the coffee industry and food industry in general, fluctuations in availability and cost of high-quality green coffee, any other increases in costs including fuel, Keurig’s ability to continue to grow and build profits with its roaster partners in the At Home and Away from Home businesses, the Company experiencing product liability, product recall and higher than anticipated rates of warranty expense or sales returns associated with a product quality or safety issue, the impact of the loss of major customers for the Company or reduction in the volume of purchases by major customers, delays in the timing of adding new locations with existing customers, the Company’s level of success in continuing to attract new customers, sales mix variances, weather and special or unusual events, as well as other risks described more fully in the Company’s filings with the SEC. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s analysis as of the date of this press release. The Company does not undertake to revise these statements to reflect subsequent developments, other than in its regular, quarterly earnings releases.Source: WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. 9.14.2010last_img read more

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BREAKING: Subdivision Approved for Cumberland Island National Seashore

first_imgLast night, the Camden County Planning Commission voted to approve Lumar LLC’s Cumberland Island hardship variance. The island residents will now be free to subdivide the 87+ acre property (¼ mile from Sea Camp) that stretches from the river on one side of the Island to the ocean’s high tide on the other. The fact that the applicant failed to meet any of the hardship criteria was ignored. Concerns about the impact on the Island’s visitors and environment were ignored, despite the statement of the National Park Service Superintendent, Gary Ingram.Over 4,000 public comments opposing the subdivision were submitted to the board, including letters from The Georgia Conservancy, Wild Cumberland, the Sierra Club, and the Southern Environmental Law Center.Lumar LLC (a.k.a. the Island Residents Association) will now seek rezoning to allow for their planned development.There is still a chance to stop the development. Organizations and individuals have a 30-day window to appeal the planning board’s decision. Once that appeal is filed, the matter will go before the Camden County Commissioners.last_img read more

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USS William P. Lawrence Joins Hurricane Eta Relief Efforts in Honduras

first_imgBy U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. Fourth Fleet   November 16, 2020 The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) and the “Easyriders” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 37 are supporting humanitarian assistance disaster relief (HADR) efforts in Honduras in response to the devastation left by Hurricane Eta, November 13.William P. Lawrence arrived off the coast of Honduras November 12, to support Joint Task Force Bravo’s (JTF-Bravo) mission by conducting familiarization flights, delivering medical supplies, and coordinating with other JTF-Bravo assets to identify future HADR efforts needed.These actions support the overall relief effort being led by the Honduran government and build on a foundation of many years of partner relations with the country.When Hurricane Eta caused devastating damage to the Central American countries of Honduras, Panama, and Guatamala, JTF-Bravo was directed by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) to conduct life-saving efforts in the region. As search and rescue efforts are being taken over by host nations, JTF-Bravo has transitioned from rescue operations to the delivery of necessary aid to communities that have been stranded for days since Hurricane Eta passed through Central America.The mission has been a collaborative effort between the host nation governments and organizations, the U.S. military and the U.S. Embassies in each country. Years of working together have solidified relationships of trust and mutual cooperation to aid in times of crisis.The mission of Joint Task Force-Bravo includes being prepared to support disaster relief operations in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean when directed. They conduct constant training both on base and with partners across Central America to prepare for contingency operations, which allows forces to integrate with each other for a unified response when a disaster strike.last_img read more

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Spanish destinations are introducing beach seat reservations via a mobile app

first_imgIn total, Silgar beach will have 780 square meters in the new conditions, which means a capacity ranging from 1.560 to 2.340 people or 50% less capacity than before. Of course, Croatia does not have a kilometer-long beach like Spain, and has a long coastal belt (coastline 31.067 km²), so surely everyone will find their place under the sun, but we should not forget that we are conformists and that the pressure will continue to be popular beaches. Of course, this tourist season we certainly can’t talk about the big crowds we’re used to. According to optimistic expectations, this year we can expect 30% of the total turnover compared to last year. Also, in order to maintain the distance between the visitors, in accordance with the recommendations of epidemiologists, Cane announced the installation of a special net on the sand, something similar to a large football net, with squares with a diameter of 2×2 meters. Caneta, a popular Mediterranean tourist town located north of Valencia, will allow “only” 5.000 daily visitors or bathers on its famous local beach, which is half the usual number, in order to maintain social distance, the Caneta City Council decided. Also in a Spanish city Council of Sanxenxo, decided on a different approach. They are with wooden poles and “rope” also on the beach to make squares of 3 × 3 meters. There will be a total of 780 positions on the beach distributed in several sectors. Each sector will have a different color, and depending on the number of people can be easily expanded by adding 2, 3 or 4 additional positions. “The city or hotels will have to take care that there is no physical contact on the beaches. There will be no towel to towel”Said Krunoslav Capak last week. Although the article is written in the context of poor communication, find out more here. In the meantime, we received recommendations from the CNIPH for hotels, apartments and camps, but this topic, which is not harmless, has still not been updated. Photo: Canet d’en Berenguer City Hall / CNN And thus, you will have to book your place on the beach in advance via a special mobile application. Also, a time limit will be introduced, so it will be possible to book a place for morning sunbathing and enjoying the sea, or in the afternoon, but not all day. Watch the video HEREcenter_img WHO WILL CONTROL THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ON THE BEACHES? It will certainly be necessary to take care of beach control, and who will control it and how is a question that must be addressed, in order to prepare destinations and to know who has the responsibility. Personally, I support the new epidemiological measures that are realistic and we can say milder than expected and said in the media, but we must certainly be aware that everything is up to us. Because one mistake or relaxation, as we are currently witnessing the case in Split and Brač, can be fatal. And later no one is to blame, ie there is no responsibility. Of course, mistakes happen and they are, let’s be realistic, expected in such emergencies, but we must know clear rules and have a system of control, ie prevention. / / / WHO WILL CONTROL THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ON THE BEACHES? The move by Spanish cities is certainly in the context of the “new normal”, at least until a vaccine is found. Like it or not, it is certainly a matter of responsible behavior and an attempt to bring the whole situation around the potential day-to-day spread of Covid-19 under control. The local government plans to apply this model to other city beaches such as Panadeira or Caneliñas, and other Spanish cities are considering the same. We will soon certainly see similar solutions in other countries as well, as some destinations in Greece and Italy are already working out a plan to use the beaches in special conditions. Photo: Valencia Turisme, Silgar beachlast_img read more

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Dutch Pensions Federation calls for preservation of classic DB, DC

first_imgIn its comments, the Pensions Federation also warned of potential “transitional” problems that might be caused by the replacement of the current average-contribution set-up with a method considered fairer for all generations.The Dutch Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) recently put the cost of such a transition at approximately €100bn.Meanwhile, the Dutch Pensions Federation called on the government and regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) to hold talks with the pensions sector to discuss how best to deal with low interest rates.The industry group echoed concerns expressed recently by Marcel Andringa, CIO at the €40bn metal scheme PME.“The low interest rates are a big problem,” the financial daily Het Financieele Dagblad quoted a Federation’s spokesman as saying.The spokesman added that, as a result of the current environment, pension funds’ participants would miss out on indexation, and that new rights cuts could not be ruled out over the long term. The Dutch Pensions Federation has said it is unconvinced that the proposal for defined contribution (DC) pension schemes with personal accounts should replace existing defined benefit (DB) or DC arrangements in the Netherlands. In its contribution to the nationwide debate on the future of the Dutch system, the industry group said it expected the new plan to be incorporated into the Pensions Act, alongside classic DB and DC schemes.The so-called ‘third option’, which has gained momentum of late, is meant to offer companies and industries more leeway in accommodating pension schemes.The Dutch Social and Economic Council (SER), in its submission, sang the benefits of DC arrangements with individual accounts, but with collective risk-sharing, and concluded the option warranted “further investigation”, while Netspar, the influential network for pension researchers and professionals, recently came to a similar conclusion.last_img read more

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Markets will have to learn to live with Trump, says Ilmarinen CIO

first_imgWhile it is still far from clear which elements of US president-elect Donald Trump’s election campaign pronouncements he intends to carry through into political strategy when he takes office, the markets must now learn to live with fact he will be the next president, says the head of investment at Finland’s third-largest pension fund.Mikko Mursula, CIO at the €36.5bn pensions insurer Ilmarinen, said in his blog: “The market will have to learn to live with Trump, as it will with Brexit. “In both cases, the people voted for change, and what these changes mean in the end will only be clear over a longer period of time – perhaps years from now.”Protectionist rhetoric uttered during the election campaign would clearly be bad for world trade and export-orientated economies including Finland and especially for emerging markets, but if the US economy picks up and deregulation takes place, this would boost the stock market, he said. “But how much in the end was just campaign rhetoric and which decisions Trump and his administration actually execute remains to be seen,” he wrote, adding that ‘unpredictable’ seemed to be the most common word used to describe the future president.“Pension investors are primarily interested in the long-term financial impact,” Mursula wrote.“After most of the initial confusion, it is time to sit down and carefully analyse what the medium and long-term effects of the new US administration will be for the global economy.”He said investors were now waiting for the new president to outline his economic and trade policy direction. “Concrete measures can be expected only after the inauguration, but, what is said in the next few weeks will show what remains of the campaign rhetoric, and clues will also come in the form of the type of team Trump starts to gather around him,” Mursula wrote.last_img read more

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Kids dying because of drinking – experts

first_imgNZ Herald 22 March 2012Hundreds of children are injured, killed or abused every year by caregivers who have been drinking but agencies are failing to grasp the extent of the problem, experts say. An Alcohol Action conference on children and alcohol in Wellington today heard how the true extent of the problem was unknown because of a lack of reliable statistics on alcohol harm to others. Otago University head of preventive and social medicine Professor Jennie Connor said most of the information routinely gathered by government agencies, social workers and hospitals did not include such data.“Of course we don’t need more data in order to do something about these problems but the gaps in knowledge are important because we get a biased idea of the impact of alcohol, and we need the information in order to be strong advocates,” she said. “We carefully carry out surveillance of things like infectious diseases in New Zealand, and we collect this information so that we can act on it. We can identify trouble spots, we know what the trends are. We don’t do this for alcohol-related harm to others. We need to.”Prof Connor said her research found hospital emergency departments had no systematic way of collecting data on alcohol-related injuries, even for patients who caused the harm to themselves. And Child, Youth and Family was unable to supply data on how widespread alcohol use was in cases of neglect or emotional, sexual or physical abuse. Prof Connor’s research team asked CYF for statistics but the request was declined because the agency’s data was of insufficient quality for the researchers to use.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10793899last_img read more

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