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Architecture firm denies reports that Bill Gates has bought £500m hydrogen yacht

first_img However the designer said it has “no business relationship” with Gates, and “all information in these recent articles is incorrect”. Show Comments ▼ In a statement on the company’s website it said: “In recent days, various articles have appeared in international media, stating that Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design sold its concept Aqua to Mr Bill Gates. A Dutch architecture firm has denied reports that Microsoft founder Bill Gates has bought the world’s first hydrogen-powered superyacht after reports that he had went viral. Monday 10 February 2020 4:54 pm More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com According to publicity material for Aqua, the 112.3m yacht would have capacity for 14 guests and 31 crew members, with a maximum speed of 17 knots.  It added that the yacht, which was presented at the Monaco Yacht Show last year,  is a “concept under development” and has not been sold to Gates.  whatsapp Share Also Read: Architecture firm denies reports that Bill Gates has bought £500m hydrogen yacht “These articles are factually incorrect.  The claim that the billionaire businessman had bought the yacht for an estimated £500m from Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design was published by several national newspapers.  “Unfortunately, all ‘information’ in these recent articles is incorrect.” Jessica Clark “Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design wants therefore to make the following clear; the hydrogen concept Aqua is not linked to Mr Gates (or his representatives) in any form or matter, Sinot has no business relationship with Mr Gates,  Aqua is a concept under development and has not been sold to Mr Gates.  Also Read: Architecture firm denies reports that Bill Gates has bought £500m hydrogen yacht Architecture firm denies reports that Bill Gates has bought £500m hydrogen yacht whatsapp Tags: Bill Gateslast_img read more

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The national productivity recovery depends on getting people back to the office

first_img whatsapp It is much less obviously the case for many younger staff. Working with your laptop on your knees in a bedsit, unable to socialise with colleagues, may lead you to prefer the commute instead. But there are constraints on being able to reveal this preference, such as potentially annoying your boss who enjoys working from home. Share A huge amount of evidence shows that the higher the density of employment in an area, the higher its productivity (Getty Images) Also Read: The national productivity recovery depends on getting people back to the office A huge amount of evidence shows that the higher the density of employment in an area, the higher its productivity (Getty Images) Also Read: The national productivity recovery depends on getting people back to the office The real loss, though, is through factors external to any individual company. A huge amount of evidence shows that the higher the density of employment in an area, the higher its productivity. whatsapp Wednesday 2 September 2020 3:28 am An important concept in economics is that of revealed preference. Economists believe that preferences are revealed not in surveys, but by the decisions which people actually make. So could it be that the Covid crisis has given office workers the chance to reveal their true preferences in terms of work-life balance? This is almost certainly true for the senior staff who make the decisions. They will typically live in large houses in agreeable surroundings, with space to dedicate a room as an office. Opinion A huge amount of evidence shows that the higher the density of employment in an area, the higher its productivity (Getty Images) Productivity will grow more slowly over time if extensive homeworking persists. In part, this will be due to factors internal to the firm. The tacit knowledge and creativity sparked by informal exchanges will be lost. This is why the company requires a steady flow of new recruits, to refresh the business. The challenge with remote working over time will of course be to not only integrate new young staff into the organisation, but to ensure that their ideas percolate. In the very short term, there will be little, if any, loss of productivity to offset this. Most office jobs consist of performing routine, well understood tasks. Within the discipline of an established framework, some people may even be able to do their jobs more efficiently at home, encountering fewer distractions.center_img This is true even for jobs which require analytical skills. The business model of a number of large consultancies, for example, can be thought of as follows.  The national productivity recovery depends on getting people back to the office An obvious incentive for companies is that, if working from home persists, they can save on office costs. They may even be able to adjust salaries downwards, especially for staff who commuted long distance from cheaper locations. Office workers continue to display reluctance to return to their workplaces, despite encouragement from the government for them to head back.  City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. The drive to get people back into their offices, therefore, is about far more than saving city cafes and restaurants. The government should incentivise firms to get staff back to work, in order to avoid lost productivity — for the entire economy. Show Comments ▼ The company hires bright young graduates, who come equipped with a stock of the latest ideas — what economists call human capital.  The short-term pressures in the big consultancies to make money are so intense that they have little chance to refresh this during their careers. Essentially, they run down their human capital. By the time they make partner or director in their forties, they are operating on half-remembered ideas from graduate courses.   Furloughed workers, meanwhile, have merely revealed a preference to be paid a large part of their regular pay and not work at all. This is particularly true of public sector workers, who receive their full salary regardless. They have no incentive to change their work patterns. The immediate consequences for the service jobs in cities which depend on people commuting into the office are apparent, hence the government drive. But is office work a good thing for the workers themselves?  Paul OrmerodPaul Ormerod is an economist at Volterra Partners LLP, a Visiting Professor in the Department of Computer Science at UCL, and author of Against the Grain: Insights of an Economic Contrarian, published by the IEA in conjunction with City A.M. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5Definitionbonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USAFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. 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Critic’s Picks: August

first_imgBooksCritic’s Picks: AugustAssistant book editor Jason Kehe chooses his four must-reads of the month—his favorite L.A. release, one pick from the wide-open West, another from our friends in the East, and a recommendation for more adventurous readersBy Los Angeles magazine – August 16, 2011390ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddIt IN OUR BACKYARD: Dead Man’s Switch: A Kate Reilly MysteryBy Tammy Kaehler(Poisoned Pen Press, 279 pages, $15)Rookie racecar driver Kate Reilly knows she didn’t kill Wade Becker, but when she takes his place in the American Le Mans Series, the rumor mill starts spinning faster than the wheels of her new Corvette. Desperate to clear her name, she begins her own investigation, putting not just her career at risk but also her life. L.A. pumps out standard-issue whodunits with the regularity of racetrack car accidents. What sets Tammy Kaehler’s first-time effort apart is its slam-bang setting—and the ease with which this former technical writer renders descriptions of her fancy equipment.    BEST OF THE WEST: Everett Ruess: His Short Life, Mysterious Death, and Astonishing AfterlifeBy Philip L. Fradkin(University of California Press, 207 pages, $25)In 1934, Everet Ruess was just a precocious 20-year-old obsessed with exploring, painting, and writing about the American Southwest. But in November of that year, he ventured into the backcountry of Utah and vanished, leaving behind two lonely burros and the cryptic message “NEMO 1934” on a cave wall. What happened to him became the stuff of myth. Philip L. Fradkin, a prolific chronicler of the Western mythos, isn’t the first writer on whom Ruess has cast his spell, but this biography might be the most complete. Spare and direct, Fradkin rarely indulges an overstatement, and often lets Ruess speak for himself—sensuous and haunting descriptions of the very wilderness that would eventually swallow him.    EAST OF THE RIVER: The Family Fang: A NovelBy Kevin Wilson(Ecco, 309 pages, $24)Meet performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang, two of the world’s screwiest parents, and their kids, Annie and Buster. From the time they’re born, “Child A” and “Child B” have to participate in their parents’ pieces—grotesque, chaos-inducing public spectacles that are recorded and broadcast in national art galleries. Though brilliant in their own ways, Annie and Buster, now adults, can barely function in the real world. When they crawl back to their parents, a surprise awaits. Great art is difficult, Caleb Fang likes to say, but with this wonder of a first novel, Kevin Wilson makes it look easy.    BEYOND YOUR HORIZONS: The Magician King: A NovelBy Lev Grossman(Viking Adult, 400 pages, $27)Don’t mistake this YA-sounding book for childish entertainment; it’s Lev Grossman’s case for “adult fantasy,” in which sex and violence help pass the time and profanity is the only way to express emotion. In this sequel to the 2009 bestseller The Magicians, Quentin Coldwater and his friends, now royalty, must save their beloved Fillory from collapse. That the book critic for Time magazine is writing fantasy novels—in the boy-wizard mode of forebears like Feist, Le Guin, and Rowling—must appall snobbier members of the literati, but for the rest of us, it’s a confirmation of what we’ve always known: that fantasy, then as now, is not to be so easily dismissed. TAGS2011August 2011L.A. CulturePrevious articleReview: Adele at the Greek TheatreNext articleHalibut and Scallop CevicheLos Angeles magazine RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORFollow in Pee-wee Herman’s Footsteps Across L.A.What Defines a Successful Immigrant?The Undocumented Immigrants Who Are Redefining ‘American’last_img read more

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HoloLens: Have Microsoft’s nerdy new holographic goggles just completely changed the game? (video)

first_img HoloLens: Have Microsoft’s nerdy new holographic goggles just completely changed the game? (video) More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com Emma Haslett Show Comments ▼ whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 50 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinitionTheFashionBallPrince Harry Admits Meghan Markle May Not Be The OneTheFashionBallPast FactoryQuiz: 9 Out Of 10 People Can’t Name These ActorsPast Factory Sharecenter_img Thursday 22 January 2015 5:57 am whatsapp Mere days after Google called a halt to its Google Glass project, Microsoft may have changed the game with its version of digital glasses. The company unveiled its “HoloLens” during its Windows 10 launch last night. And while reviewers were largely nonplussed by Windows 10, they were pretty impressed with the holographic goggles, which use augmented reality to allow users to merge computer graphics with their real lives. It’s easier to demonstrate than to explain, so watch the video below:Admittedly, it’s not the best-looking piece of kit, putting even the Glass to shame with its nerdy appearance. But so far, the device has a pretty impressive array of uses: from Nasa using it to “make working on the Red Planet a reality”, to the designer in the video using it to make a prototype of parts for a motorbike. In fact, you could argue that its “immersive”-style augmented reality makes devices such as Facebook’s virtual reality headset Oculus Rift seem hopelessly outdated.Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we’ll be playing Minecraft on our coffee tables any time soon: Piers Harding-Rolls, a gaming analyst at IHS, said it’s unlikely a consumer offering will happen “in the very near term”. “[And] considering the proprietary technology involved, we believe the price point when released will make this a niche consumer proposition in the early cycle.”Shame. Tags: Microsoftlast_img read more

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New spider species first discovered in Florida

first_img Yup — you’ve got some algorithm spitting out a three-digit number that’s basically controlling your entire life. We… Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementTags: speciesspider By The Penny Hoarder 5 Urgent Moves to Make If Your Credit Score is Under 700 University of Michigan library closed after venomous spiders were found February 26, 2021 MIAMI, Fla. – Zookeepers at the Miami zoo helped scientists discover a new spider species now called The Pine Rockland Trapdoor Spider.The new species was first found by a zookeeper in 2012 while checking reptile traps, Zoo Miami officials said. Courtesy: Zoo MiamiThe zookeeper shared pictures of the arachnid with the Zoo’s Conservation and Research Department to try and ID the spider but no existing records or matches came up for the species.Two years later another Pine Rockland Trapdoor Spider  (Ummidia richmond) was sent to be examined and experts confirmed the species was an ‘undescribed species.’ Courtesy: Zoo Miami AdvertisementCourtesy: Zoo MiamiExperts said, the spider has not been documented anywhere else except the pine rockland area around the Zoo Miami for at least 35 years. These types of spiders usually live for decades in a burrow and are known to be some of the longest living known species, scientists said. RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement Sponsored Content AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Cobwebs cover Australian region as spiders flee floods June 16, 2021last_img read more

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‘Kindness Committee’ at Portlaoise school gift thousands of books to Peter Mcverry Trust

first_imgHome News Community ‘Kindness Committee’ at Portlaoise school gift thousands of books to Peter Mcverry… NewsCommunityEducation ‘Kindness Committee’ at Portlaoise school gift thousands of books to Peter Mcverry Trust SEE ALSO – Eason calls on Laois students to “Bee” part of their 10th annual Spelling Bee Twitter Pinterest News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp By Megan Shiel – 8th January 2020 WhatsApp Pinterest Students at local Portlaoise school Scoil Chríost Rí have donated thousands of their own books to the Peter Mcverry Trust in Dublin.A committee was set up by sixth year students called the ‘Coiste Cineáltas’ or ‘Kindness Committee’ to “spread kindness throughout the school”.This committee thought to spread kindness a little bit further this Christmas and help those who are in emergency accommodation.“Homelessness is a very prevalent issue in society today, we wanted to make a difference and we wanted to get involved in helping the lives of others”A book drive was held in the school where students could donate their used books. The total number of books the students estimated to receive was surpassed greatly with not only students but members of the local community also donating to the cause.Almost 2,000 books were donated.The students sorted the books into different age groups and wrapped them using sustainable and recyclable material which was funded by a grant from Irish Aid.A poem penned by a sixth year student was included with each gift to add a more personal touch.With more books than they originally envisaged receiving, a bus was arranged by Martleys of Portlaoise to transport the books to Dublin free of charge.What initiative and kindness that has been shown by these students, fair play to all involved!center_img Previous articleCamogie Association working with Laois to find ‘solution’ to withdrawal decisionNext articleAbbeyleix Further Education and Training Centre hold successful Christmas Party Megan ShielMegan is currently studying English and New Media at the University of Limerick. A Raheen native, she’s happiest when talking sport, especially soccer but just don’t mention the 2019 champions league final Facebook GAA Twitter 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory TAGSBooksPortlaoiseSchool Facebook GAA Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair rolelast_img read more

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OSFI updating guideline to reflect OTC derivatives reforms

first_img Related news Keywords Over-the-counter securities and derivativesCompanies Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions “The guideline is being updated to reflect the over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives market reforms initiated by G20 leaders in order to improve transparency, mitigate systemic risk, and protect against market abuse,” OSFI says in a letter to firms. The revised guideline will apply to all federally regulated firms and their subsidiaries, effective November 1; although OSFI notes that the guideline includes bank-specific references, given that the Canadian derivatives market is dominated by the five largest banks. OSFI also points out that rules made by other regulators, such as the provincial securities regulators, will apply to federally regulated firms by virtue of the revised guideline. For example, provincial regulators’ new derivatives trade reporting requirements are due to take effect on Oct. 31. OSFI says that it will monitor firms’ compliance with these requirements, “and will continue to review the appropriateness of their application to [federally-regulated firms].” Additionally, OSFI notes that the Bank Act is being revised to introduce an explicit rule-making authority regarding the OTC derivatives activities of banks. And, it says that other measures that are being developed at the international level to establish margin requirements for non-centrally cleared derivatives will also apply to firms under OSFI’s jurisdiction; these requirements will apply at a future date to be announced in 2015, it says. Finally, OSFI says that future revisions to this guidance will be considered, “to ensure that a consistent and comprehensive set of federal rules continue to apply to the OTC derivatives activities of banks and other [federally-regulated firms].” Comments on the revisions are due by November 14. James Langton CSA delays margin requirements for OTC derivatives Facebook LinkedIn Twittercenter_img Derivatives markets grow, ESMA reports Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) is proposing revisions to its guideline for banks and other firms to reflect ongoing reforms to the regulation of over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives markets. The federal regulator is updating its guideline to introduce expectations for central clearing of standardized OTC derivatives, to introduce requirements for reporting derivatives data to a trade repository; and to reflect current risk management practices, recognizing the distinction between the requirements for dealers and end-users of derivatives. CSA seeks changes to derivatives ruleslast_img read more

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Spain’s extensive policy plans set to help underpin a successful energy transition powered by renewables and efficiency

first_imgSpain’s extensive policy plans set to help underpin a successful energy transition powered by renewables and efficiency Spain has made considerable progress towards its goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050, but future gains need to be supported by stable policies, adequate public financing and incentives for private investment, according to a new policy review by the International Energy Agency.Since the IEA’s last in-depth review in 2015, Spain has solved a long-standing problem of electricity and gas tariffs not covering costs, and has closed all its coal mines, allowing the country to prioritise the issue of climate change and align its goals with EU objectives and ambitions.Spain’s 2050 objective for national climate neutrality calls for renewables to provide 100% of electricity and 97% of the total energy mix. The country’s energy policies are centred on massive deployment of renewable energy, energy efficiency, electrification and renewable hydrogen.While the share of renewables in the electricity sector has risen, the report finds Spain’s total energy mix is still heavily dominated by fossil fuels. Notably, the transport, industry and buildings sectors all have considerable work ahead of them to meet the country’s targets for renewables penetration and decarbonisation.At the same time, Spain has emphasised the importance of ensuring a just transition to ensure that communities in traditional energy regions and sectors, notably coal mining, are not left behind by the changes.“Under the direction of Minister Teresa Ribera, Spain has shown strong leadership on clean and equitable energy transitions,” said Fatih Birol, the IEA Executive Director, who is launching the report today with Ms Ribera, Spain’s Fourth Vice President of the Spanish Government and Minister for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge. “Spain has major renewable energy resources that can drive the transformation of its energy system and help realise its ambitious goals.”The IEA report notes that Spain is progressing toward its 2030 targets, especially in the electricity sector. After a slump between 2013 and 2018 due to a lack of financial incentives, investments in renewables took off again starting in 2019. The share of renewables in the national electricity mix grew from 33% in 2010 to 44% in 2020.The government aims to expand renewables installations in homes and businesses, as well as promote the use of renewables for industry and heating. It also intends to support the production of advanced biofuels, renewable gases, and hydrogen.Spain’s energy sector will look completely different once its plans and strategies have been fully implemented, with fossil fuels no longer dominant and end-user sectors mostly electrified. As is the case everywhere, a system underpinned by variable renewable generation will require new forms of back-up and flexibility to ensure energy security.The changes also bring opportunities, particularly greater integration of a clean energy system across sectors, as well as new jobs.“The foundations for Spain’s energy system transformation will be laid this decade. Notably, the current economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis presents Spain with an important opportunity to frontload clean energy investments over the next year three years,” said Dr Birol. “I hope this report will help Spain navigate its path toward a clean and efficient energy system and a net zero future.” /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:clean energy, climate change, efficiency, electricity, energy efficiency, energy security, EU, Government, IEA, Investment, leadership, production, renewable energy, Spain, spanish, zero-emissionlast_img read more

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Association of Massage Therapists joins calls for fit-for-purpose quarantine

first_imgAssociation of Massage Therapists joins calls for fit-for-purpose quarantine Association of Massage TherapistsThe Association of Massage Therapists (AMT) is joining the growing chorus of organisations calling on the Federal Government to fund purpose-built, air-gapped quarantine facilities to address the significant impacts of ongoing COVID-19 hotel quarantine leaks.The call for purpose-built quarantine comes as AMT’s Victorian members find themselves reliving the trauma of last year’s extended lockdowns which saw many massage therapy businesses pushed to the brink.Melbourne massage therapist, Liz Sharkey, says that many in Victoria are suffering from severe pandemic fatigue and are still carrying scars from the 2020 lockdowns.“Last year, there was an element of ‘ignorance is bliss’. We didn’t really know what we were in for or how long the lockdown would last. This time around it’s different,” said Ms Sharkey. “We’ve done everything we have been asked to do and still restrictions are coming back. People are angry and confused. They want someone to blame.“My business is only just starting to get back on track to where it was pre-Covid. Jobkeeper saved me last year. With no prospect of financial support now, I am not sure my business will survive. I just don’t know if I have the heart to go through it again,” Ms Sharkey said.In March 2020, many massage therapists across Australia voluntarily closed their practices ahead of the national lockdown, recognising the risk of becoming vectors for transmission of COVID due to the close contact nature of the work.“Our members take their responsibilities as healthcare practitioners extremely seriously,” AMT’s CEO, Rebecca Barnett said. “Not only did they voluntarily act to close down ahead of government lockdowns during the first wave of COVID but, with guidance from AMT, they have continued to be months ahead of the public health advice, adopting both droplet and airborne precautions in their clinics since reopening in June last year. They are using every possible strategy available to mitigate risks and protect their clients, including scheduling ventilation breaks between appointments, installing HEPA filters and monitoring CO2 levels to ensure there is adequate air exchange,” said Ms Barnett.“As an association that represents massage therapists, we recognise that it is a little bizarre to be weighing in on the issue of Australian quarantine arrangements but massage therapy is a close contact health intervention so practitioners are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of snap lockdowns and COVID outbreaks that are the result of hotel quarantine leaks,” Ms Barnett said.“Without the safety net of JobKeeper, we are deeply concerned about the welfare of our members and the capacity to endure ongoing disruptions.”AMT Chairperson Subhadra Gerard is disappointed that the recent Federal Budget did not extend to funding purpose-built quarantine.“This global pandemic is going to be a long-haul thing. There is no way our quarantine hotels will safely cope with the inevitable spike in case numbers from the thousands of stranded Australians returning here from COVID hotspots,” Mr Gerard said.“Australian massage therapists are doing their part to manage COVID-19 risks in the context of their clinical environments, with best-practice risk assessment protocols applicable over a range of clinical settings. Wouldn’t it be great to see the Commonwealth government use a similar approach to provide us with best practice, purpose-built, air-gapped quarantine facilities,” Mr Gerard said.AMT represents around 3500 qualified massage therapists across Australia. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. 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, Australian, business, commonwealth, Federal, federal budget, federal government, Government, healthcare, JobKeeper, Melbourne, public health, purpose-built, quarantine, risk assessment, Victorialast_img read more

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Future Of Space Panel To Feature CU Astronauts, Colorado Space Industrialists

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: May 7, 2000 A panel discussion on the future of space involving five CU-Boulder astronaut-alums and four Colorado space industry heavyweights will be held on Thursday, May 11, on campus. Free and open to the public, the panel discussion will be held in room 100 of the Mathematics Building from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will include CU astronaut-alums Loren Acton, Vance Brand, Sam Durrance, Richard Hieb and Ron Sega. Industry panelists include Jeffrey Harris, president of Space Imaging in Thornton, who will address space information in the new economy, and Lockheed Martin Vice President for Flight Systems Noel Hinners, who will speak on the challenges of a faster, better, cheaper space program. Other industry panelists include Ball Aerospace and Technologies Vice President of Civil Space Systems Gerald Chodill, who will talk about the search for life on other planets, and Lakewood’s Pioneer Astronautics President Robert Zubrin, who will speak on novel techniques that could propel humans to Mars within a decade. The Mathematics Building is located just west of the CU-Boulder engineering center. For more information contact CU-Boulder aerospace engineering sciences Professor Richard Seebass at (303) 492-2926 or Jim Scott in the CU-Boulder News Services Office at (303) 492-3114.last_img read more

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