Today, Athens, GA road warriors Widespread Panic officially announced the details for the 2018 edition of Panic En La Playa, their annual beachside destination event. The 7th installation of Panic En La Playa will take place January 26th – 30th, 2018 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico. In addition to four full two-set shows from Panic, the event will feature a talented lineup of late-night super-jams and “Solo Sunset Shows.” The late-night schedule for the Cloud 9 Adventures-produced event includes a pair of truly star-studded collaborative performances: the NOLA-flavored “Playa Allstars” (Eric Krasno, George Porter, Jr., Ivan Neville, Cyril Neville, Terence Higgins, Eric “Benny” Bloom, and Ryan Zoidis) and the “Zambi Allstars,” presumably a tribute to the late Col. Bruce Hampton featuring several of his past collaborators (Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Sipe, Matt Slocum, Rev. Jeff Mosier, and Eric Krasno).Watch The Daze Between Band’s All-Star Tribute To Butch Trucks & Col. Bruce Hampton In NOLANorth Carolina-based sextet Big Something will also perform a late night set. The solo sunset performances will feature several of the most sought-after performers on the road today, including David Shaw of The Revivalists, Marcus King of The Marcus King Band, and singer-songwriter Cris Jacobs.The event allows fans to enjoy some of their favorite artists in a tropical setting without ever pulling out their wallets, as all drinks, food, concerts, and activities/excursions (like zip-lining, a trip to Tulum’s Mayan ruins, and more) are included in the ticket price.Widespread Panic Welcomes Marcus King To Cover “Mountain Jam” At Wanee [Video]Those who have attended Panic En La Playa in past years will get first crack at tickets for the 2018 event when loyalty pre-sale begins on July 10th. Public on-sale opens at 12pm Eastern the following day, July 11th. For more information on Panic En La Playa Siete, head to the event website.Although Widespread Panic proclaimed last year that they would be significantly cutting down on their famously extensive touring schedule in 2017, the band has a number of dates on the books including weekend runs at Red Rocks this coming weekend, St. Augustine Amphitheatre in July, Las Vegas at the end of October and more, as well as several festival headlining sets this summer. For a full list of upcoming Panic dates, head to the band’s website.[Cover photo via WSP Facebook]
When Scarlett Mitchell moved into her East Boston condo 12 years ago, her 9-year-old daughter made her promise that it would be their last move. They had been “going from place, to place, to place,” Mitchell said.Though she was working three jobs, when she looked for an apartment she was told she didn’t make enough money to cover the rent. Owning a home? Out of the question. Mitchell says at that point in her life, “I was homeless. I literally didn’t have a place to live.”Her story is not uncommon.Amid a growing population, Greater Boston is facing a housing crisis that is hitting lower-income and working-class residents particularly hard. According to a new WBUR poll, many say the cost of housing is perhaps the single most pressing issue facing the region.To help combat the problem, Harvard University is recommitting $20 million to an initiative aimed at increasing the amount of affordable housing in Greater Boston. Through the Harvard Local Housing Collaborative, the University has partnered with three local, nonprofit community-development lenders to create and preserve affordable housing, build and revitalize healthy communities, and create economic opportunities for low- and middle-income residents throughout the region.The partners include Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), BlueHub Capital (formerly Boston Community Capital), and the Cambridge Affordable Housing Trust.Mitchell, who moved to the U.S. from Venezuela 31 years ago and now works as a preschool teacher in the Boston Public Schools, was able to get into her condo with assistance from the East Boston Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) nonprofit and behind-the-scenes support of LISC and BlueHub.,“Someone at my church told me about NOAH. With their help, I was finally able to qualify. I went through the process, I won the housing lottery … I became the very first homeowner in the [Falcon-Border] complex,” she said. “I’ve been here 12 years now. I’m very happy. My children finished high school. My daughter is in college now. I got my bachelor’s degree, and I’m working on my master’s. I have all that I was looking for. I’m so appreciative and grateful for everyone who made this possible for me. I have a have a home, a place to call my own.“I wish there were more affordable housing complexes like this. There are so many people who are just like I was,” Mitchell continued, “people who are trying so hard to look for a place to live, but they just can’t afford the rent anymore.”Though the housing problem has grown more acute in recent years, Harvard launched its program, formerly known as 20/20/2000, in 2000, initially committing $20 million in low-interest, flexible loans. Since then, the fund has revolved more than two times, and has helped finance the preservation and creation of more than 7,000 units of affordable housing locally.The crucial recommitment ensures that the funding continues for at least the next two decades.“Harvard is pleased to renew the Harvard Local Housing Collaborative. We are proud to be part of a community where partners from across Greater Boston come together to strengthen the region and address the urgent need for quality, affordable housing,” said Harvard President Larry Bacow. “We are grateful to all of our partners for their support and their efforts to increase access to homeownership and promote fair and equitable access to housing.”,The program’s impact can be felt throughout the region. It has helped leverage more than $1.3 billion in housing developments with more than 5,500 affordable units in Boston and more than 1,600 affordable units in Cambridge. The program has also helped finance additional housing developments in Somerville and Watertown.The financing that is provided through the Harvard Local Housing Collaborative is flexible, low-cost, and available at the critical early stages of development — such as during land acquisition and predevelopment — making it a particularly attractive, and oftentimes crucial, element for developers.“Harvard has been a supportive housing partner to LISC for two decades, and we are thrilled to renew our partnership through the Harvard Local Housing Collaborative. It takes a civic partner who is invested in our communities to make flexible funds available at low cost on a long-term basis to drive housing affordability. Our region’s income disparity and housing affordability challenges have grown to crisis levels since our partnership began in 1999. We need the engagement and investment of anchor institutions like Harvard to take our response to this crisis to another level,” said Karen Kelleher, executive director of LISC Boston.Projects throughout the region include affordable apartments, cooperative housing, assisted living for low-income seniors, opportunities for first-time home-buyers, artist’s lofts, and even shelters. Many are adjacent to public transportation and include easy access to public green space.Leaders in both Cambridge and Boston have continued to make affordable housing creation a priority.Cambridge is grappling with how to expand opportunities for affordable-housing development in all neighborhoods in a way that ensures a diverse and vibrant city. The City Council is mulling over an idea for a new zoning law, with the goal of helping housing developers create new affordable units more quickly, more cost-effectively, and in areas where there are fewer affordable housing options for residents.Whether or not the city’s proposal moves forward, Harvard’s housing fund, with its access to early capital, has been a critical driver in helping Cambridge and its nonprofit developers address the crisis.“The University is an exceptional partner in our public education, sustainability, and affordable-housing efforts,” said Cambridge City Manager Louis A. DePasquale. “Harvard’s affordable-housing initiative has directly impacted thousands of residents throughout our city.”Boston has set a goal of creating 69,000 affordable units by the year 2030.“Creating more quality, affordable housing for a range of incomes is essential to preserving the diversity that makes Boston the incredible city that it is, and is the backbone of Mayor [Martin J.] Walsh’s housing policy. Twenty years ago, Harvard stepped up to create this fund, providing early investment in the development process that has been a crucial element in many successful affordable developments,” said Sheila Dillon, the chief of housing and director of neighborhood development for the city of Boston. “Harvard’s continued partnership and investment in affordable housing in Boston has not only been innovative but is also a wonderful example of how a private organization can have a meaningful impact on the lives of thousands of Bostonians.”“Harvard’s program, providing access to capital, is an important partnership to allow affordable-housing creators to be competitive in the development market, and then build or preserve much-needed affordable housing options,” said Rep. Kevin G. Honan, chair of Massachusetts’ Joint Committee on Housing. “It’s an innovative program that’s making a tangible difference in neighborhoods across our city, and throughout the region. I’m pleased to learn that this transformative program will continue for another 20 years.”Harvard’s recommitment follows the launch of an initiative last week by Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, both Harvard teaching hospitals, together with Boston Medical Center, designed to help local families pay their rent. The three hospitals, acknowledging the strong connection between stable housing and good health, pledged to spend approximately $3 million over three years to fund housing programs designed to prevent displacement, eviction, and homelessness.Besides bolstering the health of individuals, housing stability contributes to strengthening communities and combating a range of social and economic problems.“I feel like I belong here,” said Mitchell. “I belong to this community. This is my home. My building. It’s perfect for me. I’m so blessed.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.
An independent survey recently predicted that companies that engage in above average levels of OEM partnership have the opportunity to accelerate sales growth and cost reductions by 35 and 45 percent by 2025. On a more negative note, the survey also predicted that by 2025, up to 50 percent of current businesses will cease to exist.Digital dilemmasHere’s the big question – which side of the wave of disruption, do you want to be on? The wave can either propel you forward, leave you floating, looking for the next one to chase or immerse you in the deep. We all know that staying relevant and competitive is tough. There is no end game. New capabilities are affecting every industry and show no sign of abating.Customer experience is a key differentiator, yet expectations are rising and there’s the sheer pace of technology changes to contend with. Take, for example, supply chain security. It’s no longer enough to worry about the protection of your own IT systems but you now have to think about that of your critical suppliers. How much do you know about the third-party components in your solution and where they originate from?There are also challenges finding the right people – you need a slew of engineering talent, not just to develop your IP but also to manage integration, networking and the underlying platform. Business continues to get more complex.Next gen solutionsWhat can you do differently to stay competitive and accelerate growth? In my book, you have stay ahead of the curve and outpace disruption by innovating faster. I believe that as industries evolve through digital transformation, solution builders and their customers need a whole new generation of solutions to support their applications. We need horses for courses – the same old, same old isn’t going to cut it any more. A picture paints a thousand words so let’s talk a few industry examples.Digital transformation in manufacturingFor example, take the typical manufacturing plant. In the beginning, we had manual production with humans doing the work. Smart machines then arrived, freeing workers up to do more value-add activities. Smart factories were the next evolution, leveraging inventory and analytical systems. Machine vision then arrived on the scene to bring higher levels of accuracy to assembly and product inspection. Fast forward to today. Welcome to the era of the smart, interconnected factory, capable of linking into core business systems and shaping customer demand to match the factory and supplier capabilities.Increased appliance workloadAll good but here’s the crunch – with all these additional demands, the appliance workload is increasing all the time. Smart devices are continuing to feed even more data into the mix. In the smart, interconnected factory, your appliance now needs to be multi-functional, managing everything to do with production, from supply and demand modelling, and communicating with suppliers through to prioritizing production schedules and ramping up or down certain factories.Digital transformation is pervasiveHealthcare is another great example. Increasingly, technology is changing how patients and doctors interact with artificial intelligence being used for rapid and accurate diagnostics. In the telecom world, we can predict network usage and optimize for customer demand before a problem occurs. In smart surveillance, AI can analyse live video to stop crime in real time, allowing a single set of eyes to cover many cameras at once. When suspicious activity is detected, the relevant camera is highlighted and security personnel are called, only when needed.Data delugeApart from offering sophisticated solutions and an improved customer experience, what do these four examples share What is the Edge?It may sound like an obvious question but what is the Edge? Where is it located? The short answer is that can be wherever you want or need it to be. There’s no single definition. For example, in the telecom world, the Edge is considered anything not located in the core data center. The Edge might be a micro data center placed in a sub region of a large city.Meanwhile in a smart city environment, the Edge might be a smart traffic light or a video surveillance camera. It could be processing video to count the number of pedestrians on a sidewalk to avoid sending all the raw video to the cloud or sending only when necessary or interesting. In the transport or maritime industry, might be talking about the back of a truck or a ship on the high seas collecting engine data watching for anomalies and uploading data when available bandwidth is present. In many cases, we’re talking about challenging environments. As a result, rugged and highly available systems blended with the ability to withstand extreme temperatures are critical characteristics.in common? The answer is not just data, but real time understanding of the data. However, this tidal wave of data is threatening to overwhelm and consume us. Having an architecture that can handle this is critical. Surviving the wave is no longer enough. It’s all about being prepared to ride and surf the data for the benefit of your business and your customers versus going under.In tandem, of course, we’ve seen huge advances in compute power, moving from the traditional single-purpose operating systems to virtual environments and multi-functional appliances, all the way through to converged and hyper-converged solutions.The age of containerization and offload Well, get ready – Next Gen Computing is the new frontier! Think highly available compute power, extending from the Cloud to the Core to the Edge, elastic scalability and software-defined everything. By wrapping functions in a virtual machine or container, you can treat that function as an atomic entity. The advantages are that you can independently roll out or replace virtual functions in a modular fashion without impacting other functions.The modularity of these functions also allows you to build a multi-purpose solution. For example, in the case of the smart, interconnected factory, you can drop both the virtual machine vision solution plus a failure predicting solution into a single appliance, size it and go. It really represents the best of every world.Of course, as individual appliances need to run faster, you’ll need to offload capabilities to pack more processing power into denser space. It’s all about mapping what your workload needs to do and choosing the right accelerator – be that FPGA, GPGPU or ASIC.Data collection and analysisOf course, compute is just one half of the solution. It’s also going to matter where compute is done. In terms of analysis, I believe that industry needs to move to the Edge for data collection and real-time analysis while continuing to avail of a centralized Cloud for overall infrastructure. It’s usually not an either/or – you probably need both.It may sound like an obvious question but what is the Edge? Where is it located? The short answer is that can be wherever you want or need it to be. There’s no single definition. For example, in the telecom world, the Edge is considered anything not located in the core data center. In this instance, the Edge might be a micro data center, placed in a sub region of a large city.Meanwhile in a smart city environment, the Edge might be a smart traffic light or a video surveillance camera. For example, it could be processing video to count the number of pedestrians on a sidewalk to avoid sending all the raw video to the cloud or sending only information that’s necessary or interesting.Act on insights in real timeThe advantages are clear. With the Edge, you can process data close to the source and act on insights in real time. As more and more data sets are generated, it’s simply not going to be possible to send all data to the Cloud, at least not in real time, when they are most valuable. From a cost perspective, it makes sense to intelligently aggregate data at the Edge and send only what’s interesting or relevant out to the Cloud. In a lot of workloads, the Edge can be used to make quick data-based decisions with the Cloud just notified of the outcomes.Take the telecom example. With 5G, and the proliferation of mobile phone and IoT devices together with the growth of high content delivery services, edge computing is set to become increasingly relevant. Due to bandwidth, latency and security needs, not everything can and will go to the Cloud for routing or processing. I believe that it will be necessary to analyse traffic or data at the Edge, act on the data, if necessary, and then route the relevant data to the appropriate Cloud over the most cost-efficient uplink.Time to re-engineer your architectureIn summary, IoT, AI, machine learning, and analytics are merging. It will become impossible to meet new customer expectations by using traditional server appliances and the Cloud. The workloads are too intense, the networking too complex, and the environments too diverse.The key take-away is that hardware and software re-architecture is critical – the appliance and the way we conduct real-time data analysis has to evolve to address changing needs. The applications of the future will not run on the appliances of the past. The battle lines are already being drawn. Prepare now and get ready to ride the wave!What has been your experience in the market? Are you planning to re-architect your hardware and software solutions? We welcome your comments and questions.Learn more about next gen solutions from Dell EMC OEM: www.dellemc.com/next-gen-oemListen to the playback of our webinar on this topic here.Join our LinkedIn OEM & IoT Solutions Showcase page here.Keep in touch. Follow us on Twitter @dellemcoem
MEXICO CITY – Drug-related violence has surged to “alarming and unprecedented” levels in Central America as Mexican drug cartels have shifted their operations, a United Nations report said on Feb. 28. The move “has resulted in increased levels of violence, kidnapping, bribery, torture and homicide” in Central America, the annual report by the International Narcotics Control Board said. “In Central America, the escalating drug-related violence involving drug trafficking organizations, transnational and local gangs and other criminal groups has reached alarming and unprecedented levels, significantly worsening security and making the subregion one of the most violent areas in the world,” the report said. “The countries of the so-called ‘Northern Triangle’ (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras), together with Jamaica, now have the world’s highest homicide rates.” Honduras, Costa Rica and Nicaragua were identified in 2010 for the first time as major trans-shipment points of illegal drugs flowing into the United States. Guatemala was singled out in the report as a transit area for cocaine smuggled into Mexico. Adding to the high level of violence is the ready availability of firearms and a proliferation of street gangs or “maras,” with more than 900 gangs and 70,000 members in Central America, according to the report. “The drug problem has also led to drug-related corruption, which has increasingly weakened the criminal justice systems in Central America and the Caribbean,” the report said. “Drug funds and corruption in the security services have become entrenched in Central America, paving the way for other forms of organized crime, including trafficking in firearms.” [AFP (Mexico), 28/02/2012; Incb.org, 28/02/2012] By Dialogo March 01, 2012
“These joint efforts of our military forces have allowed Honduras to become hostile territory for drug traffickers. We know there is still hard work to do, but we are making good progress.” “Honduras is strengthening its maritime, air, and ground shields, joining its efforts to those of the other countries in the region,” Honduran Minister of Defense Samuel Armando Reyes said during the CFAC meeting. “This is allowing us to combat drug trafficking and organized crime more forcefully.” “We are performing coordinated patrols in vulnerable areas along our borders, thanks to the coordinated operations of our intelligence units,” Guatemalan Minister of Defense Manuel Augusto López said during his closing remarks at the 32nd Ordinary Meeting of the High Council for the Central American Armed Forces Conference (CFAC, for its Spanish acronym), held July 10 in Guatemala. CFAC’s goal is to strengthen regional military integration; its permanent member countries are Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. Bolstering sea, air, and ground defenses One such step forward: the Armed Forces of Honduras and El Salvador approved planning groups for new border operations during the 15th Meeting of Commanders of Military Border Units under the CFAC, held on July 16 in the Honduran border town of Nuevo Ocotepeque. That’s a crucial component in the fight against large criminal enterprises that operate across borders: for example, there are about 1,987,000 illegal weapons circulating in the Central American region, according to the study, “Weapons Trafficking. Environment, legislative proposals, and public opinion,” published by the Center for Social and Public Opinion Studies (CESOP) of the Mexican House of Representatives. Among their traffickers: street gangs such as Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 (M-18), which also use the weapons to conduct crimes such as extortion and kidnapping. “We are committed to continue confronting these gangs,” Salvadoran Minister of Defense David Munguía Payés pledged at the end of the meeting. “And in order to increase our operational readiness capabilities, we are also going to continue to train our troops using modern technology, always in compliance with the laws of our respective countries.” Troops engaged in the initiative focus their efforts on combating the trafficking of drugs, weapons, and humans; they also share information on how criminal organizations operate, particularly those that are active along the Northern Triangle’s border areas. Operation MARTILLO combines the forces of 10 countries in the Americas – Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Canada, and the United States – along with France, the Netherlands, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Central American countries and the Dominican Republic are deploying elite teams from their Armed Forces to confront organized crime groups and disrupt illegal enterprises, such as drug trafficking, along their shared borders. By Dialogo August 06, 2015 Hi. Congratulations on the great job. Good luck to all of you and may nature protect you all. Very nice. I wish the Brazilian Army would control our borders. Very nice. Dealing with security is the biggest priority. Very good work integrating the Armed Forces, auxiliary forces and the 2016 Olympic organisation in Brazil. THE WORLD NEEDS TO COOPERATE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN GENERAL BECAUSE THIS AFFECTS THE WORLD ECONOMY. DRUGS, WEAPONS AND CONTRABAND IN GENERAL ARE EVIL AND NEED TO BE COMBATED AROUND THE WORLD.Website http://derlyemarcelinho.com.br/ Without a doubt, drug trafficking in all its manifestations, variables and ramifications and expressions is a threat to national security anywhere it operates. In that sense, all efforts to eradicate it is progress. It is also important to gradually reduce drug use in societies with very high purchasing power, thank you. In 2014, 60 percent of cocaine-smuggling flights that departed from South America first landed in Honduras – a decline from 75 percent of such flights in 2013, according to a U.S. government report. Typically, such organizations transport cocaine and other illegal substances on narco-planes from drug-producing countries such as Peru, Colombia, and Bolivia, and ship the loads to Honduras. From there, organized crime operatives transport the drug loads by land to Guatemala and Mexico. That’s why Central American countries are bolstering their defenses by sea, air, and ground. They work together to combat international drug trafficking, enhance regional security, and promote peace, stability, and prosperity throughout the Caribbean and Central and South America. “We want to progress further in combating terrorism, drug trafficking, organized crime, and gang activities along our borders. We will soon deploy our teams, and we will see results,” Cavalry Colonel Julio César Cerrato, Commanding Officer of Honduras’ 120th Infantry Brigade, said at the end of the meeting. Fighting drug trafficking and sharing information In this context of joint military strategies against organized crime, Operation MARTILLO continues to be a significant component in a comprehensive regional focus on combating the use of the Central American Pacific coasts as transshipment areas for drugs and weapons. “The key to our success lies in continually sharing more and more military intelligence information through different mechanisms of modern technology,” Aviation Colonel Jimmy Rommel Ayala, Salvadoran Air Force representative, said to the CFAC. “We must keep moving forward to continue the decreases in these groups’ activities.” Organized crime groups, including Mexican drug cartels, also traffic cocaine, marijuana, and other illegal narcotics through Central America as they make their way north to the United States, according to U.S. government reports. They transport their loads along the Pan-American Highway, beginning in Costa Rica, and often to Nicaragua. When they arrive at the Gulf of Fonseca, the drug-trafficking routes split through Honduras or El Salvador and then on to Guatemala.
Dec 7, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – If public health emergency preparedness were a college class, the federal government would be considered a poor pupil by the nonprofit organization Trust For America’s Health (TFAH), which gives the government a D+ in a new report released yesterday.That grade was based on a survey of 20 leading public health experts, who used 12 criteria to measure preparedness.Particular federal efforts and programs were evaluated as follows:The Strategic National Stockpile merited only a C+.The Cities Readiness Initiative, biosurveillance activities, pandemic influenza planning, and management of federal funds and programs got a C–.Coordination of federal agencies, establishment of measurable goals and directions, BioWatch, and the federal health response to Hurricane Katrina received a D.The smallpox vaccination program received a D–.This critique of federal readiness is part of a broader annual effort to assess US emergency preparedness. This is the third year TFAH has made such an assessment. Although the nation has made “considerable progress” in improving public health preparedness, TFAH said that the pace must be stepped up, and better policies and funding are needed at all levels of government.The organization’s goal, the report says, is “to help the nation move toward an improved, strategic ‘all-hazards’ system for protecting the public’s health, capable of responding effectively to health threats posed by diseases, disasters, and bioterrorism.”TFAH makes a series of recommendations for improving leadership, accountability, public efforts, and basic response capacity that include:Preventing public health preparedness and bioterrorism grants to states from falling below $950 million a year, “the estimated allocation needed for sustainable progress”;Improved focus on effective use of health services grants;Improving capabilities for mass-casualty events, including public health and hospital efforts;Strengthening leadership by having a single, accountable official responsible for bioterrorism and public health preparedness at the US Health and Human Services (HHS) Department;Increasing accountability by developing standardized performance measures for bioterrorism preparedness from the CDC or consistent reporting of progress and/or vulnerabilities to both Congress and the American people.”The fact that emergency tests prior to Hurricane Katrina revealed vulnerabilities in the levees protecting New Orleans, yet no actions were taken based on these findings provides a strong example” of government failings, TFAH says.In addition to critiquing federal preparedness, the group also assessed the preparedness of states and some cities on the basis of the following 10 “key indicators” of preparedness:”Green” status for distribution of medical supplies from the Strategic National StockpileSufficient Biosafety Level 3 labsEnough scientists to do lab tests for anthrax or plagueA disease tracking system to collect and monitor data via the InternetA plan or a state-local planning effort to care for patients at non-healthcare facilitiesPlans, incentives, or provisions to ensure continuity of care in the event of a major disease outbreakAn infection control professional available within 15 minutes, around the clockWorking with state or local health agencies to prioritize hospital workers’ receipt of vaccine or antiviralsSufficient medical equipment and supplies for “10 additional patients requiring ventilation”Those assessments were based on public sources, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports, a survey by the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), a survey by TFAH and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), public releases from states, and interviews with government officials, TFAH noted.Overall, the highest-scoring states were Delaware, South Carolina, and Virginia, which satisfied 8 of the 10 key indicators, followed by Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, and Texas with 7. The lowest-scoring states were Alabama, Alaska, Iowa, and New Hampshire with 2 of the 10 indicators, and Arkansas, Idaho, Maryland, and Montana with 3. Only seven states and two cities were rated as prepared to provide emergency vaccines, antidotes, and medical supplies from the Strategic National Stockpile.Ironically, this poor report card on the nation’s preparedness comes a day after the disbanding of the 9/11 Commission. At the farewell meeting, commissioners handed out a report card that gave the US government failing grades for its actions to prevent another attack like the one on Sept 11, 2001, according to a story published today in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.See alsoTFAH news release, with links to the executive summary and complete reporthttp://healthyamericans.org/reports/bioterror05/CIDRAP News story on TFAH 2004 reporthttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/bioprep/news/dec2204bioterror.htmlCIDRAP News story on TFAH 2003 reporthttp://healthyamericans.org/reports/bioterror05/
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Governor Wolf: CBO Score Confirms Pennsylvanians Will Be Worse Off Under GOP Replacement Plan March 13, 2017 National Issues, Press Release, PSA, Public Health, Seniors Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate that 14 million more people nationally would be uninsured under the American Health Care Act just next year, and 24 million would be by 2026 while costs for seniors will increase:“That politicians in Washington are willing to throw tens of millions of people off their insurance plans and increase costs for seniors to achieve a political victory is unconsciousable. The CBO score confirms that Pennsylvanians, including seniors, people with disabilities and those in treatment, will be worse off under the AHCA and that any assurances otherwise were either untrue or disingenuous – or both. This bill would impose an age tax on older Pennsylvanians and raise costs for their coverage. I call again for every member of the Pennsylvania delegation to reject this bill and work towards fixing Obamacare, rather than leaving millions of their constituents worse off.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
14a Ralston St, West End.Ms Mahoney said one was large enough to comfortably fit a king size bed, another had a lounge suite and the third had a study desk as well.She said the large size of the rooms would make them suitable for teenagers. There is also another living area on this level of the home.The home has six bedrooms in total. Upstairs is the main bedroom with louvred walk-in wardrobe which was originally part of the veranda. “It has been utilised very smartly for the walk-in robe,’’ Ms Mahoney said. 14a Ralston St, West End.“It is a very, very old home, that was relocated from Charters Towers,’’ she said. “It had a three-quarter verandah. Since its relocation to Ralston St, it has been raised and what I love about it is the footprint, it has a very big footprint, it is a big home.’’Ms Mahoney said the main bedroom had an ensuite and the lounge area was very traditional.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“It goes out on to the veranda and everything is supersized (in the home) including the size of the downstairs bedrooms.’’ 14a Ralston St, West End.The home has three bathrooms, there are two living areas and a study and parking for two cars and outside is a landscaped yard and a swimming pool.Ms Mahoney said the original character of the home had been retained in the renovation. She said it was close to the city and walking tracks.The home will be auctioned on October 31 at 6pm in rooms at Harcourts Kingsberry at 210 Charters Towers Rd. 14a Ralston St, West End.THIS home started out its life in the early 1900s in Charters Towers, but has now been restored to its former glory in Townsville.The home, at 14a Ralston Street, West End, is described by its marketing agent Julie Mahoney of Harcourts Kingsberry as a “very grand Queenslander’’.
Swedish occupational pension provider Alecta says it is looking for a new chief executive after the current head Staffan Grefbäck announced his departure.Grefbäck, who has been at the helm of the SEK721bn (€76.5bn) pensions firm since 2009, said: “After having held management positions in the finance sector for almost 30 years, I want to make more time for other things. “What those will be I do not yet know, only that I am not aiming for a new operational role.”Alecta said its board of directors would now start a search to find a successor for the post of chief executive. In the meantime, Grefbäck will remain as chief executive until a successor is appointed.Grefbäck said it had been a privilege to lead Alecta for seven “eventful and exciting years”.“Alecta is currently well positioned to face the future, with committed employees, strong finances and a level of competitiveness that creates real value and security for our customers,” he said.He added that, even though there is “always more to do”, he felt it was time to hand over the baton.Alecta’s chairman Erik Åsbrink said the board regretted Grefbäck was leaving.“But we respect his decision and understand the motives that have guided him,” he said.Before becoming chief executive of Alecta in February 2009, Grefbäck was head of Alecta’s asset management division, having taken on that role in 2001.