News story: New UK Government Covid testing site opens in East Kilbride

first_img Walk through sites offer communities better access to coronavirus testing, so everyone with symptoms can get a test. This new site is part of our ongoing work to expand our testing network across the UK which now has the capacity to process more than 500,000 tests a day. We will continue to expand capacity to improve test turnaround times and push forward testing innovations to make sure anyone who needs a test can get one. Please book a test if you have coronavirus symptoms: a new continuous cough, a high temperature and a loss or change in sense of smell or taste, and follow the advice of NHS Test and Protect if you are contacted. To respond to the coronavirus, we have built a major testing and tracing system from scratch. We are constantly working to expand and improve it with new technologies and innovations so everyone with symptoms can get a test. New walk-in sites like this one makes it even easier to get a test no matter where you live. If you have symptoms of coronavirus, I urge you to book a test today and follow the advice of NHS Test and Protect if you are contacted to protect others and stop the spread of the virus. Gabe Docherty, Director of Public Health, NHS Lanarkshire said: The UK Government is helping all parts of the UK fight the coronavirus pandemic. Testing is vital, helping to manage local outbreaks and protecting people’s livelihoods. The UK Government is providing the bulk of Covid testing in Scotland, and this new walk-through centre is just the latest in our extensive testing network. We are pleased to be working with local and commercial partners. These sites are not possible without the hard work of many people. I would like to thank everyone involved for their incredible efforts for the good of the country at this difficult time. Simon Venn, Mitie Chief Government & Strategy Officer, said: Baroness Dido Harding, Interim Executive Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection, said:center_img Our priority during the pandemic is to support the nation’s efforts to fight COVID-19 and help keep the country running. Testing is a critical part of the UK’s strategy to combat coronavirus and we’re proud to support the UK Government with this vital task. A big thank you to all the NHS staff, Mitie employees and other frontline heroes in East Kilbride, who are working tirelessly to keep us all safe. The public health department continues to contact-trace positive cases and clusters in our community and this addition to the UK testing provision is welcome. I want to thank the public for their co-operation in reducing spread of the virus and ask that they please remain vigilant. The general measures to minimise the risk of Covid-19 remain the same – face coverings, avoid crowded places, clean your hands, two metre distance, self-isolate and go for a test if you have symptoms. Please do not hesitate if you have symptoms. It’s critical that you go for a test and this walk-in centre is a very welcome addition to our testing capacity. UK Government Minister for Scotland, Iain Stewart, said: The UK Government has today, Thursday 10 December, opened a new walk-through coronavirus testing centre at the Red Deer Centre in East Kilbride (G75 8AE). The centre is easily accessible for people without a car.The test centre is part of the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities created in British history. In Scotland, this comprises of six drive through sites, 19 walk-through sites, 21 mobile units, plus the Glasgow Lighthouse Lab which is working round the clock to process samples.In Scotland, the UK Government is providing all Covid testing and test processing outside of the NHS. Around two thirds of all daily tests are provided by the UK Government, in support of Scotland’s health services.Tests must be booked in advance at NHS Inform or by calling 0800 028 2816. People should only book at test if they have coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature, a new and continuous cough, or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste).Health Minister Lord Bethell said:last_img read more

“Azalea Lace Bugs”

first_imgAs another winter turns to spring, bears aren’t the only things coming out of hibernation. Azalea lace bugs are waking up, too, and will soon damage prized azaleas if homeowners don’t take action. Azalea lace bugs are the main pests of landscape azaleas, say University of Georgia entomologists. The insect with the beautiful, lacy wings can cause ugly damage to azalea foliage. Lace bugs feed on the underside of leaves and extract the contents of the upper layer of cells. This causes the azalea leaves to appear bleached or mottled. Braman said a properly scheduled insecticide application will get rid of these nymphs before they mature and have time to lay eggs.”If you don’t kill them before May, they will have laid eggs, and you’ll have to spray several times,” she said. If not controlled, azalea lace bugs can produce four generations from spring to fall. “If you kill this first generation,” she said, “you may not have to spray again.” UGA entomologists urge homeowners to use less toxic insecticides to save the good bugs in the landscape. “Using less toxic insecticides allows you to conserve beneficial insects like the parasitic wasps and spiders that feed on lace bugs,” Braman said. “Horticultural oils and insecticidal soaps have been around a long time,” she said. “People are using them more now. But you need to remember that these are strictly contact insecticides.” Contact insecticides must be sprayed on the insects. They work best on soft-bodied bugs like aphids and lace bugs. “They have no residual activity on the leaves,” Braman said, “So beneficial insects can walk on that leaf surface, after the fact, and not be killed. Good contact with lace bugs on the underside of the leaves is important for good control.” Download the grayscale .TIF — 1.63 M If homeowners don’t spray for azalea lace bugs, Braman said, young plants will suffer the most damage.”In our research,” she said, “we have observed that older plants, those that have been in the landscape for several years, can withstand more lace bug damage. They can tolerate some damage because they have well-established root systems and are not already under stress like a newly transplanted azalea.” Braman said this is one reason homeowners keep replacing young plants year after year. Kris Braman, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, said early spring is the perfect time to check plants for azalea lace bugs. Controlling them now, while they’re young, is the key, she said.”The azalea lace bug spends the winter as an egg inside your azaleas’ leaves,” Braman said. “Now that the temperatures are warming, the eggs are beginning to hatch. And newly emerged nymphs are beginning to feed.” Download the color .TIF — 6.54 M. “If you wait too long to spray, the nymphs will become egg-laying adults. And you will have to fight all stages of lace bugs,” she said. “Unfortunately, the egg stage is not affected by insecticides.” Download the color .TIF — 5.58 M. Download the grayscale .TIF — 1.40 M.last_img read more

Rocky Point Man Commits Suicide in Police Custody

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Rocky Point man arrested for driving while impaired by drugs committed suicide Wednesday while in police custody, Suffolk County police said.Homicide detectives have launched an investigation into the man’s death after he was found hanging in a holding cell around 7 p.m. Wednesday, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.The 27-year-old man, who police didn’t identify, was initially arrested for driving while ability impaired by drugs, resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental administration just before noon on Wednesday.He was transported to the Seventh Precinct to be held overnight for arraignment, police said.last_img

Fast-track planning tackles urban decay

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Governor Wolf Announces Tax Credits for Lewistown Health Center

first_img December 23, 2016 Governor Wolf Announces Tax Credits for Lewistown Health Center Healthcare,  Press Release,  Public Health HARRISBURG – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Commonwealth Cornerstone Group (CCG) has completed an $11 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing transaction that will help fund development of a federally qualified health center in Lewistown. The tax credits will be used for the construction of a three-story, 45,000 square foot facility that will be used to expand access to healthcare for residents in the region.“The goal of this project is to address the need for healthcare in underserved areas in Mifflin and Juniata counties,” said Governor Wolf. “Of course, there also will be economic benefits connected with the construction and operation of this new medical facility. So the region will see multiple benefits stemming from this new construction.”The Primary Health Network will be the anchor tenant of the facility, using the new building to provide primary and specialty healthcare services, including dental and behavioral care. Additionally, one third of the building will be leased to Geisinger Health System, one of the nation’s largest rural healthcare organizations.The health center’s service area includes federally designated medically underserved areas in Mifflin and Juniata counties experiencing a shortage of primary health care and mental health professionals. The new facility will address these shortages for low-income people, giving them better access for such things as oral healthcare, misalignment of teeth, mental health screenings, and treatment for depression and anxiety.“New Markets Tax Credits help to address gaps in financing and enable projects that might otherwise become stalled to move forward to construction,” said Brian A. Hudson Sr., CCG chairman and executive director of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). “This is a very worthwhile project that will produce benefits now and for years to come.”CCG was created in 2004 by PHFA to serve as a nonprofit community development entity.The developer for the project is Keystone Health Care Development Services, which has experience executing New Markets Tax Credit deals. The nonprofit developer has completed two prior NMTC-financed developments in Punxsutawney and Sharon.About Commonwealth Cornerstone GroupThe goal of CCG, through its administration of New Markets Tax Credits, is to fund projects in key areas of communities that have historic or cultural value and offer opportunities to spark economic revitalization. CCG utilizes NMTCs to provide loans and equity investments for business expansion, mixed-use development, and community facilities across Pennsylvania. Examples of past developments that have benefited from CCG’s investment of these tax credits include Bakery Square in Pittsburgh, the Coal Street Community Facility in Wilkes-Barre, and Schmucker Hall in Gettysburg. Learn more at: www.commonwealthcornerstone.org/.About the New Markets Tax Credit ProgramThe New Markets Tax Credit Program was established by Congress in 2000 to spur new or increased investments in operating businesses and real estate projects located in low-income communities. The NMTC Program attracts investment capital to low-income communities by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their federal income tax return in exchange for making equity investments in specialized financial institutions called community development entities, such as Commonwealth Cornerstone Group. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.About the Primary Health NetworkPHN began as a small community health center in 1984 and has since grown to include more than 45 service facilities located throughout 16 counties in Pennsylvania and Ohio.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Gobernador Wolf solicita a la legislatura a proteger a los residentes de Pennsylvania de los desalojos y ejecuciones hipotecarias

first_imgGobernador Wolf solicita a la legislatura a proteger a los residentes de Pennsylvania de los desalojos y ejecuciones hipotecarias Economy,  Español,  Press Release Con una orden ejecutiva que protege a los propietarios e inquilinos del desalojo o la ejecución hipotecaria que vence el 1 de septiembre, el Gobernador Tom Wolf envió cartas a la Cámara y al Senado solicitando la legislatura a extender temporalmente la moratoria existente y corregir defectos en la Ley 24 de 2020, un programa creado recientemente, que ayuda a inquilinos y propietarios de viviendas.El gobernador volvió a emitir la orden ejecutiva de desalojo y moratoria en julio; sin embargo, el Código de Servicios de Emergencia no permite más alivio relacionado con la vivienda temporal.La Ley 24 promulgada en mayo proporciona $150 millones para asistencia de alquiler y $25 millones para asistencia hipotecaria. La Agencia de Financiamiento de Vivienda de Pennsylvania administra el programa utilizando fondos de la Ley CARES. Sin embargo, el programa está ayudando a menos personas de las previstas, en parte debido a un límite de asistencia de $750. La carta del gobernador incluye recomendaciones de PHFA para abordar los problemas para que el programa pueda ayudar a más residentes de Pennsylvania a medida que la comunidad continúa luchando contra la pandemia de COVID-19 y su impacto económico.“La Asamblea General debe actuar para solucionar estos problemas de inmediato para brindar una asistencia significativa a este sector vital de la economía y prevenir el desplazamiento de los habitantes de Pennsylvania mientras continuamos luchando contra el virus COVID-19”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “La Legislatura debería aumentar el pago de $750 al mes a al menos el 130% de los límites de HUD, lo que en realidad ayudaría a los propietarios en áreas de mayor costo, conduciría a una mayor participación en el programa y aumentaría el número de inquilinos asistidos.“Además, el programa debería permitir que los participantes que necesiten asistencia obtengan asistencia para el alquiler sin tener que pagar atrasos. Los residentes de Pennsylvania no deberían tener que renunciar a alimentos o medicinas para mantenerse al día con el alquiler y ser elegibles para recibir ayuda”.El gobernador propuso un alivio adicional para los inquilinos hoy temprano cuando dio a conocer su agenda legislativa de otoño. El gobernador propone $100 millones adicionales para el Programa de Alivio de Alquiler PHFA CARES. La asistencia seguirá estando disponible en forma de subvención y los fondos se pagarán directamente a los dueños o propietarios.El gobernador también propone dividir $100 millones entre el Programa de Asistencia de Energía para Hogares de Bajos Ingresos (LIHEAP) y un nuevo programa de agua/aguas residuales de emergencia administrado por PENNVEST para ayudar a los clientes residenciales que estarían sujetos a la terminación del servicio cuando la moratoria actual de la PUC en terminaciones eventualmente se levanta.Lea las carta del Gobernador a la Cámara y al Senado.View this information in English. August 25, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Brisbane’s prestige market on fire in lead-up to Christmas

first_imgTony Schiffmann and his daughter Brooke at the Clayfield home that has sold for $4.15m. Image: AAP/Josh Woning.Mr Schiffmann, who was selling to downsize, told The Courier-Mail location and natural light had been important factors when he first bought the Clayfield home. “The key driver was actually around convenience which still applies today,” he said. “At that stage our daughters were younger so we moved in there for schools.“They went to Clayfield College, which was up the road.“Also I suppose work wise it was convenient to the city for myself and also my job involves travel so it was close to the airport.’’ Tony Schiffmann and his daughter Brooke at the Clayfield home that has just sold for $4.15m. Image: AAP/Josh Woning.A HAMPTONS style home in one of Brisbane’s most prestigious streets has sold for $4.15 million in another sign of strength in the market at the top end of town.The big family home at 175 Adelaide St East, Clayfield, sold after auction to a young, local family who fought off six other bidders to make an offer the vendor couldn’t refuse.The property’s previous owner, BDO managing partner Tony Schiffmann, has pocketed more than double what he paid for it 14 years ago, with property records revealing the home last sold for $1.8 million in 2003. This home at 175 Adelaide St East, Clayfield, sold after auction to a Brisbane family.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoMr Ferguson said he was personally seeing a lot of local buyers upgrading to the Ascot/Hamilton/Clayfield area. “They’re moving up after making money out of the homes they’re in, which drives the next level,” he said. And he believed there was still growth to come in the city’s prestige market, although the top of the cycle wasn’t far off. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE This home at 175 Adelaide St East, Clayfield, has sold for $4.15m.It’s been a big year so far for Brisbane’s prestige property market, with agents reporting increased interest from local buyers, expats and investors from southern states.Dwight Ferguson of Ray White Ascot, who negotiated the sale of 175 Adelaide St East with Damon Warat, said he still had a number of high-end homes due to hit the market in the lead-up to Christmas. CLEARANCE RATE HITS SPRING HIGH ART DECO APARTMENT BLOCK FOR SALE TECH BEHIND BITCOIN IS THE FUTURE The deck at the home at 175 Adelaide St East, Clayfield.The home has multiple living, dining and entertainment areas, five bedrooms, four bathrooms, two powder rooms, a media room, a tennis court and swimming pool — all on a large 1179 sqm allotment.It’s also close to the popular Racecourse Road restaurant precinct and major shopping centres.The top sale in the street to date is $5.8 million for 165 Adelaide St East in 2010, followed by $4.35 million for 123 Adelaide St East in 2004.It comes as another home fetched more than $4 million at the weekend.The riverfront property at 29 Laidlaw Parade in East Brisbane sold for $4.125m to a local family.last_img read more

IASB explores issues to include in discount-rate research paper

first_imgIn relation to the first of the four issues, IASB member Patrick Finnegan said the confusion of consistency with uniformity was a key issue.“Cashflow-based … and present-value measurement are similar, but they may not be identical,” he said. “That is different from the selection of a discount rate. There is always going to be differences in judgements … you’re never going to get uniformity.”Of particular interest to defined benefit plan sponsors, IASB vice-chairman Ian Mackintosh pointed to the problems that can arise when the notion of an entity-specific measurement is applied in practice.“I don’t assume the market value is a better indicator than the value in use,” he said.Vatrenjak responded: “I am not arguing to say we should scrap entity-specific [discount rates] because I for one see value in using entity-specific values, [as] it allows companies the opportunity to actually show what is unique about them, what is specific.“Let’s see if this really is a problem … [and] how that would be solved by simply tightening the description of this entity-specific measurement.”Until now, the IASB’s research effort on discount rates has operated at a low level.The board’s 2011 agenda consultation revealed moderate support among constituents for it to look into discounting under IFRS.The project is limited in scope, and the board has allocated just one full-time staff member to it.It is also possible that the board might issue its planned discussion paper on discounting and then make no changes.The discounting project is not only looking at pensions accounting under IAS 19 but at all IFRSs that require discounting.This includes IFRS 9, IAS 36 and IAS 37.The research project remains, however, at an early stage.Staff want to take soundings from the board on a draft discussion paper that looks at the measurement objective, components of present value measurement, measurement methodology, disclosures and terms and definitions.According to the staff’s draft research paper, they have identified three main aspects of present value measurement methodology in IFRS: how risk adjustments are reflected, how tax is accounted for and how inflation is accounted for.Developments on the research project will be of keen interest to DB plan sponsors looking increasingly at ever-more sophisticated approaches to discounting.Whereas a decade ago a sponsor might have discounted an IAS 19 liability using a simple index rate, preparers are increasingly looking to blended discount rates to reflect the different nature and duration of the different components of their IAS 19 liability.Under today’s accounting model, a DB sponsor must project its pension liability forward using the relevant plan assumptions and discount back using a AA-corporate bond discount rate to reach a net present value.There will be a concern in some quarters that, balanced against the fact the IASB might do nothing on discount rates, it is also possible the board could propose a move to a risk-free rate. This would bring with it the danger that sponsors would take a big hit to equity, which would, in turn, impact on lending if banks and rating agencies rely on the headline accounting numbers. The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has taken the first of its due-process steps toward the issue of a discussion paper on discounting practice, although it stressed the project was not about imposing a move to a fair-value or risk-free discounting approach under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).At a recent IASB meeting, project manager Aida Vatrenjak said: “The project is not about fair values – it is not really about historical cost, although it was hard not to mention because it was glaring at me.“It really is about those measurements we use in IFRS described as ‘current value measurements’ but [which] are not a fair value.”Among to the issues to emerge at the meeting, intended to take soundings from board members, were defining the discounting issue as opposed to a wider financial reporting issue; the challenge of applying an entity-specific measurement; the notion of a risk premium; and the relationship between taxation and discounting.last_img read more

EMEC and Enel Green Power Ink Marine Energy MoU

first_imgThe European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and Enel Green Power (EGP) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim to encourage knowledge sharing in marine energy technology development and performance assessment, and to drive forward collaborations in marine energy demonstration projects.The partnership will address a gap in independent marine energy testing against international standards, the development of which would increase credibility and trust in the sector.Working in collaboration and sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience in the field, EMEC and EGP will provide both public and private investors with increased confidence in the industry and therefore encourage future investment and growth in marine renewable energy, EMEC said.Rob Flynn, international development manager at EMEC said: “EMEC is very happy to collaborate with EGP on supporting marine energy development. As an independent test lab, EMEC is at the cutting edge of assessing marine energy technologies. EGP is a global leader in renewables, and with first-rate technology due diligence processes. This project will help us learn from each other and drive the marine energy sector forward.”Fabio Fugazzotto, head of Marine Innovation at Enel Green Power, said: “This cooperation will allow us to share our expertise and know-how on marine energy with EMEC, leveraging on lessons learned and internationally recognized evaluation standards, with the aim to explore future opportunities in the ocean energy sector.”Based in Orkney, Scotland, EMEC supports the testing, demonstration and assessment of wave and tidal energy technologies by providing test sites suitable for early stage sea deployments through to full-scale grid-connected trials. EMEC supports technology development from concept to commercialization, including consenting compliance, environmental monitoring, technical verification, and independent performance assessment.EGP is the global renewable business line of the Enel Group. EGP is at the forefront in promoting innovation in green energy, including exploring applications for wave and marine energy technologies.last_img read more

Dominica did not sign communiqué to expel USAID – Ambassador Henderson

first_img Share 191 Views   4 comments Share Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Dominica did not sign communiqué to expel USAID – Ambassador Henderson by: – June 25, 2012 Sharing is caring! Dominica’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Vince HendersonDominica’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Vince Henderson has denied that Dominica signed unto a communiqué with ALBA calling for the immediate withdrawal of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) from member countries of the alliance.The ALBA communiqué was published in the Cuban newspaper Granma as well as Aletho News website.The communiqué indicated that USAID participates in “open interference” in the internal politics of the ALBA countries, under the excuse of “planning and administering economic and humanitarian assistance for the whole world outside of the United States,” financing non-governmental organizations and actions and projects designed to destabilize the legitimate governments which do not share their common interests.It said the foreign ministers of ALBA met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 21 and resolved to immediately expel USAID and its delegates or representatives from their countries, due to the fact that they consider their presence and actions to constitute an interference which threatens the sovereignty and stability of our nations.It listed the governments of Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Dominica, Nicaragua and Venezuela as having signed the resolution.However Dominica’s Ambassador to the United Nations Vince Henderson who formed part of the Rio de Janeiro delegation told the Next Level radio program on Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 that Dominica did not sign the document.“I was responsible for coordinating the meetings of the delegation and the prime minister informed me that we should not mention anything about the situation and we shouldn’t sign unto anything like that,” he said.Henderson also noted that the way in which ALBA operates may have to be “looked into”.Meanwhile, ALBA Coordinator and Ambassador to Venezuela, Dr. Philbert Aaron who did not attend the meeting said he did not have anything to add to what Ambassador Henderson said. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more