Electron microprobe characterization of ash layers in sediments from the central Bransfield basin (Antarctic Peninsula): evidence for at least two volcanic sources

first_imgBransfield Strait, a narrow active rift with three submarine basins, separates the South Shetland Islands from northern Antarctic Peninsula. Volcanism in Bransfield Strait commenced prior to 0.75 Ma and continues, with recent subaerial eruptions at Deception, Bridgeman and Penguin islands, submarine hydrothermal activity and numerous young basaltic seamounts located along the rift axis. Gravity cores were collected from five locations within the central Bransfield basin. Diatomaceous mud interbedded with terrigenous detritus and discrete ash layers up to 10 cm thick are the commonest sediment types in all the cores. The major element compositions of glass shards within the ash layers are, apart from the uppermost layer, compositionally similar to pyroclastic units preserved on Deception Island, a young (< 0.75 Ma) active stratovolcano. The uppermost ash layer cannot be closely matched compositionally to any known source in the Antarctic-Scotia Sea-southem South America region. Its presence indicates that a volcanic centre other than Deception Island contributed ash to the Bransfield basin. Based on the shallow stratigraphical position of the compositionally distinctive ash layer, only a few decimetres beneath the seafloor, its source volcano was probably active in historical times (< few hundred years).last_img read more

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Briefs

first_imgn FAS Productions, a manufacturer of savoury pastry products, has recently been purchased by Scottish entrepreneur David Orr.Orr has experience of running bakeries in Scotland, having owned UCB and part-owned California Cake Company, which were sold to Finsbury Food Group in October 2005. Orr already owns the Aberdeen Buttery Company and Fords Bakery in Edinburgh.n The Whole Grains Council has launched the Whole Grain Stamp for use in Canada, with both French and English words. The stamp uses the same black and gold graphics found on the US version, but it also comes with the French for whole grains: grains entiers.n The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is calling for another cut in interest rates by the end of March. Following last Thursday’s rate cut from 5.5% to 5.25%, David Kern, economic adviser to the BCC, said: “Threats to growth are much more acute now than risks of higher inflation, and we would welcome a bold UK move to 5%.”n Rising wheat prices and falling profits caused Jodi Turner, a Canadian baker, to close her Ottawa shop after running her Bread and Roses Bakery for 20 years in the city’s New Edinburgh neighbourhood. But Turner reopened her bakery following a flood of support from customers, who begged her to keep going. She said that the bakery is now operating with fewer staff and selling more wholesale.last_img read more

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L4LM Staff Picks: Our Favorite Live Collaborations Of 2017

first_imgmoe.queous, “Plane Crash” | Brooklyn Comes Alive | Brooklyn, NY | 9/23/17In late September, Brooklyn Comes Alive returned to Williamsburg for a weekend of unique collaborations, ambitious tribute sets, and one-time-only performances from many of the most inspiring musicians in the live music scene. One of the most highly anticipated sets at this year’s edition of BCA was moe.queous, a combination of jam-scene-upstarts Aqueous and guitarist/vocalist Al Schnier and drummer Vinnie Amico from moe. Aqueous and moe. both hail from Buffalo, NY, so the connection between the bands coming into this performance was strong. It quickly became clear during this set that Aqueous and moe. are cut from the same cloth, and it was one of the most memorable sets of a weekend filled with many highlights.Schnier and Aqueous guitarists Mike Gantzer and Dave Loss showcased great chemistry together, attacking their guitars both separately and at-once like true masters. If you closed your eyes during the set, it often sounded like missing-moe.-guitarist Chuck Garvey was up there harmonizing with Schnier, a key to re-creating moe.’s dual-guitar sound. Without percussionist Jim Loughlin‘s unique multi-instrumental presence, Amico and Aqueous drummer Rob Houk made up for his absence in spades, delivering a thunderous double-drum connection that gave the whole set a super-charged feel. Evan McPhadden was in the pocket throughout, masterfully recreating the bass sound of moe. bassist Rob Derhak, who was then in the midst of his battle with cancer.As a result of Derhak’s battle with cancer, opportunities to hear moe. songs in a live setting at the time was up in the air at the time, so the performance already had the makings of a special and emotional show. Making the set all the more special was the band’s epic performance of Derhak’s classic anthem “Plane Crash”, which served as the centerpiece of the entire performance. Schnier made sure to take some time to say a few words about Derhak, dedicating the song to his longtime musical compadre before handing the reins to Gantzer to lead the band through “Plane Crash”. Gantzer was on fire throughout, and clearly had the time of his life up on stage playing alongside some of his musical heroes.See below for a full, multi-cam HD video of moe.queous performing “Plane Crash” at Brooklyn Bowl from Brooklyn Comes Alive 2017!“Plane Crash” As the year comes to a close, it’s time to look back at the wild ride and whirlwind that was 2017. For this series of Live For Live Music staff picks, we’ll be reliving many of the glorious musical moments from the past year. We’ve already taken a look at a select few of the awesome jams, bust outs, live covers, and music festivals that went down this year, and today, we’re revisiting our staff’s favorite live collaborations of 2017. Enjoy!L4LM Staff Picks: Our Favorite Jams Of 2017L4LM Staff Picks: Our Favorite Bust Outs Of 2017L4LM Staff Picks: Our Favorite Live Covers Of 2017L4LM Staff Picks: Our Favorite Music Festivals Of 2017Hampton 70 | The Fox Theatre | Atlanta, GA | 5/1/17There’s no narrowing it down. In what will become one of Rock and Roll’s greatest stories, we continue to dissect what transpired at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta on May 1, 2017. For nearly four hours, different combinations of world-class musicians graced the stage with Colonel Bruce Hampton, performing joyous renditions of classic rock and blues covers along with seminal Bruce Hampton material to a packed house (and countless more via live stream) in honor of his 70th birthday. It was a joyous celebration; a highly potent, awe-inspiring display of musicianship; a moving show of respect and admiration for one of the most influential performers of his generation.Stranger Than Fiction: The Cosmic Curtain Call Of Col. Bruce HamptonEven before Hampton collapsed and died during the show’s encore, this was a performance of epic proportions, a night of music that would be talked about for years to come. Many of the jam scene’s most talented and respected players–including John Bell, Dave Schools, Jon Fishman, Warren Haynes, Karl Denson, Oliver Wood, Jimmy Herring, Chuck Leavell, John Popper, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Brandon “TAZ” Niederauer and so many more–came out to pay their respects to a the jam scene elder statesman.It would be impossible to replicate the energy in the room, and the reality of the experience is inconceivable to those who were not there, but thanks to the advancements of technology, there is at least sound proof of the Colonel’s last magic trick. Listen to the full show below, courtesy of Dfries81: Below is a full list of musicians that performed at Hampton 70: Col. Bruce Hampton, Peter Buck, Warren Haynes, Daniel Wytanis, Brandon Niederauer, John Popper, Vince Herman, Tyler Greenwell, Derek Trucks, Emil Werstler, Duane Trucks, Jimmy Herring, Drew Emmitt, Jeff Sipe, Yonrico Scott, John Bell, Susan Tedeschi, Jon Fishman, Tyler Neal,  Carter Herring, Darren Stanley, Oliver Wood, Jeff Mosier, Joe Zambi, Dave Schools, Kevin Scott, Jake Peavy, Matt Slocum, Kevin Kinney, Chuck Leavell, Tinsley Ellis, Johnny Knapp, Hardy Morris, Karl Denson,Darick Campbell, Denny Walley, and more… Jim James With Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, “Been Caught Stealin’” | LOCKN’ | Arrington, VA | 8/25/17Anything is possible at LOCKN’. Promoter Peter Shapiro is behind the Arrington, Virginia festival—the same man who reunited the surviving members of the Grateful Dead with Trey Anastasio for the 50th anniversary Fare Thee Well shows. During the late hours of Friday night, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead took to the Relix Stage for their first of two late-night sets this weekend. Continuously straying away from a “traditional” set, the Grateful Dead-inspired quintet–Joe Russo, Scott Metzger, Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, and Dave Dreiwitz–delivered a stellar showcase packed with curveball surprises.Jim James, frontman of My Morning Jacket who had performed a solo set earlier in the evening, joined the group for a shocking debut cover of “Been Caught Stealing” by Jane’s Addiction toward the end of the set. My Morning Jacket delivered one of the most memorable performances at the 2016 LOCKN’, so it’s no wonder the festival tapped James to return for a second year. James stuck around to help close the set with “Brown Eyed Women” before returning to the stage with Nicole Atkins for an emotionally-charged “Brokedown Palace” encore, blowing the minds of all in attendance in arguably the most exciting collaboration of all LOCKN’s time.You can also watch the collaborators execute “Brown Eyed Women” and “Been Caught Stealing” below, courtesy of monihampton.“Brown-Eyed Women”“Been Caught Stealing” Trey Anastasio with Tedeschi Trucks Band | “Delta Lady” & “Mountain Jam” | Beacon Theatre | New York City, NY | 10/14/17On the final night of their six-night run at the Beacon Theatre (marking the band’s 27th performance at the venue to date), Tedeschi Trucks Band played two full sets of rock-and-roll originals, covers, and sit-ins from the one-and-only Trey Anastasio. The Phish frontman helped the 12-piece ensemble close out their second set with a pair of covers, “Delta Lady” by Leon Russell and a 33+ minute “Mountain Jam” for the ages.Trey handled the lead vocals for “Delta Lady”, a tune that Anastasio’s Trey Anastasio Band debuted during the spring for their own tour and that has been in Tedeschi Trucks Band’s rotation in recent years. However, the crowning jewel of the collaboration was Anastasio and Tedeschi Trucks Band’s awe-inspiring cover of the Allman Brothers Band’s “Mountain Jam”, marking the first time Trucks and Anastasio have collaborated since with the Allman Brothers Band at the 2014 Wanee.With the recent passings of Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks, the ABB song was an especially poignant choice. It was also the debut version from Tedeschi Trucks Band, which soared between various versions of the composition–including early Donovan’s “There Is A Mountain” and inspiration from the Grateful Dead and Herbie Mann renditions, as JamBase noted–with an extended “Will The Circle Be Unbroken?” mid-section. Certainly, an interesting take on the beloved instrumental, bassist Tim Lefebvre and drummers J.J. Johnson and Tyler Greenwell were each given plentiful space for their individual remarks, morphing the performance into a space-shifting presentation of a song with many legs.While Anastasio has been known to hold back in this shared stage space before, he visibly pushed through to match guitar hero Derek Trucks in what became a patiently-timed, glorious dual between the two. Still, it was obvious who the leader on stage was–understandably, and respectfully–as Trey used the experience to appreciatively soak in the glory of the Tedeschi Trucks Band. You can watch complete videos of “Delta Lady” and “Mountain Jam” below, courtesy of Marc Millman:“Delta Lady”“Mountain Jam” Brandon “Taz” Niederauer w/ Ghost-Note | DROM | New York City, NY | 6/15/17Ghost-Note made their way to Manhattan’s East Village for a performance at DROM earlier this summer. Led by Snarky Puppy percussionists Nate Werth and Robert “Sput” Searight and featuring rotating cast of talented players like MonoNeon (Prince), Jonathan Mones, Sly5thave, Dominique Taplin, Nick Werth, Alvin Ford Jr., A.J. Brown, and more, the avant-garde jazz-funk outfit makes a sonic statement every time they take the stage. During the New York show, Ghost-Note welcomed a special guest: young guitar phenom Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, fresh off a performance of School of Rock: The Musical on Broadway.The diminutive ax-slinger lent his impressive chops to three songs, as the band made the most of their chance to have the prodigious talent onstage with them. In the video below from the middle of the 3-song segment, Sput speaks about having Taz–who he refers to as “The Grown Man”–sit in: “When we bring it all the waydown and play real soft and funky…So since we got him onstage, we might as well give him another solo right? So Taz, I want you to take your time, man. Just take your time and play from your heart, brother.”Taz responded to Sput’s call with a delicately melodic solo over a billowing, funky back-beat that built to a high-voltage peak with Brandon intently enthralled throughout–to the audible delight of an ecstatic crowd. Check out video of the collaboration via MonoNeon below. See you in 2018!last_img read more

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Flavor of Georgia

first_imgFrom pimiento cheese to prosciutto, Georgians take their food seriously. And they make some seriously good food. Each year the University of Georgia’s Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest highlights the state’s burgeoning Georgia-made food industry and helps separate the great products from the good ones. Registration for the 2019 contest, which is coordinated each year by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is now open at flavorofga.com.Now well into its second decade, the competition serves both food entrepreneurs, assisting them in testing new products and reaching a larger audience, and established brands, helping them break into new markets and receive accolades for established product lines.”Flavor of Georgia is an exciting, one-of-a-kind contest for our state’s food artisans,” said David Goodson, co-owner of 2018 Flavor of Georgia winner Goodson Pecans. “It serves to bring tremendous recognition to producers of quality craft food made with delicious Georgia-grown ingredients. I highly recommend all craft food makers to enter it. We have been so grateful for the opportunities our win has opened up for the growth of our small business and the support we have had from great people across our state and region.”To date, more than 1,300 food products have been entered in the contest. Many of these products are sold in regional and national markets. As a result of the contest, some have increased their wholesale distribution, improved internet sales or experienced better traffic at local farmers markets.“The Flavor of Georgia contest is a great opportunity to showcase the variety and quality of the delicious products being made in Georgia these days, and it’s also a chance for entrepreneurs to introduce their products to larger markets,” said Sharon P. Kane, the contest coordinator and food business development specialist at the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. “Every year we hear from contestants who were able to build new partnerships with either other entrepreneurs, distributors or stores after the contest.”Product categories include barbecue sauces, beverages, condiments and salsas, confections, dairy, honey, jams and jellies, meats and seafood, meat-alternative products, sauces and seasonings, snack foods, and miscellaneous products. There is no limit to the number of products an individual business can submit.The early registration fee is $100 per product entry and continues through Jan. 14, 2019. After that date, the price increases to $150 and remains open until Jan. 28. All entries are featured in the annual product directory, which is seen by leading food industry buyers and media outlets. Contest finalists are invited to participate in the final round of judging in Atlanta on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, through a live pitch to judges, with an awards reception immediately following.The grand prize winner will be awarded an exhibit space for up to two registrants at the Georgia Food Industry Association annual convention – a value of more than $1,500 – and three consultation sessions from the UGA Food Product Innovation and Commercialization (FoodPIC) Center on product or process design, ingredient functionality, sensory testing and/or shelf-life determination, a $1,500 value.All finalists receive a one-year Georgia Grown membership, courtesy of the Georgia Department of Agriculture. The contest is being held in conjunction with the department’s statewide Agricultural Awareness Week, which celebrates all aspects of the agricultural industry, from farmers to food businesses.For more information or to register, visit flavorofga.com. Follow the contest @FlavorofGA on Twitter and Instagram and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/flavorofga.last_img read more

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3 questions to ask a colleague who’s quitting

first_imgYou are happy with where you are at work. Everything seems to be going smoothly. But then one of your work colleagues surprises you by deciding to quit. Are there things about the office that prompted their resignation? Here are three important questions to ask a fellow coworker who is quitting.Were you unhappy?Any negative feelings your colleague had while working with you may come as a surprise if they never disclosed their discontent. But, discuss with them (if they are willing) the specific factors that led to their decision to go elsewhere. Was it the boss, other colleagues, or other aspects of their role in the company? Knowing this information may help you to make improvements to your own interoffice relationships. It may also give you a better understanding of your boss’ expectations for the office.What would you have changed?Your colleague may feel they could have done a few things differently to solidify a better future while working at your company. Did they put enough passion and effort into each project or were they indifferent and lacking motivation? If they have certain regrets that they wish to share, their feelings may give you the drive to be more productive, hardworking, and enthusiastic.Can we keep in touch?If your relationship with your colleague was friendly while you worked together, nothing says you can’t remain friends even after they’ve quit. If it’s important to you that you keep in touch, tell them how you feel. Just because they didn’t find their place at the organization and you are choosing to stay doesn’t mean that should come between you. So, make sure they’ll feel comfortable staying in touch then invite them to lunch or to grab a drink. 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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COVID haircuts and what we can learn from them

first_imghand holds an electric hair clipper and cuts the boys long hair, barbershop at home, parent cuts hair while hairdressers are closed, stay home concept Back in March of this year, when beauty salons and barbershops began closing across Southern California due to COVID-19 (along with many other businesses), I found myself thinking of how I was going to get my two sons a haircut. Yes, there were many other (perhaps, more important) questions and uncertainties to be addressed as we began the pandemic, but to fully understand the haircut dilemma, you must first meet my 4 and 11 year old boys who have very thick, dark, wild, stubborn hair that grows by the second! Our pre-pandemic routine was haircuts every 2-3 weeks, so, how was I going to manage that level of upkeep with the closures and an unforeseen date for reopening? It’s now been over half a year since the closures first began and as much as I’d like to tell you that I carelessly allowed my children to outgrow their hair like cavemen, I’m happy to report that I did indeed find a solution! So, how did I solve my dilemma of the “COVID Haircuts,” as my kids like to refer to them? Needless to say, the solution was, of course, to cut their hair myself (although, they were not thrilled about this decision at first!) I had had zero practice or experience as a barber or hairdresser and could barely keep up with my own hair, for that matter. But, as cliché as it sounds, desperate times call for desperate measures. I purchased a set of clippers, hair scissors, and a few other materials, watched a few YouTube tutorial videos, took a leap of faith, and dove right into it! The first round of haircuts were not terrible (my kids may say otherwise), but there was definitely a learning curve. With practice and patience, they no longer dread their biweekly “COVID haircuts” and my boys continue to be as handsome as ever!As entertaining as my solution and trial runs were, it isn’t the solution that matters as much as the steps I took in finding one. I found these steps to also be very useful in coping with several other issues I’ve come across during these unprecedented times, and I believe they can also be useful for helping find solutions for organizational challenges that credit unions may be facing, or will face in the future. Below are the steps I took in my thought process along with some thought-provoking questions and examples of a challenge that credit unions may have faced during those early months of the pandemic. 1. Seek AlternativesDid your credit union temporarily close branches, call centers, or corporate offices due to the pandemic? If so, what alternatives were available for conducting essential business activities and servicing members? While remote work may have been far-fetched earlier this year, many organizations were forced to quickly look to this alternative as the solution. What other alternatives existed, were layoffs or furloughing of employees an option?2. Acquire Equipment as NeededIn deciding that I would perform my sons’ haircuts myself, I needed to make sure I was well equipped for the challenge, therefore, I purchased clippers, scissors, and a few other items. If transitioning employees into a remote environment was a solution or response to the pandemic, what other equipment, if any, were needed? Did different business units require the same equipment, i.e. Call Center versus the Accounting team? Additionally, were there limitations or setbacks in obtaining additional equipment?3. Learn New SkillsAlthough I would not recommend looking to YouTube for learning new skills related to overcoming organizational challenges, YouTube tutorials certainly helped me in learning how to cut my sons’ hair. Does your organization promote a learning environment? What resources do employees have for learning new skills? What skills needed to be learned, if any, in transitioning to a remote work environment, i.e. time management and/or organizational skills?4. Lower StandardsExcuse me?! Yes, you read this one right. The lowering of standards may not be a popular opinion as we tend to get accustomed to reaching a certain level of performance or results, but in times when our capabilities and resources are perhaps, subpar, how can we expect the same level of outcome? 5. Take a Leap of FaithSometimes a leap of faith is needed, especially when doing the unthinkable or unplanned for. Some preconceived ideas about remote work may have been that productivity would decline or employees would have many distractions at home, such as children or other responsibilities. Having trust in employees, colleagues or coworkers is essential in a remote environment, after all, organizations function with the help of multiple people and teams.6. Measure & AdjustDid the solution work? Was the outcome as expected? What could be learned from this experience? Were there other findings or additional insights? In adjusting to becoming my sons’ personal hairdresser and realizing what a cost savings that is, it leaves me to question whether or not we will resume our “normal,” post-pandemic routine. Becoming accustomed to the way “we’ve always done things” can oftentimes lead to complacency and deter people and organizations from attempting alternative solutions. In my opinion, we should always be avid, life-long learners in order to remain adaptive in our ever-evolving environments. Although the pandemic forced many of us to think outside of the box (who would have guessed I’d actually be a decent hairdresser?), it is important that we as credit unions remain cognizant of the evolving needs of our environments and our members. Remaining cognizant and nimble will be the deciding factor of our outcomes in unprecedented times, such as the one we are currently in. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mayra Alcaraz Mayra Alcaraz is the Marketing Data Analyst at Farmers Insurance FCU, headquartered in the Greater Los Angeles area but serving members throughout the nation. She has a background in accounting, … Web: https://www.figfcu.org Detailslast_img read more

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‘No farewells, no ceremonies’: China’s Hubei cremates coronavirus dead

first_img“No farewells, no ceremonies are allowed,” Sheng told Reuters matter-of-factly in his office in the bare, off-white building.The coronavirus has infected more than half a million people and killed some 25,000 in more than 200 countries. In China, where it began, the virus has upended not only daily life but also how the dead are given a send-off, due to its highly contagious nature.Whatever the cause of death, China’s bereaved families have not been able to hold funerals since Feb. 1, even as the nation’s outbreak eases, including in Hubei where the virus erupted in December.For the families, none of the complex and comforting rituals, full of filial piety, to ensure a peaceful journey to the afterlife: all-night vigils, white mourning clothes, visitors paying their last respects around the carefully dressed body in the coffin, perhaps Taoist or Buddhist prayers. A funeral home in Jingzhou was quiet. Hazmat suits hung outside a room where workers who carry bodies from the hospital to the crematorium were napping.For families in quarantine, it is lonelier still, as they cannot even honor the ashes of the dead.“What did we do to deserve such punishment?” Wang Wenjun in Hubei’s provincial capital Wuhan told Reuters last month, after her family had to wait 15 days for the ashes of her uncle, who died from COVID-19, the pneumonia-like disease caused by the new coronavirus.Without funerals Sheng’s staff, like crematorium workers across much of China, get right to work, some in full surgical outfits with blue coveralls and hair covers like blue shower caps.”In the past, before the epidemic, there would be a vigil of up to three days and we would carry out our work after,” said Sheng, a red China flag pin in the lapel of his white lab coat.”But now when the person dies, the hospital will carry out the disinfection and the cremation will happen right after.”Staff at the facility where Sheng has worked for 29 years now take shifts around the clock, in case a call comes from the hospital in the middle of the night to collect the body of a coronavirus victim, he said. Previously, they cremated bodies in the morning.”The hospital workers are working very hard but so are the funeral workers,” he said.Easing the burden somewhat of late has been the slowdown in domestic virus cases and a drop in traffic deaths as harsh restrictions on movement curtail driving.Of the crematorium’s eight furnaces, one is dedicated to coronavirus victims, whose families may not see the body before it is cremated.For people who die of the disease at home, staff in full protective gear are asked to do a quick pickup, he said. “Maybe it’s something to do with the air, we don’t know why.”China has reported more than 81,000 coronavirus infections and 3,300 deaths, mostly in Wuhan, where the virus is thought to have first infected people at a seafood market.Jingzhou, a transportation and tourism hub of 6 million people 220 km (140 miles) west of Wuhan, is Hubei’s sixth-worst-hit city, with 1,580 infections and 52 deaths – half of those bodies were cremated at Sheng’s facility, he says.Recently, China’s locally transmitted infections have fallen sharply, the government says – Wuhan has reported only one new coronavirus case in the last 10 days. The United States now has more cases than China, and Italy and Spain higher death tolls.The sharp slowdown has given Beijing confidence to start easing the draconian lockdowns and travel restrictions put in place to curb the virus. Hubei began letting residents leave the province on Tuesday, although people are not yet allowed in.Sheng has yet to receive official notice when life might return to normal at the Jingzhou crematorium. Possibly by the end of April, he says.For now, quarantines remain in place and the simple, state-supplied urns sit.  Ten unclaimed urns sit in the crematorium in Jingzhou, a city in central China’s Hubei province hard-hit by coronavirus.Not only are funerals banned across China, in places like Jingzhou bereaved relatives who are stuck in their homes must wait even to retrieve the remains of their loved ones.The ashes of the dead “are under our care for now because their family members are in quarantine, or they’re away and can’t come back yet,” said the director of the Jingzhou crematorium, who gave only his surname, Sheng, as he was not permitted to speak to the media.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Leppälä appointed to EC high level pensions expert group

first_imgMatti Leppälä, secretary general of PensionsEurope, has been appointed to a new group of pensions experts established by the European Commission.The group’s job will be to provide policy advice and prepare a report “on matters related to ways of improving the provision, safety through prudential rules, intergenerational balance, adequacy and sustainability of supplementary pensions”, the Commission said, particularly relating to “the adequacy of old age incomes and the development of the [EU’s] pension market”.The group would also contribute to the public debate on pensions and “promote the exchange of best practices and mutual learning in member states in relation to the promotion of supplementary pensions, on a cross-border basis”, according to PensionsEurope.Leppälä – who has led PensionsEurope as CEO since 2011 – said: “The group will need to look at innovative ways for further developing and strengthening workplace and personal pensions across Europe and I am confident that concrete results will be achieved. Matti Leppälä, PensionsEurope“It will be important to not only set high-level policy recommendation, but to look at what can concretely be done.”The other members of the group had not been disclosed by the Commission at the time of writing. It previously indicated the group would be composed of up to 10 members, including academics and individuals appointed to represent a common interest among stakeholders, in particular beneficiaries and pension institutions or their associations.The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) and EU-level employer organisations and trade unions were to nominate one representative each.The group’s mandate starts this month and runs for 18 months.Leppälä’s take-up of the role on the Commission’s pensions expert group coincides with his leaving EIOPA’s stakeholder group on occupational pensions after serving the maximum two terms.The launch of the expert group comes as the Commission’s proposal for a pan-European personal pension product is making its way through the EU legislative process with a view to a compromise proposal being agreed in September.last_img read more

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Euthanasia bill ‘goes against the ethics of our profession’ – Medical Association chair says

first_imgShe says the reason the Medical Association is opposed to the Bill in its entirety is that it doesn’t address the social issues it needs to. TVNZ One News 22 May 2019Family First Comment: “Doctors are still the ones that would be involved in assisting people to die. It goes against what a doctors role is,” Dr Baddock says. She says the reason the Medical Association is opposed to the Bill in its entirety is that it doesn’t address the social issues it needs to. “Particulary those of coersion, competence and vulnerability. It doesn’t protect the vulnerable, the weak, the lonely, those in pain and those that are suffering. It doesn’t protect them from a wrongful death.” She says elder abuse is happening and this Bill only encourages it.www.protect.org.nzNewly proposed amendments to the End of Life Choice Bill, which is set to have its second reading in Parliament, have been strongly rejected by the New Zealand Medical Association, with its chair saying it “goes against the ethics of our profession”.Dr Kate Baddock told TVNZ1’s Breakfast this morning under the new bill doctors would still be the ones administering the injection for those choosing to end their life through voluntary euthanasia. “Particulary those of coersion, competence and vulnerability. It doesn’t protect the vulnerable, the weak, the lonely, those in pain and those that are suffering. It doesn’t protect them from a wrongful death.” “Doctors are still the ones that would be involved in assisting people to die. It goes against what a doctors role is,” Dr Baddock says. She says elder abuse is happening and this Bill only encourages it.“Apparently approximately 50 per cent of those who choose euthanasia in the Netherlands do so because they feel obligated to die.  They feel their continued existence is a burden either financial or emotional to their families and to society at large. They choose euthanasia even though they don’t want to die,” Dr Baddock says.https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/euthanasia-bill-goes-against-ethics-our-profession-medical-association-chair-saysKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Gearing Up for Qualifying Weekend for the 98th running of THE Indianapolis 500

first_imgHere is the schedule for Saturday and Sunday. Be sure and let us know on Facebook if you’ll be attending any Indy 500 events, including qualification days. Saturday, May 17 QUALIFYING DAY 1($20 admission, 12 and under free)7 a.m.-6 p.m., Public Gates Open8:00 a.m.-8:30 a.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Group 1 Practice8:30 a.m.-9 a.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Group 2 Practice, 500Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard Begins9 a.m.-10 a.m., Verizon IndyCar Series (All) Practice10 a.m., Chevy Pin Distribution Begins – Pagoda Plaza10:15 a.m., Qualifying Pre-Race Show, Pagoda Plaza11:00 a.m.-5:50 p.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying2 p.m., LIVE Concert, Pagoda Plaza StageSunday, May 18 ARMED FORCES POLE DAY ($20 admission, 12 and under free)7 a.m.-4 p.m., Public Gates Open8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Practice9:45 a.m., Enlistment Ceremony Begins – Plaza Stage10:15 a.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Group 1 Qualifying Begins (Positions 10 – 30)11 a.m. Rapid Fire Concert, Plaza Stage12:15 p.m., American Dairy Pin Distribution Begins, Pagoda Plaza12:45 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Group 2 Qualifying Begins(Positions 31 – 33)2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m., Verizon IndyCar Series Fast 9 Qualifying3:00 p.m., Verizon Pole Award Celebration It’s been a practice filled week at the track, and so far there is wide variety in the Top 5 Fastest Drivers:1) #3 Castroneves, Helio (Chevy) Practice 5, 227.166mph2) #20 Carpenter, Ed (Chevy) Practice 5, 226.257mph3) #77 Pagenaud, Simon (Honda) Practice 4, 226.122mph4) #12 Power, Will (Chevy) Practice 5, 225.899mph5) #21 Hildebrand, JR (Chevy) Practice 4, 225.854mphSome of the best news to come out of IMS yesterday had nothing to do with speed. Medical officials for IndyCar have cleared #27 James Hinchcliffe to drive after the concussion he suffered during the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, which pulled him out of the race, and sent him to the hospital.Today is Fast Friday on the oval, and all drivers get a boost in engine power in order to see how their cars are going to perform during Saturday and Sunday qualifying laps. An exciting new qualifying format for the Indianapolis 500 will debut this year. The 33-car field will be determined through traditional four-lap attempts during Saturday qualifying with the top nine cars advancing to a Fast Nine Shootout at 2 p.m. on Sunday with all of those competitors guaranteed to start no worse than ninth. Positions 10-33 will also be determined through additional qualifying runs on Sunday.last_img read more

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