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New England Patriots plane transports 1.7 million N95 masks from China amid pandemic

first_img Written by April 2, 2020 /Sports News – National New England Patriots plane transports 1.7 million N95 masks from China amid pandemic FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMaddie Meyer/Getty Images(BOSTON) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has partnered with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to purchase 1.4 million N95 masks from China as the U.S. death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to rise.Kraft also personally purchased an additional 300,000 N95 masks for New York state, which has become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. The supplies were flown on the Patriots’ personal plane.Kraft wanted to assist New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo out of respect and admiration for his leadership, a source familiar with the matter told ABC News.“It is an honor for our family to be a part of this humanitarian mission. We knew that purchasing greatly-needed N95 masks and providing the Patriots plane to expedite their delivery to local hospitals would immediately help protect our courageous healthcare professionals,” Kraft said in a statement obtained by ABC News.“Multiple organizations across the public and private sectors, all of which were in lockstep with Governor Charlie Baker’s visionary leadership, worked together to execute this mission with the purpose of helping save lives,” Kraft added. “I truly hope that in doing so, we can in some way inspire others to find creative ways to give more in support of our doctors, nurses and first responders. It’s nice to care for those who provide such compassionate care for us.”States have been struggling amid a shortage of personal protective equipment and have had to compete with the federal government and international demand to replenish their inventories.“No days off. Thanks to some serious teamwork, Massachusetts is set to receive over 1 million N95 masks for our front-line workers. Huge thanks to the Krafts and several dedicated partners for making this happen,” Baker tweeted Thursday morning, along with a photo of the Patriots plane in China.Last month, Baker raised this concern directly in a phone call with President Donald Trump during a teleconference with the nation’s governors.Trump had asked governors to purchase their own supplies to battle the virus instead of relying on the federal stockpile.Baker told Trump on March 19 that his state “took very seriously” the president’s instructions to “go out and buy” their own supplies to battle COVID-19, but “on three big orders we lost to the fed.”The total number of masks transported from China is 1.7 million and the inventory is expected to arrive at Boston Logan Airport on Thursday afternoon. According to the source, the use of the Patriots plane accelerated the process, which could have taken several more weeks.The 300,000 N95 masks for New York are expected to be transferred via truck to the The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on Friday, which has been converted into a hospital as medical facilities are strained due to the pandemic.Other leaders in the sports world have also made efforts to address the shortage of protective personal equipment.Last week, Major League Baseball and Fanatics executive chairman Michael Rubin announced plans to halt the production of MLB uniforms to produce at least 1 million masks and hospital gowns for health care workers and emergency personnel battling COVID-19.Fanatics, which is based in Easton, Pennsylvania, is the manufacturer of the the official MLB player jerseys.“We have already begun production of up to one million masks and gowns from the fabric used to make the official MLB jerseys and then donating to hospitals and emergency management personnel throughout Pennsylvania with the goal of expanding to New York and New Jersey,” Rubin said in a statement obtained by ABC News last week.Rubin, who is also a minority owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, is working with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to distribute the gowns and masks to hospitals in New York and New Jersey.  Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Sales fall-throughs cost estate agents £4k each time, says new research

first_imgProperty sales fall throughs cost the estate agent involved £4,123 each time, new research has revealed.Carried out by Opinium for Propertymark, it also found that a quarter of all agents said fall-throughs are a substantial problem for their business.It is accepted in the business that agencies will see up to 25% of instructions fall through when problems discovered during conveyancing prior to the exchange drives buyers or sellers to pull out of a deal.Propertymark says it has published the research in part to underline to the Chancellor how much revenue agents will lose if the 31st March Stamp Duty deadline remains in place.It says agents report that many sales are likely to fall through when buyers realise their purchases will not make the deadline in time.The research also reveals how much of a scourge fall-through for agents, being a problem for two in five businesses.A further 24 per cent said they are a substantial problem and the vast majority of agents (82 per cent) say this loss of revenue has the biggest impact on their business, followed by the waste of human resources.“We have continually called on government to rethink the timings of the Stamp Duty deadline and the recent speculation of an extension will be good news for the sector,” says Mark Hayward (pictured), Chief Policy Advisor, Propertymark.“But extending the holiday until June will create another cliff edge and purely push back the increase in the number of failed sales as we approach the new deadline.“We need Government to consider a tapered end to the holiday so that buyers aren’t forced to pull out at the last minute and the property market can continue to thrive.”Read more about fall-throughs.Mark Hayward propertymark fall throughs February 26, 2021Nigel LewisOne commentTimothy Main, PIP Ltd PIP Ltd 26th February 2021 at 11:11 amOver £4k average for a fall through is a hugh cost for the industry to carry as well as the upset for the consumers. Preparing both the sellers and the buyers for the transaction, with as much up front information as possible can only help this situation. try a PIP Vault were information can be collated and stored, then shared with potential buyers. http://www.piphome.co.ukLog in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Sales fall-throughs cost estate agents £4k each time, says new research previous nextHousing MarketSales fall-throughs cost estate agents £4k each time, says new researchPropertymark says shocking figures is key reason why it wants Chancellor to taper the Stamp Duty holiday deadline and prevent more fall-throughs.Nigel Lewis26th February 20211 Comment306 Viewslast_img read more

Fire breaks out in Cowley

first_imgA large fire broke out in a bicycle shop on Cowley Road last Sunday, requiring about seventy firefighters to restore the area to safety.The fire, which is not being treated as suspicious, started at 07.30 at the three-storey Cycle King bicycle shop and was spotted by a police patrol car.Nobody was injured and the police, ambulance and Red Cross helped evacuate residents in neighbouring properties.An Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman explained, “Crews were initially faced with a rapidly developing fire with people believed to be trapped in the floors above, this fortunately was not the case.“Firefighters had to fight the fire in arduous, difficult and very hot conditions working hard to prevent the fire spreading to neighbouring properties.“Crews searched the building and with the use of specialist appliances, the rescue tender and hydraulic platform managed to contain the fire to cycle shop.”Cowley Road was closed by the police for the whole of Sunday and was reopened again on Monday.An investigation into the cause of the fire is to be carried out by a Senior Fire Investigator although it is not believed to be arson.A spokesperson for Cycle King told Cherwell about the temporary future of the Oxford branch, saying, “We are currently in negotiations with a number of local property owners to secure premises for the temporary relocation of our store while rebuilding works take place at Cowley Road, hopefully we will secure a location within a short distance of the Cowley Road store.“Cycle King has been serving the people of Oxford for 30 years and we are devastated that we are unable to continue this service at this moment.”The bicycle store owners told Cherwell that the shop will reopen shortly.last_img read more

Ocean City Police Help Colleague With Cancer

first_imgFrom left, Ocean City Police Lt. Pat Randles, Edie, dispatcher Amber Adoranto’s mother, Amber, Capt. Charlie Simonson and Officer Randy Clark stand in front of the Ocean View home as workers install a new roof. By MADDY VITALEOcean City Police Department 911 dispatcher Amber Adoranto had a little surprise visit from her co-workers Monday morning, as well as a construction crew to install a new roof on her home.Adoranto, 32, of Ocean View, is currently undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.As a 32-year-old mother of two and a 10-year employee of the Ocean City Police Department, her colleagues wanted to do something special to let her know how valuable she is to the department.“Amber is really a valuable member of the team. We were talking on Wednesday and she said she was planning to use her tax refund to put on a new roof,” Capt. Charlie Simonson explained. “We decided to do something for her.”And for her young children, Abby and Joey, the crew arriving from Action Creation Roofing at 7:30 a.m. was a special treat, Simonson noted.“They told the kids that Santa needed a new roof for a smooth landing,” he said with a laugh. “We want to give her as much support as possible.”Adoranto chatted with her co-workers, mom and friends and said she was so excited and surprised.“This is incredible,” she said, beaming. “Everyone is amazing to do this for me and my family. I was not expecting all of this.”In addition to a new roof for the house, the children were treated to a gift bag filled with goodies from the roofing company.Lt. Pat Randles, a spokesman for the police department, said the gesture by the department was a small token of gratitude for all of Adoranto’s dedication and hard work over the years.“She helps everyone else,” Randles said of her work as a 911 dispatcher. “We are happy to be able to partner with PBA Local 61 and Action Creation Roofing to help her.”The work was expected to be completed by the end of the day.Amber Adoranto receives gifts for her children from members of Action Creation Roofing.Officer Randy Clark said this is one of his favorite aspects of policing – everyone looks out for one another.“I think it is amazing. We are one giant family,” Clark said. “Everyone is looking out for each other. We have all come together for a co-worker who needs a little help.”Adoranto, who still makes it to work three days a week and has three more rounds of chemotherapy to go through, called what her colleagues did for her “incredible.”She said her goal in life is to set one very important example for her children.“I want my kids to know that no matter what, you have to keep going,” she said.Amber Adoranto and Lt. Pat Randles watch the work being done to the roof.last_img read more

Bradford’s introduces UK’s first cupcake ATM

first_imgBradford’s Bakers has launched its Bakery ATM in St Enoch shopping centre in Glasgow this week.The Glasgow-based family-run firm said its new bakery dispensing station is the first of its kind to be operating in the UK, and will be stocked with seven varieties of cupcake, baked fresh from the business’ local bakery every morning.Varieties include Malteser mint medley, Irn Bru, jelly bean bonanza and a St Clements cupcake consisting of Madeira sponge topped with lemon frosting and decorated with edible sugar lemons and oranges.Claire Bradford, co-owner of Bradford’s Bakers, told British Baker: “We launched our Bakery ATM this week and already our sales figures are ahead of our projections – and rising daily. We are monitoring our sales closely and, should current levels be sustained, then we will bring forward our plans to roll-out the Bakery ATM across a variety of locations throughout the central belt ofScotland”The firm said on its dedicated Bakery ATM website that it was on the hunt for further locations to install the new cupcake dispensing concept.Bradford’s Bakers, founded in 1924, produces food hampers, birthday cakes and a wide selection of bakery goods.last_img read more

Billy Strings Announces 2019 Spring Tour

first_imgToday, progressive bluegrass rising star Billy Strings has announced a new batch of spring 2019 tour dates. The new tour announcement features a number of club shows in the south and a run of performances in the Mountain States as well as a number of previously revealed festival dates.You can check out a list of Billy Strings’ spring tour dates below. For ticketing information and a full list of upcoming Billy Strings tour dates, head to his website here.Billy Strings 2019 Spring Tour Dates4/11–4/14 – Bender Jamboree – Las Vegas, NV4/18 – Salvage Station – Asheville, NC4/19–4/20 – SweetWater 420 Fest – Atlanta, GA4/20 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA (Official SweetWater 420 Fest Late-Night)4/26 – Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom – Denver, CO4/27 – Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom – Denver, CO5/1 – Tipitina’s – New Orleans, LA5/3 – Last Concert Cafe – Houston, TX5/4 – Mohawk – Austin, TX5/10–5/11 – Aiken Bluegrass Festival – Aiken, SC5/16 – Rives Theatre – Martinsville, VA5/17 – Dominion Energy RiverRock – Richmond, VA5/24 – DelFest – Cumberland, MD5/25 – Dark Star Jubilee – Thornville, OH5/26 – Rooster Walk – Martinsville, VA5/31 – Red Butte Garden – Salt Lake City, UT6/1 – Mesa Theater – Grand Junction, CO6/2 – Campout for the Cause – Buena Vista, CO6/6 – Camp Greensky Music Festival – Wellston, MI6/8 – Silver Cloud Campout – Haugan, MT6/11 – Pine Creek Lodge – Livingston, MT6/15 – Blue Ox Music Festival – Eau Claire, WI6/20 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN6/22 – 4 Peaks Music Festival – Bend, ORView Spring Tour DatesFor more information, head to Billy Strings’ website here.last_img read more

Finalists in health, science challenge

first_imgHarvard University today announced the selection of eight finalist teams in the inaugural Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge.Sponsored by deans from across the University and hosted by the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab), the Challenge recognizes that the delivery of affordable health care to people around the globe is one of the world’s most pressing problems.“Access to affordable health is an issue that crosses global and institutional boundaries and we need to collaborate to tackle these problems,” said Jeffrey Flier, dean of Harvard Medical School and co-chair of the challenge.  “By bringing together a variety of disciplines and perspectives, and capturing the ingenuity of those impassioned by the field, we can develop solutions that will save lives.”The challenge invited Harvard students and postdoctoral fellows from across Harvard’s Schools to develop entrepreneurial solutions that facilitate the delivery of affordable health care and the development of new and effective therapies for global populations.“To address the global health issues facing the world today, entrepreneurs, scientists, and health professionals must all work together to find innovative solutions that lead to better outcomes,” said Nitin Nohria, dean of Harvard Business School and co-chair of the challenge.The challenge hosted a mixer and workshops where potential applicants met other students interested in developing global health solutions. Finalists were selected from a pool of 54 applications by a judging panel that included Harvard faculty, alumni, and industry experts.“It was great to see students from across 11 schools of Harvard interested and actively working to address global health issues,” said William Sahlman, co-chair of the judging committee. “Many of the applications were made up of two or more Schools and the caliber of ideas was high — making the selection of finalists difficult.”Teams were selected from one of four challenge topic categories, with more finalists in the categories of redesign and health delivery and changing behavior, based on the volume of submissions in those fields. The finalist teams and their proposals are:In the redesign of health delivery categoryCareSolver focuses on improving the health and wellness of the elderly by helping family members and informal caregivers provide better, more coordinated care to older loved ones living at home.TraumaLink is tackling the lack of a formal pre-hospital system in Bangladesh by connecting users to first-aid and ambulance services.Broadleaf HEA is integrating care for children with mental health needs into a model for comprehensive school health in rural India.In the changing behavior categoryPriming Pregnancy wants to prevent obesity before it starts.  Research has shown that prenatal factors such as blood glucose levels are critical to a child’s future healthy weight, and this Web application helps women have the best pregnancy possible.Healthy Motives aims to address unhealthy behaviors by building an integrated Web application that incorporates behavioral feedback, social support, and financial incentives to improve long-term health habits.Sqweeki’s mission is to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and significantly improve individual and public health by providing a simple, safe, and secure mobile application that lets individuals share their sexual health information.In the computation and data analysis in health categoryMobile Urban Sensors is developing a means of data collection, analysis, and dissemination of urban environmental conditions that will better inform discussions about public health.In the stem cell biology and regenerative medicine categoryMatriTarg Laboratories is characterizing the genetic changes in cells implicated in progressive diseases throughout the body to ultimately facilitate the identification of novel therapeutic targets.The finalists will receive $5,000 to continue developing their projects before they present their ideas to the local and Harvard communities at Demo Day on May 22. The grand prize winner and runners-up will be announced in late May, when they will take home a share of the $75,000 purse. Teams will also continue their residency at the i-lab, with dedicated workspace, mentoring, and access to expert resources throughout the summer.The Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge is one of three challenges hosted by the i-lab and designed to strengthen the entrepreneurial community at Harvard and to foster cross-School collaboration. Finalists for the President’s Challenge for social entrepreneurship were announced March 25 and finalists for the Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge were announced April 1.last_img read more

Peruvian and U.S. Military Personnel Will Collaborate on Humanitarian-Aid Project

first_img From June 4 to August 31, the Peruvian and U.S. Armed Forces will carry out a series of joint humanitarian actions in the Peruvian regions of Ica and Huancavelica, the populations of which were affected by an August 15, 2007 earthquake. These activities, which consist of medical care and engineering projects, will be conducted as part of the “New Horizons 2012” program, sponsored by the U.S. Government. In the health area, U.S. Military personnel, working jointly with the Peruvian Armed Forces and Peruvian medical personnel, will conduct 12 medical campaigns in different specialties, which will benefit more than 30,000 inhabitants of Ica and Huancavelica. In addition, they will perform ear, eye, and gynecological surgeries in the provinces of Pisco and Chincha, in the Ica region. In the engineering area, U.S. Military personnel will build a multi-purpose structure in the district of Tambo de Mora, in the province of Chincha, and will expand the health clinic in the district of Independencia, in the province of Pisco. Meanwhile, the “Perú” Engineering Company of the Peruvian Armed Forces will build an auditorium at the San Juan Bautista educational center in the province of Huaytará. By Dialogo May 31, 2012last_img read more

Argentina and Chile Strengthen Disaster Response

first_imgBy Juan Delgado/Diálogo January 07, 2019 In mid-November 2018, the Argentine and Chilean armed forces conducted two joint and combined humanitarian assistance exercises. The tabletop exercises took place simultaneously in both countries, November 12-16. Exercise Solidarity 2018 was conducted at the Chilean War Academy’s Tactical Operational Training Center (CEOTAC, in Spanish) in Santiago. Exercise Southern Patagonia 1 was conducted at the Argentine Army’s Rospentek Military Garrison, in Río Gallegos, a city in the Argentine Patagonia. A total of 90 service members gathered for Solidarity 2018, under the coordination of the joint chiefs of staff of Argentina and Chile. In addition, 80 elements of the neighboring countries’ armies took part in Southern Patagonia 1. The objective of both exercises was to check on staff’s preparation in case of emergencies or natural disasters. Through the exercises, the forces seek to reinforce coordination and interoperability among their troops. “I think the exchange between the branches of the Chilean and Argentine armed forces with all the support institutions of each country—not only police, but also governmental institutions—is very important for help in case of disaster,” said Chilean Navy Vice Admiral Rodrigo Álvarez Aguirre, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “This is why we are very excited.” Exercise Solidarity 2018 Solidarity 2018 sought to check on existing doctrinal plans and procedures between Argentina and Chile, as well as their integration in the civil protection systems of both nations. On this occasion, the military conducted a natural disaster simulation featuring a magnitude 8.9 earthquake on the Richter scale and a subsequent tsunami in the city of Concepción, in the Chilean coastal Biobío region. Participants planned troop and equipment deployment in the area to evacuate the population and conduct search-and-rescue operations in collapsed structures, among other activities. They also planned civil institutions’ assistance to provide first aid and basic supplies. “Based on the protocols, a country affected by a disaster can ask their counterpart for assistance,” Argentine Army Colonel Lucilo López Meyer, head of Assistance and Emergency at the Armed Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Diálogo. “This activates the whole system in which the affected country prepares the resources needed to complement the capabilities of the host nation.” The exercise that began in 2001 is conducted in three-year cycles that include planning, tabletop exercise, and execution on the ground—to be conducted in 2019. Countries alternate as hosts. The exercise with troops, with dates yet to be determined, will be conducted in Concepción, with the support of land, air, and naval resources of both countries. Participants will put to the test what was devised during the tabletop exercise with evacuation operations, rescues, and underwater searches, among others. Southern Patagonia 1 Elements of the Argentine Army’s 11th Mechanized Brigade and the Chilean Army’s 5th Division carried out the first edition of Exercise Southern Patagonia. Representatives of the Argentine Air Force and the Gendarmerie, as well as police forces of Santa Cruz, an Argentine province that shares borders with Chile, also participated. According to the scenario, a series of natural disasters—a strong earthquake, the eruption of a volcano, and heavy snow—resulted in a large number of victims and severe property damage in the border area between Puerto Natales, Chile, and Río Turbio, Argentina. To respond to the emergency, the armies of both countries formed the Combined Specific Command that planned joint and combined rescue and civil protection operations with other institutions, as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations. “Southern Patagonia 1 had errors and successes,” said Argentine Army Brigadier General Fernando Mauricio Ros, commander of the 11th Mechanized Brigade. “The experience exchange will help improve the combined planning process that, in the long term, will make decision-making more efficient in the face of natural disasters.” Argentina and Chile share a border of more than 5,000 kilometers along the Andes mountain range, which is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, the most volcanic- and seismic-prone area worldwide. The countries signed several cooperation agreements and bilateral treaties to act in case of a disaster in the border region. “As part of the treaties, both countries’ joint chiefs of staff formulated the Rules [for the operation of the Chilean-Argentine Mixed Commission] for Cooperation in Case of Disaster,” Col. López said. “That’s why joint and combined cooperation exercises are conducted, dealing with different themes related to emergencies and natural disasters.” According to Col. López, the exercises were a success and strengthened both armed forces’ cooperation capabilities. Carrying out the exercises in a joint and combined way also allowed participants to take note of weaker points in need of more work. “Mutual knowledge is necessary to ensure operations are executed efficiently, no matter what kind they are,” said Col. López. “Knowing the people we work with makes us all more efficient. It mutually boosts our capabilities, which strengthens us individually and as a group.”last_img read more

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Charged

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested Friday night and is suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon. (Photo: FBI)Federal authorities have charged the Boston Marathon bombing suspect with using a weapon of mass destruction, which is punishable by death, but didn’t deem him an enemy combatant as some had urged.Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is expected to be arraigned Monday in his room at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where authorities have said he is listed in serious condition.“Today’s charges bring a successful end to a tragic week for the city of Boston and for our country,” said Attorney General Eric Holder. “We’ve once again shown that those who target innocent Americans and attempt to terrorize our cities will not escape from justice.”The 19-year-old Cambridge man was captured Friday night following a five-day manhunt that ended when the teen was found hiding in a boat in Watertown, Mass.His 26-year-old brother, Tamerlan, was killed in a shootout with police after the duo allegedly gunned down an MIT police officer and carjacked a driver Thursday night.The bombings last Monday at the Boylston Street finish line left three dead and more than 200 wounded. Investigators have said the suspects made the bombs out of pressure cookers filled with nails, ball bearings and other projectiles.Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) joined fellow Republicans in calling on President Barack Obama to have the surviving Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant, meaning he would be tried in military tribunal instead of civilian court.“The accused perpetrators of these acts were not common criminals attempting to profit from a criminal enterprise, but terrorists trying to injure, maim, and kill innocent Americans,” King said in a joint statement. “The suspect, based upon his actions, clearly is a good candidate for enemy combatant status.”Tsarnaev, a native of the Chechnya region in southern Russia, was granted U.S. citizenship in September. Massachusetts has outlawed the death penalty, but it is still allowed under federal law. He could also be sentenced to life in prison without parole.Carmen Ortiz, U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said she could not disclose what the teen may have said to investigators except to say that they always “seek to elicit all the actionable intelligence and information we can from terrorist suspects.”Rich Sturges, a 41-year-old Boston school teacher originally from Malverne, was about five blocks from the scene during his second running of the nation’s oldest marathon when the bombs went off second apart.“It was very stunning,” he told the Press. “It’s not going to be back to normal for a while.”last_img read more