The Chesters’ house is decorated with eclectic items the couple has collected over years in the Foreign Service. Courtesy of Gerri and George Chester Related posts:Atelier de Arte: Spreading artistic realism in Guatemala A city girl from the Netherlands packs up and moves to the Guatemalan jungle Guatemala high court orders arrest warrant for former leader Serrano reinstated Guatemalan ex-dictator Ríos Montt denies being ‘genocidal’ as historic trial wraps up “Franklin’s unbelievable,” says George. “He provided the spark; starting with a clear piece of paper he designed everything. We could have got furniture in the U.S., but we only wanted Franklin – the man’s a magician.”To comply with Florida’s building codes, local draftsmen translated Contreras’ initial design, and just over a year later, during Christmas of 2001, the custom-built four-bedroom house was completed.“We prepared most of the construction details here and sent them over to the States,” says Contreras. “We shipped the two corridors [porches] with all their pieces, the wrought-iron balconies and railings, the stone work for the fireplaces, old doors – even the roof tiles were quantified and sent to provide the right exterior look to the house. That was the uniqueness of the project. Gerri and George wanted the real stuff.”With a sunken fountain, grills over the inset concrete windows and gargoyles rather than guttering, the Spanish colonial-style house appears to have been plucked from the streets of Antigua and placed in Yulee, on the coast of Florida.The house is not only Guatemalan on the outside, but also is filled with Guatemalan features on the inside, too.After building the pieces in Guatemala, Contreras took them apart, numbered them and shipped them to Florida in a 40-foot container, which also contained custom-made beds, a Guatemalan Art Nouveau chair and five pairs of antique wooden doors.“I think the real challenge was for the builder in the U.S. to use my design and adapt it to comply with all the regulations, codes and building processes so that it was livable and coherent with the Florida environment,” Contreras says.“I know how difficult it is even to change an outlet in the U.S. if you don’t have the right certified electrician with his license, insurance and so forth. We did our best to send instructions on how to put together all the pieces of the terraza española and other details, but this was a totally different language for the contractor.”With its soaring cathedral ceiling, 26-foot fireplace and outdoor swimming pool, the Chesters’ dream home is a perfect replica of an 18th century luxury Guatemalan home.With careers that have taken the couple all over the globe, the Chesters have accumulated an impressive collection of eclectic items along the way – including Belgian stained glass windows and a 9-foot, 19th century French farm table. Their diverse array of global purchases, which typifies their past, even dictated that the rooms were designed to fit the furniture, not the other way around.The unique abode, which is located on the waterfront in a secluded part of Nassau Valley, is surrounded by oak trees, four miles from the nearest grocery store.Although the initial idea for a Spanish colonial residence in their home country presented them with a few challenges, the finished version bottles the essence of Guatemala – providing Florida with a flavor of Antigua. Each pillar was designed and made in Guatemala and shipped to Florida in a 40-foot box. Courtesy of Gerri and George Chester Facebook Comments GUATEMALA CITY – For most people, home is where the heart is; but for Gerri and George Chester, home is where Guatemala is – whether they’re in Florida or Antigua.The retired U.S. Foreign Service officers had spent their lives moving around every couple of years for work. So when they decided to retire to the U.S. state of Florida over a decade ago, they were ready to settle down and build their dream home. However, since their last placement was in Guatemala, the couple wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to the country they had called home for the previous six years.“We fell in love with it here,” admits Gerri. “It was our last overseas assignment, our kids grew up here and we just loved the Spanish colonial-style houses.”Frustrated with what they found in the southern United States housing market, the former diplomats started searching for inspiration for their dream house on the cobbled streets of Antigua, 30 kilometers from Guatemala City.“We went through all these magazines looking for ideas, but couldn’t find anything,” says George. “Then we went over to a friend’s house that was designed by [Guatemalan architect] Franklin [Contreras]. We saw it and immediately wanted one.”The Chesters flew Contreras up to Florida to walk over their lot and see what he could come up with. A couple of days later, he sketched something on the back of an envelope and the project began.
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Payrolls Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2012-12-20 Mark Lieberman First-time claims for unemployment insurance increased 17,000 to 361,000 for the week ending December 15, the “”Labor Department””:http://www.ows.doleta.gov/press/2012/122012.asp reported Thursday. Economists expected claims to increase to 359,000. [IMAGE]The previous week’s report was revised upward to 344,000 from the originally reported 343,000.Continuing claims–reported on a one-week lag–also increased, rising 12,000 to 3,225,000 for the week ending December 8. The previous week’s initial report of 3,198,000 continuing claims was revised upward to 3,213,000. The continuing claims data series tracks the number of longer-term unemployed who qualify for regular state jobless benefits. This week’s report covered the reference week used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to develop the monthly employment situation report. Month-over-month comparisons of jobless claims–both new and continuing–are complicated, though, by superstorm Sandy, which caused a spike in both data series. The BLS report will be released on January 4.That said, both the number of first-time claims and the smoothing four-week moving average showed improvement from mid-month to mid-month, suggesting that the surge in storm-related layoffs has passed.Cutting through the exogenous events and the seasonal adjustments, the report was consistent with trends showing a stronger labor market with fewer layoffs. The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending December 1 was 5,402,429, a decrease of 238,637 from the previous week. There were 7,152,130 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2011. Extended benefits were only available in New York during the week ending December 1. According to the BLS, unemployment was 12,029,000 in November, which means that of those individuals counted as unemployed, 6.81 million were not receiving any form of government unemployment insurance, up from 6.39 million one week earlier.States have been borrowing from the federal government to cover shortfalls in those funds which will eventually have to be repaid–unless Congress intervenes–with higher assessments on employers. Since those assessments are a percentage of payrolls, they discourage employers from adding new workers. As of December 18, 20 states have an aggregate $26.7 billion in outstanding loans to cover shortfalls, up from $26.5 billion one week earlier. California accounted for 37.7 percent of the borrowing.The Labor Department said states reported 2,096,545 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending December 1, a decrease of 97,708 from the prior week. There were 2,941,157 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2011.According to the Labor Department detail, also reported on a one-week lag, the largest increases in initial claims for the week ending December 8 were in California (+5,952), Florida (+749), Ohio (+743), Rhode Island (+197), and Colorado (+161), while the largest decreases were in New York (-11,295), Pennsylvania (-11,247), North Carolina (-8,564), Wisconsin (-5,726) and Georgia (-5,317)._Hear Mark Lieberman every Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:40 am and again at 9:40 eastern time._ in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share First-Time Jobless Claims Up Again After Sharp Drop December 20, 2012 395 Views
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This project is around maintaining people’s health and well-being through the arts and support for this programme has been secured through the lead partner Arts Council of Northern Ireland under their Arts and Older Peoples Programme which is jointed funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Dept. of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Public Health Agency and the Baring Foundation.The Mayor added that Council hopes the finale will be fun for them and their families will enjoy seeing their dad or grandfather perform on a professional stage for the first time.Having got the music making bug we hope their involvement will encouragement them to keep on playing long after the projects completion.As part of this project there are traditional craft workshops for men too as part of this programme of activities for Arts & Older People programme delivered by Derry City and Strabane District Council and entitled ‘Arts for the Third Age’.For further information on the project contact Jean Smyth Arts Development officer at the Alley Theatre or tickets for the Music to your Ears can be booked through the Alley Theatre Box office 02871384444.MUSIC TO YOUR EARS SUCCESS IN DERRY AND STRABANE was last modified: April 11th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: MAYOR ELISHA MCCALLIONMUSIC TO YOUR EARS SUCCESS IN DERRY AND STRABANETHE ALLEY THEATRE This project targets the male population is the second phase of the our Arts for the Third Age projects held in Derry City and Strabane District and this music part we have called Music to your Ears.Welcoming the initiative the Mayor, Cllr Elisha McCallion says it all about encouraging men to engage in the arts regardless of their previous experience.“We were unsure who we would attract or what skills they might have. With two very capable and well known musicians facilitating the workshops, they quickly developed a format that’s worked, splitting them into small groups to develop their skills from total beginners to intermediate guitar players mixed with keyboards and accordions- indeed an eclectic mix to encourage!“Although the main part of the workshop time has been used practicing their playing skills, the men have been introduced to other music styles through visiting musician s demonstrations and developed their song writing skills.” ShareTweet The Alley TheatreIF you have been around Derry on a Tuesday afternoon in Pilot’s Rows over the last nine weeks you couldn’t help but notice the large number of men roving about with guitars or accordion cases. Indeed in Strabane’s town centre similar sights were happening on a Tuesday morning.This has been a men only developmental music project offering an opportunity for the individuals to hone their music skills on a variety of instruments during the classes.So 30y local men have brought in musical instruments to learn under the tutorship of professional musicians Mickey Joe Harte, Terry McCafferty and Keiran Gallen.Many of the guys were engaging in the arts for the first time and this was to be their first forte in to the world of performance.Although some folks were total beginners, for others it was about developing their confidence and learning to accompany fellow musicians.Their only entry requirement was that they wanted to be a part of the project and they were willing to try their best while enjoying a little escapism!The goal they are working towards is a finale performance for their friends and families in the Alley Theatre on Tuesday evening 19th April at 7.30 pm so it is practice, practice and more practice!
In This Issue * Fed drops “considerable time” phrase. * Where were the negative prints hiding? * RBNZ moves to a neutral bias. * India to have a Current Account Surplus? And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts Cheap Oil Helps India! Good Day!… And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! I’m hoping for a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday for me here, but we’ll have to see how that goes.. I forwarded all the messages to Chris regarding Happy Birthday wishes from dear readers yesterday, I hear he was treated like a king in the office. Hmmm. I’m never in the office when my birthday comes along, as I spend that time in Florida attending spring training games. I have had birthday cakes made for me when I return though, so that’s always fun! The FOMC met yesterday, talk about a letdown. (for me that is!) And other than that, the currencies and metals markets didn’t know what to do, so everything went flat on the day With the FOMC Meeting hogging all the media and the markets attention yesterday, we might as well talk about it, Front and Center today, but it won’t take us long! The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) made no changes to their Fed Funds rate, and removed the reference of the fed funds rate being held at a the current range for “a considerable time following the end of QE”. And they replaced it with. Talk that they (the Fed) can be patient about hiking rates, and that rates will NOT be raised in March or April. and June could be the earliest. OK. who wants to take the bet that June passes us by, and rates don’t get hiked? I want all the action! Because I don’t believe rates will be raised in June. But that’s 5 months away. let’s not get ahead of ourselves The reason, I say that is simply that, by the time June rolls around, the economic data is going to tell a completely different story on the economy, that the Fed sounded so upbeat about yesterday. I guess all those negative prints lately were pushed under a pile of papers so that the Fed didn’t see them. Yeah, that’s the ticket! And my first wife was a young Elizabeth Taylor, yeah, that’s it, that’s the ticket! So, that was yesterday. (I’m sure there’s a song there, but can’t think of any right now.. HA!) Today, the currencies and metals are once again a mixed bag-o-nuts, and the euro ekes out a gain, but the Aussie dollar (A$) sees a small loss. The Chinese renminbi was weakened overnight, and Gold is down another day, booking a $7 loss as I type. The Beatles song, All You Need Is love greeted me this morning. And how apropos, eh? That’s all the currencies and metals need is Love. Gold was receiving some love on a daily basis the first 3 weeks of this year, but Gold’s lover has left. Let’s hope Gold’s lover is feeling guilty, and comes back soon! The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) met overnight and while they kept their rates unchanged they did, as I told you they probably would, change their bias to neutral, from tightening. RBNZ Gov. Wheeler, said that he expects the RBNZ to keep the OCR (official cash rate) on hold for some time. And then hung the chances of any future rate hikes on the economic data. That’s the usual MO for Central Bankers. tell everyone that rate hikes depend on economic data, which could very easily be looked at differently by two different people! That way, the Central Bank gets to cherry pick what data they want to point out. I find this method to be the Chicken Hawk way of doing things. Boy! I Think I saw a Chicken Hawk! The N.Z. dollar/ kiwi wasn’t treated too kindly after Wheeler’s announcement and subsequent statement about moving his bias to neutral. Longtime readers know that I do not hold RBNZ Gov. Wheeler in high esteem, and I’m sure he doesn’t lose any sleep over this. The euro has eked out a gain this morning, and is trading above 1.13. Yesterday, the euro was well into the 1.13 handle, and the single unit held that position until the overnight session, where Greece was the subject on most traders’ minds, and when that happens, the euro suffers. But then this morning, things changed, and the euro pushed back. I’m expecting to see the first run of consumer inflation from Germany this morning. I’m not expecting it to be good either. So, this pushing back of the euro, might soon turn to the euro getting shoved around again Well, while I was typing, Gold’s loss of $7 has turned to a loss of $16 this morning.. UGH! That’s crazy stuff folks. The conflict in Ukraine has picked up intensity, but Gold loses ground? The Greeks elect a rogue party that ran on a platform of no austerity, or leave the euro, and Gold loses ground? I hope when I grow up, I fully understand how this can be. you know sort of like when I grew up and found out that there was no. No wait! That can’t be! Please tell me that what the kids said at school isn’t true! Whew! I was scared to death that I might get crossed off his list, if I said I didn’t believe! Silver is in the same boat as its kissin’ cousin, Gold. I read on Google+ last night that India alone, imported 7,063 tonnes of Silver in 2014. That’s up 15% VS the previous year. And India was out of the importing metals game for a few months in 2014, which makes this result even that more impressive! But the same thing holds true here. Truckloads of physical buying going on in both Silver and Gold, but they are searching for terra firma. I shake my head in disgust, and know of no other thing I can do to change/ rectify this Speaking of the conflict in Ukraine. This fighting surprises me, in that I thought that in the dead of winter, there would not be the will to keep fighting. And just to give you proof that the fighting has intensified, the Russian ruble is getting a daily whacking once again, and has fallen to a 69 handle, with a lot of that loss coming in the past 10 days. Two weeks ago, there was talk that Europe was ready to drop their sanctions against Russia, (trust me when I tell you that these sanctions are hurting Europe more than they are hurting Russia), and things were looking as though we could all take our guns and tanks and go home for the winter. And then things heated up again Well.. A longtime reader sent me a note yesterday of an article written by Gary North. You know, I’ve never met Gary North, but he’s been a respected analyst and writer for longer than I’ve been writing a letter. leading up to Y2K, Gary warned everyone to be self-sufficient for he feared the worst would happen with Y2K. of course none of that bad stuff happened, and a lot of critics talked bad about Gary, calling him “scary Gary”, and they said he was so wrong about Y2K. Well, that might be, but was he wrong to bring it to everyone’s attention? To get them to think about what might happen? To be prepared? No. he wasn’t. and for that he should be hailed for bringing this Corporations’ attention so they could make the programing changes they needed to make ahead of Y2K! Well, that wasn’t the article. What the longtime readers sent me was an article where Gary talks about the renminbi not having a chance to replace the dollar as the reserve currency. Uh-Oh. Now thems fightin words! Well, not really, I’m not a fighter, any longer, although in my younger days, I was known to participate in fisticuffs from time to time. As I recall, they usually took place at a drinking establishment! Ok, enough about my youth! What I wanted to point out is that there was someone saying something opposite of what I’m saying. And to be fair and balanced, I talked about it right here! How about that? I was going to talk about the Aussie dollar (A$) and the band, Midnight Oil came on the iPod, playing their song: Beds Are Burning. Talk about great timing! Well, yesterday, I told you about the risks that the next Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meeting would carry, and then I made a major faux pas by saying that “the RBA meets tonight, I think”. Well, I didn’t think clearly! The RBA meets on Mondays and I know that! I guess I was all caught up in the “risks” and knew the RBNZ was meeting last night, and well, the sun was in my eyes, I tripped on a rock, and my glove had a hole in it! Excuses never won a ballgame for anybody, as the old football coach used to tell us. So no excuses, I was just ahead of myself. The RBA meets next Monday. So, keep those “risks” in mind The A$ can’t find any terra firma for more than 24 hours these days. And if my fears of what the RBA might say next week come to fruition, then the A$ might find that it’s in the middle of the sea, and finding terra firma is impossible! And in India, things just keeping looking brighter with the help of cheaper Oil. I read a report yesterday that talked about India possibly booking a Current Account Surplus if the price of Oil remained low. WOW! I didn’t think that in my remaining lifetime I would see India with a Current Account Surplus! The rupee isn’t feeling too much like celebrating this morning, but I think that has more to do with the fact that the Chinese renminbi weakened overnight. I told you the other day how the cheaper Oil was allowing PM Modi the opportunity to finally implement some of his reforms that hopefully unlock the Indian economy. So, I would tell the rupee. the same thing Charlotte told Wilbur. Chin up! The U.S. Data Cupboard is basically empty today. We get the usual Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, and that’s about it. So, from here on out, we get to hear all the rate hike campers shouting from the rooftops that the Fed is going to hike rates in June. Chuck says no way! But we might as well get ready for this onslaught of rate hike talk I’m having connection problems again this morning. it comes and goes, very spotty. I have to look into a more reliable ISP/ wireless system. Unfortunately, the ISP comes with the building, so I doubt I can be a rogue tenant and opt for a different ISP. But maybe if I whine and complain enough, the current ISP will look into the problem. think that might happen? Yeah, right, and I’ve got a bridge to sell For What It’s Worth. Well today, I have a special treat for you. I have a couple of snippets of an article that I found on zerohedge.com that features Ron Paul talking about the Fed and Gold. You can, and probably should read the whole article here: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-28/ron-paul-gold-feds-failed-utopian-dream “Over the last 100 years the Fed has had many mandates and policy changes in its pursuit of becoming the chief central economic planner for the United States. Not only has it pursued this utopian dream of planning the US economy and financing every boondoggle conceivable in the welfare/warfare state, it has become the manipulator of the premier world reserve currency As Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke explained to me, the once profoundly successful world currency – gold – was no longer money. This meant that he believed, and the world has accepted, the fiat dollar as the most important currency of the world, and the US has the privilege and responsibility for managing it. He might even believe, along with his Fed colleagues, both past and present, that the fiat dollar will replace gold for millennia to come. I remain unconvinced At its inception the Fed got its marching orders: to become the ultimate lender of last resort to banks and business interests. And to do that it needed an “elastic” currency. The supporters of the new central bank in 1913 were well aware that commodity money did not “stretch” enough to satisfy the politician’s appetite for welfare and war spending. A printing press and computer, along with the removal of the gold standard, would eventually provide the tools for a worldwide fiat currency. We’ve been there since 1971 and the results are not good Many modifications of policy mandates occurred between 1913 and 1971, and the Fed continues today in a desperate effort to prevent the total unwinding and collapse of a monetary system built on sand. A storm is brewing and when it hits, it will reveal the fragility of the entire world financial system.” – Ron Paul Chuck again. I always liked Ron Paul, as he was the ONLY Austrian economics trained politician in Washington D.C, but now he’s retired, UGH! Well, we all deserve to retire while we can still have fun, right? To recap. The FOMC left out the “considerable time” phrase but talked about being patient with regards to hiking rates. Chuck takes bets that the Fed won’t raise rates in June. So, have all the negative economic prints been hidden under a pile of paper at the Fed? Gold is getting whacked this morning, but why? And Silver follows right behind. the currencies are mixed again today, the euro has eked out a gain, while the A$ is down, along with the renminbi. And things keep getting brighter in India, with the help of cheap Oil Currencies today 1/29/15. American Style: A$ .7790, kiwi .7290, C$ .7975, euro 1.1310, sterling 1.5135, Swiss $1.0870, . European Style: rand 11.6290, krone 7.7905, SEK 8.2455, forint 276.05, zloty 3.7450, koruna 24.59, RUB 69.27, yen 118.15, sing 1.3535, HKD 7.7525, INR 61.87, China 6.1335, pesos 14.83, BRL 2.5960, Dollar Index 94.63, Oil $44.51, 10-year 1.72%, Silver $17.53, Platinum $1,245.50, Palladium $788.80, and Gold. $1,270.54 That’s it for today. Well, the NHL finally gets back to work after 9 days off, our Blues will finally play again tonight. You know I missed a birthday earlier in the week. Colleague, and friend, Suzanne Lee, celebrated a birthday on Monday. She told me the other night that her birthday was the same as my sister’s. I was confused at first as to how she would know when my sister’s birthday was, but then I remembered, I talked about it in the Pfennig! Well, while getting caught up in the hoopla of Chris Gaffney’s birthday, and the FOMC meeting yesterday, I forgot to send along my condolences on the loss of our colleague’s father in law. Aaron Stevenson’s Wife, Diana, lost her father suddenly this past weekend. It’s always sad when you lose someone, and so my thoughts and prayers go out to the Stevensons, as they deal with this loss. On a lighter note.. Grandson Everett, wanted to know why I didn’t come home with his Mimi (Kathy) the other day. that didn’t register with him that we weren’t together. And with that, I’ll get out of your hair for today. I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets
Kellogg’s issued a voluntary recall of the brand’s Honey Smacks cereal Wednesday. The cereal has been linked to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.So far the outbreak has spanned 31 states with 73 cases of infection. There have been 24 reported hospitalizations and zero deaths.New York, California, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are among the states to report cases of the Salmonella Mbandaka strain, with New York reporting the highest most at 7.Both the CDC and Kellogg’s are advising consumers and retailers to throw out 15.3 oz. and 23.0 oz. boxes of the Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. Affected products have a ‘best if used by’ date on the top of the box between June 14, 2018 and June 14, 2019.Illnesses in connection with the cereal started appearing in early March, according to the CDC.Salmonella bacteria are the main cause of infection that leads to an illness called salmonellosis. Symptoms of the illness include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and abdominal cramps, and appear within 12 and 72 hours of consumption of salmonella bacteria. Drinking water and fluids is recommended, according to the FDA.Consumers are advised by the CDC to “contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from consuming recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.”Salmonella causes cause about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States every year, the CDC says; more than 80 percent are caused by foodborne bacteria. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Next Article Uber Guest Writer Uber Hires Former Obama Campaign Manager to Battle the ‘Big Taxi Cartel’ 2 min read –shares Laura Entis August 19, 2014 Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s been a tumultuous day at the executive level in the ridesharing sector today.Earlier this afternoon, news broke that Lyft COO Travis VanderZanden is leaving the company after an 18-month stint (rumor has it he clashed with the company’s founders). Not to be outdone, Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick made a pretty significant announcement of his own, revealing that David Plouffe, President Obama’s former campaign manager and White House adviser, has been hired as the company’s new senior vice president of policy and strategy.Officially, Plouffe will oversee Uber’s global branding, communications and policy, but more succinctly, as Kalanick summed it up for Politico, he will be the transportation network’s “campaign manager.”Related: Lyft COO Exits in the Wake of Controversial NYC LaunchKalanick’s use of politically charged language to describe his company – “There’s an incumbent … the big taxi cartel … and we’re the challenger,” he told the outlet — emphasizes the important role Plouffe will play in helping Uber expand despite resistance from regulators and local governments.”Uber has been in a campaign but hasn’t been running one,” Kalanick wrote in a blog post announcing the news. “That is changing now.”In this respect, of course, both Plouffe’s extensive political experience and connections comes in handy. “We’ll be trying to change the point of view of established politicians, and there’s a lot of resistance coming from people who want to protect the status quo,” Plouffe told Politico.Plouffe, who managed both of Obama’s presidential campaigns and served as a senior adviser to the president, left the White House in January 2013.Related: Lyft and Uber Trade Barbs Over Cancelled Rides Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »
Glassbox Distances Competitors by Patenting Its Technology for Recording Web Sessions MTS Staff WriterMay 10, 2019, 7:50 pmMay 10, 2019 Glassbox, the leading enterprise Digital Customer Management solution provider, announced that a patent for its technology to record web sessions has been approved by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).The patent for “Systems and Methods for Recording Web Sessions” covers a proprietary technology in Glassbox’s digital customer management platform that records both client- and server-side, providing global enterprises with an evidential 360-degree view of their website and mobile app. Server-side website session recordings significantly reduce the overhead of client-side recording and provide visibility into scenarios that cannot be captured with client-side recording, such as bot investigations, fraud attempts, scraping, and HTTP errors.Marketing Technology News: Artificial Solutions and Rücker Lypsa Team-up to Deliver Conversational AI to the Automotive IndustryGlassbox’s technology breaks the dependency between server-side recording and external devices like TAP or even the need for SPAN port. As TAP or SPAN port are not required, this technology is ideal for cloud infrastructure or when access to network devices is not an option.Glassbox’s technology enables Tealeaf customers to migrate to Glassbox Cloud without losing any visibility into their production environments.“Client-recording is important, but it is only part of the ultimate digital truth, and enterprises cannot afford to lose session replay capabilities when migrating to the cloud,” said Glassbox CTO Yaron Gueta. “We created this technology to exceed the highest standards in the industry for quality and quantity of insights available to large enterprises. We’re very proud to have received the approval for the patent and appreciate the recognition that sets our technology apart from all other providers globally.”Marketing Technology News: Uberflip Named a Contender in Content Marketing Platforms for B2B Marketers for the First Time by Independent Research FirmGlassbox is the only enterprise-grade digital customer analytics platform that allows users to capture, index, search, retrieve, replay and drive real-time machine learning-driven insights from data related to digital customer journeys. It enables online customer experience professionals to receive automatic alerts about customer struggles and technical anomalies and act upon them. Glassbox does all this whilst meeting the highest security and privacy standards.Marketing Technology News: CloudShare Launches Flexible Sales Enablement Solution to Reduce Sales Friction, Illuminate Buyer Journeys and Empower Teams with Advanced Analytics customer management platformdigital customer analyticsGlassboxGlassbox CloudMarketing TechnologyNewsUSPTO Previous ArticleHUBX, The World’s First Anonymous B2B Marketplace Platform, Surpasses $200 Million in Revenue in First Year, Hires Industry Veteran as Chief Revenue OfficerNext ArticleSales Development Report: Bots, Chat Will Be the Next Big Thing, Live Call Still Dominates and GDPR Drives Changes
Source:https://ecdc.europa.eu/en/news-events/influenza-vaccination-coverage-rates-insufficient-across-eu-member-states Dec 19 2018None of the European Union (EU) Member States could demonstrate that they reach the EU target of 75% influenza vaccination coverage for vulnerable groups, according to a new report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Influenza vaccination coverage remains low in many countries, and leads to severe disease, hospitalizations and premature deaths. If no improvements in the vaccine uptake will be seen, significant burden on the healthcare systems can be expected also during this upcoming winter season.Influenza vaccination coverage rates for the 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons were provided by 19 Member States. Detailed information was provided for specific risk groups such as the elderly, individuals with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, healthcare workers and residents of long-term care facilities. These groups are the most likely to suffer serious complications, which is why most countries prioritize them for vaccination.Related StoriesResearchers map virulence factor of influenza A virus in real-timeStudy: Caregivers of children may be vaccine hesitant and have inaccurate beliefsDiscovery of protein, lipid connection could lead to new influenza therapiesOnly a few of the EU Member States that participated in the survey come close to achieving the 75% vaccination coverage target, which has been set by the EU to protect tens of thousands of persons at risk of death and serious illness.”The results of this survey have shown that achieving high vaccination coverage rates for those particularly at risk of developing severe complications remains a serious public health challenge” says Pasi Penttinen, ECDC Head of Influenza Disease Programme. “The best way to prevent or minimize severe disease from influenza among vulnerable groups is timely vaccination, even though the effectiveness of the vaccine varies depending on the virus in circulation. Sufficient vaccination coverage also saves healthcare systems money in decreased consultation rates and hospitalisations.”More encouragingly, approximately half of the EU Member States reported increased use of newer influenza vaccines that provide broader protection during the 2017/18 season. These new vaccines contain four influenza strains or an adjuvant. Also, six Member States reported using newer immunization strategies which target additional age groups such as children. Whether the newer vaccines and vaccination strategies will provide better overall protection will be studied by ECDC in the coming winter seasons.For patients with severe influenza, or those unable to respond to vaccination due to disease or treatment affecting the immune system, the use of influenza antivirals may be life-saving. Most EU Member States have issued recommendations for the use of influenza antivirals.The ECDC report recommends improving vaccination coverage rates through targeted communication campaigns towards vulnerable groups, as well as ensuring adequate and sustainable funding of national vaccination programmes. Countries that do not yet have a seasonal influenza vaccination action plan to achieve higher seasonal influenza vaccination coverage rates are encouraged to develop and adopt such a plan, document or policy.
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 17 2019In the late 1950s, the treatment for fractures involved three to four months in hospital in plaster-casts and traction. Recovery was slow, and up to 70 percent of patients experienced reduced mobility upon recovery.Leading a Surgical Revolution: The AO Foundation-Social Entrepreneurs in the Treatment of Bone Trauma, tells the story of a group of Swiss surgeons who, 60 years ago, set their minds to solving a problem that had far-reaching economic, social, and human impact–how trauma and musculoskeletal disorders were treated.As the AO Foundation marks its 60th anniversary, Jean-Pierre Jeannet, Professor Emeritus of Global Strategy and Marketing, IMD Institute and Babson College, has published a book that explores the AO’s impact on how trauma and musculoskeletal disorders were treated.Related StoriesRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infectionsCommon antibacterial agent may be bad news for bone healthBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryThe group of surgeons developed an innovative approach, osteosynthesis, which transformed bone trauma treatment. The standardized approach they developed–internal fixation–had a far-reaching impact on surgery, and a significant economic impact wherever it was adopted. Their revolutionary approach meant that patients who would often have been unable to return to work could again play an active role in the economy.In his book, Jeannet details the organizational approach adopted by the surgeon founders and how they created a self-funded organization to train surgeons across the world in their new techniques.This organization was both volunteer driven and non-profit, and that is how they came to create an early example of social entrepreneurship. This helped fund their ambitious project, training more than 50,000 surgeons annually in courses all over the world, and also supported their continued efforts to refine their instruments and techniques.In writing this book, Jeannet went beyond the available archives by interviewing many AO surgeon members, scientists, and entrepreneurs, in person. He explores the growth of the AO as an organization, and paints what is often a highly personal and individualized portrait of the key players. The book ends with a description of the latest initiatives of the AO Foundation, including their drive to expand into low-income countries where AO methods are not (yet) widely practiced.Neither surgeon nor engineer by training, Jeannet used his perspective as a business school professor to highlight the organizational and business achievements that played crucial roles in creating and sustaining this successful social enterprise. Source:https://www.springer.com/gp/about-springer/media/press-releases/corporate/the-story-of-a-successful-surgical-revolution/16400356
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 25 2019Pancreaticoduodenectomy, or the Whipple operation, is one of the most complex abdominal surgeries, and is commonly prescribed as a first line of therapy for cancer located within the pancreatic head. It remains the most effective treatment method associated with prolonged survival. The surgery involves removal of parts of the pancreas, bile duct, and small intestine, requiring careful reconstruction of the organs involved. Clinicians at Jefferson have now shown that providing patients intensive care after surgery can help reduce hospital stay and reduce time to eligibility for adjuvant chemotherapy. The prospective, randomized, controlled study was published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.”The trial was so successful that we were able to halt the study early and change our standard practice to providing this accelerated post-operative care to all eligible patients,” said Harish Lavu, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) and researcher with the NCI-Designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health.Related Stories’Traffic light’ food labels associated with reduction in calories purchased by hospital employeesStudy looks at impact of hospital readmissions penalties on targeted surgical conditionsRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infectionsThe study authors led by first author Dr. Lavu, MD, and senior author Charles J. Yeo, MD, the Samuel D. Gross Professor and Chair of Surgery at Jefferson, analyzed 76 pancreaticoduodenectomy patients in the study who had a low to moderate risk for complications. They compared the standard 7-day pathway for recovery and discharge, to one that took only five days to complete. The 5-day pathway included early discharge planning, a shortened stay in the ICU, modified diet and drain management; rigorous physical therapy with in-hospital gym visits, and follow up via telehealth after discharge.”Our accelerated recovery pathway incorporates the latest in recovery science by ensuring patients get mobile shortly after surgery, which has been shown to improve outcomes,” said Dr. Yeo. “We also assign experienced recovery nurse practitioners to follow-up care via telehealth, which has been shown to reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions. The results of this study validate much of what the field is beginning to view as best practice and it’s exciting to be able to define a more effective pathway to better care for patients.”The 5-day Whipple accelerated recovery pathway (WARP) reduced length of stay without significantly increasing complication rates. Using the WARP protocol 76 percent of patients were ready to be discharged at day 5 in the 5-day group, whereas only 13 percent of the 7-day group were ready to be discharged by day 5.Perhaps most significantly, reducing recovery time means that patients with pancreatic cancer can transition more quickly to the next phase of treatment. On average, the shorter stay was associated with reducing time to adjuvant therapy by 15 days (51 days with 5-day, versus 66 days with 7-day recovery).Source: https://www.jefferson.edu/
Source:https://nei.nih.gov/content/nitisinone-increases-melanin-people-albinism Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 21 2019A small pilot clinical study at the National Eye Institute (NEI) suggests that the drug nitisinone increases melanin production in some people with oculocutaneous albinism type 1B (OCA-1B), a rare genetic disease that causes pale skin and hair and poor vision. Increased melanin could help protect people with the condition against the sun’s UV rays and promote the development of normal vision. Study results were published in JCI Insight. NEI is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).”Because the greatest vision problems for people with albinism occur during the early development of the eye, our eventual goal is to work with infants,” said Brian Brooks, M.D., Ph.D., clinical director at NEI and lead author of the study. “The purpose of this pilot study was to explore whether nitisinone is safe and whether we could pick up a signal that the drug works.”Oculocutaneous albinism (OCA) is a rare inherited disease caused by mutations in genes needed to make melanin, a dark-colored pigment found in hair, skin, and eyes. In the United States, the most common form of OCA is OCA-1, which is caused by mutations in the gene that codes for the enzyme tyrosinase. Tyrosinase function – the breakdown of the amino acid tyrosine into its component parts – is critical for the production of melanin. People with OCA-1B, like those who participated in this study, have some tyrosinase, but it functions poorly. People with OCA-1A have no tyrosinase at all. Approximately one in 17,000 people worldwide have a form of OCA.The study followed three women and two men over 18 months, including 12 months on a daily oral 2 mg dose of nitisinone, and six additional months without the drug. While on nitisinone, most study participants showed a slight darkening of skin and hair. One participant’s skin darkened slightly after sun exposure. However, the researchers were unable to detect clinically significant changes in eye melanin or in visual acuity. With improvements in imaging of the iris, and with younger patients, Brooks and colleagues hope subtle changes in the eye will be more apparent.Related StoriesGene modulation goes wireless hacking the “boss gene”Genetic contribution to distractibility helps explain procrastinationLoose double-stranded RNA molecules spur skin rejuvenationNitisinone increases the concentration of the amino acid tyrosine in the blood. In people with OCA-1B, Brooks believes that the higher levels of tyrosine help stabilize mutated tyrosinase and make the enzyme more effective. Brooks’ previous studies have shown that nitisinone has no effect in OCA-1A, where there’s no tyrosinase to stabilize, and OCA-3, where a different part of the melanin pathway is affected, so his team doesn’t intend to pursue this drug for patients with those forms of albinism. Nitisinone is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat a rare metabolic disease called tyrosinemia, which can cause liver and neurological problems.”We’re evaluating OCA-2 and OCA-4 in mice, and we’re hopeful that this drug might have some effect,” said Brooks. In the meantime, he hopes to start a new, larger trial of nitisinone for teenagers with OCA-1B.”Melanin is crucial for normal visual development during infancy, but the eye continues to develop and change throughout childhood and into the teenage years,” Brooks said. For this reason, Brooks thinks nitisinone might improve iris pigmentation and visual acuity in teens and could have a bigger effect in younger children with OCA-1B.On February 28, NIH will recognize Rare Disease Day, established in 2008 to raise awareness about rare diseases and the unique challenges faced by patients and their families. In the United States, a disease is considered rare if it affects less than 200,000, or approximately one in 1700, people. About 80 percent of rare diseases are caused by inherited gene defects, and many of these, like OCA, lack effective treatments. NEI is committed to supporting basic and clinical research into rare diseases that affect vision.
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where their forefathers lived; based on the so-called state of origin The founding fathers of Nigeria had a dream of building a united prosperous and developed nation state where social justice reigns We also have to continue to dream because once we stopped dreaming then life is gone In conclusion I am convinced that Nigeria will work and fulfil its destiny I therefore look forward to collaborating with other delegates to chart the way for a better a new Nigeria We all want to see a positive transform Nigeria and I therefore urge all of us to work individually and collectively so as to set the right agenda for the Nigeria of our dream Mr Chairman distinguished delegates I leave you with the words of these Greek proverb “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in” You can watch the delivery here: httpsv://wwwyoutubecom/watchv=U7dbmeLzj98 Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON) Osita Okechukwu has called on the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Chief John Nnia Nwodo to be pragmatic strategic and introspective in advancing the interest of Ndigbo In a chat with the media in Abuja Okechukwu said Nwodo should have compiled all Ndigbo’s grievances and meet with President Buhari for discussion in order to regain lost grounds in the nation’s politics He admitted that that there are fault lines but advised that it should not warrant abuses since President Buhari had congratulated Nwodo and offered him an olive branch on the latter’s assumption of office On the debates on Igbo presidency Okechukwu said the best thing for Ndigbo is to vote for Buhari in 2019 and then rely on the zoning convention to harvest the benefits in 2023 He recalled that Ndigbo did not vote for Buhari in 2015 and time has come again for them to vote in 2019 and then reap the benefits in 2023 He said: “Is this how to regain lost grounds Chief Nwodo wants to repeat the costly mistake of Dr Joe Nworgu “There are two contending issues in the political domain One is the law with its legal teeth It is written It can pull down any mountain “The other one is the convention It is not written but with its moral weight it can also pull down mountains “For Igbo presidency to be germane we must key into the convention So that we could harvest the goodwill on our side because we have done a small analysis; when you come to Lagos and ask any indigene of Lagos to stay on one side and the next ethnic group it is the Igbos “When you come to Kano you tell the truly Kano indigenes to stay one side the next group is Ndigbo “We are only third in four states-EdoKwara Niger and Kaduna We are one of the most acceptable groups in the country So the country is waiting for us “The convention has weight and mark you like I told some Northern friends the Igbo president will be a win-win situation because the Igboman will accommodate all sections “And he will bring the entrepreneurship to bear on the economy and the growth of the country I told them that it is going to be useful to the whole country if a proper Igboman becomes President not a lackey We should look for the best within our crowd”
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