New year’s resolution ideas for busy people: How to make small changes and stick to them

first_imgMonday 29 December 2014 7:12 am Show Comments ▼ Share New year’s resolution ideas for busy people: How to make small changes and stick to them More From Our Partners Kansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comcenter_img whatsapp It’s almost 2015, and this year we are going to do everything better – we will be more active, drink less, excel in our jobs and read three times as many books as usual. Yes, we will – and nothing is going to stop us.This is the attitude we are all too familiar with in late December and early January, when we have had enough time to relax and reflect on what we could have done better over the last 12 months. We are anxious to get going again, and sticking to a regime of self-improvement feels like an easy task. But as the months go by and the responsibilities pile up, tiredness kicks in and new year’s resolutions often fall by the wayside. That’s why, if you’re a hard worker, you should be realistic – pick some simple changes that are easy to put into practice, and you’ll improve your chances of making them new year’s resolutions rather than January resolutions.Here are some ideas to get you going – they are easy to do, inexpensive and don’t take up much time.TRAVELLING TO AND FROM WORK: CHANGE THE SMALL THINGSIf you’re someone who leaves the house without much time to spare and isn’t keen on the cold, don’t say you’ll start cycling or walking to work every day in pursuit of becoming a healthier and more eco-aware person.Instead, change the small details. You could get off the Tube one stop earlier on your way home from work so that you have an extra 15-minute walk. Or if you work high up in an office block, every other day you could climb the stairs rather than taking the lift.SPEND 10 MINUTES DOING NOTHINGThere’s always something more pressing to do than sitting still and doing absolutely nothing for 10 minutes, but there are few things that will help your stress levels as much.Lots of people are keen on meditation, and there are plenty of websites and books that offer simple explanations on how to do it. If you’re not keen on that, there are lots of other options – you could have a long bath, or maybe even just look out of the window with a cup of tea.It will help you stay calm and it’s surprisingly easy to find a spare 10 minutes in a hectic day if you really want to.DON’T LET TECHNOLOGY TAKE OVERWe’ve all experienced it: sitting in a restaurant and looking over at the next table to see a couple completely captivated by their phones. They’ve made a huge effort to look nice for each other, but neither could care less because something far more interesting is taking place on Facebook or Twitter.And it’s not just couples – it’s families, friends, colleagues out at work events. We live in a tech-society, and can be contacted at any moment – work never switches off and neither do our social lives. But by allowing technology to take over, you could be causing huge amounts of damage to your personal life.MAKE MORE EFFORT TO BE NICE TO PEOPLEWhen you’re tired and in a bad mood, the thought of having a friendly conversation with someone might seem like the last thing you want to do. But taking the time out to build positive relationships, especially with people at work, can go a long way.In terms of your career progression and your general happiness in the workplace, helping people when they need a hand will be remembered.PLAN BEFORE MEETINGSImprovisation can occasionally lead to moments of brilliant creative thoughts, but most of the time it leaves you looking incompetent in front of your boss and colleagues. Preparing for meetings doesn’t have to take long – just ten or even five minutes of planning what you will say can work go far, since it will give you confidence in your own ideas.MAKE TEA AND COFFEE – DON’T BUY ITYou’re running late for work and need a caffeine fix quick, so you run into Pret and queue for five minutes to get your coffee, before running out again and heading to the office.In that same time you could have gone to the office and made a coffee, saving around £2 in the process.If you did this every day for a week you would save £10, and every day for a month you’d save £40. That’s the same as a meal out at a nice restaurant.And if you did it for a whole year you would save almost £500 – that could take you on a week long holiday somewhere in Europe. Sarah Spickernell whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Tom Hayes receives 14 year jail term in Libor-fixing scandal as MPs call for bank bosses to face prosecution

first_imgTuesday 4 August 2015 4:41 am whatsapp A jury sent shockwaves through the City yesterday when it convicted former UBS and Citigroup trader Tom Hayes of eight counts of conspiracy to defraud in connection with the Libor-fixing scandal. Justice Jeremy Cooke sentenced the 35-year-old former City worker to 14 years in jail for his part in the manipulation of the Libor benchmark interest rate – a crucial convention for around £288 trillion of financial contracts and consumer loans – between 2006 and 2010. “I’m quite stunned by this,” Tory MP Mark Garnier – who sits on the influential Treasury Select Committee – told City A.M..  “It is a stonking great sentence. It is enormous.” Read more: Key dates in Tom Hayes’ Libor trial Garnier added that the ruling marked “the beginning of a chapter” in the Libor fixing scandal: “This really does change the dynamics very dramatically in the City.” Justice Cooke said that a message needed to be sent to the world about dishonest conduct in finance, telling Hayes: “Probity and honesty are essential as is trust… The Libor activities of which you took part puts all that in jeopardy.” The head of capital markets think tank New Financial, William Wright, tweeted: “Lots of people in the City are not going to sleep very well tonight.” “I think it would be very dangerous to look at this in isolation and just see it as one judgement against one individual,” Wright told City A.M..  He added: “This judgment really opens the door to much more aggressive action by authorities on both sides of the Atlantic… [including] potentially pursuing more senior management at a wider range of firms.” John Mann, another long-serving MP on the Treasury Select Committee, told City A.M. that he wanted to see more prosecutions of senior management “further up the food chain”. “The leadership of the banks failed to manage them, failed to lead and created the climate that allowed this criminality to take place,” Mann said, adding: “Now that there’s been a criminal conviction, it changes the terrain.” Stephen Rosen, a partner and head of specialist financial disputes team, Collyer Bristow, largely agreed, telling City A.M.: “The big question is: how far up will it go?”  whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tom Hayes receives 14 year jail term in Libor-fixing scandal as MPs call for bank bosses to face prosecution Tags: Libor rate-fixing scandal People Tom Hayes by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday Newszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorMoneyPailShe Was A ’90s Star, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailTheFashionBallAlica Schmidt Is The Most Beautiful Athlete To ExistTheFashionBallTaco RelishKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItTaco RelishArticles SkillHusband Leaves Wife For Her Sister, Not Knowing She Won The Lottery Just Moments BeforeArticles Skill Express KCS Sharelast_img read more

Man on probation for grand theft auto arrested for same crime in Collier County

first_imgCOLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — A Miami man is back behind bars for the same crime he was put on probation for after his latest arrest in Collier County, officials said.Eduardo Pastrana-Pacheco, 22, and another person who is still on the run, was caught stealing someone’s motorcycle, deputies said.The victim saw their motorcycle being stolen and heard gunshots coming from the suspect. The victim shot back and that’s when Pastrana-Pacheco made a run for it. Deputies with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office had K9 and aviation units deployed to help with the search. AdvertisementTags: arrestedCollier County Sheriff’s Officegrand theft auto Deputies investigate overnight shooting in Golden Gate June 10, 2021 Woman shot outside Naples Waffle House June 16, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementEventually, the K9 unit found and arrested Pastrana-Pacheco near North Collier Park. Pastrana-Pacheco is charged with grand theft auto, which he’s already on probation for in Miami-Dade County. NBC2 has reached out to CCSO for more information, but haven’t heard back yet. Count on NBC2 to bring you the latest. Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Collier school resource officers teach kids how to fish on first day of “Summerfest” June 16, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Missing Collier teen seen with man at Fort Myers Publix June 11, 2021last_img read more

HSE ‘halt’ to Laois/Offaly School Vaccination Programme ‘inexcusable’

first_img Twitter Twitter Home News HSE ‘halt’ to Laois/Offaly School Vaccination Programme ‘inexcusable’ News Previous articleUpdated: Appeal launched after Laois nurse’s family home destroyed by fireNext articleSadness following the passing of Laois publican Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Electric Picnic By Alan Hartnett – 16th November 2020 WhatsApp Local Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley has hit out what he says is the HSE’s ‘halt’ to the School Vaccination Programme.The Laois based TD has called the move ‘inexcusable’ and says similar programmes are taking place in neighbouring counties.He said: “the suspension of the 20/21 school vaccination programme in all the Midlands counties in inexcusable.“The roll out of the programme was suspended on the 9th of November. Children in both primary and secondary schools have not been vaccinated as normal since then, even though front line community nurses are there and available to proceed with the programme.“My information is that there is also a plentiful supply of vaccines for all the required immunisation of school going children.“It is widely accepted that these vaccines are essential to prevent measles, mumps, rubella, along with cervical cancer and other medical conditions in later life.“HSE management are refusing to allow this to proceed as normal.“While it may have been necessary to suspend immunisation during the first lockdown in March and April, as public health nurses were redeployed to carry out Covid testing, the situation is very different now.“Hundreds of community covid testers have been trained up and are available in the meantime to do the Covid swabs.“School vaccination programmes are proceeding apace in other regions including in Carlow, Kilkenny and Tipperary.“So why not Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath which are included in the HSE designated region of CHO 8?“The provision of immunisation in schools is very effective, in that the take up is much higher as large numbers of children are present in single settings.“It is essential that the front-line services such as this and which are preventative in nature are operational and available.“While there are many shortcomings within our health system, these vaccination programmes are among the things that are done very well.“I have contacted the Minister for Health to have this matter resolved and intend to press for the vaccination programme to proceed without delay.”SEE ALSO – ‘Sometimes I’ll have to pinch myself. This is actually what it is. Yes, you’re a cabinet minister’ Pinterest Pinterest HSE ‘halt’ to Laois/Offaly School Vaccination Programme ‘inexcusable’ Facebook Facebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSBrian StanleySchool vaccination Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date News Electric Picnic Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role last_img read more

The Three Million “Chosun Juvenile Group”

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News NewsEconomy There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News By Daily NK – 2005.11.08 4:00pm center_img News The Three Million “Chosun Juvenile Group” AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) [imText1]“As I join the honorable Chosun Juvenile’s Group… I pledge that I will become reliable supporter (backup) of the of communism construction”(Chosun Juvenile’s Group Pledge) When the juvenile perform in the special events in North Korea, we often see them holding their right hand on their forehead and shout, “Always ready!” They are the Chosun Juvenile’s Group, also known as the “red neckties.” Chosun Juvenile’s Group was established in June 6, 1946 with the objective of educating outstanding youth to become excellent members of Socialist Working Youth League and party members. It consists of the children from age seven to thirteen, and all the students enrolled in elementary and middle schools are obliged to join the group. It has Section-Platoon-Company-Regiment structure with its members of about three millions.Composition of the Chosun Juvenile’s Group is there is there one Chosun Juvenile’s Group training teacher, one group commissioner, and 4 to6 committee members in each school. In each grade level, there is one group leader, one class leader with 3 to 5 committee members. In each class, there are many small groups of the Chosun Juvenile’s Group, and each small group is made of one leader and 3 to7 members. The Chosun Juvenile’s Group follows the military system and stars are given according to the rank. The students who become commissioners enjoy exercising a great amount of power. They form patrol groups and proudly control even the adults in the streets, and hold artistic performances in cooperative farms or factories to encourage farmers and workers. The red triangular shaped neckties signify blood of the communists who fought against the Japanese colonialist rule. The brooch and the necktie must be worn everyday to school since they are proof of membership, and it is evaluated whether they are worn correctly at the gate of the school. Although the children are to be joined in the Chosun Juvenile’s Group on the second grade of the elementary school, but not everybody is automatically joined. Few are joined at a time in different levels. The ceremony of joining the Chosun Juvenile’s Group is held on important national holidays such as on February 16, April 15, and June 6. In order to join the Chosun Juvenile’s Group, qualified students first have to memorize the pledge and prepare the red necktie and Chosun Juvenile’s Group badge. The reason why the Chosun Juvenile’s Group always shouts out “Always ready!” is known to be due to the order from Kim Il Sung in 1958. He ordered, “The Chosun Juvenile’s Group must become the supporter (backup) for construction of communism, educated of intellect, virtue, and fashion (manner). The present slogan the Chosun Juvenile’s Group shouts out is “Let’s become three million bombs.” Starting in 1964, the Chosun Juvenile’s Group have been involved in numerous political campaigns such as the National Exemplary Eager Chosun Juvenile’s Group member competition, Kim Il Sung Birthday Celebration Chosun Juvenile’s Group Pyongynag City Cooperative Conference and Following Kim Il Sung Movement. Entering the 1960s, with a clear one-man dictatorship established, the Chosun Juvenile’s Group have been utilized as a political tool and it became more so with the Kim Jong Il’s succession to power. In other words, the loyalty movement following the hereditary line heavily burdened the Chosun Juvenile’s Group. The Chosun Juvenile’s Group is under the supervision of Communist Worker’s Young Adults Alliance. They set infant five year plan or infant six year plan, where the children are “involved in the economic activities,” mainly to raising rabbits, picking plants and metal recycling to earn foreign currency. When one successfully completes the Chosun Juvenile’s Group activities, not only himself but his group receives an award. If they obtain the red flag, they are given opportunity to enter camping areas. There they can enjoy sports and cultural activities, boating, swim, fishing or hiking. Following is the text of the Chosun Juvenile’s Group pledge.“As I join the honorable Chosun Juvenile’s Group graced by the loving grandfather Kim Il Sung Grand Sovereign and Revered Father Kim Jong Il leader , I pledge that I will always at everywhere think in accordance to the Grand Sovereign and the Leader’s teachings, pass on the Juche’s revolutionary achievements to next generational and grow strong to become reliable supporter (backup) of the of communism construction.” US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img read more

LOGiQ announces private placement of $5.2 million

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media IE Staff LOGiQ announces private placement of $5.2 million Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Toronto-based LOGiQ Asset Management Inc. (formerly, Aston Hill Financial Inc.) announced on Tuesday that it has completed a non-brokered private placement for $5.2 million Proceeds from the transaction are expected to be used to fund future acquisitions and for general corporate purposes, the company says. “LOGiQ has been built as a platform to consolidate other independent asset management firms and to attract top investment talent, says Joe Canavan, president and CEO, in a statement. “This capital infusion will facilitate potential future acquisitions consistent with our goal to build the size and scale we need to be in a position to deliver superior, cost-efficient investment solutions, and ultimately better value, to all of our stakeholders,” adds Canavan. Photo copyright: macfromlondon/123RF iA Clarington aims for sleeker, cleaner product lineup Keywords Asset management companiesCompanies LOGiQ Asset Management Inc. Desjardins buys Montreal boutique firm Hexavest CPPIB reports record return for latest fiscal yearlast_img read more

How Trump’s tax proposals may benefit Canadians

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Scientists develop a cheaper method that might help create fuels from plants

first_imgScientists develop a cheaper method that might help create fuels from plants Scientists have figured out a cheaper, more efficient way to conduct a chemical reaction at the heart of many biological processes, which may lead to better ways to create biofuels from plants.Scientists around the world have been trying for years to create biofuels and other bioproducts more cheaply; this study, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, suggests that it is possible to do so.“The process of converting sugar to alcohol has to be very efficient if you want to have the end product be competitive with fossil fuels,” said Venkat Gopalan, a senior author on the paper and professor of chemistry and biochemistry at The Ohio State University. “The process of how to do that is well-established, but the cost makes it not competitive, even with significant government subsidies. This new development is likely to help lower the cost.”At the heart of their discovery: A less expensive and simpler method to create the “helper molecules” that allow carbon in cells to be turned into energy. Those helper molecules (which chemists call cofactors) are nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) and its derivative (NADPH). These cofactors in their reduced forms have long been known to be a key part of turning sugar from plants into butanol or ethanol for fuels. Both cofactors also play an important role in slowing the metabolism of cancer cells and have been a target of treatment for some cancers.But NADH and NADPH are expensive.“If you can cut the production cost in half, that would make biofuels a very attractive additive to make flex fuels with gasoline,” said Vish Subramaniam, a senior author on the paper and recently retired professor of engineering at Ohio State. “Butanol is often not used as an additive because it’s not cheap. But if you could make it cheaply, suddenly the calculus would change. You could cut the cost of butanol in half, because the cost is tied up in the use of this cofactor.”To create these reduced cofactors in the lab, the researchers built an electrode by layering nickel and copper, two inexpensive elements. That electrode allowed them to recreate NADH and NADPH from their corresponding oxidized forms. In the lab, the researchers were able to use NADPH as a cofactor in producing an alcohol from another molecule, a test they did intentionally to show that ­the electrode they built could help convert biomass – plant cells – to biofuels. This work was performed by Jonathan Kadowaki and Travis Jones, two mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate students in the Subramaniam lab, and Anindita Sengupta, a postdoctoral researcher in the Gopalan lab.But because NADH and NADPH are at the heart of so many energy conversion processes inside cells, this discovery could aid other synthetic applications.Subramaniam’s previous work showed that electromagnetic fields can slow the spread of some breast cancers. He retired from Ohio State on Dec. 31.This finding is connected, he said: It might be possible for scientists to more easily and affordably control the flow of electrons in some cancer cells, potentially slowing their growth and ability to metastasize.Subramaniam also has spent much of his later scientific career exploring if scientists could create a synthetic plant, something that would use the energy of the sun to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. On a large enough scale, he thought, such a creation could potentially reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and help address climate change.“I’ve always been interested in that question of, ‘Can we make a synthetic plant? Can we make something that can solve this global warming problem with carbon dioxide?’” Subramaniam said. “If it’s impractical to do it with plants because we keep destroying them via deforestation, are there other inorganic ways of doing this?”This discovery could be a step toward that goal: Plants use NADPH to turn carbon dioxide into sugars, which eventually become oxygen through photosynthesis. Making NADPH more accessible and more affordable could make it possible to produce an artificial photosynthesis reaction.But its most likely and most immediate application is for biofuels.That the researchers came together for this scientific inquiry was rare: Biochemists and engineers don’t often conduct joint laboratory research.Gopalan and Subramaniam met at a brainstorming session hosted by Ohio State’s Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS), where they were told to think about “big sky ideas” that might help solve some of society’s biggest problems. Subramaniam told Gopalan about his work with electrodes and cells, “and the next thing we knew, we were discussing this project,” Gopalan said. “We certainly would not have talked to each other if it were not for the CAPS workshop.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:atmosphere, biochemistry, biological, breast cancer, carbon dioxide, climate change, Engineering, global warming, Government, metabolism, Ohio State University, production, Professor, Scientific Reports, Scientists, universitylast_img read more

Hyde, London Borough of Bromley, Beehive Affordable Homes, Macquarie Asset Management deliver 50 affordable homes

first_imgHyde, London Borough of Bromley, Beehive Affordable Homes, Macquarie Asset Management deliver 50 affordable homes Hyde, the London Borough of Bromley, Beehive Affordable Homes and Macquarie Asset Management have completed a transaction that delivers 50 affordable homes for rent in south-east London.The properties, which Beehive acquired from Hyde with financing provided by Macquarie, are a mixture of sizes and are located across the London Borough of Bromley and the surrounding areas. The London Borough of Bromley has agreed to rent the properties from Beehive on a long-term basis to help meet local affordable housing needs with an option to acquire them for £1 at the end of the agreement.Speaking of the sale of the homes to Beehive, Guy Slocombe, Chief Investment Officer at the Hyde Group said: “We had identified these homes as suitable for sale some time ago and had recently completed works to all of them to bring them up to a higher standard. The main thing for us is that these homes are earmarked for people who were, until recently, in temporary accommodation. They now have a genuinely affordable, long-term home, and the fact that they can move in during the global pandemic makes it that much more special.“We select homes for sale based on a number of different factors and reinvest the proceeds into building more affordable homes that the south-east desperately needs.”Beehive was set up by Jonathan Bunt and Chris Ashcroft to make use of their respective backgrounds in local government, housing, banking and markets to help bridge the gap between housing associations who are looking to sell some of their homes and the growing demand from local authorities to house people in long-term, affordable accommodation.Beehive Director, Jonathan Bunt said: “We are really happy to use our expertise in housing and finance to ensure that these homes stay in the wider affordable housing sector. We have been able to deliver this portfolio of homes at genuinely affordable rates for Bromley residents whilst also paying Hyde a fair price for their homes. This win-win outcome means Hyde can reinvest into new affordable schemes which are so desperately needed. Our ambition is to help to enable an overall net increase in affordable homes.”Beehive partnered with Macquarie Asset Management’s Private Credit team to facilitate the innovative transaction, with Macquarie investing on behalf of its institutional clients to provide a flexible, long term financing package. Beehive and Macquarie intend to replicate the model across the country, working closely with local authorities to help meet their affordable housing needs.Gareth Edwards, Senior Vice President at Macquarie, said: “We are delighted to have played a key role in this important transaction, demonstrating the alternative funding models available to local authorities to help finance their social infrastructure investment needs. This commitment underlines our desire to finance the UK affordable housing sector and local authorities, with approximately £700 million invested in these sectors on behalf of our clients over the past five years.”Hyde were advised by Trowers & Hamlin, Macquarie by Addleshaw Goddard and Beehive by K&L Gates. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:affordable housing, agreement, asset management, banking, building, director, finance, Government, house, infrastructure, Investment, London, Macquarie Group, meet, pandemic, President, UKlast_img read more

Still hesitant to get the shot? 7 COVID vaccine concerns addressed

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail By Lisa Marshall • Published: May 5, 2021 Image caption: Osvaldo Villagrana, 24, an integrative physiology major at CU Boulder gets his first dose of the Moderna vaccine.Nearly a third of the U.S. population is now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and 44% have gotten shot one of a two-dose regimen. In Colorado, nearly half of eligible residents have gotten their first jab.But vaccine efforts have begun to plateau in some areas of the country, with hesitant Coloradans ––including some college students––expressing concerns about the pace of the vaccine’s development and potential side effects and uncertainty about whether benefits outweigh risks.Teresa Foley, a teaching professor of distinction in the Department of Integrative Physiology, has heard it all in her classes.“I tell my students, ‘This is a no judgment zone. Ask me any question you want,’” says Foley, who teaches immunology and epidemiology at CU Boulder. “If you are not a science major or don’t completely understand how the vaccine works, I can understand how you could be hesitant. It’s all about education. To help inform the students, I show data about vaccine safety and efficacy and I explain how vaccines work in lay terms.”Here’s a look at the most common reasons she hears for people expressing hesitancy, and what she tells them:“The COVID-19 vaccine was developed too fast.” Teresa FoleyA lot of individuals are concerned about how quickly the vaccines were developed. They feel like it was a rushed process, as it typically takes about 73 months to develop a vaccine and this was done in 14 months. I ask them to think about it in terms of a group project. Yes, it may seem it was developed faster than usual. But never before has the entire world been working on the same group project at the same time.Out of 326 trials and 111 vaccine candidates worldwide, only 14 have been approved by at least one country. That shows the process is working. As a scientist myself, I trust it.“The mRNA COVID-19 vaccine is new technology and it hasn’t been tested.” Actually, when you look at the number of people enrolled in previous vaccine trials, those numbers are miniscule compared to the clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccines. For instance, there were 8,884 participants in the clinical trial for the influenza vaccine and 5,803 for the chicken pox (Varicella) vaccine. In contrast, The Moderna trial included 30,000, Pfizer included 43,448, and Johnson & Johnson (which uses a different technology) included more than 44,000.“You can get COVID-19 from the vaccine.” This is not possible with the mRNA vaccines, as the vaccine does not contain the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The vaccine only contains the “instructions” for how to make the spike protein on the virus so your body can recognize it and mount an immune response against it. If someone does test positive for COVID-19 right after getting the vaccine, it may be that they were exposed to the virus before they got the shot or before they were fully protected (which is two weeks after the last dose). It was just a case of bad timing.“You can still get COVID-19 after you get the vaccine.”This is true, but exceedingly rare. These are called breakthrough cases. For instance, of 21,720 trial participants who got the Pfizer vaccine, eight got infected with COVID-19. In the placebo group, which was about the same size, 162 got infected. That brings the efficacy rate of the COVID-19 vaccine to about 95%. The efficacy of the flu vaccine, by comparison, is about 50% on a good year.And if you were to get sick after being fully vaccinated for COVID-19, your antibodies would be built up so your symptoms would likely be mild.“I already had COVID-19 so I don’t need the vaccine.”Every time you get re-exposed to the same virus, your immune system builds a memory response to the virus, creating antibodies to protect you. If you get the COVID-19 vaccine after having been previously infected, your body will develop a bigger, faster and stronger antibody response to the virus. You may have some immunity against the virus if you already had COVID-19, but the vaccine will give you even more.“I’m young and healthy so even if I get COVID-19 I’ll be fine.”College students tend to think they are invincible. But they don’t quite think about the idea of herd immunity, in that when we get vaccinated, we are protecting not only ourselves but also others who can’t get the vaccine. The more everyone can develop immunity against the virus, the more we can protect the younger, older and immune-compromised population.For things to return to “normal,” some research says at least 70% of the population must be vaccinated. If you can get the vaccine, you should.“I’m worried about the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine.”The side effects are real but typically mild, including pain and swelling at the injection site, fever and chills and in some cases, tiredness and headache. The side effects only last a few days and mean your immune system is mounting a response and the vaccine is working. I ask students to compare this to the potential consequences of actually getting COVID-19, where symptoms can sometimes persist for months––even in those who had a mild version of the disease.Learn more about vaccines and how to get them. Categories:Health & SocietyNews Headlineslast_img read more