‘Reality check’ needed for foreign policy

first_imgPatten argues that the Commission should act as a “reality check” on the Union’s foreign policy initiatives and concentrate on areas where the Commission can add value to policy at EU level. “Deepening relations is not achieved by posing for pictures but by engaging in exchanges, sharing expertise, and launching joint programmes,” he added.As part of the process of identifying the Union executive’s ‘core’ tasks Patten suggests some external relations work could be ring-fenced within each department. In a paper outlining problems the Commission faces in making an effective contribution in the foreign policy field, Patten compares the institution’s role to that of a maid “asked to prepare increasingly large and grand dinners in a pokey kitchen with poor ingredients”.He says the problems stem from Union governments making “ringing declarations which they are subsequently reluctant to underwrite in money and staff”. He also asks whether the EU has correctly identified its priorities and questions the wisdom of allocating 250 million euro – or twice the annual budget for Russia – for reconstruction in Latin America after Hurricane Mitch.Patten’s paper claims Union foreign policy-making is still dogged by tensions over which areas are the Commission’s responsibility and which are solely a matter for member states. It adds that the “welcome” creation of Javier Solana’s role as EU high representative to coordinate foreign policy more effectively has not resolved tensions but has led to “new institutional complications”.last_img read more

Boris Johnson: More visitors go to British Museum than to all of Belgium

first_img“And I say that as a huge fan by the way of Belgium and a lover of Belgium and a lover of Brussels of course, which is where I’ve lived for many, many years and a city I admire very much,” Johnson said. He added that his love for Brussels should “not be confused with institutions that are located in that city.”Johnson worked as a Brussels correspondent for British newspaper The Daily Telegraph in the early 1990s.The mayor said that he is “massive pro-European” but reiterated that the U.K. “should not be terrified about doing deals on its own.”  Last month he declared he would be supporting the Vote Leave campaign in the U.K.’s In/Out referendum on EU membership on June 23. Also On POLITICO Boris Johnson aide: ‘EU is like Titanic and we need to jump off’ By Cynthia Kroet Even though London mayor Boris Johnson “is a lover of Brussels,” he declared his own city “better than at any time in its history.”Johnson said Thursday that London beat Paris and New York as the most go-to destination with 18.8 million international visitors in 2015.“We had more visitors to the British Museum alone than came to the whole of Belgium,” Johnson said in response to questions from the public at his final People’s Question Time before London’s mayoral elections in May.last_img read more

The Marcus King Band Brings The Blues To Philadelphia’s Theatre Of Living Arts [Photos/Videos]

first_imgLoad remaining images The Marcus King Band brought their patented brand of blues jams to the Theatre Of Living Arts in Philadelphia on Tuesday. The guitar virtuoso and his band’s El Dorado Tour came through the City of Brotherly Love as King continues to build excitement for his forthcoming debut solo album, El Dorado, produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.Related: Tedeschi Trucks Band & Marcus King Band Trade Sit-Ins In AugustaThe band played for nearly ninety minutes straight to a sold-out crowd at TLA. King led his band through original staples “Goodbye Carolina” and “Rita Is Gone” as well as fun covers of Willie Dixon‘s “I Just Want To Make Love To You, The Allman Brothers‘ “Hot ‘Lanta”, and The Marshall Tucker Band‘s “Can’t You See”. He also introduced fans to tracks from his highly anticipated new album El Dorado, closing the show with “The Well”, one of three singles available from the album. Judging by the sold-out crowd and enthusiasm of fans, one could assume this band won’t be playing intimate venues like TLA for much longer.Two videos from the show were able to make their way onto YouTube. Watch The Marcus King Band covering “Can’t You See” and a snippet of their original “Where I’m Headed” below. You can also scroll down to check out a gallery of photos from the concert via photographer Zachary Belfer.The Marcus King Band – “Can’t You See” [Marshall Tucker Band cover] – 12/10/19[Video: jpbmjordan]The Marcus King Band – “Where I’m Headed” – 12/10/19[Video: Ryan Zimmer]The ongoing Marcus King Band tour continues on Thursday night, December 12th at Detroit, MI’s St. Andrew’s Hall. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, head here.Setlist: The Marcus King Band | Theatre Of Living Arts | Philadelphia, PA | 12/10/19What’s Right, Where I’m Headed, How Long, One Day She’s Here, I Just Want To Make Love To You, The Sky Is Crying, Welcome ‘Round Here, Autumn Rains, Can’t You See, Young Man’s Dream, Self Hatred, Hot ‘Lanta> Drums> Rita Is Gone, Goodbye CarolinaEncore: Remember, The WellThe Marcus King Band | Theatre Of Living Arts | Philadelphia, PA | 12/10/19 | Photos: Zachary Belferlast_img read more

Glenn M. Cannon, Esq., First Leader of Pittsburgh’s EMS Department, Passes Away

first_img“He was a visionary with a keen sense of detail,” said EMS Chief Ron Romano, who was hired by Cannon in 1978. “Few people in the history of our city can match Mr. Cannon in terms of contributions to Pittsburgh and Public Safety,” Director Hissrich said in a press release. “He was an extraordinary man who lived an exemplary life. His legacy lives on today as the creator and first leader of the city’s EMS department, and in countless other ways. This is a great loss. Glenn Cannon was a great man and a great Pittsburgher.” Mr. Cannon began his Pittsburgh public service career in 1975 when Mayor Pete Flaherty named him to oversee a citywide mobile intensive care/advanced life support ambulance system, which would become the Emergency Medical Services Department. He led the newly-created Pittsburgh EMS from 1975 to 1986. During that time, he established the city’s first River Rescue Unit, first Specialized Rescue Units and the City’s first Hazardous Materials Response Team. Cannon was 72 year old, a city spokesperson confirmed. Funeral arrangements are pending. Mr. Cannon held degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University. He was a partner in the Pittsburgh law firm of Kennedy, Cannon & DeVinney, an adjunct faculty member and Visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh, and the author of numerous published professional articles.  “Glenn was truly a very good friend, leader, and mentor,” said Assistant Fire Chief Norm Auvil, a longtime friend and colleague of Mr. Cannon. “His vision and inspiration led me to focus on family, education, training and public service. He truly has guided my personal and professional path in life.” Following his Pittsburgh career, Mr. Cannon worked extensively in emergency management at county, state and federal levels. In 1986, Mayor Richard Caliguiri appointed Mr. Cannon to the position of Public Safety Director, a role in which he led nearly 2,700 employees in Police, Fire, EMS, Building Inspection and Administration and 911. He also served as the City’s Emergency Management Coordinator. He served as Public Safety Director until 1992. Glenn M. Cannon, Esq. (Photo/Indiana University of Pennsylvania) “He was a great Public Safety Director, very hands on and very active,” Police Chief Scott Schubert said. “This is a loss for his family and friends, and my heart goes out to them. It’s also a loss for Public Safety and the city.” Director Hissrich, a former EMS medic, worked under Mr. Cannon when he was Public Safety Director. “I personally witnessed his leadership at the Bloomfield Train Derailment in 1987 and the Ashland Oil Spill in 1988 while I was assigned to EMS’s Rescue Division as a paramedic,” Hissrich said. “I saw firsthand how he was able to gain control of chaotic situations and ensure that First Responders were able to do their jobs effectively.” PITTSBURGH — It was with great sadness today that Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich and the entire City of Pittsburgh Public Safety family learned of the passing of former Director Glenn M. Cannon, Esq. Official Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Portrait[#Beginning of Shooting Data Section]Nikon D2X2011/02/19 04:38:32.2Compressed RAW (12-bit)Image Size: Large (4288 x 2848)ColorLens: Focal Length: 0mmExposure Mode: ManualMetering Mode: Center-Weighted1/125 sec – F/0Exposure Comp.: 0 EVSensitivity: ISO 100Optimize Image: White Balance: FlashAF Mode: ManualFlash Sync Mode: Not AttachedColor Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)Tone Comp.: NormalHue Adjustment: 0∞Saturation: NormalSharpening: NormalImage Comment: Long Exposure NR: OffHigh ISO NR: Off[#End of Shooting Data Section] On behalf of all in Public Safety, Director Hissrich offers his deepest condolences to Mr. Cannon’s surviving family and friends.last_img read more

Quick Thinking Hero Catches Tot From Window

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore”If I had delayed one more second, she would have fallen to the ground,” Jaimen Ortiz said in Spanish, at a ceremony honoring his quick reactions that saved a toddler from certain injury in a Virginia neighborhood. (AP with photo)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Flu Scan for Oct 24, 2018

first_imgFDA approves Xofluza, a novel single-dose drug to treat influenzaToday the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) for the treatment of flu in patients ages 12 years and older who have been symptomatic for no more than 48 hours.Xofluza is the first novel flu treatment approved by the FDA in nearly 20 years; the FDA approved the neuraminidase inhibitors oseltamivir and zanamivir in 1999.In September, the New England Journal of Medicine published results of phase 2 and phase 3 trials of the drug, which showed it reduced flu symptoms by 1 day and significantly reduced viral loads. Xofluza is administered orally, in a single dose.”With thousands of people getting the flu every year, and many people becoming seriously ill, having safe and effective treatment alternatives is critical. This novel drug provides an important, additional treatment option,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, in a press release.Japan’s health ministry has already approved the drug, which was developed in that country and manufactured by Shionogi & Co.Oct 24 FDA press releaseSep 5 CIDRAP News story “New single-dose antiviral cuts flu symptoms, viral loads” Study: Paid sick leave tied to higher flu vaccination, care for symptomsAn analysis of a survey conducted during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic found that only 61% of working adults reported having paid sick leave (PSL), and those without PSL were less likely to be vaccinated against flu or seek medical care when sick with influenza-like illness (ILI). A team led by scientists with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported its findings in Vaccine.The investigators based their findings on the 2009 National H1N1 Flu Survey, which sampled households via landline or cell phone in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Of 70,944 responses, researchers focused on 15,933 adults who were employed full time, completed the survey January 2010 through June 2010, and answered the PSL questions.During the 2009-10 pandemic, 61% of employed adults had PSL benefits, and being female, younger, Hispanic, less educated, or in farm or blue-collar occupations were associated with reduced likelihood of having PSL. Researchers also found that those without PSL were less likely to be vaccinated against flu or see a doctor when sick with ILI.They found, however, that workers with PSL benefits who had recently been sick with ILI and sought treatment weren’t more likely than their peers without benefits to take 1 day or more off from work. “This finding suggests that many workers may choose to go to work despite being sick or before being fully recovered from sickness regardless of whether or not they have PSL benefits,” they wrote.Oct 22 Vaccine abstractlast_img read more

Global COVID trend shows hint of plateau; NZ suspicion shifts to quarantine breach in flare-up

first_imgGlobal COVID-19 cases showed early signs of a plateau, though countries continue to battle large outbreaks, new surges, and smaller flare-ups, such as in New Zealand, where officials now suspect a quarantine breach may be what triggered a recent case cluster.The pandemic total today reached 2,728,874, and 751,448 people have died from their infections, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard.Signs of a plateau, but rises in India and some Middle East countriesWhen asked about global patterns at a World Health Organization (WHO) briefing today, Mike Ryan, MD, director of its health emergencies program, said there is a plateau, but he said numbers vary from week to week, and he urged nations to be careful in interpreting the trends. He emphasized that based on studies, a small number of people have been exposed to the virus, and most of the world remains vulnerable. “This virus has a long way to burn if we allow it,” Ryan said. “If you take pressure off [the virus], it will slip back to community transmission.”Countries are facing hard choices, such as whether to open schools, and that they need good data and knowledge to guide them. “Calm waters do not mean the storm is over,” he added.India today reported a record daily high of nearly 67,000 cases, Reuters reported. And at today’s WHO briefing, Ryan said rapid increases are being reported in Morocco, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. For example, Iraq today reported a daily record high of 3,841 cases, according to CNN.Also at today’s briefing, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said the International Monetary Fund estimated that the pandemic is costing the global economy $375 billion a month and that G20 countries have already spent $10 trillion on stimulus and mitigation.He warned that economies won’t rebound anywhere if the virus isn’t stamped out everywhere, and that the ACT Accelerator, designed to speed the development of and provide equitable distribution of vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics, provides the best route out of the pandemic, but it requires $31.3 billion, a fraction of continued damage to economies and cost of further stimulus.NZ probe shifts to quarantine breachYesterday, New Zealand officials said they are weighing freight contamination as one potential trigger for a newly identified cluster, its first locally acquired cases in 102 days. However, today Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters said he suspected the virus came from a breach of quarantine, and he said he hoped there will be more information shortly.The WHO has said there is no evidence that people can contract the virus from food or food packaging. And at today’s briefing, Maria Van Kerkhove, PhD, the WHO’s technical lead for COVID-19, said the WHO is aware of the investigation development. She said China has been testing packaging, with samples numbering a few hundred thousand, and so far they have found less than 10 positives.Ryan added that people are already scared enough about COVID-19, and there is no evidence that food or the food chain is contributing to transmission. He added that it’s important that the WHO tracks developments with the testing, but people can go about their daily lives regarding COVID-19 and food, and the sample findings should be not be conflated as a major risk.In related developments, New Zealand’s health ministry today reported 13 more cases linked to the recent local cluster, raising the total to 17. One of the new cases involves a grammar school student who is a relative of the index patient’s family. Others include three coworkers of the index case and seven of their family members, an employee from the workplace of an earlier confirmed patient, and one of that person’s family members.The ministry also said health officials are tracking contacts confirmed case-patients had at the grammar school, at a nursing home, and at a resort in Rotorua that the family connected to the initial four cases recently visited.Health officials are still doing a genetic analysis of the virus involved in the cluster, and so far, evidence suggests a similarity to strains from Australia and the United Kingdom.China reports another possible reinfection caseFor the second day in a row, China reported another COVID-19 infection in someone who recovered months ago. Yesterday, it said a 68-year-old woman from Jingzhou in Hubei province was sick again, 6 months after her initial infection.The second patient is a man who was sick in April after returning to China from abroad and tested positive again in Shanghai on Aug 10 and doesn’t have any symptoms, Bloomberg News reported. So far, testing hasn’t turned up any other infections in the patients’ contacts.The cases raise worrying questions about the duration of immunity after COVID-19 infection, a factor that could complicate vaccination against the disease.At today’s WHO briefing, Van Kerkhove said there are examples of possible reinfection, though the cases still not confirmed. She added that patients can remain PCR positive, which doesn’t mean they are infectious, for as long as 10 weeks. In examining the cases, the WHO is looking at how patients were tested, and whether false positives or false negatives were possible.Ideally, scientists would like to isolate live virus to examine in such cases, she said.Researchers don’t yet know how long or strong immunity lasts, Van Kerkhove said. “We are actively following up on any examples.”last_img read more

EB&T And LACF Sign Endowment Fund Agreement

first_imgEnterprise Bank & Trust Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances & Inclusion Robyn Heidger and Los Alamos Community Foundation Board President David Izraelevitz sign the official Enterprise Endowment Fund matching campaign agreement. The bank pledged a total commitment of up to $150,000 ($50,000 per year for three years). Gathered for the signing ceremony this morning at EB&T in Los Alamos, from left, LACF Board Member Linda Daly, Outreach Specialist Uriah Cachora, Heidger, and Izraelevitz, EB&T Regional President Liddie Martinez and LACF Board Member Don Cobb. ‘We are so happy to partner with the Los Alamos Community Foundation on the establishment of the Enterprise Fund. This endowment will support nonprofits serving Los Alamos in perpetuity through community collaboration,’ Martinez said. Izraelevitz said, ‘We are excited to collaborate with Enterprise Bank on this 1:1 matching campaign. The resulting permanent fund will allow our foundation to have an enduring impact to address Los Alamos community needs.’ Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

Property returns 2% in 2009 year of two halves …

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MAM Expands Sales and Professional Services Staff

first_imgALLENTOWN, Pa. – MAM Software Inc. has announced the expansion of its Sales and Professional Services departments with the addition of experienced aftermarket professionals John Nehez and Rick Woolsey.   In his new role as National Account Manager, Nehez will be tasked with developing strong long-term relationships with key national accounts. He will be responsible for developing new sales opportunities and promoting MAM’s Autopart management software as the solution of choice to program groups and their members.   Nehez has extensive experience in software account management, from prospecting through product representation, closing and maintenance. Prior to joining MAM, he served as key new account executive at Epicor, major account representative at Ceridian Corp. and technical sales representative at Telecomp Computer Systems.   Woolsey has joined MAM’s Professional Services team and will provide implementation and support to the growing number of Autopart users. He will help deliver tailored configuration and comprehensive tuition to ensure that customers maximize productivity and take full advantage of their new software.   Woolsey has many years of experience implementing computer systems in the automotive aftermarket. Working at companies including Loadstar, Triad, Arkona and Epicor, Woolsey has gained extensive knowledge of installing, implementing and supporting business management software. During his time with Epicor, he received awards for customer service, field service and Top Representative for Computer Implementations.   “In our search for a new national account manager, we were looking for someone with extensive business software experience who could accelerate the growth of our Autopart solution,” said Brian Allibon, president of MAM Software Inc. “We are confident that John’s past success in software sales and development will provide us with significant results. We’re pleased to have him join our group.   “Rick will strengthen our steadily growing number of quality technicians. His recruitment is further proof of MAM’s commitment to continue to add the best resources as our partner base grows in North America,” Allibon added.       AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more