Dorian drifts out to sea, severe heatwave hits Southeast

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — After slamming Canada over the weekend, Dorian has finally moved out to the northern Atlantic Ocean and has lost all of its tropical characteristics.Dorian made landfall on Nova Scotia about 15 miles south of Halifax late on Saturday afternoon with maximum sustained winds at landfall of 100 mph as a Category 2 hurricane. Now that Dorian is gone and the tropics are quieting down — for the time being, at least — there is no threat from tropical systems in the Atlantic for any land mass.Elsewhere, more than 22 large uncontained wildfires have been burning in the western U.S. from California to Montana.Some of the worst ones are in northern California where mandatory evacuations have been ordered over the weekend.A fire in Plumas County, California, north of Sacramento exploded Saturday night into Sunday morning to 38,048 acres and is only 5% contained.The heat will be lower Monday in northern California, however, and the winds won’t be as bad, which should hopefully limit the spread of the fires.The strongest winds and worst fire conditions will be from Utah to Las Vegas and into southern California where Red Flag Warnings and Wind Advisories have been issued with winds gusting as high as 55 mph.While it will remain dry in the Southwest, it will be stormy with possible tornadoes and flooding from the Pacific Northwest into the Rockies.There were two possible tornadoes in parts of Washington and Oregon on Sunday with a tornado reported in Colorado Sunday with winds that gusted to near 80 mph near Salt Lake City.On Monday, severe storms will move into the Midwest from South Dakota to Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin, where damaging winds, large hail and even a few tornadoes are possible.The South, however, had numerous record highs reported over the weekend including Monroe, Louisiana hitting 102 degrees Fahrenheit, Houston tying their high with 99 degrees, and Miami reaching 94 degrees on Saturday. On Sunday, Austin, Texas at Camp Mabry hit 102 degrees, New Orleans made it to 99 degrees and Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Tallahassee, Florida both tied their record highs of 98 degrees.A Heat Advisory continues for Alabama and Georgia where highs will be in the mid to upper 90s. But, combined with humidity, the temperature will feel like it is close to 110 degrees.The rest of the south will be hot and it will feel like it is above 100 degrees from Houston to Memphis, Tennessee and all the way down to Jacksonville, Florida. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Ocean City Honors Responders for Saving Young Woman’s Life

first_imgOfficer Brendan Gheen, Capt. Vito DiMarco and Officer Karl Ruf were honored by City Council on Thursday for actions that likely saved a young woman’s life after an accident on July 14.Mayor Jay Gillian and City Council honored Ocean City police officers and firefighters for saving a young pedestrian who was struck by a car and pinned against a tree in an accident July 14 on the 1400 block of Haven Avenue.A driver leaving a parking spot lost control of her car and drove onto a sidewalk, striking the woman.Ocean City police officers Brendan Gheen and Karl Ruf, and Ocean City Fire Capt. Vito DiMarco were first responders who freed the woman and applied a tourniquet to her severely injured leg. She was airlifted from the scene.The action saved the woman’s life, hospital officials said, according to a proclamation read by the mayor and approved by council on Thursday.Firefighters Jon Furey, Ryan Lenegan and Bernie Walker, and EMT Winston Roberts also were honored in the proclamation.Fellow police officers and firefighters lined Council Chambers to support their department members as they were recognized on Thursday.last_img read more

News story: Housing workshop for Veterans to be hosted by London VAPC

first_imgAll London’s boroughs are welcome to attend this workshop at the RAF Club in London on 3 June.Please email [email protected] to register. So far 12 London boroughs have signed up to take part in a housing workshop for veterans on 3 June in LondonThe London VAPC event is supported by University of Kent, Royal British Legion and HQ London District of the Army.Royal British Legion and Tesco are providing financial support for the workshop, which brings together elected and non-elected council representatives, charities and veterans to discuss housing policy.London VAPC chairman Lynn Verity said: We’re delighted so many London boroughs have already registered for the workshop and grateful for their support. I’d urge all local authorities to join us. It’s only by tapping into their wealth of experience and working together that we can fully understand and tackle the housing issues facing the capital’s Veterans.last_img read more

Spafford Gets Ready For Two-Night Hometown Halloween Run

first_imgSpafford continues their current ascent in the jam world as they play their Halloween run for their hometown fans in Phoenix, AZ at Last Exit Live on 10/28 and10/29. Coming off the heels of announcing a tour as opening support for jam titans Umphrey’s McGee on a number of dates, as well as a two-night stint as support for Lotus in Chicago, Spafford heads into this traditional Halloween run with a ton of momentum and plenty of anticipation to whet your musical appetite.Spafford And The Magic Beans Are Teaming Up For A Two-Night, Post-Phish New Year’s Run In NYCComing off another stellar run in Colorado, the four-piece band, comprised of Brian Moss (Guitar), Jordan Fairless (Bass), Red Johnson (Keys), and Nick Tkacyk (Drums) is playing at the top of their game, with no peak in sight. According to Fairless, one of the things that makes the band unique is “the diversity and freedom that comes from having five different song writers/lyricists in the band which never really conform to any one specific genre.”The group also recently announced a pair of New Year’s run post-Phish shows in New York City with fellow up and coming act The Magic Beans, which will also mark the first time the band will play The Big Apple (purchase tickets here). Big things are happening for the gentlemen of Spafford, as they grind their way to the top of the jam scene.These hometown Halloween performances promise to be even that much more special with major bust-outs, new covers, and the all-out improvisational excursions the band has become known for. Tickets are on sale now. Do not miss out on these shows!Purchase tickets for the October 28th show here.Purchase tickets for the October 29th show here.last_img read more

Bruce Springsteen Joins Billy Joel At His 100th Madison Square Garden Performance [Video]

first_imgOn Wednesday night, Billy Joel celebrated a historic milestone: his 100th performance at the “World’s Most Famous Arena,” New York’s Madison Square Garden. The show came as Joel continued his monthly residency at the Garden, which dates back to January 2014.To help him mark the occasion, the “New York State of Mind” singer recruited one of New Jersey’s favorite sons, Bruce Springsteen, to join him onstage. With the Boss on hand, Joel took the opportunity to run through a pair of songs from Springsteen’s prodigious catalog: “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” and “Born To Run”. The first of the two saw Springsteen sit on Joel’s piano go for a spin on its rotating plaform as he changed the song’s lyrics to reference Billy (“When the change was made uptown and the Piano Man joined the band”). The second, “Born To Run”, saw Springsteen pick up his guitar and rock out as he does best, with Joel helping on lead vocals.Watch fan-shot video of Springsteen’s full sit-in with Billy Joel at his 100th Madison Square Garden show below:Billy Joel w/ Bruce Springsteen – “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out”, “Born To Run”[Video: Dennis Farrell]Springsteen is currently in the midst of his own Big Apple residency, though his showcases him in the intimate, 948-seat Walter Kerr Theater, a notable change from the large stadiums he usually plays around the world. This week, he announced that he will release a taped version of his Broadway show as a Netflix special on December 15th, the same date as the final scheduled show of the residency, which has gone on since October 2017.Setlist: Billy Joel | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 7/18/18Set: Big Shot, My Life, The Entertainer, Vienna, The Downeaster Alexa, Half a Mile Away, I Will Survive (partial), Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song), Don’t Ask Me Why, This Is The Time, Allentown, New York State of Mind, Zanzibar, Sometimes a Fantasy, She’s Always A Woman, Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out*, Born To Run*, Only The Good Die Young, The River of Dreams^, Nessun Dorma**, Scenes From an Italian Restaurant, Piano ManEncore: We Didn’t Start The Fire, Uptown Girl, It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me, You May Be Right*Bruce Springsteen original, with Bruce Springsteen^included a snippet of The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Summer In The City”** Giacomo Puccini cover, sung by Mike DelGuidice[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

The stock market’s best returns have occurred under Democratic presidents with a split Congress

first_imgVote counting continued Thursday in the tight presidential race, but odds of a Joe Biden win and a split Congress have increased. If that’s the final outcome, history shows that this type of gridlock in Washington has been quite market-friendly for stocks.The stock market has enjoyed the best returns under a Democratic presidency and a split Congress, according to Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA Research, who analyzed data going back to the end of 1944. The S&P 500 has rallied 13.6% on average during a calendar year with such a political makeup, the data showed. Democratic U.S. presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks about the results of the 2020 U.S. presidential election during an appearance with in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., November 4, 2020.Kevin Lemarque | Reuters – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Denmark speeds up reopening as virus spread slows

first_imgMuseums and zoos began reopening in Denmark on Thursday, as the country decided to accelerate its exit from lockdown and health officials said the spread of the new coronavirus was slowing.The original plan for Denmark was to keep museums, zoos, theatres, cinemas and similar attractions closed until June 8. But after a deal was struck in the country’s parliament late Wednesday they were instead allowed to open immediately. Under the deal agreed in parliament, the Danish border remains temporarily closed, but starting next week the list of exceptions allowing travel to Denmark will be expanded to include permanent residents of all the Nordic countries and Germany wanting to visit relatives, loved ones, or homes they own in Denmark.High school students will also begin returning to classrooms shortly.Also on Wednesday, the Danish health agency SSI, which operates under the health ministry and is responsible for the surveillance of infectious diseases, released a report indicating the spread of the disease seems to be slowing, even as the country had started opening up.SSI said that as of May 18 the infection rate, or reproduction rate, was estimated at 0.6, compared to 0.7 on May 7.A reproduction rate of 1.0 means that one person with COVID-19 infects on average just one other, while a rate of below 1.0 indicates that the spread is declining.On April 15, the country started reopening pre-schools and resuming classes for the youngest primary school children — under strict social distancing and hygiene guidelines.Danish middle schools followed suit this week.Another report this week by SSI, however showed that only one percent of Danes carried antibodies for the virus, raising concerns that the country could be vulnerable to a new wave of the virus. “It was pure cheer. Finally, we can get started,” Peter Kjargaard, director of the Natural History Museum of Denmark, told broadcaster DR. Kjargaard added that he was excited to show off the museum’s new dinosaur exhibit, even if it wouldn’t be ready for another month.But not all museums reopened their doors on Thursday.Some said they would start receiving customers over the weekend or next week.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Boost in UK medical bulk annuities as Gilts provide discount pricing

first_imgThe value of UK medically underwritten buy-in market reached record levels in 2014, backed by tremendous growth in the final quarter and predictions it will reach £1.5bn (€2bn) by the end of the current year.Medically underwritten buy-in insurance contracts reached nearly £600m over 2014, with close to three-quarters of deals being completed in the final quarter, figures from UK consultancy Hymans Robertson showed.The figure compares to just just £91m in deals during 2013 – when the first medically underwritten transaction first took place.Medically underwritten insurance products account for individual members’ health status, with insurers refining pricing with greater understanding of risk and no need for prudency margins. Overall, the bulk annuities market – of which medically underwritten is a tiny fraction – grew significantly over the last year with pensioner buy-in pricing being cheaper than matching payment liabilities with UK Gilts, due to the competitive market and Gilt prices increasing.Hymans Robertson partner James Mullins said the number of bulk annuity deals completed in 2014 stood at an estimated 180, of which 22 were medically underwritten. However, in terms of value, the market accounted for just 5% of all deals.Mullins said the firm’s experience was medically underwritten buy-ins were pricing around 5% below traditional contracts, often closer to technical provisions.“This means that pension schemes could exchange Gilts for a medically underwritten buy-in and get a matching asset without any cost implications, nor any need to increase company contributions,” he added.Consultancy Aon Hewitt said it saw medically underwritten pricing value pensioner liabilities using a discount rate of Gilt yields plus 0.6% – sometimes 10% below traditional pricing.Hymans Robertson said it expected somewhere between £500m and £1bn of medically-underwritten business in 2015, around 10% of total bulk annuity value, with insurer pipelines looking strong.The market is split between two providers, Partnership and Just Retirement, both firms known in the medically underwriting space, particularly for providing individual annuities.However, since the UK Budget removed compulsion around purchasing annuities from April 2015, both firms have pushed to grow their bulk annuity business.Hymans Robertson said traditional bulk annuity market leader, Legal & General (L&G), was among other providers looking to enter the medically underwritten space.“Given the rapid growth in the area, insurers are increasingly active and interested in this part of the market. We expect to see other insurance companies offer medically underwritten buy-ins during 2015,” Mullins said.In the aftermath of the 2014 Budget, IPE reported insurer LV= was investigating the possibility of entering the UK medically underwritten bulk annuity market after expecting a severe hit to its individual business.Last year also saw the first medically underwritten buyout deal which covered deferred members and pensioners, with Hymans Robertson anticipating further growth in this space.Overall, 2014’s bulk annuity market reached a record £12bn in transactions amid competitive pricing from insurers and a boost in funding levels from 2013’s equity performance.It hosted record-breaking deals in both product spaces with a £3.6bn buy-in arranged by the ICI Pension Fund, and the TRW pension fund handing over £2.5bn in liabilities with a buyout.A recent report from L&G said close to half of UK pension funds would use insurance products to sure-up liabilities within the next five years, two-thirds of which would be a bulk annuity.The findings concluded expecting significant growth in the market, as insurer pricing tension increased after the Budget hit individual annuity business, and scheme’s liability management allowed better access to markets.To read more about the pricing power balance between UK pension funds and insurers, click herelast_img read more

Candriam: ESG analysis deems 49 countries ‘non-investable’

first_imgCandriam scored the countries based on how well they manage their four main resources: human capital, natural capital, social capital and economic capital.Each of these four domains in turn incorporated a wide range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, as well as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.Russia scored below the 35 points an emerging market needed to be considered eligible for investment under Candriam’s methodology. The country’s score was almost unchanged from last year, but the manager ranked its management of natural and economic resources lower.Large-scale deforestation and slow development of renewable energy sources counted against Russia’s ranking, as did the impacts and implications of its economic recession in 2015-16.Turkey was considered eligible for investment in last year’s assessment, but its move towards an authoritarian system of government meant this changed, Candriam said.For an emerging economy, China is still “median” from an ESG perspective, according to Candriam.The country scored zero on “social capital” given its one-party system, lack of media and religious freedom, discrimination of ethnic minorities, and other activity falling foul of international democracy and anti-corruption standards.  The full list of countries deemed ineligible for investment can be found below, and the full Candriam report here. China, Russia and Turkey are among 49 countries that are “non-investable”, according to an analysis of their potential for long-term sustainable development by Candriam.Of the 35 advanced economies analysed – based on the definition used by the International Monetary Fund – only Greece came out as non-investable. Out of the 88 emerging economies, 48 were classified as non-investable.This means that Candriam would not invest in these countries as part of its socially responsible investment (SRI) funds, subject to big developments during the year that could affect the countries’ scores. It is free to invest in them for its other funds.Currently 26% of Candriam’s assets under management is “engaged in SRI screening processes”, a spokesperson told IPE. This is up from 21% at the end of 2016.  Source: Candriamlast_img read more

British Ebola survivor faces hearing accused of misleading doctors

first_img Share Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint British Ebola survivor faces hearing accused of misleading doctors by: Associated Free Press – September 13, 2016 Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! 106 Views   no discussions An ambulance pulls away from The Royal Free hospital in north London on Janurary 3, 2015, where it was announced that British nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, is in ‘critical condition’. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLISLONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – A British nurse who recovered after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone in 2014 faced a disciplinary panel on Tuesday over accusations she misled doctors about her health when returning to Britain.Pauline Cafferkey became infected with the deadly virus while working in Sierra Leone in December 2014. She was treated in the UK after returning home, and later required two further hospital stays after suffering from complications.The 40-year-old nurse is now facing a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) disciplinary hearing accused of knowing her temperature was dangerously high when she received a screening check-up at London’s Heathrow Airport on returning from west Africa — but allowed a lower temperature to be recorded.A doctor at Heathrow found Cafferkey’s temperature to be 38.2 degrees, but told the hearing that a member of the group recording the values – “Registrant A” – suggested it be recorded as 37.2 degrees, thereby avoiding having to undergo further tests.“Registrant A stated… that she would record the temperature as 37.2 degrees on Ms Cafferkey’s screening form and then they would ‘get out of here and sort it out’,” NMC representative Anu Thompson told the hearing.“Ms Cafferkey has stated she recalls the words ‘let’s get out of here’ being used but now cannot remember who said it or who entered the temperature of 37.2 on her screening form,” Thompson added.Cafferkey travelled to her hometown of Glasgow the same day as she arrived back in Britain. It was the next day that she was diagnosed with Ebola after waking up and feeling “very unwell”.While explaining the dishonesty claim against the nurse, Thompson told the hearing that it should be withdrawn because Cafferkey’s ability “to make decisions and reason properly were affected” by her condition. The panel must still decide whether to reject the claims.Cafferkey was successfully treated within weeks of her diagnosis but suffered a relapse in October 2015, when she became critically ill with meningitis linked to Ebola.She made a full recovery but was admitted for a third time in February to London’s Royal Free Hospital, Britain’s only isolation ward for Ebola, due to another relapse and again recovered.More than 11,300 people died from the disease before the World Health Organization declared last month that the two-year Ebola outbreak in West Africa was over, although Sierra Leone has since recorded new cases.last_img read more