£5k to invest today? I’d buy these 2 cheap FTSE 100 stocks in an ISA to retire early

first_img Peter Stephens owns shares of Lloyds Banking Group. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Lloyds Banking Group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. 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I’d buy these 2 cheap FTSE 100 stocks in an ISA to retire early Peter Stephens | Monday, 18th May, 2020 | More on: GLEN LLOY Buying FTSE 100 stocks with £5k in an ISA today may not seem to be a sound strategy for those investors seeking to retire early. The world economy faces one of its most challenging periods in living memory. And the coronavirus has caused many industries to experience significantly lower demand.However, buying FTSE 100 stocks after their recent price falls could be a means of accessing low valuations. In many cases they offer recovery potential, and may help to bring your retirement date a step closer.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Here are two large-cap shares that appear to offer wide margins of safety and turnaround potential over the coming years.GlencoreThe recent quarterly update from FTSE 100 mining company Glencore (LSE: GLEN) highlighted that a substantial part of its operations have been unaffected by coronavirus. However, some of its operations are likely to be affected. And this could lead to a fall in its production guidance over the coming months.This may be offset to some degree by falls in Glencore’s costs. It has benefitted from lower energy costs in recent months, while favourable currency movements may limit its profitability decline. It has also recorded strong demand within its Marketing division. This may help to mitigate a potential slowdown in demand for a wide range of commodities across the global economy should a recession happen.The Glencore share price has fallen by 42% since the start of the year. Yes, investor sentiment towards the wider FTSE 100 mining sector may take time to improve from its current low levels. But the company’s performance could be relatively strong. As such, now could be an opportune moment to buy a slice of the business for the long run.FTSE 100 bank LloydsLloyds (LSE: LLOY) looks set to face difficult operating conditions in the short run. Its recent quarterly update included an impairment charge of £1.43bn due to the revised economic outlook. This reduced the bank’s quarterly profit to just £74m. Lower levels of profit may become the norm for the bank in the current year, as reduced economic activity across the UK could lead to lower demand for new lending.Despite this, Lloyds’ update also highlighted its strong balance sheet and its capacity to reduce costs. For example, its operating costs declined by 4% during the quarter, and further reductions could help to offset a decline in income to some extent.The Lloyds share price has fallen by 55% since the start of the year. This suggests that investors have factored-in a large proportion of the risks faced by the FTSE 100 company, and could indicate that it now offers a wide margin of safety. Therefore, it could offer recovery potential after its share price fall as the economic outlook improves over the coming years. Image source: Getty Images I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. 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Family House in Pavilnys / DO ARCHITECTS

first_img 2016 Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/889436/family-house-in-pavilnys-do-architects Clipboard CopyHouses•Vilnius, Lithuania Photographs:  Norbert Tukaj Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Products used in this ProjectWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesSave this picture!© Norbert TukajText description provided by the architects. Life is measured in moments and, above all, in our ability to be open to reality, opportunity, the magic of the simplest everyday details that surround us.Save this picture!© Norbert TukajArchitecture of private housing creates spaces for sharing the everyday chaos and opens opportunities to play. Watching the trains pass by, deers coming to your garden to eat apples, putting feet on fresh cut grass while the kids are climbing on you and playing snowfights. It does not mean a clean house, but it sure means fantastic memories.Save this picture!© Norbert TukajLife doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful. This story is not about the house, but a home.Located in Pavilnys Regional Park in Vilnius this humble and practical house offers a sense of richness beyond materiality: pure comfort, enjoyment, and quality of life.Save this picture!© Norbert TukajSave this picture!Floor planSave this picture!© Norbert TukajThe building is split into two functional halves. On one side, an open common space containing the kitchen, dining, and living areas spans the entire length of the house. This space facilitates everyday family life in a vibrant and shared environment, without conforming itself to formality or tidiness. There are no separate rooms for reading, eating, or working, only a dynamic and ever-changing space that embraces everything that makes a house a happy home: some messiness, a bit of chaos, and lots of laughter.Save this picture!© Norbert TukajA wall of glazing connects the common space to the garden, where an apple orchard attracts the occasional deer and the natural surroundings of the regional park form a dynamic backdrop to life inside the house. The contrast between inside and out is blurred, and the atmospheres of the changing seasons are felt as much indoors as they are outside.Save this picture!SectionSituated along the other half of the building, bedrooms and quiet spaces offer secluded areas for family members to retreat from the commotion, allowing for privacy and personal space, without total disconnection from the rest of the house. East facing skylights bring morning light to both the bedrooms and the common space, ensuring the house is bright and airy throughout the day.Save this picture!© Norbert TukajThe building shows that good architecture need not be excessive. The house does not offer richness through expensive materials or things, rather through its ability to set the scene for life. This is a home at one with nature, where you feel a part of your surroundings, where you can play with your children in the snow, and pick apples in the garden. This is a home of contrast, offering both seclusion and connectivity. A rail line borders the site providing a 7 minute trip into the city, as well as entertaining the children with every passing train. This is a home that facilitates memories, embraces family, and celebrates everyday life.Save this picture!© Norbert TukajProject gallerySee allShow lessLopera House / David Ruiz MolinaSelected ProjectsWuyuan Skywells Hotel / anySCALESelected Projects Share Family House in Pavilnys / DO ARCHITECTS Family House in Pavilnys / DO ARCHITECTSSave this projectSaveFamily House in Pavilnys / DO ARCHITECTS “COPY” Year:  Save this picture!© Norbert Tukaj+ 26Curated by María Francisca González Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/889436/family-house-in-pavilnys-do-architects Clipboard Architects: DO ARCHITECTS Area Area of this architecture project Houses ArchDaily Manufacturers: Lunawood, Brolis Timber Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Photographs Area:  150 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Lithuania “COPY” CopyAbout this officeDO ARCHITECTSOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesVilniusLithuaniaPublished on February 22, 2018Cite: “Family House in Pavilnys / DO ARCHITECTS” 22 Feb 2018. 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£4.5m social investment fund to launch for homelessness sector

first_img  76 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18 Melanie May | 25 May 2017 | News £4.5m social investment fund to launch for homelessness sector AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis18 A £4.5 million social investment fund launches next month for charities and social enterprises across England working to reduce homelessness.Homeless Link is behind the fund, which is exclusively for the homelessness sector, and will offer organisations unsecured loans of amounts between £25,000 and £150,000 over the next three years.Its aim is to test and learn where social investment can be most effectively used alongside other forms of funding to improve outcomes. It is specifically looking to support organisations to:Increase the homelessness sector’s knowledge and experience of social investmentDevelop new models for income generation and fundingImprove their long-term sustainabilityHomeless Link will introduce the fund to the sector at an event on Monday 19 June in Central London. The programme is funded by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment, through its Growth Fund.Mark McPherson, director of strategy and innovation at Homeless Link, said:“This fund is an exciting initiative, and we hope that the investments will unlock innovative ways of working with people experiencing homelessness, and help to put the recipient organisations on a sustainable footing. Importantly, the programme will also help feed in to the bigger picture of how different funding mechanisms can work for homelessness services.“Social investment is increasingly being explored and used in the non-profit sector, offering a balance of accountability for results, and flexibility around use and repayment. Homeless Link intends to lead the way in understanding the role of social investment in our sector so that we can continue to support our members’ development.” Advertisement  75 total views,  1 views today Places for the launch event can be booked on the Homeless Link site until 16th June. Tagged with: Funding grants About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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Ronnie Baker defends NCAA 60 meter title

first_imgKacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ Facebook TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello + posts TCU falls to Georgia in AutoZone Liberty Bowl Facebook Linkedin printRonnie Baker was selected as a First-Team All-American after becoming the NCAA 60 meter champion for the second consecutive year.His 6.47 time broke the NCAA championship record, earning him a gold medal.He has now set a world-leading time. Kramer claims 100th career win TCU vs Georgia: “Playing to win” Kacey is a junior journalism major from Friendswood, Texas. She is a managing editor for TCU360. Twitter Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ ReddItcenter_img Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ TCU Media Relations contributed to this report for more information read here: http://www.gofrogs.com/sports/m-itrack/recaps/031216aab.html TCU Director of Track and Field Darryl Anderson said it was an outstanding race.“6.47 puts Ronnie on a whole other level,” Anderson said.This achievement is Baker’s 10th All-American honor. Support for seniors on Senior Day ReddIt Twitter Linkedin Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ Previous articleFort Worth officer still in critical condition, suspect chargedNext articleTCU Alert sounds after 4 a.m.; students not pleased Kacey Bowen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Kacey Bowen last_img read more

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BND law: German Bundestag ignores criticism of civil society and breaches constitution

first_img News News GermanyEurope – Central Asia Freedom of expression Follow the news on Germany Organisation Receive email alerts GermanyEurope – Central Asia Freedom of expression German BND Act: A missed opportunity for press freedom RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU to go furthercenter_img June 2, 2021 Find out more March 30, 2021 Find out more News May 31, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information October 21, 2016 BND law: German Bundestag ignores criticism of civil society and breaches constitution News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the adoption of the reform bill on the German foreign intelligence agency (BND) in the German Bundestag today. With the reform bill, the ruling coalition wants to allow surveillance of foreign journalists abroad by the BND and thus to legalize a severe breach of the fundamental rights to freedom of expression and freedom of press. “This reform is a clear breach of the constitution”, said Christian Mihr, the executive director of RSF Germany. “Passing such a far-reaching bill without any attempts of making an amendment is a remarkable contempt not just for criticism from civil society, but also for fundamental rights like freedom of press. In the future, every repressive regime that wants to spy on foreign journalists on the basis of vague laws can refer to Germany as an example.” Today the German Bundestag has passed the law without any noteworthy amendments. As a consequence, the BND has the explicit right to spy without restrictions on non-EU journalists, as long as this is deemed to serve Germany’s political interests. The ruling coalition thus not only defies the unanimous criticism of media associations and human rights organizations, three UN Special Rapporteurs (http://t1p.de/gwdl), the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (http://t1p.de/iut5) and the legal committee of the German Bundesrat (http://t1p.de/1ian), but also technical objections (http://t1p.de/ut2d; http://t1p.de/4xx5). RSF has led an international alliance of NGOs, organizations and media outlets, urging for an amendment to protect reporters from spying. Among them are Amnesty International, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), German Federation of Journalists (DJV), German Union of Journalists (dju), and Courage Foundation. RSF collected thousands of signatures (https://www.reporter-ohne-grenzen.de/mitmachen/petition-bnd-en/). Together with two similar petitions from Amnesty International (http://t1p.de/tfji) and the online activist Katharina Nocun, more than 20.000 signatures against the reform bill have been collected. They were delivered to the German Bundestag on Thursday after a demonstration in front of the Brandenburg Gate (http://t1p.de/3ffv). Initially, RSF intended to present the petition to leaders of the German governing parties SPD and CDU/CSU. However, despite week-long efforts, the plan to deliver the petition to Volker Kauder (CDU/CSU) and Thomas Oppermann (SPD) fell through. DIFFERENT STATUS ACCORDING TO NATIONALITY The bill does not permit spying on German citizens and permits only limited spying on the citizens of other EU countries. But it permits unrestricted spying on the citizens of non-EU countries if it was decided that the result would help to protect Germany. Exemptions protecting journalists, such as those in paragraph 3 of Germany’s so-called G10 law – a law specifying the restrictions that can be placed on the constitutional right to the confidentiality of email and telecommunications – are completely absent from the law. The bill allows, for example, the BND to place the New York Times under surveillance if the newspaper received confidential information that the German authorities regarded as sensitive. CRITICISM FROM EXPERTS IN GERMANY AND ABROAD UN Special Rapporteurs David Kaye (Freedom of Opinion and Expression), Michel Forst (Situation of Human Rights Defenders) and Mónica Pinto (Independence of Judges and Lawyers) expressed “concern that the draft law would pose a threat to the exercise of the right to freedom of expression” in a letter to Germany’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva (http://t1p.de/zp5d). The issues raised by the three specialists include the creation of “overbroad conditions for the collection and processing of data” and “insufficient safeguards for the rights of foreign journalists and lawyers.” The Rapporteurs emphasized the fact that the draft law offers weaker protections against BND surveillance for non-German citizens than for Germans, stressing that the right of freedom of expression – protected under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – applied regardless of nationality and frontiers. They added that limits to the right to freedom of expression must themselves be non-discriminatory. The harsh criticism of the UN-experts to a law in Germany shows how the debate over the consequences of the NSA scandal is perceived internationally. If German politicians will in future demand strict rule of law of repressive regimes when it comes to surveillance, they shouldn’t get more than a weary smile after this reform. Germany is ranked 16th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. RSF Germany has decided to file a complaint against the BND. RSF already lodged a complaint with the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig on 30 June 2015, accusing the BND of spying on its email correspondence with its foreign partners and journalists, thereby endangering part of its work. The case is to be heard on 14 December 2016. MORE INFORMATION: – Online petition und background information about the reform bill: https://www.reporter-ohne-grenzen.de/mitmachen/petition-bnd-en/ – More information on press freedom in Germany: www.reporter-ohne-grenzen.de/deutschland RSF_en last_img read more

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Donegal meat plant reopened under new ownership

first_img By News Highland – May 17, 2018 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th It’s been confirmed that a Donegal meat plant has reopened under new ownership.Edenmore Farm Meats, Lifford closed in 2016 with the company dissolved in January of this year.C&J Meats an Armagh based company have taken over the plant with slaughtering resumed.Before its closure, a number of protests were held by local farmers outside the meat plant as it was claimed some were owed a substantial amount of money.Paul Mooney, News Correspondent with the Irish Farmers Journal has revealed that 100 farmers are still awaiting payment for cattle they supplied with one farmer owed payment for over 40 cattle:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/movbvbvbvoney1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Facebook Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Facebook WhatsApp WhatsAppcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal meat plant reopened under new ownership Previous articleGardai confirm Glenveagh road reopened after crashNext articlePlans for Donegal in new tourism strategy launched in Derry today News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic AudioHomepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Pinterest Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

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Coronavirus updates: 1 million in NYC possibly exposed to virus, health official says

first_imgvchal/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and ELLA TORRES, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A global pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 185,000 people worldwide. Over 2.6 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopskins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.  Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected nation, with more than 843,000 diagnosed cases and at least 46,838 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing Thursday. All times Eastern:11:29 a.m.: China pledges $30 million donation to WHO fundingChina has pledged to donate $30 million in funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) to support the agency’s effort to fight the pandemic, the state-run Xinhua reported.Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang backed the WHO’s handling of the pandemic, saying at a briefing that it played an important role in assisting countries in responding to the outbreak and boosting international cooperation.The pledged donation comes amid criticism from President Donald Trump and his administration of the WHO.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the WHO did not enforce its rules regarding data that China shared. However, the United Nations agency does not have enforcement ability.Trump also said he would halt all funding to the WHO. Senior U.S. officials said Wednesday that while existing work would continue, “new funding” would be paused while a review is conducted.Xinhua reported that in March, China donated $20 million to the WHO.11:02 a.m.: Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s eldest brother dies after testing positiveThe eldest of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s three older brothers, Don Reed, died Tuesday night, three weeks after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 86.Warren confirmed the news in a statement and tweet.“I’m grateful to the nurses and frontline staff who took care of him, but it’s hard to know that there was no family to hold his hand or to say ‘I love you’ one more time — and no funeral for those of us who loved him to hold each other close. I’ll miss you dearly my brother,” she tweeted, in part.Warren, a former Democratic presidential contender, spoke proudly of her brothers on the campaign trail.Reed was a U.S. Air Force veteran and one of her two Republican brothers. Though he and his siblings only appeared once on the trail with her when she was in Oklahoma, they never spoke to the press. They did appear in a campaign video for their little sister.Warren had not previously mentioned her brother’s diagnosis, but she has been outspoken about the pandemic’s grip on the world. 10:32 a.m.: Around 1 million New Yorkers could have been exposed to COVID: Health commissionerDespite what appears to be slow progress in New York City, the mayor and health commissioner gave a sobering look at how many New Yorkers most likely have been and will continue to be affected by the pandemic.Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot said that she would not be surprised if “close to a million New Yorkers” had been exposed to COVID-19. In the city of about 8.3 million, there have been at least 138,000 confirmed cases, Barbot said Thursday during Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daily press briefing.De Blasio also offered a stark statistic: he expects that an additional one million residents could become food insecure under the pandemic, putting the total number of food insecure New Yorkers at around two million.He said that by the end of April, the city is expected to have served out about 10 million meals. For May, de Blasio said that number could rise to 15 million.De Blasio offered hope to New Yorkers, saying he believes the city will persevere, but also warned that “we’re still very much in this fight.”The number of people admitted to New York City hospitals with suspected COVID-19 cases was down again, from 252 to 227, according to the mayor. The number of people in ICUs was also down, but de Blasio noted that 796 people admitted to ICUs was still “way too many people.”He said the city is on track to conduct 20,000 to 30,000 tests per day in May. De Blasio continued to say that testing is the key to reopening the city and keeping New Yorkers safe.7:02 a.m.: All frontline workers in Los Angeles can now get tested for COVID-19The city of Los Angeles is expanding its criteria for who is eligible to get free testing for the novel coronavirus.Starting Thursday, all of the city’s frontline workers can get tested for COVID-19 whether they have symptoms or not.Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who made the announcement at a press briefing Wednesday night, said the frontline workers include health care professionals, first responders, grocery store workers and critical government personnel.“We wish we could open that up to everybody, but I think we all know that we have firefighters and police officers, doctors, nurses, janitors at hospitals, folks that are in grocery stores and pharmacies that are putting themselves out on the line,” Garcetti said. “And we want to make sure they are healthy, that they have the peace of mind knowing they’re healthy, and because they interact with so many people, that we can make sure they are not spreading it.”The city’s public testing sites have the capacity to test 12,200 people per day, according to Garcetti.6:25 a.m.: France wants all retailers to reopen next monthThe French government wants all shops — except bars, cafes and restaurants — to be able to reopen once a nationwide lockdown ends next month.“We want all retailers to be able to open on May 11 in the same way out of fairness,” French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told France Info radio on Thursday. “I would only set aside restaurants, bars and cafes that will need special treatment because they are a place of mixing.”Le Maire noted that protocols would have to be implemented to protect both workers and customers. It’s still unclear whether the reopening would be feasible nationwide or only by region, he said.French President Emmanuel Macron announced last week that the country’s lockdown, which was put in place on March 17 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, will be extended until May 11 and gradually lifted thereon.France has recorded more than 157,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 and over 21,000 deaths, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.5:50 a.m.: Germany is on ‘thinnest ice,’ Angela Merkel warnsGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that her country is “still at the beginning” of the coronavirus pandemic and citizens must maintain discipline.“We are still far from out of the woods,” Merkel said while addressing the German parliament Thursday.More than 150,000 people in Germany have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 5,315 of them have died from the disease so far, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University. It’s a relatively low death toll compared to other European countries like France and Italy that have similar caseloads but fatalities have soared past 20,000.Germany’s federal and state governments recently agreed to relax some of the social distancing measures put in place to combat the outbreak, including permitting smaller shops to reopen this week.“It is precisely because the figures give rise to hope that I feel obliged to say that this interim result is fragile,” Merkel said. “We are on thin ice, the thinnest ice even.”3:30 a.m.: American Red Cross will soon use antibody tests to ID plasma donorsStarting next week, the American Red Cross will offer antibody tests for people who suspect they were previously infected with the novel coronavirus and are interested in donating their blood plasma — a potential game-changer in the treatment for seriously ill COVID-19 patients.“That completely changes the landscape,” Dr. Pampee Young, chief medical officer for the American Red Cross, told ABC News in an interview Wednesday.While there is no guarantee that antibodies to this new virus actually provide immunity, doctors are hopeful that patients severely sickened with COVID-19 can benefit from infusions of blood plasma collected from those who have recovered from the disease. The therapy, known as convalescent plasma, is a century-old technique used for treating epidemics.At the moment, an individual who wishes to donate blood plasma for the experimental convalescent plasma therapy must have documentation of a positive COVID-19 test. The lack of diagnostic tests available has led hospitals and donation centers to say they are in desperate need of donors.“Qualifying and getting the right donors into our centers to donate is one of the biggest hurdles in this in this endeavor,” Young said.More than 30,000 people have requested to donate on the American Red Cross website, but only 2 to 3% actually qualify and meet the current criteria set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. That donor pool could increase dramatically with the implementation of antibody testing at American Red Cross donation centers.“All of those (potential) donors who don’t have confirmed testing can now be tested,” Young said. “We can really cut through that time, which is so important.”Young explained that researchers and medical professionals have been in uncharted territory, “building the plane as you’re flying it.” But she said they’ve been working around the clock to streamline the process.“We really didn’t know what we were dealing with at the beginning as we were standing this up,” she told ABC News. “Now we’ve really resourced this project.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Pentagon officer charged with murder also pulled gun on homeless woman last year: Police

first_imgIvan Cholakov/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Pentagon police officer charged with murder for allegedly killing two people in Maryland this week also pulled a shotgun on a homeless woman in his apartment lobby last year, police said.David Hall Dixon, a Pentagon Force Protection Agency officer, was charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of Dominique Williams, 32, and James Lionel Johnson, 38, in Takoma Park, police said Friday.He was off-duty at the time of the shooting, which took place shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday, in the parking lot of the Takoma Overlook Condominiums, according to police.Footage from May 2020 obtained by ABC affiliate WJLA appears to show Dixon using a gun to confront a homeless woman who entered the lobby of his apartment building. Police confirmed that they reported to the apartmentDixon appeared to retrieve a long gun and then point it at the woman while telling her to leave, according to WJLA. Video footage appeared to show him pointing it near her face and she rushed to leave. No shots were fired.Takoma Police announced in a Friday release they will file criminal charges against Dixon for allegedly assaulting the woman in the incident.Officials said Takoma Police were called to an apartment building to investigate a report of a homeless individual swinging sticks at people on May 6, and they interviewed Dixon upon arrival. Police said he told them a woman was blocking access to the building, and he told officers he went to his apartment to retrieve his pepper spray and concealed weapon.Police said there was evidence in the lobby that pepper spray had been deployed. Dixon didn’t mention any use of a gun to officers, but said he pepper-sprayed the woman, according to authorities.Officers found the woman and confirmed that she’d been pepper-sprayed. They said she also appeared to be in a “mental crisis” and soon was transported for emergency evaluation.Following that incident, police contacted the Pentagon Protection Force Police to make them aware of the incident and Dixon’s alleged use of force outside his jurisdiction. It was investigated by Pentagon Police.“A review of all body-worn camera footage related to the incident revealed at no time during the interview with officers or at anytime during our investigation did Mr. Dixon mention he deployed a shotgun against the involved female,” a police statement said.Police said they were never made aware, by Dixon or anyone else, of his alleged use of the shotgun, nor was the department aware that video of the incident existed until Friday.In the Wednesday Takoma Park shooting, Dixon said that he thought he saw a car break-in and he “engaged the suspects who failed to follow his direction,” according to police. He said he “discharged his weapon” when those suspects tried to flee, police added.However, in a Friday press conference, Chief of Police Antonio DeVaul said Dixon’s descriptions of events were “inconsistent.”“Our investigation revealed that Mr. Dixon’s overview of events was inconsistent with the facts in the case,” DeVaul said. “And that Mr. Dixon had no lawful or justifiable reason to shoot and kill Mr. Williams and Mr. Johnson.”It’s unclear whether Dixon has obtained an attorney.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Be sharp, be safe

first_imgNeedlestick injuries continue to cause problems among healthcareworkers.  The Nuffield Hospitals’evaluation of a selection of devices weighs up the benefits and costs of someon the market, by Andrea Mummery The aim of this article is to share with readers an exercise that wascarried out at Nuffield Hospitals to evaluate safer needle devices. The articlediscusses the reasons why the project was undertaken, the process used, some ofthe problems encountered and the results of the trial. Over the past few years there has been a significant increase in the numberof companies marketing safer needle systems, designed to reduce the incidenceof needlestick injuries. Nuffield Hospitals, which consists of 43 privatehospitals across the UK, has carried out an exercise to evaluate a range ofproducts to determine which, if any, could enhance the safety of currentpractice. Introduction Accidental exposure to blood and body fluids is a common occurrence amonghealthcare workers. Transmission of blood-borne viruses such as hepatitis B,hepatitis C and HIV may occur if a healthcare worker is exposed to infectedblood following a sharps injury or through splashing of infected blood ontoopen wounds or mucous membranes. The sero-conversion rate post-needlestick injury from a positive source is: – Hepatitis B – 30 per cent – Hepatitis C – 3 per cent – HIV – 0.03 per cent1 Legal context In America, the US Senate passed the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Actin November 2000. This requires employers to introduce safer medical devicesand maintain a detailed sharps injury record2. Although there is no suchspecific legislation in the UK, the Management of Health and Safety at WorkRegulations 1999 require employers to carry out risk assessments for allidentifiable hazards. The COSHH regulations 1999 specifically requirebiological hazards to be assessed and appropriate control measures to be put inplace. Unison argues that risk assessments for biological hazards, which do nottake into account safer devices, are not suitable and sufficient and wouldtherefore not meet legal requirements. The union is in discussion with theDepartment of Health and the HSE regarding this point, which, if adopted, wouldmake the consideration of safety devices a statutory requirement in the UK3. Selection criteria A small working party, led by Nuffield’s OH manager, was set up to assessthe range of products on the market and agree which products to trial. The working party recognised that Nuffield Hospitals already have a numberof measures in place to reduce the incidence of needlestick injuries, such asblunt suture needles, and this trial therefore specifically focused on areaswhere safer devices had not previously been available. Seven suppliers were invited to demonstrate their products. The productswere then grouped into three main categories: – Intramuscular injection – Venepuncture systems – Cannulation systems Up to three products in each category were selected for the trial. In makingthe selection, the following safety points were considered: – If the safety feature was an integral part of the device and not anaccessory – If it could be operated with one hand – If the device allowed the healthcare worker’s hands to remain behind theneedle at all times – If the the product had all the features required for its intended use – If the product appeared straightforward to use – How much the product cost No products were excluded from the trial based on cost alone. However, somewere excluded because the device did not meet all the features required andthey were expensive, such as not being possible to change the needle duringintramuscular injection. This would in some circumstances require a patient tobe injected twice, if, for example, an analgesic and an anti-emetic are neededpost-operatively. The process Ten hospitals were asked to trial the syringes/needles for intramuscularinjection, 10 different hospitals were asked to trial the venepuncture systems,and a further 10 to assess the cannulation devices. A trial schedule was developed and circulated to both the hospitals andcompany representatives. The representatives were responsible for arranging tovisit the hospitals and for teaching the staff how to use their products. Each hospital was asked to nominate a liaison nurse whose role was to: – Be a point of contact for the representatives and to co-ordinate trainingon site – Actively encourage the use of the devices during the trial and to be apoint of contact for staff in case they had any queries – Assist with training staff unable to attend the company-led training – Issue the evaluation forms to staff, collect them in at the end of eachtrial and forward them to the OH manager Each device was to be used for a period of up to two weeks and as many staffas possible encouraged to try them. Each person who used the product was askedto complete an evaluation form. Challenges As with most projects of this scale there were a number of challenges duringthe trial. The key ones included ensuring information about the project wasdisseminated properly through the hospitals, and co-ordinating the trial. The co-operation of the matron and liaison nurse was vital. Frequently,start dates of trials had to be altered due to staff holidays, clinicalworkload and availability of the company representatives. This made keepingtrack of the trial very difficult. All the safety devices being trialled were significantly more expensive thanthe standard products (at least double and sometimes three times the cost ofstandard products). So the purchasing department negotiated with each supplierto provide the product free or at a nominal cost for the duration of the trail,highlighting the benefit to them of receiving independent feedback and thepossibility of further orders if clinicians liked the product. However, despiteagreeing a nominal charge, one or two companies consistently sent invoices tohospitals. The products selected for the venepuncture trial were not compatible withthe blood collection systems used in some of the hospitals. Three hospitalstherefore had to withdraw from this trial. Two needlestick injuries occurred during the trial. One involved anintramuscular device where the safety mechanism failed, the other occurredwhile using a cannulation device. Appropriate follow-up action was taken aftereach incident and the companies concerned carried out tests on the remainder ofthe batch Following the first accident the company strengthened the product to preventa recurrence. The second incident occurred due to poor technique, whichdemonstrated the importance of adequate training. There was considerable resistance from some of the doctors to trying out thenew cannulation products, which may need to be taken into account if a decisionis being made about whether the use of safer products is to be made compulsory.Many hospitals were very slow or failed to return completed and evaluationforms to the OH manager and a significant amount of time was spent chasinghospitals. At the end of the trial, some hospitals had still failed to returnevaluation forms despite having used the products. This means these hospitalslost the opportunity to influence which products will be introduced. Occasionally forms were not completed properly, thus reducing their value.The question most frequently left unanswered was the quantity that the usertrialled. If a form was returned with this question blank it was assumed to beonly one. The actual volume of product trialled was significantly higher thanis reflected in the evaluation results. Results Each evaluation form received was scored on the following points. Allquestions had a score rating from one to five, with one being the best.Therefore the lower the overall score the better the product was considered tobe. The following statements were rated: – The packaging is clearly labelled – The packaging allows easy access to the product – The device is easy to prepare for use – The safety feature does not impair vision or hamper the clinical procedure– The safety feature can be activated using a one-handed technique – The safety feature was easy to use – The safety feature operates reliably – There is a clear and unmistakable change that occurs when the safetyfeature is activated – The exposed sharp is permanently blunted or covered after use and prior todisposal – The user does not need extensive training in the use of the device – The user was given appropriate training in the use of the device prior touse – They would be happy to use this device if it was a standard product – Taking all things into consideration, how they would you rate the productoverall Staff were also encouraged to make any additional comments, which were thengrouped into the following categories: – Praise: design/use of the device, for example that the gauge was difficultto read or leakage occurred – Safety: the safety feature got in the way or was difficult to operate withone hand, for example – Non-specific negative comments such as ‘I don’t like this product’ – Other: expensive, would need more training and so forth Perhaps not surprisingly the comments were mostly critical, although in manycases constructively so. Staff who liked a product tended to score it highlyand not make additional remarks. The products that received a good evaluation and their scores are shown inthe table above. Discussion All of the safer devices are considerably more expensive than the standardequivalents and this is clearly a serious concern for hospitals with alreadyover-stretched budgets. However the increase in costs needs to be balanced bythe, often hidden, costs of managing a needlestick injury. In addition to thefinancial costs, the emotional impact on staff is significant and must also betaken into account. It is estimated that a low risk needlestick injury will cost approximately£450 to manage. This figure is based on laboratory charges, lost time for theinjured worker, and the time spent by managers and OH staff in following up theincident. This cost increases to over £4,000 if there is a high risk of HIV orhepatitis C (or both) and post-exposure prophylaxis and referral to aspecialist is required. However, should a healthcare worker actually acquire a blood-borne virusthrough occupational exposure, compensation awards would far outweigh theincrease in costs. Recommendations As a result of this work a number of recommendations have been made and arenow being considered by the senior management team. These include adding therecommended products to the standard purchasing list and actively encouragingtheir use in all our hospitals. There is a risk that if their use is notcompulsory, staff will continue to use the standard devices with which they arealready familiar. However, by ensuring that they receive adequate training andby seeking the support of hospital managers and matrons it is hoped that saferdevices will become the standard choice. Accidents will be carefully analysed to determine how they have occurred andto determine how the accident could have been prevented. Consideration will be given to making the use of safety devices compulsoryat a later date if the current measures are not effective in reducing injuries.Other actions that will result from this work include improving theneedlestick accident recording system with consideration given to linking inwith EPINet4, a software system created specifically for the purpose ofrecording and analysing occupational exposure to blood-borne viruses. Thesoftware is designed to monitor sharps injuries and the consequences of suchexposures. EPINet is currently being used by the Royal College of Nursing aspart of its campaign to collate national statistics on needlestick injuries. Other recommendations include: – Revising the company sharps policy to include a section on prevention ofneedlestick injuries – Revising the company COSHH assessment for biological agents to includesafer needles devices as one of the control measures – Promoting the use of other safety devices already available such as bluntsuture needles, plastic blood bottles, portable sharps boxes, etc – Evaluating any new products that come onto the market Conclusion The sharps trial has been a positive exercise that has actively soughtsolutions to a very real risk. The support of senior managers in introducingthis initiative is essential and they must be encouraged to promote a safeculture at work and help their staff to embrace change. This work will continue to monitor sharps injuries and explore additionalmethods of reducing the incidence of injuries and promoting a safe working environment.References 1. UK Health Department (1998) Guidance for Clinical Health Care Workers:Protection Against Blood-borne Viruses. Recommendations of the Expert AdvisoryGroup on Aids and the Advisory Group on Hepatitis. London: Department of Health.2. US Congress (2000) Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act. 106th Congressof the USA. 3 UNISON (2000) Evaluating Safer Needles: Needle Safety at Work. 4 University of Virginia (2000) EPINetª for Microsoft Access. ExposurePrevention Information Network. EPINet is a trademark of the University ofVirginia. Becton Dickinson and Company. Andrea Mummery is OH Manager at Nuffield Hospitals and a member of theRCN OH Managers Forum Be sharp, be safeOn 1 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Easter Egg Hunt Helps Draw Big Crowds to Ocean City

first_imgThe first of two Easter Egg Hunts on the beach in Ocean City, NJ, drew thousands of participants and family members to the beach and boardwalk on Saturday, March 28.The first of two Easter egg hunts in Ocean City drew thousands of children and family members to the beach on a March day that saw a high temperature of only 42 degrees.The Boardwalk Merchants Association sponsors the annual events, which are free to all children age 7 and under, and the promotion worked — the Ocean City Boardwalk saw summer-like crowds despite the winter-like weather.Crowds of families fill the Ocean City Boardwalk on Saturday, March 28.Palm Sunday weekend marks a traditional opening to the spring season in Ocean City with Playland’s Castaway Cove and Gillian’s Wonderland Pier opening a limited number of rides on weekends and conducting their popular half-price ticket sales (purchase online from Playland or Gillian’s).The second Easter Egg Hunt is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4, with a rain date on April 5.The event takes place on the beach between 11th and 14th streets.Separate areas are set up for egg-hunters in five different age categories: 2 years old and younger, ages 3-4, age 5, age 6 and age 7.Participants are asked to be prompt as the hunt goes quickly.A series of “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny” opportunities from 8 a.m. till noon continues at the following dates and downtown locations.Sunday, March 29: Arlene’s on Asbury. Also on March 29: Yoasis, Yogurt with the Easter Bunny, 2-4 p.m.Saturday, April 4: Jon and Patty’s Coffee Bar and BistroThe swings flew for the first time this season at Playland’s Castaway Cove on Saturday.last_img read more

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