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Official Statistics: REACT-1 study of coronavirus transmission: September 2020 final results

first_imgREACT-1 is the largest population surveillance study being undertaken in England that examines the prevalence of the virus causing COVID-19 in the general population. It uses test results and feedback from over 150,000 participants each month.The study focuses on national, regional and local areas, as well as age, sex, ethnicity, socio-economic factors, employment type, contact with known cases, symptoms and other factors.The findings will provide the government with a better understanding of the virus’s transmission and the risks associated with different population subgroups throughout England. This will inform government policies to protect health and save lives.Read the pre-print version of this report.Read the press notice accompanying these findings.last_img read more

Watch Nine Inch Nails Play “I’m Afraid Of Americans” At 2018 Live Debut [Watch]

first_imgThis weekend, Nine Inch Nails performed a pair of shows at The Joint in Las Vegas, NV as a warmup for their upcoming global tour. The performances—on Wednesday and Friday nights, respectively—were full of highlights, including the live debut of their recently released single, “God Break Down The Door” and more. Another night one highlight came in the form of an excellent “I’m Afraid of Americans”, the David Bowie track to which Trent Reznor originally contributed in the late ’90’s. Watch high-quality fan-shot footage of “I’m Afraid of Americans” and the live debut of the new song below:Nine Inch Nails – “I’m Afraid of Americans” (David Bowie)[Video: PIT FLIKS]Nine Inch Nails – “God Break Down The Door” (Live debut)[Video: Bastard Pride]Setlist: Nine Inch Nails | The Joint | Las Vegas, NV | 6/13/18Metal (Gary Numan cover) (first performance since 2009)Me, I’m NotThe Beginning of the EndSurvivalismMarch of the PigsThe LoversFind My WayBurnGod Break Down the Door (live debut)Letting YouGave UpEven DeeperI Do Not Want This (first performance since 2009)I’m Afraid of Americans (David Bowie cover)Less ThanCame Back HauntedOnlyWishHead Like a HoleView Full SetlistSetlist: Nine Inch Nails | The Joint | Las Vegas, NV | 6/15/18Branches/BonesWishSanctifiedCopy of ALess ThanMarch of the PigsPiggyThe FrailThe WretchedCloser1,000,000I Can’t Give Everything AwayThe Background WorldThe Great DestroyerBurning Bright (Field on Fire)The Hand That FeedsHead Like a HoleEncore:OnlySurvivalismThe Day the World Went AwayHurtView Full SetlistAfter a run of overseas dates, Nine Inch Nails will begin their Cold And Black And Infinite North American Tour in September, culminating with four shows at the Palladium in Los Angeles, CA. See below for a list of NIN North American tour dates. For a full list of upcoming dates, head here.Nine Inch Nails – Cold And Black And Infinite North American Tour 201809/13 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre09/14 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre09/18 Morrison, CO Red Rocks09/19 Morrison, CO Red Rocks09/22 San Antonio, TX River City Rockfest09/24 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theater09/26 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre09/27 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre09/29 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater10/09 Washington, DC The Anthem10/13 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall10/14 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall10/19 Boston, MA Boch Center10/20 Boston, MA Boch Center10/22 Detroit, MI Fox Theater10/23 Detroit, MI Fox Theater10/25 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom10/26 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom11/23 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre11/24 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre11/27 Irving, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory11/28 Irving, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory12/03 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium12/07 Los Angeles, CA Palladium12/08 Los Angeles, CA Palladium12/11 Los Angeles, CA Palladium12/12 Los Angeles, CA PalladiumView North American Tour Dates [H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

Stepping up to the front line

first_img In ‘Postcards From Here,’ three students share a slice of life Stories from faculty, students, staff about writing’s place in a pandemic In a word An empty square, a full summer, teaching tubacenter_img Three students in 3 countries share in the ‘Postcards From Here’ series One student worked with the Harvard Muslim Youth Program (HMYP) to build a supportive, online community space for Muslim youth in and around Boston. Another served as a home-health aide for the local elderly population in Arizona. Others focused on mentorship, jazz education, and student mutual-aid networks.All of these endeavors were part of an engaged scholarship course “Care in Critical Times” taught this fall by Andrea Wright, lecturer in anthropology, Allston Burr Resident Dean of Eliot House, and assistant dean of Harvard College. Students learned how culture, society, and systems of power shape the exchange of care between individuals and communities, and they put their lessons into practice through semester-long “community care projects.”“When I created this course, it was to explore gender, race, and class, and the ways in which they intersect with care,” Wright said. “It was about interrogating existing stereotypes surrounding who can and should care, and who isn’t expected or required to care. It became clear that this course was also a moment for us to reflect on our own humanity and to connect all of the pieces of the course to our local communities, specifically through radical acts of care. The students far exceeded my expectations for how seriously and sincerely they would engage with this topic, and how much it would mean to all of us, at this critical moment.”All of the projects and related materials and resources now live in an online public syllabus that serves to reimagine and redefine care and inspire others to do the same. A few students recently spoke to the Gazette about their experiences.,Relatedlast_img read more

Bar to take a harder line toward lawyer ad violations

first_imgThe board also discussed a recent ruling from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that overturned the Bar rejection of a lawyer’s ad, but upheld the underlying rule the Bar was seeking to enforce. The Bar had found the lawyer referring to his Martindale-Hubbell rating, without an explanation of how that rating was awarded, was self-laudatory. Mason v. Florida Bar, case no. 99-2138. (See story in the May 15 Bar News.) Board members disagreed on the impact of the ruling. “I view this case as a shot across the bow,” said board member Ian Comisky. “If we’re not real careful, we’re going to lose the advertising battle and war.” But board member Gary Leppla said he thinks the ruling is limited specifically to the facts of the case, noting, “Right now is not a time to say we have a major problem.” Board member Mike Glazer agreed, but said the board still needs to review ad appeals and other issues carefully. “We need to be focusing on really bad ads and not allow bad ads to make bad law,” he said. Bar to take a harder line toward lawyer ad violations Associate Editor The Bar Board of Governors is looking to take a stronger stance against lawyers who broadcast ads that are later found to be in violation of Bar rules. Following a review of several advertising appeals at its June 2 meeting in Naples, the board approved a motion from board member David Bianchi to initiate grievance cases against lawyers whose ads were found to violate Bar rules. Bianchi accepted an amendment from board member William Kalish that the grievance investigations should be opened against lawyers who repeatedly violate the rules. Bianchi expressed frustration that the ad appeals usually take several months, during which time the ad can be run on television or radio, or appear in print media. Frequently by the time the appeal is decided, the lawyer has completed running the ad, and has another one on the air and is again beginning the appeal process. Bar rules, to avoid constitutional prior restraint problems, require ads be submitted for review no later than concurrently with publication or broadcasting. However, lawyers who want an opinion before running an ad may ask for and get one. Bianchi said without a serious threat of prosecution, the board was wasting its time handling ad appeals. “All of the [television] runs have already been made and they’re already on the next batch of ads,” he said as the board considered several ads from one firm. Another board member noted that many firms run an ad again after a year or two and the board’s actions do prevent recycling of ads with violations. On other matters, the board approved a proposed advertising advisory opinion that says a firm sending a newsletter to prospective clients only has to file the first edition with the Bar, as long as promotional information about the firm does not change in subsequent issues. The board reviewed several ad appeals including two involving proposed TV commercials from a law firm, which has not aired the ads, pending the board’s action. Both issues involved Rule 4-7.5(b) which provides that “visual images appearing in a television advertisement shall be limited to the advertising lawyer in front of a background consisting of a single solid color, a set of law books in an unadorned bookcase or the lawyer’s own office (with no other office personnel shown).” In one ad, a series of shots showed individual partners in their offices. The Standing Committee on Advertising held that violated the rule because more than one lawyer was shown in the ad. The Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics, which reviews ad appeals, agreed by a 5-3 vote. But the board reversed that finding, with members saying the rule does not preclude more than one attorney advertising the availability of his or her services. “This is a very reasonable, a very professional ad,” board member Jack Brandon said. The second issue addressed a brief shot, without a lawyer, of the exterior of the firm’s offices. The board discussed the matter extensively and first rejected a motion that the board should adopt a policy of allowing exterior shots of offices as long as the lawyer appeared in the frame. Board members then approved a motion that the rules do not allow exterior shots of law office buildings. Board members expressed concerns a lawyer could rent a small office in a large, impressive building, and then use that as a backdrop for an ad. The remainder of the ad appeals dealt with more common issues, such as whether certain language created an unjustified expectation, characterized the quality of legal services or was a testimonial. In various actions, the board: Agreed with the two committees that a lawyer who said he was proud of the legal work he had done for the elderly and he believed it had led to better care created an unjustified expectation. Split on two findings by the standing committee and the BRCPE over similar language in two ads where a lawyer said he found it gratifying when clients referred families and friends to his firm. The board disagreed with the findings that the language characterized the quality of legal services. But it agreed with the two committees the language was a prohibited testimonial. July 1, 2000 Gary Blankenship Associate Editor Regular Newscenter_img Agreed with the BRCPE (and overruled the standing committee) that a lawyer saying “I’ve been privileged to meet wonderful men and women and have worked to bring them justice” did not created unjustified expectations. But the board agreed with both committees that another part of the ad, where the lawyer characterized himself as a David battling the Goliaths of HMOs, hospitals and insurance companies was a prohibited characterization of the quality of services. Bar to take a harder line toward lawyer ad violations Agreed with the two committees that a lawyer’s statement in an ad that he guaranteed insurance companies won’t push the law firm around created an unjustified expectation. last_img read more

The 20 money hacks that busy people swear by

first_imgIn today’s fast-paced world, time is money — and there never seems to be enough of either one. But with just a few tweaks to your lifestyle, you can easily free up time in your day and money in your budget.GOBankingRates.com asked some of the best personal finance experts for their top money tips for busy people. Find out how these money hacks can make managing your finances a cinch.1. Get Free Shipping and Earn Cash BackShopping at cash-back and rewards websites can help you earn money and points on your everyday purchases. But savings expert Lauren Greutman uses a hack to save even more money, as well as time that you might otherwise spend wandering the aisles.“Order online at stores like Walmart and Target through Swagbucks, and earn points that you can cash in for free gift cards to stores like Amazon and PayPal,” she said. “During your order, select ‘ship to store,’ pick it up for free, and you have just earned cash back on your purchase without having to pay for shipping.” continue reading » 43SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Why top analysts say buy stocks like Qualcomm & Humana

first_img2011 Gain: $32.87 (60%) 2011 Closing price: $87.61 Last year, investors turned away from HMO stocks such as this, fearing the impact of a new health care overhaul rule involving medical-loss ratios. However, Humana showed it was able to manage the new regulation and in October delivered better-than-expected profits and a better-than-expected forecast for 2012. Stephen Weiss, partner at Short Hills Capital, “At eight times earnings, you’re owning a stock that’s still cheap and very, very defensivPhoto: Humana.com – Advertisement – The FDA has 60 days to review the final submission, and after this, if the application is acceptable for review, a PDUFA goal date will be set. It should be noted that the drug was granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation (BTD) in 2019, reducing the review time from 10 months to 6 months.“We see scope for Provention to meet its prior guidance of a potential U.S. approval of teplizumab for the delay or prevention of T1D in at-risk individuals in mid-2021… Teplizumab is a potential breakthrough asset, with highly significant results in subjects ‘at-risk’ for end-stage T1D,” Amusa commented.Looking at the Phase 2 “at-risk” study, even though it’s smaller in size, the data represents the “first demonstration of therapeutic modulation of disease progression in T1D, strongly supporting Provention’s approach to treating autoimmune disease in the early stages,” in Amusa’s opinion. In addition, the therapy was praised in an editorial published in the New England Journal of Medicine.What’s more, Amusa estimates the at-risk population is a blockbuster opportunity just in the U.S. Based on information from the JDRF T1 Fund, there are over 300,000 stage 1-2 T1D patients in the U.S. and 2.3 million worldwide. “300,000 U.S. patients at a $60,000 one-time price for a course of treatment implies a $18 billion total market opportunity. A 60,000 per year transitioning population for each stage implies a $2.4 billion per year recurring total market opportunity,” he explained.Taking the #99 spot on TipRanks’ ranking, Amusa is currently tracking a 31.8% average return per rating.FabrinetFabrinet has just received a thumbs up from Needham’s Alex Henderson, with this five-star analyst putting an $85 price target (29% upside potential) and a buy rating on the stock on November 3.In the most recent quarter, the optical communications device company handily beat Henderson’s revenue and EPS estimates by 4.4% and 7%, respectively, and posted year-over-year growth of 9.4% and 22.9%, respectively. All of this was achieved despite an uncertain backdrop, with pressure on Huawei and Service Provider spending also reflected. Putting it simply, Henderson said, “These are good results.”Henderson argues that investors have been waiting to see Huawei’s impact fall out of its numbers, and now that the “fourth quarter bridge has been crossed, the upside is all that remains.”Cisco is moving a large portion of Systems products to Fabrinet, which could exceed $250 million annually, according to Henderson. However, he points out that the reported numbers only reflect a minor contribution from the Cisco transition, but this should really ramp in CYQ1 2021 and reach full run rate by June, with the first full quarter run rate expected in September.The analyst further mentioned, “We think the scale of this additional business is generally not reflected in the outlook and Street estimates… It should add at least $50-$60 million to Revenues year-over-year. The Street estimates have CYQ3 Revenues at $454 million up $18 million. We think the Fabrinet without Cisco could hit this number. If the rest of FN was flat it would do $486-$496 million. That’s a lot of upside.”TipRanks shows that the #153-rated analyst scores a 57% success rate and a 20.4% average return per rating.LivePersonSince CFO John Collins came on board, business messaging and communications software company LivePerson has placed a significant focus on implementing a data-driven approach across all aspects of the business, giving five-star analyst Ryan MacDonald, of Needham, “increased confidence in the improving trajectory of the business.”Taking an even more bullish stance, on October 30, MacDonald increased the price target from $60 to $65, in addition to reiterating a Buy rating. The new price target puts the upside potential at 5%.Based on the results from its third quarter, MacDonald argues the data-driven approach appears to be working. The company delivered a “Rule of 40 with a combination of 26% revenue growth and 18% free cash flow margin.” This marked LPSN’s first quarter of positive free cash flow since Q4 2018, with it highlighting “the progress the company is making on expense optimization while producing strong top line growth,” in the analyst’s opinion.“LPSN is adamant that the pandemic-driven increases in usage are sustainable and indicative of a structural shift in the market… When combining this with the operational efficiencies that the company is implementing across the organization, we remain confident that LPSN can continue to accelerate growth and expand margins,” MacDonald commented.Some investors expressed concern that new logos have yet to rebound. However, MacDonald believes there is a “strong near-term expansion opportunity in the existing base can support growth acceleration while new reps and channel partners ramp.” As a result, he is a buyer at current levels.Given MacDonald’s 81% success rate and 40.4% average return per rating, he is among TipRanks’ Top 45 best-performing analysts.QualcommOn November 4, Deutsche Bank’s Ross Seymore maintained a buy rating on Qualcomm following a beat and raise quarter for the semiconductor company. Reflecting an additional bullish signal, the five-star analyst boosted the stock price forecast from $127 to $150, implying upside potential of 16%.Shares of Qualcomm surged over 11% in after-hours trading in response to the print. Looking at the details, it reported fiscal Q4 revenue of $6.5 billion, up 33% quarter-over-quarter. The analysts were expecting revenue of $5.9 billion. Non-GAAP EPS of $1.45 beat the Street’s $1.17 call. Although gross margin declined by 60 basis points quarter-over-quarter to 58.7%, it exceeded the 58.1% consensus estimate.When it came to its guidance for the upcoming quarter, Qualcomm didn’t disappoint. Management expects revenue to be in the range of $7.8 billion-$8.6 billion, up 26.1% quarter-over-quarter at the $8.2 billion midpoint. This easily beat the $7.1 billion consensus estimate.According to management, the ramp of 5G networks and handsets drove the strong performance, with Qualcomm’s CEO stating that the results included a “partial quarter impact” from a large handset producer in the U.S.Based on this “strong beat/raise,” Seymore argues Qualcomm is the “premier way” to play the expansion set to take place in the 5G handset space over the next year.As the analyst boasts an 82% success rate and a 28% average return per rating, Seymore is Wall Street’s 24th best-performing analyst.HumanaFollowing Humana‘s strong Q3 performance, Oppenheimer’s Michael Wiederhorn continues to see the health insurance company as a compelling play in the space. Accordingly, the five-star analyst reiterated a buy rating and $460 price target (2% upside potential) on November 3.For Q3, adjusted EPS came in at $3.08, well ahead of the $2.80 consensus estimate. Additionally, utilization bounced back to 95% of historical baseline levels by the end of the quarter, with non-coronavirus utilization expected to remain below normal levels in Q4.Although HUM guided for a Q4 EPS loss of between $2.29-$2.54, this factors in its investments in the Medicare channel, with this area of the business reflecting a significant market opportunity, in Wiederhorn’s opinion. On top of this, given the potentially “more favorable reimbursement environment and the maturation of its high-growth member base,” HUM could drive an improvement in margins.“Given the attractive growth of the company’s Medicare Advantage (MA) business, we believe Humana should return significant returns to shareholders,” Wiederhorn noted.Management also mentioned that the recently issued 2022 proposed rate increase of 2.82% for MA will likely, “benefit the company similarly to the overall market,” adding that 92% of members are in 4+ Star plans.With a 75% success rate and 21% average return per rating, Wiederhorn lands within the Top 30 on TipRanks’ list of best-performing analysts. While it’s now becoming clear Joe Biden will take the White House, investors are betting that Congress will be split, leaving President Trump’s corporate tax policy unchanged.“Up until about last week, the consensus belief was a full blue sweep — now that’s changing you’re seeing a repricing taking place in the market… a more status quo Senate may ease the burden of regulations on the tech sector,” Anna Han, an equity strategist at Wells Fargo Securities, commented.That said, as many factors remain uncertain, finding stocks primed to outperform the broader market isn’t easy.- Advertisement –center_img One approach is to look at the recent stock picks from analysts that consistently get it right. TipRanks analyst forecasting service attempts to identify Wall Street’s best-performing analysts, or the analysts with the highest success rate and average return per rating, tracked on a one-year basis.Here are the best-performing analysts’ five favorite stocks right now:Provention BioOn November 2, biotech company Provention Bio revealed the rolling submission of the BLA for teplizumab, a therapy that could potentially delay or prevent clinical type 1 diabetes (T1D) in at-risk patients, had been completed. For Chardan analyst Gbola Amusa, this development reaffirms his confidence in PRVB, with the company remaining a “Top Pick for 2020.” To this end, he reiterated a Buy rating and $35 price target (169% upside potential) after the news broke.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Sunday’s ‘Meet the Press’ showed one of the many reasons Republicans need to lose Georgia runoffs

first_imgThat tells you what to expect if they hold the Senate on Jan. 5: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will keep upholding the basic values Trump has brought to the table. McConnell will obstruct and blockade and prevent President Biden from getting anything done for the nation. Republicans will hurt the public in order to hurt Democratic election chances going forward, just as they are right this instant hurting the public by not challenging Trump to accept his defeat and begin the transition process. Republicans will do anything to win. But Democrats have to find a way to beat them. Republicans have spent the past four years doing Trump’s bidding, whether because they liked what they got from him enough to overlook what they didn’t like, or because secretly even those of them who sometimes pretend disapproval at his worst abuses are in their heart of hearts on board with every bit of Trump’s Trumpiness.And now, with national security and pandemic response on the line in a presidential transition, they’re still unwilling to challenge him. Be it simple fear, be it agreement with his efforts to overturn the results of the election, be it those two Georgia Senate seats, Republicans are not willing to do the right thing.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Alecta’s return, solvency level fall year-on-year

first_imgSweden’s largest pension fund Alecta saw its investment returns on both defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) products dip in 2016, with solvency levels also contracting.The return on DB pensions was 5.1% in 2016, according to full-year figures just released, down from 5.8% in 2015. DC pensions ended last year with a 5.8% return, down from the 7.9% produced the year before.Alecta pointed out that the five-year average for the two pension types was 8.9% and 12.5% as of last year, .Magnus Billing, the current chief executive of Alecta, said: “I am proud of [DC fund] Alecta Optimal Pension’s long-term return over the five-year period.” The slight fall in returns followed a warning from Alecta’s then-chief executive Staffan Grefbäck a year ago that the good return seen over many years and the low level of interest rates suggested future expectations should be kept low.Speaking about 2016 results, Billing said the company had now completed its recent property transactions in the US and could focus on drawing efficiency benefits from its ongoing property management.Earlier this month, Alecta offloaded the last of its directly-held US real estate assets, selling its portfolio of 22 assets, worth around $1.8bn (€1.7bn).Following the US property sales, Alecta has now exited all its directly-held international real estate investments, in accordance with its new strategy.“We also recently reached a milestone of having SEK10bn [€1.1bn] invested in green bonds,” Billing said, adding that it was “excellent and quite natural” that Alecta put part of its managed assets into this type of sustainable investment.The portfolio of DC product Alecta Optimal Pension now had SEK70bn in assets, of which 63% is invested in equities, Alecta said.Meanwhile, the DB pension scheme had assets of SEK697bn at the end of December 2016.The group solvency level fell to 166% at the end of 2016, from 171% a year before, but Alecta still described this as strong.Administrative costs fell to 0.09% from 0.1%.last_img read more

Fukushima workers in hospital after radiation exposure

first_img Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! 35 Views   no discussionscenter_img HealthLifestyle Fukushima workers in hospital after radiation exposure by: – March 24, 2011 Share Two workers at Japan’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have been taken to hospital after being exposed to high levels of radiation.The pair had been attempting to restore the cooling system in reactor 3, which was damaged by the quake on 11 March.Several workers have now been hurt on the site, an indication of the scale of the task facing them.Radiation levels in Tokyo’s water supply have now fallen, but remain high in other areas of northern Japan.The official death toll from the magnitude 9.0 quake and subsequent tsunami has now risen to 9,523. Another 16,094 people are listed as missing.Japan’s nuclear safety agency said three workers had been injured when their feet came into contact with radiation-contaminated water while laying cables in the turbine area of reactor 3.They were exposed to radiation levels of 170-180 millisieverts, he said, which is lower than the maximum level permitted for workers on the site of 250 millisieverts. Two of the workers were taken to hospital.“Although they wore protective clothing, the contaminated water seeped in and their legs were exposed to radiation,” said a spokesman.“Direct exposure to radiation usually leads to inflammation and so that’s why they were sent to the hospital to be treated.”Most people are exposed to 2 millisieverts over the average year, while 100 millisieverts is considered the lowest level at which any increase in cancer is clearly evident.The condition of the injured workers was not immediately known.Japan’s chief cabinet secretary Yukio Edano said the situation was “very regrettable”.‘Serious concern’The power plant’s cooling systems failed after the quake and tsunami, leading to the reactors overheating.Power has now been restored to the site, but work to restart the coolers in reactor 3 was briefly suspended on Wednesday after a plume of black smoke was seen coming from it.Tokyo Electric Power Co, which operates the plant, later allowed workers to re-enter after establishing there was no fire and that radiation level in the area had not risen.The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said there had been some “positive developments” at the site but that the situation was still “of serious concern”.The plant is 250km (155 miles) north-east of the capital, Tokyo. The government has declared a 20km exclusion zone and evacuated tens of thousands of people. Those living up to 30km away have been told to stay indoors to minimise exposure.People in Fukushima prefecture have been told not to eat 11 types of green leafy vegetables grown locally because of contamination worries. Local producers have been ordered not to send the goods to market.Tokyo residents were warned on Wednesday not to give tap water to babies less than a year old because levels of radioactive iodine – which can cause thyroid cancer – are twice the recommended safe level in some areas of the city.Officials stressed that children would have to drink a lot of it before it harmed them and urged people not to panic-buy. But supermarket shelves were reported to have been cleared of bottled water by Thursday morning.“Customers ask us for water. But there’s nothing we can do,” Masayoshi Kasahara, a supermarket worker in Tokyo told Reuters.“We are asking for more deliveries but we don’t know when the next shipment will come.”Emergency sheltersRadiation readings on Thursday showed levels in water in Tokyo had fallen back below the danger level, but the municipal authorities are distributing thousands of bottles of water to households with infants.The authorities in the nearby city of Kawaguchi, Saitama prefecture, also reported radiation levels above safety norms in its water supply on Thursday.Concern is also growing among Japan’s neighbours. Australia has become the latest country to ban food imports from the affected region.Police believe the final death toll from Japan’s twin disaster may be more than 18,000.Most of the deaths – 5,700 – have been reported in the prefecture of Miyagi. Three thousand bodies have been found in Iwate prefecture, and 776 in Fukushima.At least 18,000 houses were destroyed and 130,000 damaged, and more than 200,000 people are living in emergency shelters.The Japanese government has said it will cost as much as 25 trillion yen ($309bn; £189bn) to rebuild the country after the disaster.Source: BBC Newslast_img read more

Limited Damage Caused From Sundays Severe Weather

first_imgAlthough several residents lost power Sunday night, it appears the area dodged the worst of the severe weather.Multiple announcements were made by the National Weather Service, including tornado warnings throughout Southeastern Indiana.There were approximately 1400 Duke Energy customers without power in Decatur, Dearborn, Franklin and Ripley counties as of 8p.m. Within twelve hours, power was near complete restoration.There are roughly 100 Duke Energy customers in Decatur County, 82 in Dearborn County and 78 in Ripley County hoping to get the lights back on Monday morning.According to the Decatur County REMC, there are no customer outages as of 8 a.m. Monday.Commuters may have noticed street lights and traffic signals out of operation as a result of the storms Sunday evening. In Batesville, approximately 1000 residents lost power after a blown transformer about 5:52 p.m., according to Batesville Police.“Trees and limbs were down. Some power outages in part of town, otherwise I believe we faired pretty well,” said a Batesville Police Department spokesman.last_img read more