Transparency data: NHS Test and Trace (England) and coronavirus testing (UK) statistics: 17 September to 23 September 2020

first_img people tested for coronavirus (COVID-19), England people testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), England time taken for test results to become available, England For coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in the UK, this includes: Contact tracing people transferred to the contact-tracing system, and the time taken for them to be reached, England close contacts identified for complex and non-complex cases, and the time taken for them to be reached, Englandcenter_img The data reflects the first 17 weeks of operation of NHS Test and Trace in England, and testing operations in the UK since late March.For NHS Test and Trace (England), this includes:Testing lab testing capacity, UK number of tests sent out, UK number of tests processed, UKlast_img read more

Former Cupcake Champion on BBC’s The One Show

first_imgAbsolute Treats, National Cupcake Champion 2011, is to appear on BBC1’s The One Show tonight (19 September), teaching one of the show’s presenters how to make cupcakes.The BBC programme has been showing clips, throughout this week, of its presenters learning how to make something that would then be entered into a country fair.Virginia Buls, co-owner of the bakery and tea rooms, and mother of Cupcake Champion Jennifer, said the producers contacted her daughter, because she was the Cupcake Champion at the time the idea was being commissioned. Jennifer showed presenter Matt Allwright how to make her award-winning vegan free-from coconut and lime cupcakes, and he also made a conventional recipe cupcake. “They were here filming for a whole day. You can’t buy that sort of publicity, and it was good fun,” said Virginia Buls.Other food masterclasses in the series include making jams and preserves and growing radishes.National Cupcake Week runs all this week (17-23 September), to find out more visit www.nationalcupcakeweek.co.uk.last_img read more

Dreams Do Come True! Disney Confirms Broadway Plans for Hit Movie Frozen

first_img “We’re not demanding speed,” Iger told Fortune. “We’re demanding excellence.” Frozen, which has already grossed $669 million at the box office, is loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, and features the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad and Santino Fontana. The film tells the story of a spunky princess who sets off on an epic journey alongside a rugged, thrill-seeking mountain man, his loyal pet reindeer, and a magical talking snowman to find her estranged sister, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Disney’s Frozen In the meantime, watch the clip of “Let It Go” for the 800 gazillionth time and remember that all is right with the world. Enjoy!  No time frame has been set for the Broadway adaptation of the sure-to-be Oscar-nominated flick, but that doesn’t mean we can’t already begin dream casting the musical and fantasizing over how the theater maestros will bring Elsa’s snow magic, the Valley of the Living Rock, the North Mountain and, most importantly, Olaf and Marshmallow to life. Let your imaginations run wild! File this under best news ever: Walt Disney CEO and Chairman Bob Iger knows the entire world has (rightfully!) fallen in love with the studio’s Golden Globe-winning feature Frozen, so what does he want to do next? Take it to Broadway, of course! According to Fortune magazine, the hit animated film will follow in the huge footprints of The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid and Aladdin, and head on over to the Great White Way. Disney Theatrical Productions also confirmed that Frozen is in early development for the stage. View Comments The score for Frozen, which is co-written by Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon Tony winner Robert Lopez and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez, features a slew of wonderful and unforgettable songs, including “Let It Go,” “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?,” “Love is an Open Door” and “Fixer Upper.” Frozen is only the fourth animated film soundtrack to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Even Beyoncé was no match for the unflappable Frozen.last_img read more

Mission Accomplished at Naval Pentathlon

first_img For four days, they ran with a replica 3kg rifle on their back, fired at targets, hurling grenades under the sun for more than 30°C, executing naval skills and rowing – all against the clock. After testing their endurance and speed, finally on July 21st, 24 of the 67 athletes from 11 countries who competed in the Naval Pentathlon arrived at the podium of the 5th Military World Games. Among the athletes, the women’s individual gold went to Warrant Officer Caroline Buunk, of Norway. Sweden placed first in the women’s team category. Matthias Wesemann of Germany, injured on the last day of competition, went to the podium on crutches to receive the men’s individual gold, and Poland won the gold men’s team category. The host country made it to the winners’ podium four times. Brazil won the bronze medal in the individual male category with Sergeant Max dos Santos, the individual female category with Simone Lima, and the male and female team categories. After competing alongside traditional powerhouses like the Norwegians, Germans and Polish in Naval Pentathlon, Argentina will come home with much more motivation. “Now I will train very hard for the next competition,” said Corporal Sergio Martinez, 29. Despite six years in the Argentine Navy, he acknowledges that his greatest weakness is in the water events. For Navy Petty Officer Jaime Luis Claudio his greatest challenge was training five athletes in only four months, three of whom had never participated at the international level. “So our goal was to finish the competition to accumulate points for Argentina. And we did that,” added the coach. By Dialogo July 22, 2011last_img read more

Cuomo: Moves presidential primary election

first_img(WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order to move the presidential primary election on Saturday. Cuomo announced three new sites that will host 695 beds. The sites are located at the South Beach Psychiatric Center in Staten Island, Westchester Square in the Bronx and Health Alliance in Ulster County. Cuomo said the primary will be moved from April 28 to June 23 which will align it with the congressional and legislative primaries. Additionally, the governor announced that the temporary hospital at the Javits Center is expected to open on Monday, March 30. Governor Cuomo also issued an executive order to push he tax filing deadline for personal and corporate taxes to July 15.center_img The governor announced that the Empire State Development Board of Directors approved $7.5 million in COVID-19 Business Counseling to support non-profit partners across the state. This will provide small businesses with aid in securing disaster assistance. After a conversation with President Trump on Saturday morning, Cuomo said the federal government approved the four new temporary hospitals announced earlier this month for construction by the Army Corps of Engineers. For more coronavirus coverage, click here.last_img read more

Sacred Heart Ukrainian Church hosted its Christmas Takeout Bazaar

first_imgThe event also had people selling certain Christmas gifts like traditional Ukrainian ornaments, crafts, baked goods, and meals. Sacred Heart Church adds that they host an Easter Bazaar and Summer festival as well. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Local churches are getting into the holiday spirit. The Sacred Heart Ukrainian Church in Johnson City hosted their annual Christmas Bazaar. “This year we tried to do our best with COVID and be COVID safe while also bringing our culture to people,” said Sophia Czabala, daughter of one of the Church’s Priests. Czabala added they also hope to bring some financial support to the church.center_img The church adds that they will continue also be doing takeout food orders next week, saying they already are pretty booked up. They say they are grateful for those who attended, adding that they adhered to social distancing guidelines. The church says they hope to promote their culture and welcome new people in.last_img read more

Zagreb’s Advent is breaking attendance records this year as well

first_imgZagreb’s Advent surpasses Vienna’s on social media as well. More than eight thousand posts in which he is mentioned on Instagram indicate the greatest popularity of that channel, followed by the web, Twitter, Facebook, and finally YouTube. Whether in the media or on social networks, the term “Advent in Zagreb” has reached audiences since 38 million people across the Earth. In the 25 days of December, it was visited by 12 percent more guests than last year, who spent 16 night in Zagreb more than in 2017. Most guests are from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Slovenia and Italy, but also Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. According to estimates, last year’s consumption generated by Advent amounted to more than half a billion kuna, and this year growth is expected in this segment in line with the increase in visitors. Generated consumption of over HRK 500 million According to the analysis of the Zagreb technology company Mediatoolkit, Advent in Zagreb has become recognizable as a great place to enjoy the holiday atmosphere and far beyond the borders of our beautiful country. This is supported by the fact that the term is mentioned on all continents of the world and more than 12 thousand times in the last month, which marks an increase of 860 percent over the period before the start of Advent. Zagreb’s Advent is setting new records this year as well. Zagreb’s Advent is mostly mentioned in a positive tone, especially on Sundays when there is a significant increase in the number of publications. These data coincide with the number of visitors, which is highest on weekends, when public transport is free and the offer of entertainment and children’s content is the richest. The favorite destination of the “locals” are Gornji grad and Maksimir, and foreigners spend more time on Advent in Donji grad. Still, despite the great results, there is still room for improvement “It seems to me that, in some places, we will try to influence the noise to be a little less, to try to reduce some crowds with an even greater reduction in the number of restaurants. These are, both according to our results and according to the criticism we receive from fellow citizens and guests, something that needs to be seriously worked on next year.. ” concludes Bienenfeld for HRT. Cover photo: TZGZ Apart from the real world, Zagreb is also great in the virtual world, he points out HRT Director of the Zagreb Tourist Board Martina Bienenfeld: “We received an analysis that as many as 38 million people around the world googled or researched the term Advent on the site in Zagreb. Much stronger than in Vienna or any other city that organizes Christmas fairs or events. Really great thing and very positive. ” Source: TZGZ / Author: S. Kaštelan And that is the best proof of the thesis that the organization of events is not a cost but an investment. Last year, Advent in Zagreb achieved 36.380 (growth of 11%) arrivals of domestic tourists and 74.327 foreign tourists (growth of 30%), while of the total number of overnight stays, domestic tourists realized 61.078 (growth of 15%) and foreign 138.674 (growth of 27%) . Most foreign arrivals were from Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Slovenia, Germany, and overnight stays from Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Slovenia, Germany.last_img read more

EU Council scraps IORP II delegated acts from green finance proposal

first_imgPensionsEurope, the European occupational pension fund association, lobbied against the delegated act provision, and Matthies Verstegen, a senior policy adviser, welcomed the Council’s text. The Europa building, where EU Council meetings are held“We believe better disclosures on sustainability considerations, without prescriptive delegated acts on how to integrate them, is meaningful progress without the regulator impinging on the role of the fiduciary,” he said.Eleni Choidas, senior EU affairs officer at campaign organisation ShareAction, said the deletion of the delegated acts provision for IORP II was “a big disappointment”.However, the European Parliament has maintained the delegated acts provision in its version of the text – although an amendment to remove it was only narrowly defeated last month.Next stepsAs well as the disclosure requirements, the Council – which represents EU national governments – yesterday announced that it had also agreed its position on the Commission’s low carbon benchmarks proposal. The EU Council has dropped a disputed amendment to the IORP II directive, which would have allowed the European Commission to issue rules relating to how pension funds take into account environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) risks. In its version of the sustainable finance proposal on disclosure obligations, the Council deleted a provision to give the Commission the power to implement rules relating to ESG risks for pension funds, via so-called delegated acts.Instead, the Council’s text refers to requirements “in accordance with” IORP II. It also introduces a provision specifically aimed at pension funds, with a new article entitled “Transparency by IORPs and insurance intermediaries”.This links various disclosure obligations in the EU’s sustainable finance legislative proposal with a provision in the IORP II directive relating to how information should be made available to prospective and existing members and beneficiaries.center_img Inside the European Parliament“Cutting greenhouse gas emissions requires investment,” said Hartwig Löger, minister for finance of Austria, which currently holds the Council presidency. “It is crucial that capital markets pay their fair share in channelling funding towards projects and companies that contribute to making our economy more sustainable.”The Council’s agreement on the proposals means that so-called trilogues – negotiations between the Parliament and the Council, with the Commission acting as arbiter – can begin, as the European Parliament has already voted on its position on the two proposals.It is up to the Council presidency, which switches from Austria to Romania in the new year, and the Parliament to decide when these negotiations will start.European Commission vice president Valdis Dombrovskis hailed the Council’s reaching its position on the two proposals and urged a speedy agreement in the trialogues under the Romanian presidency.Differing definitionsThe texts from the Council and Parliament have differing definitions of sustainability risks.The Council has defined a sustainability risk as “an uncertain environmental, social or governance event or condition that, if it occurs, could cause a material negative impact on the value of the investment”.However, the Parliament’s definition includes the potential social and environmental impacts of an investment.PensionsEurope’s Verstegen welcomed the Council’s definition in contrast to the Parliament’s.“The Council wants pension funds to focus on long-term sustainability risk for their members, whereas the European Parliament wants to mandate schemes to incorporate externalities in investment decisions,” he said.“The latter would be a significant departure from the current understanding of fiduciary duty and not in line with the recommendations of the High-Level Expert Group.”Shareholder votingShareAction’s Choidas also highlighted that, in contrast to the Parliament, the Council had not included requirements about the integration of sustainability risks into shareholder voting and company engagement policies.“We fought very hard to get those amendments in the disclosures regulation report at Parliament so it is a disappointment that we’re not really moving on [and] truly exploring the role that stewardship can play in the promotion of the sustainable finance agenda,” she said.However, Choidas said it was positive that the Council had included a “do no harm” concept in its proposal.This was the notion that an investment targeting a social benefit should not subtract from a positive environmental goal.last_img read more

JESSIE MARIE II Ready for Lake Seminole Restoration Project

first_imgImage source: GatorGator Dredging, a dredging contractor from Clearwater, Florida, is mobilizing a second dredger for the Lake Seminole Restoration Project – ‘JESSIE MARIE II’.On November 19, 2018, Gator started construction on a four-year $18 million lake restoration project for Pinellas County’s Lake Seminole in Florida. The project is removing approximately 900,000 cubic yards of sediment from the lake.The main goals of the Lake Seminole scheme are to reduce nutrient inputs into the lake, remove existing in-lake nutrients, and restore wetland and upland areas adjacent to the lake to improve in-lake water quality, ensure healthy fish and wildlife populations, and maintain recreational uses.The dredge portion of the Lake Seminole Restoration Project will improve water quality in the lake through the removal of nutrient-enriched (phosphorus and nitrogen) sediments that are contributing to elevated nutrients in the water column and persistent algae blooms.Image source: Gatorlast_img read more

20th Ryan Bard Memorial Southern Challenge this weekend at Abilene Speedway

first_imgABILENE, Texas – Abilene Speedway marks a milestone with its 20th annual Ryan Bard Memorial Southern Challenge special Oct. 17-19. Four sanctioned divisions are on the program for the Friday through Sunday special, which totes a total purse of $75,000.IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds chase a $3,000 top check, with a minimum of $450 paid to start their 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods race for $2,500 to win and a minimum of $250 to start. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars vie for $2,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to take the main event green. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks race for $1,000 to win and $100 to start. “B” feature starters get $250 in the Modifieds and $150 in both the Southern SportMods and Stock Cars. Non-qualifier pay is $100 for the Modifieds and Stock Cars and $75 for the Southern SportMods and Hobby Stocks. Gates open at 5 p.m. and an open practice session will be held from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, with complimentary beverages, barbe­cue and music at the party to follow. Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the draw closes at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, gates open at 2 p.m., the draw closes at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m.Worship services at the track are at 10 a.m. Sunday. The gates open at 11 a.m. the draw closes at noon and racing is at 1 p.m.The Southern Challenge is spon­sored by Smiley’s Racing Products. More information is available from promoter Rob Poor at 325 725-3849 or 325 692-8800, and at the www.abilenespeedway.com website.last_img read more