[H/T Architectural Digest] Load remaining images John Mayer and Adam Levine have a fair amount in common professionally. Both singer/guitarists were born in the late 70’s. Both began playing gigs at an early age and eventually rose to mainstream success in the early 2000’s on the back of smash-hit pop records. Both of them won Grammy Awards in 2005 (“Song of the Year” for Mayer, Best New Artist for Levine and his band, Maroon 5). Both have also used their pop music success to take their career trajectories new different directions, with Levine carving out a TV career as a longtime coach on NBC‘s The Voice and Mayer diving into the world of the Grateful Dead as the guitarist for Dead & Company. Plus, you know, there’s the fact that the two artists look, like, uncannily similar…Now, you can add another item to the list of similarities between Adam Levine and John Mayer–their taste in real estate. According to a report in Variety last week, Levine’s 7,100-square-foot, $15.9M mansion in Beverly Hills, CA is currently in escrow, and sources say Mayer is the buyer.As Architectural Digest explains, Adam Levine and his wife, Namibian Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo, originally purchased the place in the fall of 2012 for $4.83 million, and it marks the latest in their series of real estate buy-and-sell interactions in recent years. AD also notes that the home was substantially renovated since Levine and Prinsloo purchased it, with help from acclaimed designer Mark Haddaway. Variety notes that Mayer hasn’t owned a home in the L.A. area in several years, instead choosing to spend most of his time at his secluded compound outside Livingston, Montana.Below, you can take a look at some photos of the luxurious Beverly Hills home from a spread that ran in Architectural Digest when Levine first purchased the house back in 2012:
GAZETTE: When we talk about control measures, I think the one that’s most obvious to people who are following this are the quarantines. Are there other things going on that are also important?LIPSITCH: For the cutting off of Wuhan, cordon sanitaire is probably a better word for it because the movement restrictions apply to everybody, not just the exposed people. They’re not exactly quarantined. Then there’s the quarantine of people who are sick and may or may not have the coronavirus, along with the isolation of people who have the coronavirus. All of that may be helping. We’ve had some concerns based on news reports that the way they’re doing the bulk quarantine and isolation of cases could be harmful in China, but it’s very hard to get a clear answer on what exactly is being done. The early reports said that they were taking people who were confirmed corona cases and putting them together in mass quarters with people who were not confirmed as corona but might have a fever or respiratory symptoms. If that was true, that could spread the virus further. Since then, I’ve heard a number of times that that’s not actually true. So I don’t know what to think of that. It doesn’t seem like the sort of thing a responsible public health agency would do.GAZETTE: Has it become apparent that the virus is either easier to transmit or more deadly than previously thought? Or are these increasing case and fatality numbers in line with what our thinking was a week ago?LIPSITCH: The ease of transmission is still being confirmed. In terms of the so-called “R-nought,” or how many secondary cases a single case infects, experts’ assessment is getting tighter around a level of transmissibility that’s perhaps lower than SARS, which was about 3 and higher than pandemic flu, which can be up to about 2. But what makes this one perhaps harder to control than SARS is that it may be possible to transmit before you are sick, or before you are very sick — so it’s hard to block transmission by just isolating confirmed cases.GAZETTE: Is that the most concerning new information, that it might be transmissible before symptoms are apparent? That would seem to make this a lot trickier.LIPSITCH: Yes. I think that’s the most concerning piece, but the evidence for that so far in the public domain is pretty limited. I’ve seen hints that aren’t published yet, but the evidence for that that’s been peer reviewed is quite limited. On severity, estimates are that it’s worse than seasonal flu, where about one in 1,000 infected cases die, and it’s not as bad as SARS, where 8 or 9 percent of infected cases died. I’ve been working with some colleagues on estimates. They’re preliminary still but bounded by those two. That’s a large range, however, so the important question is where the final figure ends up, because 3 or 4 percent of cases dying would be much more worrisome than 0.4 percent. “There’s likely to be a period of widespread transmission in the U.S., and I hope we will avert the kind of chaos that some other places are seeing.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Fighting the flu at less than full strength This is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.The number of confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus have continued to surge inside China, sickening tens of thousands, with a death toll of more than 1,000. But outside the Asian giant the numbers remain a fraction of that, a trend Harvard’s Marc Lipsitch views with suspicion. Lipsitch thinks it is just a matter of time before the virus spreads widely internationally, which means nations so far only lightly hit should prepare for its eventual arrival in force and what may seem like the worst flu season in modern times. Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and head of the School’s Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics, talked to the Gazette about recent developments in the outbreak and provided a look ahead.Q&AMarc LipsitchGAZETTE: We spoke about the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak about a week and a half ago. What do we know now that we didn’t know then?LIPSITCH: We know that the spread is even greater than it was then. It was likely then that it would spread more widely, but there was still hope for containment. I think now that it’s in more countries — even Singapore, which is really good at tracing cases, has found some cases that aren’t linked to previous known cases — it’s clear that there are probably many cases in countries where we haven’t yet found them. This is really a global problem that’s not going to go away in a week or two.GAZETTE: You indicated that the rapid increase in cases was largely due to existing cases that hadn’t been diagnosed rather than new infections. Is that still your sense, or is some of the daily increase in cases due to new transmission?LIPSITCH: It’s clearly partly due to new transmission — and it was partly due to new transmission then. Separating out reporting delays from new transmission is hard, but over the last few days, it appears that the rate of increase in new cases in China has slowed relative to the exponential growth we saw before. Some people are cautiously hopeful that that’s due to the success of control measures rather than the inability to count many cases. I think that’s possible, since the control measures have been rather extreme in some places. So, now the question is whether these control measures are working or whether we’re mostly seeing a saturation in their ability to test thousands of cases. GAZETTE: Is it significant that there are so few cases internationally compared with the number in China? Is that an indication that control measures are working or is it just gathering steam internationally?LIPSITCH: Unfortunately, I think it’s more likely to be that it’s gathering steam. We’ve released a preprint that we’ve been discussing publicly — and trying to get peer reviewed in the meantime — that looks at the numbers internationally, based on how many cases you would expect from normal travel volumes. And a couple of things are striking. One is that there are countries that really should be finding cases and haven’t yet, like Indonesia and maybe Cambodia. They are outside the range of uncertainty you would expect even given variability between countries. So our best guess is that there are undetected cases in those countries. Indonesia said a couple of days ago that it had done 50 tests, but it has a lot of air travel with Wuhan, let alone the rest of China. So 50 tests is not enough to be confident you’re catching all the cases. That’s one bit of evidence that to me was really striking. Second, I was reading The Wall Street Journal that Singapore had three cases so far that were not traced to any other case. Singapore is the opposite of Indonesia, in that they have more cases than you would expect based on their travel volume, probably because they’re better at detection. And even they are finding cases that they don’t have a source for. That makes me think that many other places do as well. Of course, we’re making guesses from limited information, but I think they’re pretty likely to be correct guesses, given the totality of information. Coronavirus cases hit 17,400 and are likely to surge What we know — and don’t know — about the coronavirus outbreak Chan School’s Marc Lipsitch, an infectious disease specialist who worked on the SARS epidemic, details what’s going on Harvard epidemiologist Mina says outbreak more widespread than thought, and uncertainties abound Related Experts urge vaccination, share ideas for making it better GAZETTE: People have said a vaccine is probably at least a year away. Do you have a sense that this is going to need a vaccine to finally bring it under control?LIPSITCH: That seems like the scenario which is most plausible to me right now. Vaccine efforts are very much needed, but I think we should be clear that they won’t necessarily succeed. There’s a lot of effort being put into them, but not every disease has a vaccine. [Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, said Tuesday that a vaccine could be ready in 18 months, according to CNN.]GAZETTE: But what is most important for the public to know about this?LIPSITCH: There’s likely to be a period of widespread transmission in the U.S., and I hope we will avert the kind of chaos that some other places are seeing. That’s likely if we continue to be prepared, but I think it’s going to be a new virus that we have to deal with. That won’t be because the United States government has failed to contain it, it will mean that this is an uncontainable virus. If we’re dealing with it, it’s because everybody’s going to be dealing with it. I think that’s a likely scenario.GAZETTE: From a treatment standpoint, it seems there are a lot of mild cases and then fewer serious cases that need respiratory support. Should hospitals and the medical establishment start thinking about capacity-building now?LIPSITCH: To the extent that’s possible, yes, but I don’t know how flexible that capacity is. I think we should be prepared for the equivalent of a very, very bad flu season, or maybe the worst-ever flu season in modern times, since we’ve had ventilators and been able to provide intensive respiratory support. And it might not be real flu “season” because the annual flu season is already passing. One question I’ve gotten a lot is whether it will go away in warmer weather, like SARS did. I’m not at all convinced that SARS went away because of the warmer weather. I think it went away because people got it under control in May and June. But there is some evidence — and we’re working on quantifying it — that coronaviruses do transmit less efficiently in the warmer weather. So it’s possible that we will get some help from that, but I don’t think that will solve the problem, as evidenced by the fact that there’s transmission in Singapore, on the equator.GAZETTE: Once people get this and recover, do we know whether they will have immunity?LIPSITCH: That is a very important question, but we don’t know the answer yet because it’s been too short a time. The evidence from other coronaviruses is that there is some immunity but it doesn’t last for long. Immunity to the seasonal coronaviruses lasts for maybe a couple of years, and then you can get reinfected. There’s a further question of whether that’s because the virus is changing or because your immunity is not very durable. Given that it’s a new virus, we can’t say anything with certainty, but it would be reasonable to expect immunity to be somewhat short-lived, meaning a couple of years, rather than lifelong.GAZETTE: So without a vaccine, you may have a respite for a year or two but then you may get it again?LIPSITCH: Yes, and that is a bit like the flu, although typically people get the flu every five or six years.
By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaA recent study by the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development reveals that the agribusiness industry has plenty of job openings, but not enough college graduates to fill them.“While the demand for college-educated workers is relatively small for farm producers, the processing of crop and livestock output requires trained employees with degrees in agriculture, conservation programs, secondary education, government and banking,” said CAED economist Marcia Jones.Farm-related activities accounted for 15 percent of the value of agribusiness output in 2006, she said. The processing and manufacturing of agricultural products accounted for 70 percent of the $76 billion in economic activity agriculture provided Georgia that same year.Checking the demandWhen CAED completed the workforce need study in fall 2008, the agribusiness job pool was projected to increase 1.4 percent annually to the year 2014. That was to be 9,320 additional job openings, 1,045 of which would require college-level training. The U.S. economic bust has since shrunk the job market, Jones said. But the need for ag graduates still exists.Georgia’s agribusiness industry will need an additional 1,000 college-trained workers by 2016. The state’s colleges are predicted to produce enough graduates to fill half of those positions, said Jones.The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Fort Valley State University and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College produce the majority of Georgia’s agricultural graduates. Agribusiness-related programs can be found through the university system’s 35 institutions, which offer 151 agriculture-related degree programs, ranging from certificates of less than a year to doctoral degrees.State goalsIn 2006, agribusiness directly accounted for 11 percent of the state’s total economic output and 8 percent of the state’s workforce, or almost 400,000 workers.But indirectly, Jones said, the impact was much more when the industry’s influence on other Georgia businesses is considered.“That total is $119.8 billion and more than 715,000 jobs,” she said. “The $76.3 billion is just the direct impact of ag, whereas the $119.8 billion is the total impact.”Agribusiness also ties directly into Georgia’s future, said Jones. The Commission for a New Georgia, a non-profit corporation appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue and led by CEOs and senior executives from across Georgia, wants the state’s agribusiness sector ranked as one of the nation’s top competitors by 2020. Meeting the needGeorgia’s agribusiness workforce is well prepared technically, said CAED economist Tommie Shepherd. He conducted one-on-one interviews with agribusiness owners as part of the study.“In general, they were saying that students know the subjects well, but they need more training in communications and leadership qualities and the knowledge of how all of business hangs together, including sales, business and marketing,” he said.According to a mailed survey, Jones said, employers also want more students with problem-solving skills, critical thinking, initiative, hands-on training, customer service and work ethic.She also said the many businesses were asking that college agricultural programs teach students the theories of agriculture and then how to apply them. For example, they should teach ways to dispose of poultry in an environmentally friendly way with little cost. Or, teach farm labor laws and regulations and how to use them to find legal workers to harvest crops.Students, Jones said, can do more on their own to build resume and job chances by participating in internships and getting as much hands-on experiences as possible.(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Thanksgiving holiday shopping weekend – Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday – has become the busiest time of year for U.S. retailers and consumers. This year nearly 190 million consumers shopped over the five day period, representing a 14 percent increase from last year.Credit union members closely followed this trend, according to our latest analysis of CO-OP Credit and Debit transactions over the holiday shopping weekend. Credit cardholders spent an average of $323 over the five-day period, up more than 10 percent over last year’s average of $292. For their part, debit cardholders spent an average of $264 from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, an increase of nearly 17 percent (+16.8%) over the same period in 2018.Knowing how and where members are spending during busy shopping periods like Thanksgiving Weekend is valuable intelligence to a credit union. For one, it helps you better understand your members, what they value and which channels they prefer to use. It can also help inspire ideas for customized marketing campaigns and promotions that help drive your credit and debit cards to the top of your members’ wallets.Here were the key findings from our 2019 Thanksgiving Weekend Shopping Analysis: continue reading »
Rise, NY Tioga County Rural Ministry Urban League of Broome County Ascension Lourdes Youth Services Cornell Cooperative ExtensionSt. Michael’s Meal Program Allied Christians of Tioga County Achieve The organizations receiving grants include: The grants given range in amount from 2,000 to 5,000 dollars. (WBNG) — Eight different groups in the area will be receiving grants from Ascension Lourdes Auxiliary to support different aspects of their programs.
In the period from June to September 2017, Heraklea doo, the first specialized agency for mystery shopping in Croatia, conducted a traditional survey of service quality in our tourism “Summer 2017” which aims to get the right situation on the ground, a picture of how guests see us, record the state of service quality as well as get answers on how to improve the quality of service in our tourism.Destinations along the Adriatic coast, but also continental Croatia, and Secret guests visited a total of 978 locations, of which: 638 visits to tourist facilities (hotels, camps, tourist boards, restaurants, bars, night clubs, cafes, pastry shops, fast food …), And 340 in accompanying tourist facilities (wellness, sports, excursions, museums, wineries, agritourism, banks, post offices, exchange offices, gas stations, ferry lines, marinas, taxis, aquapark…)The results in the overall survey are better than last year, which is more than commendable because we have had a decline in service quality in the last few years.That’s right 83,13% employees greetings guest on arrival, while last year’s result was 86,40%. The smile of gold is worth it, especially in tourism, ie service, and it is 71,51% employees are smiled to the guest, which is a better result than last year when we 64,13% of employees smiled at the guests.Goodbye and come to us again, it should be the last sentence of the guest when he leaves your accommodation or winery. That’s right 83,22% employees greetings guest on departure (last year ‘s result 82,03%) while 72,82% of employees thanked the guest (last year’s result 64,45%).Unfortunately, only 28,31% is an employee called like on re-arrival, and regardless of growth in this category (last year’s result of 24,53%) yet we can argue that this is devastating data. Regardless of improving the level of service, we certainly still have a lot of room to grow, of course, only if we care about our guests. Otherwise, mystery shoppers measure the moment of truth, the quality of performance, whether something happened or not, therefore, they transmit a snapshot of the situation at a particular point in time.Measuring the quality of performance is extremely important in tourism for every tourist destination, because we are talking about the attitude towards our tourists who came on vacation, traveled hundreds of kilometers and pay for the service of both accommodation and experience of the destination. I keep emphasizing that accommodation is not a motive for coming, but a tourist destination. And that is why it is crucial to measure the level of quality of performance in tourism because that is the key to success and provides an answer to the main question: Is the guest satisfied with the vacation after 7 or 14 days and will he return to our destination next year as well? How to achieve the enthusiasm of tourists with their service?Illustration: HrTurizam.hrThis is a question for every tourist worker in tourism, whether it is about hosts in family accommodation, cafes, souvenir shops, all the way to employees in tourist boards. Tourism is complex and consists of a thousand small cubes that make up a mosaic. Each of these small cubes, no matter how less important, makes the final picture of the whole mosaic – the mosaic of our tourism.In order to be able to grow strategically and with quality, we must primarily be aware of the need to measure the quality of our service or product, and of course measure the level and quality of service we provide to our guests. Customer enthusiasm is the level of performance at which they are convinced that products and services far exceed their expectations! It is the “Holy Grail” in the paradigm of being better than the competition. Customer enthusiasm starts with small things.All employees can and must provide added value, especially those who are at the forefront of defense. I think we need to fix that first line of defense and raise awareness about the importance of those people who make the first contact. From the receptionist, the waiter, the store staff and everyone else – because they are the ones who communicate directly with the guests and who influence the level of enthusiasm or gap. Unfortunately, they are put in the background, both financially and hierarchically. Of course, the offer and quality of the product is the first, but this image must be communicated by someone in the field and shown in order to be credible – and these are the people with whom guests have their first and daily contact. How much these people are paid and satisfied with their job, whether they are motivated and do their best to better present their company or brand in the best light, I leave the answers to these questions to you to judge.I think that the job of mystery shoppers is a very important tool in the mosaic of our tourism and we should use it much more often. Unfortunately, in Croatia, marketing still belongs to the sphere of costs, not investments, and too little or nothing is written about mystery shopping, nor do tourism workers know that this valuable tool exists.Service in tourism is crucial, even more important than the quality of accommodation. With excellent performance we can always compensate for some shortcomings at the destination, and if we care about the guest we will always look for ways to exceed their expectations. We must not look at the short term and look at how to “take” money only today, we need to think long term, among other things, it is the meaning that we have long-term and self-sustainable tourism. Let us be constantly aware of how the guest feels in our destination and because we have justified “value for money” because that is the only way we can profit in the long run.Word of mouth marketing has always been and always will be the best advertisement.Related news:
Game time will be the priority when Arsenal look to loan out their youngsters (Picture: Getty)Smith-Rowe similarly left Arsenal on loan this time last year, joining RB Leipzig, but only played three times at the very end of the season having arrived in Germany with a groin problem and as a result he is expected to stay in England, likely joining a Championship side.Incredibly, Arsenal are working on shifting as many as 12 players in January – the majority of whom are youngsters – as they look to expose their academy starlets to more first-team football, with technical director Edu in charge of all the loan moves.MORE: Arsenal board concerned over Jerome Boateng signing from Bayern MunichMORE: Mikel Arteta thrilled as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reaffirms commitment to ArsenalMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Emile Smith-Rowe close to January move as Arsenal work on shifting as many as 12 players Nketiah returned from Leeds and will be loaned back out very soon (Picture: Getty)According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, a host of Championship clubs put forward presentations explaining how they would use Nketiah and why they would be the perfect destination.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe shortlist of clubs he could join has been whittled down to just three – Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest – all of whom want him as their main striker.Nketiah will make a final decision over which club he will join imminently, with his camp having entered into talks with the clubs over personal terms.Smith-Rowe is expected to join him in leaving Arsenal and has also been the subject of presentations from clubs looking to take him on loan.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe 19-year-old actually started interim boss Freddie Ljungberg’s final match against Everton – a 0-0 draw which Arteta, who had only been announced a day earlier, watched from the stands.He has not made Arsenal’s squad at all in their last two outings, against Manchester United in the Premier League and Leeds United in the FA Cup, and it is felt he would benefit from consistent game time elsewhere. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Jan 2020 3:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.1kShares Advertisement Comment The 19-year-old attacker is expected to move to a Championship side (Picture: Getty)Emile Smith-Rowe is set to follow Eddie Nketiah in leaving Arsenal on loan this month as the Gunners work on offloading as many as 12 players in a busy January window.The Gunners have an abundance of talented young players at the club but Mikel Arteta cannot guarantee them all game time, with this month’s window largely going to be focused on finding short-term clubs for many of their youngsters.Nketiah was recalled from his loan spell at Leeds United due to a lack of pitch time – only starting two Championship games – with Arsenal keen for him to be a starter elsewhere. Advertisement
Strategic Dredging has just announced the launch of a unique course for the dredging industry, the Cutter Suction Dredger Intensive Training.According to the company, the “CSD Production Intensive” training has been developed to help dredging contractors achieve higher productions.“Any CSD is worthless if it doesn’t produce. And not only produce, but produce such quantities that they are competitive in the industry. Getting some sludge through the pipe is one thing, but achieving competitive productions, that’s another story. So we developed this training to help contractors achieve those competitive productions,” the company said.This 5 day intensive training full of interaction, exercises, and case studies is aimed at vessel and site personnel who want to learn how to get the most production out of any CSD.Topics to be covered include:CSD production process;Unit rate;Gathering process and spill;Cutting process;Suction process;Discharge process;Soil and impact on operation;DICE production optimization system;Efficiency;Basic production calculations;Terms like density, concentrations, flow, etc.;Exercises for various topics;Case studies.More Info
Ocean Scientific International Ltd (OSIL) has supplied a 1.2m data buoy platform to the “ORION” joint research and development center in Nicosia, Cyprus, for use as a real-time monitoring station on an EU-funded project managing coastal erosion.According to OSIL, “The Harmonized Coastal Corrosion Management Framework for Enhancing the Implementation of the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Protocol (HERMES) project required a platform with the ability to record a full profile of water column currents, tidal variations, wave parameters (significant wave height, wave period & propagation direction) & estimated suspended particular matter (SPM) concentrations, with the data transmitted to a base station on land in real time, complete with software to analyse and process the data with a graphical display.”The OSIL 1.2m Tern buoy offers a high visibility platform with a GPRS communication system ideally suited to the installation location given the proximity to the shore and a popular wreck diving site, the company stated in the announcement.The robust buoy is equipped with a seabed mounted Nortek AWAC to provide three-dimensional current profiles in cells with thicknesses from 0.25 to 4m. The ADCP is additionally furnished with a Prolog board for internal wave processing, and it can also be used to estimate suspended sediment loads by correlating the acoustic back scatter intensity to a site specific suspended sediment calibration.The base station software provided by OSIL gives the end users extensive control over the data displayed from the monitoring buoy, said OSIL in its announcement.
The Oldendorff Carriers-owned Capesize Helena Oldendorff is said to be undergoing repairs in Singapore after suffering an engine failure.The 209,200 dwt ship was en route to Qingdao, China, and is understood to be fully loaded with iron ore from Guaíba Island, Brazil.According to VesselsValue, the ship lost power on August 26 and had to be towed to an anchorage for repairs.The Environmental Protection Alliance (EPA) said on September 5 that the ship experienced a failure in its scrubber systems, resulting in the flooding in exhaust lines and the main engine of the ship.According to the organization, the scrubber failure and the flooded engine room caused the ship to lose propulsion in one of the busiest areas for maritime traffic in the world.It is understood that iron ore from Brazilian mining company Vale is still on board the 2016-built Capesize.World Maritime News has reached out to Oldendorff Carriers for an update on the ship’s status but is yet to receive a response.World Maritime News Staff