Belgium closes schools, bars to fight coronavirus outbreak

first_imgTopics : Belgium will close schools, cancel all cultural events and shutter bars and restaurants to stave off the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, the government said on Thursday.Announced by Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes after a meeting of the national security council, the measures will come into force at midnight on Saturday (2300 GMT on Friday).”This is not a lockdown,” Wilmes said. “We want to avoid situations like Italy. These measures must prevent lockdowns.” Wilmes said at the press conference that “all recreational events: sporting, cultural or folkloric” are cancelled, “regardless of size and whether it is a private or public meeting.”The closure of schools at national level will be effective until April 3, the day before the Easter holidays, effectively keeping students out of school for a month.The government said that parents with no option for child care would be helped by authorities. This was an effort to avoid citizens resorting to retired people, the age group most vulnerable to the virus.”The idea is not for children to be looked after by their grandparents,” she said.center_img Nurseries or crèches can remain open, Wilmes added.Beginning Saturday, only stores that provide essential services — such as pharmacies and grocery stores– will remain open under normal conditions. All other stores will remain open during the week, but closed at weekends.The government asked Belgians to work from home as much as possible. Wilmes said those heading to the office should stagger their shifts to keep public transport uncongested.If followed, Wiles said the measures could allow Belgium to avoid an uncontrollable epidemic such as seen in Italy, where more than 1,000 people have died.Neighboring Luxembourg also closed schools for at least two weeks and closed all retirement homes to visitors.last_img read more

Governor Wolf to Nominate Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller to be Inaugural Secretary of Health and Human Services

first_img May 23, 2017 Governor Wolf to Nominate Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller to be Inaugural Secretary of Health and Human Services Government That Works,  Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced his intention to nominate current Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller to serve as the inaugural Secretary of the prospective unified Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Miller has served as Insurance Commissioner since January 2015, where she has worked on a range of issues, including the administration’s top priorities – fighting the heroin and opioid epidemic and helping seniors.“Teresa Miller has established herself quickly in Pennsylvania as a leader in her field, an advocate for consumers and the less fortunate, and an effective administrator whose department quickly found new success in a challenging national environment,” Governor Wolf said. “Over the past two years, Commissioner Miller has fought to protect health care for seniors and kids, increased the department’s efforts for consumer protection and education, and made the department more transparent.“She embodies the best of public service – effectively working across the aisle and state lines – to make the lives of Pennsylvanians better and more secure. It is my honor to ask her to be the inaugural leader of the prospective unified Department of Health and Human Services.”Governor Wolf proposed integrating the Departments of Aging, Drug & Alcohol Programs, Health, and Human Services into a new, unified Department of Health & Human Services to deliver public health, social, and human services to Pennsylvanians in the most efficient and effective way by fostering innovation, creative thinking, and practical solutions. Over the past several months, Governor Wolf has worked closely with each of these four agencies to identify and break down silos and reimagine how we deliver such critical services.Pennsylvanians can learn more about the proposed unified department and how it aims to improve services for populations such as seniors and those seeking substance use treatment here.Governor Wolf also announced his intention to nominate Jessica Altman, current Insurance Department Chief of Staff, to be Miller’s eventual replacement.STANDING UP FOR SENIORS“Seniors have been a priority of mine at the insurance department,” Miller said. “Early in the administration, I worked closely with the governor to protect seniors who faced the loss of access to their doctors in Western Pennsylvania.”​Teresa Miller has been a leader in the administration’s efforts to protect seniors. Her work to ensure seniors in Western Pennsylvania were protected and would not lose access to their doctors helped prevent disruption in care for 180,000 by ensuring UPMC providers continued participation in Highmark’s Medicare networks.In 2017, Teresa was named chair of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) Senior Issues Task Force. Also at the NAIC, Teresa has been a leader in taking on the current challenges of the long term care insurance markets. At her request, the NAIC created the Long Term Care Innovation (LTC) Task Force, which she now chairs and which is working to increase long term care funding options for consumers, including increasing the number of affordable asset protection options available.Teresa has also looked for ways to innovate in long term care insurance in Pennsylvania, making a change to the requirements for long term care insurance policies that will allow lower-priced products to be considered LTC partnership products; products that allow consumers to retain some assets if they need to transition to Medicaid after exhausting their private coverage.Teresa has taken on the challenge of the long term care insurance market, holding a public hearing to increase transparency into the market and the process by which rates are determined. Teresa feels strongly about keeping long term care insurance consumers informed, and often personally corresponds with consumers impacted by long term care insurance rate increases.FIGHTING THE HEROIN AND OPIOID CRISIS “This will be a chance for me to continue working on issues I have been passionate about, in some cases for more than seventeen years, and issues that are top priorities for this governor,” Miller said. “Early in my career, I fought for state adoption of mental health parity legislation in Oregon, representing drug and alcohol treatment providers, social workers, the Arc of Oregon and other advocates for people with disabilities. Then, as the insurance regulator in Oregon, I worked to ensure consumers received the benefits of that law.”Under Teresa’s leadership, the Department of Insurance (PID) has begun a comprehensive strategy to ensure insurance companies are complying with all laws related to coverage for mental health and substance use disorder treatment. The strategy includes three prongs: increasing consumer outreach and soliciting consumer complaints, reviewing insurance policy forms to ensure they describe proper coverage, and performing compliance audits on all of Pennsylvania’s major health insurers.In order to enhance consumer awareness and understanding, the PID published new, comprehensive guidance aimed to help consumers understand what mental health and substance use disorder benefits they are entitled to under law based on the type of health insurance they have and to provide them with information on who to call if they experience issues with this coverage.Teresa received the Ambassador for Recovery Award at the 2016 Recovery Walk in Philadelphia in recognition of her leadership on parity enforcement. This award is organized and presented by the Pennsylvania Recovery Organization-Achieving Community Together (PRO-ACT) and The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania.While CHIP was still under PID, Teresa ensured children and teens had access to comprehensive substance use disorder treatment by ensuring all CHIP plans complied with Act 106 requirements.Working with the federal government, Teresa had direct oversight of implementation of parity for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, working to make sure parity was effectively implemented across the country.In Oregon, Teresa fought for state adoption of parity, and represented drug and alcohol treatment providers, disability providers, and social workers.BACKGROUNDPrior to coming to Pennsylvania, Miller served as acting director of the State Exchanges Group, the Oversight Group, and the Insurance Programs Group in the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Before going to Washington, Miller served as the administrator of the Oregon Insurance Division.Miller received her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law, and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Pacific Lutheran University.Miller is a national leader on insurance issues that impact consumers. At the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), she chairs the Senior Issues Task Force and its Long Term Care Innovation Subgroup, which is examining the future of private solutions to long term care financing, with a focus on removing barriers to pursue concrete solutions that can pave the way for the private market to play a more meaningful role in financing the long term care needs of society. She is also on the Congressional Budget Office’s panel of health advisers, offering input on the potential impact federal policies and proposed legislation may have on health care consumers.Commissioner Teresa Miller’s portrait is available here.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

This property has the lot, tennis court, swimming pool and more than 4ha of land, just 20km from the city

first_img249 Upper Brookfield Rd, Upper Brookfield.She loved the quiet, small valley and the real feeling of community it gave them. “It was just more quietly unassuming, it had a gentleness to it,’’ she said.There was a house already on the site which they eventually put their own stamp on.“We did extend parts of it and we renovated what was there and I think because we took the time, we lived in it for a period of time and got to understand how it was through the seasons and then we went into renovating it. More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours ago249 Upper Brookfield Rd, Upper Brookfield.“We just knew how we wanted to use it, we really wanted to enjoy the outside and so that is why we have a couple of areas that we can use depending on the seasons.’’Mr McRae, who is a consultant and board director in the energy and renewable energy industries, said the family was looking for a home that was peaceful and allowed them to take a breath of fresh air in the middle of their busy lives. 249 Upper Brookfield Rd, Upper BrookfieldWhen Lisa and Steve McRae moved to Brisbane from the United States in 1996 their priority was to find a home with plenty of space for their young children.They definitely found that at 249 Upper Brookfield Rd, securing a house on 4.3ha of land.Mrs McRae said one of the reasons for coming back to Australia and choosing Brisbane was so they could have some space around them.They went to an open inspection at Brookfield and knew immediately it was the right place for them. 249 Upper Brookfield Rd, Upper Brookfield.“When we first came upon this house the drive took us up to the crest of a hill which opened up to 360 degree views over the valley to Mt Coot-tha which was stunning,” he said.Now that their children have left home Mr McRae said they were empty-nesters with only their dog at home and it was time to downsize.“It’s time to think about moving on and letting another family enjoy this environment,” he said.The property has a fully self-contained studio, with an ensuite and kitchen while in the main home has a wine cellar.There is a swimming pool and championship-size tennis court.There are also three stables and a large shed plus an orchard with citrus trees.The kitchen has a marble island bench and Bosch appliances, and there is a home office. 249 Upper Brookfield Rd, Upper BrookfieldA gas lit fireplace is in the main living area and the property has a 5.6 kilowatt solar power system and solar hot water system as well as ducted heating and cooling. DETAILSlast_img read more

Perfect announces reelection bid

first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — Republican state senator Chip Perfect from Lawrenceburg has announced plans to run for reelection in the 43rd District in Indiana. Perfect said, “It has been an honor to serve my fellow Hoosiers in southeastern Indiana. I certainly have learned a lot in my first four years in the Indiana Senate. I look forward to putting that knowledge and experience to work for another term.”Perfect was elected for the first time in 2014 and serves all or portions of Bartholomew, Decatur Jackson, Jennings, Ohio, Dearborn and Ripley Counties. Perfect is the assistant caucus chairman of the senate Republicans, chairman of the Senate Insurance and Financial Institutions Committee, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Pension and Labor Committee, Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee and the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.The Indiana primary election will be held on May 8, 2018.last_img read more

Southampton leading race to seal £5.5m transfer for Welbeck

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Best Cars Of All Time7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right NowBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti Aston Villa are weighing up a move for £10million-rated Obafemi – but face competition from West Brom for his signature. Villa have been tracking the highly-rated Southampton striker, 20, as they look to solve the goalscoring problems which blighted them last season. But newly-promoted Midlands rivals West Brom are also looking to strengthen their attack and they have highlighted Obafemi as someone who can help them thrive in their first season back up in the top flight. Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is a big fan of the Republic of Ireland forward who made 25 appearances for the club in all competitions last season. read also:Super Falcons coach’s wages available -NFF But the big problem is how much game time he can give Obafemi with Danny Ings the clear first choice starter in that position, and with Che Adams and Shane Long also in contention. If anything he is spoilt for choice, but that could be a problem for Obafemi as he looks to continue his development as a player to become a regular starter in the Premier League. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Southampton are among the clubs trying to sign Danny Welbeck for a cut-price £5.5million. The Watford striker wants to leave Vicarage Road after relegation to the Championship and it has emerged he has a release clause in his contract. It has sparked a lot of Premier League interest. Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is a big fan and wants to land the former England striker, who has only been with the Hornets for a season. He only has one more year left on his Watford contract. The 29-year-old former Manchester United and Arsenal ace is seen as a bargain buy and a deal will almost certainly be struck before the new season. Meanwhile, SunSport revealed Saints forward Michael Obafemi is in demand.Advertisementlast_img read more

The Best Appearing Car theme for the 2014 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s has been set.

first_imgThe Best Appearing Car theme for the 2014 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s has been set. With the recent passing of industry icon and Speedway Motors founder ‘Speedy’ Bill Smith, this year’s theme will be a tribute to the man who founded Speedway Motors and established and built ‘America’s Oldest Speed Shop’. Cars designed with a Speedy Bill tribute or Speedway Motors theme will be considered in the judging for Best Appearing Car in the IMCA Modified, Stock Car, SportMod and Hobby Stock divisions. In addition to the theme, designs must include the required IMCA decals for each division to be eligible. All drivers entered in the judging will receive $100 gift cards from Speedway Motors. Late Model and Sport Compact drivers participating with the same theme will also receive $100 gift cards but will not be judged. Speedway Motors is in its 20th year as the title sponsor of the Super Nationals event, which runs from September 1-6, 2014, at the Boone, Iowa, Speedway.last_img read more

Tyson recalls frozen ready-to-eat chicken products due to contamination

first_imgWashington D.C. — Tyson Foods, Inc., a Rogers, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 69,093 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.The frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip items were produced on November 30, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]25-oz. plastic bag packages of frozen “Tyson FULLY COOKED BUFFALO STYLE CHICKEN STRIPS CHICKEN BREAST STRIP FRITTERS WITH RIB MEAT AND BUFFALO STYLE SAUCE” with “BEST IF USED BY NOV 30 2019,” case codes 3348CNQ0317 and 3348CNQ0318, and individual bag time stamps from 17:00 through 18:59 hours (inclusive).25-oz. plastic bag packages of frozen “Tyson FULLY COOKED CRISPY CHICKEN STRIPS CHICKEN BREAST STRIP FRITTERS WITH RIB MEAT” with “BEST IF USED BY NOV 30 2019,” case codes 3348CNQ0419, 3348CNQ0420, 3348CNQ0421, and 3348CNQ0422, and individual bag time stamps from 19:00 through 22:59 hours (inclusive).20-lb. cases of frozen “SPARE TIME FULLY COOKED, BUFFALO STYLE CHICKEN STRIPS CHICKEN BREAST STRIP FRITTERS WITH RIB MEAT AND BUFFALO STYLE SAUCE” with “BEST IF USED BY NOV 30 2019,” and case code 3348CNQ03.The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-7221” on the back of the product package. For product clarification, the last two digits of the product case codes correspond to the hour produced and will match the first two numbers of the time stamp (as depicted on the label). These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide and for institutional use in locations in Michigan and Washington.The problem was discovered when FSIS received two consumer complaints of extraneous material in the chicken strip products.There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at with questions about the recall can contact Tyson Foods Consumer Relations at 1-866-886-8456. Members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Gary Mickelson, Senior Director of Public Relations, Tyson Foods, Inc., at (479) 290-6111.last_img read more

McIlroy ‘feeling more positive’

first_img McIlroy missed the cut in the Open Championship at Muirfield, delivering a withering assessment of his performance after an opening round of 79 that was followed by a 75 to finish 12 over par. The 24-year-old Northern Irishman won five times last year, including his second major by eight shots in the US PGA Championship, to finish top of the money list on both sides of the Atlantic. But he has yet to record a win in 2013 since a controversial multi-million pound switch to Nike in January, also damaging his reputation by walking off the course during his defence of the Honda Classic and bending one of his new clubs out of shape during the final round of the US Open. Down to third in the world, McIlroy hopes some relaxed rounds of golf at home with friends and advice from putting coach Dave Stockton can kickstart his season at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational in Akron – just as it did 12 months ago. “I was sitting up here this time last year not feeling as if my game was in great shape,” McIlroy told a pre-tournament press conference. “I’m sitting up here this year a lot more positive and that’s a great sign. “It’s a course (Firestone Country Club) I feel I can do well on and if something similar can happen to last year when I was fifth, that would set up for the last major of the season and a great end of the year. “It’s been up and down (since the same time last year). I’ve had some great weeks and wins and had some very average ones as well. It’s like everything, you are going to have ups and downs. My highs have been incredibly high and my lows have been pretty low so it’s about trying to make it more on an even keel.” McIlroy spent four days in Monaco last week and the weekend in Northern Ireland, where he was seven under par for the last seven holes of one of those rounds with friends. “It’s nice to just go out and play for the sake of playing, not because you have to,” he said. “It makes you realise why you play the game, why you started because you love the game. “When you were younger you would do anything you could to get out on the golf course. It’s great to just play with friends you have grown up with, it brings you back and makes you realise why you play this game.” Two weeks after describing his own golf as “brain dead”, Rory McIlroy on Wednesday admitted he needed to be less emotionally involved in his game. Stockton has also reiterated his advice to McIlroy that he needs to smile more and have better body language on the course, even when things are not going well. “I’ve always said it’s easier to smile when you are making birdies, but the thing he said last year that I am trying to do again is that if someone is watching you from the outside, don’t let them know whether you have made a birdie or a bogey,” said McIlroy, who will play the first two rounds at Firestone with Canadian Open winner Brandt Snedeker. “I’ve become a little too emotionally involved with my golf over the past few months and let it either get me excited or down where I should not get too high or too low.” US Open champion Justin Rose and Open winner Phil Mickelson have been paired together, while Tiger Woods is alongside Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, who finished sixth at Muirfield despite a one-shot penalty for slow play during the third round. Press Associationlast_img read more

Legatissimo in Polly reckoning

first_img If she runs this weekend it will be over the intermediate trip of 10 furlongs. She will need to be right at her best, though, as there are some battle-hardened fillies likely to be in opposition. James Fanshawe’s Ribbons is a Group One winner in France and made a pleasing comeback at York in the Middleton Stakes. She was third that day behind Ralph Beckett’s Secret Gesture and the pair could meet again. Rizeena, back to form at Ascot last week, remains engaged for Clive Brittain, while David Simcock may also send over his Champions Day winner Madame Chiang. Dermot Weld’s unbeaten Brooch would face by far her stiffest test to date if taking up her entry, while Aidan O’Brien has left in Diamondsandrubies, fourth in the Oaks after meeting trouble in running. There was one supplementary entry, the Ed Walker-trained Mutatis Mutandis. John Hammond’s Pollyana, Jim Bolger’s pair of Pleascach and Stellar Glow and Kevin Prendergast’s Tamadhor complete the list of 12. Legatissimo could tackle her elders in Sunday’s Sea The Stars Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh. The David Wachman-trained filly has made giant strides this season, winning a Listed race at Gowran in April before going on to Classic glory at Newmarket in the 1000 Guineas. She came up just short when stepped up to a mile and a half at Epsom for the Oaks, looking all over the winner before being worn down close home by 50-1 chance Qualify. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Stephanie Grisham Named Next White House Press Secretary

first_imgGrisham whose been with the Trump’s since 2015 will replace Sarah Sanders, who is stepping down at the end of this month.She has been First Lady Melania Trump’s chief spokesperson and will be doing both jobs.Grisham is set to accompany Trump on a trip to Japan and South Korea on Wednesday. Stephanie Grisham will be the new White House press secretary and communications director.First lady Melania Trump announced the news via Twitter on Tuesday.I am pleased to announce @StephGrisham45 will be the next @PressSec & Comms Director! She has been with us since 2015 – @potus & I can think of no better person to serve the Administration & our country. Excited to have Stephanie working for both sides of the @WhiteHouse. #BeBest— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) June 25, 2019last_img