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Svenska Spel defends Swedish football sponsorship for Qatar World Cup

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Instead, the company has chosen to see the competition as an opportunity for change, rather than an excuse to boycott. 24th March 2021 | By Nosa Omoigui Email Address The decision to host the tournament in Qatar has proved to be controversial, with Svenksa Spel acknowledging that the country ‘lacks respect for human rights’. Tags: Svenska Spel World Cup Swedish operator Svenska Spel has defended its decision to continue to sponsor the Swedish national football team during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Casino & gamescenter_img The state-owned gambling operator has sponsored the national team for decades and plans to do so during next summer’s World Cup – according to a statement from from Svenska Spel’s sustainability manager Kajsa Nylander and sponsorship manager Nicklas Biverstahl. “So, even if in this case we regret the choice of host country, our ambition is to do what we can to contribute to long-term social improvement. We believe this is a better choice than a boycott.” Svenska Spel defends Swedish football sponsorship for Qatar World Cup “We do not advocate general demands for a boycott. Instead, we believe that the Football Association should be there and do what they can to contribute to long-term change, both within the country and within FIFA when host countries are chosen in the future. On behalf of Svenska Spel, Nylander and Biverstahl said: “We understand that many people feel that a boycott is the most reasonable choice, when championships are decided in countries that lack respect for human rights. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Social responsibility Sports integritylast_img read more

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Cottco Holdings Limited 2007 Annual Report

first_imgCottco Holdings Limited (COTT.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2007 annual report.For more information about Cottco Holdings Limited (COTT.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Cottco Holdings Limited (COTT.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Cottco Holdings Limited (COTT.zw)  2007 annual report.Company ProfileThe Cotton Company of Zimbabwe is known as Cottco and was formerly AICO Africa Limited. Cottco is the largest company in Zimbabwe processing and marketing cotton products for national and international markets, with operations in Zimbabwe, the rest of Africa, Europe and Asia. The company is involved in the procurement of cotton crops, buying and ginning cotton seed and marketing cotton lint and ginned seed. Cottco works closely with cotton farmers in Zimbabwe and offers agronomic and financial support to the end of the cotton-production process. Cottco has 20 outlets in cotton-producing areas in Zimbabwe, with its ginneries located in Chiredzi, Chihoy, Gokewe, Kadoma and Muzarabani. Cottco Holdings Limited was incorporated in 2008 and its headquarters are in Harare, Zimbabwe. Cottco Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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France break Scottish hearts with late winning penalty at Murrayfield

first_imgMonday Mar 10, 2014 France break Scottish hearts with late winning penalty at Murrayfield France snatched victory from Scotland with a dramatic late win at Murrayfield on Saturday. A Jean-Marc Doussain penalty handed France a 19-17 victory, shortly after flyhalf Duncan Weir missed a chance to extend their lead and secure the win. Scotland led 14-9 at half-time through tries by Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour, and despite a Yoann Huget intercept try, the hosts looked on track for an upset victory.It was a decisive moment as had the Duncan Weir long pass gone to hand, Scotland had an overlap. Instead it was Huget that poached it and ran the length of the field for a well taken try.“It is a good sign how we got back into the game and this win is especially important as it shows we can win away from home,” said Huget post match.Weir, who kicked a 61st minute penalty to give Scotland the lead, then missed a shot at goal, giving France the lifeline they needed. A Doussain penalty was calmly slotted with less than two minutes left on the clock, and Scotland fans were denied a famous victory.France are thus still in contention for this year’s Championship, and face Ireland in Paris next week.“It will be a different game at home at the Stade de France in front of our crowd,” said French coach Philippe Saint-Andre.“We need to start well and accelerate during the 80 minutes but I am sure the guys can do this. I hope the Brian O’Driscoll party was in Dublin last Saturday and not this week at the Stade de France,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Six Nations 2014 Related Articles 377 WEEKS AGO Angelo Esposito’s big tackle on Jonny May… 377 WEEKS AGO Stuart Hogg apologises after red card challenge… 378 WEEKS AGO Ireland and O’Driscoll celebrate 2014 Six… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Dos Pieles House / Verónica Arcos

first_imgArchitects: Verónica Arcos Year Completion year of this architecture project Dos Pieles House / Verónica Arcos Photographs CopyHouses, Houses Interiors•Pichicuy, Chile “COPY” Dos Pieles House / Verónica ArcosSave this projectSaveDos Pieles House / Verónica Arcos Houses CopyAbout this officeVerónica ArcosOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsPichicuyChilePublished on October 16, 2017Cite: “Dos Pieles House / Verónica Arcos” 16 Oct 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialCommunications2NIntercom – 2N® IP BaseSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE Pyramid/HippedConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagWall Cladding – MDF Perforated PanelsStonesMikado QuartzQuartz Slab – ClassiqueFloorsFranken-SchotterFlooring Panels – Dietfurt LimestoneWindowspanoramah!®ah! CornerFittingsSaliceStorage Accessories – Excessories, Pull- outArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsEmuSeating System – TamiMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?翻折双“曲面”木屋 Dos Pieles House / Verónica Arcos是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Chile “COPY” Projects Year:  Manufacturers: CLC Maderas, Life Wood, TramasaClients:Daniel Eguillor, María José Concha Collaborating Architect:Pedro GonzálezConstruction:Raúl HerreraStructural Engineer:José Manuel MoralesCity:PichicuyCountry:ChileMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Cristobal Palma / Estudio PalmaText description provided by the architects. The Two Skins House is a family beach house located on the coast of Chile, 180 km to the North of Santiago in the Huaquén del Mar condominium. The project deals with the exploration of ruled surface geometries on the house envelope, in order to provide optimal thermal insulation and the incorporation of views towards the Pacific Ocean.Save this picture!© Cristobal Palma / Estudio PalmaThe floor plan consists of a rectangle oriented towards the North, obtaining maximum sun exposure. The house is positioned on an axis that responds to voids in the surrounding forest, which allow for views of the distant ocean. One to the North, allowing all the rooms to enjoy the view, and another to the West, providing the view of the sunset during the Summer season.Save this picture!First Level PlanSave this picture!© Cristobal Palma / Estudio PalmaSave this picture!Second Level PlanThe house is built entirely of wood. The first skin of the envelope is made of pine and OSB structure walls, insulated by mineral wool and coated in zinc to seal it from humidity. The second skin generates a ventilated façade. This, combined with a cross-ventilation system throughout the volume, allows the house to remain very cool in the seasons of heat. The second skin is the visible face of the house, and proposes a dynamic aesthetic of gradual variation, through the interpolation of wooden elements, resulting in a warped surface, both in the longitudinal facades and on the roof.Save this picture!© Cristobal Palma / Estudio PalmaSave this picture!Construction. Image Courtesy of Veronica ArcosThe operation is similar to the South and North facades, where an eave is generated over the windows and doors, and the envelope is folded until reaching the lead of the eave, returning to the original lead gradually, by means of a fold in the opposite direction at the bottom of it. It was intended to work with a simple volume, without convexities, and to give it expression through the double curvatures of its envelope. Those are perceived subtly in the interior of the house and become more expressive from a distance.Save this picture!© Cristobal Palma / Estudio PalmaSave this picture!Section DSave this picture!© Cristobal Palma / Estudio PalmaThe house is nine meters high at its tallest point, just above the master bedroom, on the second floor, and four meters at the lowest point. At the North-South axes of each of these points, lines of opposite slopes are constructed, and through their interpolation, they form a hyperbolic paraboloid on the roof. The finish of the house is made of impregnated pine dyed dark brown, which integrates with the colors of the environment, in a dialogue with the landscape.Save this picture!© Cristobal Palma / Estudio PalmaProject gallerySee allShow lessHow to Make Beautiful Stylized Floor Plans Using PhotoshopArticlesHaus B / Yonder – Architektur und DesignSelected Projects Share 2017 Photographs:  Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/881470/dos-pieles-house-veronica-arcos Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/881470/dos-pieles-house-veronica-arcos Clipboard Save this picture!© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma+ 40 Sharelast_img read more

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Charitable activities more popular with young people than Love Island

first_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.  330 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis35 Advertisement Tagged with: Charities Aid Foundation Research / statistics Youth Young people are more likely to get involved with charity than watch hit TV shows like Love Island or the Eurovision Song Contest, according to research from Charities Aid Foundation.CAF looked at the commitment of Generation Z to good causes, finding that 43% of 16-24 year olds in the UK did something charitable recently, more than those who watched ITV2’s Love Island (30%), the Champions League Final between Liverpool and Spurs (25%), Eurovision (28%) or the grand finale of Game of Thrones (27%).Previous CAF research has shown that those aged 16-24 are likelier than average to do something daring to raise money for charity. Over three-quarters (77%) of 16-24 year olds would bungee jump, shave their head or do something else daring to raise money for a good cause, well above the national average of 49%.The figures follow CAF’s 2019 UK Giving report, which showed that 54% of young people aged 16-24 considered charities as trustworthy, above the national average of 48%.Ben Russell from CAF said:“This research shows how committed young people are to the causes they care about. While millions of us love the highs and lows of reality TV shows and hit dramas, our findings reveal that young people are significantly more likely to do something charitable such as donate to charity or volunteer their time than they are to watch reality TV.“This commitment and enthusiasm for good causes is great news for charities and society as a whole. Here in the UK we have a strong culture of charitable giving, and it appears that culture is in safe hands for the future.” Melanie May | 1 August 2019 | News  329 total views,  2 views today Charitable activities more popular with young people than Love Island AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis35last_img read more

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BBB scam alert: Beware claims of ‘free’ roof inspections

first_img Heather Massey is the Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau in the Permian Basin. Check out www.bbb.org or call 563-1880. With the recent batch of foul weather that has afflicted the state of Texas, many homeowners are turning their attention to their houses and, in particular, the state of their roofs. This spring, BBB Scam Tracker has already received multiple reports of “free” roof inspections being offered by businesses “specializing” in roof repair. When a homeowner accepts the free inspection, the “inspector” will often insist that the roof is in such disrepair that it will need to be fully replaced. If they fail to find enough of a reason to repair the entire roof, they may tear off shingles to mimic wind damage or simply show the homeowner pictures of another damaged roof, passing it off as their own.Similar to storm chasers, “free” roof inspection scams take advantage of homeowners who are in need of immediate repairs. These con artists often use generic business names, such as including the name of a state (e.g., Florida or Texas) plus “Roofing” or “Construction.” When questioned on where their business is located or how their services work, the homeowner will receive vague, noncommittal responses. These companies will also hire individuals from the local workforce and fail to compensate them for their time, impacting not only homeowners but those who are seeking jobs as well.One Texas resident reported to BBB Scam Tracker that a “business came to San Antonio claiming to be a major roofing company and hired myself and a few people from the area. They had us gather over 80 claim numbers from insurance agencies. We picked up insurance checks and never put up a roof. They also refused to pay me for my time.”To avoid roofing scams, see the following guidelines provided by your BBB:Beware unsolicited inspections. “Free” roof inspection scams often begin with a contractor who “happens to be in the area” and notices a roof is in disrepair. Often, they will comment that they have just finished a job in the area and would like to perform a cursory inspection of your roof, with no commitment required on the homeowner’s part. BBB strongly recommends asking several questions to establish the credibility of a company, such as “Where is your business headquartered?” or “How long has your business been working in this area?” Be sure to inquire as to their accreditation status with BBB, and don’t just take their word for it.Use insurance companies for roof inspections. Prior to signing any paperwork or contracts with a roofing company, request an inspection from your home insurance company to verify the need for repairs or replacements. Filing an insurance claim for roofing repairs will be noted on your insurance record and may impact future claims or continued coverage.Research before you hire. Prior to contracting a roofing company, make sure to check BBB.org for previous complaints other consumers might have had. Reputable roofing companies should have before and after pictures of previous projects to demonstrate their credibility and craft. With a median cost around $8,000 for a roofing project, it is important to spend the time to research a chosen business before signing any paperwork.To learn more about hiring a roofing company, see BBB.org/Roofers. You can also find valuable information at BBB.org/AvoidScams.If you’ve been the victim of roofing scam, report it on BBB Scam Tracker immediately. Your report will help alert others to the danger. WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest BBB scam alert: Beware claims of ‘free’ roof inspections By Heather Massey – April 25, 2021 BusinessBBB Columncenter_img Previous articleTHE ECONOMIST: Outlook for the US economyNext articleLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Keep Chris Stanley on ECISD board Heather Massey Facebook Twitter Twitter Facebook TAGSBBBinspectionsroof last_img read more

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Unfortunate That Some Ex-Ministers/Legislators/Officers, Etc., Are Unauthorizedly Staying In Govt. Residence: J&K High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesUnfortunate That Some Ex-Ministers/Legislators/Officers, Etc., Are Unauthorizedly Staying In Govt. Residence: J&K High Court Sparsh Upadhyay19 Feb 2021 9:16 AMShare This – x”Natural resources, public lands and the public goods, like Government bungalows/official residence are public property that belong to the people of the country” : Jammu & Kashmir High CourtJammu & Kashmir High Court on Thursday (18th February) underlined that natural resources, public lands and the public goods, like Government bungalows/official residence, are public property that belong to the people of the country. The Bench of Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey and Justice Vinod Chatterji Koul directed the Jammu & Kashmir government to take all steps for eviction…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginJammu & Kashmir High Court on Thursday (18th February) underlined that natural resources, public lands and the public goods, like Government bungalows/official residence, are public property that belong to the people of the country. The Bench of Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey and Justice Vinod Chatterji Koul directed the Jammu & Kashmir government to take all steps for eviction of unauthorized/ illegal occupants (including former Ministers, Legislators, Retired Officers, and Politicians) from Government accommodation and recovery of rent thereof, earlier in point of time. Significantly, the Bench also remarked, “It is unfortunate that some former Ministers/ Legislators/ Retired Officers/ Politicians/ Political persons, etc., have illegally/ unauthorizedly managed to continue to stay in the residential accommodation provided to them by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir, though they are no longer entitled to such accommodation” The matter before the Court The Court was hearing a Writ Petition, in ‘Public Interest’, registered as such by the Court on its own motion in terms of order dated 27th October 2020, which revolves around the subject of unauthorized/ illegal occupation of Government accommodation by the erstwhile allottees in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Further, a report was filed by the Government of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir informing the Court that it is in the process of evicting the illegal/ unauthorized occupants (former Ministers/ Legislators/ Retired Officers/ Politicians/ Political persons) in tune with the mandate of law and the rules governing the field. Court’s observations Noting that many of such persons continue to occupy residential accommodation commensurate with the office(s) held by them earlier and which are beyond their present entitlement, the Court said, “The unauthorized occupants must realize that rights and duties go correlative to each other, inasmuch as the rights of one person entail the duties of another person, whereas, the duties of one person entail the rights of another person.” The Court further remarked, “In this context, the unauthorized occupants must appreciate that their act of overstaying in the premise directly infringes the right of another. No law or direction can entirely control this act of disobedience, but for self-realization among the unauthorized occupants.” Notably, the Court also opined that the ‘Doctrine of Equality’, which emerges from the concepts of justice and fairness must guide the State in the distribution/ allocation of the same. The Court said, “Any former Minister/ Legislator/ Retired Officer/ Politician/ Political person, once he/ she demits the office, is on a par with the common citizen, though by virtue of the office held, he/ she may be entitled to security and other protocols as per assessment of the concerned filed agency. But allotment of Government bungalow, to be occupied during the lifetime of such persons, would not be guided by the constitutional principle of equality.” Directions issued by the Court The Plea was disposed of in view of the directions so passed by the Apex Court in the following manner: The directions passed by this Court from time to time in the matter of the eviction of unauthorized/ illegal occupants from Government accommodation and recovery of rent thereof, earlier in point of time shall be strictly implemented by the authorities concerned of the Government of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in the same spirit in which they were meant to be; The Chief Secretary of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir and the Secretary to Government of Jammu and Kashmir, Estates Department, shall take all possible steps for ensuring eviction of the illegal/ unauthorized occupants (former Ministers/ Legislators/ Retired Officers/ Politicians/ Political persons) from Government accommodation, including Ministerial Bungalows/ Special Houses (Atype, B-type and C-type quarters), in tune with the mandate of law provided by Hon’ble the Supreme Court in the two judgments referred to hereinabove; and The Chief Secretary of the Government of Jammu and Kashmir and the Secretary to Government of Jammu and Kashmir, Estates Department, shall ensure recovery of rent/ arrears of rent from the occupants of Government accommodation for the period for which they were in authorized/ unauthorized occupation of the said accommodation as Land Revenue Related News A Division Bench of the J&K HC had in 2019 in Thakur Randhir Singh v. State of J&K & Ors., held that an allottee of a Government accommodation, may it be a Government Servant, Minister or a Legislator, is required to vacate the accommodation allotted to after he ceases to hold the official status/position. The Supreme Court has also categorically held in Lok Prahari v. State of Uttar Pradesh, that Government houses cannot be allotted to these persons. In December 2020, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court had reprimanded the Government authorities of the Union Territory for allotting government accommodations to former Chief Minister, MLAs, MPs, bureaucrats and private persons, in contravention of its previous directions. Significantly, in response to an application filed under the Right to Information Act (RTI Act) seeking details about Supreme Court Justice (Retired) Arun Mishra’s overstay in his official Bungalow, the Supreme Court has recently revealed that information in this regard cannot be provided as the same are exempt under Section 8 (1) (j) & Section 11 (1) of the RTI Act. The specific query raised in the RTI Application was:- “If Justice Arun Mishra has not yet vacated the official residence on retirement, please provide the reason for not vacating the official residence in accordance with the supreme Court Judges Rules. Please provide details of amount paid in rent for overstay in official residence.” To this, the Supreme Court has replied, “The reason as sought cannot be provided as the same as the same are exempt under Section 8 (1) (j) & Section 11 (1) of the RTI Act.” Case title -Court on its own motion v. Union Territory of JK & Ors. 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New CT scanner launched at Letterkenny University Hospital

first_img Previous articleConcern over psychiatric & counselling services in DonegalNext articleQuestions asked over reported increase to Now Doc charges News Highland WhatsApp A new CT scanner which donated by the Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital to the hospital earlier this year has been officially launched.The new CT scanner – which is a second scanner for the hospital – cost €461,250 and the funds were raised entirely through a range of planned fundraising events.The CT scanner is available 24/7 and is staffed by the radiology team here at the hospital.Speaking on the Nine Till Noon Show, Director and PRO of Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital has been outlining how vital this piece of equipment is to the hospital:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/paghghjghjghjghdwater1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – December 3, 2018 Twitter WhatsApp Google+center_img New CT scanner launched at Letterkenny University Hospital Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Pinterestlast_img read more

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As US begins reopening, nursing home residents remain on lockdown

first_imgCecilie_Arcurs/iStockBy MATTHEW MOSK, HALLEY FREGER, LAURA ROMERO and ALLISON PECORIN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — After weeks of being unable to see her uncle in a Richmond, Virginia, nursing home, Precious Turner hatched a plan. With a lockdown on visits to the Canterbury Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in place since March, she would send pink carnations to every resident inside.“I just sense that they’re feeling really lonely and isolated and that as family members, we can’t really talk to them or touch them or get to them,” Turner said recently. “And so being able to send this flower is a way to say, ‘Hey, I’m thinking about you and you’re still in my thoughts and you haven’t been forgotten.’” In the midst of a devastating death toll inside America’s nursing homes, Turner’s gesture last month represented an early attempt to grapple with one of the unexpected consequences of COVID-19 in nursing homes: the extended isolation of those who have survived. The disease caused by the novel coronavirus has killed more than 26,000 residents in nursing and long-term care facilities.Most, if not all of the 15,000 nursing facilities around the country have prohibited outside visitors since early March — federal regulators announced measures directing nursing homes to “significantly restrict visitors and nonessential personnel” on March 13.That isolation order seems to have no immediate end in sight, even as the rest of the country begins to hatch plans for a reopening, said Mark Parkinson, who leads the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (which represent a combined 11,000 facilities nationwide).“We know it’s been really challenging for family members and we completely understand that,” Parkinson told ABC News. “But the challenge with this virus is that you can have absolutely no symptoms and be carrying the virus, and for that reason, we have to be really, really careful about letting untested visitors into the buildings.”The decision to cut off nursing home residents from outside visitors was one of the first guidelines imposed by state and federal regulators, and one that was in place well before the coronavirus pandemic began to infect nursing facilities across the U.S.Medical experts credit the move for preventing broader spread. But even with nursing home residents largely cordoned off, the virus has moved effortlessly through many facilities, most likely carried by staff members who were infected but asymptomatic. In some facilities, scores of vulnerable residents housed in close quarters have fallen ill, and many have died.Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the agency that regulates nursing care in the U.S., the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, has begun to circulate drafts of a proposal that would eventually lay out steps for facilities to gradually reopen. For nursing centers that have seen limited exposure to COVID-19, the ability to go 14 days with no new cases may crack open the door for a limited number of visitors, the WSJ report said. For the homes that have experienced the most infections, the bar would be higher.Seema Verma, the administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, told reporters that crafting a plan to lift the restrictions has posed unique challenges.“We want to make sure that whatever we do, that we are putting the health and safety of the nursing home residents at the top,” Verma said in an interview Thursday. “That’s the most important priority. So we’re starting to have those discussions about how we can make sure that nursing homes are safe and that visitors can come back in a safe way.”Verma said moves toward reopening will ultimately depend on a host of factors for each home, for example: looking at the amount of infection in the surrounding community and seeing what has happened in that specific nursing home. Do they know what the status is of their staff and of the nursing home residents?Those are the things Verma said everyone is thinking about, and which will factor into how the guidelines are fashioned.There are strong forces supporting efforts to permit relatives to venture back into these fragile environments. Reestablishing family connections will be “essential for both [the] mental and physical well-being” of long-term care residents, said Richard Mollot, executive director of The Long Term Care Community Coalition, which advocates for residents.“I think that sooner rather than later we will need to implement protocols for such visits,” Mollot said. “First on a limited basis, but more robustly as can be done safely as time goes on.”Advocates for those in long-term care say another important benefit of family visits also cannot be overlooked: the role those visitors play in protecting residents from neglect or abuse. Matt Morgan, a Florida attorney representing families that have filed notices of intent to sue a nursing facility where 16 residents died during the COVID-19 outbreak, said relatives serve as “the eyes and ears” for the elderly.“If the sons and daughters, the loved ones of the elderly nursing home residents, are not there to see how their loved ones are being taken care of, no one is holding them accountable,” Morgan said. “They don’t have the ability to enter the facility to make sure that mom and dad are being properly cleaned and being cared for.”But as many communities flirt with broader efforts at reopening, any plan to allow visitors back into senior living facilities could be perilous without more ways to ensure the disease is not entering with them, said Kevin O’ Neil, a chief medical officer at North Carolina-based Affinity Living Group, which has 140 communities in six states.“In light of what’s happening right now, we’re not going to relax visitor restrictions,” O’Neil said.O’Neil, a geriatrician, said that while he and others supervising care in nursing facilities recognize the harmful toll of social isolation, they need to see wider and more available testing before they can allow visitors the kind of access they once had.Mark Gloth, chief medical officer of HCR ManorCare, one of the nation’s largest nursing care providers, said his facilities are developing “COVID-19 scores” that help staff evaluate the risk of someone becoming infected, and how they may fare if that occurs. A resident with low risk may eventually be more likely to receive visitors sooner than one with high risk.One exception that is already being made, Gloth said, is for residents who are at the end of their life, or, as he put it, “actively dying.” In those cases, exhaustive efforts are made to arrange visits with loved ones, he said.“That is one of our missions,” Gloth said. “That no one dies alone.”As nursing homes contemplate an eventual return, Parkinson said he believes they should be armed with the same regimen currently in place at the White House: rapid testing of anyone who wishes to enter.“Until we have on-site testing with immediate results, it’s not responsible to have visitors come back into the building,” he said.For Michael McHenry, who has not visited his grandfather at a nursing home in Dresher, Pennsylvania, since mid-March, that could mean a painful wait.“It’s been kind of difficult given the circumstances for both our family and for him,” McHenry said. “Right now, we are just happy knowing that he is OK. It’s hard on all of us, but we understand the situation. “Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Savills reveals its journey from Mayfair mansions to marijuana

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Savills reveals its journey from Mayfair mansions to marijuana previous nextAgencies & PeopleSavills reveals its journey from Mayfair mansions to marijuanaThe company’s rural consultancy arm is to help UK farmers take advantage of the growing interest in medicinal cannabis farming.Sheila Manchester18th February 20200832 Views We checked, this is not April Fool’s Day.First we see cannabis farming being showcased on BBC’s Sunday evening programme, Countryfile, Sunday 16th February, today we hear about Savills assisting farmers in Cambridgeshire to grow the controversial crop.The Eastern Daily Press reported that the new joint project called Crop17 will support farmers in learning how to select the best land, source equipment and, most interestingly, perhaps, how they can ‘navigate the legal minefield of the Class B drug.’Hemp cultivationThe news report continued saying, Kit Papworth, a director of a farm contracting business, LF Papworth, based at Felmingham, near North Walsham, has been invited to attend a Savills conference in London on hemp cultivation in the UK. He said, “The hemp and CBD (Cannabidol) oil markets have a huge potential, for both the oil and the biomass produced by the plant, which can be used in industry, building materials and for sequestering carbon.“Farming in a post-Brexit world means we have to look closely at all of the opportunities and this is just one of many that we are considering.”Another report on ITV added that Savills has “joined forces with cannabis consultancy Hanway Associates and greenhouse builder CambridgeHOK.”Alex Bragg (left), a director at Savills, explained: “The UK agriculture sector is embarking upon a period of unprecedented change. A phasing out of subsidies, a new dawn for trade, adapting to meet climate change targets and a huge growth in agtech presents the industry with huge challenges and opportunities.“For the forward thinking and innovative farmer and grower adapting into new markets is a key priority. This turnkey solution is the type of innovation we expect to see more of within UK agriculture.”BDS Analytics has forecast that the worldwide legal cannabis industry generated revenues in the region of £11.5 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow to around £35 billion by 2024.Read more about cannabis and property. Savills cannabis February 18, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

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