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Naples Senior Center helps over 7,000 get COVID-19 vaccine

first_imgCOLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – The Naples Senior Center helped thousands get the COVID-19 vaccine. The last group of seniors that the center registered for COVID-19 vaccine appointments received their shots on Friday. Dr. Jaclynn Faffer, the president & CEO of the Naples Senior Center, said their mission is accomplished.“I would say this is probably one of the most important things Naples Senior Center has done,” Faffer said. “It was very laborious but it was a labor of love.”A labor of love as the Naples Senior Center secured shots for nearly 7,500 seniors.  Sea turtle caught on camera nesting on Naples beach June 16, 2021 Study ranks Naples as best beach town in America to live June 16, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments RELATEDTOPICS Naples soldier facing charges for wife’s murder June 16, 2021 AdvertisementTags: covid-19 vaccinenaples Woman shot outside Naples Waffle House June 16, 2021 AdvertisementTwenty-one were holocaust survivors, 600 were veterans, and at least eight people were over the age of 100. The last group of seniors who got their shot on Friday is beyond grateful. “We can go visit relatives and friends now and live a happier life,” Ron Hysell said. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Naples Senior Center estimates they have gotten shots in the arms of 19 percent of seniors 80+ living in Collier County, not including nursing homes. As of right now, about 84 percent of seniors in Collier County have received the COVID-19 vaccine.  Advertisementlast_img read more


Property Watch: Comparing what €250,000 can get in Portlaoise and other big towns in neighbouring counties

first_img Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date TAGSCarlowKilkennyNewbridgeproperty watchTullamore Electric Picnic Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Sunnyside Cottage, Puttaghaun, TullamoreFor sale with DNG Kelly Dunican, this three-bedroom detached bungalow with detached garage is just a short walk from Tullamore town centre.It has a gated tarmacadam drive with side garden laid to lawn and large rear yard finished in concrete.Guide Price: €250,000 News 34 The Heath, Liffey Hall, NewbridgeFor sale with Jordan Auctioneers, this home in is Liffey Hall, an estate built in 2000 on the Athgarvan Road in the town just a short walk from the town centre.The three-bedroomed 1,100 square foot semi-detached home is in a cul-de-sac on a corner site.Guide Price: €250,000 On this week’s Property Watch, we take a look at what you can buy for €250,000 in Portlaoise – and what a similar amount would get you in some of the main towns in neighbouring counties.We take a look at homes in Newbridge, Tullamore, Carlow and Kilkenny and a range of properties, from three-bedroomed semi-detached to houses on their own site.In each case you can click through to the profile to see more. Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role By LaoisToday Reporter – 23rd August 2020 WhatsAppcenter_img Home Property Property Watch: Comparing what €250,000 can get in Portlaoise and other big… Property Previous article‘The truth must dazzle gradually’ – award-winning Laois author publishes second novelNext articleJeremiah Grant’s use latest lockdown to their benefit as new kitchen installed LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest Electric Picnic 27 The Fairways, Pollerton, Carlow TownOnly recently refurbished in 2018, this three-bedroom detached house is for sale with Thomas M. Byrne and Son Auctioneers.The house has a downstairs bedroom as well as a master bedroom with ensuite upstairs and a main upstairs bathroom and a third bedroom. Outside is tarmacadam front and back with side gates.Guide Price: €250,000 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Orchard, Leggettsrath, Dublin Road, KilkennyThis home on the Dublin Road is for sale by private treaty and is a detached residence on a large site.A two-bedroom home it has its own drive as well as well as a big lawn, yard and shed.Guide Price: €250,000SEE ALSO – Property Watch: Five homes currently sale in Laois for around €350,000 Twitter Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival 34 Summerhill, PortlaoiseHume Auctioneers have a four-bedroomed semi-detached home in Summerhill, just off the Stradbally Road in Portlaoise.The estate is within a short walking distance of four of Portlaoise’s primary schools as well as the town centre. Among its features are gas heating, fully enclosed back garden, downstairs toilet, four upstairs bedrooms (one en suite) and an upstairs bathroom.Guide Price: €250,000 Pinterest Property Watch: Comparing what €250,000 can get in Portlaoise and other big towns in neighbouring countieslast_img read more


[Photos] The aftermath of ‘mallima speed’

first_imgAnalysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] After May’s Seventh Party Congress, North Korea was inundated with state propaganda advertising the party congress and encouraging production. Instead of taking a break in state production, North Korea declared the start of the “200-Day Battle” to “revitalize” the economy. The result is a lot of frustration for North Korean residents facing hardships, with propaganda slogans like “full mobilization” and “accomplish together”, without ever knowing the exact production quotas required of them. The empty slogans, such as “All march toward the Seventh Party Congress!”, contrast starkly with the emotionless faces of North Koreans walking to jobs in the early morning, especially as the Party congress ended only in a formal coronation of Kim Jong Un.The biggest task for the 200-day work warriors is to finish construction on Ryomyong Street. Ryomyong Street is intended to become a refurbished strip connecting Kumsusan Palace, where the embalmed bodies of former leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il lie, to the Ryonghung intersection near the Tower of Eternal Life. The Eternal Tower on the left bears propaganda encouraging people to take on the 200-day battle and keep up house construction. Kim Jong Un ordered new housing built for scientists and engineers on Ryomyong Street last March.According to some, this new housing “resembles anthills”. Though there are lots of flamboyant slogans, such as “with mallima speed!” on the unfinished frames of new high-rise apartments, safety has become a very serious issue. This has been exacerbated by around-the clock construction without equipment, safety nets or fences. This street is now notorious for accidents and severe risks.Dredging for sand and pebbles on the Taedong River can be seen from the Yanggakdo International Hotel. According to Daily NK’s sources, the gathered sand and rocks are a useful source of construction materials, shipped to construction sites on the Taedong River for immediate use. The Taedong River dredging operations are known to be the source for sand for the donju and a new focus for their investment.This new affluent middle class, the donju or “money-masters”, have diverse construction business investments. They use the construction workers on the river as a market for food sales from early in the dawn to late at night. As demand for construction workers increases, the donju invest in roller skate parks, beaches, and western restaurants, even including a pizza shop.Kim Jong Un’s push to build new apartments to establish a portfolio of personal accomplishments is clearly reflected away from Ryomyong Street, as well. Construction is ongoing all over North Korea. Unfortunately, though there is a lot of construction, demand is low. Because of the continual lack of electricity, elevators don’t operate and heating is unreliable in these apartment buildings. Many say that the affluent class aspires to live in houses, which are more convenient and, given the circumstances, more reliable.Despite the lacking interest from potential residents, buildings that started construction in the Kim Jong Un era are competing for height records. Our source questioned how construction could be considered a project meant “for the people” when construction materials are forcefully taken away from them to make way for apartment buildings too expensive for the average citizen to live in and far too inconvenient for the rich to inhabit.At the time when the photo was taken, North Korea was preparing for the upcoming monsoon season, so the building priorities shifted to building waterways and dikes to prevent possible flood damage.Despite the intensive effort, forest clear-cutting on hills and poor irrigation systems makes North Korea especially vulnerable to floods. North Korea suffers from deforestation because of the ongoing food crisis. When government food distribution ended abruptly, enterprising residents cleared generally unusable land on the sides of hills, hoping to eke a few crops out of land, but this has provided little extra food, accelerated erosion, is unsustainable and will lead to eventual agricultural collapse – as well as far more devastating floods.The wood is also burned as an alternative fuel source for heating in the harsh North Korean winter. Whatever trees are left is cut for firewood. Clear-cutting forests and hills renders the hills bare, and the landscape treeless.Recently, and order came from Kim Jong Un ordered to replant some of these forests. This was meant to prevent floods. However, seizing this marginal land back from villagers puts their livelihoods at even greater risk, adding fear of authorities and arbitrary land seizures to fear of hunger and flood.Construction is going on to build a threshing machine on a farm. The walls seem unfinished, but it was already operating. Cement and other construction materials are difficult to get, so mud is often used to build walls.The problem with mud walls is that they have a tendency to collapse when it rains. Constant repairs are taxing and frequent, not to mention the need for frequent reconstruction. While Kim Jong Un has ordered construction crews to use “mallima speed” to build unwanted and unsellable apartment units for elites, North Korea’s people worry about their mud houses falling apart when it rains.  *All photos credited to T. Cornelius RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion [Photos] The aftermath of ‘mallima speed’center_img SHARE Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center By Daily NK – 2016.09.09 5:33pm Facebook Twitter Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke”last_img read more


Stability must precede system and structure for unification

first_imgNews News Facebook Twitter By Daily NK – 2016.03.22 4:59pm SHARE One of the most important issues of debatethat would arise if North Korea faces a rapid destabilization in stateleadership is the question of whether the South will immediately pursueunification under one political and economic system, or if it will manage theNorth under a separate system. Immediate unification means the South would haveto extend the reach of its constitutional government to cover the North, whilea gradual unification means it would have to support and put together a systemof governance so the North will be able to form an individual government. In this study, we have asserted the needfor the South to swiftly implement the integration of political and economicsystems between the two Koreas and push forward with the establishment ofdemocracy and economic revitalization within the North. Until now, South Koreanpolicymakers have had a preference for gradual unification due to excessivecosts and the differences between the South and North. Proponents of gradualunification argue the two sides should go through a significant period ofcoexistence during which they will sufficiently resolve some of the problemsand then move for political and economic integration. If this scenario is aplausible option, it would indeed be very ideal. However, the likelihood of realizing thatis incredibly low. As discussed before, given the nature of North Korea’sleadership, it would be impossible to introduce democratic reforms, and itwould also be unrealistic to think the South and North would be able to reachunification through coexistence and a mutual agreement. Even if the NorthKorean regime were to collapse, it is highly unlikely that the North Koreanpeople, as East Germans did, will push for immediate unification. Another reason why we need immediateunification is following a collapse in its existing system, the North will facea lack of leadership that can lead a transition into democratic rule and carryout economic reforms, pushing up political uncertainties. Unlike EasternEuropean nations, the North lacks viable alternative political forces such asopposition parties and civic groups due to its sultan-based totalitarianleadership. The North Korean people have no experience when it comes toelements of democratic rule such as governance by law, elections, and politicalparties. Due to the lack of an alternative power and experience with democracy,the country will likely fall into political instability and a vacuum ofleadership. It is at best uncertain whether a sufficiently strong leader andpolitical forces that can successfully carry out complex reforms and economicrevitalization will emerge. The only answer to reducing those risks andfilling the political void is the South Korean government. Following changes inthe North, Seoul will need to move with immediate unification in mind,maintaining military stability on the peninsula while disarming the North’stroops, integrating both militaries, and deploying unified forces to areas inNorth Korea. Simultaneously, it must establish democratic rule in the North,integrate the political, public administrative, and economic systems, whilepushing for economic revival policies that can wipe clean the past. Thus, theSouth must look for ways to achieve swift unification instead of looking forways to delay the process due to its own fears. It should analyze theunification of Germany and use this to identify ways to reduce costs andovercome discrepancies between the South and North. Once the two Koreas are under the samesystem of a liberal democracy and a market economy and have achieved relativestability, debate on what state and political structure would be more effectivein running a unified Korea can then unfold. This would be a question of whetherthe country should transition to a federal system, and if it should be rununder a presidential or cabinet system. Once a unified Korea finds its ownstability, then will come the time to freely discuss future political systemsand structures.     AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Stability must precede system and structure for unification North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Ordinary Pyongyang residents have not received government rations since mid-April News News Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store last_img read more


Advisors could be doing more for HNW clients: report

first_img Former RBC DS portfolio manager to helm new family office Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Work-from-home risks for advisors IE Staff One in five Canadian investors plans to switch wealth providers: EY study Businessmen climbing corporate ladders new job appointment notice ismagilov/123RF Keywords High net-worth clients,  Client engagement Related news Eighty per cent of respondents said they were somewhat or very satisfied with their advisors, and 81% said they were somewhat or extremely likely to continue working with them. Yet, HNW clients gave the advisory industry a “relatively low” Net Promoter Score of 15, calculated as the percentage of respondents identified as promoters of the industry (39%) less those identified as detractors (24%).“There is a clear opportunity for advisors to hold themselves to a higher standard in order to do the best possible work for their clients and to stand out in a competitive marketplace,” the report said.To determine what sets an exceptional advisor apart from a satisfactory one, the report used a proprietary algorithm to measure client engagement. It noted that 91% of engaged clients felt their advisors were knowledgeable, compared to 53% of other clients. Similarly, 74% of engaged clients felt their advisors had strong technical expertise, compared to 42% of other clients.Engaged clients placed a higher importance on advanced certifications, with 70% saying it was important that their advisors have them, and 75% saying designations and certifications would be a factor they’d consider if they were choosing an advisor today.The report also found that exceptional advisors were more likely to offer a personalized client approach. Eight-five per cent of engaged HNW clients said their advisors fully understood their life goals, and 83% said their advisors fully understood their financial goals, compared to 42% and 48% of clients who weren’t engaged, respectively.Exceptional advisors were more likely to offer exceptional service, as well. Seventy-five per cent of engaged clients said they got significant value from review meetings with their advisors, compared to 34% of those who weren’t engaged. Engaged clients were also more likely to feel completely engaged during the review process (81%, compared to 44%) and to say that their spouses/partners were completely engaged (78%, compared to 33%).“The path from good to exceptional is not easy but it is clear,” the report concluded. “Advisors who want to do more and be more for their clients have an opportunity to stand out.” Share this article and your comments with peers on social media While the majority of high-net-worth (HNW) clients are satisfied with their advisors, a report from the Investments & Wealth Institute finds many advisors could be doing more for affluent investors.In its Canadian High-Net-Worth Investor Research 2019 report, the Investments & Wealth Institute polled 425 Canadians with at least $500,000 in investable assets about their experiences with their advisors. last_img read more


Fund dealers need a path to selling alt funds: AIMA

first_imgstock exchange 123RF Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Mutual fund reps should be able to sell alternative mutual funds, says industry trade group the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA).AIMA is floating a proposal for a proficiency regime that would enable fund reps to deal in alt funds, which currently can be sold only by investment dealer reps. CSA makes it easier for MFDA reps to access alts James Langton The proposal aims to address the fact that the vast majority of reps in the fund dealer world currently can’t sell alt funds because they and their supervisors don’t meet the existing proficiency requirements under the Canadian Securities Administrators’ (CSA) rules, and there aren’t corresponding self-regulatory standards in the fund dealer world.“As a result, clients of Canadian mutual fund dealers have been generally unable to access the benefits of portfolio diversification, risk-reduction and non-correlated returns that are available via alternative mutual fund strategies,” AIMA said in its proposal.To remedy the situation, AIMA is calling on the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA) and the CSA to set proficiency standards for distributing alt funds.“The adoption of a sensible proficiency standard to permit alternative mutual funds to be distributed through the MFDA channel is the logical next step in the evolution of the ‘liquid alts’ market in Canada,” said Michael Burns, a partner with McMillan LLP and a past chair of AIMA Canada.AIMA suggested that regulators phase in proficiency requirements for alt funds by first approving existing courses that reps could use to establish proficiency in the short-term. The courses recommended by AIMA included the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation, the CAIA Fundamentals certificate course and the Canadian Securities Institute’s Alternative Strategies: Hedge Funds and Liquid Alternatives course.Approving these courses would enable the MFDA to develop its own policy prescribing requirements for fund dealers over time, AIMA said.“We are recommending a phased solution designed for ease of implementation which will provide all Canadians access to the benefits of alternatives while ensuring dealers meet high standards of proficiency. Bridging courses will serve to meet proficiency until the MFDA adopts standards proposed by AIMA for training,” said Belle Kaura, chair of AIMA Canada and vice president, legal, and CCO of Third Eye Capital.In a statement, AIMA said that it encourages “the CSA to work with the MFDA on any proposed proficiency requirements relating to the distribution of alternative mutual funds that will provide a more viable alternative for MFDA dealers to sell these investment products for the ultimate benefit of the end client.” Keywords Alternative investment funds,  Mutual fund regulationsCompanies Alternative Investment Management Association, Canadian Securities Administrators, Mutual Fund Dealers Association Proposal deletes MFDA rules for limited trading authorization New course eases fund reps’ access to alt funds Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more


Ministry of Agriculture Reducing Post Harvest Losses, Says Dr. Tufton

first_imgMinistry of Agriculture Reducing Post Harvest Losses, Says Dr. Tufton AgricultureAugust 2, 2009 RelatedMinistry of Agriculture Reducing Post Harvest Losses, Says Dr. Tufton RelatedMinistry of Agriculture Reducing Post Harvest Losses, Says Dr. Tufton Advertisementscenter_img RelatedMinistry of Agriculture Reducing Post Harvest Losses, Says Dr. Tufton FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Agriculture, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, says that his Ministry will spend $159 million, this year, on post harvest care and support facilities for farmers.Dr. Tufton said that the project will address one of the greatest challenges facing the sector today, waste and losses after reaping, which amount to as much as some 40% of total annual production.“There is a fear, on our part, that as production increases we will have to find ways to store some of that production, so that it will not go to waste through inadequate storage and imperfect distribution,” he explained.Dr. Tufton was speaking on Saturday (August 1) at the Annual Denbigh Agricultural Show in Clarendon.Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton (right), presenting Champion Farmer, Errol Pinkney, with his winning trophy at the Denbigh Agricultural Show, Clarendon, on Saturday (August 1). Looking on at left is newly elected President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), Glendon Harris.He stated that a critical element of the productivity process hinges on the extent to which Jamaica has the capacity to provide adequate and efficient post-harvest care. This includes, reaping, warehousing or storage, grading and sorting, value-added processing, marketing and distribution.He said that this fiscal year (2009-2010), his Ministry intends to: establish a unit to address the development of post- harvest infrastructure; establish five wholesale market facilities for handling and selling produce and livestock, with cold storage, water, shelter, toilets, scales and simple display areas for commercial activities. The infrastructure will cost the Government approximately $20 million.In addition, the Ministry will install cold storage facilities at Montpelier, St. James; Moneague, St. Ann; Denbigh, Clarendon; Newmarket, St. Elizabeth; White River, St. Mary; Wait-A-Bit, Christiana Manchester; Southfield and Hounslow, St. Elizabeth, where primary producers will be able to store excess capacity. So far, there are 160,000 lbs pounds of Irish potatoes in storage in Christiana.“Additionally, we will establish two banana ripening houses in Maroon Town in St. James and Trinity in St. Mary, at a cost of J$1.4 million. These facilities will be leased to farmers’ organisations to administer on behalf of their members,” Dr. Tufton told the crowd.“We will upgrade the AMC complex on Spanish Town Road in Kingston, including the repair of the cold storage facilities at a cost of $10 million,” he added.He said that the Ministry will also construct two post-harvest processing and packaging facilities in St. Elizabeth and Manchester. These facilities will be leased to private entities and will be engaged in grading, sorting, packaging, storage and logistics management, including transportation, as well as the marketing of agricultural produce. This is expected to cost about $50 million.“We will construct three pepper mash facilities in the parishes of Clarendon, St. Elizabeth and St. Mary, at an estimated cost of $80 million. These facilities will support the Government’s major pepper expansion programme through the processing of hot peppers for the condiments market, he said.The Ministry also intends to complete construction of a yam packaging house in Trelawny, at a cost of $15 million. This is scheduled to be completed by September 2009, and leased as a buying and packaging house for yam farmers in Trelawny, Manchester and Clarendon.“These projects are public/private sector partnerships that will help our farmers to grow better produce and our consumers to get better value for money,” he said.Dr. Tufton also welcomed Minister for District Administration, Works and Gender Affairs in the Cayman Islands, Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly and other members of overseas delegations attending Denbigh. He also made presentations to champion farmer, Errol Pinkney; junior champion farmer, 19-year old Rahim Baccas; and national farm queen Odean Bradshaw.last_img read more


Survey findings on Hong Kong people’s psychosocial wellbeing under COVID-19 pandemic and attitudes towards vaccination

first_imgSurvey findings on Hong Kong people’s psychosocial wellbeing under COVID-19 pandemic and attitudes towards vaccination The speakers at the press conference.(from left)Dr Ricci Yue, Department of Geography, HKUDr Samson Yuen, Department of Government and International Studies, HKBUProfessor Siu-Man Ng, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, HKUDr Pamela Leung, Hong Kong Society for RehabilitationDr Bobo Lau, Department of Counselling and Psychology, HKSYUAt the anniversary of the first COVID-19 case in Hong Kong, the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) joined hands with Hong Kong Shue Yan University (HKSYU), Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) and Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation (HKSR) to conduct an online survey on Hong Kong citizens’ adjustment to the year-long pandemic in late-January.The survey findings comprise two parts – Part 1 on citizens’ psychosocial distress under the pandemic and Part 2 on citizens’ perceptions on COVID-19 vaccination. As the population with a chronic illness is likely to be prioritized in the upcoming vaccination programme, with the support from HKSR, the survey compared the responses of individuals with and without a chronic illness. It is hoped that the findings will foster a better understanding over COVID-19 vaccination among the local public.The survey was conducted between January 22 and 28. A total of 2,733 valid responses (Female/Male = 68.1%/31.9%; Mean age = 44.8, ranged from 18 to 89) were collected, with 921 respondents indicating having one or more chronic illnesses.The major findings are as follows:Psychosocial distressA substantial portion of the respondents showed moderate to severe anxiety (21.8%), depression (18.3%) or post-traumatic stress symptoms (33.8%) that warrant professional emotional support (See Table 1); 21.5% of the respondents indicated two or more categories of moderate to severe psychological distress.39.7% lacked a supportive social network. Respondents with chronic illness were more likely to be socially isolated than those without (42.7% vs 38.3%).Perceptions on COVID-19 vaccination39.4% of respondents were willing to be vaccinated now if an authorised vaccine is available to them. The intention to vaccinate was higher among respondents with chronic illness (51.2%) than those without (33.3%). Respondents with higher trust to the government or experiencing more financial stress were more likely to vaccinate (See Table 2).When choosing a vaccine, respondents cared most about the efficacy of the vaccine, followed by the chance of severe side effects (see Figure 1). Subsidizing vaccination was found to reduce the desirability of the vaccine, while medical insurance against severe side effects may increase the uptake. In general, an efficacy of 50% or lower and unknown likelihood of severe side-effects were the two most discouraging attributes.After the respondents indicated their desired vaccine on the conjoint analysis, they were asked when they would be willing to be vaccinated with that option. 40.6% responses on the preferred time of vaccination fell on the last 10% of the vaccination order, suggesting a substantial reservation against early vaccination.COVID-19 testing, intention to vaccinate and occurrence of a confirmed case nearby interacted to impact the preference of the time of vaccination. If the respondents have no intention to vaccinate now or there has been a confirmed case recently in their vicinity, having tested for COVID-19 would infer a preference for later vaccination on their chosen vaccine.Based on the findings and the sharing from the patient representative, the research team has the following policy recommendations:A. On relieving psychological distress and social isolationProvide financial safety net for individuals whose finances and employment has been jeopardized by the pandemic as financial stress is the key risk for psychological distress.Provide transparent and accurate pandemic-related information through trust-worthy channels to prevent excessive health anxiety.Re-knit and strengthen community support to close the service gap on emotional support to those with chronic illness, and groups including males, youths, unemployed individuals, and those of higher infection risk in order to prevent the severe emotional sequelae of social isolation and financial stress.B. On strengthening the vaccination programmeVaccines should be made free-of-charge with medical insurance against serious side-effects for all citizens. An extra living subsidy can be made available to those with a chronic health condition to boost vaccine uptake.Subsidies are unlikely to increase the willingness of vaccination and are thus unnecessary.Information about the vaccines, especially their efficacy and side-effects, should be made as transparent as possible, as uncertainty and low trust to the authority were prominent factors against timely vaccine uptake.The government may also consider the potential effect of virus testing in delaying citizens’ preferred timing for vaccination through a false sense of protection against infection. The vaccine promotion campaign should focus on the protection effect of the vaccine.The government may consider prioritizing vaccination for citizens who are more likely to vaccinate earlier, such as older citizens, patients with chronic illness and people in high-risk jobs.C. ​​​Targeting population with chronic illnessesEnhance frontline health professionals’ knowledge about COVID-19 vaccine in order to address enquires about the vaccine from patients with various types of chronic illnesses, hence increase their confidence and motivation to vaccinate.Devote resources to social service organizations and self-help organizations of persons with chronic illnesses to provide more frequent engagement and support to population with chronic illnesses, screen for patients with severe social isolation and psychological distress, and hence provide timely interventions and follow-up actions.“Chronic illness patients are experiencing greater social isolation, but tend to have higher intention to vaccinate. We welcome the government prioritizing their vaccines toward this population, which will facilitate a head-start to the coming vaccination programme,” the research team remarked.Please click here for the full press release and detailed findings.Please click here for the presentation powerpoints. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:anniversary, conference, depression, employment, Government, Hong Kong, infection, insurance, Professor, psychology, social work, university, University of Hong Kong, vaccination, virus testing, Yuenlast_img read more


Local Students Receive Degrees From CU-Boulder

first_img Published: Dec. 18, 2003 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Editors: Enclosed are names of the degree candidates from your area. This list is subject to final grade reports. Local students were among the 2,051 students who received degrees Dec. 19 during winter commencement at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The ceremony was held in the Coors Events/Conference Center on the CU-Boulder campus. Outstanding graduates named by the schools and colleges for the winter 2003 commencement were Matthew Iyer of Fort Collins, College of Music, earning bachelor’s degrees in music arts and electrical and computer engineering; Monica Davis of Boulder, College of Architecture and Planning, with a bachelor’s degree in planning; and Jennifer Andersen of Lake Forest, Ill., Leeds School of Business, bachelor’s degree in finance. Also named as outstanding graduates were: Susan Jordan of Golden, College of Engineering and Applied Science, earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering; Bryson Fredregill of Sterling, College of Arts and Sciences, earning a bachelor of fine arts degree in film studies and a bachelor’s degree in English; and Erin Scherer of Littleton, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, earning bachelor’s degrees in broadcast news and Spanish.last_img read more


Obama campaign draws 13,000 to Norlin Quad

first_imgThe Obama for America campaign event on Sunday, Sept. 2 drew an estimated 13,000 attendees to hear the President’s address. Scheduled on Norlin Quadrangle after an invitation from Students for Obama, the rally was coordinated and hosted by the campaign and did not constitute an endorsement of the Obama campaign by the University of Colorado or the Board of Regents.The rally featured CU students Brittni Hernandez, Sarah Andrews and Ryan Case. Case, a senior political science major, has taken off the semester to work full time for the campaign and introduced the President. Sarah Andrews is a sophomore political science major with Students for Obama, and shared her enthusiasm for CU-Boulder and the experiences she has had on the campus. Student Body President Brittini Hernandez led the crowd in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.The event on Norlin Quad was followed by a counter-rally for the Romney/Ryan ticket, hosted in the fountain area of University Memorial Center. Former CU President and United States Senator Hank Brown led the rally. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The campus will return to normal operating procedures with the end of the Labor Day holiday weekend.center_img Published: Sept. 2, 2012 last_img read more