Kyle Larson leads opening practice from Dover

first_imgKyle Larson soared to the top of the leaderboard in Friday’s opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice from Dover International Speedway with a top speed of 164.444 mph.MORE: Practice results | Full Dover scheduleThe entire top five was made of of NASCAR Playoff drivers in the Round of 12; seven-time 2018 winner Kevin Harvick was next fastest to Larson, his No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford clocking in at 163.451 mph. His SHR teammate Kurt Busch ranked third on the speed charts in his No. 41 Ford (163.362 mph), while Chase Elliott was fourth in the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet (163.236 mph).Charlotte road course winner Ryan Blaney rounded out the top five with a 162.719 mph lap in his No. 12 Team Penske Ford.Blaney’s teammate Joey Logano was the slowest playoff car, his No. 22 Ford ranking 21st.The Monster Energy Series is back on track for qualifying at 3:40 p.m. ET (NBC Sports App).last_img read more

Candidates compete in city’s mayoral race

first_imgThree candidates are on the ballot for the mayor’s race in South Bend today, but a Notre Dame journalism professor said the city will continue to see a Democrat in office after the election. Professor Jack Colwell, who was also a longtime political journalist, said Democrat Pete Buttigieg, a 29-year-old businessman, has long been the front runner in today’s race. Republican Wayne Curry and Libertarian Patrick Farrell will also appear on the ballot. “Pete Buttigieg will almost certainly be the new mayor,” Colwell said. “There hasn’t been much doubt about that since the primary when he won really big, and South Bend tends to be a Democratic town anyway.” Colwell covered politics for the South Bend Tribune for more than 38 years and still writes a political column for the paper. He said Buttigieg’s place as an early favorite is consistent with mayoral elections in the city’s history. “The last time a Republican won it was 1967, so it was a long time ago,” Colwell said. “Buttigieg actually got a lot of cross-over Republicans voting for him in the primary, so he’s not only a favorite with Democrats but with Republicans, too.” The major issue on South Bend residents’ minds has been economic development, Colwell said. “[The debate has] mostly been who would be the most competent to help with economic development and bring jobs to the community and turn around the image of the city,” Colwell said. “Newsweek Magazine rated South Bend as a dying city, and the new mayor will certainly want to erase any image like that. That’s been the main thing they have been talking about, the image of the city and how to get the economy moving again in the city.” Colwell predicted cooperation between the City of South Bend and the University would only grow as the new mayor takes office. The University is the area’s largest employer and projects developed through Notre Dame, such as Eddy Street Commons and construction on campus, bring jobs to the area, he said. “Notre Dame is a very important part of the economy, and if the city is looking to bring more jobs to the area I think it’s got to be working with Notre Dame because years ago this was known as a factory town,” Colwell said. “Studebaker was produced here, and there are some people who still seem to think Studebaker is going to come back some day, but it’s not. So it’s going to have to be small businesses, green businesses, businesses dealing with the computer age that will provide those jobs.” Colwell said students should take an interest in the city’s economy, even if they do not plan to stay in the immediate area after graduation. “If they take an interest in some of the economic development efforts or some new firm coming in, maybe they could, if they are looking for a job, end up in one [through those connections],” Colwell said. If elected, Colwell said Buttigieg would be able to work well with administration and students from Notre Dame. “He’s 29 years old, so he’s not that far away from college students that he doesn’t understand college students and their lifestyle,” he said. “So I would think he would have a very good relationship between the new mayor and Notre Dame.” Buttigieg grew up in the South Bend area, and he is the son of professor Joseph Buttigieg in the University’s English department. A young mayor with favorable attitudes toward Notre Dame is a greater opportunity for cooperation between South Bend and the University, Colwell said. “I think [students] are taking a little more interest in things and trying to communicate with the city officials and trying to form committees to do that, and I think that’s good because they can make clear they aren’t just saying, ‘We want to be able to do whatever we want to do and throw parties,’” he said. “It shouldn’t be an adversarial relationship, but one of cooperation.” The 2011 race is the first since 1997 without current mayor Steve Leucke, a Democrat, on the ballot. Colwell said the Republican camp traditionally does not present a strong challenge in the race. “It’s quite similar to past elections because the Republicans, with a few exceptions, have not really put up a strong contender, and some of the races have really been laughers with the Democrat sure to win and the Republican not really putting up a fight at all,” Colwell said. “This time, the [Republicans] have put up a little bit more of a fight.” The tone of debate, however, has been largely positive despite Buttigieg’s place as the easy favorite, Colwell said. “It’s not been a divisive or nasty race at all,” Colwell said. The young candidate’s success should be an example for students looking at careers in politics, he said. “I think there’s tremendous potential for young candidates or young people to get involved in politics,” Colwell said. “In a lot of elections the turnout is pretty poor and they have trouble getting people to work at the polls and on the campaigns, so some bright young people who are willing to do that can step right in and have great positions. Get a good start and go on to whatever they want, whether it’s mayor or Congress or whatever.”last_img read more

Cost of owning a car in Vermont about US average, NH is cheapest

first_imgState Mississippi Vermont Business Magazine There’s a $7,216 cost difference between owning a car in Michigan ($15,314.53) and New Hampshire ($8,098), finds a new study from personal finance website Vermont ($10,739.32) is also much cheaper than Michigan, but in the middle of the pack nationally. The study considered the costs of six key factors affecting the expenses of owning a vehicle in all 50 US states and the District of Columbia.1. New Hampshire: $8,098One-time purchase costs: $25Annual ownership and usage costs: $2,691″New Hampshire,” the study says (see table of all states below), “is the cheapest state to own a car by far, with the total costs of buying and owning a car for three years coming in at $1,182 less than the next-cheapest state (Missouri at $9,280). New Hampshire is one of just four states that levies no sales tax on vehicle purchases. It also has low insurance premiums ($941 annually) and low maintenance and repair costs ($337 a year).”21. Vermont: $10,739One-time purchase costs: $2,046Annual ownership and usage costs: $2,898″Vermont residents pay some of the lowest prices for car insurance. The average $942 Vermont car insurance premium is $383 less than average insurance costs of $1,325, providing enough savings to make up for more expensive gas, car maintenance, registration fees and vehicle sales tax.”As of today, Vermont’s average gasoline price is $1.97, the US average is $1.99, New Hampshire is $1.87, New York is $2.08, and Massachusetts is $1.89. And it doesn’t matter if you are a Vermont or New Hampshire resident when buying a car in either state, because there is no sales tax applied at the time of the purchase, but it is when you register it in Vermont.Outside of the sticker price of purchasing or financing a new set of wheels, evaluated the following expenses to generate a national ranking:Car sales taxTitle feesRegistration feesAverage annual car insurance premiumsAnnual gas expensesAverage car maintenance and repair costs”The common costs of owning a car outside of the car payment quickly add up — our survey found that the average costs of owning a car for three years is $11,227,” said Elyssa Kirkham, lead reporter on the study for GOBankingRates. “Typically, car owners should keep their costs low — around 15 percent of their income for the car payment, insurance, gas, and so on — which is trickier in states with higher car costs.”From most to least expensive, here is the complete state ranking: 28 Rank State $10,214.40 $10,984.00 Michigan $15,314.53 Alabama Vermont 39 $9,923.26 Indiana Total Cost for 3 Years of Ownership Colorado $10,409.89 49 Tennessee Nevada $9,280.24 25 $12,763.74 $10,681.65 Total Cost for 3 Years of Ownership New Jersey $13,484.11 $10,689.67 Wyoming $12,060.55 Oregon 12 48 18 New Hampshire Minnesota 11 21 $9,595.07 North Dakota Massachusetts Arkansas 7 $11,041.66 $12,895.61 Connecticut $10,972.11 $11,822.62 8 $13,561.06 $10,476.13 34 43 41 17 $12,695.68 Missouri 20 $10,739.32 $10,627.63 Washington $9,866.27 $12,612.92 36 Additional Insights:New Hampshire, Oregon, Alaska and Montana are the only states that don’t levy sales tax on vehicle purchasesMissouri’s average gas price of $1.59 per gallon is the lowest in the nationThese western states claim the highest gas prices in the country: Hawaii, California, Alaska, Nevada, andWashington.8 of the 10 least expensive states to own a car are coastal states.Methodology: To generate these rankings, GOBankingRates surveyed and totaled the cost of buying and owning a car for three years in all 50 states and D.C. This total included six key car expenses:Car sales tax, based on rates provided by is external) and calculated on the average car transaction amount of $33,543 in August 2015 as reported by the Kelley Blue Book(link is external).Title fees, as reported by the National Conference of State Legislatures(link is external).Registration fees, as reported by the National Conference of State Legislatures(link is external), calculated annually.Average annual car insurance premiums, sourced from’s 2016 report on car insurance rates by state(link is external).Annual gas expenses, based on an average of historical regular gas prices in each state sourced from AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report. The expense was calculated based on the assumption of a driver filling up a 14-gallon tank once a week.Average car maintenance and repair costs in each state, sourced from CarMD’s 2014 State Repair Cost Rankings(link is external).For title and registration fees are based on car statistics, GOBankingRates assumed a car value of $33,543, an average weight of 4,000 lbs and a model year of 2014. Car sales tax and title fee were counted once each, while recurring annual costs of registration fees, insurance premiums, gas expenses and car maintenance were each counted three times for three years. This generated the total costs of buying and owning a car in each state, and states were ranked according to this total to find the least and most is a leading portal for personal finance and consumer banking information, offering visitors the latest on everything from finding a good interest rate to strategies for saving money, investing for retirement and getting a loan. Its editors are regularly featured on top-tier media outlets, including U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Business Insider, Daily Finance, Huffington Post and more. It specializes in connecting consumers with the best financial institutions and banking products nationwide.LOS ANGELES, March 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — GOBankingRates 9 Louisiana 26 Hawaii $11,290.70 District of Columbia 13 Ohio Pennsylvania Iowa 38 $13,210.64 Utah $10,625.40 $10,878.60 27 $12,078.40 Rank $10,392.23 Texas 35 23 Montana $11,781.63 $10,303.56 $11,882.37 Oklahoma Alaska 29 $9,696.00 32 16 45 South Carolina 42 Nebraska Idaho 3 Virginia $9,602.97 1 44 California 5 $11,081.83 Kansas 31 47 $11,124.29 46 $14,451.58 $11,470.38 Delaware 24 33 6 West Virginia $11,340.77 $11,745.74 51 $11,318.43 4 New Mexico $9,813.85 North Carolina 30 10 22 19 37 Rhode Island Wisconsin $9,570.90 $8,098.00 2 $10,859.14 14 Maine $9,447.94 South Dakota Illinois New York 50 $11,672.91 $10,638.45 Kentucky Florida $12,925.76 15 40 $11,540.36 Maryland $11,003.15 Arizona Georgialast_img read more

Karlie Place wins with new poles; Sammie Houston sees increased role

first_imgMen’s Team wins 10 titlesSammie Houston ended the Snowshoe Open with a top-10 finish in Minnesota’s history.Houston won the indoor triple jump, earning a mark of 49 feet and 6.50 inches and the Gophers earned 10 titles in the meet to close out the regular season. Houston has seen an increased role this year compared to his past two seasons with the team.“Last year was kind of get back into it, and then this year, [Houston] has kind of come into his own a little bit,” head coach Steve Plasencia said. “Anytime we see that, it makes me happy for the young man.”Redshirt sophomore Jonathan Tharaldsen won the shot put with a personal record of 57 feet and 5.50 inches. Connor Rousemiller, also a redshirt sophomore, took home the event title in weight throw, going for 65 feet and 7.75 inches.For the second consecutive year, Minnesota claimed 10 titles in the final meet of the home schedule. The Gophers head to the Big Ten Indoor Championships next weekend. Plasencia, though, said he is not the kind of coach who counts event titles and much of the competition came from Division III schools in this meet.“It’s kind of a meet where we run people that need a tune up before they head into the Big Ten’s and also guys who are trying to fill out some spots for the team,” Plasencia said. “I’m kind of looking more at the individual performances.” Karlie Place wins with new poles; Sammie Houston sees increased rolePlace won the poll vault after receiving new poles that day. Jack WhiteFebruary 19, 2018Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers coaching staff thought senior Karlie Place was improving, so they ordered bigger poles for her to exceed past performances.There was one problem, however: the poles arrived the day before Saturday’s meet, the Parents Day Invite, and Place did not have time to practice with them before she competed.She still managed to finish first on the pole vault with a jump of 13 feet, 11.75 inches. She fell just short of a career best, as Minnesota claimed five event titles over the weekend.“It was a big day and the poles were a big part of it because I feel like I’ve been almost maxed out on the [shorter] poles,” Place said. “I feel really powerful when I’m holding onto the top. It felt really good to be able to move my grip up.”Redshirt junior Kiley Sabin won the shot put with a throw of 55 feet and 7.75 inches. Minnesota claimed the second and third place throws in the shot put as well. Junior Nayoka Clunis finished second and redshirt sophomore Shay Nielsen finished third.Head coach Matt Bingle said the highlights of the meet came in the throws.“That was awesome,” Bingle said. “They should come out of here super confident in where we’re heading.”Place attended the Hippo Campus concert in St. Paul to cap off an eventful Saturday.“I’m actually not tired at all,” Place said Saturday night. “I’m probably going to do some homework and not go to bed for a while.”last_img read more

In Praise of Pessimism

first_imgIn the coming months, all of us are going to have to figure out how to gird ourselves psychologically for whatever the new normal might be. “Optimism tempered by realism,” tends to be the favored formulation, and sure, that’s fine; it may even be politically and economically sound. That Eeyore is having her moment. The coronavirus is springtime for pessimists. Every gloomy thought I’ve had about this pandemic has more or less come to pass. So when I read of a possibly more devastating wave of Covid-19 this coming winter, or that recovered patients in South Korea are suddenly becoming reinfected, or that a vaccine might take north of 18 months to develop and mass produce, I merely think Welcome to my brain. Those are the lyrics of my personal death-metal soundtrack. They’ve been playing in my head all along. You could argue that pessimism is, at this moment, not just sensible but pro-social. Last month, when I read that 75 percent of all neighborhood restaurants will likely shutter for good, I bought pastries for my neighbors from the one local bakery I couldn’t bear to see disappear. (I recommend doing this in your own neighborhood, if you’re still lucky enough to have disposable income. It’s win-win-win.) Because I assumed the worst, I actually got off my duff and did something. I can only hope I’ll have the wherewithal to do the same going forward. … “I think the edge a defensive pessimist might have when the economy reopens,” Norem wrote me in another email, “is that they will continue to take more precautions than non-defensive pessimists, and they’ll prepare for the open/close/open/close roller coaster that many people are predicting. They’re more likely to plan for different contingencies and scenarios, and thus less likely to be caught off guard by any particular one.” “Defensive pessimism is costly in that it doesn’t get rid of your anxiety,” Julie Norem, a professor of psychology at Wellesley College, told me. “But the flip side is that it keeps your mind anchored and focuses you on things you can control.” Which is what distinguishes it from generalized anxiety, garden-variety neuroticism and catastrophizing, by the way. Defensive pessimism is productive. … Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media > But I’d also like to make a positive case for pessimism. Defensive pessimism, specifically. Because if things start going downhill, defensive pessimists will be the ones with their feet already on the brakes. Norem, who’s been studying defensive pessimism since the early 1980s, told me that she collected her most recent round of data on March 20 — eight days after the World Health Organization deemed Covid-19 a pandemic, but before all but one state, California, had begun enforcing stay-at-home orders. The correlation was clear: The more defensively pessimistic her participants were, the more likely they were to be canceling travel and avoiding public gatherings — or to have done so already. Confession: I have a secret talent for making lemons out of lemonade. It may not be readily apparent. I smile a lot and make cheerful conversation; my end of the dinner table is not some horrible event horizon beyond which all sunlight disappears. But tucked inside me, almost always, is a grumbling Eeyore. …last_img read more

The biggest Croatian blues festival soon in Kastav

first_imgThe largest Croatian blues festival, created in honor of Philadelphia Jerry Ricks, one of the most famous representatives of traditional blues (country-blues), who chose Kastav as his last resting place, this year offers an attractive multi-day program.Kastav Blues Festival it is slowly approaching and there are less than 15 days left until its start, and we definitely recommend that you experience real blues in Kastav from 04.-08.August.2016.g. Ulaz  je bestplana te će se u sklopu festivala održati i izložbe kao i glazbeno-kreativne radionice.Apart from Kastav, part of the blues festival is also held in Kostrena, Matulji, Viškovo and Čavle, which will once again host eminent domestic and international blues imena, te zasigurno publici pružiti nezaobilazan glazbeni doživljaj ispunjen dobrim vibracijama i  kvalitetnim blues. The ninth edition of this memorial festival will present the names of renowned musicians from Italy, Cuba, Senegal, USA, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Great Britain and of course, Croatia.You can see the entire program and the list of performers on the official ones festival website. Invitation to this year’s edition Kastav Blues arranged by one of the most esteemed slide – guitarist and honorary citizen of Kastav, Michael Messerlast_img read more

Bridgestone Firestone North America Promotes Two Executives

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  NASHVILLE, TN — Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC (BFNT) has announced two promotions within the commercial truck & bus group. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Kurt Danielson, currently director, commercial marketing, has accepted a new assignment as executive director, commercial marketing for the U.S. and Canadian markets. Danielson is responsible for the marketing of all truck and bus tire brands, which includes the Bridgestone, Firestone and Dayton lines in both the U.S. and Canada. He is also responsible for product planning, supply/inventory planning and Oncor retreading. Art Campagnoni, currently director, commercial sales, has been promoted to executive director, commercial sales. Campagnoni is responsible for the sales of all truck and bus tire brands, including Bridgestone, Firestone and Dayton, in both the U.S. and Canada. In addition to replacement tire sales through BFNT’s dealer network, Campagnoni’s responsibilities include the sales direction of our original equipment, truckstops and national fleet sales groups. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

People Moves: GVA, Ingleton Wood, CBRE and more

first_imgFull screen in popup Carter Jonas has hired Julia Wilson as an associate partner in its residential sales team in Oxford. Oliver Sherriff has joined CBRE as a surveyor in its agency team in Southampton. Previous GVA has appointed Jonathan Davies as associate director in its Cardiff valuation team. In addition, Hayley McCarthy and Jodie Al-Khafaji join as graduate surveyors in the building consultancy team and agency team respectively.Jacqui Fishwick has joined APAM as property manager in its Manchester office. She has more than 10 years’ experience, most recently as portfolio manager at Assura.Carter Jonas has hired Julia Wilson as an associate partner in its residential sales team in Oxford. She moves from Penny & Sinclair, where she was an associate.Tim Grierson has been recruited by Delva Patman Redler as head of dilapidations in its London team. He joins from Cushman & Wakefield.MDA Consulting has welcomed Lee Gurney as an associate director.CBRE Manchester has recruited five graduates: Megan Hanney joins the office agency team; Dan Margolis joins commercial valuation; James Berry joins the industrial agency team; Jennifer Craig joins building consultancy; and Francis Hill joins the planning and development team.Anne Baker has moved to Lambert Smith Hampton’s property management team. She was formerly a partner at King Sturge.Ingleton Wood has appointed Memo Ngwenya as a quantity surveyor in its London office.Guy Horswell has been made land and planning assistant at Strategic Land Group.Savills venture Workthere has hired Ed Bouterse as its head in the Netherlands. Previously, he worked at Regus.Oliver Sherriff has joined CBRE as a surveyor in its agency team in Southampton. He previously worked for Portsmouth City Council.Avison Young has made a series of promotions and appointments: James Goode, Harry Skinner and Mark Cooke are promoted to associate director; Scott Meakin joins as a graduate surveyor; Glenn Taylor joins as a surveyor; and Emma Dutton joins as an administrator.Jordan Clarke has moved to Trident Building Consultancy as an assistant building surveyor in its Birmingham office.The Howard de Walden Estate has appointed Jenny Casebourne and Andrea Merrington to its management team. Casebourne recently joined the estate as head of retail and restaurants. Merrington has been with the estate for nine years and leads its planning team.George Craig has been hired by Savills as an associate director in its development team in Norwich. Previously, he worked at Targetfollow in Norwich. Before that he spent nine years in London as a consultant. In addition, Jonathan Prince joins as associate director in the development team in Reading. He has more than 10 years’ experience and previously worked at JLL. Savills venture Workthere has hired Ed Bouterse as its head in the Netherlands. GVA has appointed Jonathan Davies as associate director in its Cardiff valuation team.center_img Anne Baker has moved to Lambert Smith Hampton’s property management team. George Craig has been hired by Savills as an associate director in its development team in Norwich. 1/7 show caption Next Jordan Clarke has moved to Trident Building Consultancy as an assistant building surveyor in its Birmingham office.last_img read more

PANCAP Advocates for Treatment Continuity for People Living with HIV/AIDS during…

first_img Rapidly scale up multimonth dispensing (MMD) of Antiretrovirals (ART) and other medications for clients for 3-6 months if stocks allow. –  ENDS – The PANCAP Director noted that appropriate precautions and mitigation strategies must be developed and implemented across all public health sectors to prevent potentially devastating outcomes. He recommended that the following measures should be explored and adopted where possible:  PANCAP has commenced a multi-layered approach to the COVID-19 response.  This approach consists of a series of webinars aimed at building the capacity of National AIDS Programme Managers, CSOs, clinicians, doctors, youth leaders and other stakeholders in responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  PANCAP also initiated a public education programme to provide critical information to partners and stakeholders on COVID-19 guidance. It includes an interactive dashboard with data on the Caribbean and COVID-19 available on the PANCAP website, animated videos on COVID-19 prevention, digital posters on handwashing, advice on wearing masks and other essential information on combating COVID-19.  Materials can be accessed via the PANCAP website and social media platforms.    By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status.By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy.By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… PANCAP is a Caribbean regional partnership of governments, regional civil society organisations, regional institutions and organisations, bilateral and multilateral agencies and contributing donor partners which was established on 14 February 2001. PANCAP provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, coordinates the response through the Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS to maximise efficient use of resources and increase impact, mobilises resources and build capacity of partners. CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Dr Adams also noted that we must ensure that CSOs are involved in providing the support required by PLHIV in accessing health services during the Pandemic. He commended the CSOs working in HIV and AIDS that have also joined the COVID-19 response and are working alongside National Authorities to scale up the quick and targeted response.      St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Rights in the time of COVID-19 PANCAP also welcomes the assertion by the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) that “there is currently no direct evidence that people with HIV are at higher risk of COVID-19” and urges that all information shared about and with PLHIV should be based on empirical data.      What are the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) 90-90-90 Targets? According to Dr Rosmond Adams, Director, PANCAP, the Pandemic threatens to undo the gains made in the last ten years of the Region’s HIV response. He further noted that any disruption to care and treatment could pose significant threats and create additional burdens for National HIV and AIDS Programmes and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) that work with PLHIV and key population groups. Ensure uninterrupted supply of commodities such as condoms and lubricants at community distribution points, including the provision of multimonth dispensing to allow for less frequent pickups where stock allows and, Measures to combat COVID-19 such as quarantines, curfews and social distancing can reduce the number of working hours and disrupt services for programmes responding to HIV and AIDS.  National programmes and CSOs are urged to adopt measures to ensure the continuity of care and treatment and support for viral suppression among PLHIV and to help those who are at risk of HIV acquisition to remain HIV negative. Promote the use of social media channels or boost existing platforms to disseminate HIV programme messages, including those related to COVID-19 Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC center_img Oct 16, 2020 (continues on next page) Contact: Timothy AustinSenior Project Officer, CommunicationsPANCAP Coordinating UnitCARICOM SecretariatTurkeyen, Greater Georgetown, GuyanaEmail:      taustin.consultant@caricom.orgTel: (592) 222-0001-06, Ext. 3409  | Visit In addition, Dr Adams noted that we must keep a close watch on Gender-Based Violence and violence against vulnerable populations as the pandemic can lead to increases in violence within relationships; this situation is likely to be exacerbated by forced physical distancing, shelter-in-place measures and by economic distress caused by job losses that will harm the most vulnerable first. Oct 15, 2020 Oct 15, 2020 Friday, 24 April 2020 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, urges partners and stakeholders to ensure the continuity of treatment, care and support services for People Living with HIV (PLHIV) during the COVID-19 Pandemic.   PEPFAR Technical Guidance in the Context of COVID-19 Pandemic What is PANCAP? Dr Rosmond Adams, Director, PANCAP You may be interested in… Oct 16, 2020 Editor’s Notes Helpful links: “PANCAP will continue to provide the support to National Programmes, CSOs and all stakeholders in the HIV response with initiatives that are community-led and based on human rights,” underscored Dr Adams. “It is critical that as we respond to COVID-19, we never lose sight of PANCAP’s vision of an AIDS-free Caribean”.      Priority Areas Coordinating Committee (PACC) Convenes Virtual Meeting to Discuss the Continuity of HIV Services during COVID-19Wednesday, 24 June 2020 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic continues to examine strategies to sustain the HIV and AIDS response in the Caribbean region despite…June 25, 2020In “PANCAP”NAP Managers and CSOs urged to use COVID-19 as an opportunity to advance the HIV gains for the CaribbeanMonday, 22 June 2020 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic,  convened a virtual three-day meeting of National AIDS Programme (NAP) Managers, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and…June 23, 2020In “General”Justice Minister reinforces Jamaica’s commitment to human rights protectionThe promotion, protection, and enhancement of human rights in Jamaica was a primary consideration of the current Government“, Jamaica’s Minister of Justice, the Hon. Delroy Chuck said Tuesday. To this extent, all fundamental rights were guaranteed by the Constitution and they would be upheld, the Minister added. He cautioned though…October 31, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

Air Liquide and gasworld at Challenge Bibendum

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