Bob Weir & Phil Lesh Welcome Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams For Chicago Opener [Audio/Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images For the fifth and penultimate show of their duo tour, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh arrived at the opulent Chicago Theatre for another round of Grateful Dead music. The duo’s debut of “Estimated Prophet”, the surprise guest sit-ins from Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams, and Wally Ingram, all highlighted the Chicago Theatre opener.The environment was teeming with good vibes all around, and the duo wasted no time in bringing the magic. The first set was fairly straightforward. With the exception of Wally Ingram, who played percussion on only three songs, the first set was what many imagined when the tour was announced: Phil & Bobby, alone on stage, giving their take on numbers from the Grateful Dead canon. Phil started it off with “Box of Rain”, featuring Ingram on drums, who left the stage to just the two bandmates for the next two songs.”Ramble On Rose”, “Cosmic Charlie”, and “Looks Like Rain” were all gentle versions, with Bob on acoustic guitar. “Looks Like Rain” especially sounded like it was made for no electricity, as the two reminisced the origins of the song: “I remember you bringing this song over to my house on a rainy night in Fairfax, and playing this incredible song right there in my living room. I never forgot that it was very moving,” expressed Phil. “And the cool thing is the bulk of it we wrote over the telephone,” Bobby added, referring to his co-writer John Perry Barlow.The duo’s first time playing “Estimated Prophet” was a unique one, as the strange time signature of the song presented a new composition without the power of a drumkit (and the Rhythm Devils!), though Bobby executed the song’s solos to perfection. Perhaps the most precious moment of the first set was when a child–just barely old enough to walk–pranced onto the stage, almost reached Phil, and then sheepishly pranced back off stage. The crowd noted the child’s curiosity and gave him a big cheer. The Dead family undoubtedly lives on. “Operator” followed and the set closed out with an especially raunchy “West LA Fadeaway”. Watch the first-set opener below, courtesy of second set was irrefutably better. The energy level was not even comparable, and this certainly had to do with the guests that Bob and Phil brought out. Joining the two were Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, who accompanied Bob and Phil in Boston. A piano was sat abandoned for the first set and fans were happy to see that Jeff Chimenti was the one who would occupy it for the entirety of the second set. And with Ingram sitting in as well, the second set gave the audience a full-band setup.Bobby, Phil, and guests opened with a phenomenal version of “Playin’ in the Band”, followed by the revered “Scarlet Begonias” complete with a smooth transition to “Fire on the Mountain”, marking one of the evening’s best segments. It was surprising how many peaks they tried to fit in the buildup of “Scarlet Begonias”, as Bob and Phil continued to lure the other musicians into another round of jamming. In almost rehearsed synchronicity, for the final peak, a balloon slowly floated onto the stage right in front of Phil. Instead of ignoring it, Phil took a massive kick and booted it just as he hit the peak, and the balloon returned from where it came. The transition into “Fire On The Mountain” was seamless, and once they officially began the song, it was just Bobby and Phil for a couple measures before Campbell joined in with a mandolin. Watch the second-set opener below, courtesy of spacey introduction allowed the music to settle on “Dark Star”. The vocals were majestic in the song, as first Teresa Williams, then Phil, and finally Bobby took a line in each verse before getting to the chorus. “St. Stephen” was properly juxtaposed to the spacey “Dark Star”, as the familiar guitar lick and sing-along lyrics were open to involve the whole crowd. “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” was unusually placed amidst a set filled with Dead heavy-hitters, but “Bird Song” brought it right back up, and also demonstrated the versatility of Campbell as he used an acoustic cittern for the tune. Finally, a rousing rendition of “Sugar Magnolia” closed the second set with an exclamation point. “U.S. Blues” was a last minute modification to the show and was played in the encore slot.With only one more show on their very brief tour, Bob and Phil showed that they still can bring the magic to the masses. It was great seeing them together on stage, and tonight the two will bring the music for one last time.You can listen to the full show audio below, courtesy of JeffFrank:[Audio: JeffFrank]Setlist: Bobby & Phil | Chicago Theatre | Chicago, IL | 3/10/2018Set I: Box Of Rain pl @ *, Ramble On Rose bw @, Cosmic Charlie bw pl @, Looks Like Rain bw @, Estimated Prophet bw *, Operator pl @, West L.A. Fadeaway bw *, Voter Rap bwSet II [ w/ Jeff Chimenti, Larry Campbell, Teresa Williams & Wally Ingram ]: Playing In The Band bw @ # +, Scarlet Begonias bw # > Fire On The Mountain bw ^, Dark Star tw pl bw > St Stephen bw pl tw > A Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall bw, Bird Song pl §, Sugar Magnolia bwEncore: Donor Rap pl, U.S. Blues bw*Wally Ingram percussion @ Bobby Acoustic, # Larry Acoustic, + Bobby Electric, ^ Larry Mandolin, § Larry MandolaBobby & Phil | Chicago Theatre | Chicago, IL | 3/10/2018 | Photos: Daniel Ojedalast_img read more

Shumlin names Ross, Miller, Powden, Noonan to key administration posts

first_imgChuck Ross, Secretary of AgricultureChuck Ross has been the State Director for U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy for the last 16 years. In addition to his management responsibilities he has focused on the issues of sustainable development, energy and emerging business opportunities, including opportunities relating to agriculture and food systems. During this time he has also helped manage his family’s farming interests in Vermont and Iowa. Prior to being employed by Senator Leahy, Ross worked on his family’s farms and served as the State Representative from Hinesburg. As State Representative he served on the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee and concluded his service as Chairman in 1994.Ross has served on various boards in Vermont including The University of Vermont (UVM); Shelburne Farms; Fletcher Allen Health Care; The Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources at UVM; and Leadership Champlain. Currently Chuck serves as a liaison to the Vermont Council of Rural Development.  Ross graduated from UVM with a BA and an MA in from University of Washington, Seattle WA. where studied agricultural land use changes in Vermont and the nationally. He lives in Hinesburg with his family. As Secretary of Agriculture, Ross’s annual salary will be approximately $109,000.Annie Noonan, Commissioner of LaborAnnie Noonan has more than 33 years professional experience in labor relations, government and legislative lobbying in Vermont and New England, including a long tenure as the Executive Director of the Vermont State Employees Association. She worked for 5 years for the University of Vermont Career Planning and Placement Office assisting students, local residents and (Vietnam) veterans with job placement. She is currently working for the University of Connecticut Professional Employees and is in charge of labor relations, arbitration and health and safety division.Over the years, she has been appointed by Vermont governors and legislative leaders to serve on study committees for government accountability and efficiency; public pensions; PTSD in public safety workers; revamping public sector contract funding; telecommuting; the council on diversity and affirmative action, and the joint labor-management committee on child and elder care.Noonan graduated South Burlington HS, the University of Vermont (BA), and the University of Massachusetts (MS in Labor Relations & Research). Following graduation, she served as graduate researcher and taught labor law to women in non-traditional (’trades’) occupations. Annie lives in Montpelier and has one daughter, Colleen Noonan. As Commissioner of Labor, Noonan’s annual salary will be approximately $94,000.### Much like his first round of high-ranking appointments last week, Governor-elect Peter Shumlin announced key appointments to his cabinet today that contained a couple of surprises. The Governor-elect announced that Lawrence Miller will be the Secretary of Commerce and Community Development. Miller will work closely with Patricia Moulton-Powden who will be the Agency’s Deputy Secretary. Chuck Ross will be the Secretary of Agriculture and Annie Noonan will be the Commissioner of Labor. This team will work together closely with one shared mission, Shumlin said, job creation.  Shumlin made these appointments a top priority in his transition as economic development and the creation of good paying jobs in Vermont will be his administration’s primary focus.Pictured from left: Pat Moulton-Powden, Lawrence Miller, Governor-elect Shumlin, Annie Noonan and Chuck Ross. Photo by Vermont Business Magazine. Press play to listen to press conference.While Ross and Noonan were among those much anticipated to join the Shumlin administration, the governor-elect strode to the podium with a couple of surprise selections. Just as naming state Treasurer Jeb Spaulding as administration secretary was the biggest story in the first round of appointments, Shumlin’s selection of Pat Moulton Powden as the number two person in the development agency was perhaps the biggest this time around. She served under both Democratic and Republican administrations and most recently was Governor Douglas’ Labor Commissioner. She recently went to the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and now is back in an agency where she once ran Economic Development. The other surprise was Miller, who has been a longtime entrepreneur and business executive. The announcements were made in Burlington at UVM’s Davis Center.‘I am thrilled that each of these talented individuals has agreed to join our job creation team,’ said Shumlin. ‘Vermont has a bright jobs future. Agriculture, manufacturing, renewable energy and efficiency, technology, and tourism will be job creators in a new Vermont economy if we have the vision to transform the way we do business. These four appointees are uniquely suited to seize that opportunity.””Agriculture is a critical engine of economic growth and there is a direct connection between our farms, our vibrant communities and a strong economy,” Shumlin continued. “The Agency of Commerce will work closely with the Agency of Agriculture to seize the job creation opportunities that sustainable and conventional agriculture represent. The Agency of Labor will play a critical role in developing workforce training initiatives that support small businesses and create good jobs. Lawrence, Pat, Chuck and Annie will make a great team, and I am grateful to them for accepting this challenge.’Lawrence Miller, the Secretary-designee of Commerce and Community Development, is a Vermont entrepreneur who in 1990 founded Otter Creek Brewery Following the sale of Otter Creek, Lawrence became involved with Danforth Pewter and moved into the role of CEO. He has been involved with creating economic development strategies for Vermont through his work on the Vermont Economic Progress Council and the Clean Energy Development Fund.For the past 20 years, Patricia Moulton-Powden, the Agency’s Deputy Secretary-designee, has been on the front lines of economic development. She has served in a number of state roles, including Commissioner of Economic Development and Commissioner of Labor, and is well known and respected by the Vermont business community.Chuck Ross, the Secretary-designee of Agriculture has been a key member of Senator Leahy’s staff for sixteen years. He has been highly involved in the Senator’s extensive efforts to preserve and support our dairy farms and encourage business development across Vermont. In recent years he’s been part nearly every major discussion about a Vermont agricultural renaissance.Annie Noonan, the Commisioner-designee of Labor, been working in labor relations for 30 years, including as Executive Director of the Vermont State Employees Association. In that role, she was often called upon by legislators for her wisdom and good judgment. Annie is passionate about creating jobs that can keep our young Vermonters here and that expand opportunities in the trades sector.While announcing his job creation team, Shumlin also acknowledged the important role that Vermont’s higher education institutions play in any successful economic development endeavor. Dean Tom Vogelmann, Provost Jane Knodell, Vice President Domenico Grasso and Dan Smith of the Vermont State Colleges were all present for the press conference, which was held at UVM.Biographical and salary information for appointees:Lawrence Miller, Secretary of Agency of Commerce and Community DevelopmentMiller was the founder of Otter Creek Brewing, Inc. As owner, CEO, and Brewmaster Lawrence grew Otter Creek from a single-person, draft only brewery to a leading Regional Specialty brewer from 1990 through the successful sale of the company in 2002.After selling Otter Creek, Miller developed an independent advisory practice focusing on manufacturers of consumer products including start-ups, high growth companies, and turnarounds. During this period Lawrence also served on the Committee of Operating Executives at Worth Mountain Capital Partners and as a Peer Advisor with the Vermont Peer-to-Peer Collaborative, now housed at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. In 2007 he accepted the position of Chairman and CEO at client company Danforth Pewter where he has led a migration strategy from wholesale to multi-channel consumer marketing, including acquisition of compatible pewter brands.Miller has direct experience with the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. He currently serves on the Oversight Panel for the reform of State and Regional Economic Development and Planning services, which was created as part of Challenges for Change. From 1997 to 2006 he served as a Board Member of the Vermont Economic Progress Council, the last two years as Chairman. VEPC was tasked with long range economic development planning and administering the state’s tax incentive programs in support of a vision of ‘Vermont as an economically and environmentally healthy place to work and live.’ He was also the first Chairman of the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund, and currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the new VSJF Flexible Capital Fund. He has also been a member of the North Country Angels investment group for several years.Miller earned his undergraduate degree in psychology in 1987 from Reed College, in Portland, Oregon. From 1997- 1999 he completed the Birthing of Giants Entrepreneurial Leadership program at MIT, in Boston. Miller is a resident of Ripton and is married to Ginger Dowling Miller with two children ages 14 and 9. As Secretary of ACCD, Miller’s annual salary will be approximately $109,000.Patricia Moulton Powden (pictured with Chief of Staff Bill Lofy), Deputy Secretary of Agency of Commerce and Community DevelopmentPatricia Moulton Powden joined the Vermont Chamber as the Vice President of Public Affairs in July 2010. Prior to joining the Chamber, Pat served as Commissioner of Labor for four years under Governor Douglas. Prior to her position as Commissioner, she was appointed by Governor Douglas to serve as the full-time Chair of the Vermont Natural Resources Board.Prior to her environmental regulation and policy work, Powden spent 22 years in the practice of economic development on the local, regional, and state levels. Working for several different local and regional development corporations, Powden helped many companies start-up, expand, and relocate to Vermont. In 1990, she was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Economic Development by Governor Snelling and subsequently appointed Commissioner of Economic Development by Governor Dean. Powden also ran her own economic development consulting company for several years. She is a native Vermonter born in Rutland and educated in public schools in Montpelier and Hartford, Vermont. Powden is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She is married to Timothy Powden and lives in South Londonderry, Vermont. As Deputy Secretary of ACCD, Powden’s annual salary will be approximately $98,000.last_img read more

CUNA: CFPB ‘well beyond’ authority with HMDA rule

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The huge expansion of Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data beyond Dodd-Frank requirements is not necessary for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to carry out its mission, says the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). In a comment letter filed with the Office of Management and Budget Friday in response to a request for comment on HMDA data collection, CUNA shared its numerous concerns about the negative impact on credit unions.The CFPB finalized the HMDA rule in October, adding requirements to report on, as CUNA calls it, “a staggering 48 data fields,” far more than the 17 required by law.“While Congress did authorize the CFPB to collect ‘such other information as the bureau may require,’ it is unlikely this grant is an unbridled delegation to the CFPB to more than double the amount of express data points that Congress had indicated for the bureau to collect,” the letter reads.CUNA is also concerned that the CFPB has failed to articulate what HMDA data will be made public. Dodd-Frank explicitly directs the CFPB to develop regulations to determine which data points will be made public. continue reading »last_img read more

NAFCU writes Mnuchin, slams ICBA misinformation about credit union tax exemption

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger, in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, hit back Tuesday against misinformation being spread by the Independent Community Bankers of America about the credit union tax exemption in a paper on regulatory relief.“It was surprising that the ICBA used its white paper as an opportunity to attack credit unions,” Berger wrote. “As community-based financial institutions, credit unions and community banks are both familiar with the need to mitigate the currently overwhelming weight of regulatory burden, which should be the primary focus of any sincere plan to promote economic prosperity.”“Simply put, the tax exemption benefits the nation and is an issue of survival for credit unions,” Berger added. “Despite what some may claim, there remain significant regulatory and statutory differences between not-for-profit member-owned credit unions and other types of financial institutions – including limits on who they can serve and their ability to raise capital. [However,] during the financial crisis, credit unions continued to lend to consumers and small businesses that were left behind by the banks. Credit unions are proud of their continued service to Main Street America.”Berger also noted that more than one-third of banks are Subchapter S corporations that pay no corporate income tax. He also touted the independent study NAFCU commissioned earlier this year that showed the benefit to U.S. consumers from the tax exemption is $16 billion per year. This adds up to $159 in growth over a 10-year period. Eliminating the exemption would cost the federal government $38 billion in lost income tax revenue and shrink the gross domestic product by $142 billion, eliminating nearly 900,000 jobs in 10 years. continue reading »last_img read more

Two cases your credit union should pay attention to

first_imgMy morning scan of the internet for news my credit union friends can use has led me to decide to comment on two cases that could have important consequences for your credit union.First, there is this article highlighting the importance of a lawsuit that USAA is bring against Wells Fargo. The case was filed in June 2017. USAA claims that Wells Fargo has violated its remote deposit capture technology patents. The importance of this case to credit unions is obvious: There’s a good chance that if you offer remote deposit capture, the outcome of this case will impact whether or not you ultimately enter into a licensing agreement with USAA.If you remember earlier last year many credit unions received ostensibly non-threatening letters from USAA in which they were informed that USAA invented remote deposit capture technology as part of its efforts to make banking available to military personnel no matter where they are located. The letter invited your credit union to enter into a licensing agreement. Coupled with  this  pleasant language was the implicit threat of a lawsuit. It appears that Wells Fargo has decided not to settle. I’m in no position to pass judgment on the merits of these claims but I do know it is hotly contested. A win by Wells Fargo would obviously make it that much more difficult to successfully bring claims against your credit union. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Second ‘Tioga Tells’ survey hopes to help county residents with pandemic recovery

first_img“We’ve gotten over 200 responses and it looks like childcare is certainly one of the top things that residents are indicating has created some issues for them and metal health issues which is no surprise,” she said. “And job loss from layoffs was another big one.” The organizations conducted their first quality of life survey last year, and were ready to begin implementing new community initiatives based on the results, but they decided to head back to the drawing board and see if the pandemic has changed the data and information collected the first time around. OWEGO (WBNG) — Tioga Opportunities is teaming up with Americorps Vista and Rural Health Network of South Central New York for their second Tioga Tells quality of life survey, this time focusing on the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. “We have to figure out ‘okay what do we have to do to help people just get on with their day especially because of the childcare and food insecurity these are relatively new issues,” said project leader Catherine Faruolo of Americorp Vista. Tioga Opportunities Executive Director Maureen Abbott says some results from the survey are already in, giving them a better idea of what areas they will be focusing on.center_img The survey seeks to access the impact of the pandemic on Tioga County residents and provide relief in areas where it’s needed. They say the goal is to increase the available opportunities for community members to play a role in municipal policy and decision making. Once the results are in they will be compared to last years survey and the organizations will meet with community partners to see how the results can be used to help residents better deal with the pandemic. To learn more and take the survey, click here.last_img read more

In November, tourist arrivals grew by 20 percent

first_imgAccording to the eVisitor system, which includes tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), almost 380.000 arrivals and 955.000 overnight stays were realized in Croatia in November, which is a high growth of 20 percent compared to the same month last year. in arrivals and 5 percent in overnight stays. Most overnight stays in Zagreb During November, most overnight stays were realized in Zagreb (166.000 overnight stays) and in Istria (149.000 overnight stays). It is followed by Kvarner with 132.000 overnight stays in November and the Split-Dalmatia County with 120.000 overnight stays. In Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 97.000 overnight stays were realized, in Zadar County 87.000 overnight stays,  while in Šibenik-Knin County there were 35.000 overnight stays. On the continent, not counting Zagreb, most overnight stays were realized in Krapina-Zagorje (27.000), Osijek-Baranja (18.000), Vukovar-Srijem (14.000) and in Međimurje and Varaždin counties, where 13.000 overnight stays were realized. The top markets with the highest number of overnight stays in November are Slovenia, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Italy, Korea and the USA, while the top destinations with the highest number of overnight stays are Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Opatija, Split and Rovinj.Photo: Hrvoje Pilić (archive of the Zagreb Tourist Board)Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli stressed that the good results are the result of a well-thought-out strategy. “We are approaching the end of the calendar year and we can be proud of our year-round tourist year, which was marked by a positive trend in tourist traffic, which is accompanied by indicators of tourist consumption and income. This is the result of our well-thought-out tourism policy of responsible and sustainable tourism, which will play an important role in our future plans and the Tourism Development Strategy until 2025, which we are initiating. The attractive tourist offer is especially enriched during this holiday season with popular and well-attended Advent events that additionally attract guests from all over the world, but also encourage domestic movements.”, said Minister Cappelli.”We are pleased with the growth of tourist traffic, which we have maintained during these winter months. We expect a very positive impact of the Advent period on the entire tourist year, which is why a special promotional Advent campaign is underway in eight key European markets, including Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Slovenia, France, Hungary and the United Kingdom. In addition to Advent, which is one of the key motives for coming in the winter, we are focused on promoting other tourist products, so a promotional campaign for business tourism is underway, which aims to extend the season., said CNTB Director Kristjan Staničić, announcing the imminent start of a promotional campaign for nautical tourism, which will be implemented by mid-January next year in nine European markets.From January to the end of November, 6 percent more arrivals were realizedIn the period from January to the end of November, there were 19.4 million arrivals (+ 6%) and 105.2 million overnight stays (+ 4%). Out of that, foreign tourists realized 17.3 million arrivals (+ 6%) and 92.6 million overnight stays (+ 4%), while domestic tourists also recorded increases in arrivals by 9% and in overnight stays by 5%. During the eleven months, the highest number of overnight stays was realized in Istria (28.3 million), while in the Split-Dalmatia County 19.8 million overnight stays were realized, ie 18.9 million overnight stays in Kvarner. They are followed by Zadar County with 14.5 million overnight stays and Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 8.8 million overnight stays. In Šibenik-Knin County, 7.1 million overnight stays were realized, in Lika-Senj County 3.3 million overnight stays, while in Zagreb 2.3 million overnight stays were realized. On the continent, not including Zagreb, most overnight stays were realized in Karlovac (611.000), Krapina-Zagorje (323.000), Zagreb (191.000), Osijek-Baranja (188.000) and Međimurje counties (176.000). At the national level, during the first eleven months, most overnight stays were realized from the markets of Germany (21.1 million), Slovenia (10.5 million), Austria (7.7 million), Poland (6.3 million) and the Czech Republic (5.5 million), and the top destinations by overnight stay. are Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Split and Medulin. RELATED NEWS:last_img read more

Irundo provides free accommodation for all healthcare professionals in self-isolation

first_imgOwners of the integral hotel Irundo (ZigZag Apartments) Igor Kordic and Tomislav Zovko. Photo: Petar Glebov / PIXSELL Finally, Irundo invites all health professionals from Zagreb to contact them at the contacts listed below.  Tomislav 98 9213 537 Also, Irundo invites other private renters from Zagreb to join the action, in order to provide as much accommodation as possible to healthcare professionals, and thus make the situation a little easier for them. Vanja 99 2604 275 In our most difficult moments of (non) business, when all our apartments are empty, we came up with the idea to take advantage of complete business inactivity and to be humanitarianly active, he pointed out. Igor Kordić, co-owner of Irunda, and added that they therefore decided to offer accommodation to all health professionals, depending on the possibilities and their capacities, during their self-isolation. Igor Kordić 91 3873 026center_img “The most important, and at the same time the most endangered, are doctors and all other health professionals who, according to the prescribed safety measures, must be in self-isolation every two weeks. This is our small contribution to the community in which we live and work, and such difficult times additionally oblige us to show solidarity and socially responsible behavior. With our example, we want to encourage all others who are able to offer empty apartments for insulation only and enable as many apartments as possible to be provided to health professionals.”Concluded Tomislav Zovko (co-owner of Irunda). Irundo, an apartment rental company, in cooperation with apartment owners, organizes free accommodation for health professionals who in these difficult times, due to the nature of the work, must be in self-isolation. Thus, Irundo with the full support of apartment owners, who are usually rented as apartments for tourists, allows health professionals to spend their mandatory time of self-isolation in Irundo apartments where they will have full comfort to make their time in self-isolation pass easier and faster.  When asked how they adapted to the situation around the corona virus, Kordić points out that their apartments are thoroughly disinfected with professional means, before and after each guest, and they are constantly ventilated. “Our apartment cleaning staff has detailed instructions on how to act when entering / leaving the apartments, and we have reduced the movements and interactions of all our employees to a minimum and we solve communication using technology. Also, we are fully digitalized so that each guest can enter our apartments independently to avoid any interpersonal contacts.”Kordić points out and concludes that in addition to all disinfection measures, they also offer guests the possibility of organizing the delivery of food and all other necessities so that they do not have to visit stores.  “We want to take an active part in the fight against the pandemic and help healthcare professionals to cope more easily with this extremely demanding situation in order to protect their families from further transmission of the virus.”Kordic emphasizes.last_img read more

‘It is not COVID-19’: Indonesian health official mixes up disease and virus

first_imgThe International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), which is responsible for naming and classifying new viruses, announced on Feb. 11 that the virus that causes COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) “has been named ‘severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2’ (SARS-CoV-2)”.The World Health Organization has also published a special webpage on naming the new coronavirus, which states that “the virus responsible for COVID-19” is named “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)”. The subsequent section has the subheading “Why do the virus and the disease have different names?”, and provides a clear explanation.On Feb. 22, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced that the Japanese man was a Tokyo resident in his 60s. In related news published the same day, national broadcaster NHK reported that the man was diagnosed on Feb. 19 upon his return from a family vacation in Indonesia, but did not specify the local destination. It also said that he had gone to a medical facility on Feb. 12 with “cold-like symptoms”.Read also: BREAKING: Japanese man tests positive for COVID-19 after Indonesia visit: ReportYurianto said that while the man was in Indonesia, he had only visited Bali and had not shown any symptoms of COVID-19.Meanwhile, Omni Hospital Pulomas vaccinologist Dirga Sakti Rambe said that similar cases could be going undetected, as several cases had been reported of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 who had not shown any symptoms of COVID-19.“[Asymptomatic] cases like this would not be detected at any airport around the world. This is what makes COVID-19 management difficult,” Dirga told the Post.Although ports of entry like airports should check the temperature of passengers according to guidance from the WHO, cases of infection could still miss detection, he said.“This is not the fault of the airport’s detection system, but the character of this disease. It is getting harder to control the outbreak because of asymptomatic transmission,” said Dirga. “That’s why it must be followed up, where he went, etc. Ideally, we should be tracking his [close] contacts.”On Monday, NHK reported that the Tokyo government had identified around 80 people as the man’s close contacts and instructed them to remain at home in self-quarantine, and that it was continuing to surveil their condition.Topics : A Health Ministry official said on Monday that the Japanese national who tested positive for the novel coronavirus upon his return from a trip to Indonesia was “not a case of COVID-19”.Secretary Achmad Yurianto of the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention directorate general said that according to Japanese authorities, the man was infected with “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2″ – or SARS-CoV-2 – and insisted that SARS-CoV-2 was different from COVID-19.“There [in Japan], he was diagnosed by doctors to have been infected with SARS coronavirus type 2,” Yurianto told The Jakarta Post on Monday. When the Post asked Yurianto to elaborate on his insistence that the Japanese man did not have COVID-19 despite testing positive for SARS-CoV-2, he maintained his earlier statement.In an earlier interview with, Yurianto claimed that coronavirus disease 2019, officially named COVID-19, was different from SARS-CoV-2.”What we have now is a COVID-19 epidemic. There are experts saying that COVID-19 is different from SARS CoV-2, and that the differences reach 70 percent,” he said.Yurianto said he believed that the two were different because in dealing with Indonesian crew members of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, Japan had consistently referred to their illness as COVID-19 rather than saying that they had tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.last_img read more

Gender bias, health concerns and sports-shy consumers: 10 charts explaining UK attitudes to protein

first_imgHitting the gym is optional in today’s protein market. A high number of consumers are tucking into bars and shakes without doing any exercise. That presents a huge opportunity for protein to diversify beyond its core audience, which remains skewed towards men. This research was commissioned by The Grocer and carried out by Him independently from Grenade. Free download: 10 charts explaining UK attitudes to protein 1. Over a fifth of consumers eat a protein bar once a week or more Protein content may be important to half of consumers in this market, but there remains widespread confusion over how much a product should contain. A quarter of consumers admitted they didn’t know, while roughly half thought it should be between 15g and 20g.Considering most bars on the market pack in around 20g of protein, they’re not far off. But the figures below suggest there is a need for education around protein content and exactly how much to expect.That’s especially true among certain demographic groups. More than three in 10 women said they didn’t know much protein a product should contain, compared to two in 10 men. And half of over-55s admitted to having no clue on protein content, compared to 10% of under-35s.8. Three quarters are worried about sugar content The sports nutrition market has traditionally been male-dominated. So it’s perhaps not surprising that more than twice as many men regularly drink protein shakes than women. Three quarters of women never buy protein shakes, compared to 58% of male respondents.That demographic split is similarly apparent in protein bars. A third of men will consume them at least once a week, compared to just 14% of women.However, Grenade says this gender bias is changing. “Historically, the protein market has been more male-dominated, which has been driven by protein being used as a sports supplement and its connection with heavy gym use,” says head of category Mike Simons. “However, the profile has changed considerably and we’ve seen a rapid influx of female consumers.”3. Morning is the most common time to consume a protein product Even in the functional world of sports nutrition, taste is a primary concern for shoppers. Protein content – arguably the main selling point of these products – comes a mere third in importance after taste and price.Not far behind are sugar content and natural ingredients, cited as important by a third of protein consumers. And a fifth say they look for convenient formats.Taste is particularly important to women, of whom 66% named it an important factor. That compares with just 52% of men.Meanwhile, men were more persuaded by a convenient format. It was cited as an important factor by 27% of male respondents, compared to 18% of female. Men came out as slightly more interested in protein content, too.7. But a quarter don’t know how much protein a product should contain Bars and shakes aren’t the only way to up your protein intake. Protein-conscious consumers are also turning towards naturally protein-rich foods such as chicken and eggs. So much so that British Red Lion is focusing on the protein content of eggs for National Egg Week in October.This message may well resonate with consumers. A quarter of protein shoppers say they prefer to get their protein from natural sources, as opposed to bars and shakes.That is particularly true of younger consumers. Nearly a third of 18 to 24-year-olds say they veer towards natural protein sources, compared to just 12% of the 45 to 54 age group.This insight could have implications for bars and shakes, too. A third of consumers say they prefer products with natural ingredients and no artificial colours or sweeteners.5. Less than a fifth of consumers will only eat protein products for exercise purposes Sports nutrition is all about a healthy lifestyle. So the last thing protein products want is to be associated with high levels of sugar.Products on the market have worked hard to offer a sweet taste without too much of the white stuff. The majority of bars will contain less than half a teaspoon of sugar.Grenade’s Simons says that low sugar is a “fundamental part” of the protein bar proposition. That was based on consumer attitudes. “Sugar levels have been the primary health concern amongst shoppers for quite some time, and this continues to be the case,” he says.These concerns are showing in the data. Despite the low sugar credentials of protein products, three quarters of respondents to our survey were at least slightly worried about their sugar content. And a fifth went as far as being ‘very worried’.These concerns were particularly pronounced among the 35 to 44-year-old age group. Among this demographic, three in 10 said they were very worried about sugar content.In terms of region, Londoners were most likely to be wary of their intake. A whopping 35% of the capital’s residents said they were very worried about the sugar content of protein products, and 28% were quite worried.9. Protein bars are still seen as healthier than confectionery Around half of consumers say they never eat protein bars. It may not sound like anything to shout about but – considering sports nutrition was once a niche area – a 46% penetration rate is actually pretty encouraging.According to our research with Him, a fifth of consumers eat protein bars at least once a week. That figure is even higher among younger shoppers. A staggering 54% of consumers aged between 25 and 34 eat protein bars once a week or more. And a fifth of this age group will chow down on one daily.That contrasts sharply with older consumers. Among the 55 to 64-year-old age group, only 10% will consume a protein bar weekly. And 66% never buy into the market at all.Interestingly, consumers interested in healthy eating are more likely to buy protein bars. A third of those who ensure every meal they eat includes fruit or vegetables will snack on a bar at least once a week.2. Men are far more likely to drink protein shakes Despite all these sugar concerns, protein bars are still seen as more virtuous than your standard chocolate fix. Six in ten agreed they were somewhat healthier than a chocolate bar, while only three in 10 thought they were the same or less healthy. And a quarter deemed them ‘much healthier’.As always, there are demographic differences within these perceptions. A substantial 31% of men agreed they were much healthier than chocolate, compared to 16% of women.Older consumers were also a little warier of the health credentials of protein bars. Only 8% of over-55s agreed protein bars were much healthier than their chocolatey counterparts. That compares with 48% of the under-35 age group.That’s perhaps unsurprising, considering older shoppers are most worried about the sugar content of these products.10. Men are more likely to be loyal to a protein brand The first half of the day is the most important in this market. Morning is the most common time for consumers to down a protein shake or tuck into a bar.Grenade’s Simons says this is down to perceptions of protein as a pick-me-up. “We know there are strong links between purchases of our products and coffee and energy drinks,” he says. “During the morning, this is often as a convenient replacement for breakfast for time-poor consumers on the go.”This seems to be particularly true of time-pressed Londoners. Just over six in 10 consumers in the capital favour the morning as the time to consume protein, while just 14% do so in the evening.4. Younger consumers lean more towards natural sources of protein The appeal of sports nutrition has gone way beyond exercise buffs. That much is evidenced by the sheer number of consumers who tuck into protein products without doing exercise.Only a fifth of protein consumers say they consume bars and shakes exclusively for exercise purposes. And a sizeable proportion of the market – 36% – says their consumption is rarely or never connected to a workout.Again, this relates to the wider uses for protein products other than pumping iron. Only a fifth of protein consumers believe bars and shakes improve their sports performance. A higher number – 28% – think protein products give them energy.There is a slight gender bias in the link between protein and exercise, though. A quarter of female consumers say they never have a protein bar or shake for workout purposes, compared with just 14% of men.Older consumers are also more likely to chow down on protein for reasons other than sports nutrition. Half of consumers aged 55-plus never choose protein for exercise purposes.6. Nearly half of consumers will look at protein content Overall, only 12% of consumers are loyal to a particular brand of protein product. That is fairly low, especially for such a brand-heavy market.Some consumers are more attached to brands than others, however. Nearly a fifth of men said they were loyal to a particular name, compared to just 7% of women.That stands to reason given the gender bias in the protein market. Because the groups most engaged with the market were the most likely to show loyalty. An encouraging 25% of the 25 to 34-year-old age group – the group most likely to buy protein products – had a preference for one brand.By contrast, only 3% of over-55s said the same.And London, the most protein-loving region, was also particularly loyal. A quarter of consumers in the city favoured one brand.,Downloads10 Charts_Protein_Digital PDFPDF, Size 1.95 mblast_img read more