VIRUS TODAY: 1-dose shot offers good COVID protection, hope

first_imgJohnson & Johnson says its vaccine appears to protect against COVID-19 with just one shot. It’s not as strong as some two-shot rivals, but it’s still potentially helpful for a world in dire need of more doses. In Washington, the Biden administration says it’s taking “creative steps” to build broader public support for its $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue plan. President Joe Biden and his new treasury secretary say the cost of doing too little is much greater than the cost of doing and spending too much. Meanwhile, cities and states are enlisting nontraditional people in the nation’s vaccination efforts, including event organizers and other logistics experts.last_img read more Culturalist Challenge! Which First-Time Tony-Nominee Are You Rooting For?

first_img The staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.The Tony night countdown is winding down, which means the viewing party plans, prediction discussions and our docu-series are heating up! No one is more stoked than us for Broadway’s biggest night—all right, maybe the nominees have got us beat on the excitement charts. For 24 performers, 2016 marks the year of their first Tony nomination. So which first-time Tony nominee will you be rooting for on June 12? Editorial Assistant Lindsey Sullivan started off the celebration with her top 10!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and then click “rearrange list” (or, if you have nothing to rearrange, go right ahead and hit “publish”).STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on! View Comments (Photos: Caitlin McNaney, Joan MArcus, Bruce Glikas & Emilio Madrid-Kuser) last_img read more

A Cooperative Atmosphere in the Brigades of the Future

first_img Many people will be asking themselves what is going to happen with the U.S. Army when the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are over. What changes will the troops see, and how are the forces preparing for future challenges? Some of the answers to those questions can be found in the Army’s 162nd Infantry Brigade, headquartered at Fort Polk, Louisiana. The 162nd Brigade has the task of training officers and non-commissioned officers in interdisciplinary fields such as languages, culture, economics, socio-political negotiations, the use of diplomacy, and other topics that serve as a foundation for the implementation of Regionally Aligned Brigades (RABs). The objective of these efforts is to regionalize and transform these brigades in order to confront global challenges. The final goal is that these forces will be regionally aligned with the aim of supporting the combatant commands: the Northern Command, the Southern Command, the Central Command, the Pacific Command, the European Command, and the recently formed Africa Command. Brigadier General Clarence K.K. Chinn, the commander of the Joint Readiness Training Center, said on a recent visit to the 162nd Brigade’s second battalion that it was imperative to add security-assistance and capacity-development missions to the RABs. The guiding principle of this concept will be to make a substantial contribution to global stability and strengthening strategic alliances. General Chinn added that the RABs will have the necessary resources to assist our Special Forces on a range of missions, including foreign internal defense. These RABs will play a significant role, since they will complement the efforts of the U.S. Department of Defense in the areas of conflict prevention, stability, and interoperability. In 1992, Samuel P. Huntington developed a theory in the field of international relations. Huntington called it “the clash of civilizations.” This scholar maintains that the chief sources of conflict will not be economic or ideological, but rather that the fault lines and sources of conflict will be between groups from different civilizations, and these groups, for their part, will dominate the international stage. International relations expert Robert O. Kehoane, in his book titled After Hegemony, emphasizes the importance of cooperation as a way to prevent conflicts. This is precisely one of the postulates on which the Regionally Aligned Brigades are based. Along the same lines, neoliberal theorist Joseph Nye maintains in his book Power and Interdependence that an integral part of international relations is based on the use of smart power, or the combination of hard power (sticks) with soft power (carrots). In this new framework, the chief objective is to succeed in using more “carrots” and fewer “sticks.” What, then, do these theoretical concepts mean as concepts for implementation? For the Western Hemisphere combatant commands (the Southern Command and the Northern Command), they mean new opportunities for hemispheric peace and fraternity. The full implementation of a brigade trained in multidisciplinary areas, able to contribute to strengthening the relationships between the United States and its neighbors, is predicted for the future. These postulates are, in essence, what Admiral James Stavridis, NATO’s supreme allied commander in Europe and a former commander of the U.S. Southern Command, used to emphasize: “a bombardment of ideas instead of missiles.” In the future, these RABs will participate more assiduously in events such as medical exercises, where the hope is to reach the communities most in need with medical, dental, ophthalmological, and veterinary personnel, among others, and will be trained to participate in professional exchanges at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels. The RABs will be a multiplier element in the fight against narco-terrorism, where the hope is to detect, deter, and defeat threats; participate in humanitarian operations; have teams of engineers available; and collaborate on military and security exchanges. This new concept will be a turning point in the use of military force. At present, the 162nd Brigade has three foreign-relations officers who are experts in the Western Hemisphere and whose task it is to develop the programs that will be implemented in the future. They are the pioneers of this new concept and are currently acting as liaisons with the Northern and Southern Commands and with Army North and Army South. Predictions are that this titanic effort will begin to bear fruit in the next few years. At the same time, these officers are charged with developing the necessary guidelines for a contingent of approximately 35 officers and non-commissioned officers who will be responsible for developing and carrying out training and evaluation missions in relation to these RABs once their missions are consolidated. As with any new concept, this one is not without unanswered questions. With the aim of filling those gaps, the 162nd Brigade, in coordination with the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), will hold a workshop in February where they will evaluate potential scenarios in which the RABs could be used with optimal results. Senior officers from WHINSEC’s Command and General Staff Course will participate in the workshop. The course has 48 students from 12 countries in the hemisphere, whose experiences are expected to provide promising results in this spirit. Other military, civilian, and academic institutions are also expected to participate, with the objective of effectively planning the future of the RABs. The forces of the future are being shaped at this moment. We hope to learn from and fix some weaknesses of the past, and we are confident that we are designing a force capable of being a friendly hand with an international reach. In the next few years, the Army’s processes for administering and using the RABs will be analyzed. *_Lieutenant Colonel Samuel López Santana is a distinguished foreign-relations officer with the 162nd Brigade at Fort Polk, Louisiana. López is one of the first three officers in charge of developing programs and training for the Regionally Aligned Brigades (RABs) for the Western Hemisphere._ By Dialogo February 08, 2012 Interesting prospect, i request information on jungle operations. So, now they got themselves a whole brigade. How are they going to commit resources? What will be the anticipated missions manpower? What does the organizational wire diagram look like? With the limited language school slots, how many linguists do they plan to turn out? What will be the smallest deployable TO & E units? What MOS, how many of each and rank requirements to staff that TO & E?last_img read more

Wisconsin election results 2020: Joe Biden apparent winner

first_img– Advertisement – Joe Biden is the apparent winner in Wisconsin, according to an NBC News projection, flipping a state that President Donald Trump had won in 2016.Wisconsin has 10 Electoral College votes. As of Wednesday afternoon, NBC showed Biden leading Trump by approximately 21,000 votes. Approximately 3.2 million individual votes were cast for Biden and Trump. Trump won the swing state by less than a percentage point in 2016, ending Wisconsin’s seven-election streak of backing Democratic candidates.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img The Trump campaign said earlier in the day Wednesday that it plans to request a formal recount in the state, claiming that there were “irregularities” during the vote. The definition of an Apparent Winner is that NBC News has projected that a candidate has won the race, but the results are close enough that the outcome may depend on a potential recount and/or confirmation that the results that have been reported are accurate.This is breaking news. Check back for updates. Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry in Manitowoc, Wis., Monday, Sept. 21, 2020.Carolyn Kaster | APlast_img read more

Gateway to regeneration

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COVID-19: Jakarta satellite cities insist on suspension of commuter line services

first_imgFive regional heads of Jakarta’s peripheral areas, namely Bogor, Depok and Bekasi in West Java, have insisted on the suspension of commuter line services to curb the spread of COVID-19 after the proposal was rejected by the central government.Bogor Regent Ade Yasin, Bogor Deputy Mayor Dedi A. Rachim, Bekasi Mayor Rahmat Effendi and representatives of Bekasi Mayor Eka Supria Atmaja held a joint meeting in the Bogor regency office in Cibinong, West Java, on Sunday to evaluate the progress of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) recently imposed in the satellite cities.“We […] still urge the Transportation Ministry to temporarily stop commuter line trains during the PSBB,” Ade said on Sunday as reported by The proposal was based on findings that most confirmed patients in the regions were likely infected while traveling on commuter line trains.“We are certain that one of the reasons behind the growing number of confirmed cases is the operation of the commuter line. [Recent] data showed that most [COVID-19] patients commute by train,” Ade added.The five officials previously asked the Transportation Ministry and state-owned railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI), which operates the commuter line, to halt train services to comply with the PSBB and break the transmission chain of COVID-19.However, Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, who is also acting transportation minister, denied the request, arguing that halting the service would only create new problems as a majority of commuter train passengers were workers, some of whom worked in the health sector.The health sector is among the sectors deemed “essential” and thus still permitted to operate while the PSBB is in effect. (vny)Topics : She regretted that there had not been any drastic changes in the operations of commuter line services after the PSBB was put in place.“[We hope] to at least have restrictions, closing down stations and carefully selecting people who use the commuter line,” Ade added.Read also: Luhut decides against Greater Jakarta’s calls for halt to Commuter Line during PSBBJakarta’s satellite cities have imposed a partial lockdown since April 15, which will end on Tuesday. Based on their evaluation, the five regional heads agreed to propose an extension for the PSBB. The proposal will be submitted to the Health Ministry through the office of the West Java governor.last_img read more

Architecturally designed Indooroopilly jungle house hits market

first_imgThe house at 9 Ormond Tce, Indooroopilly, is for sale.ON A post in this kitchen are markings that span as far back as 30 years.It is the kind where a child puts their back up against it, and their parent marks how much they have grown. The Weirs enjoyed living in the house and hope another family will keep its story going.It was the family home for Andresen and husband Peter O’Gorman, and Mr Weir believed it was essential to the property’s integrity to continue that narrative, even when updating it.“We really feel like we’ve kept the enduring story of the house going,” Mr Weir said.“We modernised it with new appliances, making it more liveable for families, and replaced the hardwoods like for like … as well as painting it.” The original studio for Andresen and O’GormanWhen Ian and Kylie Weir set out to freshen up the architecturally designed property at 9 Ormond Tce, Indooroopilly, it was this post they decided to leave untouched.“Instead, we added our little boy and we hope the new owners keep that going,” Mr Weir said. The kitchen has a curved ceiling and corrugated iron.True to the architects’ style, the house consists of two pavilions — a horizontal pavilion and a vertical pavilion. Even the bedroom roof is curved.The house juxtaposes curves and corrugated iron with natural woods and many windows.The vertical pavilion is self-contained, and the horizontal pavilion has a number of decks for different times of the day. The house has touches typical of the architects’ style, with loads of timber and windows.Mr Weir said they knew one of the original owners, Brit Andresen of renowned architect couple Andresen O’Gorman, which led to them purchasing the property in mid-2016.“We almost decided to buy it before we’d seen it because we knew their work,” Mr Weir said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago“We literally just walked through the front gate and decided immediately to buy it.“It had an incredible atmosphere in that first moment, and we want it to go to someone who has that same feeling.” The rustic vibe continues into the bathroom.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

Med-Mizer awarded tax abatement for expansion

first_imgBatesville, Ind. —Batesville-based, Med-Mizer has been awarded a tax abatement for a $1.2 million expansion that will create 20 new full-time positions by 2018. The new positions will pay an average of $17.75 per hour.The company currently employs 29 residents that earn an average wage of $20.40 per-hour.The tax abatement, approved by Batesville city council Monday, will give the company a 35-percent tax reduction on real and personal property for a period of five years.The Indiana Economic development Corporation has offered the company a $35,000 grant from the Skills Enhancement Fund and up to $90,000 in Growing Economy tax credits.Med-Mizer produces products for the assisted living, skilled nursing, bariatric care, memory care and home care industries.last_img read more

Light shines on Crop comeback

first_img The Ladbrokes St Leger hero was running for the first time since finishing down the field in the Arc at Longchamp in October and took closer order behind the front-running Royal Diamond with a half a mile to run. With the latter sticking to the far rail, Joseph O’Brien’s mount came down the middle in company with Pale Mimosa, and the even-money favourite loomed large two furlongs out. When asked, Leading Light responded sweetly and went nicely clear in the final 200 yards to win with three lengths in hand from Royal Diamond, who kept on well to take second. Press Association Winning trainer Aidan O’Brien said: “You’d have to be very happy with him, you couldn’t be happier really. “I was very happy with him at home, he’s a lot stronger and was doing all the right things. “He had the penalty there for his first run and it was a proper run race. “We haven’t seen the bottom of him yet, at the end of two miles at Ascot last year (Queen’s Vase) he didn’t seem to be stopping so we will look forward to that (Gold Cup) and he could run in the Saval Beg before that. “When he gets there (to the front) he pulls up so that’s why he wears cheekpieces. It was lovely that they went a gallop and he could take his time and didn’t have to make his own running. He settled well, travelled well and quickened twice down the straight.” O’Brien doubled up when Leading Light’s full-brother John Constable (5-4 favourite) stayed on strongly in the Excelebration Maiden. The three-year-old was getting off the mark at the sixth time of asking, beating Karezak by three-quarters of a length. Like his brother last year, he could be aimed at the Queen’s Vase at the Royal meeting. O’Brien said: “We might have run him a bit short the first couple of times. He only ran over seven furlongs twice as a two-year-old. When we stepped him up to a mile and two it appeared to help. The Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot could be an option now.” center_img Leading Light made the perfect start to his four-year-old campaign with a clear-cut victory in Navan’s Coolmore Vintage Crop Stakes.last_img read more

Dyche backs Ings for England future

first_imgBurnley manager Sean Dyche was not surprised by striker Danny Ings’ England exclusion but believes there is every likelihood he will graduate to the senior squad in the future. The England Under-21 international scored five goals in seven games in January and early February and while he has drawn a blank in his last four, there was talk of him having a chance of being promoted to Roy Hodgson’s squad for a Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania and the friendly in Italy. It did not materialise but Dyche believes the 22-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer and has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool, has the talent to make the step up. “I don’t think I am surprised,” he said. “I’d like to think he is in their thoughts but there are lots of other players out there who are doing well – the main one being Harry Kane. “But I would certainly promote them continuing to monitor him because he has a freshness to the way he plays and is different to a number of centre-forwards who would be considered. “He is definitely learning and that is a big thing when you are a young player. “There are no guarantees, that is for Roy and his staff to decide on, but as long as he keeps progressing he will always be in their thinking.” Burnley did have another striker called up for national team action after Sam Vokes was selected by Wales after his first Premier League start in last weekend’s surprise victory over Manchester City. The 25-year-old is back in Chris Coleman’s squad for the first time in more than a year after recovering from a serious knee injury which delayed his Clarets’ top-flight debut until after Christmas. “It is great to get a call up again. It has been a long road back and to get 85 minutes under my belt last weekend was another stepping stone,” said Vokes. On his fellow striker Ings’s England prospects the forward added: “He is at a stage now when he is definitely pushing. He is good enough to be in at that level and over the next few years I think he will prove that. “He brings something different to what they have now. You have seen with his goals this year he can definitely finish.” Last weekend’s victory over City gave a real shot in the arm to Burnley’s survival hopes, putting them just a point behind 17th-placed Sunderland – who have just sacked Gus Poyet and brought in Dick Advocaat. Dyche insists they have put the City win behind them and are not really considering what effect the Black Cats’ managerial change will have on the race for survival. “The one thing I have learned is there is no guarantee,” said the Clarets boss. “It was a good performance, we edged it and did enough to get a win on the day and we are going to have to do it again. “We are aware of the league but we are not totally staring at it and that is the same for what is outside of us. “Different clubs make different decisions for all different reasons but we are focused on what we are doing here.” Press Associationlast_img read more