RICHMOND, Va. — Jay Haas shot a 7-under 65 – missing his age by a stroke – to take a two-shot lead Saturday in the PGA Tour Champions’ playoff-opening Dominion Energy Charity Classic. Trying to become the oldest winner in tour history, the 64-year-old Haas birdied the par-5 16th and 18th holes to get to 11-under 133 on The Country Club of Virginia’s James River Course. ”I’ve been out here too long to know that I can learn to expect anything,” Haas said. ”While I’m hopeful every day and I’ve been playing OK, the last couple weeks have not been very good, but this week has been much better. I love this golf course and it looks good to my eye. Most of the holes look like I’m going to hit a good shot, so I enjoy playing here.” Mike Fetchick set the age record of 63 years to the day in the 1985 Hilton Head event. Haas is second on the list, taking the 2016 Toshiba Classic at 62 years, 10 months, 7 days for his 18th senior title. ”That’s a good way to say I’m old, ‘experience,”’ Haas said. ”I think I’m very nervous most of the time when I play and today was no exception, but I continued to hit good shots and, hopefully, I can put one foot in front of the other, one shot at a time, do what I tell my son to do every time, you know? See if I can put some of those adages to work tomorrow.” Full-field scores from the Dominion Energy Charity Classic Stephen Ames and Scott Dunlap were tied for second after the round that started in light rain. Ames had a 67, and Dunlap shot 68. Defending champion Bernhard Langer had a 66 to join Billy Mayfair (67) and Woody Austin (68) at 9 under. Langer won the SAS Championship last week in North Carolina to take the season points lead. The 61-year-old German star has two victories this year and 38 overall on the 50-and-over tour. The top 72 players qualified for the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs opener. The top 54 on Sunday will get spots next week in the Invesco QQQ Championship in Thousand Oaks, California, and the top 36 after that will advance to the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix. Miguel Angel Jimenez, second in the standings, was tied for 23rd at 4 under after a 71.
Vermont Business Magazine Average retail gasoline prices in Vermont have risen 9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.80/gallon Thursday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of gas outlets in the state. Burlington-area prices have risen to an average of $2.88. The southern counties of the state having the lowest, with the cheapest prices in Windham County, with an average price per gallon of $2.70. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.79/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.In Vermont, prices are 36.4 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 17.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 17.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 38.8 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on April 23 in Burlington have ranged widely over the last five years: $2.45/g in 2017, $2.23/g in 2016, $2.56/g in 2015, $3.74/g in 2014 and $3.52/g in 2013.New Hampshire- $2.72/g, up 7 cents per gallon from last week and up 21 cents for the month and 38.9 cents from a year ago.”Gas price increases gripped 49 of the nation’s 50 states again last week as oil prices continued their upward move to new multi-year highs. In addition, government data highlighted a new record for gasoline demand was breached last week, and we’re not even into the summer driving season yet. The road ahead at the pump looks quite ominous if that demand number proves common in the coming weeks,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “With President Trump’s tweet last week targeting the price of oil, there may be additional scrutiny on oil prices in the coming weeks that bears monitoring. OPEC has been remarkably successful in better aligning supply to demand, draining the crude oil glut, and pushing oil prices to their highest since 2014. While refinery maintenance and the change to summer gasoline largely complete, oil prices remain one of the largest active drivers of gas prices now and likely in the weeks ahead. All signs point to some additional upward movement before prices peak and perhaps drop slightly around Memorial Day into the month of June- all certainly very contingent and subject to any changes from OPEC.”For LIVE fuel price averages, visit http://FuelInsights.GasBuddy.com(link is external).About GasBuddyGasBuddy is the technology company changing the way more than 75 million consumers find, purchase, and save money on gasoline. Founded in 2000, the original GasBuddy website was a pioneer in crowd-sourced information, leveraging technology, big data, and a passionate community that now connects more than 70 million users with real-time, accurate fuel pricing information as well as reliable reviews of gas station amenities and services. The app and website have the most accurate and real-time fuel prices at over 140,000 unique stations in the United States, Canada, and Australia and is the most comprehensive money-saving companion while on the road. GasBuddy is available on all mobile platforms.Source: 4.26.2018 www.gasbuddy.com(link is external).
Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minn) led more than 300 international lawmakers across two dozen countries in a letter to the leadership of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today, calling on the international financial institutions to cancel low-income countries’ debt in response to the global COVID-19 crisis and provide a major infusion of financial support to avert a global economic meltdown.“What this crisis shows us is that we have got to act as a global community—we truly are all in this together. That means protecting the most vulnerable amongst us,” said Sanders. “In the face of a horrific pandemic and a worldwide recession, we cannot allow poor countries to dedicate money that should be going towards protecting the health and safety of their people to pay off unsustainable debts. We cannot allow these countries to be deprived of the resources they need to purchase food, medicine, protective gear, and medical equipment. The steps that our international coalition of lawmakers is proposing are not radical. It is the very least that these financial institutions should do to prevent an unimaginable increase in poverty, hunger, and disease that threatens hundreds of millions of people.”“This is a global economic and public health crisis unlike any we have seen in our lifetimes,” said Rep. Omar. “We as a global community must seize this opportunity to get relief to those who are suffering by cancelling debt for nations who cannot afford it. As the largest contributor to the IMF and the leading force behind the establishment of the World Bank, the United States should take the lead in this effort. I am humbled by the broad show of support for this policy on all six continents—including former heads of state. We are all globally connected and must act as a collective to get us out of this crisis.”The UN predicts(link is external) that coronavirus crisis could increase global poverty by as much as half a billion people—8% of the total human population. The World Food Programme estimates that the number of people pushed to the brink of starvation due to the global economic crisis could double(link is external), to 265 million from 135 million, as a result of the pandemic. Meanwhile, developing countries hold(link is external) roughly $11 trillion in external debt, with $3.9 trillion of debt service due this year. Sixty-four countries(link is external) currently pay more on debt servicing than on health care.“The temporary suspension and deferment of debt will not be sufficient to help these countries fully prioritize the prompt and sustainable management of the crisis at hand,” the coalition of lawmakers wrote, urging the heads of the World Bank and IMF to instead “take strong leadership to provide extensive debt relief and financial assistance for all impoverished nations most at risk of the devastating human costs and the long-lasting economic injuries of COVID-19.” This includes the deployment of “trillions of dollars” in global liquidity—known as Special Drawing Rights, which are costless—to “avert major increases in poverty, hunger and disease.”Lawmakers involved in the initiative span the ideological spectrum, from progressive UK Member of Parliament Jeremy Corbyn to Argentine lawmaker Carlos Menem, who, as President of Argentina, enacted austerity measures in the 1980s and 1990s.Notable signers include Ricardo Monreal, Senate majority leader in Mexico; Golriz Ghahraman, Green Party MP in New Zealand; French assemblyman Jean-Luc Mélénchon; Adam Bandt, leader of the Australian Greens; Israeli Knesset members Ofer Cassif, Aida Touma-Sliman, and Ayman Odeh; Maya Fernandez Allende, granddaughter of Salvador Allende; and Colombian Senator Gustavo Petro. Sanders and Omar were also joined by domestic lawmakers U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Representatives Chuy García (D-Ill.), Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Jayapal (D-Wash.), Lee (D-Calif.), Norton (D-D.C.), Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Pocan (D-Wis.), Pressley (D-Mass.), Rush (D-Ill.), and Tlaib (D-Mich.).A PDF of the letter can be found here(link is external) and the full text follows below.May 13, 2020 Additional SignatoriesDiane Abbott, Member of Parliament, United KingdomMarcela Aguiñaga, Member of National Assembly, EcuadorOmar Paul Aguilar Condo, Senator, BoliviaMertxe Aizpurua, Member of Congress of Deputies, SpainAlvina Alamestä, Member of European Parliament, FinlandMonica Aleman, Member of National Assembly, EcuadorFrançois Alfonsi, Member of European Parliament, FranceDaniel Almeida, Member of Congress, BrazilPerpétua Almeida, Member of Congress, BrazilAna Claudia Almirón, Senator, ArgentinaJosé Luis Ancalle Gutiérrez, Member of Congress, PeruRasmus Andresen, Member of European Parliament, GermanyÓscar Arellano Pizarro, Member of Chamber of Deputies, BoliviaWilson Arias, Senator, ColombiaCarola Arraya Borges, Senator, BoliviaJaber Asaqla, Member of Knesset, IsraelMiquel Aubà i Fleix, Senator, SpainManon Aubry, Member of European Parliament, FranceAida Avella, Senator, ColombiaYuriri Ayala, Member of Local Congress, Mexico CitySara Bailac Ardanuy, Senator, SpainAdam Bandt, Member of Parliament, AustraliaPaula Barker, Member of Parliament, United KingdomPernando Barrena, Member of European Parliament, SpainMonte Bassa i Coll Marta, Member of Congress of Deputies, SpainFernando Bazán Villanueva, Member of Congress, PeruApsana Begum, Member of Parliament, United KingdomMarian Beitialarrangoitia, Member of Congress of Deputies, SpainBrando Benifei, Member of European Parliament, ItalyAlejandro Bernales Maldonado, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ChileBenoît Biteau, Member of European Parliament, FranceInés Blas, Senator, ArgentinaMalin Björk, Member of European Parliament, SwedenGustavo Bolivar, Senator, ColombiaManuel Bompard, Member of European Parliament, FranceGabriel Boric Font, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ChileMarc Botenga, Member of European Parliament, BelgiumMaria Wendy Briceño Zuloaga, Member of Federal Congress, MexicoJorge Brito Hasbún, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ChileSonia Brito Sandoval, Member of Chamber of Deputies, BoliviaRichard Burgon, Member of Parliament, United KingdomIan Byrne, Member of Parliament, United KingdomDaniel Caggiani Gómez, Member of Parliament, UruguayRenildo Calheiros, Member of Congress, BrazilMiquel Caminal Cerdà, Senator, SpainIgnacio Benjamín Campos Equihua, Member of Federal Congress, MexicoRego Candamil, Member of Congress of Deputies, SpainMiriam Elizabeth Cano Núñez, Member of Local Congress, Baja California, MexicoJoan Capdevila i Esteve, Member of Congress of Deputies, SpainDamien Carême, Member of European Parliament, FranceGiovani Alfonsin Carlo Ayllon, Senator, BoliviaÁurea Carolina, Member of Chamber of Deputies, BrazilCarlos Caserio, Senator, ArgentinaOfer Cassif, Member of Knesset, IsraelLaura Castel i Fort, Senator, SpainXavier Castellana i Gamisans, Senator, SpainCarlos Castillo, Member of Local Congress, Mexico CityNatalia Castillo Muñoz, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ChileAnna Cavazzini, Member of European Parliament, GermanyIvan Cépeda, Senator, ColombiaJosé Chala, Member of National Assembly, EcuadorAbraham Checco Chauca, Member of Congress, PeruFerran Civit i Martí, Member of Parliament of CataloniaMaurice Closs, Senator, ArgentinaKatalin Cseh, Member of European Parliament, HungaryJoan Collins, Member of Parliament, IrelandJeremy Corbyn, Member of Parliament, United KingdomDavid Cormand, Member of European Parliament, FranceMirella Cortès i Gès, Senator, SpainHumberto Costa, Senator, BrazilMiguel Crispi Serrano, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ChileEsther Cuesta, Member of National Assembly, EcuadorClare Daly, Member of European Parliament, IrelandMaría de los Ángeles Sacnun, Senator, ArgentinaDiego Eduardo del Bosque Villarreal, Member of Federal Congress, MexicoNora del Valle Giménez, Senator, ArgentinaGwendoline Delbos-Corfield, Member of European Parliament, FranceAdriana Delgado i Herreros, Member of Parliament of CataloniaKarima Delli, Member of European Parliament, FranceMarcelo Díaz Díaz, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ChileBettiana Díaz Rey, Member of Parliament, UruguayMartín Doñate, Senator, ArgentinaPrimo Dothé Mata, Senator, MexicoLili Duran, Member of National Assembly, EcuadorNorma Durango, Senator, ArgentinaRichard J. Durbin, Senator, United StatesMaría Eugenia Duré, Senator, ArgentinaGorka Elejabarrieta, Senator, SpainXavier Eritja Ciuró, Member of Congress of Deputies, SpainLuiza Erundina, Member of Chamber of Deputies, BrazilAdelina Escandell Grases, Senator, SpainCarlos Mauricio Espínola, Senator, ArgentinaBrenda Espinoza Lopez, Member of Federal Congress, MexicoLeticia Estrada, Member of Local Congress, Mexico CitySabelio Estrada Soliz, Member of Chamber of Deputies, BoliviaFederico Fagioli, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ArgentinaMehreen Faruqi, Senator, AustraliaJandira Feghali, Member of Chamber of Deputies, BrazilJaneth Mercy Felipez Ríos, Senator, BoliviaMaya Fernández Allende, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ChileEnrique Fernández Chacón, Member of Congress, PeruAnabel Fernández Sagasti, Senator, ArgentinaCarlos Filizzola, Senator, ParaguayMarcivania Flecha, Member of Congress, BrazilIrene Fornós i Curto, Member of Parliament of CataloniaMary Foy, Member of Parliament, United KingdomMarcelo Freixo, Member of Chamber of Deputies, BrazilRicardo Fuentes, Member of Local Congress, Mexico CityLilian Gálan, Member of the Chamber of Representatives of UruguayDiego García, Member of National Assembly, EcuadorJesús G. “Chuy” García, Member of Congress, United StatesSilvina García Larraburu, Senator, ArgentinaGuillermo García Realpe, Senator, ColombiaPilar Garrido, Member of Congress of Deputies, SpainGolriz Ghahraman, Member of Parliament, New ZealandRaphaël Glucksmann, Member of European Parliament, FranceAnton Gómez Reino, Member of Congress of Deputies, SpainMaría Teresa González, Senator, ArgentinaNancy González, Senator, ArgentinaSandra Paola González Castañeda, Member of Federal Congress, MexicoInés Granollers Cunillera, Member of Congress of Deputies, SpainRaúl M. Grijalva, Member of Congress, United StatesClaude Gruffat, Member of European Parliament, FranceNancy Guamba, Member of National Assembly, Ecuador Verónica Guevara, Member of National Assembly, EcuadorJosé Gusmao, Member of European Parliament, PortugalTxema Guijarro, Member of Congress of Deputies, SpainItai Hagman, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ArgentinaHeidi Hautala, Member of European Parliament, FinlandAna Cristina Hernández Trejo, Member of Local Congress, Mexico CityGonzalo Herrera Cáceres, Member of Chamber of Deputies, BoliviaTomás Hirsch Goldschmidt, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ChileMarcela Holguín, Member of National Assembly, EcuadorEva Luz Humerez Alviz, Member of Chamber of Deputies, BoliviaDiego Ibañez Cotroneo, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ChileAna María Ianni, Senator, ArgentinaYousef Jabareen, Member of Knesset, IsraelGiorgio Jackson Drago, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ChileYannick Jadot, Member of European Parliament, FrancePramila Jayapal, Member of Congress, United StatesMárcio Jerry, Member of Congress, BrazilKim Johnson, Member of Parliament, United KingdomIrma Juan Carlos, Member of Federal Congress, MexicoZitto Kabwe, Member of Parliament, TanzaniaErika Kokay, Member of Chamber of Deputies, BrazilPetros Kokkalis, Member of European Parliament, GreeceEdgardo Kueider, Senator, ArgentinaJavier Lamarque, Member of Federal Congress, MexicoKatrin Langensiepen, Member of European Parliament, GermanyJuan Ignacio Latorre Riveros, Senator, ChileIan Lavery, Member of Parliament, United KingdomSergio Leavy, Senator, ArgentinaClaudia Ledesma Abdala de Zamora, Senator, ArgentinaBarbara Lee, Member of Congress, United StatesNelly Lenz Rosso, Member of Chamber of Deputies, BoliviaClive Lewis, Member of Parliament, United KingdomRossio Magaly Lima Escalante, Senator, BoliviaCarolina Lizárraga Houghton, Member of Congress, PeruJuan Cristobal Lloret, Member of National Assembly, EcuadorLexi Loor, Member of National Assembly, EcuadorAlexander López, Senator, ColombiaCristina López Valverde, Senator, ArgentinaDaniel Lovera, Senator, ArgentinaCaroline Lucas, Member of Parliament, United KingdomAlfredo Luenzo, Senator, ArgentinaMiguel Macedo, Member of Local Congress, Mexico CityErnest Maragall i Mira, Member of Parliament of CataloniaJoan Margall i Sastre, Member of Congress of Deputies, SpainJordi Martí Deulofeu, Senator, SpainRobert Masih Nahar, Senator, SpainMarisa Matias, Member of European Parliament, PortugalJosé Mayans, Senator, ArgentinaJohn McDonnell, Member of Parliament, United KingdomFernanda Melchiona, Member of Chamber of Deputies, BrazilJean-Luc Mélénchon, Member of National Assembly, FranceEsteban Melo, Member of National Assembly, EcuadorCarlos Saúl Menem, Senator, ArgentinaDalmacio Mera, Senator, ArgentinaTilly Metz, Member of European Parliament, LuxembourgIgnacio Mier Velazco, Member of Federal Congress, MexicoRoberto Mirabella, Senator, ArgentinaBeatriz Mirkin, Senator, ArgentinaVlado Mirosevic Verdugo, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ChileClaudia Mix Jiménez, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ChileCsaba Molnár, Member of European Parliament, HungaryRicardo Monreal Ávila, Senator, Majority Leader, and Chairman of the Political Coordination Board, MexicoGerardo Montenegro, Senator, ArgentinaAbsalón Montoya Guivin, Member of Congress, PeruGuadalupe Morales, Member of Local Congress, Mexico CityLucia Muñoz, Member of Congress of Deputies, SpainPabel Muñoz, Member of National Assembly, EcuadorAmapola Naranjo, Member of National Assembly, EcuadorAlejandro Navarro, Senator, ChileJosé Emilio Neder, Senator, ArgentinaNiklas Nienass, Member of European Parliament, GermanyNazario Norberto, Member of Local Congress, Mexico CityEleanor Holmes Norton, Member of Congress, United StatesJoan Josep Nuet Pujals, Member of Congress of Deputies, SpainEmilia Nuyado Ancapichún, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ChileGrace O’Sullivan, Member of European Parliament, IrelandAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Member of Congress, United StatesAyman Odeh, Member of Knesset, IsraelKate Osamor, Member of Parliament, United KingdomJuan Mario Pais, Senator, ArgentinaMaite Orsini Pascal, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ChileMònica Palacín i París, Member of Parliament of CataloniaErnesto Palacios Cordero, Member of Federal Congress, MexicoOscar Parrilli, Senator, ArgentinaLourdes Paz, Member of Local Congress, Mexico CityElisenda Pérez i Esteve, Senator, SpainCatalina Pérez Salinas, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ChileLaura Imelda Pérez Segura, Member of Federal Congress, MexicoAncelma Perlacios Peralta, Senator, BoliviaGustavo Petro, Senator, ColombiaBernat Picornell Grenzner, Senator, SpainMaría Inés Pilatti Vergara, Senator, ArgentinaManu Pineda, Member of European Parliament, SpainGerardo Pisarello, Member of Congress of Deputies, SpainMaría José Pizarro, Member of Congress, ColombiaMark Pocan, Member of Congress, United StatesYofre Poma, Member of National Assembly, EcuadorAlice Portugal, Member of Congress, Brazil Ayanna Pressley, Member of Congress, United StatesThomas Pringle, Member of Parliament, IrelandMauricio Proaño, Member of National Assembly, EcuadorNorma Pujol Farre, Member of Congress of Deputies, SpainYvan Quispe Apaza, Member of Congress, PeruJuana Quispe Ari, Member of Chamber of Deputies, BoliviaMariano Recalde, Senator, ArgentinaSira Rego, Member of European Parliament, SpainDiana Riba i Giner, Member of European Parliament, SpainCarmita Ribadeneira, Member of National Assembly, EcuadorBell Ribeiro-Addy, Member of Parliament, United KingdomGabriela Rivadeneira, Member of National Assembly, EcuadorMichèle Rivasi, Member of European Parliament, FranceAntonio Rodas, Senator, ArgentinaEdmilson Rodrigues, Member of Chamber of Deputies, BrazilMatías Rodríguez, Senator, ArgentinaJosé Luis Rodríguez Díaz de León, Member of Local Congress, Mexico CityManuel Rodríguez González, Member of Federal Congress, MexicoMaria Eugenia Rodríguez Palop, Member of European Parliament, SpainAdolfo Rodríguez Saá, Senator, ArgentinaCaroline Roose, Member of European Parliament, FranceCamila Rojas Valderrama, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ChileIsabela Rosales, President of Local Congress, Mexico CityPatricio Rosas Barrientos, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ChileMarta Rosique i Saltor, Member of Congress of Deputies, SpainJosep Rufà Gràcia, Senator, SpainGabriel Rufián Romero, Member of Congress of Deputies, SpainBobby L. Rush, Member of Congress, United StatesJordi Salvador i Duch, Member of Congress of Deputies, SpainSilvia Sapag, Senator, ArgentinaAdriana Salvatierra Arriaza, Senator, BoliviaFranklin Samaniego, Member of National Assembly, EcuadorMiroslava Sánchez Galván, Member of Federal Congress, MexicoCharles Santiago, Member of Parliament, MalaysiaRocío Silva Santisteban Manrique, Member of Congress, PeruMounir Satouri, Member of European Parliament, FranceHelmut Scholz, Member of European Parliament, GermanyAlejandra Sepúlveda Orbenes, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ChileOrlando Silva, Member of Congress, BrazilGuillermo Snopek, Senator, ArgentinaDoris Soliz, Member of National Assembly, EcuadorAna Surra Spadea, Senator, SpainZarah Sultana, Member of Parliament, United KingdomJorge Taiana, Senator, ArgentinaCarolina Telechea Lozano, Member of Congress of Deputies, SpainRashida Tlaib, Member of Congress, United StatesVíctor Torres Jeldes, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ChileAida Touma-Sliman, Member of Knesset, IsraelMarie Toussaint, Member of European Parliament, FranceJon Trickett, Member of Parliament, United KingdomRubén Uñac, Senator, ArgentinaMiguel Urbán, Member of European Parliament, SpainRoberto Uriarte, Member of Congress of Deputies, SpainErnest Urtasun, Member of European Parliament, SpainFeliciano Valencia, Senator, ColombiaBairon Valle, Member of National Assembly, EcuadorPilar Vallugera i Balañà, Member of Congress of Deputies, SpainJulio César Vázquez Castillo, Member of Local Congress, Baja California, MexicoLeticia Varela, Member of Local Congress, Mexico CityYanis Varoufakis, Member of Hellenic Parliament, GreeceMirtha Vasquez Chiquilín, Member of Congress, PeruEsteban Velásquez, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ChileJulieta Kristal Vences Valencia, Member of Federal Congress, MexicoEnio Verri, Member of Chamber of Deputies, BrazilPablo Vidal Rojas, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ChileAlejandro Viedma Velázquez, Member of Federal Congress, MexicoMarta Vilalta i Torres, Member of Parliament of CataloniaAlberto Villa Villegas, Member of Federal Congress, MexicoEsperanza Villalobos, Member of Local Congress, Mexico CityJosé María Villalta Flores Estrada, Member of Congress of Deputies, Costa RicaIdoia Villanueva, Member of European Parliament, SpainTemístocles Villanueva Ramos, Member of Local Congress, Mexico CityNikolaj Villumsen, Member of European Parliament, DenmarkRuben Wagensberg i Ramon, Member of Parliament of CataloniaMick Wallace, Member of European Parliament, IrelandJoenia Wapichana, Member of Chamber of Deputies, BrazilClaudia Webbe, Member of Parliament, United KingdomMick Whitley, Member of Parliament, United KingdomNadia Whittome, Member of Parliament, United KingdomGonzalo Winter Etcheberry, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ChileSalima Yenbou, Member of European Parliament, FranceGael Yeomans Araya, Member of Honorable Chamber of Deputies, ChileMauricio Zambrano, Member of National Assembly, EcuadorMaricela Zúñiga, Member of Local Congress, Mexico City David Malpass Kristalina Georgieva The World Bank Group The International Monetary Fund1818 H Street, N.W. 700 19th Street, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20433 Washington, D.C. 20431Dear President Malpass and Managing Director Georgieva:Members of Parliaments across the world are writing to request extensive debt forgiveness for International Development Association (IDA) countries by all major international financial institutions (IFIs) during this global COVID-19 crisis.We are pleased to see that the World Bank Group (WBG) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) have already taken steps to implement debt relief and suspension for the world’s poorest countries. The recent IMF announcement of temporary debt relief funding for 25 member countries is an encouraging development but much more widespread and long term support is still needed.That is why we call on all G-20 leaders through these IFIs to support the cancellation of debt obligations held by all IDA countries during this unprecedented pandemic. The temporary suspension and deferment of debt will not be sufficient to help these countries fully prioritize the prompt and sustainable management of the crisis at hand. The vulnerable communities that lack the resources and privileges to adopt adequate public health measures will ultimately face the disproportionate burden of coronavirus. Such harm means that global supply chains, financial markets, and other interconnected exchanges will continue to be disrupted and destabilized.We also urge you to support a major issuance of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) in order to provide developing countries with urgent financial support. The pandemic-triggered economic crisis is expected to be far more devastating than the global financial crisis of 2009, when SDRs were last deployed. We concur with Managing Director Georgieva’s “lower-end” estimate of $2.5 trillion for the current financial needs of developing countries. An issuance of SDRs on the order of trillions of dollars will be required to avert major increases in poverty, hunger and disease.Therefore, not only do we have a humanitarian duty to aid our petitioning countries in dire need, but we also have a common, vested interest to support comprehensive relief for effective recovery and resiliency. As a collaborative international community, we can only begin to move past this pandemic once this pandemic ends for everyone.For those reasons, we urge the WBG and IMG to take strong leadership to provide extensive debt relief and financial assistance for all impoverished nations most at risk of the devastating human costs and the long-lasting economic injuries of COVID-19. We ask that you work with relevant bilateral and multilateral partners to provide a response no more than 15 days after receipt of this letter.It is in our shared public health, security, and economic interests that we come together and act boldly to assist the most vulnerable nations among us. We stand ready to work with you and support immediate and long-term solutions to ensure fragile, destitute countries receive the flexibility and guidance they need in order to prevent humanitarian crises, protect public health, and promote global stability during this crisis and well after it is over for affluent nations. In service, Ilhan Omar Bernard SandersMember of Congress Senator United States United States cc: President Alberto Fernández, ArgentinaPrime Minister Scott Morrison, AustraliaPresident Jair Bolsonaro, BrazilPrime Minister Justin Trudeau, CanadaPresident Xi Jinping, ChinaChancellor Angela Merkel, GermanyPresident Emmanuel Macron, FrancePresident Narendra Modi, IndiaPresident Joko Widodo, IndonesiaPresident Sergio Mattarella, ItalyPrime Minister Shinz? Abe, JapanPresident Andrés Manuel López Obrador, MexicoPresident Vladimir Putin, RussiaKing Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Saudi ArabiaPresident Cyril Ramaphosa, South AfricaPresident Moon Jae-in, South KoreaPresident Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, TurkeyPrime Minister Boris Johnson, United KingdomPresident Donald Trump, United StatesPresident Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission Source: WASHINGTON, May 13 — Senator Bernie Sanders
CDC reports on workplace absenteeism during tough 2017-18 flu seasonA system recently launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor health-related workplace absenteeism during influenza seasons has yielded more evidence that the 2017-18 flu season was unusually severe, the CDC reported today.Under the system, the CDC’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health uses data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) to estimate the prevalence of absenteeism among full-time workers, the CDC explained in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The CPS is a monthly US Census Bureau survey of about 60,000 households, focusing on employment, demographic, and other characteristics of the adult civilian population. The survey data are “valid, reliable, and nationally representative,” the CDC said.In the 2017-18 flu season, the monitoring showed, absenteeism was 1.7% in October 2017, increased sharply in November, and peaked in January at 3.0%. The latter rate exceeded an epidemic threshold based on data from the five preceding flu seasons. After January the rate declined steadily to a low of 1.4% in July 2018.The report said the epidemic threshold was significantly exceeded for certain subgroups in certain months, including, in January and February, male workers, workers aged 45 to 64 years, and workers in Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Region 6. Also, workers in HHS Region 9 exceeded the threshold in December and March. Region 6 includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, while Region 9 consists of Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada.”Workplace absenteeism is an important supplementary measure of influenza’s impact on the working population that can inform prevention messaging and pandemic preparedness planning,” the CDC said in the report.Jul 5 MMWR article Officials confirm MERS case in Najran, Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) yesterday announced a new MERS-CoV case, the first since Jun 27, according to an epidemiologic week 27 update.A 37-year-old man in Najran has contracted MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus), the MOH said, and it’s not known whether he had recent camel contact. Officials list his case as “primary,” meaning the disease did not likely transmit from another person.So far this year Saudi Arabia has had 155 MERS cases. Since 2012 when the virus was first reported, the World Health Organization has confirmed at least 2,442 cases, the vast majority in Saudi Arabia. At least 842 patients have died from their infections.Jul 2 Saudi MOH update Company reports comparable flu results between Xofluza and osteltamivirGenentech, a subsidiary of Roche, yesterday announced positive phase 3 results of its antiviral drug Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil), saying the drug was comparable to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) for treating flu and was well tolerated in children who had influenza.The study assessed Xofluza versus oseltamivir in children 1 to 12 years old. The company did not provide data but said in a news release that it would provide full results of the trial, called MINISTONE-2, at “an upcoming medical meeting.”Genentech is based in South San Francisco, California.Sandra Horning, MD, Genentech chief medical officer and head of global product development, said, “As a one-dose oral suspension medicine, Xofluza could potentially provide a convenient treatment option for children with the flu, and we look forward to sharing these data with health authorities around the world.”Researchers are also testing the safety and efficacy of Xofluza in children with the flu under the age of 1 year in the global phase 3 MINISTONE-1 study. It is the first and only one-dose oral medicine approved to treat the flu and the first new flu medicine with a novel mechanism of action approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in nearly 20 years.The antiviral is approved in several countries, including Japan, for the treatment of influenza types A and B in children, adolescents and adults, and in the United States for treating acute, uncomplicated flu in people 12 years of age and older. In addition, the FDA recently accepted a supplemental New Drug Application for Xofluza as a one-dose oral treatment for people at high risk of complications from the flu. The agency is expected to decide on whether to approve this additional indication by Nov 4, Genentech said.Jul 2 Genentech news release
On the job in Los Alamos early this morning are workers preparing the slopes for skiers on Pajarito Mountain. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain WebcamScene of workers on the job this morning preparing the slopes for skiers on Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain Webcam Scene of workers on the job this morning on Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain WebcamScene of workers on the job as the sun comes up this morning preparing the slopes for skiers on Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain Webcam Scene of ski patrol members on the job this morning on Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain Webcam
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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. APRA’s new chairman is Joe Kripli, WABCO Reman Solutions, Rochester Hills, Mich. Joining Kripli will be Vice Chairman Tim Roth, SRC, Springfield, Mo.; Treasurer Omar Cueto, L&J Diesel Service, Jacksonville, Fla.; and Secretary Jay Robie of Phoenix Automotive Cores, Phoenix, Ariz. 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 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. DeMoulpied 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. CHANTILLY, Va. – The Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) announced new officers for the 2013-’14 term at the conclusion of the annual International BIG R Show, which was held Nov. 2-4 in Las Vegas. Continuing on the APRA Executive Committee are Past Chairmen Nick Staub, Romaine Electric, Kent, Wash.; Dennis Jacinto, Auburn, Calif.; and Gary Phillips, Reliable Transmission Service, Riverview, Fla. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,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
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas won’t hesitate in dropping Fernando Torres if his goal drought starts to get in the way of a title push.Torres was overlooked by Vicente del Bosque in midweek as Spain beat Liechtenstein to secure their place at Euro 2012, while replacement Alvaro Negredo scored twice.Villas-Boas believes the £50 million striker’s class remains and is hopeful Torres comes back with a bang, but will not let his search for form affect the team.He told The Daily Mirror: “He didn’t lose his talent talent because he’s played 21 games and only scored one goal.“The talent is there and the question is regaining confidence.“That comes from training and from time and finding the back of the net, so we have to persist. “But it can’t compromise the team.“The moment it compromises the team it has to come to an end.”After being dropped by the Spanish coach, Villas-Boas has warned Torres to up his game if he wants to stay in his plans.He continued: “I don’t make a first choice team, just the choice for the next game.“Fernando started the first three games and Didier [Drogba] came off the bench. “We make choices regarding what we see. I have no problem dropping players.”“From the feedback he gives me. What is most important from this player not just what he has achieved in terms of goals but what he is telling you.”Chelsea will definitely be without Drogba who is still recovering after being knocked out by goalkeeper John Ruddy in the game against Norwich two weeks ago.He added:”Didier has to be authorised to make a full return to training.“The first days after the incident he was in tremendous pain and while he’s had complete support since we have to make sure he’s fully recovered before he comes back to training because they are the right requirements neurologically.“We will push it to limit to get him available for Manchester United, although he will miss Sunderland and probably Bayer Leverkusen.”
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After the game, Darren spoke to Galway manager Stephen HessionAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/STEPHEN%20HESSION%20POST%20KERRY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Scorers: Galway – K Slevin 1-7 (three frees), A O’Rourke 2-0, N McPeake 0-4, S Brennan 0-2, L Kelly 0-1 (free), E Noone 0-1, E Power 0-1Kerry – S O’Shea 3-6 (0-6f, 1-0 pen), R Dwyer 0-1, M O’Connell 0-1, R Kilgallen 0-1, E Teahan 0-1, C Evans 0-1, M Collins 0-1Teams:Galway: A Murray; L Coen, M Walsh, S Fahy; S Healy, E Madden, C Trill; T Kinnevey, H Noone; N McPeake, L Kelly, S Brennan; E Noone, A O’Rourke, K Slevin.Subs used: C Murray for Walsh (25 mins), E Power for Healy (40 mins), L Hynes for O’Rourke (70 mins).Kerry: C Butler; M Kelly, R O’Connor, A Doherty; G Kearney, R Dwyer, A Dillane; M O’Connell, A O’Connell; R Kilgallen, D O’Leary, E Teahan; C Evans, S O’Shea, M Collins.Subs used: C McCarthy for Collins (49 mins), C O’Connor for Kelly (56 mins), C Fitzgerald for A O’Connell (60 mins).Referee: Des McEnery (Westmeath)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Galway 3-16 Kerry 3-12 AET Extra-time was required to separate the two sides – after Galway came from behind to force the additional 20 minutes.Underage football in Galway is on a high and following the recent All-Ireland Minor A final victory over Cork, the Westerners have another big crown to celebrate.It was also the first time that Galway have won back-to-back U16 crowns but this encounter swung one way and then another over the course of 80 epic minutes.Darren Kelly reportsAudio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/ALL-IRELAND%20U16%20LADIES%20FOOTBALL%20FINAL%20FT.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. KATE Slevin bagged 1-7 as Galway retained their All-Ireland U16 A title following a thrilling battle with Kerry in front of a massive Toomevara attendance on Wednesday evening.