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Rainbow Cup set for North v South final

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rainbow Cup set for North v South finalThe best South African franchise is set to take on the top-placed team in the Guinness Pro14 Rainbow Cup in a North v South final.The Rainbow Cup has been operating as a dual tournament – Rainbow Cup SA and Pro14 Rainbow Cup – since the South African franchises were not given permission to travel.However, organisers hope the Rainbow Cup can culminate in a North v South final on Saturday 19 June at a venue in Europe. A Pro14 statement read: “Planning is now at an advanced stage and all written approvals are expected imminently for the game to take place at a European venue.“At this stage in the process it was important for teams, their fans, broadcasters and sponsors to hear of these developments ahead of this weekend’s Rainbow Cup games in Europe and South Africa.“The northern representative in the final shall be the team who finishes first in the table among the 12 teams in the Guinness Pro14 Rainbow Cup while the southern representative shall be the side who ranks first in the Rainbow Cup SA competition.”After two rounds, the Sharks top the South African table ahead of the Bulls, with winless Stormers and Lions meeting this weekend.Munster and Benetton are the only Pro14 teams to win their opening two Rainbow Cup matches.More details on the final are expected to be announced next week. Munster won their first two Pro14 Rainbow Cup matches (Sportsfile/Getty Images) Plans for top South African franchise to take on team ranked first in Pro14 Rainbow Cup at European venue It would feature the leading South African franchise – one of Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers – against the team ranked top of the table in the European competition, which features Irish provinces Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster, Italian sides Benetton and Zebre, Scottish clubs Edinburgh and Glasgow as well as Welsh regions Cardiff, Dragons, Ospreys and Scarlets.Related: Guinness Pro14 Rainbow Cup & Rainbow Cup SA fixtures Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

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Excessive Heat, Humidity Create Mosquito Dangers

first_img Community News 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Health Excessive Heat, Humidity Create Mosquito Dangers Published on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 | 3:32 am More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News HerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods’ Ex Wife Found A New Love PartnerHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Subscribe Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Vector Control officials warn that ongoing high temperatures and excessive humidity are ideal conditions for both rapid mosquito reproduction and the diseases they can transmit.Los Angeles County is home to nearly 15 different mosquito species capable of transmitting many pathogens including West Nile (WNV), St. Louis encephalitis (SLE), western equine encephalomyelitis (WEE) viruses, and malaria. The recent introduction of the invasive Asian tiger mosquito expands that list to include more than 20 other possible pathogens such as dengue and chikungunya viruses. Hotter, humid conditions allow both mosquitoes and the pathogens they transmit to reproduce and spread faster.West Nile virus (WNV) is being actively transmitted by mosquitoes (primarily Culex spp.) in both the San Gabriel and San Fernando Valleys. With hotter temperatures, the virus is able to replicate faster in mosquitoes and can be transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes when they bite. Mosquitoes typically develop from egg to adult in 7 to 10 days. Higher temperatures and increased humidity allow mosquitoes to complete this cycle in as few as 5 days. Since each female mosquito can lay 200-300 eggs at a time in standing water, mosquito populations will explode if breeding continues unabated.The introduced Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) prefers humid climates typically found in the southern and eastern United States. Public Health officials worry that the monsoon-like conditions which are becoming more common each summer in the Los Angeles Basin will provide adequate humidity for this mosquito to thrive here as well.A study released by UCLA’s Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Mid-Century Warming in the Los Angeles Region, predicts the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys will see warmer temperatures overall, and the number of extreme hot days are projected to nearly quadruple by mid-century. Around the world, numerous studies have shown that climate change has extended both the range of vector populations and the scope of vector-borne disease risks.District’s Manager Kenn Fujioka states, “We are extremely concerned about the changing tide in vector control today. Serious outbreaks of WNV occur annually in Los Angeles County, and the prevalence of Asian tiger mosquitoes opens the door for emerging vector-borne diseases to arrive on our doorstep.” Home to one of the busiest airports in the world, new vector-borne diseases can be introduced simply with the arrival of an infected traveler.While the risks are truly global, the solutions are local. Mosquitoes thrive in urban areas because of the plethora of standing water humans provide. Additionally, many of the viruses they transmit are amplified in urban birds (crows, sparrows, and finches) that are present in large numbers because of plentiful food, nesting areas, and water available to them. This magnified vector-host combination increases the risk that vector-borne diseases will be transmitted in densely populated urban areas – exactly contrary to common public perception. When mosquito populations are low, pathogens are unable to spread rapidly and cause epidemics. Mosquito and vector control districts are integral in reducing these risks but are limited by relatively small staffs, fiscal and regulatory burdens, and difficulties accessing backyard breeding sites.Urban dwellers must understand these risks and how their daily decisions may contribute to disease transmission. Vector control officials urge all residents to pay close attention to these recommendations:• Keep outdoor areas free of accumulated belongings. Rain and sprinklers fill depressions, crevices, and containers and allow mosquitoes to reproduce.• Remove saucers and trays from under potted plants. Mosquitoes thrive even in small amounts of water.• Buckets used to water plants and root plant cuttings must be emptied completely and refilled at least twice-weekly, treated with larval pesticides, or stocked with mosquito-eating fish. Rain barrels/cisterns must be kept properly sealed and screened at all times.• Keep all pools, ponds, and fountains clean and in working order. Immature mosquitoes feed on algae and bacteria in standing water.• Prevent water from running off property and into gutters. Gutters and underground drainages provide ideal conditions for mosquito survival. Water collecting in swales must infiltrate within 96 hours.• Regularly clean and check yard drains and rain gutters to ensure water flows as designed. Leaves and grass clippings routinely clog drains allowing water to puddle and breed mosquitoes.• Avoid the use of birdfeeders and keep trash cans sealed tightly to prevent augmenting unnaturally high populations of virus-prone bird species (crows, sparrows, finches) which are key players in the WNV cycle.• Plant natives/drought tolerant vegetation to reduce water use and unintended runoff. Native plants will provide natural food sources for native birds and pollinating insect.• Avoid mosquito bites by applying repellents when outdoors and keeping doors and windows properly screened to keep mosquitoes out. Strong outdoor fans and citronella candles may reduce mosquito activity during outdoor gatherings. Electronic/ultrasonic devices are not effective.• Travelers to tropical/subtropical areas where mosquito-transmitted disease is active should check with medical professionals about pre-travel vaccinations/medications and actively use repellents to prevent bites. Seek prompt medical attention if illness develops within two weeks of return.We live in a global society and face new public health challenges related to a warming environment and rapid international travel and commerce. Protecting public health is everyone’s responsibility.The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District is a public health agency dedicated to the control of mosquito and other vector-borne diseases.  The District can be reached at 626-814-9466 or on the web at www.sgvmosquito.org faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Community Newslast_img read more

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​Friday people roundup

first_imgPension Protection Fund (PPF) – Leanne Clements has resigned from her position as responsible investment manager at the PPF to pursue other opportunities. Clements joined the UK lifeboat fund in April, having most recently been at West Midlands Pension Fund.Church Commissioners – Sir Andreas Whittam Smith is to step down as chairman of the Assets Committee after 15 years’ service. The decision will take effect at the next AGM of the Church Commissioners, scheduled for June 2017. A successor is to be announced “in due course”.Manulife Asset Management – The investment management arm of Manulife has appointed Neil Summers to the newly created role of head of EMEA client service and sales support. He joins from Aberdeen Asset Management, where he spent 12 years, most recently as head of client service for the EMEA.AMF – Fredrik Ronvall, transaction and analysis manager at AMF Fastigheter, the real estate arm of the Swedish pension provider AMF, has been appointed manager and investment manager of unlisted real estate companies in Sweden and abroad at AMF’s asset management business, a role he will take on in addition to his current position.Be Frank – Jan Hein Rhebergen is to start as commercial director at the Dutch pensions provider from 1 October. Rhebergen will make up the executive team together with Marianne de Boer-Maasland. He has been sales manager for pensions at insurer Delta Lloyd since 2012, having previously worked in commercial and management roles at ING and insurer Nationale Nederlanden.Kring van Pensioenspecialisten (KPS) – The Dutch association of pension specialists has appointed Mark Verschuren to its board. He is to focus on fintech developments. Verschuren, an econometrist, is a consultant at Sprenkels & Verschuren.Aon Hewitt – Frank Driessen, CCO for the Netherlands, has also been appointed as CCO for Germany, as part of a restructuring at the company. In the new set-up, Heleen Vaandrager, who has been sales director since 2014, is now also a member of the executive team of Aon Hewitt Netherlands. Xander ’s-Gravendijk has taken over the executive tasks of Judith van Ree, after the latter left the company. He has worked at Aon Hewitt for 16 years and currently serves as COO/CIO. Aon Hewitt said Pascal Hoogenboom would remain as chief executive, as well as a board member on United Pensions, Aon’s pan-European pensions fund.Achmea – The insurance group has appointed Michel Lamie as a member of its executive board, as of 1 January 2017. He is to succeed Huub Arendse as CFO in April, when Arendse is to complete his four-year term. Achmea is parent company of Syntrus Achmea Pensioenbeheer.Managing Partners Group – The asset management boutique has appointed Philip Eaton Richards as head of its capital markets team. Richards built and managed his own professional services business, which he founded in 1992, and has taken senior roles in entrepreneurial organisations since 2009. West Midlands, USS, International Centre for Pension Management, Railways Pension Trustee Company, Cardano, PwC, Pension Protection Fund, Church Commissioners, Manulife Asset Management, Aberdeen Asset Management, AMF, Be Frank, Delta Lloyd, Kring van Pensioenspecialisten, Aon Hewitt, Achmea, Managing Partners GroupWest Midlands Pension Fund – The former deputy head of equities at the UK’s largest pension fund has joined the £11.5bn (€15.7bn) West Midlands to lead the local government scheme’s in-house investment team. Jason Fletcher joined West Midlands as assistant director of investments on 16 September. He joined from the Universities Superannuation Scheme, where he was head of North American equities and deputy head of equities until April.International Centre for Pension Management (ICPM) – Three new members are joining the board of directors this September to fill the vacancies of Ole Beier Sørensen, Alexander Dyck and Rosemary Vilgan. The three appointees include Chris Hitchen, chief executive at Railways Pension Trustee Company and its operating subsidiaries, RPMI and Railpen Investments; Sarah Owen, general counsel and general manager of corporate strategy at the New Zealand Superannuation Fund; and Laurence Booth, CIT chair in structured finance at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.Cardano – Eric Mathijssen, a senior manager at PwC’s risk team, has been appointed as client director as of 1 October. He has previously worked at Ortec Finance, Towers Watson and Mercer Investment Consulting. Mathijssen is also chairman of the asset-liability management committee at the Dutch Association of Investment Professionals (VBA).last_img read more

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Lindsey Vonn crashes out of second-to-last race

first_imgThe 34-year-old initially intended to retire at the end of this season, but a knee injury sustained in a super-G training run in November led her to change her plans to have one final outing at Lake Louise.However, Vonn struggled upon her return and last week revealed the pain of racing had become too much for her to continue beyond the event in Are. Lindsey Vonn announces retirement from skiing She eventually returned to her feet and skied to the finish, earning resounding applause as she crossed the line.Vonn — who has won 82 World Cup races (second only to Ingemar Stenmark on the all-time list) and seven world championships medals — is scheduled to take to the slopes for the last time on Sunday in the downhill. Related News American Lindsey Vonn crashed out of her opening race at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships, the final event of her illustrious career.The three-time Olympic medalist, who will retire after the championships in Are, Sweden, clipped a gate while airborne during her super-G run and landed on her front before sliding into the netting at the side of the course. “I have always pushed the limits of ski racing and it has allowed me to have amazing success but also dramatic crashes. I have never wanted the storyline of my career to be about injuries and because of that I decided not to tell anyone that I underwent surgery this past spring,” said Vonn when announcing her retirement.”My body is broken beyond repair,” she added, “and it isn’t letting me have the final season I dreamed of. My body is screaming at me to STOP and it’s time for me to listen.”The start of Tuesday’s super-G was moved to the reserve position due to strong winds at the top of the run.last_img read more

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Rep VanderWall to represent Michigan on Great Lakes leadership committee

first_img Categories: VanderWall News 23Oct Rep. VanderWall to represent Michigan on Great Lakes leadership committee State Rep. Curt VanderWall has been selected to serve as Michigan’s representative on the executive committee of the Great Lakes Legislative Caucus (GLLC).The GLLC is a nonpartisan group of lawmakers from the U.S. and Canada that focuses on issues and policy concerning the Great Lakes. All eight states and two Canadian provinces in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence basin are represented on the executive committee.“The health of the Great Lakes ecosystem is incredibly important to our way of life here in northern Michigan,” VanderWall said. “It is a privilege to be selected for this leadership role. I’m looking forward to sharing ideas with legislators from throughout the Great Lakes region, and working as a group to better address pollution, invasive species and habitat preservation.”VanderWall and the other GLLC leaders will direct the caucus’s activities over the next two years. The policy agenda will focus important issues such as water consumption, aquatic invasive species, toxic substances, nutrient pollution and coastal communities.Residents who have questions or concerns regarding the Great Lakes are welcome to call Rep. VanderWall’s office at (517) 373-0825 or email [email protected]###last_img read more

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