We are committed to continually improving NHS Test and Trace, to reach more people at risk of passing the virus on as quickly as possible. This week we have seen test turnaround times improve further, with the majority of positive cases reached by contact tracers in under 24 hours. Anyone with symptoms can easily book a test, expect rapid results, and will hear promptly from NHS Test and Trace if they are tested positive. I continue to applaud all those who have played their part, got a test after experiencing symptoms, and responded to the service. I urge anyone contacted by NHS Test and Trace to follow the advice they receive to protect their families and communities. 30,797 people have tested positive for coronavirus in England during this period, with 31,421 transferred for contact tracing to include those that tested positive before contact tracing began 75.7% (23,769) of the people who tested positive for coronavirus and were transferred to NHS Test and Trace were reached by our contact tracers and asked to share details of their close contacts 85.1% (144,501) of close contacts were reached and advised to self-isolate In total, since 28 May 2020: 77.4% (3,366) of the people who had tested positive for coronavirus and were transferred to NHS Test and Trace were reached by our contact tracers and asked to share details of their close contacts. This compares to 77.9% in the previous week 70.8% (10,547) of close contacts were reached and advised to self-isolate. This compares to 74.2% in the previous week The statistics on the 5th week of NHS Test and Trace have been published today, demonstrating that anyone getting a test at a regional test site or mobile testing unit can expect their result by the next day 91% of in-person tests taken at regional test sites and mobile testing units were returned in less than 24 hours over the week of 25 June to 1 July, with 97.5% returned the day after the test was taken A new pilot to evaluate the effectiveness of asymptomatic testing for people in high-contact professions has launched today in England 98.1% of tests results from the 70 regional test sites were returned the day after the test was taken, with 91.8% in under 24 hours 96.7% of test results from the 182 mobile testing units were returned the day after the test was taken, with 89.6% in under 24 hours 83.9% of satellite test results were returned the day after the test was taken, with 65.2% in under 24 hours home tests take time to be posted to a person and be couriered back to the lab. Because of this a low proportion of test results will be available within 24 hours of the test being taken. 68.9% of home test results were received within 48 hours of the test being taken Overall the data from the 5th week of operation (25 June to 1 July) of NHS Test and Trace shows that: The 5th set of data demonstrates a huge improvement in turnaround times of test results. Anyone getting a test at a regional test site or mobile testing unit can expect their results by the next day at the latest, with 91% of tests returned in less than 24 hours, and 97.5% of tests returned the day after the test was taken over the week of 25 June to 1 July. At the end of May, 16.6% of tests at regional test sites and 2.5% of tests at mobile testing units were returned in under 24 hours.More than 144,000 people who may have been at risk of unknowingly spreading the virus have been reached by the service and asked to self-isolate.High-contact professions testingThe success of test turnaround times comes as work continues to improve our understanding of the prevalence of the virus within different groups. A new pilot to evaluate the effectiveness of testing for people without symptoms of the virus who work in high-contact professions will begin today. This will include a select group of staff such as taxi drivers, cleaners and retail assistants, to see if there is demand for testing amongst these kinds of workers, and how they are affected by the virus.This targeted, asymptomatic swab testing will take place as part of a close partnership with government, local authorities and a number of employers, with tens of thousands of tests offered to selected groups.Partners involved in the trial include Addison Lee, BT, Mitie and Boots UK, as well as testing of groups identified by local authorities in Bradford, Newham, Brent and Oldham as being more vulnerable to the virus. Each business will receive thousands of tests for staff via home test delivery or a mobile testing unit, while local authorities will use capacity by booking in specific times for asymptomatic testing at their walk-through local test sites.Those who test positive through targeted asymptomatic testing will need to self-isolate as normal and follow national guidance. Positive results will be shared with NHS Test and Trace, in order to identify recent contacts, advise them to self-isolate and prevent further transmission of the virus.Executive Chair of NHS Test and Trace, Dido Harding, said: This week’s statistics have also informed understanding of how the virus is potentially being transmitted across England, as despite an increase in tests processed, fewer people have tested positive, and there have been fewer outbreaks or complex cases. Overall, this has meant that fewer people have had to be escalated through the 3-tiered contact-tracing system. But contact tracers dealing with non-complex cases have found that as social distancing has been eased, people who test positive are then identifying a higher number of close contacts.Further improvements to the NHS Test and Trace service have been effective, demonstrated by consistent reductions in the time it takes for test results to be delivered. Test turnaround times have been increased for home testing kits, satellite test delivery, regional testing sites and mobile testing units. The majority of people testing positive transferred into the contact-tracing system have been contacted within 24 hours.These extensive efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus will continue over the coming months, to further improve the service and the speed at which positive cases and contacts are informed.NHS Test and Trace is working closely with local authorities across the country to help them respond to cases in their area, sharing postcode-level data from the service to inform action to stop the spread of the virus in local communities.The data published includes test turnaround times, as well as further information on positive test results, those who have shared contacts, and the contacts reached and asked to self-isolate.Background informationThe trial of asymptomatic testing for high-contact professions and high-risk groups will begin from 10 July, in partnership with 4 local authorities in Bradford, Brent, Newham and Oldham, as well as businesses representing high-contact professions (Addison Lee, Boots UK, Mitie and BT. Co-op Funeralcare added on 13 July 2020).The approach to the publication of NHS Test and Trace data is supported by the Office for National Statistics and UK Statistics Authority who are working closely with NHS Test and Trace on the development of this weekly release and the wider granular approach to data in the programme.This is the 5th set of data on NHS Test and Trace to be published. Over the coming weeks, this data will be integrated with those from other parts of NHS Test and Trace to provide an end-to-end view of the service that follows the journey taken by people accessing NHS Test and Trace. This includes both the numbers of people engaged and the speed of the journey through the service, including data on test turnaround times.Please note that previous figures released on NHS Test and Trace have been revised. The figures presented are based on a data cut a number of days after the end of the reporting period, to give time for cases reported at the end of the 7-day period to have an outcome. Some cases may continue to be in progress after this period, and therefore data may need to be revised over time.We are working towards aligning the NHS and Public Health England reporting methodologies in order to add testing turnaround times for pillar 1 into the publication. Pillar 1 methodologies differ from pillar 2 methodology as the majority of tests are provided to hospital patients. Pillar 1 is calculated as the number of test results available within and after 24 hours of the test being received by the laboratory. The NHS website publishes data on turnaround times for NHS labs. In the new network of diagnostic testing infrastructure between 25 June and 1 July:
Soulful San Fran septet Con Brio has shared a brand-new, reimagined take on a grunge classic: Nirvana‘s “Heart-Shaped Box”. To Con Brio, their take on the smash hit track from Nirvana’s third and final album, 1993’s In Utero, hold more significance than just simply being a fun cover. As Billboard explains, the idea for the cover came as the band was plotting an entire EP of reworked grunge classics. While the project never came to fruition, the band’s experience arranging and recording the cut last year in Atlanta gave them the creative spur they needed to begin work on their next full album, Explorer, due out July 6th.As frontman Ziek McCarter tells Billboard:We had a day off and I thought of a way I wanted to remake it and we came up with that (version) within two or three hours. … Right after that, we wrote a few more songs to propel our writing process in a positive way. We were touring a whole lot at that time and it’s hard to find time to really get seven people in a room to pump out the hits. But after [‘Heart-Shaped Box’] we were able to really dial in the writing process a little bit more. It served us wellI really feel like we’ve honored the life of not just Kurt Cobain but also Chris Cornell and Chester Bennington,” he explains. “Those were people I was listening to growing up. I loved ‘Black Hole Sun.’ I loved Chester Bennington; I loved his voice. And I feel like we have some of that same resilience they possessed in their performances if not necessarily the same way.The fantastic Con Brio take on “Heart-Shaped Box” lends the song an almost Thriller-era Michael Jackson aesthetic, layered with downtempo breaks, swelling brass accents, and powerful psych-pop peaks as the song barrels into its cathartically howling chorus. Give it a listen below via the Con Brio SoundCloud page:Con Brio – “Heart-Shaped Box” [Nirvana cover]For a list of upcoming Con Brio tour dates, head to the band’s website.[H/T Billboard]
Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on April 16, 2017 Tickets are now available for Ring Twice for Miranda, a new play written by Alan Hruska and directed by Rick Lombardo, which will premiere off-Broadway at New York City Center—Stage II on January 24, 2017. Opening night is scheduled for February 12; the limited engagement will run through April 16.The cast will include William Connell (A View From the Bridge), Katie Kleiger (Juno and the Paycock), Graeme Malcolm (Equus), George Merrick (Honeymoon In Vegas) and Daniel Pearce (Machinal).Ring Twice for Miranda is a tragi-comedy set in difficult times, roiled by economic upheavals. A man known only as Sir rules with a vengeance, but it’s Miranda, a chambermaid, who adds intrigue to his life. When Elliot, the butler, is fired, she flees with him in defiance onto the frightening streets. All must soon make critical decisions with imperfect facts to guide them, since little in their world is as it appears. ‘Ring Twice for Miranda’ Ring Twice For Miranda
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 26-year-old Brentwood man has admitted trying to join al-Qaeda two years ago—the fourth Long Islander linked to the global terrorist group since its Sept. 11, 2001 attacks killed nearly 3,000.Marcos Alonso Zea, aka “Ali Zea,” pleaded guilty Tuesday at Central Islip federal court to attempting to provide material support to terrorists and attempting to provide material support to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.“One of our highest priorities is to protect our nation by identifying, disrupting, and holding accountable those who provide or attempt to provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations,” said John Carlin, Assistant U.S. Attorney General for National Security. “This case serves unambiguous notice that attempting to travel abroad to engage in such conduct has significant consequences.”Prosecutors said Zea boarded a flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport to London on Jan. 4, 2012. He was set to fly from England to Yemen, where he planned to wage violent jihad, when British investigators interviewed him and returned Zea to the United States, authorities said.Undeterred, Zea continued to plot along with co-conspirator, 19-year-old Justin Kaliebe of Bay Shore, who was arrested while also boarding a plane to Yemen and pleaded guilty to similar crimes last year and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.When Zea realized that investigators were monitoring him, he destroyed electronic evidence on his computer—evidence that forensic experts recovered. The materials included violent Islamic extremist materials, such as issues of Inspire, al-Qaeda’s English-language magazine.Samir Khan, a 25-year-old Westbury native, had been editor of that magazine when he was killed in a U.S. drone missile strike in Yemen three years ago. Before Zea, Kaliebe and Khan, the first local resident to join al-Qaeda was Bryant Neal Vinas, a Patchogue native who pleaded guilty to helping the group plot to blow up the Long Island Rail Road in 2008.Judge Sandra Feuerstein is expected to sentence Zea to 25 years in prison on Jan. 14. He had faced up to life in prison.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 31-year-old Saint Albans man was killed when he crashed his motorcycle while trying to pop a wheelie in a parking garage at Roosevelt Field Mall in East Garden City on Halloween.Nassau County police said the motorcyclist was riding a Suzuki when he lost control and struck the retaining wall on the second level of the northeast parking garage at 8:50 p.m. Saturday.The victim, whose name wasn’t immediately released, was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.Homicide Squad detectives impounded the motorcycle and are continuing the investigation.
The dashboard will provide a case count for both SUNY campuses and individual schools. Cuomo said the state is taking immediate action to address the potential for the spread of the virus at SUNY schools. This includes information on positive cases, testing, isolation and quarantine spaces, and hospitalizations. The dashboard is meant to more effectively monitor, respond to, and contain the coronavirus on college campuses. NEW YORK (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo and SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras have announced the launching of a COVID-19 case tracker dashboard for all SUNY schools. “This new dashboard will help students, parents and faculty stay informed with the latest data,” Governor Cuomo said. Officials say this dashboard will provide up to date information on the coronavirus at each of the 64 SUNY schools. Chancellor Malatras said the real time data which the dashboard can provide is crucial to “helping SUNY make quick, smart decisions that contain COVID-19 and protect our campus communities.” Data will be reported by the campuses every 24 hours.
Taha Lokhandwala considers whether the UK government’s latest move to create free choice in DC markets stacks up for pension schemesMuch of the talk in the UK over the last year has been one of annuities, whether it be bulk, individual, medically underwritten or just downright poor value. The reason has been the government’s reforms made in last year’s Budget statement.The chancellor has allowed those approaching retirement in defined contribution (DC) schemes the freedom to spend any which way they please. In yesterday’s Budget, he extended this freedom to existing annuitants as the UK government began consulting on creating a secondary market for annuities, where consumers wanting to rid themselves of the retirement product could sell their income stream for a cash sum to a third party.This creates an interesting prospect, one where bundled together annuities essentially create a new form of fixed income investment, as annuity providers continue to pay out regular income streams to the third party, until the contract ends as the original policyholder dies. On a basic level, this kind of makes sense for pension funds. Nothing is really more liability-matching than an annuity, and even when not an exact match like a buy-in, there is still some correlation. The government alludes to this. In the consultation, HM Treasury says asset managers, pension funds, insurers and intermediaries are ideal buyers for second-hand annuities, with the mortality risk the buyer takes on offset by longevity risk. And we all know pension funds have enough of that.So that should be set, then. Pensioners will rush to the markets to sell their ‘poor-value’ annuities, intermediaries will bundle them into fixed income products, and asset managers and pension funds will start adding the products into their fixed income allocations.Well, not quite.As mentioned above, bundled annuities do not quite match a pension scheme’s liabilities as well as a buy-in. So, according to Ian Mills of consultancy LCP, the only real place for the product would be if, one, it was valued cheaper than a traditional bulk annuity, and two, if it provided a better yield and risk management than traditional fixed income.It is not unreasonable to suggest that bundled annuities, packaged in the right way, could do this, but the core issue remains pricing. The government, in its own consultation, suggests it has no concept on how to price second-hand annuities appropriately. In fact, it goes on to say retail investors should not be allowed to purchase second-hand annuities due to the complexities in determining a fair price.(Immediately, one sees a contradiction here, given that the sellers in the market are given free rein while the very same market, comprising the same retail investors, are not trusted to buy. But that is another issue.)This idea of a fair price is a difficult one to understand, as annuities are priced in for all risks from the start to provide this guaranteed income. To leave this, the holder obviously must prefer flexibility, but this always comes at a huge cost. So the only real way for this market to come together is for annuity holders to take a significant shaving off the value of their income stream.Bob Scott, also of LCP, puts it quite succinctly: “If someone wants to buy your annuity, you probably shouldn’t sell it. And, if someone wants to sell their annuity, the buyer is unlikely to offer them an attractive price.”That alone makes this is a difficult policy to envisage taking off. Even if there were a fully working market for secondary annuities, which created new fixed income products for pension funds and reduced the cost of annuities across the board, it could be a counter-productive area for schemes to enter.Because whatever the benefit for pension funds, ultimately, the cost of it all will be laid fully at the feet of pensioners.
Such form has seen the midfielder work his way back into the Brazil set-up and led to praise from Pele, who will be at Liverpool’s derby encounter with United on Sunday. “Oh yes (I like Coutinho) – no doubt, no doubt,” the Brazil great told Press Association Sport. “He is an excellent player and intelligent, but we have a lot of individuals in Brazil. Unfortunately we cannot play with all the players we have.” Coutinho is in the Brazil squad for the forthcoming friendlies against France and Chile, which follow Sunday’s match – an encounter Pele will attend as a guest of SUBWAY. “It is going to be a great game, no doubt about that,” he said. “This a top fixture and good to see.” Coutinho is part of the new breed Brazil coach Dunga is trusting to make up for last summer’s World Cup embarrassment. Brazil were not the only country to underwhelm, with England another country failing to meet expectations. The early exit of English sides in Europe has increased concerns over the quality of football in the country, yet Pele is not worried for the home of football. “I think the level of football in England is top,” he said. “Last year there were some surprises, not only with the English team at the World Cup. “I made a lot of interviews in Europe before the World Cup and saw some of Germany’s games, so I said the Germans were very well prepared.” Press Association The talented 22-year-old was seen as a bit of a gamble when the Reds forked out £8.5million to bring him over from Inter Milan. That deal now looks like a bargain, though, as Coutinho has been one of the stars of the Premier League season. Pele has been impressed by compatriot Philippe Coutinho and is looking forward to seeing the Liverpool man in action against Manchester United.
Governor Ron DeSantis has appointed two new justices to the Florida Supreme court. The governor made his announcement yesterday from Miami appointing Judge Renatha Francis and attorney John Couriel to the Florida Supreme Court. The Governor says Francis was born in Jamaica and is the first American from the Caribbean to be appointed to Florida’s Supreme Court. Francis said she was raised by a single mother in Jamaica who never finished high school and who was the daughter of a farmer.My appointment of Judge Renatha Francis to the Florida Supreme Court is historic – a naturalized citizen, Francis will be the first Jamaican-American to serve on the court.— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) May 26, 2020 Despite her obstacles in life, Francis said her mother taught her and her sister “grit, determination and hard work.” Initially when, Judge Francis was nominated she had not been a member of the Florida bar for 10 years. She passed that milestone in September.Francis is currently a judge for the Florida 15th Circuit Court in Palm Beach County. Couriel, meanwhile, is currently an attorney at a law firm in Miami.The governor has appointed five people to Florida’s Supreme Court since taking office, four of whom are from South Florida.
(REUTERS)-India’s spinners sent back the top three Bangladesh batsmen in the second innings of the one-(off Test at Hyderabad yesterday to keep the hosts on course for victory.Chasing an improbable target of 459 in four sessions for a win, Bangladesh reached 103-3 at stumps on the fourth day of their maiden Test in India, the world’s top-ranked nation.Shakib Al Hasan was unbeaten on 21 for Bangladesh with Mahmudullah nine not out at the other end.Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who during the day became the fastest to reach 250 wickets in Tests, dismissed Tamim Iqbal (3) and Mominul Haque (27) while spin partner Ravindra Jadeja picked up the wicket of Soumya Sarkar, who made 42.Sarkar and Mominul added 60 for the second wicket but both left-handers were out in the space of 14 deliveries, dampening the touring side’s hopes of saving the test match.Cheteshwar Pujara hit an unbeaten 54 off 58 balls as India declared their second innings on 159 for four at tea.The hosts batted for 29 overs and scored at a rate of more than five runs per over with useful contributions from captain Virat Kohli (38) and Ajinkya Rahane (28). Paceman Taskin and Shakib shared the four Indian wickets.In the morning session, Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim registered his fifth Test hundred before his side were bundled out for 388 as the hosts took a first-innings lead of 299.The 29-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman was the last man out for his side on 127 with Bangladesh’s innings ending shortly before lunch. Kohli opted against enforcing the follow-on after his bowlers needed almost an entire session to pick up Bangladesh’s last four wickets.Resuming on 322-6, the visitors got off to a bad start as seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar breached the defence of half-centurion Mehedi Hasan with the fourth ball of the morning without a run being added to their overnight total.Paceman Umesh Yadav, the most impressive of India’s bowlers, got Taijul Islam to glove one back to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, raising fears for Mushfiqur that he could run out of partners before reaching three figures.However, Taskin Ahmed stayed with his captain for a 39-run ninth-wicket stand, during which Mushfiqur scored freely.The diminutive right-hander top-edged Ishant Sharma for a six and then reached his century when the lanky bowler miss-fielded near the boundary to allow a four.He was finally out, caught down the leg side to Ashwin, who reached 250 test wickets with the dismissal.Umesh finished with three wickets, while Ashwin and Jadeja picked up two wickets apiece.INDIA 1st innings 687 for 6 decl (V. Kohli 204, M. Vijay 108, W. Saha 106no, C. Pujara 83, A. Rahane 82, R. Jadeja 60no)Bangladesh 1st innings (Overnight: 322-6)T. Iqbal run out (U. Yadav, B. Kumar) 24S. Sarkar c Saha b U. Yadav 15M. Haque lbw b U. Yadav 12Mahmudullah lbw b I. Sharma 28S. Al Hasan c U. Yadav b R. Ashwin 82M. Rahim c Saha b R. Ashwin 127Sa. Rahman lbw b Jadeja 16M. Hasan b B. Kumar 51T. Islam c Saha b U. Yadav 10T. Ahmed c Rahane b Jadeja 8K. Rabbi not out 0Extras (lb-15) 15Total (all out, 127.5 overs) 388Fall of wickets: 1-38 S. Sarkar,2-44 T. Iqbal,3-64 M. Haque,4-109 Mahmudullah,5-216 S. Al Hasan,6-235 Sa. Rahman,7-322 M. Hasan,8-339 T. Islam,9-378 T. Ahmed,10-388 M. RahimBowling: B. Kumar 21 – 7 – 52 – 1, I. Sharma 20 – 5 – 69 – 1,R. Ashwin 28.5 – 7 – 98 – 2, U. Yadav 25 – 6 – 84 – 3, R. Jadeja 33 – 8 – 70 – 2INDIA 2nd inningsM. Vijay c Rahim b Ahmed 7L. Rahul c Rahim b Ahmed 10C. Pujara not out 54V. Kohli c Mahmudullah b Al Hasan 38A. Rahane b Al Hasan 28R. Jadeja not out 16Extras (lb-5 w-1) 6Total (for 4 wickets declared, 29 overs) 159Fall of wickets: 1-12 M. Vijay,2-23 L. Rahul,3-90 V. Kohli,4-128 A. RahaneDid not bat: R. Ashwin, W. Saha, B. Kumar, U. Yadav, I. SharmaBowling: T. Islam 6 – 1 – 29 – 0,T. Ahmed 7 – 0 – 43 – 2(w-1),S. Al Hasan 9 – 0 – 50 – 2, M. Hasan 7 – 0 – 32 – 0.Bangladesh 2nd innings (Target: 459 runs)T. Iqbal c Kohli b R. Ashwin 3S. Sarkar c Rahane b Jadeja 42M. Haque c Rahane b R. Ashwin 27Mahmudullah not out 9S. Al Hasan not out 21Extras (nb-1) 1Total (for 3 wickets, 35 overs) 103Fall of wickets: 1-11 T. Iqbal,2-71 S. Sarkar,3-75 M. HaqueTo bat: M. Rahim, S. Rahman, M. Hasan, T. Islam, T. Ahmed, K. RabbiBowling: B. Kumar 5 – 2 – 14 – 0, R. Ashwin 16 – 6 – 34 – 2,I. Sharma 3 – 0 – 19 – 0(nb-1), U. Yadav 3 – 0 – 9 – 0R. Jadeja 8 – 2 – 27 – 1