Governor Wolf Thanks Pennsylvanians for Sacrifices During the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

first_imgGovernor Wolf Thanks Pennsylvanians for Sacrifices During the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic Public Health,  Remarks Governor Tom Wolf updated the public on Pennsylvania’s response to the 2019 novel coronavirus. The following are his prepared remarks:“My fellow Pennsylvanians, thank you for joining me. I want to talk with you about where we are with this pandemic and where we hope to be.“Each day we face a new set of realities and a new set of fears. But we Pennsylvanians are facing these new realities with a calm determination that has been nothing short of extraordinary. We’re doing this together even as we have been apart, and I want to thank every one of you for facing this crisis in such courageous and masterful ways.“We really are an amazing commonwealth peopled by amazing citizens. In the end, I believe we will get through this because of the kind of people we are. But, I understand that even the most courageous and determined people need to have some sense of where we’re headed. So, in the next few minutes I will do my best to lay out a broad outline of what lies ahead for us.“The process of dealing with this COVID-19 crisis and getting through it has, as I see it, three stages.“The first stage – the one we’re in now – is focused on simply buying time to allow our healthcare system to build the capacity we need it to have. We cannot afford to allow it to be overwhelmed. We cannot allow this deadly disease to continue to claim more victims at an increasing rate. We want this stage to be over with as quickly as possible.“The second stage will be a transitional one as well; it will take us from where we are now to the new normal that we’ll face down the road.“And finally, the third stage is that new normal.“Let me outline each of these giving you my best guesses as to what it will take to get us through them.“Let me start with phase one – where we are now. Again, the goal in this first phase is to do the best we can with the scarce resources we have to keep our healthcare system from being overwhelmed. By doing that we can with the resources we have to keep more people safe.“We have worked hard to buy time to do the things we should have done to be ready for the crisis. It is a strategy that has been aimed at keeping us safe, but it has involved a whole host of painful sacrifices.“Families have not been able to gather for the holiest of celebrations because we need to shelter in place. Children have not been able to go to school because we closed them. Businesses have had to close to keep employees and customers safe. And, all of us have had to distance ourselves in so many ways from the world we want to embrace, chief among them our families and friends.“So far, this strategy is working.“We are making real progress – as you can see from Dr. Levine’s daily updates – in bending the curve and flattening the surge. People are still dying, the economy is still tanking, and we know that the draconian steps we are now taking cannot go on forever.“The question is, ‘How do we get through this phase as quickly and successfully as possible?’ The answer is still far from perfectly clear, but we know that getting to the next phase will come down to at least two things.“First, we will need to satisfy ourselves that the likely march of this disease will not outstrip our ability to treat people with the virus. So, we are doing everything we can to keep each of us from infecting the people around us. And, we need to continue to see real progress in this area.“We want to see a drop in the number of new cases. We want to see sustained increases in the materials healthcare workers need to fight this disease like personal protective equipment including masks, face shields, gloves and gowns, ventilators, beds.“We do not have a hard and fast metric for exactly when we achieve victory, but we know we need to develop one. And we will, soon.“Second, the transitional phase when we start to reopen our world, our economy and our lives will depend on more and better testing. We need tests that can tell us when we are sick, and we need tests that can tell us when we are immune.“Dr. Fauci has told us that we are only a week or so away from a roll-out of an effective antibody test that will be able to tell us if we have developed an immunity to the COVID-19 virus. That immunity will allow our frontline healthcare workers and our first responders to do their work unencumbered by the fear of infection to the extent that we satisfy ourselves that we can safely go back to work, to school or to places of worship we can begin the work of moving out of this painful phase. And the hope is that we can do it in a reasonable timeframe.“The real goal, of course, is to get to the point that we can fully resume our normal lives. This will require time along with a recognition that the new ‘normal’ will be different from the old ‘normal’ we had grown used to.“We will need to build stockpiles of the things a healthcare system needs to face deadly infectious diseases. We will need time to develop effective treatments for these infectious diseases – maybe even a cure. We will need time to develop vaccines. And, we will all need time to rebuild our lives and our communities in ways that conform to the new altered normal.“In the meantime, we need to keep doing what we’re doing to restrain this deadly virus. And, this includes the need to rebuild our sense of hope.“We cannot afford to become complacent, but we need to recognize the fact that we will get through this. The good public servants in the commonwealth will keep doing everything they can to get us through this. The heroic healthcare and emergency service workers in each of our hospitals and each of our communities will keep doing what they can to get us through this. And, each of us will keep doing what we have been doing to get us all through this.“I recognize that what is being asked of each of us is hard. Before this awful disease attacked us, we could be who we were, defined by our jobs, our friends, our neighbors and our families and our pastimes. Now, we have asked ourselves to isolate ourselves, to stop doing what we were doing or making or interacting. And, we could be forgiven for wondering if it’s worth it.“Well, by the numbers we have all seen – the reduction in the rate of increase of new cases, the flattening of the curve – we are defining ourselves in a new way.“By doing nothing, by distancing ourselves from others, by staying home we are making a difference. We are saving lives. We are saving our children, our neighbors and our friends. By doing nothing, we are doing something extraordinary.“And for that I thank you.”View this information in Spanish. April 13, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Pension fund tenders smart-beta equity mandate using IPE Quest

first_imgInterested parties should state performance, net of fees, to the end of September and have a track record of at least three years (preferably five).The deadline for applications is 30 October.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com. A pension fund based in Germany has tendered a €20m smart-beta equity mandate using IPE Quest.According to search QN-2125, interested parties should have at least €250m in assets under management in the asset class.The mandate is to cover Europe excluding the UK and adopt the MSCI Europe Multi-Factor or similar index as a benchmark, observing a maximum tracking record of 10%.The pension fund said it was creating a long-list of managers, and that a manager might therefore not be appointed.last_img read more

Buhari salutes Anthony Joshua on comeback victory

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight President Muhammadu Buhari has thumbed up for World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, Anthony Joshua, for regaining his belts on Saturday night in a rematch with Mexican, Andy Ruiz Jnr.The President, in a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Femi Adesina in Abuja on Sunday, rejoiced with Joshua, saluting him for bringing joy to millions of Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora.He noted that Joshua’s supporters across the world had rooted for him to regain the titles he lost about six months ago.“The downfall of a man is truly not the end of his life. There’s always another, and better day. This is a lesson we must all learn from you as a country,” Buhari told the comeback world champion.He wished Anthony Joshua well “as he seeks to bring more glory to Nigeria and to the boxing profession”.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Joshua beat Andy Ruiz Jr on a unanimous points decision in Saudi Arabia to seize back the heavyweight world championship belts he lost to his Mexican-American opponent in a shock upset last June.The ‘Clash on the Dunes’ in Diriyah was for the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles, and judges scored the fight 118-110, 118-110 and 119-109 to the 30-year-old Briton.Tags: Andy Ruiz JrAnthony Joshualast_img read more

Lambert calm over Benteke call-up

first_img “But to cause them the problems we did was really pleasing.” Benteke was actually one of four first-team staples missing against the Blues last weekend. “It wasn’t just Christian we lost for last week,” Lambert said. “There was Gabby Agbonlahor, Ashley Westwood and Jores Okore too. “The four of them are doing well, even though Jores’ cruciate injury will keep him out for a while. “So it wasn’t just Christian we missed, but the lads who came in were excellent for us.” Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert will not become embroiled in a club-versus-country spat with Belgium despite national team coach Marc Wilmots controversially calling up injured striker Christian Benteke for their upcoming matches. Wilmots has reportedly stated Benteke will not be risked for the Croatia match but, should they lose that and need a result against the Welsh, the striker is likely to be called upon. When it was put to Lambert that he may be heading for a clash with his international counterpart, the Scot said: “No, I’ve spoken to Marc anyway and the medical people are engaged in good dialogue so there’s no problems at all. “But he’s not fit for us this weekend. “Christian is doing really well with his rehabilitation and we just have to wait and see how he’s feeling. I’ve spoken to him every day, as I do with everybody else, and he’s doing okay.” Villa beat Manchester City 3-2 at home without Benteke last Saturday to go some way to dispelling the myth that they are anything like a one-man team, but Lambert insists they never needed to make any sort of statement. “The lads had nothing to prove to me,” he said. “I knew we were up against one of the best teams in the country and that we had to play ever so well to try to get something from the game. “Against City they had everything that you want from a footballer: The fight, hunger, desire, togetherness. Everything that makes a strong team, we had in abundance. “It wasn’t a statement as such, it was just a group of lads who came together in that game. Yes, we had to run a lot without the ball at certain times but there aren’t many teams who are going to have much of the ball against Manchester City. Benteke is still thought to be weeks away from fitness following a recent hip injury suffered against Norwich. However, Belgium boss Wilmots has selected the big striker for his side’s World Cup qualifiers against Croatia on October 11 and Wales on October 15 as his side seek the point they need to secure their spot next summer. Press Associationlast_img read more