Coronavirus live updates: NJ testing site reaches capacity before it opens

first_imgHere’s the latest on the developing situation Monday. All times Eastern:10:50 a.m.: Amy Klobuchar’s husband tests positive for coronavirusFormer Democratic presidential candidate and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar says her husband, John Bessler, received positive coronavirus test results Monday morning.Bessler suffered a bad cough, including coughing up blood, and now has pneumonia and is on oxygen but not a ventilator, Klobuchar said in a statement.“He is exhausted and sick,” she said.“John and I have been in different places for the last two weeks and I am outside the 14-day period for getting sick, my doctor has advised me to not get a test,” Klobuchar said. “As everyone is aware, there are test shortages for people who need them everywhere and I don’t qualify to get one under any standard.”“I love my husband so very much and not being able to be there at the hospital by his side is one of the hardest things about this disease,” she wrote. “I hope he will be home soon. I know so many Americans are going through this and so much worse right now. So I hope and pray for you, just as I hope you will do for my husband. Meanwhile I am working in the Senate to get help to the American people.” 10:30 a.m.: Stay-at-home advisory issued in MassachusettsA stay-at-home advisory has been issued in Massachusetts, urging residents to avoid unnecessary travel from Tuesday until April 7.Also beginning Tuesday, all “non-essential” businesses in Massachusetts will be closed, though Gov. Charlie Baker encouraged restaurants to continue to offer food for take-out and delivery.9:20 a.m. New Jersey testing site reaches capacity before it opensIn northern New Jersey, hit hard by the outbreak, a testing site at Bergen County Community College reached capacity even before it opened Monday morning, reported ABC New York station WABC-TV.8:39 a.m. One doctor’s plea for suppliesA Massachusetts emergency room doctor, who made a sharp-worded appeal on Facebook for the need for protective gear, told ABC News he’s since received a number of donated supplies. “Since that post went out, people have been showing up in our ER, donating whatever they have, people have been making masks,” Dr. Josh Lerner, who works at the Leominster campus of UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, said in an interview Monday on Good Morning America.“People are dropping off food, any type of personal protective equipment. Painters, contractors are giving us their supplies. A neighbor of mine dropped off a box of N95 masks this morning, left it on my porch,” Lerner continued. “So we are being heard by the American people.”But Lerner said it’s unclear how long the supplies will last as his emergency room starts to see an influx in acute cases of patients sickened with the novel coronavirus disease. “I think something to keep in mind is that, for any one patient, there are multiple health care workers who are at the bedside,” he said. “We could be talking about many, many supplies being used at any one time at the bedside. And so, at this moment, I don’t know how many more days of supplies we have, but we are sort of using them as judiciously as possible.” Lerner called on the U.S. government as well as leaders at the local, state and federal levels to “work together” rather than “debate with one another.” “We as an entire nation need to come together to fight this,” he said.7:48 a.m. Spain reports 462 deaths in past 24 hoursSpain’s health ministry on Monday reported 462 deaths from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours. The country’s death toll from COVID-19 has now topped 2,000. Spain has the third-highest number of recorded deaths in the outbreak, following China and Italy. With nearly 30,000 diagnosed cases, Spain is behind the United States and Italy in the highest national total outside China.5:39 a.m. Wuhan, China, reports no new cases for five straight daysThe Chinese city of Wuhan, the original epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, has reported no new confirmed cases for the past five days.The city is still considered a high-risk zone but signs of life are reappearing on the streets as authorities begin to relax some of the strict measures that were put in place. Road checkpoints are being removed and some private vehicles have returned to the streets. The city’s subway system remains shut down but has begun trial runs as health workers disinfect the subway cars and stations.City leaders met Monday to discuss scheduling the resumption of work and production. Monday marks two months since Chinese authorities placed Wuhan on lockdown as the virus spread like wildfire throughout the city and the greater Hubei province.“The meeting emphasized the need to make overall plans to restore economic and social order, and actively and steadily promote orderly resumption of work and production,” the Wuhan government said in a statement Monday. “It is necessary to speed up the resumption of production and industrial enterprises, the return of stores and supermarkets as soon as possible, the orderly restoration of public transportation, the safe and orderly movement of personnel, and the guarantee of resumption of production and market.”4:09 a.m. Florida closes all state parksFlorida is closing all of its state parks to the public due to the coronavirus crisis.At the direction of the governor and to successfully uphold social distancing guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection said it will close all state parks to the public, effective Monday. The Sunshine State is home to nearly 200 state parks and trails.A notice on the Florida State Parks website said the Department of Environmental Protection “has taken many measures to continue providing resource recreation at our state parks during this time, such as limiting operating hours and reducing visitor capacity at parks with high visitation.”“Unfortunately,” the notice continued, “this has not resulted in the reductions needed to best protect public health and safety as Florida continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.”There are more than 1,000 diagnosed cases of the novel coronavirus in Florida, and at least 13 of those patients have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.3:42 a.m. U.S. Secret Service employee tests positiveA U.S. Secret Service employee is in quarantine after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, the agency confirmed in a statement late Sunday night.“The Secret Service has conducted a comprehensive contact trace assessment and determined that the employee has not had contact with any Secret Service employee or protectee for nearly three weeks,” the agency said.Further information about the employee’s identity was not provided due to privacy considerations.3:00 a.m. Japan to begin quarantining all visitors from the USJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Monday that his country will require a 14-day quarantine to all visitors from the United States amid an escalating number of coronavirus infections around the globe.The quarantine requirement includes Japanese and American citizens and will go into effect Thursday until the end of April. The move comes after Japan raised its travel advisory for the United States, urging Japanese citizens not to make nonessential trips to the nation.Abe said the new requirement is in line with containment measures taken by other countries, including the United States, which has reported a surge in new COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.Japan appears to have successfully slowed the spread of the virus on its soil, with just 1,101 diagnosed cases as of Monday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering. Still, Abe said a decision to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, slated to kick off on July 24, “may become inevitable” if the pandemic makes it impossible to hold the event safety.The International Olympic Committee’s executive board has announced a plan to analyze the situation over the next few weeks and make a decision that could include the option to postpone, although the board emphasized that it has no current plans to outright cancel the games. A number of Olympic athletes have called on organizers to postpone or cancel the games due to the pandemic.“If it is difficult to hold in a complete way, a decision of postponement would be unavoidable,” Japan’s prime minister said at a press conference Monday.  Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Samara Heisz/iStock(NEW YORK) — A growing pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected hundreds of thousands of people around the world, spreading to every continent except Antartica since emerging in China back in December. There are more than 350,000 diagnosed cases of the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, known officially as COVID-19, data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University shows. More than 15,000 people have died so far, prompting many countries to impose travel restrictions, close borders, and shut schools and businesses. The number of U.S. cases has topped 35,000, spanning across every state as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. At least 471 of those patients have died. Millions of U.S. residents have been ordered to stay at home in an effort to contain the disease.last_img read more

Sri Lankan Navy Arrests Persons with Non-electric Detonators

first_img View post tag: News by topic Sri Lankan Navy Arrests Persons with Non-electric Detonators View post tag: Detonators View post tag: Navy April 2, 2012 View post tag: Sri Share this article View post tag: Arrestscenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lankan Navy Arrests Persons with Non-electric Detonators View post tag: Lankan View post tag: Naval Naval personnel attached to SLNS Gajaba of the North-central Naval Command arrested 03 persons with 12 non-electric detonators, 02 diving masks and 02 pairs of diving fins in the General Area Narapadu on 29th March 2012.The arrested persons with the items in their possession were handed over to Mannar Police for further investigations.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 02, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: Persons View post tag: Non-electriclast_img read more

USA Today: Bloomington a socially-distant friendly place to travel

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Pinterest Google+ By Network Indiana – September 4, 2020 0 294 Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleIncreased traffic patrols planned for Labor Day WeekendNext articleLaPorte man arrested, accused of sexual molestation, possession of child porn Network Indiana WhatsApp Google+ (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) If you’re looking for a safe place to travel during Labor Day, you don’t have to look outside the Hoosier state.USA Today has chosen Bloomington as one of four cities across the country deemed socially-distant-friendly places to travel.The paper highlights some of the city’s features such as the Community Farmer’s Market, the Starlite Drive-in Theater, and over a dozen walking tours.The city is also offering free tickets to movies and concerts taking place this weekend, with coronavirus guidelines.The other cities on the list included Asheville, North Carolina, Bar Habor, Maine, and Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Facebook Facebook USA Today: Bloomington a socially-distant friendly place to travel Twitterlast_img read more

Rolling Stones Announce Their First-Ever Concert In Cuba

first_imgThe Rolling Stones have announced that they will be playing a free concert, dubbed “Concert for Amity,” in Cuba later this month, on March 25. Held at the Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana, the show will be the band’s first open air concert in Cuba, as well as their first concert in the Caribbean.After completing their America Latina Ole Tour, making stops in Santiago, Buenos Aires,  São Paulo, Porto Alegre, Bogotá, Mexico City, and many more, the Stones felt inspired to continue their diverse showmanship. On their website, The Rolling Stones said: “We have performed in many special places during our long career but this show in Havana is going to be a landmark event for us, and, we hope, for all our friends in Cuba too.” Indeed this will make for an exciting time for the the British-Rock band, and they are even filming the concert for future release.In addition to the excitement of bringing their music to this country, they will also be leading a musician-to-musician initiative in which they deliver musical instruments and equipment to the Cuban musicians of all genres. They’ve outsourced donations from The Gibson Foundation, Vic Firth, RS Berkeley, Pearl, Zildjian, Gretsch, Latin Percussion, Roland and BOSS, with additional assistance from the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation.[via The Rolling Stones]last_img read more

Expanding support for leading research

first_imgThe Challenge was conceived by and established at the direction of James A. Star ’83, another longstanding friend of Harvard whose many leadership gifts include creating a similarly innovative program promoting excellence in undergraduate advising. Thanks to the Friedmans’ new gift, next year the Challenge will double in size and expand in scope, reaching even more faculty across Harvard.The expanded program, known as the Star-Friedman Challenge for Promising Scientific Research, will be open to faculty at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in addition to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.“Our goal is to find and fund unique ideas that lack access to funding, whether because those ideas are at an early stage of development or have been proposed by younger researchers,” said Challenge founder Star in announcing the expansion of the program. “Josh and Beth are wonderful people who are deeply and thoughtfully committed to the communities of which they are a part, and they are robustly engaged with a number of worthy institutions. How lucky we are that Harvard is one of them.”“We are here because of Jamie and his original vision,” said Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael Smith. “The Challenge has had a huge impact on our institution and the work that’s being done here across the sciences. Both Jamie and Josh bring incredibly broad interests to the natural and social sciences. Their curiosity is enabling the curiosity of our faculty. They deeply understand this institution and the community. We attract incredibly creative, broad-based faculty and students to this institution with the excellence we have across our many different disciplines, and this program leverages that strength.”For Friedman, who was a physics concentrator and later graduated from both Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, the Challenge offered an ideal chance to support the institution that played a significant role in his life.“First, it was focused on scientific research, which I think should be and is a key priority at Harvard and in the world today,” he said. “As Harvard continues to develop the One Harvard initiative, this program fits very well because it takes a step back from the siloed approach to science and allows for cross-disciplinary work, and is now expanding to include the Medical School and the School of Public Health. I think it’s programs like this that make Harvard such a valued and valuable institution. My hope is that every year we’re going to wake up and see extraordinary breakthroughs that are developed as a result of our research grants.”Friedman has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to giving back to Harvard, not only through his family’s philanthropy but also through many years of volunteer service. He serves on the Harvard Management Company’s Board of Directors, a group elected by the President and Fellows of Harvard College to advise the University, drawing on its members’ expertise in investment, academia, and industry. Friedman also serves on the University Task Force on Science and Engineering, the FAS Campaign Steering Committee, and the Los Angeles Campaign Committee, and advisory councils at Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard Law School. Related Rewarding remarkable studies Inquiring minds rewarded Star Family Challenge for Promising Scientific Research funds five high-risk, high-reward projects Together, the Friedmans have been leaders and generous supporters of The Harvard Campaign, both serving on the University’s Campaign Executive Committee. In addition to their landmark gift to expand the Star-Friedman Challenge, their campaign support includes a new, unrestricted gift to the President’s Fund with a preference for supporting the sciences, and a gift in 2011 to establish the Joshua and Beth Friedman University Professorship.Notably, the first faculty member appointed to the Friedmans’ University Professorship — Charles Lieber, who chairs the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology — was one of the winners of the Challenge for Promising Scientific Research in 2014, the program’s inaugural year.The high-profile nature of Lieber’s pathbreaking research — which led to publication in leading scientific journals and popular media outlets — and the convergence of the Friedman University Professorship and the Star-Friedman Challenge serve to illustrate the breadth and impact of the Friedmans’ philanthropy across the sciences at Harvard. Star Family Challenge supports cutting-edge research projects Star Family Challenge backs big ideas in language, health, and astronomy Funding the future A gift from Josh Friedman ’76, M.B.A. ’80, J.D. ’82, and Beth Friedman, longstanding benefactors of the University, will double the resources available for high-risk, high-reward science, allowing more of the most ambitious research projects at Harvard to move forward.For five years, the Star Family Challenge for Promising Scientific Research has provided seed funding for Faculty of Arts and Sciences professors pursuing interdisciplinary and potentially pathbreaking research projects. The program boldly addresses a critical need in science: Traditional funding sources tend to award conservatively, which could mean that a revolutionary new idea will be rejected as too novel or risky. Relatedlast_img read more

Complete streets’ bill ensures road design includes needs of bicyclists, pedestrians of all ages

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin has signed into law legislation that ensures Vermont’s roads are safe for all users, requiring transportation policy to take into account the needs of motorists, bicyclists, public transportation users and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. ‘This law will guarantee that we’re designing roads that work for the future ‘ for older Vermonters, for those who choose to take public transportation, for people who opt to walk to their jobs and errands, and for motorists,’ the governor said. Among those on-hand for the bill signing were representatives for AARP Vermont and the Vermont Natural Resources Council. Those organizations and other advocates supported the legislation and worked for its passage at the State House earlier this year. The law amends current transportation statutes and covers state and municipal roads, with a few exemptions (dirt and gravel roads, for example). The policy would apply when new roads are being constructed and in the reconstruction, rehabilitation, and maintenance of paved roads. It would not be a mandate to retrofit existing roads. Local and state transportation agencies would have to design to safely accommodate all users. Examples of design changes to improve safety would include:· Retiming crossing signals to allow for slower walking speeds· Adding/maintaining sidewalks that are connected to services· Installing curb ramps, sidewalk seating and bus shelters with seating· Improving lighting, signage with larger fonts, and reflective signs and pavement markings· Protecting left turn lanes with green arrows (this can cut left turn crashes in half). Complete Streets legislation or policies have been passed in Hawaii, Connecticut and New Jersey. In Vermont, Montpelier and Burlington are already considering policies. Source: Governor’s office. 5.17.2011last_img read more

Success means supporting CU champions who will work across aisle

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Reps. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) and Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) have both seen their districts hit hard by the pandemic, and both have seen credit unions in action as financial first responders working to help their communities recover. Murphy and Reed appeared together in a video discussing ways credit unions help their communities, and why it’s important to come together across the aisle to support legislators that champion credit unions.Murphy praised credit unions for being the “first place people turn to for help and guidance” as the economic effects of the pandemic struck.Reed thanked credit unions for “leading the way” when it comes to helping small businesses, including through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), helping keep people employed.Both legislators touted the importance of working together in a bipartisan fashion on behalf of Americans and talked about the importance of credit unions heading to the ballot to support candidates that support the credit union mission.last_img read more

Fourth Cambodian dies of avian flu

first_imgApril 22, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A 20-year-old woman who died Tuesday in a Vietnamese hospital has been confirmed as Cambodia’s fourth victim of H5N1 avian influenza, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today.Chal Bo Pha had suffered high fever and heavy coughing for a week before leaving her home in Kampot Province to go to a hospital across the border in Tien Giang, Vietnam, AFP reported. She died there within hours.Tests at the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City confirmed that the woman died of H5N1, the hospital director, Nguyen Van Dom, told AFP. Cambodian and World Health Organization (WHO) officials quoted in the story had not yet been notified that the case was confirmed.The case brings the unofficial H5N1 case count to 90 cases, including 53 deaths, since January 2004.It also indicates that Cambodia may continue to see cases, Dr. Peter Horby, WHO epidemiologist in Hanoi, told AFP.”If the results are confirmed, it does demonstrate that in that part of Cambodia the situation is not so different from Vietnam for avian influenza and we’ll continue to see human cases,” Horby said.The woman lived in an area where many poultry had died of an unknown illness, relatives reportedly told the doctor quoted by AFP. She had eaten chicken before falling ill.Health officials in Cambodia are continuing education efforts, particularly in Kampot Province, where all four known H5N1 victims lived.Megge Miller, a WHO official in Cambodia, told AFP that officials in two areas of Kampot are teaching health center staff and local health volunteers how to identify avian flu. She said workers are being instructed to notify the provincial health department if they see someone who has a fever, cough, and difficult breathing after having contact with poultry that recently died.last_img read more

Tomislav Maglić, private landlord: “Self-registration of guests is the future of renting private accommodation”

first_imgIt is stated that a personalized digital guide is available. What exactly is it about? How is it personalized? You can check the website of the Digital Welcome Book made by Tomislav Maglić HERE. But can the amount of work be reduced? Is there any way in which part of the work, such as welcoming and saying goodbye to guests, could be done without the presence of the host? Zagreb landlord Tomislav Maglić has the answers to these questions. In his cozy apartment with the symbolic name Tom’s Cozy, which is located in Zagreb’s Trešnjevka, check in and check out are a thing of the past. Namely, Tomislav created his own website in which the whole process is explained, and at the same time it serves as a digital city guide. Not available to everyone. You get a reservation and send a Welcome Book, in which you have the category Self Check In. And there it is nicely written that only after sending the ID the guest gets the entry codes. Or note whatever you want, the Welcome Book is personalized so you can customize it however you want. The answer is yes, it is a safe method. Plus you have apartment insurance (most renters pay for it anyway) and a lot of different protections, if you really want to go deeper. Excellent. In my opinion, there are several types of renters. Those who have more apartments or dozens of apartments and for whom it is exclusively a job they are engaged in to make money. They can’t clone and welcome guests to multiple locations at once and then mostly have Self Check In or pay someone for that service. The second type of landlord is the one who lives in the same building where their apartments are (most often in Dalmatia), so it is not such a problem for them to welcome a guest because they are mostly at home. Although they are also slaves to their apartments because they cannot afford a vacation or a variant that they are not present in the facility in the heart of the season. There is also a third type of landlord who, as they say for themselves, loves that eye-to-eye contact. My opinion even experience says that this is the type of renters who want to feel good after tourists have praised them for being great and simply enjoy that feeling, although they would get the same effect if they allowed the guest independent entry and a Welcome Book to list all your recommendations, information, ie everything that the guest needs for a better stay. Only they would not experience it at that moment but through evaluating the overall impression (reviews). In that case, a physical host is needed only in cases of some urgency. Floods, damage to buildings, etc., which is a rare case in practice. I have not yet experienced criticism, either oral or through reviews, from any tourist in this way of doing business. My rating is still as high as when I personally greeted them and wasted time and nerves on welcoming and explaining where to eat, drink, where the nearest store is, etc. That is why the combination of self-entry and a well-informed guest via a guide or digital Welcome Book- and a solution. Never. Although I note again, the insurance of the apartment in the amount of 1.000 kn / year covers everything and I doubt that there are renters who are not insured. It’s just a loan for a completely carefree dream, even though I haven’t had any major problems that would have “knocked” money out of my pocket. It is personalized because it is done for each accommodation unit individually. Every host has their suggestions for their guests, not every neighborhood is the same, and they expect recommendations from their host. Why shouldn’t these recommendations be in one place, on one web link that can be easily shared via any form of communication – WhatsApp, Viber, SMS, e-mail, booking messenger, Airbnb messenger… I personally have it saved in automated messages and after each booking I send that message. And it looks like the picture below. Do you think this method is safe for you and your visitors since the key password is available to everyone online? What are your experiences with this type of rental? Would you recommend it to others? The occupancy is excellent. If it is great for me, it means that it is great at sea because they are the same tourists. The problem happened with the price. You can’t keep the price as high as the last two years because a lot of new accommodation units in the city are open and that has reduced the price of the daily rent and the number of arrivals is the same or slightly higher. There is more supply than demand so there is a struggle for the guest through price and reviews. You in the Welcome Book give a reception from 0-24 for all questions, and each host knows very well what those questions are, ie what answers should be given. I have when the market is “cleansed” with low prices, it will soon not be possible to pay the owner of the apartment a certain amount of money and make extra profit for yourself according to the current price list of overnight stays in the city. Many will drop out. How did you come up with the idea of ​​the Self Check In method? Is there any specific reason? Do you think Self Check In is the future of renting? What are the reactions of visitors to this approach to renting? A Digital Welcome Book, digital welcome book or digital guide is becoming standard in this business. Every guest wants to know what awaits him in the neighborhood where he is staying. These are their most common questions, and you need to have ready and detailed answers. Where is the nearest shop, laundry, market, restaurant nearby, coffee bar, pharmacy, ATM, exchange office, as well as basic instructions needed by each guest: codes for independent entrance, parking options, house rules, WI-FI codes, unique emergency numbers, energy saving warnings, tap water, garbage disposal in front of the accommodation unit, transport options from / to the airport. Just put yourself in the passenger position, or if you have travel experience, so remember all the information you need? I was recently a guest of an apartment in Sarajevo. On the way out, I didn’t know where the street trash cans were. It is assumed that they are in front of the building, but they were not there. I circled around the building for about 10 minutes until I found where the garbage was dumped because it was so organized, and I couldn’t reach the host because I didn’t have enough kuna on my cell phone to call, and I could wait for the answer of the message I sent him. . Here is a banal example of why the Welcome Book is useful. Do you plan to open more apartments or rooms? If so, will these apartments also be Self Check In? It is important to send the Welcome Book to the guest immediately after booking because in that case he has time to prepare for the trip and knows what to expect, not to mention the importance of the first impression to which you are entitled only once. There is a proverb I personally invented: “There is no demanding guest, only an unprepared host.” Photo: Tom’s Cozy apartment Have you noticed the thefts or devastation of the apartment given that communication with guests is not face to face? Of course. I have been renting for 3 years and since Zagreb is a transit city, the change of tourists is daily. From day to day. You are lucky if someone stays 2-3 nights in a row. These are mostly tourists who return from the coast or go towards it and stop in Zagreb along the way. For two years, I personally welcomed guests, and if I did not have time for that, then I paid an average of 30-50 kuna per reception (without cleaning). I lived near the apartment so I could do it even though I was constantly in anticipation because the guests are not accurate, i.e. they say they will come at 14pm and come at 17pm or who knows when. The third year disrupted my life, ie I had to change my place of residence and went to a small town 15 km away from Zagreb. I knew that this would be a problem for me in the future when I was waiting and I decided to try Self Check In. To note, my ratings before Self Check In on Booking were 9.8 (out of 10) and on Airbnb 5 (out of 5). I installed a digital lock on the entrance of the building and a key box in front of the door of the apartment. I sent the code for entering the building to my guests via the Welcome Book as well as the code for the key box. With the Self Check In approach you can combine. It can be all digital via code (the most expensive variant) or a combination of a digital lock at the entrance of the building (so that someone doesn’t tear off the key box that would actually be on the road) and a key box at the entrance to the apartment. How is your apartment full? Do you feel a weaker tourist season this year? Combined with Self Check In, Welcome Book and a good cleaner, I would. Of course if other conditions are met you can be competitive with the price. I would rather tell them to wait a year or two until the market price improves. Anyone who rents out private accommodation is aware that this business is not as fabulous as it seems. Especially in destinations where guests do not stay longer than a day or two. Duty from 0 to 24, check in, check out, cleaning and the like, there is a lot of demanding work. Especially nowadays when the hosts depend on online reviews and, in order to be competitive, they have to do their best to make the guest feel at home. How he came up with the idea, whether he thinks Self Check In is the future of renting private accommodation, whether there are problems with theft and devastation of apartments and many other things he revealed to us in an interview. I believe that all technologically high-quality and reasonable novelties are the future. First, you have guests who come from such an environment that they are more computer-savvy. You have a bunch of young people who have grown up with technology and just expect such an approach. Your benefits as a single renter are huge. You save time, you have a life, you earn, and you are not a slave to work, you have raised your business to a higher level, you have better grades because your guests are the ones to whom it is the standard. I could count until tomorrow… Welcome Book websitelast_img read more

ING’s Dutch pension fund appoints chief executive from within

first_imgAldrik Venemans is to take the helm at the €25bn Pensioenfonds ING, succeeding Jos van Kleef, who has been in the job on a temporary basis since January.Venemans has been working at the ING scheme’s pensions bureau since 2011 as a financial risk manager and an investment strategist.He participated in negotiations over the pension fund’s financial independence from ING in 2014, and was the driving force behind the resulting plan for balance management.Last year, the scheme closed to new entrants. Pensions accrual is now taking place in a new ING collective defined contribution Pensioenfonds.Prior to joining ING in 2011, Venemans held actuarial positions at consultancy Mercer and PVF Achmea, one of the predecessors of pensions provider Syntrus Achmea.The Pensioenfonds ING has seen several changes in leadership since the departure of Daan Heijting in 2013, who, after five years at the helm, left for Timeos, provider for the €20bn pension fund PGB.Heijting was succeeded by Albert Smolenaers, who acted as interim chief executive for 10 months.His successor, Corné van Nijhuis, left after just eight months for unknown reasons.In a statement, Rients Prins, chairman at the pension fund, said the board had sought a chief executive with expertise in pensions, as well as knowledge of the ING scheme.He added that the board had looked for a candidate who enjoyed “support” within the ING scheme.As of the end of August, the Pensioenfonds ING’s funding stood at 139%.last_img read more