Hybrid firm beating Purplebricks at its own game adds new territories

first_imgA three-year-old hybrid SW estate agency started up by a former Haart regional sales manager has launched into two new areas and says Rightmove data shows it sold more properties than any other agent in Somerset last year.House Fox, which will celebrate its third anniversary in June and says it sold 300 properties last year in North Somerset which it claims is more than any other hybrid, online or traditional agency in the region.The agency started out in a modest way in the town of West super Mare using a model very similar to that of Purplebricks including a fixed fee, no branches and an expansion plan based on self-employed territory owners.MD Neil Urch (left) says the past 12 months have seen exponential growth for his business, which has now expanded to four territories including its most recent in the Bridgwater and Taunton areas.The estate agency now has three regional partners, who are James Cole, Dave Williams and Jake McCabe. It also has three admin staff, two negotiators and two mortgage advisors.The agency has also signed up regional big-hitter Paul Gass formerly of regional independent Berrymans, who is working with the company as a consultant in the Burnham, Weston super Mare, and Bridgwater areas.“I want the House Fox fairer fixed fee offer to be all over the South West by 2023 and I want the regional partners who are self-employed to offer a service second to none,” says Urch.The agency was shortlisted for The Negotiator’s 2019 Awards in London.Dave Williams Jake McCabe paul gass James Cole HouseFox Neil Urch April 13, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Hybrid firm beating Purplebricks at its own game adds new territories previous nextAgencies & PeopleHybrid firm beating Purplebricks at its own game adds new territoriesEstate agency House Fox has taken on new partners and areas and says it sold 300 properties last year despite the Covid restrictions.Nigel Lewis13th April 20210514 Viewslast_img read more

Sr. Research Program Coordinator

first_img Johns Hopkins University Save Sr. Research Program Coordinator The Center for Public Health and Human Rights isseeking aSr. Research Program Coordinatorwho willbe responsible for coordinating an online research study toevaluate access to COVID-19 testing, experiences, and social andhealth impacts of the pandemic among transgender and non-binarypeople in the U.S. This study is a supplementary study to theAmerican Cohort to Study HIV Acquisition among Transgender Women inHigh Risk Areas (aka, the LITE Study), which takes place in six UScities.The Sr. Research Program Coordinator should beable to manage many of the following tasks in a self-directed,independent manner. The Sr. Research Program Coordinator will trackproject-related work, and assist with other duties asrequired.Duties/Responsibilitiesinclude:Collaborate with study Principal Investigator,faculty, community investigators, and staff at Johns Hopkins andcollaborating partners to support projectplanning.Coordinate day-to-day operations of thestudy.Assist in the preparation of annual IRB progressreportsLiaise with and provide reports to the NIH datacoordinating centerConduct training and refresher training for datacollection staff.Monitor and regular quality control checks ofsurvey and lab data.Provide SARS-CoV-2 test counseling support tostudy participants and communication with the laboratory to supportspecimen collection/shipping and receipt of testresultsCoordinate with software programmer and stafffor testing and troubleshooting of data management system and studyapp.Assist in the preparation of existing grantreports and new grant applications.Serve as a liaison with funding agencies,sponsors, and research collaborators.Oversee project compliance with human subjects’regulations at JHU.Oversee 2-3 research assistants, asneeded.Organize and manage original data files forresearch analyses.Draft and prepare annual and quarterly programreports and work plans.Collaborate with financial staff in the review,processing and reconciling of invoices andreimbursements.Occasionally mentor/supervise interns andstudents collaborating on the study.Coordinate and contribute to researchmanuscripts.Organize meetings, conferences, andseminars.Work with other study coordinators to supportoverall study implementation, as needed.MinimumQualifications:Bachelor’s degree in related disciplineand three (3) years related experiencerequired.Additional education may substitute for requiredexperience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalencyformula.JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degreecredits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits maysubstitute for one year of experience. For jobs where equivalencyis permitted, up to two years of non-related college course workmay be applied towards the total minimum experience required forthe respective job.PreferredQualifications: Master’s degree in publichealthAdditional Knowledge, Skills, andAbilities:At least one year of research experience withtransgender or LGBTQI populationsExperience in researchimplementationSuccessful candidates will be high energy,creative, proactive, flexible, and outgoing, with the provencapacity to work quickly and accurately, both independently andwith a small team of dedicatedprofessionals.Ability to problem solve, to work comfortably ina fast-paced environment, to be responsible and accountable forwork, and to effectively prioritize managing multiple projectswhile setting and meeting demandingdeadlines.Excellent interpersonal and communication skillsto work with a wide variety of audiences, including writtencommunication, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, and presentingat national conferences.Highly efficient computer skills required (e.g.Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).Experience working with IT staff, social media,and online database development andmaintenance.Experience working with a statistical softwarepackage (e.g. SPSS, SAS, STATA), including demonstrated competencyin manipulating variables, an understanding of large scaleresearch, and demonstrated accuracy in interpreting and reportingprevalence estimates and other statistical data, includingreporting for lay audiences.PhysicalRequirements:Sitting, standing and walking for extended period.Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction. Fingerdexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather thanwith whole hand(s) or arm(s). Ability to move standard equipmentthrough a hospital or lab/workenvironment.WorkingConditions:This position will be remote until normal campusactivities resume.ClassifiedTitle: Sr. Research Program CoordinatorWorking Title: Sr. Research Program Coordinator​​​​​Role/Level/Range:ACRP/03/MBStarting SalaryRange:$38,920.00-$53,520.00;Commensurate withexperienceEmployee Group:Full TimeSchedule:Monday – Friday, 8:30am-5:00pmExempt Status: ExemptLocation:School of Public Health, East BaltimoreCampusDepartment Name:EpidemiologyPersonnel Area:School of PublicHealthThe successfulcandidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employmentbackground check.If you are interested inapplying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University andrequire special assistance or accommodation during any part of thepre-employment process, please contact the HR Business ServicesOffice [email protected] For TTY users, call via MarylandRelay or dial 711.The followingadditional provisions may apply depending on which campus you willwork. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza(“the flu”) season, as a condition of employment, The Johns HopkinsInstitutions require all employees who provide ongoing services topatients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have anannual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical orreligious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result intermination of employment.The pre-employmentphysical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, workingwith research subjects, or involving community contact requiresdocumentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles),Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B anddocumentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria,pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of havingtwo (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibodystatus to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests forimmunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in thepre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provideresults of blood tests or immunization documentation from their ownhealth care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseaseswill be given at no cost in our Occupational Healthoffice.EqualOpportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is theLawLearn more:https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf Business & Administrative Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore You need to sign in or create an account to save Maryland, United States School of PublicHealth – East Baltimore Campus Administrative Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore You need to sign in or create an account to save Academic Affairs Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Sr. Research Program Coordinator LinkedIn Johns Hopkins University Save Sr. Research Program Coordinator You need to sign in or create an account to save Johns Hopkins University Twitter Salary Not Specified Maryland, United States Share Salary Not Specified Facebook Business & Administrative Support Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Salary Not Specified Maryland, United States Apply(This will open in a new window from which you will be automatically redirected to an external site after 5 seconds) Similar jobs More searches like this Save Sr. Research Program Coordinator Sr. Research Program Coordinator Research Administration Not specified Full Time jobs in Baltimore Sr. Research Program Coordinator The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to apre-employment background check.If you are interested in applying for employment with The JohnsHopkins University and require special assistance or accommodationduring any part of the pre-employment process, please contact theHR Business Services Office at [email protected] For TTYusers, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.The following additional provisions may apply depending on whichcampus you will work. Your recruiter will adviseaccordingly.During the Influenza (“the flu”) season, as a condition ofemployment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employeeswho provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care orclinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination orpossess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meetthis requirement may result in termination of employment.The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas,laboratories, working with research subjects, or involvingcommunity contact requires documentation of immune status againstRubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella(chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received theTdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may includedocumentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicellavaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratorytesting. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases areordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except forthose employees who provide results of blood tests or immunizationdocumentation from their own health care providers. Anyvaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no costin our Occupational Health office.Equal Opportunity EmployerNote: Job Postings are updated daily and remain online untilfilled.EEO is the LawLearn more:https://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdfImportant legal informationhttp://hrnt.jhu.edu/legal.cfmlast_img read more

Indiana craft brew industry struggling due to pandemic

first_img Google+ Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Pinterest Twitter (“Beer” by Quinn Dombrowski, CC BY-SA 2.0) Craft beer was an industry spreading like wildfire in Indiana before the coronavirus pandemic brought everything to a halt in April.It provides nearly 8,000 full-time jobs for Hoosiers and accounts for rough $1 billion in economic impact throughout the whole of Indiana. Now, like any other business, it’s a matter of adapting to fit the times in order to meet the bottom line, says Rob Caputo with the Brewers of Indiana Guild.“You’ve had a lot of layoffs, a lot of furloughs. I think some folks have been doing pretty well, as far as just trying to manage this. And I don’t mean making money hand over fist,” he told Inside Indiana Business.Caputo said tough decisions have had to be made, such as the case of 3 Floyds in Munster. The 24-year-old brewery made the decision to shut down indefinitely over a month ago saying “the safety of our customers and staff is our first priority, and at this time, we do not have immediate plans to reopen 3 Floyds Brewpub for bar or dine-in service.”Nick Floyd, the founder of 3 Floyds, told the Chicago Tribune could open in a year or two.“People have had to make decisions, like 3 Floyds, pulling back on the front of the house in the restaurant,” Caputo added. “Once you start looking at the financial’s, what are the margins? Is this valuable to the business in the short term? And how many people are going to come out anyway? We don’t know.”Caputo gives props to state leaders for relaxing certain restrictions when it comes to selling alcohol to patrons curbside in order to help breweries and brewpubs to continue selling their product.But, the pandemic has had a big impact on the Indiana Brewers Guild itself he said. The organization lobbies for and provides certain services for breweries in Indiana. Since it’s a 501-C(6) trade association the Brewers Guild was not eligible to receive a PPP loan.Caputo said the Brewers Guild generates a lot of its funding by putting on events such as Broad Ripple Beer Fest, Bloomington Craft Beer Festival, and Indiana Microbrewers Fest. With all those events either postponed or canceled, the funding is drying up and thus the Guild has been forced to furlough most of its staff.-0- WhatsApp By Network Indiana – July 11, 2020 0 472 Facebook Facebook Previous articleSouth Bend man sentenced after pleading guilty to robberyNext articleIndiana schools set to get face masks, hand sanitizer Network Indiana WhatsApp Indiana craft brew industry struggling due to pandemic Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more

More executions could be set to happen in Terre Haute

first_img WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews By Network Indiana – August 26, 2020 2 323 Google+ Google+ Pinterest Facebook (“Jail cells at the Southborough Police Station” by my_southborough, CC BY-ND 2.0) Lezmond Mitchell, the only Native American on death row, is scheduled to be executed Wednesday, at the federal prison in Terre Haute. But, he likely will not be the last person to be executed there, says Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center.Dunham believes that more executions are likely because they are being used to make a political point.“The prisoners who were selected weren’t selected for execution because of any compelling federal interest,” he said. “Some of the supporters of the president have been trying to argue that his opponents favor the rights of murderers, child murderers, police murderers, more so than the rights of families of victims.”Dunham said that though the executions may be legal (and there are arguments against the legality), he believes the motivations aren’t righteous.“Their entire approach and all of their arguments suggest that they’re doing this as kind of a vanity set of executions, because the president wants them, not because there is any national necessity,” he said.Dunham also argued that the executions need not be carried out during the pandemic, and that if they are legal and right, they can be carried out after the pandemic is over.“When you’re dealing with matters of life and death, you want to make sure that you’re following the law scrupulously,” said Dunham. “You want to make sure that you’re not putting the public or anybody else in danger when you’re trying to carry out the law.”Dunham said the Death Penalty Information Center does not take a stand for or against capital punishment, but does have issues with the way the federal government is handling the current batch of executions.Mitchell, if executed, would be the fourth person to be put to death by the federal government this summer, after a 17-year moratorium on federal executions. Twitter Pinterest More executions could be set to happen in Terre Haute Facebook Previous articleNew website reviews restaurant COVID-19 safety proceduresNext articleElkhart woman leads police on multi-county chase Network Indianalast_img read more

Lown, ProCor grant Heart Hero Award

first_imgProCor, a global communication program promoting heart health founded by Harvard School of Public Health Professor of Cardiology Emeritus Bernard Lown, has awarded the Louise Lown Heart Hero Award to the Kenyan-Heart National Foundation’s (KHNF) rheumatic heart disease (RHD) prevention program. Through local initiatives and outreach efforts, the KHNF teaches thousands of people every year how to prevent RHD.The annual award recognizes innovative, preventive approaches to cardiovascular health in developing countries. The award was established in 2007 by Lown, an internationally renowned cardiologist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, to honor his wife, Louise, and her lifelong commitment to the well-being of others as a social worker, activist, and writer.For more information.last_img read more

Looking to China for lessons on helping the poor

first_img Related The troubling U.S.-China face-off Researcher finds Coke’s fingerprints on health policy in China Today, a search for “China” in the Harvard course catalog turns up more than 90 classes as diverse as Chinese language studies (through the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, founded in 1937), foreign policy, economics, art, cinema, sustainable development, and even “forbidden romance.” The 1,000 or so Chinese students studying at Harvard make up the School’s largest group from outside the U.S., and many Chinese scholars and faculty members teach and conduct research. Harvard students and faculty members travel regularly to China — the University’s most popular destination for travel abroad — and say that collaborations with Chinese researchers are critical if they are to advance work in a number of disciplines.“In many fields, the best work is being done in China by Chinese researchers,” said Mark Elliott, Harvard’s vice provost for international affairs and the Mark Schwartz Professor of Chinese and Inner Asian History. “What I hear from a number of Harvard faculty is that in order to be at the top of the game, you have to make connections with Chinese scholars.”In addition to the Fairbank Center and the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard is home to the Harvard-Yenching Institute, which was established in 1928 and pioneered many  scholarly connections with China; the Harvard-China Project on Energy, Economy, and Environment; the Harvard China Fund, which provides University-wide funding for China-related work, internships, and summer school; and the China programs of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, which foster policy-focused investigation and education, including executive education.The University also has a permanent footprint in Shanghai with the Harvard Center Shanghai, sponsored by the China Fund and Harvard Business School, and runs — via the Harvard-China Project and with Tsinghua University colleagues — a long-running air-quality monitoring station north of Beijing, with a second in the works south of the city. The two stations will provide before-and-after samples for a comparative analysis of the air entering and leaving the metropolis.Bacow’s trip comes at a time of problematic relations between the U.S. and China and also of heightened internal tension in the Asian giant, which has led to crackdowns that have affected everyone from academics to ethnic minorities.Despite such tensions, it is important that engagement continue and that academic inquiry remain free of influence, Szonyi said. Relations between governments ebb and flow according to the foreign-policy vagaries of the moment. Over time, however, scholarly engagement not only bears fruit through new findings and discoveries, but it provides a stabilizing influence between nations and maintains communication lines at a subnational level, between scientific colleagues, between students who have become acquainted during summer programs, and between former mentors and students who may have gone on to hold positions of influence. In addition, Elliott, Szonyi, and other Harvard faculty emphasize the importance of continued engagement to support Chinese colleagues experiencing government pressures and to express concerns that domestic voices in China may be unable to express.In recent years, Harvard’s China engagement has borne much fruit. Harvard researchers have spotlighted Coca-Cola’s outsized influence on obesity science and policy in China; examined the potential for military conflict between the two nations; run large-scale experiments aimed at improving health care delivery; launched a $3.75 million project to investigate energy development and climate change; documented the government’s millions of fake social media posts aimed at influencing public opinion; written a best-selling book about major Chinese philosophers; studied the slow emergence of private philanthropy; and published an award-winning translation of the complete works of Du Fu, considered one of China’s greatest poets. Soda company worked through nonprofit to shape obesity strategy, professor says A key to the future is to avoid the trap of confrontation, Graham Allison says in new book center_img China learned from other nations as it modernized its economy and embraced aspects of capitalism, but knowledge flows in both directions. Now, one Harvard scholar thinks there may be lessons for the rest of the world in a great Chinese success story: slashing poverty.Between 1990 and 2015, China reduced extreme poverty by 94 percent, a change so dramatic and affecting so many people that it accounts for fully half of the global reduction in extreme poverty (defined as living on less than $1.25 per day) over that time. In fact, according to senior lecturer on government Nara Dillon, the United Nation’s 2015 announcement that it had achieved its Millennium Development Goal of halving global extreme poverty would have been impossible without the gains in China.Dillon said her research on China’s antipoverty programs may have limited value in developed nations where such extreme poverty is uncommon, but it likely has important implications in the developing world, where not only is extreme poverty common, but where the agricultural landscape of many small subsistence farms mirrors China’s.“I think it’s most relevant to other developing countries where farmers are still a large part of the population,” Dillon said.Dillon’s work is part of Harvard’s broad intellectual engagement with China that dates back to the 1800s, when famed plant collector Ernest H. Wilson began gathering samples of East Asian flora for the Arnold Arboretum and Chinese scholar Ko K’un-hua became the first instructor to teach the Chinese language here.This week, President Larry Bacow becomes the latest Harvard leader to visit China. His trip, scheduled for spring break week, from Sunday through March 23, will take him to Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing, where he’ll deliver a speech at Peking University. He will visit Japan after leaving China.After Harvard’s initial engagement with China, the ties expanded through the 20th century as  early, tenuous connections strengthened and diversified into a robust scholarly and intellectual exchange that led to the founding, more than 60 years ago, of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Named for John King Fairbank, a founding figure of Chinese studies in the U.S., the center was the primary home for Chinese study at Harvard. Its director, Michael Szonyi, the Frank Wen-hsiung Wu Memorial Professor of Chinese History, said the scholarly connections between Harvard and China have overflowed the center’s walls and now encompass all of Harvard’s Schools and a wide array of disciplines.The Fairbank Center’s role remains central, said Szonyi — who visited China 10 times last year — but in many cases it is one that coordinates and assists the work of scholars in the University’s disparate Schools. “What I hear from a number of Harvard faculty is that in order to be at the top of the game, you have to make connections with Chinese scholars.” — Mark Elliott Researchers work to fill gaps in Chinese health care Large-scale experiment focused on improving outcomes for poorer patients Dillon’s research is one example of the many lines of investigation now underway. Her work on China’s anti-poverty programs tracks much of their success to two major reforms in the 1980s. The first one abolished collective farms in favor of a system in which individual farmers hold long-term leases on  land and can keep the proceeds from any surplus sold in private markets. The change resulted in a surge in agricultural production and family incomes.The second reform was a dramatic increase — as much as 91 percent in the case of some grains — in the prices the government pays for agricultural products. Those two reforms marked the end, Dillon said, of rural farm policies borrowed from the Stalinist Soviet Union that intentionally kept rural living standards low so that the economic surplus could be invested in urban and industrial development.The lessons from the Chinese reforms, Dillon said, are probably most applicable in developing nations whose economic policies, albeit under a capitalist system, seek to encourage industrialization and urbanization over rural agriculture. From a poverty-reduction standpoint, Dillon said, the Chinese success was largely reached by doing the opposite: incentivizing and benefiting rural agriculture. And, with so many small farms across the Chinese countryside, the improvement in life for farmers meant a broad-based boost in the national standard of living. Ironically, she said, it is more common for rich nations to subsidize their agriculture industries.“The broader lesson that countries can draw is to reduce the urban bias in their development policies,” Dillon said. “One of the ironies of these kinds of agricultural development policies is that rich countries subsidize farmers and poor countries don’t. They often make farmers subsidize urbanites.”last_img read more

College extends Mooney’s contract as president

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s College Board of Trustees announced Monday in a press release it would extend the contract for College President Carol Ann Mooney’s contract until May 2016. Mooney began her presidency on June 1, 2004. She is the College’s first president who is also an alumna of Saint Mary’s. “There is no doubt that my Saint Mary’s education shaped my adult life,” Mooney said. “My experiences and education at Saint Mary’s made me well prepared for law school and the world. My law background then helped me become a practical administrator.” Under Mooney’s leadership, Saint Mary’s is currently developing many new projects, including the Sophia Program, a learning outcomes-based curriculum. The College is applying that particular program to the Class of 2016. “There are many programs I would like to see fully implemented within the next couple of years,” Mooney said. “Seeing the Sophia Program being fully implemented into the College’s curriculum is something very important to me. I am also looking forward to doing some fundraising for the science building to be renovated and for an Angela [Athletic Facility] expansion.” The Board of Trustees recently voted to approve a plan to add some co-educational graduate programs to the College within the next few years. “This project is being executed by [Senior Vice President and Dean of Faculty] Dr. Patricia Fleming and will be under my direction,” Mooney said. “It will be nice to see these graduate programs come to life within the next couple of years.” Some people who work beside the president expressed pleasure that the College extended her contract. “I am so excited she is staying,” Vice President for Student Affairs Karen Johnson said. “She is an amazing leader and a great role model.” Students like junior Carolina Tapia shared cupcakes with the president yesterday in the Student Center atrium to celebrate her contract renewal. “I think this is great news for the college and our future,” Tapia said. “[Mooney] is a Saint Mary’s graduate and never hesitates to get to know the students. She is a great asset to this community and I am very happy to see she will be with us for a few more years.”last_img read more

White pumpkins?

first_imgBy William Terry KelleyUniversity ofGeorgiaThe cool nights of autumn have brought fresh apples to the fruitstand and the smell of new-crop peanuts boiling in the kettle. Atrip to the pumpkin patch can’t be far behind.It’s the time of year when neighbors, businesses and churches areall competing for the most elegant fall display. Whether it’s fora fall festival, an advertisement or just the front yard,pumpkins are almost always the centerpiece of any fallarrangement.Take a choice pumpkin selection, add a few shocks of corn, a baleof hay, some ears of multicolored corn, a gourd or two and youcould be the envy of the neighborhood.ChoicesBut just what makes the perfect blend? There are many choices inpumpkins today. From the traditional orange to white, red, yellowand even blue, there are a multitude of sizes, shapes and colorsto pick from.Let’s start with the standard orange. Even among those you haveeverything from minis the size of a tennis ball up to giantstwice as big as a No. 10 washtub.Somewhere in between lies the traditional jack-o’-lantern sizethat’s probably still the most popular.But what about color? You can pick from the deep burnt orange ofa “Magic Lantern” to the light orange of an “OldZeb’s.” If you’re thinking jack-o’-lantern, staying in the 8-to 20-pound range might be wise.”Mini” is a relative term, as many people consider anything under5 pounds to be miniature. However, true minis weigh probably apound or less.”Gold Dust” and “Jack-Be-Little” are just two ofthe mini choices in orange. “Cannonball,” “Ironman”and “Li’l Ironsides” can get you into the 2- to 5-poundrange. If you’re going for girth, “Prizewinner” is afavorite orange pumpkin with a mixture of size with pleasingshape and color.MoreOK, so what about these other colors?Well, white has been around for quite sometime. The traditional”Lumina” variety is the standard that goes 5 to 12 pounds.”Cotton Candy” is another of similar size. If you’relooking for a mini, “Baby Boo” is the ticket. This yearfor the first time, you can even go on the giant end. One of thenewest pumpkins on the market is “Full Moon,” awhite-skinned variety that can easily top 80 pounds.But did you say blue?Yes, indeed. “Jarrahdale” is a grayish blue pumpkin that’sdeeply ribbed and somewhat flat. Despite its unique outsidecolor, it’s just as orange as any jack-o’-lantern on the inside.Most of the white varieties are orange on the inside, too.Many others are out there.”Li’l Pump-Ke-Mon” and “Hooligan” are striped ministhat are quite attractive.”Fairytale” and “Cinderella” are flat, scallopedvarieties with glossy skin in buckskin and deep orange.”Red Eye” is just that, almost red. It has veins of whiterunning through the red background.”One Too Many” is just the opposite color scheme.So, whatever your taste, there’s a pumpkin for you in the patch.Look around for some of these. Your display could be theconversation piece of the community.(Terry Kelley is a Cooperative Extension horticulturist withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Avian flu reported in Turkey, suspected in Romania

first_imgOct 10, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Avian flu extended its reach into new territory by spreading to Turkey and possibly Romania in the past week, while Indonesians face another suspected human case of H5N1 flu and allegations of vaccine-related fraud.An outbreak in turkeys has resulted in 1,700 deaths from disease and 100 deaths from culling near Balikesir in northwestern Turkey, according to a report submitted yesterday by Dr. Nihat Pakil, with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs in Ankara, to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The virus has been typed as H5, but the neuraminidase subtype (N number) hasn’t yet been determined.This is the first outbreak of highly pathogenic avian flu ever reported in Turkey, according to the OIE.Military police set up roadblocks outside the village near Balikesir and were checking incoming and outbound vehicles, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. In addition, officials ordered all birds and “street dogs” in the affected village to be destroyed as a precaution, according to the story. Farmers are to be compensated for lost poultry.Despite concerns and repeated testing more than a year ago in Thailand, there has been no evidence to date of dogs becoming infected with H5N1.The farmer with the sick birds told the Anatolia news agency on Oct 8 that he hadn’t yet been checked for avian flu and was afraid to be near his family.In the same region, Romania has notified OIE of its first possible avian flu outbreak since 1942, although the pathogen remains in doubt. An outbreak occurred on one farm in Ceamurlia-de-Jos in Tulcea County, in eastern Romania near the Black Sea. The report to OIE said 52 laying hens and 48 ducks were dead. Of those, 36 died of disease and 64 were destroyed. The Oct 7 report said Romania plans to control wildlife reservoirs but didn’t describe how.Dead birds were first found in Ceamurlia-de-Jos late in September, Romanian officials told the AP, according to a Guardian newspaper story published online Oct 8.However, British authorities announced today that preliminary tests in Romania were negative for any avian flu viruses, according to the online edition of the British newspaper The Mirror. A European Union team was en route to Romania to conduct more tests, the story added.In Indonesia, a 4-year-old boy from Lampung, Sumatra, has tested positive for H5N1 infection in preliminary tests, according to a Reuters story yesterday. Samples from the boy—who remained in a hospital in Lampung but appeared to be suffering only a cough—were to be tested in a World Health Organization (WHO) reference laboratory in Hong Kong.If the case is confirmed as H5N1, it would be Indonesia’s sixth WHO-recognized case. The WHO today announced it had confirmed Indonesia’s fifth case, that of a 21-year-old man, also from Lampung, who was hospitalized Sep 24. His case was reported by the media last week.The man had been exposed to sick and dying chickens before falling ill on Sep 20, the WHO said. He remained in the hospital in stable condition. Three of Indonesia’s five WHO-confirmed H5N1 patients have died.The Indonesian government said another six suspected avian flu patients were in a hospital in Jakarta, Reuters noted.Signs of fraud in the production of Indonesia’s H5N1 poultry vaccine have forced officials to test doses to see if they were properly prepared, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story picked up by The Jakarta Post today.Government auditors have accused Indonesian vaccine makers of colluding with government officials to produce low-quality doses to boost profits, the AFP reported. The agriculture ministry is testing the vaccines still in stock to see if those doses meet minimum standards.The agriculture minister, Anton Apriyantono, told AFP that tests last year in Java showed the vaccine’s protection level was from 11.8% to 28%.A spokesman for the ministry said the testing would be a gradual process because laboratory capacity is limited.”We will gradually test samples and decide which vaccine can continue to be used and which [will] have to be withdrawn from circulation,” spokesman Syamsul Bahri told AFP.See also:WHO confirmation of Indonesian casehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_10_10/en/index.htmlReport to OIE of avian flu in Romaniahttp://web.oie.int/wahis/reports/en_imm_0000005189_20051007_160936.pdflast_img read more

China reports new H5N1 case

first_imgFeb 2, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – China’s health ministry recently revealed that a 21-year-old woman from Hunan province is hospitalized with an H5N1 avian influenza infection, the country’s seventh case so far this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.The woman got sick on Jan 23 and remains in the hospital in stable condition. Her illness raises China’s H5N1 case count to 38 cases, 25 of them fatal, according to the WHO. The woman is being treated at a hospital in Changsha, Hunan’s capital, according to a report today from Xinhua, China’s state news agency. Hunan province is in south central China.An investigation into the source of the woman’s illnesses suggests she may have been exposed to sick and dead poultry, according to the WHO. The woman was a farmer who had been in contact with diseased and dead poultry, according to the Xinhua report.Meanwhile, a 29-year-old man from Guizhou province in southwestern China who was diagnosed with an H5N1 infection last month is in stable condition, according to another report today from Xinhua.Sun Zhaolin, head of Guizhou Provincial People’s Hospital, told the news agency that the hospital received treatment guidance from China’s health ministry and that, though the man is out of danger, he remains under medical observation.Of China’s seven H5N1 cases that have been recorded this year, four have died. This total does not include a woman who got sick on Dec 24, 2008, and died on Jan 5; the WHO counts the woman as a 2008 case because of her illness-onset date.See also:Feb 2 WHO statementlast_img read more