Day: January 10, 2018

Police appeal over Mill Hill murder after shopkeeper was beaten to death by two men in row over Rizlas – The Sun


First ‘Aussie flu’, now ‘Japanese flu’ is spreading and kids are at most risk

Vijay had been working at the shop along with the shop owner when three teenage boys came in and tried to buy items including cigarette papers.

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Amjad Salaam, 72, who works at a nearby dry cleaners, described Mr Patel as an “honest” and “hard-working” man who would come to his shop to “say hello” from time to time.

Mill Hill is a “very nice, pleasant area”, and the local community would be stunned by the killing, Amjad added.

A post mortem is scheduled to take place at Northwick Park Hospital on January 11.

He said: “You can’t even think of any right words to say about it. It’s just dreadful. They have lost a loyal worker.”

Police are looking for two black male teens – one was wearing a red sweatshirt, black jeans and white trainers, and the other was wearing a dark coloured hooded sweatshirt or jacket with dark jeans and a Nike rucksack.

Body of fisherman missing in Florida tournament found – Fox News

Body of fisherman missing in Florida tournament found

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. – The body of a veteran fisherman who went missing during a tournament on Florida's Lake Okeechobee has been found. Area news outlets report 38-year-old Nik Kayler was found dead Wednesday after nearly a week of searching. He was

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Triangle hospitals grapple with IV bag shortage amid nasty flu season –

From WakeMed:

The acute shortage of IV bags is linked to Hurricane Maria and the devastation it wrought on Puerto Rico last September.

“WakeMed has been fortunate to maintain a systemwide supply. As a health system, WakeMed has resources available across our facilities to manage the shortage without any disruption to patient care. In some cases, safe alternative forms of IV fluids and treatments are used when clinically appropriate. Our pharmacy and clinical care teams meet daily to track fluid inventory, coordinate distribution and ensure the needs of our patients are being met without compromising care. We also work closely with our suppliers, including Baxter, to effectively manage our supply. We will continue to serve our patients for the duration of this shortage – and the duration of this year’s flu season.”

Rex and WakeMed both responded via written statements to inquiries from WRAL News about how they’re dealing with the shortage of IV bags.

Patel said a team at Duke met to discuss the shortage.and to devise a solution. He said the team is looking at solutions where the hospital can use an alternative or, in some cases, completely eliminate the use of IV bags.

Column: Elite recruiting has Georgia on the way to building a dynasty – Red and Black

Looking ahead to 2019, there are three five-star recruits already committed to Georgia, and all three are among the top 10 players in the nation.

The thought might seem absurd, but if recruiting experts are correct, the future is brighter than ever in Athens.

Roquan Smith was a four-star recruit, and he is projected to be a top pick in the draft should he pass on returning for his senior year. Dominick Sanders was a three-star recruit, and he finished his career tied for the most interceptions in school history.

But somehow, the 2018 recruiting class will end up even better than the year prior, and national records could be broken in the process.

The most five stars signed by a school in one class is six, which Alabama has done four times in the past five years. Alabama has also claimed the top recruiting class in the country for the past seven years, but it appears that streak is coming to an end and a new run is beginning in Georgia in 2018.

Kelly Clarkson Is a Voice Coach Because She Loves The Voice – E! Online

“Imma be real with you, a lot of people reach out to me to be a part of singing things,” Clarkson told reporters when asked if any of the new Idol producers reached out to her. “I love this show, and I’ve been trying to be a part of it. I was knocked up for like three years, I couldn’t work because my pregnancies are horrible.” 

Clarkson says she loves The Voice particularly because of the blind auditions, which take away the aesthetic element of the process. 

The Voice returns Monday, February 26 on NBC. 

That said, she does wish the new judging panel of Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan luck. “I think they’ll do well,” she said. “I mean, I think artists in general love helping other artists, right? Or the good ones. The ones that aren’t insecure or threatened.”


California plans online community college for working adults to sharpen skills – Sacramento Bee

California plans online community college for working adults to sharpen skills

California will launch a new community college completely online next year, under a $100 million initiative included in Gov. Jerry Brown's latest budget proposal. The online college will target working adults without a higher education degree, offering
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Rising Treasury Yields Already Posing Added Risks to Bull Market in Stocks? – 24/7 Wall St.

Whether you believe that China really will start backing away from Treasury notes and bonds is up to you. Frankly, that story seems trumped up and likely would be a negative for China, close to as much of a negative as it would be for the United States. One issue that will continue to pressure longer-term interest rates is the impact of tax reform on the corporate side of the economy — taxes dropping from 35% to 21%, immediate expensing and even the trickling down of higher wages and bonus checks.

Another reason that investors might not need to overly worry about interest rates at this point is that there is an inherent conflict of interest. If the Fed raises interest rates too much then it is in effect forcing the government to pay more in its debt servicing costs rather than spend the money directly back into the economy. Take this into consideration with $20 trillion in debt: if the Fed were to drive up rates a theoretical 1% across the board, that would drive up the cost of debt financing by another $200 billion per year. That is a serious number, and it is not what any of the forecasters have been using for long-term debt accrual expectations.

Now that Jerome Powell is set to replace Janet Yellen as chair of the Federal Reserve, it is also expected that he will not want to raise interest rates endlessly. President Trump has been a fan of lower interest rates due to the economic advantages, and Powell’s appointment is deemed to be a status quo chair at this time. That could change, but that’s where it is now.

24/7 Wall St. recently released its forecasts for 2018 to its email distribution list. On interest rates, our message may sound simple enough on the surface:

When 24/7 Wall St. ran its 10 serious risks that could wreck the raging bull market in stocks, a quick rise in interest rates was one of those risks. Now rates have started to rise at the onset of 2018 and what was the best start of the year since the 1980s for stocks suddenly has run into some pressure. Investors probably should not lose sleep over what has been seen so far in the rising interest rates, but they sure better not bury their head in the sand and ignore it.

Higher inflation is another threat to interest rates, although inflation has yet to get out of hand. If tax reform is going to boost business massively, then continued price hikes and wage hikes could start to be more of an inflationary risk than what we have dealt with in recent years. The Treasury 30-year yield is now closer to 2.92%, still far short of that key 3% hurdle.

Most investors use the yield of the 10-year Treasury as the benchmark against equity yields. That being said, The S&P 500 was valued at roughly 19 times expected 2018 earnings. The 10-year Treasury’s yield of almost 2.6% is already some competition for equity investors, but now yields are up higher in the two-year and five-year Treasury notes too. The five-year yield is 2.34% (versus 2.21% at the end of 2017) and the two-year yield is now 1.97% (versus 1.89% at the end of 2017).

Poland’s lawmakers reject plan to ease strict abortion law – ABC News

Poland's lawmakers reject plan to ease strict abortion law

FILE – In this Oct. 3, 2016 file photo a sea of thousands of umbrellas of women and men participating in a nationwide "Black Monday" strike in protest of a legislative proposal for a total ban on abortion in Warsaw. The massive protests that were held

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Health care’s ‘upstream’ conundrum – Politico

Looming over the American conversation about public health is a growing suspicion that there’s a bigger reason for our uniquely poor showing, one that has been staring us in the face for years. It’s an explanation rooted in one simple statistic: While we pay more for health care than any other country in the world, when it comes to spending on social services—education, subsidized housing, food assistance and more—we rank in the bottom 10 among developed countries.

One of the most closely watched programs has been that run by Minneapolis-based Hennepin Health, an accountable care organization for patients on Medicaid run by the surrounding county. Minnesota sharply expanded Medicaid eligibility in the state in 2011 and again in 2014, bringing in about 10,000 new enrollees under Hennepin’s care, representing well over $300 million in new health care costs. These enrollees, all of whom were poor and many of whom didn’t have permanent housing, were being admitted to the hospital at three times the rate of other nonelderly adults, and were visiting the emergency department an astonishing 13 times as often, according to Ross Owen, the health strategy director for Hennepin County. Each such admission or visit can easily rack up thousands of dollars in costs, making reducing them good targets for a program. “Those are the low-hanging fruits of these kinds of interventions,” says Owen.

IT’S ONE THING if this and many other projects together succeed in building a clear-cut, hard-dollars case for the big health payback of social-service spending. Having those results matter is another thing. There’s no guarantee that, even in the face of strong proof to the contrary, politicians won’t keep on with business as usual, continuing to throw the bigger bucks at health care—which has big, well-funded lobbies and enjoys broad public support—rather than the social conditions that make the care necessary. After all, they’ve done a pretty good job of shrugging off the evidence so far. “It’s been making less and less sense to look at medical diagnoses when you want make health-related spending decisions, and more and more sense to look at demographics,” says Hennepin’s Owen. “The way we distribute resources in this country ignores that reality.”

For those reasons, program sponsors and researchers are now focusing on the shorter term, trying to prove that social spending can pay off quickly in reduced health care costs. One sweet spot is in subsidized housing, where benefits often accrue right away, especially for the most challenging patients.

In fact, it’s possible to see America’s astronomical health costs as a bill coming due from our reluctance to pay for everything else. “We spend so much on health care because we’re mopping up for our lack of investment in education, housing and other areas,” says Corey Rhyan, an analyst at the Center for Sustainable Health Spending at health care think tank Altarum.

IRS needs more money to implement the new tax law – CNNMoney


IRS needs more money to implement the new tax law
She notes that there has already been considerable public confusion about withholding changes, the deductibility of prepaid property taxes, and whether states may let taxpayers make charitable contributions in lieu of taxes to claim larger deductions

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