Alex Trebek’s Final ‘Jeopardy!’ Episode to Air on Christmas Day

first_imgTrebek was diagnosed with cancer in March 2019 and continued to host the long-running quiz show for 18 months. He detailed his battle with the disease in his memoir, The Answer Is, which was published in July.“I’ve lived a good, full life, and I’m nearing the end of it. I know that,” he wrote, telling readers that he was “not afraid of dying.”Nearly one year into his cancer battle, the Canada native revealed that he had rehearsed the ending for his final episode of Jeopardy!, which he began hosting in 1984.- Advertisement – “The show is not announcing plans for a new host at this time,” the press release stated after many Twitter users called for Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time champion Ken Jennings to take over.Jeopardy! announced earlier on Sunday that Trebek died at home while surrounded by family and friends.“This is an enormous loss for the Jeopardy! staff, crew and all of Alex’s millions of fans,” executive producer Mike Richards said in a statement. “He was a legend of the industry that we were all lucky to watch night after night for 37 years. Working beside him for the past year and a half as he heroically continued to host Jeopardy! was an incredible honor. His belief in the importance of the show and his willingness to push himself to perform at the highest level was the most inspiring demonstration of courage I have ever seen. His constant desire to learn, his kindness, and his professionalism will be with all of us forever.”- Advertisement – “What I would do on that day is tell the director, ‘Time the show down to leave me 30 seconds at the end. That’s all I want,’” he said on Good Morning America in January. “I will say my goodbyes and I will tell people, ‘Don’t ask me who’s going to replace me because I have no say whatsoever. But I’m sure that if you give them the same love and attention and respect that you have shown me, then they will be a success and the show will continue being a success. And until we meet again, God bless you and goodbye.’”Trebek is survived by his wife, Jean Currivan Trebek, and his children, Nicky, Matthew and Emily.Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! One last go-around. New episodes of Jeopardy! featuring Alex Trebek will air through Christmas Day, Sony Pictures Television announced on Sunday, November 8, after the longtime host’s death.The production company said in a press release that Trebek was last in the studio on October 29, just 10 days before he lost his battle with stage IV pancreatic cancer at the age of 80. His final episode of the Merv Griffin-created game show is set to air on December 25.Alex Trebek’s Final ‘Jeopardy!’ Episode to Air on Christmas DayAlex Trebek. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Shutterstock- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Combating pandemic planning fatigue

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – Business people convinced of the possibility of an influenza pandemic agree: Convincing reluctant managers, organizing continuity planning, and educating employees can be challenging.But if getting better prepared for a pandemic is tough, business managers say, keeping prepared is tougher.It’s bad enough, they agree, to have to convince reluctant managers and educate busy employees that a pandemic will be unlike any other hazard a company might face, like earthquakes, hurricanes, or terrorism. Such events are local or regional and occur over minutes to hours. Recovery resources from other areas of the country can be accessed quickly and the recovery process begun–even in the face of physical destruction.But for those responsible for private-sector pandemic preparedness, what remains untested and unclear is how companies and organizations will respond. How stable, for example, will today’s public utilities be? Will companies supplying critical parts or services be able to deliver? How many employees will come to work and over what period? The unknowns can be so confounding as to bring preparedness activities to a halt.Another challenge is finding reliable sources and information to act on for both meaningful planning and for delivering company information campaigns and training.After that, they say, comes the truly hard part: Sustaining the planning effort over the long haul.Experts say that preparing well for a catastrophic event takes time, thought, and repetition–but the more time that elapses, and the more repetitions employees go through, the more likely it is they will develop planning fatigue.Pan flu war games”This is a very serious issue,” said Len Pagano, president and CEO of the SafeAmerica Foundation, a Georgia-based nonprofit organization that has staged pandemic-planning business summits in Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. “If you come up with a plan, and then over a year you don’t touch the plan, you won’t only forget key points in the plan–you’ll begin to think the whole issue isn’t very important.”But keeping up awareness of the possible consequences of a pandemic–a global event that could last 8 to 12 weeks in any one location, cause up to 24 months of disruption around the globe, and kill 200,000 to 1.9 million just in the United States, according to the US government–is as essential as it is challenging.Pagano and the SafeAmerica Foundation recently landed on a new idea: They are staging a war game, with flu as the enemy.The exercise will last a week and take place in 2 to 6 plants belonging to a Fortune 100 heavy-industrial company that asked not to be identified for competitive reasons. The company will ask its workers to follow the social-distancing techniques that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends as a first-line defense. SafeAmerica will observe employees to gauge compliance, then report to the company’s management what recommendations were followed or ignored.An actual pandemic, of course, will last months and mean that employees will be subjected to many other stressors (loss of loved ones, trouble finding food or routine drugs for themselves or family members) that will change how employees respond during the real event. But if the experiment is successful, Pagano said, it will deliver what scenario exercises lack: the energy and creativity provoked by a real-time challenge.Keeping plans freshKeeping fresh in pandemic planning is a preoccupation for Steve Bergfeld, vice president of corporate services and administration at Baxter Healthcare Corp. of Illinois, part of Baxter International Inc.Baxter makes a range of medications and medical devices, including home dialysis solutions. The company is in a category the government calls critical infrastructure: 14 business sectors (from food production to energy to banking to information technology) that must keep functioning during a crisis in order for the United States to keep running.”As I go around and talk to my colleagues, everybody is saying the same thing: How do you keep this [planning] as a front-burner issue when we have so many other priorities and so much demanding our time,” Bergfeld said.Bergfeld was brought to Baxter 10 months ago to head a threat-management team of 23 people. The company’s process is arduous: monthly meetings to rank facilities worldwide against a list of “accountabilities”; regional audits that score facilities on 7 aspects of pandemic and disaster planning; on-site inspections; and tabletop exercises. Yet “I am always looking for new tools, new resources . . . the next creative way to keep this in front of people,” Bergfeld said.Mega-retailer Target Corporation, which has 7,000 employees just in its Minneapolis headquarters, formed a 30-person pandemic response team a year ago to work with its existing business continuity experts, who, up to then, had chiefly anticipated store closures due to natural disasters such as hurricanes as well as technology crises such as crashes in the company’s worldwide electronic networks.”What we do for business continuity prepares us for pandemic planning, and pandemic planning becomes a scenario within business continuity that we haven’t addressed in the past,” said Birch Holt, Target’s manager of business continuation.The pandemic team, Holt said, draws broadly from throughout the company, including representatives from crisis management, merchandising, and government affairs in addition to the pre-existing business continuation department.They began meeting in January 2006, starting with face-to-face, twice-monthly gatherings of at least an hour, initially mapping out plans for each major division, using pandemic flu–related information from the CDC ( and the World Health Organization ( as well as a private risk-information company. With most of Target’s divisional plans now written and under review by senior management, the team has cut back to hour-long, face-to-face meetings once a month.Target will shortly hold its first pandemic tabletop exercise. Participants will represent each company sector that has prepared written plans. The results, Holt said, will expose new vulnerabilities to think through.Holt acknowledges that written documents (no matter how thought-out and granular) are not enough. On a board near his desk, he keeps a saying he attributes to World War II general and President Dwight D. Eisenhower: “In preparing for battle, I have found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.”last_img read more

Indonesia records another record number of new COVID-19 cases

first_imgRead also: Indonesia records new daily highs in cases during transition to ‘new normal’The country also managed to hit more than 20,000 swab tests per day on Thursday.“Today we tested a total of 20,650 specimens,” Health Ministry Disease Control and Prevention Director Gen. Achmad Yurianto said during the daily press briefing on Thursday.East Java, the new epicenter of the outbreak in Indonesia, reported most cases with 384 new daily cases, followed by capital city Jakarta with 173 cases, South Sulawesi 166 cases, South Kalimantan 118 cases and Bali 66 cases.Cases have been reported in 435 regencies and municipalities spread over all 34 provinces.Topics : Indonesia has recorded its biggest surge of COVID-19 cases with 1,331 new confirmed cases on Thursday, a day after the country officially surpassed Singapore with the highest number of infections in the Southeast Asia region.The figure was the largest increase in cases within 24 hours since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the first cases in the country on March 2.The spike brought the total number of infections to 42,762 cases with 63 fatalities, the second-highest recorded death toll in a day following 64 deaths on Monday, the Health Ministry announced on Thursday, adding that 16,789 people have recovered from the highly infectious respiratory disease.last_img read more

India virus cases cross 5 million in ‘worse than sci-fi’ pandemic

first_img“It’s much worse than any of the science fiction about pandemics,” David Nabarro told British MPs on Tuesday.”This is really serious — we’re not even in the middle of it yet. We’re still at the beginning of it.”The spread of the virus has accelerated in some of the most populous parts of the world such as India, where the latest million infections were detected over just 11 days.And some experts have warned that the total number of cases could be far higher in the vast nation, which has been easing one of the world’s strictest lockdowns recently despite the surge to help its reeling economy. Coronavirus infections in India soared past five million on Wednesday, as a WHO envoy warned the pandemic was “still at the beginning”.Global cases are rapidly approaching 30 million, with more than 935,000 known COVID-19 deaths, the global economy devastated and nations struggling to contain outbreaks.India, home to 1.3 billion people, has reported some of the highest daily case jumps in the world recently, as a World Health Organization special envoy described the global pandemic situation as “horrible” and “grotesque”. Trump vaccine claim The United States remains the worst-hit nation in the world in terms of both infections and deaths, and President Donald Trump is under intense pressure over his handling of the coronavirus crisis.The Republican leader said Tuesday that a vaccine may be available within a month — an acceleration of even his own optimistic predictions.”We’re within weeks of getting it, you know — could be three weeks, four weeks,” Trump said during a town hall event broadcast on ABC News.But experts are worried that world-renowned American institutions responsible for overseeing the approval and distribution of vaccines have become increasingly compromised by political pressure, and corners may be cut to get one ready before the presidential election in November.There was also a bullish claim earlier this week from China, where the virus first emerged late last year, with an official telling state media that a China-developed vaccine could be ready for the public as early as November.Germany’s health minister Jens Spahn said Tuesday the country aims to reach herd immunity through a voluntary coronavirus vaccine expected to be widely available by mid-2021. “People have lost their fear or are too tired [of] being cautious. They want to be out and earn a living right now,” Jayant Surana, a New Delhi-based entrepreneur, told AFP.”Everything has now been left to god’s will.”center_img ‘We cannot bear this’Many European countries had started to ease their restrictions after largely bringing outbreaks under control, but are faced with worrying spikes in infections again.Denmark on Tuesday announced new restrictions, including shorter hours for bars and restaurants, new face mask requirements, and reduced crowds at football matches.Referring to Europe, WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan warned it was time to “stop looking for unicorns” and take hard decisions to protect the most vulnerable with a potentially deadly winter approaching.That came as airlines ramped up pressure on the European Union to coordinate virus measures, demanding an end to quarantine “chaos” and access to reliable and quick testing.Airlines have been hit especially hard by the pandemic as travel was severely restricted to control the virus. The UN said Tuesday the pandemic cost the global tourism sector $460 billion in the first six months of 2020.The economic pain is even more acute in poorer parts of the world, such as Algeria, where the winemaking industry illustrates the devastation suffered by businesses during a virus lockdown, with livelihoods hanging by a thread.”We cannot bear this,” lamented winemaker Dahmane Hamamouche.If the crisis “carries on for more than another month or two, we won’t be able to hold out… we’re already finding it difficult to pay salaries.” Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Orders Flags in Pennsylvania at Half-Staff to Honor Senator John McCain

first_img Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the United States and Commonwealth flags at the Capitol Complex and throughout all public buildings and grounds throughout the state lowered to half-staff to honor the passing of Arizona Senator John McCain.“Senator John McCain dedicated his entire life to his country and we owe him a debt of gratitude for his sacrifice and contributions over decades of service,” Governor Wolf said. “Senator McCain embodied the core principles of American citizenship and he put his country over himself at every turn. He will be missed.”Senator John McCain, 81, passed away Saturday, August 25, 2018. He served as senator from Arizona from 1987 until his passing and two terms in the United States House of Representatives. Senator McCain served his country in the United States Navy and was captured and held as a prisoner of war before retiring and entering politics. The flags shall be lowered immediately, Monday, August 27, 2018, through sunset on the day of interment, which will occur on Sunday, September 2, 2018. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute. August 27, 2018 Governor Wolf Orders Flags in Pennsylvania at Half-Staff to Honor Senator John McCaincenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Landholders encouraged to attended rural property workshop

first_imgRURAL landholders wanting to know more about freeholding their properties and the impact of new land valuations are encouraged to attend free workshops in Charters Towers, Hughenden and Cloncurry this week.AgForce rural property valuer John Moore said the workshops would focus on the new land valuations issued earlier this month and the implications for North and North West Queensland primary producers.“The rural property market over the past 18 months has been particularly buoyant on the back of strong commodity prices, with general rises of up to 25 per cent in parts of the market, and this is flowing through to unimproved values as well,” he said.“Unimproved values determine what council rates rural landholders pay and are also used to calculate leasehold rents, so it’s important the figures are right.”The workshops will be held at:· Charters Towers Golf Club, 3.30pm — 5pm, May 16More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020· Hughenden RSL, 3.30pm — 5pm, May 17· Cloncurry Community Precinct, 3.30pm — 5pm, May 18To RSVP and for more information email read more

Pension funds, SRI advocates clash on UK plans for investment regulations

first_imgThe Law Commission said trustees investing under fiduciary duty could take into account non-financial concerns as long as they had good reason to believe their scheme members shared their view, and the decision did not represent a significant financial risk.The government then consulted on amending regulations regarding the clarification of ‘environmental, social or ethical considerations’ to ensure they distinguished between financial and non-financial factors.It also questioned whether trustees should be required to state their policies on stewardship.It its response, the NAPF said it did not see any additional benefit to clarifying fiduciary duty further or imposing an explicit duty to consider specific factors.Will Pomroy, the NAPF’s policy lead on stewardship, said: “Such an approach would be very difficult to appropriately draft. “It would struggle to keep pace with emerging best practice and investment trends and, indeed, impinge upon the flexibility that is currently so beneficial.“Instead, we support efforts to catalyse further discussion at trustee board level about a scheme’s investment approach.”However, UKSIF said the complexity of long-term, financially material factors such as ESG was the biggest threat to pension investors.Its members demanded that the Law Commission’s findings be embedded into regulation.Simon Howard, chief executive, said: “This must not result in box-ticking exercises. We require trustees to formulate meaningful policies on their investment strategy and approach to stewardship that enables them to take considered decisions relating to their investment portfolios.”ShareAction, in its response, agreed with the NAPF that “codification” of the term fiduciary duty would be impractical, but it also argued that a non-binding clarification within the regulations would be reasonable.“[The regulations] should include a provision clarifying that trustees may have regard to a wide range of factors, including ESG and non-financial considerations, when exercising their discretion on investment and stewardship decisions,” the group said.The NAPF also said a fund’s approach should be included alongside its disclosures on how it considers financial and non-financial matters, rather than a comply-or-explain policy on trustees regarding stewardship.It warned of the risk creating a “tick-box” exercise over meaningful engagement by asset owners.ShareAction agreed and said a comply-or-explain approach would fail to encourage trustees to take stewardship seriously.The group added that, if the government wished to encourage stewardship, it should reference the NAPF’s own “Principles for Stewardship Best Practice” over the “Stewardship Code”. The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has advised the UK government against further prescribing the meaning of the term ‘fiduciary duty’ in regulation, as sustainable investment and stewardship industry groups call for stricter wording.Responding to a Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) consultation on changes to investment regulations for pension schemes, the NAPF said further government clarification, whilst maintaining the required flexibility, would be difficult to draft.However, socially responsible investment advocates ShareAction and UKSIF called for additional work to ensure trustees account for sustainability factors when selecting investments.The NAPF’s response came after the DWP considered the clarifications made by the UK Law Commission on fiduciary duty to alleviate concerns it was too focused on short-term financial reward.last_img read more

Asset management roundup: AXA IM’s quant arm nets CalPERS mandate

first_imgCredit: Steve BuissinneS&P DJI aims to integrate future carbon prices into its new indicesIndex provider S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) has launched a range of equity benchmarks weighting companies by exposure to the projected price of carbon in 2030.S&P DJI has created 12 indices, including global, regional and national benchmarks. Markets covered include the US, Europe, Asia Pacific, emerging markets and South Africa.The company claimed the indices were the “first of their kind” in their use of predicted carbon price data, supplied by Trucost’s Corporate Carbon Pricing Tool.Hannah Skeates, senior director for ESG and strategy indices at S&P DJI, said: “As the efforts to achieve the commitments of the Paris Agreement and the transition to a low carbon economy progress, future carbon prices could lead to significant increased costs for companies that have not managed their global emissions.“The S&P Carbon Price Risk Adjusted index series was developed to help market participants understand the financial risks embedded among the higher carbon emitters of the current global economy.”The index series in full:S&P 500 Carbon Price Risk 2030 Adjusted indexS&P MidCap 400 Carbon Price Risk 2030 Adjusted indexS&P SmallCap 600 Carbon Price Risk 2030 Adjusted indexS&P Europe 350 Carbon Price Risk 2030 Adjusted indexS&P Global 1200 Carbon Price Risk 2030 Adjusted index S&P South Africa Composite Carbon Price Risk 2030 Adjusted indexS&P Global LargeMidCap Carbon Price Risk 2030 Adjusted indexS&P Developed LargeMidCap Carbon Price Risk 2030 Adjusted indexS&P Emerging LargeMidCap Carbon Price Risk 2030 Adjusted indexS&P Europe Developed LargeMidCap Carbon Price Risk 2030 Adjusted indexS&P North America LargeMidCap Carbon Price Risk 2030 Adjusted indexS&P AsiaPac Developed LargeMidCap Carbon Price Risk 2030 Adjusted indexSwiss bank acquires UK manager The US’s biggest state pension fund has hired AXA Investment Managers to run a $1bn (€854m) quant-driven global sustainable equity mandate.The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) selected AXA IM’s Rosenberg quantitative equities business to manage the allocation in line with its environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) requirements. The strategy focuses on low volatility and high earnings indicators, according to Rosenberg.Heidi Ridley, chief executive of AXA IM Rosenberg Equities, said: “We believe that ESG information is economic in nature; it helps orient us toward companies that are using their resources well – human, physical, and technological – and away from those who are not in step with long-horizon trends.”CalPERS runs $351bn (€299.8bn) and recently reported an 8.6% net investment return for the 12 months to 30 June. Geneva, Switzerland, where UBP is basedSwiss private bank UBP is to acquire ACPI Investments, a UK-based asset manager. Subject to regulatory approvals, the transaction should close in the fourth quarter of this year.UBP indicated it stood to gain an additional £2bn (€2.2bn) in assets under management from the deal, although no other terms were disclosed. The company already runs CHF128.4bn (€110.2bn).ACPI runs a range of strategies for private and institutional clients including fixed income, equities and alternatives. It was founded in 2001 by former Goldman Sachs partners Alok Oberoi and Joseph Sassoon.Guy de Picciotto, chief executive of UBP, said: “This acquisition reaffirms our long-term commitment to the UK and our intention to continue broadening our footprint in this pivotal market.“London remains a hub for international investors, as well as for UBP which provides both foreign and UK-based clients with innovative solutions. ACPI is recognised as an investment manager of reference in the wealth management sphere with extensive expertise that will complement the range of services we already offer our clients out of London.”center_img S&P seeks to integrate future carbon prices in indiceslast_img read more

Drug driving: Grieving father speaks about the harm it has caused

first_imgThe woman who fronts the advert lost her cousin while driving under the influence of drugs and she is asking others to share their stories. Kiwis affected by drug-driving accidents have expressed to 1 News how important it is to raise awareness around the growing issue. Stuff 21 July 2019Family First Comment: Ron Crone lost his only child Ethan in May 2017, in a crash he said would not have happened if his son hadn’t recently smoked cannabis. As a result, Crone said he feels “relieved” at the announcement of a new road safety campaign that aims to get people talking about the harm caused by drug driving….Ethan Crone had been introduced to cannabis at a young age, his father said, and the normalisation of the drug by society had led to his “horrible, painful death”.#saynopetodopeThe devastated father of a young man who died after crashing his car into a tree, believes New Zealanders need to be more aware of the risks of drug driving.Ron Crone lost his only child Ethan in May 2017, in a crash he said would not have happened if his son hadn’t recently smoked cannabis. As a result, Crone said he feels “relieved” at the announcement of a new road safety campaign that aims to get people talking about the harm caused by drug driving.Over the next six weeks, the NZ Transport Agency’s @Unsaid campaign will seek real stories from New Zealanders about their experience of harm from drug driving.Crone said his own life stopped on the day his 24-year-old son missed the intersection of Easterbrook and Hicklands roads, south of Rangiora, and went over a small stop bank.Ethan Crone had been introduced to cannabis at a young age, his father said, and the normalisation of the drug by society had led to his “horrible, painful death”.“When Ethan was stoned his reaction time became very slow, he knew that corner well, he drove it regularly, but when he was high he would kind of zone out, be lethargic and make silly decisions.”In the last few years of Ethan Crone’s life, he had crashed at the exact spot three previous times, all while under the influence of cannabis.The death had taken an extreme emotional toll on his father, who said he often wanted to lie down next to him in the cemetery.READ MORE: campaign aimed to tackle drug-driving has families speaking upTVNZ One News 21 July 2019A six-week advertising campaign aimed at tackling drug driving has begun tonight, following a petition which has called for roadside drug testing.The Transport Agency’s ad is part of a wider two-million-dollar campaign to reduce harm caused by drug driving although critics are saying it misses the mark. Mr Crone lost his 24-year-old son in 2017 and says it was a normal routine for his son and other family and friends to drive while under the influence of cannabis.center_img “They felt there was no issue with driving stoned … some even commented it made their driving safer.”READ MORE: “I’d stress to families when they are actually watching this ad to actually talk about it. The trouble with drugs is that it is a hidden identity,” Ron Crone told 1 News.last_img read more

Lady Cards Fall Short To Lady Bengals

first_imgThe 5th Grade Cardinals were defeated by The Greendale Lady Bengals 30-4. The Lady Cardinals had their most intense game to date on Thursday. Paige Watters walked away with the coveted “Rebound of the Game”. She was joined on the boards with Isabel Imel and Cora Roth. Leading in scoring for the night was Jaelyn Owens and Rachel Suttmann with 2 each. Karsyn Watson and Bridget Lohmueller led the team with some intense defense. Katelyn Rahe and Meg Ritter did a great job looking for their open shots and taking them. Although the team didn’t come out with a win, the coaches are very proud of all of the girls. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Anne Suttmann.The 6th Grade Lady Cardinals hosted Greendale. Final score 59 to 6 in favor of the visitors. Even though we lost I’m proud of the ladies for giving me their best. Lucy Abplanalp, Kenzie Maple, Ainsley Sipples, Maria Voegele, Emily Schebler, Anna Moore, Rachel Suttman, Cora Roth and Karsyn Watson hustled til the end. Abplanalp chipped in 4 points and Suttman had 2. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Dan Abplanalp.last_img read more