Another Mode Of Transmission Of The Zika Virus Confirmed

 

If you watch the news you have undoubtedly heard about the Zika virus. This is not a new, previously unknown threat to health. As doctor Sergio Cortes reports, the virus was initially isolated in 1947 from a rhesus macaque monkey in the Ugandan Zika Forest. It is related to the West Nile virus, the yellow fever virus, and the dengue fever virus. Although there is no vaccine available, the symptoms of infection in adults range from nonexistent to a mild fever with a rash. Most cases resolve in 2 to 3 days with bed rest and fluids. The main danger is when the virus affects the fetus of pregnant women. Severe brain damage may occur in the unborn child.

The Zika virus is transmitted by mosquito bites. Until recently, it was assumed that transmission did not occur by other means of close contact. However, a patient in Texas has spread the virus through sexual contact according to the Dallas County Health and Human Services Department. This is the first case of transmission inside the USA.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and other agencies are alarmed at how fast the virus is spreading. For example, over 4,000 cases of microcephaly have been reported since October 2015 in Brazil alone. Microcephaly is the term applied to an infant whose head is much smaller than average. This neurological condition may cause poor brain function, seizures, convulsions, spastic quadriplegia, and reduced life expectancy.

Another Mode Of Transmission Of The Zika Virus Confirmed

U.S. Money Reserve’s President Makes A Case For The Penny Elimination

A recent article on PR Newswire covered an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box with Philp Diehl. He is the president of the precious metal broker known as U.S. Money Reserve. This was an important interview for him because Squawk Box is CNBC’s famous morning program, and he discussed eliminating the penny from circulation. The interview on Squawk Box happened at the end of December, and the topic is something Philp Diehl has been very vocal about. It is his opinion the penny has no use anymore, and it has a cost that outweighs its benefit.

According to the article, there are a group of economists who believe the elimination of the penny will negatively impact prices and inflation. Philip Diehl responded to the observation by pointing out the progression of technology in the market. Only a quarter of all transactions use cash and the rest are done electronically. This means there would be a minimal amount of transactions affected by the possible change. He also believes merchants would end up going down on their prices due to competition in the market.

There is even more criticism of the elimination based on its cost to make versus the nickel. The nickel costs nearly 10 cents to made, but Philip Diehl point out the composition of the nickel can be altered from the copper and nickel mix to still make its production profitable, but he says the penny is quite the opposite. If the penny is eliminated, then it will save around $105 million in taxes. He believes the penny production is being maintained and protected because of special interest groups and lobbyists from the zinc market, and this may be true because the penny is 97.5% zinc.

As the U.S. Money Reserve President, Philip Diehl knows about metal and its value. U.S. Money Reserve is a popular dealer of precious metals. It sells only the highest quality silver, gold and platinum coins. The company only deals with coins and bullion minted in the United States. The financial advisers and brokers at U.S. Money Reserve are all seasoned investors and experts in the precious metal commodity market too. The company was founded in 2001 and it is based out of Austin, Texas. U.S. Money Reserve is known for fostering long relationships with its clients, and it is very active in the local community as well. It is the goal of the company to make every investment profitable.

U.S. Money Reserve’s President Makes A Case For The Penny Elimination

Andy Wirth Helps Bridge The Gap Between Two Great Ski Resorts

 

North Tahoe is known for its amazing skiing, and skiers often debate whether they should be hitting the slopes on Alpine Meadows or Squaw Valley. Both resorts have a lot to offer skiers, which is why the decision can be very difficult. Luckily, the two resorts are working together to boost the experience of their patrons.

Since KSL Capital Partners bought Alpine Meadows after already owning Squaw Valley, they have included both resorts in their ski pass, making the two resorts accessible to more skiers via a short drive between the two resorts. Now they’re planning on making the experience more enthralling by cutting out the automobile middle man, and building a lift between the two resorts. Skiers will be able to go between mountains without getting in their cars, and will get more time on the slopes.

Andy Wirth, the CEO of Squaw/Alpine, stated on Monday, “connecting Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows is something skiers and snowboarders both who live here and who visit have dreamed of for decades.” Andy also elaborated on the original intentions of Squaw Valley’s founder, Wayne Poulsen, who had dreamed of uniting the two mountains. By coming to an agreement with a local landowner between the two peaks and with National Forest, this dream is soon to become a reality. None of the National Forest Land will be disturbed by the construction of the new gondola.

While the snowpack on certain runs has had an impact on the skiing in that region in the past, Wirth is confident that this shouldn’t have any affect on the way the gondola runs. Wirth also believes that this change will significantly increase the amount of people utilizing both sides of the mountain. Though commuting between the two isn’t too difficult a task for now it could be easier.

Wirth stated he’s excited for the new opportunity this will bring their business, the skiers and snowboarders, and the locals whose land he’ll be using to build the gondola.

Andy Wirth Helps Bridge The Gap Between Two Great Ski Resorts