The Claypool Lennon Delirium is gearing up to release their second album together, South of Reality, due out February 22 via ATO. South of Reality is the follow-up to 2016’s Monolith of Phobos, the band’s debut record that displayed their fascinatingly raw authenticity, and 2017’s Lime And Limpid Green EP, which featured psychedelic covers of Pink Floyd, The Who, King Crimson, and Flower Travellin’ Band. So far, The Claypool Lennon Delirium has shared “Blood and Rockets (Movement I, Saga Of Jack Parsons – Movement II, Too The Moon)”, an epic, 6-minute and 30-second composition, and “Easily Charmed By Fools”. Today, the Les Claypool and Sean Lennon-led project released their third single from the forthcoming album, “Amethyst Realm”. Listen below:As the band’s website describes the sophomore album, “South of Reality is an expression of our upside-down times, offering listeners both an escape from modern chaos and a filter through to which to embrace it… It’s the record Dr. Seuss would have made if Harry Potter and Nietzshe were his drinking buddies, and it’d be produced by Dr. Teeth.”Sean Lennon continues about the collaboration: “Les and I have been cooking up some wizard juice to take the edge off as we sit back and watch reality unravel. This album is the soundtrack to the demise of the world as we knew it.”On Tuesday, February 19th, The Claypool Lennon Delirium will celebrate the new album’s release at Rough Trade NYC in Brooklyn, NY with a special “South of Reality” event, featuring a live Q&A with Relix Editor Mike Greenhaus and a signing to follow. Purchase tickets to attend here.Then, The Claypool Lennon Delirium will embark on a three-week tour starting April 10, 2019. For a full list of upcoming dates, head to the band’s website.
Fulton County Cooperative Extension Agent Menia Chester is hoping that the information provided by UGA’s Extension faculty will help build an ongoing relationship between the center and UGA Extension. “We’re going to continue the relationship with them,” Chester said. “They’re going to have questions about their livestock and their garden or what not, and we will be able to support them just like we would any other organization.” The Smith Family Farm is a great and much needed tool for teaching agricultural literacy, as well as history, to metro-Atlanta students, Chester said. “It will be a good resource for all of the kids in the community,” Chester said. “Unfortunately people don’t know where their food comes from — especially kids. We want to help them to learn that process, from the field to the table.” In the 1860s, farming was second nature to Georgians. The skills passed down from father to son and mother to daughter made life possible. But when the Atlanta History Center needed to learn a lifetime’s worth of historical farming skills to implement on the 1860s Smith Family Farm, they looked to the University of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension experts. The Atlanta History Center’s renovated Smith Family Farm will make its grand debut next week with the center’s Sheep to Shawl event. The Sheep to Shawl event is a celebration of the skills our forebears needed to make a living and build their lives on mid-19th century family farms. The event, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 13, will feature sheep sheering, spinning, weaving and other demonstrations of mid-19th century skills given by costumed interpreters. There will also be storytellers and musicians sharing entertainment from the period. The Sheep to Shawl event has been a staple of the Atlanta History Center’s calendar since 1989. The center spent the past year reinvigorating the historic Smith Family Farm to provide a more authentic backdrop to the skills demonstrations. “The Smith Family Farm experience has been one of the Atlanta History Center’s most important public offerings,” says Michael Rose, Executive Vice President of the center. “The farm provides not only an historic setting for interpretation, but also creates an important connection between our historic gardens, our folklife collections and exhibitions, and school and public programs related to foodways and domestic arts, as well as understanding the lives of the enslaved during the time period.” The Atlanta History Center’s staff reached out to the University of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension to help solve livestock and erosion problems that prevented the center from adding live animals and crops to their farmyard. First, Mark Risse, the Georgia Power Professor of Water Resources in the department of crop and soil sciences, and Melony Wilson, a UGA Extension specialist in the department of animal and dairy science, helped the farm ensure that their animals won’t have any negative impacts on the local waterways. First, they found the best places to locate and build barns and poultry houses and then they worked with the center’s consulting engineer to refine their storm water management plan to make sure water runoff was “routed into rain gardens and infiltration swales and was not discharged into streams at the center,” Risse said. They also advised the center’s staff on how to harvest the rainwater from the center’s buildings to use for livestock or landscape watering. After fixing water runoff issues and preparing barns and chicken houses, UGA Extension was ready to help them find animals. Census records from the 1860s showed that the Smith family kept all sorts of livestock, including sheep, cattle, pigs and chickens. The center’s staff knew their land would not support cattle and the neighborhood might not support pigs, but they definitely wanted sheep and chickens. The challenge was “most of the livestock that we have in Georgia does not look like what we would have had during the 1800s,” said Ronnie Silcox, a professor of animal and dairy science. To keep the farm historically authentic, he and Mike Lacy, head of the poultry science department, recommended Gulf Coast sheep and Rhode Island red hens and roosters. Both breeds come closest to the animals a family would have kept during the 1860s. The Gulf Coast sheep added to the farm—two ewes and two lambs raised by Madison County sheep farmer Jan Southers—descended from flocks of Spanish sheep brought to the New Orleans area in the 18th century. The breed was a staple wool producer across antebellum Georgia and, after hundreds of years in the southern U.S., has adapted to warm, muggy conditions.
Using animal manure to amend garden and landscaping soil was common practice 20 years ago. Today, University of Georgia Extension agents, like myself, discourage it.In the past, manure was considered a great soil amendment to add to gardens and was considered a good source of natural “organic” nutrients as an alternative to synthetic fertilizers. Today, it is nearly impossible to find a manure source that doesn’t contain herbicide residues, which ironically defeats the purpose of trying to be an organic gardener. Free isn’t always freeMost backyard gardeners don’t give much thought to where their “free” manure comes from, aside from the obvious source. The vast majority of farmers spray their hayfields and pastures with herbicides to control broadleaf weeds. The same applies to hay used as mulch. Today’s hay customers expect weed-free sources of hay for their animals and farmer’s must meet the demand of their customers. Today’s herbicides have low toxicity to humans and animals. Man of these herbicides can be sprayed one day and the animals can graze safely the next day, but the problem is many herbicides used today also have long-lasting residual activity — meaning they remain active on the mulch or in the manure after you put them into your garden.Free pesticidesSome commonly used products are known to last as long as 8 to 12 months in the soil or on stored hay. Herbicide residues also remain active on forage hay fed to livestock and grass clippings from sprayed lawns. If you spray your lawn for weeds, don’t put your grass clippings in your garden or compost bin. These herbicides are very good at what they do: kill broadleaf weeds without killing grass. Unfortunately, these products don’t know the difference between a weed, a flower, a tomato plant or vegetable plants growing in your garden.The type of manure used in your garden doesn’t matter either. Whether the manure comes from horses, cattle, alpacas, goats or other livestock, there’s a chance they could have been exposed to an herbicide. Even if the livestock owner doesn’t spray his pastures, hay purchased to feed the animals could have been sprayed. More often than not, customers who buy high quality hay for animals want it to be as weed-free as possible. You can assume that any hay that is mostly weed-free has been treated with an herbicide. Alfalfa is typically the only forage hay that will not have been sprayed since most broadleaf herbicides cannot be sprayed without damaging the crop, too. If livestock owners only feed alfalfa hay to their animals and don’t spray their pastures, the manure could safely be used in your garden. However, most livestock owners also feed grass hays such as fescue, bermudagrass and orchard grass that are likely sprayed for weeds. Hay can be suspect, tooBefore using hay from a farmer, ask if the fields were sprayed and what type of hay they feed their animals. Otherwise, assume all hay has been sprayed with an herbicide and the resulting manure will damage your garden.If you’ve already incorporated manures or hay mulches into your garden, watch your vegetables very closely for unusual symptoms. Tomatoes are very sensitive to herbicide damage and are often the first indicator of a problem. Affected tomatoes will have extreme leaf curling and the stems will be twisted. Usually, the newest growth on the plant is the first to show these symptoms. For assistance in identifying a plant disease or insect problem, bring a leaf sample your local UGA Extension office for assistance or call 1-800-AskUGA-1.
South Burlington has been rated in the top ten school districts nationally with housing costs under $500,000, according to a review by a national rating firm. While millions throughout the nation prepare for traditional back to school activities, some families are searching for affordable housing based on local schools or desirable school districts. In some cases, proximity to quality schools is so important buyers may choose to rent close to a preferred school until the right home becomes available, especially if they’re running out of time before the first day of school.”I recently worked with clients that were moving to the Northwest Chicago suburbs from out of state,” said Nina Rocus, a Realtor in Schaumburg, Illinois. “They originally looked for homes close to particular school districts, and wanted to move in before the school year started so their son would be enrolled on time for this school year. But because they felt they were running out of time they ended up renting. They still want to find a home in the spring so we will start looking again then.”Because proximity to a quality school is such a high priority for some families as they search for their next home(1), buyers and sellers in cities with top ranked schools or school districts can often expect to see higher median list prices as compared to the statewide median list price, sometimes as much as 10 to 28 percent(2) higher.”Without a doubt the ‘right’ school district increases value by 12 to 14 percent in my area even in today’s market,” said Maria Picardi-Kenyon, a long-time Realtor located in New Jersey. “I’ve spoken with many clients who are convinced that a preferred school district provides as much as 20 percent or more value to a home.”To help families as they search for academic excellence and affordable housing during this year’s back to school season, Move, Inc., the leader in online real estate, today releases median list prices in ten communities ranked with high education quality scores, along with tips on how to expedite this season’s real estate search before the school bell rings.Median List Prices For Cities Home to the High Scoring School DistrictsIn an April 2010 review of 17,377 cities and towns in 49 states(3), Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Kentucky led the review with the highest ranking school districts in terms of educational quality scores and median list prices(4) under $200,000. The review took into consideration K-12 public school enrollment data, student test scores, and population data that determined average education quality scores, among other data.Single-Family Homes – Median List Price Under $200,000Town/CitySchool DistrictEducation Quality Score(3)State Median List Price(5)City Median List Price(5)Mason, OHMason City96.56$135,900$189,500Fishers, INHamilton Southeastern95.89$129,900$ 184,900Fort Thomas, KYFort Thomas94.22$154,900$ 174,900Allison Park, PAAllison Park94.07$198,900$ 169,900North Royalton, OHNorth Royalton92.54$135,900$ 179,000Data from the same April 2010 review(6) also indicated the highest ranking school districts in terms of educational quality scores with median list prices between $200,000 and $345,270 today can be found in Vermont, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Minnesota.Single-Family Homes – Median List Price Under $200,000 to $500,000Town/CitySchool/School DistrictEducation Quality Score(7)State Median List Price(8)City Median List Price(8)Edina, MNEdina94.74$199,900$345,000Zionsville, INZionsville Community94.03$129,900$325,000Brookfield, WIElmbrook93.94$184,000$298,900South Burlington, VTSouth Burlington93.74$269,500$272,500Germantown, WIGermantown School District93.65$184,000$285,900Factors Associated With Selecting Housing Near Quality SchoolsWhile the National Education Association’s study on student achievement reports the proximity of affordable housing in stable neighborhoods remains a key component to a student’s success, buyers also often consider location to jobs, shopping, freeways, and property taxes among other things when searching areas with high ranked school districts.”Clients focused on a particular school district are often inclined to favor neighborhoods that have great accessibility to community facilities like parks, pools, tennis courts, running/biking trails, as well as access to retail and restaurants,” said Tom Thornton, an EcoBroker with Realty Austin of Austin, Texas. “In Austin, popular neighborhoods with good schools can have an average negotiation range of two to three percent from list price, while the resale advantage can be as much as a five or 10 percent premium compared to neighborhoods without popular amenities.”Is Bigger Better?The ability to live, earn and learn often comes with a price in communities that serve larger student populations. According to The United States Department of Education, three states – California, Florida and Texas – account for 45 of the nation’s largest public school districts with an average of 169 school choices per district.Median list prices for single-family homes listed for sale on the Move Network in California, Florida and Texas in July 2010 were$335,000, $215,000, and $179,900 respectively, while the national media price was $212,900 during the same time period.Average active list prices for single-family homes listed for sale on the Move Network in the nation’s top three largest school districts in July 2010 were $816,545 in New York, $879,743 in Los Angeles, and $425,869 in Chicago.Nation’s Largest School Districts / Market Median List PriceCitySchool DistrictEducation Grade(9)State Median List Price(10)City Median List Price(10)New York, NYNYC SchoolsPop: 1,049,831B+$299,900$816,545Los Angeles, CALA Unifiedstudent pop: 735,058B$335,000$879,743Chicago, ILCity of Chicago School Dist-299. pop: 409,279B$209,900$425,869Miami, FLDade County School District. pop: 352,536C$215,000$765,599Ft. Lauderdale, FLBroward County School District. pop: 231,187B$215,000$585,901Community Information, School Data and More Available online 24/7Regardless of the time of year, consumers searching for a property on the Move Network can easily find local community information at the bottom of each listing detail page(11) including school name, distance from the home of interest, type of school, grades taught, Great Schools Rating, parent rating; and the location of the home on a map that can be viewed in road, aerial or bird’s eyes views.Additional information on these listing detail pages(12) includes: cost of living; climate; distinctive community characteristics such as the closest airport, colleges, closest major sports team, and general community information such as population statistics; household information including number, size and family make up of recorded households; general housing information such as pricing, dwelling age and annual residential turnover; available transportation types; income, net worth and employment by industry and occupation.ABOUT MOVE, INC.Move, Inc. (Nasdaq: MOVE) is the leader in online real estate with 11.6 million(13) monthly visitors to its online network of websites. Move, Inc. operates: Move.com, a leading destination for information on new homes and rental listings, moving, home and garden and home finance; REALTOR.com®, the official website of the National Association of REALTORS®; Moving.com; SeniorHousingNet; and TOP PRODUCER Systems. Move, Inc. is based in Campbell, California.(1) Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 2009 NAR(2) Comparison of July 2010 Median List Prices vs. State Median List Prices, Move, Inc.(3) Forbes.com(4) Median List Prices, Single-Family Homes, Move, Inc., July 2010(5) Median List Prices, Single-Family Homes, Move, Inc., July 2010(6) Forbes.com(7) Forbes.com(8) Median List Prices, Single-family Homes, Move, Inc., July 2010(9) www.k12research.com(link is external)(10) Median List Prices, Single-Family Homes, Move, Inc., July 2010(11) 2009 Onboard Informatics(12) 2009 Onboard Informatics(13) comScore Media Metrix, July 2010This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including information about management’s view of Move’s future expectations, plans and prospects, within the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the results of Move, its subsidiaries, divisions and concepts to be materially different than those expressed or implied in such statements. These risk factors and others are included from time to time in documents Move files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to, its Form 10-Ks, Form 10-Qs and Form 8-Ks. Other unknown or unpredictable factors also could have material adverse effects on Move’s future results. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. Move cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Finally, Move expressly disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.SOURCE Move, Inc. 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Fortnite billionaire is saving forests in Western North CarolinaTim Sweeny, owner of North Carolina-based Epic Games, which produces mega-hits such as Fortnite, is quietly using his fortune to conserve the mountains in Western North Carolina. Since 2008, Sweeny has spent millions to preserve and protect nearly 40,000 acres of land, making him one of the largest private landowners in North Carolina. Sweeny has used his money to purchase 1,500 acres to expand Mount Mitchell State Park and spent $15 million to protect 7,000 acres of the Box Creek Wilderness. Sweeny also purchased 193 acres in Alamance County, guaranteeing that the land would not be developed. Just last year, he purchased a 1,500 acre tract of land known as Stone Hills which had been slated to be turned into two championship golf courses, a hotel and spa, over 1,000 homes and up to 90,000 square feet of retail, dining and office space. Sweeny plans to hold the land until he can find a permanent nature conservation home for it. The last caribou in the contiguous United States has been removed from the wildThis week a team of biologists captured a mountain caribou in the Selkirk Mountains just north of the U.S.- Canada border. The female caribou is believed to be the last member of the last herd to regularly cross into the lower 48 states from Canada. The captured caribou was moved to a captive rearing pen. In about a month, biologists plan to release the caribou, along with two other caribou from a different endangered herd, back into the wild into a larger and more stable Canadian herd. The fate of the animals is unclear and biologists cannot say if there will ever be caribou in the continental United States again. US offshore drilling rule revisions will likely be challenged by statesRevisions to a US offshore drilling safety rule are being held up because of the government shutdown, but when the changes are finalized they will likely be challenged in court by multiple states. The revisions make changes to the Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control Rule that was implemented in 2016 in response to the Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill. The current rule requires better performance of the blowout preventers that act as a last line of defense for an out-of-control offshore well. Opponents of the rule revision have criticized the administration for weakening offshore safety regulations. The most likely case against the revisions was laid out in August letter to the director of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Ten state attorneys general, including those from North Carolina and Virginia, signed the letter.
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Let’s talk about social media, shall we? By now, FIs know it’s extremely important to have a social media presence, but the task of keeping each platform up to date gets complicated very quickly, especially because the popularity of individual social platforms tends to ebb and flow. Even more frustrating, the content you use for each individual social media platform should be different–otherwise why would your customers follow more than one?— and each platform is constantly changing its formatting.Long story short, it’s a bear of a job to keep up with social media and given the recent algorithm changes to both Facebook and Instagram, there is no time like the present to review the basics of each major social outlet.Here’s what you need to know:FacebookLink and image posts perform 75% better than posts with just text. We are very visual people and have increasingly short attention spans. Increase your engagement by making most of your posts media-rich. continue reading »
What would happen to your life if you gave everything just 5% more effort?Michael Alden, author of 5% MORE: Making Small Changes To Achieve Extraordinary Results, says it transforms everything. Success is often the result of applying just a little bit more effort.It’s not always a massive effort, a radical change, or an overhaul. Often it’s just changing at the margin that makes all the difference.I recently had the opportunity to ask Michael about his research and new book. Michael Alden is the founder and CEO of Blue Vase Marketing and a recipient of SmartCEO Magazine’s 2016 Future 50 Award.What made you decide to research the concept of 5%?After the publication of my first book, Ask More, Get More, I received some fantastic feedback and accolades. But as I continued to speak with people about achieving their goals, I found that many of them wanted more. Despite all of the time and money they put into “personal development,” they were not where they wanted to be. I wondered, why are so many people stuck? Is there something that the average, everyday person can do to get ahead? And is it something that is truly achievable, something that doesn’t cost money, something that yields real tangible results? continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
225SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neil Mumm Neil Mum is the currently Visa’s Head of Strategy, North America. Neil has over 15 years of experience in retail banking and payments, and has been with Visa since … Web: https://usa.visa.com Details 1. Physical cards are here to stay… for nowAs U.S. spending shifts online and mobile payments proliferates, there may be concern among credit unions about the future of physical cards. However, physical cards will remain a central part of the payments experience. There are numerous reasons including the complexity of the POS infrastructure and challenges presented when creating a seamless experience regardless of the form the member prefers. However, in areas where contactless cards frequently use the response is overwhelmingly positive. We don’t know when the tipping point will come in terms of mobile payments, so for the coming years, it will be critical to providing your members frictionless ways to pay, whether that be with a card, mobile device or a computer.2. Security must continue to be top priorityWith EMV well underway, there have been significant reductions in counterfeit fraud at POS, and these reductions will continue as the rollout is completed. As the POS channel is further secured, credit unions should proactively address their weaknesses in security. Living in a digital world means that fraud is expected to shift to online channels, by employing solutions like tokenization your credit union can reduce the risk presented by fraudsters. Credit unions must take advantage of advancements in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and biometrics to improve their ability to combat these emerging threats. To reduce fraud, credit unions should also help put their members in control and provide their members with tools to control activity on their account and to monitor spend in real-time (e.g., text alerts).3. A digital payments roadmap cannot be staticAlthough a high percentage of purchases are still made using a card at a physical POS, almost all growth is coming from the online and mobile channels. All consumer segments are increasingly shopping online. When it comes to mobile millennials, in part due to their higher degree of comfort with mobile devices, are the earliest adopters. But usage is quickly expanding to other segments there as well. Being able to participate in digital wallets and establishing strong top-of-wallet strategies will be key. Given the dynamic nature of the space, it will be critical for credit unions to continually reevaluate their approach to ensure they have the right capabilities.4. Member service must also go digitalCredit unions have long been successful by providing unparalleled service to their consumers. As consumer preferences are changing, it is critical to expand service options accordingly. Online, and increasingly with mobile, banking has become the most vital touchpoint in a financial institution’s relationship with its members.As such, credit unions must have in place an online and mobile banking approach to manage their accounts through the channels they want to use. For example:61% of users noted online banking capabilities as a reason for staying at a current financial institution (compared to 37% for low cost or fees)Consumer expectations of what they can do through their mobile banking continue to increase.Consumers have quickly adopted text alerts for card purchases – which improves spend tracking, fraud identification, and provides a frequent source of member engagement 5. Invest in the next generation of credit union talentIn this rapidly evolving digital world, credit union leaders need to be thinking about long-term growth and success in their own organizations and their future leaders. They must take steps to attract the next generation of leaders within credit unions. Many industries are grappling with changing demographics, and credit unions are no exception. Credit unions face challenges with engaging, retaining and recruiting top young talent. New talent is essential to the success of the credit union movement. Young talent and millennials contribute energy, creativity and leadership to the businesses. An example of work being done to attract this talent is Visa’s initiative with Filene – one of the most credible industry think tanks help find ways through networking opportunities and access to credit union senior leaders to support and attract young professionals into the industry, then to improve retention through mentorship programs. To ensure the future success of the credit union industry, investments in talent will be critical to ensuring new products and services are relevant to a new generation of members.
continue reading » The global pandemic has touched virtually every aspect of consumers’ lives, prompting them to evaluate which service relationships truly provide value—and which don’t—in their transition to the “new normal.”Credit unions that deliver an experience that meets the changing needs of members in the age of social distancing will be rewarded with new business and greater loyalty. Those that don’t will struggle to remain competitive.Shift to Digital—NowSocial distancing has caused many consumers to trade branch visits for digital interactions. Indeed, the digital channel is useful and efficient, but only if it is user-friendly and meets member needs. Members who have a disappointing digital experience may not have the option to visit a branch to get assistance, leaving them feeling frustrated and stuck—and that’s bad news. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The outbreak is plunging the world economy into its worst downturn since the global financial crisis more than a decade ago, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned on Monday, urging governments and central banks to fight back to avoid an even steeper slump.Finance ministers from the world’s seven largest economies (G7) are expected to hold a conference call on Tuesday to discuss measures to deal with the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, four sources told Reuters.The IMF said it had an array of facilities and instruments in its tool kit to help countries respond to the economic impact of the coronavirus.The Rapid Credit Facility (RCF) and Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI), which can provide emergency financial assistance to member countries that can be quickly disbursed, was used in 2016 to help Ecuador after a major earthquake. The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank on Monday said they stood ready to help member countries address the human and economic challenges of the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak, including through emergency funding.In a joint statement, the two institutions said they were focused especially on poor countries where health systems are weakest, and urged member countries to strengthen their health surveillance and response systems to contain the virus.“International cooperation is essential to deal with the health and economic impact of the COVID-19 virus,” the statement said, referring to the acronym for the virus. It said both the IMF and World Bank were fully committed to supporting these efforts. Topics : The IMF can also augment existing lending programs to accommodate urgent needs related to the outbreak. For instance, it provided extra funds to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2014 to fight the Ebola outbreak.It also has grants for debt relief that can help the poorest countries address disasters and can provide support through new stand-by financing arrangements. In addition, it can help countries expand their capacity to deal with the outbreak.On Thursday, IMF spokesman Gerry Rice told reporters that the Fund had not received any requests for assistance.Somali Finance Minister Abdirahman Duale Beileh told Reuters last week in an interview that many African countries were anxiously monitoring the spread of the flu-like virus, which has infected more than 89,000 people worldwide and killed over 3,000, mostly in China.“Everybody is concerned. We are just hoping that it doesn’t come to us. If that thing comes to Africa, we’re all dead because we don’t have the facilities,” Beileh said on Friday.