Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Dear Supervisor Barger,Apparently there is to be some kind of meeting where new rules, terms conditions and restrictions will be rolled out after some kind of an agreement of discussion between “Stakeholders” on the use of trails within the Angeles National Forest or adjacent to it, controlled by the County of Los Angeles.Objections:1. I have never seen the survey given to “Stakeholders” referenced in the meeting announcement. I along with hundreds of others, am a well known resident of Altadena and user of these trails as was my father my grandfather, my grandmother, my great grandparents and their parents. I object on the grounds of design for non participation.2. This survey and the meeting to be conducted I assume via computer, was not noticed ot the foothill communities as a whole, the highest usersa dn also the people with most impact. Again design for non participation AND I suspect with lack of outreach design for the illusion of process with limited and pre selected participation inclined to agree with pre determined out come.3. The trails above Altadena are a resource for ALL the Citizens and residents of Los Angeles County, California and the Nation. These trails in particular are a class free recreation zone, meaning the poor and rich have nearly equal access and enjoyment of this public resource. To the shame of the history and culture of my community, many new homeowners here who grew up in the despicable stratified climes of West Los Angeles, seem to vociferously object to trails use by persons whom they consider to be their “lessers”. Their speech and complaints drip like a tortch soaked in tar and gasoline of racism and its true master, Classism. The trails and camp areas in the National Forests exist as a major pressure valve release for the public. Radically restricting access to them is a sociological and political harm to the region. The Citizens pay for these areas to exist with the understanding that they provide the functional need of casual recreation, PARTICULARLY in times such as these.4. The National Forests are still not seeing the number of daily or yearly users they saw 100 years ago in the 1920’s/ Los Angeles County has over TEN TIMES the population it had then. Rather than dreaming up ways to further reduce Citizen use of the Forest we should be expanding campgrounds, repairing trails, and building new facilities.I hope you will include these comments in your thinking and decision making on the trails.Sincerely.Steven S. LambGot something to say, email Managing Editor André Coleman, at [email protected] More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 107 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Opinion & Columnists We Get Letters Published on Thursday, July 16, 2020 | 3:30 am Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Herbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Are Indian Women’s Best Formulas For Eternal BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Facebook TAGS Previous articleRadSee führt Hochleistungs-4D-Bildgebungsradar für Fahrzeuge ein, das Kosten um mehr als 60 Prozent senkt und eine risikoarme Integration ermöglichtNext articleoat021721 Antonio Branco.jpg Digital AIM Web Support 3D Metrology Market with COVID-19 Impact by Product Type, Application, Offering, End-user Industry and Geography – Global Forecast to 2026 – ResearchAndMarkets.com Twitter Twitter Local NewsBusiness WhatsApp WhatsApp DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 16, 2021– The “3D Metrology Market with COVID-19 Impact by Product Type (CMM, ODS, VMM, 3D AOI, 3D X-ray &CT), Application (Quality Control & Inspection, Reverse Engineering, Virtual Simulation), Offering, End-user Industry, and Geography – Global Forecast to 2026” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. The global 3D metrology market was valued at USD 9.3 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 13.4 billion by 2026; growing at a CAGR of 6.8% from 2021 to 2026. A few key factors driving the growth of this market are increased R&D spending on 3D metrology, focus on quality control while manufacturing goods, and demand for higher productivity by electronics manufacturing services companies. Factors such as increasing adoption of cloud computing services and surging demand for industry 4.0 are expected to provide growth opportunities to players in the 3D metrology market. The 3D metrology CMM market for articulated arm CMM is expected to grow at the highest CAGR from 2021 to 2026 Automotive and aerospace & defense are the key industries for the 3D metrology CMM market, and these industries have started to adopt portable systems such as articulated arm CMM for measuring manufactured spare parts and key components that are used in vehicles or airplanes. The articulated CMM is used for point-cloud inspection or reverse-engineering owing to its ability to provide quick measurement with the help of laser scanners. The portable articulated arm CMM is user-friendly and provides quick and accurate measurements of any object within a specified range. 3D metrology market for quality control and inspection is expected to grow at the highest CAGR from 2021 to 2026 Under quality control and inspection, 3D metrology is used for alignment, CAD-based inspection, dimensional analysis, and machine calibration, among others. Manufacturers use 3D metrology for accurate 3D scanning and inspection analysis to derive corrective action without slowing down the production. Automotive and aerospace & defense are the major industries where 3D metrology is used for quality control and inspection. 3D metrology is mainly used in the automotive industry for automotive component inspection, powertrain components, and full-body inspection, as well as for checking the accuracy and precision of all areas in a vehicle plant. North America to account for second largest size of 3D metrology market during forecast period North America is expected to account for second largest size of 3D metrology market from 2021 to 2026. The US held the largest share of the 3D metrology market in North America in 2020. The presence of several automobile manufacturers and research institutes and large semiconductor companies in this region has increased the demand for 3D metrology equipment, which is fueling the growth of the North American 3D metrology market. The sales of 3D metrology equipment are expected to rise in key industrial segments including automotive, aerospace & defense, medical, and heavy machinery. Market Dynamics DriversHighly Accurate Inspection Owing to 3D Data for Modeling and AnalysisIncreased R&D Spending on 3D MetrologyDemand for Higher Productivity by Electronics Manufacturing Service CompaniesFocus on Quality Control while Manufacturing Goods RestraintsHigh Cost Incurred for Setting Up 3D Metrology Facility OpportunitiesIncreasing Adoption of Cloud Computing ServicesSurging Demand for Industry 4.0Growing Demand for 3D Metrology Services ChallengesLack of Simplified Software SolutionsLack of Expertise to Efficiently Handle 3D Metrology Systems Companies Mentioned3D Systems, Inc.AccuscanArtec 3DAutomated Precision, IncBaker Hughes CompanyBrukerCarmar Accuracy Co., Ltd.CreaformCyberoptics Corp.Faro Technologies, Inc.GOMHexagonIkustecInnovmetric Software Inc.Intertek Group plcJenoptikKeyence Corp.KLA CorporationMetrologic GroupMitutoyo CorporationNikon CorporationPerceptron, Inc.RenishawSGS GroupShining 3DTrimble, Inc.Zeiss Group For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/8y05vt View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210216005943/en/ CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager [email protected] For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 KEYWORD: INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY OTHER MANUFACTURING OTHER TECHNOLOGY MANUFACTURING SOURCE: Research and Markets Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News ARMs Federal Reserve Inflation LendingTree loans mortgage NerdWallet Realtor.com 2018-06-13 Radhika Ojha Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe June 13, 2018 2,275 Views On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve raised its short-term interest rate by a quarter percentage point, a move that is most likely to impact home equity lines of credit (HELOCs) immediately. The rate hike, that was widely anticipated by the industry, come on the back of a strengthening labor market and an economy that has been growing at “a solid rate,” according to a statement released by the Fed. The increase points to a target range of 1.75 percent to 2 percent federal funds rate, while “supporting strong labor market conditions and a sustained return to 2 percent inflation.”The statement also pointed to at least two more rate hikes during the year, which will bring the total number of rate increases to four in 2018.According to Sam Khater, chief economist at Freddie Mac, the Fed rate hikes are less likely to impact long-term mortgage loan borrowers this time around. “The Federal Reserve announced their decision to raise the federal funds rate by 25 basis points,” he said. “One thing to point out is that there are fewer consumers today whose debt is tied to short-term rates, and because the majority of consumer debt is from mortgages, this means the recent short-term rate hikes will be less impactful than what was seen in the mid-2000s.”However, the impact of these hikes is most likely to be felt on HELOCs immediately. “With the Fed increasing the federal funds rate, the interest rates on credit cards and HELOCs will rise within a billing cycle or two,” said Holden Lewis, Research Analyst at NerdWallet.Since adjustable rate mortgages (ARMs) and HELOCs are based on short-term rates, they’re most likely to get impacted immediately according to Tendayi Kapfidze, Chief Economist at LendingTree. “The prime rate [for these loans] is a bank lending rate set as a spread to the Fed funds rate,” Kapfidze explained. “It will increase with the Fed hike, and since most HELOCs are tied to this rate, borrowers will see immediate increases in their interest rates.”An analysis by NerdWallet indicated that the central bank had raised short-term rates twice so far this year for a total of half a percentage point. “But the average rate on the 30-year fixed rate mortgage has gone up more than that. It has risen almost three-quarters of a percentage point,” Lewis said. “This larger rise in mortgage rates is a sign that mortgage lenders expect the inflation rate to settle at a higher level over the next few years. Meanwhile, the Fed is expected to keep raising the federal funds rate to capture and hold the inflation rate near its target of 2 percent.”Thus homebuyers looking for a mortgage for the first time are likely to be impacted too. “Homebuyers who have been able to take advantage of the previous uncertainty over rates to lock lower mortgage rates are likely to be satisfied with their decision,” said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist, Realtor.com.However, according to Lewis, homebuyers shouldn’t rush in to buy homes because of this hike in interest rates. “Interest rates on auto loans and mortgages have been going up, responding to market forces,” he said. “Even if rates continue to rise, that’s not a reason to rush into ownership of a car or home before consumers are ready.” About Author: Radhika Ojha Home / Daily Dose / The Impact of Fed Rate Hikes on Homeowners Share Save Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. 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Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp By News Highland – January 22, 2010 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp News Google+ Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Friend gives evidence in Donegal rape trial Facebook Previous articleConcerns over funding for Bunbeg NSNext articleNew cross border Diabetes services launched News Highland Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North The friend of a Donegal man accused of raping a teenage girl two years ago told a Central Criminal Court jury that he heard the complainant ask the man to be “f**k buddies” after the alleged attack.The 23-year-old accused has pleaded not guilty to rape of the then 15-year-old girl on a date in February 2008.The witness told prosecuting counsel, Mr Conor Devally SC, that on the night of the alleged incident he got a text on his phone to ask if he was coming to meet a girl he had been seeing. He said he and the accused, who was driving his car, went to school grounds to meet the girl where she was drinking with two friends.He said the three girls got into the back seat of the car and when he got out of the car to speak to someone, the complainant moved into the front passenger seat beside the accused and when he returned he got into rear.He said they then drove to another town where they got alcohol and the girl he was seeing went to the toilet. He said she then got a call from her mother and they left her off near her home.He told Mr Devally he saw the alleged victim lean over and kiss the accused man around this time.He said the complainant asked him (witness) if the car had to go home with him and he said it did.Witness said that he got out of the car with the complainant’s friend because he “knew they wanted to be alone.” He said the accused drove off and he waited with the girl until his friend and the complainant came back about 15 minutes later.He said he did not notice anything on their return and said they both seemed “happy enough.”He said on the way to drop the girls off in the centre of the town he heard the alleged victim ask the accused if they wanted to be “f**k buddies.”The man agreed with defence counsel, Mr Peter Nolan BL (with Mr David Goldberg SC), that he and the accused drove to the school grounds on foot of receiving a text message from the girl he was seeing and when asked by Mr Nolan if anyone wished to see the accused that night he replied the complainant did.He agreed that the mood in the car as they drove to get more alcohol was “happy” and “good.”The man said after the mother of the girl he was seeing called to say she should go home, he got out of the car with her to get some “fresh air” and sober up. He said as they got back into the car the alleged victim leaned over and “French kissed” the accused for about 20 seconds.He said the girl told the accused: “I thought you were not going to make the first move so I thought I would.”He told Mr Nolan that after they dropped the girl he was seeing home and the alleged victim asked him did the car have to go home with him, he believed she wanted to leave him home and stay in the car.He agreed he got out of the car with the other girl and said he had a “fair idea” why they wanted the car. He replied “to have sex” when asked by Mr Nolan what he believed the reason was.He agreed with Mr Nolan that it was instigated by the complainant and was not the accused mans suggestion. He said he heard the girl ask the accused if they wanted to be “f**k buddies” on the way back to the town and said this was when people who were not in a relationship met up for sex.He said the accused “just laughed” when she said this and as she was getting out of the car the accused told her he would give her a text.He said she was not in hurry to get out of the car and did not run for help but got out as a normal person would. He said he went home and did not think that there would be any complaint made by the girl.The trial continues before Mr Justice George Birmingham and a jury of seven men and five Facebook
News UpdatesOdisha SHRC Takes Cognizance Of ‘The Hindu’ Report On Difficulties Faced By Returnee Migrants LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK1 July 2020 12:40 AMShare This – xThe Odisha Human Rights Commission took cognisance on the deplorable state of affairs of the migrant labourers who returned back to the state of Odhisa from different parts of the country amidst lock down period.The Commission has sought a report from the Special Relief Commissioner on the issue. The matter will be next considered on July 6.The steps were initiated based on a letter send to…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Odisha Human Rights Commission took cognisance on the deplorable state of affairs of the migrant labourers who returned back to the state of Odhisa from different parts of the country amidst lock down period.The Commission has sought a report from the Special Relief Commissioner on the issue. The matter will be next considered on July 6.The steps were initiated based on a letter send to the Odhisa State Human Rights Commission based on a news report published in The Hindu dated 02.06.2020, with the title, “A rude welcome from Odisha’s migrants as villages lack basic facilities”.The letter was sent to the State Human Rights Commission by Baglekar Akash Kumar a law student of University College of Law, Osamania University, Hyderabad.The news report was about the pathetic living conditions and challenges faced by the migrant labourers who moved to the State of Odhisha during the Lock down phase in the absence of proper means of transportation. It is stated in the petition that, the present situation of the migrant labourers cannot even equate with normal living conditions. They are seriously lacking proper facilities including food, shelter, clothing ,Medical facilities and other basic amenities. In the petition, the observation made by the Supreme Court regarding ‘Right to Life’ in Francis Coralie Mullin v. Administrator, Union Territories of Delhi, (1981) 1 SCC 608 was highlighted. The prayer of the petitioner is to :issue a direction to the state to identify all the poor people who returned to odhisa from other states after the lock down” and ; issue a direction to the state of Odisha “to provide proper shelter, food & other basic necessities for their dignified survival till the situation becomes normal or till they find suitable jobs for their survival, which is earlier.Click here to download orderRead OrderNext Story
News UpdatesDelhi HC Allows Plea Moved By Tablighi Jamaat Foreign Nationals Seeking Different Accommodation, [Read Order] Karan Tripathi1 July 2020 7:58 AMShare This – xDelhi High Court has allowed a plea moved by 69 foreign nationals related to the Tablighi Jamaat event seeking different accommodation provided the expenses of the new accommodation are borne by the foreign nationals themselves. The Division Bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rajneesh Bhatnagar has further granted liberty to the concerned foreign nationals to make…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginDelhi High Court has allowed a plea moved by 69 foreign nationals related to the Tablighi Jamaat event seeking different accommodation provided the expenses of the new accommodation are borne by the foreign nationals themselves. The Division Bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Rajneesh Bhatnagar has further granted liberty to the concerned foreign nationals to make a representation before the Delhi Police, in case similar needs arise in future, which shall be disposed of within one week after taking permission from the Centre. The order has come in a plea seeking modification in order passed by this court on 28/05/20 wherein the court had permitted the shifting of the foreign nationals who came to India to attend the Tablighi Jamaat conference to the several locations of their choice, since proceedings are pending against them. The Petitioners wanted to get shifted from their present accommodation, which is an International School, to other International Schools located in other parts of Delhi with higher number of beds. The Petitioners stated that the community shall bear all the expenses for shifting of the said 65 foreign nationals to Texan Public School and for their boarding and lodging in the said new facility. In response to these claims, both the Centre as well as the Delhi Government did not put forward any objections. In light of these statements, the court allowed the present petition and further directed that: ‘We are of the view that for all such like modifications it should not be necessary for the parties to approach this Court. Before moving this Court, it shall be open to the petitioners to make a representation for such purpose to the Delhi Police and the Delhi Police shall, without any delay, look into any such request and if it has no objection, it shall forward the application to the Union of India along with its comments and the Union of India should then examine the request and convey its decision to the Delhi Police as well as to the petitioners. The entire process should be completed within a week of any such representation being made.’ The Petitioner in this case was represented by Ms. Ashima Mandla, Ms.Mandakini Singh and Ms. Aditi Gupta. Case Title: Mohammad Jamal & Ors v. Union of IndiaClick Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Story
WhatsApp By News Highland – August 13, 2020 Twitter Pinterest Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Previous articleGreen Party renews calls Donegal woodland schemeNext articleCovid-19 testing programme being developed for children News Highland Homepage BannerNews Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Facebook Gardai have renewed their appeal for help finding a man missing from Donegal.Seamus McCarney is originally from Omagh but was last seen in Milford on Saturday.In a statement Gardai have confirmed that there are following one line of enquiry that Seamus left Milford town on Sunday afternoon at approximately 12.20p.m. and arrived at Bus Árus, in Dublin at 5.20 that evening.The 34 year old is described as being 5’9″, with short brown hair and a beard, of medium build with brown eyes.When last seen Seamus was wearing black tracksuit bottoms, black tracksuit top, light brown shoes and a black nike peaked cap.Gardaí and Seamus’s family are concerned for his well being and are asking anyone who knows of Seamus’s whereabouts or can assist Gardaí in locating him to contact Milford Garda Station on (074) 9153060, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station. Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Gardai renew appeal over man missing from Donegal Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme
Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNews Twitter Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Man arrested in Donegal in connection with 2015 Limerick shooting Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleConsultation on proposed One Way System for Donegal TownNext articleBurtonport Festival off, but small event possible in September News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Pinterest Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting of a man in County Limerick in 2015, one of the arrests was made in Donegal..A man in his fifties was shot by two masked men as he parked his car in the grounds of the University of Limerick on June 29th that year.Yesterday, a man in his forties was arrested in County Donegal, while separately a man his his thirties was arrested in County Limerick.They are both due to appear before a special sitting of the Special Criminal Court in Dublin this afternoon. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook By News Highland – June 3, 2020 Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Statue of Liberty was evacuated Monday after an apparent construction mishap sparked a fire at Liberty Island, where the monument is located, according to the National Parks Service.Two or three propane tanks are on fire but the blaze is small, officials said. The New York Fire Department is at the scene.Visitors on Liberty Island are being taken to an isolated area.Additional details on the fire were not immediately clear.This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
iStock/koto_fejaBy: ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News (NEW YORK) — Out-of-work New Yorkers looking to secure employment as New York City COVID-19 contact tracers — tracking the spread of the virus in an effort to contain it during the city’s recovery phase — will need what some might see as a surprising prerequisite.According to the job posting, qualified candidates must have the “ability to understand the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities.”“Structural racism and inequities have left communities of color vulnerable to many chronic conditions—which makes a crisis like COVID-19 even more deadly and inequitable,” Patrick Gallahue, a spokesperson for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene told ABC News. “An understanding of these factors has to be a core part of the response.”In New York City, the epicenter of the United States’ COVID-19 outbreak, and where nearly 20,000 people have died of the virus, COVID-19 infections and deaths have disproportionately harmed the black community. Some 28% of the city’s deaths have been African Americans despite being 22% of the population, according to state data.A robust contact tracing program is viewed to be one of the keys to re-opening both New York City as well as the country as a whole after weeks of business closures and strict social distancing measures. To tamp down flare-ups of the virus as restrictions are lifted, identifying and isolating infected persons and their contacts are critical.Experts believe a small army of contact tracers (around 100,000) — able to act quickly, precisely and with cultural sensitivity — will be needed at a cost of around $3.6 billion to get the job done.“Given the magnitude of COVID-19 cases and plans to eventually relax mitigation efforts such as stay at home orders and social distancing, communities need a large number of trained contact tracers,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a recent post. “The time to start building the trained workforce is now.”Several states have already states have already started the process, although qualifications are uneven.In New York, in addition to understanding how racism fits into the COVID-19 pandemic, candidates should have health-related professional experience and computer skills and the ability to show empathy toward distressed individuals. Being able to speak multiple languages in addition to English is a plus.The listed salary for the position is $57,000.New York City is hiring 1,000 contact tracers, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday. Since the positions opened, there have already been at least 4,000 applications for the new roles.Those 1,000 tracers are part of what New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo referred to as the “army” the state is hiring to reach out to individuals who are newly diagnosed COVID-19 patients.A contact tracer is “a detective, investigator, in the public health space,” Cuomo said during an April press conference. In conjunction with former Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Johns Hopkins University, the state plans to hire between 6,400 and 17,000 contact tracers to stem the spread of COVID-19.New York City’s contact tracer qualifications go beyond what Massachusetts, among the first states to roll out an extensive contact tracing program, lists for qualities candidates should have if they want to apply to be contact tracers in the state.Although the job posting does mention that candidates should have “excellent interpersonal skills” and the “ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse individuals during a time of crisis and distress,” there’s no mention of race in the posting.This handout illustration image taken with a scanning electron microscope shows SARS-CoV-2 (yellow) also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19isolated emerging from the surface of cells (blue/pink) cultured in the lab.Massachusetts candidates need to have a high school diploma, but neither specialized health education nor professional health experience are prerequisites for applying. The posting is listed by Partners in Health, a Boston-based health nonprofit that’s working with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and local health departments.More than 36,000 applicants applied for the 1,000 contact tracer positions, which pay $27 per hour. Roughly 900 of those slots have been filled, according to Partners in Health. In addition to contact tracers, the organization is also hiring for adjacent roles, such as care resource coordinators, who help people in quarantine get food and health care.St. Louis County, Missouri has closed its search for contact tracers due to “overwhelming popularity.” Like Massachusetts, St. Louis only requires possession of a high school diploma or GED equivalent and says “use of a personal telephone, personal computer and other personal electronic equipment will be required.” It pays $15 an hour.Preferred qualifications include “an understanding of health and disease” and “the ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse individuals during a time of crisis and distress.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.