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BBC’s Nick Robinson brings political gags to WPA lunch to the Grosvenor Hotel on Park Lane

first_imgThursday 20 November 2014 8:44 pm whatsapp Share BBC’s Nick Robinson brings political gags to WPA lunch to the Grosvenor Hotel on Park Lane More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com whatsapp It was a tight squeeze in the Grosvenor Hotel on Park Lane yesterday as the Westminster Property Association (WPA) held its annual lunch, with more than 1,000 attendees from the likes of Land Securities, Grosvenor Estate and the Crown Estate. “We’re really selective about our membership, as you can see from the room today,” laughed WPA chairman Daniel Van Gelder. British Property Federation chief Liz Peace was there, fresh from the James Andrew International party the night before. “What is it about this time of year, events just pile up?” she told The Capitalist. The speaker for the lunch was BBC’s political editor Nick Robinson, who managed to pack in the event before jumping on a train to Rochester. “We’re glad he could make it before going off to cover the racist by-election, sorry! The Rochester by-election,” said Van Gelder. “I’m glad he made that joke rather than me,” said Robinson as he joined the stage. Robinson went on to regale the crowd with some of his all-time favourite political quotes. The one which raised the most laughs was from one Nicolas Sarkozy. “When talking about David Cameron’s getting involved in Eurozone crisis talks, the French President said, ‘it’s like he’s gone to a swingers party without bringing his wife’.” Cue uproarious laughing from the crowd. Tags: BBC Show Comments ▼ Gabriella Griffith last_img read more

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Nightmare before Halloween? UK retailers are facing a pumpkin shortage

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTheFashionBallAlica Schmidt Is The Most Beautiful Athlete To ExistTheFashionBallArticles SkillHusband Leaves Wife For Her Sister, Not Knowing She Won The Lottery Just Moments BeforeArticles SkillLearn It WiseAfter Losing 70lbs Susan Boyle Is So Skinny Now She Looks Like A ModelLearn It WiseDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinition But seeds of doubt about the quality of this year’s pumpkin crop were planted in September, when higher-than-average rainfall hit some parts of the UK. Jon Barfoot, commercial director of fruit and vegetable supplier Barfoots, told City A.M. the increase in wet weather had stunted production and increased rotting. “We are now seeing a lot of field-rots coming through the grading process, meaning a reduced yield.””Pumpkins are like sponges, filling up with water and then sitting around on damp soil – a recipe for rotting. And nobody wants a rotting pumpkin.”Reduced crops and rotten fruits are only part of the problem. Making sure supplies of pumpkins meets supermarkets’ increasingly particular demands is all-important. Forget things that go bump in the night – this Halloween, retailers could face a real nightmare: a massive pumpkin shortage, with early signs suggesting wet weather could squash the hopes of thousands of British shoppers in the run-up to Halloween.An estimated 10m pumpkins are grown in the UK every year. And Sainsbury’s said it expects customers to buy almost 1.5 million pumpkins, with just over one million likely to be sold in the week running up to Halloween. whatsapp Sam Layton Show Comments ▼ And as Barfoot explains, this is not always easy. “Demand is expected to be strong. On paper, there are always enough pumpkins. But weather plays a massive role in deciding how much of the crop actually makes it through to the shops.” Pumpkins began selling out early last year, when rain caused wholesalers to run out of the seasonal squash.Read more: Pumpkin shortage threatens to ruin HalloweenWith this in mind, retailers are getting organised and filling up inventories early to avoid disappointment. “There are no prizes at Halloween for waiting until the last minute to sell pumpkins. After 31 October they are valueless,” Mr Barfoot said.The pumpkin market has grown in recent years as Brits embrace an American-style Halloween. Lyburn Farm in Wiltshire has carved out a niche in organic crops. Sales director Jono Smales estimates that his farm will sell 70,000 pumpkins this year.  But in the US, rates of pumpkin production are already looking patchy. Nestle-owned Libby’s Pumpkin, which supplies over 85 per cent of the world’s canned pumpkins, anticipates its yields will be reduced by half. The problem is believed to stem from an unusually rainy growing season.However the picture was better in the South of England. Barry Loudhrey, director of Over Farm Market in Gloucester, said growing conditions had been good and his farm hoped to sell 15,000 pumpkins before Halloween. “This year we have had bigger pumpkins than ever. Mother Nature has obviously decided to give us a helping hand.”But he added that he expected an increase in demand on last year, with the majority coming from the supermarkets.center_img Nightmare before Halloween? 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News / DP World’s ‘one-stop shop’ ambition via purchase of Unifeeder is ‘a risky strategy’

first_imgBy Mike Wackett 28/08/2018 DP World’s planned acquisition of European shortsea container line Unifeeder took the industry by surprise when the deal was announced earlier this month.The rationale for the global port operator’s proposed $765m purchase of North Europe’s leading feeder and domestic container carrier from private equity group Nordic Capital has had analysts scratching their heads for the definitive synergy advantage ever since.According to Maritime consultant Drewry, DP World has embarked on a “risky strategy”.It suggests DP World is endeavouring to “break free” from the shackles of its core terminal operator role and transform itself into a “one-stop shop”, and in the process claim more revenue from the supply chain.Drewry notes that deals between the two sectors are normally “the other way around”: a carrier acquiring ownership of a terminal through a majority stake or joint-venture to cement its hub operation and protect its cargo interests.However, there is some precedent in Asia and Europe for so-called ‘reverse takeovers’ in situations where the carrier is a major customer of the terminal.In the acquisition in the 1990s of BG Freight Line by Mersey Docks & Harbour (acquired by Peel Ports in 2005), also owner of Marine Terminals in Dublin, a major hub for BGF. But there is no such obvious synergy in DP World’s takeover of Unifeeder.According to Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, group chairman and CEO of DP World, the purchase of Unifeeder supports its strategy to “grow in complementary sectors” and “play a wider role in the global supply chain as a trade enabler”.He added that, “the ever-growing deployment of ultra-large container vessels has made high-quality connectivity from hub terminals crucial for our customers”.But Drewry suggests the motivation for diversification – DP World has also recently taken stakes in multimodal logistics providers such as Continental Warehousing Corporation in India – could be to be less dependent on its core business for its revenue stream.The consultant argued that the negotiating power of carriers over terminals had “increased significantly” in the past few years with the rise in liner consolidation and the emergence of the mega-alliances, thereby posing a threat to earnings.And with feedering on the increase by carriers, due to a fall in the number of direct calls in North Europe, “having Unifeeder in tow will enable DP World to market both (terminal and feeder)” said Drewry.Unifeeder has a “strong reputation for efficiency” and is “highly appealing to deepsea carriers” noted Drewry. Ownership of Unifeeder could “act as a carrot” to ocean carriers considering switching to a DP World facility, it said.However, it questions how powerful this attraction will be in practice, given that carriers must still retain the power to feed, or not to feed, and importantly the pricing will remain the critical factor. Moreover, with its aspirations to become a “digitised global trade enabler, ”DP World needs to avoid going “head-to-head” with its ocean carrier customers, adds Drewry.It will also have to tread carefully in its dealings with its other feeder operator customers over its ownership of a rival.last_img read more

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News / US deliveries hit by delays as record imports spark west coast port congestion

first_img US importers are bracing themselves for more delays in the coming weeks, as congestion at the major west coast container gateways worsens, exacerbated by shortages of container chassis and rail cars.“We’re seeing unprecedented levels of cargo,” said Mario Cordero, executive director of Port of Long Beach. And a spokesperson for the port of Los Angeles added: “We have seen particularly heavy volumes in recent months, warehouse space is at a premium and there have been issues with chassis availability.”Some logistics companies issued warnings to their clients as early as December about the increased congestion and import flows have not abated since, putting increasing strain on infrastructure.As The Loadstar reported yesterday, as many as 22 vessels were added by lines in recent weeks to meet demand, and the terminals have struggled to unload them.American Global Logistics reported that in some cases vessels were waiting two or three shifts after arrival before labour could be allocated to them.In its weekly update, Flexport warned clients of “extreme congestion” at the Los Angeles/Long Beach port complex, as well as at the New York ports.The company identified a combination of factors: peak season traffic; the run-up to Chinese New Year; and the prospect of further tariffs on imports from China.“Spring cargo shipments are up compared with this time last year, mostly due to the tariff situation,” said a spokesman for XPO Logistics. “We believe that’s caused some ripple effects, including an increase in the amount of time containers stay at the ports and the time it takes for a truck to visit.”The congestion at the terminals has impacted chassis availability, which is, in turn, aggravating the situation further, forwarders say. And according to MIQ Logistics, rail cars have also been in short supply.Burlington Northern Santa Fe reported it had been “moving strong volumes while confronting challenging conditions in some areas of the network”.Operators are looking to the Chinese New Year holiday, which starts on 5 February, to ease the pressure and allow them to get back on top of things.“Chinese New Year should provide a breather and allow the supply chain to recover a bit before cargo flows resume in earnest. The port is working closely with all our partners to move containers through the harbour and we thank everyone for their patience,” said Long Beach’s Mr Cordero.The wild card in this scenario is the question of whether the US and China will make progress towards resolving the trade dispute and avert further tariffs. Flexport and MIQ Logistics have advised customers delays are likely to continue into mid- or late February.“We see these stronger cargo volumes continuing for the next few weeks due to the uncertainty surrounding tariffs,” the XPO spokesperson said.Vessel activity looks set to shrink significantly after Chinese New Year. Nerijus Poskus, vice-president and global head of ocean freight of Flexport, noted that the container lines had announced more than 40 blank sailings on the transpacific eastbound sector for February, along with nine or so Far East westbound.Capacity will likely be tight then, he warned. By Ian Putzger in Toronto 24/01/2019 Long Beach, © trekandshoot | Dreamstime.comlast_img read more

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In a pandemic, hospital staffers need to get better at hand-washing

first_img @MLMillenson By Leah Binder and Michael L. Millenson March 25, 2020 Reprints ‘We didn’t follow through’: He wrote the Ebola ‘lessons learned’ report for Obama. Now he weighs in on coronavirus response Michael L. Millenson Adobe [email protected] There’s not even monitoring of a national compliance rate, although hand-washing remains “the most important intervention” to reduce the “staggering mortality” associated with hospital infections, according to an article in an infection control journal.The most recent hand hygiene data — an 18-year-old study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — is discouraging. It concluded that adherence “has remained low.”advertisement Related: [email protected] Related: Hospitals traditionally measure hand hygiene by having someone spot violations and report them, a technique with questionable reliability. Monitoring hand hygiene in a way that yields accurate data is vital. The Leapfrog standard is evidence-based; the government should adopt it.The next step, getting to universal compliance with hand hygiene best practices, is even more crucial.Based on what hospitals have already shown they can achieve, the secretary of Health and Human Services should call on all hospitals to meet an 85% hand hygiene goal within 90 days. While President Trump’s well-known use of hand sanitizer even before the Covid-19 crisis should make this an easy step for the administration to take, its obvious importance should also draw support from both parties in Congress.Meanwhile, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services should start the process of issuing formal regulations that would include an aggressive time frame for 100% hand hygiene compliance by any health care facility receiving Medicare payments — which is virtually all of them.It took 98 years from the time President Roosevelt pointed out the hand-washing problem at Ellis Island until U.S. hospitals were required to institute a hand hygiene program that followed the CDC’s recommendations. If a deadly pandemic doesn’t justify urgently demanding accountability for making patients safer by the simple act of clinicians washing their hands, it’s hard to imagine what will.Leah Binder is CEO of the Leapfrog Group. Michael L. Millenson is a patient safety activist, researcher, consultant, and author of “Demanding Medical Excellence: Doctors and Accountability in the Information Age” (University of Chicago Press).center_img How low is “low”? According to the CDC, health care providers in U.S. hospitals clean their hands less than half the time they should. In comparison, people using bathrooms in New York train stations washed their hands afterward 80% of the time.The medical literature doesn’t show much systemic improvement in hand-washing since the CDC last looked at the issue or, for that matter, since the Public Health Service issued an educational video showing hospital staff how to wash their hands back in 1961!Hospitals with hand hygiene compliance in the 50% to 60% range include the kind of large, urban medical centers designated by the CDC as “first tier” treatment centers during the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak. After reviewing hundreds of inspection reports, ProPublica recently reported that “infection control has been a recurring problem at some of the very hospitals that would likely be called upon to treat Covid-19 patients.”Better hand-washing won’t solve all infection control issues, of course, but it would significantly improve safety. The first step to achieving it is valid measurement.A new standard from the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit focused on improving patient safety where one of us (L.B.) works, encourages hospitals to measure hand hygiene using electronic monitoring of clinician compliance. This kind of technology is commonplace in retail and other industries. After visiting Ellis Island in 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt noted the lack of hand-washing by doctors and wrote the Public Health Service that he was “struck by the way doctors made the examinations with dirty hands,” turning the examinations themselves into “a fruitful source of carrying infection.”Fast forward 114 years: Today’s hospitals aren’t doing much better at hand-washing. That’s a serious problem in ordinary times; during the Covid-19 national emergency it could become extraordinarily dangerous. One way the government can protect public safety is by immediately setting specific hand hygiene standards for doctors, nurses, and hospital staff.While U.S. hospitals are required to have programs in place to improve hand hygiene, there’s no actual hand hygiene goal. As one expert acknowledged, “In theory, a hospital could report a hand hygiene performance rate of 20%, improve it by 1% a year, and maintain compliance.”advertisement linkedin.com/in/leah-binder/ @leahbinder Tags Coronavirushospitalsinfectious diseasephysicians First OpinionIn a pandemic, hospital staffers need to get better at hand-washing Doctors warn an inability to smell could be a symptom of Covid-19 — but caution the evidence is preliminary Leah Binder About the Authors Reprintslast_img read more

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North American stock markets partially rebound on stimulus hope and higher crude

first_imgDowntown office buildings Toronto elovkoff/123RF In New York, the gains were even stronger with the Dow Jones industrial average up 1,167.14 points or 4.9% at 25,018.16. The S&P 500 index was up 135.67 points at 2,882.23, while the Nasdaq composite was up 393.58 points at 8,344.25.The Canadian dollar traded for US72.83¢ compared with an average of US73.54¢ on Monday.The April crude contract was up more than 10% or US$3.23 at US$34.36 per barrel and the April natural gas contract was up US15.8¢ at US$1.94 per mmBTU.The April gold contract was down US$15.40 at US$1,660.30 an ounce and the May copper contract was up US1.1¢ at US$2.52 a pound. Canadian companies feel impact of coronavirus as it strikes across sectors Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectors Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Canadian Press North American markets rally after U.S. jobs report tempers week’s bad news Keywords Marketwatch Related news Canada’s main stock index partially rebounded from the worst one-day decline in more than 30 years on the promise of fiscal stimulus by the U.S. and other governments and a lift in oil prices.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 443.85 points or 3.1% to 14,958.09 after losing 1,660.78 points on Monday. Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

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Schools Rehabilitated in St. Elizabeth and Manchester

first_imgRelatedSchools Rehabilitated in St. Elizabeth and Manchester Schools Rehabilitated in St. Elizabeth and Manchester UncategorizedJanuary 25, 2007 RelatedSchools Rehabilitated in St. Elizabeth and Manchester FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Rehabilitation works have been carried out on approximately 40 schools in Region Five of the Ministry of Education and Youth over the past three months.The schools, which are located in the parishes of Manchester and St. Elizabeth, had repairs done to canteen facilities, roofs, sanitation areas, electrical and water systems, as well as the painting of buildings.Regional Director for Region Five, Reuben Gray, informed JIS News that some of the schools worked on in St. Elizabeth were Merrywood Primary, Santa Cruz Primary and Junior High, Glen Stewart Primary and Top Hill Primary. “For the primary and all-age schools, there has been an overall cost of $61 million [and] in the high school system, we had an expansion work of over $100 million,” he said.The Regional Director explained that work was still in progress and that most of the schools were approximately 80 per cent completed. “We have been looking at a number of schools and what we do is try to determine the ones that might need repair,” Mr. Gray noted.In relation to the construction of a new building for the Mile Gully High School in Manchester, he pointed out that plans were still in the preliminary stages, and that the current focus of the Ministry was on the new Mandeville High School that would be built in the near future.center_img RelatedSchools Rehabilitated in St. Elizabeth and Manchester Advertisementslast_img read more

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Dub Poet, Linton

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedDub Poet, Linton RelatedDub Poet, Linton Dub Poet, Linton UncategorizedOctober 13, 2008center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Internationally acclaimed dub poet, author, and sociologist, Linton “Kwesi” Johnson, will be the guest lecturer at the third annual Distinguished Lecture Series, to be held in Toronto, Canada.Organised by the Consulate General of Jamaica, under the distinguished patronage of Consul General, Anne-Marie Bonner, the Lecture will be held on Thursday, October 16, at St. Lawrence Hall in downtown Toronto, starting at 6:00 p.m. This year’s topic is: ‘Writing Reggae – Politics, Poetry, and Popular Culture’.Born in Clarendon, Mr. Johnson migrated to London, England, at the age of 11. After completing high school, he attended Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, where he studied Sociology.He has written numerous poems and recorded many albums, beginning with his first poetry collection, ‘Voices of the Living and the Dead’, which he published in 1974 at age 22. His 1985 album, ‘LKJ Live in Concert with the Dub Band’, was nominated for a Grammy Award, and he has written a 10-part radio series on Jamaican popular music called, “From Mento to Lovers Rock,” which aired on BBC Radio One.His other publications include: ‘Dread Beat An’ Blood’, ‘Inglan is A Bitch’, ‘Tings An’ Times’, and ‘Mi Revalueshanary Fren: Selected Poems’.Consul General, Anne-Marie Bonner, has expressed pleasure in Mr. Johnson’s acceptance of her invitation to be this year’s guest lecturer.“Linton is a fascinating artiste, who has inspired many poets and musicians. His presentation will give the audience much food for thought.”The Consul General also expressed her appreciation to the Jamaica National Building Society’s (JNBS) Toronto Representative Office, which has sponsored the event for the last two years.The Distinguished Lecture Series, was launched by the Consul General in 2006, to commemorate National Heritage Week and Heroes Day. The inaugural Lecture was delivered by former Government minister and parliamentarian, Justice Hugh Small, who spoke on the topic: ‘Heroism and Nation Building’. In 2007, the Distinguished Lecturer was Professor Verene Shepherd, Chair of the Jamaica National Bicentenary Committee, who delivered on the theme: ‘The Archaeology of Black Memory: Reckoning with 1807 in 2007’. RelatedDub Poet, Lintonlast_img read more

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Lasers And Light The Topic Of CU Wizards May 25 Show

first_imgThe origin of light will be explained through a number of experiments, and will use lasers to drill through materials, during the Saturday, May 25, CU Wizards show titled “Lasers and Light.” Henry Kapteyn and Margaret Murnane, physics professors at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will present the show at 9:30 a.m. in Duane Physics, room G1B20. Murnane is one of five CU-Boulder faculty members who have received the MacArthur Fellowship or “genius grant.” The free 90-minute show is intended primarily for students in grades one through nine. CU Wizards is an annual series presented on the last Saturday morning of each month during the school year and covers topics in astronomy, chemistry and physics. During the show, Murnane and her husband, Kapteyn, will demonstrate how light is generated using a wide range of processes, including lasers, optical illusions and chemical reactions. The show will feature plenty of explosions and fire, Murnane said. Student volunteers will be able to help with the show and even use some of the lasers. For information about the CU Wizards series, call (303) 492-6852 or visit the Web site at http://physics.colorado.edu/wizards/cuwizards.html. Published: May 19, 2002 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

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NBTS to Highlight Importance of Giving Blood

first_imgRelatedWestmoreland Community Welcomes Overseas Dental Mission Photo: JIS PhotographerRepresentative of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) in Jamaica, Margareta Sköld, emphasises the importance of donating blood, during a Think Tank held on June 4, at the Jamaica Information Service’s (JIS) head office in Kingston. NBTS to Highlight Importance of Giving BloodJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedDr. Ferguson Appeals for Continued External Support for HIV/AIDS Programme NBTS to Highlight Importance of Giving Blood Health & WellnessJune 5, 2013Written by: Rodger Hutchinson / Jeneva Gordoncenter_img Advertisements RelatedMinistry of Health Establishes International Cooperation Unit FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) will raise awareness of the critical need for more Jamaicans to donate life-saving blood during World Blood Donor Day on June 14.The day is being observed under the theme: ‘Give the Gift of Life: Donate Blood’.“We hope, with our celebrations, we will encourage persons to become repeat voluntary blood donors and to also give thanks for those persons, who are already repeat voluntary donors,” said Director of the NBTS, Dr. Angela Scott.She was addressing a JIS Think Tank on June 4 at the agency’s Half-Way-Tree Road offices in Kingston.Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Representative in Jamaica, Margareta Sköld, who was also at the Think Tank, highlighted the importance of blood donations.“People, who donate their blood, provide a unique contribution to health and to the lives of people because blood is the most valuable gift that anyone can offer another person because it is a gift of life. This is something we really want to bring home to people in that by giving blood, you are offering life to someone, who might be in danger of losing their life,” she stated.She said persons should have no fear of losing blood when they donate as the body constantly re-generates the life-sustaining fluid.Mrs. Sköld noted that blood transfusion agencies around the world are under continuous pressure to ensure that donated blood is safe for use and so a rigorous testing regime remains a critical part of their mandate.“It’s a challenge and its one that the blood transfusion services of Jamaica lives up to and does very well,” she stated.The PAHO/WHO Representative said the organisations are very happy and satisfied to give support to the various activities of the country, the Ministry of Health and the NBTS.In 2013, support was given by PAHO for the publication of the Jamaica National Strategic Plan 2012–2017 for the NBTS, among other activities, that ensure proper standards in the blood transfusion service.World Blood Donor Day activities will get underway at 8:00 a.m. with a parade, led by the Tivoli Marching Band, from Cross Roads to Emancipation Park in New Kingston, where an official opening ceremony will be held. The function will feature presentations from the NBTS; Director of PAHO,Dr. Carissa F. Etienne;and representatives of other organisations.This will be followed by a blood drive in the park at 9:00 a.m., which will run concurrently with a similar drive at the Fontana Pharmacy in Montego Bay. The NBTS is looking to collect from at least 100 persons at each drive. RJR FM will broadcast live from Emancipation Park between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to encourage persons to visit the venue and donate blood.Contact: O. Rodger Hutchinson/Jeneva Gordonlast_img read more

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Public urged to be on high alert over scammers

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Google+ Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img Pinterest By News Highland – July 17, 2020 Public urged to be on high alert over scammers RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articlePlan to ease restrictions in August could be reversed furtherNext articleMore Derry clubs suspend activity News Highland WhatsApp Police are urging the public to be on their guard against scammers who continue take advantage of older and more vulnerable people within our community.From April to July we have received almost 300 reports in relation to HMRC scams, with scammers getting over £11,000 in June and July alone.In one incident recently a man in Dungannon received a phone call from a male claiming to be from the HMRC and who told the victim he owed them a significant amount of money.The man was instructed to purchase ten Amazon vouchers at a cost of £100 each and send pictures of these vouchers to a number via Whatsapp – he did this and was unfortunately scammed out of £1,000.In a statement Chief Superintendent Simon Walls said that scammers have once again shown that they are creative and will do whatever they can to con people out of money.They don’t care who their victim is, they just want the money and will employ whatever tactic is necessary.Police are urging people to take extra precautions to protect themselves from such callous callers.Be sceptical and on your guard, if you think something is suspicious about the nature of the call, it usually is a scam. Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

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Minister says plans progressing for extension at Moville College

first_img Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest By News Highland – November 20, 2019 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Minister says plans progressing for extension at Moville College DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Previous articleCouncil urged to light up new walking track in ChurchillNext articleDonegal TDs motion on Personal Assistance Services passes in Dail News Highland center_img WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews The Education Minister has confirmed that plans for an extension at Moville Community College are on track. The extension, approved in 2014, has faced continuous delays.Minister Joe McHugh was pressed for an update by Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue in the Dail last evening.Minister McHugh says the project is currently in the hands of both the design team and architects with a report due shortly.He says once that report is finalised there is nothing standing in the way for the project to proceed to the next stage:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/mofgfgfgdfvilledail.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Facebook Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Harps come back to win in Waterford RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

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Scholarship at ONCAMPUS Reading – Art & Design

first_img Pocket Scholarship at ONCAMPUS Reading – Art & Design Career Opportunity for 20 Photographers Deadline: 28 April 2017Open to: designed for international students who have completed senior secondary educationScholarship: 50% scholarship at ONCAMPUS ReadingDescriptionThis fantastic Undergraduate Foundation Programme (UFP) is designed to prepare international students, who have completed senior secondary education, for entry to undergraduate studies in Art & Design at the University of Reading. ONCAMPUS Reading is within easy reach of central London and has an internationally renowned reputation for the quality of its research and the excellence of its teaching, positioned among the top 1% of universities worldwide. If you complete the UFP at ON-CAMPUS to the required level and achieve the required English language score, you will have the opportunity to progress onto an Undergraduate degree at the University of Reading.EligibilityThis programme is designed to prepare international students, who have completed senior secondary education, for entry to undergraduate studies at the University of Reading.If you successfully complete the UFP to the required level of attainment in all academic areas and achieve the required English language score, you will have the opportunity to automatically progress onto a place on a suitable programme of undergraduate study at the University of Reading.The UFP is set at NQF level 3, which is equivalent to A level standard in the UK.ScholarshipAn award for a  50% scholarship at ONCAMPUS Reading;No prize alternatives or cash equivalents are offered;Prizes are non-transferable;The winner is solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to the acceptance of the prize.How to Apply?In order to take part in the contest, you first need to sign up and then follow these steps:Answer a Quick Fire Quiz;White a Short Motivational Statement Essay in no more than 400 words tell them what current developments in the Art & Design world inspire you and why you think you think ONCAMPUS Reading is the place for you to develop your skills?Tell them about yourself Form.For more information please visit the official web page. Share 0 +1 Similar Stories Redditcenter_img Tweet Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. LinkedIn 0 ← London College of Fashion: Short Courses Award March 22, 2017 Published by emmanuel Win a New Europe Business Forum/Scholarship! →last_img read more

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Autodesk to cut 1,150 jobs amid restructuring

first_imgAutodesk to cut 1,150 jobs amid restructuringSoftware and 3D tools firm is shifting towards a subscription modelChristopher DringHead of Games B2BWednesday 29th November 2017Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleAutodeskSoftware and 3D tools experts Autodesk plans to slash its headcount by 1,150 employees, which is 13% of its workforce.Autodesk’s technology and tools is used by the manufacturing, architecture and construction industries, along with video games companies. Its services have been used by many AAA studios, including EA DICE, Naughty Dog, Insomniac Games, Bungie and Eidos Montreal, amongst others.The cuts are part of the firm’s plans to move to a subscription service rather than charging upfront fees, eliminating the initial high cost for clients. The company’s shares fell 10% on the announcement,Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games The cost of the job cuts could cost the firm up to $149m.  “As we enter the growth phase of our model transition, we need to re-balance investments to focus on our strategic priorities,” said CEO Andrew Anagnost. “This includes divesting from some areas and increasing our investment in others.  We’re taking this restructuring action from a position of strength.  This is not a cost reduction activity as we maintain our commitment to keep total non-GAAP spend flat this year and next.”The firm reported a 5% growth in Q3 revenue to £515m, although it still reports a loss of $120m overall. It last announced layoffs in February 2016, when it cut 925 employees.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesAutodesk acquires Solid Angle”Will allow us to help customers better tackle this computationally intensive part of the creative process”By Rachel Weber 5 years agoAutodesk restructuring, 925 lay offs planned”So we can focus resources on areas that will accelerate the move to the cloud”By Rachel Weber 5 years agoLatest comments (1)Jim Rogers3 years ago Autodesk reported 5% improvement in sales vs. 3Q17 helped by subscription revenues. Total subscribers improved 22% to 3.59MM, as it is transitioning to subscription-based model from perpetual license. $ADSK plans to lay off 13% of its workforce as part of its restructuring efforts, which would impact approx. 1,150 employees of total 9,000 workers. Here is Q3 2018 earnings highlights: http://alph.st/b601e9180Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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On average, it costs $35.42 to get a mobile gamer to make first in-app purchase

first_imgOn average, it costs $35.42 to get a mobile gamer to make first in-app purchaseLiftoff: Costs to acquire and register users continue to increase, conversion rates dipped YOYRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterTuesday 1st October 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareIt’s getting more expensive to acquire users in mobile games, and even moreso to get them to make a first-time in-app purchase.Using data taken from 555 apps from June 2018 through May 2019, Mobile app marketing company Liftoff determined that it cost an average of $4.37 to acquire a new user for a mobile game, up 16.5% year-over-year. It’s also getting more expensive to encourage acquired users to register, with an average cost of $9.17 up 33.3% year-over-year. And to get a user to make a first-time purchase, it cost an average of $35.42 over the reviewed period.Additionally, conversion rates have dipped year-over-year, with 47.7% of users who install a game converting into registered users, and only 12.3% of users who install a game making their first in-app purchase. That’s down 6.9% and 1.1% from last year.Compared by platform, Liftoff determined that Android users are much cheaper to acquire (an average of $3.21 per user compared to iOS’s $4.85), as well as slightly cheaper to get to register and eventually make a purchase ($33.83 on average on Android versus $36.63 on iOS).By region, countries with higher acquisition costs include the UK ($4.25 per user), the US ($4.71, Canada ($5.12), and Japan ($5.25). On the lower end, it’s only $2.17 to acquire a user in Russia, $1.42 in Brazil, and $1.32 in China.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games However, the low cost of acquisition doesn’t always land alongside a high conversion rate to making in-app purchases. The US has a 12.9% conversion rate, and Canada is up at 15.3%. But cheaper acquisition cost countries like Brazil and China have low conversion rates, 4.2% and 3.1% respectively, but China in particular has such a large overall population of players that the low percentages are offset somewhat. Overall, the UK is in one of the best positions — it costs $24.53 to acquire a user that makes an in-app purchase, and also has a high conversion rate of 17.3%.Finally, the report breaks down several genres of game such as social casino, hyper-casual, and midcore and strategy. Though social casino and hyper-casual have the highest user retention on day one of all the genres covered (32.2% and 32.7% respectively), the numbers for all genres even out over time, with less than a 2% retention difference by Day 30 between the highest (social casino, 4.2%) and lowest (hypercasual, 2.3%).The full report can be found here.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Mobile newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEpic vs Apple – Week One Review: Epic still faces an “uphill battle”Legal experts share their thoughts on the proceedings so far, and what to expect from the coming weekBy James Batchelor 9 hours agoEpic Games claims Fortnite is at “full penetration” on consoleAsserts that mobile with the biggest growth potential as it fights for restoration to iOS App StoreBy James Batchelor 13 hours agoLatest comments (1)ElvisHasLeft Gaming since ’82 A year ago I am glad to see this trend. The mobile gaming market has to adapt and deliver better gaming experiences, instead of boring, half-baked things full of micro-transactions. With some exceptions, mobile gaming is to be avoided at all cost, it’s simply not worth it. Edited 1 times. Last edit by ElvisHasLeft on 3rd October 2019 2:37pm 0Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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Cybersecurity: Lessons learned from live exercises

first_imgThis article waswritten by Rod Walton, Clarion Energy Content Director, and featured onthe Power Grid International website.Power Grid International is a Clarion Power and Energy brand. Data breaches are becoming a common phenomenon in South Africa. Image:123rf. BRICS Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter The cyberwar is adifferent animal altogether, with an invisible enemy probing for weakness alongthe wall separating information and operations. Most are fended off, butUkrainian power generators learned the hard way after malware shut down theirgrid in 2015. Most war exercisesare starkly visual, intimidatingly loud experiences. Weapons, hardware, maybeeven smoke and booms are involved. The Exelon utilitieswhich participated in their own live exercises over the two-year periodincluded ComEd, PECO, Baltimore Gas & Electric, Atlantic City Electric,Delmarva Power and Pepco. Read more about cyber-attacks The system isolatedfrom the enterprise network includes the transmission and distribution SCADA(supervisory control and data acquisition) system, advanced meteringinfrastructure, operations management systems and more. Participants includecommunication system engineers, transmission system operators, complianceexperts, physical and corporate security, among many others. To even attemptthe exercise Exelon’s experts had to understand the data architectureintimately – which they did – but also learned how spread out and complex theconnections were. The Ukraine attack forced cybersecurity totop of mind for many utilities in the US. Exelon Corp. decided to do somethingabout it, undertaking a live exercise to disconnect its real-time network fromthe corporate network in the case of an intruder within its system. Ted Johnson, directorof IT, real-time solutions for Exelon unit ComEd, said the goal was to minimisedisconnection time. The first step was to perform pre-disconnection checks,then disconnect, validate the critical functionalities, validate retained and lostfunctionality, reconnect, validate normal operations and then backfilling ofdata, if necessary. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA center_img “This was meant (tosimulate) an external attack,” Kuberski said, “that would come through thecorporate network into the real-time network.” TAGScybersecurity Previous articleAre you prepared for Stage 8 loadshedding and beyond?Next articleEEP Africa: grant financing for early-stage clean power projects Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Generation Conducting live exercises Finance and Policy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector The live exercises disconnected the Exeloncorporate network from the real-time system for about a four-hour period,testing how operations handled the break and how things were brought backtogether. The Exelon event involved hundreds of collaborations among itsvarious utilities and infrastructure vendors. Exelon IT and cybersecurity experts shared their insights during the “Live Cybersecurity Exercises against Production Systems” session Tuesday [28 January] at DISTRIBUTECH International in San Antonio. The panel also featured West Monroe Partners, which worked with Exelon on the live exercises from 2017 to August 2019. “There were some things we thought would work a certain way and they didn’t work,” said Mike Kuberski, director of IT for utility communications at Exelon. “We capture what went well, what didn’t go well.”last_img read more