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Brian Cassin joins Sainsbury’s board

first_imgSainsbury’s has announced Brian Cassin will join its board as a non-executive director.He will take up the position on 1 April and become a member of the company’s audit committee and nomination committee.The announcement comes ahead of the retirement of senior independent director John McAdam. McAdam has been a non-executive director for ten years, and will step down at the grocery retailer’s AGM on 6 July. Susan Rice will replace him as senior independent director.Cassin is currently chief executive of global information services company Experian, and joined the company after a career in investment banking.David Tyler, chairman at Sainsbury’s, said: “We are delighted to welcome Brian Cassin as a non-executive director. He is an ideal addition to our board, bringing present-day experience of running a FTSE40 company and of big data and analytics – topics of key importance to Sainsbury’s.”Sainsbury’s recently reported steady sales during its Q4 trading period.last_img read more

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Pediatric antibiotic exposure ‘alarming’

first_img Widespread, occasional use of antibiotics linked to resistance The research team from Swiss TPH and Harvard Chan School analyzed data from 2007 to 2017 from health facilities and household surveys from eight countries: Haiti, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nepal, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda. The study found that, on average, children received 25 antibiotic prescriptions through age 5 — a “remarkable” estimate, the authors wrote, given that two antibiotic prescriptions per year is considered excessive in many high-income settings. Results showed that antibiotics were administered in 81 percent of cases for children with a respiratory illness, in 50 percent for children with diarrhea, and in 28 percent for children with malaria. Heading off the post-antibiotic age Related Big data targets drug resistance Symposium explores the science and business of limiting resistance to drugs center_img Harvard symposium examines bioinformatics’ great potential in ensuring antibiotics’ effectiveness Children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are receiving an average of 25 antibiotic prescriptions during their first five years of life, an excessive amount that could harm the children’s ability to fight pathogens as well as increase antibiotic resistance worldwide, according to a new study from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.“We knew children in LMICs are sick more often, and we knew antibiotic prescription rates are high in many countries. What we did not know was how these elements translate into actual antibiotic exposure — and the results are rather alarming,” said Günther Fink, lead author of the study and head of the Household Economics and Health Systems Research unit at Swiss TPH.The study — the first to look at total antibiotic prescribing in children under the age of 5 in LMICs — was published Friday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.Global health threatAntimicrobial resistance is one of today’s biggest threats to global health and development, according to the World Health Organization. One factor contributing to this global health threat is the excessive use of antibiotics worldwide. Previous studies have shown that antibiotics are overprescribed to children in many countries. In Tanzania, for instance, several studies have shown that over 90 percent of children who visit a health facility receive an antibiotic, although only in about 20 percent of the cases treatment was actually required. “The consequences of antibiotic overprescription not only pose a huge threat to global health, but can also result in a concrete health impact for these children.” — Valérie D’Acremont, Swiss TPH High-intensity, repeated use by a small fraction of U.S. population has less of an effect The researchers found that the number of antibiotic prescriptions in early childhood varied from country to country: While a child in Senegal received approximately one antibiotic prescription per year in the first five years of life, a child in Uganda was prescribed up to 12. In comparison, a prior study showed that children under 5 in Europe receive less than one antibiotic prescription per year on average. “This number is still high given that the vast majority of infections in this age group are of viral origin,” said Valérie D’Acremont, a study co-author and head of the Management of Fevers group at Swiss TPH.“What is unique about this study is that it provides a much more comprehensive picture of pediatric antibiotic exposure in LMICs than what has been reported previously. It combines both household data on where and when children are brought for care with data from direct observations of health care workers caring for sick children,” said Jessica Cohen, the Bruce A. Beal, Robert L. Beal, and Alexander S. Beal Associate Professor of Global Health at Harvard Chan School and senior author of the study.Impact on children“The consequences of antibiotic overprescription not only pose a huge threat to global health, but can also result in a concrete health impact for these children,” said Valérie D’Acremont. “Excess antibiotic use destroys the natural gut flora which is essential to fighting pathogens.”A Swiss TPH research project is underway to better comprehend the health impact of overusing antibiotics on children. “Understanding the concrete impact on individual children is crucial to achieve a policy change,” said Fink. His research team is currently comparing policies at a country level to identify best practices that lead to lower antibiotic prescription rates.Harvard Chan research associate Hannah Leslie was a co-author of the study.Funding for the study came from the JPB Foundation.last_img read more

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Dell EMC Client Heroes FY19 Program Ends with a Desert Sunset!

first_imgThe Dell EMC Client Heroes Program continued in Q4 with our final FY19 events taking place in Bogota, Colombia and Dubai, UAE respectively.  These attractive destinations were selected on the basis of their ease of access for many partners across these regions, and the concentration of expert presenters and facilities available there.Leveraging the same format as typical Heroes Exchange events, our goal is to bring up-to-date and relevant information about Dell EMC products, solutions and services directly to our Hero partner community. Local Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) support with interactive and engaging sessions, a style that benefits presenters and partners alike, by enabling dialogue and information-sharing in a face to face environment.Our event in Bogota took place in early December, with approximately 40 key LATAM partners joining for a fantastic one-day session with a mix of learning, networking and casino activity.Destination Dubai was a great setting for a large-scale event combining our typical Heroes program and the EMEA workstation academy, a two-day format which enabled more of a deep dive into content and demonstrations on the latter. The new Dell EMC solution center in Dubai was the perfect choice for our inaugural event here, bringing 80 key partners and distributors from across EMEA to this unique location. In addition to the valuable learning provided during the sessions, attendees had the opportunity to experience a desert safari and sunset, adding to a very memorable experience indeed.Feedback from the partner community has been hugely encouraging and we look forward to hosting future events in FY20.Stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to participate in events across all regions. You can join our LinkedIn Group here, follow us @DellEMCPartners and use #DellEMCHeroes to connect with our team.Dubai desert experience:Dubai partners:Bogota Client Heroes group:last_img read more

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Fran Drescher Extends Run in Cinderella on Broadway

first_imgSitcom queen Fran Drescher is extending her royal engagement in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on Broadway by three weeks. Drescher, who plays the role of Cinderella’s stepmother Madame, will now appear in the musical through June 29. Star Files Drescher is best known for her iconic role as Fran Fine in the hit TV series The Nanny, which she also created, wrote, directed and executive produced. Her other film and TV credits include Saturday Night Fever, American Hot Wax, Summer of Fear, The Hollywood Knights, Doctor Detroit, This Is Spinal Tap, Jack, Living With Fran and Happily Divorced. Drescher has appeared in off-Broadway productions of Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s), The Exonerated and Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore. She also performed in a special production of Camelot at Lincoln Center. View Comments Related Shows Along with Drescher, the cast of Cinderella currently includes Carly Rae Jepsen as Cinderella, Joe Carroll as Prince Topher, Victoria Clark as the Fairy Godmother, Ann Harada as Charlotte, Stephanie Gibson as stepsister Gabrielle, Peter Bartlett as Sebastian, Todd Buonopane as the rebel Jean-Michel and Phumzile Sojola as Lord Pinkleton. Cinderella Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Fran Drescherlast_img read more

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NYC Police Activity Snarls Friday LIRR Commute

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A passenger boards a Long Island Rail Road train in Long Beach (Joe Abate).Ten westbound Long Island Rail Road trains were cancelled and delayed up to a half hour due to police activity in Queens—the second snarled morning rush hour commute this week.The LIRR said the delays and cancellations were due to “theft earlier this morning of copper wire” and other police activity near the Woodside station starting shortly before 8 a.m.The snafu came four days after a third rail trouble in one of the four East River tunnels made a mess of the Monday morning peak travel time.Subways were cross-honoring LIRR fares for stranded riders in both instances. The latest delays were affecting all 11 branches, but trains were running on time again before noon on all lines except the Port Washington Branch, according to the LIRR.Scrap metal thefts have become increasingly common in recent years with burglars often ripping copper wire out of abandoned houses and stealing materials from construction sites to sell for cash at recycling yards.last_img read more

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first_imgAfter the introduction of the model of limiting the number of visitors in 2017, by deciding on the maximum reception capacity of 10 visitors who can stay at Skradinski Buk at the same time, the Public Institution “Krka National Park” continues to make new management decisions to better organize visits and increase the quality of experience. visitors and the preservation of the water quality of the Krka River, the travertine process and the unique karst biodiversity.In order to preserve Skradinski buk, the longest, most famous and most visited waterfall on the Krka River and one of the most famous natural beauties of Croatia, for future generations, but also to provide visitors with a complete experience of nature and cultural and historical heritage of zero value, Public Institution “Krka National Park” introduces changes in the organization of bathing downstream of the waterfall.Krka National Park has decided that swimming will be allowed on Skradinski Buk from June 1 to September 30, depending on the weather conditions and the water level, at a specific place, from the buoy to the bridge. It will no longer be possible to swim downstream from the bridge, and a wooden fence will be set up at the entrance to the water to increase visitor safety. “The number of visitors to Skradinski Buk is growing from year to year and puts before us challenges and the need to find new solutions. That is why this year we are introducing new measures to increase the safety and flow of visitors and reduce crowds in the area of ​​Skradinski Buk. On the one hand, an extension has been made on the bridge itself, and on the other hand, the space where swimming is possible will be limited, which is an introduction to the general consideration of this problem. In parallel, numerous projects are being developed that will also contribute to reducing crowds and thus a better experience of the Park, but also to preserving nature and further developing the education system, which is one of the fundamental pillars of the Park’s management. New infrastructural facilities in the field will provide better conditions for children, young people, volunteer professors and researchers eager to learn about the Krka National ParkSaid the director of the Public Institution “Krka National Park” mr. sc. Krešimir Šakić.Since the number of visitors to Skradinski Buk has increased significantly, for the sake of safety and protection, the organization of swimming in that locality has been considered.After the Government of the Republic of Croatia, at its session held on 5 October 2017, adopted the Decision on drafting the Spatial Plan of the Krka National Park, the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning initiated the process of drafting it, and the organization of bathing is one of the most important topics. be regulated.”The area of ​​the Park is facing the challenges of balancing the protection of nature and the environment with other activities in the area, so the development of this plan is an opportunity to start a constructive dialogue. That is why I take this opportunity to invite all interested stakeholders to be actively involved in public debates on the future of the Krka National Park. It is our shared responsibility to preserve nature for future generations. Skradinski buk is a locality which, in addition to the waterfall as the main attraction, is made unique by the singing of nightingales, the swimming of the Illyrian chub, the singing of the green frog, the flight of hawks, the dance of emerald dragonflies. In order to preserve this wealth and enable visitors to experience the comprehensive value of this locality, it is necessary to influence the flow, reduce congestion and increase safety over time. “, pointed out the expert leader in NP “Krka” dr. sc. Drago Marguš.The primary mission of the Krka National Park is, among other things, to preserve the water quality of the Krka River, the travertine process and the unique karst biodiversity, and to design a quality visitor product that will enable guests to truly experience the Park. Activities within the management model at Skradinski Buk are focused on achieving this mission. However, there are still a number of projects that are developing the area of ​​the National Park “Krka” through the concept of sustainable management with an emphasis on educational programs for locals and visitors and a differentiated offer of content within the Park.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”One of them is the project Unknown Krka – hidden treasures of the upper and middle course of the river Krka is aimed at developing the visitor infrastructure of the middle and upper course, while the construction and arrangement of the Center for Visitation Management of the National Park “Krka” – Lozovac will provide quality reception. entrance to the Park, but also for visitors to get acquainted with the programs implemented within the project Unknown Krka, and stay longer in the surrounding area, which encourages the economic development of the local community.The newly opened visitor movement center in Laškovica is designed as a starting point for an active tour of the Park through 29 km of landscaped hiking trails and 470 km of bike trails, which will soon be presented, conclude the Krka National Park.NP Krka are certainly leaders in strategic and sustainable development and a real positive example to everyone in Croatia of how tourism develops sustainably. As stated above in the video, the scene that was created 2 million years ago will wait for others as well. Because if we destroy that very nature, we have also destroyed tourism. That is why sustainable and strategic development is an imperative and the very essence of tourism.Related news:UNKNOWN KRKA – NEW SUSTAINABLE AND QUALITY PROJECT OF KRKA NATIONAL PARKNP KRKA STARTS IN CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW VISIT MANAGEMENT CENTER – LOZOVACPRESENTATION OF THE PROJECT OF SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT AND RESPONSIBLE DISTRIBUTION OF THE NUMBER OF VISITORS AT SKRADINSKA BUKlast_img read more

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Greenslopes project is a true gem with city views and luxury aplenty

first_imgEmerald on Ellis at Greenslopes.Mr Thompson said while the apartments would be sold off-the-plan, the three homes wouldn’t be auctioned until their renovation was complete.The developer keeping the construction in-house, Mr Thompson said this gave them the ability to ensure good quality control from conception of the project right through until its completion.The three-storey project has been thoughtfully designed with all but two of the two and three-bedroom apartments facing north and enjoying city views.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoMr Thompson said the standout feature of the project would have to be the rooftop pool.“It’s pretty amazing and rare to have a 16 apartment development with a rooftop pool where you’re only competing against 15 other apartment residents for use of that space,” he said.“It’s something special we can offer by saving money by building the project ourselves.”Remax United Vision selling agent David Cotterill said he was happy to be working with Siera Group on their latest project, having formed a good relationship with them over a number of years. Emerald on Ellis at Greenslopes is soon to be under construction with three Queenslander style homes to be renovated and 16 luxury apartments with city views and a rooftop pool.VIEWS and a rooftop pool almost all to yourself, this is the apartment complex for those that like their luxury but prefer not to have to share it with the world.Siera Group is gearing up to start construction on the Emerald on Ellis at Greenslopes, a project that will see the rejuvenation of three traditional Queenslander’s and the construction of 16 large apartments, most with city views and all with access to the rooftop pool.Siera Group owner Brent Thompson said the sites existing three houses would be moved to the east of the block and would all sit on their own 260sq m lot.“They will all be renovated within their traditional character and in respect to the way they were originally,” Mr Thompson said. Emerald on Ellis at Greenslopes.“We don’t just take on any builder or developer but we’re happy to work with Siera Group as they always take things to the next level with their standard and quality,” Mr Cotterill said.He said he was expecting strong sales from local residents, young professionals wanting to get their foot in the property door and empty nesters looking to downsize.“What we’re seeing is that people don’t want to stray too far from their own environment where they grew up or raised their own families,” Mr Cotterill said.“This project could also make for a very smart move for an investor, as typically in a complex of 16 you will see 13 or 14 owner-occupiers with only a couple of investors meaning that you’ll only ever be competing against a couple of apartments up for rent.”Mr Cotterill said Greenslopes was a rapidly changing suburb with a number of developments over the last few years driving a strong commercial hub with more cafes and small boutiques popping up in Stones Corner.Emerald on Ellis is located right next door to Stones Corner and only four kilometres from the CBD.last_img read more

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National Pension Reserve Fund provides €350m to Irish SME bank

first_imgThe NPRF, which will soon become the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), also provided €10m in equity capital to fund the organisation’s start-up costs.The SBCI’s official launch, attended by German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble and the heads of the EIB and KfW, comes days after the NPRF announced a 1.9% return for the third quarter of the year.It said its €7.1bn discretionary portfolio, which is still controlled by the NPRF Commission rather than the Irish government, returned 1.5% over the three months to the end of September and 4.3% over 2014.The discretionary portfolio’s asset allocation remained largely unchanged over the quarter, with the majority of assets invested in euro-zone bonds or held in cash.Nearly €1.7bn was invested in equities, and the remaining €1.5bn in alternative assets including commodities and infrastructure.Detailing its exposure to the Irish economy, made in preparation for the launch of the ISIF, the third-quarter report also noted a €44m investment to a Dublin waste-incinerator project.The plant, being built by CDM Smith on behalf of Covanta Energy, offers the highest multiple of any commitment so far due to the project’s total €500m cost.The NPRF has aimed to act as cornerstone investor in all its commitments, attracting significant third-party capital to all ventures.To date, the NPRF has committed €1.3bn to Irish projects, including a suite of funds to offer financing to local SMEs.The outgoing head of the National Treasury Management Agency has previously said it would take “years” to re-allocate the NPRF’s holdings toward Ireland. It was unclear at the time of writing whether the NPRF’s commitment to the SBCI would be drawn from the discretionary portfolio or the fund’s directed portfolio.The investment is a political decision agreed by government and directed by finance minister Michael Noonan, rather than a commercial decision signed off by the NPRF Commission. The National Pension Reserve Fund (NPRF) is to provide €350m in capital to the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI), meant to boost funding available to Ireland’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).The NPRF’s contribution to the entity comes alongside €400m from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and a further €150m from the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (kfW), Germany’s state-owned development bank.The initial €800m in funding, to which the SBCI will grant retail banks access, as long as they pass on the lower interest rates, could grow to €5bn over the next five years.Its initial capitalisation is significantly higher than the €500m pledged when the SBCI was first announced in May.last_img read more

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‘Canabis’ peddler busted in Kalibo

first_imgTuesday’s late afternoon sting operationled to the apprehension of Jose Benuelle Delgado of Rosal Street inBarangay Andagao, Kalibo, a police report showed. Delgado was caught after he allegedly solda sachet of dried marijuana leaves, stem and seeds to an undercovercop for P3,000, the report added. Suspected drug pusher Jose Benuelle Delgado sits handcuffed. Police caught him selling drugs to a poseur-buyer in Barangay Andagao, Kalibo, Aklan on Sept. 24. BOY RYAN ZABAL/AKEAN FORUM KALIBO, Aklan – Police arrested asuspected drug pusher in a buy-bust operation in this capital town. “Ang suspekay miyembro ng grupong patuloynagbebenta ng droga sa mga kabataan,” Andrade added. Prior to the operation, Delgado was undersurveillance for more than a month, Provincial Drug Enforcement Unit head MajorFrensy Andrade said. Delgado was now under the custody of theKalibo police station. Now detained, the suspect is set to face charges for violationof sections 5 and 11 of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous DrugsAct of 2002. (With a report from AkeanForum/PN)last_img read more

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14-year sentenced delivered in meth dealing case

first_imgVersailles, In. — Ripley County resident, Anna Marie Bischoff has been slammed with a 14-year prison sentence for dealing in methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.Bischoff was arrested in December of 2017 after breaking into the home of Kenneth Cardinal in the Holton area. She was caught with more than 30 grams of methamphetamine, syringes and scalesProsecutors dismissed three lesser charges following her guilty plea in August. She was sentenced to 12 years in prison and two years on probation.last_img read more

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