People / Oscar de Bok to join the board at Deutsche Post DHL

first_imgBy Alexander Whiteman 28/06/2019 Oscar de Bok (pictured above) is set to replace John Gilbert on the board at Deutsche Post DHL, following Mr Gilbert’s decision to leave the company, citing personal reasons.Mr de Bok’s elevation follows his appointment as chief executive for DHL Supply Chain EMEA.He is something of a company veteran, joining the group in 1999 after it acquired Dutch logistics outfit Nedlloyd, and has held a number of roles, rising to managing director of supply chain for several countries.Group chief executive Frank Appel said: “Oscar de Bok successfully led DHL Supply Chain businesses in both Asia Pacific and Europe. He’s the right person to continue growing our business through operational excellence, accelerated digitalisation, employee engagement and customer centricity.”Mr de Bok’s appointment to the board will come into effect on 1 October, marking an end to Mr Gilbert’s 25-year tenure with the company.As “one of the key drivers of the 2020 strategic agenda”, he was cited as a key member of the supply chain team and appointed to the board in 2014.Chairman Nikolaus von Bomhard said: “We regretfully accept John’s resignation and express our sincere gratitude for his 25 years of successful service to the company.”last_img read more

Eight midterm races putting pharma — and its influence — front and center

first_img Indiana (U.S. Senate): Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly is locked in a tough reelection race in the Hoosier state, and he’s regularly relying on some rare praise from the Trump administration to appeal to voters who lean red.That praise centers on Donnelly’s work on the “right to try” effort, a Trump administration priority now signed into law that supporters say will expand access to experimental treatments. (The FDA has said it already authorizes over 99 percent of requests by terminally ill patients to access experimental drugs.) Donnelly was a co-sponsor of that legislation and attended the White House signing ceremony for the package, along with two fellow Hoosier supporters: Vice President Mike Pence and Jordan McLinn, a 9-year-old from Indianapolis who has muscular dystrophy and who was one of the most prominent patient advocates for the new legislation in early 2018. By Lev Facher Oct. 19, 2018 Reprints Related: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) faces a man from the National Republican Senate Committee dressed as an EpiPen at a restaurant in April. Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call Related: WASHINGTON — A Republican political group is attempting to turn West Virginia’s race for Senate into a referendum over which candidate is more beholden to the pharmaceutical industry.It is a bold strategy: Their own candidate, Republican nominee Patrick Morrisey, is a longtime pharmaceutical industry lobbyist.Morrisey, the state’s attorney general, lobbied Capitol Hill in the early 2000s on behalf of drug makers including Celgene, Sanofi, and Novartis, according to a STAT review of lobbying disclosures. He has also lobbied on behalf of the Healthcare Distribution Alliance, the trade group representing the country’s major wholesalers. Those companies are now the subject of numerous lawsuits and investigations pertaining to their role in the opioid crisis.advertisement LISTEN: Pharma at the ballot box, the latest Alzheimer’s argument, and truly personalized medicine Manchin has accepted $289,300 for his campaigns from the company, whose CEO, Heather Bresch, is his daughter. The attacks are not new — in April, another Republican campaign group dispatched a man dressed as an Epipen to a Manchin photo op.Democratic groups have responded in kind, focusing in particular on the drug distributors Morrisey and his wife have lobbied for. One recent Facebook ad reads: “Patrick Morrisey was a lobbyist for opioid companies, and as attorney general he went easy on opioid companies like Cardinal Health who paid his wife to be their lobbyist.”A spokesman for the Manchin campaign said Mylan is a publicly traded company, while the Morrisey family “got rich working for the opioid industry.” The Senate Leadership Fund, the McConnell-aligned group, did not respond to a request for comment.The family ties in West Virginia, however, run deep. Morrisey’s wife, Denise, until last quarter, was also one of the top lobbyists for the Biotechnology Innovation Organization, a PhRMA-adjacent trade group, and she has lobbied for the drug distributor Cardinal Health.Not every race pits a pharma CEO’s father against a full-blown pharma lobbyist. But the Manchin-Morrisey race is one of many races — nearly all of them toss-ups — that have been dominated in some way by discussions regarding the pharmaceutical industry. Below, we round up seven other races in which the drug industry is front and center.Missouri (U.S. Senate): Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is among the lawmakers who has most aggressively shamed drug makers on two fronts: for their price hikes and for their role in the opioid crisis. As the top Democrat on the Senate’s oversight committee, she’s commissioned reports about drug manufacturers hiking prices faster than inflation, distributors failing to flag suspicious shipments, and drug manufacturers misleadingly marketing painkillers.McCaskill also co-sponsored legislation recently signed into law that prohibits so-called “gag clauses” at the pharmacy counter. Her GOP opponent, Josh Hawley, is among the numerous Republican attorneys general suing to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The candidate’s deep ties to Big Pharma, however, have not deterred the GOP from attacking Sen. Joe Manchin, the Democratic incumbent, over his own ties to the drug industry.New ads and a website funded by a super PAC aligned with Sen. Mitch McConnell, the chamber’s majority leader, label Manchin as a staunch defender of the drug company Mylan, which infamously hiked the price of Epipen.advertisement Exclusive analysis of biopharma, health policy, and the life sciences. About the Author Reprints PoliticsEight midterm races putting pharma — and its influence — front and center Wisconsin (Governor): Tony Evers, the Democratic challenger to Republican Gov. Scott Walker, is running on a plan to create a state board that would fine pharmaceutical companies that hike their prices without any justification, and to allow drug importation from Canada. Evers’s ad on the topic features a breast cancer patient who dings Walker as preferring to “play politics” over dealing with health care costs.Drug pricing is also a factor in Wisconsin’s other statewide race, where Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin holds a sizable lead in her reelection bid. Baldwin is airing an ad that focuses on her work with the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on legislation that, much like Evers’ plan, would require drug makers to justify sizable price hikes. Maine’s 2nd Congressional District: Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin is in the crosshairs of Patients for Affordable Drugs Now, an outside group aiming to make pharmaceutical costs a key issue in the 2018 midterms. The group has run ads criticizing Poliquin for accepting campaign contributions from drug companies.“My son has diabetes,” a mother tells the camera in one commercial. “I wish we had a congressman who cared more about him than drug company profits.” Poliquin’s Democratic opponent, Jared Golden, is running on a platform that includes allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices.New Jersey (U.S. Senate): Bob Hugin, the Republican challenger to Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, is the former CEO of Celgene, a drug company that has been widely criticized for repeatedly hiking the price of the cancer drug Revlimid. Those price hikes have already been the subject of many a Menendez attack ad.The national environment in 2018 is already difficult for Republicans, and polling shows high voter concern about drug prices, making Hugin’s road especially rough in a traditionally blue state. Hugin is likely competitive in the race because Menendez has his own raft of scandals, which include a recent mistrial in a federal corruption case. STAT+: How a drug-pricing crusader is trying to sway the midterms New York’s 27th Congressional District: Republican Rep. Chris Collins was a key player in the 2017 congressional debate over whether to overhaul the Affordable Care Act — he sat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and on the panel’s health subcommittee. But then he was indicted for insider trading after allegedly dumping shares of the Australian biotech company Innate before information about a disappointing clinical trial became public.Collins is still running for reelection. His Democratic challenger, Nate McMurray, pokes fun at Collins on his website with this line: “Corruption and the influence of big money in politics make it harder for people in our region to find good paying jobs or afford their prescription drugs.”West Virginia’s 3rd Congressional District: Richard Ojeda, an Army veteran and state senator, is an upstart Democratic candidate in a deep-red district that includes Huntington, a city on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. He had tough words for drug lobbyists last week, saying in a tweet: “I won’t take money from drug companies and I’ll throw their lobbyists out of my office.”Most races in West Virginia seem to have a pharmaceutical industry angle. Beyond Manchin’s reelection bid and Ojeda’s effort, Republican Rep. David McKinley has earned praise and some supportive ads from Patients for Affordable Drugs for his work on pricing issues. 26 overdoses in just hours: Inside a community on the front lines of the opioid epidemic @levfacher Lev Facher [email protected] Washington Correspondent Lev Facher covers the politics of health and life sciences. Related: Tags Congressdrug pricingpharmaceuticalspolicystatesWhite Houselast_img read more

Two arrested following Portlaoise daylight assault

first_img Two arrested following Portlaoise daylight assault “Both are from Laois. One is a juvenile and the other is 18-years-old.”The assault happened at 15.10 on Saturday afternoon close to Laois County Council offices. Pinterest Facebook Previous articleTour of historic Ballykilcavan farm this weekendNext articleLast remaining link to Laois Leinster winning 1946 team passes away Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Home News Crime Two arrested following Portlaoise daylight assault NewsCrime WhatsApp Facebook New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Twitter TAGSCrime Twitter Community Community RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Pinterest WhatsApp By Alan Hartnett – 5th April 2018 The injured party is 19-years old.The victim received significant facial injuries in the assault.The fact that the assault occurred during daylight hours was even more shocking.SEE ALSO – Two men charged following assault of Laois footballer Gardai say they have arrested two people following an assault in Portlaoise last month.A man is understood to have undergone surgery for facial injuries in St James’s Hospital following the serious assault March 24.A garda spokesperson said: “Two males have been arrested and are currently detained for an assault of a young man on March 24. Council Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic yearlast_img read more

National Bank reports profit increase in Q4

first_img U.S. corporate profits rising for the first time since pandemic began Canadian banks, bellwethers of pandemic recovery, to reveal key statistics this week Canadian Press Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news National Bank of Canada raised its quarterly dividend as it reported its fourth-quarter profit rose to $604 million compared with $566 million in the same period a year ago.The bank says it will now pay a quarterly dividend of 71 cents per common share, up three cents per share from its previous payment. One year after price collapse, expectations are high for oil company earnings Growth red graph over golden coins stacks over white arsgera/123RF Keywords EarningsCompanies National Bank of Canada Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The increased cash for shareholders came as National Bank reported its fourth-quarter profit amounted to $1.67 per diluted share, up from $1.52 per diluted share a year ago.The increase, the bank says, was driven by growth across all of its business segments.Excluding specific items, National Bank says it earned $1.69 per diluted share for the quarter, up from $1.52 in the same quarter last year.Analysts on average had expected a profit of $1.62 per share, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.National Bank chief executive Louis Vachon said it was a strong year for the bank.“The outlook in Quebec remains favourable and we continue to take advantage of Canada’s broader economic soundness,” Vachon said in a statement.“In the current environment, we are comfortable with our positioning and we remain vigilant in balancing our objectives of sustainable growth with prudent risk management.”last_img read more

Gov’t Spends $60 Million on Emergency Road Repairs in Six Parishes

first_imgRelatedGov’t Spends $60 Million on Emergency Road Repairs in Six Parishes Advertisements RelatedGov’t Spends $60 Million on Emergency Road Repairs in Six Parishes Gov’t Spends $60 Million on Emergency Road Repairs in Six Parishes Office of the Prime MinisterMarch 4, 2009center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government has spent some $60 million on emergency road repairs in six parishes, which were affected by flood rains, between February 2 and 12.Speaking at Wednesday’s (March 4) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Minister of Transport and Works, Michael Henry, said that preliminary estimates indicate that some $830,000,000 would be needed to conduct road repairs and river training in the affected parishes.The bulk of $592,000,000 was required for such works in the parish of St. Mary; while the damage in Portland is estimated at $196, 910, 000; St. Ann, $30,425, 000; St. Andrew, $5, 000,000 and St. Catherine, $4, 200,000.Minister Henry noted that some areas were still receiving rain, while there were accessibility issues with others, where the necessary heavy equipment could not yet be brought in, due to breakaways.He used the opportunity to stress the importance of keeping drains and gullies clean, while noting that the denuding of hillsides had contributed to flooding.On Thursday (March 5), the Works Minister will be touring gullies and drains in Kingston and St. Andrew with Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, to observe work under the $2.4 billion project to restore the Sandy Gully. RelatedGov’t Spends $60 Million on Emergency Road Repairs in Six Parisheslast_img read more

Golden Krust Opens Fifth Restaurant in Atlanta

first_imgRelatedGolden Krust Opens Fifth Restaurant in Atlanta RelatedGolden Krust Opens Fifth Restaurant in Atlanta Golden Krust Opens Fifth Restaurant in Atlanta Foreign AffairsJuly 21, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States (US), His Excellency Anthony Johnson, has commended Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill for taking Jamaica’s culinary culture across America.He was delivering the keynote address at the official opening of Golden Krust’s fifth Atlanta franchise restaurant on Saturday July 18, located at 625 Old National Highway in College Park, Georgia in the United States (US).According to Ambassador Johnson, the Jamaican-owned food production and distribution chain represents the best of the island.“The growth of Golden Krust into a successful franchise is not only inspiring, but is also testament to the indefatigable and enterprising spirit of the Hawthorne family,” he added.Golden Krust was started in the small community of Border in St. Andrew, and the Hawthorne family opened the first store in the US in 1989 in Bronx, New York. Since then, Golden Krust has been expanded to 120 franchises throughout America.Ambassador Johnson lauded this as a great achievement and congratulated the new franchise owners, Michael and Suzette Arnold.In her remarks, Director of Golden Krust, Jacqueline Hawthorne-Robinson said that with the opening of this new store, Golden Krust will now have five stores operating in Atlanta. “The plan is to have 10 stores over the next five years,” she informed.She said Golden Krust is bringing to Atlanta, a Caribbean concept, with a strong emphasis on authentic jerk chicken and nine varieties of patties. “Atlanta is the city where Caribbean nationals and Jamaicans are now moving to in droves. Golden Krust wants to be there to ensure that we have the Jamaican cuisine to serve their needs,” she stated.Mr. Arnold, in his remarks, stated that the opening of the new store was designed to serve the growing number of Caribbean nationals, including Jamaicans, who are now residing in College Park on the south side of the city of Atlanta.Among those attending the opening ceremony were Jamaica’s Honorary Consul to Atlanta, Vin Martin; and President of the Old National Merchant’s Association, Don Winbush.center_img RelatedGolden Krust Opens Fifth Restaurant in Atlanta Advertisementslast_img read more

U.S. President Biden’s Remarks at Signing of an Executive Order on Racial Equity

first_imgU.S. President Biden’s Remarks at Signing of an Executive Order on Racial Equity The White HouseState Dining Room2:06 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, folks. I thank the Vice President for being with me today as well. In my campaign for President, I made it very clear that the moment had arrived as a nation where we face deep racial inequities in America and system- — systemic racism that has plagued our nation for far, far too long. I said it over the course of the past year that the blinders had been taken come off the nation of the American people. What ma- — what many Americans didn’t see,or had simply refused to see, couldn’t be ignored any longer.Those 8 minutes and 46 seconds that took George Floyd’s life opened the eyes of millions of Americans and millions of people around — all over the world. It was the knee on the neck of justice, and it wouldn’t be forgotten. It stirred the conscience of tens of millions of Americans, and, in my view, it marked a turning point in this country’s attitude toward racial justice.When his six-years-old — six-year-old daughter, Gianna, who I met with when I met with the family — I leaned down to say hi to her, and she said — looked at me, and she said, “Daddy changed the world.” That’s what Gianna said — his daughter. “Daddy changed the world.” And I believe she is right, not because this kind of injustice stopped — it clearly hasn’t — but because the ground has shifted, because it’s changed minds and mindsets, because it laid the groundwork for progress.COVID-19 has further ripped a path of destruction through every community in America, but no one has been spared, but the devastation in communities of color has been nothing short of stunning. Just look at the numbers: 40 percent of frontline workers — nurses, first responders, grocery store workers — are Americans of color, and many are still living on the edge. One in ten black Americans is out of work today. One in eleven Latino Americans is out of work today. One in seven households in America — about one in four black, one in five Latino households in America — report that they don’t have enough food to eat in the United States of America.Black and Latino Americans are dying of COVID-19 at rates nearly three times that of white Americans. And it’s not white Americans’ fault, but it’s just a fact. And the Americans now know it, especially younger Americans.One of the reasons I’m so optimistic about this nation is that today’s generation of young Americans is the most progressive, thoughtful, inclusive generation that America has ever seen. And they are pulling us toward justice in so many ways, forcing us to confront the huge gap in economi- — excuse me, economic inequity between those at the top and everyone else, forcing us to confront the existential crisis of climate; and, yes, forcing us to confront systemic racism and white supremacy.It’s just been weeks since all of America witnessed a group of thugs, insurrectionists, political extremists, and white supremacists violently attack the Capitol of our democracy. And so now — now is the time to act. It’s time to act because that’s what the faith and morality calls us to do.Across nearly every faith, the same principles hold: We’re all God’s children; we should treat each other as we would like to be treated ourselves. And this is time to act — and this time to act is because it’s what the core values of this nation call us to do. And I believe the vast majority of Americans — Democrats, Republicans, and independents — share these values and want us to act as well.We have never fully lived up to the founding principles of this nation, to state the obvious, that all people are created equal and have a right to be treated equally throughout their lives. And it’s time to act now, not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because if we do, we’ll all be better off for it.For too long, we’ve allowed a narrow, cramped view of the promise of this nation to fester. You know, we’ve — we’ve bought the view that America is a zero-sum game in many cases: “If you succeed, I fail.” “If you get ahead, I fall behind.” “If you get the job, I lose mine.” Maybe worst of all, “If I hold you down, I lift myself up.”We’ve lost sight of what President Kennedy told us when he said, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” And when we lift each other up, we’re all lifted up. You know, and the corollary is true as well: When any one of us is held down, we’re all held back. More and more economic studies in recent years have proven this, but I don’t think you need economic studies to see the truth.Just imagine if instead of consigning millions of American children to under-resourced schools, we gave each and every three- and four-year-old child a chance to learn, to go to school — not daycare, school — and grow and thrive in school and throughout. When they’ve done that — the places it’s been done, it shows they have an exponentially greater chance of going all the way through 12 years of school and doing it well.But, you know, does anyone — does anyone in this whole nation think we’re not all better off if that were to happen?Just imagine if instead of denying millions of Americans the ability to own a home and build generational wealth — who made it possible for them buy a home, their first home — and begin to build equity to provide for their families and send their children off to school, does anyone doubt that the whole nation will be better off?Just imagine: Instead of denying millions of young entrepreneurs the ability to access capital, we made it possible to take their dream to market, create jobs, reinvest in their own communities. Does anyone doubt this whole nation wouldn’t be better off?Just imagine if more incredibly creative and innovative — how much more creative and innovative we’d be if this nation held — held the historic black colleges and universities to the same opportunities — and minority-serving institutions — that had the same funding and resources of public universities to compete for jobs and industries of the future. You know, just ask the first HBCU graduate elected as Vice President if that’s not true.But to do this, I believe this nation and this government need to change their whole approach to the issue of racial equal- — equity. Yes, we need criminal justice reform, but that isn’t nearly enough. We need to open the promise of America to every American. And that means we need to make the issue of racial equity not just an issue for any one department of government; it has to be the business of the whole of government.That’s why I issued, among the first days, my whole-of-government executive order that will, for the first time, advance equity for all throughout our federal policies and institutions. It focuses on the full range of communities who have been long underserved and overlooked: people of color; Americans with disabilities; LGBTQ Americans; religious minorities; rural, urban, suburban communities facing persistent poverty.And I’ve asked Ambassador Susan Rice to lead the administration’s charge through the White House and Domestic Policy Council because I know she’ll see it through. Every White House, every White House component, and every agency will be involved in this work because advancing equity has to be everyone’s job.Today, I’ll be shortly signing an additional package of executive actions to continue this vital work. Housing, for example: Housing is a right in America, and homeownership is an essential tool to wealth creation and to be passed down to generations.Today, I’m directing the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs — and Urban Development to redress historical racism in federal housing policies. Today, I’m directing the federal agency to reinvigorate the consultation process with Indian tribes. Respect the tribal sovereignty — respect for tribal sovereignty will be a cornerstone of our engaging with Native American communities.This builds on the work we did last week to expand tribes’ access to the Strategic National Stockpile for the first time, to ensure they receive help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, to fight this pandemic.Today, I’m directing federal agencies to combat resurgence of xenophobia, particularly against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, that we’ve seen skyrocket during this pandemic. This is unacceptable and it’s un-American. I’ve asked the Department of Justice to strengthen its partnership with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community to prevent those hate crimes.I’ve also asked the Department of Health and Human Services to put out best practices for combatting xenophobia in our national response to COVID.Look, in the weeks ahead, I’ll be reaffirming the federal government’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and accessibility, building on the work we started in the Obama-Biden administration. That’s why I rescinded the previous administration’s harmful ban on diversity and sensitivity training, and abolished the offensive, counter-factual 1776 Commission. Unity and healing must begin with understanding and truth, not ignorance and lies.Today, I’m also issuing an executive order that will ultimately end the Justice Department’s use of the private prison indus- — private prisons, an industry that houses pretrial detrainees [sic] — detainees and federal prisoners.The executive order directs the Attorney General to decline to renew contracts with privately operated criminal facilities — a step we started to take at the end of the Obama administration and was reversed under the previous administration.This is the first step to stop corporations from profiteering off of incarcerating — incarceration that is less humane and less safe, as the studies show. And it is just the beginning of my administration’s plan to address systemic problems in our criminal justice system.Here’s another thing that we need to do: We need to restore and expand the Voting Rights Act — named after our dear friend, John Lewis — and continue to fight back against laws that many states are engaged in to suppress the right to vote, while expanding access to the ballot box for all eligible voters.Because here’s the deal, and I’ll close with this: I ran for President because I believe we’re in a battle for the soul of this nation. And the simple truth is, our soul will be troubled as long as systemic racism is allowed to persist. We can’t eliminate it if — it’s not going to be overnight. We can’t eliminate everything.But it’s corrosive, it’s destructive, and it’s costly. It costs every American, not just who have felt the sting of racial injustice. We aren’t just less of a — we are not just a nation of morally deprived because of systemic racism; we’re also less prosperous, we’re less successful, we’re less secure.So, we must change, and I know it’s going to take time. But I know we can do it. And I firmly believe the nation is ready to change, but government has to change as well. We need to make equity and justice part of what we do every day — today, tomorrow, and every day.Now I’m going to sign these executive actions to continue the work to make real the promise of America for every American. Again, I’m not promising we can end it tomorrow, but I promise you: We’re going to continue to make progress to eliminate systemic racism, and every branch of the White House and the federal government is going to be part of that effort.Thank you.This first executive order is a memorandum for the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to redress our nation’s and the federal government’s history of discriminatory housing practices and policies.(The executive order is signed.)The next executive order is reforming the incarceration system by eliminating the use of privately operated criminal detention facilities.(The executive order is signed.)The third executive order is a memorandum for the heads of executive departments and agencies on tribal consultation, and strengthening nation-to-nation relationships.(The executive order is signed.)The last executive order is condemning and combatting racism, xenophobia, and intolerance against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.(The executive order is signed.)I think the country is ready, and I know this administration is ready. Thank you.Q Mr. President, what did you talk to Vladimir Putin about?THE PRESIDENT: You. (Laughter.) He sent his best. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:america, american, Asia, Democrats’, Department of Health, Department of Justice, Emergency Management, Government, housing, Housing and Urban Development, Human Services, India, pacific, Republicans, United States, Urban Development, White Houselast_img read more

Celebrate employee learning in December

first_imgCategories:HR News Published: Nov. 7, 2019 Employee Learning Week (ELW) is a global campaign sponsored by the Association for Talent Development to highlight the important connection between learning and achieving organizational results. In 2010, ELW received recognition in the US Congress by Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), who recognized ELW with a resolution that appeared in the Congressional Record. During the first week of December, organizations all over the world host learning and recognition events to celebrate employee learning.Since 2018, CU Boulder has sponsored employee learning week events to recognize those who achieved the following during the year:Received degreesParticipated in apprentice programsReceived professional certificationsAttended professional conferencesSubmitted articles for publicationLearned new languagesAttended career-focused professional development courses Employee Learning Week CelebrationFree Breakfast and Growth Mindset Workshop!CU Boulder staff that participated in employee learning over the past year and thier supervisors are invited to a celebration of employee learning. This event recognizes employees who have participated in professional learning activities. Monday, December 2, 2019 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Program begins at 9:00 a.m. Kittredge Central Multipurpose RoomRegister for the Employee Learning Week CelebrationMore Employee Learning Week Events  Future of Work screening: a showing of Heather McGowan’s campus talkJoin CU Boulder Human Resources for a special viewing and discussion of the Sept. 25 campus talk by internationally renowned future-of-work strategist Heather McGowan on higher education’s challenges in confronting the changing nature of work.Tuesday, December 3, 2019 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Kittredge Central Multipurpose Room Participants are welcome to bring their lunch to this event.Register for the Future of Work Screeninglast_img read more

Sonoma Collection Wines Releases ‘Thinnings’

first_imgHome Industry News Releases Sonoma Collection Wines Releases ‘Thinnings’Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessSonoma Collection Wines Releases ‘Thinnings’By Press Release – May 28, 2021 68 0 AdvertisementLow Alcohol, Lower Calorie, Better for You!SONOMA, CA (May 28, 2021) — The family behind La Prenda Vineyards and Sonoma Collection wines has released an early harvest wine just in time for summer called ‘Thinnings’. The name ‘Thinnings’ refers to the practice of selectively removing grape clusters from the vines early in the season to manage quality and crop levels.When tasting Chardonnay grapes in 2018 the team found the grapes from our Sonoma Valley vineyards had an ideal balance of acidity and sugar early in the season. “We really enjoyed the clean flavors of these chardonnay grapes as they developed. The acid and sugar was in balance and we tasted tropical fruit flavors we really liked. We picked right away to capture the freshness of the early days of harvest,” said La Prenda Winemaker Michael Cox.If the quarantine has you looking for wine that is better for you, this light bodied, lower alcohol wine is it. The grapes are picked early when acid is high and sugar levels (Brix) are low, resulting in a naturally low alcohol wine. This is a pure expression of Chardonnay that is unencumbered by oak or buttery (malolactic) notes. Fresh and a bit shy in aromatics the wine opens up with a bit of time showing discreet hints of lime and green melon.  The wine is ultra-crisp and bright on the palate with notes of freshly sliced green apples. It truly encompasses our “Wines for Lunch” philosophy.Sonoma Collection is a family-owned venture featuring sustainably farmed wines honoring Sonoma Valley grape farmers. Sonoma Collection captured a top ten spot in Wine Business Monthly’s annual Hot Brands in 2015. Other labels include Fifth Hill, La Prenda, Happy Wife, Quarantine Wife and 95476. La Prenda Vineyards Management has been in business for 13 years and farms over 30 properties in the Sonoma Valley, Carneros, Sonoma Mountain and Bennett Valley appellations that are certified Fish Friendly Farming. They provide quality farming while increasingly incorporating mechanization in a changing farming environment. For more information visit Linkedin Twitter ReddIt Email Pinterest Share Facebook Previous articleAfternoon Brief, May 28thNext articleHospitality Industry Veteran Michael Ploetz Joins Tamber Bey Vineyards Press Release TAGSLa Prenda VineyardsSonoma Collection wines last_img read more

Child mortality, child growth failure indicators improve from 2000 to 2017: Study

first_img Share Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Related Posts News Comments (0) Balram BhargavaBiharchild mortalityEClinicalMedicineThe LancetUttar Pradesh Read Article Child mortality, child growth failure indicators improve from 2000 to 2017: Study By Press Trust of India on May 13, 2020 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” The highest number of under-five deaths in 2017 were in Uttar Pradesh (312,800 which included 165,800 neonatal deaths) and Bihar (141,500 which included 75,300 neonatal deaths)Although child mortality and child growth failure indicators have improved substantially across India from 2000 to 2017, inequality between districts has increased within many states, and there are wide variations between the districts, according to findings of the India State-Level Disease Burden Initiative released recently.The first comprehensive estimate of district-level trends of child mortality and child growth failure in India published in The Lancet and EClinicalMedicine, stated that if the trends observed up to 2017 were to continue, India would meet the SDG 2030 under-5 Mortality Rate (U5MR) target but not the SDG 2030 Neonatal Mortality Rate (NMR) target.“34 per cent of the districts in India would need higher U5MR reduction and 60 per cent districts would need higher NMR reduction to individually meet the SDG targets,” it stated.Child and maternal malnutrition were behind 68 per cent of the under-five fatalities in India, while low-birth weight and short gestation led to 83 per cent of neonatal deaths.The findings, which are part of two scientific papers on child survival, have been published at a time when the country is fighting COVID-19 pandemic.Health experts say, “They remind us that while we must do all that we can to control coronavirus infection, other crucial health issues in India should also continue to receive attention commensurate with their contribution to health loss in India.”The studies stated that the under- five Mortality Rate (U5MR) dropped in India since 2000 by 49 per cent but there is a six-fold variation in the rate between the states and 11-fold variation between districts of India.There were 1.04 million under-five deaths in India in 2017, of which 0.57 million were neonatal deaths, down from 2.24 million under-5 deaths, including 1.02 million neonatal deaths in 2000.The NMR has dropped by 38 per cent since 2000 but there is a five-fold variation in the rate between the states and eight-fold variation between districts of India, the study stated.“The reduction in NMR has been less than for U5MR, and this reduction has been quite variable across states and districts,” the study said.Child growth failure, measured as stunting, wasting and underweight has improved in India since 2000, but their rates vary four to five fold between the districts of India and the inequality between districts within many states has increased, it stated.Lower respiratory infections (17.9 per cent), preterm birth (15.6 pc), diarrhoeal diseases (9.9 per cent), and birth asphyxia and trauma (8.1 per cent) were the leading causes of under-five death in 2017Preterm birth (27.7 per cent), birth asphyxia and trauma (14.5 per cent), lower respiratory infections (11 per cent) and congenital birth defects (8.6 per cent) were the leading causes of neonatal deaths in 2017. Also,80 per cent of the neonatal deaths were in the early period of 0.6 days.“The district-level trends reported in these papers provide useful guidance for identifying priority districts in each state that need the highest attention,” ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava said.Rakhi Dandona, Professor, Public Health Foundation of India and the lead author of the child mortality paper, said, “Comparison of child mortality trends in each of the 723 districts of India with the National Health Policy and SDG targets has identified the districts with high gap where more targeted attention is needed. Bringing down death numbers among newborns in the first month of life by addressing specific causes of death is crucial. Malnutrition continues to be the leading risk factor for child death and low birth weight is the biggest component in this risk factor.”K Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India said, “Reductions in under-five child mortality and neonatal mortality are promising as we move towards SDG targets.”“Even neonatal mortality which was previously slow to change is now showing improvement. This decline needs to be further accelerated. Child malnutrition is a major determinant along with maternal malnutrition for these deaths and should be accorded highest priority for corrective action,” he said.While stark inter-state and inter-district differences in health and nutrition continue to be challenges, these gaps must be bridged through effective and equitable social development, nutrition and environmental health programmes.“Our preoccupation with COVID-19 should not let these development imperatives slip into the shadows,” he underlined.The highest number of under-five deaths in 2017 were in Uttar Pradesh (312,800 which included 165,800 neonatal deaths) and Bihar (141,500 which included 75,300 neonatal deaths).The study stated U5MR and NMR were lower with the increasing level of development of the states. In 2017, there was 5.7 fold variation in U5MR ranging from 10 per 1000 live births in the more developed  state of Kerala to 60 in the less developed state of UP, and 4.5 fold variation for NMR ranging from seven per 1000 live births in Kerala to 32 in UP.The annual rate of reduction from 2010 to 2017 for U5MR ranged among the states from 2.7 per cent in Nagaland to 6.5 per cent in Telangana, and for NMR from 1.8 per cent in Nagaland to 5.5 per cent in the high SDI state of Tamil Nadu.The annual rate of reduction of NMR was lower than that of U5MR in all states during 2010-2017, but this varied considerably between the states, the study stated. Add Commentlast_img read more