Monzo and Revolut cardholders can’t use their cards and might not for the rest of the day due to supplier issues

Monday 6 March 2017 8:00 am Update: A fourth firm, Curve, has also been affectedUpdate: More than half a dozen firms have been affected – read the full story here – while Monzo has published a blog post explaining what has gone wrong to customers.Update: In its most recent update to customers, Monzo said card payments had started working again but topups, payments to other users and monzo.me were still not functioning.Update: Full service has been returned to Monzo early on Monday morning, with the majority of services also returned to other firms affected. Lynsey Barber “We will be conducting a full review of how and why this happened and what can be done, both us and the supplier, to ensure this does not happen again.”Many users on Twitter aired their annoyance with the disruption. However, one user even gave Monzo a thumbs up for its communication.”Thanks for the info, you’re the first bank I’ve used that give a push notification when stuff isn’t working. Thumbs up”. Update: A third startup in the fintech space, Loot, has also been affected. Share Monzo and Revolut cardholders can’t use their cards and might not for the rest of the day due to supplier issues whatsapp Monzo cardholders are unable to use the digital challenger bank to make payments or send money and might not be able to for the rest of the day.In a notification sent to customers, the startup said there have been issues since just before 10 am on Sunday morning due to one of its suppliers running “an unexpected large migration” with no estimate of when services will return. The issue is also affecting Revolut, another fintech startup which issues cards to customers. Both firms are advising customers to use another card and apologised for any inconvenience. “Your money is safe and this is only a temporary issue,” Monzo assured customers. whatsapp read more

In pictures: Westminster gets festive as parliament unveils Christmas tree

first_imgIt continues a long tradition of parliament’s mammoth Christmas trees, which have been sourced from the Kielder Forest for the last 19 years. In pictures: Westminster gets festive as parliament unveils Christmas tree The 43-feet spruce has taken up its traditional position outside parliament (Credit: UK Parliament/Roger Harris) Also Read: In pictures: Westminster gets festive as parliament unveils Christmas tree whatsapp The 43-feet spruce has taken up its traditional position outside parliament (Credit: UK Parliament/Roger Harris) The parliament tree has been sourced from the Kielder Forest for the last 19 years (Credit: UK Parliament/Roger Harris) Share The 43-feet tall Sitka spruce took up its traditional place in the grounds of the historic House of Commons. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeBigGlobalTravelCelebrities That Are Still Married TodayBigGlobalTravelPost FunGreat Songs That Artists Are Now Embarrassed OfPost FunAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorGameday NewsMichael Oher Tells A Whole Different Story About ‘The Blind Side’Gameday NewsBleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreakerLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthSoGoodly20 Historical Photos They Dare Not Show You In SchoolSoGoodly The main tree is located in New Palace Yard beneath Big Ben in the Palace of Westminster. Two other smaller trees stand in Westminster Hall and Speaker’s House. More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgcenter_img James Warrington Saturday 21 November 2020 4:34 pm “We really appreciate the gift from Forestry England, which comes at a time when we all need to support each other, and none more so than at Christmas.  “I hope the tree, when it’s decorated, will act as a beacon of hope that life will one day return to normal.” Westminster is gearing up for the start of the festive period after parliament’s mammoth Christmas tree was unveiled. The 43-feet spruce has taken up its traditional position outside parliament (Credit: UK Parliament/Roger Harris) Also Read: In pictures: Westminster gets festive as parliament unveils Christmas tree whatsapp Show Comments ▼ The prodigious plant began its life in Northumberland’s Kielder Forest, before being transferred to SW1 by Forestry England. “I am so pleased we are able to keep at least one of our annual traditions, so it is wonderful to see the arrival of this year’s Christmas tree, which I hope will raise spirits in these troubled times,” said Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons.last_img read more

Richardson Highway tank spill totals more than 3,500 gallons

first_imgEnergy & Mining | Environment | Interior | WildlifeRichardson Highway tank spill totals more than 3,500 gallonsSeptember 7, 2016 by Tim Ellis, KUAC-Fairbanks Share:Investigators say multiple punctures enabled most of the 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel in this tanker to quickly leak out after it overturned Monday near the intersection of Lost Lake Road and the Richardson Highway. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation)Cleanup work continues today near Birch Lake where a tractor-trailer tank loaded with 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel overturned Monday, spilling the fuel into a ditch that runs between a small wetland and the Richardson Highway.The workers are trying to keep fuel from seeping into the wetland or the lake.Alaska state environmental officials say a fuel spill from an overturned fuel tank off the Richardson Highway totaled more than 3,500 gallons, the Associated Press reported.The Department of Environmental Conservation said Wednesday the cleanup continues at mile 306 of the highway, where the accident involving the Big State Logistics tank occurred Monday afternoon.Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation on-site coordinator Tom DeRuyter said workers Tuesday suctioned just more than 11,000 gallons of fuel-and-water mix from a ditch just south of the roadside pulloff to the Birch Lake State Recreation Site.they also plugged some culverts that runs under that stretch of the Richardson Highway to prevent contaminated water from flowing in to Birch Lake, DeRuyter said.“No oil has been seen on the lake,” he said Tuesday afternoon. “Is there oil infiltrating underneath the roadway? I suspect there is.”Workers pushed up dirt berms to limit fuel from flowing into the wetland. He says the marshy area sits a bit higher than the lake, so he thinks the fuel is more likely to flow downgradient in the other direction.“It all goes toward the lake,” he said, “and that’s why the culverts are plugged and … we’re watching those to make sure no oil gets into the culvert system.”Tests will be conducted to determine whether diesel leaked into the wetland or lake. DeRuyter said the first priority is removing fuel and contaminated soil, which is why workers began building a roadway Tuesday to enable equipment to get in to the area to begin excavating.“We still have pure fuel that’s leaking out of the vegetative mat and is forming pools on-site,” he said. “We need to get rid of that and the heavily contaminated soil and the vegetation that’s hold the oil and allowing it to leak out slowly. And that’s really the first step in this process.”DEC and Alaska State Troopers both are investigating the spill and the equipment failure that apparently led to it.Troopers say there were no injuries.DEC says it hasn’t received any reports of wildlife being affected by the fuel.A Trooper spokesperson couldn’t yet provide specifics, but said it appears the driver was not speeding.Photos taken by DEC show what appeared to be jagged edges around the tip of the tongue that connected the rear tank to the tanker truck – which was carrying another 9,000 gallons of diesel.Troopers said the Big State Logistics tanker was just rounding the bend of the long curve along the southern shore of Birch Lake about 1 p.m. Monday when somehow the trailer in tow broke loose, hit the ditch and overturned.ADEC said the tank had multiple punctures and that most if not all of the 5,000 gallons of diesel in the tank quickly leaked out.Mark Lockwood says he saw the tanker approach as he was sitting in his truck at the intersection of Lost Lake Road, waiting to get onto the highway and get back to Fairbanks.“The fuel truck got past me,” he said, “I looked again, nobody was coming, pulled out. And the fuel truck was pulling over to the side of the road – sans trailer, and a hitch dangling. And so I just missed seeing that happen.”A DEC news release says crews and equipment will be working around the cleanup site today, and that flaggers will be controlling traffic along that stretch of the highway around milepost 306.Share this story:last_img read more

News / US import boom hits new heights, with ships queueing to enter congested ports

first_img Congestion levels at the major North America container gateways are now expected to persist until the summer, as the consumer-driven import boom continues.April set new records, according to new data from PIERS, which recorded 31% year-on-year growth in containerised imports to the US from Asia.It said 1.57m teu arrived from Asia last month, the most on record, and it was the tenth consecutive month for year-on-year growth.“The container import boom shows no sign of slowing as lockdown eases. This high volume is set to stay with us for the months ahead as the economy recovers,” said Brendan Neary, associate director PIERS by IHS Markit.The Los Angeles/Long Beach gateway has borne the brunt of the import surge and, during the first months of the year, has already handled 3.1m teu, an increase of 46% on the same period last year, PIERS said.However, US east coast ports, which handle a large volume of imports from South-east Asia via the Suez Canal, saw their market share from Asia drop slightly to 33% in the first four months of 2021, compared with the same period in 2020.A Hapag-Lloyd customer advisory this week warned US importers and forwarders: “All [west coast] terminals are extremely congested due to the spike in import volumes and, based on current projections, the congestion is expected to last until through the summer.”At the Port of Los Angeles, there are 10 vessels at anchor waiting for a berth and Long Beach records nine waiting, and despite both ports putting in considerable efforts to increase the speed of cargo through their terminals, they are constrained by intermodal capacity limits.“The LAX/LGB rail operations from all terminals continue to deteriorate due lack of rail capacity and railcars from the UP rail. This is affecting all on/off dock intermodal,” said Hapag-Lloyd.It also noted that congestion levels at Oakland had reached similar levels, with 20 vessels waiting to berth on Friday.The carrier added: “Massive import volumes combined with labour shortages are the biggest drivers of continued congestion and vessel operations delays. While exports and empty inventory have eased recently, congestion focuses on the import surge over the last month. On-terminal imports are averaging up to 50% over previous months.”In the first four months of the year, Oakland saw imports increase 19% year on year, to 731,000 teu. At the same time, however, it saw exports decrease in April by 3.1%, year on year, due to the continuing shortage of containers available to US exporters.To hear more about shippers’ transpacific pain, check out this clip from The Loadstar Podcast.Your browser does not support the audio element.Or listen to it all, go here. Photo 191733456 / Cargo © Sheila Fitzgerald | Dreamstime.com By Gavin van Marle 27/05/2021last_img read more

Why drug makers share their prized compound libraries with competitors

first_img Pharmaceutical companies amass huge libraries of chemical compounds they can test to see if one just might be capable of being developed into a new drug. But what if, even with millions of compounds, you’re missing some that could lead to your next blockbuster treatment?That was the idea behind Friday’s announcement that AstraZeneca and Sanofi will swap 210,000 compounds from their libraries, giving each company new compounds to screen. (It’s worth noting, as STAT Pharmalot Ed Silverman columnist points out, “the move comes as both companies struggle to replenish their product portfolios and appease restive shareholders.”)Companies measure the potential of the compounds through a process called high-throughput screening, in which the compounds are tested on different cells or molecules to see if they are a “hit” for a certain disease target. If there is a hit, scientists work to refine the compound and then start testing it in animal models to explore if it could eventually provide the foundation for a new drug. It takes years even if all goes well, but it’s one key way that drugs are discovered. (Companies also try to design compounds specifically for certain disease targets instead of doing the mass testing that this type of screening requires.)advertisement About the Author Reprints Pharmaceutical companies amass huge libraries of chemical compounds they can test to see if one just might be capable of being developed into a new drug. By Andrew Joseph Nov. 20, 2015 Reprints @DrewQJoseph Tags AstraZenecadrug developmentSanofi AstraZeneca has shared before with industryAbout four years ago, AstraZeneca and Bayer opened up their libraries to each other, but they only screened the compounds on targets that were not relevant to the other company. (In the AstraZeneca-Sanofi deal, no restrictions were placed on the screening.) One interesting discovery: Scientists from AstraZeneca and Bayer reported in Drug Discovery Today in 2012 that there was little overlap between the two collections, concluding that “one can effectively access a large collection of additional, diverse, high-quality and well-kept screening compounds … [in] the screening collection of a competing pharmaceutical company.”…and with academiaLast year, AstraZeneca launched a partnership with the Academic Drug Discovery Consortium, a network of more than 130 academic drug discovery centers formed in 2012. The consortium does not have its own compound library, and academic institutions may only have a few thousand compounds in their libraries. With the partnership, selected researchers get access to 250,000 of AstraZeneca’s compounds. The compounds are sent to the scientists, who perform the screening on targets they develop. For researchers, the program opens the door to a wealth of compounds, and for AstraZeneca, the company typically gets the first chance to license any promising technology. “A lot of the biology expertise and knowledge about the genes and the disease, that comes largely from academia,” said Matthew Hartman, secretary and treasurer of the consortium.Biotech and pharma will partner with the government as wellRobots at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, an arm of the National Institutes of Health, perform 3 million tests a week of roughly 500,000 compounds on different disease targets. The scientists there regularly work with biotechnology companies who want to study how certain disease targets respond to certain compounds. “They may not have the chemical libraries, they may not have the screening technology,” said Ajit Jadhav of NCATS. The center’s researchers can also help the companies polish the compounds to get them ready for further testing.Europe’s in the gameScientists recently formed the Joint European Compound Library with 321,000 compounds that originated in pharmaceutical companies’ libraries and plan to make 200,000 more compounds in the next four years. The library will be open to academics and biotech companies who otherwise would not have access to such a collection. “The emerging picture of a low chemical similarity between the independent screening libraries suggests that an efficient and cost-effective way to generate a highly diverse library would be to combine the libraries from multiple companies,” scientists wrote in February in Drug Discovery Today. “The combined chemical space explored by all the collections would be available and this would maximize the chances of hits against a novel biological target.”Some pharmaceutical companies are sharing selections, but don’t expect open accessThe compounds remain incredibly valuable to companies. “The library, the chemical compounds, are usually the cherished jewel of the company,” said Barbara Slusher, president of the Academic Drug Discovery Consortium and neuroscientist at Johns Hopkins University. “So they’re still quite reluctant to give that out in an unencumbered fashion.”center_img [email protected] General Assignment Reporter Andrew covers a range of topics, from addiction to public health to genetics. Andrew Joseph BusinessWhy drug makers share their prized compound libraries with competitors Here are six things you should know about compound libraries, and how different groups are trying to leverage them to improve drug discovery.The companies don’t worry about honing in on the same compoundCompanies want to protect their compounds: They spend a lot of money building and acquiring new ones, and they are intellectual property. So what if a compound turns out to be a hit for both Sanofi and AstraZeneca? First off, most hits don’t actually lead to new drugs. And even if both companies pursued the same chemicals, their scientists do so much work creating “lead compounds” and improving them that any resulting drugs would almost certainly not match. “Each of those is just a potential starting point for a drug discovery project,” said Stephen Frye, a former GlaxoSmithKline scientist who now directs the Center for Integrative Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. That’s why the trade between the two companies involves what is known as “precompetitive” research.advertisementlast_img read more

Super subs Devoy and Thornton strike late to fire Portlaoise CBS to U-16 Leinster final

first_img Pinterest By Alan Hartnett – 20th May 2019 Twitter The CBS made the perfect start when Conor Goode was dragged down for a penalty in the first minute and captain Josh Mulhall stepped up and smashed the ball into the top corner of the net.But the Dublin champions were no pushovers and wind assisted, they fired over the next four points via Eoin O hAodha, Oilibhear Birch and Somhairle Mac Conchubhair to take the lead.Portlaoise CBS keeper Conor Brown also had to be smart in the first half as he was forced into two fine saves to keep the Lucan men at bay. Portlaoise CBS U-16 Portlaoise CBS 3-9 Colaiste Cois Life (Dublin) 0-14Top Oil Leinster PP School U-16 Football ‘C’ Semi FinalSuper subs James Devoy and Aaron Thornton came off the bench and scored a goal each in the final three minutes as Portlaoise CBS came from behind to claim a Leinster final place.Stradbally’s Devoy, who is only in First Year, was making his first appearance of the season for the South Leinster champions and it was his goal which regained control of the game for the CBS before Thornton finished off Dublin champions Colaiste Cois Life from Lucan a couple of minutes later.This is a remarkable victory for Portlaoise CBS who went into the game without the likes of Cormac Dunne, DJ White, Ben Dempsey and Kevin Swayne – while their chances were further weakened ten minutes into the second half when Laois minor midfielder Conor Goode was shown a black card.But Paul Cahillane and Geoff Brennan’s side are made of stern stuff and along with the two subs already mentioned, The Heath’s Jack Reddy and Timahoe’s Daire McDonald also made big impacts when introduced. Previous articleMedals galore for Laois athletes as Leinster School’s Track & Field finalsNext articleRemember the Game: O’Dempsey’s claim U-16 football honours in 2009 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. Facebook Home Sport GAA Super subs Devoy and Thornton strike late to fire Portlaoise CBS to… SportGAAGaelic Football TAGSPortlaoise CBS Twitter Super subs Devoy and Thornton strike late to fire Portlaoise CBS to U-16 Leinster final Facebook Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory WhatsApp Two each from Paddy Hosey and Noah Fingleton regained the lead for Portlaoise CBS but a brace from Eoin O hAodha saw the sides level at 1-4 to 0-7 at the midpoint of the half.Portlaoise CBS almost had another goal through Hosey but his effort came back off the post and another point from him was all they would manage in the remainder of the half.Somhairle Mac Conchubhair and Eoin O hAodha split the posts for Colaiste Cois Life as they took a 0-9 to 1-5 lead into the interval.That margin was extended by Oilibhear Birch on the resumption of play but two points from James Connolly and another from Paddy Hosey had the CBS 1-8 to 0-10 ahead after 35 minutes.Eoin O hAodha levelled it again and although Connolly pushed the CBS back in front with 15 minutes to play, Colasite Cois Life got the next three points to go two ahead as we entered the closing three minutes and it was looking bleak for the CBS.First Year was on the field at this stage and when Paddy Hosey cut inside to find the youngster in front of goal, he turned onto his left side and shot low into the bottom corner.From the resulting kick-out, Josh Hogan-O’Brien, who worked tirelessly around midfield with Sam Birrane, Dan Daly and Josh Mulhall throughout, was fouled. James Connolly lobbed the ball in and it broke to sub Aaron Thornton who side-footed it to the net.Three minutes of injury time followed but the CBS held on and now reach the final stage.The lads now have a Leinster final to prepare for against the North Leinster champions which is likely to take place later this week.SCORERS – PORTLAOISE CBS: Paddy Hosey 0-4, James Connolly 0-3 (one free), James Devoy, Aaron Thornton and Josh Mulhall (penalty) 1-0 each, Noah Fingleton 0-2 COLAISTE COIS LIFE: Eoin O hAodha 0-5 (two frees), Oilibhear Birch (three frees) and Somhairle Mac Conchubhair 0-4 each, Alex Bairead 0-1PORTLAOISE CBS: Conor Brown (Portlaoise); Jamie Preston (Portlaoise), Jack Tobin (Portlaoise), Tommy Keegan (Emo); Marc Ramsbottom (Park-Ratheniska), Simon Fingleton (Park-Ratheniska), Gary Whelan (Portlaoise); Josh Mulhall (Park-Ratheniska), Sam Birrane (Portlaoise); Josh Hogan-O’Brien (Portlaoise), James Connolly (Park-Ratheniska), Dan Daly (The Heath); Noah Fingleton (Park-Ratheniska), Paddy Hosey (Emo), Conor Goode (Stradbally). Subs: Daire McDonald (Timahoe) for Preston (36), Aaron Thornton (The Heath) for Goode (40, black card), Jack Reddy (The Heath) for Whelan (43), James Devoy (Stradbally) for N Fingleton (45)COLAISTE COIS LIFE: Cathal O Duda; Sean Airneis, Daithi O Maitin, Rossa O Briain; Fionn O Giollain, Jamie O Laimhin, Cillian O Dochartaigh; Deiric O Cathail, Maitiu Mac Giolla Phoil; Dylan Mac Muiri, Somhairle Mac Conchubhair, Oilibhear Birch; Alex O Floinn, Eoin O hAodha, Alex BaireadSEE ALSO – Sadness in Emo as much-loved Eileen Kirwan passes away GAA Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA WhatsApp GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Imagine Broadband’s product offering to consumers

first_imgHome Sponsored Imagine Broadband’s product offering to consumers Sponsored RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA By LaoisToday Reporter – 4th July 2019 Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Imagine Broadband’s product offering to consumers GAA TAGSImagine Broadband Superfast Broadband is now a reality for homes and businesses in County Laois thanks to Imagine.Laois is starting to see the benefits of the €300m investment Imagine is making in Superfast Broadband to cover over 1 million homes and businesses across Ireland within the next 18 months.While communities in the likes of Durrow, Borris-in-Ossory, Mountmellick, and the areas in between are already benefiting from Imagine’s new network build, a number of other areas have also been added, giving some 3000 plus properties in the county access to superfast broadband.Extensive coverage works have taken place in the county with the area’s from Killeshin to Clonaslee and Killenard to Rathdowney now also in coverage for Superfast broadband.Imagine Broadband’s Product offering to consumersUp to 150Mb Unlimited Home Broadband + Phone (Inc. All local, national and UK landline calls and 60 mins calls to Irish mobiles) Price €59.99 month Inc. VatBasic Business Product – Small Office/Home Office includes Unlimited Broadband + Phone and Calls (inc. All local, national and UK landline calls are 60 mins calls to Irish mobiles). Price €48.77 month ex. VatAbout 5G Fixed Broadband The latest generation of 4G Fixed broadband is capable of delivering 300Mbps services which far exceeds current user demand and has become an established alternative high-speed broadband solution. It faced the challenge of traditional fixed line companies marketing FTTH as the only solution that could meet future demand for high-speed broadband. Having failed to deliver, the arrival of the next generation of ‘Massive’ capacity 5G technology, capable of speeds well above 1Gbps and expected to exceed 10Gbps has changed all of that. 5G Fixed Broadband has become a game changer in the industry and significant challenger to traditional fixed line telecoms companies. Avoiding the significant cost and time to bring cables across poles and through underground ducts to homes, 5G technology allows providers to deploy high-speed broadband to large numbers of consumers in a short timeframe. 5G itself allows for extremely rapid download (up to 100 times faster than 4G) and upload speeds and decreased latency (i.e. the time it takes for devices to communicate with each other).5G Fixed Broadband has now become a mainstream alternative to FTTH to deliver future-proofed Next Generation high-speed broadband to homes and businesses. With major telecoms companies around the world, including Google Fibre, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint in the US already rolling out 5G Fixed Broadband as an alternative to FTTH and a quicker way to deliver high-speed broadband.Developed to provide the massive capacity needed to support the next generation of 5G mobile services including the internet of things, driverless cars, artificial intelligence and virtual reality, 5G Fixed Broadband is currently the primary business model and driver of commercial 5G infrastructure investment across the world.With the early release of 5G spectrum, Ireland will be one of the first countries in Europe to see the benefit from further innovative 5G services. The first 5G commercial launch of Imagines 5G Fixed Broadband Network will immediately deliver the benefit of high-speed broadband to homes and businesses.SEE ALSO – Rural Laois being connected to Imagine’s superfast broadband network Facebook Previous articleForest trails and incredible views in the Adventure Race at this year’s Folly Festival in CullohillNext articleIn Pictures: All smiles at Abbeyleix Cul Camp as Joe McDonagh Cup on show again LaoisToday Reporter Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp GAA Twitter Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Healthy Buffs: 4 steps to staying healthy this flu season

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Viruses like the cold and flu can last 7-10 days, meaning symptoms like a stuffy nose, body aches, fatigue and a sore throat can stick around for a while. Since antibiotics typically don’t work for cold and flu viruses, it’s all about staying as healthy as possible, boosting the immune system, and finding symptom relief. So how do we do it?1. Get a flu shotYear after year the flu vaccine has been proven to be the most effective way to prevent the flu. Free flu shots are available to all CU Boulder students at specific walk-in hours on campus beginning Oct. 3 (just bring your Buff OneCard).Wardenburg Health Center:Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.Rec Center Wellness Suite/Fitwell Office:Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m.Tuesdays, 5 to 7 p.m.Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.2. Protect yourself from germsWash your hands often—in the bathroom, before eating, after class, there’s no bad time! If warm water and soap aren’t available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a good alternative.3. Keep the immune system high-functioningOur immune systems are impacted by everything we do, from what we eat to our stress levels, so eating regular balanced meals, hydrating with lots of water, and sleeping 7-9 hours a night all help strengthen our bodies. When we’re well-rested, well-resourced and well-nourished, we’re more capable of fighting off an infection.4. Practice good health habitsWipe down communal surfaces like doorknobs and counters with disinfectant to kill any germs that may be around, cough and sneeze into your elbow or sleeve (but not hands, since hands touch everything), and stay home when you’re not feeling well. When we look out for each other, we all stay healthier in the long run.If you do find yourself not feeling well, try these tips: drink warm liquids like tea to soothe a sore throat, get extra rest to let your body recover, and use over-the-counter remedies as appropriate to find relief. Your body works hard to fight off these viruses and get you back into peak condition, so be kind to it!In fact, treat it to some cold care supplies on us: cough drops, tissues, tea, honey sticks, gargling salt, and hand sanitizer are all available free to CU Boulder students in the Health Promotion Resource Center located in UMC 411.  More health tips Published: Sept. 28, 2016 center_img Categories:Healthy BuffsCampus Communitylast_img read more

Crime is Jamaica’s Biggest Problem – Minister Bunting

first_imgStory HighlightsNational Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, says that in spite of achievements made last year, crime and corruption remains the main obstacles to rapid growth and development in Jamaica.Speaking at the launch of the Jamaica Employers’ Federation’s (JEF) 31st annual business and workplace convention and expo, held at the Knutsford Court hotel in New Kingston on January 22, the Minister said increased investment in the fight against crime and violence would augur well for the country’s economy.“The truth of the matter is… investment in national security is an investment in Jamaica’s economic growth and development,” he stated. Advertisements RelatedCrime is Jamaica’s Biggest Problem – Minister Bunting FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedCrime is Jamaica’s Biggest Problem – Minister Buntingcenter_img National Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, says that in spite of achievements made last year, crime and corruption remains the main obstacles to rapid growth and development in Jamaica.Speaking at the launch of the Jamaica Employers’ Federation’s (JEF) 31st annual business and workplace convention and expo, held at the Knutsford Court hotel in New Kingston on January 22, the Minister said increased investment in the fight against crime and violence would augur well for the country’s economy.“The truth of the matter is… investment in national security is an investment in Jamaica’s economic growth and development,” he stated.The Security Minister pointed out that a number of studies conducted by the World Bank and various other multilateral organizations show that crime continues to be Jamaica’s biggest problem.He pointed to a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of the West Indies, which showed that for the last four decades if Jamaica had a normal crime rate, the country’s economy would be between three and 10 times the size it is now, in terms of Gross Development Product (GDP).“And that doesn’t even take into account the pain and suffering and grief and misery that this has caused,” he stated.Mr. Bunting also said that the country is currently ranked 97 on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) competitiveness index, slipping 30 places in the last five years.“This has an impact on investor confidence and I don’t need to tell you about the impact it has on the cost of doing business in Jamaica and more generally, just eroding the quality of life,” he stated.The Minister reiterated plans to further reduce all crimes by double digits for 2013. Jamaica recorded a seven per cent reduction in murders, shootings and other serious crimes in 2012, to register the lowest number of offences the country has seen in the last nine years.Mr. Bunting informed that among the measures he will be implementing over the next five years to achieve his target, is an increase in the number of “boots on the ground”.He noted that the Ministry is looking to recruit an additional 5,000 soldiers and police officers to further boost the crime fighting capacity of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).He also said the security forces would need an additional 500 vehicles, every year, for the next four years to improve their mobility. Crime is Jamaica’s Biggest Problem – Minister Bunting National SecurityJanuary 23, 2013Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker RelatedCrime is Jamaica’s Biggest Problem – Minister Buntinglast_img read more

Jamaica Cops EU Women Empowerment Award

first_imgRelatedTime Ripe For Media To Set Up Complaints Council – Minister Falconer Jamaica has been honoured by the European Union (EU) for its role in the empowerment of women, in particular for closing the gender gap in terms of women, who work in public administration.A beaming Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, accepted the award on behalf of Jamaica, during a high profile gala and awards dinner hosted on Wednesday, November 27, by the Women In Parliaments (WIP) Global Forum, at the Royal Museum Of Art and History in Brussels, Belgium.The award is given to a country that has achieved a remarkable level of representation by women in the legislature, as senior officials and managers.“I find it gratifying that the European Union has recognized Jamaica’s achievement in the area of gender equality. I accept with a spirit of humility on behalf of the women of Jamaica, who I represent, and to whom I pay tribute this evening,” she said.Mrs. Simpson Miller noted that many Jamaican women continue to make their mark in their various spheres of endeavors despite the odds. She thanked the European Parliament and WIPs Forum for their initiative in providing an avenue for discussion on women’s leadership, noting that the experience has been enriching.“Let us therefore vow to make gender equality a reality in this generation,” she urged the participants.The Prime Minister urged the young women in the audience to pursue their dream and not to be daunted by obstacles. “I want to say to the young women, be strong, be courageous. There are some who will say that politics is not a good thing, but if it is not good and good people do not get involved, it will remain bad, so we need to be engaged and involved,” she said to loud cheers from the packed room.She stated that politics is an area where women can influence change in policy. Mrs. Simpson Miller urged the young women to use the successful women in the room as examples, telling them “you can make a contribution to your country and to humanity.”She said her greatest joy is serving.President of the EU- Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Foundation, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, who made the presentation to the Prime Minister, noted that 28 per cent of the country’s mayors and 56 per cent of Permanent Secretaries are females. In addition females dominate top positions such as Chief Justice, accountant general and other top public posts.The WIP awards are based on the rankings of the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report, and are awarded to countries for leadership in closing the gender gap.The gender gap report assesses 135 countries, representing more than 93 per cent of the world’s population on how well resources and opportunities are divided among male and female populations. It measures the size of the gender gap in four areas: economic participation and opportunity – salaries, participation and highly skilled employment; education – access to basic and higher levels of education; political empowerment – representation in decision making structures; health and survival – life expectancy and sex ratio.Other winners in the category of political empowerment are Rwanda, for Women in Parliament; and Ireland for number of years with Female Head of State. Iceland was named the Global Winner in Closing the Gender Gap. Jamaica Cops EU Women Empowerment Award Office of the Prime MinisterNovember 28, 2013Written by: Andrea Braham Story HighlightsJamaica has been honoured by the European Union (EU) for its role in the empowerment of women.The award is given to a country that has achieved a remarkable level of representation by women in the legislature.The Prime Minister urged the young women in the audience to pursue their dream. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementscenter_img Jamaica Cops EU Women Empowerment AwardJIS 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 RelatedMinister Falconer Clarifies ‘Guidelines’ to Media Photo: JIS PhotographerPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller (right), proudly holds the award given to Jamaica for bridging the gender gap in terms of women in public administration, awarded by the European Union. The presentation was made during a high profile gala and awards dinner hosted by the Women In Parliaments (WIP) Global Forum, on November 27, at the Royal Museum Of Art and History in Brussels, Belgium. Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of Rwanda, Donatille Mukabalisa (left), accepted the award on behalf of her country for Women in Parliament; while Speaker of the Senate in Ireland, Paddy Burke, accepted the award for his country, which was recognized for the number of years with Female Head of State. RelatedPM Says Lack of Funding Keeping Women Out of Politicslast_img read more