Union Bank of Nigeria Plc (UBN.ng) Q32014 Interim Report

first_imgUnion Bank of Nigeria Plc (UBN.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Union Bank of Nigeria Plc (UBN.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Union Bank of Nigeria Plc (UBN.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Union Bank of Nigeria Plc (UBN.ng)  2014 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileUnion Bank of Nigeria Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria providing banking products and services for individuals, small and medium-sized enterprises and corporations. The company also has business interests in the United Kingdom. The company provides a full-service offering ranging from transactional accounts, savings accounts and fixed deposits to personal and corporate loans, overdrafts and online and mobile banking services. Union Bank of Nigeria Plc also offers credit solutions which includes asset finance, corporate lending, debit capital finance, supplier finance, working capital finance and project finance as well as investment management services and trade finance solutions. The latter includes import and export letters of credit, bonds and guarantees and import and export bills of collection. Union Bank of Nigeria Plc offers treasury solutions, money market instruments, debt market services, cash management services and fixed term deposits. Founded in 2017, the company is a subsidiary of Union Global Partners Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Union Bank of Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Fincorp Investment Ltd (FINC.mu) 2017 Annual Report

first_imgFincorp Investment Ltd (FINC.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Investment sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about Fincorp Investment Ltd (FINC.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Fincorp Investment Ltd (FINC.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Fincorp Investment Ltd (FINC.mu)  2017 annual report.Company ProfileFincorp Investment Limited operates solely as an investment company that is fully owned by the Mauritius Commercial Bank. The company offers services in funds management, property investment, and specialised services in mortgaging, property investment products and property development. Fincorp Investment Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Enterprise Group Limited (EGL.gh) HY2019 Interim Report

first_imgEnterprise Group Limited (EGL.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about Enterprise Group Limited (EGL.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Enterprise Group Limited (EGL.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Enterprise Group Limited (EGL.gh)  2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileEnterprise Group Limited is a leading financial services and insurance group in Ghana. The company operates in 6 segments; non-life assurance, life assurance, pension administration, real estate, funeral services and investments. Enterprise Group Limited offers an extensive portfolio of products and services ranging from funeral finance and family income protection to micro insurance, corporate risk, fidelity guarantee, cash-in-safe, home and personal assets protection and product liability insurance policies. Enterprise Group Limited also assists with pension fund management and real estate development and management. The company was founded in 1924 and its head office is in Accra, Ghana. Enterprise Group Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Julia’s House named top charity to work for by The Sunday Times

first_img  32 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Awards Management Howard Lake | 2 March 2011 | News Julia’s House named top charity to work for by The Sunday Times AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Dorset children’s hospice Julia’s House has been named the number one charity or public sector employer by The Sunday Times in its ‘100 Best Places to Work in the Public and Charity Sectors’ list. This is the first time a hospice has won the award.The Top 100 is run by Best Companies, in association with The Sunday Times, and is based on direct feedback from staff to independent assessors about what it is like to work for their employer. Among the factors measured are training, management, leadership, staff wellbeing and personal development.Four other hospices made the Top 100 list: St David’s Foundation Hospice Care (9th), Princess Alice Hospice (20th), EACH children’s hospice (49th), and St Nicholas Hospice Care (60th). Indeed charities made up over three quarters of the top 100.Julia’s House, which has 125 staff, had already made it into the top 20 of the Best 100 Small Companies list two years running, before the specific list for the public and charity sectors was introduced.Chief Executive and former fundraiser Martin Edwards commented: “There is a real risk of burnout among staff who work in stressful situations caring for children who will die young, as well as for our fundraisers who are facing a tough economic climate, so to get such positive feedback like this is a credit to everyone in the charity. It is the result of several years of attention to detail and innovation in workforce engagement that has also seen our staff sickness levels fall and staff turnover halve.”Developments in staff support include a confidential counselling service, regular ‘free-speak’ focus groups to evaluate how to improve as an employer, and training in emotional intelligence based on research into what constitutes outstanding interpersonal skills.Edwards told UK Fundraising: “Our engagement scores have gone up (regardless of relative ranking) this year due mainly to staff rating their line managers even higher”, which he attributes to the surgery-style discussions with line managers about their development needs.www.juliashouse.orglast_img read more

What We’re Reading: Pop-stars and politics

first_imgRevamped enrollment process confuses some students What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ Twitter Grace Amiss + posts Facebook Linkedin Grace Amiss is a senior journalism major and managing editor for TCU360. When she is not reporting she is most likely raving about her golden retriever or taking a spin class. Grace is currently writing about student life at TCU, so feel free to drop her a line if you come across a story you feel is worth sharing! Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ Language barriers remain in TCU’s alert system Flu activity remains high in Texas printWe’re back and we’re reading – everything from the “New York Times” to the “Wall Street Journal.” We’re trying to help you keep up with the rapid pace of politics and policy. Today we’ve got Trump, Taylor Swift, and how a terrible disease is affecting children.Democrats…are you ready for this?Taylor Swift may have an album titled “Red,” but her political views are shades of blue.The country bell turned pop-star revealed in an Instagram post her support for Tennessee Democrats Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper, both of whom are running for Senate and House of Representatives, respectively.According to CNN, Swift admitted to being “reluctant” about voicing her political views in the past, but decided to break her silence due “to several events in [her] life and in the world in the past two years” making her “feel very different now.”She also encouraged those who recently turned 18 to cast their vote.The time to vote is now…literally! The 2018 midterm elections are almost here — and for some states, today is the last day to register to vote.Time is ticking for residences of Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah — their last chance to register is today, Oct. 9.If you live in Alaska and Rhode Island we’ve got bad news — you’ve missed your deadline.Check your state’s voter registration deadline here.Stormy Daniels regrets the Trump TMI  Adult Film Star and recently published author, Stormy Daniels, has regrets about the way she wrote about President Donald Trump’s genitalia — depicting it as a form of “body shaming.” “Now that, you know, the book is out and people are reading about it and it’s all over the internet, I actually feel pretty terrible about it,” Daniels said Sunday on “60 Minutes Australia.”Daniel’s tell-all exposé, “Full Disclosure,” was released to bookstores last week. For two pages, she described her alleged romantic affair in 2006 with Trump.Trump has denied the relationship with Daniels, but acknowledged reimbursing his former lawyer Michael Cohen for a $130,000 payment to Daniels.More Trump, More Kavanaugh These two names have been circulating in seemingly every headline across the nation and has even made its way to PolitiFrog.President Donald Trump is claiming the sexual assault allegations made against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh are nothing more than a “hoax.”Trump pointed the finger at the Democrats, stating that it was their latest dishonest “charade.”“The things they said about him, I don’t even think he ever heard of the words. It was all made up. It was fabricated and it’s a disgrace and I think it’s gonna really show you something come November 6th,” Trump said as he left the White House for an event in Orlando, FL.These claims arose the same day as Kavanaugh was sworn into the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh won Senate confirmation last week with a mere 50 “yes” votes — the lowest number ever recorded for any Supreme Court justice.Although his confirmation ignited an intense partisan fight, Kavanaugh promised to “always be a team player on a team of nine.”‘Polio-like’ illness resurfaces Six Minnesota children have been diagnosed with acute flaccid myelitis, known as AFM, since September.AMF was eradicated from the U.S. in 1979, but in the past two years has been making a comeback. According to CNN, since January 1, 50 people in 24 states have been diagnosed.AFM is a rare disease that is similar to polio. It affects the body’s nervous system — specifically, the spinal cord — and can cause paralysis. But, unlike polio, AFM has no vaccine.That’s all we have for today. Check back in tomorrow for more. Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature TCU cancels offer to trade tickets for canned food ReddIt Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ Facebook Previous article‘Faces of SGA’ campaign looks to improve student outreachNext articleHoroscope: October 9, 2018 Grace Amiss RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin ReddIt Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ Twitter What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit FILE – In this Aug. 26, 2019 file photo, Taylor Swift arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards in Newark, N.J. Richard Joseph McEwan, of Milford, N.J., was arrested on Friday, Aug. 30, and charged with breaking into Swift’s Westerly, R.I., oceanfront house. 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Coronavirus live updates: US death toll reaches 61, cases soar in Italy

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — There are at least 3,244 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in the United States and at least 61 coronavirus-related deaths in the country as of Sunday.COVID-19 has spread to 49 states as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.Globally, there are over 162,600 confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 5,800 deaths, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University and ABC News reporting.Today’s biggest developments:– 368 people dead in 24 hours in Italy– New York governor wants federal troops to be mobilized to fight coronavirus– Health care workers test positive in Boston and New Jersey– Thousands stuck in long lines at airports while waiting to be screenedHere’s how the news is unfolding. All times Eastern. 2:53 p.m.: Louis Vuitton to make free hand sanitizerFrench luxury goods company Louis Vuitton says it’s dedicating its perfume and cosmetics production facilities in France to make large quantities of hand sanitizer for hospitals free of charge.2:38 p.m.: National Institutes of Health employee tests positive for COVID-19An employee with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has tested positive for COVID-19, NIH said Sunday.“The individual works for the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases but is not involved in patient care,” the NIH said in a statement.The employee — who is quarantined at home and “doing well” — did not have symptoms while at work “which is believed to lower the risk of transmission,” the NIH said.The NIH added that it anticipates more cases among its staff.Tune into ABC News Live at noon ET every weekday for the latest news, context and analysis on the novel coronavirus, with resources from the full ABC News team.1:58 p.m.: 368 people dead in 24 hours in ItalyItaly, hard-hit by the coronavirus, has seen nearly 3,600 new cases and 368 deaths in 24 hours.This brings the total number of fatalities in the country to 1,809, according to the Italy Civil Protection Agency.12:45 p.m.: St. Patrick’s Day changes for Chicago and South Boston Two days before St. Patrick’s Day, one of Chicago’s most celebrated days of the year, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said businesses selling liquor must reduce their capacity, with no more than 100 people inside.Bars and restaurants also can’t allow revelers to line up outside, she said.Meanwhile, in South Boston, bars and restaurants are closing Sunday, according to a tweet from State Sen. Nick Collins.Some South Boston bars appeared packed with St. Patrick’s Day partygoers on Saturday.“We are in uncharted waters,” Collins tweeted. “We are in this together & it’s imperative now that we do all that we can to keep our communities safe.”12:00 p.m.: Self quarantine recommended in New Jersey townThe northern New Jersey town of Teaneck is “ground zero” for infections in the state, Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin told ABC News.The town of 41,000 people had 18 cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday.Teaneck is in Bergen County, which has 31 reported cases. Among the confirmed cases in Bergen County is a hospital worker. Staff in contact with that worker are now in self-quarantine.Hameeduddin said county officials decided to close all schools, municipal buildings, parks and other places where people congregate.The mayor recommends Teaneck families stay home and only leave for food and medicine. Hameeduddin said residents should assume they’ll be infected if they go out.The self-quarantine is completely voluntary, Teaneck Township Manager Dean Kazinci said Sunday.11:36 a.m.: New York governor wants federal troops to be mobilized to fight coronavirusIn an op-ed in The New York Times, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is urging President Donald Trump to let states take over coronavirus testing.Cuomo also asked the president to mobilize the Army Corps of Engineers to expand hospital capacity.“States cannot build more hospitals, acquire ventilators or modify facilities quickly enough. At this point, our best hope is to utilize the Army Corps of Engineers to leverage its expertise, equipment and people power to retrofit and equip existing facilities — like military bases or college dormitories — to serve as temporary medical centers,” Cuomo said.“We believe the use of active duty Army Corps personnel would not violate federal law because this is a national disaster,” Cuomo wrote. “Doing so still won’t provide enough intensive care beds, but it is our best hope.”There are 729 cases of COVID-19 in New York, the most of any state in the country. Of those 729 people, 137 are in hospitals.At a news conference Sunday, Cuomo urged private businesses to “aggressively consider” working from home and voluntary close. He did not rule out taking more action.  10:20 a.m.: More universities stop classesYale is joining the growing list of universities to cancel in-person classes for the rest of semester.One Yale community member has tested positive for COVID-19 and two others who were in contact with that person are awaiting test results, university officials said Saturday. All three are at a New Haven, Connecticut, hospital, officials said.Students are to remain off-campus and learn online for the rest of the spring semester, including final exams, officials said.“It is too soon to say whether Commencement Weekend, scheduled for mid-May, will be carried out in the traditional way,” the officials said.Michigan State University officials also decided Saturday that classes will only be offered online for the rest of the semester.MSU said graduation is postponed.9:27 a.m.: Holy Week celebrations closed to public, says VaticanVatican officials said Sunday that Holy Week celebrations — the week before Easter — will be closed to the public because of the coronavirus. Easter is on April 12.Why is Italy being hit so hard?Italy is on lockdown in the wake of COVID-19 which has killed over 1,400 people in the country.Two of the pope’s weekly gatherings, on Wednesdays and Sundays, will continue to be livestreamed until Easter Sunday, said Vatican officials.8:38 a.m.: Nike closes storesNike is closing its stores in the U.S., Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand, company officials said Sunday.The closures will last from March 16 through March 27.8:03 a.m.: Hospital workers contract coronavirus in BostonA spokesperson for Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston has confirmed that an undisclosed number of their health care workers have contracted coronavirus.“As the novel coronavirus spreads across the globe, it is inevitable that health care workers will be infected, as is now the case at the Brigham. We are in the process of contacting patients and staff who may have been exposed,” the spokesperson said. “We have been in close contact with the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health and the Boston Public Health Commission and we will continue to follow their and CDC’s guidance, as well as the advice of our own infectious diseases experts as the situation continues to evolve.”5:55 a.m.: People over 70 to self-isolate in U.K.People over the age of 70 will be asked to self-isolate for up to four months as the United Kingdom escalates its fight against the coronavirus.Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News that it is a “very big ask,” but it is for their own “self-protection.”The U.K.’s coronavirus death toll rose on Saturday from 11 to 21 and the total number of people testing positive passed 1,000.5:31 a.m.: Muslim holy sites closeThe Islamic Waqaf, the highest Islamic authority in Jerusalem for Muslims, has decided to close down the third holiest place in Islam for prayer because of the coronavirus. The prayer will only be allowed at the plaza in the open air area but not inside the two buildings, the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque.3:57 a.m. Tom Hanks tweets Australian-themed update“Thanks to the Helpers. Let’s take care of ourselves and each other,” tweeted actor Tom Hanks, along with a photo of a kangaroo, koala and vegemite on toast.Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, are in Australia where they tested positive for COVID-19 last week.3:10 a.m. Israeli Prime Minister’s corruption trail postponedA Jerusalem district court announced it was postponing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s criminal trial for two months because of restrictions caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The hearing will now begin on May 24.2:50 a.m. Long lines at airports as travelers wait for screeningsAs President Trump’s European travel restrictions go into effect, thousands of airline passengers are facing hours-long waiting lines for enhanced coronavirus screenings by the CDC and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at airports across the country.Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker tweeted, “The crowds & lines [Chicago’s] O’Hare [airport] are unacceptable & need to be addressed immediately.”Mark Morgan, acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, is calling wait times “unacceptable.”Morgan tweeted Sunday that “some of the resources of our partners are stretched thin” and that CBP is continuing to adjust its resources.The Department of Homeland Security said: “Upon arrival, travelers will proceed to standard customs processing. They will then continue to enhanced entry screening where the passenger will be asked about their medical history, current condition, and asked for contact information for local health authorities. Passengers will then be given written guidance about COVID-19 and directed to proceed to their final destination, and immediately home-quarantine in accordance with CDC best practices.”Trump said in a tweet Sunday, “We are doing very precise Medical Screenings at our airports. Pardon the interruptions and delays, we are moving as quickly as possible, but it is very important that we be vigilant and careful. We must get it right. Safety first!”1:30 a.m.: Trump tests negative for COVID-19Trump has tested negative for COVID-19, a White House physician said Saturday.While hosting the Brazilian delegation at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida last week, Trump came in close contact with at least two people who later tested positive for the virus. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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COVID live updates: UK variant will likely become more ‘dominant’ in US, Fauci says

first_imgSamara Heisz/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER, EMILY SHAPIRO and IVAN SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 101.5 million people worldwide and killed over 2.1 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:Jan 29, 4:19 pmCDC extends moratorium on evictions through MarchThe CDC is extending its moratorium on housing evictions through March 31, citing the health threat it poses. The order had been set to expire on Jan. 31.Bluu Davis speaks outside of City Hall about being served an eviction notice as she joins the Me…Read More“Keeping people in their homes and out of congregate settings — like shelters — is a key step in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19,” the CDC said in a statement.ABC News’ Anne Flaherty contributed to this report.Jan 29, 1:26 pmFauci: UK variant will likely become ‘dominant’ in USAt Friday’s White House press briefing, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the United Kingdom variant will likely become more “dominant” in the U.S. toward the end of March or early April. There are 379 confirmed cases across 29 states of the B117 strain of the coronavirus, according to CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.Fauci indicated that the evolving nature of the virus is something the medical community will have to continue dealing with going forward.“Even though the long-range effect in the sense of severe disease is still handled reasonably well by the vaccines, this is a wake-up call to all of us, that we will be dealing, as the virus uses its devices to evade pressure, particularly immunological pressure, that we will continue to see the evolution of mutants,” he said.Fauci also indicated that the fight to contain the new variants will impact the vaccine response. “We, as a government, the companies, all of us that are in this together, will have to be nimble to be able to just adjust readily to make versions of the vaccine that actually are specifically directed towards whatever mutation is actually prevalent at any given time,” he said.Jan 29, 11:59 amLimited indoor dining can resume in NYC on Valentine’s DayIndoor dining will return to New York City on Valentine’s Day at 25% capacity, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.Indoor dining was shut down in New York City in December.On March 15, in-person weddings can resume in New York at 50% capacity, or up to 150 people, he said.Jan 29, 11:00 amUS numbers still high but trends are encouraging: CDC expertsDr. Jay Butler, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the U.S. has seen a decline in the last two weeks of new cases and hospitalizations, which is “encouraging,” but he added, “the numbers nationally are still high.”“The pandemic is not yet over yet,” Butler told the Infectious Diseases Society of America on Friday. “By the time we end our 45 minutes together, roughly 100 more Americans will have died of COVID-19.”Butler stressed that the vaccines are safe and effective and that mild side effects are normal.“The available data tells us that more than half of people have reported some degree of tiredness and pain at the injection site, although most are able to continue normal daily activities,” Butler said. “Many also report symptoms such as headache muscle pain or chills after getting their shots, particularly in the first couple of days. These data also suggest that it may be more common among younger persons, and after the second dose, but again this is expected based on some of the data that were available from the clinical trials.”Jan 29, 10:47 amEU approves AstraZenecaAstraZeneca’s vaccine on Friday was recommended for conditional marketing authorization in the European Union for people 18 and older. The two doses should be administered four to 12 weeks apart.This is the third vaccine, following Pfizer and Moderna, to be approved by the European Medicines Agency. The AstraZeneca vaccine now awaits final say from the European Commission.Jan 29, 8:43 amJ&J single-shot vaccine 85% effective against severe COVID-19 diseaseIn another promising development for vaccine science, Johnson & Johnson announced Friday that its COVID-19 vaccine — a single shot tested against a complex barrage of newly emerged variants of the virus — is 66% effective at preventing symptomatic disease and 85% effective against preventing severe illness.The U.S. pharmaceutical giant said the vaccine is also safe to take. Volunteers experienced mild reactions after the shot, with less than 10% experiencing fever, according to a company press release.The full data package will be made publicly available and will be evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration’s advisory committee sometime in mid- to late February.The FDA has said it will consider a vaccine that’s more than 50% effective, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine exceeds this threshold. An emergency use authorization could be given and people could start receiving shots before the end of February.Jan 29, 8:26 am‘We should be treating every infection as if it’s a variant,’ CDC director saysAmericans should now assume there’s already more contagious variants of the novel coronavirus circulating in their communities, according to Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.“I think we should be treating every infection as if it’s a variant,” Walensky told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Friday on Good Morning America.“That is the way we’re going to control this pandemic,” she added. “Quite honestly, we know that these viruses are going to mutate. They generally mutate to the advantage of the virus and that’s how we get these more dominant strains.”Walensky’s remarks come a day after the United States confirmed its first cases of the B1351 variant, which was first identified in South Africa and has since spread to dozens of other countries.“We had always been worried that they were here and we hadn’t yet detected them,” she said.The B1351 variant was discovered in two people in South Carolina who were not in contact with one another and haven’t traveled recently, which concerns Walensky.“So the presumption is here that they became infected from other people in the community and that there’s community spread of this variant,” she said.Walensky explained that it “takes a while” for scientists to detect a variant.“From the time of symptoms to somebody getting a test to that test being positive and to us being able to sequence it, that turnaround time could be up to 10 to 14 days,” she said.Although the CDC has “done an enormous amount of scaling up of our surveillance of these variants,” Walensky said researchers are essentially starting from the ground up because “there has not been a public health infrastructure to track these variants.”“There has not been money, resources to be able to do mass sequencing at the level of infection that we have in this country right now,” she said. “That is part of the American Rescue Plan, is to be able to use resources to finance a mass scale-up of surveillance for these variants.”There are concerns that the variants wield increased transmissibility and mortality, or that existing treatments and vaccines won’t work as well against them.“The current vaccines we’re still studying against these variants,” Walensky said. “What I will say though is we have a 95% efficacious vaccine against the current strain. Even if we have some diminution of that efficacy against the South Africa strain, I still think we need to really go ahead, push the vaccination, because this just is still yet another tool in our toolbox to fight this pandemic.”Jan 29, 7:24 amRussia says it can supply Europe with 100 million doses of its vaccineRussia said Friday it will be ready to supply Europe with enough doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, for 50 million people in the second quarter of this year.The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which is responsible for worldwide marketing of the vaccine, announced via Twitter that 100 million doses can be provided to the European Union — pending regulatory approval — once most of Russia’s population has been vaccinated.After being developed by the state-run Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Sputnik V was controversially registered by the health ministry in August before starting crucial Phase 3 trials, with Russia declaring itself the first in the world to register a COVID-19 vaccine.The RDIF said the vaccine is now registered in 15 countries and that documents have been submitted to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for “rolling review,” which would mean that the drug regulator is reviewing clinical trial data on a rolling basis. However, last week, the EMA said in a statement that “currently Sputnik V is not undergoing a rolling review.”Jan 29, 6:25 amMexico overtakes India for third-highest COVID-19 death tollMexico now has the third-highest death toll from COVID-19 in the world.According to real-time data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, Mexico has registered 155,145 fatalities from the disease since the pandemic began, overtaking India’s count of 154,010 deaths.Mexico, a country of 127 million people, has confirmed more than 1.8 million cases of COVID-19. Whereas India, home to some 1.3 billion, has confirmed over 10.7 million cases, the second-most in the world, according to Johns Hopkins data.Jan 29, 3:49 amUS reports over 164,000 new casesThere were 164,665 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Thursday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Thursday’s case count is far less than the country’s all-time high of 300,282 newly confirmed infections on Jan. 2, Johns Hopkins data shows.An additional 3,872 fatalities from COVID-19 were registered nationwide on Thursday, down from a peak of 4,466 new deaths on Jan. 12, according to Johns Hopkins data.COVID-19 data may be skewed due to possible lags in reporting over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend.A total of 25,766,735 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 433,195 have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of the pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4, then reaching 200,000 on Nov. 27 before topping 300,000 on Jan. 2.So far, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized two COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use — one developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, and another developed by American biotechnology company Moderna and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. More than 24 million vaccine doses have been administered nationwide, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Factory rises lowest ever

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Pay awards in the manufacturing sector have fallen to a 20-year low whilethose in financial and business services continue to rise, according to a newreport.More than a third of service-sector employers said the need to recruit andretain the right staff has pushed awards up.The latest CBI Pay Data Bank survey found manufacturing pay deals averaged 2per cent in the three months to last December.This is the lowest figure recorded since the survey began in 1980.Meanwhile, service-sector pay deals continue to rise at a steady rate,averaging 4 per cent over the same three-month period.www.cbi.org.uk Factory rises lowest everOn 22 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Adam Rippon, Gus Kenworthy talk about what Pride Month means to them

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailGary Gershoff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Pride Month celebrates the overall progress made toward the equality of LGBTQ individuals. Fundamentally though, it’s also about the progress made on an individual level — the celebration of your own personal journey in understanding who you are and defining your greater purpose.Openly gay Olympic athletes Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy sat down with “Good Morning America” to talk about what Pride Month means to them, what makes them proud to be who they are and they shared a special message to those who are part of the LGBTQ community or its allies.Pride is “fully embracing who you are as a person,” Rippon told “GMA.”“[It’s] fully embracing all of your interests … your friends, your family. It’s a moment where you can celebrate everything that you are,” he added.Rippon also shared that “coming out” as gay is an experience. It’s something someone likely decides to do without great thought and consideration.“You put everything on the line,” Rippon added.Rippon stressed that he’s far from alone. The people he’s met since he came out as gay are the ones he credits with being “the people that make me really glad that I was able and had the strength to share who I was.”And, then, there’s mom.“My mom inspires me,” Rippon added. “My mom was able to give me the confidence as a young kid and reminded me constantly … no matter who I was, that if I treated people the way I wanted to be treated that I would be successful.”Kenworthy, an Olympic silver medal-winning freestyle skier, told “GMA” he was “never fully accepting of myself.”To him, coming out as gay was a “very personal journey.”“Love yourself and embrace yourself” Kenworthy added.He said he would have “certainly” come out as gay earlier, looking back now.“If I knew how accepted and loved I was going to feel after coming out, I certainly would have come out … I would have saved a lot of years of heartache and anguish,” Kenworthy said.What makes Pride 2018 so special to these two?It’s the acknowledgment that there’s work yet to be done across the LGBTQ communities.“We’ve come so far but we’ve got a long way to go,” Kenworthy explained. “We’re a strong community, but we are so divided. Support one another and come together.”Most importantly, he added that the sense of community encouraged during Pride Month shouldn’t just last for one month, but it should be year-round.To those who are not part of the LGBTQ communities and are not allies, he urged them to “get with the program, babe.”“2018 is the year of authenticity,” Rippon said.It’s not only about being authentic to yourself, but it’s about helping, inspiring and mentoring others around you to be strong enough to be their best and authentic selves.“When we can raise each other up, we actually bring ourselves even higher,” Rippon said. “If you feel like you have the platform and you feel comfortable with yourself … if you feel like you have the strength to help others, do it.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by June 12, 2018 /Sports News – National Adam Rippon, Gus Kenworthy talk about what Pride Month means to themcenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Alaska welcomes West Coast’s first fast response cutter

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Alaska welcomes West Coast’s first fast response cutter View post tag: US Coast Guard Alaska welcomes West Coast’s first fast response cutter March 20, 2017 Authoritiescenter_img U.S. Coast Guard Base Ketchikan, Alaska welcomed fast response cutter John McCormick (WPC-1121) and its crew who arrived on Friday following a 6,200-mile trip from Key West, Florida.The John McCormick is the first fast response cutter to be homeported on the West Coast and will provide increased capabilities compared to the smaller 110-foot patrol boats it is replacing.The FRC is scheduled to be commissioned April 12, 2017.“We are pleased to welcome the crew of the new fast response cutter John McCormick to the Ketchikan community,” said Capt. Shannan Greene, commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau. “The new cutter and its crew will provide greater service and enhanced capabilities for the southeast Alaska area and its maritime communities.”The Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class cutters are built by Bollinger Shipyards under a design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. They have a flank speed of 28 knots, and a stern launch system for a 26-foot cutter boat.The Coast Guard is acquiring 58 FRCs to replace the 110-foot Island-class patrol boats. The FRCs are designed for missions including drug and migrant interdiction; ports, waterways and coastal security; search and rescue; and national defense.Each FRC is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. View post tag: USCGC John McCormick Share this articlelast_img read more