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Centrica names new British Gas chief executive

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first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren't Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry's Sister BridesBlushNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteabley Centrica has named the new chief executive of its British Gas arm: former Aviva boss Mark Hodges will take over at the beginning of June.At a time when energy companies – particularly former state-owned ones – are at the centre of a political football game, few in the industry will envy Hodges' new role. He'll replace interim managing director Ian Peters, who will take on the role of director of customer facing strategy. In January the company bowed to political pressure to cut prices, slashing gas bills by five per cent. In February, it cut dividends by 30 per cent after it announced a full-year new loss of £1bn. In a statement, Centrica chief executive Iain Conn said Hodges brings "substantial experience of running a major UK customer-facing business".Hodges himself added:It will be a great privilege to lead British Gas, which has a proud heritage, and I am excited by the great potential the company has to benefit customers through improved service and in developing new products.  Tuesday 14 April 2015 3:14 am Emma Haslett whatsapp whatsappcenter_img More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.com Share Show Comments ▼ Centrica names new British Gas chief executive Tags: British Gas Centrica Companylast_img

PMI: UK construction growth accelerates again in August thanks to cheaper energy

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first_img Chris PapadopoullosChris Papadopoullos was City A.M.'s economics reporter until February 2016. He is an economist at OMFIF. PMI: UK construction growth accelerates again in August thanks to cheaper energy by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren't Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday Newszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comTheFashionBallAlica Schmidt Is The Most Beautiful Athlete To ExistTheFashionBallBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry's Sister BridesBlush Show Comments ▼ The UK’s construction sector expanded at a faster pace in August, according to survey data released today.Markit’s construction purchasing managers’ index ticked up to a score of 57.3 from July’s 57.1, moving further above 50 “no change” mark. Higher levels of business activity have now been recorded in every month since May 2013 – although the PMI is not as high as it was throughout 2014, signalling slightly softer growth. Construction firms – which produce over six per cent of total UK economic output and collectively employ more than two million people – were buoyed by lower input costs in August mainly due to cheaper energy.Strong growth was reported in the residential and construction sectors, but months of expansion means that construction firms are finding it more difficult to fill job vacancies.“The construction sector maintained its position as a strong engine of job creation in August, as permanent staff numbers and sub-contractor demand both picked up over the month,” said Markit economist Tim Moore.“However, the surge in construction workloads over the past two-and-a-half years has created substantial skill shortages across the sector, with survey respondents reporting ongoing staff recruitment difficulties this summer.” Wednesday 2 September 2015 10:49 am Sharecenter_img whatsapp More From Our Partners Texas governor said he plans to strip the Legislature's paybusinessinsider.com whatsapp Tags: Construction industry Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) UK house priceslast_img

Update: Arrests made following assault of Laois footballer in Carlow

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first_img Twitter Twitter By Alan Hartnett - 3rd April 2018 Facebook Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Home News Crime Update: Arrests made following assault of Laois footballer in Carlow NewsCrime WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleIn Pictures: Huge turnout at Easter hurling camp in CamrossNext articleLaois the next stop for popular blogger as big event planned for local hotel 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. Council Update: Arrests made following assault of Laois footballer in Carlow Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Rugby Daniel O'Reilly Gardai have arrested two men in connection with the investigation into the assault of Laois footballer Danny O’Reilly in Carlow at the weekend.A Garda spokesperson has confirmed to LaoisToday yesterday afternoon that a man was taken into custody however it has since been announced by the Garda Press Office that two men have been detained  – one in Thomastown Garda Station and the other in Kilkenny.He said: “Gardai arrested a man in Carlow this afternoon under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.“We have no description of the individual at this time,” said the Garda at the time but it has since been confirmed that they are both in their 20s.Graiguecullen GAA club earlier issued a heartfelt statement in support of club member Danny O’Reilly, who was assaulted in Carlow in the early hours of Monday morning and is currently in hospital recovering with serious head injuries.O’Reilly (21) came on as a sub for Laois in the Allianz Football League Division 4 final on Saturday in Croke Park.The popular young man, who is fondly known by the nickname ‘Dicey’ has been playing for the Laois seniors for the last couple of years and featured throughout this season’s league campaign.He has represented club and county at all levels from underage to senior.He was attacked and knocked unconscious while waiting for a taxi at 1am on Monday morning after being out socialising with friends and family in Carlow on Easter Sunday night.LaoisToday understands that he was hit and fell where he struck his head off the ground.He is believed to have suffered multiple fractures to his skull and was rushed to St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny where he is still being treated.His condition is reported as serious but stable and he is being monitored.SEE ALSO – In Pictures: Huge turnout at Easter hurling camp in Camross TAGSAssaultDaniel O'Reilly Facebook Pinterest Community last_img

Meet your Candidates: Quickfire questions to conclude our series

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first_imgRonan Maher (Green Party) Supermac’s or McDonalds? Supermac’sLyons or Barry’s Tea? Barry’sDonald Trump or Boris Johnson? NeitherSoccer or rugby? Rugby By Megan Shiel - 5th February 2020 Facebook Noel O’Rourke (Renua)Supermac’s or McDonalds? Neither!Lyons or Barry’s Tea? Barry’s tea.Donald Trump or Boris Johnson? Donald Trump.Soccer or rugby? Rugby. Previous articlePortlaoise College students set to make life-changing trip to GambiaNext articleDeaths in Laois – Thursday, February 6, 2020 Megan ShielMegan is currently studying English and New Media at the University of Limerick. A Raheen native, she's happiest when talking sport, especially soccer but just don't mention the 2019 champions league final Fiona McLoughlin-Healy (Independent)Supermac’s or McDonalds? I prefer Chopped, but if I had to, I would go for Irish owned, Supermac’s.Lyons or Barry’s Tea? Barry’s teaDonald Trump or Boris Johnson? Hobson’s Choice – equally repulsive men of privilege with no empathy for the average person.Soccer or rugby? as a Mum of three kids who play and love rugby, soccer, and Gaelic and boxing I get the same kick out of watching them enjoy them all. WhatsApp GAA The clock is ticking. General Election 2020 is now just 3 days away.And here at LaoisToday, we have surveyed all of the 26 candidates who are running in Laois-Offaly and Kildare South.We asked candidates a total of 13 questions and 18 of them responded in full.Some of the questions were serious, others were a bit more light-hearted.We have published every response and tonight brings our series to a close.So far, we have asked them what the biggest issue in their constituency is, their favourite films and ideal dinner guests, pet hates and favourite TV programmes, whether social media is a good or a bad thing, their earliest political memories and what they wanted to be growing up a child, the politicians they admire most, their favourite people and would they be willing to enter coalitions.Today we ask them some quirky quickfire questions.The candidates that didn’t respond are listed also.LAOIS-OFFALY Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy (Fine Gael) Supermac’s or McDonalds? SupermacsLyons or Barry’s Tea? BarrysDonald Trump or Boris Johnson? NeitherSoccer or rugby? Neither Pinterest Charlie Flanagan (Fine Gael)Supermac’s or McDonalds? Not a big fan of either but have been seen on occasion in Supermacs.Lyons or Barry’s Tea? Barrys tea always tops!Donald Trump or Boris Johnson? Johnson.Soccer or rugby? Both. Sean Fleming (Fianna Fail)Supermac’s or McDonalds? Supermacs.Lyons or Barry’s Tea? Barry’s Tea.Donald Trump or Boris Johnson? They are both the same.Soccer or rugby? Soccer.Pippa Hackett (Green Party)Supermac’s or McDonalds? Neither – not a fan of fast food. Would prefer traditional fish and chips.Lyons or Barry’s Tea? Either orDonald Trump or Boris Johnson? Ugh…Soccer or rugby? Rugby RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Brian Stanley (Sinn Féin) Supermac’s or McDonalds? NeitherLyons or Barry’s Tea? Barry’s Tea.Donald Trump or Boris Johnson? Neither.Soccer or rugby? Soccer. Noel Tuohy (Labour) Supermac’s or McDonalds? Supermac’s all the wayLyons or Barry’s Tea? Barry’sDonald Trump or Boris Johnson? NEITHER preferablySoccer or rugby? Soccer.Did not respond: Barry Cowen (Fianna Fail); John Leahy (Independent); Carol Nolan (Independent), Peter Ormond (Fianna Fáil); Ken Smollen (Irish Democratic Party); Stephen Tynan (People Before Profit),KILDARE SOUTHCathal Berry (Independent) Supermac’s or McDonalds? Supermac’s.Lyons or Barry’s Tea? Barry’s.Donald Trump or Boris Johnson? Neither.Soccer or rugby? Rugby. Fiona O’Loughlin (Fianna Fail) Supermac’s or McDonalds? Supermac’s.Lyons or Barry’s Tea? Herbal tea (peppermint).Donald Trump or Boris Johnson? Boris.Soccer or rugby? Rugby. Meet your Candidates: Quickfire questions to conclude our series Pinterest Martin Heydon (Fine Gael)  Supermac’s or McDonalds? Supermac’sLyons or Barry’s Tea? Barry’sDonald Trump or Boris Johnson? BorisSoccer or rugby? Soccer Electric Picnic Facebook Home News Meet your Candidates: Quickfire questions to conclude our series NewsPolitics John Daly (The National Party)Supermac’s or McDonalds? Supermac’sLyons or Barry’s Tea? BarrysDonald Trump or Boris Johnson? Donald TrumpSoccer or rugby? Soocer Linda Hayden (Social Democrats)Supermac’s or McDonalds? McDonald’s, sorry the chips swing it.Lyons or Barry’s Tea? Barrys, but I don’t mind both, I travel to the UK a lot and I feel so sorry for them there, their tea is awful compared to ours.Donald Trump or Boris Johnson? Neither thank you, I think we can expect a lot more than these two from our politicians.Soccer or rugby? Rugby every time. I’m a HUGE Leinster fan. Twitter WhatsApp Anita Mhic Ghib (Aontu)Supermac’s or McDonalds? Supermac’s, a fantastic example of an Irish company that is giving huge employment in the South Kildare Constituency.Lyons or Barry’s Tea? Barry’s Tea.Donald Trump or Boris Johnson? No time for either politician.Soccer or rugby? Rugby Twitter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Roisin Ui Bhroin (Solidarity-People Before Profit)Supermac’s or McDonalds? Neither, local chipper.Lyons or Barry’s Tea? I’ll go Barry’s.Donald Trump or Boris Johnson? They are equally vile.Soccer or rugby? Soccer.Did not respond: Suzanne Doyle (Fianna Fáil); Patricia Ryan (Sinn Féin); Mark Wall (Labour)SEE ALSO – Check out all the 2020 General Election coverage on LaoisToday News TAGS2020 General Election 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Pauline Flanagan (Fianna Fáil) Supermac’s or McDonalds? Neither as I love to cook myself.  But if I did have to pick one, I would pick Supermacs.  I think Pat McDonagh is a great man – in fact, I would like him to at the dinner party as well.Lyons or Barry’s Tea? Definitely Barry’s.  I had a most gorgeous nephew named Barry who sadly died in a car accident aged 21.  We drink Barry’s tea ever since.Donald Trump or Boris Johnson? Neither – but again I’d like the both of them at that dinner party!Soccer or rugby?  Rugby – particularly if I’m with the members of Portlaoise Rugby Club – a great crowd. But the skill of soccer is great to watch and I also think that the voluntary workers in Portlaoise AFC have a great fun outlook when doing their voluntary work. Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festivallast_img

The long road to standardized risk disclosure

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first_imgJames Langton Point of sale: Navigating the new rules In response to those long-standing worries, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) are considering the introduction of a standardized methodology for disclosing risk in Fund Facts. The regulators hope that by mandating firms to use a standardized methodology for evaluating investment risk, investors will receive more consistent, comparable disclosure — which, regulators hope, will help inform investors’ decisions by making it easier for them to assess different funds. This effort to develop a standardized methodology has been in the works since 2013, when the CSA issued its first set of proposals in this area. However, it will likely be next year before the CSA is prepared to settle on its approach. Late last year, the CSA published a revised set of proposals that makes a number of changes from the 2013 version. The comment period on the latest proposals wrapped up in March, and, according to Kristen Rose, manager, public affairs, at the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), the CSA is currently considering the comments that it received on the 2015 proposals. She says that the regulators expect to finalize a prescribed methodology by the end of their current fiscal year (which would be the end of March 2017). In the meantime, fund managers are still free to choose a methodology for assessing the riskiness of a fund. In general, the industry is supportive of the latest version of the CSA methodology. The CSA’s most recent set of proposals would, among other things, bring its proposed methodology more closely in alignment with the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) methodology that many firms already use to rate their funds for Fund Facts reporting. The latest proposals would also extend the standardized methodology to exchange-traded funds (ETFs); reduce the frequency with which firms are required to assess a fund’s risk level from monthly to annually; and, they would alter how firms are to assess risk for funds that have less than 10 years of performance history, or undergo fundamental changes, such as a fund merger, or a shift in investment objective. In its comment on the 2015 proposals, IFIC notes that the changes regulators have made to their initial version address many of the industry’s concerns with the regulators’ original plan. And, as the latest version now more closely follows the IFIC methodology that many firms voluntarily use to evaluate and report risk in Fund Facts, the introduction of the new CSA requirements should not be particularly costly or disruptive to the industry. Yet, investor advocates are less enamoured with the CSA’s proposed approach. They continue to argue that standard deviation (which is the basis for the CSA’s proposed methodology) is not a good measure of investment risk, and that it is not particularly informative for investors. They maintain that more comprehensive risk assessment is needed for this sort of disclosure to be truly useful to investors; and, that some sort of insight into the actual risk of losing money is a more practical objective for funds’ risk reporting. It remains to be seen if regulators will be swayed by these objections to their proposed methodology. Since these sorts of concerns about the reliance on standard deviation were already raised with the CSA’s initial proposal, however, it appears unlikely that regulators will go back and revisit that fundamental decision at this point. Even so, as the upfront delivery requirements finally take effect, the content of Fund Facts is still somewhat up in the air. This is the third article in a three-part series on Fund Facts and Point of Sale Disclosure. Extending mutual fund regulation principles beyond funds Related news When the Fund Facts point-of-sale delivery requirements finally kick in on May 30, that won’t be the end of the road for this long-running project: regulators are still considering how to mandate effective risk disclosure in these documents. Although the delivery requirements have long been the investment industry’s chief concern with the regulators’ effort to enhance fund disclosure, investor advocates have been more agitated about the presentation of risk in Fund Facts. They are concerned about whether the way risk is reported is useful to investors, or could even be misleading. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Fund Facts Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img

Canadian pension plans experience solid Q1

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first_imgJames Langton Canadian pension funds began 2017 with their fourth straight quarter of positive returns thanks to a boost from global equities markets, according to a new report from Royal Bank of Canada’s (RBC) Treasury unit. Notably, Canadian defined-benefit pension plans generated a 2.9% return in the first quarter (Q1) following a 6.8% return in 2016, according to the RBC Investor & Treasury Services All Plan Universe, which tracks the performance of more than $650 billion in assets under management in Canadian pension plans. Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Canadian plan sponsors post positive quarter despite bond slumpcenter_img Federal budget fails to support needed pension reform, retiree group says Budget 2021 revives tax issues from 2019 Keywords Pensions Strong global equities markets powered the gains in Q1, the report notes. Global equities recorded a 6.2% return in Q1, up from 3% in the prior quarter. This helped offset a slowdown in Canadian equities returns, which dipped to 2.3% in Q1, down from 5.7% in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2016 amid “weakness in the energy sector at the beginning of the year.” RBC’s Treasury unit also reports that Canadian fixed-income assets rebounded in Q1, generating a 1.4% return in the quarter, up from a performance of -3.4% in the prior quarter. Read: Equities drive Q1 gains for Canadian DB pensions: Northern Trust “The Canadian bond market remained stable against a number of national and international events, including the delivery of the Canadian federal budget, a U.S. interest rate hike and continuing Brexit developments,” the report says. The U.S. dollar also depreciated against the Canadian dollar in Q1, the RBC report notes, with the greenback losing 0.6% against the loonie compared with a 2% gain in Q4 of 2016. “Canadian pension plan returns, led by strength in Canadian and global equities, are off to a good start in 2017; however vigilance is still required,” says James Rausch, head of client coverage, Canada, RBC Investor & Treasury Services, in a statement. “While ongoing business investment in Canada could spur growth, asset managers will undoubtedly be focusing on maintaining a diversified portfolio and actively managing their risk exposure in the period ahead given evolving macroeconomic and political forces around the world.” last_img

Jamaica Can be Proud of its Achievements – Rev. Mckenzie

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first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Senior pastor at the Faith Sanctuary Pentecostal Church, in Toronto, Reverend Granville McKenzie, has emphasised that Jamaica has much to be proud of, and is more than just a land mass distinguished by its natural beauty and natural resources, mountains, rivers, trees and climate.“Jamaica can also be proud of the achievements of its people, who are pacesetters,” said Rev. McKenzie, as he delivered the sermon at the Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the country’s 47th year of Independence, held on August 2, at the church.He said there have been many accomplishments by Jamaicans throughout history, which have caused persons to believe in Jamaica and the people of Jamaica, such as the National Heroes.Rev. McKenzie cited persons, such as sprinter, Usain Bolt, and his achievements at the 2008 Beijing Olympics; Professor Rex Nettleford, former Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies and founder of the National Dance Theatre Company (NDTC); and pilot, Barrington Irving, who became the youngest person to fly solo around the world.“These are Jamaicans who have made contributions to the world and have gone beyond the norm and caused others to believe in the potential of the people of Jamaica,” he said.Elaborating on this year’s Independence theme, ‘I Believe in Jamaica’, Rev. McKenzie asked the question: “What is it about Jamaica that should command our faith, our trust and our respect?”The Charles Town Maroons from Portland performing at the Thanksgiving Service, held at the Faith Sanctuary Church in Toronto, Canada, to commemorate Jamaica’s 47th year of Independence.He said the fact that Jamaica is listed as the country with the most churches per square mile and that the National Anthem is a prayer, meant that Jamaicans believe in God. “We invite Him into our country and into everything that we do. So, it is not that I believe in Jamaica. I believe in Jamaica’s God. When I think of Jamaica and believing in Jamaica, it really hinges on the fact that we will be great as long as we believe in God,” he added.The two-hour long service was marked by much singing and drumming. The Charles Town Maroon Drummers, who are in Canada to take part in Emancipation/Independence celebrations in Ottawa, Toronto and Halifax, entertained with three pieces – ‘Nanny O,’ ‘Gone Oh Me Gone’ and ‘Yah Yah Kempo’. The leader of the group, Colonel Frank Lumsden, explained that the last song was rebuking the devil from God’s business.Jamaica’s Consul-General to Toronto, Miss Anne-Marie Bonner, read a message from Prime Minister Bruce Golding.The Prime Minister said the current global financial crisis has placed many countries in a precarious position, including Jamaica. Thanking members of the Diaspora for their contributions to the country, Mr. Golding urged that their commitment be further strengthened during this time.“No longer can any of us stand by the wayside and expect our country to emerge from this crisis victorious. Our forefathers strived courageously to attain our nation’s independence and we must be adamant in preserving this legacy,” he said.The service featured many young participants, including the Philadelphia Patriots Pathfinders group, who marched into the church with the Canadian and Jamaican flags; saxophonist, Rayandra Hudson; John-Paul Smith, who read the scripture lesson; and teenaged brothers, Yanick and Rashaan Allwood, who lead the congregation with the singing of the national anthems of both countries.Proceeds from this year’s church service will be donated to two basic schools in St. Catherine – Portsmouth Basic School in Portmore and Marl Road Basic School, in Gordon Pen. RelatedJamaica Can be Proud of its Achievements – Rev. Mckenzie Jamaica Can be Proud of its Achievements – Rev. Mckenzie Foreign AffairsAugust 5, 2009 RelatedJamaica Can be Proud of its Achievements – Rev. Mckenziecenter_img RelatedJamaica Can be Proud of its Achievements – Rev. Mckenzie Advertisementslast_img

Research establishes safe water thresholds for antimicrobials, advancing battle against resistance

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first_imgResearch establishes safe water thresholds for antimicrobials, advancing battle against resistance A major issue is the spread of antimicrobials and resistant bacteria through water systems.Researchers have made progress towards a G7 commitment to establish safe standards for the release of antimicrobials into the environment, by developing a new framework that establishes safe thresholds.The threat of bacteria developing resistance to antimicrobial drugs (often called antibiotics) used to treat infection is one of the greatest global health challenges, potentially resulting in 10 million deaths per year by 2050.A major issue is the spread of antimicrobials and resistant bacteria through water systems. When we take antibiotics, 70 per cent passes through our bodies into wastewater. Farm animals are treated with antibiotics which can also end up in aquatic systems through run-off and flooding. University of Exeter research has previously shown that even when antimicrobials are present in these waters at low levels, they can contribute to the evolution of resistant bacteria. These bacteria can make their way into our guts, potentially causing health problems.Last month, the G7 Climate and Environment Ministers’ Meeting Communiqué recognised that the release of antimicrobials into the environment can select for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and have an impact on human, animal and environmental health. The communique reads: “We note with concern that there are currently no international standards on safe concentrations of antimicrobials released into the environment from, inter alia, pharmaceutical manufacturing, healthcare facility effluent, agriculture and aquaculture. We also acknowledge the work of the AMR Industry Alliance in this regard. We commit to accumulate knowledge on AMR in the environment. We will work with our ministerial colleagues with responsibility for health, food, farming and medicines regulators where independent of government, as appropriate to develop and agree such standards.”Now, in a paper published in Water Research, the Exeter team worked with global pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to make a significant step towards meeting this need. After reviewing the available evidence in the field, they have developed a framework which effectively provides guidance on how to perform a risk assessment to ensure the levels of antimicrobials released into the environment are safe. Currently there are no thresholds for safe levels of antimicrobials in wastewater and aquatic systems, although the EU and UK government are monitoring the emerging evidence.Dr Aimee Murray, of the University of Exeter, lead author on the paper, said: “Over the past few years, our research has helped understand the urgent threat posed by the evolution of AMR in our waters and in the environment. We’re delighted to see the G7 Climate and Environment Ministers’ Meeting commit to taking action. Our new paper is a significant step towards informing policy that can ensure the levels of antimicrobials we release into the environment are safe.”The Exeter team’s review summarises and critically appraises the current approaches that study the concentrations of antimicrobials that increase AMR. They have consolidated terminology and recommended how data (including data generated at Exeter) on selection for AMR can best be analysed to establish safe thresholds for release into the environment. By collating and assessing available data, they have recommended what these safe thresholds could be, to enable governments to act to reduce them.Professor Will Gaze, of the University of Exeter, said: “if we don’t take action now, AMR could be a greater threat to humanity than COVID-19 over the coming decades. Our work over the last decade represents a significant contribution to understanding the role of the environment in the evolution and transmission of AMR. There is still uncertainty regarding the complex processes that lead to antimicrobial resistance genes being mobilised from environmental bacteria to human pathogens and how the presence of antimicrobials in natural environments drives this phenomenon.”Professor Jason Snape, Global Head of Environment at AstraZeneca, said: “This framework is the latest output from our partnership with the University of Exeter, which has helped us over the past eight years to establish science-driven, risk-based targets for discharge concentrations for antibiotics, both to meet our commitments as a company and for our industry, addressing critical knowledge gaps in support of science-based policy to address environmental risks associated with AMR.”The paper is entitled ‘Dawning of a new ERA: Environmental Risk Assessment of antibiotics and their potential to select for antimicrobial resistance’, and is published in Water Research. Aimee Murray was funded by a NERC Industrial Innovation Fellowship NE/R01372X/1. /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:Agriculture, antibiotics, environment, environmental health, EU, Exeter, G7, global health, Government, healthcare, innovation, risk assessment, UK, university, University of Exeter, Wastewaterlast_img

Viva Las Vegas car show is a Rockabilly dream come true

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first_img Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Bjørn Inge Jansson came from Oslo, Norway, to meet the 1955 Thunderbird he bought on the Internet. It was built as a show car in 1956 and Jansson drove it from Miami; it will go home with him to Norway later this summer. LAS VEGAS – A 1929 Ford truck rumbles in, all covered in rust; a car customized in the 1960s glides in, all perfectly preserved; and a lowrider Chevy follows behind, raising and lowering on its hydraulic suspension. It’s all part of the Viva Las Vegas car show, now marking its 20th year.It all happened at the Orleans Hotel, off the Vegas strip, between April 13 and 16. The cars are part of an annual Rockabilly music event, dedicated to early 1950s rock and roll and the people for whom it’s a lifestyle – men with pomaded hair and women in glamorous, pinup-style dresses. They come from around the world for the music, with some show-car license plates hailing from Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and B.C.Bjørn Inge Jansson came from Norway to be united with the car of his dreams. Vintage American cars are popular there, and when Jansson found a 1955 Ford Thunderbird on the Internet, he had to have it. It had been customized in 1956 by Gil Ayala, a well-known auto modifier. It became a star on the show circuit, but it disappeared sometime in the 1960s. advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. On the stage, a band sings a Chuck Berry song about Maybellene driving a Cadillac Coupe de Ville. On the asphalt, women in 1950s dresses pose by the cars, holding paper parasols to protect them from the relentless sun. Car club members in matching T-shirts stop to admire a vintage Hemi engine in a hot rod.“This is my second year, and it’s such a great bunch of people,” said Bob Bruns, who drove his 1959 Studebaker Lark from Hemet, California, some 425 kilometres away. “My dad was a mechanic, and I’ve always loved cars.”He has a collection of vintage trucks, but when he saw the Studebaker, “I fell in love,” he said. It was a prize in a raffle, but when the winner took the other choice of a 1978 Corvette, Bruns tracked the Studebaker to a dealership in Oklahoma.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Bob Burns drove from Hemet, California, in his Corvette-powered 1959 Studebaker Lark. It was a prize in a local raffle and when Burns didn’t win, he tracked the car down afterwards and bought it. 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That was installed when he got the car, but Davis restored everything else on it. “It has the original engine, and I drive it at least three times a week,” he said. “That first ride in one did it for me.” Trending Videos See More Videos Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di "superfan" ‹ Previous Next › “We bartered a little over two years, but I had to have it.” It’s in the style known as a resto-rod: It looks original on the outside, but there’s a 1992 Corvette engine under the hood.Falling in love is a common theme at the show, and Jerry Davis wanted a 1963 Chevrolet Impala ever since someone took him for a ride in one when he was 10 years old. RELATED TAGSCadillacChevroletFordClassic CarsClassic Cars & TrucksNew VehiclesAlbertaAustin (Texas)Automotive ShowsBeth KearneyBob BrunsBob BurnsCaliforniaCars and Car DesignChevrolet ColoradoChevrolet CorvetteChevrolet ImpalaChuck BerryCulture and LifestyleDriving.caEuropeFloridaFord Motor CompanyFord ThunderbirdGeneral Motors CorporationGil AyalaHemetHEMI EnginesInge JanssonJerry DavisLas VegasLos AngelesLoveland (Colorado)Miami (Oklahoma)New JerseyNordic CountriesNorwayOklahomaOntarioOrleans HotelOsloQuebecStudebaker LarkUnited States Five acres of land – with more than 300 cars included – for sale in B.C.Other than a pre-1963 age limit on the cars, the Viva show has no restrictions on what can come in. Walking among the thousand vehicles on display, the range of the car hobby is breathtaking. Flawlessly painted cars sit next to rusty “rat rods” made up of whatever was handy, and the weirder the better – one even sported sun visors made of saw blades. Some are still under construction, their body welds still visible or hoods yet to be attached, but their owners got them to the show anyway. A pink Chevrolet Corvair had been hastily painted the day before.And some got their final touches at the show. Beth Kearney set up shop by the outdoor music stage, deftly putting pinstripes on cars. The art of hand-drawn swirls and designs lost some of its popularity in the 1980s, but has regained its foothold as younger artists return to the style of the 1950s master painters.“I’ve been doing it for 15 years,” Kearney said, painting an intricate and symmetrical design on the hood of a 1963 Chevrolet. “I was into photography and went to car shows, and I ended up mostly taking pictures of the stripes. So I got a can of paint and a brush and tried it. I’m self-taught, and it turned from a hobby into a career.” She now runs a shop, Lil’ Dame Pinstriping, in Colorado.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Beth Kearney, a self-taught pinstriper from Loveland, Colorado, puts a design on a 1963 Chevrolet. Trending in Canada Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2John Denich brought his 1951 Chevrolet to the show from California. Denich originally lived near Toronto and built the car there.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Bjørn Inge Jansson came from Oslo, Norway to meet the 1955 Thunderbird he bought on the Internet. It was built as a show car in 1956 and Jansson drove it from Miami; it will go home with him to Norway later this summer.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Bjørn Inge Jansson came from Oslo, Norway to meet the 1955 Thunderbird he bought on the Internet. It was built as a show car in 1956 and Jansson drove it from Miami; it will go home with him to Norway later this summer.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Bjørn Inge Jansson came from Oslo, Norway to meet the 1955 Thunderbird he bought on the Internet. It was built as a show car in 1956 and Jansson drove it from Miami; it will go home with him to Norway later this summer.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Beth Kearney, a self-taught pinstriper from Loveland, Colorado, puts a design on a 1963 Chevrolet.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Beth Kearney, a self-taught pinstriper from Loveland, Colorado, puts a design on a 1963 Chevrolet.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2The owner of this Buick replaced its grille with a series of kitchen drawer handles!Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A lot of work went into this roof, which includes metal flake paint, airbrushing, and pinstriping.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Tim Shadduck retired from racing top fuel and funny cars, and now builds hot rods for a hobby in Camano Island, Washington. His 1940 Dodge pickup uses a 1956 Oldsmobile engine.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Roger O'Dell, of Canyon Lake, California, formed his 1938 Lincoln Zephyr by using body panels from other Lincolns to form the stretched-out fenders.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Roger O'Dell, of Canyon Lake, California, formed his 1938 Lincoln Zephyr by using body panels from other Lincolns to form the stretched-out fenders.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A 1954 Pontiac cruises the Viva Las Vegas car show.JIL MCINTOSH / DRIVING.CAJil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Bob Burns drove from Hemet, California in his Corvette-powered 1959 Studebaker Lark. It was a prize in a local raffle and when Burns didn't win, he tracked the car down afterwards and bought it.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Pickup trucks are popular with hot-rod fans. Vehicles like this use air or hydraulic suspensions to raise them for driving, or lower them when parked.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A 1960 Chevrolet sports a lowered suspension and "scallop" paint job.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Painted flames, red wheels, and an open engine compartment are popular hot-rod trends.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Jerry Davis of Meninee, California got his 1963 Chevrolet Impala as a birthday gift from his wife ten years ago. He rode in one as a child and wanted one ever since. The lowered suspension can be lifted to driving height.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Terry Fulton brought his 1930 Ford from Duchess, Alberta. It's powered by a supercharged Chevrolet engine.Jil McIntosh, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Still in construction, Shannon Waltz's 1935 Ford truck has an engine from a 1957 Chevrolet. He built the body and frame, while April Bakke fabricated the firewall and floor at their Colorado custom shop.Jil McIntosh, Driving The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever “It was lost until the late 1990s, when it was rediscovered by someone who recognized it and saved it,” Jansson said. “I have several cars, but when I saw it, I said, ‘Where do I send the money?’”Jansson had it shipped from the seller in New Jersey to a Miami restoration shop that brought it back to its original show condition. Prior to the Las Vegas show, he flew to Florida and drove the car to an event in Austin, Texas, and then to Los Angeles, where he met the late Ayala’s daughter.“There was a guy who had helped build it, back when he was 18 or so,” Jansson said. “It was a blast to show him the car, because he hadn’t seen it in 50 years.” Jansson will drive it to a few more shows — the trunk stuffed with his luggage — and then ship it home to Norway.RELATEDlast_img

How to facilitate change in higher education

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first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Oct. 22, 2020 A new book involving CU Boulder experts addresses implementing sustainable change by forming departmental action teams in any department.Facilitating Change in Higher Education: The Departmental Action Team Model is one product of a five-year collaboration between Colorado State University and CU Boulder. Collaborators on both campuses have worked with interested departments to facilitate departmental teams to promote change.At CU, the DAT model has been implemented in 11 departments in the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences. DATs typically consisted of students, staff, and faculty from one department and two facilitators who were external to the department. The DATs met every other week for two to four semesters and worked to implement sustainable changes in their undergraduate programs. DAT members worked with the external facilitators to use institutional data and education research to develop meaningful and achievable goals. Examples of DAT projects include improving the departmental climate for students in response to a departmental survey and developing a long-term assessment program of undergraduate major skills.  Facilitating Change in Higher Education describes how to implement the DAT model to enact departmental change. The authors explain the theory supporting the model and provide practical guidance for using DATs to promote change. For example, the DAT model emphasizes that students should be partners in their education. This is enacted by including students as decision-making DAT members, ensuring the DATs work is informed by those who are impacted by the changes it plans to make. The book covers how to equitably include students in a DAT, from intentional recruiting to managing power structures within meetings.  The book is supplemented by a website that provides free resources to those interested in making departmental changes. Such resources include handouts (e.g., overview of change models that can be used to inform change efforts), how-to guides (e.g., how to use interviews to guide a change effort), and slides (e.g., an overview of the DAT model that can be used for recruiting).   The DAT model is flexible and accessible to a variety of contexts. The book and website can be used to inform change efforts to the specific needs of a department or institution. The authors share their own experiences facilitating DATs to illustrate many ways the DAT model can be implemented and effect change. Beyond the DAT model, the book and website can be used to support the development of change agency in individuals, which is relevant to many change efforts.Categories:AcademicsCampus Communitylast_img