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Royal Mail chair steps down because of Countrywide commitments

first_img Long joined the board of Royal Mail in June 2015 and was appointed chairman in September 2015.Read more: Royal Mail seals a £213m deal for Canadian parcel firm DicomLong said: “It is with a heavy heart that I step down from the Royal Mail board. Over my three years as chairman, I have taken great pride in what has been achieved by the group. It is a company with an incredible heritage.”Operating in a challenging environment, it is positioning itself well for diversified growth under the leadership of Rico Back and his executive team. I wish all my Royal Mail colleagues every success in the future.”Read more: Countrywide of the mark: Estate agent’s share wounds deepen Wednesday 19 September 2018 11:39 am Share He is being succeeded in the role by Les Owen, who has been a member of the Royal Mail board since 2010 and was previously chief executive of Axa Sun Life and Axa Pacific Holdings.Owen said: “I would like to thank Peter for his significant contribution over the past three years. I look forward to working with Rico and my board colleagues as we focus on implementing our strategy in the UK and overseas.” The chairman of Royal Mail, Peter Long, announced today that he is stepping down with immediate effect.Royal Mail said he had taken the decision after his other commitments “increased substantially” this year, including moving from non-executive to executive chairman at troubled estate agents Countrywide. whatsapp More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comcenter_img James Booth Royal Mail chair steps down because of Countrywide commitments by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorymoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTrading BlvdThis Picture of Prince Harry & Father at The Same Age Will Shock YouTrading BlvdBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushNoteableyFaith Hill’s Daughter Is Probably The Prettiest Woman In The WorldNoteabley whatsapplast_img read more

Record UK employment driven by income squeeze, report says

first_img More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com The UK employment rate has hovered around 76 per cent in 2019 – its highest since records began in the 1970s. But economists have been puzzled by the record-high rate, given that the British economy is slowing. Tuesday 12 November 2019 12:45 am The report argues that although Britain’s flexible labour market has enabled the employment surge, it has not caused it since no significant regulatory changes have been made over the past decade. She added: “The emergence of alternatives to traditional nine-to-five jobs has allowed millions of people previously excluded from the labour market to find work that suits them.” Harry Robertson whatsapp Read more: UK avoids recession but annual growth slowest in a decade (Image credit: Getty) ‘Feel poor, work more’: UK employment driven by income squeeze, report says The Resolution Foundation said in a report today that the explanation lies in the fact that Brits are “working more to compensate for their earnings over the past decade being so much weaker than they had expected”. He said: “Faced with shrinking pay packets, we have chosen to work more hours or re-join the workforce, as many thousands of women have done. The economic motto for many families has been ‘feel poor, work more’.” whatsapp Council cleaners use a power washer to remove dirt from the pavement outside St Paul’s Cathedral in central London, on February 28, 2012, following the eviction of protesters from the Occupy camp outside the Cathedral in the early hours of Tuesday. Police dismantled the anti-capitalist camp outside London’s St Paul’s Cathedral early Tuesday, arresting 20 people as they brought a swift end to the last major Occupy protest around the world. AFP PHOTO/JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images) Share Read more: Four charts that explain the UK economy’s slowdown Britain’s record level of employment is the result of a post-crisis income squeeze that has driven people to work more to compensate for lower real wages, according to the Resolution Foundation think tank. Official figures out later this morning are expected to show that real average pay – the amount you can buy with your wages – is yet to return to pre-2008 levels. Morgan Schondelmeier of the free-market Adam Smith Institute welcomed the report, saying: “While individuals and families are being driven towards work because of stagnant pay packets post-recession, the fact that they are able to find jobs is a testament to the UK’s flexible labour market.” Bell said: “Our objective should be to retain high employment with the wage growth that drives allowing a return to the long term trend of a shorter average working week.” Commerzbank economist Peter Dixon said one factor driving up employment was “uncertainty regarding pensions,” which was forcing people to work longer. “This is indicative of the fact that greater uncertainty has played a role in inducing households to increase their labour supply.” Torsten Bell, chief executive of the left-of-centre think tank, said that the explanation is not a rise in demand for workers from companies either, as this would have generated strong wage growth, which has not occurred.last_img read more

Photos: Snow, smiles and splashes at Eaglecrest Slush Cup 2017

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Free Music and Beer at Vice’s Casa Indio

first_imgUncategorizedFree Music and Beer at Vice’s Casa IndioIt’s a three-week celebration of Mexican-American culture with concerts, workshops, and plenty of beerBy Tess Hofmann – May 28, 2013468ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItVice is on a hot streak. In April it launched a well-received show on HBO. It was the subject of a recent New Yorker story. And unlike most media brands, it reaches a male youth demographic that advertisers covet. In short, what was once just a magazine is well on its way to becoming a full-fledged lifestyle brand.This week, Vice is sponsoring Casa Indio, a three-week celebration of Mexican-American culture that includes concerts, workshops, and plenty of beer—all of it free. The suds are courtesy of Indio beer, a dark Mexican lager that made its American debut last year, and while most corporate sponsorships feel pre-packaged and decidedly uncool, this event carries it off.Casa Indio, which runs through June 8, features nighttime performances by Heavy Hawaii, DJ Zak Matic, Daniel Maloso and others. There are also early evening activities like a zine workshop put on by L.A. Zine Fest and a mescal workshop hosted by Mescal Archivo and acclaimed Oaxacan restaurant Guelaguetza. Plus, you can drink all the Indio beer your heart—or liver—desires.It all happens just off the 10 freeway in West Adams where a raw space has been tricked out with wall projections and a mural by L.A. street artist Benjie Escobar. The effect is less like a focus group test and more like a warehouse party where a 21+ crowd of culture-lovers are free to mingle, sip, and sway to the modern Mexican-infused tunes.The more the merrier. All that’s required for entry is an online RSVP prior to the day of the event and a $1 minimum donation to the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. The rest is free.Casa Indio takes place at 5727 W. Adams Blvd. TAGSBeerCasa IndioEventL.A. CultureMusicVicePrevious articleThe Essential Movie Library #30: Some Like It Hot (1959)Next articleAdam Fleischman Takes The Fifth Taste EastTess Hofmann RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORA Hip-Hop and R&B Fest Coming to L.A. in December Has a Ridiculously Stacked LineupSong Catalogs Are Selling for Big Bucks, but Will the Trend End on a Bum Note?Coachella Sets a Date for Its 2022 Comebacklast_img read more

Five business sectors set to benefit from restored US-Cuba relations

first_img Sarah Spickernell Share Five business sectors set to benefit from restored US-Cuba relations Monday 20 July 2015 11:33 am 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 VerdictMaternity 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 WorldComedyForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday Newszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirror whatsapp whatsapp Show Comments ▼ At midnight on Monday, diplomatic ties between the US and Cuba officially reopened after 54 years of political hostility. Read more: Now you can book a rental in Havana for the first time after lifting of 50-year trade embargo In 1961, relations were completely severed between the two countries, but today each re-opened its embassy in the other’s capital after two years of negotiations came to success.  “A new stage will begin, long and complex, on the road toward normalization,” Cuban President Raul Castro said in a televised address last week to the Cuban people.  Which will require the will to find solutions to the problems that have accumulated over more than five decades and hurt ties between our nations and peoples. It is by no means a complete turnaround – there are still many restrictions on Americans wishing to travel to Cuba, and there is an embargo banning most US companies from doing business on the island, whose economy is worth an estimated £51bn.  Cuba claims the embargo is hugely damaging to its economy. Read more: How will the end of the US-Cuba trade embargo affect the two countries? But this hasn’t stopped businesses taking interest in the island as relations between the US and Cuba move steadily along the path to a full breakdown of restrictions.  Today, Monaco-based Australian oil tycoon David Lenigas made his first entry into the Cuban oil and gas market. His new company Leni Gas Cuba has acquired a five per cent share in Cuba focused oil and gas firm Petro Australis, which owns a huge stake in an oil-rich region on the north coast of Cuba. “This is LGC’s first acquisition that relates to Cuba and we see Petro Australis as an exciting entry point into the Cuban oil and gas sector,” Lenigas said in a statement. Earlier this year communications giant WPP also revealed it was about to set up shop there – an unprecedented step among the world’s major advertising agencies. The company partnered with state-owned Palco Group to make the move, in anticipation of the new business opportunities likely to open up. Already US President Barack Obama has helped relax some parts of the US economic embargo against Cuba, and in the coming months and years we are likely to see increasing numbers of companies turn their attention to the communist-led island. Here are some of the sectors set to benefit the most. TourismAlready a popular holiday destination among Europeans, Cuba will become even more of a tourist hotspot once Americans are granted free travel access there.  Some of the island’s hotels have been developed by European and South American hotel companies, but soon American firms such as Hilton, Marriott and Starwood will likely start setting their sights on some of Cuba’s most beautiful regions.AgricultureIn 2005, a $15m deal was brokered by Kathleen Blanco, then governor of the state of Louisiana, to boost agricultural exports to Cuba. This was possible because of a 2001 change to US trade embargo that allowed US companies to sell some food products. Now, Louisiana amounts for almost 30 per cent of Cuban-bound agricultural exports, according to the World Trade Center of New Orleans. Poultry and rice are two of the main products it exports there.  As restrictions continue to relax, US agricultural companies will look towards Cuba as an expanding export opportunity.AirlinesBefore ties were severed, Eastern and Pan Am were the main airlines flying between the US and Cuba. These disappeared a long time ago, and once US tourists are allowed to visit the island freely there’ll be a race to become the main provider of flights to Havana. Delta Air Lines and American Airlines are both probable contenders. TelecommunicationsAn exception to the US embargo allows telecommunications providers to establish basic infrastructure in Cuba, so that the island has access to essential internet services.  Given that some US companies have taken the initial step of establishing themselves on the island, it will be easier to take business investment up a notch once the embargo is broken down enough to allow more commercial operations to go ahead there. CarsThe retro cars Cubans drive around in aren’t just for the benefit of tourists hoping to feel like they have returned to the 1960s. For years, Cubans have been severely limited in the cars they can buy, with the government often opting for an official car supplier. Under the system, Cubans have only been able to buy a car from a single company at any one time. When Cuba eventually rids itself for this rule, a new market will open up for car-makers, who will most likely flock to the island and make the most of the mass transition from old to new. Tags: NULLlast_img read more

News / Industry blow as Des Vertannes resigns as chief of IATA Cargo

first_imgBy Alex Lennane 29/03/2014 Des Vertannes, the charming, diplomatic, even-keeled, much-liked and well-respected head of IATA Cargo, has announced his resignation from the industry. He leaves the association in June.He joined IATA – then renowned for its lack of interest in cargo, an unhappy staff and unpopular director general – exactly four years prior to his leaving date.Defended and ring-fenced initially from the worst of the association by the Cargo Committee, led by former Emirates SkyCargo chief Ram Menen, he set about changing the role IATA played in cargo – certainly a thankless task.At the time, Mr Vertannes said he would do the job until he had made a difference. With e-freight now on its way, a modernisation of IATA’s approach to ‘agents’, the creation of GACAG, a healthier relationship with FIATA, a proper environmental agenda for cargo, a voice for ground handlers, a sustainable agenda and other improvements too numerous to mention, the industry can safely say that yes, he has made a difference.Previously cargo chief for Etihad and Gulf Air, he has also striven to boost the air freight business in general; to give it a wider focus to help companies grow the industry rather than steal a shrinking amount of business from each other.Mr Vertannes, a true gentleman, who has worked in air freight since 1970, is known not only for his diplomatic nature, but also for wearing his heart on his sleeve: no other industry leader could trigger an outbreak of moist eyes among grown men like he could.He has made no secret of his jealousy of close friend Ram Menen’s recent retirement. While Mr Menen now travels the world seeing friends and places, Mr Vertannes (or ‘poor Des’ as he has become known, owing to his relentlessly difficult job) has been stuck travelling the world, soothing forwarders, carriers and Customs, making speeches and boosting business.As the news of his departure emerged, tributes began to pour in.Stan Wraight, executive director of SASI, said: “With everything that is happening today in our air cargo world, the pressures for change are enormous if we are to remain relevant. We have all been struggling for years to impress on the industry the need to recruit and train young leaders, as the current guard will leave. And now we lose Des to retirement, one of the true leaders out there.“He is able to get people motivated just through his passion, intelligence and eloquence, and that comes about when you couple years of experience and know-how with charm and intellect. IATA and the industry needs more Des Vertannes, not less.“He will be missed, but I hope that he will enjoy retirement along with his wife Gloria and their many kids and grandchildren. Of all people, he has done his share and deserves the time off. IATA and the industry’s loss is his family’s gain.”Mr Menen said: “Des is a hard act to follow. He is one of the most knowledgeable, passionate and hard-working people I have met. He is true visionary and icon. He is also one of the best salesmen I have come across – he can sell ‘ice to Eskimos’ with the greatest of ease.“Des is what IATA needed when the industry was at a crossroads and had no definitive direction. He is well-respected by every element of the industry and has had the challenging task to start the modernisation process.“His list of achievements over the years, when documented, will need many pages to record. I could go on and on – but I am glad he can now spend time with his family.“Like me, I am sure he is going to enjoy the next phase of his life. I wish him the best and am delighted to welcome him to the retired senior citizens club!”The Loadstar wishes him all the very best for his more than well-deserved retirement. The industry – and all the people in it, who count him as a dear friend – will miss him sorely.last_img read more

13.8 million goal set for Obama’s final health care sign-up season

first_img Going into its fourth sign-up season, President Barack Obama’s health care law has yet to achieve stability. Enrollment has been lower than initially projected, insurers say patients turned out to be sicker-than-expected, and a complex internal system to help stabilize premiums did not work as intended, partly because of actions by congressional Republicans.The law offers subsidized private insurance to people who do not have coverage through their jobs, along with a state option to expand Medicaid for low-income people. Largely as a result of the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s uninsured rate has dropped below 9 percent, a historically low level. More than 21 million people have gained coverage since the law passed in 2010.The government said enrollment averaged more than 10 million people through the first half of 2016, and more than 8 in 10 were receiving financial help.Nonetheless, the law remains politically divisive and Republicans are still vowing to completely repeal it.The administration is hoping for a strong sign-up season to validate the president’s signature program, and for a victory by Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential election to close out the long-running political saga. Clinton has outlined steps she’d take to build enrollment and sweeten subsidies for consumers.Sign-up season doesn’t start until Nov. 1, but previously window shopping has been available about a week earlier on HealthCare.gov, now used by 39 states. That should be the case again.Officials say returning customers will notice a smoother, more informative website, making it easier to compare plans. It’s also been optimized for mobile devices. Those who are satisfied with their current plan don’t need to do anything; they’ll be automatically renewed. Depending on availability, consumers will have a new option of picking “Simple Choice” plans. These are plans that have fixed deductibles and standard copayments, making it easier to compare them on premiums and provider networks. They’ll display prominently on HealthCare.gov’s plan comparison tool.The administration is also planning a major outreach effort, including more than 10 million pieces of direct mail and a steady stream of email to an electronic mailing list of more than 20 million people. A top goal is to entice younger, healthier people to enroll. Expect pitches on social media platforms as well as television and radio.This year, officials will emphasize the sticks — not just the carrots. Consumers will get reminded that going without health insurance risks a fine from the IRS, and the basic penalty is now $695.Open enrollment ends Jan. 31, but consumers who want their coverage to take effect with the new year must act by Dec. 15.— Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar By Associated Press Oct. 19, 2016 Reprints Politics13.8 million goal set for Obama’s final health care sign-up season Related: The administration says taxpayer-provided subsidies will cushion most of the impact of premium increases that are expected to be well into the double digits in many states.For policyholders whose insurance company will no longer offer coverage, the government is automatically matching them with another carrier’s plan. It’s up to the consumer whether or not to accept the match or keep shopping.advertisement Tags health insuranceObamaObamacarepolicy States move beyond ‘Obamacare’ to refocus health care Associated Press About the Author Reprints WASHINGTON — Facing new challenges to a legacy law, the Obama administration on Wednesday set its goals for the president’s final health care sign-up season.Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said she expects 13.8 million people to sign up.This is shaping up to be the most difficult sign-up season since HealthCare.gov launched in 2013 and the computer system froze up. But technology isn’t the issue now. Premiums are going up sharply in many parts of the country, and some major insurers have exited the program, leaving consumers with fewer choices next year.advertisement Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) is one of several members of Congress who are critical of Obamacare. Andrew Harnik/APlast_img read more

Diabetic foot ulcers: a silent killer of veterans

first_imgI first encountered diabetic foot ulcers as a fourth-year student in podiatric medicine when I was assigned to a Veterans Affairs medical center in Los Angeles. One of my patients, a veteran with diabetes, had a callus — an area of thickened skin — on his foot. It was about the size of a dime and was so generally insignificant that it would normally be ignored, but something about it didn’t look right. As I trimmed this bump of toughened skin, I identified an infected abscess and an ulcer. Privacy Policy @dgarmstrong Tags diabetesgovernment agenciesresearchveterans First OpinionDiabetic foot ulcers: a silent killer of veterans Leave this field empty if you’re human: Despite how devastating these ulcers are for those who suffer from them, and despite the massive costs they incur on the health care system, too few research dollars go toward understanding or fixing them. The National Institutes of Health spends about $1 billion per year on diabetes research, a relatively small amount considering that diabetes is a $300 billion problem. But the NIH spends just $1 million per year on lower-extremity diabetic research even though problems with the lower extremities are responsible for thousands of times that in annual diabetes costs.Fortunately, the VA is highly aware of the seriousness of diabetic foot ulcers. In fact, it is a pioneer when it comes to treating them, employing all kinds of next-generation technologies and textiles that can detect the beginnings of a diabetic foot ulcer and give patients, patient’s families, and even their care teams an early warning.Until we find the root cause of diabetic foot ulcers and identify highly effective ways to prevent and treat them, what we really need is a subscription prescription: making preventive items such as socks, shoes, and bandages available through a monthly subscription package, just like getting Netflix or Spotify. Such items are essential for helping stop the development of diabetic foot ulcers, mainly because they minimize pressure points when patients walk. If this type of service was readily available, patients with limited mobility or resources would be able to get the essentials they need when and where they need them.Veterans have always been near and dear to my heart. One of my grandfathers served in World War I, and the other served in World War II. Both received quality care from the VA. I am proud of the VA’s efforts to treat and prevent diabetic foot ulcers today, but the thing that’s holding it back from doing even more is education: addressing the funding disparity in diabetes research begins with awareness.I’m confident that those who learn about the threat this quiet killer poses to veterans will want to take action. Our veterans are counting on it.David G. Armstrong is professor of surgery and director of the Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Please enter a valid email address. About the Author Reprints David G. Armstrong Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson center_img [email protected] Trending Now: By David G. Armstrong Nov. 11, 2019 Reprints We treated the ulcer without the use of anesthesia because this patient had lost the ability to sense pain in his feet, a condition called neuropathy that is common for people with diabetes and that contributes to the development of foot ulcers. In an individual without diabetes and neuropathy, a callus would cause a painful pressure point. A person with diabetic neuropathy won’t feel that pain and will literally wear hole in his or her foot, as you or I might wear a hole in a shoe or a sock. When it comes to diabetes, what you can’t feel can hurt you.advertisement Veterans who survive the horrors of war or the other dangers of military service often die years later from a silent but deadly scourge: diabetic foot ulcers, open sores or lesions that typically start on the bottom of the foot.About 40% of people afflicted with this problem die within five years. The annual cost to America’s health care system for treating complications of these foot ulcers is greater than treating the five most common types of cancer, and are responsible for the vast majority of non-combat amputations seen among veterans. Yet too little is being done to prevent them.One way to honor our military veterans on this Veterans Day and to care for them in the years to come is to invest more in targeted research to learn why foot ulcers are so common in people with diabetes and why they recur so frequently, as well as to embrace new ways to prevent them from occurring.advertisement Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. MARTIN BUREAU/AFP via Getty Images All this patient told me was, “Thank you, son. I so very much appreciate you looking after me.”Today, I have the privilege of looking after a center at the University of Southern California that spans four hospitals and a diverse population of some 10 million people. The lessons learned from that one patient, however, can be applied every day in my practice.The most common reason someone is admitted to a VA hospital is diabetes. In fact, 60% to 70% of hospitalized veterans in the United States have this disease. And the complication of diabetes that is most likely to cause veterans to be admitted to a treatment center is an infected foot ulcer. Much of this happens in silence, as these patients, who often have a great tolerance for pain to begin with, further lose the feedback because of diabetic neuropathy.Because of the silent nature of diabetic foot ulcers, they represent a big problem that few have heard of. People don’t drop dead from a “foot attack” like they do from a heart attack, but they are dying from them all the same. Indeed, after an amputation, an individual may not get out of bed much in the following months, or even years, causing his or her overall health to deteriorate, culminating in death from a stroke or heart attack. Although a foot ulcer precipitated this awful spiral, it is not recorded as a cause of death, obscuring its contribution to the death.Approximately 40% of individuals with diabetes who develop a foot ulcer get another one within a year. Two-thirds will get another one within three years, and three-quarters will get another within five years. Just as with cancer, men and women with diabetic foot ulcers aren’t healed — they are in remission.last_img read more

The FDA identifies its first drug shortage due to coronavirus but won’t name the medicine

first_img STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. About the Author Reprints Andrew Harnik/AP Log In | Learn More What’s included? What is it? The FDA identifies its first drug shortage due to coronavirus but won’t name the medicine By Ed Silverman Feb. 28, 2020 Reprints Pharmalot @Pharmalot center_img For the first time since the coronavirus outbreak began, the Food and Drug Administration has reported a shortage of a medicine due to a manufacturing “issue” with an active pharmaceutical ingredient “related to a site affected by coronavirus.” However, the agency did not disclose the name of the medicine, prompting criticism over concerns the lack of information can make it difficult to plan for patient needs.In a statement issued Thursday night, the FDA explained that an unnamed manufacturer reported a shortage, but did not provide any further details. The statement added that “it is important to note that there are other alternatives that can be used by patients,” and that the FDA is working with the company and other manufacturers to mitigate the shortage. GET STARTED Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Ed Silverman Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. [email protected] Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED Tags Coronavirusgovernment agenciespharmaceuticalslast_img read more

Reps have a role in combatting the opioid epidemic, regulators say

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter AMF invites industry to combat elder abuse As the opioid epidemic rages in both Canada and the U.S., securities regulators are sounding the alarm about the impact on both investment industry professionals and their clients.The umbrella group of state and provincial securities regulators, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), has published new resources that aim to raise awareness of the impact of the public health crisis in opioids on industry personnel and investors, particularly seniors. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media “The opioid crisis in North America is devastating families and our communities. It is also a rising contributor to elder financial abuse and investment professionals are often the first to see the signs of this type of exploitation,” Michael Pieciak, president of NASAA and commissioner of Vermont’s Department of Financial Regulation, said in a statement.The new publications include a guide for advisors that aims to explain how opioid abuse could impact clients, how to identify possible client exploitation and information on helping affected clients.NASAA also issued a checklist of questions that advisors can use to broach the issue with potentially affected clients.“The cost of opioid addiction and treatment can have major financial ramifications. Clients facing opioid addiction – either themselves or within the family – may be strapped for resources and can be vulnerable to poor financial decision-making or even fraud,” Pieciak added.Judith Shaw, chair of NASAA’s Senior Issues and Diminished Capacity Committee and Maine Securities Administrator, noted that reps can be part of the solution to the epidemic, “but they have to be prepared to talk to clients in crisis.”“Regulators have a responsibility to educate and provide resources to investment professionals as they confront these challenging situations,” Pieciak said. James Langton Reports of senior financial abuse rising: NASAA Elder financial abuse is growing rapidly, U.S. consumer agency warns Related news Keywords Financial abuseCompanies North American Securities Administrators Association red warning flag on a stormy beach kmiragaya/123RFlast_img read more

Cabinet Approves Pension Increases

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw, informed the House of Representatives yesterday (Oct. 7), that Cabinet has approved increases in pension to Government pensioners, including widows/widowers and dependents, with effect from July 1, 2008.This, he said, is in keeping with Cabinet’s decision on July 8, 1991 in which it was agreed that Government pensioners should be given annual increases to minimise the effect of increases in the cost of living.Mr. Shaw also stated that for the 2008/09 fiscal year, an amount of $450 million has been provided for pension increases to apply to pensioners who were: in retirement for not less than 2 and a half years as at the 1st of July 2008; at least 55 years of age as at 1st of July 2008; retirement on the grounds of ill health regardless of age and widows/widowers and dependents in receipt of pension prior to July 1, 2008.The increases have been applied as follows: $24,000 per annum ($2,080 per month) for pensioners receiving under $20,000 a month; $22,800 per annum ($1,900 per month) for pensioners receiving $20,000 to $29,999 a month; $20,400 per annum ($1,700 a month) for pensioners receiving $30,000 to $39,999 a month; $15,000 per annum ($1,250 per month) for pensioners receiving $40,000 to $49,999 a month; $9,000 per annum ($750 per month) for pensioners receiving $50,000 to $74,999 per month; $7,200 per annum ($600 a month) for pensioners receiving $75,000 and over a month; $14,000 per annum ($1,200 per month) for widows and widowers and $9,000 per annum ($750 per month) for dependents.The minimum pensions for persons aged 55 years and over and for those pensioners who retired due to ill-health have been increased as follows: persons with service of between 10 and 20 years from $72,000 a year up to $96,000 a year and persons with service of 20 or more years from $120,000 a year up to $144,000 a year.Mr. Shaw also announced that there would be a special adjustment for pensioners who retired prior to 1st January, 1995 and are receiving less than $50,000 per month.He also added that 21,158 of the 24,290 pensioners paid by the Accountant General (approximately 86 per cent), will benefit from the increases.“Pensioners paid by other agencies covered by the Government Pension Plan, will also benefit from the increase,” Mr. Shaw stated.Payment of the increases granted is expected to be effected in November 2008, in respect of those pensioners for which the Accountant General has responsibility. RelatedCabinet Approves Pension Increases RelatedCabinet Approves Pension Increases RelatedCabinet Approves Pension Increasescenter_img Cabinet Approves Pension Increases UncategorizedOctober 9, 2008 Advertisementslast_img read more

Tower Street Correctional Centre Gets 20 Toilets from Support Organisations

first_imgRelatedTower Street Correctional Centre Gets 20 Toilets from Support Organisations RelatedTower Street Correctional Centre Gets 20 Toilets from Support Organisations FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre (General Penitentiary) received 20 toilets, Tuesday (August 25), from two support organisations, Prison Fellowship Jamaica and the Board of Visitors, to assist in improvements to the penal institution’s sanitary conveniences.Commissioner of Corrections, June Jarrett, thanked both organisations for the toilets, in particular, and for their continued support of the correctional institutions over the years, in general.She said that the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) was fortunate to have their support, at a time when it is under pressure to improve the amenities, despite the serious economic challenges it is facing.Commissioner of Corrections, June Jarrett(second right), symbolically accepts the cover of one of 10 toilets donated to the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre (General Penitentiary), Kingston, Tuesday (August 25), by the institution’s Board of Visitors from Ms. Beverly Clarke (second left). Twenty toilets were presented to the Commissioner, 10 each from the Board of Visitors and Prison Fellowship Jamaica to help improve conditions at the institution. Looking from left are: KSAC Councillor, Audley Gordon, who chairs both charitable organisations; Superintendent Leroy Fairweather; Rev. Robert Jacobs, chaplain; and Deputy Commissioner of Corrections, Shirley Johnson.Chairman of both the Prison Fellowship and the Board of Visitors, Councillor Audley Gordon, said that this was only one of several projects which the organisations have planned to assist the institutions.“There is also an upstairs block at Tower Street where there is no water, and we plan to install both a water tank and a pump to ensure that inmates can have water available at all times,” Councillor Gordon, who represents the Hughenden Division in the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) Council, told JIS News.He said that there were also plans to tile the chapel at the South Camp Rehabilitation Centre (Gun Court) on South Camp Road, Kingston.“Our mandate (as the Prison Fellowship) is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, but we want to do so more in deeds than in words,” Councillor Gordon said. Prison Fellowship Jamaica is a member of Prison Fellowship International.He noted that the presentation was timely, in light of the recent revelations of the poor conditions existing in juvenile centres.Executive Director of the Fellowship, the Rev. Mark Hardy, said that he will be seeking the support of his board to make a similar donation to the St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre (formerly the St. Catherine District Prison), Spanish Town.Superintendent at the Tower Street institution, Leroy Fairweather, thanked both organisations for their goodwill which, he said, will go a far way in improving conditions there.He said that the institution welcomes whatever support it can get, in creating for inmates a more rehabilitative environment, while awaiting the construction of a new prison to replace the overcrowded facility. RelatedTower Street Correctional Centre Gets 20 Toilets from Support Organisationscenter_img Tower Street Correctional Centre Gets 20 Toilets from Support Organisations Office of the Prime MinisterAugust 26, 2009 Advertisementslast_img read more

Call for evidence An inspection of use of hotels and barracks as contingency asylum accommodation

first_imgCall for evidence An inspection of use of hotels and barracks as contingency asylum accommodation The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) has begun an inspection of the use of hotels and barracks as contingency asylum accommodation and is inviting anyone with relevant knowledge or experience to submit their evidence to /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:asylum, Government, immigration, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Plan your retirement lifestyle with free Mindset for Life program

first_imgPlan your retirement lifestyle with free Mindset for Life program Many of us spend years fantasising about what we will do when we are retired, but in reality it can often be challenging to work out what matters to you and what you should do with your time.A free program, Mindset for Life, has been developed to assist people in navigating retirement and answering these important questions.The program uses a peer model to help people design a successful retirement and to plan the next phase of their lives.On completion, participants will have a greater sense of their own skills, abilities and priorities; a renewed vision of their future; and an achievable plan to get them moving in their chosen direction.Arturo and Mary Jimenea, of Parafield Gardens, completed the program in 2020. Mary has just retired from work and Arturo has transitioned from working full time to part time.The couple found the program helpful in planning ‘what’s next?’ ahead of a new phase in their lives.“The Mindset for Life program and the discussions had at the workshops opened our minds to the multitude of opportunities available to people in retirement,” said Mary.“I am now looking at changing habits of my life and exploring more of my interests: that is: no longer just sedentary reading of books, but also doing more physical activities such as backyard gardening and participating in group exercises, in order to maintain my physical and mental well-being.”The Mindset for Life program was developed by Think Human, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation and the State Government Office of Ageing Well.The program is being delivered across three three-hour blocks during August at the Jack Young Centre in Salisbury.A meet and greet information session is planned for Tuesday, July 13 at 2pm at Jack Young Centre, 2 Orange Avenue, Salisbury. /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:ageing, Australia, Australian, City of Salisbury, future, Government, Human, innovation, local council, meet, mental, Orange, participants, retirement, Salisbury, younglast_img read more

Second Speaker On Middle East: Former Ambassador Dennis Ross To Speak At CU-Boulder This Fall

first_imgThe Cultural Events Board of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s student government will host a talk by former U.S. Ambassador Dennis B. Ross in the fall semester. The talk is the second in a two-part series focusing on the Middle East hosted by the University of Colorado Student Union’s Cultural Events Board, or CEB. Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, was the first speaker featured in the series and appeared on campus Sept. 14. The date of the Ross speech has not been finalized and will be announced later with information on tickets and the location. Ross served as a special ambassador in the first Bush administration and the Clinton administration and for more than 12 years was instrumental in developing the U.S. role in the Middle East peace process. In 1995 he assisted the Israelis and Palestinians in reaching the 1995 Interim Agreement. He also successfully brokered the Hebron Accord in 1997, facilitated the Israeli-Jordan peace treaty and worked to bring Israel and Syria together. In the first Bush administration, Ross was director of the State Department’s Policy Planning office, playing a prominent role in developing U.S. policy toward the former Soviet Union. He also worked on the unification of Germany and its integration into NATO, arms-control negotiations and development of the Gulf War coalition. After more than a decade of serving as the nation’s point person on the Middle East peace process, Ross became the director and the Ziegler Distinguished Fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Ross, who graduated in 1970 from UCLA, wrote his doctoral dissertation on Soviet decision-making and served as executive director of the Berkeley-Stanford program on Soviet International Behavior from 1984 to 1986. He has received UCLA’s highest medal, has been named UCLA alumnus of the year, and has received honorary doctorates from the Jewish Theological Seminary and Syracuse University. Published: Sept. 17, 2002 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

World’s First Regenerative Viticulture Case Study

first_imgAdvertisementRobert Hall Winery Partners With Leading Biodynamics Consultant Philippe ArmenierPaso Robles, CA;  November 10, 2020 – In an industry first, O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, through its Paso Robles-based Robert Hall Winery, will initiate a comparative trial for the wider wine community to learn about regenerative farming with organic and biodynamic farming techniques, comparing the results with conventionally farmed vineyards. The trial will be led by Robert Hall Winery’s Managing Director Caine Thompson with VP of Viticulture and Winemaking Marty Spate, while also bringing in world renowned biodynamic consultant Philippe Armenier.For more than 30 years, Armenier has been carrying on a love affair with biodynamic farming. His family’s famed Domaine de Marcoux in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, France, was the first vineyard in Châteauneuf-du-Pape to convert to biodynamics.  Armenier now passionately shares the philosophy of biodynamics with the world. Using these techniques at Domaine de Marcoux, the winery soared to new heights. Robert Parker once called the winery “one of the greatest wine estates in the world profiled in my book.” The study at Robert Hall Winery will be unique in that once per month a Field Day will be held at Robert Hall Winery for trade, writers, press and consumers. The Field Days will be an educational hands-on experience explaining and teaching regenerative farming through organic and biodynamic techniques. “This is one of the most transparent studies that I’m aware of anywhere in the world,” says Armenier. “It will showcase regenerative farming practices in a real life case study that brings the whole community together on a journey.”Thompson says, “This project acts as a wider research effort for O’Neill Vintners & Distillers with the potential to have a much greater impact as we look to how we can reduce carbon on a large scale and farm without synthetic chemicals as we regenerate our vineyards.”This partnership project with O’Neill Vintners & Distillers builds upon a commitment to engage the community on sustainable conversations and practices. “While biodynamic and organic farming are age old practices, we want to examine the effectiveness of carbon sequestration through regenerative farming practices, along with quality and cost determinations,” says Founder and CEO Jeff O’Neill.The regenerative farming comparative trial project will launch November 10th and the first guest Field Day with Armenier will be held at the Robert Hall Winery on Friday, December 4th at 10:00 am. Space is limited; please reserve your place by booking at  www.roberthallwinery.com/Visit-Us/Events.Robert Hall WineryFounded in 1999 by the late entrepreneur Robert Hall, Robert Hall Winery showcases the best Paso Robles has to offer. The winery has three estate vineyards in the Geneseo and Estrella Districts, totaling 136 planted acres of fruit. In addition to growing Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and Syrah, the winery also sources grapes across the entire Paso Robles AVA, capturing the true essence of the region. This provides Head Winemaker Don Brady with a broad range of soils and micro-climates that, together, create optimal fruit for the beautiful wines that capture the essence of Paso Robles. Brady has been with the winery since its inaugural vintage. Under his winemaking expertise with Winemaker Amanda Gorter, Robert Hall continues to promote the Paso Robles region as one of the top winegrowing regions in California. Together, Brady and Gorter craft wines inspired by the pioneering spirit of the winery’s founder and the honest pursuit of The Good Life. Well-Earned. Visit Robert Hall Winery online at www.roberthallwinery.com.Advertisement Previous articleLarkmead Vineyards Appoints Victoria Anderson as Client Operations ManagerNext articlePH Importing Announces National Appointment by Ichanka Vineyards of Argentina  Press Release Email TAGSO’Neill VintnersRobert Hall Winery Facebook Twitter ReddIt Pinterest Share Home Industry News Releases World’s First Regenerative Viticulture Case StudyIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessWorld’s First Regenerative Viticulture Case StudyBy Press Release – November 10, 2020 1448 0 Linkedinlast_img read more