Premier still facing big challenge, argues analyst

first_imgA leading City analyst has welcomed the move by Premier Foods to dispose of its under-performing subsidiary Brookes Avana for £30m but warned the embattled company still “has much to do”.The own-label meals and cake business was sold recently by Premier to rival 2 Sisters Food Group for £30m in cash, in a deal that should complete by January.But according to Martin Deboo, analyst at Investec Securities, the deal made sense. He said: “We see the disposal of Brookes Avana as a positive step on Premier’s path to recovery. In exchange for £30m in cash, Premier loses a major distraction and an asset that we were forecasting to lose £25m this year. There remains much to do if our 15p target share price is to be realised, but this feels like good business to us.”Commenting on the disposal of Brookes Avana, newly appointed chief executive of Premier Foods Michael Clarke added: “The sale of Brookes Avana underlines our commitment to focus the business on growing a smaller number of brands. Brookes Avana will have a better opportunity to grow with 2 Sisters Food Group given its focus in the chilled food sector.”Premier Foods has experienced a torrid year in 2011, and proceeds of the disposal will be used to repay its extensive bank borrowings, currently running at £1.2bn. Premier announced in October that it would be focusing investment behind eight Power Brands, including Hovis and Mr Kipling, and would dispose of selected businesses “further enabling it to deleverage the business”. Shares in Premier, which have plunged from a high of 288p in 2007, have been hovering around 6p.Brookes Avana has around 2,000 staff and Premier said that “all the employees will transfer with the business”.last_img read more

My Morning Jacket Announces Summer Tour With Support From Gary Clark Jr., Jaw Gems, & More

first_imgMy Morning Jacket has announced eleven new summer tour dates, in addition to their festival appearances at Electric Forest and The Peach Music Festival. Their headlining amphitheatre run will kick off in Cincinnati, OH on June 22 and include shows in Nashville, TN (July 7), Columbia, MD (July 14). Additionally, Jim James and company will play their first concert at the historic Forest Hills Stadium on July 17 in Queens, NY, marking the band’s only 2017 concert in New York City. With opening performances from The Record Company, Margo Price, Gary Clark Jr., Jaw Gems, and The Districts, this summer tour is sure to be the best yet.My Morning Jacket recently played three nights at their own “One Big Holiday” event in Mexico, playing on the Mayan Riviera beaches, with no song repeats, pulling from band’s deep archive. You can download the audio from that weekend here, for a taste of what’s to come.The Roll Call/fan club pre-sale for the newly announced dates launches tomorrow, March 14, at 10 AM local time for all shows except Cleveland, where the pre-sale will kick off Tuesday, March 21, at 10 AM ET. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning on Friday, March 17, with the Cleveland on-sale Friday, March 24. For more ticketing information, head to the band’s website.One dollar from every ticket purchased will benefit My Morning Jacket’s Waterfall Project. See below for full tour schedule.last_img read more

Lifeline Law absolves ‘Good Samaritans’

first_imgYour friend passes out from excessive alcohol consumption at an off-campus party. You’ve been drinking as well, and you’re both underage. Do you call for medical help immediately or do you hesitate, worrying about the consequences of a drinking citation on your medical school applications? The Indiana Lifeline Law, which came into effect July 1, 2012, eliminates this decision for off-campus offenses. Under the law, neither the person who seeks help nor the one experiencing the medical emergency will receive a drinking citation, as long as they cooperate with authorities, Captain Phil Trent of the South Bend Police Department (SBPD) said.  “We do not want to in any way, shape or form dissuade people from seeking medical attention, especially the person who needs it the most,” Trent said.  According to the Indiana Lifeline Law website, it “provides immunity for the crimes of public intoxication, minor possession, minor consumption and minor transport to persons who reveal themselves to law enforcement while seeking medical assistance for a person suffering from an alcohol-related health emergency.”  The law does not absolve people of crimes such as “providing to a minor, operating while intoxicated or possession of a controlled substance,” according to the law’s website.   Brian Coughlin, associate vice president for student development, said he thinks the Lifeline Law is “fine” but should be unnecessary. “I feel disappointed that it would be necessary, that folks would need some sort of policy or law to enable them to do the right thing for their fellow human being,” Coughlin said. Student body president Alex Coccia said student government approves of the Lifeline Law and considers it a helpful resource for students presented with alcohol-related emergencies off campus. “We made it very clear in our platform that medical amnesty in a broad sense is what we want to have included in University policy,” Coccia said. “It’s something that has come up many years in a row for students. It’s something that students do feel strongly about. And I think it makes practical sense. I think that’s why this Lifeline Law is so important.” Currently, Notre Dame does not have a medical amnesty policy granting immunity from disciplinary outcomes to students who seek medical attention for a friend or for the individual suffering from the emergency. If a Notre Dame student received immunity under the Lifeline Law in an off-campus scenario, Ryan Willerton, director of the Office of Community Standards, said the student may still have to interact with his or her rector or representatives from Community Standards after the event.  “It’s not a punitive system where we get a report and all of a sudden we go into investigative mode of ‘What were you drinking? How much were you drinking? You’re going to get in trouble. I need to figure out how much trouble’ – that’s not how it operates at all,” Willerton said.  “It’s about we get a name, we get a report, we want to talk to the student – tell us your perspective. And then we determine an appropriate outcome tailored to that individual based on the nature of their involvement with that incident [and] their conduct history at the University, the same as the other schools that have medical amnesty policies.” Willerton said there are three disciplinary status outcomes for students: probation, temporary dismissal and permanent dismissal. If a student’s name is released to the University after he or she receives immunity under the Lifeline Law, it is unlikely that the student will suffer any disciplinary outcomes, he said. “There’s only three disciplinary status outcomes. Everything else is educational, formative and developmental. That’s the key,” Willerton said. “So is a student on a first time intoxication where they helped another friend going to be temporarily dismissed? No. Are they going to be put on disciplinary probation? Probably not.” Trent said not all incidents related to the Lifeline Law would result in reports being sent to the University. “In a classic case, there would not necessarily be any report generated,” Trent said. “In a situation where the fire department medics were called to assist an ill party, whether or not there would be police response to begin with would be a question. There’s a lot of circumstances where we’ll encounter somebody and if there’s basically no criminal activity, i.e. we’re going to use the Lifeline Law in this case, there’s not going to be a report generated – no citations, no report, nothing.” However, if SBPD breaks up a loud house party but does not issue citations, a report could still be sent to the University that includes the names of the house’s owners, Trent said.  “We’re enormously busy on a football game Saturday, let’s say. An officer or two get dispatched to an off-campus house for a loud party. We get there, we note that it’s a large party, it’s very loud, it’s annoying the neighbors,” he said.  “We might make a report and in that report we would cite that there were numerous people there that appeared intoxicated and these are the principal renters of the house and ostensibly the people who were hosting the party. Their names may be included in the report and that’s all that we would do, and we’d go back into service because we’re super busy, without issuing citations, without even breaking the party up.” Trent said Indiana State Excise Police often issue their own citations, but the names of all parties involved might not necessarily reach the University. “Even if [excise police] issued 50 citations, 50 names would not go into the South Bend Police Report,” Trent said. “Perhaps only a few names, those being the residents of that property would probably go into the report and potentially 50, 75, 100 other people wouldn’t be noted.”  If the University does receive word of a student’s involvement in a situation falling under the Lifeline Law, Coughlin said the motivation behind meeting with students after such an incident is to prevent future medical emergencies. “We don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to have an educational conversation with that student. You made a really good decision at the end of the night to say, ‘my friend’s in medical distress. I’m going to call someone for help,’ but how many other incidents throughout that evening could you or someone else have made a different decision that would’ve led to a different result where that student was not in a medical emergency?” he said.  Coccia said student government’s lobbying for a medical amnesty policy at Notre Dame is also aimed at prevention. “We’re focused on prevention, and we want to make sure, whether because it’s policy and or culture, that students are taking care of each other,” he said. “Whenever someone’s intoxicated, it’s going to impair judgment and we want to provide every opportunity to do the right thing and to help friends if help is needed.” Coughlin said Community Standards’ new reporting policy should appease students worried about their futures. “It seemed to me that one of the major drivers of [a medical amnesty policy] was this idea of my permanent record or what was reported other places, and I believe that we’ve significantly addressed that through our records reporting policy,” he said. “… The only thing that we report to other entities, whether they be graduate schools or bar associations or licensing groups, is those three disciplinary outcomes. And so if the excuse is, from a student, ‘Well I didn’t seek medical attention or help for my fellow student because I was worried about my med school application,’ that’s no longer an excuse that is valid.” Willerton said Community Standards’ new disciplinary model also negates the need for a medical amnesty policy.  “Within Community Standards, we look at every student as an individual, and that goes back to the new model that we have,” he said. “So the conversations we have with students are really dependent on their past conduct history and really the nature of the incident, so it’s not an ‘if, then’ type of situation.” Coccia said medical amnesty is a big part of his and vice president Nancy Joyce’s platform, and they intend to bring up the issue with Campus Life Council.  “I view this as an issue of inclusion, where we want to make sure students are feeling safe on campus,” he said.last_img read more

Paraguayan Military Pilots Fly Patients from Remote Areas to Medical Appointments

first_img“For me, these flights are really useful because I save so much time and get to my destination safely,” Reyes said. “Sometimes, heavy rains force roads to close, which means that if you’re going by land, the trip can end up lasting for days.” The government subsidizes the service, enabling passengers to pay between 250,000 and 300,000 guaraníes (US$45 –US$54) per flight depending on their city of origin. SETAM assists a wide range of passengers, including farmers, indigenous persons, foreign tourists, and ranch owners who employ area residents. They were seated in a C-212 Aviocar, an aircraft that’s part of the Paraguayan Air Force Transport Service (SETAM the Spanish Acronym) assigned to fly needy patients to Asunción for medical appointments. On Tuesdays and Fridays, SETAM pilots fly the Fuerte Olimpo-Asunción route, which includes stops in remote communities such as Concepción, Puerto Casado, Vallemí, Toro Pampa, and Bahía Negra during its 45-60-minute flight. Since it began this route in September 2013, SETAM has transported 3,600 people and 10 tons of cargo while logging 1,236 hours of flight time. “We have exceeded our own projections and expectations for this initiative,” said Colonel Edilberto Salinas, SETAM’s commander. “The SETAM service was restarted after a 25-year interruption. The two years that SETAM has been active again is in response to the needs of the citizens and to provide them with a public service.” “During emergencies, we make an extra effort to bring food, medication, and water to the affected residents. In the event of a drought or when there are forest fires, we work closely with the Volunteer Firefighters of Paraguay,” Col. Salinas said. “When people don’t have the means to purchase a ticket, we look at their case and don’t charge them anything,” Col. Salinas said. “More than anything else, we are providing a social service for them, and that fills us with pride.” The C-212 Aviocar can carry 26 passengers, and can operate on unpaved highways and at airports with little infrastructure. Upon landing at Silvio Pettirossi Air Base, the passengers deplaned and Reyes, who was facing possible cataract surgery, reached his doctor’s appointment in less than two hours. center_img Reyes is among thousands who have obtained medical services thanks to SETAM pilots and logistical workers. Without this service, he could only get to the capital through a grueling, 18-hour drive — at a minimum. Emiliano Reyes waited along with 25 other passengers at the rustic airstrip serving Fuerte Olimpo, a town 800 kilometers northwest of the Paraguayan capital of Asunción. SETAM helps the needy By Dialogo November 19, 2015 Excellent service In cooperation with other institutions — including the Medical Emergency Center, the Emergency Secretariat, the Volunteer Firefighters of Paraguay, the Paraguayan Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare, and local authorities — SETAM provies a full range of humanitarian aid. For instance, it transports food and medicine to remote areas and evacuates people threatened by flooding during the rainy season, which begins in November and can last until February. It also operates an ambulance plane equipped with intensive care unit services and other first aid supplies. last_img read more

Ebola, Marburg vaccines work in monkeys

first_imgJun 7, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A pair of vaccines created by a Canadian-based international team of researchers protected monkeys against the lethal Ebola and Marburg viruses, according to a new report in Nature Medicine.The vaccines were made by splicing a gene from either the Ebola or the Marburg virus into a weakened version of the vesicular stomatitis virus, which causes mouth inflammation in livestock. Small groups of monkeys that received one of the two vaccines stayed completely healthy after they were exposed to a heavy dose of the corresponding virus.Publication of the findings comes as public health workers in Angola continue to battle the largest Marburg hemorrhagic fever outbreak on record. The outbreak had reached 423 cases, with 357 deaths, by May 27, according to the World Health Organization. There is no vaccine or effective treatment for either Marburg or Ebola, which are fatal in most cases.The first two authors of the study, Steven M. Jones and Heinz Feldmann, have been helping to diagnose cases in Angola, according to a news release from the Public Health Agency of Canada.”When you see the tragedies these viruses cause, it’s very frustrating that we can’t do more to help people,” Feldmann said in the news release. “It’ll be some time before we can use these vaccines in the field, but it’s satisfying to know that we’re getting closer.”Jones and Feldmann work at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg, Man. They collaborated with researchers from the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and laboratories in Germany and France.The team previously created a live but weakened recombinant form of vesicular stomatitis virus (rVSV) and inserted a glycoprotein, or surface protein, gene from the Ebola virus into it. Later they followed the same procedure with rVSV and the glycoprotein gene from the Marburg virus.The researchers injected six cynomolgous macaques with the Ebola vaccine and another six with the Marburg vaccine. None of the animals were made ill by the vaccine. Four weeks after vaccination, four Ebola-immunized monkeys were injected with a high dose of Ebola virus, and four Marburg-immunized monkeys were injected with Marburg virus. The researchers used two Marburg-immunized monkeys and two Ebola-immunized monkeys as controls by exposing them to the noncorresponding virus.The eight monkeys that were exposed to the same virus they had been vaccinated against all stayed healthy. No signs of either virus were found in the animals’ blood, nor did they shed any virus. But the four monkeys that were exposed to the noncorresponding virus all died within 9 days after exposure.The team found evidence of both humoral (antibody) and cellular immune responses in the Ebola-immunized monkeys after they were exposed to the virus. Both kinds of responses also were seen in the Marburg-immunized monkeys after vaccination, but there was no evidence of a cellular immune response after exposure to the virus.Months after the initial experiment, the eight surviving monkeys were exposed to a different strain of Ebola or Marburg virus. When the four Ebola-immunized monkeys were inoculated with a different Ebola strain 234 days after the first test, three of them died within a week, while one survived. The four Marburg-immunized animals all stayed healthy when they were exposed to a different Marburg strain 113 days after the initial challenge.The authors say these contrasting results were not unexpected, because the two Ebola virus strains differed by 37% to 41% at the DNA level, while the two Marburg strains were 94% the same.The report says other researchers previously created an Ebola virus vaccine by inserting two of the virus’s genes into human adenoviruses. That vaccine protected monkeys, but because many people are immune to adenoviruses, such a vaccine might have limited utility in humans, the authors say.Researchers also have had some success using an engineered form of alphavirus to make a Marburg virus vaccine, according to the report. However, attempts to use alphavirus as a “platform” for an Ebola vaccine failed.The two new vaccines improve on these previous attempts, the researchers write. “This current study is the first to show that nonhuman primates can be protected with a single-dose immunization using a vector expressing solely the ZEBOV [Zaire Ebola virus] glycoprotein. In addition, this is the first vaccine platform to show the ability to protect nonhuman primates against EBOV and MARV [Ebola virus and Marburg virus], which is an important first step toward developing a vaccine that will be effective against all filoviruses.”In the news release, Dr. Thomas Geisbert of USAMRIID added that the vaccines target dendritic cells, the same cells targeted by Ebola and Marburg. “These cells are also important in generating an immune response. So the vaccine goes exactly where we want it to go,” he said.Jones SM, Feldmann H, Stroher U, et al. Live attenuated recombinant vaccine protects nonhuman primates against Ebola and Marburg viruses. Nat Med 2005 Jun 5 (advance online publication) [Abstract]last_img read more

Real Madrid star Dani Ceballos gives hope to Arsenal and Tottenham over summer transfer

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Arsenal and Tottenham have been heavily linked with Ceballos (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAdvertisementAdvertisement‘I don’t want them [Real Madrid] to sell me,’ Ceballos told Onda Cero.‘But I want to enjoy myself and feel important, wherever that may be.‘I have a bit of experience and I believe that next year will be my best year.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterFriday 28 Jun 2019 8:37 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Dani Ceballos has hinted his future could be away from Real Madrid (Getty Images)Dani Ceballos admits he doesn’t want Real Madrid to sell him this summer but has not ruled out the prospect of joining Arsenal or Tottenham on loan.The 22-year-old started only 13 games in La Liga last season and has been heavily linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.Reports in Spain claim that Madrid would be open to a loan deal with both Arsenal and Tottenham heavily linked with a move for the midfielder.Ceballos has been one of Spain’s standout performers during their European Under-21 Championship campaign this month and the midfielder has suggested that he could be leaving Madrid for a temporary spell.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Real Madrid star Dani Ceballos gives hope to Arsenal and Tottenham over summer transferlast_img read more

Allseas seeking anchor handler for Gorgon Stage 2

first_imgOffshore installation and construction company Allseas is on the lookout for an anchor handler to support its work on Chevron’s Gorgon Stage 2 project off Australia.Illustration only: An anchor handler offshore / Image by SP Mac – shared with permission from the photographerChevron has developed the Gorgon and Jansz gas fields located within the Greater Gorgon area, off the northwest coast of Western Australia. The Gorgon Stage 2 Project supplements the existing Gorgon and Jansz gas field development with additional offshore wells and supporting subsea infrastructure.Allseas, which has been awarded an offshore pipeline installation scope, is now seeking expressions of interest from contractors capable of providing an anchor handling vessel and associated services for operations during the pipeline installation work.The contract award is planned from the second quarter of 2020, with the execution of works expected in Q4 2020/Q1 2021 period.Contractors, which have until June 21, 2019, to express interest, need to be able to provide an Anchor Handling Tug suitable for deployment of anchors and associated initiation wires of approximately 2500 meters.Gorgon Stage 2 / Image by ChevronThe vessel needs to be capable of setting anchors and provide anchor test up to 150 t using a combination of the vessel working wire and initiation wire. Furthermore, the contractors need to have a back-up vessel in case the primary vessel is unavailable for the works.Allseas’ pipelay vessel Audacia and offshore construction vessel Oceanic will be working on the Gorgon Stage 2 (GS2) pipeline installation in late 2020 and early 2021.Gorgon is one of the world’s largest LNG projects and the largest single resource project in Australia’s history.Located on Barrow Island, Gorgon comprises a three-train, 15.6 million tonnes per year LNG facility and a domestic gas plant with the capacity to supply 300 terajoules of gas per day to Western Australia.Chevron sanctioned the second phase of the project in April 2018, and it said the development fit “within Chevron’s previously announced annual investment range of $18-20 billion through 2020.”The Gorgon Project is operated by Chevron Australia and is a joint venture of the Australian subsidiaries of Chevron (47.3 percent), ExxonMobil (25 percent), Shell (25 percent), Osaka Gas (1.25 percent), Tokyo Gas (1 percent) and JERA (0.417 percent).Gorgon development / Image by ChevronOffshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

EnerMech nets 5-year deal for LNG plant in Queensland

first_imgEnerMech Australia has been awarded a five-year contract to provide specialist nitrogen and flange management services to an LNG facility in Central Queensland.The work will be conducted on-site, located off the coast of Gladstone, Queensland, with project engineering and management conducted from EnerMech’s Gladstone facility and Brisbane office, the company said in its statement.The company, however, did not specify which of the LNG projects it will be working on.The LNG export plants located on Curtis Island include Shell’s Queensland Curtis LNG, Santos Gladstone LNG, and the ConocoPhillips-operated Australia Pacific LNG terminal.EnerMech will deploy liquid nitrogen converters, nitrogen membrane generation units, flange management torque/tensioning equipment and use its System Integrity Management software SIMPro in the provision of the specialist services.last_img read more

2010 survey finds anaemia a moderate public health problem in Laplaine District

first_img Sharing is caring! 68 Views   no discussions Share Share Dr. Audrey MorrisA 2010 Survey of Anaemia in the Laplaine Health District conducted by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI) has ruled anaemia as a moderate public health problem for that district which comprises of the villages of Boetica, Delices, Grand Fond, Riviere Cyrique and Laplaine.The survey findings were presented and explained by Dr. Audrey Morris of the CFNI at a consultation on Tuesday at the Public Service Training Centre in Roseau.“There is generally a moderate public health problem of anaemia; it is 25% across the age groups in Laplaine, 47% in women of child bearing age. To say that it’s a moderate health problem this is by the WHO standards because if it is less than 40% you say it is a moderate problem, but over 40% means it is a severe problem. So therefore looking at the women of child bearing age you’ll say there is a severe problem of anaemia.”Anaemia, according to National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is a condition in which your blood has a lower than normal number of red blood cells. NHLBI further explains that anaemia also can occur if your red blood cells don’t contain enough hemoglobin which is an iron-rich protein that gives blood its red color. This protein helps red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.The 2010 survey also indicates an 18% prevalence of anaemia among women who are pregnant compared to 36% in the 1996 survey.Dr Morris says however although there is a reduction in cases of anaemia among pregnant women there is room for improvement in counseling them.Paticipants at Tuesday’s consultation.“However there is some room for improvement and why we say there is some room for improvement is because there is 64% taking iron tablets as frequently as instructed so what happen to the other 36 percent? 63% taking it as instructed with food or meals, or take it with juice or so, but there is another 47% who seem to be doing something else so there is room for improvement there where the supplements are concerned.”Dr Norris recommends regular surveillance of school children, continue and strengthen the anaemia prevention and control programmes in place in health centers, conduct another national survey of anaemia prevalence, support delivery practices and child feeding practices which enhance iron status of women and children, promote the country’s food-based dietary guidelines and to repeat the 1996 food survey to more completely identify dietary habits and patterns of the population.She also emphasized the need for implementation of strategies to prevent anaemia in women of child bearing age and adolescents and to implement policies and programs to address anaemia prevention and control and other food and nutrition problems.Anaemia health problems can lead to reduction in work capacity and endurance, impaired brain function, decreased resistance to infection, maternal and fetal mortality and risk of premature birth.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img LocalNews 2010 survey finds anaemia a moderate public health problem in Laplaine District by: – December 6, 2011 Share Tweetlast_img read more