ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on October 12, 2010November 13, 2014Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The following is part of a series of project updates from the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B). MHTF is supporting their project, Knowledge Sharing and Knowledge Translation in Bangladesh. More information on MHTF supported projects can be found here.Written by: ICDDR,BThe project “Knowledge Translation in Maternal Health: Culture and Capacity for Change” has successfully launched several concurrent activities. The main focus of the first three months of the project has been in two areas – 1) outreach to stakeholders, especially policymakers and ICDDR,B researchers, to inform them of the project and its goals and to receive early feedback and suggestions for improvement; and 2) drafting a document and reviewing curriculum for ICDDR,B researchers on ‘how to write a policy brief’ and communicate with policy makers. In addition to these, the most cost-effective and efficient approach to developing the project’s web-based system for maternal health ‘policy briefcases’ has been proposed. During this process, the project team realized the need for a ‘shared folder’ which contains the most up-to-date literature, evidence, and datasets on maternal health in Bangladesh. This is currently developed and is housed on the web-page of the Reproductive Health Programme at ICDDR,B. All study related personnel have access to this web-page.A very successful consultative meeting entitled “Communication to strengthen evidence based policy-making for reproductive health in Bangladesh” was held at ICDDR,B on June 30th, 2010 to achieve our first objective mentioned above. Forty-two participants were invited and they included senior and mid-level government officials from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, researchers from ICDDR,B and other research institutes in Bangladesh as well as policymakers. This meeting was held in conjunction with another project that is focusing on enhancing the capacity of policymakers to apply research evidence in policymaking. The objectives of the workshop were three-fold: 1) to present a historical overview of ICDDR,B research and evidence and its influence on reproductive and maternal health; 2) to introduce the “Knowledge Translation in Maternal Health: Culture and Capacity for Change” project; and 3) to have open discussion about suggestions for the project. In addition to getting specific suggestions about what our ‘Access for All’ website should look like we also received useful inputs on the content of our policy brief training courses.A draft of our first Knowledge Translation brief in both Bangla and English was circulated in the workshop. The Knowledge Translation Brief was based on a completed research study on “Strengthening Health Systems Capacity to Monitor and Evaluate programmes Targeted at reducing Abortion-related Maternal Mortality” conducted by ICDDR,B in collaboration with Ipas (available at www.icddrb.org/publication). Detailed and immediate feedback from the participants on the Knowledge Translation Brief was requested during the workshop. It was particularly valuable to hear policymakers’ specific suggestions about the presentation and the content of the Knowledge Translation brief.The first draft of the document “How to Write a Knowledge Translation Brief” which draws on recent literature and existing training courses and materials has also been prepared. It is intended for researchers at ICDDR,B but could eventually be adapted for other institutions as well. The document is currently under review and the researcher’s course on this Knowledge Translation Brief writing procedure will be started soon.Share this:
Liverpool attacker Mane cleared to face Man Cityby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool star Sadio Mane has been cleared to face Manchester City. The Senegalese attacker put his hands around the neck of Arsenal’s Stephan Lichtsteiner during the 5-1 win at Anfield on Saturday.Match referee Michael Oliver saw the incident and awarded a free-kick. And Mane will face no further action from the FA, who have the power to charge someone with retrospective action. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
For most programs and their fans, National Signing Day is Christmas come early. Each team adds a few dozen players who are coming off of illustrious high school careers. Most are either lauded by the various recruiting services or deemed “underrated” by the fans. While these major recruiting sites—Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN—can never evaluate every kid perfectly, studies have shown that the teams that consistently pull it blue chip talent are the ones that compete for national championships. SB Nation’s Bud Elliott wrote a great feature about this last February: As recruiting rankings continue to grow more accurate, they’re now to a point at which they can help tell us which teams are ready to compete for titles. Every BCS champion since recruiting rankings could be accurately tracked (2005, or four classes after Scout joined Rivals in rating players) has met a benchmark: it’s recruited more blue-chips (four- and five-star players) than lesser-rated players over its four previous signing classes.So, which programs have improved their recruiting the most from 2014 to 2015? Which have fallen off? Based on 247 Sports’ useful composite rankings, which use the ratings applied to each player from the four recruiting services, here are the 23 power conference teams whose recruiting rankings have improved the most.T-19. Colorado2014 Composite: 742015 Composite: 69Difference: +5As a program, Colorado has been wandering through the desert for years now. 2014 didn’t see a big difference in the Buffaloes’ win-loss record at 2-10, but Mike MacIntyre’s team was more competitive on the field. The Buffs took UCLA to double-overtime, eventually falling 40-37, and did the same in a total shootout against Cal, where they eventually fell 59-56. They also put up pretty respectable performances against Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington, and Utah. While the gains in recruiting weren’t substantial, Colorado did keep talented four star lineman Tim Lynott home. He was one of four of the top six recruits in the state to choose to play for CU. The Buffs also went into California to pull out talented outside linebacker Nu’umotu Falo. Colorado’s class isn’t huge at 19 players, which hurts its total ranking a bit, but it is a step in the right direction for a team that hopes to finally exit the rebuild stage over the next few years.T-19. Purdue2014 Composite: 692015 Composite: 64Difference: +5Purdue’s recruiting class ranks last in the Big Ten, but the Boilermakers are encroaching on Minnesota and Iowa, and don’t have winning seasons to fall back on like those schools. Purdue only has four wins in the first two seasons under Darrell Hazell, with only one coming in Big Ten play. Former coach Danny Hope had a bit more success late in his tenure, making back to back bowls in 2011 and 2012, but two of his classes ranked 70th or worse. Hazell is digging out of a big hole, and hasn’t had a ton of immediate success, but the deck was stacked against him, which makes it less surprising if he gets a bit of extra leeway at Purdue.T-19. Washington State2014 Composite: 542015 Composite: 49Difference: +5With Mike Leach on the sideline and Connor Halliday under center, Washington State had one of the most prolific offenses in the country in 2014. The Cougars were No. 1 in the nation in passing offense at 477.7 yards per game, and 117th in points against at 38.6 per game. While some don’t believe that Leach cares much about defense, this 2015 recruiting class says something different. Wazzu’s lone four-star player Thomas Toki plays defensive tackle, and is one of 11 Cougar commits on that side of the ball. According to 247 Sports, seven of the Cougs’ nine top recruits play on defense. While bringing a top 50 class to Pullman and improving on last year’s class is a good thing, if Washington State can start to build that defense, it will not be a fun group to play.T-19. Nebraska2014 Composite: 362015: Composite: 31Difference: +5Coaching changes almost always have an immediate impact on recruiting. Occasionally, it takes a year for excitement about a new coach to result in improvement, but new Nebraska coach Mike Riley actually improved on Bo Pelini’s final class right away. The program has a pair of four-star early enrollees from Colorado in cornerbacks Eric Lee and Avery Anderson, and picked up a top ten guard in four star Jalin Barnett. Nebraska is not a state rich with high school football talent, which makes recruiting for the Huskers a bit tricky, but Riley did a very nice job dipping into Texas, Oklahoma, and even out to California and the Southeast for quality players.T-19. Oregon2014 Composite: 212015 Composite: 16Difference: +5There is a pocket of the Oregon fanbase that is not yet sold on head coach Mark Helfrich, at least when compared to his predecessor Chip Kelly, but he has done a great job of maintaining Oregon’s high level of recruiting, despite the fact that the state produces very few FBS caliber players. Oregon plucked players from eight different states, and it leaves no stones unturned. The Ducks are bringing in players from California, Georgia, Hawaii, and Minnesota—their recruiting profile is about as varied as any team can get. Headlining this impressive class are five-star defensive end Canton Kaumatule from Honolulu, who should be a force against both the run and the pass at 6-foot-7, 290-pounds, and dual-threat quarterback Travis Waller from Anaheim.T-17. Arkansas2014 Composite: 292015 Composite: 23Difference: +6Since shutting out LSU 17-0 on November 15, Arkansas has been on a roll. The Razorbacks followed that up with an even more impressive 30-0 win over Ole Miss, narrowly lost to SEC East champion Missouri, and then destroyed Texas in the Texas Bowl, 31-7. In mid-October, it didn’t look like Arkansas would make a bowl. Now, the team has a ton of momentum, and took it into the end of this recruiting cycle. The Hogs had five blue chip players enroll early, including pro style quarterback Ty Storey from in state. Arkansas has also added a couple of four star defensive linemen, and two top tight ends, which should help round out Bret Bielema’s run-heavy offense a bit. Amazingly, Arkansas’ class only ranks 11th in the SEC, but it should help them stay competitive in the SEC West, college football’s toughest division. Next: Programs Ranked 17-12 >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5
zoom An experienced team of shipping, offshore and finance professionals has announced the intention to establish Maritime & Merchant Bank (“M&M’’) a niche financial institution dedicated to meeting the funding needs of owners active in the shipping and offshore industries, worldwide.The newly formed project company, Maritime & Merchant AS (M&M AS), will file a banking license application on behalf of M&M during the autumn of 2013. The main sponsoring shareholders of M&M AS are currently Arne Blystad, Henning Oldendorff, Nergaard Investment Partners, controlled by Alex and Birger Nergaard and Landmark Holdings in Shanghai.M&M will be a highly specialised niche financial institution focused on the maritime and offshore industries, providing a broad range of services, including secured lending, syndication, hedging products and payment services. Pending the successful resolution of the filing process, the bank is expected to begin operations in the second quarter of 2014.According to Managing Director of M&M AS Halvor Sveen (formerly Senior Vice President, Offshore & Shipping at Pareto Bank ASA), the bank is being established to meet the industry´s growing demand for financing. “Over the past four years, the introduction of stricter capital requirements has forced many banks to either discontinue lending to owners or scale back on activities in ship finance,” he says. “This tight credit market has left many small to medium-sized owners seeking financing with no place to go – until now.”Sveen adds that established banks with diverse investment portfolios unrelated to the shipping and offshore segments have been forced to introduce tighter lending controls to maintain their activities in core business areas. “Owners have turned to alternative sources, such as the bond market, private equity and export credit agencies, to fill the gap,” he says. “We saw a demand for a highly specialised bank with experience in the shipping and offshore industries that is able to make quick decisions.”Sveen adds that the new entity will recruit a small and competent team consisting of shipping and banking professionals with global experience. This international competence is also reflected in the Board of Directors of M&M AS, which include Endre Ording Sund (Chairman), Klaus Kjærulff, formerly the CEO of Torm and current Chairman of Skuld, German shipowner Henning Oldendorff, Norwegian shipowner Arne Blystad, Singapore-based Norwegian investor Alex Nergaard and Paal Utvik, a Shanghai-based investor.Chairman of the Board, Endre Ording Sund (former CEO of the A. Wilhelmsen Group) is confident the new bank will be profitable from day one. “The timing is right,” he says. “Market values in most segments are in the lower part of the cycle, resulting in a low default risk for new loans, while margins and fees are high. Within five years, we expect M&M to build a substantial portfolio’’.The Cleaves Group, a specialist sale and purchase broker and marine finance company in the shipping and offshore segments, has been instrumental in the development phase. Partner and director of Cleaves; Lars Edvard Høgestøl (formerly Managing Director of DVB Group Merchant Bank (Asia) Ltd) comments: “The Bank will have a simple but effective business model, the right personnel and a highly experienced and independent board,” he says. “We have a strong capital base to support M&M’s expansion and will meet all regulatory requirements to operate as a bank. More to the point, there is a clear demand in the market for a focused bank that provides secured project lending to the shipping and offshore industries in order to help make good business ideas become a reality. We believe M&M is perfectly positioned to achieve that goal.”Press Release, October 4, 2013
TORONTO – Mexican media say a Canadian man is charged in the death of a 23-year-old woman at a Cancun resort.The reports say the woman — who they identify as Gabriela Janeth Jaramillo — was killed on April 22, and had arrived a few days earlier to meet her 33-year-old Canadian boyfriend.The Quintana Roo attorney general’s office said in a May 5 release that a man — identified only as M.K. — was arrested on the way out of a hospital, where he had been since April 22.The release said translators were brought in to inform the man of his rights and he was charged with homicide.A spokesman for Global Affairs told The Canadian Press in an email that consular services are being provided to a Canadian citizen who has been detained in Cancun.John Babcock says consular officials are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information.
Legendary folk singer Joan Baez and world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei – both committed activists – will be the joint recipients of Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2015.Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award is the organization’s top honour, recognizing those who have shown exceptional leadership in the fight for human rights, through their life and work.The Award will be presented at a ceremony in Berlin on 21 May 2015, with speakers including singer-songwriter Patti Smith.“The Ambassador of Conscience Award is a celebration of those unique individuals who have used their talents to inspire many, many others to take injustice personally. That is why both Joan Baez and Ai Weiwei make such worthy recipients; they are an inspiration to thousands more human rights activists, from across Asia to America and beyond,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.Today is the 50th anniversary of Joan Baez’s performance to the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march in Alabama. She performed at the “Stars for Freedom” rally alongside fellow artists including Harry Belafonte (who was awarded the Ambassador of Conscience Award in 2013), Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Paul & Mary and Nina Simone.Joan Baez has dedicated most of her life to non-violence, and civil and human rights activism. She has participated in marches for civil rights alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; advocated against the death penalty; campaigned for peace and against human rights abuses in Vietnam; defended the rights of California’s migrant farm workers; attended anti-torture rallies; and supported gay and lesbian rights campaigns.She helped establish local Amnesty International groups in the San Francisco Bay area in the early ‘70s, and went on to perform in support of the organization during the groundbreaking “Conspiracy of Hope” music tour on Amnesty International’s 25th anniversary in 1986.“With her mesmerizing voice and unwavering commitment to peaceful protest and human rights for all, Joan Baez has been a formidable force for good over more than five decades,” said Salil Shetty.On learning of the announcement, Joan Baez said: “Amnesty International attracted me because of its founding principle that all human rights abuses and the suffering they create are unacceptable. The process of eliminating those abuses, even one step at a time, has created a compassionate, non-partisan, powerfully effective movement. I’m lucky to be part of it and proud to be honored with this Award.”Ai Weiwei is a world-renowned artist and frequent critic of the Chinese government’s policies. His acclaimed work often explores the limits placed on the right of people in China to express themselves, as well as his personal experience of incarceration. His activities and work frequently deal with sensitive issues that the Chinese government would prefer were not raised.In 2010, Ai Weiwei was briefly detained and severely beaten by security officials just before he was due to testify for the defence during the trial of Tan Zuoren, an environmental activist who, along with Ai Weiwei, had documented the names of thousands of children who died during the May 2008 Sichuan earthquake.After persistent harassment from the authorities, Ai Weiwei was detained in 2011 for 81 days without charge. A company he founded was later convicted of tax evasion by the Chinese authorities. Ai Weiwei remains under surveillance and is unable to leave the country.His recent work includes an exhibit at Alcatraz, California, highlighting the plight of modern day political prisoners.“Through his work Ai Weiwei reminds us that the right of every individual to express their self must be protected—not just for the sake of society, but also for art and humanity,” said Salil Shetty.On learning of the announcement, Ai Weiwei said: “I am very privileged to receive this special honour, and shall not fail the encouragement and profound expectation of me with this Award.”
New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh Wednesday assured all help to the Maharashtra government in the wake of a Naxal attack in which 15 security personnel and a civilian were killed. He termed the attack an act of cowardice and desperation. The home minister also spoke to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who briefed him about the incident. “Attack on Maharashtra Police personnel in Gadchiroli is an act of cowardice and desperation. We are providing all assistance needed by the state government. The Home Ministry is in constant touch with the state administration,” he said in a statement. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The home minister said the country was extremely proud of the valour of police personnel and their supreme sacrifice while serving the nation will not go in vain. “I have spoken to the Maharashtra chief minister regarding the tragic incident in Gadchiroli and expressed my grief at the loss of brave police personnel,” he said. At least 16 people, including 15 security personnel, were killed in an IED blast triggered by Naxals in Gadchiroli district. Those killed were members of the Quick Response Team (QRT) of Gadchiroli police, which was on way to inspect a fleet of torched vehicles belonging to a road construction contractor, police said.
30 June 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has criticized the outcome of Friday’s run-off presidential election in Zimbabwe – which went ahead despite international appeals for a postponement given the violence and intimidation that preceded it – as illegitimate. “The outcome did not reflect the true and genuine will of the Zimbabwean people or produce a legitimate result,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement issued today in Tokyo, where the Secretary-General is currently on an official visit.“The Secretary-General has said repeatedly that conditions were not in place for a free and fair election and observers have confirmed this from the deeply flawed process,” the statement added.President Robert Mugabe was sworn in yesterday for another term after being declared the winner of the 27 June run-off. He was the sole candidate in the polls after violence and intimidation directed towards the opposition forces led to the withdrawal of Morgan Tsvangirai, the candidate of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).The Southern African nation has been plagued by deadly violence and a worsening humanitarian situation since the first round of elections was held on 29 March.Many MDC activists have reportedly been killed or injured in recent weeks and human rights defenders and staff with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been harassed.“The Secretary-General encourages efforts of the two sides to negotiate a political solution that would end violence and intimidation,” according to the statement. The situation in Zimbabwe is high on the agenda of the African Union Summit, which began today in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Mr. Ban expressed support for the efforts of the AU and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to promote an agreement acceptable to the people of Zimbabwe, adding that Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro and senior UN political aide Haile Menkerios – who are both at the Summit – are ready to help in any way possible.Addressing the Summit, Ms. Migiro called the Zimbabwe crisis “the single greatest challenge to regional stability in southern Africa, not only because of its terrible humanitarian and security consequences, but also because of the dangerous political precedent it sets.”Backing the Secretary-General’s call for a negotiated solution, she stressed that only dialogue between Zimbabwean parties, supported by the AU and other regional actors, can restore pace and stability to the country.Ms. Migiro also welcomed the Summit’s focus on the global anti-poverty targets world leaders pledged to achieve by 2015, known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – including the targets on water and sanitation. “With only seven and a half years to go, we must do everything possible to accelerate progress on the Goals,” she stressed.A mark of this urgency, she recalled, was the convening by Mr. Ban of the MDG Africa Steering Group to support enhanced action by Africa and the international community. She encouraged AU leaders to endorse the Group’s recommendations, noting it will give additional leverage to the MDG agenda.It will also send a strong message to the Group of Eight (G-8) ahead of its Summit next week in Japan. “The world’s most industrialized countries must live up to their global responsibilities, their past commitments, and their obligations to future generations –knowing that the African Union will do the same,” she stated.
According to the agreement signed in Dakar by President Didier Ratsiraka and opposition leader Marc Ravalomanana, the results of December’s election results were deemed inconclusive.The two sides have agreed to a recount of the vote and if those results are still inconclusive, a referendum would be held within six months with the help of the OAU, UN and the European Union. The accord also spells out arrangements for an interim transitional national reconciliation government.The document was signed, in addition to the two Madagascar parties, by OAU Secretary-General Amara Essy and UN Assistant Secretary-General Ibrahima Fall on behalf of Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The presidents of Senegal, Benin, Cote d’Ivoire and Mozambique are listed as facilitators of the accord.
By the unanimous adoption of a new resolution, the Council authorized the deployment of an Interim Emergency Multinational Force in the town of Bunia – where an inter-ethnic power struggle has been raging for weeks – until 1 September, and empowers it to take all necessary measures to fulfil its mandate. Determining that the situation in Ituri, and particularly in Bunia, constituted a threat to the peace process in the DRC and to peace and security in the wider Great Lakes region, the resolution stipulated that the Interim Force is to contribute to the stabilization of the security and grave humanitarian situation in Bunia. The Force would also ensure the protection of the local airport, the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the camps in Bunia and, if the situation requires it, to participate in the protection of the population, UN personnel and the humanitarian presence in town. The Council stressed that the Force is to be deployed on a strictly temporary basis to reinforce the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC). In that regard, the text authorized Secretary-General Kofi Annan to deploy, within the overall authorized MONUC ceiling, a reinforced UN presence to Bunia, and requests him to do so by mid-August. The resolution called on UN Member States to contribute personnel, equipment and other necessary financial and logistic resources to the multinational force, and called specifically on countries in Great Lakes region to provide all necessary support to facilitate its swift deployment in Bunia. Strongly condemning the deliberate killing of unarmed MONUC personnel and the staff of other humanitarian organizations, the Council demanded that all parties to the conflict in Ituri cease hostilities immediately. It also insisted that all Congolese parties and all States in the Great Lakes region cooperate with the Force and with MONUC, and required that they refrain from any activity that could further destabilize the situation in Bunia, chiefly providing weapons and other support to armed groups or militias.
When it comes to luring a tournament to town, it helps when the mayor is a big tennis fan.At least it helped the new partners in Atlantic Station decide that tennis in the city was something they should take seriously.The result is the BB&T Atlanta Open, which runs from July 14 to July 22 on six courts in the former steel mill, now a mixed-use property just off 17th Street in Midtown.The Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) tournament is sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) Southern region and features many of the world’s top players.It is the third year the professional tennis event has taken place in the Atlanta region, but the first time it has been situated downtown.“I don’t know if I’ve ever been on the court and looked up and saw the city skyline,” said player Tim Smyczek, who played in the tournament when it was held north of downtown in a more rural setting.“When I heard they were going to do this in this area, I thought this is going to be interesting, being right in the middle of the city,” Smyczek said.“Part of what makes this unique is that it’s an outdoor event in the middle of the city,” said tournament director Bob Bryant. “Typically the only real estate available for tennis is going to be in an arena somewhere downtown.”Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle, CBS Atlanta
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00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsCARLSBAD (KUSI) — Like communities all over San Diego County, the City of Carlsbad also has a growing population of people living on the street.At the invitation of the City and the Carlsbad Police Department, we were invited to tag along to see what’s being done to help those who are homeless.Sergeant Byran Hargett is the head of the three-person Homeless Outreach Team for the Carlsbad Police Department. From city parks to makeshift camps along the side of the railroad tracks, Hargett tries to make contact with the men and women who many people would just as soon pretend not to see.“What do they need? How can we help?” These are some of the questions that Hargett and his officers are using to help those without permanent housing get off the streets. Hargett calls it “compassionate enforcement.”“It’s just a different style of policing,” Hargett said.The sergeant said people will still have to follow rules and laws, “but at the same time, we’re going to come around on the tail end of it and make sure they have the help they need or the resources they need. We’ll be there to help them when they’re ready to make that choice.”Once a week, outreach coordinators with the drug rehabilitation center called the McAlister Institute join the officers in the field to help with referrals to social services.Soon, there will be additional help through two full-time clinical social workers hired by the City of Carlsbad to work five days a week with the police department’s outreach team.The social workers will bring more focused, individualized attention to the city’s homeless individuals.Debbie Fountain, the City’s director of Community and Economic Development said the social workers would use “a more hands-on approach” to get to know the person and follow their progress for nine to twelve months to make sure the individual gets the services they need. City of Carlsbad adds resources to homeless outreach May 29, 2018 Sasha Foo, Updated: 10:31 AM Posted: May 29, 2018 Sasha Foo Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
The majority (98%) of FTSE 350 organisations offer a defined contribution (DC) pension scheme to new employees, according to research by Willis Towers Watson.Its FTSE 350 defined contribution pension scheme survey 2017, which is based on analysis of surveys and public data relating to the pension schemes offered by 97 organisations in the FTSE 100 and 259 organisations in the FTSE 350, also found that the median annual combined employee and employer contribution into DC pension schemes among FTSE 100 organisations is £18 million in 2017, compared to £5 million in 2009.The research also found:79% of FTSE 350 organisations have a flat rate DC contribution structure, where the same contribution design is in place for all staff. Of the 79% that have a flat rate contribution structure, 64% have some element of employer-employee contribution matching in place.37% of FTSE 100 organisations have closed their defined benefit (DB) pension schemes to future accrual, compared to 29% in 2015.42% of FTSE 250 organisations have closed their DB schemes to future accrual, compared to 37% in 2015.54% of FTSE 100 organisations continue to offer a DB pension arrangement to existing members, compared to 84% in 2009.27% of FTSE 250 organisations offer a DB scheme to existing members.88% of FTSE 350 organisations that have a contract-based pension scheme default employees to the minimum contribution rate, compared to 94% with a trust-based pension arrangement.15% of FTSE 350 organisations have a master trust pension arrangement, compared to 8% in 2015.29% of organisations that have a contract-based scheme plan to review their members’ at-retirement options in 2017, and 12% are considering doing so in 2018.26% of organisations with a trust-based scheme plan to review their members’ at-retirement options in 2017, and 5% intend to do so in 2018.Richard Sweetman (pictured), senior consultant at Willis Towers Watson, said: “The impression we get from compiling this major survey is that the UK’s biggest employers are broadly happy with the scale of their commitment to DC pensions. However, we also see an appetite to look at ways of making arrangements work better, particularly in identifying the best vehicle for delivering DC, as seen in the emergence of master trusts; restructuring contributions to allow wider savings options; improving investment strategies; and introducing enhanced member information and support around adequacy and retirement options.“While the ongoing cost of DB will remain a major issue for employers, this survey provides hard evidence of the speed with which DC provision is establishing a dominant role in the UK pensions landscape.”
The BSE Sensex fell for a second session in a row on Thursday, as the investors get cautious after the rating agency Standard & Poor’s cut India’s outlook to negative from stable on Wednesday.The Sensex fell 0.12 percent to 17,130.67 points, while the Nifty ended down 0.25 percent at 5,189 points.The companies that did well recently are the biggest losers of the day, as the investors, who booked profit, seem to be cautious after S&P downgraded India’s outlook.Shares of Hero MotoCorp fell 3.3 percent and Nestle India fell 4.06 percent. In financial sector, HDFC Bank fell 1.13 percent and Yes Bank lost 2.3 percent.However, Infosys, whose shares have dipped of late, gained 0.3 percent on Thursday after Citigroup upgraded the software services exporter buy from “neutral and raised its target price to 2,750 rupees from 2,700 rupees.Indian stocks have been falling ever since the peak in February. Risk factor gets bigger with widening current account deficit. Markets’ outlook has been clouded with foreign investors are facing uncertainty about their taxation.Standard & Poor’s cut India’s outlook to negative from stable on Wednesday. The ratings agency downgraded the country’s outlook on account of large fiscal deficit, not very impressive reforms, fall in stocks and rupee.”The outlook revision reflects our view of at least a one-in-three likelihood of a downgrade if the external position continues to deteriorate, growth prospects diminish, or progress on fiscal reforms remains slow in a weakened political setting,” said Standard & Poor’s credit analyst Takahira Ogawa.The ratings have been constraint by India’s large fiscal deficits and debt.”We expect India’s real GDP per capita growth will likely remain moderately strong at 5.3% in the current fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, compared with about 6% on average over the prior five years, but down from 8% in the middle of the last decade,” Mr. Ogawa said. “India’s favorable demography and the increasing middle-class population will undergird its medium-term growth prospects, which in turn will support the sovereign ratings.”India has been rated badly by all the major rating agencies. S&P gave BBB long term rating on India while Moody’s gave Baa3 and Fitch gave BBB. It also downgraded the rating outlooks of big Indian information technology companies Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services and Wipro from stable to negative.
Lots of things are coming to an end this year, at least in our favorite blockbuster movies. The Avengers are prepping for their final fight against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame. The latest Star Wars trilogy, and the entire saga apparently, is coming to a close in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. And most importantly, John Wick is about to kill his way to peace at long last.But the ending with perhaps the most meta significance is Dark Phoenix, the latest and probably last X-Men film of the current Fox regime (unless New Mutants manages to come back from the dead). After numerous delays and reshoots, Simon Kinberg’s directorial debut is finally coming out this June. And after that the mutants will belong to Disney and Marvel Cinematic Universe.So keep that world-ending tone in mind as you watch this new, final Dark Phoenix trailer. SDCC 2019: Marvel’s ‘Dawn of X’ Comics Unveil Future of X-MenMarvel Posts ‘Dawn of X’ Teaser on Twitter Before SDCC 2019 Stay on target Fandom is mixed on this. On one hand, Dark Phoenix doesn’t look so great, less an adaptation of the beloved Dark Phoenix Saga from the comics and more a remake of the hated X-Men: The Last Stand movie. Aside from drunk depressed Beast, many of the actors somehow look even more bored here than in X-Men: Apocalypse, even Jean Grey who is supposed to be losing her mind containing her immense evil fiery Phoenix Force.We were all wondering why Jennifer Lawrence would bother to come back as Mystique after finishing her contract. But now it’s pretty clear she just showed up as a favor before being killed off. That doesn’t explain why Michael Fassbender’s Magneto is still here though, or why Jessica Chastain joined the cast.Still, as cool as an MCU X-Men movie could be, it’s not worth the terrifying monopoly and thousands of lost jobs the Disney-Fox merger is set to cause. It just isn’t. So we’ll just have to wait and see what rises from the ashes when Fox’s X-Men movies go out in a burst of murderous flames in Dark Phoenix, arriving in theaters June 7.
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April 10, 2015 — Pingmd Inc. announced an extension of the company’s partnership agreement with Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children’s) for integration of the pingmd 2 platform, featuring three new capabilities to further strengthen communications between doctors, networks and patients. The announcement was made during the HIMSS 15 (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) annual conference and exhibition, April 13-15 in Chicago.The pingmd platform establishes an efficient and structured dialogue between patients and doctors, and doctors and their colleagues, using a secure app which captures photographs, videos and text-based conversations. Pingmd’s case-based system enables patients to submit relevant information to their doctors, who can then immediately provide feedback, next steps and create secure documentation that is HIPAA-compliant.CHOC Children’s and pingmd have been successfully working together to integrate pingmd throughout the hospital for over a year. The teams will continue to collaborate on identifying and adding new functionality to pingmd 2 to further improve the productivity of CHOC Children’s physicians and staff.To simplify the workflow, pingmd’s upgrade allows the integration of certain electronic health records (EHRs) and health information exchanges (HIEs) across all platforms.The second upgrade includes improvements to the patient engagement features, which enable better navigation of services and tracking of patients before, between or after visits.The third upgrade enables providers to more rapidly build team referral networks and create referral directories. This capability enhances the efficiency of the virtual consultation, helping physicians build their referral networks automatically, much faster than web directories, thereby contributing to more rapid practice growth.Pingmd Inc. is a cloud-based secure communication platform that provides messaging, voice and virtual care; integration to medical records; population health patient engagement; eVisit technology; and data and analytics of communication and care management.For more information: www.pingmd.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Podcast | Information Technology | June 26, 2019 PODCAST: Why Blockchain Matters In Medical Imaging The technology has some hurdles ahead of it. 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Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Boeing and Space Adventures have announced a deal to sell passenger tickets on rocket rides to the International Space Station. Under this new agreement, Space Adventures will market passenger seats on commercial flights aboard the Boeing Crew Space Transportation-100 (CST-100) spacecraft to wealthy tourists. Boeing now has to build the reusable capsule, which will have a round bottom and pointed top, for scheduled completion in 2015. John Elbon, vice president and program manager for Boeing Commercial Crew Transportation Systems didn’t release pricing details but said at present the flight would be marketed to millionaire tourists. Space Adventures Ltd. has already sold passenger seats aboard the Russian-built Soyuz spaceship. Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte was its last passenger who paid $US35 million for a 10-day trip to space. “The more people fly to space, the sooner the cost will come down, chairman of Space Adventures, Eric Anderson, said.”I know that it’ll never be $US40,000, or $US4,000, if it doesn’t start off at $US40 million. “We’ll get there. Until launch technology radically changes, the price is still going to be quite expensive.’NASA has encouraged aerospace companies such as Boeing to develop spaceships that can carry both government-sponsored astronauts and paying tourists to the space station.
Singapore Airlines named ‘Best International Airline’ at 2018 NTIA AwardsSingapore Airlines named ‘Best International Airline’ at 2018 NTIA AwardsSingapore Airlines has been named the ‘Best International Airline’ for 2018 at the National Travel Industry Awards in Sydney.Voted on by Australia’s Travel Trade community, Singapore Airlines took out the award for the first time since 2012.Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President, Mr Philip Goh, was on hand to accept the award and thanked the trade for their continued support of the past 51 years.“We do not set out to win awards such as this, however we are very proud and humbled by the Travel Trade Community’s decision to vote us the ‘Best International Airline’ for 2018,” Mr Goh said.“This award is a direct reflection of the strong relationships and partnerships we have built with the Travel Trade community across Australia over the past 51 years, something we respect and are sincerely thankful for.“It also reflects the hard work, dedication and passion that our staff show every day and I wish to thank them for their efforts over the past 12 months.“We are very grateful to have been named ‘Best International Airline” for 2018 and together with our colleagues at Scoot and SilkAir we look forward to continuing to strengthen and build on our relationships with the Travel Trade community across Australia.”The win caps off a remarkable week for Singapore Airlines who were also awarded “World’s Best Airline’ at the 2018 Skytrax Awards as well as the Airline of the Year at Melbourne Airport’s Excellence Awards.Earlier this year Singapore Airlines was named ‘Best Airline in the World’ in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for Airlines 2018.Source = Singapore Airlines
Blueberry Systems EVP Promoted to COO, Appointed to Board In Greenwood Village, Colorado, “”Blueberry Systems, LLC””:http://www.blueberrysystems.com/ announced the promotion of industry veteran Dominick Marchetti to COO.[IMAGE]Marchetti has more than 17 years of leadership and mortgage banking experience and has worked at Blueberry Systems since 2011, when he joined as EVP. Before that, he served as the chief production officer of StoneWater Mortgage Corporation, where he was a key player in the creation of a custom loan origination [COLUMN_BREAK]platform that was essential to growing monthly originations up to $138 million within the first six months of operations.Prior to that, Marchetti co-founded and served as chief technology officer of First Magnus Financial Corporation, where he was responsible for the development of an in-house loan origination solution that enabled the company to become a nationally ranked top 20 lender.In addition to filling the COO position, Marchetti was also appointed to Blueberry Systems’ board of directors and is now a part owner.””We are fortunate to have someone of Dominick’s caliber and experience take over the day-to-day operations at Blueberry Systems,”” said founder and CEO Wil Armstrong. “”His background and history of success are second-to-none.””””It is exciting to be a part of the industry in this day and time,”” Marchetti said. “”I expect Blueberry Systems to be an integral player in the mortgage technology space for years to come. We are going to be thoughtful about our solutions, deliberate about our approach and relentless on behalf of our customers.”” in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing April 24, 2013 411 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-04-24 Tory Barringer Share