UN: 250,000 people affected by Cyclone Eloise in Mozambique

first_imgUNITED NATIONS (AP) — A senior U.N. official says Cyclone Eloise has affected 250,000 people in the Mozambique port city of Beira and surrounding areas and damaged or destroyed 76 health centers and 400 classrooms. Myrta Kaulard, the U.N. resident coordinator in the southern African country, told a virtual U.N. briefing on Tuesday that “We also see widespread floods that are still there.” She said “a lot of people trying to get out of the flooded areas.” Nearly two years ago Cyclone Idai devastated exactly the same areas, killing hundreds of people. And Kaulard said that in December Cyclone Chalane hit the same area.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s to celebrate Junior Mom’s Weekend

first_imgSaint Mary’s is hosting its annual Junior Mom’s Weekend in the coming days, providing an opportunity for junior Belles to bond with their mothers on campus.Junior class co-representative Sarah Connaughton said the spring tradition is one students have looked forward to since freshman year.“It was one of those weekends coming in to freshman year that I was already looking forward to,” she said.Junior class co-representative Anna McCambridge said in an email that the weekend is not just for mothers, though.“Junior Mom’s Weekend isn’t exclusive to mothers only, but open to all the special and influential women we may have in our lives,” she said.McCambridge said the weekend events start Friday, with a reception for the moms and a karaoke event.“The weekend will begin with a wine and cheese reception on Friday night, where then moms and daughters are invited to O’Rourke’s for a night of Karaoke and drinks,” she said.Karaoke night is new to the weekend’s schedule, Connaughton said.“We collaborated with O’Rourke’s, and they’re putting on a karaoke night, which should be exciting,” she said. “They’re letting the girls in until midnight, even if [they’re] under 21, too.”In addition to a nature trail walk Saturday morning, McCambridge said, events planned for Saturday afternoon include a trunk show featuring products from local companies, and a Palm Sunday Mass offered at the Church of Loretto in the evening.“We have included local vendors from the South Bend area to come and showcase their products,” she said. “We have a mix of boutiques, skin care, cosmetics, soap works and even [juices for sampling]. … It’s Palm Sunday, too, so we had to make sure that the time counted for the moms between Saturday and Sunday.”The weekend will conclude with a banquet and auction for the students and their moms, McCambridge said.“The Hilton is hosting us on Saturday night, where we will share a meal with our moms, and even President Cervelli,” she said.Connaughton said the baskets were brought in by moms and local companies to raise funds for senior week.“This is a huge fundraiser for the junior class,” she said. “All the money that we raise will be put towards senior week for senior year.”McCambridge said this event is important to the community because students get to introduce their families to the experience of being a Saint Mary’s student.“Belles love this weekend because it is our chance to show off Saint Mary’s,” McCambridge said. “For many parents, they don’t always get to see what life is like as a Belle, and this is their chance.”Connaughton said she is looking forward to experiencing the weekend with her mom, a College alumna.“My mom went to Saint Mary’s, actually — she graduated in ‘87,” Connaughton said. “And I know this is one thing for her that she has been looking forward to also sharing with me, because she kind of pushed me to come to Saint Mary’s, but now she also gets to share in the weekend with me.”Tags: Junior Class Board, Junior Moms Weekendlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s announces partnership with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

first_imgSaint Mary’s College announced in a press release Monday a new partnership with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). This partnership will enable qualified students to obtain an early acceptance to their medical, dental or pharmacological programs. According to the release, the program will grant students the opportunity “to stay on track … throughout their undergraduate career” due to the early admittance and the lack of requirement of the medical college admission test (MCAT). Professor and pre-health advisor Calli Versagli said in the release the partnership provides Saint Mary’s students with a chance to “pursue their dreams in the medical field.”“LECOM is known for their phenomenal preparation of physicians, dentists and pharmacists,” Versagli said in the release. “I am excited for the opportunities this will provide our students.”The omission of the MCAT from the admission process is not the only benefit that this partnership affords students. The LECOM partnership will also offer students a lower tuition rate than other medical schools, a choice between three different locations and an advisor at both Saint Mary’s and Lake Erie College to assist them with their journey to and through medical school, according to the release. “This partnership demonstrates the excellent preparation of our students for these doctoral programs,” Interim College President Nancy Nekvasil said in the release. “I’m thrilled to have this opportunity for our students.”Tags: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, MCAT, partnership, pre-healthlast_img read more

Bills Coach Sean Mcdermott Buoyed By Offseason Upgrades

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: NFLBUFFALO — Sean McDermott didn’t mind being put on the spot when asked whether the Buffalo Bills have a roster that’s built to win now.“You’re beautiful, man,” McDermott said, referring to a reporter during a video conference call Thursday. “Throw the fastball high and inside. Chin music.”And yet, he wasn’t ready to swing away in addressing the media for the first time since the Bills upgraded their roster in free agency and acquired receiver Stefon Diggs in a trade with Minnesota in March, before shoring up secondary needs in the NFL draft last weekend.McDermott would only go so far in acknowledging the Bills’ current roster is the deepest it’s been since taking over the job three years ago. “Listen, we’re definitely further along than where we were when I got here,” he said. “And that’s part of the goal, you want to be able to say that.”The proof, however, is still months away given the challenges he and the rest of the NFL faces in wondering when teams will be allowed to begin practicing because of the coronavirus pandemic. And there are still games to be played.What’s not in question, on paper at least, is the Bills finally resembling a contender based on a variety of factors for a team coming off its second playoff appearance in three years.Buffalo’s roster features continuity, with all but four regulars returning from last season. And whatever holes there might have been, were shored up through a series of offseason additions, including defensive end Mario Addison, defensive tackle Vernon Butler, linebacker A.J. Klein and cornerback Josh Norman.It’s enough for some to regard the Bills as the chic pick to supplant the New England Patriots atop the AFC East standings following Tom Brady’s departure.Diggs’ acquisition alone was important because it has the potential of improving a Josh Allen-led offense that had difficulty scoring. Buffalo failed to top 21 points 11 times last season, including a 21-18 overtime wild-card playoff loss to Houston, in which the Bills squandered a 16-0 third-quarter lead.“We need to score points, and that’s been an emphasis and a theme that we’ve talked about since the end of the season,” he said of a team which had 10 games decided by seven points or fewer.“I would love to take a seat on the bench in the fourth quarter of one of these games and maybe eat an orange slice or drink a Gatorade instead of having my heart go a million miles an hour,” McDermott added.Concerns still abound, with one of his biggest involving the lack of practice time to develop Buffalo’s passing game.McDermott said the offense spends about 70% of their spring practices working on passes, with the focus turning to the running attack once players are allowed to wear pads. He also wondered how long it might take for Allen to build chemistry with Diggs.“I am concerned about it, but I guess not worried at this point,” McDermott said, noting every team faces its share of challenges. “What you do is try to adjust and adapt, and like we said before, our theme this offseason has been: `Find a way.’”McDermott has a track record of overcoming adversity in Buffalo.During his first season, the Bills overcame a patchwork roster in transition — Buffalo traded three starters, receiver Sammy Watkins, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus and cornerback Ronald Darby — to finish 9-7 and end a 17-year playoff drought. Last season, the Bills made the playoffs despite an offense that featured eight new starters.Though players are working out remotely on their own, McDermott is reintroducing his annual offseason team-bonding sessions by once again having newcomers introduce themselves by sharing their backgrounds during team sessions.last_img

Wolf Hall Parts One & Two Open Officially on Broadway

first_img Wolf Hall Part One Show Closed This production ended its run on July 5, 2015 Mike Poulton’s Wolf Hall Parts One and Two open officially on Broadway on April 9 at the Winter Garden Theatre. The dramas, based on Hilary Mantel’s acclaimed novels, feature a whole lot of British history, period costumes and a cast that’s Tu-dor for. The Royal Shakespeare Company production is helmed by Jeremy Herrin. In honor of the plays’ big day, Broadway.com resident artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson penned this sketch of the royal crew.The whole gang is present; the portrait features Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell, Nathaniel Parker as King Henry VIII and Lydia Leonard as Anne Boleyn, along with Paul Jesson as Cardinal Wolsey, Lucy Briers as Katherine, Leah Brotherhead as Jane Seymour, Olivia Darnley as Lizzie Wykys, Pierro Niel-Mee as Christophe, Daniel Fraser as Gregory Cromwell, Joshua Silver as Rafe Sadler, Giles Taylor as Thomas Cranmer, and John Ramm as Thomas More.Happy opening to the cast of Wolf Hall. Stay focused, and keep your head screwed on tight. Especially you, Anne Boleyn. Too soon? View Commentscenter_img About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Related Showslast_img read more

Do these things immediately after being laid off

first_img 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Job security is important to all of us and when we are laid off, it can be a devastating experience. In this emotional time, it may be hard to get your ducks in a row, but it’s vital that you summon the strength to move forward. In the event that you’re let go, immediately doing the following things will help you formulate a plan for the future.Take a dayAs stated above, your emotions will be going wild after being let go. When you’re reeling from this unexpected career disappointment it will be quite difficult to make wise decisions. Instead of starting the job search process as an emotional mess, take a day (or two) to reflect and regroup. Let yourself experience the disappointment and anxiety you’re feeling but, don’t get lost in the negativity. After you’ve taken a little time, find the strength needed to keep going.Request a recommendationIf you’ve left on good terms nothing says you can’t use your employer as a reference for future opportunities. If you contact your colleagues or your manager and ask them to provide you with a recommendation they will undoubtedly do what they can to assist you in your job search. If your employer feels uncomfortable and declines, move on to someone else that can make your skillset shine. Remember a good rule of thumb is to have more than enough references on hand as you don’t know exactly how many will be needed for each potential position.Have a game planSearching for a new place of employment can be a full-time job in itself so it’s important you have a good plan in place. It’s natural to come out of the gate with guns blazing but pace yourself so you don’t get burned out and turned off by the job search process. Settle on how many positions you will apply to daily and when the day is done, evaluate your progress and what you want to do differently tomorrow.last_img read more

Drugs in Chinese seafood trigger FDA import ban

first_imgJun 28, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today banned importation of five types of farmed Chinese seafood because of contamination with outlawed antimicrobial drugs, including one that can spawn antibiotic resistance.The FDA banned farm-raised catfish, shrimp, eel, dace (a carp-like fish), and basa (similar to catfish) from China after testing over an 8-month period revealed many cases of contamination with drug residues, according to an agency news release.The contaminants include nitrofuran, malachite green, gentian violet, and fluoroquinolone, the agency said. The first three cause cancer in lab animals with prolonged exposure, while fluoroquinolones are a class of antibiotics whose use in food animals has been known to promote resistant bacteria. All four are banned in farmed seafood in the United States.China outlaws the use of nitrofurans and malachite green in fish farming but allows fluoroquinolones, the FDA said. It did not say whether China allows gentian violet use.”We’ve now reached a point where between October 2006 and May 2007 over 15% of samples we tested were positive,” David Acheson, the FDA’s assistant commissioner for food protection, said at a teleconference today. “That basically reaches a point where we need to set up controls that are broader than company by company. The best way to protect public health in America is to broaden it to country-wide.”The drug residues have been at low levels, and there is no imminent threat to public health, he said. “However, the substances could cause serious problems if consumed over a long period of time.”The FDA said it is not seeking a recall of the Chinese products already in the United States or advising consumers to return or destroy products on hand. “FDA is concerned about long term exposure as well as the possible development of antibiotic resistance,” the agency said.Imported seafood is not required to be labeled with the country of origin, though some products have such labels, FDA officials said.Officials said individual companies will be allowed to resume exporting the affected products to the United States if they can demonstrate that they are free of the contaminants and were processed in accord with FDA and Chinese government requirements.China accounts for 70% of the global supply of farmed fish and is the third largest exporter of farmed fish to the United States, said Acheson. However, he said he couldn’t estimate the economic effects of the ban on China, commenting. “FDA does not track those sorts of economic issues.”The FDA’s concern about Chinese seafood dates back several years. “We began to see these problems in farmed fish from China predating 2001,” said Margaret O’ K. Glavin, associate commissioner for regulatory affairs.The agency began barring some seafood products from certain Chinese companies in 2001. Last year the FDA barred all Chinese farmed eel because of malachite green, Glavin said. She said the agency inspects about 5% of Chinese seafood, a larger share than for seafood from other countries.Officials said the FDA has been working extensively with Chinese authorities on the problem but still finds it necessary to take action to protect US consumers.In the past the FDA allowed the use of fluoroquinolones in poultry, but in 2000 the agency proposed to ban such use because it was linked with antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter in poultry meat. The concern was that human Campylobacter infections associated with raw or undercooked poultry would become harder to treat.When the FDA first proposed its ban on fluoroquinolones in poultry, one of two drug companies that made such drugs for poultry voluntarily withdrew its drug from the market. But another company appealed the decision, which led to a series of hearings. The FDA finally made the ban official in 2005.See also:Jun 28 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2007/ucm108941.htmJuly 29, 2005, CIDRAP News story “FDA to ban enrofloxacin use in poultry”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/july2905baytril.htmlJul 28, 2005, FDA news release about the ban on fluoroquinolone use in poultryhttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2005/ucm108467.htmlast_img read more

These are the Brisbane suburbs where the property market has hit its peak

first_imgProperty analyst Michael Matusik BRISBANE HOMES HAVE BECOME EVEN MORE AFFORDABLE DESPERATE SELLERS SLASHES PRICE More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoThis included sales value, price movement, stock on market, vacancy rates, rental movements and new supply and demand.Looking at the detached house market Mr Matusik said those at a peak were not necessarily about to fall from that position any time soon.“A peak means what their rate of growth is going to slow, so it is peaking, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to fall in value yet,’’ he said.Upswing areas were nominated because their rate of sales growth was starting to escalate.He said the north and south suburbs were higher than Brisbane suburbs because those were areas which had experienced a lot of investment selling in the current cycle. Suburbs in Brisbane’s east are in upswing according to Michael Matusik. This home at 69 Gresham St, East Brisbane is listed for sale through expressions of interest closing March 25.THE majority of Brisbane’s suburbs are in positive territory with new research revealing all the regions are performing well.Analysis of the Brisbane market, by Michael Matusik of Matusik Insights, puts Brisbane’s northern, southern and inner Brisbane suburbs at the peak of the market.He identified Brisbane’s east as on the upswing and the western suburbs between recovery and upswing.Mr Matusik said he analysed a range of factors to determine where suburban regions sat on the property clock. Brisbane’s western suburbs are also entering an upswing. This home at 38a Scenic Rd, Kenmore, is for auction on March 25. Picture: realestate.com.au“And the areas in the upswing have not go to that hottest state yet, they will,’’ he said.He said Brisbane suburbs would be higher up that cycle if it wasn’t for the 2011 floods, which had put the market back two years in terms of momentum.Mr Matusik said it was a fairly positive picture with no Brisbane suburban regions in downturn at the moment or stagnating.While those who own in areas that were stagnating might not be happy, Mr Matusik said that was the perfect time to buy.“That’s when a lot of people should be really looking for property but they don’t because it is all “doom and gloom’’ and “the market is rubbish’’ so people usually buy high in the upswing or in the peak.last_img read more

Dutch roundup: ING, Vervoer, PDN, APF, BPLandbouw, Koopvaardij, PNO Media

first_imgING’s closed €25bn pension fund in the Netherlands has benefited greatly from falling interest rates, returning more than 32% on investments over 2014.The combination of falling interest rates – which dropped from 2.7% to 1.4% – and the scheme’s 76% allocation to government bonds and interest rate swaps led to a return of more than 40% on fixed income holdings over the period.The ING scheme, which has been closed to new entrants since last year, said increasing spreads between the large economic blocs had generated returns on governments bonds and interest swaps with a 50-year duration of up to 50%.The pension fund’s 16% equity allocation returned 17.6%, with US equity returning almost 10%. Emerging market equities returned 1.1% due to currency appreciation against the euro, as well as falling oil prices.The scheme reported a 21.6% annual return on its 4.7% real estate portfolio.Listed property returned 8.7% over the course of 2014 on the back of a 12% fourth-quarter return. Its 2.6% alternatives allocation, comprising hedge funds and private equity, returned 19.3%.However, the scheme said it incurred a 1.4% loss on its 50% hedge of the six main positions in foreign currencies last year.The ING pension fund closed the year with a funding ratio of 129.9% against market rates, equating to a coverage of 89.2% in real terms and an ‘official’ funding of 144.8%.In other news, the €19.6bn pension fund for private road transport (Vervoer) reported an annual return of 27.6%.The pension fund, which did not publish a breakdown of its returns, had allocations to fixed income, equity and real estate of 59%, 28.5% and 2.1%, respectively.In 2014, it hedged 85% of the interest risk on its liabilities, covering 100% of the risk on the main currencies.However, due to increased liabilities as a consequence of falling interest rates, its coverage ratio increased by 2.5 percentage points to 111.5% last year.It noted that its funding was still based on the three-month average of market rates, and estimated that, if interest rates remained at their current level, its coverage ratio would drop by 5.4 percentage points by year-end.Meanwhile, the €6.7bn pension fund of chemical conglomerate DSM (PDN) and the €5bn Dutch scheme of Akzo Nobel (APF) both returned 17.7% on investments last year.The €13.1bn industry-wide pension plan for the agricultural sector (BPLandbouw) and the €3.8bn scheme for the merchant navy (Koopvaardij) reported annual returns of 20% and 20.9%, respectively.PNO Media (€5.1bn) and the pension funds for Architects (€3.5bn) announced results of 16% and 18%, respectively.last_img read more

People moves: APG names admin chief for efficiency drive

first_imgLGPS Central was set up to consolidate roughly £40bn of assets from nine local government pension schemes. Burns joins other recent senior staff appointments including Andrew Warwick-Thompson, CEO, and Jason Fletcher, CIO.Lægernes Pension – Peter Melchior has been appointed as the new supervisory board chairman of Lægernes Pension, the Danish doctors’ pension fund. He is replacing Linda Nielsen, who is stepping down for private reasons, the pension fund said. Melchior has been a member of the supervisory board at Lægernes Pension since 2012, and has had a long career in the pensions sector. He was on the management board of labour-market pension fund provider PKA until 2012, where he was in charge of investment, IT, finance and accounts as well as risk management and the actuarial department among other areas.Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) – Natasha Cazenave has been promoted to managing director, head of policy and international affairs at the French financial markets supervisor. She replaces Guillaume Eliet, who left the AMF after 12 years in regulatory policy to join Euroclear. Cazenave has been at the AMF since December 2010. She first worked as a senior policy officer in the asset management regulation division of the policy and international affairs department, and rose to become the division head in 2012. She was appointed deputy head of the entire department in February 2015. On an international level, she is co-chair of the Financial Stability Board’s expert group on shadow banking, and chair of the IOSCO policy committee on investment management in September 2012.RPMI Railpen – The investment manager for the UK railways pension scheme has appointed Jocelyn Brown as senior investment manager within its sustainable ownership team. She will lead on corporate governance and report to Leo George, head of sustainable ownership at Railpen. Brown was previously at proxy advisory firm International Shareholder Services (ISS), where she was the global head for environmental, social and governance (ESG) product management. She also worked as a corporate governance adviser at the Financial Reporting Council, where she was the implementation lead for the UK Stewardship Code.  Legal & General (L&G) – Daniel Godfrey, former chief executive of the Investment Association (IA), has been appointed to L&G’s independent governance committee (IGC), which oversees the workplace defined contribution (DC) schemes operated by L&G. He left the IA in 2015 and has since co-founded an investment trust, The People’s Trust, that he is positioning as a true long-term investor. Godfrey replaces Tony Filbin on the IGC, who stepped down in August.Meanwhile, L&G’s DC master trust has appointed Moira Beckwith as a trustee. She had been at GlaxoSmithKline since 1995, where she was responsible for benefit programmes, including UK benefit and pension plans. She also replaces Filbin.Aon – Steve Bale has been appointed as a principal consultant in Aon’s risk settlement team. He spent the last seven years with Legal & General, latterly as a Prudential risk actuary covering large UK and US pension risk transfer deals. He was head of longevity risk for two years before then, responsible for leading the delivery and approval of pricing, reporting and capital longevity proposals for UK and US clients. Since 2014 he has chaired the Continuous Mortality Investigation’s (CMI) high age mortality working party and been a member of its mortality projections committee.Raiffeisen Capital Management – Joachim Vierlinger joined the asset manager this week as senior institutional sales manager. He will mainly be responsible for institutional clients in Austria. He was previously a senior sales and relationship manager at Invesco Asset Management in Austria.PineBridge Investments – The asset manager has hired Gregory Ohlson to the position of consultant relations manager, joining the firm’s Europe, Middle East and Africa consultant relations team. Ohlson was previously senior relationship manager at Candriam, and has worked at L&G Investment Management, Itau Asset Management, AEGON Asset Management and AXA Investment Managers.EY – The audit and consulting giant has re-hired Mark Godson as a partner in its actuarial team. He joins from Swiss Re Life Capital where he was a senior member of the mergers and acquisitions team. Prior to this he worked at EY for 10 years in its actuarial department in the UK and Singapore. APG, LGPS Central, Lægernes Pension, AMF, Railpen, ISS, L&G, Aon, Raiffeisen, Pinebridge, Candriam, EY, Swiss Re Life Capital, Muzinich & Co, AIBAPG – Wim Henk Steenpoorte has been appointed to the executive board for APG, the Netherlands’ largest pension fund manager. He has specific responsibility for pension fund services, and will serve a four-year term. His role gives him oversight of pension administration and communication to reduce complexity and increase efficiency. Before his appointment he was serving as interim chief operations officer at APG, and since 2015 he has been an independent consultant. Prior to this, he held various management and executive positions at financial services companies SNS and VIVAT.Gerard van Olphen, chairman of APG’s executive board, said: “We want to give participants in pension funds maximum pension value. That is why we will be setting up our pension administration and communication even more effectively and efficiently in the years to come. Wim Henk Steenpoorte is better suited than anyone to take on this important task and put the focus on the interest of the participant.”LGPS Central – The UK local authority pension fund pool has hired John Burns as chief operating officer and chief financial officer. He has held similar positions at a number of asset managers including Barings and Schroders. In his new role, he will oversee the pool’s asset management operations, liaise with internal and external providers, and oversee the financial management of the company.  Muzinich & Co – The fixed income specialist has opened an office in Dublin, Ireland and has hired Howard Mahon as director for pan-Europe private debt to be based in the Irish capital. Mahon joins from AIB where he worked in the bank’s Specialised Finance Unit, specialising in subordinated and alternative debt. Muzinich, which is a provider for the Irish Strategic Investment Fund, said private debt was “a relatively new but growing segment of the Irish investment market”.last_img read more