LVMH makes Bulgari move to crack Asia

first_img Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapp Tags: NULL LVMH makes Bulgari move to crack Asia KCS-content whatsapp Monday 7 March 2011 9:09 pm LVMH will take over Italy’s Bulgari in a €3.7bn (£3.18bn) deal to fuel more sales in emerging markets.The offer could herald a flurry of consolidation in the luxury market, which has bounced back from the 2009 slump much faster than analysts expected. Bulgari shares were up 58 per cent at one point after yesterday’s deal and were halted from trading for almost an hour because of excessive gainsThe companies said that cost-sharing will help the luxury group close the gap with bigger watch and jewellery companies, LVMH owns brands including Louis Vuitton handbags, Chaumet and Fred jewellery, Celine and Kenzo fashion, Hennessy cognac and Moet & Chandon champagne. The acquisition of family-controlled assets, which does not happen often, usually means buyers have to pay a sizeable premium to the market to convince families to sell. “Bulgari is one of the best known jewellery brands in the world, with lots of potential to grow on the back of LVMH’s global distribution reach and financial muscle,” Bernstein luxury analyst Luca Solca said. The deal will double LVMH’s watch and jewellery business, analysts estimated. They predicted that rival luxury groups could embark on a fresh consolidation wave. Burberry shares surged after the deal was announced amid speculation that it could also be an acquisition target.M&A HEATS UP IN LUXURY GOODS MARKETWhen Royal London Asset Management recently drew up a list of possible takeover targets, Burberry was one of the top names on the list. Its inclusion was another sign the sector was ripe for deal-making with whispers about possible offers for a number of high profile retailers doing the rounds. With the increasing appetite for branded fashion goods in emerging markets, opportunities seem to abound. The most high profile result so far was yesterday’s swoop by LVMH, which has been seen by analysts as a move to expand its footprint in places like China and India.Burberry, whose shares rose yesterday after the LVMH deal was announced, recently took control of its franchised stores in China for £70m in a transaction that it said could boost its earnings by almost ten per cent. Other deals have included Richemont’s acquisition of online fashion site Net a Porter last year. Meanwhile, analysts have pointed to high-class jeweller Tiffany as another luxury name which could be a target or buyer.Richemont saw its shares rise 3.6 per cent yesterday as further consolidation looked likely. A bullish note from Goldman Sachs also helped boost confidence in the sector, with the broker expecting 600m new customers to enter the market by 2025.CREDIT SUISSEADVISER TO BULGARICredit Suisse advised Bulgari on the deal with LVMH, with sensitive negotiations bringing about a deal in which the Bulgari family were given shares and just as importantly retained key positions in the business. Bulgari made it clear from the start that it saw the agreement as a way to expand its business rather than an opportunity for it to retreat into the shadows with the proceeds. According to insiders, both sides set out exactly what they required from a final agreement and despite some hard bargaining the two sides were satisfied with the outcome. The team at Credit Suisse helped Bulgari to take the plunge with a bigger company. Bulgari shares surged yesterday after the announcement of the acquisition, as investors greeted the outcome of one of the biggest consolidation moves in the luxury retail sector for some time. The Credit Suisse team faced the task of keeping the heartbeat of Bulgari in the business while brining in the financial clout of global giant LVMH.The Bulgari family will get an estimated 3.5 per cent of LVMH, and it is understood that the Bulgari business will not be broken up. Credit Suisse is accustomed to steering through large deals – in this case through its Italian office. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodaySerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldlast_img read more

MGA opens consultation on suspicious bet reporting

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has published a new consultation paper on sporting integrity controls, which includes new mechanisms in order for licensees to report suspicious betting activity to the MGA. Regions: Europe Southern Europe Malta Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has published a new consultation paper on sports integrity measures, which includes new mechanisms in order for licensees to report suspicious betting activity to the MGA.Licensees will be expected to report all suspicious betting activity to the MGA through a reporting system hosted on the regulator’s website. The Authority will require licensees to provide description of the markets on which suspicious activity has occurred and country from which the account behind any suspicious activity was accessed. Licensees must also inform the MGA of the time at which the bets were placed, as well as providing account information, and any evidence to support why the activity is considered suspicious, as well as listing all other bodies that have been notified of the potential breach.“[In] order to be able to perform an effective evaluation, sufficient detail needs to be provided by the licensee hence, if deemed relevant, said licensee may be required to provide to the Authority additional information which is extraneous to the above criteria,” the MGA explained.The Authority intends to also start publishing questions pertinent to sports integrity matters in its biannual Industry Performance Return that is filled out by licenceholders.These questions will include: “How many suspicious betting events linked with sports integrity were noted throughout the year in review? What sports did these events pertain to? What was the total value of the bets?” and “How many sporting events were deemed to be at risk of being manipulated? How many were reported to (a) the gambling regulator; (b) a betting integrity agency; (c) a sport governing body; (d) a law enforcement agency?” as well as “How many player accounts linked with suspicious betting were noted in the year in review?”The publication comes after the launch of the MGA’s Sports Integrity Unit in August 2019. The unit was established in order to gather intelligence and information relating to suspicious betting and serve as liaison between local and foreign regulatory authorities, law enforcement agencies, betting monitoring systems, sporting bodies and gaming operators in order to investigate irregular betting activity.All MGA B2C licensees will be required to report and cases of suspicious betting. Before this comes into force, a consultation period will be open for stakeholders to share their thoughts on the process, with submissions to be filed by 15 July.“Prior to bringing into force this requirement, the Authority is taking the opportunity to reach out to its stakeholders and seek their feedback on the proposed mechanisms to take place once its licensees become obliged by law to report suspicious betting,” MGA chief executive Heathcliff Farrugia explained.“The Authority is also interested in initiating a dialogue with B2B licensees to consider what their contribution towards sports integrity can look like in terms of detection and exchange of information with either B2C licensees, or the Authority itself.”In recent weeks, the MGA has signed a series of data-sharing deals for integrity purposes with a number of sporting bodies, including the Swedish Football Association, the Darts Regulation Authority and the World Professional Billiards & Snooker Association. Topics: Legal & compliance Sports bettingcenter_img Legal & compliance MGA opens consultation on suspicious bet reporting 27th May 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Email Addresslast_img read more

GambleAware brings in new partners for Bet Regret campaign

first_img Email Address Problem gambling charity GambleAware has signed up two new partners as it prepares the next wave of its ongoing Bet Regret safer gambling campaign. Topics: People Sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: UK & Ireland Peoplecenter_img Problem gambling charity GambleAware has signed up two new partners as it prepares the next wave of its ongoing Bet Regret safer gambling campaign.The next phase of the campaign is to launch for the start of the 2020-21 English football season on 12 September. It will now be supported by men’s weight loss charity Man v Fat and Supporters Direct Scotland, a group looking help fans gain influence and ownership of their clubs.Existing partnerships, with the Football Supporters Association (FSA) and Scottish Football Supporters Association, have also been renewed ahead of the season’s kick-off.“These partnerships are vitally important to the safer gambling campaign and enable us to reach our target audience and make them aware of the new key campaign messages,” GambleAware director of communications Zoe Osmond explained.“We have chosen to work with these organisations in particular as we are confident they will help us share and promote our campaign message to encourage regular sports bettors avoid impulsive bets so they can avoid the feeling of Bet Regret.”The partnership with the supporters’ associations will build on existing work carried out, focused on moderating gambling behaviours. This will include a series of activities to promote the campaign, and help engage clubs to further its messaging.“The FSA is delighted to renew our partnership with GambleAware and to help educate football fans across the country about the risks of gambling and encourage those who choose to bet, to do so safely,” FSA deputy chief executive David Rose said. “It’s a very important message and one that we’re keen to help promote.”Campaign collateral and messaging will also appear on the Supporters Direct Scotland, Man v Fat and Scottish Football Supporters Association websites.In addition, Man v Fat, which operates a weight loss programme for men and has links with football leagues is more than 80 locations across the UK, will train coaches to talk to members about safer gambling. It will also publish talks on GambleAware and the Bet Regret campaign on social media and video.“Man v Fat Football [is] delighted to be working with GambleAware to bring greater insights to our players on the public health impacts of gambling,” the organisation’s head of football Richard Crick said.“With football being the most prominent sport to gamble on in the UK, we felt that forging a partnership would be another avenue which will support members to be as healthy in body and mind as possible.”The Bet Regret campaign was first launched in February 2019, featuring a TV advertising campaign highlighting the dangers of impulsive betting, winning praise from Mims Davies, then Minister for Sport and Civil Society.A second wave of activity followed from August that year, the start of the 2019-20 season, with the tagline updated to “think twice or you’ll Bet Regret it”. This was supported by GVC Holdings, which donated all branding rights from its partnerships with football clubs to the campaign.The ongoing campaign has been complemented by the launch of a new online portal in January 2020. This provides bettors with a range of information on how to gamble safely and sustainably, as well as links to the Bet Regret assets.A campaign was also run after football returned from its novel coronavirus (Covid-19) enforced break in May, to encourage punters to think twice before they placed a bet. This was run across Sky’s Youtube and Twitter pages, as well as through other digital channels.Image: GambleAware GambleAware brings in new partners for Bet Regret campaign 3rd September 2020 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

WATCH: Clermont Destroy Racing In Their Own Stadium

first_imgIn the second week of Top 14 action, Clermont demolished Racing 92 away from home. Surprisingly, once-mighty Toulon are bottom of the table and amongst the four teams who are yet to win a game. Lyon, Grenoble and Perpignan are the others still looking for that elusive W.Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest Top 14 news. WATCH: Clermont Destroy Racing In Their Own StadiumClermont have started the opening rounds of the 2018 Top 14 season with demolitions of Agen and then Racing 92 on the 2nd of September.Against Agen, they went in at half-time down by 16 points to 15, however in the second half they ran rampant, scoring try after try and eventually winning by 67 points to 23.Then in week two, Racing got hammered by the men in yellow by 40 points to 17. At half-time it was only 19-3 and when Virimi Vakatawa dotted down under the posts the score was 19-10 but that was as close as they got with Clermont producing some sublime rugby to pull away.Peter Betham’s try in particular was off the back of some great breakdown work from Peceli Yato.Greig Laidlaw, scrum-half for Clermont, was going up against his Scottish half-back partner Finn Russell, and yet the little man proved to be the difference maker as he slotted five penalties and a conversion.It was not all one-way traffic however with Donnacha Ryan producing an absolute beauty of a tackle on the ‘Tongan Bear’, Loni Uhia. Yellow warning: Peceli Yato breaks through against Racing 92 Related: Social Media Round Up Week One LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS The other scores from the weekend were:Grenoble 20 Toulouse 23Castres 19 Lyon 16Montpellier 36 La Rochelle 14State Francais 20 Bordeaux Begles 8Pau 20 Toulon 10Agen 25 Perpignan 23As mentioned above, Clermont sit atop the table with Stade Francais just behind them on points difference. Castres are the only other undefeated team in the top French division so far.last_img read more

How you can help veterans every day

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! TAGSDespairMilitaryPeer SupportPTSDSuicideSupportThe ConversationVeteransWhole Health Previous articleRainy October in coastal areas while inland counties were dryNext articleFlorida gas prices are lowest in five months, predicted state average to sink below $2 this week Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply U.S. Army veteran Derek Martin gives his son a big hug at a veteran support group cookout on Nov. 7, 2015. Jon Hatch/Digital First Media/Boulder Daily Camera via Getty Images By Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Purdue UniversityAs the nation celebrates our 17 million living veterans, it is also important to know that the number of these heroes who are ending their own lives prematurely is rising.In the general population, suicide is the 10th most common cause of death, but among veterans with PTSD, it’s fourth. Among veterans younger than 35, it’s second. Suicide rates are also rising among members of the military. Since 2017, rates for active-duty service members have been above those of civilians. The same is true for National Guard service members since 2015 and and nonactive veterans for the past decade.I’m a researcher who studies risk and resilience in military and veteran families. I can tell you that the single most common stressor for those who attempt or complete suicide is a serious relationship difficulty with an intimate partner or someone else within the previous 90 days. And more than half of service members who attempt or complete suicide had been seen within those 90 days by a medical, mental health or social service professional. Almost one-third communicated a potential for self-harm.It’s not only medical professionals who can help a veteran who is dealing with despair and contemplating death by suicide. You can also help.Veteran Chad Brown drives with his service dog, Axe, in Boynton Beach, Fla. on June 19, 2017 to a meeting of Soul River, a group he founded to bring together veterans dealing with PTSD. Javier Galeano/AFP via Getty ImagesA ‘good catch’Some recent studies have suggested that a complex array of factors combine to lead a person to contemplate death by suicide. And many things contribute to the feelings of despair that veterans experience.In addition to post-traumatic stress disorder, other mental health problems and medical challenges, veterans also face unemployment, bereavement and parenting issues. It is easy to understand how veterans might feel overwhelmed and desperate.Through my work, I’ve heard firsthand the stories of service members and veterans who had decided to take their own lives but did not. Often I’ve observed that it was a “good catch” that did it: a friend or family member answered a call at an odd hour; noticed the person seemed “off” and asked careful questions; stayed with them while summoning professional help; or checked in with them so they wouldn’t feel isolated. Families, friends, neighbors and colleagues all may have opportunities to make these catches.Peer support programs may also help. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are effective alone or in combination with clinical treatment for substance use disorders. Results regarding mental health problems such as depression are more mixed, but a consistent finding is that peer support can help promote compliance with treatment, communication with clinicians, improved coping and self-care, and increased feelings of hope and self-efficacy. Studies suggest that peer support can also help people during transition times, particularly when they are leaving military service to return to civilian life.Veterans themselves are taking action. In the Department of Veterans Affairs, peer facilitators are key to a new “whole health” approach. American Legion members also offer support aimed at preventing suicide. Across the country, veterans treatment courts routinely include mentors to boost the success of clients.Support groups can help those with depression and PTSD. Courtney Hale via Getty ImagesPeer support is out thereNot all peers have to be veterans. Sometimes the strongest connections are with those who have had different challenges and who also can therefore relate – like a family member’s addiction, or one’s own disability or mental health problem.Many peer networks can help, including the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the American Cancer Society and the Alzheimers Association. Even though they may not focus specifically on suicide, they help reduce isolation, increase social connections, and support coping and self-care.We can all help to prevent death by suicide. And joining a peer support program or training to make ourselves ready aren’t the only ways. Simply being more attentive as a friend, family member, neighbor or colleague can help.It is normal for a person to feel awkward when talking to someone contemplating death by suicide. Learning is a great way to prepare. For example, “Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)” is evidence-based training that can help anyone recognize early warning signs of suicide, learn ways to offer hope and encouragement, and connect with help.On this Veterans Day, by all means, let’s thank veterans for their service. But perhaps we could challenge ourselves to go further and do service on behalf of others. Who knows what opportunities might arise to make a good catch?If you or anyone of your loved ones are in need of help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text 838255. You can also get help at the Veterans Crisis Line and the Military Crisis Line.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

MuchLoved in memoriam site offers Facebook app

first_imgMuchLoved in memoriam site offers Facebook app  53 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital in memoriam About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. In memoriam giving site MuchLoved.com has introduced a free Tribute Fund Facebook App for its charity partners. They can install it as a tab on their charity’s Facebook page to promote in memoriam or tribute fund giving.MuchLoved has helped 368 charities, including Pilgrims Hospices, Barnardo’s, MNDA, Shelter and the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign raise over £2,644,000.www.fundraisinginmemory.org AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Howard Lake | 13 January 2012 | Newslast_img read more

Peter Pan coins mark 90 years of the story’s support for Great Ormond Street Hospital

first_imgThe coins’ creation was marked by an event at the Tower Mint on Saturday, where GOSH patient Olivia had the honour of ‘striking’ the first of 10,000 collectors’ single, silver coins with full colour illustration.Olivia, whose father Elliot works for the Tower Mint, has the rare genetic disorder Williams Syndrome and has been under the care of GOSH since she was three years old.Louise Parkes, Chief Executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, was at the event. She said:“We’re so grateful to The Westminster Collection and the Tower Mint for commemorating the special legacy of JM Barrie’s gift to GOSH. The money raised from the sale of these coins will help to support the seriously ill children and young people who are cared for at GOSH, children just like Olivia, who did such a fantastic job striking the first coin on Saturday.” Advertisement Did you know? The rights to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead were initially donated by Tom Stoppard to the Oxford Theatre Group which gave it its premiere in 1966, before it transferred a year later to the National Theatre. The gift enabled subsequent Oxford University undergraduate actors, comedians, technicians, and arts administrators (including myself) to mount a range of productions for many years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  533 total views,  1 views today Commemorative Peter Pan coins have been created to celebrate the 90th anniversary of JM Barrie gifting his rights in his story to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Scottish-born Barrie gifted the copyright of his book and play, Peter Pan, to GOSH in 1929 and the hospital has received royalties from productions of the play, as well as sales of Peter Pan books and other products ever since.Over the last 90 years the adventure of Peter Pan and the Darling children has helped to support the hospital.Indeed, it is such a significant gift that it received a special amendment proposed by former Prime Minister Lord Callaghan that was successfully included in 1988 in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act.  The rights for GOSH in the UK and Europe had lapsed the previous year, but the amendment in the legislation secured the right for the charity to royalties within the UK in perpetuity.Six 50p coinsThe collection includes six legal tender Isle of Man 50p coins, each featuring a well-known character and quote from Barrie’s story. Coin illustrations donated by David Wyatt, approved obverse of Her Majesty the Queen by Jody Clark. Peter Pan coins mark 90 years of the story’s support for Great Ormond Street Hospital The illustrations on the coins were first produced for the 2007 Oxford University Press Edition of Peter Pan and have been donated by David Wyatt for this special collaboration. The coin is completed with the approved obverse of Her Majesty the Queen by Jody Clark. GOSH patient Olivia presents the first Peter Pan 50p coin. Tagged with: corporate fundraising Money About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  534 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis21 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis21 Main image: Coin illustration donated by David Wyatt, approved obverse of Her Majesty the Queen by Jody Clark. The special collection has been produced by The Westminster Collection in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) to help support the hospital and the seriously ill children from across the UK who are cared for there.A donation from each set or single Peter Pan 50p sold will go directly to GOSH Charity to help support the hospital’s “most urgent needs”, presumably indicating that income is unallocated. Howard Lake | 11 June 2019 | Newslast_img read more

Boykin, Doctson among 14 football players graduating Saturday

first_imgFacebook Connie Beltran ReddIt ReddIt printStarting quarterback Trevone Boykin said the highlight of his time at TCU has been “getting to play on Saturdays and getting to step in Amon G. Carter Stadium.”“From the time I stepped on campus, all I wanted to do was just play,” he said.Boykin said the game day experience will be one of the things he will take away from his time in TCU.For wide receiver Josh Doctson, his experience at TCU has been “more than a dream.”He appreciates the knowledge and hands-on experience he has received as a film major, Doctson said.The fall commencement ceremony is at 1 p.m. on Dec. 19 in the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena.Below is a list of the 14 football players that will be graduating:TCU Football picture day inside the Sammy Baugh Practice Facility on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas on Aug. 9, 2015. Photos by Michael Clements.Trevone Boykin, from Dallas, will be graduating with a general studies major. He has broken TCU records. This season, Boykin has completed 257 out of 396 pass attempts, passed for 3,575 yards, and gained 31 passing touchdowns and nine rushing touchdowns.TCU Football picture day inside the Sammy Baugh Practice Facility on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas on Aug. 9, 2015. Photos by Michael Clements.Colten Christensen, from California, will be graduating with a health and fitness degree. Christensen made his first touchdown against Stephen F. Austin this season.TCU Football picture day inside the Sammy Baugh Practice Facility on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas on Aug. 9, 2015. Photos by Michael Clements.Aviante Collins, from Houston, will be graduating with a major in criminal justice. He was recognized as All-Freshman Team honorable mention by CollegeFootballNews.com in 2012.TCU Football picture day inside the Sammy Baugh Practice Facility on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas on Aug. 9, 2015. Photos by Michael Clements.Josh Doctson, from Mansfield, will be graduating with a major in film, television and digital media. During his time at TCU, he has made 215 receptions and 34 touchdowns. Doctson has been absent the last two games due to injury. He hopes to return for the bowl game, he said.TCU Football picture day inside the Sammy Baugh Practice Facility on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas on Aug. 9, 2015. Photos by Michael Clements.Running back Aaron Green, from San Antonio, will be graduating with a general studies major. Green made the winning catch against Texas Tech with less than a minute left in the game to finish 55-52. During his time at TCU, he has made 21 touchdowns and has rushed for 2,430 yards.TCU Football picture day inside the Sammy Baugh Practice Facility on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas on Aug. 9, 2015. Photos by Michael Clements.Devin Killpatrick will be graduating with a criminal justice major. He is from Pearland, TX.TCU Football picture day inside the Sammy Baugh Practice Facility on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas on Aug. 9, 2015. Photos by Michael Clements.Wide receiver Kolby Listenbee, from Arlington, will be graduating with a major in communication studies. During his time in TCU, he has made 73 receptions and nine touchdowns. He has also been a part of TCU track and field.TCU Football picture day inside the Sammy Baugh Practice Facility on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas on Aug. 9, 2015. Photos by Michael Clements.Michael MacCrory will be graduating with a sport psychology degree. He is from Houston, TX.TCU Football picture day inside the Sammy Baugh Practice Facility on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas on Aug. 9, 2015. Photos by Michael Clements.Jamelle Naff, from Oklahoma, will be graduating with a major in sociology. He started in all games of the 2014 football season.TCU Football picture day inside the Sammy Baugh Practice Facility on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas on Aug. 9, 2015. Photos by Michael Clements.Kicker Jaden Oberkrom, from Arlington, will be graduating with a psychology degree. In his time at TCU, Oberkrom has scored 436 points with 75 field goals and 211 extra points.TCU Football picture day inside the Sammy Baugh Practice Facility on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas on Aug. 9, 2015. Photos by Michael Clements.Defensive tackle Davion Pierson, from Oklahoma City, will be graduating with a general studies major. He recovered a fumble against Kansas State this season.TCU Football picture day inside the Sammy Baugh Practice Facility on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas on Aug. 9, 2015. Photos by Michael Clements.Ja’Juan Story, from Florida, is graduating with a degree in criminal justice. During his time in TCU, he has made 33 receptions and three touchdowns.TCU Football picture day inside the Sammy Baugh Practice Facility on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas on Aug. 9, 2015. Photos by Michael Clements.Bobby Thompson will be graduating with a major in history. He is from Midland, TX.TCU Football picture day inside the Sammy Baugh Practice Facility on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas on Aug. 9, 2015. Photos by Michael Clements.Defensive end Mike Tuaua, from California, will be graduating with a sociology major. During this season, he has totaled 24 tackles. Twitter + posts Connie Beltranhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/connie-beltran/ Connie Beltranhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/connie-beltran/ Linkedin Facebook TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Students paint bacteria in cross campus learningcenter_img Art, science departments to continue zoo enrichment course Connie Beltran is a senior at TCU majoring in journalism and minoring in French. She covers the College of Education and the College of Science and Engineering for TCU 360. McKinney Church hosts study day event Linkedin Previous articleSGA says: ‘It’s okay to not be okay’Next articleTCU now offers certificate in diversity Connie Beltran RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Students prepping for research symposium Twitter Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Connie Beltranhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/connie-beltran/ Connie Beltranhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/connie-beltran/last_img read more

Net censorship reaches sub-Saharan Africa

first_img Follow the news on Uganda Organisation February 24, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Net censorship reaches sub-Saharan Africa Receive email alerts RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemned filtering of a radio website imposed by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) on 16 February 2006 – the first such case of Internet censorship in Uganda. The move came just days before voting in presidential and parliamentary elections on 23 February. ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org News to go further News News UgandaAfrica Ugandan president threatens to “bankrupt” leading daily UgandaAfrica News On its home page, Radio Katwe advises the use of tools such as guardster or proxify to get round the censorship imposed by the authorities. Reporters Without Borders has elsewhere published, in November 2005, a Handbook for Bloggers and Cyberdissidents, which gives practical advice on how to counter filtering. Uganda urged to free two journalist held since last week on libel charges Help by sharing this information March 12, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemned filtering of a radio website imposed by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) on 16 February 2006 – the first such case of Internet censorship in Uganda.The move came just days before voting in presidential and parliamentary elections on 23 February.The Radio Katwe news website accepts contributions from Internet-users and posts content that is extremely critical of the government. Just before it was censored, it had attacked the accumulation of wealth by the family of President Yoweri Museveni.“Blocking access to an online publication is an important decision, which should be taken only by a judge and then as a result of an independent judicial procedure“, the press freedom organisation said.“It is not acceptable for an organ of government alone to decide on this kind of step. In any case, the managers of radiokatwe.com should have the opportunity to appeal against the UCC decision, which has not happened so far,” it added.“It is the first time a news site has been filtered in Uganda, apart from a temporary block put on the site of the independent daily The Monitor during just one day, on 18 February. It is among the first cases of net censorship in Sub-Saharan Africa.All the country’s Internet Service Providers (ISPs), MTN, UTL, Africaonline, Spacenet and Busnet have made the site inaccessible. UCC officials justified the decision, saying that Radio Katwe “was spreading rumours” and damaging the country’s “security and harmony”.Local ISPs filtered the site by blocking its IP address (the identity number of its server that hosts it on the Internet). According to a test carried out by Nart Villeneuve, head of research at Toronto University, they at the same time blocked nearly 700 other sites hosted by the same server, which is based in the United States. June 4, 2021 Find out more Uganda blocks social media and messaging apps, isolating election January 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Materials management supplies MCH

first_img WhatsApp Local News They work behind the scenes, but Medical Center Hospital’s Materials Management Department is an integral part of the inner workings of the facility. Director of Materials Management Cheryl McQueen said her department is made up of three areas — shipping and receiving, which intakes everything from supplies to capital equipment; the central supply department that supplies items to the hospital’s nursing unit; and a purchasing department that is responsible for placing all the orders to the hospital and overseeing the contracts for supply items that the hospital is part of. Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, McQueen said Medical Center had vendors they placed orders with and they knew the time frames for items to be received into the system. The hospital has a distributor that it gets a truck from four times a week and that’s where the majority of the supplies come through, McQueen said. Supplies took two or three days to arrive before the pandemic, depending on the geographical location of that warehouse. Now, things have changed, she said. “That’s ever-evolving. It depends on what the supply chain is doing. We’re dealing with unprecedented allocations of supplies which are throughout the entire nation and we’re also dealing with raw material shortages and freight issues …,” McQueen said. The ease or difficulty of finding supplies has gone in cycles, she said. “I’ll tell you, all PPE has been hit throughout the entire nation,” McQueen said. “There really hasn’t been one PPE item, or one personal protective item, whenever it comes to your face shield and your mask or your shoe covers and your gloves that has not been impacted by this and the impacts are different. Some are shipping and receiving impacts of getting it through the borders or the docks and some are raw material issues that we come across.” “It’s ever-changing. I think through the process our biggest hurdle was validating reputable vendors. We had our tried and true vendors that we had contracts with. They were stretched to their limit and started having to place the entire nation on back orders, or allocations, I should say and you were only allowed to purchase what your historical usage was before. When you have an increase in patients and you need to up their levels, you have to vet different vendors out to ensure that they’re reputable and that they’re able to provide a product that is safe,” she added. She noted that their priority in materials management is safety for our patients, to ensure the products that they bring in are safe for them to use and for clinicians to have what they need. “… We do take that to heart,” McQueen said. “We know that the products that we bring in are going to be the products that are going to be used to take care of this community. We go above and beyond to ensure the highest quality of products that we can bring into the institution for that.” Director of Public Relations Trevor Tankersley said going through the vetting process to make sure sources of materials are reputable is something most people probably wouldn’t think about. “We had to vet out many things and learned very early on to put together a clinical team of experts that could quickly help us look at a product, validate it and ensure that it was” acceptable to use, Queen said. Since the pandemic began, local vendors and businesses offered donations. “It gave me great pride to work here and to work in this community and see that as a whole when the situation in the beginning was ever-evolving they were willing to step up and make donations and pull from their own stock to ensure that we had what we needed and that gives me great pride to be a part of this community,” McQueen said. McQueen said departments were being told to plan seven to 14 days in advance. “I would say that right now we’re on a 10-to-14 day rotation of being able to place an order and get something in house. And all of that can change at a moment’s notice, just depending on what’s happening or what news breaks. The majority of what causes this is an influx of requests into the system which causes more allocations and more difficultly getting the supply,” McQueen said. There have been numerous times when the hospital placed an order and received confirmation that it was on its way only to find out the truck had been pulled over, those supplies had been sequestered and removed and then taken to another location somewhere in the country that was a COVID hot spot. “… I know early on, some of the companies began tracking the trucks with a Google Maps. They would watch the trucks … and a lot of them would have to call us and say your truck has been stopped and the supplies have been sequestered and they’re on their way to another location. We’ll try to replace your order and get supplies to you as quickly as we can.” McQueen said it was something they had to face, although when she was interviewed they hadn’t had to deal with it recently. “But that’s not to say with the increase in COVID patients that that’s not something we wouldn’t be faced with again,” McQueen said. Physicians guide the hospital on reusing items. The vetting involves an algorithm which helps determine if companies are valid vendors or not. MCH also works with other hospitals. “… We are members of the Texas Purchasing Coalition, which is made up of 11 hospitals,” McQueen said. “The majority of those are in the state of Texas. We have weekly calls with them in regard to supply chain disruptions that they are seeing their area and disruptions that we’re seeing in our area and absolutely vetting out and helping each other. (If) somebody comes across a vendor that is a reliable source, we share that information to help each other out. …” Supplies also are monitored closely. “… Every single day we’re counting inventory levels,” McQueen said. “We’re communicating with the local, state, federal, our public health partners and to try to optimize our procurement and maintain the levels that we need to. I think that through this entire process we’ve worked out a system that seems to be working well for us now …” Tankersley said if Materials Management wasn’t there or obtaining supplies ahead of time, MCH wouldn’t be able to treat COVID patients or give them the care they need. “In light of the current pandemic, they’re behind the scenes but not really. They’re the unsung of what we’re doing here because if it weren’t for them we would not have the appropriate gear and the appropriate supplies to treat these patients the way they need to be treated, so we just want the community to know that.” McQueen has 20 people who work in her area. “I can honestly tell you this normally doesn’t happen for me, but I’m kind of at a loss for words at the amount of pride that I have in my team and what they have done,” he said. “They’ve worked countless hours … If we’re having to open up another area, it’s all hands on deck getting the appropriate supplies there so that the clinicians have what they need and the buyers.” “I think people assume it’s like Amazon shopping. You just go and click on there and get what you need. They’re really having to think outside the box and put on an investigative hat and really look at resources that they’ve not looked at before to make sure that they uncover every stone to find the PPE that everyone in this nation and the world is looking for and trying to sequester to make sure their community is safe,” McQueen added. She added that the pandemic has offered clarity to the roles on her team and what they do. McQueen said they have the ability to change gears at a moment’s notice. “… We will probably carry these life lessons that we’ve learned during this situation with us for the rest of our lives. I’m honored to be leading this team. The people who deserve all the credit in this area are the people who are out there working this every day and that’s the shipping and receiving department, central supply and purchasing department. I have an amazing team and they make it very easy for me to do what I need to do,” she said. 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