November 18

NEWS SCAN: Multistate E coli outbreak, H9 flu case in Hong Kong, WHO pandemic guidance

first_imgNov 3, 2009E coli outbreak with 2 deaths linked to ground beefAn outbreak of 28 Escherichia coli cases in 16 states, with two deaths, has been linked to ground beef from a firm in New York, according to federal officials. The US Department of Agriculture reported Oct 31 that Fairbank Farms of Asheville, N.Y., was recalling 545,699 pounds of ground beef potentially contaminated with E coli. Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said isolates from seven patients genetically matched an isolate from an opened package of the firm’s ground beef from a Massachusetts patient’s home. Most of the patients fell ill between Sep 17 and Oct 10, the CDC reported. Sixteen were hospitalized, 3 suffered hemolytic uremic syndrome, a form of kidney failure, and 2 died, the agency said. States affected by the outbreak are California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Vermont. Most of the recalled products list “Est. 492” on the USDA mark of inspection and carry the date “091509” or “091609.”Oct 31 USDA recall noticeNov 2 CDC statementChinese woman treated for H9 avian flu in Hong KongA woman from Guangdong province on the Chinese mainland is being treated in Hong Kong for a rare case of H9 avian influenza, Hong Kong government officials reported today. The woman fell ill with breathlessness and a cough Oct 26 and was admitted to a Hong Kong hospital 2 days later, the statement said. The woman, who has a preexisting medical condition that requires regular medication, is in stable condition in isolation. Five previous H9 infections have been identified in Hong, all involving children, in 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2008, officials said. They gave no information about the source of the infection.WHO issues pandemic guidance for non-health sectorThe World Health Organization (WHO) has released a set of guidelines—developed before the H1N1 influenza pandemic—on pandemic preparedness outside the health sector. The 18-page document includes sections on business continuity management, interdependencies among essential services, government’s role, and the role of other organizations. A foreword cautions that, because the guidance was developed before the H1N1 pandemic, some information and recommendations may not be relevant to the current situation.WHO document “Whole-of-Society Pandemic Readiness”last_img read more

September 29

Friday people roundup

first_imgCiti — Philip Forkan is joining Citi as the EMEA head of business development for the company’s open architecture global collateral management product OpenCollateral. Before starting at Citi last week, Forkan worked at Sapient Global Markets as head of its collateral and clearing practice. He was previously global head of collateral management at RBS.Meriten Investment Management – Martin Theisinger is joining from Oppenheim KAG, appointed to the investment boutique’s management board. In his previous role, he was responsible for business development and client relations. Theisinger has previously worked at BNP Paribas Investment Partners, Fortis Investments, Schroder Investment Management and JP Morgan Asset Management.Northern Trust — Northern Trust has appointed Susan Bradley and David Price as head of transfer agency and head of client servicing, respectively. They will join the firm’s transfer agency team in Dublin and Limerick. Bradley comes to Northern Trust from Citi Bank Europe, where she was most recently head of transfer agency product for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Price joins the firm from JP Morgan (Ireland), where he was a senior client servicing account manager. Cantor Fitzgerald Europe – Sheil Aggarwal has been appointed to the role of managing director at financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald Europe. He will be based in London, focusing on asset-back securities, mortgage-backed securities and collateralised loan obligations, the firm said. Aggarwalwill join Cantor from Pamplona Credit Opportunities, where he was a partner. Before that, he was a senior managing director at Bear Stearns.Aberdeen Asset Management – Dan Grandage has been appointed head of sustainability at Aberdeen Asset Management. The firm said he would lead its approach to responsible property investment, working to improve the environmental efficiency of the properties it manages around the world. Grandage has worked within environmental consultancy RPS Consultants and engineering and design consultancy WSP Group, Aberdeen said.Legal & General Property (LGP) – Imogen Ebbs has been appointed as a senior asset manager at Legal & General Property, to support its LPI (Limited Price Inflation) Income Property Fund. She comes to LGP from Lloyds Banking Group, where she was an associate director working as part of the bank’s UK property deleveraging programme. Dunedin — Karan Darrach has been appointed as financial controller at private equity firm Dunedin. Andrew Davidson has also been appointed as an analyst at the firm. Darrach was previously senior manager at KPMG. At Dunedin, he is responsible for fund reporting and portfolio monitoring. Davidson, who worked at PwC before, will be responsible at Dunedin for sourcing deals across the UK.last_img read more

September 29

PNO Media puts merger with PGB on ice

first_imgThe €4.1bn PNO Media pension fund has said it is not looking to increase ties with the €15bn printing industry scheme (PGB), at least for now.Ton Tekstra, chairman of PNO Media, told IPE the board concluded there was no immediate need to make the big step as it wanted to remain independent for at least three to five years.“Currently, there is neither need nor support for joining a large pension fund such as PGB as we are stable and have sufficient scale to continue under our own steam for the mid-term,” he said. Tekstra indicated PNO Media wanted to monitor developments in the media sector, as well as the ongoing consolidation process, including the possible effect on the pension fund. “Our sector is not only facing cuts in the public broadcasters, but there are also larger companies that are considering moving their pension plans,” he pointed out. “In addition, the gaming industry is growing rapidly, and does offer potential for the pension fund.”Tekstra, however, did suggest the company would be open to cooperation with other pension funds, but ones of a smaller size than PGB.“Currently, we are exchanging expertise with the Dutch pension funds of publishers Elsevier and Sanoma, as well as the scheme of newspaper De Telegraaf, aimed at a possible cooperation on areas such as investment,” he said.According to Tekstra, PNO Media has already jointly invested in private equity with some other schemes, but did not provide additional details on the matter.In a response, Ruud Degenhardt, chairman of PGB, said he regretted that the cooperation with PNO Media has been put on hold, but indicated that PGB’s door would stay open to the media fund.“A merger would remain a good development from the perspective of all participants,” he commented.Degenhardt reiterated PGB’s attempts at scaling with the inclusion and servicing of multiple industry branches, including rubber, paint and chemicals.As a result, the number of participants in the fund rose to 100,000 from 83,000 in the past two years, as its assets increased by €3.5bn to €15bn.Discussions between the two funds about a extending cooperation and a full merger had been ongoing up until last year.last_img read more

September 26

Government to introduce new legislations targeted at protecting children in Dominica

first_imgHon. Prime Minister Rosevelt SkerritPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says government will be introducing several legislations geared at strengthening child maintenance laws in Dominica.Skerrit told the official opening of CHANCES-a place for safety for children at risk- that some of the new legislations include the cutting of salaries of delinquent fathers.He says government will also move to introduce an Act to deal with parents who frustrate the efforts of law enforcement officials.“There is a limit towards what the state can do on this matter. The state cannot legislate that parents should love or act responsibly towards their children. What the state can do is act to strengthen child maintenance laws so children are not left wanting food, clothes and shelter,” Skerrit said.According to him, government is aware “that some parents deliberately frustrate the efforts of law enforcement by retracting statements they give the police the police about abusers of their children…of by simply having a change of heart when they are to appear in court.Prime Minister Skerrit said government will be introducing legislations that will hold these parents accountable for their injustice to children. 30 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Government to introduce new legislations targeted at protecting children in Dominica by: – April 13, 2011 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

September 8

Xabi Alonso: Spain Ahead of Other Teams in Russia

first_imgHow well do you think Julen Lopetegui (he was sacked a day before the World Cup started) is doing with Spain?I think he’s doing really, really well. He’s got things very clear in his head. He’s been able to tell his players very clearly what he wants, and that’s essential. If you can’t do that, then you’re probably not going to achieve your objectives. The national team has got a lot going for it in that respect.Do you see any similarities between this Spain side and the one that won the World Cup and two European titles?The idea of taking the game to the opposition is still there, of controlling the game, passing the ball around and not being so direct. Yes, I would say it’s still pretty much the same. Lopetegui’s Spain has very close ties with the things that make Spanish football strong. It’s based on intelligence, the ability to read matches, and technical quality. That’s what sets us apart from other teams.And then there are the tactical nuances and the flexibility you need for different games because football’s getting increasingly complex and you have to know how to adapt. You try to take the initiative but there are times in matches when you have to play a different way and not make all the running.Aside from talent, what was the secret of the success of that trophy-winning Spain side?Team spirit is vital, that sense of everyone fighting together to achieve a very important objective. You have to all get on. If you don’t, then it can really wear you down. But it very much looks to me as if the current team has got that too. And then there’s the blend of seasoned veterans who still have big contributions to make with players who’ve shown lots of enthusiasm and desire since coming in. That’s a very positive thing too.The 23-man squad for Russia 2018 has generated less debate than many others in recent years. What alternatives does it offer when it comes to opening up opposition defences?There are players who are better at finding space between the lines, players who like to get round the outside or who can cause a lot of damage when given space to work in, like Diego Costa and Marco Asensio. I think this Spain side has more ways of playing than we did. In our case, if we weren’t close to the opposition penalty box, then we found it harder to hurt them.Looking ahead to the group phase, Spain will have to take the initiative, even with Portugal, who I think are going to sit back and wait. Sometimes you have to go and play a different way, though, and having players who have something else to offer is crucial.La Roja are among the favourites for the title. How do you think they will do and which other teams are in with a chance?I’m not just saying it, but I would put them among the favourites because I don’t see any side that’s better than Spain right now. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the games though. Germany are another of the big favourites. They’re a very strong side and they’re always there or thereabouts. The way they’ve been playing, it would be a massive surprise if they don’t make the semis, because they’re the champions and because of the new generation who’ve come into the team. Brazil are also right in there. I think those three are above the rest. Then there’s Argentina, France and maybe a surprise or two. Why not?For the first time in many years you’ll be watching the World Cup as a fan. Have you got anything planned?I like to watch big games with the people I usually watch matches with. And I’ll probably go to the Final. I have already got my ticket; all I need now is for Spain to get there (laughs).Spain remains unbeaten in over 20 matches after the country’s elimination from EURO 2016 in the last 16 at the hands of Italy, the defending champions began their World Cup campaign with a 3-3 draw with Portugal on June 15.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram He played in and won everything there was to win with some of Europe’s biggest clubs and with the Spanish national team, where he was a prominent member of the golden generation that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup hosted by South Africa and UEFA EURO 2008 and 2012. In his first season since hanging up his boots, Xabi Alonso has been putting his time to good use, having just completed a coaching courseYou have been out of football for a year now. How has it gone?Pretty well. The fact is my pace of life has really changed. It was a decision I gave a lot of thought to, so while I do miss it, I’m coping with it well.What made you do your coaching badges? Has it given you a better understanding of the coaches you had in your career?When you do a course like this you move away from the person you have always been and you get closer to the person you want to become. And that’s good. I have always tried to understand the job and how complex it is to be a coach, which has nothing to do with being a footballer.You realise all the things you have to prepare and that when the time comes to get it all across you have to summarise it and be as efficient as possible. That might be where part of the secret lies. And then there’s team management, psychology, and personal relationships, which are almost more important in a way.last_img read more