RPC extends deadline again for private equity suitors

first_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailGundry MD Bio Complete 3 SupplementTop Heart Surgeon: This Simple Trick Helps Empty Your Bowels Every MorningGundry MD Bio Complete 3 SupplementLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Acura’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsBridesBlushWhat The Harry Potter Stars Look Like Out Of CostumeBridesBlushAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorHealthCentral7 Sneaky Symptoms That Could Be Lung CancerHealthCentral James Booth Under takeover rules the pair were required to make a firm intention to make an offer or announce that they did not intend to make an offer by 5pm today.The board of RPC asked the takeover panel to extend the deadline to allow discussions with its two suitors to continue.Apollo and Bain now have an extra month to make up their minds, with the new deadline now set for 5pm on 5 December.This is the second deadline extension with the original deadline set for 8 October.In June the company revealed that it had been contacted by accountancy regulator the Financial Reporting Council in connection with its compliance with reporting requirements. Analysts at Peel Hunt said: “The fact that Apollo and Bain are still in discussions gives us confidence that the debate around the supposed accounting issues is not a deal breaker.”Clearly a bid is not guaranteed but if there was an issue with the numbers, logic suggests that Apollo and Bain would have walked away by now.”Plans by UK and European governments to crack down on single-use plastics had led to investor concern that RPC could be affected, although the plastic-maker said proposed legilsation would not impact on its products.RPC, which has spent over $1.5bn (£1.2bn) on acquisitions in the past two years to June, had earlier identified businesses for sale after months of pressure from investors to raise cash and cut spending.In August, the company said it would sell Letica Corp’s food-service packaging business to Graphic Packaging Holding for $95m.RPC’s share price rose by half a per cent today. Monday 5 November 2018 2:59 pm FTSE 250 packaging company RPC today said it had asked regulators to extend the deadline for two potential private equity bidders to make a firm offer for the company.Plastics maker RPC had previously announced that it was in discussions with private equity firms Apollo Global Management and Bain Capital.center_img Share whatsapp RPC extends deadline again for private equity suitors Tags: Private equitylast_img read more


UK-EU food and drink exports halve in first quarter

first_img UK exporters have faced new customs checks as a result of Brexit, which has hit some exporting sectors hard. (Getty Images) Friday 18 June 2021 10:39 am whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Dairy products have been most badly impacted. Exports of milk and cream to the EU were down by more than 90 per cent, and exports of cheese down by two thirds since last year, the FDF said. The UK exported more food and drink to countries outside the EU than to the bloc in the first three months after Brexit, a first for the sector. “The loss of £2bn of exports to the EU is a disaster for our industry, and is a very clear indication of the scale of losses that UK manufacturers face in the longer-term due to new trade barriers with the EU,” said the federation’s head of international trade Dominic Goudie. Exports to non-EU countries grew just 0.3 per cent, industry body the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) said. The figures come after UK meat producers revealed that they were facing labour shortages as a result of Brexit and the pandemic, which risked the creation of a “two-tier” food system in Britain. UK-EU food and drink exports halve in first quarter Overall, exports brought in £3.7bn in the first quarter, down from £5.1bn last year.center_img Portugal and Spain saw the next biggest falls in exports, dropping 72 per cent and 63 per cent respectively. Also Read: Tesco grapples with Brexit-driven lorry driver shortage Exports to the Republic of Ireland, traditionally the sector’s biggest export market, were down 71 per cent at just £281m, compared to £961m last year, in a sign of the impact that the new customs border in the Irish Sea is having. Also Read: Meat industry cuts production amid Brexit-driven staff shortages The sector is currently battling the twin effects of the UK’s departure from the trading bloc and the coronavirus pandemic, which has created labour shortages and snarled up supply chains due to customs problems. Edward Thicknesse However, that is because exports to the EU dropped by nearly half – 47 per cent – compared to the first quarter of 2020. whatsapp Share Tags: Brexitlast_img read more


Contact lenses may change the bacterial gardens of your eye

first_imgIn the LabContact lenses may change the bacterial gardens of your eye To bacteria, the surface of your eye is a hostile place. Every few seconds, the eyelid comes down with tsunami-like force, sweeping most particles and foreign cells away. As if that weren’t enough, microorganisms have to contend with an army of bacteria-killing proteins.Some bacteria survive in this inhospitable environment — perhaps helping to protect the eye from other invaders. But it turns out that the additional stress of a contact lens on the eyeball might be too much for them.On Tuesday, researchers at New York University reported in the journal mBio that the bacterial diversity in the eyes of contact-lens wearers looked more like the microbiome of skin than that of the undisturbed eye.advertisement Eye doctors already knew that contact-lens use can cause tiny scratches in the corneal surface, elevating the risk of certain diseases like conjunctivitis and keratitis. Dr. Lisa Park, an ophthalmologist at the NYU School of Medicine, wanted to figure out if the lenses also caused a change in the eye’s bacterial flora.So she and her colleagues swabbed the eyes of 20 volunteers — nine who wore contact lenses and 11 who didn’t — and then sequenced the genetic material that stuck to the cotton. They found that the mix of bacteria was different in the two groups: species that are often abundant on the skin were more common in the eyes of lens wearers than they were in the eyes of non-lens wearers.advertisement “By putting a foreign body on the surface of the eye, we may be introducing foreign pathogens,” Park said — although it’s unclear, she noted, if this change in bacterial diversity is involved in the eye conditions more common among lens wearers. By Eric Boodman March 22, 2016 Reprints Leave this field empty if you’re human: Eric Boodman Please enter a valid email address. Related: Newsletters Sign up for Weekend Reads Our top picks for great reads, delivered to your inbox each weekend. Valery Shestopalov, who studies the eye microbiome at the University of Miami, was excited by these results, which provide preliminary evidence that wearing contact lenses alters the unique mix of bacteria on the surface of our eyes.But he was critical of the way in which the team analyzed their data, saying they found more bacterial diversity than is plausible. To him, this suggested that they didn’t properly take into account the mistakes inherent in the sequencing technology they were using.Other experts also took issue with the claims that the microbes detected were resident on the eye.“If you find DNA in an eye, it doesn’t necessarily tell you that there’s a live microbe there. It doesn’t necessarily tell you there was ever live DNA there,” said Suzanne Fleiszig, an optometrist and microbiologist at the University of California, Berkeley.Because this sequencing technique doesn’t distinguish between living and dead genetic material, she explained, it might simply be picking up on contamination from the finger without showing that these foreign bacteria form stable communities living on the eye.But all the experts agree about at least one thing: Whether they cause a revolution in your ocular microbiome or not, contact lenses make infections more likely.As Shestopalov put it, even if you wash your hands very well, the lens is “still very, very, very much contaminated with your skin bacteria.” [email protected] Episode 1: We are a constellation of our microbiome and ourselves General Assignment Reporter Eric focuses on narrative features, exploring the startling ways that science and medicine affect people’s lives. Contact lenses may alter the microbiome of the eye. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images @ericboodman Privacy Policy About the Author Reprints Tags bacteriacontact lensmicrobiomelast_img read more


New life of lab equipment makes science possible for researchers returning to their home countries

first_img Warehouse associate Candido Silva moves a laboratory safety cabinet, which was donated to Seeding Labs, ready to start its shipment of medical and laboratory supplies to Nigeria. Kayana Szymczak for STAT Newsletters Sign up for STAT Health Tech Your weekly guide to how tech is transforming health care and life sciences. Trending Now: In the landlocked, sub-Saharan country of Malawi, oftentimes only land separates wells for drinking water from sewage in toilet pits.Cholera, a highly contagious bacterial disease found in contaminated water, becomes a concern when that dividing line disappears during each year’s rainy season. A natural disaster like Cyclone Idai, which struck in March and devastated parts of three countries, makes identifying clean water even more urgent. When UNICEF and Brazilian cholera scientists arrived to test samples just days after the cyclone hit, they needed a local partner who was up to the task.They found one in Gama Bandawe and his lab at the Malawi University of Science and Technology. Just four months earlier, Bandawe had unpacked a 20-foot container filled with the testing equipment he needed from Seeding Labs, a Boston-based nonprofit organization that collects lab equipment in high-income countries and redistributes it at a lower cost to labs in low- and middle-income countries.advertisement Having the right equipment is essential to a research lab; it also fosters partnerships.For Dr. Robert Paulino-Ramirez, the director of the Institute for Tropical Medicine and Global Health at Universidad Iberoamericana in the Dominican Republic, the equipment he received from Seeding Labs in June 2016 was a game-changer.The equipment enabled him to create the Institute of Tropical Medicine and Global Health, a center dedicated to health sciences research at the university.“For the first time, we can collaborate with friends” in high-income countries “at the same level,” he noted.The institute worked with the government to lead the implementation of pre-exposure prophylaxis, known as PrEP, against HIV in the Dominican Republic in 2018. PrEP is a daily pill that substantially lowers the risk of HIV infection among those uninfected but vulnerable.Another study at Paulino-Ramirez’s institute is characterizing the prevalence of mosquito-borne diseases, such as those caused by Zika, dengue, and chikungunya viruses across the country.“The infrastructure is beautiful,” Paulino-Ramirez said. “We don’t have any others like this in the region.”According to the four scientists, better-equipped labs also present the opportunity to share technical skills with other scientists and pass on the knowledge to students.“All the research we do is fantastic,” said Bandawe, the Malawian scientist, “but I think the biggest contribution that we are making to the country is that we’re training this next generation, this next group of scientists.” Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Gama Bandawe (top center) at the Malawi University of Science and Technology. Courtesy Gama BandaweCreating opportunitiesThe idea for Seeding Labs began when Nina Dudnik, the founder and former CEO, returned to the U.S. after conducting research as a Fulbright scholar in a sparsely equipped lab in Côte d’Ivoire. After starting graduate school in 2001, Dudnik and her friends formed a student group to raise awareness of research being conducted abroad. They thought about how they could help scientists in emerging economies conduct their research more effectively.U.S. scientists starting their own labs usually receive startup packages to buy lab equipment and pay students and postdocs for the first couple years. “For a lot of researchers going to places where research isn’t as well-funded, you don’t have any of that. It’s like, here’s some space; go get some grants. Figure out how you’re going to get the grant with no equipment, no students, no postdocs,” said Melissa Wu, the CEO of Seeding Labs who met Dudnik in graduate school and was part of the student group.Starting in 2003, when the group officially became Seeding Labs, it began collecting used lab equipment from universities and biotechs around Boston. It partnered with the Sustainable Sciences Institute, a San Francisco nonprofit whose mission is to improve public health in developing countries, to ship functional lab equipment for postdocs returning to their home countries to set up their labs. From 2003 to 2008, shipments were made to labs in Central America, Argentina, Chile, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.Seeding Labs became a nonprofit organization in 2008 and today, researchers from around the world apply for equipment through its Instrumental Access program. “We were able to show them, here are our laboratories, and here’s the equipment that we have. The next day, samples started arriving,” said Bandawe, the head of biological sciences at the university. He believes it was the equipment his lab had — other labs lacked — that made his lab suitable for the project.“It was magical,” Bandawe recalled when he and his students unloaded the shipment from Seeding Labs and outfitted the lab.advertisement By Diana Cai Aug. 9, 2019 Reprintscenter_img Related: Please enter a valid email address. Leave this field empty if you’re human: Today, the lab studies a variety of indigenous vegetables, legumes, and fruits, among them the African spider plant, Cleome gynandra, and the “miracle berry,” Synsepalum dulcificum.The spider plant, found across Africa, is a leafy vegetable high in several nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, folic acid, iron, and vitamins A and C. Locals traditionally used the plant medicinally, leveraging the anti-inflammatory properties of the plant to relieve local pain by rubbing the leaves on affected areas. Achigan-Dako and collaborators in Benin and the Netherlands hope to cultivate different breeds tailored to the needs of farmers and general consumers.They also hope an indigenous fruit, the miracle berry, can help prevent the increasing rates of diabetes in his country and in the rest of the world. Though the small red berry gives off an unremarkable, mildly sweet taste on its own, it contains miraculin, a protein that binds sweet taste receptors on the tongue and transforms sour, acidic foods such as lemons or pineapples into delectable sweets. The berries are difficult to grow, and Achigan-Dako is testing methods to ease the cultivation of the berries and ultimately reduce processed sugar intake and lower the incidence of diabetes along the way.A well-equipped lab might help make both possible.Enoch Achigan-Dako speaks with students about “miracle berry” cultivation. Courtesy Seeding Labs‘We were dumping our equipment’Today, Seeding Labs partners with over 150 pharmaceutical and biotech companies and research institutions worldwide to take advantage of their excess equipment and resources. Its biggest sponsors include MilliporeSigma (MKKGY), Takeda, Merck (MRK), GE Healthcare (GE), and Cell Signaling Technology.“We were dumping our equipment” before the partnership with Seeding Labs, said Sonia Glace, the global marketing leader at GE Healthcare Life Sciences. Now the equipment is “refurbished” and given new life.In addition to donating equipment, a few companies have also partnered with Seeding Labs to provide training and additional scientific support to the awardees. At MilliporeSigma, employees create videos demonstrating equipment usage through the TeleScience platform. “Our employees love it because it gives them an ability to share knowledge,” said Renee Connolly, the head of global communications at MilliporeSigma, a division of Merck KGaA.“With Takeda, we’re piloting a virtual mentorship program,” said Leah Lindsay, vice president of external relations at Seeding Labs, “where their employees provide input on equipment, questions, and concerns that people have.”Along with receiving equipment donations, Seeding Labs also receives financial support from several of the companies for its operations. According to Lindsay, sponsorships range in size from one-time awards in the thousands to multiyear six-figure partnerships.Revenue consists of 55% corporate partnerships, 35% Instrumental Access program fees, and 10% government grants and philanthropic donations.Together with its partners, Seeding Labs has supported 74 institutions in 35 countries with an estimated $33 million worth of equipment. Around 24,000 students are trained on equipment provided by Seeding Labs each year, the group said, and 1,700 master’s and Ph.D. students have used the equipment to conduct research.Studying growing threatsAmong the recipients is an Indian immunologist tackling two diseases afflicting her country.In Gujarat state, India, the incidence of oral cancers is growing due to heavy tobacco usage. Ratika Srivastava, an assistant professor at Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, and her research team are trying to develop affordable therapies for people in the state. Her lab is also conducting research on lupus, a poorly understood autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. The rate in India is climbing, though, and Srivastava’s lab is characterizing blood cells of Gujarati people with the disease, in hopes of better understanding the disease and ultimately developing a treatment.According to Srivastava, the two diseases her lab focuses on stem from her postdoc work as a cancer biologist at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and as a lupus researcher at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Bangalore, India. After four years at BMS, she started her own lab.Srivastava received equipment from Seeding Labs in 2018, two years after establishing her lab. The lab was empty when she arrived, and the instruments she received have helped her build up the lab.“It was really, really helpful,” said Srivastava. “We could customize what we need based on our research interests.”Silva moves a pallet of scientific equipment donated to Seeding Labs onto a truck, ready to start its shipment to Nigeria. Kayana Szymczak for STATNext, collaborations. Then, the next generationA glimpse into a 20-foot Seeding Labs shipping container could reveal small items like pipettes and larger ones like chemical fume hoods that protect researchers from toxic substances they are working on. There could be instruments that help regulate reaction temperatures or fixtures that provide uncontaminated space for cells to grow, mix samples, separate samples by density, and magnify tiny objects.Achigan-Dako, the scientist in Benin studying orphan crops, said he received equipment to establish a microscopy unit, a “gene bank” to store seeds of a variety of crops, tissue culture space, a molecular lab, and a biochemistry unit.Although each lab receives anywhere from 100 to 200 pieces of equipment, Seeding Labs is not able to award all equipment on a wish list. Achigan-Dako is still hoping for an analytical chemistry instrument to detect nutrients from crops.Still, Srivastava, the Indian scientist, noted that even if a researcher receives just 60% of the equipment they request, they can “save many years of [their] life.”“One of our researchers said it was like 10 years of equipment coming all at once,” said Lindsay of Seeding Labs. Should taxpayers cover the light bills at university labs? Trump kicks off a tense debate Recipients pay for procurement, storage, shipping, and administrative costs. The fee ranges from $27,000 to $35,000, depending on the country, and researchers in return receive equipment worth roughly $100,000 to $150,000 on the secondhand market. Though economical, the researchers still need to raise funds and garner institutional support.“What we’re really trying to do is create opportunities and help scientists get the resources that they need to use science to solve the problems that they see in the communities around them and that they see globally,” said Wu.Lab equipment donated to Seeding Labs, ready to be inventoried, packed, and processed in the Barrett Distribution Centers in Bridgewater, Mass. Kayana Szymczak for STATCultivating the ‘miracle berry’Enoch Achigan-Dako was just the type of scientists Seeding Labs had in mind.In the tiny West African country of Benin, Achigan-Dako and his research team are investigating orphan crops, indigenous fruits and vegetables consumed as food or used as medicines for local communities but underutilized and neglected internationally. They hope their work can improve the hunger and malnutrition that afflict the country.Now an associate professor of genetics, horticulture, and seed science at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Achigan-Dako learned to conduct research during his Ph.D. studies in Germany. Back in Benin, he found little infrastructure available to pursue his research.“Either I travel back [to Europe] to continue having the working space available,” he said, “or I stay home and forget about what I have learned, and I continue my life like anyone else. Those were the two options.”He made another choice. With the help of funds from small grants, he and his students built a laboratory from scratch, but there was no money to equip the lab. One of Achigan-Dako’s students told him about Seeding Labs, leading them to apply for the Instrumental Access program for the lab. The equipment arrived last October.Suddenly, Achigan-Dako’s lab became a place for scientists to conduct research. In the LabNew life of lab equipment makes science possible for researchers returning to their home countries Tags Bostonresearchlast_img read more


Messonnier: The slow vaccine rollout should speed up ‘pretty massively’ in coming weeks

first_img Messonnier also said she didn’t think the two vaccines authorized so far could be deployed to certain communities to control particularly bad outbreaks given that the full protection wasn’t conferred until the second dose was administered. If a single-dose vaccine was shown to elicit protection quickly, she said, that could be a better tool.“Diverting the vaccine to try to put out a forest fire probably isn’t the right strategy with these vaccines,” she said.During the early days of what became the Covid-19 pandemic, Messonnier held regular press briefings about the spread of the coronavirus and famously warned in late February of potentially “severe” disruptions to daily life. Her comment, however, reportedly infuriated President Trump, and Messonnier receded from public view for months while continuing her work at the CDC.More recently, however, Messonnier has returned to more frequent public appearances. About the Author Reprints “It’s the early stages of a really complicated task, but a task that we’re up for,” she said.A CDC advisory group has issued recommendations for who should be prioritized for the shots given the limited supply, ranking groups based on their risk of exposure and who is at highest risk for more severe Covid-19. Local jurisdictions are adapting the recommendations to their own plans. But Messonnier encouraged providers to use their full supply of the vaccines, even if people wind up getting the shots ahead of their spot in line.If, for example, one facility still has supply but no one left in a particular category to vaccinate, it should move to people in the next tier, Messonnier said.“I really hope that articulating these phases … isn’t leading to unnecessary barriers,” she said. She added: “Don’t leave vaccine in the fridge. Don’t leave vaccine in the vial.” Nancy Messonnier, a top federal health official involved in the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, predicted on Tuesday that delays in the administration of the shots would improve soon, even as public health experts have piled up complaints about the slow rollout and about the gap between the number of doses distributed versus those actually going into people’s arms.“I really expect the pace of administration to go up pretty massively in the next couple weeks,” Messonnier, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a conversation with STAT infectious disease reporter Helen Branswell.Only a fraction of the Covid-19 vaccines distributed so far have been administered to health care workers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities, the first priority group for the immunizations. But Messonnier noted that the two vaccines regulators have so far authorized — one from Moderna and one from a partnership between Pfizer and BioNTech — are both based on an mRNA platform that’s never resulted in a successful vaccine before, and that both come with new distribution, storage, and administration protocols.advertisement Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. HealthMessonnier: The slow vaccine rollout should speed up ‘pretty massively’ in coming weeks Tags Coronaviruspublic healthVaccines Nancy Messonnier, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases STAT Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Privacy Policy Related: ‘There are a lot of potential Modernas’: The ‘Massachusetts Miracle’ is alive and well @DrewQJoseph Messonnier suggested that churches, schools, and stadiums could all become vaccine venues as a way to make it as easy as possible for people to get them — in addition to traditional sites like doctors’ offices or pharmacies. But Branswell noted that providers needed to be ready to treat side effects from the vaccines, including anaphylaxis, the severe allergic reaction that has been seen in a few people who have received the shots so far.Messonnier noted that there have been more than a dozen cases of anaphylaxis so far associated with the vaccines, out of more than 4 million doses administered. Still, she said, sites need to be ready to treat anyone who might have a severe reaction with EpiPens and know what to do if they need more advanced care.“Is that a complication? Certainly,” she said. “Can we work our way through it? Yes.” Leave this field empty if you’re human: But Messonnier said she didn’t support strategies the British authorities are taking to expand their vaccine supply, namely stretching out the interval between when the first and second doses are given, or potentially swapping different vaccines for people’s two doses. She noted that the clinical trial data that demonstrated the vaccines’ effectiveness came from using the same vaccine for the two doses given at specific intervals three or four weeks apart.Her comments echoed a statement from top officials at the Food and Drug Administration Monday, who stressed the “importance of receiving Covid-19 vaccines according to how they’ve been authorized by the FDA in order to safely receive the level of protection observed in the large randomized trials supporting their effectiveness.” During the discussion Tuesday, Messonnier said she hoped the supply of vaccine would expand greatly in the spring, a time when the shots could be made more widely available to the general public, not just people with certain jobs or health conditions. But making the vaccine is only one step: successfully inoculating the vast majority of the population will require major efforts to educate the public, to build out accessible sites where people can easily get vaccinated, and to ensure individual people show up when it’s their turn to get the shot.“It’s going to take some work from all of us working together to make the best use of the vaccine as quickly as possible,” she said. STAT+: General Assignment Reporter Andrew covers a range of topics, from addiction to public health to genetics. Exclusive analysis of biopharma, health policy, and the life sciences. By Andrew Joseph Jan. 5, 2021 Reprints Andrew Joseph [email protected] Trending Now: Please enter a valid email address. The vaccines also started arriving over the holidays, as health departments and hospitals were facing huge numbers of Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations. That also contributed to delays.Now, Messonnier said, providers know what they’re dealing with, and the efficiency with which the shots are administered should improve.advertisementlast_img read more


In Pictures: Fundraising efforts continue at Portlaoise Educate Together NS

first_img Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleIn Pictures: Youngsters have a spring in their step at the Laois GAA Easter CampNext articleLeinster final place for Laois U16 camogie after triumphant display over Meath Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. By Alan Hartnett – 19th April 2019 GAA Facebook Twitter Pinterest Facebook In Pictures: Fundraising efforts continue at Portlaoise Educate Together NScenter_img TAGSPortlaoise Educate Together Home News In Pictures: Fundraising efforts continue at Portlaoise Educate Together NS News WhatsApp GAA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest SEE ALSO – Rathdowney man flies the flag proudly for Laois at national Mr Personality festival 2019 GAA Portlaoise Educate Together NS Parents Association held a Mega Egg Hunt on Wednesday last, to try raise funds for much needed resources for the school.Every child got an egg with some children from each class finding ‘silver’ and ‘golden tickets’.The winning tickets meant you got to pick a giant egg from the school office.The rules were simple if you found an egg you keep it, but then you must also help your friends find an egg too.There was much excitement in the school especially amongst the younger children.Children running frantically to find their hidden chocolate treasure! The day was a huge success with just under €500 being raised from the morning of fun!The school and PA’s endeavour to raise the remainder of money required for the Summerhill Sports pitch.With only months to go before the summer is upon us, the Parent’s Association are hosting a night with Transmitter in Kavanaghs’ Portlaoise on Saturday May 18.Tickets are €12 each and can be purchased online with Ticketmaster or in Kavanagh’s pub.This is it’s third year running and the event has sold out it’s previous two years, there is a monster draw on the night too.The three school’s have also come together to host a Summerhill Craft and Food Fair on the school grounds on Sunday 26th May.It will host a plethora of craft and food stalls along with bouncy castles and an Electric Zoo.There will be tonnes of entertainment on the day for the whole family and there are even two Electric Picnic tickets up for grabs.For more information on the fair visit Summerhill Craft and Food Fair on Facebook. 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more


All the latest CCFL Results and Fixtures

first_img TAGSCCFL Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Tuesday, January 14, 2020Next articleTalking Politics: Fianna Fail TD Fiona O’Loughlin on constituency changes, her father’s influence and Government hopes Oisín Hooney By Oisín Hooney – 14th January 2020 Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter GAA GAA Pinterest Facebook Twittercenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin Home Sport Soccer All the latest CCFL Results and Fixtures SportSoccer Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Division 2Temple Villa 2 Coolraine 2Division 3ASt. Aengus 4 Derry Rovers B 1Division 3BRiverside FC 0 East Galway 5Under 19 Preliminary DivisionRaharney Utd 1 Willow Park 8FIXTURESSaturday, 18th JanuarySaturday Division 1Castlepollard Celtic v Grange UtdGallen Utd v Longford Town CruisersMoydow FC v Longford AthleticGaels Utd v Longford WanderersColmcille Celtic v Ballymahon AFCUCL Harps v Mullingar TownLFA Youths Cup 2nd RoundHanover Harps v Edenderry TownUnder 17 Preliminary DivisionMucklagh v Birr TownTemple Villa v Mullingar Ath AUnder 19 Preliminary DivisionClara Town v East Galway UtdEmo Celtic v Willow ParkRaherney Utd v Tullamore TownSunday, 19th JanuaryJohn Farrell Combined Counties Cup 1st RoundMullingar Town v Rosenallis APaddy Cotter Cup 1st RoundWillow Park v Banagher UtdCombined Counties Shield 1st RoundKinnegad Juniors v Clonmore UtdCombined Counties Shield 2nd RoundSt. Aengus v Abbeyleix AthleticBallinahown B v Raharney UtdCloneygowan Celtic v Stradbally Town BNewcastle Athletic v Derry Rovers BSenior DivisionClara Town v Derry Rovers AMonksland Utd v Ballinahown ABirr Town A v Tullamore TownDivision 1Stradbally Town A v Mountmellick UtdTowerhill Rovers v Highfield UtdCombined Counties Cup Mullingar Town, Rosenallis AIdle Clonaslee Utd, GentexDivision 2Melville FC v BBC UtdMoate Celtic v Temple VillaPortlaoise v CoolrainePaddy Cotter Cup Banagher UtdIdle St. Carthages AthleticDivision 3AMountmellick Celtic v KilleighIdle Rosenallis B, Midlands Celtic, MaryboroughAll other teams in Combined Counties ShieldDivision 3BEast Galway v Birr Town BSt. Cormacs Athletic v Riverside FCAll other teams in Combined Counties ShieldWomen’s DivisionBealnamulla v Birr TownMountmellick Utd v Mullingar AthleticKilleigh v Kinnegad JuniorsIdle Willow ParkSEE ALSO – Great news for local family as on-going fundraising sends them a step in the right direction All the latest CCFL Results and Fixtures Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role News After a brief winter break, the soccer season got going again over the weekend.Just a handful of games were played though and the action will ramp up again this weekend:RESULTSSaturday, 4th JanuaryUnder 19 Preliminary DivisionMullingar Athletic B 3 Emo Celtic 6Sunday, 5th JanuaryLFA Senior Cup 1st RoundWillow Park 1 Ayrfield Utd 1 – Ayrfield progress 4-3 on penaltiesCCFL Futsal Cup WinnersMountmellick UnitedCCFL Futsal Shield WinnersRaharney BSaturday, 11th JanuaryDivision 1Longford Town Cruisers 0 Grange Utd 3Colmcille Celtic 3 UCL Harps 2Sunday, 12th JanuaryDivision 1Mullingar Town 1 Mountmellick Utd 0last_img read more


Behind the Shades of NK’s Security Entourage

first_img By Choi Song Min – 2014.10.08 2:47am North Korea’s top delegation that visited the South lastSaturday for the Incheon Asian Games’ closing ceremony landed with its own securityentourage, in a move seen as an effort to parade the stature of its visitingmembers. The security agents, believed to be forces from thecountry’s Escort Command, the unit tasked with guarding leader Kim Jong Eun andthe Kim family, were of sturdy builds, wearing dark suits, sunglasses, andearpieces. Hwang Pyong So, one of the best known individuals in the NorthKorean regime, was trailed by a group of the agents, who appeared tense andready to spring to action at the first sign of trouble.It is the first time a high-level North Korean official hasvisited the South with a dedicated security detail. Also, with the exception ofescort agents for the leader Kim Jong Eun, it is an unprecedented sight for atop Pyongyang official to be accompanied by agents wearing sunglasses. In regards to this matter, North Korean defectors in theSouth said it is simply a “show” to put spotlight on how high of a ranking thevisiting officials have. Defectors also agree that it is a calculated move tounderscore the leader’s “Father-like care,” by sending his own security agentsto guard his top officials heading into the heart of “enemy territory.” “Hwang Pyong So, Director of the General PoliticalDepartment of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] doesn’t have a separate escortagent, and instead has one assistant who also acts as the driver,” a defector,who goes by the alias Jeon Geum Cheol and entered the South last year, toldDaily NK. “The fact that Hwang came with security agents in sunglasses issimply an act to emphasize the amount of authority he comes with.” “The Escort Bureau is in charge of guarding Kim Jong Eun;top elites, such as the head of the Ministry of Armed Forces, and the Directorof KPA General Political Department, are not served by the Command, and areinstead guarded by soldiers handpicked from the Ministry of the People’s ArmedForces,” said Jeon. “There’s a high chance that Kim Jong Eun sent his agents togive the delegation a higher status of appearance.” Another defector who formerly served in North Korea’smilitary for 30 years said, “The agents were on site drawing a lot of eyes, andI believe this shows they were there more for appearances’ sake than security.”He added, “It appears as though they got the idea from American and South Koreanmovies and TV dramas and imitated those looks.” “North Koreans usually think of gangs or spies — peoplewith more negative images — when they think of sunglasses,” the defectoradded. “If agents show up in a suit with sunglasses, they would likely poke funat them, saying they’re being pretentious.” SHARE Facebook Twitter Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest center_img North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Behind the Shades of NK’s Security Entourage AvatarChoi Song Min last_img read more


SEC rewards 100th tipster

first_img James Langton The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reached a landmark with its 100th whistleblower award, paid to a corporate outsider who spotted misconduct and tipped off the agency.The SEC announced that it has paid over US$1.8 million to a company outsider “who reported significant information to the commission about ongoing securities law violations.” Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The details of whistleblower cases are not revealed to protect the anonymity of tipsters.“While many of our whistleblowers have been insiders, the agency also receives critical intelligence from company outsiders, like today’s whistleblower, whose swift reporting alerted staff to the violations that resulted in the success of this enforcement action,” said Jane Norberg, chief of the SEC’s Office of the Whistleblower.With this latest payout, which, in addition to being 100th financial award in the history of the program, is the 33rd reward paid so far this year, the SEC has now paid approximately US$527 million to whistleblowers.“Today’s award marks a milestone for the whistleblower program,” said SEC chairman Jay Clayton.“The pace and the amounts of the awards in recent years underscore the commission’s commitment to increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the whistleblower program,” Clayton added, citing changes to the program that were approved by the commission last week. Related news Zoom seminar debacle attracts OSC warning Prospect of whistleblower riches causes friction Keywords WhistleblowersCompanies Securities and Exchange Commission SEC’s whistleblower payouts top US$900 million Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Whistleblower lightwise/123RFlast_img read more


ICTA-UAB joins European greenhouse gas measurement network

first_imgICTA-UAB joins European greenhouse gas measurement network ICTA-UAB joins the European greenhouse gas measurement networkThe ICTA-UAB is one of the institutions that will join the Spanish network of the Integrated Carbon Observation System, ICOS. The research infrastructure, which is funded by European countries, measures greenhouse gases across the European continent and the adjacent oceans.Measuring greenhouse gases is important, since excessive amounts of these warming gases are caused by fossil fuel use, agriculture, and other human activity, and they warm up the atmosphere. Climate change will cause harsh consequences for the nature and for people, if not curbed early enough.Spain will gradually bring eight measurement stations to the network. Two of the eight stations are measuring the dissolved carbon on the adjacent sea areas, two will produce data about carbon exchanges in ecosystems, and four towers will reach to the heights to measure the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Like all ICOS data, also the Spanish data will be openly available on ICOS Carbon Portal, free of charge for anyone to use. The data is being used to study, for example, climate change and its implications on the Earth and for the people on this planet.The new stations will extend the standardised ICOS measurement network to the Spanish mainland, to the the Canary Islands and to the Mediterranean Sea: areas that are strategically important and increase the geographical spread of the network.“We are very pleased to welcome Spain to ICOS. With the extended network of stations, ICOS data will cover areas from Canary Islands to Scandinavia and even Svalbard in the north. This allows us to see how carbon emissions move along with the winds, and how sinks are distributed at land and in the oceans. Based on our high-quality data, scientists can better inform societies on the effects of climate change”, says Dr Werner Kutsch, Director General of ICOS.The Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean measured by ship lineStarting the first of January in 2012, the Spanish ICOS consortium consists of AEMET, the Spanish meteorological institute, and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), both bringing in one station. The ULPGC station is actually a commercial ship, with measurement equipment onboard. The ship travels from the Canary Islands on the Atlantic Ocean to Barcelona at The Mediterranean and back, gathering water samples during the journey.“The active involvement of the Canary Islands Government and Loro Parque Foundation will assure the ULPGC contribution to keep running the ocean stations in order to actively communicate the science-based knowledge that is relevant to climate action and decision-making of the Canary region inside Europe”, states Dr Melchor.The AEMET Izaña atmosphere station is also in the Canary Islands, where it provides important background information on the concentrations of carbon dioxide and methane in the subtropical atmosphere, as well as other greenhouse gases.“The ICOS programme in Izaña station is being implemented in parallel and independently of the World Meteorological Organisation’s GAW programme that began in 1984. The station also intersects with all other global greenhouse gas observing systems, using both ground based and remote sensing techniques: This brings added value as a permanent point of comparison of all networks,” says Dr Emilio Cuevas, the coordinator of the Spanish ICOS from AEMET.Co-operation of seven Spanish institutesWithin the next few years, five more institutes will join the consortium: the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (ICTA-UAB), the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands, Mediterranean Center for Environmental Studies and the National Institute for Aerospace Technology. The partners have a leading role in climate modelling and research, and in regional greenhouse gas measurements in Spain.The ICOS General Assembly approved Spain’s membership request in its meeting on 17th of November, 2020. After Spain joining ICOS on 1st of January 2021, ICOS research infrastructure has 13 member states, and close to 150 measurement stations run by over 80 partner universities and institutes in Europe. /UAB Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. 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