Chinese app TikTok cuts jobs in India following ban

first_imgNEW DELHI (AP) — Popular short-video Chinese app TikTok is cutting its workforce in India after hundreds of millions of its users dropped it to comply with a government ban on dozens of Chinese apps amid a military standoff between the two countries. A TikTok statement expressed the hope the company will get a chance to relaunch the app in India to support hundreds of millions of users, artists, storytellers, educators and performers. The statement didn’t give details, but media reports say it has more than 2,000 employees in India. China says New Delhi is using national security as an excuse to prohibit Chinese mobile apps.last_img

Shelburne Museum receives award for Preservation and Care of Collections

first_img# # # Shelburne Museum has been selected to receive the 2009 Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections. The national award, presented to just two museums this year, is determined by a panel of distinguished conservation experts from across the country and is presented jointly by Heritage Preservation and the American Institute for Conservation of Historic Artistic Works. The other recipient was Historic Cherry Hill in Albany, NY.“We are honored to be recognized by our peers for our work in caring for the many and varied collections at Shelburne Museum,” said Rick Kerschner, director of preservation and conservation at Shelburne Museum. “The museum’s diverse collection coupled with the environmental challenges presented by Vermont’s climate make our work both challenging and rewarding.”Eryl Wentworth, Executive Director of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, presents the 2009 Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections to Rick Kerschner, director of preservation and conservation at Shelburne Museum.  The national award was presented on Friday, Sept. 25 and was awarded jointly by the Heritage Preservation. Pictured from left to right are: Stephan Jost, director; Nancie Ravenel, objects conservator; Rick Kerschner, director of preservation and conservation; Eryl Wentworth, executive director of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works; James Pizzagalli, chairman of the board of trustees; Michael Polemis, board member and chairman of the museum’s Collections Committee.Shelburne Museum was selected for showing a sustained and exemplary commitment to preserving America’s heritage and for enriching the community by caring for its unique and varied collections through dedicated planning and effort.  Those efforts include the gamut of collections care from innovative lighting to environmental control and security measures that allow the public safe access to artifacts.“The committee was especially impressed by the museum’s creativity and innovative thinking in caring for such a unique and varied collection,” said Eryl Wentworth, Executive Director of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. She also applauded the museum’s “long standing commitment to preserving its extraordinary collection.”The Conservation Department was established in 1983. Shelburne was singled out for developing a plan for the museum’s unique collections that includes buildings, carriages, a lighthouse, a covered bridge and a steamboat.  The museum was also recognized for enriching the field of conservation and collection care under the tutelage of Kerschner and Object Conservator Nancie Ravenel.Over 25 years, 61 conservators have been trained at the museum. Public outreach through exhibits and fundraising programs, such as the Adopt a Carousel Animal program, have raised awareness of the museum and the importance of conservation.The Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections has been presented annually since 1999. Previous recipients include Colonial Williamsburg and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.About Shelburne Museum: Located in Vermont’s scenic Lake Champlain Valley, Shelburne Museum is one of the nation’s finest, most diverse and unconventional museums of art, design and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the museum grounds. The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works is the national membership organization of professional conservators dedicated to preserving the art and historic artifacts of our cultural heritage for future generations. Heritage Preservation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving our nation’s heritage. Its members include museums, libraries, archives, and other organizations concerned with saving the past for the future. Source: SHELBURNE, Vermont (Sept. 25, 2009) Shelburne Museum.last_img read more

New case raises Egypt’s H5N1 count to 45

first_imgMar 3, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Health officials in Egypt announced on Mar 1 that a 25-year-old woman who is hospitalized with severe respiratory symptoms has an H5N1 avian influenza infection.Abdel Rahman Shaheen, spokesman for Egypt’s health ministry, said in a statement from MENA, the country’s state news agency, that tests on Mar 1 confirmed that the woman’s samples were positive for the virus, according to a report from Reuters. If the woman’s illness is confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), she will be listed as Egypt’s 45th H5N1 case-patient.Shaheen said the woman had been transferred from Fayoum governorate, about 53 miles south of Cairo, to a hospital in the country’s capital, where she is being treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu), an antiviral medication, Reuters reported. He said she had a high fever and inflammation of both lungs.News reports on the woman’s illness gave no details on the source of her infection.The woman is the second Egyptian patient in a week to be reported as sick with an H5N1 infection. On  Feb 26 health officials announced that samples from a 4-year-old girl from Menia governorate in upper Egypt were positive for the H5N1 virus.In a Feb 28 statement, the WHO said the girl got sick on Feb 21 and was hospitalized 3 days later. The statement from MENA said the girl is still hospitalized in Cairo, where she is in stable condition, according to a report yesterday from Xinhua, China’s state news agency.An investigation into the source of the girl’s infection revealed that she had contact with sick poultry the week before she became ill, according to the WHO statement. She is listed as Egypt’s 44th case-patient. The disease has been fatal in 19 of those. See also:Feb 28 WHO statementlast_img read more

More clouds in H1N1 vaccine supply picture

first_imgOct 23, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Questions about the tardy US supply of pandemic H1N1 vaccine have increased with the report that most of Novartis’s doses may not reach the country until early in 2010 and a European regulatory recommendation that may have implications for the global vaccine supply.Novartis Chief Executive Officer Daniel Vasella said yesterday that most of the company’s vaccine supply may not be delivered until the first quarter of 2010, Bloomberg News reported yesterday. Vasella made the comments in an interview on CNBC.Novartis has a $979 million contract to supply H1N1 vaccine to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The company is expected to supply about 35% of the total projected US supply of about 251 million doses, the Bloomberg story said.Today, the European Union’s drug regulatory agency announced it would maintain an earlier recommendation for a two-dose regimen of the three H1N1 vaccines approved in the EU, despite data showing one-dose efficacy for two of the vaccines. The recommendation raises the possibility of a major increase in European demand for the vaccines, with possible repercussions for the US supply.The vaccines covered by the EU recommendation are Novartis’s Focetria, GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK’s) Pandemrix, and Baxter’s Celvapan. Novartis makes both its US and European H1N1 vaccines in Europe. GSK is under contract to supply some doses to the United States, but it accounts for only a small share of the total supply.Slow flow of vaccineThe flow of vaccine to US providers has been far below earlier projections. At a news briefing today, Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said a total of 16.1 million doses have become available for distribution so far. Yesterday Dr. Anne Schuchat of the CDC predicted that the number will reach 28 million doses by the end of this month.Back in July, HHS had projected that 120 million doses of vaccine would be ready in October. But in mid-August that was trimmed to a predicted 45 million doses by mid-October, after manufacturers found that the egg-based vaccine production process was not yielding nearly as much virus as expected.A factor that initially hampered accurate vaccine production projections was the lack of a good test for measuring the amount of vaccine antigen produced, said Dr. Bruce Gellin, director of HHS’s National Vaccine Program Office, at yesterday’s meeting of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). He said it wasn’t until late August that an accurate assay for measuring the amount of hemagglutinin became available.At today’s CDC briefing, Frieden said that though vaccine availability is increasing steadily, it’s coming far too slowly.”Vaccine production is nowhere near where we thought it would be,” he said. “Vaccine is our strongest tool, and not having enough of it is frustrating for all of us.”He said manufacturers are working as hard as they can to get as much vaccine out as safely as possible, but vaccine production is as unpredictable as viruses. When the first doses of the vaccine were coming off production lines, he said, officials had to make a tough ethical decision: let supplies build or distribute it right away.”The alternative would be to let it stock up until we have enough for larger populations of people who wanted to get it,” he said. “Doing that would have meant it would be waiting in warehouses when people who want to get vaccinated could be protected.”The CDC is aware of reports of people not being able to get the vaccine, Freiden said. “On the flip side, there is a lot of interest in the vaccine, and we’re glad to see that,” he stated. National polls conducted earlier this fall showed lukewarm interest in the vaccine, though parents seem somewhat more willing to have their children vaccinated than themselves.A reporter asked Frieden if he thought the EU’s recommendation for a two-dose regimen of H1N1 vaccine would affect the United States’ supply of vaccine, much of which comes from Europe. He said US officials aren’t worried, because vaccine data affirm one-dose efficacy. “Our supplies are already preordered and it’s a question of when they get delivered. I don’t think that [the EU decision] would be a consideration,” he said.Dr. Michael Perdue, director of influenza and emerging diseases at the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, when asked about the EU recommendation today, told CIDRAP News, “So far we haven’t been told that our order with Novartis is going to be affected in any way.” He said he couldn’t immediately comment further.The EU recommendation for two doses per person was not absolute. The Committeee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CMPH) said it decided to maintain an initial recommendation that the three vaccines “be preferably used as two doses, three weeks apart.” However, for the Novartis and GSK vaccines, “the limited data currently available indicate that one dose may be sufficient in adults,” the committee said.Frieden, when pressed today about which companies are having production delays, reiterated that it’s not unusual for manufacturers to encounter delays, which have occurred periodically with the seasonal flu vaccine. “Each different supplier has its own challenges,” he added.Frieden said vaccine supply would become more plentiful in the next several weeks, but he held off on making any projections. “Given how far off some of the projections have been from what we have now, I would prefer to just take it one day at a time, one week at a time,” he said.Manufacturers’ assessmentsVaccine manufacturers are currently wary of making specific predictions about when they will finish producing all their doses, but they say they are working hard to meet their contracts.Novartis spokesman Eric Althoff told CIDRAP News today that the company expects to finish making bulk vaccine by the end of the year, but he declined to predict when all the finished doses will be ready.Sanofi Pasteur is under contract to make 75.3 million doses of H1N1 vaccine, about 30% of the expected US supply, at its facilities in Swiftwater, Pa. Company spokeswoman Donna Cary said today that Sanofi expects to finish making bulk vaccine in December.In an e-mailed statement, Cary said, “We have orders for 75.3 million doses of bulk antigen for anticipated delivery between October and December. We are on track to deliver this by December. In fact, of the 16 million doses HHS reports they have available, Sanofi Pasteur shipped 12 million.”Cary said the company has succeeded in “optimizing” the vaccine seed virus to improve yields. “We are pleased to report that yields are now exceeding the yield projections used in early production planning with HHS. In fact, current yields are now close to our seasonal standard. Thus, we do not anticipate the strain yield to be a factor impacting future production schedules.”The company also was able to speed up the licensure of two new filling lines that were not originally scheduled to be licensed until later, boosting filling capacity, Cary reported.MedImmune is under contract to make about 40 million doses of its intranasal, live attenuated H1N1 vaccine for HHS. The company said earlier it did not have the yield problems that other manufacturers reported.Company spokeswoman Karen Lancaster said today, “We’re pretty much on track. We had anticipated about 11 million doses by the end of October, and we’re pretty much on track to deliver that. I can also say we’ve made enough bulk vaccine to fill all the orders, and we’re now working around the clock to get those into sprayers and packaged and delivered.”She said the company’s delivery schedule goes through early 2010, but she couldn’t be more specific about a projected date for finishing production.Another US suppilier is Australian-based CSL Biotherapies. According to the Bloomberg story, a company official said on Oct 20 that the firm was on scheduled to deliver its 36 million doses.last_img read more

Bagatin Polyclinic is the gold sponsor of the World Medical Tourism Congress in Los Angeles

first_imgThe beginning of October is reserved for the 10th jubilee edition of the Congress World Medical Tourism & Global Healthcare Congress in Los Angeles where the Bagatin Polyclinic is in the role of a gold sponsor. It is the most comprehensive international conference on health that brings together participants from around the world and focuses on cooperation and improvement of the industry itself, and the organizer of the event is Medical Tourism Association, the first international non-profit association for health tourism and the global health industry.The conference brings together top international hospitals, health care providers, facilitators, insurance companies and other related companies with the common goal of promoting the highest quality of patient health care in a global environment, and this year will bring together 200 exhibitors, over 2000 visitors and 150 speakers. The company will be visited by the director of the Bagatin Polyclinic, Mr. Ognjen Bagatin.“With a very interesting lecture entitled ‘Bringing more visibility to medical travel brand’, they will present the success story of the Bagatin Polyclinic on the international market and the (thorny) path we have taken – from branding the destination as additional value for clients to branding the Polyclinic service. 7 Bagatin’s branding laws are sure to inspire and guide someone on the right path. They will also have the opportunity to participate in panel discussions from which we would like to single out one particularly interesting topic ‘Health Googlocity: The ins and outs of marketing health and wellness’ ” stand out from the Bagatin PolyclinicThe strength of togetherness and synergy was recognized by other partners who will join in a joint performance this year. In addition to the Bagatin Polyclinic, which is known as an international polyclinic, Croatia will also be represented by the Zagreb Tourist Board. Jadranka Primorac, member of the Management Board of the Special Hospital Sv. Katarina, as a panelist on the topic ‘Lessons Learned: Our Journey Towards Accreditation in Medical Travelte’ and Mr. Zdeslav Radovčić, founder and president of the HTI Conference for Medical Tourism. During the three-day congress, our exhibition space will be visited by thousands of congress participants from all over the world, to whom the Bagatin Polyclinic will present all the services, but also the numerous opportunities offered by Croatia. “The goal is to attract large employers and their representatives from all over the world who would send their employees for treatment to top clinics that Croatia can boast of. ” conclude from the Bagatin Polyclinic. Certainly this is a new opportunity to promote Croatia and the city of Zagreb as a destination for health tourismISO certificate – a new confirmation of the quality of the Bagatin PolyclinicOn September 05, 2017, the Bagatin Polyclinic became the proud holder of the ISO 9001: 2015 quality management certificate and, after several months of preparations, successfully completed the certification audit. ISO 9001 is the most widespread international standard that sets requirements for the establishment and maintenance of quality management systems.Certification of this system is a generally accepted way of proving to a current and potential partner that a product or service will meet its quality requirements. “By introducing a quality management system, we want to provide all our clients with top service at the level of 5-star hotels every time they arrive at the Bagatin Polyclinic. Our goal is to improve these figures on a daily basis in order to correspond to the real situation in the operational and strategic activities of our Polyclinic. ” stand out from the Bagatin Polyclinic.last_img read more

Former Brisbane Lions player selling golf course home

first_img10 Oakview Circuit, Brookwater.“We were actually one of the first blocks sold at Brookwater,’’ Mr Scott said.“We had pretty much first go at what we thought was the best block in the estate, we chose right on the 18th tee, with a north east aspect and a really big block too.“We wanted to build something a little bit out of the ordinary, so we had an architectural design, something that wasn’t a cookie cutter style of estate house.’’Mr Scott said the golf course had been a real draw card for them.“We were members of the course, we played a lot,’’ he said.While he always held onto the remote possibility that he would one day return to Brisbane, he didn’t think that was going to happen to had decided to sell.The house has polished timber floors and a timber deck which overlooks the 18th tee.It has a separate media room while the main bedroom has a large ensuite with a walk in robe and separate private study. 10 Oakview Circuit, Brookwater.The property has a swimming pool and sauna room. 10 Oakview Circuit, Brookwater.The home at 10 Oakview Circuit, Brookwater has three bedrooms and three bathrooms.It is listed through Phil Waight of Ray White Paddington.While Mr Scott is well known for his footballing prowess, it was another sporting pursuit that appealed to him when buying the home.It backs onto the renowned Brookwater Golf Course.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019center_img 10 Oakview Circuit, Brookwater.THE time has come for former Brisbane Lions premiership player Chris Scott to finally cut ties with Brisbane.Scott who is the senior coach of the Geelong AFL club has listed his Brookwater home for auction on May 27.last_img read more

Pension Corporation backs innovative £850m buyout

first_imgAn enhanced transfer value exercise – designed to make it more attractive for members to take their full benefits out of the scheme and into another arrangement – was also carried out, with members given access to free financial advice.The two measures helped reduce the final cost of the buyout transaction, according to Aon, which advised PA Consulting on all aspects of the deal.Ben Roe, head of the member options team at Aon, said the deal was “a first in the market and has proved to be a genuine win-win for all parties”.“Members have had the opportunity to take advice on an option that may not be available at this level again in the future,” Roe said. “It was a key element in the process of a successful full buyout.”John Baines, head of bulk annuities at Aon, said: “Securing this transaction at a much lower cost than anticipated at the start of this journey is an outstanding result. The innovative structure to integrate member options within an insurance transaction allowed attractive terms to be locked in much more quickly than normal.“The ability to achieve this in a Solvency II environment is particularly pleasing, and following a relatively quiet year for large full scheme transactions in 2017, looks set to lead the way for many similar deals in a bumper 2018.”Kully Janjuah, director and company secretary of PA Consulting, said the firm had put in “significant time and effort” to secure the pension scheme, aided by private equity firm The Carlyle Group, which owns 51% of the company’s shares.De-risking spike predicted as schemes approach full fundingMeanwhile, Mitul Magudia, head of business development at PIC, said his company had “a strong pipeline of business ahead”.“As things stand, we see it being a record year for the bulk annuity market with more than £20bn worth of buy-ins and buyouts expected in total,” he added.UK schemes have been urged to consider de-risking as they have approached full funding in aggregate, according to new data from JLT Employee Benefits.The pensions consultancy estimated that UK private sector DB schemes were 98% funded at the end of June, with combined assets of £1.57trn and liabilities of £1.61trn.Murray Wright, deputy chief actuary at JLT Employee Benefits, said higher corporate bond yields and “solid” equity markets had boosted funds, but warned: “A bull market that is almost 10 years old can’t be relied upon to keep delivering results.”He estimated that schemes reaching full funding now needed to earn an annual return of less than 3% in order to pay benefits as they fell due.“Pension schemes that are ahead of schedule on their funding plans should actively seek to minimise their reliance on the sponsor through an integrated funding and investment strategy linked to expected scheme cash flows and at the same time de-risk their liabilities,” Wright added. Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) has backed an £850m (€960.4m) buyout of the pension scheme of UK consultancy group PA Consulting.The specialist insurance group agreed to take on responsibility for the pensions of roughly 2,400 members of the PA Pension Scheme.The full buyout meant PIC insured £3.2bn worth of liabilities from UK defined benefit (DB) pension funds in the first half of this year, an increase of 68% on the first half of 2017.Alongside the buyout, the company also undertook a pension increase exercise, which involves offering members an initial uplift in their annual pension payments at the expense of future inflation-linked increases.last_img read more

South Korean Regulator Approves MacGregor’s Acquisition of TTS Businesses

first_imgMacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received a clearance decision from the South Korean Fair Trade Commission on the company’s acquisition of the marine and offshore businesses of TTS Group ASA.The acquisition was announced in February 2018 when MacGregor decided to buy all TTS’ assets except for TTS Group ASA and its shipyard solution business Syncrolift for EUR 87 million.In November, MacGregor also received approval from the German Federal Cartel Office.The company is still waiting for the approval from the competition authority in China.Once the approval is received, the company expects to complete the acquisition in Q1 2019.last_img

Decatur County dispatcher, hospital employee arrested and fired for mishandling sensitive information

first_imgYoung Soo SungGreensburg, In. — Indiana State Police have arrested a Greensburg man for allegedly releasing confidential information while he was employed by Decatur County 911 and a registrar for the Decatur County Memorial Hospital.A report from Indiana State Police says Young Soo Sung, 33, obtained photographs and other information generated by the Greensburg Police Department and the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department and shared the information with acquaintances.During the investigation police determined Sung allegedly mishandled confidential information while working at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital.He has been removed from both positions.The arrest for felony official misconduct was made after the information was presented to Decatur County prosecutor Nathan Harter.last_img read more

Hogan Signs Five for 2007-08

first_imgHogan Signs Five for 2007-08 Share June 11, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – West Florida Men’s Basketball Head Coach Don Hogan recently announced five newcomers for the upcoming 2007-08 season. All five student-athletes signed national letters of intent.Chris Ammons is a 6-6 guard from Jacksonville, Fla. At Mandarin High School, Ammons averaged 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks per game. Ammons helped lead the Mustangs to a 2006-07 district championship and an appearance in the regional semifinal.The other four student-athletes are junior college transfers. Charles Bouie is a 6-7 forward/center from Indian River Community College in Ft. Pierce, Fla. Bouie was an All-Southern Conference selection after averaging 12 points and 11 rebounds per game. At Pahokee High School (Fla.), Bouie averaged 15 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks per game. He was also voted a Top 50 player in Florida as a forward and center.Ryan Henry will play for the Argonauts after transferring from Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tenn. The 6-1 guard averaged 14.3 points and four assists in his two seasons with the Raiders. In his senior year at Coconut Creek High School (Fla.), Henry earned all-state honorable mention honors after averaging 26.3 points, five rebounds and four assists per game.Josh Jackson will play his final two seasons at West Florida after transferring from Palm Beach Community College. Jackson was an All-Southern Conference honoree after averaging 13.6 points and 4.1 assists per game for the Panthers last season. The 6-0 guard was an all-state and all-region selection at West High School in Madison, Wisc. after averaging 25.3 points and 4.4 assists per game.Ken Mitchell is the second student-athlete from Alabama Southern Community College to play for Hogan. Kelly Powe played at West Florida from 2000-01. In his two years with the Eagles, Mitchell averaged 15 points, 11.2 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game. Mitchell prepped at Shaw High School (Fla.) and averaged 19.8 points and 12.7 rebounds per gamePrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more