Lex Greensill’s access to Cameron’s Number 10 ‘not normal, says ex-minister

first_imgMaude told MPs on the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee that it was “surprising [Greensill] he had all that No.10 paraphernalia”, after being appointed as an external adviser to government in 2011. The firm was refused entry into the Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF) scheme on multiple occasions. Greensill was brought in to implement supply chain finance into government departments, including the Department of Health. The inquiries will also look at civil servants’ involvement with Greensill Capital, after it was revealed former senior mandarin Bill Crothers worked for the firm while also still working in Whitehall. “I’d put him in the category of an unpaid consultant.” “I think the lesson here is that someone was brought in without there being much in the way of real process.” Maude said Greensill was brought in to government by former cabinet secretary Lord Heywood and was introduced as “a very clever guy who’s going to help you save lots of money”. Stefan Boscia The level of access afforded to Australian banker Lex Greensill to Number 10 under David Cameron was “not normal”, according to ex-Cabinet Office minister Lord Francis Maude. Cameron and Greensill deny the allegation. Supply chain finance is a complicated process that sees third-party firms pay the suppliers of large businesses faster than planned and then securitise the debt it’s owed. “He was appointed simply for three months for a part-time, unpaid role to advise the civil service team on supply chain finance,” he said. Cameron went on to work for now failed Greensill Capital after his term in Downing Street, sparking allegations there had been a quid pro quo arrangement between the pair. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Cadillac’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsBrake For ItSay Goodbye: These Cars Will Be Discontinued In 2021Brake For ItNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsZen HeraldShe Inspired Three Of The Most Popular Songs EverZen HeraldNational Injury BureauJury Finds Roundup Responsible For Lymphoma | Bayer To Pay $10 BillionNational Injury BureauDrivepedia30+ Funny Photos Of Car Owners Having A Rough DayDrivepediaMoneyPailShe Was An Actress, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMoneyWise.comMechanics Say You Should Avoid These Cars In 2021  MoneyWise.com Lex Greensill’s access to Cameron’s Number 10 ‘not normal, says ex-minister Several Westminster committees, along with Number 10, are running inquiries into Greensill Capital’s involvement with government.center_img Also Read: David Cameron denies speaking to Lex Greensill about future job while Prime Minister Crothers worked as the government’s chief procurement officer, before leaving in 2015. He said that he no longer held this role when he started working at Greensill Capital, while also working part time in the civil service. Former Cabinet Office permanent secretary Ian Watmore told MPs that Greensill “did not go through the open recruitment process”. Tuesday 8 June 2021 12:09 pm whatsapp Also Read: Lex Greensill apologises for Greensill Capital collapse as he faces ‘fraudster’ allegations It was revealed earlier this year that David Cameron, working as a highly paid adviser for the firm, had contacted ministers and senior civil servants to try and get an emergency Covid loan. Lex Greensill was brought in to implement supply chain finance into government departments, including the Department of Health. “I have seen nothing that suggests that any involvement  the government had with supply chain finance actually saved the government money in any way – and this was a distraction,” Maude said. Share “I was transparent in all that I did, and no conflict of interest happened,” he said. whatsapp Crothers told MPs today that his “intention was to completely follow the rules, in spirit, and in form”. Show Comments ▼last_img read more

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New data on Chukchi Sea polar bears leads to subsistence harvest level increase

first_imgAlaska’s Energy Desk | Arctic | Climate Change | SubsistenceNew data on Chukchi Sea polar bears leads to subsistence harvest level increaseAugust 6, 2018 by Ravenna Koenig, Alaska’s Energy Desk Share:A polar bear in Arctic Alaska. Subsistence harvest levels of Chukchi Sea polar bears have just been raised, based on new data about the population’s health. (Photo Credit: Terry Debruyne/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)Native hunters in Alaska are about to see an increase in the number of polar bears they can harvest from the Chukchi Sea bear population.The commission responsible for setting that limit recently raised the quota from 58 to 85 bears per year, shared equally between Alaska and Russian hunters.The quota increase was based on new science and traditional ecological knowledge indicating that the polar bear population is doing well.Eric Regehr is a polar bear biologist at the University of Washington’s Polar Science Center and one of the scientists who advised the commission.“Currently the nutritional condition, or the fatness, of the bears in the Chukchi Sea is on par with what it was 20, 30 years ago,” Regehr said.In 2010 the U.S. and Russia put a limit on the number of polar bears Native hunters were allowed to harvest from the Chukchi Sea population. It was part of an effort to conserve the animals in the face of uncertainty about how they would respond to sea ice loss.Regehr says the new research indicates that the population numbers and reproductive rates of the Chukchi Sea polar bears are good, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t concerns for the future.“Sea ice loss associated with climate change is the primary threat to the species,” Regehr said. “And we don’t know when or how it may affect Chukchi Sea polar bears, but we would expect, from a scientific perspective, that at some point in the future there will be some negative effects.”Regehr says that in contrast to the Chukchi Sea bears, evidence suggests that Alaska’s other group of polar bears in the Southern Beaufort Sea is already experiencing negative impacts from the decline of sea ice, including weight loss and a reduction in both reproductive and survival rates.On average, Alaska Native hunters take about 30 Chukchi Sea polar bears a year.Katya Wassillie is executive director of the Alaska Nannut Co-Management Council, or ANCC, the group that represents Alaska Native polar bear hunters. She says that the good health of the Chukchi Sea bears is cause for celebration.But while ANCC is pleased that the harvest number has increased, Wassillie says the group was advocating for an even larger quota.“When you introduce something like a quota, that creates a different atmosphere, one with more anxiety, with competition,” said Wassillie. “And our hunters were concerned about that. So they wanted just a cushion; the freedom to be able to manage through our own traditional values, our own traditional practices.”The commission that sets the harvest limit reviews the quota annually. A quota has been in place since 2010, but as of yet is not enforced.Share this story:last_img read more

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Can we outrun Zika? Walk this street in Colombia and you’ll see how tough it is

first_img Andrew Joseph By Andrew Joseph Feb. 11, 2016 Reprints Colombian health officials have identified 25,000 cases of Zika in the country so far, but experts say that figure is likely way too low.Meanwhile, scientists have not yet confirmed (though they strongly suspect) the most potent fears about Zika — that it can cause a temporary paralysis called Guillain-Barré syndrome and that it can lead to birth defects if a woman is infected during her pregnancy. Urgent investigations are underway to learn more.But locals don’t focus so much on those global questions.Here on Avenida 1e, they’re just trying to figure out how to get rid of all the mosquitoes.There’s a huge puddle that stretches across the entire road, forcing cars, motorcycles, and bicycles to slow down and hug the uphill side of the street when passing. Residents said the puddle — which some refer to as “el lago,” or the lake — has been there for years, never disappearing no matter how dry the weather. One resident joked the puddle is so big and permanent you could put ducks in it.Turns out, though, the lake isn’t really the problem. The Aedes aegypti mosquitoes prefer to breed in tree holes, man-made basins, and pools of water that collect in trash. They can make a breeding ground out of even an overturned plastic bottle cap. Their eggs can survive for months clinging to the surfaces, waiting for the water to cover them and then hatching into larvae that live and feed in the water.Grecia Quintero, 32, who believes the rash and headaches she experienced last month came from Zika, scrubs the walls of her outdoor water basin more regularly now, trying to wipe out the eggs before they hatch.She also has another strategy to avoid bites: shaking out the clothes in her closet before she changes. She said she has seen mosquitos fly out from items she was just about to put on.“They like dark places,” she said.Residents have also tried to cover their water tanks. Some have hung netting inside their homes. “If I’m in the living room, the mosquitoes are there,” said Martha Sanchez, 41, who lives on Avenida 1e, a rural road in this hilly city in northeast Colombia. She pointed out the many mosquito bites dotting her 3-year-old grandson’s leg, the red dots like pushpins on a map.“There are lots of mosquitoes in the dining room,” her 8-year-old granddaughter, Nicole Ordoñez Jaimes, chimed in.Martha Sanchez looks at mosquito bites on her grandson, Santiago Zamudia Jaimes Dania Maxwell for STATZika has hit harder in this region by the Venezuelan border than in any other part of the country.But getting treatment means trekking to a clinic in the heart of Los Patios or the hospital in the nearby city of Cúcuta. That requires paying for a motorcycle ride or a taxi. And to see a doctor at the hospital, you have to travel there in person just to make an appointment — then return a few days later to see the doctor.So most locals simply rely on their tried-and-true cure-all: acetaminophen.“The powerful acetaminophen,” John Mejia, 26, called it. Are you at risk of contracting Zika virus?Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2016/02/11/zika-puzzle-colombian-town/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0001:3301:33  Are you at risk for contracting Zika virus? Your level of risk depends in part on your living conditions. Alex Hogan/STAT Zika, in particular, often brings mild enough symptoms — headache, fever, rash — that most locals have not seen any need to see a doctor or get an official diagnosis. And an estimated 80 percent of Zika infections don’t cause any symptoms at all.That makes it all the harder for disease detectives to track the spread of Zika, predict its path, or monitor any related health problems. As a result, firm facts about the virus are sparse. LOS PATIOS, Colombia — A stroll down two blocks of Avenida 1e here shows just how hard it will be for the world to catch up to the Zika virus.Families keep open basins of water in their backyards for laundry. They stash water tanks on top of their homes. Both are perfect breeding sites for the mosquitoes that transmit the virus. Bits of trash on an empty lot also collect standing water — and mosquito eggs bloom in the soggy nooks.Nearly every resident up and down this stretch of rural road believes they have been infected with Zika or another mosquito-borne illness, such as dengue or chikungunya. Yet few have gone to a doctor to have the diagnosis confirmed.advertisement General Assignment Reporter Andrew covers a range of topics, from addiction to public health to genetics. Everything you need to know about Zika virus HealthCan we outrun Zika? Walk this street in Colombia and you’ll see how tough it is Francisco Gutierrez, 49, who works at a local tire repair shop, said he changes the water in a barrel inside his open-air workshop two or three times a week to kill the mosquito larvae and pupae that live in it.Francisco Gutierrez checks tires for holes with a tank of water in his shop on Avenida 1e. He frequently drizzles gasoline into the water to kill larvae. Dania Maxwell for STATOn a recent morning, tiny, dark larvae could be seen along the surface of the water. But it wasn’t clear if they were alive or dead, especially after Gutierrez grabbed a squeeze bottle and doused them with gasoline, the fuel glistening on the surface of the water and casting a shimmering reflection off the small shop’s corrugated metal roof.Outside the open-air workshop stood a tower of tires, which offer a shady cache for mosquitoes to breed. Gutierrez said he brought the tires inside when it rained, so as not to create more pools of standing water. “It’s the mosquitoes’ home,” he said.Sanchez, the grandmother, has her own methods of insect control. She heats eucalyptus in a pot and carries it through her home, washing the walls and doorways with smoke. (Unlike an insecticide, the smoke won’t kill the mosquitoes, but it might provide some repellent power, experts say.)Yet none of these methods seem to have halted the mosquitoes.Standing in her backyard, not far from a basin filled with a few inches of water, Sanchez started to describe the many mosquito-borne illnesses she and her family had contracted. She was interrupted by a mosquito landing on her left thigh.Smack.She slapped her leg, the squashed bloodsucker sticking to her hand as she pulled it away. “I killed it,” she said.Back to her story: She suspected that everyone in the household, except her husband, Ernesto Jaimes, has had cases of Zika. But it’s not like Jaimes had escaped unscathed.“He is the only one who has not had Zika,” Sanchez said, “but he’s had dengue and chikungunya.” What is Zika virus?Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2016/02/11/zika-puzzle-colombian-town/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0001:0801:08  Zika virus, which can be transmitted by mosquitoes, has exploded onto the world stage. Alex Hogan/STAT Related: ‘I can’t move’: In Colombia, families cope with creeping paralysis tied to Zika center_img Grecia Quintero stands inside a mosquito net in her home on Avenida 1e in Los Patios, Colombia. Quintero was diagnosed with Zika, but has since been cleared from its symptoms. Dania Maxwell for STAT These two blocks serve as a microcosm of the challenges that researchers and global health officials face in trying to arrest the spread of the Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that carries Zika and that thrives in just this type of environment. A day here on Avenida 1e sheds light on why Zika has been able to travel so quickly through most of Latin America and the Caribbean — and why the disease is so hard to track.As the morning heat on a recent day marched into the 90s, with humidity to match, windows and doors were flung wide open to catch any hint of a breeze. There were no screens to block the insects.advertisement @DrewQJoseph Related: Related: Tags infectious diseaseWHOZika Virus [email protected] About the Author Reprints Zika shadows a maternity ward in Colombia last_img read more

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North Korea Develops a Submarine Missile With Shooting Range 2,500km

first_img North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR [imText1]North Korea is developing a long distance submarine missile and is in the midst of stationing it reported the U.S. Congressional Research Service (CRS) on the 6th. According to the CRS, the long distance missile which can be launched from a submarine or vessel has a shooting range exceeding 2,500km and is currently being stationed in position. It seems that North Korea imported and made improvements on the Soviet Union’s R-27 missile (SS-N-6 named by NATO) which is known to be more accurate than the North’s scud missile of the ‘90s. In the report, the CRS analyzed that North Korea had enhanced the missile so it could be used on a submarine and suggested the possibility of Russian technicians assisting in the development. There is some persuasive reasoning behind the CRS report. In 1992, a time where the Soviet Union had collapsed and the nation was in turmoil, North Korean authorities secretly paid Russian technicians and brought them to North Korea. At the time, 20 experts from the Chelyabinsk Oblasts’ Makeyev Design Bureau were arrested at a Russian airport while on their way to North Korea. Additionally, a Russian media reported that another group of missile experts had successfully left for North Korea. Since September `93, the North Korean navy imported 12 Foxtrot and Golf-2 submarines as “scraps of metal” through the Japanese Jochongnyeon (General Association of North Korean Residents in Japan) and it seems that the appropriate parts were acquired from these submarines for the missile. [imText2]The CRS revealed that the materials and skills acquired enabled North Korea to develop a SS-N-6 missile with a capacity to fire more than 2,500km to be easily set up on the exterior of cargo vessels including the Romeo class submarine.Joseph Bermudez a military analyst and consultant for Jane’s Intelligence Review did reveal this kind of information before. He said that the North Korean SLBM had the capacity to threaten mainland of the U.S. and that 2 kinds of new missiles were being developed and stationed. Joseph Bermudez is an internationally recognized analyst, author and lecturer on North Korean defense and intelligence affairs. In 2003, North Korea developed a new mid-range missile with a shooting range 3,000~4,000km and in 2004 stationed the missile at an underground base in South Pyongan, Yangduk and Songnam, Hoechoen. Experts analyzed that the missile currently in possession has a firing range greater than the Rodong missile (shooting range 1,300km) and Taepodong 1 missile (1,500~2.500km). They contend the missile could reach either Guam or Macau and that the U.S. is in serious threat. South Korean intelligence agencies speculate that experts from the Soviet Union helped model the missile SS-N-6 and argue that the missile was stationed prior to a nuclear test. News SHARE News News News center_img By Daily NK – 2007.02.07 2:21pm There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea Develops a Submarine Missile With Shooting Range 2,500km Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak Facebook Twitter AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] last_img
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Death of an inmate from Pacific Institution 25 December

first_imgDeath of an inmate from Pacific Institution 25 December From: Correctional Service CanadaOn December 22, 2020, A.B.R, an inmate from Pacific Institution died while in our custody of apparent natural causes. The individual’s name has been anonymized to comply with a court-ordered publication ban to protect the identity of the victim.On December 22, 2020, A.B.R, an inmate from Pacific Institution died while in our custody of apparent natural causes. The individual’s name has been anonymized to comply with a court-ordered publication ban to protect the identity of the victim.At the time of his death, Mr. R. had been serving a sentence of 10 years for sexually related offences since August 23, 2019.The inmate’s next of kin have been notified of his death.As in all cases involving the death of an inmate, Correctional Service Canada (CSC) will review the circumstances. CSC policy requires that the police and the coroner be notified. /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. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:ban, Canada, custody, death, Government, identity, pacific, policelast_img read more

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Knight Campus innovator Ong elected to inventors group

first_imgKnight Campus innovator Ong elected to inventors group Keat Ghee Ong’s innovative spirit and collaborative drive has given rise to multiple companies spun out of his research exploring novel sensors and probes for medical and environmental applications.His innovation-producing technologies have landed him in the latest class of senior members in the National Academy of Inventors. He is among 63 inventors at 37 research universities, government agencies and nonprofit research institutes named by the academy.“I feel so fortunate to be recognized as a senior member of the organization,” said Ong, a professor in the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. “Being a part of a global network of highly talented innovators opens the door to new opportunities and helps me expand my research activities.”Ong came to the UO in 2019 by way of Michigan Technical University, where he served as a full professor and directed the Biotechnology Research Center and the Life Science and Technology Institute. The campus’ first faculty hire in the after Robert E. Guldberg, vice president and Robert and Leona DeArmond Executive Director of the Knight Campus, Ong quickly set to work collaborating with other UO faculty members in his research.“Ghee has made an immediate impact at the UO, setting the tone for later Knight Campus recruits by balancing academic and entrepreneurial efforts with a focus on creating a positive impact on patients and society,” said Jim Deane, associate director of UO’s Innovation Partnership Services. “He is connecting the Knight Campus with other UO research entities, including the Department of Chemistry and the Materials Science Institute, and has actively engaged with campus on commercialization efforts and initiatives.”Deane also pointed to Ong’s role as a serial entrepreneur who has founded multiple companies to pursue the commercialization of his and other technologies. Those companies include Penderia Technologies, which he founded in 2020 with Guldberg to further develop implantable orthopedic sensors.Using technology reminiscent of RFID chips used to track lost pets, the sensors are designed to be implanted in suture anchors, screws, or buttons used in surgical repairs to gather crucial information about how patients are healing. The devices could allow doctors or therapists to monitor an individual’s progress and chart a specific recovery exercise plan.The company is actively pursuing federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer program grants and private investors for the next stage of product development.Ong’s other entrepreneurial pursuits include the company Norinse Technologies LLC, which he founded in 2007 to implement battery-free wireless sensors to track tools and consumables during surgeries, and Insite Technologies LLC, which commercialized magnetic-based implantable devices based on Ong’s work at Michigan Tech.Ong received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and his doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky. He has co-authored more than 100 refereed journal articles and four book chapters and mentored five doctoral students and six master’s thesis students. He has secured more than $2.5 million in fundamental research funding and more than $1.5 million in translational and commercialization funding.Ong is the second faculty member from the Knight Campus to be recognized by the academy. He follows Guldberg, who was named a fellow of the academy, and chemistry professor Darren Johnson, who was also inducted as a senior member.Onge was nominated for membership in the National Academy of Inventors by the UO’s Innovation Partnership Services office, which works with UO innovators, the public and industry to accelerate the adoption of innovations derived from UO research and education.Other past UO senior members include biologist Shawn Lockery, chemist Michael Haley and emeritus chemistry professor Jim Remington. Becoming a senior member is a stepping stone to becoming a fellow in the academy. In addition to Guldberg, UO psychology professor Don Tucker and UO emeritus chemistry professor Bruce Branchaud are academy fellows. /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. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:biotechnology, Bruce, director, education, Engineering, Government, innovation, Kentucky, Michigan, President, Professor, psychology, Small Business, students, technology, university, University of Oregonlast_img read more

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Statement on President’s Calls with Senator Shelley Moore Capito and House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio

first_imgStatement on President’s Calls with Senator Shelley Moore Capito and House Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio The White HouseThe President spoke to Senator Shelley Moore Capito and Chairman Peter DeFazio today.Senator Capito conveyed to the President a new offer from her group which consisted of an about $50 billion increase in spending across a number of infrastructure programs. The President expressed his gratitude for her effort and goodwill, but also indicated that the current offer did not meet his objectives to grow the economy, tackle the climate crisis, and create new jobs. He indicated to Senator Capito that he would continue to engage a number of Senators in both parties in the hopes of achieving a more substantial package. They agreed to speak again on Monday.The President also spoke to Chairman DeFazio to thank him for all his hard work on key elements of the American Jobs Plan, and to offer his support for the Committee mark-up that Chairman DeFazio will begin on Wednesday. The President and Chairman DeFazio agreed on the benefits of continued engagement with Democratic and Republican Senators as the House work on infrastructure advances this coming week. /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. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:america, american, climate, climate crisis, crisis, Economy, Government, house, infrastructure, jobs, meet, Moore, President, press, Secretary, spending, United States, White Houselast_img read more

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Audi found to have falsified VINs to cheat emissions rules in South Korea

Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” RELATED TAGSAudiLuxuryLuxury CarsNews We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. advertisement Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2017 Audi S7 See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Three Audi employees are under investigation after information surfaced the company has been falsifying vehicle identification numbers (VINs) in order to work around government emissions regulations in southeast Asia.Audi admits vehicles sent to South Korea wore duplicate VINs, suggesting the automaker was attempted to cheat the emissions rules for importing cars into the country, reports German outlet Süddeutsche Zeitung.According to a report confiscated during a raid of Audi’s headquarters in July of 2016, Audi employees purposefully manipulated test data and faked VINs to make it impossible to confirm the correct information about emissions and chassis numbers. The internal investigations are not completed, so who knows what else they might find? Audi and VW are working hard to rebuild their public image, but this latest scandal shows things aren’t looking so good on that front. Eighteen vehicle chassis numbers were wrongly entered during the test report, which was then sent along to the local authorities in South Korea to check over before putting the vehicles on sale. Audi says the three employees under investigation are not board members.Audi and Volkswagen group have been in trouble since the 2013 diesel emissions scandal that saw Audi CEO Rupert Stadler arrested. The prosecutor for the original “Dieselgate” investigations had no idea of the VIN falsification, implying Audi officials may have thought they would get away with it.When German newspaper Handelsblatt asked about the strange chassis numbers, Audi replied a “Chinese gang” wanted them to cheat on emissions, though this has not been confirmed. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending in Canada PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next › read more

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Novel Laboratory Technique Identifies High Levels Of Pathogens In Therapy Pool

first_img Published: March 13, 2005 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Note to Editors: Contents embargoed until 5 p.m. EST on Monday, March 14. A research team using a novel genetic cloning and sequencing technique has identified a surprisingly high number of airborne pathogens in a Midwest therapy pool, pointing to the need for closer scrutiny of public hot pools, says a new study. Led by Washington University in St. Louis and involving the University of Colorado at Boulder and San Diego State University, the new study assessed the microbe population in a warm hospital therapy pool through a ribosomal RNA analysis that involved cloning and sequencing genes. The team concluded that the microbes, many of them pathogenic, were enriched just inches above the pool’s surface by as much as 60 percent. The microbes included “Mycobacterium avium,” which can cause “lifeguard lung” and which was present in nine ill lifeguards who worked at the facility. The technique used in the study is 1,000 times more sensitive than standard microbe-culturing techniques used at most indoor pool facilities today, the researchers said. The two-year study involved a molecular survey of a common RNA gene found in all life forms, eventually matching some cloned and sequenced bacteria to the “Mycobacterium avium” bacterium present in pool attendants ill with hypersensitivity pneumonitis, a lung condition that mimics pneumonia symptoms. The study was published in the March 14 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The paper was authored by Lars Angenent of Washington University; Norman Pace, Mark Hernandez and Allison Amand of CU-Boulder; and Scott Kelley of San Diego State University. The findings were somewhat surprising,” said Pace, a professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology at CU-Boulder. “People should be very aware of the risks in using indoor pools or hot tubs.” Washington University’s Angenent, a former postdoctoral researcher at CU-Boulder, said the high presence of aerosol pathogens poses the greatest concern for very young children, the elderly and people whose immune systems are compromised. The pool attendants probably became ill because they were exposed to high levels of the pathogens by working consecutive, full days in the indoor pool environment. No patients became ill at the facility. The indoor pool water was kept at temperatures of 92 degrees to 94 degrees F and was treated with hydrogen peroxide rather than chlorine. The team found that pathogens thrived inside hydrogen peroxide bubbles produced at the pool surface and were dispersed as the bubbles became airborne and burst. The hydrogen peroxide also eliminated microbes competing with “Mycobacterium avium,” they reported. Health inspectors typically capture and culture microorganisms found in such environments to assess the number of pathogen species, an approach that misses many airborne bacteria that are difficult to grow in a lab environment. The new approach allowed researchers to survey more than 1,300 ribosomal RNA genes from different bacteria and fungi in the pool air and water and identify more than 600 unique sequences, including “Mycobacterium avium.” Hernandez led the sampling, and microbial analysis was done at CU-Boulder. “This highlights the need to modernize public health methodology,” said Pace, recipient of a $500,000 MacArthur “genius grant” in 2001 for his studies on the range and diversity of microbial life. “Public health progress has fallen in recent years, in part because of a shift in the nation’s priorities toward bio-weapons research that diverts valuable money and resources away from very basic and important issues.” Higher winter levels of airborne pathogens in such enclosed pool areas are likely due to seasonal ventilation practices, including closed doors and windows during cold periods, said Pace. Since the study, the rate of air exchange in the pool area has been increased and additional air filters have been installed that have been shown to capture and remove up to 95 percent of “Mycobacterium avium” aerosols. A 2004 study by Pace and his colleagues using the same molecular technique found that billions of microbes, in the form of “soap scum,” can be found in a one-inch-square section of a normal home shower curtain.last_img read more

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BevMo! Names Matthew Champion Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

first_imgLinkedin TAGSBevMo!Matthew Championpeople ReddIt Previous articleIntersection of Key Findings from Two Major DTC ReportsNext articleAfternoon Brief, August 20 Press Release Facebook Pinterest Email Twitter Share Home Industry News Releases Beer Business BevMo! Names Matthew Champion Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing OfficerIndustry News ReleasesBeer BusinessSpirits BusinessWine BusinessBevMo! Names Matthew Champion Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing OfficerBy Press Release – August 20, 2019 637 0 AdvertisementFormer Marketing Executive at Amazon Canada Joins West Coast Beverage RetailerCONCORD, Calif. (August 20, 2019) – BevMo!, the leading West Coast beverage retailer, announced today it has named Matthew Champion SVP and chief marketing officer. Champion, a veteran of the consumer products goods and online retail industries, was most recently head of marketing at Amazon Canada. While at Amazon, he led strategy, planning and onsite execution for Canada’s largest online retailer.In his new role at BevMo!, Mr. Champion will be responsible for all aspects of marketing including traditional and digital marketing, in-store activation and e-commerce.“Matt is a talented leader and strong marketer with a track record of success across many industries. His consumer-focused growth mindset and expertise in leading cross-functional teams to deliver profitable growth is what makes him the right leader to continue our digital transformation,” said Dimitri Haloulos, CEO of BevMo!  Mr. Champion began his professional career at Procter & Gamble in 2005 and has extensive experience with all facets of the retail industry.About BevMo!BevMo! is the leading alcoholic beverage specialty retailer in the western United States, with nearly 170 stores located throughout California, Arizona and Washington. BevMo! provides a uniquely friendly and welcoming environment for competitively priced alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The retailer also has a wide assortment of complementary products such as specialty foods and snacks, cigars, glassware and related bar and wine accessories. Its friendly and product-knowledgeable team members assist both enthusiasts and first-time buyers of wine, spirits and beer. BevMo!’s philosophy is simple: we help find the “perfect drink for every glass.” For more information, visit www.bevmo.com.Advertisement last_img read more

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