Bank of Kigali(BK) (BOK.rw) Q32013 Interim Report

first_imgBK Group Plc (BOK.rw) listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about BK Group Plc (BOK.rw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the BK Group Plc (BOK.rw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: BK Group Plc (BOK.rw)  2013 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileBK Group Plc formerly (Bank of Kigali Limited) is Rwanda’s largest commercial bank by assets and licensed by the country’s banking regulator, National Bank of Rwanda. It offers a full spectrum of products and services for retail banking, corporate banking and central treasury. Bank of Kigali SA commenced operations in 1967; initially as a joint venture between the government of Rwanda and Belgolaise, with each owning 50% of the ordinary share capital. In 2007, the government of Rwanda acquired the Belgolaise shareholding which increased its direct and indirect shareholding in the Bank of Kigali to 100% of the entire Issued Shares. The Bank changed its name to Bank of Kigali Limited in 2011 under a new law relating to companies. Bank of Kigali Limited now has 79 branches located in the main towns and cities of Rwanda with its head office in the capital city, Kigali. BK Group Plc has a primary listing on the Rwanda Stock Exchange and a secondary listing on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Small-caps predicted to soar in 2021! 2 cheap UK shares I’d buy for the new bull market

first_img See all posts by Royston Wild Royston Wild | Friday, 11th December, 2020 I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Small-caps predicted to soar in 2021! 2 cheap UK shares I’d buy for the new bull market UK share prices have rallied since early November there are still plenty of top stocks trading too cheaply today, I feel. It’s a drum we beat regularly here at The Motley Fool. And it’s a theory that many City brokers are expressing as we move into 2021 too.The outlook for the UK economy might be grim due to a mix of a long Covid-19 hangover and an uncertain Brexit solution. But the prospect of a global economic rebound following solid coronavirus vaccine news is compelling for UK share investors. We could be at the start of a new bull market. And I’m still buying for my Stocks and Shares ISA to capitalise on any stock market rebound.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Small-caps tipped to continue outperformingA recent survey from MBH Corporation suggests that small-cap UK shares, as well as US and German small-caps, are particularly good investments right now.The investment specialists say that 80% of professional investors “think small and micro-caps are a good investment opportunity in the current market”. And of the 117 investors it surveyed, a whopping 76% reckon that investors in UK shares should increase their exposure to smaller-cap stocks during the next six to 12 months.MBH Corporation says that small and micro-cap share indices have been outperforming mid and large cap indices in 2020. Some 71% of those who were surveyed reckon they will continue to perform better than bigger UK shares during the next six months as well.2 cheap UK shares on my ISA shopping listThere are many small-cap stocks on my own Stocks and Shares ISA watchlist today. A large number of these in fact look too cheap to miss at current prices, I think. Let me talk you through two of these cheap UK shares that I’m thinking of buying.#1: DevroI’d happily invest in sausage casings maker Devro for 2021 and hold it for years to come. Demand for its sausage casings continues to grow and margins keep on rising too. I reckon this particular UK share could experience rocketing earnings growth this decade as sales to emerging markets take off. Devro’s price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 9 times for next year provides exceptional value for stock pickers like me. And it carries a mighty 6% dividend yield as well.#2: ForterraBrickmaker Forterra is another cut-price corker on my ISA watchlist. Housebuilding in the UK took a whack in 2020 as Covid-19 lockdowns caused workers to down tools. However, construction rates will improve sharply from next year, supercharging demand for Forterra’s products. And building levels will remain strong throughout this new decade as new homes demand rockets (the UK government plans to create 300,000 new homes each year). This particular share trades on a price-to-earnings growth (PEG) rating of 0.1 for 2021. It boasts a handy 2.5% dividend yield as well. As a result, I think it’s worthy of serious attention at current prices. 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The Motley Fool UK has recommended Devro. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Image source: Getty Images last_img read more

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5 Ways to Sneak in a Workout During the Holidays

first_img1. Help with the HouseworkOffering to help clean up, rake the leaves, etc.. is a good way to fit in some extra activity in your day. You could even offer to walk the dog or play a game with the kids. You will most likely already have cleaning up on your schedule, so you can kill two birds with one stone while also helping out your loved ones.2. Floor ExercisesIf everyone is sitting on the couch watching a movie, you can take that opportunity to get some exercise in. Doing floor exercises like sit-ups, push-ups, and leg lifts are a great way to get your body moving. These exercises are also very quiet, so you will not have to worry about disturbing anyone else.3.Park Far AwayIf holiday shopping is on the itinerary, you have a great chance to sneak in a little bit of physical activity. Try parking far away from the mall and other stores so you have to walk a little farther. You could even do extra laps around the mall while you wait for everyone to finish their shopping.4.Seasonal ActivitiesGoing outside and jumping in the leaves or simply running around isn’t just for the kids! Get outside yourself and join in on the games and activities. You could also take a trip to go ice skating, that way you are incorporating fun family time in with physical activity.5.Short WorkoutsIf you are pressed for time, you can always try to get in short, yet effective workouts. Even 15 minutes of activity is better than sitting all day. If there is any free time before dinner or when everyone else is occupied, try to get your workouts in during those times. You could do a short circuit of jumping jacks, push-ups, and running in place to get the most out of the short time you have. Creative ideas to stay active this ChristmasIf you are staying with family during the holidays, or if you are hosting the celebration yourself, you may find that there is not enough time in the day to get everything done. Fitness routines are often cut out of many people’s schedules over the holidays so that they can make time for friends and family. However, the stress of the holidays calls for you to stay active and energetic ( find more on this website ). Here are 5 ways that you can sneak in a workout during your hectic holiday schedule: You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSholidaysworkouts Previous articleHow much should you spend on Christmas gifts?Next articleCyber Monday gives a big boost to mobile commerce Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.center_img Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

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All Black tries vs Italy

first_imgWednesday Sep 12, 2007 All Black tries vs Italy The All Blacks were in commanding form against the Italians in both teams’ opening game of the tournament last saturday. As good as the All Blacks are known to be, I don’t think anyone expected such an impressive display against a side that can be competitive in the Six Nations.One of the possible reasons for the 76 – 14 massacre was that when it came time for the traditional Haka, the Italians snubbed the New Zealanders by huddling instead of facing it and showing respect. This fired up the All Blacks even more.Luke McAllister and Chris Jack have both said that they felt that it was disrespectful to not face it, although every team has their own way of doing things. Jack said they do it more for themselves then the opposition, but felt the traditional Maoris wouldn’t have liked the way it was treated.The ex-pat New Zealanders in the Italian side, Kaine Robertson and Paul Griffen, both admitted it was a mistake to not show respect the Haka .Although Italian captain Marco Bortolami was not so sure.“I think we showed the All Blacks too much respect,” he said. Below is a compilation of tries from that game. Music is Yngiwe Malmsteen’s ‘I Am a Viking’. ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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Watch: Reforging the Steelers | Episode 2 | RugbyPass Original Documentary In Episode 2 of Reforging the Steelers, we follow the team through rounds two to four as they try to get their season on track after an opening loss to competition powerhouses Tasman. ‘I’d pent-up frustration, a lot I probably didn’t realise’: Marcus Watson’s emotional Wasps return Set to turn 30 later this month, Marcus Watson had an early birthday present last weekend when he finally made it back into the Wasps XV. Gavin Coombes grabs four tries as Munster easy to victory over Zebre Gavin Coombes scored four tries at Zebre as Munster secured second place in the northern section of the Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup. Leinster finish with Rainbow flourish as fans attend RDS for first time in 16 months Retiring duo Scott Fardy and Michael Bent bowed out on a winning note as Leinster finished the Rainbow Cup with a victory over Dragons. Final round of the Gallagher Premiership hit by a second match cancellation The final round of the Premiership lost the Worcester-Gloucester match on Tuesday and now Bristol versus London Irish is off. All Black tries vs Italy | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. 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Sergei Duvanov sentenced, on appeal, to three and a half years in prison – Reporters without Borders denounces what it considers a parody of justice

first_imgNews Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her March 11, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sergei Duvanov sentenced, on appeal, to three and a half years in prison – Reporters without Borders denounces what it considers a parody of justice Follow the news on Kazakhstan KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia News February 5, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia RSF_en to go further October 30, 2020 Find out more Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal News On 11 March, the regional court of Taldy-Korgan (350 km from Almaty) confirmed that Sergey Duvanov, chief editor of Bulletin-a magazine published by the Kazakhstan International Bureau of Human Rights-has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for the alleged rape of a minor.According to our information, international observers who had asked permission to attend the hearing were denied admittance at the time that the verdict was rendered. Evgeni Zhovtis, one of the journalist’s lawyers, stated that the case file had never actually been re-examined. Reporters without Borders strongly objects to the Kazakh judicial authorities’ refusal to allow international experts to attend the trial and to the unsubstantiated way in which the sentence was upheld, despite the many irregularities that had been observed throughout the inquiry and the constant violation of defence rights during the trial.”By denying the international observers access to Sergey Duvanov’s trial, Kazakh authorities have publicly demonstrated their contempt for judicial openness and equity. If the repression which Sergey Duvanov, as well as all members of the independent and opposition press, have had to endure in Kazakhstan has already led many to conclude that this sentence was politically motivated, such lack of transparency can only strengthen the suspicion that the charges were unfounded,” stated Robert Ménard, Reporters without Borders’ General Secretary.The European Parliament passed a resolution on 13 February demanding Duvanov’s immediate release and voicing deep concern about the investigation, prosecution and sentence. On 30 January, the US government also expressed its disquiet about the sentence. The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on 28 January criticised the legal irregularities and lack of evidence supporting the charges and urged the appeal court to take account of these shortcomings when it considered the case.The editor of Bulletin, an opposition magazine published by the International Bureau for Human Rights, Duvanov was arrested on 28 October last year and accused of raping a 14-year-old girl. He had been due to fly the next day to the United States to present a report on democracy and human rights in Kazakhstan. He went on hunger strike for 10 days to protest his innocence. At a press conference at the European Commission in Brussels on 29 November, President Nursultan Nazarbayev said Duvanov’s guilt had been proved. When Duvanov’s trial opened on 24 December, his lawyers were not allowed to examine the entire case file. Viewing the proceedings as a farce, Duvanov dismissed his lawyers on 23 January, the day after the court rejected their motion for the charges to be dropped for lack of evidence and because of the many legal irregularities.Duvanov is one of the government’s most outspoken critics and regularly denounces the harassment of the independent media and opposition. He is also being prosecuted for “affront to the honour and dignity” of President Nazarbayev. On 28 August last year, he was beaten up by thugs and badly injured.During a fact-finding mission to Almaty in July last year, a Reporters Without Borders representative met several times with Duvanov. He spoke of the intimidation and harassment to which he had been subjected by the authorities and predicted that they would probably accuse him in a sex or drugs scandal. “I’m still free and in good health,” he said, “but this cannot last.”Kazakh human rights groups and opposition journalists say the security services often try to implicate the government’s opponents in scandals in order. News A regional court confirmed that Sergey Duvanov has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for the alleged rape of a minor after an investigation and trial marred by many irregularities and violations of his rights as a defendant. International observers who had asked permission to attend the hearing were denied admittance. Help by sharing this information January 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Top 10 treated to celebratory breakfast

first_img Top 10 treated to celebratory breakfast Local News WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Brianna Dunston talks to her mother Barbie Dunston during the Permian High School Top 10 breakfast Wednesday morning. Brianna was ranked third in her class. Recognized for their achievements by the Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees, Permian High School’s top 10 students were lauded by their campus Wednesday with a celebratory breakfast in the library of the school. The annual event draws in parents, extended family and faculty. Senior Criselle Velasco is No. 7 in her class. She plans to attend the University of North Texas in the fall to study biology. Ultimately, she plans to become a physician assistant. “I think it’s a great honor to be here and it feels nice to have all our hard work recognized,” Velasco said. Her advice to younger students is to do their work. Sydnie Stewart, who is No. 4 in the senior class, said she has always worked hard. She plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and study computer engineering with the aim of designing software for Apple or Dell. Her advice to younger students who want to make the top 10 is pay attention and know what their goals are. Adela Vasquez, a student assistant services counselor at Permian, was on hand to honor her grandson, Christian Tschauner, who is No. 6 in the class. “They all worked very, very hard to get where they’re at,” Vasquez said. She added that they have some anxiety in getting to the top 10, but all of them were steadfast. “They all have that true grit to stay out there all these years. I’m very proud of them,” Vasquez said. Permian Principal Danny Gex lauded the students but also recognized the parents for their hard work and sacrifice. “Like any top 10, they’re great kids. It’s fun to watch them. We’ve got a couple Longhorns; a couple Aggies; a Baylor Bear … I think the thing that was impressive was I think there were four or five studying medicine, which is really kind of cool,” Gex said. He added that there were a couple of future engineers in the class, along with other professions. “It’s fun just to see them as kids going into the adult life. That transition is huge, and of course your top 10, they do it so well … It’s a great time in their life to be able to celebrate it. You just want to wish them the best,” Gex said. TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 center_img Previous articleOUR VIEW: Monica’s Law is good thing for TexasTHE POINT: Protecting victims of domestic violence is something that should be important to all of us.Next articleWhat’s Going On May 3 Digital AIM Web Support Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Twitterlast_img read more

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Delhi HC Directs Delhi Govt To Expeditiously Process Application Seeking Compensation For Injury Sustained During Delhi Riots [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC Directs Delhi Govt To Expeditiously Process Application Seeking Compensation For Injury Sustained During Delhi Riots [Read Order] Karan Tripathi9 July 2020 6:49 AMShare This – xDelhi High Court has directed the Delhi Government to expeditiously process an application moved for seeking compensation for sustaining serious injury during the Delhi riots. The Single Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh has further directed the Delhi Government to ensure as to whether the office of the Sub Divisional Magistrate is open and the same is entertaining…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginDelhi High Court has directed the Delhi Government to expeditiously process an application moved for seeking compensation for sustaining serious injury during the Delhi riots. The Single Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh has further directed the Delhi Government to ensure as to whether the office of the Sub Divisional Magistrate is open and the same is entertaining applications for compensation. The order has come in a plea moved by Shaan Mohd, who sustained a gun-shot injury on his leg during the aforesaid riots and was quickly taken to the hospital. The Petitioner contended that despite the MLC being submitted on three occasions, the application for compensation to be awarded to him has not been entertained. The court perused the Delhi Government’s Assistance Scheme for riot victims which shows that for riots victims having serious injury, the compensation awarded is Rs.2 lakhs, with an immediate relief of Rs.25,000/- to be released per-household in case of substantial or total damage caused to the household. In light of these facts, the court noted that there is no doubt that the Petitioner has suffered a serious injury, therefore, there should not be any delay in releasing the compensation. Therefore, the court held: ‘the Petitioner’s application may be processed in accordance with the requisite procedure and upon satisfaction, compensation in terms of the Scheme shall be released to the Petitioner within a period of ten days from today. If the SDM office finds any deficiency in the Petitioner’s application, the same shall be communicated to the Petitioner by 10th July, 2020.’ The Petitioner was represented by Mr Raj Shekhar Rao, Ms. Aanchal Tikmani, Ms. Mishika Singh, Mr. Raghav Kacher, Ms. Sonal Sarda and Mr. Areeb Amanullah.Case Title: Shaan Mohd v. GNCTDClick Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more

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Coronavirus updates: ‘We are headed in a terrible direction’ says Nashville mayor as city breaks case record

first_imgMyriam Borzee/iStockBy JON HAWORTH and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 578,000 people worldwide.Over 13.3 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 3.4 million diagnosed cases and at least 136,466 deaths. Here is how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Check back for updates.8 a.m.: Disneyland Paris reopensDisneyland Paris reopened on Wednesday after closing in March due to the pandemic.Advance booking was required. To promote social distancing, entry was limited.France has over 200,000 coronavirus cases and more than 30,000 deaths.The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of ABC News.5:59 a.m.: San Antonio hospitals have started using refrigerated trucks for bodies, officials saySan Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff updated the community about the local response to COVID-19 in their daily briefing on Tuesday night and reported that there have been 21,067 total COVID-19 cases and 201 total deaths in Bexar County as of Tuesday, an increase of 854 new cases.City officials also reported that 1,237 patients are currently hospitalized and that 417 are in the intensive care unit with a total of 260 on ventilators.There are 11% of staffed beds available and 44% of ventilators available and Nirenberg said nearly 30% of those hospitalized with COVID-19 in the area had no underlying conditions.Dr. Colleen Bridger, interim director of the Metropolitan Health District and assistant city manager, said there is a plan in place for when hospitals can ask for refrigerated trucks to hold bodies that can no longer fit in their morgues. She said the trucks are already in use in the area by facilities, but she did not specify how many or where they were being used.Dr. Bryan Alsip, with University Health System, said most hospitals don’t have large morgues, so the refrigerated trucks are needed to handle any overflow of bodies. He said University Hospital may need the trucks.Judge Wolff also took a moment to discuss the number of violations within Bexar County.Wolff said there have been almost 130 violations of the local orders and that 62 of those violations were related to businesses not following the orders, with 67 of them related to gatherings. Only nine businesses have received written citations.“We’ll be citing a lot more, I’m sure,” he said. Nirenberg said the city and county are doing proactive inspections to look for possible violations and are investigating calls from tipsters. 3:24 a.m.: Nashville Mayor: ‘We are headed in a terrible direction’After the city of Nashville, Tennessee, hit a new record of 771 COVID-19 cases in a 24 hour period, the mayor of Nashville, John Cooper, was in no mood to mince his words.“We are headed in a terrible direction and we’ve got to reverse that direction right now,” Nashville Mayor John Cooper said. “We’re not targeting people, but if people are persistently non-compliant after they have been asked to keep each other safe they will get a ticket,” Mayor Cooper said. “And we have to do that because we’re at 771 cases.”Cooper also formally announced that anybody found to not wear a face mask in public would be ticketed and that a full-scale lockdown is not off the table.“We’re at the point in the disease that unless we take this very seriously, we will have to have lockdowns that really seem intolerable, but needed to keep our hospitals functioning,” said Cooper.Nashville will remain in it’s modified Phase 2 and bars will remain closed until at least August 1.Said Cooper: “None of us would have believed we would have wandered into a bad science fiction movie, but we have. Frankly, I’m here today to tell you Nashville is back into another tornado situation where everybody has to have each other’s back and work together to work through this crisis.”1:34 a.m.: Philadelphia Eagles fans won’t be allowed to attend home games this season, per city officialsThe Philadelphia Eagles will be playing their home games without a home crowd this season, according to a Philadelphia city official.“I do think that games can be played with the kind of safety precautions that they’re proposing. I do not think that they can have spectators at those games. There’s no way for them to be safe having a crowd there,” said Health Commissioner Thomas Farley on Tuesday. “I can’t say what the plans are for the league, but from a safety perspective, they can play games but not [have] crowds.”According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the city government has been in communication with the Eagles, said Managing Director Brian Abernathy, and has “told them our expectations are that they don’t have fans.”The Philadelphia Phillies had already announced earlier this week that they would not be playing in front of a home crowd either and would pipe in fake crowd noise, use cardboard cutouts of fans and that the team’s mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, would practice social distancing while roaming the ballpark.“Although we won’t be together physically, we look forward to uniting our community virtually with the goal of taking action for autism,” the Philadelphia Eagles said in a statement. “Please be assured that while the event will be virtual, we are working diligently to create an incredible experience for participants.”1:02 a.m.: 36 high school students test positive for COVID-19 at sports camps in IllinoisIn the past week, 36 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in a group of Lake Zurich High School students in Illinois who were part of athletic camps.The cases have been tied to social events before the camps even started, and the positive test results among young people are part of an overall trend Lake County, Illinois, health officials have seen in the last month.“We are grateful to the leadership of Lake Zurich District 95 for assuring proper health screenings were done at their athletic camps last week, because those measures helped identify this cluster of COVID-19 cases,” said Dr. Sana Ahmed, Medical Epidemiologist at the Lake County Health Department. “We continue to urge anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms or who may have had direct contact with a confirmed case to get a viral COVID-19 test (also known as a polymerase chain reaction or PCR test) and self-quarantine for 14 days from their last potential date of exposure. We need your help to help prevent further spread of this virus.”The students are now in self-quarantine and health officials said positive cases among residents under the age of 30 are now higher than the general population.“Our message to young people is that while you might not be at high risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19, you’re not immune,” said Hanna Goering, communications manager for the Lake County Health Department.According to the Lake County Health Department, COVID-19 cases and deaths in Lake County had previously slowed in recent weeks, a trend that public health officials attribute to residents following social distancing and masking guidelines, paired with widespread availability of testing and thorough contact tracing. However, new cases continue to be identified in communities across the county, and an increase in social gatherings could result in cases climbing again.“Our lives are very interconnected and this virus spreads very easily from person to person,” said Dr. Ahmed. “Even if you personally aren’t at a high risk of severe illness, you need to consider that every person you interact with may have someone close to them who is vulnerable. Please, do your part to protect your health and also look out for others. Take the risks seriously so your actions don’t result in someone else’s hospitalization or death.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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ARENA launches Industry-led initiative to develop a pathway to reduce emissions

first_img ARENA launches new initiative to reduce carbon emissions. (Credit: Pixabay/JuergenPM.) Technology will be a key focus of a new initiative that brings together a number of major Australian businesses and industry stakeholders to explore pathways to reducing emissions.On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) provided $300,000 to ClimateWorks Australia to assist in the establishment of the Australian Industry Energy Transitions Initiative (ETI).The Australian Industry ETI brings together key industry stakeholders from hard-to-abate sectors to explore solutions that can help them reduce their emissions across their supply chains, and increase long term competitiveness through transitioning to clean energy solutions.Independent not-for-profit ClimateWorks, along with co-convenors Climate-KIC and research partners CSIRO and the Rocky Mountain Institute have undertaken preliminary research and will work with industry participants to develop a practical program to fill research gaps, identify challenges and develop projects for implementation.The initiative will focus on five supply chains which include iron and steel, aluminium and bauxite, liquefied natural gas, other metals (such as lithium, copper and nickel) and chemicals including plastics, fertilisers and explosives. These sectors together represent more than a quarter of Australia’s annual greenhouse gas emissions and approximately $160 billion in exports annually.Participating industrial companies in the two year initiative include BHP, Woodside, BlueScope Steel, BP Australia, Orica, APA Group, and Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG). Together, these participants account for 13.6 per cent of Australian industrial emissions. They are joined by National Australia Bank, Schneider Electric, Australian Super and Wesfarmers Chemical, Energy & Fertilisers, with more expected to join in the coming months.Alongside ARENA’s funding, the initiative is supported by philanthropic donations and company contributions. It is also supported by the Australian Industry Group and the Australian Industry Greenhouse Network.The initiative aims to set Australian industry up for a successful transition to a decarbonised global economy, by harnessing industry knowledge to accelerate emissions reductions across whole supply chains – in sectors where abatement has traditionally faced structural challenges.ARENA CEO Darren Miller welcomed the initiative’s role in uniting some of Australia’s big players in industry as they seek to work towards a common goal to reduce emissions.“Accelerating the uptake of renewable energy in the industrial sector is a critical part of helping Australia reduce our emissions. Providing industry with information and insights on energy options such as renewables and alternative fuels will also help industry meet their market needs as global demand for low carbon products grows.”“This initiative has some ‘heavy hitters’ at the table and we’re expecting the collaboration will allow for the exchange of ideas and knowledge that will benefit across sectors and supply chains,” he said.“Importantly, we also believe the ETI fits well with the goals of the Australian Government’s Technology Investment Roadmap which will provide a strategic approach to future investments in low emissions technologies,” Mr Miller said.Australian Industry ETI Chair Simon McKeon AO said collaboration, experimentation and shared knowledge would all sit at the heart of the initiative’s work.“We know that we can find solutions more quickly, and start implementing them, if we’re encouraging collaborative learning and knowledge sharing, especially when it comes to new technology,” Mr McKeon said.“This initiative provides a platform to generate knowledge and test action through on-the-ground projects that support industry to realise the opportunities of a decarbonising global economy.” Source: Company Press Release The initiative will focus on five supply chains which include iron and steel, aluminium and bauxite, liquefied natural gas, other metals (such as lithium, copper and nickel) and chemicals including plastics, fertilisers and explosiveslast_img read more

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Associate Professor

first_imgSummaryLocation: TCH Pavilion for Women – MFM DivisionThe Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology is seeking aqualified candidate for a full-time Associate Professor position inMaternal-Fetal Medicine.Job Responsibilities:Clinical responsibilities will be assigned by your Chair andDivision Director, and may be altered in response to changingDepartmental and Division needs. Specific responsibilities arenegotiable and dependent upon Candidate interest andexpertise.Candidate will be expected to work primarily at the Pavilion forWomen at Texas Children’s Hospital. There will also be anexpectation to participate in research and educational activitiesin the department. All faculty are expected to participate in theeducation mission of the College.Candidate must agree to discharge their duties and responsibilitiesfaithfully, to abide by all rules, regulations, and policies and todevote to the performance of your duties and responsibilities theamount of time and effort for which you are employed by theCollege. Candidate will be allowed to spend up to one-fifth of youreffort on activities outside BCM (consulting, scientific boardservice, etc.), but outside time commitments beyond this requireprior approval of the Chair and Division Director.Job Qualifications:Must have an M.D. Degree and be board certified or eligible inMaternal-Fetal Medicine.Candidate must have, or be eligible for a valid Texas Medical BoardLicense.Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Equal Access Employer.1557CHlast_img read more

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