Vodafone’s Bond to take over as Xstrata chairman

first_img whatsapp Vodafone’s Bond to take over as Xstrata chairman Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe Wrap whatsapp Vodafone’s Bond to take over as Xstrata chairman Monday 7 March 2011 3:08 am Show Comments ▼ John Dunne whatsapp Tags: NULL,Monday 7 March 2011 3:08 am Mining giant Xstrata said Willy Strothotte will retire as chairman at the miner’s annual general meeting on 4 May to be replaced by Vodafone chairman Sir John Bond.Strothotte is also chairman of Glencore. The world’s largest commodity trader is considering a possible stock market listing this year that could value it at about $60bn.Bond will join the board of Xstrata as a consultant with immediate effect. Share Mining giant Xstrata said Willy Strothotte will retire as chairman at the miner’s annual general meeting on 4 May to be replaced by Vodafone chairman Sir John Bond.Strothotte is also chairman of Glencore. The world’s largest commodity trader is considering a possible stock market listing this year that could value it at about $60bn.Bond will join the board of Xstrata as a consultant with immediate effect. John Dunne whatsapp Share Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Bindura Nickel Corporation Limited 2005 Annual Report

first_imgBindura Nickel Corporation Limited (BIND.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2005 annual report.For more information about Bindura Nickel Corporation Limited (BIND.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Bindura Nickel Corporation Limited (BIND.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Bindura Nickel Corporation Limited (BIND.zw)  2005 annual report.Company ProfileBindura Nickel Corporation is a mining company operating mines and a smelter complex in Bindura, Zimbabwe; engaged in the mining and extraction of nickel, and production of nickel by-products (copper and cobalt). The company’s current projects include a shaft re-deepening project, sub-vertical service winder and main rock winder drives upgrade project, concentrator plant and sub-vertical medium voltage switch room equipment replacement project, and a smelter restart project. Founded in 1966, BNC is a subsidiary of Zimnick Limited and operated and majority-owned by Mwana Africa plc, an African multi-national mining company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The operating subsidiary of BNC is Trojan Nickel Mine Limited. Bindura Nickel Corporation is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Union Bank of Nigeria Plc (UBN.ng) 2017 Abridged Report

first_imgUnion Bank of Nigeria Plc (UBN.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2017 abridged results.For more information about Union Bank of Nigeria Plc (UBN.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Union Bank of Nigeria Plc (UBN.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Union Bank of Nigeria Plc (UBN.ng)  2017 abridged results.Company ProfileUnion Bank of Nigeria Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria providing banking products and services for individuals, small and medium-sized enterprises and corporations. The company also has business interests in the United Kingdom. The company provides a full-service offering ranging from transactional accounts, savings accounts and fixed deposits to personal and corporate loans, overdrafts and online and mobile banking services. Union Bank of Nigeria Plc also offers credit solutions which includes asset finance, corporate lending, debit capital finance, supplier finance, working capital finance and project finance as well as investment management services and trade finance solutions. The latter includes import and export letters of credit, bonds and guarantees and import and export bills of collection. Union Bank of Nigeria Plc offers treasury solutions, money market instruments, debt market services, cash management services and fixed term deposits. Founded in 2017, the company is a subsidiary of Union Global Partners Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Union Bank of Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Diocese of San Diego enlisted to plan pastoral care for…

first_img Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Immigration Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Diocese of San Diego enlisted to plan pastoral care for hundreds of unaccompanied teen migrants Rector Tampa, FL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Hopkinsville, KY TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Albany, NY Featured Events Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing By David PaulsenPosted Mar 26, 2021 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Featured Jobs & Calls Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Belleville, IL Asylum-seeking unaccompanied minors from Central America take refuge March 19 near a baseball field after crossing the Rio Grande into the United States from Mexico on rafts, in La Joya, Texas. Photo: Reuters[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego is developing a plan with ecumenical partners in Southern California to provide spiritual support for hundreds of unaccompanied teenage migrants whom the federal government will begin housing starting this weekend at the San Diego Convention Center.About 500 girls ages 13 to 17 are expected to arrive March 27, followed by another 500 or so on March 29, according to San Diego Bishop Susan Brown Snook. Her diocese was contacted this week by a federal contractor to help coordinate worship and chaplaincy services for the unaccompanied minors. Those plans are still taking shape.“Really, we’re in the stage of figuring out what this might look like,” Snook said in a phone interview with ENS on March 26. “We’re basically building the plane while we’re flying it.”Up to 1,400 unaccompanied minors eventually could be held at the convention center, she said, part of a wave of migrants that have crossed the U.S. border in the past two months as the Biden administration has sought to revise and, in some cases, reverse the Trump administration’s immigration policies.The U.S. Border Patrol detained more than 11,000 unaccompanied minors in the first three weeks of March, after more than 9,000 such detentions the previous month, according to CNN. Individual children are only a fraction of the migrants apprehended crossing the border, many of them seeking asylum.Local officials announced early this week that the San Diego Convention Center was one of the sites along the border where those children will be held while the federal government makes arrangements for them to stay with relatives in the United States or with foster families. Another large boarding facility already has opened at a convention center in Dallas, Texas.The federal contractor overseeing social services for the unaccompanied minors in San Diego contacted the Episcopal diocese because of the diocese’s connection to Episcopal Community Services, a diocesan institution that provides services as a separate nonprofit. The diocese’s role in assisting the migrant girls will be limited to faith services.Snook said the contractor’s request was for a religious services team – volunteers able to lead worship with the migrants, whose faith backgrounds range from Roman Catholic to evangelical. Episcopal leaders are working with local Roman Catholic and Lutheran leaders and other ecumenical partners to develop worship options.The team could start with a Palm Sunday service on March 28, though plans are tentative and may depend on pandemic precautions. Snook told ENS that volunteer chaplains might be limited to those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19.The chaplains won’t be involved with behavioral counseling, Snook said, but they may have opportunities to pray with the girls and provide other pastoral care upon request.“We’ve been told many of these girls are deeply traumatized, and some are pregnant,” Snook said. “They’ve all been through terrible experiences, and they’re all without their parents.”Border dioceses like San Diego have been doing “heroic work” in recent years as they live up to The Episcopal Church’s long legacy of serving refugees and migrants, said the Rev. Charles Robertson, the presiding bishop’s canon for ministry beyond The Episcopal Church. This still-developing opportunity to assist unaccompanied minors in San Diego coincides with the church’s ongoing call “to help folks who are trying to find new homes and new hope,” Robertson told ENS.In recent years, the Episcopal dioceses along the southern border have prioritized ministries of support for asylum-seekers within their dioceses. Diocesan leaders have said their efforts to continue providing that direct support were complicated by the Trump administration’s “remain in Mexico policy,” which blocked migrants on the southern U.S. border from waiting in the United States while their cases are pending.President Joe Biden vowed to reverse that policy while avoiding a surge of migrants on the border, but his administration still has faced the challenges of processing tens of thousands of migrants each month.Biden, in a news conference on March 25, said the wave of migrants seeking to cross into the U.S. is partly cyclical, not solely caused by changes in federal policies. He rejected what he saw as the previous administration’s unprecedented decision to let migrants languish on the Mexican side of the border while they followed lawful avenues for seeking asylum in the U.S.“I can’t guarantee we’re going to solve everything,” he said. “But I can guarantee you we can make everything better. I can make it better. We can change the lives of so many people.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Faith & Politics, Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Martinsville, VA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Smithfield, NC Tags Submit an Event Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Bath, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Washington, DC Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Curate Diocese of Nebraska New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Press Release Episcopal Migration Ministries, last_img read more

Leeds Rhinos record charity single for The Sick Children’s Trust

first_img Howard Lake | 5 February 2010 | News What Have You Done Today To Make You Feel Proud?Leeds Rhinos Record a Gospel Choir CD in Aid of The Sick Children’s TrustBig, burley rugby players are renowned for singing on the pitch but the Leeds Rhinos are lending their voices to a higher cause as they prepare to release a charity CD—singing Heather Small’s inspirational and triumphant hit “Proud” to aid The Sick Children’s Trust (SCT)’s Big Move Appeal. The 25 strong squad are joined by 40 stirring gospel voices from the RJC Productions Gospel Choir under the direction of Le Roy Johnson.“It’s a sublime juxtaposition, big burley sporting stars alongside our community choir. It’s a great fit, and an inspirational way to raise money for a great cause. Rhinos have really surprised me with their commitment and big voices in rehearsal and we’re going to raise the roof at the recording,” explains music director Johnson.The SCT’s ‘The Big Move’ campaign, aims to raise £1.7 million to move Eckersley House from its current location at St James’s Hospital to the Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) in May 2010. To date The SCT has raised over 1 million pounds to fund the move—but still need to raise the crucial £700,000 to open the new house this summer.Rhinos Captain, Kevin Sinfield explains, “The Rhinos are really committed to our local community and we wanted to do something unique to help The Sick Children’s Trust and getting the team to sing at the top of their lungs seemed a good place to start. We have a post match sing after every win which is pretty raucous but the lads have been great in rehearsals, it’s pretty inspiring.”“Proud, is such an emotionally charged song, the title says it all – What have done today to make you feel proud? It’s immensely satisfying to help such a worthwhile cause as a team and the Big Move Appeal really needs our help now more than ever.”Fundraiser for the Big Move Appeal Vicki Smith said, “The Sick Children’s Trust is so grateful for the Rhinos support and we’re hoping to raise about £10,000 from the CD. It’s a great song and a great cause.”The CD release will coincide with the Gillette World Club Challenge on the 28th February at Elland Road when the Rhinos meet their Aussie Rivals, Melbourne. CD’s are just £5 and can be purchased at www.sickchildrenstrust.org or by ringing Vicki Smith on 07525-424406For 16 years Eckersley House has supported the recovery of seriously ill children across Yorkshire by providing high quality accommodation and caring staff for families, just minutes away from the hospital wards.St James’s Hospital is moving its children’s wards to the LGI to create a paediatric Centre of Excellence. By April 2010 the majority of children’s wards will be moved to the new centre. This development means that Eckersley House will no longer be needed in its present location at St James’s Hospital, but will be in great demand at the LGI. .The move of Eckersley House to the LGI will also mean more bedrooms – from 16 to 22 – to help more families in their time of need.The SCT will be the sole provider of family accommodation at the LGI; so if Eckersley House isn’t moved, every year hundreds of sick children from across Yorkshire would have to undergo prolonged medical treatment without their families being close by.Release endsFor more information on The SCT visit our website at www.sickchildrenstrust.orgMedia Enquiries contact: Jennifer Middleton on 01757 268283 or email [email protected] you would like to get involved in ‘The Big Move’ fundraising campaign – perhaps by making a donation or organising a fundraising event – or would like further information about the campaign please contact Vicki Smith, Regional Fundraiser, based at Eckersley to be the contact for the appeal now. Her number is 07525- 424406 or email is [email protected]________________________________________________________________________________________Notes to Editors: The Sick Children’s Trust was founded in 1982 by two paediatric specialists Dr Jon Pritchard and Professor James Malpas. They believed that having parents on hand during hospital treatment benefited a child’s recovery.Today we have seven ‘Homes from Home’ at major hospitals around the country where families can stay free of charge, for as long as they need whilst their child is undergoing treatment – Eckersley House being one of them. There is a growing demand for our ‘Homes from Home’ as children must increasingly travel long distances to get the specialist treatment they need. To date we have helped more than 30,000 families. To run the ‘Homes from Home’ we rely entirely on voluntary donations; and need to raise £1million this year to keep them open. Tagged with: Celebrity London North West Trading Leeds Rhinos record charity single for The Sick Children’s Trust AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  78 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

TCU student arrested for breaking into Texas Capitol, breaking portrait

first_imgReddIt Hank Kilgorehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/hank-kilgore/ Hank Kilgorehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/hank-kilgore/ Hank Kilgorehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/hank-kilgore/ Twitter Previous articleGreeks in the Streets looks to educate Greek chapters and strengthen Greek communityNext articleLEAPS makes sites more relational Hank Kilgore RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mugshot of Tanner Graeber after he was arrested for breaking into the Texas Capitol early Sunday morning. Hank Kilgorehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/hank-kilgore/ Linkedin TCU Sizzle Reel (Ep. 16 – Legion, Stranger Things 2 and more) Hank Kilgore ReddIt Facebook TAGSphotos center_img Hank Kilgore is a senior Journalism major and FTDM minor from Lafayette, Louisiana. He is currently Editor of The Skiff and the Student Life and Entertainment Managing Editor for TCU 360. You can often find him anywhere a superhero movie is being played. Facebook TCU VGP (Ep. 17 – Valentine’s Updates, Overwatch and more) Linkedin Website| + posts World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter TCU VGP (Ep. 19 – Xbox Game Pass, Horizon Impressions and more) TCU VGP (Ep. 18 – The Cost of Gaming, State of DLC and more) printA TCU student faces charges of burglary of a building and criminal mischief after authorities say he broke into the Texas Capitol early Sunday and damaged a painting.Senior communication studies major Tanner Graeber was arrested by a trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety, according to a DPS report. He has bonded out of jail. Mugshot of Tanner Graeber after he was arrested for breaking into the Texas Capitol early Sunday morning.Authorities said Graeber climbed the Texas Capitol via scaffolding, broke a window on the second floor, climbed to the third floor and damaged a historical portrait of former Texas Gov. Fletcher Stockdale.A spokesman for The Texas State Preservation Board said the portrait has an estimated $10,000 in damages.KXAN-TV aired a video of the break-in. The video shows a man climbing the Capitol as a security guard approaches the scene.According to the DPS, Graeber was climbing on the south side of the building where renovations are taking place. He was approached by a security guard as well as a DPS Trooper and arrested on the scene.Both charges are state jail felonies. Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

The road to opioid abuse: Prescription drugs

first_imgLinkedin Twitter Linkedin ReddIt Twitter Previous articleImage Magazine: Spring 2019Next articleA guide to designing your graduation cap Alana Wynn RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Alana Wynnhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alana-wynn/ Alana Wynnhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alana-wynn/ Lana Wynn is a senior journalism major from McAlester, Oklahoma. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook + posts One four-milligram dose of naloxone, better known by its generic retail name Narcan, takes about 30 seconds to save a life. The drug blocks all of the receptors in the body that are susceptible to opioids, so the effect of the opioid is canceled almost immediately. Emergency medics are equipped with the drug, and anyone off the street can buy Narcan in a drug store. Just spray, wait and there you have it: instant overdose reversal.While the drug itself really is that simple, the aftermath and the societal impact of naloxone accessibility are more complicated.After counteracting an overdose, the user is thrown out of the high – often resulting in pain, vomiting and anger, Zavadsky said.Paramedics typically only administer a partial dose: enough to ensure the patient is breathing, but not enough to regain consciousness. Then, the EMTs will take the patient to the hospital for further recovery and to discuss rehabilitation and substance abuse counseling options.When a civilian administers Narcan and helps the overdosed person regain consciousness, a potentially fatal problem can rise. The user is conscious, breathing, no longer under the effects of the opioids and less likely to seek further medical help.However, the effects of Narcan only last for around 30 to 45 minutes, whereas opioids can take hours to wear off. By administering the medication at home and refusing transport to the hospital, the user has the potential to slip back into the high and again face dangerous levels of unconsciousness and low breathing.The availability of Narcan has created an “EMS conundrum.” Increasing the accessibility of Narcan also increases the chances of people overdosing and risking death again, right after the effect wears off.“Our fear is that we have enabled people to feel safe taking opioids,” Zavadsky said.Two years ago, while Zavadsky was on an EMS field ride in Baltimore, Maryland, eight of the 11 calls he accompanied were opioid overdoses. All had been given Narcan by family members and friends by the time the paramedics arrived. On one call, a user had overdosed on heroin and his girlfriend had administered the Narcan that saved him.“So I asked her, ‘Did you get the Narcan from Walgreens?’” Zavadsky said. “She said, ‘No, I got it from his dealer.’“Of course you did! Of course. If you’re a dealer, you don’t want your customer base to go away. You don’t want them to die. You want them to be able to reverse their overdose so they don’t die so you can keep selling to them.”Matt Zavadsky, chief strategic integration officer for MedStar.In 2018, 80% percent of overdose reversals nationwide were carried out by other drug users, according to a report by the CDC.“You’re between a rock and a hard place because you want to help people, you want to save people,” Zavadsky said. “But are we enabling them to engage in risky behavior?”If so, that risky behavior is arguably saving lives and giving second chances to opioid users.“A third of my patients that come in now have received Narcan on the street sometime,” Teater said. “Not in the hospital, but on the street, and they wouldn’t be alive to come in for treatment if that wasn’t available for them.”O.D. Aid, a local grassroots organization that advocates for opioid harm reduction, advocates for widespread Narcan distribution. Volunteers Lizzie Maldonado, Rachel Gollay and Caitlin Dowdy work with O.D. Aid to distribute “harm reduction supplies,” things like Narcan and condoms that help improve the health and safety of drug users, and to educate the community on “harm reduction principles,” which include information on how to prevent overdoses, how to administer naloxone and the relationship between social stigmas against drug users and criminal policies concerning drug use.“There’s an assumption that it [Narcan] somehow enables someone to recklessly use drugs, sort of like, ‘Well, I know that I have Narcan on hand so I’m just going to go to town,’” Gollay said. “That’s not the reality. And, I mean, even if it was, arguably, saving a life is the ethical and right thing to do, in my view.”The stigmas surrounding opioids make people apply judgments to overdose that they do not apply to other poor health choices, said Maldonado, whose green ombré hair matched the colors on her “Real Friends Carry Naloxone” t-shirt.When someone has a heart attack, no one considers what kinds of foods or how many saturated fats that person ate over his or her life and thinks that information has any impact on whether that individual’s life should be saved, she said.“No one recovers from death, so how are people supposed to have opportunities to recover and change if they’re dead?” she said. “They can’t.”Often, a close brush with death by overdose is a teachable moment, Contreras said.“Sometimes it is very much a wake-up call,” Contreras said. “It may be that first kick to get started and to seek treatment and to look for alternative ways to cope with issues in life, and alternative ways to deal with stress and all of the things that are put on all of our shoulders.”Sometimes, overdoses alert the relatives and loved ones of drug users of the severity of the problem, and can provide the chance for intervention. Opioid addiction is an easy problem to hide from loved ones, which leads to a greater risk of danger.Those who are at the highest risk of overdose are users who are potentially using in secret, or are using alone, or do not let others know how much they are using. The stigma and shame around even talking about drug use can prevent users from taking steps to be safe when using, like making sure someone else is home or having a buddy system, Gollay said.“If you have a loved one who is using an opioid, you should have that medication [naloxone] with you because you do not know what the outcome is going to be,” Haenes said.“In the face of pain”From 1999 to 2010, prescription opioid sales nearly quadrupled as physicians began prescribing them to treat chronic pain. Deaths from prescription opioids more than quadrupled, but rather than seeing this as a warning sign, it was initially seen as a weakness in the user.Source: Lana Wynn.The surge in prescriptions was being driven by the pharmaceutical industry. One company in particular, Purdue Pharma, which makes OxyContin, reassured physicians and healthcare facilities that opioids were safe treatments for mild to severe chronic pain.Purdue pushed this drug and other opioids onto physicians and healthcare facilities as safe treatments for mild to severe chronic pain. The company knowingly denied any risks of addiction from opioid use, and other pharmaceutical companies followed their lead.For years, lobbyists of pharmaceutical companies worked the halls of Congress to block legislative restrictions and regulations on prescription opioids. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services tied hospital and physician payments to patient satisfaction scores. One section on these patient satisfaction surveys asked about pain management and pain medication provision, which provided another incentive for healthcare providers to prescribe opioids. These restrictions were replaced in 2018 with questions on “communication about pain,” and in July 2018, the CMS proposed to throw out these questions altogether, following the recommendation from the Trump administration’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. Dr. Don Teater works with the CDC to offer continuing education on pain and opioid abuse.Dr. Don Teater, a family care physician, recalled a Purdue sales representative telling him to start prescriptions with a 10 mg dose of OxyContin twice a day for chronic pain patients, and to have the patients come back weekly. He said the sales representative suggested doubling the dose until the pain stopped and assured him a patient who truly had pain wouldn’t get addicted. In reality, the CDC warns the higher the dose, the higher the risk of overdose and death.“I know several of my patients who died because of my opioid prescribing and it was clearly my trust in Purdue Pharma and their representatives that led me, and all the other physicians, down that road.” Dr. Don TeaterLast month, New York became the latest state to sue Purdue Pharma over the deceptive practices that increased the opioid dosage and prescription rates, which in turn increased overdose and death rates.Internal documents and communications from Purdue were included in a lawsuit Massachusetts filed against the company. The documents revealed that the company knew about the addictive dangers of the drug, the relationship between increased dosage and increased risk of overdose, and the profit increase due to increased dosage. According to the documents, Purdue misrepresented the risk of addiction as virtually non-existent in “trustworthy patients.” There’s also information that suggests Purdue targeted vulnerable populations, including elderly patients and veterans covered by government healthcare like Medicare and Medicaid. By 2012, the nation was awash in opioid prescriptions. In Tarrant County, prescribers gave out 84.8 opioid prescriptions per 100 people, outpacing the state average of 73.1 prescriptions per 100 people and the national average of 81.3 prescriptions per 100 people.InfogramNo more refills Out of the 91.8 million adults in the United States who used prescription pain relievers in 2015, approximately 11.5 million of them misused them at least once, according to results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. “Since it’s a prescription, people assume it’s safe,” Haenes said.The top reason provided by 63.4% of respondents on why they misused their painkillers was “to relieve physical pain.”Physical pain is not the only reason for self-medication of opioids. According to Haenes, the drug can also temporarily ease depression. “People start chasing that feeling because for the first time in their life they feel normal,” he said. The epidemic took root as some people found themselves still craving the drug after their prescriptions had run out. “So they’re willing to share, they’re willing to borrow, they’re willing to exceed dosage, and what we know is that it’s absolutely antithetical to everything we’ve been putting out there.”​John Haenes, the Chief Operating Officer of Challenge of Tarrant County,The alternatives are plentiful and dangerous:Illicit prescription painkillers include Xanax or Ativan, classified as benzodiazepines, which are also addictive.The Malaysian-imported drug Kratom is unregulated and sold in head shops.Large concentrations of loperamide, the active agent in Imodium and other anti-diarrhea drugs, can provide that floaty opium high.Roughly 80% of heroin users started with misusing prescription drugs, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The number of patients treated for opioid overdose in the area has increased by the hundreds over the past few years: from 2015 to 2016, the count jumped from 533 to 824 patients, and then up to 1,062 patients in 2017. When adjusted to account for population growth, the population percentage that has been treated for opioid overdose has actually started trending down, Zavadsky said. But opioid overdose is still the leading cause of incidental death.InfogramTarrant County’s opioid overdose death rate was 4.9 per 100,000 people in 2016, which is better than the state average of 10.31 deaths per 100,000 people – and Texas ranks in the bottom five states when it comes to opioid overdose death rates. Nationally, 63,632 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016, according to the CDC.“Nobody’s ever died from pain. But opioids are the biggest cause of injury-related death in the United States. Pain doesn’t kill you. The treatment for it does.”Dr. Glenn Hardesty, emergency room physician. Even though the death rate in Tarrant County is relatively better than that of the state or country, the local rate has still more than doubled since 2010.The statistics on deaths from opioid-related causes are suspected to not be reported as accurately as they could and, arguably, should be.Opioid use can have a hand in other causes of death – for example, it can highly increase the risk of unintentional falls in elderly patients, or affect one’s ability to drive unimpaired, leading to motor vehicle accidents. According to Hardesty, the involvement of opioids in these deaths is typically underreported. Texas doctors are not required to report opioid overdoses like they are deaths from gunshot wounds, he said. Families also often do not want their loved ones’ deaths to be reported as drug overdoses, due to shame and stigma surrounding the issue, Haenes said.“Despite everything that we’re doing, in the next three or four years that death toll is going to climb,” Haenes said. “Because we’re just not there yet.”Community effortsHealing the community from this crisis takes work, not just from improving accessibility to treatment facilities or changes in prescription habits by physicians, but from the community itself.Here are some ways to join a coalition. Challenge is affiliated with multiple coalitions in Tarrant County that deal with drug use awareness, including:Stay on Track, which aims to increase awareness and knowledge of the risks of substance use in Keller and surrounding communitiesSMART Arlington – Know Your Way, a coalition originally founded on the University of Texas at Arlington campus that works to prevent local youth substance use within the broader Arlington communityPower 2 Choose, a Texas Christian University organization that works to educate their campus community on making responsible decisions regarding drug useS.M.A.R.T. — Smart Mavericks Acting Responsibly Together, UT Arlington’s coalition focused on encouraging healthy behaviors and educating students of drug and alcohol use realitiesFollow Our Lead, Weatherford College’s coalition that works to reduce harmful effects from alcohol, binge drinking and other drugsPrevention Provider Coalition, which endeavors to find and provide new substance abuse education and intervention strategies for Tarrant CountyTreatment Provider Coalition, which works to ensure that those seeking substance abuse treatment within Tarrant County can get those servicesAlong with providing education efforts within the local health care system, Challenge and its affiliated coalitions work to inform parents and families on the realities of the issue, how they can talk to their doctors and how to make better decisions regarding opioid use when it comes to their families.One of the main points discussed with parents is empowerment through knowledge. If parents know enough about this issue at hand, they can question doctors about things, like if a 30-day supply of painkillers is really a necessary healing component following their child’s wisdom teeth extraction or sports injury, and make decisions to get their opioid prescriptions only partially filled.Patients are not limited to just affecting prevention by making better prescription decisions. They can also talk to their doctors about medication-assisted treatments. By asking if their doctors are licensed or can become licensed Suboxone providers, these patients are helping other individuals –potentially themselves and their family members, too – recover from opioid use disorder in the future, Teater said.“Doctors will listen to their patients,” Teater said. Unless there’s a little more push for doctors to get certified and actually prescribe medication-assisted treatments, not much is going to change, he said. By having these conversations with doctors, patients can impact their community on both sides of the issue.Protesters demonstrate against the FDA’s opioid prescription drug approval practices April 5, in front of the Department of Health and Human Services’ headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)“When you’re empowered, you’re able to make much better decisions,” Haenes said.Challenge and different local coalitions also help empower parents and families to have conversations about drug use amongst themselves, even if those conversations can sometimes be uncomfortable.It might sound ridiculous that while we witness drug use daily in television shows, song lyrics, movies, video games and the media, families do not know how to have conversations about drugs. In fact, 46% of parents do nothing when confronted with their children’s drug use, Haenes said.“It’s not because that parent is choosing to be negligent,” Haenes said. “It’s because they’re in shock and there’s such shame attached to it. They don’t really want to talk about it outside of the family. They don’t know where to go for help. They don’t know what to do, so they’re fumbling their way through it.”There are resources within the local school systems and the community that can help answer “what do I do now?” and how to prevent it in the first place. Prevention efforts start with early conversations and not waiting until there is a problem to discuss issues like drug use, smart decision making and the day-to-day details of everyone in the family’s lives.Changing prescription habits Although Tarrant County still struggles to contain the use of opioids, it has taken steps to reduce their presence. Doctors have been urged to change their prescribing habits. Haenes, with Challenge Tarrant County, said medical schools typically spend eight to 12 hours of instruction on pain, opioids and opioid addiction. This can result in the development of prescribing habits that enable unhealthy use and abuse of opioids. “Unfortunately, for many doctors, once they leave medical school, getting continuing medical education is a challenge and what they receive in medical school on pain, opioids and addiction is limited.” John Haenes, the Chief Operating Officer of Challenge of Tarrant CountyOne of Challenge’s initiatives is to provide continuing education to physicians and other healthcare prescribers. Mary Ann Contreras, the violence and injury prevention manager for Trauma Services at JPS Health Network, frequently partners with Challenge through community coalitions, and also spearheads opioid education within the JPS Health Network, specifically concerning opioid prescription habits regarding trauma patients.Over the past three years, Teater has spoken at approximately 50 workshops with local physicians about new research on why opioids are not a reliable, long-term solution to pain. He has also suggested pain treatment alternatives, including a combination of ibuprofen and acetaminophen, which were shown in blind studies to reduce pain much more efficiently than opioids. Opioids are suggested only for patients who are suffering from acute pain, like severe burns or major injuries, who can benefit from receiving opioids quickly after their injury, Teater said. Terminally ill, palliative care, and oncology patients that are struggling with immense pain can also benefit from the pain-reducing qualities of opioids, Hardesty said.The workshops have been effective. “Our physicians were blown away,” Contreras said.They created a Physician Task Force, which implemented new programs to electronically look at the way they prescribe in the JPS Health System. When a doctor places an order for an opioid on their electronic health records, a text box appears providing information on the patients’ opioid prescription history, and suggests other methods of pain relief or a shorter prescription time. There’s also an effort to remind people that experiencing pain following an injury or procedure is normal. The process of pain management should be targeting how to reduce that pain to an acceptable, reasonable amount, Hardesty said.Beginning Sept. 1, 2019, pharmacists and prescribers will be required to check an electronic database, called the Texas Prescription Monitoring Program, to see a patient’s prescription history before prescribing or dispensing medications. The program is intended to help prevent cases of duplicate prescriptions and bring attention to other cases of inappropriate use or overprescribing.The lack of treatment options “We know that one out of 10 people that need addiction treatment actually receive it,” Haenes said. “Those other nine don’t, and sometimes it’s because of that shame and stigma, sometimes it’s because of financial resources – there are a variety of different reasons.”Limited resources make addressing the epidemic far more difficult, he said.People with insurance or money can typically get treated for an addiction. If they don’t take a specific insurance, treatment facilities have been known to help people find a place that does accept it, said Haenes. But waiting lists are long for those without financial resources or insurance. “It’s disheartening for that patient because they want to get treatment,” Contreras said. “That, unfortunately, is a driving factor: you have to give people hope,” Haenes said.My Health, My Resources, the county-sponsored addiction and mental health service program, is working to deliver some alternative options to lack of funding for spots in residential substance abuse treatment facilities. One in three patients who enter the MHMR program is admitted for opioid-related substance abuse. It offers outpatient detox and recovery programs.Users who want to recover, but cannot afford or get a residential treatment spot, can go into to the MHMR office and begin to address the issue by talking to doctors and nurses, getting their vitals taken, being prescribed medication-assisted treatments and more.One of these medication-assisted treatments is the prescription of Suboxone, which is the generic brand of the drug buprenorphine. It relieves pain, provides a way for users to be weaned off their addictions, and lessens withdrawal symptoms by providing diminished opioid doses in conjunction with blocking the opioid receptors, according to information from American Addiction Centers.Buprenorphine, which is sold under the brand Suboxone, controls heroin and opioid cravings. The nation’s top medical advisers have said medications which are proven to successfully treat opioid addiction remain vastly underused in the U.S., despite an epidemic of fatal overdoses tied to heroin, painkillers and related drugs. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)The use of Suboxone has proven to help with opioid addiction and death rates. When France saw an increase in opioid overdose deaths in the 1990s, it started prescribing Suboxone and reduced the opioid death rate by almost 80% in four years.The U.S. has strict restrictions when prescribing Suboxone: doctors have to become a licensed approval source by taking an eight-hour course and subsequently passing a test on the material. Then, they can only treat 30 patients with medication-assisted treatments in their first year following their certification and only 100 patients in following years, according to the National Alliance of Advocates for Buprenorphine Treatment.There is also a lack of doctors that are interested in getting licensed for medication-assisted treatments.Sometimes it is due to the stigma surrounding treatment of drug users, or due to an unwillingness to participate in the extra training and monitoring of their prescription habits, or just ignorance of the scope of the situation, Haenes said. But this unwillingness to participate in the provision of these treatments, combined with practices of suddenly cutting off opioid prescriptions, births even more problems.Getting opioids out of the community A prescription drug drop-off box located in the Westworth Village Police Department. Photo credited to Lana Wynn.Along with educating the community on different risks and prevention methods, perhaps the most significant way to help combat this problem is to get opioids out of the community.Old drugs that are leftover from past prescriptions and tucked away in medicine cabinets are one of the first places abusers look to easily access opioids.Improper disposal of prescription drugs, like flushing them down the toilet or just tossing them out in the trash, contaminates the environment, which is not the best method of preventing harm from opioids in the community. The good news is that it is relatively easy to get your old painkillers safely destroyed.One option is a new innovation – drug deactivation pouches. They’re made by a company called Deterra, and are easy to figure out: you dump your old pills, liquids or patches in the pouch, add warm water, seal it tight, and it then deactivates the drug. The pouches are biodegradable and available from vendors like Walmart and Amazon.The Drug Enforcement Agency holds a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day twice a year in spring and fall, where citizens are encouraged to come and dispose of their old prescriptions. The next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 27.There are also prescription drop-off boxes available for use throughout the year. There are 24 drop-off boxes in Tarrant County, located at different pharmacies and police and sheriff offices. They look like giant versions of the mail drop-off boxes at post offices and work just as easily: people drop in their pill bottles, and the drugs get safely incinerated. World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook printSource: Lana WynnJump to section…An introduction to opioids“In the face of pain”No more refillsChanging prescription habitsThe lack of treatment optionsGetting opioids out of the communityTarrant County is thousands of miles away from the epicenter of the nation’s opioid epidemic, but health officials have created a strategy that has helped react to the crisis.In 2015, a year after deaths from opioid overdoses reached a record high, a coalition of groups that work with drug users began developing a needs assessment, creating a plan of how Tarrant County could help opioid abusers and prevent others from becoming hooked on the deadly drug. Since then, efforts have included training doctors to look for signs of drug abuse, as well as raising awareness about the dangers inherent with prescribing opioids, educating the public on what signs to look for if they suspect opioid abuse, and sparking a conversation that moves the discussion about drug abuse away from judging opioid users and instead toward understanding and help. “Tarrant County has always been cutting-edge because of our coalition work on how we’re addressing this issue,” said John Haenes, the chief operating officer of Challenge of Tarrant County, a local agency dedicated to addiction education, advocacy and program development. An introduction to opioids Opioids, which have been around for centuries, mask pain by targeting nerve cell receptors in the body and brain. They come in a variety of forms, including the illegal drug heroin and prescription medicines hydrocodone, morphine, codeine, oxycodone and the synthetic opioid fentanyl. The most common brands of opioids — OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet and Lortab, to name a few — are routinely prescribed and can often be found in American households. The effect of opioids in America is staggering:The U.S. accounts for 5% of the world’s population, yet consumes 80% of the world’s opioid supply, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.In 2017, more Americans died of opioid overdoses – 47,600 – than in car accidents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.More than 2 million Americans have an opioid addiction. Infogram“This is your biggest threat to life,” said Dr. Glenn Hardesty, a local emergency room physician who works with Texas Health and has been fighting on the front lines of the opioid epidemic for over a decade.While the crack epidemic of the 20th century was particularly hard on some African-American neighborhoods and cities, opioids have struck a demographic. “We’ve had patients as old as 89, and patients as young as 11,” said Matt Zavadsky, the chief strategic integration officer at MedStar Mobile Healthcare, the EMT company that serves the Tarrant County area.What distinguishes opioid abusers from other addicts is that their drug dependence often began with the use of prescription painkillers, according to the CDC.Opioid OverdoseThe average American has a greater chance of dying of opioid overdose than in a car accident. The drugs suppress one’s respiratory system, and overdoses are identifiable by unconsciousness and losing the ability to breathe.If a user does overdose on opioids to the point of near death, there’s a drug that can instantly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Alana Wynnhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alana-wynn/ TCU’s United Latino Association hosts last Hispanic Heritage Month celebration TCU organizations promote suicide prevention awareness ReddIt TCU College Republicans host Coffee with Cops event to promote positive relations between students and law enforcement Alana Wynn Alana Wynnhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alana-wynn/ TCU Student Veterans Alliance hangs yellow ribbons to celebrate Veterans Day The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive yearslast_img read more

Blanket Coverage Podcast 002

first_imgLinkedin TCU News Now 4/28/2021 Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. Twitter 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Previous articleAmpersand to open new location by campusNext articleCreating an organization at TCU: Difficult but rewarding Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Facebook printIn this episode of Blanket Coverage, Jack Wallace and Noah Parker sit down to recap last weekend’s college football games including TCU-Iowa State and Auburn-Florida, this weekend’s OU-Texas and UF-LSU games, a Week 5 NFL recap, Dan Quinn’s hot seat and predictions. Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Twitter Facebook Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ The Blanket Coverage podcast. Photo by Jack Wallace and Noah Parker. ReddIt Linkedin 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Jack Wallace ReddIt Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks + posts Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoodslast_img read more

Coronavirus threat to journalists in overcrowded Saudi prisons

first_imgThese detainees are exceptionally vulnerable in Saudi Arabia’s over-populated prisons, where social distancing is impossible. Several of them are already in poor health as a result of being mistreated and tortured, and need urgent medical attention. Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS Noting that Saudi Arabia says it has released 250 foreign detainees in order to help contain the coronavirus epidemic, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Saudi authorities to immediately release arbitrarily detained journalists, who are in great danger of catching Covid-19 in the kingdom’s overcrowded prisons. RSF_en to go further June 8, 2021 Find out more March 9, 2021 Find out more Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists They include Fahd Al-Sunaidi and Adel Banaemah, two TV hosts who have been held since 2017. According to the London-based Guardian newspaper, their names appeared in leaked medical reports prepared for King Salman that describe the physical effects of the mistreatment and torture inflicted on political prisoners. Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Saudi Arabia is ranked 172nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. News News April 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Saudi Arabia News News Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Organisation “The Saudi authorities cannot be unaware of the already appalling prison conditions that render detainees even more vulnerable during this pandemic,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Leaving these journalists in prison would compound an already terrible injustice by an act of serious endangerment.” RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Several of the imprisoned journalists and bloggers held in isolation have become very ill and need medical attention. According to the information obtained by RSF, Raif Badawi, a blogger who has been held for more than seven years for “insulting Islam,” has not been able to contact his family since late February. His wife learned that he was transferred to a hospital on 11 March but she has received no information about his condition since then. Several trials due to be held during the coming weeks have been postponed yet again because, in order to contain the epidemic, the Saudi authorities have shut down various public services including the courts. As a result, hearings in the cases of Nassima Al-Sada and Nouf Abdulaziz, two women bloggers held since June 2018, have been cancelled. April 6, 2020 Coronavirus threat to journalists in overcrowded Saudi prisons The authorities announced the release of 250 foreign detainees held for immigration and residency offences on 26 March, but they continue to detain prisoners of conscience, including around 30 journalists and bloggers.last_img read more

General Finance Corporation Postpones Public Offering of Common Stock

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News General Finance Corporation Postpones Public Offering of Common Stock From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, March 12, 2015 | 5:59 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News More Cool Stuff HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. General Finance Corporation (GFN), a leading specialty rental services company offering portable storage, modular space and liquid containment solutions (the “Company”), announced today that it is postponing its previously announced public offering of 4,400,000 shares of its common stock due to unfavorable market conditions.Given current volatility in the markets, we have chosen to postpone our offering at this time. We can afford to be patient, as this offering was opportunistic in nature,” said Ronald Valenta, President and Chief Executive Officer of General Finance Corporation. “We appreciate the positive feedback from present and prospective investors during our roadshow, and we may potentially revisit an offering in the future if market conditions become more favorable.”This press release is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy any securities and shall not constitute an offer or a solicitation of any offer to buy, or a sale of, securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.About General Finance CorporationHeadquartered in Pasadena, California, General Finance Corporation (GFN) is a leading specialty rental services company offering portable storage, modular space and liquid containment solutions. Management’s expertise in these sectors drives disciplined growth strategies, operational guidance, effective capital allocation and capital markets support for the Company’s subsidiaries. The Company’s Asia-Pacific leasing operations in Australia and New Zealand consist of majority-owned Royal Wolf Holdings Limited, the leading provider of portable storage solutions in those regions. The Company’s North America leasing operations consist of wholly-owned subsidiaries Pac-Van, Inc. and Lone Star Tank Rental Inc., providers of portable storage, office and liquid storage tank containers, mobile offices and modular buildings. The Company also owns 90% of Southern Frac, LLC, a manufacturer of portable liquid storage tank containers in North America. Royal Wolf’s shares trade on the Australian Securities Exchange under the symbol RWH. Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Subscribelast_img read more

Pasadena Man Expected to Plead Guilty Thursday in Deadly San Gabriel Valley Kidnapping, Ransom Plot

first_img Community News 19 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it The victim was Ruochen “Tony” Liao. Image courtesy FBIAn Azusa man accused of taking part in the kidnapping of a man from the mall of a San Gabriel parking lot two years ago, ultimately resulting in his death, pleaded guilty to a federal kidnapping charge last week, while an alleged accomplice, a Pasadena man, was due in court Thursday and also expected to admit guilt, according to prosecutors.Alexis Ivan Romero Velez, 24, of Azusa, pleaded guilty to a charge of kidnapping on Sept. 24, U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Ciaran McEvoy said Wednesday. Velez faces a maximum sentence of life in federal prison when he returns to federal court in Los Angeles for a sentencing hearing on Feb. 4.Co-defendant Anthony Valladares, 28, of Pasadena was scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment hearing on Wednesday, but the matter was postponed until Thursday, McEvoy said.Valladares, too, was expected to plead guilty to kidnapping, according to McEvoy and court documents.Two additional suspects in the case, Guangyao Yang, 26, and Peicheng Shen, 34, are charged with conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping, attempted extortion in violation of the Hobbs Act and threat by foreign communication, according to U.S. DOJ spokesman Thom Mrozek. They were arrested in China, where they fled following the alleged crimes. They had previously lived in West Covina.The four men are accused in the kidnapping and eventual killing, of Ruochen “Tony” Liao, 28, of Santa Ana, prosecutors said. Liao was kidnapped from a mall parking lot in San Gabriel on July 16, 2018.The kidnappers then attempted to extort $2 million from the victim’s family, authorities said.During his captivity, Liao was bound, blindfolded, held in a closet at a home in Corona and subjected to violence including being repeatedly beaten and shocked with a Taser, according to officials and court documents.Liao was believed to have died from his injuries on July 17, 2018. Yang and Shen then allegedly buried Liao’s body in the Mojave Desert, where it was ultimately found and identified through DNA analysis in July of 2019, according to the DOJ.FBI agents took Velez and Valladares into custody on July 14, 2020, after they agreed to go to the Pasadena Police Department to be interviewed, officials said at the time.“Valladares was the ‘muscle’ hired to intimidate, beat and subdue Liao during the kidnapping, and Romero was the driver of the vehicle used in the kidnapping,” U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Thom Mrozek said in a written statement.“During the investigation, the FBI learned that Valladares and Romero worked with Yang and Shen to conduct the kidnapping, during which Liao was repeatedly beaten and tased into submission,” Mrozek said.“Valladares told investigators he had been paid $1,000 to take part,” Mrozek added.See also:Pasadena Man Faces Arraignment in Connection with Deadly KidnappingPasadena Man, Azusa Man Arrested in Connection with Deadly Kidnapping and Extortion Plot Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeauty CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Public Safety Pasadena Man Expected to Plead Guilty Thursday in Deadly San Gabriel Valley Kidnapping, Ransom Plot Two More Defendants Awaiting Trial in China By BRIAN DAY Published on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | 5:10 pmcenter_img More Cool Stuff Make a comment Business News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *last_img read more

Teacher shortage crisis on the cards

first_imgPrint Advertisement Previous articleSeries of Lenten talks at Biblical InstituteNext articleMunster v Edinburgh admin Facebook Email Linkedincenter_img WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsTeacher shortage crisis on the cardsBy admin – November 26, 2011 495 Twitter LIMERICK city is suffering a teacher drain, with experienced teachers rushing to take retirement before the February deadline and newly qualified teachers hitting the emigration trail. INTO representative, Joe Lyons, predicted a crisis in Limerick schools as 31 teachers were honoured on their retirement at the weekend. “There have never been so many teachers taking retirement. They have done the maths and if they go before the February deadline, they will have the better retirement deal. If they stay working, they will work for two years and be no better off,” Mr Lyons told the Limerick Post.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up On the other end of the scale, he said, young, enthusiastic and highly qualified teachers are “looking at the class numbers going up and they’re hitting the emigrant trail”.The INTO official for the region said that while a lot of teachers would have stayed working for another few years, “they would be doing it for nothing so they’re going now”.He described it as “ludicrous” that the Department has been sending out circulars, setting ambitious targets for literacy and numeracy.“And at the same time they are proposing to increase class sizes. It’s not about having another couple of children per class.“If you have two more per class in a 12 classroom school, you have to have an extra 24 children to retain the teachers that are already there. Then there is the situation where the school can’t employ temps to cover short-term illnesses and all the children are divided up between the classes. Then you have another 10 children being sent into a classroom where the numbers are already up”.last_img read more

Highland’s Farming News – Thursday 23rd June

first_img HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Highland’s Farming News – Thursday 23rd June Watch: The Nine Til Noon Show LIVE Facebook Previous articleJohn Kelly hits European qualifying mark for a second timeNext articleDuffy angry at viable explosive device left at Cornshell Fields in Derry admin Facebook WhatsApp Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Pinterestcenter_img NewsPlayback WhatsApp By admin – June 23, 2017 Google+ A 15 Minute Programme presented by Chris Ashmore every Thursday at 7.05pm highlighting all that’s happening in the farming communityAudio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Farming9.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Twitter Twitter Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Dr. T Bob Davis returning to Troy for concert

first_img “Hymns for Him!” will be an opportunity to welcome home T. Bob Davis and his wife, Janis, and to welcome Keith back home again,” Green said. “We invite all those who enjoy the old hymns and gospel favorites to join us for ‘Hymns for Him!’ Saturday night at Bush Baptist Church.”Green said admission is free and everyone is encouraged to come early for choice seating. You Might Like The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Published 5:32 pm Tuesday, August 4, 2020 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Latest Stories Dr. T Bob Davis returning to Troy for concert Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder Email the authorcenter_img Skip “Due to health concerns, we will observe safe distancing in seating,” he said. “Every other pew is sectioned off. Masks are suggested but not required.”Bush Baptist Church is located at 605 South George Wallace Drive, Troy. “Hymns for Him!” will be in the main sanctuary. Print Article By Jaine Treadwell Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content “T. Bob Davis is a remarkable pianist with an unbelievable energy level,” Green said. “His desire is to use his talent to the glory of God and to encourage the church. We are excited to have him back home in Troy Saturday night for an evening of worship that features the good old hymns and gospel favorites from years gone by.”Green said the program will feature familiar hymns including “He Keeps Me Singing,” “I Love to Tell the Story,” and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”Joining Davis, pianist, and Green, soloist, will be former Trojan, the Honorable Keith Watkins, guitarist, and Janis Davis, vocalist. ‘Because their safety is what is most important’ For the residents of Noble Manor, it’s life as usual in these unusual times. Jimmy and Dale Law, owners of… read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Native Trojan Dr. T. Bob Davis of Dallas enjoys a national and international reputation for his many contributions to dentistry, piano performance and church outreach.Davis is multi-talented, energetic and deeply committed to all he does and has won the respect of his peers in dentistry, music, and his Dallas community, said the Rev. Perry Green of Troy.Green will join Dr. T. Bob Davis in “Hymns for Him!” an evening of worship in song at 7 p.m. Saturday, August 8, at Bush Baptist Church.last_img read more

Texas cheerleader saves choking toddler during homecoming parade

first_imgiStock(ROCKWALL, Texas) — A high school cheerleader sprung into action at her homecoming parade in Texas when she spotted a toddler choking and managed to save him, she and the little boy’s family said.Tyra Winters, a 17-year-old student at Rockwall High School, told ABC News Wednesday that she was on the school’s float with her cheerleading squad and the football team on Sept. 18 when she heard murmurs that a child was choking in the crowd.She scanned the crowd and saw a little boy whose face was “super, super red.”“At this point, he’s kind of turning purple,” Winters said.She then jumped off the float and ran to the boy, who was with his mother, and successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver.“I picked him up and then I tilted him downwards and gave him two or three back thrusts. He then was spitting everything up,” Winters said.The boy’s mom, Nicole Hornback, told ABC News that she had tried to perform the Heimlich on her son, 2-year-old Clarke, but wasn’t successful.“I just literally was holding him out and just running through the crowd trying to hand him off to anyone,” Hornback said.She called Winters “very brave” and praised her for being so willing to take a child’s life in her own hands.The three reunited Tuesday, but Clarke didn’t remember Winters.“It’s hard for him because he’s so young,” she said. “He doesn’t even remember what he ate for breakfast.”Winters said even so, the two had a good time together and shared a high-five.She’s grateful that she could be there for Clarke, and that her mother taught her the Heimlich a few years ago.“I knew exactly what to do from that point on,” Winters said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Towards best practice

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Thisissue sees the start of a new five-part series by Ashridge Consulting on how toachieve effective coaching. In this first part, Ina Smith examines the currentboom in the demand for coaching and compares its similarities with counsellingIt’s lonely at the top. Chief executives, directors and senior managersrarely get straight feedback or even hear bad news. There are few people they can discuss sensitive issues with, or can helpthem to think out loud. There are even fewer that wouldn’t mind someonecatching a glimpse of their vulnerability. Small wonder then they appreciatethe confidentiality and personal attention of a personal coach. Executive coaching – the term commonly used for one-to-one time with anexternal coach, consultant or mentor – deals with the individual’s issues andneeds, whatever they may be. The coach attempts to understand and address them in the context of theday-to-day realities of the organisation and business situation. It may be theonly way for top managers to gain important feedback on personal performance,management and leadership style and the company culture. Strategic objectives Coaching represents a just-in-time, cost-effective development option thatis also geared to strategic objectives. It is a practical, on-the-job,results-orientated and time-effective method of learning that may be used toimprove performance, prevent derailment and implement organisational change.Research demonstrates that coaching is highly rated by clients as a verysatisfactory process for self-development. It is not surprising that in an ever-increasingly tough and pressurisedbusiness environment, coaching is booming. It is one of the fastest growingareas of consulting and this trend shows little sign of abating. In the lastfew years, there has been a real explosion in its use both as standaloneexecutive coaching and as a component of a development programme that may alsoinclude training workshops or action learning groups. There are estimated to be tens of thousands of executive coaches in the US.In the UK and Europe, more and more consultants are being asked to includecoaching in their portfolios of consulting activities, interventions andsolutions offered to clients. So, you might ask, what makes it successful? In both counselling andpsychotherapy, the best outcomes have usually resulted from the formation of astrong ‘working alliance’. Coaching has some close similarities to counselling, within the boundariesof an organisational and work context. The coaches must be able to work in aone-on-one relationship, developing a working alliance that encourages andsupports: – Better awareness of self and others – Reflection on dilemmas, choices and alternatives – Problem solving and taking action – Reviewing outcomes and learning Coaches encounter a diverse range of clients. Some have been promoted intonew and demanding jobs, while others are managers about to set up new businessunits or divisions within restructured organisations. At times, the individual’s challenges lie within their own management team,and they can be directly related to their customer relationships. There may beissues surrounding appropriate leadership styles in complex situations andpersonal reactions to change and uncertainty. Coaching is not remedial. It helps successful managers and executives todeliver positive results to extremely high standards within difficultcompetitive market situations. Coaches must be able to handle the demands ofeach individual client by providing some of the roles outlined within thecoaching arena.Sportsmen When coaching first hit the UK, it was delivered by former chief executivesof successful businesses or champion sportsmen and women. The assumption wasthat you had to have achieved something yourself in order to advise othermanagers on what to do. This phase didn’t last long as managers considered the implications of theseassumptions. Do such coaches have the ability to transfer their knowledge andskills? What processes and methods are they using? Do I need someone to tell mehow to run my business? Have they had any relevant training? Managers realised that coaching isn’t about telling someone else what to do.It is a process of self-discovery, a time for reflection and learning and anopportunity to plan and review the outcomes with an external person, within ahighly-confidential relationship. Occasionally, advice is very useful too – butonly when that is exactly what is needed. Now, the majority of experienced coaches come from the ranks of psychologyand the behavioural sciences. A coach needs to combine psychological andbehavioural knowledge and expertise with a working knowledge of managementprocesses and systems. They must be able to tackle a wide range of issues, fromstrategy and marketing to interpersonal relationships and conflict resolution. It is a tall order. Many coaches have described to us at Ashridge Consultinga sense of “flying by the seat of their pants”. They are concernedabout their credibility, competence and confidence and fear coming up againstsomething they cannot handle. Many consultants and HR people are aware of the need to raise the quality ofcoaching. Ashridge Consulting is responding to a real need to address the issueof development for coaches and examining how a benchmark for best practicemight be set. The need to design and deliver a coaching programme presented an interestingchallenge. We knew that our aim should be to: – Develop coaching and mentoring skills – Help people understand the theoretical frameworks that support effectivecoaching – Provide opportunities to practise both familiar and new coaching skillsand interventions From conversations with internal and external trainers and HR professionalswho coach people they do not line manage, as well as from many years ofexperience as executive coaches, we were able to identify what the mostvaluable and vital components of such a programme would be. Core competencies We knew that from developing core competencies through to the practise of‘micro-skills’, any programme should offer theoretical frameworks and theopportunity to develop and practise both familiar and new skills andinterventions. It should take a psychological perspective, which will develop participants’and their clients’ awareness of themselves and the web of key relationshipswithin the organisational context to enable and respond to change. Any coachseeking to enrich and develop their skills, or create a foundation on which tobuild a coaching and consulting practice, should have knowledge of: – Frameworks for conceptualising the role of the individual coach – The coaching contract and its scope, limitations and pitfalls – Identification and consolidation of new and existing skills – The opportunity to develop new ways of thinking and practising – An introduction to relevant concepts from a wide variety of psychologicaltheories and ways of thinking about organisations, human processes and dynamics– Innovative and creative approaches to the coaching intervention – Managing challenging clients – Coaching within an international context – Ethical considerations in coaching Good coaching results in greater self-knowledge, new perspectives, improvedperformance and greater adaptability. The best coaches are those who givehonest, realistic and challenging feedback, are good listeners and suggestsmart action ideas. In addition, great coaching also comes from the depth and quality of therelationship that develops between coach and client. Coaching is an extremely demanding consulting intervention and consultantswho coach must have all of the skills, knowledge and competencies necessary toprovide excellent quality coaching that achieves positive outcomes. Coaching course on offerThe Ashridge Consulting Coaching for Consultants course isdivided into five two-day modules, between February and October 2003. Followingan additional, but optional, two-day practicum, successful candidates will beawarded accreditation as an Ashridge consulting coach.– Module one: Introduction, the role of the coach, the coachingarena and the three-cornered contract between client, organisation and coach– Module two: Development of the coaching relationship– Module three: The organisational context. How do ourassumptions influence what we do and how can we support and enable change?– Modules four: Skills and strategies– Module five: Managing client relationshipsFor more information contact Tracey Field at AshridgeConsulting on 01442 841106 or e-mail her on [email protected] Related posts:No related photos. Towards best practiceOn 1 Jan 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more