LSE looks ahead after it sells tech company

first_img LSE looks ahead after it sells tech company Show Comments ▼ Express KCS LONDON Stock Exchange Group yesterday confirmed the sale of its market data provider Proquote to IRESS, an Australian financial software firm. The group said Proquote, which it has owned since 2003, “was not central to its strategy going forward for the enlarged Information Services Division”.The Australian firm said the move was part of its strategy to increase its presence in UK markets.Proquote operates a trading hub for retail traders in the UK, along with market data terminals.IRESS’ acquisition also includes LSEHub, which provides trade order connectivity between institutional investors and brokers.The terms of the transaction were not disclosed but all management and employees are expected to join IRESS. Tuesday 15 September 2015 9:09 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbes whatsapp Share whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wraplast_img read more

New CDC data reveal scope of the Flint water crisis

first_img By Rebecca Robbins June 24, 2016 Reprints Although there is no level of lead known to be safe for children, five micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood is typically the threshold at which children are given dietary changes and social and educational services. No Flint children hit the extremely high mark of 45 micrograms per deciliter during the crisis, at which point people are treated with more extreme measures like chelation therapy. A nurse draws a blood sample from a 5-year-old in Flint, Mich., where students were being tested for lead. Carlos Osorio/AP Elevated blood lead levels declined after the city issued a water advisory and switched to a different water source — data collected in a five-month period concluding this March showed just 48 cases — but the CDC report emphasized that could be attributable to behavioral changes like drinking bottled water rather than safer city water.Data previously released by the state of Michigan and outside researchers had shown similar results, but the new CDC report provides the biggest, most granular picture over the longest period of time.The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that city water that is filtered is now safe for all residents to drink, including babies, children, and women who are pregnant or nursing. Related: New federal data provide the most extensive look so far at the scope of the water crisis in Flint, Mich., which became a flashpoint this past winter for the dangers of lead and government inaction in a poor community.Flint children consuming city water were nearly 50 percent more likely to test for a blood lead level considered high after Flint switched in 2014 to a water source that corroded the city’s underground pipes, a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.The report, released Friday, draws from nearly 10,000 blood tests conducted over the course of nearly three years on children under 6 years old, who can experience lasting health consequences and developmental delays as a result of exposure to even relatively low levels of lead.advertisement Tags CDClead exposure Leave this field empty if you’re human: center_img Please enter a valid email address. HealthNew CDC data reveal scope of the Flint water crisis Uncertainty haunts parents of Flint, as every rash, every tantrum raises alarms Privacy Policy The data suggest the impact on Flint children may not have been as devastating as it could have been. Nearly 86 percent of the 162 Flint children found to have high blood lead levels during the crisis tested for fewer than 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood, the lowest tier considered to be elevated.“It provides some reassurances that these exposures were not as high as people were concerned they could be,” Patrick Breysse, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health, told STAT. “These children are not doomed, they’re not poisoned — that’s a medical term that doesn’t represent what we’re seeing here.”advertisement Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day.last_img read more

A study suggests women are less likely to get CPR from bystanders

first_img Trending Now: Tags cardiologywomen’s health “It can be kind of daunting thinking about pushing hard and fast on the center of a woman’s chest” and some people may fear they are hurting her, said Audrey Blewer, a University of Pennsylvania researcher who led the study.Rescuers also may worry about moving a woman’s clothing to get better access, or touching breasts to do CPR, but doing it properly “shouldn’t entail that,” said another study leader, U Penn’s Dr. Benjamin Abella. “You put your hands on the sternum, which is the middle of the chest. In theory, you’re touching in between the breasts.”advertisement The study was discussed Sunday at an American Heart Association conference in Anaheim. Related: “All of us are going to have to take a closer look at this” gender issue, said the Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Roger White, who co-directs the paramedic program for the city of Rochester, Minnesota. He said he has long worried that large breasts may impede proper placement of defibrillator pads if women need a shock to restore normal heart rhythm.The Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health funded the study.Men did not have a gender advantage in a second study discussed on Sunday. It found the odds of suffering cardiac arrest during or soon after sex are very low, but higher for men than women.Previous studies have looked at sex and heart attacks, but those are caused by a clot suddenly restricting blood flow, and people usually have time to get to a hospital and be treated, said Dr. Sumeet Chugh, a cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles. He and other researchers wanted to know how sex affected the odds of cardiac arrest, a different problem that’s more often fatal. Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Please enter a valid email address. Women are less likely to get CPR from bystanders than men, and discomfort touching chests may be a reason Rogelio V. Solis/AP Leave this field empty if you’re human: Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops pumping, usually because of a rhythm problem. More than 350,000 Americans each year suffer one in settings other than a hospital. About 90 percent of them die, but CPR can double or triple survival odds.“This is not a time to be squeamish because it’s a life and death situation,” Abella said.Researchers had no information on rescuers or why they may have been less likely to help women. But no gender difference was seen in CPR rates for people who were stricken at home, where a rescuer is more likely to know the person needing help.The findings suggest that CPR training may need to be improved. Even that may be subtly biased toward males — practice mannequins (they’re not called “woman-nequins”) are usually male torsos, Blewer said. By Associated Press Nov. 13, 2017 Reprints What doctors need to do to treat America’s ‘heart attack’ Privacy Policy They studied records on more than 4,500 cardiac arrests over 13 years in the Portland area. Only 34 were during or within an hour of having sex, and 32 of those were in men. Most already were on medicines for heart conditions, so their risk was elevated to start with.“It’s a very awkward situation, and a very horrifying situation to be one of the two people who survives,” but more would survive if CPR rates were higher, Chugh said.Results were published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.— Marilynn Marchione HealthA study suggests women are less likely to get CPR from bystanders Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. — Women are less likely than men to get CPR from a bystander and more likely to die, a new study suggests, and researchers think reluctance to touch a woman’s chest might be one reason.Only 39 percent of women suffering cardiac arrest in a public place were given CPR versus 45 percent of men, and men were 23 percent more likely to survive, the study found.It involved nearly 20,000 cases around the country and is the first to examine gender differences in receiving heart help from the public versus professional responders.advertisement About the Author Reprintslast_img read more

More Americans are dying at home. Is that a good thing?

first_img Patrick Skerrett / STAT Adapted from The New England Journal of Medicine 2019; 381:2369-2370 These findings are encouraging. But they can also have a dark side, illustrated by Margaret Peterson, who helped her husband, Dwight, die at home in Illinois. “My experience was positive in the sense that my husband succeeded in dying in his own damn bed, in his own damn house,” she wrote in response to a query that one of us (H.J.W.) posted on a Facebook group for caregivers. “It was negative in the sense that the medical management we needed, such as subcutaneous or intravenous morphine, was not available. It was terrible.”advertisement Hospice has since been transformed from a social movement into an essential component of the health care system. The rise in home deaths documented in our study is likely a result of greater use of hospice along with broader efforts to de-medicalize and improve end-of life care.Hospice in the U.S. is a uniquely American creation: an insurance benefit intended to make hospice a cost-neutral service. It was designed based on the needs of people with cancer, a disease that progresses differently from other common causes of death such as heart failure or dementia. It was also created with the expectation that family members would provide the majority of hands-on care.Hospice does not provide 24-hour care in the home except in short crisis situations. Symptom flare-ups, like a spike in pain or difficulty breathing, may be challenging to manage at home and the day-to-day burdens on caregivers are often significant.Inpatient hospice facilities, which are able to provide intensive symptom management, are at increased risk of closure due to insufficient funding and strict Medicare regulations.Improving the systemWe are advocates for hospice and are encouraged by the expansion and uptake of this service. But many individuals need the kind of care that the current hospice model cannot provide. Given the rising number of people dying at home, ensuring the availability of services to support them and their caregivers is a matter of urgency.Only about half of Americans die while receiving hospice services, and home-based non-hospice palliative care is still in its infancy. We need a new movement, one that embraces the best of what hospice pioneers envisioned but that also adapts to the reality of modern health care and society.Upgrade hospice. By agreeing to cease potentially “curative” care, patients who choose hospice are expected to have reduced expenditures from expensive treatments and hospitalizations. This model of care was unfair from the start, but it is now terribly outdated as the line between “curative” and symptom-easing treatments has become increasingly blurred with the development of new medical technologies. Hospice should be redesigned with quality of care as its priority, not the cost of care. Eligibility criteria for hospice should be based on a patient’s needs, not inaccurate estimations of prognosis or the treatments she or he is willing to forgo.Change the one-sized fits all approach. Current policies present barriers to wider hospice use for people with non-malignant condition, who may benefit from disease-directed therapies late in their disease course and whose prognosis is less predictable. Racial minorities have lower rates of hospice use, likely due to greater mistrust of the health care system, cultural beliefs and preferences, and greater desire for life-sustaining care regardless of prognosis. The ability to receive disease-directed treatment should be incorporated into new models of hospice care and the viability of disease-specific hospice benefits should be explored.As our population becomes increasingly diverse, the need for care that incorporates varying cultural backgrounds and preferences will also grow. Geographic disparities and workforce shortages have fueled innovative telehealth hospice programs. We will need other inspired programs to extend high-quality person-centered care to all. About the Authors Reprints How Americans die has fundamentally changed with advances in medical technology and the ways diseases are treated. For centuries, death commonly occurred in one’s home with care provided by relatives and community members. Yet since the 1960s, the hospital and intensive care unit have become places of passage as people approach the end.In this week’s New England Journal of Medicine, we report that home has become the most common place of death among Americans dying of natural causes for the first time since the early 20th century, while deaths in hospitals and nursing facilities have declined. Our analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Health Statistics also showed striking differences in place of death according to who you are and what you die of: individuals who are nonwhite or those dying from diseases other than cancer are less likely to die at home than those who are white or those who die from cancer. Where Americans dieHospitalHomeNursingfacilityHospicefacilityOther2003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620170204060YearPercentage of deathsYearHospitalHomeNursing facilityHospice facilityOther20033970%2380%2360%20%1230%20043870%2440%2350%50%1250%20053810%2460%2370%150%1190%20063750%2510%2340%220%1140%20073700%2530%2320%290%1130%20083710%2570%2330%370%1090%20093410%2570%2220%400%1110%20103380%2710%2230%500%1170%20113300%2730%2240%560%1160%20123190%2820%2170%640%1170%20133120%2890%2140%650%1190%20143090%2940%2130%750%1090%20153050%2980%2120%820%1030%20163010%3050%2080%820%1040%20172980%3170%2080%830%1030%Other Please enter a valid email address. The emergence of hospiceConcerned by the inadequacy of care provided to the dying, Cicely Saunders founded the modern hospice movement in England in 1967. The growth of hospice in the United States was likewise fueled by growing disillusionment with the aggressive treatment that cancer patients received even when death was approaching.Hospice is specialized interdisciplinary care for those with limited life expectancies. It focuses on managing symptoms and maintaining quality of life. It differs from palliative care, which may be administered at any stage of serious illness and in conjunction with conventional treatment.advertisement Adobe @Sarah_H_Cross Sarah H. Cross By Sarah H. Cross and Haider J. Warraich Dec. 11, 2019 Reprints In the United Kingdom and Europe, hospice is predominately an inpatient service; in the United States, home care is prioritized. End-of-life care in the U.S. was revolutionized by the Medicare hospice benefit, which became permanent in 1986. Privacy Policy Haider J. Warraich Leave this field empty if you’re human: Pay attention to social determinants of health. People with fewer socioeconomic resources are less likely to die at home — presumably because they lack the ability to afford and access services that make dying at home feasible. Paying for private caregivers is beyond the ability of most Americans and the current hospice benefit provides coverage only for limited social services. Many hospices, however, report using internal funds to assist patients with non-reimbursable needs such as food, shelter, and utilities. We must think outside the box and develop programs that meet social needs at the end of life and consider incorporating additional social supports into new care models.Make quality end-of-life care available in all settings. When asked, most people say they would prefer to die at home, and hospice use increases the likelihood of this occurring. Yet a home death is neither preferable nor possible for everyone. It is good when preferences can be honored and people are able die in the place of their choosing. Yet the reality of serious illness and the capability for caregiving are complicated. Every individual is different, as are their needs and preferences. Indeed, both may change over time. Everyone, regardless of the setting in which they receive end-of-life care, should have access to high-quality symptom management and psychosocial support at the end of life.Hospice allows many people to experience what some refer to as a “good death” in their homes. The goal of our health system should be to ensure that all Americans have the ability to choose such an opportunity.One such person was Mary who, in her late 90s, realized she was dying. Her daughter-in-law Nancy described her final moments. “She died on April 24, peacefully and painlessly, about an hour after her hospice aide, Marie, had given her a loving bed bath and shampoo, changed her sheets, and massaged her feet and hands with oil,” Mary wrote to us in an email.“Mary held out her hand to Marie and said ‘Thank you,’ snuggled down into her bed, and about an hour later was gone.”Sarah H. Cross, M.P.H., is a doctoral candidate in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and a former hospice and palliative care social worker. Haider J. Warraich, M.D., is the associate director of the heart failure program at the VA Boston Healthcare System, a cardiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and an instructor in cardiology at Harvard Medical School. Hopewell House hospice has closed. You should care about that [email protected] Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. @haiderwarraich Tags end of life [email protected] Related: First OpinionMore Americans are dying at home. Is that a good thing? last_img read more

TD to terminate Asian Growth Class

first_img Unitholders may redeem or switch their holdings in the terminating fund for settlement on, or prior to, the termination date. As at Aug. 10, 2017, TDAM will liquidate the holdings of the terminating fund at fair market value, determine distributions and distribute the net assets to unitholders. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media IE Staff center_img TD Asset Management Inc. (TDAM), the manager of TD Mutual Funds, on Thursday announced its plans to terminate operations of the TD Asian Growth Class due to a low number of unitholders. Effective today, the fund is closed to additional purchases, including pre-authorized contribution plans, and will be terminated on or about Aug. 10. Keywords Fund caps and terminationsCompanies TD Asset Management Inc. last_img read more

Haemophiliacs Urged to Manage their Illness

first_imgHaemophiliacs Urged to Manage their Illness UncategorizedApril 15, 2007 RelatedHaemophiliacs Urged to Manage their Illness Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Haemophiliacs are being urged to take a more active role in managing their own illness, so as to ensure a better quality of life.Consultant Haemotologist at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Dr. Doreen Brady-West, told JIS News that persons with the condition need to be more proactive in order to push for more programmes targeting their needs.Haemophilia is an inherited bleeding disorder that is due to the absence or reduced amount of a particular clotting factor, and mainly affects males.Dr. Brady-West’s appeal comes in the wake of the observation of World Haemophilia Day on April 17, which will focus on the theme, ‘Improve Your Life: Physical Therapy’.She also encouraged persons with the condition to become members of the Jamaican branch of the World Federation of Haemophilia, in order to give a voice to their needs. “Make us know that you are there,” she implored, adding that the association wanted to know their needs.As it stands now, the organization is mainly comprised of medical personnel who work in the field and a few persons living with the condition. “We do not have a lot of support from both haemophiliacs and their relatives.maybe some, but not a lot,” she acknowledged.“Patients are just not motivated to join, because the level of care that they get is really not very high because of the cost factor [clotting agent],” Dr. Brady-West added.Nevertheless, she is hopeful that haemophiliacs will see joining the association as a way to improve their condition. “In many developed countries there are strong organisations, where the patients are very vigilant and demand all sorts from the government,” she said.Haemophiliacs, she pointed out, also had an important role to play in educating more persons about their condition.“You need to educate the persons in your communities, Members of Parliament and even teachers, because very often the children [with the illness] need letters to take to their schools, so that teachers can understand activities that they can do,” she explained.It is estimated that there are 400,000 people affected worldwide by the bleeding disorder, with some 75 per cent of them undiagnosed and untreated. In Jamaica, there are reportedly 300 persons living with the condition.center_img RelatedHaemophiliacs Urged to Manage their Illness RelatedHaemophiliacs Urged to Manage their Illnesslast_img read more

Niger: UN chief urges security forces to protect civilians during polls

first_imgNiger: UN chief urges security forces to protect civilians during polls The United NationsThe United Nations Secretary-General has called on the security forces in Niger to “make every effort” to protect the civilians as they take part in Sunday’s elections.In a statement by his spokesperson, issued on the eve of the polls, Secretary-General António Guterres commended the Government and people of the west African nation for working to ensure timely elections despite significant security and humanitarian challenges, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Mr. Guterres also called on all stakeholders “to ensure that the elections are held in a safe, peaceful and inclusive manner.”“He urges the security forces to make every effort to protect the civilian population as they cast their vote,” the statement added.Complex challenges The Secretary-General also reiterated the commitment of the United Nations “to accompany the country’s efforts to promote democracy and sustainable development.”Situated in the Sahel region, Niger faces complex security and humanitarian challenges. A landlocked and least developed country, it suffers from high levels of food insecurity and hunger. Niger also hosts about 230,000 refugees and 250,000 internally displaced persons.The situation is complicated by Boko Haram violence. On 12 December, at least 28 people were killed and hundreds wounded in an attack, claimed by the terrorist group, on the south-eastern town of Diffa, near the border with Nigeria. /UN News Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Africa, African, Boko Haram, Border, covid-19, Democracy, Government, Humanitarian, Niger, Nigeria, refugees, Secretary-General, security, sustainable, UN, United Nations, violencelast_img read more

Governments of Canada and Manitoba Provide Support to Small Businesses

first_imgGovernments of Canada and Manitoba Provide Support to Small Businesses From: Agriculture and Agri-Food CanadaThe governments of Canada and Manitoba will be providing support to agri-processors and industry service providers to expand their market presence, federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today.The governments of Canada and Manitoba will be providing support to agri-processors and industry service providers to expand their market presence, federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today.Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Market Development stream, the governments of Canada and Manitoba will be providing up to $149,215 for 11 projects to improve their marketing activities that increase innovation and business capacity to expand or maintain existing market presence.Danny’s Whole Hog, one of the funding recipients, began more than 25 years ago with the designing and building of its whole hog barbeques. Funding from the Market Development stream will help Danny’s Whole Hog Inc. create frozen, ready-to-eat meats and meals that can be purchased through its website at www.dannyswholehog.ca.Other approved recipients include:The Little Red Barn Inc.;Elman’s Food Products Ltd. ;10210077 Saskatchewan Ltd.;Buffalo Creek Mills (2017) Inc.; HealthiStraw Sales Corp;Little Brown Jug Brewing Company Ltd. ;Wolseley Kombucha Inc.;Hylife Foods;Hey, Ma!; andRiver Valley Specialty Farms, Inc.Quotes“Through this investment, we are supporting a range of agriculture and agri-food projects to grow farm and food-processing businesses. We continue to support farmers and food processors as they take advantage of new market opportunities here and around the world and respond to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.”– The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food“Manitoba’s small businesses have made many sacrifices to protect the health and safety of their employees and all Manitobans throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding will help these businesses to be innovative and increase their market presence helping our economy recover.”– Blaine Pedersen, Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister“By working together with the province and our local community we were able to think outside the box to come up with new initiatives such as our frozen meals and direct delivery service. The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on small businesses in Manitoba, so we appreciate the support.”– Danny Kleinsasser, owner of Danny’s Whole Hog Inc. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, Buffalo, building, business, Canada, community, covid-19, Economy, Government, health and safety, industry, innovation, Investment, Minister, Small Business, website, Wolseleylast_img read more

Inaugural Tagaloa scholarships announced

first_imgInaugural Tagaloa scholarships announced Hon Aupito William Sio Amelia Setefano and Marina McCartney have been selected as inaugural recipients of the Ministry of Education’s Tagaloa scholarship which supports Pacific Doctorate and Masters study, Associate Education Minister, Aupito William Sio announced today.These scholarships are part of the Ministry’s wider Talanoa Ako response to the Pacific PowerUP evaluations 2016-2019 where Pacific communities highlighted the need to develop Pacific solutions by building capacity and capability across the board.“These scholarships are a great investment to support Pacific learners and their families to achieve their aspirations and to enable more opportunities for Pacific people to pursue study at postgraduate level,” says Aupito William Sio.The Ministry of Education has allocated $24,000 for one Masters scholarship and one Doctoral scholarship to award high-achieving Pacific students undergoing education-related research that are relevant to Pacific families in an area that is often overlooked and ignored.Amelia Setefano is the recipient of the Masters scholarship for one year of full-time study at Massey University to be put towards her research into the stigma and discrimination against mental illness.Marina McCartney is the recipient of the Doctoral scholarship for one year of full-time study at Auckland University of Technology for her research into Moana Pasifika representation in film in Aotearoa, New Zealand.“Getting more Pacific people engaged in postgraduate studies is crucial for the sake of achieving a thriving and prosperous Pacific Aotearoa. I’m encouraged to hear there have been many applications and I’m hopeful many more can make the most of these scholarships on offer. This is part of our Brown, Brainy, Beautiful, Bi-cultural, Bilingual and Bold breed of Pacific students coming through.“I want to acknowledge those who have put in the time and effort to apply for these scholarships and I congratulate Amelia and Marina.. We hope these scholarships will support more Pacific people in their studies,” Aupito William Sio says. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Auckland, building, education, full-time, Government, Investment, mental, Minister, Moana, New Zealand, pacific, postgraduate, research, scholarship, students, technology, universitylast_img read more

US-based Diaspora group stages Annual Convention July 14 to 16

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedUS-based Diaspora group stages Annual Convention July 14 to 16 RelatedUS-based Diaspora group stages Annual Convention July 14 to 16 RelatedUS-based Diaspora group stages Annual Convention July 14 to 16 US-based Diaspora group stages Annual Convention July 14 to 16 Foreign AffairsJuly 1, 2011 By DERRICK SCOTT, JIS Reporter FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail WASHINGTON — The United States-based National Association of Jamaica and Supportive Organisations (NAJASO) will stage its 34th annual convention from July 14 to July 16 at the Marriott Hotel Renaissance Centre in Detroit, Michigan. Just over 100 delegates and participants are expected to attend the event, which will be held under the patronage of Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks. “This convention is important as it will give us the opportunity to review our performance and to look at finding new ways to improve our organisation as well as to assist our beloved country,” said NAJASO’s President, Roy Davidson. He told JIS News that this year’s event theme: ‘Remembering the Past-Impacting the future’, reflects the commitment to build on the foundation that has been laid over the past 34 years to have a significant impact on the future.  Mr. Davidson stated that the organisation’s leadership is committed to encouraging Jamaicans residing in the United States, as well as American corporate interests, to renew their focus on Jamaica. “It is important that new opportunities for investment be communicated to the Jamaican public at large and to those in the American business sector, who have an interest in developing economic partnerships with local players in the Jamaican marketplace,” he said. The NAJASO President noted that in addition to facilitating trade and investment, the organisation is also focused on education. “This has always been one of our primary areas of emphasis.  Since 1988, NAJASO has funded at least 20 scholarships in higher education at the University of the West Indies (UWI). This contribution has been broad… rationale is to make funding available regardless of the academic discipline,” he noted. The scholarships, which average US$2,000, is made available each year to two students, who have distinguished themselves academically, but who also present a credible case for financial support. Meanwhile, the annual convention will commence with a welcome reception with Mayor of Detroit, Dave Bing, delivering the keynote address.  Activities on July 15 include an education and health seminar; luncheon; and business seminar featuring representatives from Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS), JAMPRO, Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and the McDonalds Corporation. On July 16, the 34th annual general meeting and election of a new board will take place and the convention will end with the annual awards banquet and the induction of the new president later that evening. The keynote speaker at the banquet will be President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of VMBS, Richard Powell. A non-profit organisation founded in 1977, NAJASO is the umbrella association of Jamaicans and supportive bodies throughout the United States.last_img read more