Dunn steps down from chief financial role at Gatwick | News

first_imgHe added: “Nick is a strategic thinker and has contributed hugely as part of my team.  “I wish him the very best of luck and every success with the next stage of his career.”Gatwick deputy chief financial officer, Lorenzo Rebel, will take up the role on an interim basis while Gatwick begins the search for a permanent replacement. OlderDoors open at Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre, Johannesburg, O.R. Tambo- Advertisement – Gatwick chief financial officer, Nick Dunn, has stepped down from the role in order to take up a new career opportunity with CityFibre.He will assume the chief financial officer role with the alternative digital infrastructure provider. – Advertisement – Dunn joined Gatwick in 2010, building up a strong finance team and playing a significant role in the development and growth of the airport over the past ten years.Stewart Wingate, chief executive of Gatwick Airport, said: “I would personally like to thank Nick for all of his efforts at Gatwick. “I am proud to have worked closely with him over the past ten years, especially during the significant changes of recent times, which have been unprecedented in Gatwick’s history.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Coronavirus: Premiership Rugby reveal 17 positive tests in latest round of pre-season screenings | Rugby Union News

first_imgSeven clubs took part in first round of testing, nine clubs took part in latest round; It was the second week of pre-season testing following the initial screenings on October 26, which returned 11 positive results from five different clubs out of the 520 tested Last Updated: 04/11/20 5:14pm Premiership Rugby has announced that 17 people from eight clubs have returned positive results for coronavirus in the latest round of pre-season testing.- Advertisement –

China’s state-run news media reacts to Biden’s victory with cautious optimism.

first_img– Advertisement – “The outcome could usher in a ‘buffering period’ for already-tense China-U.S. relations, and offer an opportunity for breakthroughs in resuming high-level communication and rebuilding mutual strategic trust,” Global Times, a fiercely nationalistic tabloid, wrote in an article, citing Chinese experts.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – But even as Chinese propaganda signaled a new phase in U.S.-China relations, it also continued to push a narrative of American decline — a constant refrain in recent months as an increasingly wealthy and confident China has tried to market itself to the rest of the world as a viable alternative for global leadership. Under President Trump, trust and cooperation between the United States and China ebbed to their lowest levels in recent history, as a trade war raged and officials on both sides hurled recriminations about espionage, protest movements and the coronavirus pandemic. China’s state-controlled news outlets had criticized Mr. Trump and the United States increasingly stridently in recent months.But the immediate reaction to Mr. Biden’s victory on Sunday was measured, indicating that China was willing to attempt, and indeed was eager for, a thaw. The article suggested that the two countries could work together on combating climate change, containing the coronavirus and developing vaccines, noting that Mr. Biden would be “more moderate and mature” on foreign affairs.The response echoed much of the rest of the world, where many world leaders breathed sighs of relief at the election’s outcome. The president-elect has promised a restoration of normalcy and a renewed commitment to multilateralism.Global Times noted that relief in a tweet, writing that the leaders of Canada, Britain, France, India and Germany had already congratulated Mr. Biden. “The Trump era is seeming over,” it said. HONG KONG — China’s state news media reacted with cautious optimism to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory in the United States’ presidential election, expressing hope that he would stabilize the fast-deteriorating relations between the two countries.But many outlets also continued to warn of future tensions between the superpowers, and to suggest that American democracy was in decline.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Meet the Indian Women Founders of the Two Apps That Made It to This Year’s Apple Entrepreneur Camp

first_img– Advertisement – When Aashika Chittiappa looked to get back to work in 2016 after the birth of her first child, her mother advised her to do something that would continue to engage her, and also allow her to be in the moment with her child. Four years later, she’s been doing this successfully as one of the founders of Mamma-Miya— an app that does something similar for the women who use it. It’s an app that helps busy moms prioritise themselves, keep track of their schedules, and happens to be one of the two Indian teams selected for the latest session of Apple Entrepreneur Camp, which ended this week.Apple Entrepreneur Camp started last year, and it offers one-on-one code-level guidance from Apple experts and engineers on their app, mentorship, and insights from Apple’s top leaders. The Female Founders chapter (for female founders and developers) helps women like Chittiappa grow their apps, build networks, and make use of Apple’s experts. This year’s (virtual) session went on from October 22 to November 3. After the lab concludes, participants get ongoing support and become part of a community of alumni. In the first year, the camp saw a 100 participants from 13 countries representing female-led app companies.- Advertisement – Chittiappa, on the other hand, spent two and a half years interviewing dozens of moms before Mamma-Miya went live in 2018. They’d sit around her dining table and discuss, over cakes and coffees, the struggles of being a mother. The summaries of these meetings still find a place on Chittiappa’s office wall, she tells me, in the form of post-its. “Everyone is struggling so much as mums, but we haven’t articulated what the struggle is,” Chittiappa said.Mamma MiyaTransplant Care selected apps for Apple Entrepreneur CampMamma-Miya and Transplant Care were two of this year’s selected apps for Apple Entrepreneur Camp.- Advertisement – Chittiappa’s partner Namrate Mayanil joined the team a year ago and keeps telling her partner that everything is possible with technology. Their journey with Apple started when the received an email from Apple representatives around a year ago, who soon recommended them to apply for the Apple Camp. “There’s so much magic in this journey,” says Chittiappa, who doesn’t have a background in tech but believes that the struggle to keep something going forward can be deeply rewarding.Speaking about Mamma-Miya, she said, “There’s nothing about the idea of being a supermum –it’s about being a deeply fulfilled mum who is living her life as authentically and intentionally as possible. It started with a WhatApp group, which grew into a Facebook group – a safe space for mothers to discuss struggles.”While there definitely is a bit of disappointment in the participants on missing out on face-to-face sessions in Apple Park, the tech giant’s efficiency and determination to make things happen made up for it, the entrepreneurs say.For both the teams, the biggest takeaway from the sessions with Apple has been its emphasis on making things simple. Apple’s philosophy of saying a hundred ‘Nos’ before saying ‘Yes’ has stuck with Mayanil, who understood, through the sessions, the importance of constantly improvising. The Transplant Care team also believe that simplicity is the achievable goal that every app strives for.Apple Watch is another area Puranik and her team worked hard on. While it was something they wanted to work on eventually, the workshops made them realise how well it could be leveraged immediately.anita puranik transplantcare anita_puranik_transplantcareAnita Puranik, the co-founder of Transplant Care app from MetamagicsPhoto Credit: MetamagicsEsther Hare, a senior executive at Apple, started the sessions by telling the women that if they thought they were here solely because they were women or because there were fewer applications, they were wrong. She told them they were here because of what they brought to the table. Chittiappa and Mayanil praise the way Apple emphasised that their gender isn’t a disability, but in fact a strength. “It’s the way they go about it – without making you feel like you’re underrepresented.”The Mamma-Miya founders believe that women-led organisations tend to work in areas where they believe they can create an impact that will lift people up, often using empathy and well-being as a tool. When a woman rises, it’s not just herself she lifts up; the journey is to lift how many ever possible, on the way.“The main obstacle with being a women entrepreneur is the attitude of investors,” said Puranik. “If you’re a woman, they tend to hold back the funding as they’re unsure you can withstand the pressure,” she added.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. The other team from India in the camp was founded by Anita Puranik. Transplant Care app from Metamagics is focused on patient education and empowerment to reduce complications and improve long-term, post-transplant outcomes.When Puranik’s husband was scheduled to get a transplant five years ago, they were overwhelmed with the excel sheets, information required, and the lack of a single, inclusive digital platform. The first few years went in heavy research and working on the webpage, which went live as an app in 2018 on the App Store and Google Play.There are typically three to four sessions that the entrepreneurs attended every day, after which they worked – sometimes through the night, like Transplant Care’s co-founder Atul Saraf did– on making changes in the app. One of key learnings of the sessions was how to make insightful widgets. For an app like Transplant Care, this is important as it helps flag things such as an increase or decrease in health parameters in a manner that’s not an annoying reminder.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Five substitutes: Premier League chief Richard Masters does not expect reintroduction of rule | Football News

first_img– Advertisement – Premier League chief executive Richard Masters does not expect the reintroduction of five substitutes for the “foreseeable future”.While answering questions from MPs on a range of issues regarding football’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Masters said: “It’s been voted on twice. I don’t see it changing for the foreseeable future.”- Advertisement – England’s top flight is the only major league in the world not using the new five-sub rule, and there remains mixed feeling on the issue throughout the division despite its reintroduction being voted down twice by the majority of the 20 clubs.Top managers including Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho support the advent of having five subs available – and they were backed up by the PFA, who want the rule introduced on health and safety grounds, on Monday.However, Sheffield United are among those to have rejected it, with the club’s chief executive Stephen Bettis telling Sky Sports News this week: “We remain suspicious that big clubs simply want to be able to sub-off players to rest them to keep them fresh.- Advertisement – “Of course the bigger the club, the stronger the bench. Any change of rules mid-season will clearly affect the integrity of the league.”Sky Sports News has surveyed 17 of the 20 Premier League clubs and eight say they are still against it, while nine are in favour, with two of those having changed their mind on the issue in recent weeks.Those figures suggest that, if the idea was voted on again this season, it would be unlikely go ahead.- Advertisement – Brighton chief executive Paul Barber would be in favour, telling their local newspaper the Argus: “We are very much in the camp that we feel five substitutions suits us. It suits (manager) Graham (Potter), it suits our particular game management systems and the way Graham likes to use his squad and change systems during games.“We voted positively twice on the idea and if there was to be another vote we would vote positively again. We are not trying to sway the opinion of anyone else. The idea of players benefitting at this time now an intense fixture schedule is, of course, true. What we don’t know is to what extent and whether that favours a particular club over another.”last_img read more

Bigfin squid spotted in Australia for first time

first_img– Advertisement – Bigfin squid spotted in Australia for first time. Video, 00:00:30Bigfin squid spotted in Australia for first time- Advertisement –last_img

Huawei Exclusion Decision to Be Appealed by Swedish Telecoms Regulator

first_imgPTS said in Friday’s statement that it would wait for a decision from the administrative court of appeal to decide how to proceed with auctions.Huawei told Reuters on Monday that it had no plan for more legal action and was waiting to have a constructive dialogue with Swedish authorities.Certain parts of PTS’ decision prior to the upcoming 5G auctions will not apply until further notice, the Stockholm administrative court said in a decision which would allow Huawei’s involvement in Sweden’s impending 5G spectrum auction.- Advertisement – Swedish telecoms regulator PTS will appeal a court decision against its plan to exclude Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei from its 5G networks.PTS on Monday halted 5G spectrum auctions after a court suspended parts of its earlier decision, in which it followed Britain in banning Huawei equipment from 5G networks, citing national security risks.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Chinese company had appealed against PTS’ decision to exclude it, saying it wanted a court to check if it had been taken according to the law.“PTS will appeal the administrative court’s decision on inhibition to the next instance,” the regulator said in a statement on Friday.The auctions were originally expected to start this week and would have benefited Nokia and Ericsson as PTS had asked companies taking part to remove Huawei and ZTE equipment from their infrastructure.- Advertisement – Huawei has no plan for more legal action at this point and is waiting to have constructive dialogue with Swedish authorities, Kenneth Fredriksen, Huawei’s executive vice president, Central East Europe and Nordic Region, told Reuters.“We are willing to cooperate fully in terms of any future requirements they may put as a supplier of 5G equipment that will enable us to be a certified vendor,” he said.© Thomson Reuters 2020Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more

Egypt reports 2 human cases of avian flu

first_imgMar 20, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Egyptian authorities have reported that a 30-year-old Egyptian woman died of H5N1 avian influenza and a young man is recovering from the same infection, signaling what may be the first known human cases in Africa.Both patients were exposed to sick poultry, and samples from both tested positive at a US Navy laboratory in Cairo, according to reports from Agence France-Presse (AFP).The woman fell ill in early March after close contact with sick chickens, ducks, and a turkey in her household flock, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today, citing information from the Egyptian government. She was hospitalized Mar 16 and died Mar 17.She was tested by the US Naval Medical Research Unit (NAMRU-3) in Cairo, the WHO said. Samples were being sent to a WHO collaborating lab outside Egypt for confirmatory testing, the statement said.An AFP report yesterday said the woman, named Amal Mohammed Ismail, was from Nawa village just north of Cairo and had kept poultry despite a ban on poultry raising since avian flu first broke out in Egypt in February.The woman’s village has been sealed off, and health officials were taking samples from people who might have had contact with her or her birds, AFP reported.The sick man was identified in a Mar 19 AFP report as Mohammed Bahaa Abdel Moneim, 28, who has a chicken farm north of Cairo where a number of birds died a week ago. The report cited Health Minister Hatem al-Gabali as the information source.The US Navy lab detected the H5N1 virus in samples from both patients, according to an AFP report today. It said samples from both were being sent to London for further tests.An Egyptian health official named Sayyid al-Abbasi said the man’s condition improved after he was treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu), according to an IRIN News (United Nations Integrated Regional Information Networks) report today.”He’s well now, though he’s still under surveillance,” al-Abbasi was quoted as saying.Egypt confirmed its first H5N1 outbreak in poultry on Feb 17, and the virus has since turned up in 18 of the country’s 26 governorates, the WHO said. Elsewhere in Africa, the virus has infected birds in Nigeria, Niger, and Cameroon this year, but no human cases have been reported in those countries.In other developments, four children in Serbia have been hospitalized with suspected avian flu symptoms, according to an AFP report today. The Serbian health ministry said the children were placed in isolation, while another 24 people were being monitored. Serbia first detected H5N1 avian flu in a swan found dead earlier this month.See also:Mar 20 WHO statement on case in Egypthttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_03_20/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Is the pandemic threat receding, or does it just look that way?

first_imgFirst in a two-part series examining the numbers and epidemiologic factors surrounding the virus many experts believe could lead to the next pandemic—and what they mean for your business.(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – The apparent lull in avian flu cases may spell apathy for senior executives—even if it means nothing in terms of the danger posed by the H5N1 virus. Use this period to mobilize resources and educate management about why this is not the time to let down your guard.A cursory look at the numbers tells one story.Fewer people are getting sick and dying from H5N1 avian influenza in 2007 than 2006. In the first 4 months of the year, 28 people have been reported and confirmed ill with the virus, down from 62 during the same period last year. News coverage of the deadly H5N1 virus has diminished, almost disappearing. And the pathogen’s apparent lack of momentum coupled with its long-term presence have led many people to tune it out, file it away, or write it off as “public health’s Y2K.”But a closer examination of the epidemiologic features of H5N1 tells a different, more ominous story.The threat is not over—and won’t be for the foreseeable future, according to scientists. The virus remains deadlier than the one responsible for the pandemic of 1918. H5N1’s case-fatality rate (CFR), the ratio of how many people get sick from a disease to how many die of it, has remained steadily high—at about 60%—since it first emerged in 1997.Weekly Briefing asked several influenza experts to put the current numbers of human H5N1 cases and deaths into context to help pandemic planners educate themselves and their senior executives about what these statistics really mean for the threat of a pandemic.2007 statistics in contextSo far this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed 28 cases, 14 of them fatal, from the six countries that have reported them. But the numbers are too small to interpret in a meaningful way, says Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and Editor-in-Chief of Weekly Briefing. “The interpretation of 28 cases over such a short period of time doesn’t mean anything at all,” he says.Just as a spike in cases cannot be interpreted as the start of the next pandemic, neither should a relatively quiet period be seen as the end of H5N1, he says.Keiji Fukuda, MD, head of the WHO’s Global Influenza Programme, agrees. “Progress in reducing poultry outbreaks is encouraging, but as long as H5N1 persists among poultry and other bird populations, it remains a danger to people and a highly concerning threat to initiate a pandemic,” he says.From Apr 1 to Apr 11, the last date the WHO updated its H5N1 cases, the organization confirmed only seven cases of H5N1. But April was a very quiet month in 2006 as well, with only five confirmed cases. Fukuda says variations in the number of cases are expected. “The H5N1 epidemiological patterns during the past few years have taught us to expect up and down patterns in H5N1 activity levels,” he says. “It is clear that this virus has demonstrated its ability to persist for long periods of time and to reappear in places where strong control programs have been put in place. At this point, it is impossible to say the risk for a pandemic has decreased.”In addition, no one knows what the prelude to any pandemic looks like, because no one has ever tracked this type of prepandemic data, says Greg Dworkin, MD, editor of the Flu Wiki Web site, which tracks news and information about influenza. It’s important not to make predictions about how the pandemic will unfold, its virulence, or the number of waves, he says. “Some people say ‘if it’s been around since 1997 in Hong Kong, isn’t that a long time for the virus to not explode?’ The answer is we don’t know. As a wise pandemic expert once said ‘if you’ve seen one pandemic, you’ve seen one pandemic.'”In other words, no one knows whether H5N1 or another virus is going to cause the next pandemic, because viruses appear to follow no predictable pattern as they spread and jump species. For example, the avian influenza virus H3N8 jumped from birds to horses in 1963 and then to dogs—but not until 2004.Looking at only the number of H5N1 poultry outbreaks and human cases in the short term to evaluate the pandemic threat is a mistake, says David Morens, MD, a scientist at the National Institutes for Health, Washington, DC. “It’s spreading and will continue to spread,” he says. “It’s not going to go away. The virus is part of the environment, and it’s likely to be where it is for the foreseeable future.”The recent relatively low number of cases, he says, could be due to saturation of the viral host, meaning that it has infected all the poultry it can possibly infect in a given area, and the poultry either died of the infection or were culled. On average, the life expectancy of a chicken is 35 to 40 days (from hatch to plate). When new, susceptible birds are added to the population, the resultant group has no immunity. Thus, when the virus is reintroduced, it is able to infect a large number.Or, Morens says, the low number of cases could be due to educational efforts to inform people how to stop the disease. “You’re seeing that learning curve,” he says. “So many new communities have had these experiences that there’s perhaps a combination of saturation and a high level of information that allows people to stop transmission.”The number of human deaths attributed to H5N1 (172 worldwide), although no doubt a tragedy for the victims’ families, is small from a public health standpoint, Morens says. At the same time, no one knows how H5N1 might jump from poultry to humans—or whether another, different virus will emerge to cause the next pandemic. “What we worry about is that this virus might in the future become a pandemic virus,” he says. “We don’t know if the turning of this virus into a pandemic virus is possible, and, if it is, we don’t know what it would take to make it happen.”Stable case-fatality rateThe CFR remains high, at 60%. It has hovered between 50% and 75% since February 2004. “It’s a very high case-fatality rate,” Dworkin says. “For those hoping that the case-fatality rate would drop over time, that’s not been seen.”For comparison, the CFR of the 1918 influenza pandemic was 2.5%. “While not predicting an H5N1 pandemic, I think that it [the CFR] is an important statistic to keep in mind for planners who are charged with thinking about worst-case scenarios,” he says.H5N1 in IndonesiaTo further confound things, the official numbers of human infections and deaths from the WHO are misleading, because Indonesia has not been sharing samples of what it has identified as H5N1 since Jan 29, 2007. About one third of the world’s H5N1 cases have occurred in Indonesia. Of Indonesia’s cases, the WHO has confirmed only six this year, five of them fatal. If the unconfirmed Indonesian cases were included, they would boost Indonesia’s 2007 cases to 20 and its deaths to 17—more deadly than that country’s 2005 statistics (20 cases, 13 deaths).Indonesian health officials are not cooperating with the WHO, having called into question the fairness of the WHO and pharmaceutical companies’ using Indonesian virus samples to produce vaccines the country may not be able to obtain or afford. As a result, the WHO has not recognized Indonesia’s H5N1 cases since Jan 29, because the organization cannot confirm the results in an independent lab.If Indonesia resumes sharing H5N1 samples, Fukuda says that WHO labs will test any H5N1 samples provided by Indonesia, which will allow the labs to confirm the infections and include all such H5N1 cases in the WHO statistics. “Alternatively, a lab in Indonesia may demonstrate that it meets the WHO guidelines for H5N1 testing so that the results from Indonesia can be accepted without the need for further verification,” he says. “Even if a country’s laboratory is able to verify H5N1 virus infection, this does not remove the importance of Indonesia and all other countries sharing their H5N1 viruses for risk assessment for vaccine strain selection and development purposes.”Other confounding factorsSeveral factors cloud the accuracy and reporting of data, including problematic data collection, the impact of using antivirals, and a lack of data from previous pandemics.Problematic data collection. In general, countries affected by H5N1 have moved toward more complete reporting, but Indonesia is notable because it has purposefully withheld its H5N1 viruses and sought publicity over this action to highlight the need to improve access to H5N1 and pandemic vaccines for all countries, Fukuda says. “WHO is in complete agreement with the need for more equitable access to these resources but also believes that all countries should, at the same time, support global surveillance, including virus sharing, for influenza,” he says. “For influenza, even Indonesia acknowledges the importance of virus sharing for the purpose of mutual protection against this threat.”Antiviral use. Treating a patient with the antiviral oseltamivir (Tamiflu) can suppress viral growth, potentially resulting in a false-negative test for H5N1, Dworkin says. If, for example, a patient with suspected H5N1 is hospitalized, given Tamiflu, and then tested for H5N1 and the result is negative, the patient’s case would not be recorded as positive—even though the patient may truly be infected with H5N1.Lack of historical data. Predicting the course of a pandemic also is difficult, given incomplete or nonexistent data collection from previous pandemics, according to Dworkin. “What we really need is a complete and total understanding of the natural history of pandemics, from the time that they start to the time that they’re over,” he says. “We simply need to be prudent about what we do know,” which at this time is that H5N1 is still making people ill and recurring in the bird population, its spread may be related to the commercial poultry industry and the smuggling of poultry, and it has a high CFR.H5N1 in birdsJoseph Domenech, chief veterinary officer of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Rome, reports fewer H5N1 outbreaks in poultry—the main source of the virus—this year than at the same time last year. He also says that although many countries have managed to contain the virus through quick action, the threat of H5N1 gaining efficiency in human-to-human transmission has not disappeared. “Globally, the situation is a lot better,” he says of H5N1 infection in poultry. “A lot of countries have been able to get rid of the disease, but it doesn’t mean that we are satisfactory and there is no reason to worry. There are still a lot of reasons to worry.”In 2007, H5N1 has affected poultry in 17 countries. Four countries reported their first-ever poultry outbreaks this year: the United Kingdom (Jan 27), Bangladesh (Feb 5), Saudi Arabia (Mar 12), and Ghana (May 2). Others, such as Cambodia, Laos, and Turkey, have seen reintroduction of the virus. The FAO is paying especially close attention to Bangladesh for spread of the virus, Domenech says.Turkey, Thailand, and Vietnam, which had been areas of concern, have done a good job curbing the virus, he says. However, he adds that Indonesia, Egypt, and, to a lesser extent, Nigeria remain H5N1 hot spots.Indonesia, he says, is of particular concern because:Only three of Indonesia’s 33 provinces remain free of H5N1 infection in poultry.The country has the world’s highest human death toll from H5N1 (63 WHO-confirmed deaths, plus 12 more unconfirmed deaths). “The risk of a human pandemic is still the same,” he says.Take the long viewWhile the number of human H5N1 cases may be slightly lower this year than at the same time last year, experts say that meaningful interpretation of such a small number of cases over a few months isn’t possible.Companies most likely to come through a pandemic intact, say experts, are ones that take the long view. Whether it’s caused by H5N1 or a different virus, another pandemic will occur—and businesses need to be ready for it. As Fukuda says: “What is clear is that actions to prepare for a pandemic need to continue.”last_img read more