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first_imgSix years ago we were running John Lewis and Waitrose as two very separate businesses. The executive team at that time operated somewhat like an oversight board with two management boards running business operations. Since early 2020, the exec team has taken more direct control of the running of the business and there are multiple aspects of our two brands which we run as one consolidated activity – for example technology, change delivery, property & supply Chain – the areas I look after – and finance, strategy and our people function too. This combines to make us a faster and ultimately more productive business. John Lewis exclusive: ’40 per cent of our profits will come from non-retail by 2030′ Show Comments ▼ Also Read: John Lewis goes on senior hiring spree in push to modernise brand High Street giant John Lewis looks back on a difficult year. In March, the 157-year old partnership announced it would not reopen eight stores after lockdown restrictions eased, putting almost 1,500 jobs at risk. Michiel Willems Although the pandemic was clearly a nightmare for society and on a human level, as a business we’ve come through it in much better shape than we might have feared we would. However, retail was a challenged sector before March 2020 and the events of the last year have heightened that and accelerated some key trends – like the shift to online -so we have to continue to adapt and evolve really quickly and confidently. You are the longest serving member of the Partnership’s Executive Committee. Apart from the pandemic impact, what’s the main change you witnessed in the last six years? But what is really important is that we use it in a way that retains the level of service and trust that our relationship with our customers is built upon. This year, for example, we’ll invest £50m in johnlewis.com, improving shopping tools like search and sort, making the shopping journey easier, creating more virtual services and events, we hosted 11,000 virtual events in the past year, and enhancing both the digital and store experience through our app. We’re also working on live chat and bringing richer content into customer journeys based on customer feedback and insight. In terms of trends we’re building our capability in AI & Machine Learning, especially when it comes to automated data analytics and decision making and process automation; two aspects of tech which will have transformed the workplace and businesses by the end of the decade. Share The value of John Lewis stores dropped to almost half the value they were before this year’s and last year’s writedowns, due to the shift to online shopping during the pandemic. For that to be true we have to continue to evolve, be bold and explore new ways to deliver for customers. Our customers want John Lewis and Waitrose to play a bigger part in their lives; particularly in areas where trust really matters and where existing providers don’t measure up to our customers expectations. So we’ll be expanding the scope of our financial services, we’ve already relaunched our Home Insurance offer and rolled out interest-free credit across all of our channels, and we’ve set aside significant funds for innovation and partnerships. We really think there’s a significant sweet spot here for a brand with the customer loyalty and trust that we generate and as a business which isn’t motivated solely by profit. Friday 11 June 2021 6:01 am The nature of the partnership model allows us to invest with a longer term perspective than a conventional business, even in challenging times and amidst a very uncertain economic outlook. Back in the teeth of the financial crisis in 2007/8 we made bold decisions & investments moving our entire product assortment online, this has a similar feel about it. Yes sure, we have done a lot of work on trends in how customers across the country shop. So, for example, while we’ll have fewer full line department stores, we will invest much more in existing shops to make them really worth visiting and visiting regularly for inspiration and for experiences you just can’t get online. We’ll also introduce local, smaller format shops. These will be supported by the 900+ places which already exist to Click & Collect our products and we will offer more John Lewis products through our Waitrose shops. Service remains our strength and we’ll continue to invest in service and services across home, nursery, and fashion, both in shops and online. Our products aim to inspire and broaden our appeal too, underlined by the recent launch of our ‘ANYDAY’ own-brand . 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What are your thoughts on the recovery process? And that includes a move into housing? Also Read: John Lewis to permanently close eight stores, putting 1,465 jobs at risk Yes, we’re laying the foundations, literally as well as figuratively, to move into private rental housing which is another market in which we’re getting huge pull from customers. Meanwhile, there are lots of opportunities we’re pursuing closer to our retail heart – particularly in rental, resale and recycling – we expect to be a big player in the circular economy.  Reporting directly to chair Sharon White, the former Ofcom chief, Murphy joined John Lewis more than 28 years ago in Aberdeen, climbed the partnership’s ladder and joined the executive team in January 2018. The John Lewis Partnership’s ambition is that 40 per cent of profits will come from new, so non-retail, lines of business by 2030. Since joining the partnership in 1992, Murphy has held a number of roles before becoming retail director in 2010 and group productivity and change director in 2015, chief information officer in 2018 and then subsequently executive director of operations in February of last year. Technology now is what real estate was to retailers throughout the 20th Century. You simply can’t run or grow a business at any scale without it. Also, retailers – by definition – have to reflect the society and customers they serve. Technology is therefore definitive of both the JL and Waitrose offerings now and even more so in the future – with around 60 per cent of John Lewis sales made online now and with Waitrose able to fulfil up to 240,000 Waitrose.com orders every week – more than four times the amount at the start of 2020. whatsapp Also Read: BrewDog accused of ‘vanity projects’ and fostering a culture of fear among staff One of the things you are in charge of at John Lewis is technology. How important is tech for JL’s offering, and which tech trends do you watch closely? Time for City A.M. to catch up with the longest-serving senior executive at the company, Andrew Murphy, who is executive director of operations for the John Lewis Partnership. Customers want more flexibility and choice in how and when they shop and technology is integral to delivering this. Profit before exceptional items was £131m in March, but the department store chain would have posted a loss if not for the Covid crisis-related support from the government. Retail has had an absolute nightmare year, with three strict lockdowns. JL decided to close a range of branches. How can John Lewis and others bounce back? Tags: John Lewislast_img read more

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Defending Native women from violence remains hot topic at AFN

first_imgAlaska Native Government & PolicyDefending Native women from violence remains hot topic at AFNOctober 19, 2018 by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media Share:Heather Kendall-Miller speaking during the second day of AFN at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The Alaska Federation of Natives Convention is wrapping up its second day in Anchorage. This year’s theme is Innovation in the past, present and future. The issue of violence against women is at the forefront of the conference.Most of the day’s early speakers on the convention’s main stage gave updates on legal, judicial and federal issues affecting Alaska Natives. But some, like Cook Inlet Tribal Council’s Gloria O’Neill, directly addressed this year’s theme.“Innovation is at the core of how we not only survived, but thrived for millennia,” O’Neill said.O’Neill described CITC’s process for developing the 2014 video-game “Never Alone,” where players guide a young Inupiaq girl through an Arctic quest. O’Neill says the experience offers a template for taking Alaska history, stories, and talent toward emerging industries that benefit state residents and ANC shareholders.“We’re asking permission to take our culture and our stories to this virtual world,” O’Neill said. “We paired Alaska Native elders, storytellers, youth, writers with video gaming experts.”But for the last few days, the theme of defending Alaska Native women from sexual violence has been more prominent than just about anything else. During an update from the Alaska Native Justice Center, prominent attorney Heather Kendall-Miller alluded to the recent Justin Schnieder case appealing to groups like AFN to push for criminal justice reforms.“To make this a time of change, a call to action, because we cannot be silent any longer,” Kendell-Miller said. “We have to be able to move together and call, and demand for some changes.”Kendall-Miller called for reforms in how sexual assault cases against Alaska Native women are investigated and prosecuted, and for an increase in the State of Alaska’s accountability delivering justice to victims.The morning also saw remarks from Congressman Don Young, who championed his record delivering results to Alaska Natives in the capital, and asked for their support in the November election.Share this story:last_img read more

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ESMA sanctions Moody’s divisions

first_img The alleged disclosure failures involve ratings for nine entities, including the European Investment Bank, the European Investment Fund, the European Stability Mechanism, the European Financial Stability Facility and the European Union, which were issued between June 2011 and December 2013. According to the ESMA, the public announcement of the ratings issued by Moody’s Germany and Moody’s U.K. did not include material sources of public information, other than press releases. They also failed to disclose the principal methodology used for the ratings decisions. Moody’s can appeal the regulator’s ruling to the board of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESA). “Given the role of CRAs and ratings in financial markets, and their impact on investor trust and confidence, it is essential that high standards of transparency, are maintained and enforced,” ESMA says in a statement. The rules requiring public disclosure of ratings methodologies is a key regulatory objective, allowing investors and market participants to verify that ratings are sound and reliable, it adds. The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) on Thursday fined the German and U.K. divisions of Moody’s Investors Service a combined €1.24 million for breaching its rules governing credit rating agencies (CRAs). ESMA found that the Moody’s divisions breached the rules with their public announcement of certain ratings, and their public disclosure of methodologies used to determine those ratings. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton ESG ratings need regulation: ESMA Premature retraction of government supports poses riskscenter_img Related news Keywords Credit ratings,  EuropeCompanies European Securities and Markets Authority ESMA sanctions Moody’s for conflict violations Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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SEC moves to combat cyber threats, protect retail investors

first_img Keywords Investor protection,  CybersecurityCompanies Securities and Exchange Commission The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) on Monday announced the launch of a new unit to combat cyber attacks, along with an initiative to better protect retail investors. The new initiatives reflect Chairman Jay Clayton’s priorities, the SEC says in its announcement. OSC finalizes DSC ban A dedicated new Cyber Unit, launched by the SEC’s enforcement division “will focus on targeting cyber-related misconduct.” At the same time, the regulator is setting up a Retail Strategy Task Force to address issues that primarily impact retail investors. The new Cyber Unit will tackle a wide range of online threats, including: market manipulation schemes; hacking to obtain inside information; misconduct on the dark web; intrusions into retail brokerage accounts; online attacks on trading platforms and components of market infrastructure; and violations involving distributed ledger technology and initial coin offerings. “Cyber-related threats and misconduct are among the greatest risks facing investors and the securities industry,” saya Stephanie Avakian, co-director of the SEC’s enforcement division, in a statement. “The Cyber Unit will enhance our ability to detect and investigate cyber threats through increasing expertise in an area of critical national importance.” Retail Strategy Task Force The Retail Strategy Task Force will develop “targeted initiatives to identify misconduct impacting retail investors,” ranging from unsuitable product sales to microcap pump-and-dump schemes. The task force will apply the lessons learned from those cases, the SEC announcement says, and use analytics and technology to identify major misconduct affecting retail investors. “Protecting the welfare of the Main Street investor has long been a priority for the commission. By dedicating additional resources and expertise to developing strategies to address misconduct that victimizes retail investors, the division will better protect our most vulnerable market participants,” says Steven Peikin, co-director of the SEC’s enforcement division, in a statement. James Langton Retail trading surge on regulators’ radar, Vingoe sayscenter_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news ESMA launches digital finance consultation Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Up-rating report 2021 – focus on National Insurance Fund

first_imgUp-rating report 2021 – focus on National Insurance Fund The Government Actuary’s annual report on the National Insurance Fund (NIF) has been published. The report:provides advice to MPs as they scrutinise the government’s draft legislation for up-rating social security benefits and pensions and updating National Insurance Contribution (NIC) termsprojects contribution income, benefit payments and the balance of the NIF over the coming financial yearsCoronavirus impactThe coronavirus pandemic is impacting the NIF in several ways:increased levels of unemployment and lower salaries (for example where employees are furloughed) are reducing income to the NIF with receipts in 2020-2021 expected to be £5.4bn lower compared with the previous (pre-pandemic) projection last yearpayments of working age benefits are increasing while ‘excess deaths’ caused by the pandemic are reducing payments of pensioner benefitsan unusual pattern of average earnings (ie a sharp drop followed by an expected recovery) is projected to cause state pension payments from the NIF to be around £1bn per year higher from 2022 (than with a more even progression of average earnings)Headline resultsAllowing for the impact of the coronavirus pandemic the headline results are that:income is projected to exceed expenditure by £1.3bn increasing the NIF balance to £40.8bn by 31 March 2022costs of the proposed changes to NICs to be paid from April 2021 are projected to be £0.2bncosts of the proposed increases to benefits to be paid from April 2021 are projected to be £2.0bnthe NIF is not expected to need any top-up from HM Treasury over the next 5 years5-year projections show the NIF balance decreasing in each year from the end of 2023All the headline results are sensitive to future economic conditions.Remote workingIn line with government guidance GAD staff have been working from home during the pandemic. Bringing together a remote team to deliver this report added a new dimension to this annual project.GAD Senior Consulting Actuary Chris Morley led the project. He said: “People from across the department have overcome remote working barriers and carried out the complex modelling underpinning this report in a collaborative and effective manner.“I’m proud to have led this team and they have produced this report on time and on budget in challenging circumstances.” /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:coronavirus, Employees, future, Government, Impact, insurance, legislation, pandemic, project, remote working, security, social security, UK, UK Government, unemploymentlast_img read more

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Program helping vulnerable families stay safely together

first_imgProgram helping vulnerable families stay safely together Almost 90 children in Adelaide’s north have avoided entering the child protection system thanks to a $3 million Marshall Liberal Government intensive family support pilot program.Since the program launched in August 2019, Safe Kids, Families Together has completed working with 38 families, including 111 children who were at risk of being removed.Of those, more than 80 per cent (89 children and young people) have been kept out of the state care system and remain at home safely with their parents or kin, avoiding the need for costly and less desirable out-of-home care.The program, being delivered by AnglicareSA, works intensively with at-risk families, giving parents extra, specialist help to overcome complex issues including domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse and mental health issues.Specialist support workers work with the families over a period of months, up to 15 hours per week, to address each family’s unique challenges.Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the program continued to show signs of success in keeping children out of the child protection system through better supporting our most vulnerable families.“Supporting our most vulnerable families earlier is a Marshall Liberal Government priority,” said Minister Lensink.“We are committed to reducing child abuse and neglect in South Australia through intervening early, with the right services at the right time, to keep children at home whenever it is safe to do so.“The 89 children and young people who remain living safely with their parents or kin thanks to this program are 89 children and young people who otherwise would have likely ended up in out-of-home care, which is both expensive and much less desirable.“The Marshall Liberal Government is investing more than $50 million in our Child and Family Support System, which aims to reduce child abuse and neglect by providing targeted support to families and their children – and the Safe Kids, Families Together program is one of several new pilot programs we have invested in.”Minister for Child Protection Rachel Sanderson said there were three main risk factors why families enter the child protection system – and programs like Safe Kids, Families Together was helping many vulnerable parents overcome complex issues.“We know that many South Australian families are facing multiple and complex challenges such as domestic and family violence drug and alcohol abuse and mental health concerns, and this requires an early, coordinated and cross-government effort,” said Minister Sanderson.“We’ve always said stemming the flow of children and young people coming into the child protection system would take time given the issues our vulnerable families are facing are complex and far reaching – however, this pilot program is showing early signs of success.”AnglicareSA Executive General Manager Community Services Nancy Penna said that AnglicareSA is committed to continue working in partnership with State Government and the social services sector to reverse the current trajectory of children being removed and placed in the state care system.“We’re pleased to be given the opportunity to provide families in extreme crisis with immediate, intensive and focused support to ensure the safety of their children and ongoing sustainability of a flourishing home environment,” said Ms Penna.“Families simply want the best for their children and what we do know is if they can remain safely with their birth family, then that’s by far the best place for them.“It’s vital that government continues to invest in strengthening the continuum of support for families at risk of losing their children in order to drive long-term change. “We would like to see this program continue to have a real impact on families and children into the future.”Following its two-year trial, the pilot program will be independently evaluated by the Parenting Research Centre.Other new Marshall Liberal Government programs targeting our most vulnerable families include the $11.3 million Resilient Families program, $18.2 million Newpin program, $900,000 Breathing Space pilot, $1.6 million Family Group Conferencing pilot and the $2.2 million KWY pilot in the West. /Public News. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. 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:Adelaide, alcohol abuse, AusPol, Australia, Australian, child abuse, community services, domestic and family violence, domestic violence, environment, family violence, Government, Human Services, mental health, SA Government, social services, South Australia, sustainabilitylast_img read more

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‘To dance is to live,’ and dance lives on at CU

first_imgCU-Boulder heads off Shakespeare fear…with fun Does your stomach experience toil and trouble at the memory of a pinched and scolding high-school English teacher peddling Bardic cod-liver oil? Does the idea of seeing a Shakespeare play threaten to put you to sleep, perchance to dream? Well, “You haven’t seen ‘Hamlet’ until you’ve seen a 10-year-old do ‘Hamlet.’” Read more Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail By Clay Bonnyman Evans • Published: Jan. 10, 2017 Charlotte York Irey, pioneer of dance at CU Boulder, dies at 98More than two decades after she had almost single-handedly established the first degree program in dance at the University of Colorado Boulder, Charlotte York Irey attended the dedication of the new theater named in her honor.She felt good about her work at CU — establishing the first BA degree in dance in 1963, followed by an MA program in 1969; separating the program from the physical education department and guiding its merger with the theater department; receiving the university’s prestigious Robert L. Stearns Award.But she wanted everyone to know that she’d always keep a watchful eye on her creation. I think the faculty we have now will make things happen,” she told The Rocky Mountain News in 1984. “If they don’t, I’ll haunt them.” Why Mendelssohn (Moses, not Felix) matters Elias Sacks, CU Boulder assistant professor or religious studies, makes a case for the contemporary relevance of an Enlightenment superstar. Read more Ailey II brings innovative, youthful and passionate dance to Boulder “Wow factor aplenty,” says Herald Scotland. “Second to none,” gushes Dance Magazine. “The entire company … looks terrific,” proclaims The New York Times. Read more Related Articlescenter_img Charlotte York Irey in action.Irey came to CU Boulder in 1945 and led the dance program from the time of its formation in 1963 until she retired in 1988. Besides the Stearns Award, she was named a Living Legend of Dance in Colorado in 2005, and received the Thomas Jefferson Award from CU Boulder.When she arrived, dance classes were held in the “women’s gym.” After the BA was established, the program moved to The Armory on University Boulevard, and eventually to the site of the old St. Gertrude’s Academy on Aurora Avenue, which was badly damaged in a 1980 fire.“The move to the Armory gave us the first taste of being separated from physical education,” Irey recalled on her 80th birthday. “The move to the academy gave us the first secure feeling that we were finally being recognized as an art form. And then it burned down! We wondered if the administration would just let us fall by the wayside.”On the contrary, both the physical-education and theater departments made room for faculty and classes. Four years later, the Department of Theatre and Dance opened a new wing in the old library building, and dedicated the 150-seat Charlotte Irey Dance Theatre, now used for both theater and dance productions.But Irey also contributed to the program in ways that can’t be measured in square footage or faculty numbers.“The biggest thing for me with Charlotte is that she is the one who shaped a culture of both rigor and compassion in our department, encouraging everyone to go beyond ourselves and function as a community,” says Associate Professor of Dance Erika Randall, who recently was chosen by the faculty to become the new chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance.“For Charlotte it was not enough to stay with the status quo. We needed to keep building, developing, deepening and diversifying, and that’s an attitude we have maintained.”Irey’s pioneering spirit lives on through the program she created, says Toby Hankin, emeritus professor of dance, who came to CU Boulder in 1981, “when electric typewriters were cutting edge … and we printed our course outlines on hand-cranked mimeograph machines.”“Dance as a discipline was not widely acknowledged back then. Charlotte was among a group of vibrant women of endless stamina and devotion who fought for the place of dance in the academy — not simply as another sport, but as a body of knowledge with a contribution to make to the study of the arts and humanities and to the life of the university,” Hankin says.“Her spirit and vision are woven into the fabric of the dance program as it exists today — a vital, creative, and collaborative community — a place that thousands of students and faculty over the years have experienced as home.”Former dance faculty member Nancy McElroy recalls that one of Irey’s favorite sayings was, “To dance is to live!” “She was passionate about the form,” Randall says, “not just for what it did for people in their careers, but what it did for them as human beings.”Charlotte York Irey was a member of the National Dance Association, where she was president from 1975-76, named Scholar of Year for 1982-83 and a Heritage honoree in 1990. She also was a founding member of the Council of Dance Administrators and a member of the Alliance for Health, American College Dance Festival, Congress Dance Research and American Dance Guild.Services are pending. Charlotte York Irey“I think the faculty we have now will make things happen,” she told The Rocky Mountain News in 1984. “If they don’t, I’ll haunt them.”But Irey knew that wouldn’t be necessary long before she died on Jan. 2 in Boulder at age 98: CU Boulder’s dance program has not only thrived, but also expanded, attracted top faculty and earned a stellar reputation. “She set her goals, determined to have a dance program. I’m so glad she did, because there were a lot of us who saw that P.E. just did not go together with dance,” says Jamie Redmond, 73, the first person to earn a bachelor’s degree in dance from CU Boulder, in 1964. “She started it, and it’s grown tremendously. It’s really taken off and that’s an excellent thing.”Irey was born April 29, 1918, to Charles William and Annie Charlotte Upsher York in Oklahoma City. She married Eugene Floyd Irey on June 10, 1942, and they had a daughter, Gail.She studied with Mary Wigman, a pioneer of expressionist dance, in Germany in 1935. She received a bachelor’s degree five years later from the University of Wisconsin, the first American university to offer a degree in dance.She went on to study with “the big four” of modern dance, Martha Graham, Hanya Holm, Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, at Vermont’s Washington School of Dance in 1941. She was an instructor of dance at Stephens College in Missouri from 1940-43. She was the author of one book, with Frances Bascom, “Costume Cues,” published in 1952. Issue: Spring 2017Tags:Spring 2017Theatre and Dancelast_img read more

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first_img Share The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Related Posts Thyroid level testing in first antenatal visit is imperative, then it must be done at regular intervals to keep tab on levels as well as to keep abnormally rising levels in checkWith the COVID lockdown and people hesitant to visit hospitals, expectant mothers should still not miss their regular check-ups in case they suffer from thyroid issues. If you are experiencing fast and irregular heartbeat, having trouble dealing with the heat, are constantly tired, having unexplained weight loss or not gaining normal pregnancy weight, consult your doctor at once as both hypo and hyperthyroidism can gravely affect the mother and foetus.Explaining how thyroid hormone can affect a woman’s chances of getting pregnant, Dr S Padma, Sr Consultant & HOD, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre (MMHRC) said, “Uncontrolled hypo and hyperthyroidism can cause infertility, miscarriage, chronic anaemia, preeclampsia in women. Excessive or too little secretion of thyroid hormone and can cause long-term developmental defects in the foetus such as congenital hypothyroidism, low birth weight, hydrops fetalis, cretinism as well as low IQ.”Pregnancy can also affect the secretion of thyroid hormone, as the thyroid gland is affected due to the pregnancy hormones. Dr Padma said, “Pregnancy is an increased demand on the thyroid gland. In normal individuals, this does not appear to present much of a load on the thyroid gland, but in females with subclinical hypothyroidism, the extra demands of pregnancy can precipitate clinical disease. Hence, those with thyroid problems must exercise caution.”Thyroid level testing in first antenatal visit is imperative and then it must be done at regular intervals to keep a tab on the levels as well as to keep the abnormally rising levels in check. For those who may be trying to conceive and are unable to do so due to elevated thyroid levels, thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and T4 levels must be monitored prior to becoming pregnant. This is especially true for those with low thyroid hormones or have already had a miscarriage in the past.Dr Padma advised, “Untreated thyroid diseases can affect the mother and baby in serious ways even leading to miscarriage, premature birth, severely increased blood pressure and low birth weight. High risk factors include a family history of thyroid problems or any other autoimmune disease. Tackling hypothyroid symptoms early in the pregnancy planning stages allows for early treatment and smooth pregnancy.” Comments (0) MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals congenital hypothyroidismCOVID-19HyperthyroidismlockdownMeenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centrethyroidthyroid stimulating hormone Expectant mothers shouldn’t miss regular check-ups if suffering from thyroid issues News Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Read Article Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 By EH News Bureau on May 26, 2020 Add Commentlast_img read more

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Emergency Powers Review Tribunal Appointed

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedEmergency Powers Review Tribunal Appointed FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister, Hon. Bruce Golding, has received the appointments of the members of the Emergency Powers Review Tribunal, which will look into the cases of detention and restriction of citizens by the security forces under the State of Emergency.The three-member tribunal will be chaired by Mrs. Pamela Benka-Coker Q.C, who was appointed by Chief Justice, Zalia McCalla.The two other members, appointed by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen are: Mr. Justice Henderson Downer (Retired) C.D.; and Attorney-at-Law, Miss Nancy Anderson.As stated in a release from the Office of the Prime Minister, the appointments satisfy the requirements for such a panel under the Emergency Powers Regulations.The Prime Minister announced the appointment of the tribunal in a statement in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 25), on the State of Emergency, now underway in the parishes of Kingston and St Andrew.The Prime Minister stated that the security forces have been directed to take all practical steps to avoid casualties as much as possible and to uphold the rights of citizens innocently caught in the area of conflict.“The operations in Tivoli Gardens are being maintained to allow for detailed search for illegal guns and persons, who may be wanted by the police for criminal charges. Several persons have been detained and are being processed,” he said. RelatedEmergency Powers Review Tribunal Appointedcenter_img Emergency Powers Review Tribunal Appointed Office of the Prime MinisterMay 28, 2010 RelatedEmergency Powers Review Tribunal Appointedlast_img read more

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NYS Trainees Turning The Pages of Success at Bookrooms

first_imgRelatedNYS Trainees Turning The Pages of Success at Bookrooms NYS Trainees Turning The Pages of Success at Bookrooms CultureDecember 21, 2011 By Elaine Hartman Reckord, JIS Reporter RelatedNYS Trainees Turning The Pages of Success at Bookrooms FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail At least 290 National Youth Service (NYS) trainees are turning the pages of success, in dealing with the weaknesses which exist in the procurement and distribution of textbooks at high, junior high and all-age schools. So far, they have helped the Media Services Unit of the Ministry of Education to collect for re-distribution some $350 million worth of government-issued textbooks, packed in storerooms in schools islandwide, under the Textbook Management and Support Aides Programme. The programme aims to ensure that textbooks provided for schools are properly distributed and accounted for, in support of the National Textbook Rental Scheme. The Scheme provides free textbooks in major subject areas for students in grades seven to 11 in high schools, and for grades seven to nine students at primary and junior high schools and all-age schools. Cabinet had approved two contracts valued, at almost $300 million, for the procurement and distribution of textbooks for the 2011/12 academic year under the scheme. Acting Executive Director of the NYS, Alan Beckford, says the Textbook Management and Support Aides programme was designed, after the NYS was approached by the Ministry to develop a plan, to train students to assist with the management of the text book process in schools. “We thought it was a great idea. The results have been tremendous so far,” he says, adding that the administrators of many schools wished they could have had more than one NYS trainee assigned to their bookrooms. The trainees’ one-year stint, which began in April at schools, should be completed in March 2012. According to Mr. Beckford, successful participants received the HEART Trust/NTA National Council on Technical Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET) Level II Certification, along with the NYS Certification of Participation. He says the certificate will open many doors for them, as they will be able to pursue careers as Library Assistants, Archivists, Cataloguers, Information Architects as well as Computer Data Entry Clerks. “We want to ensure that our students have a good experience, so that they could get work experience of volunteerism and national service, as well as qualification in inventory and logistics management at a level II, which will assist them to go into the work world at entry level positions or allow them to go on to HEART institutions,” he says. NYS trainee Chimoy Dillon is one of the young persons who participated in the one-month Support Aides training programme, which included core (Behavioural, Personal, Life Career and Character Development) and specialized (Business Administration) curricula. “The National Youth Service has helped me a lot. It has developed my skills, it has pushed me so much and I’m truly grateful for it. I am also helping to develop the country and that actually impacts me a lot, knowing that I am helping the youth today and I can make a change by doing my work,” she tells JIS News. Chimoy is working as a Librarian Assistant /Inventory Logistics Personnel at the Holy Childhood High School in Kingston, where she has been organising and monitoring the textbooks loaned to students. Her work day begins at about 7.30 a.m. and ends at about 3:00 p.m. Apart from keeping an inventory of the books and identifying those needed by students, Chimoy is developing a new computer system, to enable the school to keep account of the number of books loaned and returned by students and to state the condition that they are in. Another NYS trainee, Tashi Grant, who holds a similar position at the Penwood High School in Kingston, says she enjoys working among the books, since she loves to read. “It has been good so far, it has been a learning experience for me and I do enjoy what I do. It is different from what I thought it would be,” she says, while admitting that she was under the impression, before the training, that the job would entail sitting among the books with “nothing really to do”. “When I was introduced to this, I noted it was different, it was new and I liked it,” she says with a smile. Lauding the NYS and the Ministry of Education for creating the initiative, Tashi says it is a great way to keep track of the books. “It helps in nation building. You can save money on the amount of books that are purchased per year, and use that money elsewhere in the Ministry for the education of the country,” she adds. Vice Principal of Immaculate Conception High School and Supervisor of the Administrator with responsibility for the book rental process, Aba Polson, lauds the work of the NYS trainees, including students, in trying to ensure the efficient inventory of some 16,000 to 18,000 textbooks at the school. “They did what we wanted to do, but just did not have the manpower to do it…I know exactly what is in the book store. I know how many books we have and the condition they are in. They are doing an excellent job,” she adds. Since last year and during the summer holidays, she said the school has been engaged in the sorting of books, and taking out the ones that cannot be used again. “Fortunately for us, with the NYS workers, we had a massive inventory done in the book store, and so we know exactly what we have there, so we can remove the ones that are not working and replace them,” she notes. She says a new bar-coding system has been introduced to effectively receive and distribute the books, adding that the bar-code strips on the texts are scanned and stored. Miss Polson states that before the introduction of the programme, some of the books were in poor condition. In addition, there were too many books with the same titles and one was not clear as to the quantity and type of texts that were needed, due to the lack of inventory. Manager of the Media Services Unit, Ministry of Education, Christopher Graham, says the decision to start the programme was based on an assessment done by the Ministry, which revealed a number of distribution gaps and weaknesses in the system. “In an attempt to improve it, we recognizes that the textbook coordinators and administrators in the schools at the secondary level, were burdened with the responsibility of the management and administration of the National Textbook Rental Scheme,” he says. As a result, the Ministry was eager to work with the NYS in identifying and training young people in an effort to improve the administration and management of the texts. “In so doing, we forged a strategic alliance with the National Youth Service by identifying young people who were trained to provide the kind of support to the textbook administrations at the local level,” he says. He also points out that they provide significant administrative support, allowing coordinators to focus on other objectives of the programme. Since the programme started, the Ministry has seen several cost-saving benefits under the programme. He points out that the Unit was able to redistribute textbooks that were returned, satisfying the needs of other schools before books were purchased for them. “The textbook coordinators really lauded the administration for providing that support, because it made it so much easier for them and at a time when we are trying to be fiscally prudent,” he remarks. Among the successes, was the timely redistribution of the excess books to other schools, making it possible for the unit to provide all the books requested by school administrators. “We were able to provide all the books that the schools requested on time this year, so we really didn’t have a situation where schools started and they were without books, or students didn’t have the books that were needed,” he adds He says the Ministry has started talks with the NYS to identify another group of NYS participants to replace the current group. “We are now looking at another cadre of individuals who will take the places of those persons who are going to be leaving in March 2012,” he says, adding that there are plans to train about 300 persons, depending on the budget for the programme. “We have already initiated the discussions and we have put plans in place. We are refining our textbook administrator’s guide, and we will be reviewing this and circulating it to ensure that when the new batch of participants come on board, that they will have information available to them, in a way where it will inform how they administer the programme at the institutional level,” he says. Advertisements RelatedNYS Trainees Turning The Pages of Success at Bookroomslast_img read more

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