Pregnant woman shot with pellet gun by City cashpoint as muggers try new tactic to distract victims

first_imgTuesday 9 October 2018 5:48 pm whatsapp Five-month pregnant Nikki Morgan was outside Halifax on Fenchurch Street in broad daylight, trying to unlock her pin code when something hit her from behind.Unsure what had happened, Morgan turned around. At first she saw nothing and thought something may have fallen from a building. A man behind her said a green pellet had hit her and rolled away.Morgan, who is expecting her first child, was attacked again only a minute later.Realising she was using the wrong ATM, she crossed the road to the Natwest.And when she took her card out of the second cashpoint, around four more pellets flew at her from behind, pinging off the machine. More From Our Partners Inside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org August Graham The attack, which took place in broad daylight, scarred her.When he asked her colleagues to look, they found a big red lump on on her back where she had been hit, Morgan told City A.M.Police told her it may be a tactic to distract people at cashpoints, while an accomplice snatches their money, or picks up anything the victim drops. Morgan said she was lucky and was not taking cash out. But she keeps worrying what could happen if she was attacked at night, or on an empty street.Police said they are looking into the attack, which happened at around 11am. “An incident was reported yesterday afternoon where an object struck a woman,” a spokesperson said.Police told City A.M. they were unaware of any similar reports in the City of London. center_img An expectant mother was shot with a pellet gun outside a City cashpoint on Monday in what police believe may be a new tactic from muggers trying to grab money from their victims. whatsapp Pregnant woman shot with pellet gun by City cashpoint as muggers try new tactic to distract victims by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutInvestment GuruRemember Cote De Pablo? Take A Deep Breath Before You See Her NowInvestment GuruBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeRest Wow68 Hollywood Stars Who Look Unrecognizable NowRest WowMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailmoneycougar.comDiana’s Butler Reveals Why Harry Really Married Meghanmoneycougar.comzenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.comCrowdy FanKaley Cuoco Net Worth Left Her Billionaire Husband SpeechlessCrowdy Fan Share Tags: Trading Archivelast_img read more

Budget 2020: Chancellor to scrap ‘tampon tax’

first_imgFriday 6 March 2020 10:30 pm Sunak is expected to commit to introducing legislation that protects those who rely on cash are able to access it and use it when needed. The move cannot come into effect until the end of the transition period as a result. That will come in December 2020, when the UK will cut ties with the EU. Share whatsapp The tax cut will save 7p on a pack of 20 tampons and 5p on a pack of 12 pads, the Treasury said. A zero rate of VAT will apply to women’s sanitary products from the start of next year. Michael Searles Budget 2020: Chancellor Rishi Sunak to scrap ‘tampon tax’ It is a move that “honours a government commitment to scrap the unpopular tax”, the Treasury announced. The UK has been obliged to pay the EU VAT Directive since 1973 and the tampon tax is currently five per cent. Chancellor Rishi Sunak will scrap the tampon tax in the 2020 Budget next week (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Budget 2020: Chancellor Rishi Sunak to scrap ‘tampon tax’ whatsapp The move is set to save the average woman almost £40 over their lifetime on sanitary productscenter_img It will be one of the measures Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveils in his first Budget next week. The so-called tampon tax is set to be abolished in next week’s Budget. Chancellor Rishi Sunak will scrap the tampon tax in the 2020 Budget next week (AFP via Getty Images) Show Comments ▼ Chancellor Rishi Sunak will scrap the tampon tax in the 2020 Budget next week (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Budget 2020: Chancellor Rishi Sunak to scrap ‘tampon tax’ Chancellor Rishi Sunak will scrap the tampon tax in the 2020 Budget next week (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Budget 2020: Chancellor Rishi Sunak to scrap ‘tampon tax’ The Treasury said it will begin talks with the Bank of England, Financial Conduct Authority and Payment Systems Regulator to discuss how to move forward immediately after the Budget. Other initiatives being explored include giving watchdogs more power to ensure banks support customer’s cash needs, as well as industry initiatives such as providing banking services via local Post Offices and initiatives for local communities to request a new free-to-use ATM MPs voted against challenging the bloc on the tampon tax in 2015. Commitment to cash in Budget 2020 The chancellor is also expected to outline a commitment to cash, with three in 10 payments still made using notes or coins.last_img read more

UK consumer confidence drops after new restrictions

first_imgPessimism about household finances and home values dragged down the overall confidence index produced by polling firm Yougov and economics consultancy the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr). UK consumer confidence drops following new coronavirus restrictions The new restrictions have also worried consumers, Yougov and Cebr’s poll showed. Their headline consumer confidence gauge fell to 101.3 in October, only just in positive territory. Share New coronavirus restrictions include a 10pm curfew for pubs, bars and restaurants (Getty Images) whatsapp Additional research showed that only one in six people expect the economy to grow in the next year. More than 80 per cent said it will contract, Yougov said. “As we enter the winter months, the picture will become clearer as to whether this was just a blip or the start of something more serious.” However, expectations for business activity and job security rose. Financial worries weigh on consumer confidence London is in Tier 2, meaning different households are banned from mixing indoors. Analysts have warned that the new restrictions, put in place in response to soaring Covid cases, will knock the UK’s economic recovery off course. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyPast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen HeraldDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatterBleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreakerbonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderJustPerfact USAMan Decides to File for Divorce After Taking a Closer Look at This Photo!   JustPerfact USA “Britons are becoming increasingly less certain about their own finances as we see further restrictions imposed across the country,” said Darren Yaxley, Director of Reputation Research at YouGov, said: center_img The UK government brought in a new tiered system of restrictions earlier this month. Manchester, Lancashire, Liverpool and South Yorkshire are currently under the strictest “Tier 3” lockdown rules which have seen pubs and bars shut. Harry Robertson The gauge for people’s future household finances fell sharply to from 91.6 in September to 86 in October. Respondents also became more gloomy about the direction of home values. New coronavirus restrictions include a 10pm curfew for pubs, bars and restaurants (Getty Images) Also Read: UK consumer confidence drops following new coronavirus restrictions New coronavirus restrictions include a 10pm curfew for pubs, bars and restaurants (Getty Images) Also Read: UK consumer confidence drops following new coronavirus restrictions It was down 1.1 points from September and was the first recorded drop since April. Nonetheless, any score above 100 means more consumers are confident than not. Monday 26 October 2020 10:11 am The British public became less optimistic about the economy in October as new restrictions were put in place, with consumer confidence falling for the first time in six months. whatsapp Show Comments ▼last_img read more

Global leaders are set to put superbugs on the world stage

first_img There are signs that years of warnings about incurable infections are beginning to sink in with political leaders.The G20, which met in China in early September, included concerns about antimicrobial resistance in its closing communique, saying that AMR “poses a serious threat to public health, growth, and global economic stability.”The group called for efforts to promote the prudent use of drugs and research to develop new antibiotics and new infection fighting tools.Dr. Keiji Fukuda, a special representative on antimicrobial resistance to the World Health Organization’s director general, noted that the communiqué was more fulsome on the issue than had been anticipated.That response might stem increasingly dire warnings from experts.The report commissioned by the British government and published in May predicted global production losses of $100 trillion between now and 2050 if concerted efforts to stem antimicrobial resistance are not taken.The chairman of the panel that produced the report, noted economist Jim O’Neill, was chosen for the task because many of the problems that drive antimicrobial resistance are economic ones — and therefore require world leaders to adopt a broader view of the problem. “I’ve worked on this issue for almost 20 years. And I think even five years ago I couldn’t have guessed that this would reach the height of the UN General Assembly,” said Ramanan Laxminarayan, director of the Washington-based Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy.Antimicrobial resistance is driven by a host of factors. Pathogens — bacteria, viruses, and fungi — can develop resistance to the drugs used to treat them when people take them incorrectly or stop taking them too soon, for instance.advertisement Heads of state from around the globe will gather this week to try to address a long-neglected issue that poses perhaps the biggest health threat the world faces: the growing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics.Antimicrobial resistance is not traditionally the domain of world leaders, and health-related issues — outside of crises such as the Ebola outbreak — are rarely discussed at venues like the United Nations General Assembly.But a high-level meeting scheduled for Wednesday at this year’s UN gathering is a testament to fast-rising concern over the rate at which bacteria are learning to evade science’s last remaining tools against them.advertisement HealthGlobal leaders are set to put superbugs on the world stage Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. About the Author Reprints Related: Please enter a valid email address. By Helen Branswell Sept. 19, 2016 Reprints Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day.center_img Tags antibiotic resistanceantibioticspolicysuperbug Privacy Policy Resistance is also fueled by the massive and often inappropriate use of antibiotics in agriculture and aquaculture; for decades these precious drugs have been used to promote growth and fend off costly infections that can result from the cramped conditions of industrial-scale food animal production. Watch as a superbug is bornVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2016/09/19/antimicrobial-resistance-un/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0002:2502:25  The superbugs are growing in number and strength and it’s our fault. Hyacinth Empinado/STAT The consequences of antimicrobial resistance are real and staggering.A major report on the threat, commissioned by the British government, recently estimated that annual deaths resulting from antimicrobial-resistant infections could rise to 10 million a year in 2050, from the current 700,000.It’s unclear what nations might pledge to do at this week’s UN meeting to address antimicrobial resistance. Any resolution endorsed by member states is unlikely to include targets limiting the use of antibiotics on a per capita basis, the kind of recommendation experts have urged be taken.But for Laxminarayan and other experts, the session can already be seen as a major success in that it’s a recognition that the world needs to turn its attention to the issue.Allan Coukell, an expert on antibiotic resistance with the Pew Charitable Trusts, suggested the assumption — and hope — is that all countries will sign on to a declaration that commits them to tackling the issue in general.“That in itself is significant. It’s unprecedented that AMR would get this level of attention,” Coukell said, referring to the commonly used acronym for antibicrobial resistance.Countries will need to develop action plans for reducing antibiotic use, which will be monitored by academics and civil society groups. And there are plenty of instances in which member states have failed to deliver on bold promises made on a global stage.But Laxminarayan said any resolution would give ammunition to advocates on the issue.“It gives people and organizations a hammer to hit them on the head to say, ‘You agreed to this and you are not doing it,’” he said. A microbiologist works with tubes of bacteria samples in an antimicrobial resistance lab. David Goldman/AP Helen Branswell @HelenBranswell Leave this field empty if you’re human: “What has become clear is that the problem is very large, it’s very extensive, and very complex,” said Fukuda.“And unless we have a lot of actors at the table — private sector, public sector . . . development, health, agriculture and so on — unless you have all of those players at the table, you’re not going to be able to address it.”The Pew Trusts estimates that in the United States, 70 percent of the use of medically important antibiotics — antibiotics used both in human medicine and animal production — are given to food animals.Despite the urgent need for action, there are no simple solutions here.For instance, producing enough protein to feed the world’s 7.4 billion people requires use some use of antibiotics in agriculture, experts know.“Developed countries with more stable food supplies are in a very different situation than very poor countries, where a lot of population growth is going to take place,” Fukuda acknowledged.“What’s good for Europe is going to be seen as very difficult for very poor countries.” The surprising history of the war on superbugs — and what it means for the world today last_img read more

Man who triggered dozens of opioid overdoses sentenced to 18 years in prison

first_img Bruce Griggs (center), 22, exits a federal courthouse in West Virginia. Courtney Hessler/The Herald-Dispatch via AP Ahead of the sentencing, Griggs’s family had appealed to Judge Robert Chambers for leniency, saying that Griggs was a devoted family man with three young children who had helped his own single mom raise his three younger siblings. They said he began dealing drugs because he fell in with the wrong crowd. His attorney, Carl Hostler, contended Griggs never intended to hurt anyone and was unaware that the heroin he was dealing contained fentanyl and carfentanil. Hostler argued that the real culprit in the overdoses was the person who mixed the drugs, whose identity Griggs does not know.advertisement A 22-year-old man who set off a rash of overdoses last year in West Virginia was sentenced by a federal judge Monday to more than 18 years in prison, concluding a case that drew national attention and focused wider attention on the danger of synthetic opioids.Bruce Griggs, of Akron, Ohio, who faced a maximum sentence of 20 years, had reached a plea agreement with prosecutors after being arrested in connection with the episode, during which 26 people were reported to have overdosed within a few hours in the city of Huntington. Griggs acknowledged distributing heroin — later found to have been laced with synthetics including fentanyl and carfentanil — and causing “multiple” overdoses.The exact sentence was 220 months, or 18 years and 4 months. He was sentenced in Huntington.advertisement Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day. A rash of overdoses in West Virginia made national news. This is the story of the man who caused it Privacy Policy [email protected] Related: Leave this field empty if you’re human: Please enter a valid email address. Tags addictioncourtsopioids About the Author Reprints Giving Griggs a strict sentence “is not going to alter supply and demand” for heroin or make any dent in the opioid epidemic, Hostler wrote in court documents.But some in Huntington, including family members of people who overdosed, called for the maximum sentence, noting that whatever Griggs’s intentions, he still threatened the lives of dozens of people.Just hours after Griggs sold drugs near a public housing complex in Huntington last August, 26 people overdosed, all of whom survived. But in the following days, authorities reported two fatal overdoses and initially said they were investigating if they were connected.As part of a deal with prosecutors, Griggs pleaded guilty to a charge of heroin distribution. The plea agreement did not mention the fatal overdoses. HealthMan who triggered dozens of opioid overdoses sentenced to 18 years in prison General Assignment Reporter Andrew covers a range of topics, from addiction to public health to genetics. By Andrew Joseph April 17, 2017 Reprints @DrewQJoseph Andrew Josephlast_img read more

K-9 scent kits save valuable time in missing person cases

first_imgEnglewood mother joins teenage son behind bars for involvement in accidental shooting June 16, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Man in custody after shooting at Charlotte County RV park June 1, 2021 CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. – In missing persons cases, minutes can mean the difference between life and death.Human odor can be used to find you if you go missing. Now law enforcement is using that information in a proactive way.Scent evidence K-9 allows you to save your scent in a jar, that way K-9’s have a pure scent to track you down quickly. A K-9 scent kit can save valuable time if your loved one wanders off or goes missing.K-9 Copper, and his handler Deputy Steven Sella, have handed out dozens of free K-9 scent kits. If Your Credit Score Ever Falls Under 700, Make These 5 Moves ASAP Advertisement“So that kit has human odor on it,” Deputy Sella said. “We take it, put it under their armpits, put it in high scent areas and put it in the jar.”The kit’s creator said the jar holds the scent for up to 10 years.“It gives these officers an edge when they go out and start a missing persons case,” Paul Coley, a former FBI K-9 specialist who created the kit, said.  Yup — you’ve got some algorithm spitting out a three-digit number that’s basically controlling your entire life. We… Sponsored Content AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementTags: Charlotte County Sheriff’s OfficeK-9Missing Person Advertisement By The Penny Hoarder Coley said the idea stemmed from frustration.“We’d have contaminated scent articles and our success rate was not where I wanted it,” Coley said. When law enforcement is called out to a missing persons case, they need odor untouched by a washing machine or another person.Back in September, a Charlotte County woman went missing for more than 24 hours. Two weeks before she went missing, she was issued a K-9 scent kit, so K-9 Copper was able to trach her down. That woman was in the water. Had the deputies needed to take valuable time finding fresh scent, the delay could have caused a much different outcome.“It’s awesome that I can give him human odor out of a jar, watch him put his nose down, and follow where that person went,” Deputy Sella said. “It’s pretty amazing to watch.”“Sitting on my couch and getting a call from a deputy Sella saying I just found this lady floating in a canal, you just can’t put words around how that makes us feel,” Coley said. For dogs like K-9 Copper, deputies said he can track someone in as little as 30 minutes. Skateboarder causes $3,500 in damages at Charlotte County Catholic school June 5, 2021 Man arrested after offering young girls money for sex act June 2, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS Advertisementlast_img read more

Our guide to what’s on at the weekend

first_img New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening WhatsApp Pinterest SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 7The Dubliners TributeThe songs and tunes of Luke Kelly, Ronnie Drew, Barney Mckenna, Ciaran Burke and John Sheehan will be brought to life in the Dunamaise Arts Centre this weekend. The Irish Rover, Seven Drunken Nights, McAlpines Fusiliers will have you clapping hands, stomping feet and joining in the choruses of the well-known and much loved songs at this exciting and uplifting show. Tickets are €20 and show begins at 8pm.Annual John Mulhall Memorial PloughingThis annual event is held in Coolnacart, Raheen and always promises to be a great day with superb hospitality from the Mulhall family.  All types of ploughs, grubbers, and vintage tillage equipment welcome to come along and work on the day. Horse and trailed ploughs and ladies ploughing welcome.This is a great day out for all the family. All proceeds from the day will be donated to local cancer charities. Ploughing entry for adults costs €20/Juveniles €10. Ploughing commences at 10am. For more information see here.Rosie Flanaghan – live music Wrapping up a jam packed weekend of music in Sheeran’s is Rosie Flanaghan.  Another great artist and music kicks off at 10pm. No cover charge.Fundraiser for Laois HospiceThe Heritage Killenard are set to host a fundraiser this weekend for a very deserving cause, the Laois Hospice. Run or walk 5k around the track at the Heritage and help raise vital funds. Donations are requested and run begins at 11am. Slieve Bloom Guided Walk The Slieve Bloom Walking Club’s next guided walk is Buailnacaora Loop.  This walk is a 9km Grade B walk and takes three hours so suitable for moderate level of fitness. Meeting point is Glenbarrow Car Park at 11am . €5 per walk or €20 annual membership. If you would like to have something included in our What’s On Guide email us on [email protected] or call 057 8670722SEE ALSO – Three candidates in the mix ahead of Fianna Fail selection convention Previous articleSignificant progress made with reducing Mountmellick flood riskNext articleIn Pictures: Our Lady’s Meadow NS get revved up for this weekend’s county final LaoisToday Reporter Brought to you by Laois Tourism This weekend a heroic Laois man is honoured. Colonel James Fitzmaurice co-piloted the first aeroplane to successfully across the Atlantic in a westerly direction.  On Friday Dunamaise Arts Centre hosts a reception with film screening and an exhibition to celebrate Fitzmaurice’s great achievements and find out how a Laois man became part of aviation history. By LaoisToday Reporter – 4th October 2018 WhatsApp On Saturday there will be a wreath laying at County Hall with a flyby as a second tribute to this great man. There is also lots of music of all types this weekend all around the county so there is no need to go too far for great entertainment.  There are some great fundraiser also this weekend, all worth supporting if you can. Laois is certainly a busy place this weekend!FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 5Fitzmaurice & the 1st East-to-West Atlantic Flight This Friday we celebrate a heroic Laois man Colonel James Fitzmaurice.  His bravery and sense of adventure has earned him a place in history. In 1928, a crew of three; Fitzmaurice, Captain Hermann Köhl and Baron Von Huenefeld left Baldonnel Aerodrome and 36 hours later they landed in Canada, making aviation history.The Irish airman affectionately known as ‘Fitz’, co-piloted the first aeroplane to successfully cross the Atlantic in a westerly direction.  Come along to a reception and celebration in Dunamaise for an evening of archive film screenings, live music and discussion. The event is free but booking essential and begins at 7pm. For more information see here or call 057 8663355Slieve Bloom Rambling NightCall to Sheeran’s Pub in Coolrain for a great night of songs, music and story telling. No cover charge and music from 10pm. For more information call 057 860 6826. Community Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Council center_img Our guide to what’s on at the weekend Pinterest Twitter Twitter TAGSWhat’s On SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 6Historic Aircraft Fly-PastCommemoration of historic first East West transatlantic flight, with flypast and wreath laying, in memory of Col James Fitzmaurice.  A fitting way to honour a great Laois man. The event is at County Hall at 11am. For more information contact Catherine Casey, Heritage Office on 057 866 4129.Tommy TiernanFunny man Tommy Tiernan returns to Portlaoise with his sell out comedy show in the Midlands Park Hotel.  Always a great night of laugher and fun. Tickets are €30 and the show kicks off at 8.30pm. For more information see here. Old Skool DiscoBallyroan Ladies Football Club Disco is hosting an Old Skool disco featuring ’80s/’90s music. So get retro this weekend and support a good cause.  Join them in Skies O’er Bar, Ballyroan from 9pm. Tickets are €15 and includes a welcome drink and door prize raffle. For more information see here.The ContendersMore live music this weekend in Sheeran’s Pub, Coolrain.  The Contenders get things going from 10pm. No cover charge. For more information call 057 860 6826.The Fanzines play PortarlingtonDon’t miss a chance to see the Franzines play The Anvil in Portarlington. This is a great band live. Event begins at 10pm and there’s no cover charge. For more information email [email protected] Slieve Bloom Guided Walk The Slieve Bloom Walking Club’s next guided walk is at Ballykilcavan Farm, Stradbally.  This walk is a 7km Grade B walk and takes 2-3 hours so it is suitable for moderate level of fitness. Meeting point is the farm entrance at 11am. €5 per walk or €20 with annual membership. 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Raymond James boosts healthcare research team

first_img 123RF “Our focus will be on covering Canadian growth-oriented firms pursuing enhanced medical solutions in the biotechnology, healthcare, wellness, medical devices and cannabis fields,” said Daryl Swetlishoff, head of research at Raymond James Ltd., in the release.The firm is also adding equity research associate Michael Freeman, whose background is in engineering and biotechnology. TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning PenderFund names new SVP for investments Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Raymond James Ltd. CETFA elects new board leader IE Staff Raymond James Ltd. added to its Canadian equity research team Thursday, naming Rahul Sarugaser managing director and equity analyst for healthcare, biotechnology and cannabis.Sarugaser has a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Toronto as well as an MBA from Oxford, the firm said in a release. Raymond James has a team of 45 healthcare investment bankers and 15 research analysts covering the healthcare space across North America. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

A guide to when and how to build technology for social good

first_imgA guide to when and how to build technology for social good Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyPeople frequently try to participate in political processes, from organizing to hold government to account for providing quality health care and education to participating in elections. But sometimes these systems are set up in a way that makes it difficult for people and government to engage effectively with each other. How can technology help?In a new how-to guide, Luke Jordan, an MIT Governance Lab (MIT GOV/LAB) practitioner-in-residence, advises on how – and more importantly, when – to put together a team to build such a piece of “civic technology.”Jordan is the founder and executive director of Grassroot, a civic technology platform for community organizing in South Africa. “With Grassroot, I learned a lot about building technology on a very limited budget in difficult contexts for complex problems,” says Jordan. “The guide codifies some of what I learned.”While the guide is aimed at people interested in designing technology that has a social impact, some parts might also be useful more broadly to anyone designing technology in a small team.The “don’t build it” principleThe guide’s first lesson is its title: “Don’t Build It.” Because an app can be designed cheaply and easily, many get built when the designer hasn’t found a good solution to the problem they’re trying to solve or doesn’t even understand the problem in the first place.Koketso Moeti, founding executive director of amandla.mobi, says she is regularly approached by people with an idea for a piece of civic technology. “Often after a discussion, it is either realized that there is something that already exists that can do what is desired, or that the problem was misdiagnosed and is sometimes not even a technical problem,” she says. The “don’t build it” principle serves as a reminder that you have to work hard to convince yourself that your project is worth starting.The guide offers several litmus tests for whether or not an idea is a good one, one of which is that the technology should help people do something that they’re already trying to do, but are finding it difficult. “Unless you’re the Wright brothers,” says Jordan, “you have to know if people are actually going to want to use this.”This means developing a deep understanding of the context you’re trying to solve a problem in. Jordan’s original conception of Grassroot was an alert for when services weren’t working. But after walking around and talking to people in communities that might use the product, his team found that people were already alerting each other. “But when we asked, ‘how do people come together when you need to do something about it,’” says Jordan, “we were told over and over, ‘that’s actually really difficult.’” And so Grassroot became a platform activists could use to organize gatherings.Building a team: hire young engineersOne section of the guide advises on how to put together a team to build a project, such as what qualities one should want in a chief technology officer (CTO) who will help run things; where to look for engineers; and how a tech team should work with one’s field staff.The guide suggests hiring entry-level engineers as a way to get some talented people on board while operating on a limited budget. “When I’ve hired, I’ve tended to find most of the value among very unconventional and raw junior hires,” says Jordan. “I think if you put in the work in the hiring process, you get fantastic people at junior levels.”“Civic tech is one exciting area where promising young engineers, like MIT students, can apply computer science skills for the public good,” says Professor Lily L. Tsai, MIT GOV/LAB’s director and founder. “The guide provides advice on how you can find, hire, and mentor new talent.”Jordan says the challenge is that while people in computer science find these “tech for good” projects appealing, they often don’t pay nearly as well as other opportunities. Like in other startup contexts, though, young engineers have the opportunity to learn a lot in an engaging environment. “I tell people, ‘come and do this for a year-and-a-half, two years,’” he says. “‘You’ll get paid perhaps significantly below industry rate, but you’ll get to do a really interesting thing, and you’ll work in a small team directly with the CTO. You’ll get a lot more experience a lot more quickly.’”How to work: learn early, quickly, and oftenJordan says that both a firm and its engineers must have “a real thirst to learn.” This includes being able to identify when things aren’t working and using that knowledge to make something better. The guide emphasizes the importance of ignoring “vanity metrics,” like the total number of users. They might look flashy and impress donors, but they don’t actually describe whether or not people are using the app, or if it’s helping people engage with their governments. Total user numbers “will always go up except in a complete catastrophe,” Jordan writes in the guide.The biggest challenge is convincing partners and donors to also be willing to accept mistakes and ignore vanity metrics. Tsai thinks that getting governments to buy into civic tech projects can help create an innovation culture that values failure and rapid learning, and thus leads to more productive work. “Many times, civic tech projects start and end with citizens as users, and leave out the government side,” she says. “Designing with government as an end user is critical to the success of any civic tech project.” /University Release. 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Canada’s 10 best-selling automakers in 2018

first_img ‹ Previous Next › COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Across the entire industry, and certainly among Canada’s 10 best-selling auto brands, the reasons for forward momentum, company-wide slowdowns, and uneventful stability vary widely. With automaker sales figures supplied by the Global Automakers of Canada, here’s a deeper look at Canada’s 10 leading auto brands.10. Kia: 73,009, down 5 per centIf 2017 made anyone believe Kia Canada had put an end to a challenging half-decade, 2018 will cause a moment’s pause. Following record sales performance in 2012, Kia’s Canadian volume began to drop precipitously, even as Canadian auto sales surged. But in 2017, Kia had almost returned to record highs. The company reversed course in 2018, harmed especially by a final third in which Kia lost nearly 4,000 sales. Meanwhile, over the course of the year, Kia’s three top sellers — the Sorento, Forte, Sportage — combined for an eight-per-cent drop worth roughly 4,000 fewer sales than during the year prior.9. Mazda: 73,869, down 0.3 per centCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22018 Mazda CX-5 Handout / Mazda 1. Ford: 289,705, down 4 per centThere’s no doubt that Ford’s 19-per-cent car drop was a factor in the brand’s overall decline in 2018. But more importantly, Ford held onto its title of Canada’s best-selling automotive brand — for a 10th consecutive year — despite a six-per-cent drop in sales of its all-important F-Series pickup truck line. The F-Series, not coincidentally Canada’s best-selling vehicle for a 10th consecutive year, produces half of the Blue Oval’s Canadian volume. F-Series sales, however, slipped by nearly 10,000 units in 2018 — a significant sum by any standard. 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And among those, each and every one reported fewer passenger car sales in 2018 than in 2017, helping the car sector’s share of the market crumble to just 29 per cent. Trending in Canada As the bottom fell out of Mazda’s passenger car lineup, Mazda’s trio of crossovers effectively made up the difference in 2018, rising eight per cent to 43,404 sales, or nearly 60 per cent of the brand’s volume. The Mazda3 nevertheless remained the company’s best seller, albeit by the slightest of margins over the steadily gaining CX-5. Mazda has high hopes for the new 3, which will be available with all-wheel drive when it launches later this year. Canadian demand for the 3 has fallen 47 per cent over the last decade.8. Ram: 89,562, down 14 per centFCA’s Ram brand rises and falls on the strength of its pickup truck line, which generates 95 per cent of all Ram sales. In 2018, that meant the Ram half-ton and Ram heavy duty trucks’ 14 per cent drop resulted in a brand-wide 14 per cent drop. Ram pickup sales fell to a five-year low in 2018.7. GMC: 94,241, down 5 per centAs a purveyor of pickup trucks, SUVs, crossovers, commercial vans and absolutely no passenger cars, GMC is in a favourable position given the market’s anti-car tendencies. But GMC was faced in 2018 with a nine-per cent dive in sales of its most popular product: The full-size Sierra pickup truck. The Sierra accounts for 60 per cent of all GMC sales in Canada, and its decline brought the brand down despite rising Canyon, Savana, and Terrain volume.6. Hyundai: 127,839, down 1 per centHyundai’s year-over-year decline in 2018 was modest, but it still dropped the brand’s Canadian volume to an eight-year low. It could’ve been much worse, however. Sales of the Accent, Elantra, Sonata, Veloster, Santa Fe Sport, Santa Fe XL, and Tucson all declined; in some cases, quite sharply. In fact, excluding the newly launched Kona, Hyundai Canada sales would have been down 13 per cent. Thanks to the Kona, Hyundai managed to actually outpace the market as a whole.5. Nissan: 136,536, up 2 per centSharp declines across much of Nissan’s car lineup, and even among popular utility vehicles such as the Rogue, Murano, and Pathfinder, were more than countered by the popularity of Nissan’s newer models. The second-generation Leaf, for example, became something of a mainstream model in 2018, outselling both the Altima and Micra with 5,735 units. Nissan added 4,362 Kicks sales and reported a 119-per-cent increase in sales of the Qashqai, now Nissan’s second-best-selling model. Combined, the Murano, Rogue, Qashqai, and Kicks — Nissan’s two-row crossover lineup — produce nearly six out of every 10 Nissan sales.4. Chevrolet: 164,016, down 4 per centLet down by a 6 per cent drop in sales of its best-selling model — the Silverado that transitioned into a new generation at the end of the year — GM Canada’s biggest brand reported a worse-than-average year-over-year drop in 2018. For Chevrolet, 2018 was still its second-best year of the last decade, in large part due to the brand’s bigger SUVs: Traverse, Tahoe, and Suburban. That trio combined for 12,899 sales in 2018, a 30 per cent increase over 2017.3. Honda: 175,042, down 1 per centHonda’s Civic ended another year — its 21st consecutive  — as Canada’s best-selling car thanks to the fact that it maintained its sales volume while the passenger car market tanked. Honda nevertheless couldn’t quite keep pace with 2017’s record output due in part to slim availability of the CR-V for much of the year, limited availability of HR-Vs and Fits, and disappointing sales figures from the Pilot and Ridgeline. Honda continues as a powerhouse in the Canadian automotive sphere, boosted by a Canadian manufacturing presence. The Civic and CR-V, Canadian-built models, account for nearly three-quarters of the brand’s Canadian sales.2. Toyota: 207,535, up 4 per centIn a tough market that consistently reported declining volume throughout much of 2018, Toyota battled the headwinds to end the year with its best sales performance in a decade. Booming pickup truck sales, a nine-per-cent increase in sales of the RAV4 (which is now Canada’s three-time best-selling SUV), and improvements from the C-HR, 4Runner, Yaris, Prius, Camry, and Avalon contributed to Toyota’s 4-per-cent uptick. This caused the Toyota brand’s market share to steeply climb from 9.8 per cent in 2017 to 10.5 in 2018. Collectively, they were responsible for nearly three-quarters of Canada’s new vehicle sales volume in the 2018 calendar year. They are Canada’s 10 best-selling automobile brands. And in an industry that nudged the 2-million sales mark for another consecutive year, while also recording the first overall year-over-year sales decline since 2009, the importance of these 10 marques can not be overstated.There can be no missing the declines reported by some of Canada’s most popular automakers. Eight of the 10 leaders sold fewer vehicles in 2018 than in 2017, the highest-volume year in the history of the Canadian auto industry. In some instances, the cause of the noteworthy declines revolved around the decreasing popularity of the full-size pickup trucks from which so much profit is derived. Full-size pickup truck volume slid eight per cent in 2018, a 30,000-unit drop that accounts for more than half of the industry’s overall drop. Falling fuel prices, not unpredictably, had no impact in December, as full-size truck volume tumbled 12 per cent in the final month of the year.RELATED Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2019 Ford F-150  Handout / Ford last_img read more