first_imgThe 2 Sisters-owned Avana Bakeries site in Newport, Wales is to close with the loss of 646 jobs.The decision to close the Rogerstone bakery was announced yesterday and comes after the jobs were placed at risk following the loss of a multi-million-pound Marks & Spencer cake contract.In a statement, the company said it was trying to minimise the number of redundancies by seeking volunteers and looking to redeploy staff elsewhere.In a statement, Avana Bakeries said: “It is with much regret that we can confirm that, following a 45-day consultation period, we are closing our Avana Bakeries site in Newport“During the consultation, we have fully explored all the options available to us since losing what was the principal customer contract for the site. Sadly, we have been unable to find a way to keep the site viable.“Our priority now is to minimise the number of compulsory redundancies through seeking volunteers and redeployment elsewhere. We will also be working with the Welsh Government, Job Centre Plus and Staffline to seek opportunities for our colleagues outside the business.Consultation“We will now work with all our colleagues and our customers to implement a phased closure, which we anticipate will end by summer.”In February, 2 Sisters Food Group said it had entered into a 45-day consultation exercise with the staff.John James, of the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union, told WalesOnline: “We are disappointed with the closure announcement because not a lot has changed since last week. The company is still working hard to secure business, but unfortunately the consultation period has ended and it wanted to give employees an answer.”last_img read more

first_imgUrticating caterpillars give you hives. No, really.You may recognize the term “hives” as the red, itchy, stinging,swollen areas of skin that have tortured you or someone you know.The technical term for hives is urticaria. And a number of thingscan cause it.One cause you probably wouldn’t think of is a caterpillar.Urticating caterpillars are moth larvae that get their name fromthe fact that they sting people in a way that produces urticaria.These creepy crawlers have hollow spines that hold an irritatingfluid that causes stinging and burning in a person’s skin. InGeorgia, urticating caterpillars show up in the late summer andfall. The two most common in Georgia are the saddleback and pusscaterpillars.Saddleback caterpillarThe saddleback (Sibine stimulea) is the one most oftenencountered. The full-grown caterpillar is striking. It’s about 1inch long, and the middle of the body is green with a white orcream margin and a large, oval, dark brown spot in the center,also with a white margin. The white-bordered brown spot lookslike a saddle and blanket, giving it its name.Its startling color scheme doesn’t hide the fact that it bristleswith spines. It has pairs of dark brown, spiny “horns” on thefront and rear ends. And in-between are small clumps of spinesalong the lower margin of the green area.Saddlebacks are generally solitary feeders. However, early-stagelarvae may be somewhat gregarious. They show up in many trees,shrubs and other plants, including corn. But they’re most commonon oaks, elms, dogwoods and various fruit trees.Their sting produces an immediate burningsensation, followed by inflammation, swelling and a red rash.Puss caterpillarThe puss caterpillar (Megalopyge opercularis) looks alittle like something the cat might have coughed up. It’s hairy.Really hairy. It’s more than an inch long, with short, toxicspines hidden underneath its brown or gray fur. The hairs at therear end form a tail-like tuft, with the head tucked under thefront.Puss caterpillars feed on oaks, pecans, persimmon, fruit trees,roses and other trees and shrubs. They’re typically loners,although you may find several on a given tree.These little dusters only look like harmless hair balls. Theyactually cause the most painful and severe reaction of anyurticating species in the United States.When your skin brushes against the puss caterpillar, the spinesbreak off, releasing an irritating fluid that produces animmediate stinging, burning sensation. The numbness and swellingthat follow may extend to your whole arm or leg in severe cases.Red blotches may persist for a couple of days, accompanied by aweeping rash. Associated lymph nodes may swell and be tender for12 to 24 hours. Systemic reactions may include nausea andvomiting.What to doIf you’re gardening, mowing the lawn, picking fruit or working inother ways in which you might brush against urticatingcaterpillars, wear long pants, long-sleeve shirts and gloves.If one stings you, treat the symptoms. To remove any spines stillin the skin, gently stick a piece of adhesive tape to the siteand then pull it away. Applying cold compresses can lessen thepain and swelling.Over-the-counter pain medications and topical hydrocortisonecreams may help. If the symptoms include systemic reactions ordon’t begin to ease up a couple of days, contact a physician.last_img read more

first_imgMolly Haggerty put in years of hard work and had an impressive resume even before setting footon the University of Wisconsin campus and becoming the women’s Big Ten Volleyball player of the year, but all of that came crumbling down when a back injury effectively ended her sophomore season.As a highly touted recruit, she was ranked fifth on Prep Volleyballs Senior Aces, was named the Illinois 2014 and 2015 player of the year, lead her high school team to four state champions and her club team to four national championships, where she was named MVP twice.During her fall 2016 freshman season, she lead the team with 3.41 kills per set, set the school record for most kills in three sets, with 27 against Texas A&M and was named National Volleyball Player of the Week by the AVCA after accomplishing this feat. At the end of the season, she had not only been named Big Ten Freshman of the year, but also an AVCA Third-Team All-American. It is safe to say that Haggerty, a 6’1 outside hitter, made her presence known her firstyear in Madison.Volleyball: Molly Haggerty becomes first UW freshman to earn AVCA National Player of the WeekThe Badgers returned from Texas a perfect 2-0 on their road trip last weekend, and they couldn’t have done it Read…Unfortunately, Haggerty suffered from a herniated disk in her back from years of playing. As the 2016 season progressed, it caused her more problems, and started to affect her play. Most notably, she struggled against Stanford, who would eventually become the National Champions, during the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament.In the offseason, Haggerty underwent two back surgeries and was not cleared to begin light volleyball activities until August 2017. This was the longest stretch of time Haggerty had not played volleyball, and for Haggerty, it was a challenge. She couldn’t understand why it happened to her.Volleyball: Badgers fall to rival Minnesota in five setsThe University of Wisconsin volleyball team tried to rally back against rival Minnesota, but just couldn’t manage to seal the Read…She was coming off arguably the best season of her career in terms of skills and performance, and now she had to sit and watch as her teammates continued to develop their own skills. Although she would much rather be on the court with her teammates, Haggerty told the Wisconsin State Journal that her injury might have actually come at the right time.“I think it was a blessing in disguise for me,” Haggerty told WSJ,”because I’ve never really had this long of a break to sit back and see what my life is without volleyball. I definitely know for sure that I want to play as long as my body lets me.”Since beginning to practice and lift weights again, she has made great progress, and is almost where she needs to be if she wants to play like Big Ten freshman of the year Molly Haggerty, or a player that would be even better in her sophomore season.Unfortunately, time ran out for her to heal herself enough to play during the 2017 season. Haggerty recently made the decision to redshirt this season, which undoubtedly was a difficult choice to make.Head coach Kelly Sheffield announced last Tuesday that she had decided to take this year to recover fully and become the best volleyball player she could be.She came to the conclusion that it may not be worth using a year of eligibility on half a season where she would not be at her best. Coach Sheffield says while she has made improvements, her jump is still two-and-a-half to three inches from where it was last year, and that’s a big difference.Big Ten volleyball is competitive, and to be the best, Haggerty will need to regain those few inches. Fortunately for the Badgers, they have depth at the outside position this season, which is part of the reason Haggerty is deciding to red shirt.Volleyball: Freshman Molly Haggerty shines as Wisconsin rolls to hot startWhile pre-season All-American seniors Lauren Carlini and Haleigh Nelson are the cornerstone for the squad’s initial dominance, freshman Molly Haggerty Read…Two seniors, Kelli Bates and Lauryn Gillis, have been productive from that position, while freshmen Grace Loberg and Mirah Whalen have also contributed as well.Haggerty’s career is far from over. She still has the rest of this year to heal and continue to improve, and three more seasons to show the volleyball community what she’s made of on thecourt. Back injuries can be difficult to come back from, but with some of the best strength and conditioning coaches, Haggerty will be back on the court next season making waves for the Badgers.last_img read more

first_img24 May 2016Collaboration is key to being successful, this was one of the main messages to come out of the Possible Conference. It took place on 19 and 20 May 2016 at the Alex Theatre in Braamfontein. The conference is an initiative hosted by digital publishing company, 10 and 5, and Estee Lauder Companies.The event was designed to help emerging writers and digital artists to expand their skills. A resonating theme from various speakers included personal branding.Vuyiswa Mutshekwane and Nandi Dlepu of The Other Girls, speakers at the conference, organise events and promote it on social media. Their initiative is known as @WKNDSOCIAL on Twitter. Vuyiswa Mutshekwane and Nandi Dlepu speak about the importance of collaborating. They are two of the four organisers for the initiative on Twitter, @WKNDSOCIAL.See the advice they shared with audience:One of the key things that made @THEWKNDSOCIAL grow is collaboration #PossibleConference— Creative Nestlings (@creativenestlin) May 20, 2016You have to constantly assess your business model to ensure you stay relevant. @THEWKNDSOCIAL #POSSIBLEConference pic.twitter.com/V4GDYlYUoX— Digital Pantsula (@DigitalPantsula) May 20, 2016“Evolve to react to the landscape but by being authentic in the best way possible” says @THEWKNDSOCIAL at #POSSIBLEConference by @10and5— Michael Cost (@MickyCost) May 20, 2016“Consistency is key. If you promise a product or an event, you have to be conistent to your audience ” –@VieArem #POSSIBLEConference— Between 10 and 5 (@10and5) May 20, 2016“Always have the bigger picture in mind” says @THEWKNDSOCIAL #POSSIBLEConference by @10and5 @EsteeLauderSA— Michael Cost (@MickyCost) May 20, 2016The beginningBruno Bertrand, head of digital marketing at Estee Lauder Companies explained the conference was the culmination of an 18-month creative process. It was, he continued, “A gathering born of a vision to create a space where young aspiring local content creators can share their ideas, learn from one another, and get guidance from recognised industry professionals”.“Those two days have surpassed all of our expectations – we cannot thank everyone enough who attended, and actively participated in our debates and workshops.”The sessions Well-known South African musician Proverb (right) is the main speaker on the first day of the conference, 19 May 2016. On stage with him is managing director of 10 and 5, Uno De Waal (left).According to managing director of 10 and 5, Uno De Waal, one of the exciting components of the conference was the practical masterclass session with professional photographers from Lampost.“During these interactive sessions attendees learnt the basics of shooting profiles, lifestyle and products shots. “They then posted their own photos to the official #POSSIBLEConference hashtag with Estee Lauder prizes being awarded for the best images in three categories, #FashionOnFleek, #BestnewBestie, and #MostPeopleInASelfie,” he explained.De Waal said there were over 40 million mentions on Twitter from 800 contributors during the conference. The official hashtag #POSSIBLEConference trended nationally for 36 hours, and was the most tweeted hashtag on the first day of the event.Sources: 10and5 and Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgSouth Africa has a coastline of some 3 650 kilometres and an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of just over a million square kilometres.(Image: mediaclubsouthafrica.com) Dr Bjorn Backberg, Co-director of Nansen Tutu Centre.(Image: Dr Bjorn Backberg)MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Bjorn BackebergCo-director, Nansen Tutu Centre+27 9(0)21 650 3281.Rudo MungoshiIn a global environment characterised by the growing role of science, the Nansen-Tutu Centre for Marine Environmental Research is slowly enhancing knowledge of marine science, a subject that is widely misunderstood by many in South Africa.“Our biggest impact on South Africa is through education and training of students, advancing the understanding of the regional ocean and climate systems,” explains Dr Bjorn Backeberg, co-director at of the centre. “This is achieved through supervision and mentorship of postgraduate students and providing finance for students to study.”The centre is a joint venture between, amongst others, the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre in Norway and South African partners. It is based in the Department of Oceanography at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and operates as a programme complementing the development of the South African marine research framework. It is funded by Norway and South African sources, and is under the management and financial control of UCT.Explaining the reasoning behind establishing the Nansen-Tutu Centre, it says: “Africa juts into the Indian, South Atlantic and Southern oceans with cool and warm oceans juxtaposed, giving rise to unique marine and land ecosystems with high biodiversity, rich fisheries and superb natural resources. It is therefore important that we develop the capacity for understanding and predicting the state of the ocean and its ecosystems as the meteorological services do for the weather.”Academic productivityAlready seven students from the centre have graduated from UCT since 2010. “In addition, the centre’s staff supervise and co-supervise at BSc Honours, MSc and PhD level and teach in the university’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes,” says Backeberg. “With only 12 staff members, including full-time and part-time staff, we punch above our weight in terms of academic productivity.”It was named after South Africa Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Norwegian scientist, explorer and diplomat Fridtjof Nansen. It studies and develops models for the three oceans associated with South Africa – the Indian, the Atlantic and the Southern. The oceanographic regime around South Africa is dominated by two major current systems: the cold Benguela Current along the Atlantic coast to the west, and the warm Agulhas Current along the Indian coast to the east.The centre is the fifth in the international Nansen research group, each of which has a different focus. The other four centres are located in Bergen, Norway, opened in 1986; St Petersburg, Russia, opened in 1992; Kochi, India, opened in 1998; and Beijing, China, opened in 2003. The Cape Town centre was opened in 2010, and quite recently another centre was established in Bangladesh.Research in numerical modelling of the regional oceans, ocean atmosphere and regional sea level variability, regional ocean data assimilation using the hybrid co-ordinate ocean models and global change are also being undertaken at the centre. Backeberg points out that it is the only place in South Africa where marine data assimilation is being developed. This concept refers to the technique of combining ocean models with observations, a necessary tool to predict the state of the ocean.Operational oceanographyIt is also working to introduce operational oceanography in Southern Africa. Operational oceanography is the monitoring and forecasting of the three-dimensional ocean state (temperature, salinity and pressure) and currents for short-range timescales out to one month. “This will include commencing the forecasting of various ocean phenomena such as sea state, ocean currents, sea surface temperatures, and wave information in a form that will be useful to many stakeholders.”Despite its successes, the centre still faces a number of challenges, such as changing the mindset of people towards marine science in general. Awareness and science communication remains a major challenge, and communicating scientific research to laymen and policy makers needs to be addressed, he insists.“The absence of a clear and well-defined career path in marine science tends to result in a limited number of students studying marine science and oceanography, especially students from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. This makes transformation in science very challenging.”Marine science requires students to have taken mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and geography at high school level. “However, we are increasingly finding that the level of high school mathematics and physics in particular is not appropriate for students to study science at university level,” Backeberg adds.Yet the centre has managed to provide financial support for disadvantaged students to study marine science. “Students and scientists at the centre are given the opportunity to collaborate with the centre’s international network of partners to gain experience.”South African coastlineSouth Africa has a coastline of some 3 650 kilometres and an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of just over a million square kilometres. Waters in the EEZ extend to a depth of 5 700 metres, with more than 65% deeper than 2 000 metres.Despite its status as a developing nation, South Africa has a relatively strong history of marine taxonomic research and maintains comprehensive and well-curated museum collections totalling over 291 000 records. Over three million locality records from more than 23 000 species have been lodged in the regional African Ocean Biogeographic Information System (AfrOBIS) data centre, which stores data from a wider African region.The goal of the Nansen-Tutu Centre is “to improve the capacity to observe, understand and predict marine ecosystem variability on timescales from days to decades in support of scientific and societal needs including fisheries, coastal management, maritime security, recreation and tourism”. To meet this goal, one of its core activities is the education and exchange of young researchers and students from different cultures and countries through the Nansen-Tutu Scholarship Programme.“There is a worldwide need to understand, model and predict conditions in the ocean as the meteorological services do for the weather,” says the centre. “This is done by satellite and in-water observations with data being collected and used in mathematical models in real time – this is what we call operational oceanography.”The South African Operational Oceanography Committee has been convened to put this into practice. It has four sub-groups: in situ observations; satellite observations; ocean modelling; and data dissemination.last_img read more

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first_img The goal of One Health is to enable health-science professionals to improve human, animal and plant health and to promote environmental resilience through collaboration. More than 300 health practitioners from across Jamaica and the world are currently participating in the One Health/One Global Environment Academic Conference and Faculty Forum, which is under way at the Hilton Rose Hall and Spa Resort in Montego Bay, St. James. The five-day conference, which is being held under the theme ‘One Health: One Global Environment’, began on October 22. It is being hosted by the Jamaica Association of Public Health Inspectors (JAPHI) and the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH). Story Highlights More than 300 health practitioners from across Jamaica and the world are currently participating in the One Health/One Global Environment Academic Conference and Faculty Forum, which is under way at the Hilton Rose Hall and Spa Resort in Montego Bay, St. James.The five-day conference, which is being held under the theme ‘One Health: One Global Environment’, began on October 22. It is being hosted by the Jamaica Association of Public Health Inspectors (JAPHI) and the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH).Chair of the Conference Organising Committee and lecturer at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Department of Community Health and Psychiatry, Dr. Henroy Scarlett, told JIS News at the official opening ceremony on October 23, that while the conference focuses on the various aspects of the One Health concept, the predominant focus would be environmental health.One Health is a globally accepted concept, which recognises that human health is connected to the health of animals and the environment, as nearly 75 per cent of all emerging human infectious diseases in the past three decades, originated in animals.The goal of One Health is to enable health-science professionals to improve human, animal and plant health and to promote environmental resilience through collaboration.“There are many diseases that are transmissible from animals to man, so doctors need to talk to veterinarians and veterinarians need to talk to environmental health specialists, as the environment plays a large role in disease transmission,” Dr. Scarlett explained.“We are really happy to have this conference in Jamaica at this time. It demonstrates that Jamaica continues to shine globally. We can attract this kind of support from not just local persons but from international people,” he added.Dr. Scarlett said among the topical issues impacting the world in general to be explored at the conference is that of antibiotic resistance, as there are situations where animals are treated with antibiotics without the supervision of veterinary practitioners.“By doing this, antibiotics can get into our meat; it can get into our milk; it can get into our food, and human beings, without knowing it, could be getting these chemicals in their food,” he explained.“Many antibiotics are used to treat both animal and human diseases, so if we are getting small amounts of antibiotics in our food, later on in life, if we are to be treated with those antibiotics, they have no use to us, because we have been getting small doses over the years. So, it is really a serious issue. The matter of animal health is important if we are concerned about human health and vice-versa,” Dr. Scarlett said.last_img read more

Maybe you’re not into reading and you skipped our comprehensive breakdown of how EA Sports develops Madden ratings for 2,600 NFL players. Maybe you also passed on my story about what it took to get into the game and just how rough it would be for a normal person out on the NFL gridiron (even a virtual gridiron). We still have you covered with this short video produced by Paul DiNatale, Ryan Nantell and Patrick Smith on the whole process, from my grisly tryout to how I fared playing quarterback for the New York Giants.