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Has NIH Finalized Design for Children’s Study?

first_imgControversy continues to dog the National Children’s Study (NCS), an ambitious federal plan to follow the health of 100,000 children from before birth to age 21. Next Tuesday, an advisory board will consider cost-cutting alternatives to the original study design. But some researchers involved with the study think the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has already made a decision. Study planners at NIH originally wanted to recruit pregnant women and their babies for the planned $3 billion NCS by knocking on household doors in a random sample of 105 U.S. counties. When pilot studies begun in 2009 found this to be too expensive, NIH began testing alternatives, such as finding women through health care providers’ offices in the counties. Then, in February, the NIH announced a 15% cut in the NCS’s $193 million annual budget that could mean replacing the county sampling with pregnant women recruited through providers who are part of health care organizations. This caused an uproar (and two adviser resignations): Many researchers involved with NCS said that only a geographically based sample would yield findings that apply to all U.S. children, including the poor. And abandoning the 105 counties would waste years of work on building community support, they said. National Institute of Child Health and Development Director Alan Guttmacher, whose institute runs NCS, responded that no final decision had been made. 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Some would still sample providers geographically; others would recruit women through interested health care providers; a third set would use hybrid designs. According to Nigel Paneth of Michigan State University in East Lansing, who runs one of 40 NCS “vanguard” pilot sites, he and others have figured out ways to cut costs in the 105 counties, for example, by collecting placentas but not cord blood at birth. Paneth expects many vanguard site investigators will sign on to a proposal that they will present to the advisory board next week. But Paneth also worries that NIH’s mind is already made up. In a document dated 13 April that Paneth says NIH prepared to brief the staff members of Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), the agency writes: “Thus, the Main Study will use … HMOs and other health care provider networks as the primary source for recruitment.” It goes on to say, “The Main Study will no longer construct a ‘national probability sample.’ ” “This is a rather damning illustration of how they’re [NCS leaders] not being honest with us,” Paneth says. NCS leaders deny that any decision has been made. In a statement, NCS Director Steven Hirschfeld said that the three-page Senate briefing document was “only a part of the longer verbal briefing, which … provided more detailed information.” He says that “the Main Study design is still being finalized” with input from the advisory committee and other stakeholders. Hirschfeld added that NCS has already cut some costs by making changes such as using non-proprietary software and a central ethics board. Community members in the 105 counties are also upset about the NCS changes. Last month, the community advisory board for a University of Mississippi-run NCS pilot site in Hinds County wrote Hirschfeld “to express our confusion, deep exasperation, and substantial concern.” “We feel misled,” the letter says. The possibility that the 105 study sites will be dropped from the main study “is a travesty” and is especially troubling for a state that has the nation’s worst pregnancy and birth outcomes and significant health disparities, the letter says. “The Mississippi Delta is the closest thing our nation has to a third world country,” the letter says, and abandoning the state’s NCS sites “seriously undermines the validity of the NCS.”last_img read more

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PBA: Phoenix fends off Alaska in pre-season match

first_imgPhoenix held off Alaska, 89-85, in the preseason Tuesday at Upper Deck Gym in Pasig.Matthew Wright buried two free throws with six seconds left to slam the door on the Aces’ comeback bid.Wright led the Fuel Masters with 17 points on top of four assists.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Veteran swingman Jeff Chan (rest) did not play after suiting up in Phoenix’s 95-91 loss to Rain or Shine on Monday while big men Justine Chua and Joseph Eriobu combined for 21 points and 16 rebounds.Jason Perkins, Phoenix’s fourth overall pick in the draft two months ago, scored nine points off the bench.His former La Salle teammate Teng, who was the fifth pick, also had nine points for Alaska. Perkins and Teng won two UAAP championships together in 2013 and 2016.Aces star Calvin Abueva had game-highs 22 points and 10 rebounds despite logging only 21 minutes off the bench. JVee Casio, Sonny Thoss and Ping Exciminiano didn’t play for Alaska.ADVERTISEMENT Malditas save PH from shutout The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Kia beats depleted San Miguel Beer in preseason Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img “I expected [Alaska to comeback] because we still have to many breakdowns and we still do things that we shouldn’t too,” said Phoenix head coach Louie Alas. “We’re still in adjustment period.”Phoenix led, 82-71, after a floater by LA Revilla with 2:39 remaining that capped the Fuel Masters’ 11-0 run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Aces kept fighting and pulled to within two, 87-85, after Jeron Teng hit a three and Abel Galliguez followed it up with two more 3-pointers with nine ticks left.The Fuel Masters, however, inbounded the ball to their best free throw shooting in Wright to put the game out of reach. LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Nissan launches new, affordable automatic Micra model at Rs 6.34 lakh

first_imgNissan has launched a new CVT model for the Micra XL. The new Micra XL CVT sports no other changes over the original Micra XL except for the continuous variable transmission and has been priced at Rs 6.34 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).The new model will now make the automatic version of Micra more affordable for customers as the continuous variable transmission (CVT) was previously offered only in the top model of Micra.To mark its anniversary, Nissan has also come out with a limited edition Micra, called Micra X-Shift. The limited edition will only see a total of 750 models produced for the Indian market and only sports cosmetic changes over the regular Micra.The X-Shift has a matte black wrapped roof, black side decals, and a chrome tip exhaust in terms of changes from the outside. Inside, LED scuff plates have been added under the door and the steering gets mounted controls like in the Sunny.last_img read more

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Did Sri Lankan skipper seek sorcerer’s blessing ahead of India tour? Team manager responds

first_imgSri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal was asked whether he sought any blessing from “meyni” (sorcerer) ahead of their gruelling India tour as team manager Asanka Gurusinha promptly came to his defence to avoid any further embarrassment.The Sri Lankan skipper had stunned everyone last month when with his witchcraft confession that he had received a special blessing from a “meyni” ahead of their surprise series sweep against Pakistan in UAE.Team manager and former Sri Lankan batsman Gurusinha played down the controversy and said they believe in performing on the ground as they begin the series with the Eden Test from November 16.”He has answered some questions back there. In cricket, you got to get out there and perform on the field… Each player has to do that. That’s the way the Sri Lankan team believe.”Yes, we have our own religious beliefs like all of you. But at the end of the day, you go there and just play,” Gurusinha said putting an end to the issue.Sri Lanka’s selectors have axed top-order batsman Kusal Mendis who went through a lean patch since making a hundred against India in the second Test at SSC. He had 13 innings without a half-century and was dropped from the ODI side after the second game in Abu Dhabi.Gurusinha who is also a selector however backed him and said he would return stronger. “We know he’s one of our future players. It’s up to us to protect and guide him through. If we brought him here and he failed, he would have been out of the team for nearly one and half years.advertisement”We didn’t want to do that. We have some plans for him. We want him to play domestic cricket. I believe he will come strong.”Fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep was overlooked from the Tests due to fitness concerns but he is expected to be brought back into the side for the ODIs.”We can’t take on the no 1 side with injured players. We want to give him time to build his fitness level. He will be definitely there for the ODI series and we will start from there. He’s not out of Test cricket for us. Hopefully, he will be back by Bangladesh early next year,” the selector hoped.Sri Lanka will take on India in three Tests, three ODIs and an equal number of T20Is with the series ending Mumbai on December 24.last_img read more

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ICC U-19 World Cup: Shubman Gill savours special 102* vs Pakistan

first_imgShubman Gill is the toast of the nation. The 18-year-old batsman smashed a fluent 102 off 94 balls as India crushed Pakistan by 203 runs to storm into the final against Australia on Saturday.The stylish 18-year-old right-handed batsman averages over 100 in Youth ODIs and has enjoyed a dream run in the World Cup with scores of 63, 90 not out and 86. However, the hundred in the semi-final, for obvious reasons will remain Gill’s most savoured innings for the time to come.India had won the toss and elected to bat against a competent Pakistan pace attack. The likes of Arshad Iqbal, Muhammad Musa and Shaheen Afridi have made a name for themselves already.In fact, Afridi had returned figures of 8/39 off 15 overs on his first-class debut at the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in September last year. His performance was acclaimed by several experts who see him as one for the future,And against such a bowling attack did Gill choose to play the best knock of his young career. After a solid start by skipper Prithvi Shaw and Manjot Kalra, Gill unleashed some sizzling shots and ran spectacularly between the wickets – only 28 runs of his 102 came in boundaries.It was no surprise therefore, when Gill was named man-of-the-match after Ishan Porel (4/17) tore apart Pakistan’s batting line-up and condemned them to a 203-run defeat. And it was no surprise that Gill was so proud of his innings.”I rate this innings pretty highly. It was a pressure innings – had some nerves as it was against Pakistan,” Gill said at the post-match presentation ceremony.advertisementWell played #IndiaU19. Brilliant team effort and now one step closer to the World Cup #U19WC #INDvPAK #ICCU19WorldCup pic.twitter.com/jxZRRfybZh— BCCI (@BCCI) January 30, 2018Throughout his innings, Gill displayed maturity and discipline. He wanted to bat deep and help India to a score which would challenge Pakistan’s batsmen. He realised a score in the vicinity of 260 would be good enough given India’s feared pace attack. As it turned out, 272 turned out to be way too much for Pakistan, who were blown away for 69 by Porel.India coach Rahul Dravid, one of the coolest cats during his playing days, had asked his boys to relax and focus on preparing well. He had insisted the plans would remain the same even against Pakistan in a World Cup knockout.Quality play with great dominance in all departments. Splendid display! Good luck for the finals. #INDvsPAK pic.twitter.com/xdttwr8Y8K— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 30, 2018Dravid’s calm approach rubbed off on Gill.On the eve of the biggest match of his career, he had a good dinner and slept early. And when it was his turn to bat, he walked out, dominated Pakistan and walked off with his reputation significantly enhanced.Gill grabbed headlines 10 days back when he executed the jab shot mastered by Virat Kohli. In the course of his superb 90 against Zimbabwe, Shubman smashed Nkosilathi Nungu for a six over mid-wicket with a short-arm jab. BCCI quickly shared a frame of Gill and Kohli playing the shot and the resemblance was uncanny.And like his idol, Gill is already obessed with fitness and dreams of playing all three formats for India one day. But for now, the focus is firmly on Australia and the final on February 3.last_img read more

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Florida 4-Star Freshman Out For The Year With Torn Achilles

first_img #Gators redshirt freshman David Reese out for year with torn Achilles https://t.co/RNPXu84u1f via @247sports— Blake Alderman (@Blake_Alderman) July 11, 2019After going just 4-7 in 2017, the Gators surprised many under newly-hired Dan Mullen in 2018 with a 10-3 season capped off by a Peach Bowl win over Michigan. For their efforts, the Gators were given a post-season AP ranking of 7.Though the Georgia Bulldogs still appear to have the SEC East on lockdown, the Gators appear to be nipping at their heels.As with any SEC team, Florida’s 2019 campaign will likely be dictated by the defense. For their sake, the defense will have to stay healthy heading into the middle of the season. A closeup of a University of Florida football helmet.NEW ORLEANS – JANUARY 01: A detailed picture of a Florida Gators helmet before the Gators take on the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisana Superdome on January 1, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)The Florida Gators are in line for a big 2019 season and have a realistic shot at the College Football Playoff. But it looks like they’ll have to make that run without the services of four-star linebacker David Reese.According to Swamp247, Reese has suffered a torn Achilles and will miss the entire 2019 season. The second-year linebacker was a redshirt who made four tackles in two games last year.Reese was a valuable pickup for the Gators in 2018. 247Sports rated him as the No. 297 overall prospect in the country, the No. 20 outside linebacker, and the No. 53 prospect from the state of Florida.The injury to Reese is a big blow to the Gators’ linebacker depth, as they have only a handful of experienced players left at the position.last_img read more

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Committee to Examine Petroleum Pricing in Bridgewater

first_img A select committee examining petroleum product pricing is holdinga hearing in Bridgewater on Thursday, July 15. The meeting will be held at Auberge Wandlyn Inn, 50 North St. at7 p.m. The all-party committee of the Nova Scotia legislature wasestablished to investigate the supply and pricing of fuels,including gasoline and home heating oil. The committee will seekinput from consumers, producers, suppliers and operators, andwill make recommendations to ensure reasonable product prices. Nova Scotians interested in making a presentation at the meetingshould call toll-free 1-888-388-6489 in advance. Messages can beleft on this line. Written submissions will also be accepted and should be filedwith the committee no later than Friday, July 30. Submissionswill be accepted by: — Fax: 1-902-424-0513– Mail: c/o Legislative Committees Office, 3rd Floor, DennisBuilding, 1740 Granville St., P.O. Box 2630, Station M, Halifax,N.S., B3J 3N5– E-mail: legcomm@gov.ns.ca . Additional meetings will be held in Yarmouth, Halifax, Truro andSydney. The committee is to complete a report on its findings byAug. 31. Background information will be available on thegovernment website at www.gov.ns.ca . All meeting dates andlocations will be advertised on local radio stations and in areanewspapers. HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY–Committee to Examine Petroleum Pricing inBridgewaterlast_img read more

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Jane Elliott Speaks to High School Students

first_imgIn recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March 21, Jane Elliott, an internationally known teacher, lecturer and diversity trainer, addressed more than 400 high school students today, March 19. The students, representing 13 metro high schools gathered to screen a video based on Ms. Elliott’s acclaimed discrimination experiment titled The 30-Minute Blue Eyed. The video was followed by a discussion with Ms. Elliott about prejudice and how it is everyone’s responsibility to eliminate it in themselves, and their communities. “Jane Elliott’s visit to Halifax has provided an opportunity for senior public servants, private-sector leaders and high school students to hear about prejudice and bigotry from someone in a position of power and privilege,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “It is an important message that all decision makers and young people should hear, and what better occasion to deliver it than in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.” Ms. Elliott’s path to diversity education and activism started more than 30 years ago when she was an elementary school teacher in Iowa. In response to a question from one of her students about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., she devised the blue eyes/brown eyes experiment. It labeled students as superior or inferior based solely on eye colour and introduced them to how it felt to be a minority. Ms. Elliott has since delivered workshops and presentations on prejudice and power around the world. Her videos A Class Divided and Eye of the Storm are used in diversity education courses across North America. “All institutions in Nova Scotia should be active players in the elimination of discrimination,” said Karen Hudson, vice principal of Auburn Drive High School. “Hearing Jane Elliott speak is an opportunity to create awareness about the challenges and realities of overcoming discrimination. The struggle is not over.” The Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs partnered with federal, provincial and municipal governments and various private-sector and community organizations to sponsor Ms. Elliott’s visit to Halifax.last_img read more

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Zverev collects Geneva title ahead of French Open

first_imgGeneva: Alexander Zverev will head into the French Open with a timely boost of confidence after he saved two match points to beat Nicolas Jarry in Saturday’s Geneva final. The fifth-ranked Zverev made a poor start to the clay season and crashed out in his opening match in Rome last week, and the German was in danger of throwing the title away against Jarry after taking the opening set. A 90-minute rain delay interrupted play and Jarry twice had championship point in a final set tie-break before Zverev prevailed 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (10/8) to earn his first title of the season. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach Arun”It was a very tough match. He was playing aggressively, serving big and hitting everything he can,” Zverev told the ATP website. “I thought I was in control until the rain came, but I’m happy to find a way. I felt it could have gone either way.” Zverev, who has never got past the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament, will open his Roland Garros campaign against Australian John Millman next week. “When I start playing good, I don’t worry about titles. I know that I can be one of the best players in the world when I find my rhythm,” said Zverev. “This week definitely helped with that.”last_img read more

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KKR part ways with Kallis Katich after belowpar IPL 2019

first_imgKolkata: Two-time champions Kolkata on Sunday parted ways with head coach Jacques Kallis and assistant coach Simon Katich following a below-par IPL 2019 in which they finished fifth. The team however has not taken a call on the future of captain Dinesh Karthik who was part of India’s World Cup squad. It was the first time in four seasons that the side did not make the play-offs. “Jacques Kallis has been an integral part of the KKR family & will always remain so. We will be exploring ways of working with Jacques as we pursue our vision of establishing the Knight Rider brand as a global brand,” KKR CEO Venky Mysore was quoted by the team’s website. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherKallis joined the side in 2011 as a player before replacing Trevor Bayliss as head coach in October 2015. “After nine fantastic years with KKR since 2011, as a player, mentor and head coach, it’s time to explore new opportunities. I would to like to thank the Owners, Management and fellow players for many happy memories,” Kallis said. Under Kallis and Katich, KKR won 32 of their 61 games.last_img read more

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Scotland to return remains of nowextinct Newfoundland First Nation

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The remains of two people from a now-extinct Newfoundland First Nation will be returned to Canada after being held in Scotland for almost two centuries.National Museums Scotland announced Monday that the remains of Beothuk people Nonosabasut and Demasduit will be transferred to the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa.The decision follows a legal request from the Canadian government received in early 2018.Earlier repatriation efforts were spearheaded by Chief Mi’sel Joe of the Miawpukek First Nation with backing of other Indigenous leaders and government leaders.The last known Beothuk woman, Shawnadithit, died in St. John’s in 1829.A Newfoundland man discovered the remains of Nonosabasut and Demasduit in 1828 and sent them overseas to his Scottish mentor, where they have remained ever since.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Morocco’s LGV High Speed Train in Photos

Rabat – Photos from inside Africa’s first high speed train have been going viral on social media. The sophisticated train has classy cars adorned with turquoise seats.The second class car in Morocco’s LGV train has rows of seats and foldout tables. (Photo credit: Media24)The sophisticated train has classy cars adorned with turquoise seats. (Photo credit: Media24)Photos from inside Africa’s first high speed train have been going viral on social media. (Photo credit Media 24)The train also has a stylish restaurant car. (Photo credit: Media24)The cars have ample restroom facilities. (Photo credit: Media24)King Mohammed VI and French President Emmanuel Macron inaugurated Morocco’s first LGV high-speed train this afternoon in Tangier. The LGV departed from Tangier to Rabat with King Mohammed VI and Macron taking the first ride. The 200-kilometer-long high speed train will link Tangier and Casablanca in two hours and 10 minutes instead of the normal five-hour train ride.Read also: King Mohammed VI, Macron Inaugurate Africa’s First LGV in TangierThe trip from Tangier to Kenitra will take 47 minutes while the trip from Tangier to Rabat will take 90 minutes. ONCF will announce the LGV’s ticket prices on Friday, November 16.During testing, the train reached a record speed of 357 kilometers per hour in May. The LGV’s total budget costs €2 billion.The project will increase its passenger capacity from 3 million per year to more than 60 million starting in the third year. King Mohammed VI and French President Emmanuel Macron inaugurating Morocco’s LGV.King Mohammed VI and French President Emmanuel Macron at the inauguration ceremony of Morocco’s LGV. French President Emmanuel Macron arriving at the inauguration ceremony in Tangier. French President Emmanuel Macron and King Mohammed VI of Morocco.ONCF Diretor General Mohamed Rabie Khlie, King Mohammed VI of Morocco and French President Emmanuel Macron at the inauguration ceremony of Morocco’s High Speed Train. read more

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Cuba, Google move to improve island’s connectivity

HAVANA — Cuba and Google are signing a deal moving the island one step closer to having a state-of-the-art connection to the modern internet.The American internet giant and the Cuban government were set to agree Thursday morning in Havana to create a seamless, cost-free connection between their two networks once Cuba is able to physically connect to a new undersea fiber-optic cable.The so-called peering deal would allow Cubans to connect faster to content on Google servers, and would reduce the Cuban government’s cost of connecting users to Google content.Network owners like the Cuban telecoms monopoly Etecsa currently must pay third-party operator fees for passing traffic along to sites such as Youtube, Google Maps and Google.com.Cuba currently has an insufficient fiber-optic connection running under the Caribbean to Venezuela.Michael Weissenstein, The Associated Press read more

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Hamilton police investigate 6 residential breakins in Westdale

Hamilton police are investigating after a number of break and enters at homes in the city’s west end.Police say six homes in the Westdale neighbourhood have been broken into since April 9.The break-ins happened sometime between midnight and 4 a.m. while the residents were sleeping. Several items including computers, phones, wallets, purses, and key fobs were taken from the homes.In two incidents, the homeowner’s vehicles were stolen. Investigators are asking residents in the area to check their surveillance cameras for any suspicious activity. Police are reminding the public to be vigilant about locking doors and securing windows. “It is too early to link all the cases and Hamilton Police Service continues to investigate,” said police in a news release. Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact Det. Gill at 905-546-3818. read more

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Macys launches new brand strategy to cater to millennials the 13to30 age

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Nov 2, 2012 6:28 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Macy’s is firing its first salvo at the millennials.The venerable department store chain is launching 13 new brands and expanding 10 other existing labels that it believes will resonate with shoppers in that 13-to-30 age group.The roster includes an exclusive Marilyn Monroe fashion collection and a men’s T-shirt line from an upstart called Fatal Clothing, which specializes in tattoo-influenced designs. The chain also will be offering a collection of runway-inspired fashions that will change monthly.The new fashion offerings, which are being rolled out this fall and next spring, represent the first phase of the retailer’s intensive campaign to attract the highly sought-after group.The millennials generation is the first to grow up with cellphones and the Internet and its members are accustomed to getting fast access to anything they want.In March, Macy’s restructured its merchandise team to focus on those shoppers and plans to make other major changes in the next three years to further rope them in. Those range from infusing tablets and other technology into the shopping experience to changing displays more frequently.The intense focus comes as Macy’s and other retailers are paying more attention to members of the generation who are entering their peak earnings and spending years.The Boston Consulting Group defines millennials as being between ages 16 to 34, and says that in the U.S. they numbered about 79 million last year. By 2030, they are expected to far outnumber baby boomers, 78 million to 56 million.And they’re a challenging bunch. The tech-savvy group likes to spend and it likes brands, but shops differently.Boston Consulting Group released a study earlier this year based on a survey of about 4,000 millennials. The research showed millennials trust their Facebook friends more than corporate ads or experts, and tend to favour spending at specialty stores, discount stores, online or outlet stores. And they put a premium on speed and convenience.Christine Barton, a partner at the Boston Consulting Group, says the department stores have a big opportunity to grab this customer, but they need to “refreshen their franchise.” Millennial females spend one third more on clothing than those in the 35 to 74 age range — regardless of income or race. Male millennials spend twice as much on clothing per year than men in previous generations.The average millennial “shops everywhere, and she has access to everything,” said Molly Langenstein, executive vice-president and general merchandise manager for millennials and new business development at Macy’s. “That is the challenge for everyone going after the millennials.”Last year, Langenstein’s group began interviewing thousands of shoppers in the 13-to-30 age group to better understand their needs.“We’re getting in front of them,” she said.Macy’s has two departments that serve millennials: mstylelab, which caters to the 13-to-22 age group, and Impulse, which is geared toward shoppers from age 19 to 30. Langenstein noted that focusing on brands is important for this generation. Macy’s, which has corporate offices in both Cincinnati and New York, also operates upscale Bloomingdale’s but is focusing on millennials with its namesake stores.The Marilyn Monroe collection will be housed in the mstylelab department. Langenstein says the icon’s name, which has more than 4.2 million Facebook fans, resonated with young shoppers questioned in its surveys. The collection, which will be priced from $29 to $89, will offer figure-flattering silhouettes, she says.Also, next spring, Macy’s is launching an exclusive clothing collection under sneaker brand Ked’s. For fall, Macy’s launched the Truth or Dare shoe collection, a collaboration with Madonna. The line features over-the-knee black boots and studded spiked-heel pumps.For its Impulse department, Macy’s has teamed up with MADE Fashion Week, a partnership with Milk Studios that has a venue for the fashion’s up and comers every runway season. Starting for spring, each collection will feature about 20 to 30 runway-inspired pieces and will be priced at about $65.Among the brands Macy’s is expanding is Material Girl, a collection inspire by Madonna and her daughter Lola that launched during the fall of 2010. For spring, Material Girl will expand beyond clothing and offer jewelry, handbags and accessories. Macy’s launches new brand strategy to cater to millennials, the 13-to-30 age group read more

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Ban urges political actors institutions to hand over power to Libyan Presidency

The call came in a statement by the Secretary-General, who welcomed the Presidency Council’s arrival in the capital of Tripoli as “an important step” in the implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement, a UN-mediated deal signed in December. Mr. Ban “calls on all actors to respect the aspirations of the overwhelming majority of the Libyan people for peace, stability and prosperity,” the statement reads. Commending the Presidency Council for the members’ courage and leadership, Mr. Ban also urged security actors to ensure their safety and abstain from any actions that might undermine their work. Shortly after the Presidency Council’s arrival yesterday, Martin Kobler, Special Representative and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) extended the UN’s support to the Libyan authorities. read more

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UN relief chief urges Security Council to back aid delivery more funding

Third, for all parties to facilitate safe, regular and sustained humanitarian access, so we can carry out additional needs assessments, deliver to all areas where needs are most severe and monitor the impact of our interventions. First, support from all Member States to ensure that the parties respect and protect civilians, with particular attention to the north-west and north-east of the country. “Today I reiterate the importance of sustaining the Russia-Turkey agreement and I remind you that a large-scale military operation in Idlib would have catastrophic humanitarian implications,” he said of the deal brokered by the two countries to create a demilitarized buffer zone in Idlib.Further, Mr. Lowcock recalled that last month, the Council extended the authorization for the cross-border relief operation into Idlib. As hundreds of thousands of people are reached each month with lifesaving assistance through our cross-border operations, he said: “We must continue to be able to provide food, medicine, tents, critical winter supplies and other help.”,Meanwhile, he said some 42,000 people remain stranded in Rukban along the Syria-Jordan border. Conditions in the informal settlement have continued to deteriorate since the last humanitarian convoy to the area, from 3 to 8 November. Eight infants reportedly died there since last month.“Again, the cold is making the situation even worse. So, it is critical that the parties support a second convoy to Rukban, said Mr. Lowcock, explaining that the UN has been engaged on multiple fronts to ensure that can happen, including by addressing concerns expressed by Russia and the Syrian Government about the security of the convoy and monitoring arrangements for aid distribution.“On 27 January, we received verbal approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Damascus for the convoy to proceed. Security guarantees have also been received from the Russian Federation and from International Coalition Forces,” he told Council members, and planning was now underway for loading of the trucks to begin before the end of the week, and for them to set off by 5 February.“We call on all parties to ensure that this goes ahead without any further delay,” he stated.,How the Security Council can help Syira – UN relief chief  “Millions are living under tents or tarpaulins or in damaged buildings with no power or heating. There are severe shortages of all the basics ­­– from blankets to baby milk to bandages,” Mark Lowcock told the Security Council, adding that the harsh weather is destroying the makeshift shelters and forcing tens of thousands more people to move.He said that since late last year, the UN and its partners had been raising funds to support vulnerable Syrians with vital winter items, including plastic sheeting to reinforce shelters, stoves and heating fuel, as well as blankets, jackets and winter clothes.“We have raised $81 million so far, which has allowed us to help 1.2 million people. Continued support is critical to ensuring that all those in need can be reached,” he said.Turning to war-battered Idlib, he said weather has been difficult for the people there, where the risk of military escalation continues to loom. Over the second half of last year he had frequently highlighted the growing concerns of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), which he heads up, about the plight of three million people in Idlib and neighboring areas in north-west Syria, from which civilians simply have nowhere else to flee, should there be a full-scale military incursion into the area.While a September agreement between Russia and Turkey was followed by a significant decrease in ground fighting and airstrikes, January saw an increase in fighting between non-State armed groups, placing civilians at risk and resulting in injury and death. Second, the humanitarian convoy to Rukban must be allowed to proceed as planned. And fourth, financing for the immediate life-saving needs in Syria, to help people through the bitter winter, but also to ensure the humanitarian programmes in OCHA’s 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan are well-funded. A conference in Brussels on 13-14 March will be a critical marker in this regard. read more

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SAMSONENKO WANTED CANELLAS He made a mistake going to THW Kiel

Vardar had a great start of the European campaign in the EHF Champions League with two victories over RK Celje and Chekhovski Medvedi. That the Macedonian vice-champion has great ambitions this season, was said as well by Sergei Samsonenko before the match against Chekhovski Medvedi, who said that the Final Four in Cologne is the final goal of the team this season. People such as Gorbok, Lackovic and Sterbik are good guarantee that it is quite possible, and the one that the Russian failed to bring in Skopje is Joan Canellas, the Spanish left back who transfered from HSV Hamburg to THW Kiel last summer. Vardar was obviously greatly interested:– I tried, but he went to THW Kiel. He did not come, and I think he made a great mistake going to Kiel. – said through a smile, Samsonenko. ← Previous Story EHF CL ROUND 2 – BEST 7: Second nomination for Alex Dujshebaev Next Story → SCANDI MAESTRO: AMAZING GOAL by Steffen Stegavik Joan CanellassamsonenkoTHW Kielvardar thw kiel read more

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New palliative care unit in Kilkenny announced by Susie Long Hospice Fund

first_imgA NEW SIX-BED palliative care unit has been announced by the Susie Long Hospice Fund for St. Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny.The fund was set up in October 2007 after 42-year-old mother of two Susie Long died from bowel cancer.Susie raised awareness about the public waiting list she experienced as she didn’t have private health insurance.She wrote an e-mail to Liveline and spoke to Prime Time from hospital in Dublin where she outlined her belief in the need for a properly-resourced public health system.After her death friends and family set up the fund with the aim of providing a 12-bed hospice in Kilkenny.Her family said: Today is an emotional day for us, as the promise of a hospice for Kilkenny begins to turn into a reality. We are delighted that progress is now being made in bringing this vital service to the people in our community.“Susie had to travel to a hospice in Dublin and we were lucky to able to stay with family there to be with her in her final days.They also added that “hospice care allowed Susie to emerge from pain and uncertainty, to become her full self again and allowed her to speak out on behalf of those who were not receiving the care and treatment they deserved.We look forward to the opening of this interim 6-bed unit palliative care unit shortly and believe that pressure must now be maintained to build the permanent 12-bed hospice as soon as possible. Read: People with serious illnesses asked to share their experience of palliative care>Read: HSE signs agreement to improve palliative care>Read: 2,500 patients a year are denied access to hospice services>last_img read more

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Cancer quand largent permet de mieux guérir

first_imgCancer : quand l’argent permet de mieux guérirRoyaume-Uni – Une étude du Bureau des statistiques nationales vient de démontrer que les personnes aisées avaient plus de chances de survivre à un cancer que celles issues des milieux défavorisés.On dénonce souvent les inégalités sociales et leurs répercussions sur la vie quotidienne des personnes. On estime notamment qu’un individu issu d’une famille aisée a plus de chances de réussir à l’école. À lire aussiCancer : définition, causes, types, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Des chercheurs se sont pour leur part penchés sur l’impact de ces différences de revenus dans le monde médical. Au centre de leur étude : le cancer, et surtout sa rémission. Au Royaume-Uni, lorsqu’un cancer est diagnostiqué, le patient a aujourd’hui 65% de chances de survivre au moins douze mois à sa maladie. C’est une moyenne et, en fonction des régions, on note de fortes disparités.Un taux de survie à 12 mois qui augmente avec les revenus Ainsi, quelqu’un qui vit dans les quartiers chics de Londres aura 70,3% de chances de survie à 12 mois, quand un habitant de Newham, banlieue défavorisée de la capitale britannique, aura pour sa part seulement 56,3% de chances de survivre à sa maladie plus d’un an.Pour expliquer ces inégalités, le professeur Karol Sikora de l’Imperial College London évoque le comportement des personnes les moins aisées, souvent intimidées au moment de pousser la porte d’un hôpital ou d’une clinique. Elles attendent donc, repoussant le diagnostic qui empire souvent en devenant tardif. En outre, elles bénéficient à un accès à l’information moins important, tant du fait de leur éducation que de leurs relations.   Le 12 septembre 2010 à 18:31 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more