Gulf Marine Services rejects buyout offer from Seafox International

first_imgGulf Marine Services termed Seafox’s proposal as “wholly opportunistic” and one that has come at a time of significant macro uncertainty due to the prevailing Covid-19 outbreak Gulf Marine Services turns down Seafox’s proposal. (Credit: aymane jdidi from Pixabay) Gulf Marine Services (GMS) has rejected a $32m buyout offer from Dutch offshore jack-up company Seafox International citing that it fundamentally undervalues the company.The UAE-based oilfield industry contractor has been issued an offer of $0.09 per share by the Dutch firm.The company termed Seafox’s proposal as “wholly opportunistic” and one that has come at a time of significant macro uncertainty due to the prevailing Covid-19 outbreak.Gulf Marine Services said that the pandemic has led to depressed share prices globally, especially in the energy industry, and has led to its shares trading at all-time lows recently.The oilfield industry contractor said that its board found that the Seafox’s proposal did not reflect the significant operational and financial progress made by it during the last 12 months and also the company’s materially improved long-term prospects.Gulf Marine Services executive chairman Tim Summers said: “The Company is performing well notwithstanding the difficult environment; we have reduced costs and we will continue to reduce them further in 2020.“We have agreed in principle a deal with our banks that provides the Company with long-term financial stability. The Board remains highly confident in the future success of the Company.“Now is not the time for shareholders to sell at a price that is far below the true worth of GMS.”How Gulf Marine Services and Seafox serve the energy industryListed on the London Stock Exchange, Gulf Marine Services provides advanced self-propelled self-elevating support vessels (SESVs) to the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors.The company’s fleet of 13 SESVs are engaged in various offshore oil and gas platform refurbishment and maintenance activities, well intervention work, offshore wind turbine installation and maintenance work, ad offshore oil and gas platform installation, and decommissioning.Seafox, on the other hand, owns 11 self-elevating jack-up units, which support the oil and gas and renewable industry.The Dutch offshore jack-up company stated: “Without Seafox’s support – both for its pro rata portion or for additional shares – the chances of GMS achieving a substantial equity raise is highly uncertain.“It is Seafox’s view that any capital raise would, at best, be highly dilutive to existing shareholders. Should GMS be unable to secure sufficient equity investment and if the warrants are issued and/or PIK interest is incurred, this will severely depress returns for GMS’ shareholders.”last_img read more

Two Purplebricks radio ads referred to advertising watchdog

first_imgPurplebricks has agreed to be clearer in its advertising that customers are charged a fee for its service.The announcement comes after a member of the public complained to The Advertising Standards Authority recently after hearing two radio ads by the hybrid agent.The complainant claimed that the ads were not sufficiently clear whether Purplebricks charged a fee for its service, and the agency has given assurances that future ads will be clearer following an informal agreement with the ASA rather than a full judgement.This is the 12th time Purplebricks has been referred to the ASA since it started up in 2015.Tipi pointPurplebricks is not the only property firm to be referred to the ASA this week. Tipi, a letting business that specialises in build-to-rent properties set up by developer Quintain in 2015, was referred to the watchdog over a billboard poster advert and advertising copy on its website that claimed tenants paid ‘no deposit’ when renting via Tipi.The complainant said the two adverts were contradictory because several properties available to rent featured ‘smaller deposits’, a claim that Tipi has now agreed to remove and add ‘appropriate disclaimers’.Tipi is one of several build-to-rent lettings operators in the UK whose main schtick is to offer tenants no fees, zero deposits and both utilities and broadband included in the rent, in its case at the developments it operates in Wembley, North London.Read more about Purplebricks and the ASA.quintain Purplebricks advertising standards authority ASA tipi October 3, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Two Purplebricks radio ads referred to advertising watchdog previous nextRegulation & LawTwo Purplebricks radio ads referred to advertising watchdogHybrid agent agrees to be clearer in future advertising that it does charge a fee for its service.Nigel Lewis3rd October 201802,178 Viewslast_img read more

Vogel’s in vogue

first_imgA s doctors promoting healthy eating plans go, you’d have to say that the Swiss-born Dr Vogel’s plan is faring better in the longevity stakes than his counterpart – or nemesis – Dr Atkins. While the former had wholegrain seeded bread as an integral part of his diet, the other banned bread consumption altogether. As Atkins Nutritionals witnessed boom and bust, the slower burn of the hype-free Vogel’s licence has established a loyal following. Dr Vogel lived to 94; the less said about the demise of Dr Atkins, the better.PR and celebrity endorsements have played no part in the success of Vogel’s bread in the UK. Such is the passion elicited for the bread, that two organic specialists – Fresh & Wild and Planet Organic – both sell Vogel’s, a non-organic product. In fact, shoppers were up in arms when one of them withdrew the brand. “Within a week we were back in. Vogel’s has got a very loyal fan base,” Colin Lyons, director of Goswell’s Speciality Breads wryly recalls. “Because their customers want it, and because it doesn’t contain any nasties, we’re a clean enough label for them.”licensed to bakeThe speciality wholesale bread baker Goswell’s started life in 1950 and has built up a strong niche in healthy-style breads with a series of successful licences. “Since we went purely wholesale about 40 years ago, we’ve concentrated on producing speciality breads,” explains the third-generation baker Lyons. “In recent years we’ve taken on licences, which are exclusive to ourselves, such as Vogel’s, Cranks and Dove’s Farm. That is the mainstay of the business.”Furthermore, the bakery produces a West Indian bread under its Caribbean Cuisine brand. A selection of unbranded products such as bagels are supplied in pallet-loads to foodservice customers, while it continues to offer the light rye breads and Polish rye breads it has done for many years.Dr Vogel began making bread in the 1950s with a muesli bread, using milk as a humectant to give moisture. A Swiss baker took the idea to New Zealand and the loaf eventually migrated to the UK. Goswell’s started producing one mixed grain variety of Vogel’s in 1972. “We saw a ’licensee wanted’ advert in British Baker in 1971 and, because it was weird and wonderful, we thought we’d do it. We like doing difficult things,” says Lyons. In the mid-’90s, two other varieties, Honey & Oatbran and Sunflower & Barley were launched followed by a fourth – the now best-selling Soya & Linseed.record yearLast year was Goswell’s best year of sales, building on the record it set the previous year. Turnover is now over £5m. Over the past four years the number of national listings has multiplied, along with the growth in brown and seeded breads across the bread category, and Asda, Co-op and Marks & Spencer are the only supermarkets not supplied. “Until then, we were regionalised to London, which is a large demographic area, but there were always pockets of people contacting us from different parts of the country. We now supply major supermarkets throughout the country,” says Lyons.The growth strategy has been to increase Vogel’s availability in existing supermarkets rather than pitch for new custom. “We supply a lot of people with a little bread,” he says. At present, this amounts to 700 supermarkets now stocking Vogel’s.A few years ago, Goswell’s approached the Vogel’s brand owners, based in Sydney, Australia, to extend the Vogel’s range in the UK. It cherry-picked a Soya & Linseed loaf, which has become Goswell’s biggest-selling bread over the last three years. Allied Bakeries has since seen similar successes with a direct competitor, Burgen Soya and linseed, though Lyons remains unperturbed. “I’m not too fussed who our competitors are; if, every quarter, our sales are up within the constraints of what I want to do, then I’m not worried if Burgen has doubled sales or we’ve taken half its sales. The two complement each other.”Apart from occasional cross-promotion, such as a recent offer alongside Premier Foods’ Loyd Grossman soup, there is little promotional activity. “We tend not to do large promotions and marketing, because if the packaging is distinctive enough on-shelf, then shoppers will try it.”organic optionsThe bread does not contain any stabilisers or additives, and although Vogel’s is not organic, this is probably just as well in light of the rising cost of organic wheat and pressures to reduce on-shelf price, he says: “With the way organic wheat availability and cost is going we would probably be priced out of the market.” Goswell’s does, however, supply organic bread under the Dove’s Farm label, which it has done since 1982, as well as Cranks in ’89. The latter, originally a vegetarian wholefood restaurant with a bakery in Islington, outsourced its breadmaking to Goswell’s when it shifted focus towards making vegetarian ready-meals. The organic brand has since launched into three major supermarket groups and is “going well,” says Lyons. Bakery La Fornaia also produces sandwich focaccia and rolls for Cranks.The Cranks brand is now owned by The Grocery Company – part of the Nando’s group – which rebranded the range in recent years, with products including sandwiches, smoothies and desserts. Wrapped bread is the only Cranks product that has remained organic. An unsliced loaf with distinctive packaging, the loaf is akin to a heavier homemade bread, which gives it a unique selling point and few competitors, says Lyons.”When you’re selling bread to the supermarkets your USP has to be strong, clear and focused. Our company has never used anything that could be construed as being artificial or unnatural, whether organic or not, and that sets us apart. The organic breads are still selling strongly because people are even more aware of green issues. But no matter how good organic sales are, they’re still only scratching the surface.”Meanwhile, Vogel’s USP is that it has a clean label at the expense of a longer shelf-life. Says Lyons: “Personally, I think a loaf of bread should have four ingredients – flour, salt, water and yeast. Our company’s USP has always been different. When people started putting acetic acid in bread to inhibit mould, when the larger bakeries were under pressure to put more water in, we went the other way rather than follow suit. I like to think of ourselves as a large craft bakery rather than a small plant bakery.”With consumers paying closer attention to the label, recent shopping trends have certainly helped Goswell’s. Though Lyons has a wizened scepticism of flash-in-the-pan diets, Vogel’s is well-placed to capitalise on current eating trends. “Vogel’s breads are at the forefront at the moment because people are saying ’Glycaemic Index is good for you, look for products with seeds and grains’. GI was the fad of last year and is still carrying on. But whichever professor you listen to, some things are great for you and some will kill you!”Goswell’s has not featured a GI logo on the packaging. “There is a danger and a trend that products are becoming over-labelled. There’s a battle going on with nutritional information labelling, but there’s also the Fairtrade logo, Soil Association logo, vegetarian logo, Vegan Society logo, carbon footprint logo… you can go on forever. A lot of it is in danger of getting overplayed and the public are going to get confused.”absence of preachinessOne plank of the brand’s success has been a refreshing absence of preachiness and a virtually non-existent PR machine. Lyons delights in saying that his criteria for choosing what he eats is based on taste rather than goodness, and reveals a favourite weekend treat to be a supermarket baton with two eggs and a non-organic full-fat sausage. “Anything can be unhealthy if you eat too much of it,” he says.It’s a happy coincidence that Goswell’s makes healthier breads, he adds. “At Goswell’s, our breads have never been produced for any other reason than they taste good. We’re told that soya and linseed are good for menopausal women, and it helps this, that and the other. Someone will come up with something saying that sunflower seeds are twice as nutritious as anything else. But we put them in, because honey and sunflower, sunflower and barley… these are names that roll off the tongue and go together well. We didn’t enlist chemists to tell us their properties. Baking bread isn’t rocket science.”So what about the future? Foodservice rather than retail will be the biggest growth area for the firm, he believes, especially with bagels, and the bakery will continue to foster its niche. “Our brands each fulfil a niche in the market. It might sound strange, but we don’t want that niche to become too big, because once you become mainstream you’re there to be shot at. We want to be like a field mouse crawling through the grass.” n—-=== At a glance ===Location: Caxton Street North, Docklands, LondonStaff: 82 including temporary staffTurnover: Over £5mBrands: under licence – Cranks, Vogel’s, Dove’s FarmProduction: Vogel’s bread (accounts for two-thirds of production), Cranks, Caribbean Cuisine, Dove’s Farm, rye bread and bagelslast_img read more

Swarbrick: Notre Dame will still have “full schedule” if CFB season is shortened

first_img Previous articleWoman dies of COVID-19 related complications at Motel 6 in RoselandNext articlePortion of Goshen Main St. closed for road repair and other changes Carl Stutsman Twitter Twitter Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp By Carl Stutsman – May 6, 2020 0 358 Facebook Facebook Swarbrick: Notre Dame will still have “full schedule” if CFB season is shortened Notre Dame wide receiver Amir Carlisle runs in for a touchdown in front of teammates wide receiver Corey Robinson and Michigan defensive back Jourdan Lewis during the second half of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Notre Dame has long held proud its status as an Independent non-conference team, but there is some concern that could now mean that their 2020 season is in jeopardy. However, Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick seems confident that even with a shortened season Notre Dame football will be fine.There has been some discussion that individual conferences could decide to eliminate all non-conference games; for Notre Dame that would mean 10 of its 12 scheduled opponents would disappear. Notre Dame football has a loose association with the ACC, which accounts for six of its games this season, but football is not an official part of the conference.Swarbrick tells ESPN that if it goes that way Notre Dame will still have a “high quality, full schedule”. Swarbrick has been pushing a “conference only, plus one” format that would allow Notre Dame to hold on to at least some of its Power 5 opponents.Read the full interview with ESPN herelast_img read more

Clarence Fountain, Founding Blind Boys Of Alabama Member, Dies At Age 88

first_imgClarence Fountain, a founding member of the long-running and culturally significant gospel outfit Blind Boys of Alabama, passed away on Sunday, June 3rd in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at the age of 88, according to a statement issued by longtime Blind Boys manager Charles Driebe.Fountain was born November 28th, 1929 and grew up in a religious household in Selma, Alabama. Notes Celebrity Access, After losing his sight as a small child, Clarence Fountain was enrolled at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Deaf and Blind in Talladega, where he joined the school’s large boys choir. There, in the mid-1940’s, inspired by the weekly radio broadcasts of the Golden Gate Quartet, he and a group of his classmates decided to start their own singing group, eventually dubbed the Blind Boys.Explains the Blind Boys’ eloquent official bio:In the seven decades since the Blind Boys of Alabama first began singing together, America has witnessed a World War, the civil rights movement, and the Summer of Love; the moon landing, Vietnam, and the fall of the Berlin Wall; JFK, MLK, and Malcolm X; the invention of the jukebox, the atomic bomb, and the internet. Through it all, the Blind Boys’ music has not only endured, but thrived, helping both to define the sound of the American south and to push it forward through the 20th century and well on into the 21st. Praised by NPR as “pioneers,” the group has transcended barriers of race and genre to become one of the most acclaimed and celebrated groups in modern music. From the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind, where the original members met as children, all the way to The White House – where they’ve performed for three different presidents – the band’s story is, in many ways, America’s story.The Blind Boys went on to win multiple Grammy Awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and an NEA National Heritage Fellowship, as well as being inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and performing at the White House. Watch Clarence Fountain sing lead with the Blind Boys on “Too Close To Heaven” from How Sweet It Was, The Sights and Sounds of Gospel’s Golden Age:The Five Blind Boys Of Alabama – “Too Close To Heaven”[Video: Pannellctp Traditional Gospel Music]Due to declining health, Fountain stopped touring with the band in 2007 but did contribute vocals to the Blind Boys’ latest album, Almost Home, released last year. Below, you can also listen to a fascinating NPR World Cafe interview by Fountain and his fellow founding Blind Boys member, Jimmy Carter, about their early lives and their incredible 70-year career.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>[H/T Celebrity Access]last_img read more

Two are Abramson winners

first_imgKevin Eggan, associate professor of stem cell and regenerative biology, brings undergraduates to the frontiers of life science. David Elmer, assistant professor of the classics, takes students back through some of Western culture’s most ancient and honored texts. This year, the two members of Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) have something in common: They’re both winners of a 2011 Roslyn Abramson Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.“David Elmer and Kevin Eggan may have different areas of research, but they share a love of teaching,” said FAS Dean Michael D. Smith, the John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “Each is an outstanding scholar who also has the ability to communicate knowledge in a way that ignites in students the passion that these faculty feel for their respective fields. They embody a Harvard education at its best. I offer my congratulations to David and Kevin for an honor well-deserved.”The $9,500 award, established with a gift from Edward Abramson ’57 in honor of his mother, is given annually in recognition of “excellence and sensitivity in teaching undergraduates.” Recipients, drawn exclusively from FAS, are chosen on the basis of their ability to communicate with and inspire undergraduates, their accessibility, and their dedication to teaching.Kevin EgganEggan’s popular undergraduate course, “Human Genetics: Mining Our Genomes for an Understanding of Human Variation and Disease,” teaches students some of the fundamentals of cellular biology through the lens of the developing and aging human body. Eggan says he tries to put the principles of life science into a context that people care most about: their health.“We can learn a lot about biology from the things that go wrong with us,” Eggan says. “When there’s a congenital malformation — say, someone’s eyes are too close or too far apart — we have a chance to see what went wrong and to uncover the biology behind it. I try to show students how we use genetic thinking to solve biological problems and to identify what’s causing disease.”“Undergraduates always look at things with very fresh eyes,” Eggan said. “When they look at something for the first time, they see it in a completely different way, unencumbered by the failures of others. It makes me look at things differently too.” Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerEggan says that the most rewarding aspect of teaching is the feeling of satisfaction that comes from helping students work through a difficult concept. Because undergraduates often approach a problem or idea for the first time in his class, their untrained eyes also provide new insights.“Undergraduates always look at things with very fresh eyes,” he says. “When they look at something for the first time, they see it in a completely different way, unencumbered by the failures of others. It makes me look at things differently too.”Some of those undergraduates may share the benefit of Eggan’s award this summer, as he plans to use the prize money to support researchers in his lab.“More and more Harvard undergrads are excited about working in a lab over the summer and during the school year too,” he says. “It seems like there are always more students than money, so this will be a great way to supplement our funds.”David ElmerElmer’s challenge in teaching the classics of ancient Greece and Rome is that undergraduates are both too far from and too close to the subject matter.“It is always challenging to get students to feel a sense of connection with a distant civilization,” he explains. “At the same time, I think many students feel a deceptive familiarity with the Greeks and Romans, since our own culture is pervaded by images and symbols of the ancient world. The real task is to get students to understand both what they have in common with ancient readers and writers, and the deep strangeness of the Greeks and Romans.”Students’ encounters with the “strangeness” of Greek and Roman culture, Elmer says, also leads to teaching’s greatest reward: a “shared sense of wonder and excitement.”“I think teaching provides the best opportunity to see the power of ideas in action,” he says. “There is really nothing more rewarding for me than seeing how undergraduates take up the ideas we discuss in the classroom and make them meaningful for their own lives and experience.”Elmer realizes that few of his students will go on to be classics professors, but rankles at what he calls the “pernicious tendency” in education to define the value of knowledge exclusively by its workplace potential.“I happen to be very committed to the ideals of the traditional liberal arts education, which values the cultivation of thinking for its own sake,” he says. “I believe that the quality of our daily lives is directly related to the richness of our mental lives. Classics is particularly well suited to developing such richness, and can be a model for how to come to a deep understanding by applying a potentially unlimited set of methods and perspectives. This is a valuable skill that can readily be transferred to all areas of life.”As for the award money, Elmer says that he hopes to hire an undergraduate assistant to help with research and course development, not just to help shoulder some of the workload, but also to provide him with another opportunity to teach.“Research assistantships are, I think, another form of teaching,” he says. “Research not only guides teaching by providing the raw material for what happens in the classroom; it also helps to draw students into the pursuit of knowledge. Students really respond to the challenge and excitement of an open research question. In fact, in teaching as well as in research, I think it could be said that the presentation of a problem is often more important than the presentation of the solution. Assistantships are a great way to integrate the University’s teaching and research missions.”last_img read more

Flashpoint: Solar Could Power Half of Appalachia

first_imgNo doubt you’ve heard the excuses from certain lawmakers and their benefactors in the petrochemical industrial complex: Forget renewable energy. Especially solar. The technology isn’t there and it’s too expensive and it’s really just pie-in-the-sky stuff for hippies.Investors disagree. Solar production has grown 900 percent in the past five years, and now even Wall Street has taken a shine to solar power. As a recent CitiGroup investment report put it, “Our viewpoint is that solar is here to stay.”Jeff Deal, senior project manager at the Appalachian Institute for Renewable Energy, says we already have the technology to power up to half of Appalachia with solar alone—and we can do it affordably, if we get our policies and priorities straight. We talked with him about the massive, unrealized potential of renewable energy.Why hasn’t solar energy been more widely adopted in Appalachia and around the country?The big problem right now is that there’s no way to finance it. To buy a solar system, you have to produce that money upfront—like $20,000 to $40,000. People love it in principle, but then they see the price tag and freak out. If you could buy renewables as easily as buying a car, it would be a different world.What is the long-term potential of solar?Colossal. Even though it’s not exactly Southern California, Appalachia gets enough sunlight to power 50 percent of its electricity demands.How can we change our public policies to encourage, rather than discourage, the use of solar?First, the government should make it legal for people to sell electricity to each other. A lot of our policies have been created to favor entrenched market forces like fossil fuel companies. For example, it’s illegal in North Carolina for the owner of a solar panel system to sell electricity back to the installer to defray the installation cost. Removing that roadblock would be huge. We need to have 21st century economic policies for the sale of electricity, not medieval, plantation-esque policies. And while we’re at it, we should create solar loan and finance programs like Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. If houses are important, electricity to power homes is also important.If the subsidies currently offered to fossil fuel industries were offered to solar, would that make solar cost-competitive?Absolutely. We should provide the same level of subsidies that the fossil fuel and nuclear industries get. If you had to pay the true, cradle-to-grave cost of energy, renewables would win hands-down.Would we need new battery storage or other technologies for solar to work well?No. We have more than enough technology, but we haven’t manufactured and deployed it. This isn’t a technical issue—it’s a financing and policy issue. We haven’t invested enough in solar energy to realize its full potential, but the technical part is figured out. Five years ago, we thought it would be gravy to get solar panels down to a dollar a watt, and now we’re below that. We’ve cut the cost of solar panels by 400 percent over the past three to four years. And yet our yearly solar energy generation is something a third-world country would be a ashamed of. We’re busy building nuclear plants that were supposed to be too cheap to meter, and decades later you still can’t get insurance for them and taxpayers are on the hook.How would solar work at night and when the sun is obscured by clouds?A variety of storage techniques are available now, like pump storage, compressed air, and batteries. It’s not technically difficult—you just have to spend money on them in the same way you do on fossil fuels. There’s a big reason why we keep an entire carrier fleet in the Gulf of Arabia. If we upped our spending on solar and other renewables, we could probably bring that fleet home.How much acreage would be required for solar panels to power Appalachia, and where should they be sited?Some people think you’d need a massive amount of land for solar panels. That’s just not true. A chunk of land the size of the state of Delaware would be enough to power the entire country using solar concentrated power plants, so you’d need a whole lot less just to power Appalachia. Abandoned farmland close to large population centers in Appalachia would be the best place for a centralized system. But importing power to the region is phenomenally expensive, so it would be cheaper to have a decentralized system made up of both large plants to satisfy demand peaks and also individual buildings with their own solar panels.What role would wind, geothermal, and other types of renewable energy play in powering Appalachia?All of them could and should play a role. For example, Appalachia has a lot of wind, and hydroelectric would also probably play a role. And we have huge amounts of biomass, which is potential solar energy and represents stored carbon. We have more than enough resources. What we don’t have right now is the political will.last_img read more

Guthrie restricts visitors to hospitals following spikes in COVID-19

first_imgGuthrie says special situations where a visitor is permitted include patients with intellectual or developmental disabilities, communication barrier, behavioral concerns significant changes in a patient’s condition or a request for a clergy. Extenuating circumstances within our skilled nursing units and long-term care facilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis, the hospital says. Hospital visitation is permitted as follows: Emergency departments — one visitorObstetrics patients — one support person and the patient’s doulaPediatrics — one parent or legal guardian at a time (two parents/guardians may alternate)Patients at end-of-life — up to two visitorsSurgical/procedural outpatient — one visitor to accompany patient, receive discharge instructions and transport patient home The restrictions will be revisited on Jan. 1, 2021. SAYRE, Pa. (WBNG) — Guthrie hospitals will restrict visitors from entering its facilities due to recent spikes in COVID-19 cases. Guthrie says the move is to protect its patients and staff. The restriction begins Oct. 9. Visitors for in-patients, including COVID-19 positive patients and suspected cases of COVID-19Persons with fever or other cold and flu-like systemsMinors under the age of 18 (except in rare situations, approved in advance)Persons over the age of 70 with chronic conditions The following visitors will not be allowed:last_img read more

COVID-19: City-wide transport restrictions cause buildup at Transjakarta, MRT stations

first_imgA restriction on the operational hours of public transportation imposed by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 appears to have backfired, with large crowds and long lines building up at Transjakarta and MRT Jakarta stations across the capital on Monday.City-owned bus operator Transjakarta is operating only13 of its 248 routes, with 20-minute headway expected for each bus. As a result, long lines began to accumulate at stations, stretching onto the streets at sidewalks.Read also: Jokowi calls for ‘social distancing’ to stem virus spread Topics : However, pictures spreading on social media have shown commuters — many wearing face masks — squeezing into packed buses and stations.Transjakarta passengers queues at Puribeta Transjakarta shelter, Tangerang City, Monday, 3/16/2020. Due to the changes in schedules and routes to the anticipated spread of the Corona virus, thousand Jakarta public transport passenger are stranded. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)The restriction was part of the city administration’s efforts to promote social distancing as Jakarta grapples with an increasing number of COVID-19 infections.Besides Transjakarta, city-owned MRT Jakarta and LRT Jakarta have also imposed similar measures.Sahabat tiJe, Kami menghimbau agar pelanggan yang tidak memiliki urusan sangat penting untuk tetap berada di rumah. #dirumahaja— Transportasi Jakarta (@PT_Transjakarta) March 16, 2020Transjakarta urged Jakartans to stay home as much as possible.“We urge our customers who do not have important business matters to stay at home,” the company posted on its Twitter account, which had many replies from netizens lambasting the restriction as useless as not all companies have allowed their employees to work from home.Crowds and long lines were also seen at MRT stations. MRT Jakarta reduced the number of cars for each train to four from the usual 16, bringing down the maximum capacity from 300 people to 60.center_img Lia Muspiroh, a Transjakarta user who usually takes a bus from the Mangga Besar Station in West Jakarta, said she was shocked to find people crowding the usually quiet shelter on Monday morning.“I don’t mind the restriction, but there should be more [buses] operating. Passengers are squeezed against each other inside the buses,” she said as reported by management announced the restriction on Sunday, saying it would only operate 13 routes from March 16 to 30. During the same period, the company will also suspend its evening services (AMARI).Dividers are provided at bus stations so that passengers can stand at a distance from one another. Transjakarta said it would also adjust the distance between seats inside its buses to minimize contact between passengers.last_img read more

Samuel Umtiti determined to stay at Barcelona despite Arsenal interest

first_imgArsenal are believed to have concerns of their own over Umtiti’s knee issues (Picture: Getty)The Frenchman has been working on strengthening the muscles around his knee, but so far it shows little sign of improvement and his form has continued to suffer since reporting back for duty.He had another sub-par match against Villarreal on Tuesday night, making a number of crucial mistakes – two of which resulted in goals – and there are concerns he will never get back to his excellent levels of last season.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Comment Samuel Umtiti determined to stay at Barcelona despite Arsenal interest Umtiti gave a lacklustre performance against Villarreal on Tuesday night (Picture: Getty)Manchester United have previously been linked with the World Cup winner, while more recently Arsenal emerged as a serious contender to try and sign the 25-year-old with Unai Emery eager to sign a new centre-back.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut, according to Spanish newspaper Marca, Umtiti has little intention of leaving Barcelona and wants to win back his place in the side.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe is convinced that he can oust Lenglet from the team once he has fully recovered from his knee injury and prove that Barca do not need to spend as much as £75m on De Ligt.Umtiti has missed a large number of games due to his injury problems, with bits of loose cartilage in his knee, but opted to put off surgery and instead underwent conservative treatment over winter.center_img The Frenchman is not ready to leave Camp Nou just yet (Picture: Getty)Samuel Umtiti does not want to leave Barcelona despite interest from Arsenal and is determined to fight for his future at Camp Nou, according to reports in Spain.The Frenchman has dropped down the pecking order this season due to a persistent knee injury and the rise of Clement Lenglet, who has cemented his place alongside Gerard Pique in the heart of the defence.Barca are also trying to sign Ajax sensation Matthijs de Ligt, and had earmarked Umtiti as a player they could sell to raise funds and free up a squad place. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 3 Apr 2019 11:50 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link300Shares Advertisementlast_img read more