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I’d buy Lloyds shares to retire on Image source: Getty Images. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” If you have £1,000 or any other amount to invest in the stock market for the long term, it might be worth taking a closer look at Lloyds (LSE: LLOY) shares. Lloyds shares on offerBuying Lloyds shares after the recent stock market crash may not sound all that appealing to many investors. After all, the outlook for the UK economy is highly uncertain in the short run. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…However, over the long run, the lender may experience a strong comeback. As the UK’s largest mortgage lender, Lloyds is one of the most important financial institutions in the UK. What’s more, the bank’s fortunes are tied to those of the UK economy. If the economy does well, Lloyds’ earnings should rise, which should help push the lender’s share price higher. On the other hand, if the economy falls into a recession, profits could fall substantially over the next few months. Lloyds has already declared that it will see substantial losses in its portfolio of loans this year. Nevertheless, despite these issues, the bank remains well capitalised and is unlikely to suffer any significant financial distress, as it did in the crisis of 2008.At this point, there’s no reason to suggest that Lloyds won’t survive the current crisis. It could even emerge stronger. In times of economic stress, customers tend to flock to larger banks, which are usually more stable than smaller peers.This could mean that Lloyds sees a significant influx of customers in the short term. These new customers are unlikely to have a big impact on profits immediately, but they should help the bank in the long run. UncertaintyOf course, there’s still a lot we don’t know about the coronavirus, and a possible second wave could have an even more significant dampening effect on the UK economy. But Lloyds seems to be coping well in the current environment. This suggests that the market reaction to the lender’s outlook has been overdone. Lloyds’ shares are down around 50% since the beginning of the year. In addition, the stock is dealing at a price-to-book (P/B) ratio of just 0.4. That’s compared to the financial services sector average of 0.5. Usually, when a company is trading at such a deep discount to the rest of the sector, it is a strong indication that this stock offers a wide margin of safety. As such, buying Lloyds shares today and holding them over the long run as part of a diverse portfolio of shares could dramatically improve your retirement prospects.While it is unlikely the stock will outperform in the near term as the outlook for the UK economy remains uncertain, Lloyds’ position in the market should help it build a positive recovery over the next five or 10 years.  Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Lloyds Banking Group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. 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first_imgOther partnership highlights included ‘Be a Gunner. Be a Runner’, a ten-lap fun-run around Emirates Stadium; a raffle to win a unique Citroën C4 designed by cartoonist Gerald Scarfe, and the Legends & Youth Ball at Emirates Stadium hosted by Little Britain star Matt Lucas and attended by the first team, Arsène Wenger and a other celebrity supporters. The 2009 Charity of the Season will be Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Howard Lake | 4 August 2009 | News Arsenal raises £532,816 for Teenage Cancer Trust Arsenal Football Club has raised £532,816 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, its Charity of the Season for 2008/09, beating its target of £300,000.The money raised through the ‘Be a Gooner. Be a Giver’ campaign is more than any of the totals over the past six years in which Arsenal’s Charity of the Season initiative has run.  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The 12-month partnership included a dedicated matchday – Arsenal v Liverpool – in December 2008. All first team players and directors donated a day’s wages to Teenage Cancer Trust and supporters were encouraged to do the same. £210,000 was raised in just one day.center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Advertisement www.teenagecancertrust.org Tagged with: corporatelast_img read more


first_imgTaken from a talk given at a Workers World Party forum on April 17 in New York City.Raúl Castro and Nicolás Maduro at the Summit of the Americas.U.S. imperialism got a good, old-fashioned shellacking at the VII Summit of the Americas and the People’s Summit in Panama from April 8 to 11.But first, let’s look back to December 2014. U.S. President Barack Obama’s announcement that the U.S. would be normalizing relations with Cuba after decades of trying to overthrow the revolutionary government signaled a major setback for imperialism. Washington had failed and finally had to admit it.As Argentine President Cristina Fernández said at the Summit, “[The only reason] Cuba is here, and we’re witnessing this meeting between two leaders, shaking hands and so on, is because Cuba fought for more than 60 years with unprecedented dignity.” Cuba’s presence at the Summit was a victory for the Cuban people and for all revolutionaries and anti-imperialists the world over.On April 14, it was also announced that Obama has recommended to Congress that Cuba be taken off the U.S. terrorist list, a list that shouldn’t even exist seeing that the real terrorists are the ones making it.Cuban President Raúl Castro’s speech at the Summit showed that Cuba has its eyes wide open when dealing with U.S. imperialism. Castro quoted from U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Lester Mallory’s 1960 memo: “The majority of Cubans support Castro. An effective political opposition does not exist; the only foreseeable means of alienating internal support [for the government] is through disenchantment and disaffection based on economic dissatisfaction and hardship; to weaken the economic life of Cuba, denying it money and supplies to decrease monetary and real wages; to bring about hunger, desperation and overthrow of government.”Castro continued: “We have endured severe hardships. Actually, 77 percent of the Cuban people were born under the harshness of the blockade, but our patriotic convictions prevailed. Aggression increased resistance and accelerated the revolutionary process. Now, here we are with our heads up high and our dignity unblemished.”Castro also defended Venezuela, called for the decolonization of Puerto Rico and said, “We should all multiply our assistance to Haiti and support a fair and deferential treatment of the Caribbean countries in their economic relations as well as reparations for damages brought on them by slavery and colonialism.”Another U.S. offensive failsAfter Obama announced the opening of an accord with Cuba, he wanted to make it clear to the right-wing forces within the U.S. ruling establishment that U.S. imperialism wasn’t actually going soft. In early March, he signed an executive order declaring that Venezuela posed an extraordinary threat to U.S. national security and ordering sanctions against seven Venezuelan officials. The decree was a complete miscalculation on his part, as it aroused an unprecedented uproar of protest throughout Latin America and the world. Every single Latin American and Caribbean country denounced the decree as heavy-handed and called for Obama to revoke it immediately.Venezuela’s campaign to collect signatures worldwide to deliver to Obama at the Summit, resulted in 13 million signatures, 3 million from Cuba alone. U.S. Sub Secretary for Latin America Roberta Jacobson said she was “disappointed that there were not more countries to defend the sanctions.” On April 9, Obama ate his words, declaring that Venezuela poses no threat to the United States. He ended up having to meet with President Nicolás Maduro during the Summit.In his speech, Maduro demanded the decree be revoked and made it clear that Venezuela is anti-imperialist. “Obama, if you do not recognize our 21st century revolution you will continue to fail.”Parallel ‘People’s Summit’In parallel with the official summit, more than 3,500 delegates from workers’ organizations, trade unions, peasant organizations, Indigenous peoples, students, women, social and popular movements throughout Latin America and the Caribbean attended a People’s Summit in Panama. This summit’s final declaration stated its unconditional support for both the Cuban Revolution and the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela.The declaration demanded the decolonization of Puerto Rico; freedom for Oscar López Rivera, who has served 33 years in U.S. prisons for fighting for his homeland’s independence; the immediate end of the occupation of Haiti; the return of the 43 students of Ayotzinapa in Mexico; and economic equality: a redistribution of wealth and an end to poverty. It also expressed solidarity with the peace process being held in Cuba between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) and the Colombian government.President Maduro and President Rafael Correa of Ecuador were among the speakers at the People’s Summit. Correa stated, “We will no longer tolerate interferences, interventions or unilateral actions, nor will we ever be anyone’s backyard.”History of Latin American summitsThe U.S. administration of Bill Clinton had initiated the “official” summits as part of the Organization of American States, with the first held in December 1994 in Miami to focus on the Free Trade Area of the Americas. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, which the Mexican people have been suffering from ever since, had just gone into effect earlier in 1994.The Soviet Union had collapsed in 1991 and U.S. imperialism began to reclain and superexploit all the potential markets from which it had previously been barred. The OAS had excluded Cuba since the U.S. ordered the island’s expulsion in 1962. Only in 2009 did an OAS general assembly meeting reinstate Cuba. Because of the OAS’s bitter historical record against the revolutionary government, Cuba refused to return.Some 20,000 people came from all over the world to protest at the third Summit, held in Quebec City in 2001, soon after the 1999 World Trade Organization meeting and the first mass anti-globalization protests in Seattle in 1999. In 2001, Cuba’s exclusion was protested, the U.S’s “War on Drugs” became a point of contention, and Hugo Chávez, who had been elected president of Venezuela in 1998, raised the idea of “participatory” as opposed to “representative” democracy.In Mar del Plata, Argentina, in 2005, U.S. President George W. Bush got his own good, old-fashioned shellacking. The U.S. was still hell-bent on pushing through the FTAA. In response, the ALBA Express — a train headed by Evo Morales (then a Bolivian presidential candidate), Cuban singer Silvio Rodrigues and legendary Argentine soccer player Diego Maradona — came with thousands of protesters to the Summit to bury the FTAA. That’s exactly what happened as Brazil and Argentina refused to sign on to the FTAA.In 2012 in Colombia, many government leaders, including host President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, said there cannot be another summit without Cuba.During the progress of the Summits of the Americas from 1994 to 2015, a strong alliance of leftist governments arose. Chávez finally broke Cuba’s isolation in the early 2000s. Politically and economically, Latin America and the Caribbean started to reject U.S. hegemony. In Part II, details of these changes will be highlighted.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


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first_imgNews UpdatesKarnataka HC Allows State To Conduct SSLC Exams Starting From June 24 [Read Order] Mustafa Plumber2 Jun 2020 12:32 AMShare This – xObserving that “It is the duty of both the respondents (State and Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board) to take all possible precautions to ensure that the children who are going to appear for SSLC examination are not exposed to any danger.” The Karnataka High Court has allowed the government to conduct SSLC exams starting from June 25. A division bench of Chief…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginObserving that “It is the duty of both the respondents (State and Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board) to take all possible precautions to ensure that the children who are going to appear for SSLC examination are not exposed to any danger.” The Karnataka High Court has allowed the government to conduct SSLC exams starting from June 25. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice P Krishna Bhat disposed of a public interest litigation filed by Advocate Lokesh M and others seeking directions to the respondents to cancel the SSLC examination for the academic year 2019-2020 and consequently, to declare the students who have registered for SSLC examination eligible for promotion to the next higher class based on the marks obtained by them in the Pre-Board/Preparatory examinations. Advocate M S Bhagwat appearing for the petitioners had argued that “In view of the provisions of the Karnataka Education Act, 1983, the academic year 2019-2020 came to an end on 11th April 2020 and therefore, after the end of the academic year, SSLC examination cannot be held. About 8.48 lakhs students will be appearing for SSLC examinations, forcing such a large number of young students to appear for the examination will amount to exposing them to the risk of getting infected with coronavirus. Moreover, large number of migrants have already left the State and therefore, it will be impossible for the migrant students to appear for the examination. Advocate General Prabhuling Navadgi tendered a circular of the Standard Operating Procedure (for short ‘SOP’) for conducting SSLC examination in view of COVID-19. He pointed out that all the necessary provisions have been made therein for protection of students. In case of migrant children who have migrated from one place to another in the State and as regards the children staying in hostels/residential schools, an option will be given to them to choose alternate centre which is nearby to their present residence. In case of students who have migrated or travelled outside the State or are staying in the bordering States, an option is available to skip the examination commencing from 25th June 2020 and to appear for the supplementary examination which will be conducted two months after 4th July 2020. Further, in case of students who appear for the supplementary examination, the State Government will endeavor to ensure that the academic year 2020-2021 is not lost due to delay in declaration of results of the examination. Court observed: The court after going through circular said “As far as the issue of cancellation of SSLC examination and promoting the students to the next higher class is concerned, a writ court should be always slow in interfering with academic matters. These are the matters which should be best left to the decision of the experts in the field.” It added “We find from the SOP that various safeguards have been provided to the students to ensure that they do not get infected with coronavirus. If SOP is effectively implemented, it will take care of apprehensions expressed by the petitioners. The SOP tendered across the Bar shows that the State Government and the Board are fully conscious about the safety issue of the children who are going to appear for the examination. All the issues of safety have been taken care of by the SOP contained in the circular dated 27th May 2020.” The court while refusing to grant any relief disposed of the petition. However, it issued directions to be followed by the authorities for the safety of children. 1: We direct the respondents to ensure that social distancing norms are scrupulously followed in all the examination halls by ensuring that the distance between two students appearing for the examination shall be minimum one metre; 2: The respondents shall ensure that helplines are immediately created by the Deputy Commissioners of every District to enable the registered students/their parents/guardians to seek the help of the State Government machinery for providing public transport to facilitate the children to reach the centre of the examination. Adequate publicity shall be given to the details of the helpline. The Deputy Commissioners shall ensure that all possible help is rendered to such students; 3: The respondents shall ensure that messages are forwarded on the cell phone numbers of the migrant students/their parents available on record of the Board clearly informing them about the option provided in Clause (VII) of the SOP as well as the option provided in Clause (VI) thereof. Wide publicity shall be given by the respondents by all possible modes to the options available to the migrant students as provided in Clauses (VI) and (VII) of the SOP; 4: As regards the children staying in containment zones, by all possible methods, the students/their parents shall be informed about the option to appear for supplementary examination to be held two months after 4th July 2020; 5: In case of students who appear in the supplementary examination and who pass the supplementary examination, the first respondent shall ensure that their academic year is not lostClick Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more


first_img Previous articleCouncil urged to consider establishing more car charging facilitiesNext article‘I’m far from finished’ – Bonner to lodge appeal after shock rejection News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – March 11, 2019 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+center_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Calls for extension to opening hours at An Grianan of Aileach DL Debate – 24/05/21 There are calls on the OPW to extend opening hours at An Grianan of Aileach. The historic site in Burt is currently open from 10am to 3.30 daily, however this is to be extended until 6.30pm from March 16th.Local Cllr Jack Murray says given the time of year coupled with an increase in visitor numbers of late this should be reviewed.He believes a further extension to the opening hours would have a knock on positive effect on the whole area:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/jackgfhgfhgfhgfhfgrianan.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgThe threat of a terrorist attack hangs over us all – and this was broughtsharply into focus by events last September. We must all be prepared since wecan never know when or how the next attack might come, by Greta Thornbory Following the events of 11 September, President Bush said that things wouldnever be the same again and that it was now a question of “when, and notif”. In the UK, the more controlled approach is that the risk is now”somewhat higher”. Some occupational health practitioners have commented that the events havemade no difference to them or their practice, while others have experienced avariety of problems. It was no surprise therefore to see an advertisement inthe March issue of Occupational Health for a conference to be held by theFaculty of Occupational Medicine on this very topic entitled Chemical,biological, radiological and nuclear terrorism. This conference was asking somepertinent questions of OH practitioners such as: – What plans do you need to put into place to deal with suspicious packagesin your mailroom? – What advice do you give to the MD of your company when he asks you forprophylactic antibiotic cover in case he is exposed to anthrax while travellingin the USA? – What role has immunisation in preventing anthrax infection? – How would you deal with an unusual pattern of sickness absence that yoususpect might be sinister? And so on. Psychological effects The threat of terrorism comes in many forms and is used by terrorists forits psychological effects. Leon Trotsky said that terrorism kills individualsand intimidates thousands, a view that is backed up by the panic buying of gasmasks in the US and the large quantities of expensive prophylactic antibioticstaken during the anthrax scare. After the devastating events of last year it is horrific to discover thatthe emergency workers were ill prepared to deal with the event and weretherefore exposed to a variety of chemical and biological hazards1. Now thatthey have received the accolades and had their work praised and recognised theyhave to deal with the aftermath of detrimental physical and psychologicaleffects. For the emergency services, including hospital-based personnel, thepsychological risks are now well documented and following tragic events it isnot unusual for counsellors to be available for debriefing almost immediately.Some emergency services have even been proactive in preparing their workers forpsychological trauma2, but little has been documented or appears to have beendone about the physical risks of such events. Physical effects Dr Virginia Murray, Director of the Chemical Incident Response Service,highlighted the fact that following the Sarin gas attack on the Tokyounderground in 1995 there were no decontamination procedures in place forpatients, let alone the emergency workers and 4,000 of the 5,500 casualtiesmade their own way to emergency services, thus contaminating the environment onthe way. Almost 10 per cent of the emergency personnel at the incident showedacute symptoms of Sarin poisoning and required medical treatment. The contaminants present at the World Trade Centre site post-September 11are listed in Table 1. Who would have expected the emergency and other servicesto be exposed to all these at once and in such unknown quantities? Dr Murray also identified a variety of occupational groups vulnerable toterrorism, both organisations and workers. A selection, which is by no meanscomprehensive, is shown in Table 2. One has to remember that if there is a deliberate release of a chemical orbiological agent this may be far from pure or stable as it may have been madeby an amateur in a garage or garden shed. Terrorists are not interested in thepurity or safety of the substance. Dr Richard Stott from Porton Down highlightsthe fact that many “recipes” for chemicals can be downloaded easilyfrom the Internet. Tests on the deliberate release and spread of micro-organisms have beencarried out in the UK and in the late 1960s tests with Bacillus globigii wereundertaken on London Underground. A ladies’ powder compact containing 16g ofthe bacillus was dropped from a train window near Tooting Broadway station,south-west London on the northbound train. Spores were found all the way up tothe end of the line at Highgate, north London, 30 minutes after the release. The implications for such a deliberate release are frightening. One only hasto consider the outbreak of Legionnaires disease in London in the 1980sattributed to a BBC air conditioning unit to realise just how fast and easilytoxins can spread. So the threat exists and the impact on the population is enormous but whathas it to do with occupational health practice? The American Medical News3 saidthat the US attacks have made the workplace the frontline in the war onterrorism and the UK Government has identified that to learn from the USexperience is vital for the protection of the British workforce. It highlighted the fact the four countries of the UK have differentstandards, policies and practices and that there is a need to standardise thesetogether with the different agencies involved. The chief medical officer haspublished a strategy for infectious diseases and other aspects of healthprotection, Getting ahead of the curve4, and part of this strategy is thesetting up of a new Health Protection Agency, which pulls together thefollowing organisations: – Public Health Laboratory Service – National Radiological protection Board – Centre for Applied Microbiological Research – National Focus on Chemical Incidents – Faculty of Public Health Medicine – Community Infection Control Nurses Network – Department of Health – Welsh Assembly – Scottish Executive Health Department – Department of Health and Social Services Northern Ireland Note there is no mention of the HSE or occupational health professionals.There is a need for OH practitioners to make sure they are included andconsulted for the benefit of the UK workforce. A steering group has set up aliaison group with the TUC. Workers will be concerned about what they will beexposed to in the event of an act of terrorism. With an increasinglyenlightened public logging onto the Internet a great deal of information is available.Much of this is very useful and sensible, but for every good and responsiblewebsite there is one that may cause panic. Although not caused by a deliberate release or an act of terrorism, the footand mouth outbreak in the UK in 2001 highlighted the devastating socio-economiceffects such an incident can have. If this had been a biological problem thataffected humans one can imagine the devastation. Dr Martin Whale, consultantepidemiologist, suggested that we would have run out of food within two tothree days as delivery drivers refused to go into infected areas and shoppersstarted panic buying. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. The role of occupational health It is obvious that the OH practitioner is well placed to play a significantpart in ensuring that suitable risk assessments are undertaken and preventativemeasures put in place because, according to Dr Whale, the key word isinfrastructure. There is a need to identify who is at risk, and that includesthe family unit not just the individual worker, in the event of a terroristattack or a deliberate release. There is a need to ensure that those at risk are appropriately trained andhave suitable equipment to hand to deal with the situation. Chemical releasesrequire that decontamination equipment is available otherwise others, such ashealthcare workers, and the environment also become contaminated and at risk. Above all policies should be developed, not in isolation, but incollaboration with other agencies in order to protect those at risk. However,none of this is possible if the infrastructure is not in place at local andnational levels. One company cannot go it alone and needs the direction andsupport of the newly formed Health Protection Agency as outlined in the chiefmedical officer’s strategy. Dr Jill Meara of the National Radiological Protection Board says that thevital factors are: – Planning: emergency plans should be linked both within and betweenorganisations – Policy: there should be clear emergency intervention levels – Practice: attempts should be made to anticipate at least some of theproblems – Clarity of role: it should be made clear what needs to be decided and bywho – Communication: there should be effective lines of communication bothwithin and between organisations. The message that came across from all the speakers at this excellentconference was that the unthinkable is not unthinkable; that it is a case ofnot if but when; and that we should not underestimate how easy it would be fora terrorist to mount an effective attack. You have been warned. References 1. Jackson BA et al (2001) Protecting Emergency Responders: Lessons learntfrom terrorist attacks. Conference proceedings. www.rand.org/publications 2. Carmel L, Cook J, Peerby M (2000) Calming Force. Occupational Health 52:200.. 3. American Medical News 25 February 2002. 4. Chief Medical Officer (2002) Getting Ahead of the Curve: A strategy forinfectious diseases. Department of Health. www.doh.gov.uk useful websites www.apic.org//bioterror  www.nrpb.org www.newscientist.com/hottopics/bioterrorism  www.phls.co.uk  www.who.int  www.icn.org Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. A case of when, not ifOn 1 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more


first_imgSummaryThe Department of Family and Community Medicine is seeking aqualified candidate for a part-time non-tenured clinical trackfaculty position at the River Oaks Family Medicine Clinic. Rank iscommensurate with experience.Job DutiesDuties include direct patient care and participation if desired inthe education of medical students and residents. The position isambulatory but additional hospital practice with residents is anoption. It is essential for the faculty members to supportpracticing evidenced based medicine with an emphasis on outcomesbased analysis. The practice is a certified patient centeredmedical home practice.Faculty members are expected to demonstrate competency in each ofthe following areas: Interested candidates must complete an application to beconsidered. For further information or questions, please contactRoger Zoorob, MD at [email protected] College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Equal Access Employer.5615CA; CH Gradual ramping up of the patient volumes and productivity tothe production targets within the period agreed to.Participate in all routine clinical meetings held with theimmediate work group.Maintain required certifications and licensingBecome familiar with Electronic Medical Record system, anddevelop a level of competency to document all patientencounters.Complete all documentation in a timely manner to enable billingoperations, orders for diagnostic services, and referrals tospecialists.Be an active member of a clinical group practice. Facultymembers are expected to share call responsibilities within theclinical group and provide medical care to the patients of otherproviders when they are not available.Attend the required number of FCM Medical Grand Rounds andfaculty meetings.Meet or exceed all quality indicators as developed and assignedby community health program performance improvement committee.Maintain professionalism in relationships with students,faculty, ancillary and administrative staff.All professional billing and appropriate credentialingpaperwork must be completed/renewed well ahead of theirexpiration.center_img Minimum QualificationsExperience: Residency training in family medicine. No priorpractice experience is requiredEducation Required: M.D.Certification/Licenses/Registration Required: License fromTexas Medical Board required to practice medicine in the state ofTexas. Board Certification in Family Medicine.last_img read more


first_imgPremier Foods has rejected a fresh offer from US spice brand McCormick, which valued the company at 65p per share.The Mr Kipling owner said yesterday’s offer “continues to undervalue” the company and its future prospects.However, Premier added its board was prepared to meet McCormick to negotiate a higher offer.In a statement, the company said: “The board has informed McCormick that it will be expected to provide an improved proposal following these meetings. Generating shareholder value remains the board’s key focus.“There can be no certainty that any offer will be made, nor the terms on which any such offer might be made.”The rejection comes in the wake of the news Japanese instant noodle firm Nissin had increased its stake in Premier from 17.27% to 19.90%, as the two companies sought to finalise a relationship agreement.The agreement would allow Premier to distribute Nissin goods in the UK, while seeing its own products made more widely available in key overseas markets. It has also been suggested that there would be opportunities for the sharing of intellectual property and manufacturing capabilities.Premier share prices have continued to stay high in the wake of McCormick’s third offer. They were trading at 60.00p at 8:43 this morning (31 March), up from 56.50p before the announcement.last_img read more


first_imgScotland-based bakery supplier Macphie received a visit by Business Minister Jamie Hepburn on Friday 21 February.Hepburn was joined by Mairi Gougeon, local MSP and minister of rural affairs and the natural environment, at the food manufacturer’s Glenbervie headquarters.The visit was part of Hepburn’s trip to the north east of Scotland, to find out about the food manufacturer’s economic and environmental aspirations.“As a food manufacturer, Macphie welcomes the Scottish Government’s acknowledgement that manufacturing is a key contributor to the country’s inclusive economic growth ambitions,” said Alastair Macphie, chairman at Macphie.“We are constantly looking to advance our research, develop new products, improve productivity and upskill our significant investment in developing plant-based products,” he added.Gougeon was also interested in Macphie’s ongoing work in preserving its natural environment.“Using food technology to develop more sustainable products will help reduce the pressure on the world’s natural resources and is an integral part of the company’s ethos.”Macphie is a member of B Corporation, a global community of businesses committed to hitting social, environmental and financial goals.“Macphie is committed to acting as a force for good in the business world. We were the first company in the UK to use an industrial biomass plant to generate power and produce food,” said Alastair Macphie.B Corporation members have pledged to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030, but Alastair Macphie said he hoped his company would reach the target several years earlier.“At the moment, all the electricity used on our Glenbervie site is sourced from renewable sources – the majority from our on-site wind turbines – and the company is continuously working to improve its environmental sustainability.”last_img read more