Thousands screened for Sickle Cell under Manchester Project Health & WellnessNovember 17, 2010 RelatedThousands screened for Sickle Cell under Manchester Project FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Some 25,000 newborns in the parishes of Manchester, Clarendon and St. Elizabeth have been screened for sickle cell disease under the Sickle Cell Trust’s Manchester Project.In addition, 2,600 high school students in Manchester and Clarendon are being tested for the trait each year, as the Trust works to reduce the incidence of the disease in Jamaica.The $44 million Manchester project, which got underway in 2008, is being funded by the National Health Fund (NHF) and the Alcoa Foundation, and is being operated from a laboratory located at the Mandeville offices of the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA).The NHF is providing $28 million for the undertaking, with $16 million coming from Alcoa through local company Jamalco.Head of the Trust, Professor Graham Serjeant, who took Jamalco’s Managing Director, Jerome Maxwell, on a familiarisation tour of the project recently, said about 8,500 newborns are tested for sickle cell disease in the southern parishes each year.The screenings are carried out at the Mandeville Regional, Percy Junor and Hargreaves Hospitals in Manchester; the Black River Hospital in St. Elizabeth; and the May Pen Hospital in Clarendon.He said that from the yearly screenings, between 50 and 60 infants are found with some form of the disease and they are referred to the Sickle Cell Clinic at the Mandeville Regional Hospital so that they can receive comprehensive care.A major part of the project is to identify young people, with the genotype for the sickle cell trait and provide them with counseling, which it is hoped, will influence their reproductive decisions, so as to reduce the number of babies born with the disease.Professor Serjeant informed that the students, who are screened, are given a laminated card with their personal data and their haemoglobin genotype.The blood samples from the students and newborns are tested at the well equipped SHRA laboratory and also at facilities in Germany and Britain.Mr. Maxwell commended Professor Serjeant and his team for the work they are doing, noting that the success of the project has wider implications for the eradication of the disease in Jamaica and in Africa, where it is also prevalent.SRHA’s Technical Director, Dr. Michael Coombs, expressed gratitude to the donors, noting that the financial support will ensure that the project meets its objectives.Sickle-cell disease or sickle-cell anaemia is a recessive genetic blood disorder, which comes as a result of inheriting abnormal haemoglobin genes from both parents. It is characterised by the red blood cells assuming an abnormal, rigid, sickle shape. Sickling decreases the cells’ flexibility, blocking blood flow in the blood vessels in the limbs and organs, which can cause pain, serious infections, and organ damage.One in 250 babies born in Jamaica has sickle cell disease and one in every 10 persons has the sickle cell trait. RelatedThousands screened for Sickle Cell under Manchester Project RelatedThousands screened for Sickle Cell under Manchester Project Advertisements
Related Tele2 eyes converged boost with Com Hem rebrand Tele2 Group revived plans for an extraordinary shareholder dividend as outgoing CEO Anders Nilsson (pictured) reported the group had performed relatively well in Q2 against the backdrop of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.In its results statement, Nilsson praised Tele2’s performance in a quarter which had been “difficult for the sector and society as a whole,” pointing to its launch of consumer 5G services in Sweden and progress in signing customers up to converged services.The operator, however, still booked a drop in service revenue on pandemic-related issues, citing reductions from international roaming, equipment and mobile prepaid sales, along with the suspension of premium sport, which impacted its broadcast offer.Net profit of SEK900 million ($99.3 million) was down SEK1.2 billion year-on-year, though the company noted its Q2 2019 results had been positively impacted by the sale of its operation in Kazakhstan.Revenue adjusted to exclude divested operations fell 2 per cent to SEK6.65 billion.The company’s extraordinary dividend, which will distribute a total of SEK2.4 billion to shareholders, was postponed in April to improve its cash position to help mitigate any issues related to the pandemic.Nilsson noted the plan, and its financial guidance for the year, were being reinstated now it had a “better view of the pandemic impact and a solid plan of mitigations”.Tele2 will hold a shareholder meeting to vote on the issue in September. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Previous ArticleSpecial Partner Report: 5G SA Summit at GSMA Thrive China 2020Next ArticleTelefonica expands IoT, big data partnership Tele2 looks to a post-pandemic world Home Tele2 plays-down Covid-19 impact on Q2 Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Tele2 set for exec team shake-up AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 15 JUL 2020 Tags Chris Donkin Q2 earningsTele2 Author
Central Demolition completed several projects in Scotland in 2018 and invested around £2 million (US$2.6 million) in its fleetProbing further, it was North America that made the difference. With many of the companies involved declaring their figures at a time that coincided with the mid-point of President Trump’s term of office, demolition as well as construction looks to be seeing the benefits. With a slight decline in Europe being cancelled out by a small increase in the rest of the world, the performance of US and Canadian contractors mirrored the boom in the market overall.North Star, Brandenburg, BeelenNine of the top 10 demolition companies from 2018 retook their places ahead of the pack, five – including perennial leader North Star – retained their previous positions, four others moved one place either way. The major talking point was Brandenburg Industrial Service Company entering the top three after boosting turnover by almost 7%. Projects included the demolition and environmental remediation of a coal-fired generating station on the Delaware River, while the company’s work on the $32 million Bannister Federal Complex was shortlisted in the Industrial Demolition category of the 2018 World Demolition Awards.Elsewhere, Beelen Sloopwerken of the Netherlands recorded the single biggest surge in revenue, at more than 9%, which took its turnover to more than $160 million and was enough for the company to climb a place to sixth. Building on a 15% increase in turnover from 2016 to 2017, Beelen invested in fleet including a Liebherr tower crane and a Husqvarna demolition robot.Select Demo Services, Delete Group, Delsan-AIMFor the second consecutive year, this section of the list provided the highest new entrant, in this case the USA’s Select Demo Services.During 2018 the company performed one of the largest, most labour-intensive demolition, abatement and clean-up projects in the history of Massachusetts state with its involvement in the Columbia gas explosion clean-up.The disaster killed one person, injured 25 others, damaged and destroyed dozens of homes and businesses and displaced thousands of people from their homes.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The redevelopment of Vancouver, Canada, helped Pacific Blasting & Demolition break into the top 100 for 2019#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# A decade on from arguably the worst financial crisis in a lifetime, demolition looks to be converting some of the optimism attributed to it in the past 12 months into real money. That is the verdict from this year’s d&ri100, the annual snapshot of the leading demolition contractors by turnover. With a combined turnover of more than US$6.4 billion (all figures quoted in this article are in US$), the companies making up this year’s list recorded their highest figure at any time in that decade, a whole $1 billion higher than the level of four years ago and almost $300 million greater than 12 months previously. The only way, it would seem, is up.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# McGee Group cemented another year in the top 10 with contracts including major works for The Londoner hotel in the United Kingdom capital’s Leicester Square#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# A seaside demolition for EnviroVantage, USAThe project for Select Demo originally consisted of the removal of gas appliances, but the company says the general contractor and client were so impressed with production that they increased scope to include asbestos abatement of more than 7,500 houses.The company that enjoyed the distinction of highest new entrant a year ago, the Delete Group of Finland, built on that success with a rise of four places to 12th and a move in dollar turnover terms from eight to nine figures.Away from Select Demo, the main mover and shaker was Canada’s Delsan-AIM, which broke into the top 20 after a range of high-profile hospital, generating station and refinery projects as well as the major civil construction initiative at the Turcot Interchange in Quebec.The company also invested more than $5 million in fleet during 2018.Liberty Industrial, Brown & Mason, Occamat, Avenir Deconstruction, Fàbio BrunoTo find an example of the unforgiving nature of the d&ri100, look no further than Liberty Industrial of Australia.Despite a year-on-year turnover increase of more than $12 million, or more than one-sixth of its 2017 figure – enough to get a place in the top 10 biggest annual revenue rises in percentage terms – the company dropped out of the top 20. Projects included the Munmorah and Dampier power stations and the Macquarie coal preparation plant, while the company backed up investment in fleet with new computer and global positioning system technologies.Joining Liberty just outside the top 20 demolition companies, and reporting a hefty turnover increase of its own, was the United Kingdom-based contractor Brown & Mason, whose progress was based on a large portfolio of industrial demolition projects, often including expertise in explosives for which the company has a specialist division. Though headquartered in the south east of England, projects such as the Longannet power station in Scotland showed a true national presence that contributed towards an eventual turnover increase of more than 20%.The lower end of the top half became the new home of Occamat (46th), who outstripped both Liberty and Brown & Mason for percentage growth during the year. Two places lower found another French company, Avenir Deconstruction, whose 12% improvement provided more encouraging news for a once-depressed national market.Completing the top 50 demolition companies was Brazil’s Fàbio Bruno Construções, returning to the d&ri100 after an absence during which it suffered more than most during the country’s economic difficulties but has now recovered sufficiently to open a new operation in the USA.Thompsons of Prudhoe, MGL Demolition, Boverhoff, Interior Specialists IncThe halfway point of this year’s list, in revenue terms, was $41 million. This was $1.5 million up on 2018 and the trend continued in 51st place, where the same company as last year – Thompsons of Prudhoe – posted a similar increase. The third quartile featured several solidly performing European contractors including MGL Demolition and Boverhoff, whose projects included three separate hospital demolitions and a railway depot.Also populating this part of the d&ri100 were companies from Canada, Japan and South Korea. The $28 million earned by 75th place Interior Specialists Inc was more than $2 million higher than Sauer Bau’s total to achieve the equivalent position a year ago.Ambigroup, Wooldridge Ecotec, PlannererNotable among the new names in positions 76 to 100 was that of Ambigroup, which occupied 88th place. Its native Portugal has never been considered a hotbed of demolition, but the company was noticed enough to become involved alongside Maxam in the Elcogas integrated combined cycle power plant dismantling project (featured in the March 2019 issue of Demolition & Recycling International) in neighbouring Spain as well as domestic projects.The presence of so many new entrants inevitably reduces the number of companies in this section with large turnover increases, but Wooldridge Ecotec of the United Kingdom and Germany’s Plannerer both managed double-digit rises to emphasise that the industry’s improvement during 2018 went all the way down the d&ri100.Not surprisingly, the make up of this year’s listing, and the activity within it, means the regional breakdown looks a bit different from a year ago.Specifically, the difference works in favour of North America, which now makes up 41% of the total compared to under 38% in 2018.Europe, by contrast, saw its market share fall from close to 56% to a more modest 53%.This was repeated in the major companies from each area.In terms of the top 20 demolition companies on each continent, those in North America were responsible for combined sales of $2.08 billion, or an almost 10% increase on the total last year.But the finest of Europe, its top 20, despite achieving $2.36 billion between them, posted only a 1.5% increase, despite having seven of the top 10 global percentage increases.All told, the threshold for a place in the top 100 now sits at $20 million, compared to $18 million a year ago. As the list of selected companies outside the main table shows, there are a host of contractors waiting to come into the fold.With the overall value of $6.4 billion constituting – in round figures – a 5% increase on the previous year, a repeat during the next 12 months would see the 2020 listing having breached the $6.5 billion barrier and the $7 billion mark under threat. If Europe can match some of the revenue increases generated on the other side of the Atlantic, the picture going into the third decade of the 21st century could be even more positive.It’s a long way from 2008.This article first appeared in the May-June issue of Demolition & Recycling International. To see the full article including the d&ri100 table, or to register to receive the magazine on a regular basis, please visit www.khl.com/subscriptions
RUSSIA: Transmashholding’s Tver Carriage Works has completed the first phase of acceptance testing with a newly-developed Type 61-4472 double-deck sleeping and crew car.Designed to carry 50 passengers, the coach has a compartment with wheelchair access and secure storage. In December 2010 Russian Railways awarded Tver Carriage Works a contract to supply a total of 50 double-deck cars. These will be delivered in 2013 and deployed on the Moscow – Adler route during the 2014 Winter Olympics. The order includes four double-deck dining cars, for which a prototype is nearing completion.
ESTONIA: The Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications and the Ministry of the Environment are preparing a railway electrification strategy after receiving cabinet backing for the development of proposals.The government envisages that electrification works could be undertaken in 2022-28, supporting the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 70% from the 1990 figure by 2030.Minister of the Environment Rene Kokk put forward various options to reduce emissions from the transport, small-scale energy and agricultural sectors in June. It was felt that that transport offered the best opportunity for a reduction in CO2 emissions, and railway electrification would be the most efficient way to achieve this.Kokk said significant investment in recent years had made rail travel more comfortable and accessible, but the percentage of the national network which is electrified is one of the lowest in the EU.‘Electrification of the rail network would help to reduce both its environmental impact and its noise, while increasing travel speed’, Kokk explained, adding that it would reduce fuel costs by €5m/year.Passenger operator Elron carried almost 4·1 million people in the first six months of this year, a 5% increase on the same period last year and a 50% increase since new trains were introduced five years ago. Demand-based pricing was introduced on August 1, in an effort to encourage travel at less busy times.To handle the growth in ridership the government has approved a tender for the supply of two more EMUs, as well as four hybrid units for use on express services.
A round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving Chelsea, QPR and Fulham…Chelsea have been linked with Nantes’ Senegal international defender Papy Djilobodji.Following French media reports that Chelsea are interested in the 27-year-old, the Daily Mail say the Blues have made an approach for him.AdChoices广告Celtic, Southampton, Newcastle, Leicester and Sunderland are also said to be interested, but the player has reportedly been holding out for a move to a bigger club.The Mail also reports that Chelsea youngster Nathaniel Chalobah, who has been spotted in Naples, is set to join Napoli on loan.Chalobah is yet to make a first-team appearance for ChelseaAnd the Italian media continue to suggest that Chelsea will look to complete a deal to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus before the transfer window closes.The Daily Star, citing a claim by an Italian journalist, suggest Chelsea will pay £87.5m in order to land the France international.Austin’s futureInevitably there is speculation over the futures of various QPR players ahead of Tuesday’s transfer deadline.The Daily Mirror claim Rangers are ‘bracing themselves for a fire sale’, with West Ham supposedly still keen to sign keeper Rob Green and West Brom tipped to try to push through a deal for Matty Phillips.The Mirror also say Swansea have been sounded out about signing Junior Hoilett as Rangers look to reduce their wage bill. Related West London Sport story: QPR make Hoilett and Traore available on free transfers As for Charlie Austin, the Mirror reckon Bournemouth will make a pre-deadline move for the R’s striker but will face competition from Crystal Palace.Eagles boss Alan Pardew would apparently have to offload players before he could go for Austin.On Sunday bookmakers cut the odds on Austin signing for Manchester United, prompting the Star to suggest he could be on his way to Old Trafford.The Star also claim Austin earns £85,000 a week at QPR and that his wage demands have put off potential buyers. The Austin situation as it stands:• Rangers want £15m• Leicester had an offer rejected last month• Crystal Palace have shown some interest but not at QPR’s asking price• West London Sport also revealed last month that QPR were considering making Austin an offer of a new deal if he stays, fearing they could lose him on a Bosman free transfer if he sees out the remainder of his contract• Director of football Les Ferdinand later confirmed to West London Sport that the club were considering making Austin another offer• Ferdinand has also denied reports of an approach from Newcastle• Everton have been monitoring Austin since QPR were last in the Championship Meanwhile, QPR want Middlesbrough’s Albert Adomah, the Northern Echo believe.Boro would apparently be willing to sell the Ghana international for around £4m but would also consider a season-long loan deal.And French media reports claim Fulham have rejected an offer from Genoa for Moussa Dembele and that Marseille are interested in the teenage striker. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook