Victoria’s Secret may close 50 stores this year

first_img“Over the next six months, we will continue to work toward the separation of the two businesses, proceeding down a dual track to prepare for either a spin-off or a sale,” L Brands said in a statement to CNN.Although Bath & Body Works is closing as many as 40 of its stores within malls, it will also open about 50 locations in North America this year, many of which will be standalone or off-mall locations.Mall retailers have struggled in recent years — even before the pandemic — as mall foot traffic has diminished. Gap and Macy’s have both announced plans to fully or partially exit malls.[CNN] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones Share via Shortlink Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink (Getty, iStock)Victoria’s Secret’s plans for its future are, well, not so secret.The lingerie retailer will close 30 to 50 stores in the United States and Canada this year, CNN reported. The move comes after the brand closed 241 stores in 2020.The closures will leave Victoria’s Secret with 848 stores across the two countries, down from more than 1,100 just a year ago.Its parent company, L Brands, previously made a deal with private equity firm Sycamore Partners to sell a majority stake in Victoria’s Secret and take the company private, but those plans fell through. The company, which also owns Bath & Body Works, is still exploring a sale of the lingerie brand.Read moreGap Inc. will close 350 stores and exit malls entirelyMacy’s to open smaller stores, bigger fulfillment centersPE firm to take Victoria’s Secret private as Leslie Wexner steps down Full Name* Message*last_img read more

News story: Appointment of 3 Commissioners to the Judicial Appointments Commission

first_imgBrie Stevens-Hoare (Barrister) and Sarah Lee (Solicitor) have been appointed as Professional Commissioners from 9 April 2018 to 8 April 2021, and HHJ Anuja Dhir has been appointed as a Circuit Judge Commissioner from 9 June 2018 to 8 June 2021.JAC is an independent body that selects candidates for judicial office in courts and tribunals in England and Wales, and for some tribunals with UK-wide jurisdiction. Candidates are selected on merit, through fair and open competition.JAC Commissioners are appointed by Her Majesty the Queen on the recommendation of the Lord Chancellor.Appointments and re-appointments to JAC are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. These appointments have been made in line with the Commissioner’s Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies.BiographiesSarah LeeSarah Lee was appointed to JAC as a professional (solicitor) member on 9 April 2018.Sarah qualified as a solicitor in 1990. She was appointed as a partner of Slaughter and May in 1999 and sits on the firm’s Partnership Board.She is currently Head of the Dispute Resolution Group. Her practice covers all aspects of major commercial disputes, often involving multiple jurisdictions.Sarah is an accredited Centre for Effective Dispute Accreditation mediator and trustee, and member of the Management Committee of the Royal Courts of Justice Legal Advice Bureau.Brie Stevens-Hoare QCBrie Stevens-Hoare was appointed to JAC as a professional (barrister) member on 9 April 2018.She has been in practice as a self-employed barrister since 1986 and became a Queen’s Counsel in 2013.Brie is a property specialist whose practice extends to probate and professional negligence. She leads the property team at Hardwicke.She was appointed as a Deputy Adjudicator to HM Land Registry in 2005 and sits as a fee-paid judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Property Chamber (Land Registration Division). She is also a regular mediator through the tribunal and otherwise.Brie was chair of the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association (LCLCBA) and is currently Vice Chair of the Property Bar Association. She has also previously served on Bar Council and Bar Standards Board committees. Brie was a founder member of FreeBar the Bar Community LGBT+ group and a Bencher at Lincoln’s Inn where she is actively involved in advocacy training and equality and diversity issues.Her Honour Judge Anuja Dhir QCAnuja Dhir QC will be appointed to JAC as a judicial member from 9 June 2018.Anuja was appointed as a judge at the Old Bailey in 2017, a Circuit Judge in 2012 and a Recorder in 2010. In 2018 Anuja was authorised to sit in the Court of Appeal Criminal Division.Anuja was called to the Bar in 1989. She practised as a barrister for 23 years, mainly in crime and from 2007 as a special advocate in national security cases.Anuja was a member of a number of Bar Council committees, including the equality committee, the professional conduct committee and the law reform committee.Anuja has been involved in advocacy training in the UK and abroad for over 20 years. In 2015 she was appointed as a Tutor Judge for the Judicial College.last_img read more

New Belgian Gardens development to inject $10 million in Townsville economy

first_img MORE IN REAL ESTATE NEWS Local developer Ash Agaibey looks over the site plans for the new Garden Hills apartment complex. Picture: Shae Beplate.A new Belgian Gardens apartment complex Garden Hills, will inject $10 million into the Townsville economy and is expected to be a catalyst for further investment. The development in Bundock St will feature 20 apartments spread over two levels, with the lower level to serve as a health and lifestyle-centred commercial space.Set to be complete in about a year, the development is the brainchild of local medical centre owner Ash Agaibey.“As a local resident and business owner, I’m committed to investing here in Townsville,” Mr Agaibey said. READ MORE Waterfront development hits the market Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill at the site for the new Garden Hills apartment complex. Picture: Shae Beplate.“Townsville needs investments like this to drive our economy upwards,” Cr Hill said. “Just bringing this project to the market has represented a significant investment of at least a quarter of a million dollars on top of the land value of $1.25 million and demonstrates great confidence in its success. “The project has already had a positive impact on local businesses with Mr Agaibey ensuring 100 per cent local involvement including project management, architects, engineers and consultants, with a local builder to also be announced soon.” The complex will include 16 two-bedroom apartments with four upper-level executive apartments featuring large private terraces.There will also be one-bedroom and one-bedroom plus study floorplan options, with prices starting at $314,000.“Through strategic purchasing and clever design and planning, we’re able to pass on savings to our buyers and as a result we’re offering apartments that will boast great lifestyle advantages and high-level finishing in and ideal location, all at a very attractive price,” Mr Agaibey said.“It’s for that reason we’re extremely confident they’ll be in high demand.” “There’s no doubt Townsville has been through some tough economic times but there had been whispers of recovery prior to the February flood event and there’s been some positive industrial news since, so I’m hoping this development shouts confidence. “This will be my largest investment in the city to date, and the timing is no coincidence, I believe it should act as a catalyst for more investment activity to follow.”Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said she was pleased to see confident investment in the city, particularly one benefiting local businesses. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020center_img Tradie saves his way to four invesmtnet properties by 22 High flyer at Pallarendalast_img read more

Swift Current Broncos pick Nelson’s Curt Doyle in Bantam Draft

first_imgNelson’s Curt Doyle spent the past season tending goal for the Kamloops Jardine Blazers.The move appears to have paid instant dividends as the Heritage City product caught the eye of the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos, who drafted the 15-year-old goalie in the ninth round (188th overall) in last week’s Bantam Draft.“This is a real exciting time,” Doyle said from his parent’s home in Nelson. “I’m really excited . . . this is just a real good feeling but I’m also pretty surprised to be honest.”Like many other 15-year-old hockey products, Doyle was watching the draft play out when his name came up during the Broncos ninth round selection.About an hour later the chief scout for Swift Current called Doyle to welcome him to the WHL club via telephone. Doyle began playing the sport in Nelson Minor Hockey at the age of five, moving into the goal full time during his second year of Atom.He played two seasons each with the Peewee and Bantam Rep teams before moving this past year to Kamloops to play with the Jardine Blazers.The 5’11”, 155-pound, Doyle finished the season with a 24-4 record and six shutouts.The Jardine Blazers won the Okanagan League with a 12-0-1 record.Doyle plans to move back to Nelson to compete for a spot on the Kootenay Ice Major Midget Hockey Club this coming season with an eye on the Broncos in the future.”The BC Major Midget Hockey League is a very good program for developing players,” Doyle said.But first the Heritage City product is expecting a package from the WHL club to arrive soon that will hopefully include an invitation to rookie camp.“I’ve always had an interest in college and Tier I hockey, but I’m leaning toward the WHL which has always been a goal of mine to make it there,” Doyle said.last_img read more


first_imgTHE Donegal County Board has released the latest information on the All Ireland Quarter Finals.Final arrangements for the All Ireland Quarter Finals will not be announced until next Monday, 30th July.The draws for the Quarter Finals will take place live on RTE Radio 1 at 8.30am on Monday next. The CCCC will confirm arrangements for all QF games by mid afternoon on Monday. In the meantime, members can submit ticket orders with their clubs. Based on provisional information received so far, Adult Stand prices will be €30, and juveniles will be priced at €5.There will also be concessions for students and OAP’s – price to be confirmed (but likely to be charged the full €30 with the discount being given at the turnstile.)Please contact your local club by next Tuesday, 31st July to place your semi final ticket orders. GAA: TICKET INFORMATION FOR ALL-IRELAND QUARTER FINALS was last modified: July 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAA: TICKET INFORMATION FOR ALL-IRELAND QUARTER FINALSlast_img read more

Letterkenny Hospital to be affected by health strike

first_imgUpdated: 5.35pmA strike this Wednesday by HSE support staff is expected to have a significant impact on Letterkenny University Hospital.Hundreds of healthcare support workers at the hospital will launch a 24 hour work stoppage from 8am. The Siptu strike will hit 38 hospitals, including LUH. The dispute has arisen from the HSE’s failure to implement pay increases arising from an agreed job evaluation scheme.The action will involve up to 10,000 SIPTU members providing portering, household and catering services and employed as Health Care Assistants, Maternity Care Assistants, Laboratory Aides, Chefs and Surgical Instrument Technicians.The strike was originally planned for Thursday 20th June. It was deferred to allow for emergency talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). Talks ended without agreement yesterday.According to the HSE, the services that will be mostly impacted by the strike are: Deferral of some elective inpatient proceduresSignificant cancellation of scope proceduresReduced outpatient servicesReduced laboratory services for GPsReduced catering services for both patients and staffReduced operating theatre activity.“Patients are being contacted by their local hospital or healthcare facility in the event that their scheduled procedure or service will be affected by the dispute,” said a HSE statement.“While every effort will be made to minimise impact on patients, industrial action involving these essential staff will have a significant impact on services.”Meanwhile, the Irish Patients’ Association is calling for clarity on what contingency plans are being put in place.A new statement was released from Saolta on Tuesday evening to say the hospital group are continuing to put contingency plans in place in advance of tomorrow’s industrial action. It said:“Across each of the hospitals, patients whose procedures or appointments are being cancelled are being contacted directly – this mostly relates to inpatient elective procedures, scopes and day case procedures. “Some Outpatient Clinics have also been cancelled – it varies from hospital to hospital but patients are being notified directly, if patients do not hear from their hospital they should attend their appointment as scheduled.“Emergency Departments will remain operational across the Group although patients can expect significant delays.“Critical care areas such as ICU and HDU will function as normal. Chemotherapy treatment and dialysis will proceed as scheduled across the Group.“There will be reduced or very limited catering services for both patients and staff in some hospitals in the Group. “We regret the inconvenience for patients and will work to reschedule their appointments as quickly as possible.”Letterkenny Hospital to be affected by health strike was last modified: June 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Letterkenny University HospitalSIPTUstrikelast_img read more

Brain Rewires for Lost Senses

first_imgBorn without vision or hearing?  The brain can apparently rewire itself to accommodate the loss, reported the BBC News.  Dr Stephen Lomber, who led research published in Nature Neuroscience, said:The brain is very efficient, and doesn’t let unused space go to waste.    The brain wants to compensate for the lost sense with enhancements that are beneficial.    For example, if you’re deaf, you would benefit by seeing a car coming far off in your peripheral vision, because you can’t hear that car approaching from the side – the same with being to [sic] more accurately detect how fast something is moving.Dr. Lomber’s team studied the peripheral vision of congenitally deaf cats.  The general principle was that the brain does not like to let unused capacity go to waste.  “Both deaf and blind people frequently say their other senses are sharper by way of compensation.”Compensation algorithms?  Rewiring?  Explain that, Darwin – and we don’t mean “explain” by telling us a once-upon-a-time story.(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ekurhuleni hub to drive business, investment

first_img7 February 2014 A one-stop business facilitation hub has opened in Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg, bringing together a range of business solutions for small and big enterprises. The Ekurhuleni Business Facilitation Network, set up at a cost of R10-million, is situated on the corner of Voortrekker and Monument streets in Kempton Park, just five minutes’ drive from OR Tambo International Airport. Officially opened by Ekurhuleni mayor Mondli Gungubele last week, the hub provides services ranging from business registration, training and planning to mentorship, incubation, marketing, access to finance and business linkages. It also boasts an investment and development application front office, which allows for investment and development applications to be speedily processed through an electronic document management system, as well as a tracking service for strategic investment projects. Gungubele said the hub would serve as a “one-stop shop” for doing business in the area, while helping to fight poverty and unemployment by creating an enabling environment for investors. The aim, he said, was to drive economic growth by increasing domestic and foreign direct investment in Ekurhuleni, and in so doing to make a dent in the area’s 28.8% unemployment rate by creating sustainable job opportunities. Source: read more

South African study ‘opens new possibilities for curing HIV’

first_img3 March 2014A group of South African scientists, working with scientists from the US, has discovered how a KwaZulu-Natal woman’s body responded to her HIV infection by making potent antibodies – called broadly neutralising antibodies – that could open up new ways of treating and preventing HIV.Details of the discovery of the antibodies – called broadly neutralising antibodies because they are able to kill multiple strains of HIV from across the world – was published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature on Sunday.The study describes how the research team found and identified these antibodies in a KwaZulu-Natal woman’s blood and then duplicated them by cloning the antibodies in the laboratory. The cloned antibodies were then used in a series of experiments to elucidate the pathway followed by the woman’s immune system to make these potent antibodies.The study was conducted by South African researchers in the Caprisa (Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa) consortium, working jointly with US partners based at the Vaccine Research Center of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, and Columbia University in New York.Caprisa includes scientists from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases in Johannesburg, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of Cape Town.‘Hope for future prevention, treatment strategies’Professor Salim Abdool Karim, leader of the Caprisa consortium, said in a statement on Sunday that the new insights gained from the study into immune responses against HIV “bring hope for future HIV prevention and treatment strategies”, adding that the woman whose antibodies were studied “is doing well on antiretroviral therapy and continues to attend the Caprisa clinic regularly”.Just over a year ago, the same team of South African researchers reported in Nature Medicine (also part of the Nature group of journals) on their discovery relating to two other KwaZulu-Natal women, that a shift in the position of one sugar molecule on the surface of the HIV virus led to the development of broadly neutralising antibodies against HIV.Professor Lynn Morris, who leads the research team at South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), commented: “In this new publication we have been able to isolate a broadly neutralising antibody from this Caprisa volunteer and trace its origins to understand exactly how it arose.“This could lead to new HIV vaccine strategies that are able to stimulate the rare precursors of these protective antibodies,” Morris said.Antibodies ‘with long arms’According to Caprisa, all HIV-infected people respond to HIV by making antibodies. While most people’s antibodies are not able to kill (neutralise) a wide range of HIV, a few infected people naturally make antibodies that kill many different kinds of HIV, in other words, broadly neutralising antibodies.“Broadly neutralising antibodies have some unusual features,” said Dr Penny Moore, one of the lead South African scientists on the study based at the NICD. “The outer covering (envelope) of HIV has a coating of sugars that prevents antibodies from reaching the surface to neutralise the virus. In this patient, we found that her antibodies had ‘long arms’, which enabled them to reach through the sugar coat that protects HIV.”In their study, the researchers found that these antibodies had “long arms” right at the outset. “We discovered that some HIV antibodies are born with ‘long arms’, requiring less time and fewer changes to become effective in killing HIV,” Moore said.The identification and successful cloning of these special antibodies has enabled the researchers to make sufficiently large quantities for further testing, similar to the way a medicine used to prevent or treat HIV would be tested.“Our goal is to test these antibodies, preferably in combination with other broadly neutralising antibodies, directly in patients with HIV infection or in patients at risk of getting infected,” said Karim. “But this will take some time, as the team is currently planning animal studies as a first step. Broadly neutralising antibodies have previously been shown to be effective in preventing and treating HIV infection in animals, but this has never before been shown in humans.”The future studies on animals and humans are being supported by the Strategic Health Innovation Partnerships, a unit of the South African Medical Research Council, with funding from the Department of Science and Technology.‘Importance of international scientific partnerships’Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom said in the Caprisa statement that the study “highlights the importance of international scientific partnerships and the contributions of South African researchers to world-class medical science. We are proud of the South African research team who conducted this ground-breaking study, and thank the US partners for their collaboration and support.”Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, announcing the new findings at a press conference in Johannesburg on Monday, said: “We are a step closer to the day where we eventually have a viable vaccine because of what has been announced today.“This announcement tells us a little more about the HI virus,” Motsoaledi said, adding: “These studies illustrate the importance of research and the need for patience and dedication.“In 2009, when we unveiled our 10-point programme, number 10 was research and development, and we were worried that research and development in South Africa was taking long in the past decades. But we are very proud that almost every year something is being announced by our scientists in that direction.”Motsoaledi said his department had more interest in this development than anyone else in the world, as South Africa has the largest burden of HIV infections globally.He thanked those people living with HIV who had willingly participated in the study. “Your selflessness has been helping the world to better understand the HIV virus so that we can prevent transmission and find the cure.”The research was primarily funded by the US National Institutes of Health’s Vaccine Research Center and the South African Department of Science and Technology. The South African researchers also have fellowships from the Wellcome Trust, the Fogarty International Center, the National Research Foundation and the Poliomyelitis Research Foundation.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Brand South Africa encourages citizens to Play their Part towards alleviation of crime in the country

first_imgBrand South Africa welcomes Minister of Police Mr Bheki Cele’s announcement to host a National Summit On Crime and Violence Prevention on the 13-14 September 2018. This following the South African Police Service and Stats South Africa releasing the country’s crime statistics for the year 2017/2018.The Summit will be held under the theme “Building safer communities through an integrated, developmental approach to crime and violence prevention”. The summit is hoping to achieve a joint vision on safety as a collective responsibility, and to provide a platform for key stakeholders and experts to engage on the effective implementation of the 2016 White Paper on Safety and Security across all sectors.The White Paper on Safety and Security was adopted by Cabinet in April 2016 and seeks to address crime and violence in a proactive manner, to promote an integrated approach to safety.Brand South Africa echoes the importance of building safer communities and thus encourages citizens to play their part in taking a stand against crime.“Citizens can play their part by reporting criminal activities towards alleviating crime in the country. We all have a role to play in ensuring safer communities and call on community members with any information of abuse of women and children or human trafficking to report perpetrators to the police” said Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer, Ms Linda Magapatona- Sangaret.Useful link to make use of various platforms to report crimes  on Crime Stop or call 0860 1011 or SMS line 32211“The Nation needs to work together with police, the justice system and courts to guarantee the arrest and conviction of perpetrators”, adds Ms Magapatona- Sangaret.Follow the link for more on the  Crime Statistics 2017/2018last_img read more