APAC deal activity continues to show resilience for second consecutive week ended April 26, 2020: GlobalData

first_img Comments (0) Read Article WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” By EH News Bureau on April 29, 2020 APAC deal activity continues to show resilience for second consecutive week ended April 26, 2020: GlobalData Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Related Posts Sectors such as healthcare (including pharmaceuticals and medical equipment) and retail also witnessed improvement in the deal activityA total of 345 deals were announced in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region during the week ended April 26, 2020, an increase of 17.7 per cent over the 293 deals announced during the previous week, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.An analysis of GlobalData’s Financial Deals Database reveals that the deal volume surpassed the Q1 2020 and March 2020 weekly average levels.Aurojyoti Bose, Lead Analyst, GlobalData comments, “This is the second consecutive week of growth in deal activity in the APAC region. Deal activity has remained inconsistent since the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the growth in the announcement of deals amidst the volatile market conditions could be an indication of some of the key markets returning back to normalcy.”Deal activity increased week-over-week in key markets such as China, Japan, South Korea, India and Australia, which witnessed an increase in deal volume by 2.7 per cent, 9.4 per cent, 65.8 per cent, 9.4 per cent and 62.1 per cent, respectively.Sectors such as healthcare (including pharmaceuticals and medical equipment) and retail also witnessed improvement in the deal activity during the week ended 26 April 2020 compared to the previous week. The volume of key deal types such as mergers and acquisitions (M&A), partnerships, debt offerings and equity offerings increased by 44.9 per cent, 114.3 per cent, 106.7 per cent and 12.5 per cent, respectively, during the reporting period while the volume of private equity and venture financing deals declined by 12.5 per cent and 15.1 per cent, respectively. Share APACDealGlobalDataHealthcarepharma Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” News Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Add Commentlast_img read more

Hivemind Improv bring fantasy-inspired storytelling to London’s Museum of Comedy

first_imgEach month at London’s Museum of Comedy the eight-strong group of comedy improvisers known as Hivemind Improv shape a fully improvised feature length fantasy story with help from the audience.Move over short games, and make way for an entirely ad-libbed hour long comic book story! Full of dizzying action sequences, special effects, and live music, prepare to be taken on a madcap journey across time and space in Improvengers: Pretendgame. Hivemind may not have CGI, or a billion-dollar budget, but they do have enthusiasm…and a heavy-duty crash mat. The Age of Ultron is over – it’s time to usher in the Age of Improv.When the gang isn’t playing the hero, devious plotting abounds on the last Friday of every month when Hivemind improvise a medieval fantasy adventure of epic proportions. Filled with blood and wine, honour and treachery, fellowships and actual ships. Armed with only a map the audience draws to guide them, Hivemind improvise the Lord of the Game of the Ring of Thrones – a tale that has never been told before, and will never be told again. Disclaimer: no dragons will be harmed in making these legends.Founding member of Hivemind Improv, Alex O’Bryan-Tear, said: “What we love about fantasy is that every story is set in a completely different world, with its own culture, its own rules of science and magic, and its own people. That’s how each night feels unique.”Fellow member, Harriet Cartledge, added: “Creating an improvised hour-long play is obviously a challenge, but so satisfying. I love when we create an entire story from scratch, and afterwards people ask if we had written any of it in advance. That’s when you know the work is paying off!”Accompanied by a fully improvised live score, both shows are a hit with fans of improv comedy and fantasy storytelling alike. Earlier this year, Hivemind enjoyed successful runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with both Lord of the Game of the Ring of Thrones and Improvengers: Pretendgame. Previous Hivemind shows include Stick and Twisted, Playlight Robbery, Brainstorm, and An Offer You Can’t Refuse.Hivemind is comprised of friends and improvisers Alex O’Bryan-Tear, Harriet Cartledge, Jesse Locke, Ellie Griffiths, Jack Lawrence, Adi George, Josh Hunt and James Gard. The founding members met at Cambridge University’s Improv Society – the Cambridge Impronauts – and the group have been performing in London since graduating from Cambridge in 2016. Fellow Cambridge graduates, talented musicians Stephen Gage and Natalie Jobbin provide an improvised live score for Hivemind’s performances.Title: Improvengers: Pretendgame / Lord of the Game of the Ring of Thrones Venue: Museum of Comedy, The Undercroft, Bloomsbury Way, Holborn, London. Dates: Improvengers: Pretendgame 13th December 2019, 10th January 2020 / Lord of the Game of the Ring of Thrones 29th November 2019, 27th December 2019, 31st January 2020 Time: 7pm Duration: 1 hour Tickets: £9 adults £7 concession.For more information – including on how to book Hivemind for private entertainment such as birthdays, weddings, Christmas parties or corporate events – visit www.hivemindimprov.comlast_img read more

Up to 17 infected, 11 dead in new Ebola outbreak in…

first_imgWorker of center for disease control describing effects of ebola virus mutation The Democratic Republic of Congo has recorded up to 17 Ebola cases in a new outbreak of the deadly virus in the western province of Equateur, and 11 of those infected have died, medical authorities said on Monday.The authorities had reported 12 infections last week in the central African country, whose dilapidated health system is also combating a measles epidemic that has killed over 6,000 people and COVID-19, which has infected over 4,800 and killed 112.The National Institute of Biomedical Research said in its daily report that there had now been 14 confirmed Ebola cases and three probable cases since a cluster of infections were confirmed in the city of Mbandaka on June 1.Two Ebola cases have been confirmed in seven health zones across Equateur, including two cases in Bolomba, 300 km (186 miles) northeast of Mbandaka, the World Health Organization said in an update.The WHO said more than 2,500 people have been vaccinated across the province. Vaccination helped control an Ebola outbreak 1,000 km away in the east of the country which has killed more than 2,200 since 2018.Genetic sequencing shows the new outbreak of Ebola, a virus that was discovered near northern Congo’s Ebola River in 1976, is not linked to the one in the east.Related Two more people infected with Ebola in new Congo outbreak: WHO Up to 12 infected in Congo’s new Ebola outbreak: WHOcenter_img Over 740 people in DR Congo infected with Ebola since outbreak was declaredlast_img read more

Two “SNL” veterans agree Justin Bieber was the show’s worst-behaved guest

first_imgBravo/Charles Sykes(NEW YORK) — While Justin Bieber’s career and personal life has been on the upswing for the past few years, that bad patch he went through awhile back has earned him the dubious distinction of being the “worst-behaved” guest star on Saturday Night Live.At least, that’s according to SNL veterans Jay Pharaoh and Bill Hader, who were on the show from 2010-2016 and 2005-2013, respectively.  Both men appeared on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live! Thursday night, and when a caller asked, “Who was the worst-behaved musical guest or host [during] your time at SNL?,” they were in agreement immediately.“I mean, we both know, dog,” said Pharoah to Hader. “Yeah, it was Bieber,” Hader responded.“He just was in a bad place…Maybe he’s in a better place, but back then he was in a very…it was rough,” added Hader of Justin.  “Everybody’s usually on great behavior…Bieber is the only one in my experience…he just seemed like exhausted or just at the end of a rope.  I mean, he was just so huge.”Justin was the host and musical guest on a 2013 SNL episode, in the middle of his Believe world tour. In the episode, Justin appeared in nearly every sketch and performed two songs acoustically: “As Long as You Love Me” and “Nothing Like Us.”  He used the show as an opportunity to poke fun at himself for everything from his singing and dancing, to his physical appearance, to his weed habit.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Schalke’s Leroy Sane: My dream is to play for a big club like Barça

first_img CEST 09/04/2016 But that dream may have to wait. The 20-year-old committed his immediate future to his current club. ”I think next season I will play at Schalke,” he added. Schalke’s Leroy Sane is a player who has been a revelation in the Bundesliga this season. The son of former Senegalese footballer Souleymane Sane is one of the players who has been watched by Barcelona. Half of Europe are interested, in fact, but the winger has his preferences.  In quotes to German newspaper Bild ahead of the game with Borussia Dortmund, the player has said his short term future is with Schalke. However, he didn’t hide his desire to one day play for Barça.  center_img Sport EN “When I speak with my dad, he always tells me that it’s good for me to play with Schalke,” he said. However, he added: “It’s no secret that some time in the future I would like to play abroad and at an even bigger club than Schalke. Most of all at Barça, even as a little boy, that was my dream club.” Upd. at 19:02 last_img read more

DiBella continues to turn a few heads

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsKootenay Wildcats rearguard Aimee DiBella has another honor to add to the career.The feisty DiBella was recently chosen runner-up for the Female Midget AAA player of the month for October.The player-of-the-month award was claimed by Reaghan Chadwick of Fraser Valley Phantom hockey team. Chadwick started the season with 10 goals and eight assists in 11 games.DiBella finished tied with Cassidy Hendricks of Vancouver Fusion, Bre Frasca of Thompson-Okanagan Rockets and Linda Jensen of Prince George Cougars.The 5’7”, DiBella currently leads the Wildcats in scoring with seven goals for 10 points.Earlier this season DiBella was names to the Team B.C. U18 team that is representing the province at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax.The Wildcats return to action Saturday, November 20 in Rutland against the Thompson-Okanagan Rockets.The Female Midget AAA League was started in 2007 give female players the opportunity to play fellow elite players from throughout the [email protected]last_img read more

Future looks bright for Mount Sentinel volleyball

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe future’s so bright the Mount Sentinel Wildcats has better get out the shades.Despite finishing 11th in the 16-team B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball Tournament, the youthful Cats are ready to make a push for next season.“We competed (and) we played well beyond “being happy to be there”,’ said head coach Joe Moreira.Mount Sentinel, entering the tournament as the second seed out of the Kootenay zone, defeated Kootenay rival Elkford 2-0 in consolation play in the final game of the tournament.The Cats, seeded ninth, opened the tourney matched in the very competitive pool against fourth-ranked Cedar and fifth-ranked Houston Christian.Mount Sentinel defeated a scrappy Ebenezer team to place third in the pool.The result put the Cats against Duncan Christian in playoff action.“I think were a bit unlucky to end up on the losing end of the five-set match,” Moreira explained. “We were up 10-7 in the 5th but couldn’t find a way to finish the set, losing 15-12 to Duncan Christian.”Mount Sentinel then defeated Chetwynd in consolation action before losing to Keremeos 16-14 in the third set.Kelowna Christian defeated Highroad Academy of Chilliwack to capture the provincial title.Immaculata of Kelowna got past Richmond Christian to claim the bronze medal.However, next year watch out for the Cats.“We have no Grade 12’s on the roster so we anticipate to be a stronger team next year,” said [email protected]last_img read more

Big excitement in Galway as Basketball Ireland’s Green Shoots Player Pathway is officially launched

first_imgThe programme, which is aimed at 10 to 12 year olds, was officially launched this morning by CEO and Secretary General of Basketball Ireland, Bernard O’Byrne and Head of Development Jason Killeen, and marks an exciting new programme for the grass roots of the sport in Ireland. Speaking about the initiative, Jason Killeen stated: “We are delighted to be down here in Galway this morning to launch Stage 1 of the Green Shoots Player Pathway. This pathway is the beginning of an exciting stage of development of basketball in Ireland and, with our new Green Shoots coaching manual, ensures that players across the country – regardless of location – will be on equal footing when it comes to developing their game and learning about the sport from foundation level.“This is the first step of a programme which will be rolled out across the older age groups in the years to come, with each age group getting a specific coaching manual that is targeted at that specific demographic. It is hoped that laying these foundations now will ensure that even more talent and skill is developed here in Ireland and that stars of the future will be moulded.”Gráinne Molloy, Shane Forde and Ciara Gannon of Crumlin NS pictured at the Basketball Ireland Green Shoots Player Pathway launch.Pearl Campbell (Bushy Park NS) and Alenah Kehane (Lisheenkyle NS) pictured at the Basketball Ireland Green Shoots Player Pathway launchprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email THERE was big excitement in NUIG Galway this morning as schools from across the county took part in the official launch of the Basketball Ireland Green Shoots Player Pathway programme.center_img Basketball Ireland’s Bernard O’Byrne and Ciaran O’Sullivan pictured launching the Basketball Ireland Green Shoots Player Pathway in NUIG today. last_img read more

Stoke boss Mark Hughes defiant as pressure builds

first_img1 The Potters sit two points above the relegation zone Under-pressure Stoke boss Mark Hughes insisted he was not bothered by criticism and defended his selection decisions after his side’s 1-0 home loss to Newcastle.There were boos from Potters fans at the final whistle of the New Year’s Day contest – in which Ayoze Perez netted a 73rd-minute winner – and a ‘Hughes Out’ banner was on display.Stoke are 16th in the Premier League, two points above the relegation zone, having won only two of their last 12 games.When Hughes was asked in his post-match press conference about the fans’ reaction, he said: “It is to be expected.“I think for the last two or three weeks, the agenda within the media and lots of platforms, and social media… that is what was going to happen.“It doesn’t bother me – what bothers me is that the team needs to be doing better, because then any criticism that comes our way, then that noise goes away.”Hughes – under whom Stoke finished ninth three times in a row before coming 13th last term – added: “At the moment we are disappointing too many people, including ourselves.“But I’ll remind people the reason people are disappointed is that at the moment we’re below the high standards that have been set here. But those high standards were set by me and my staff.“We need to do something about it, and that is what we will endeavour to do.“It’s difficult times at the moment, so we just have to stick our shoulders back and chests out and get on with it.“It’s about making sure you show character and take any criticism or flak that comes your way. You just have to deal with that and not be cowed by it.”Hughes had opted to rest some key men from Saturday’s 5-0 defeat at Chelsea in a bid to be as strong as possible against Newcastle, making six changes on each occasion.The gamble backfired but the Welshman said: “Everybody keeps going on about this. (Newcastle boss) Rafa Benitez today makes six changes [actually five]. So what is the difference?“Everybody has made changes. If we’d won today it would’ve been great management. It’s gone against us, against me, but I’m brave enough to take it on the chin.“I did it for the right reasons. I would still have done the same decisions, given the same circumstances again.”Stoke were 3-0 down by half-time against Chelsea and Hughes added: “I made the decision in the second half at Chelsea to say ‘right, we can’t win this game – I’ll look after these players with a view that we’ll be stronger and better-equipped to play a second game in 48 hours’.“And I’m going to get criticised for that? I think it is unfair if I do.”last_img read more


first_imgWEATHER forecasters are today divided again about whether or not we will get snow today.BBC Northern Ireland insist it will hit east Donegal and Inishowen this afternoon with up to 15cms, while Sky is reporting something similar the west of the county will get a dusting as well.RTE however reckon it will be Sunday before we get any significant snow falls – with possibly more next week. Go figure….or should that be: Snow figure!SNOW LATEST: FORECASTERS DIFFER AGAIN OVER DONEGAL SNOW was last modified: March 11th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more