A St Catz student is recovering from meningitis, having been hospitalised over the weekend.Sarah Hartley, a fresher reading English, was rushed to John Radcliffe hospital on Sunday morning after complaining of feeling unwell and developing a rash.Fellow student Janek Seevaratnam, who took Hartley to hospital, has been praised for his handling of the situation and his response as her condition worsened. Seevaratnam, who is JCR welfare Rep and a friend of Hartley’s, said he had looked after her as her condition deteriorated on Saturday. “I visited her on Saturday as she had been in bed all day with flu-like symptoms. I gave her ibuprofen to see her through the evening but when I came back at eleven she was really feverish.”Seevaratnam took Hartley to hospital in the early hours of Sunday morning following advice from the NHS helpline after noticing the rash. “The NHS helpline advised she see a doctor in the next two hours, so we went to A&E. It took three hours to see a doctor by which time she had a high fever and meningitis symptoms.”Seevaratnam said Hartley had been visited by friends while her family remained by her bedside as she continues to make a full recovery. “People have been visiting her daily and hopefully she’ll be sent home next week.”JCR President Femi Fadugba said the College had acted swiftly to ensure her close friends were given precautionary treatment and to raise awareness among all College members about the risks and symptoms of meningitis. “Meningitis isn’t easily transferable, but as a precaution, all close friends of the student were put on an appropriate course of antibiotics. The emphasis however, has not been on trying to avoid interaction with the illness, but on being aware of the signs and symptoms.”Fadugba praised the rapid reaction of Seevaratnam, saying, “We were very fortunate that the Male Welfare Rep, Janek Seevaratnam, is both very good at his job and a good friend of the student so she was taken to hospital as soon as the [the] symptoms worsened.”Meningitis is caused by the Meningoccal bacteria that are carried in the back of the throat by one in ten people. Bacterial meningitis the most dangerous variant of the infection and kills about ten per cent of those who contract it. It was responsible for the death last Michaelmas Term of Exeter fresher Sundeep Watts.
YOUR readers should share the wonderful tribute to Jean Grieves, who was invested as a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Bakers on April 4. This is the culmination of an outstanding career in our industry.It is fitting to acknowledge the immense contribution Jean has made towards the baking industry – for example when, as head of department at Tameside College, she brought a level of success and prominence to the college far beyond its provincial roots.After retiring from Tameside, Jean became chairman of the Programme Committee of the British Society of Baking (BSB) for nearly 10 years, retiring after the successful 50th anniversary conference, held in conjunction with the Food & Bake show in Birmingham last month.She received an eloquent tribute from Hugh Weeks at the 50th anniversary dinner, held to celebrate the event. Both this and the honour she received reflect her unique combination of exceptional qualities – a creativity and passion for our craft with a remarkable organisational ability.Those of us who know her personally will have also been charmed by her warmth and unfailing courtesy. The baking industry – and the BSB in particular – has been immensely enriched by her talents.David Roberts, chairman, Frank Roberts & Sons
Sign of the Times: Yancoal Gets Few Takers FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Australian:Yancoal Australia’s $US2.35 billion ($3bn) equity raising has met with next to no interest from institutional and retail shareholders, leaving its underwriters and Chinese backers on the hook for almost the entire amount.Yancoal, which needed the cash to complete its acquisition of Rio Tinto’s Coal & Allied business in NSW, only attracted $US4 million worth of applications from its existing non-Chinese share register while institutional investors applied for just $US59m of the more than $US1.3bn in entitlements up for offer under a bookbuild at the weekend.The weak appetite means Yancoal’s existing major shareholder, Chinese state-owned group Yanzhou Coal Mining Company, will take up the full $US1bn in new shares to which it had committed while the bookbuild’s underwriters — China Shandong Investment, Cinda International and Glencore — will take up the remaining $US1.28bn.While there was an expectation going into the raising that Yancoal would have to rely on its underwriters for much of the funding, the response was nevertheless weaker than expected.The flat investor response to the raising has been blamed on a confluence of factors, including Yancoal’s poor record of performance in Australia (it has recorded four straight years of losses totalling more than $1.6bn), the dominant position held on Yancoal’s share register by Chinese interests, and the broader softening of investor interest in coal generally.The raising also took place at a time when many investors are tipping a fall in coal prices following a strong 12 months for the commodity.In one potential sign that the coal market may be nearing a peak, veteran coal investor Tony Haggarty yesterday revealed he had just sold almost 2 million shares in coal producer Whitehaven Coal for $6.4m, cashing out a portion of his holdings at a time when Whitehaven shares are at their highest level since 2013.Coal heavyweight Glencore, which is helping fund the Yancoal acquisition, yesterday announced it was putting up for sale its Rolleston thermal coalmine in Queensland. The sale process for the mine, which produced 13.3 million tonnes of saleable coal in 2016, is being handled by Merrill Lynch.Contango Asset Management managing director George Boubouras told The Australian the combination of Yancoal’s China-heavy share register and the wider shift away from coal among many investors were probably to blame for the weak uptake.More: Yancoal’s $3bn equity raising shunned by investors