News story: John Wilkinson OBE, Director of Devices to retire

first_imgThe MHRA has a new interim Director of Devices,John Wilkinson, Director of Devices at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, will be stepping down from his position at the end of October 2019.John has been with the Agency since February 2012. Since that time, he has made a significant contribution to the work of the organisation, both nationally and internationally. Together with his team, he has led on the safety of medical devices and the review of future medical devices regulation.As such, and as one of his many achievements, John championed the development of the new EU Regulations for Medical Devices and In Vitro Diagnostic device legislation.John has also chaired the Competent Authorities Medical Devices (CAMD) Executive, which seeks to enhance collaboration between European member states and the European Commission in developing and managing the EU medical devices regulatory system.He has led his team of experts in investigating reports of problems involving medical devices. The results of which are used to advise the public and healthcare professionals on the safe use of devices, as well as work with manufacturers to improve device safety.In announcing his retirement, John said: These decisions are never easy to make, and with a very heavy heart, I have now decided to step down from my role at the Agency. I felt that now was the right time for me to move on to the next stage of my life. These last 7 years have been a wonderful experience for myself and I am proud to have been associated with, and worked for, the regulator. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my Agency colleagues with whom I’ve worked – I leave knowing that their drive and commitment in protecting public health will continue unabated. It’s for others to judge for themselves the work I’ve done, but my aim has always been to ensure high levels of patient safety whilst creating the right environment for medical devices to develop at a pace which continues to improve people’s lives and contributes to a sustainable development of our health services. Prior to joining the Agency, John was Chief Executive of Eucomed, the European medical technology industry association.His earlier experience included the role of Director General of the Association of British Healthcare Industries and a number of roles in the medical devices industry, both in the UK and the USA, with Becton Dickinson and the BOC Group. These were followed by a period as Chief Executive of an early stage medical imaging company.John holds a first degree in Zoology from the University of Aberdeen and an MBA from the University of Warwick.He was awarded an OBE for services to the medical devices industry in the 2010 New Year’s honours list.last_img read more

Dubrovnik & Konavle Walking Festival is a great tourist story and a platform for how our tourist product should look like

first_imgI constantly emphasize that the motive for coming is not accommodation, but quality, diverse and authentic content of the tourist destination.Exactly in Dubrovnik and Konavle from 2 to 9 October 2017 will be held a new quality and interesting tourist content and story – Dubrovnik & Konavle Walking FestivalThe Dubrovnik Hiking Festival is primarily intended to show a different face of Dubrovnik, away from the crowds, focused on local tastes and trails, with a sense of freedom, tranquility and belonging to nature. Fertile Konavle fields, picturesque villages, hiking trails, the old railway, vineyards, wineries and local households await tourists in a unique program designed for everyone – from absolute beginners to advanced mountaineers.”We want to show the secret places that are mostly known among the locals in a sustainable form of active program to discover the unique food and wine of the region. With the festival we try to prove that this period, from August to July and August, is the best time to visit Dubrovnik. At the end of this festival, we guarantee that we will all come to the same conclusion – Dubrovnik is much more than stone walls and a popular summer destination.”Points out Zoran Ateljevic, one of the organizers.This image and experience is rememberedRural households, authentic gastronomy, culture, tradition, heritage… are part of this unique tourist story, all with the main focus on authenticity. Everything that is not written in tourist brochures, and the locals know, and that is exactly the story we have to tell – our authentic story combined with a superb, ie unforgettable experience. We remember the experiences from our travels, and as the motive of the trip is to get to know and experience a new and authentic way and culture of living, it must be an imperative of our tourism. That is the essence of tourism.Let us respect ourselves, our tradition, heritage, culture, identity so that others can respect us, and let us be what we are – Croats. All of our amazing authentic stories and diversity I have to pack nicely into a rounded tourist product and tell the story. This is the whole philosophy and paradigm of tourism. Yes, it’s that simple.Also, we should praise the excellent quality video, which is certainly a lure and a real motive for coming, in addition to excellent shots, it presents what we are – our story. This is the best possible pattern of how to organize all other festivals, events and tours, because tourists want to experience, see, taste… – our authentic story. Then why would they travel hundreds of miles if we sell them what they have at home?Content, content and only quality and primarily authentic content is the essence of tourism. These are the real ambassadors of our tourism and such tourist stories should be promoted and co-financed because this is the best platform on how to be our main tourist product, and not mass tourism, form and be copies of others.So simple, yet ingenious. Tourism is emotions, experiences and stories. Let’s tell stories, our authentic stories.More details about Dubrovnik & Konavle Walking Festival and how to apply can be found herelast_img read more

Police officer killed, seven injured in Egypt bomb blasts

first_imgThe explosion critically wounded one of the policemen.Elsewhere in Egypt, a police officer was killed and three were wounded in the North Sinai town of El-Arish when a roadside bomb exploded as they drove past in an armored vehicle, the interior ministry said in a statement.The north of the peninsula, where security forces are fighting an Islamist insurgency, is a bastion of the Egyptian affiliate of the jihadist ISIS group.The insurgency has swelled since the army’s ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.Militants loyal to ISIS have killed hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and policemen, mostly in North Sinai.A government crackdown targeting Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement since 2013 has left hundreds dead and thousands jailed.Hundreds more, including Morsi himself, have been sentenced to death, often in mass trials. Many have appealed and won retrials, while seven have so far been executed by hanging. Four people including two Egyptian policemen were wounded when a bomb they were trying to defuse exploded in Cairo near the pyramids Friday, while an officer died in an attack in Sinai, officials said.Two policemen and two hotel security guards were wounded in the blast outside the Meridien hotel near the Giza pyramids, a security official said.last_img read more

Sarita Devi to represent India at AIBA’s Athlete Commission

first_imgLast Updated: 16th November, 2019 20:50 IST Sarita Devi To Represent India At AIBA’s Athlete Commission Former women’s world boxing champion Sarita Devi will be representing India at the inaugural AIBA Athletes Commission to bring about “reforms” in the sport. Former women’s world boxing champion and Arjuna awardee Sarita Devi will be representing India at the inaugural AIBA Athletes Commission to bring about “reforms” and get the sport back into the Olympic fold. Sarita, who is currently an athlete representative in the executive committee of the Boxing Federation of India, is the sole contender from the Asian bloc. The athletes’ commission is part of the reforms that the International Olympic Committee has recommended for AIBA, which has been stripped of the right to conduct the sport in the 2020 Olympic Games due to alleged financial and administrative mismanagement.Over in Minutes! Ritu Phogat knocks out South Korea’s Kim Nam-hee on her MMA debut; WATCHWatch Ronda Rousey get knocked out cold by Holly Holm OTD 4 years ago at UFC 193 WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago IOC names Mary Kom in boxing’s athlete ambassadors group for Olympics “If I am elected, it would be a huge responsibility. Yes, I am extremely happy and feel proud of being nominated,” the eight-time Asian Championship medalist told Republic TV adding that she would do everything possible to get the sport back to track. 10 months ago Mary Kom questions the fairness of AIBA tournaments LIVE TV 10 months ago Kumkum Bhagya: Daily written update of October 25, 2019 episode READ: Hamilton unsure he can catch Ferrari, Bottas more confident WATCH US LIVE COMMENT First Published: 16th November, 2019 20:50 IST FOLLOW US Suman Ray She is set to be picked unopposed as the commission is supposed to feature one male and a female boxer from each of the five regional confederations (Asia, Oceania, Europe, Americas, and Europe). WATCH: Union Minister Anurag Thakur enjoys a game of table tennis Written By 10 months ago AIBA ban can take away champions of future: Tyson Fury SUBSCRIBE TO US 10 months ago Tyson Fury praises Vijender Singh, expects him to win world titlelast_img read more

Ballon d’Or 2019: Matthijs de Ligt beats João Félix, Jadon Sancho to win Kopa Trophy

first_img Source: Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt won the second edition of the Kopa Trophy at the Ballon d’Or gala in Paris on Monday.The Kopa Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding player under the age of 21, with PSG star Kylian Mbappé winning the first edition last year.Dutch centre back De Ligt was among ten candidates for this year’s edition of the award and eventually beat out fellow favourites João Félix of Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.The Juventus player’s nomination comes days after Felix won Tuttosport’s Golden Boy accolade. De Ligt’s credentialsDe Ligt’s nomination comes on the back of a stunning campaign last season with Ajax, whom he captained to their first Champions League semi-final since 1997 at the tender age of 19.The talented young defender was the subject of an intense bidding war in the summer, with Juventus beating early favourites Barcelona to secure his signature in July.Following his 85-million-euro move to Serie A, the Ajax academy graduate has clocked up 15 appearances for Juventus, netting one goallast_img read more